Sponsored: Klay Thompson’s memorable, record-setting year with the Warriors

first_imgWarriors star Klay Thompson turns 29 today. We’re proud to have him return as our brand ambassador this year with a special offer and free Warriors championship book for new subscribers! To return the love, we thought we’d look back at some of our favorite moments from his past year.When he paid little attention to Lakers fans chanting “We want Thompson”As Thompson stepped to the free throw-line, Lakers fans began a loud chant from the upper deck of Oracle Arena on Saturday. “We want …last_img

Gauteng hospitals get maintenance help

first_img2 November 2012A team of professionals responsible for maintenance of all equipment will now be stationed at four hospitals in South Africa’s Gauteng province, Infrastructure Development MEC Qedani Mahlangu announced in Johannesburg on Wednesday.Mahlangu said the teams – to be stationed at the Charlotte Maxeke and Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospitals in Johannesburg, and the Steve Biko Academic and Dr George Mukhari Hospitals in Pretoria – will include mechanical and electrical engineers, as well as quantity and supporting artisans.“They will be responsible for maintaining all equipment, conducting preventative maintenance, drafting specifications and project scoping,” she said.Progress in infrastructure and maintenanceMahlangu did an inspection on three facilities, including the massive Chris Hani Baragwanath, which is currently undergoing infrastructure upgrades.The inspection at Chris Hani Baragwanath and Charlotte Maxeke was followed by a visit to Zola/Jabulani Hospital in Soweto, southwest of Johannesburg, which is due to be completed early next year.The aim of the inspection was to check the progress made regarding infrastructure and maintenance in the hospitals.During her visit to Chris Hani Baragwanath, Mahlangu checked the progress in the building of a new ICU ward, chillers, boilers, lifts and generators.“I’m comfortable. It’s all systems go, especially at the ICU. Doctors resting rooms have been improved and patients would be moved to a new ICU ward on 15 November 2012,” she said.“Out of four boilers, two are working and sufficient to deliver services, the other two, which are currently not working, will be fixed by the end of next week.”Natural gas is also scheduled to be installed and used in the hospitals next year.Monitoring of deadlinesRegarding the problem of lifts not working at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, Mahlangu explained that the problem was due to the shortage of manufacturers but promised to meet with them to find a solution.“I’m pleased we are doing the work and confident that the timelines are there. I will monitor if the deadlines [for repairs and new buildings under way] have been met,” she said.She acknowledged that they have also experienced several challenges in the construction of Jabulani Hospital, with some delays related to the payment of the contractors, but said they are committed to resolving these matters.Earlier this year, the department reached an agreement with the provincial Health Department for minor maintenance functions to be transferred to the hospitals’ chief executive officers in order to address turnaround times.Together with the allocated budget, the CEO’s will be responsible for purchasing material and managing maintenance for minor work under R1-million.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Mandela Rules adopted for prisoners

first_img25 May 2015The Mandela Rules could herald a new era of respect for prisoners’ human rights, according to Amnesty International.This follows the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which adopted crucial revisions of 60-year-old international standards on treatment of prisoners at a meeting on 22 May in Vienna.The Mandela Rules include extensive revisions and additions to the UN’s Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, which date back to 1955. It is expected the UN General Assembly will adopt the new rules later this year.They have been named the Mandela Rules to honour the legacy of the late South African leader, and are an essential update of the original rules adopted at the very first Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Geneva in 1955.“The Mandela Rules could herald in a new era in which prisoners’ human rights are fully respected,” said Yuval Ginbar, the legal adviser at Amnesty International, who attended the Vienna meeting.“The rules, if fully implemented, would help turn imprisonment from a wasted time of suffering and humiliation into one used for personal development leading to release, to the benefit of society as a whole.”Basic principlesThe Mandela Rules now contain an expanded section of basic principles, including the absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The independence of health care staff is assured, and extensive restrictions are placed on disciplinary measures, including the prohibition of solitary confinement beyond 15 days.Clear and detailed instructions are provided on issues such as cell and body searches, registration and record keeping, investigations into deaths and complaints of torture and other ill-treatment, the needs of specific groups, independent inspections of prisons, the right to legal representation and more.Amnesty International joined a coalition of NGOs and academics which took an active part in the five-year process, working for a progressive redrafting of the rules.Following agreement on the rules, the executive director the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, said the world now had an updated blueprint offering practical guidance on how prisons should be managed safely, securely and humanely.Countries are encouraged to reflect the Mandela Rules in their national legislation so that prison administrators can apply them in their daily work.At their core, the rules stress the overriding principle that all prisoners shall be treated with respect due to their inherent dignity and value as human beings. “Most importantly”, said Fedotov, “the rules stress that prisoners will be protected from torture and other cruel or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. This means the rules probably represent one of the most significant human rights advances in recent years.”In the words of the late Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who spent 27 years of his life in prison: “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

August WASDE report bearish, watch the close

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Today’s report is a bearish report. Both corn and soybean production and yields were above trade expectations and near the high end of estimates. Corn production was estimated at 15.153 billion bushels with a yield of 175.1 bushels per acre. Ending stocks were estimated at 2.409 billion bushels. The US soybean production was estimated at 4.060 billion bushels with a yield at 48.9 bushels per acre.Old crop US corn exports were increased 25 million bushels while new crop corn exports jumped to 2.175 billion bushels, up 125 million bushels from last month. Old crop soybean US exports were up 85 million bushels with new crop exports were up 30 million bushels. The strong demand increases account for keeping soybeans from being down 30 cents or more. The ending stocks of 330 million bushels will keep the bears feeling good for the day. Again watch to see what where grains close.The USDA report today is a monthly supply and demand report. Traders are heavily focused on corn and soybean production in the US. For US corn and soybeans they will be watching both total production and yield.  Those numbers are easy to focus on with US corn and soybeans the main talk of the town as the growing season wraps up in a few weeks. This USDA report is the first report using actual field samples of corn and soybeans to aid in determining production and yield estimates.It appears the trade is heavily focused on the supply side of today’s report. Production and yield are easy to talk about. Everyone has an opinion. Discussion on demand has been largely absent ahead of this report. Demand continues to be strong for both soybeans and corn from the US. On Tuesday US soybeans had their 10th day in a row of old and/or new crop soybean sales to either China or unknown destinations.The market has been consolidating and trading in narrow price ranges for corn and soybeans the past two weeks. Any kind of surprise could yield a spike of 10-15 cents for corn and 20-50 cents for soybeans within a few minutes.Prior to the report corn was down 3 cents, soybeans down 9 cents, and wheat was down 2 cents. Near the 12:30 pm time frame, corn was down 7 cents, soybeans down 12 cents, and wheat down 8 cents.The previous estimates for new crop corn and soybeans began with the May report as USDA used trend line yields of 168 bushels per acre for corn and 46.7 bushels per acre for soybean for each of the May, June, and July reports. The July report did feature a small revision for corn and soybean acres using the June 30 acres report.Grain prices have been in a downward spiral since June 14. On that day December CBOT corn closed at $4.48 ¾. Last night it closed at $3.31 ¾. That same day November CBOT soybeans closed at $11.48 ¼, while last night they closed at $9.84. Frequent rains across much of the Midwest improved yield prospects from earlier indications. Bear in mind that not all areas received those rains since mid-June. The “I” states of Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana received those rains. Ohio did not.Don’t be surprised to hear drought stricken corn harvested in Ohio in the next two to three weeks. Corn on gravel ground in Circleville is done, the growing season shortened by both heat and a lack of rain in July. Northwest Ohio has also suffered from a lack of moisture as well as other areas of Ohio, particularly north of I-70.Prior to the report traders had estimated the US corn yield at 170.6 bushels per acre and total production at 14.757 billion bushels. The July estimates from USDA had US corn production at 14.540 billion bushels with a US yield of 168 bushels per acre. Trade estimates for soybeans were 3.941 billion bushels with a US yield of 47.5 bushels per acre. Last month USDA estimated soybean production at 3.880 billion bushels and a yield of 46.7 bushels per acre.Pointing to strong demand, we pick up additional sales again on Thursday with sales of 120,000 tons of new crop soybeans to China. Also today there were sales of 258,000 tons of new crop soybeans to China. Some are also suggesting that the old crop soybean export number could easily increase with this report. New crop soybean sales this week of 102 million bushels were the highest since 2003. They were also the second highest weekly number in history. While not impossible, it would be another strong indication of soybean demand to see old crop exports increase at this date. Keep in mind there is less than three weeks to go for the old crop marketing year that ends on August  31, 2016.Weather forecasts earlier today indicate central Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio could receive 3-5 inches of rain in the next five days. It would easily be welcomed to finish and potentially improve soybean yields. Rains will not bring back lost corn yields at this late date.Soybeans were especially volatile in the first five minutes following the report. They ranged from down 3 cents, then down 18 cents, then 12 cents, then hit 14 cents lower. This all happened within the first two minutes after the report release.We now know what USDA is thinking. The numbers are out. You can argue with the numbers or realize the USDA is over for this month. It will be most interesting to see where grains close. If November CBOT soybeans close below $9.65, they could challenge the $9.43 low early this month. Should December CBOT corn close below $3.25 they could challenge the $3.18 low made in October 2014.last_img read more

Cattle battle goes to federal court

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Leisa Boley Hellwarth, a dairy farmer and attorney near CelinaDavid sued Goliath in federal court in Chicago on April 23, 2019, alleging violations of U.S. antitrust laws, the Packers & Stockyards Act and the Commodity Exchange Act. Actually David is R-CALF-USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America), a national non-profit organization that represents U.S. cattle and sheep producers on domestic and international trade and marketing issues. Plaintiffs also include four cattle feeding ranchers from Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Wyoming.Goliath is the Big 4: Tyson, Cargill, JBS and National Beef. These four defendants collectively purchase and process more than 80% of the fed cattle in the U.S. annually.David’s slingshot is a federal class action. The complaint describes two classes purportedly harmed by actions of the Big 4: cattle producers who sold fed cattle to any of the Big 4 from January 2015 to the present; and traders who transacted live cattle futures or options contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) from January 2015 to the present. It is rather unusual to find cattle producers and traders on the same side of the fight.David’s slingshot is being aimed by Scott+Scott, a national antitrust and securities litigation firm, along with Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel LLP, another well-respected law firm. The plaintiffs, through their counsel, allege that from at least January 1, 2015 through the present, the Big 4 packers conspired to depress the price of fed cattle they purchased from American ranchers, thereby inflating their own margins and profits.Establishing proof of these allegations is a monumental task. The complaint, however, includes trade records, economic evidence and witness accounts, including a former employee of the Big 4. R-CALF USA asserts that various means were used by the Big 4 to depress the price of fed cattle by 7.9%.According to R-CALF CEO, Bill Bullard, the lawsuit was filed to protect the integrity of the U.S. cattle industry after attempting other measures to rectify the situation did not work. Previously, R-CALF had approached both Congress and the Trump Administration and requested investigations into the structure of the cattle industry to no avail.The origins of R-CALF go back to 1998 when ranchers from Montana, Colorado and South Dakota founded the organization as a vehicle for stopping Canada and Mexico in the alleged practice of selling cattle below cost in the U.S. R-CALF actually filed with the International Trade Commission. Although ITC ruled against R-CALF’s complaint, ITC conceded that R-CALF had a legitimate point. Cattlemen then assumed the foundation would dissolve. R-CALF’s case before the ITC, however, generated so much support that the group stuck around and convinced the U.S. Department of Commerce to implement anti-dumping tariffs against Canada.NCBA (National Cattlemen’s Beef Association) is the trade association and lobbying group for U.S. producers in the U.S. that is partially funded through the Beef Checkoff. NCBA and R-CALF are like oil and water. NCBA proudly lists representing Purina, the American Hereford Association, Dow Chemical, McDonald’s and Wal-Mart on their website. R-CALF proclaims they are the largest producer-only membership based organization that exclusively represents U.S. cattle and sheep producers on domestic and international trade and marketing issues. NCBA supports free trade and expansion of the beef market worldwide. R-CALF is dedicated to ensuring the profitability and viability of the U.S. cattle industry. And R-CALF is currently supporting proposed legislation that would ensure transparency in the agricultural checkoffs.The battle between R-CALF and the Big 4 is just beginning. This David vs. Goliath match will likely not be a short story. It is worth monitoring because some Ohio producers will likely qualify for membership and possible damage awards, should the class action be certified and plaintiffs prevail. This process, however, is lengthy and an uphill battle.Russell Johnston, the Scottish statesman, once observed that David vs. Goliath is all about perspective. When Goliath came against the Israelites, the soldiers all thought, “He is so big. We can never kill him.” David looked at the same giant and thought, “He is so big. I cannot miss.”last_img read more

InDinero Relaunches Financial Dashboard, Offers Free Accounts to ReadWriteWeb Readers

first_imgTags:#biz#tips Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts InDinero, a Y Combinator-backed Web app we’ve covered previously, is a financial management dashboard akin to Mint.com for small businesses. As cofounder Jessica Mah outlined in a blog post yesterday, the dashboard was recently redesigned and a few features were tweaked. InDinero shows financial trends over time with simple, colorful charts, and enables users to analyze and categorize bank transactions.Being geared toward small businesses and everything, InDinero does have a basic, free plan available, but its enterprise account offers the ability to track more transactions per month. In a coordinated promotion, AppSumo is giving away ten free InDinero enterprise accounts (normally $99.99 per year) to ReadWriteWeb readers. The free accounts are only available today, so to claim yours, leave your email address in the comments below. center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… john paul titlow 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Body of 10-year-old boy found in J-K

first_imgA 10-year-old boy, who had gone missing in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara, was found dead, police said on Friday. Umar Farooq, a resident of Gulgam area, had gone missing on July 16 and his disappearance triggered protests in the area. The police have constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the matter, an official said. The body of Umar was found last evening, he said.“A SIT, to be headed by the additional superintendent of police (ASP) Kupwara and supervised by the district senior superintendent of police (SSP) Kupwara, has been constituted to investigate the matter, the official said. He said the police have sought cooperation of the residents for completion of the investigation.last_img

Frigid Super Bowl raises questions about northern venues

first_imgView comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC While warmer climates tend to be more popular host cities, a flashy new stadium and amenities often play a bigger role than the weather in determining who will host the big game.“The owners will do as they like. So that’s one of those decisions that’s just not up to the fan base,” said Mark Cobb, who has been to several Super Bowls in his work for the NFL Players Association. “Wherever has the newest, prettiest stadium, that’s who gets the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCobb, of Washington, said everyone in Minnesota was nice, and he’d return to Minneapolis for a Super Bowl. But he said the weather felt “like I was being punished. Minnesota is where they send you when you’re bad. But if you embrace it like the people who live here, instead of fighting it, it’s not so bad.”The NFL has used the Super Bowl as a reward for municipalities that pump public money into new venues. Minnesota was awarded the game in 2014, two years after state lawmakers approved a financing package that had taxpayers paying nearly half the cost of the $1.1 billion stadium. 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(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)MINNEAPOLIS — After years of planning and many millions in spending, there was one thing organizers of Super Bowl 52 couldn’t control — a Minnesota winter.The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots played inside. But as fans were heading to U.S. Bank Stadium at noon Sunday, the temperature in Minneapolis was minus-2 degrees, with a wind chill of negative 23 — by far the coldest Super Bowl on record — raising questions about whether the NFL’s marquee event would ever return to Minnesota.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES MOST READ Andrea Mokros, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, said the event was a “huge success.” Visitor numbers were still being calculated, but Mokros said outdoor concerts and other events were well attended, even on the coldest nights during 10 days of festivities.“The cold didn’t slow anyone down and in fact made it a more memorable experience,” she said. Mokros said the winter climate allowed the host committee to offer a different sort of fun for guests, such as snowmobiling or skijoring (cross-country skiing while being pulled by a dog). And she said she felt some pride when she saw celebrities donning winter hats and embracing the cold weather.Paul Vaaler, a professor of management and law at the University of Minnesota law school and the Carlson School of Management, said while warmer tourist destinations are more likely to get Super Bowls, there is some strategy to spreading the game to different franchises: The promise of a Super Bowl can lead cities to build new stadiums and keep teams from leaving certain markets.Because of that, he said, other northern cities are likely to host the Super Bowl before Minnesota gets another chance.“That incentive to build a stadium and attract the Super Bowl is gone (for Minnesota), but it’s not gone in a place like Cincinnati, or a place like Denver” or other northern NFL cities that have stadiums that are more than 20 years old. “For other northern climates, there will be pressure.”Some fans said the weather was tolerable and there were plenty of experiences in Minneapolis to keep them entertained. Others said that even though Minnesotans were hospitable, they’d prefer a warmer location.“The cold was just brutal,” said Philadelphia Eagles fan Terry Laufer of Carrollton, Virginia. His wife, Rhonda, said: “I would never be able to bring children here. It would be too risky.” The pair said they’d return with their grandkids in September, when it’s warmer.“You could have had the Arctic Circle and it would have been a great experience,” said Jody Haggerty of Milford, Pennsylvania. “Minneapolis made it work. … It’s not about the location. It’s about the experience, the atmosphere and the game.” Other northern cities have reaped similar benefits. New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium got a Super Bowl in its fourth season, the only outdoor Super Bowl at a northern site to date (2014). Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis hosted in 2012 and Ford Field in Detroit hosted in 2006, both at the end of their fourth seasons. The only other Super Bowls held in the north were in suburban Detroit at the Pontiac Silverdome in 1982 and in Minneapolis at the Metrodome in 1992.While warmer climates have held more Super Bowls, there is no rotation of pre-selected cities that get picked, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. He said it’s up to club owners to take the initial step of expressing an interest in hosting. The sites of the next four Super Bowls are already chosen: Atlanta in 2019, followed by South Florida, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles.Atlanta has a stadium that opened in 2017. Hard Rock Stadium in South Florida and Raymond James Stadium in Tampa have been renovated in the past three years, and Los Angeles will have a new stadium by the time it hosts the game.McCarthy said the weather in Minneapolis wasn’t a negative. Instead, he said it provided new experiences for fans, some of whom took advantage of the Minneapolis skyway system, a collection of enclosed — and heated — pedestrian bridges.“We knew weather was going to be a factor and we embraced it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more