December 17, 2019

ASA hires Ryan Findlay as CEO

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Soybean Association announced the selection of Ryan Findlay as its new Chief Executive Officer.  Findlay replaces Stephen Censky, who left ASA in October of 2017 after confirmation by the U.S. Senate as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.Ryan Findlay“ASA is extremely pleased to have found someone of Ryan’s caliber and experience to lead us into our next chapter as a first-class U.S. commodity organization” said ASA President John Heisdorffer, a soybean producer from Keota, Iowa.  “Ryan’s background growing up on a farm and working for the Michigan Farm Bureau and for Syngenta give him the right combination of life and work experience that will serve ASA well in the coming years,” Heisdorffer stated.Findlay is a native of Caro, Mich., where his family still farms row crops.  He earned a degree in political science from Western Michigan University and an MBA from Northwood University in Midland, Mich. The last four years Ryan worked for the global agricultural company Syngenta, focusing on freedom-to-operate issues impacting farmers. His seven-year tenure with the Michigan Farm Bureau included work on two farm bills, international trade, climate change and regulatory issues.  Ryan, his wife Gretchen, and their two children will be relocating to the St. Louis area, where he will work out of ASA’s headquarters office.“I am honored to be selected to lead a premier policy organization that I have worked with and admired for years,” Findlay said.  “I look forward to building on Steve Censky’s strong legacy as ASA and its state affiliates continue to lead the public debate on key policy issues including farm risk management, international trade and rural infrastructure.”last_img read more

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December 3, 2019

Youth consumes poison at police station

first_imgA youth accused of theft allegedly consumed poison under mysterious circumstance at a police station in Agartala.He was earlier picked up in connection with the theft of a motorcycle from the house of gymnastic icon Dipa Karmakar.Sources in the police said Khitish Sarkar, 22, was brought to the West Agartala Police Station from jail for the second time following a court order.Critical conditionOn Sunday, a police team took Mr Sarkar in a semi-conscious condition to the IGM Hospital from where he was shifted to G.B. Hospital. His condition remains critical, a doctor who attended him said.The police station in charge, Narayan Saha, denied that the accused consumed poison or he was subject to any form of torture.“We took him to hospital after he started complaining of severe headache. Doctors later told us he was frothing from the mouth,” Mr Saha said on Monday.Probe soughtA senior activist of the Tripura Human Rights Organisation (THRO) demanded investigation probe to uncover the truth in the incident at the West Agartala Police Station.The group had earlier raised strong protests over custodial deaths at Bishalgarh and Kamalpur police stations in the State.last_img read more

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December 3, 2019

Anthem row in Goa ends with reprint

first_imgAcknowledging that an incomplete version of the national anthem got printed in a school textbook, the education authorities in Goa said it would be rectified. Close to 13,000 pages would be reprinted with a corrigendum and sent to schools. The cost would be borne by the publisher, they said.The incomplete version of the anthem appeared in the Class II Marathi textbook, triggering a row.State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) chief Nagaraj Honnekeri blamed it on a “software problem”.last_img

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November 9, 2019

Report: Sweden 0 Peru 0

first_imgSweden 0 Peru 0: Incas maintain unbeaten run ahead of World Cup opener Ben Spratt 03:15 6/10/18 RicardoGareca - cropped Getty Images There were no goals but plenty of excitement and anticipation of the upcoming World Cup as Sweden and Peru played out a friendly draw. Peru extended their unbeaten run to 15 matches with a 0-0 draw with Sweden as both teams completed their World Cup preparations in Gothenburg.The South American side’s sensational streak has seen them secure a place in the upcoming finals for the first time since 1982, with Ricardo Gareca’s men then kicking on and impressing in each friendly leading up to the tournament.That run continued against Sweden in an entertaining yet goalless clash that slowed in the closing stages as attentions turned towards the excitement of the competitive openers to come. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move An open first half had seen chances at both ends. Luis Advincula’s charging run teed up Jefferson Farfan to shoot into Robin Olsen’s legs, before Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese parried clear from an acrobatic Viktor Claesson volley.The two sides kept pushing after the break, but opportunities were rather more scarce and neither could forge a breakthrough before substitutions disrupted the flow of the game.Both managers will have drawn encouragement from aspects of the performances nevertheless. Peru start their finals campaign against Denmark on Saturday, and Sweden’s meeting with South Korea takes place two days later.#PERvsSUE ¡Se terminó el juego!La Blanquirroja empató en su último amistoso antes de la @fifaworldcup_es.¡Vamos Perú! #PreparadosParaTodo— Selección Peruana (@SeleccionPeru) June 9, 2018last_img read more

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October 28, 2019

11 days agoAC Milan count on Wolves to help land Arsenal midfielder Elneny

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan count on Wolves to help land Arsenal midfielder Elnenyby Carlos Volcano11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan are readying a bid for Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny.Currently on-loan with Besiktas, Milan believe they can sign Elneny in January for €15m.Gazzetta dello Sport says Milan would seek to fund the deal by inviting Wolves to bid for Franck Kessie.Wolves failed with an attempt for the midfielder over the summer.If a deal can be struck, then Milan will seek to do business with Arsenal over Elneny in the New Year. last_img

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October 27, 2019

Urban Meyer Claims Ohio State Is The Real “DB U”

first_imgurban meyer is now a spokesman for bob evansThe debate rages on. Earlier this month, players from LSU, Florida, Oklahoma State and other schools got into a number of Twitter arguments regarding which program should be considered “D.B.U” – meaning, which school produces the best defensive backs when it comes to NFL success. Well, there appears to be a new entrant, and it has a fairly decent spokesman. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer is now claiming that his school is the real “D.B.U”, and he’s got an article to back up his— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) May 28, 2015The piece, written by Chase Goodbread, lists former Buckeyes Donte Whitner, Antoine Winfield, Chris Gamble, Nate Clements, Shawn Springs and Will Allen as examples as to why he believes Ohio State is tops.Of course, these kinds of titles have been created purely for entertainment purposes. That being said, it is interesting to watch players, coaches and analysts vouch for who they think deserves the crown. Is Meyer right?last_img read more

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October 14, 2019

Five minutes missing from video showing Brian Sinclairs last hours

first_imgAPTN National NewsVideo of Brian Sinclair’s last hours of life was released this week at the inquiry probing the circumstances of his death in Winnipeg.But the video is incomplete. Five minutes of footage is missing.Sinclair died in 2008 in a hospital waiting room after no one checked on him for 34 hours.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has the story.last_img

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October 13, 2019

UK interest rates set to rise as inflation hits 3 per cent

first_imgLONDON – Inflation in Britain is set to rise above 3 per cent in the next month or two due to Brexit-related price increases, the Bank of England’s governor warned Tuesday, reinforcing expectations that interest rates will soon rise for the first time in a decade.Mark Carney’s comments came after official data showed consumer prices rose 3 per cent in the year to September, from the previous month’s 2.9 per cent rate. The increase, which took the rate to its highest since March 2012, was largely due to rising prices for food and transport.If it had risen further, Carney would have had to write to Treasury chief Philip Hammond explaining why inflation is more than a percentage point above the 2 per cent target and what the central bank was going to do about it.In testimony to lawmakers on Tuesday, Carney said he’s “more likely than not” to have to write that letter in October or November.It’s because of this high inflation that the bank’s rate-setting panel is expected to raise the benchmark interest rate by a quarter-point from the record low of 0.25 per cent on Nov. 2. After the last meeting, when seven of the nine members voted for unchanged rates, Carney warned a “modest” hike was likely in coming months despite Brexit uncertainties and sluggish wage growth. Investors think it’s more or less a done deal now that the bank has signalled the increase.“The bank’s credibility has been questioned following numerous false dawns on interest rate hikes,” said Ben Gutteridge, Head of Fund Research at Brewin Dolphin.A rate rise would come despite an expected easing in inflation next year and mounting evidence that the economy is faltering as the official Brexit date of March 2019 draws nearer — it is growing slower than any other Group of Seven industrial economy.The main reason why inflation spiked over the past year is the pound’s 15 per cent or so drop since Britain voted to leave the European Union in June 2016. That ratcheted up the cost of imported goods like food and energy, trebling inflation since September 2016.Carney put his weight behind the need for a transitional deal with the EU after Brexit and indicated that the outlines of a deal should be agreed on early next year to keep financial firms in particular from pushing ahead with contingency plans, including moving jobs out of Britain.“There is a limited amount that firms can do in a short period of time,” he told lawmakers. “It’s important … not too much is asked from them.”He argued that a disorderly Brexit — in which Britain leaves the EU without an agreement on what their new relations should be — is in no one’s interest. That’s especially true for financial firms dealing with complicated contracts and cross-border issues of insurance or data. Though the economic impact of Brexit will be felt most keenly in Britain, Carney said financial issues could be acute for the EU in the short run, as London is a financing hub for many European firms.Fears of a “no-deal Brexit” have ratcheted higher recently as talks between the British government and the EU have made little headway.Carney conceded that firms have become “less confident about a smooth transition” in contrast to households. That warning weighed on the pound, which fell 0.5 per cent at $1.3186.In a speech last month, Prime Minister Theresa May laid out her wish for a transition period lasting around two years after Brexit, during which Britain’s economic relationship with the other 27 EU countries will remain largely unchanged. A transition period could give both sides time to forge a longer-term relationship.While acknowledging that Brexit offers Britain the long-term opportunity to reset its economy, Carney cautioned against moving too far from EU, given that the bloc accounts for nearly 50 per cent of British exports. Those in favour of Britain leaving the EU without a deal worry that any future trade agreement could see Britain replicating EU laws, limiting the country’s sovereignty.“The bird in the hand is quite large,” Carney said.The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development was less coy than Carney. In a wide-ranging report on the British economy, it warned that a disorderly Brexit could see the pound fall further, Britain’s credit rating downgraded and business investment dry up. By contrast, it said that abandoning Brexit, possibly through a new referendum, could yield a “significant” growth dividend.?”The United Kingdom is facing challenging times, with Brexit creating serious economic uncertainties that could stifle growth for years to come,” said Angel Gurria, the OECD’s secretary-general.In a statement, the Treasury said Britain is “leaving the EU” and that “there will not be a second referendum.”last_img read more

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October 12, 2019

China denies its action amounted to protecting violent Islamic groups

first_imgBeijing: Defending its repeated attempts to block the listing of JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN, China on Friday refuted US allegation that its action amounted to protecting violent Islamic groups from sanctions.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday denounced China of its “shameful hypocrisy” toward Muslims, saying China abuses more than a million Muslims at home, but on the other it protects violent Islamic terrorist groups from sanctions at the UN.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Pompeo had said it in apparent reference to China’s move to block India’s proposal at the United Nations to designate Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Azhar as a global terrorist. Reacting to this, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing here on Friday that if that is so, the country that had put most technical holds in the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Security Council should have been sheltering more terrorists. At the UN Sanctions committee, the practice of putting technical hold is in line with the rules of the Committee, he asserted. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KWithout directly referring to the US, Geng said, “If a certain country accuses China of sheltering terrorists by putting technical hold, does that mean all the countries that put such holds are sheltering terrorists? If this makes sense then shall we say the country that put most hold is the biggest shelter of terrorists? China has so far blocked the move four times in recent years. It recently blocked a US, UK and France resolution in the counter terrorism 1267 committee with “technical hold” saying that it provides time and space for the relevant parties to hold talks after the Pulwama terrorist attack. Following this, the US has directly moved a resolution in the UN Security Council on Thursday to blacklist Azhar which China said amounted to undermining the 1267 committee. Defending China’s move to block Azhar’s listing, Geng said, China put forward a technical hold with a purpose of conducting in-depth assessment so as to give enough time and space for the dialogue and consultation between parties. China is in communication with all parties to seek a settlement through dialogue. We hope this will be a common goal of all the members of the UNSC. Asked about Pakistan rejecting the evidence put forward by India on the Pulwama terrorist attack, he said, the 1267 committee has detailed and clear stipulation and requirements on the listing issue. What China has done is in line with the requirement of the UNSC and rules and procedures of the committee. We are always working in a constructive manner and stay in communication with the relevant parties and seek a proper solution. “It is improper to reveal to you the detailed discussions, he said. To another question whether China is preparing to defend its stand in the UNSC when the latest US resolution would come up for discussion, Geng said, China stayed in close communication with all parties on the listing issue. We will act in a responsible and a constructive manner to participate in the discussion at the committee. We also hope to work with various parties to seek a proper settlement to the issue , he said. China on Thursday asked the US not to complicate the listing of Azhar as a global terrorist by “forcefully moving” a resolution directly in the UNSC, undermining the authority of the UN’s anti-terrorism committee. “This is not in line with resolution of the issue through dialogue and negotiations. This has reduced the authority of the Committee as a main anti-terrorism body of the UNSC and this is not conducive to the solidarity and only complicates the issue. “We urge the US to act cautiously and avoid forcefully moving forward this draft resolution,” Geng said. PTIlast_img read more

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September 30, 2019

The Gators Bite Back

On Friday, I noted that the Florida Gators had seen a decline in their chances of winning the NCAA men’s basketball tournament despite beating Albany in their opening game. What hurt the Gators’ prospects? They defeated No. 16 Albany by an underwhelming 12 points, and they drew a tough Round of 32 matchup against Pittsburgh and a looming regional final matchup against either Kansas or Syracuse.But the Gators had a terrific weekend. They thrashed Pittsburgh by 16 points. And they were helped by upsets in the other half of the South region, with No. 3 Syracuse and No. 2 Kansas both losing to opponents with double-digit seeds.The Gators’ game against UCLA on Thursday is no gimme — they have a 72 percent chance of winning it, according to our model.  But conditional upon winning that game, they have an 83 percent chance of winning the regional final against either No. 10 Stanford or No. 11 Dayton and advancing to the Final Four.All in all, the Gators benefited more than any other team from the opening week of the tournament. Their chances of winning the national title are 18.4 percent, up from 14.5 percent before the tournament began. read more

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