DDTV – PACKIE BONNER ON WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VISIT DONEGAL

first_imgCeltic and Ireland goalkeeping legend Packie Bonner tells the world why people should come home to Donegal during the year of The Gathering.    DDTV – PACKIE BONNER ON WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VISIT DONEGAL was last modified: January 19th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Packie BonnerThe Gatheringlast_img

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What a difference a week makes!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCMonday morning corn prices took a dive, but by close on Friday, prices had rallied 40 cents. This rebound is due to widespread rainy weather forecasts through Memorial Day, making expected planting progress slow for the next 10 days. Plus, no one knows how many acres will be designated prevent plant this year. The trade seems to have targeted about 4 million acres at this point.Last week I discussed how some farmers may consider taking prevent plant if they are eligible, because as of last week, prices were at unprofitable levels. For some, prevent plant may have been the better option financially. Despite disappointing prices, many farmers in the eastern Corn Belt were saying they still planned to plant regardless, because “that’s what they always do.” With this week’s 40 cent rebound, farmers now tell me they are considering how long after their prevent plant date they will still try to plant corn. The consensus seems to be about 10 days. This could lead to less prevent plant acres than the market is estimating today.While planting progress in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio has been slow, some farmers managed to get 10% to 15% of their crop planted during a tight 1- to 2-day window this week before more rain hit. Once the calendar flips to June, daytime temperatures will warm and topsoil will dry faster than in early May. This could help speed up planting in wet areas two weeks from now. The Dakota’s have some planted, but it varies. There are areas with little progress, and others approaching 50% complete. The effects of 4 million lost acres to prevent plantMany market participants say a 4-million-acre loss or 700 million bushels (4 million x 175 bushels per acre) due to prevent plant would be bullish, because it would lower the May USDA estimated carryout of 2.4 billion bushels. While a significant acre reduction is bullish, in reviewing market conditions of previous years, market rallies have often led to demand decreases, which should also be considered.In 2014 and 2015 U.S. carryout was near 1.7 billion bushels and corn prices were 20 cents higher than 2016, 2017 and 2018 crop years when carryout exceeded 2 billion bushels. However, in 2014 and 2015 exports were only 1.9 billion each year, while exports in 2016-2018 were around 2.3 billion each year. This suggests price variances can ration global demand and U.S. export pace.In addition, the South American corn crop continues to be a bigger factor impacting U.S. export demand. South America had record production in 2014 and 2015. And while there was reduced production in 2018 due to dry weather, South America’s 2019 weather has been nearly perfect, so record yields are expected. Current estimates indicate 500 million more bushels than expected when planters went to the fields a few months ago. These added bushels to world supply, along with a big Ukraine crop, mean U.S. corn may struggle to keep pace with earlier export estimates. This increased competition could be slowing 2018 US export pace by potentially 100 million bushels from current USDA estimates before the end of summer.While ethanol is pretty stable, if corn prices increase too much, there could be a 50- to100-million-bushel loss here in 2019. This could be the result of local production issues, such as an area with significant prevent plant acres, which could make corn too expensive to grind at some facilities across the country.Feed demand should also be steady, unless a major widespread disease affects any of the livestock herds. Still, there is a lot of hard red wheat supply available in the southern plains that could displace 50 to 100 million bushels of corn, if wheat prices stay relatively weak in relation to corn.A Chinese trade deal a long shot that could change everything. However, since the president suggested more direct payments to farmers, increased tariffs on Chinese goods and China cancelled a pork shipment, it’s unlikely the trade war will end soon. This may not be addressed again until after the 2020 election. The hope for more exports from a trade deal might not be happening over the next year. Looking forwardEssentially, the world has plenty of corn to survive some U.S. acre losses this year. So, if prices rally, it seems unlikely that the May USDA export estimates of 2.3 billion for 2018 and 2019 will occur. The 2018 export demand will likely decrease around 100 million bushels. And if price levels stay above $4 for any length of time, the 2019 export estimate may also be trimmed. Depending on how long prices remain high, it may be as much as 400 million bushels in 2019.Many in the trade are talking about a 4-bushel per acre drop or a loss of 324 million bushels (81 million harvested acres x 4 bushels per acre) due to a hot and dry summer. While the market has probably priced this risk in today, long-term weather forecasts don’t indicate widespread drought later this summer. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen, just that it’s not looking all that likely at this time. So, it’s a little too soon to expect significantly below trendline yields right now.That being said, generally a late planted crop wouldn’t mean higher average yields. However, it’s not uncommon for farmers to have corn planted in June out-yield corn planted a month earlier. Late summer weather will dictate market direction as it always does. Bottom lineIf we combine a 4-bushel per acre yield loss with a 4 million acre prevent plant loss, it would mean a 1 billion bushel decrease in production. This would take the USDA’s May estimate of 2.4 billion carryout to 1.4 billion, which certainly supports the higher prices we saw this week and probably even higher prices.However, increased prices likely means demand decreases. As detailed above, it could mean a 500 million bushel decrease in exports alone. This would mean carryout would be right back at 1.8 to 1.9 billion bushels and those levels have usually been followed by prices in the $3.80 range.The market seems to always run hard to the extremes, both up and down. Maybe we will see significant upside yet in this market over the next couple of weeks. I’d like to see prices rally more allowing for better 2019 sale prices for my operation.Given all the variables right now, for the market to get really excited and move beyond $4.50 it’s probably going to take prevent plant acres exceeding 6 million acres AND the national average yield decreasing more than 6 bushels per acre below the May yield estimate.Please email jon@superiorfeed.com with any questions or to learn more. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. 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No trace of freedom fighter Laxmi Indira Panda’s grandson

first_imgDescendants of freedom fighter Laxmi Indira Panda on Saturday staged a protest at Jeypore in Koraput district, demanding expeditious police investigation to trace her grandson, Babula Panda, who went missing on April 16 at the railway station here. Babula’s parents, Surendra Panda and Sujata Panda, were among the descendants of freedom fighters felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Raj Bhavan here. Babula had accompanied his parents to the function. Laxmi Indira Panda had joined Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army in the Rani Jhansi Regiment when she was only 14 years old, and fought against the British for the country’s Independence. Separated at stationJust an hour before Babula and his parents were to board the Hirakhand Express from Bhubaneswar to return to Jeypore, the three got separated at the railway station. While Babula’s father Surendra Panda reached Jeypore a day later, his mother Sujata Panda boarded a wrong train and landed in Balasore, from where she was rescued. But Babula could not be traced.Subsequently, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed the police to find Babula, but the police had made no headway till Saturday. “It is duty of the government to find our son,” said Ms. Panda.last_img read more

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Johanna extends Harambee Stars goal tally

first_imgChevrolet Skip survey header BMW Ford View Results Friendlies Eric Johanna extends Harambee Stars goal tally Elvince Joshua Last updated 2 years ago 15:49 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eric Johanna celebrates. Goal Kenya. Friendlies Mozambique v Kenya Mozambique Kenya The 2015 Kenya Premier League midfielder of the year – first scored against Mozambique in a 1-0 win on Nov. 12, 2016 Sweden-based Eric Johanna took his goal tally to three with a late goal for Harambee Stars in a 1-1 draw against Mozambique on Saturday.Johanna, who has eleven caps with the national team, made his senior debut on July 4, 2015, against Ethiopia at the Nyayo Stadium.But the former Mathare United midfielder had to wait until June 4, 2016, for his maiden goal for Stars, when he scored the winner for Kenya in a 2-1 victory against Congo Brazzaville in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match at Kasarani Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The last two goals for the 23-year-old, who turns out for Swedish Third Division side Vasalunds IF, however, came against a familiar opponent, Mozambique.The 2015 Kenya Premier League midfielder of the year – first scored against Mozambique in a 1-0 win on November 12, 2016, during a friendly staged at Kasarani.Almost a year down the line, he completed his double against the same opponents in another friendly, when he hit home Kenya’s equalizer in the 85th minute to cancel out Domingues Pelembe’s 59th-minute goal in Maputo.The friendly was a build up to the second match of the 2019 Afcon Qualifiers against Ghana scheduled for March 2018 in Kenya. Audi Hyundai Nissan Toyota 1. Which car brand do you most associate with football? last_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer: Angel Gomes deserved chance

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: Angel Gomes deserved chanceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Angel Gomes deserved his chance last week.Gomes featured in victory over Huddersfield.Solskjaer said, “It sends a signal to the boys that ‘you are close’, because they are. “They’ve done really well in training. When you get the chance to put a player out there for 15 minutes at Old Trafford to give him that experience, Angel was, of course, the one I wanted to put on. And we probably would have still done it if we’d needed a goal, as well, because he’s that sharp.” last_img

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9 months agoNapoli goalscorer Fabian Ruiz: Coppa Italia important for fans

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli goalscorer Fabian Ruiz: Coppa Italia important for fansby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli goalscorer Fabian Ruiz was delighted with victory over Coppa Italia opponents Sassuolo.He scored the second goal in a 2-0 victory, setting up a quarter-final date with Milan.“We know this is an important competition for Napoli, that this was a difficult game, but we did well,” the Spaniard told Rai Sport.“Now we have to focus on Sunday and the return of Serie A. Lazio are close to us and very ambitious, but we are on home turf and want to make the most of it.“The Coach has faith in me, so do my teammates and I have to keep working hard to earn my place.” last_img

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US home construction rose 15 per cent in October

first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. home construction improved a slight 1.5 per cent in October, but in a troubling sign, ground breakings for single-family houses fell.The Commerce Department says housing starts rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.23 million, up from 1.21 million in September. The gains came entirely from apartments as starts for single-family houses slipped 1.8 per cent last month.A sharp increase in mortgage rates has led to a marked decline in home construction since May, such that ground breakings have fallen 2.6 per cent over the past 12 months.The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage has shot up a full percentage point in the past year to 4.94 per cent, according to Freddie Mac.Permits, an indicator of future activity, declined 0.6 per cent to an annual rate of 1.26 million.Josh Boak, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Skin and haircare tips to ensure safe Holi

first_imgKolkata: Are you worried about the effects of harsh chemicals found in the colours that we use to play Holi?The city-based doctors have prescribed some guidelines on how to play a safe Holi without causing damage to the skin, eyes and hair. Holi is the festival of colours and people love to spend the day by rejoicing and merrymaking. Dr Madhumita Bhattacharya, consultant, department of dermatology at a private hospital in the city, shared effective tips to avoid the side-effects of the chemicals found in colours. Here are some tips to help you take some precautionary measures for a beautiful Holi. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Dr Bhattacharya said the amount of colours and water one uses during Holi can have a serious toll on your skin unless you are well-prepared in advance. So, here’s what you should do before stepping out of your house. Dr Bhattacharya suggests you should rub ice cubes on your face which will help to close pores on your skin and ensure colours don’t seep into your skin and cause breakage. One should apply oil on your face. Those who have dry or normal skin, can apply oil on their face and body. Oil will keep your skin moisturized all along. People can use coconut oil, castor oil and olive oil for this purpose, she said. One should also use a waterproof sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe doctors suggested the women to apply nail paints before playing Holi which can be removed later. People are also advised to drink lots of water before playing Holi. It keeps one hydrated and will provide energy. The doctor said one should wear sunglasses and remove contact lenses before going outdoors. If colours enter the eyes one should immediately rinse with cold water. Dr Bhattacharya said one should avoid scented or perfumed colours as they might cause allergies. One should wear dark full sleeves cotton clothes which will cover the whole body and can protect from harmful colours. She also urged people to use organic colours. After playing Holi, people should use a mild soap to remove the colours from their skin and use baby shampoo to wash their hair followed by conditioner. One should strictly avoid the use of kerosene, petrol and spirits to remove stains as they will damage the skin.last_img read more

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Ohio State womens basketball loses tripleovertime thriller despite Mitchells schoolrecord 48

OSU coach Kevin McGuff yells during a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 96-70. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorA road matchup against No. 20 Michigan State (22-7, 13-4) was how the No.5 Ohio State (23-6, 15-3) women’s basketball team would end its regular season, and it surely was a thrilling conclusion. After losing to Minnesota just three days ago in overtime, the Buckeyes once again needed extra time to try and secure a win. However, they fell to the Spartans in not one, not two but three overtime periods, 107-105, on Saturday in East Lansing, Michigan. Despite the loss, sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell set a single-game scoring record for OSU after dropping 48 points. Senior guard Ameryst Alston added 19 points and seven assists. It was Michigan State’s senior day, making it the second game in a row that the Buckeyes would battle against an opponent honoring its seniors. The inspired Michigan State roster followed the same strategy that Minnesota set in place against OSU by coming out in a zone defense. After facing a zone the past few games, though, the Buckeyes started to find a flow, moving the ball around the court and being patient until they found the shot they were looking for. The first half was bundled with highlight action from both squads, but neither team was able to take advantage of opportunities that were presented. At the halfway mark, the Buckeyes and Spartans were knotted up at 34 apiece.As could be expected from the matchup between ranked conference foes, the lead was exchanged multiple times between the two teams, with a total of 22 lead changes and 16 ties by the final buzzer. The Spartans came out of the locker room for the second half fired up, willing to do whatever it took so that OSU wouldn’t be able to celebrate a win on their home court, on their senior day.Michigan State swarmed the Buckeyes on the defensive end at the beginning of the second half, forcing five turnovers in a 2:18 stretch, then making OSU coach Kevin McGuff take a timeout to allow his team to regain composure with 6:08 to play in the third quarter.The Buckeyes would finish the game coughing up the ball 25 times, allowing the Spartans to score 18 points off those mistakes.Back and forth the two teams went until the final media timeout of the fourth quarter when the action began to get interesting.At the timeout, the score was knotted up at 63. With the Spartans controlling the final few minutes of play, the Buckeyes had a tough time regaining the momentum to help put them ahead.Down two points with under a minute to play and the game clock ticking down, Mitchell tied it up after making a nifty spin move in the paint and floating the rock through the net. With 25 ticks remaining, the teams were leveled at 72. Michigan State would not have to worry about the shot clock in the final seconds, but redshirt junior Ariel Powers, who has been the Spartans’ main scorer all year, missed the potentially game-winning pull-up jump shot, pushing the game into overtime.The continued exchanges for the lead continued in the extended time, and with 11 seconds left the Buckeyes thought they had the road win wrapped up with a two-point lead. They were wrong.Senior center Jasmine Hines, who finished the game with a career-high 36 points to make for an impressive senior day showing, would answer for the Spartans and tie the game, moving it to another bonus period.The second overtime was controlled by the Buckeyes; receiving contributions from Mitchell, Alston and sophomore guard Asia Doss. The defensive specialist Doss made a huge steal for her team and scored on the other end to put OSU ahead 92-88, but it was immediately was answered by Spartan redshirt sophomore guard Branndais Agee on a 3-pointer.Alston went to the charity stripe after getting fouled off the inbound, where she knocked down both and regained the three-point lead for the visitors.Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant then drew up a play during a timeout, which her team executed to perfection, as junior guard Tori Jankoska drained one from downtown to tie it up 94-94 with 11.1 seconds on the game clock.The Buckeyes put the ball in Mitchell’s hand for the final shot. Dribbling down the floor, the sophomore made a move to the left wing, but after being unable to create space for a shot, she looked to kick out to Alston. But the pass went awry, flying out of bounds.Triple overtime was next on deck.In the third and final overtime period Michigan State would dig down, eventually coming out on top when time expired. Jankoska was the hero yet again for the Spartans, knocking down her three free throws at the end to get the two-point lead and victory.Mitchell’s 48-point performance led all scorers, but with Alston and junior forward Shayla Cooper having a tough time from the field, Mitchell had no choice but to attempt to put the team on her back down the stretch. The Cincinnati native showcased her seemingly unlimited range and speed on the fast break, which she utilized to get to the basket and finish with contact. Mitchell is in the conversation for the national player of the year award, as she is averaging 24.5 points per game and continues to be the go-to option for the Buckeyes.Powers, who is also a nominee for the player of the year award for the 2015-16 season, had an impressive all-around performance, despite being quiet in the first half as she struggled to find her groove from the start.On Saturday, Powers showed that she can do it all, finishing with 23 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists. Before their next game, the Buckeyes will have to play the waiting game to see which team they will be playing in their first game of the Big Ten conference tournament. They will also have to wait to learn their seed in the tournament. A win Saturday would’ve locked up the top seed and a share of the Big Ten title, but instead a Maryland win over Minnesota on Sunday would give the Terrapins the outright title.Last year, OSU fell in the championship game of the tournament against that Maryland team, and it will look to flip the script this year in Indianapolis. Its quarterfinal matchup is set for Friday. read more

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Winless since 08 just how bad is Eastern Michigan football

A national football powerhouse such as Ohio State expects to win every game. This is a stark difference from the aura that surrounds the Eastern Michigan program. The Eagles have lost 15 straight games. In the time since Eastern Michigan’s last victory, Barack Obama was inaugurated, LeBron James “took his talents to South Beach” and the Jersey Shore became a popular tourist site. The last time OSU lost consecutive games was in 2004, when they lost to Northwestern, Wisconsin and Iowa. That was the last season in which OSU did not play in a BCS bowl game. Safety Tyler Moeller doesn’t care that Eastern Michigan has not won since Nov. 28, 2008.      “Any team can beat us any day,” Moeller said. “Ohio University proved that in 2008. They gave us a great game. We need to play our game every week and not let go of the throttle.” Are the Eastern Michigan Eagles really as bad as they seem? The team is led by senior linebackers Neal Howey and Tim Fort, who are both in the top five in tackles in the Mid-American Conference. Second-year coach Ron English, former defensive coordinator at Michigan under Lloyd Carr, leads a team that is predominately underclassmen. “He knows us better than his players know us, having been on Lloyd’s staff for all those years, coaching the secondary there at Michigan, and he knew the challenge when he took over,” said OSU coach Jim Tressel. Five of Eastern Michigan’s 15 consecutive losses have come in games decided by a touchdown or less. The Eagles’ losing streak is currently second behind Western Kentucky’s 23-game drought. Despite the disparity in team success, the message in the OSU locker room is quite simple. “We can’t have any letdowns,” defensive end Cameron Heyward said. read more

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