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St. Lucie County to cover childcare costs for first responders and medical workers

first_imgSt. Lucie County Commissioner Chris Dzadovsky announced on Friday that the county secured a $100,000 grant from the Morgridge Family Foundation, awarded to The Community Foundation of Martin- St. Lucie’s COVID-19 response fund, which will help cover the costs of childcare for first responders and healthcare workers through the Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County.Those who are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic will get the help they deserve.The grant will help pay for daily childcare costs, overnight childcare costs, and help staff keep their jobs.last_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mary KennedyDTN Cash Grains AnalystOMAHA (DTN) — The domestic distillers dried grains (DDG) weekly average spot price from the 40 locations DTN contacted was down $1, to $141 per ton for the week ended Oct. 16. Prices were mixed from various sellers, but overall, the DDG price this week came under some pressure from the weaker cash corn price.Based on the average of prices collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended Oct. 16 was at 100.78%. The value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 46.26%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $5.22, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $6.42.Various closures on the Mississippi River are likely stalling transport of some export containers to the Gulf this week. In the Upper Mississippi River, Locks 16 and 17 have been closed to northbound and southbound traffic since Oct. 13. American Commercial Barge Line noted that the latest forecasts reflect Lock 17 will reopen the evening of Oct. 17 and Lock 16 will reopen the morning of Oct. 18. Twenty-four hours of transit delays are expected for the cleanup of both locks.In the Lower Mississippi there is a closure at Mile 249 as of Oct. 16 through Oct. 18 from 07:00-17:00 to southbound tows with four or more barges. At the Gulf, weather fronts moving through the Gulf and Canal areas this week through Oct. 18 will cause intermittent delays there from wind and fog, added ACBL.ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATIONCURRENTPREVIOUSCHANGECOMPANYSTATE10/16/201910/11/2019Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300)MissouriDry$150$150$0Wet$75$75$0Show Me Ethanol LLC, Carrollton, MO (660-542-6493)Missouri SubjectDry$147$147$0Wet$75$75$0CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066)SubjectIllinoisDry$140$140$0SubjectIndianaDry$140$140$0SubjectIowaDry$135$135$0SubjectMichiganDry$150$150$0SubjectMinnesotaDry$135$135$0SubjectNorth DakotaDry$130$130$0SubjectNew YorkDry$150$150$0SubjectSouth DakotaDry$125$125$0MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253)KansasDry$145$145$0POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799)IndianaDry$140$150-$10IowaDry$140$145-$5MichiganDry$135$135$0MinnesotaDry$138$140-$2MissouriDry$143$145-$2OhioDry$145$155-$10South DakotaDry$150$150$0United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521)KansasDry$145$140$5Wet$55$45$10IllinoisDry$147$147$0NebraskaDry$135$145-$10Wet$45$45$0U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640)IllinoisDry$145$145$0IndianaDry$155$155$0IowaDry$140$140$0MichiganDry$150$150$0MinnesotaDry$135$135$0NebraskaDry$140$140$0New YorkDry$165$165$0North DakotaDry$140$140$0OhioDry$155$155$0South DakotaDry$135$135$0WisconsinDry$135$135$0Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas(210-345-3362)(210-345-3362)IndianaDry$136$136$0IowaDry$145$135$10MinnesotaDry$140$140$0NebraskaDry$135$135$0OhioDry$145$145$0South DakotaDry$135$135$0CaliforniaDry$205$200$5Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074)CaliforniaDry$203$206-$3*Prices listed per ton.Weekly Average$141$142-$1The weekly average prices above reflect only those companies DTNcollects spot prices from. States include: Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska,Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan,Wisconsin and Indiana. Prices for Pennsylvania, New York andCalifornia are not included in the averages.VALUE OF DDG VS. CORN & SOYBEAN MEALSettlement Price:Quote DateBushelShort TonCorn10/16/2019$3.9175$139.91Soybean Meal10/16/2019$304.80DDG Weekly Average Spot Price$141.00DDG Value Relative to:10/1610/10Corn100.78%104.56%Soybean Meal46.26%46.69%Cost Per Unit of Protein:DDG$5.22$5.26Soybean Meal$6.42$6.40Notes:Corn and soybean prices take from DTN Market Quotes. DDG pricerepresents the average spot price from Midwest companiescollected on Thursday afternoons. Soybean meal cost per unitof protein is cost per ton divided by 47.5. DDG cost per unitof protein is cost per ton divided by 27.Mary Kennedy can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @MaryCKenn(BAS/SK )Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.FD Source:FD Page :Page Member(s): 08052430, , , ,Slash Commands: Summary Page Member:(AGSK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Iowa Releases 6-Minute Tribute Video To Roy Marble, Who Passed Away Friday

first_imgA game ball for the NCAA Tournament.LOUISVILLE, KY – MARCH 15: A detail of an official NCAA Men’s Basketball game ball made by Wilson is seen on the court as the Iowa State Cyclones play against the Connecticut Huskies during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)It’s been a tough week for Iowa fans. This past Tuesday, former football star Tyler Sash passed away at the age of just 27 years old. Friday, former basketball player Roy Marble, the leading scorer in Hawkeyes history, died after a year-long battle with cancer. He was only 48 years old.Friday afternoon, Iowa released a touching six-minute tribute video in Marble’s memory. You can view it below.A Tribute Video to Roy Marble http://t.co/EyoS82ilVl— The Iowa Hawkeyes (@TheIowaHawkeyes) September 11, 2015Our thoughts and prayers are with Marble’s friends and family during what’s surely been a tough week.last_img read more

Second LEG Carrier Handed Over to Ocean Yield

first_imgzoom Norwegian shipowner Ocean Yield has taken delivery the delivery of the liquefied ethylene gas carrier Gaschem Orca from China’s Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering (SOE). Upon delivery, the carrier commenced a 15-year bareboat charter to the German shipping company Hartmann Group. It will enter into a 10 year sub-charter to SABIC Petrochemicals upon arrival in Houston in July, according to Ocean Yield.Gaschem Orca will be used for shipments of ethane from Houston to SABIC’s cracker in Teeside, UK.The 36,000 cbm vessel is the second of two sister ships delivered to the company.The first eco-friendly LEG carrier, the 38,000 cbm Gaschem Beluga, joined its owner in November 2016. Upon delivery, it too commenced a 15-year bareboat charter to Hartmann.Ocean Yield ordered the batch of three LEG carriers from Sinopacific in May 2014, however, in mid-October the company said it decided to cancel the third vessel under the agreement as a result of the negotiations which were undertaken after Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering filed for receivership in August 2016.So far this year, Ocean Yield has taken delivery of five vessels and the company’s total fleet stands at 37 vessels, of which 36 have been delivered.last_img read more

Corus aims for fewer better TV channels new tech to counter internet

first_imgTORONTO – Consumers will see “fewer, better” specialty TV channels and more targeted advertising from Corus Entertainment, company executives said Wednesday as they explained their plan for rebuilding a media business that is struggling to adapt to intense competition, new viewing habits and changing technology.“We anticipate a bumpy road over the short-term as our industry evolves,” chief executive Doug Murphy said on a conference call after the company announced a $935.9-million loss and a dividend cut that helped push Corus stock to historic lows.The stock closed down 18 per cent at $5.13 per class B share. It had earlier fallen as low as $4.96 per share on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the lowest on record since Corus went public in 1999.Murphy told analysts that Corus is working with its regulated distribution partners — Canada’s cable, phone and satellite services — to optimize revenue received from its top television channels.Besides the Global Television network and conventional TV stations acquired from Shaw Communications in April 2016, the company has a number of specialty TV channels — some long-standing Corus properties and some acquired when it bought Shaw Media for $2.65 billion in cash and stock.Murphy said Corus uses a number of new technologies that employ some of the techniques that have given the internet giants such as Facebook and Google an advantage. The two companies capture about 80 cents of every advertising dollar collected by the media industry, he added.“We now can build clear profiles of viewers as discrete, defined audience segments, such as SUV-ers or fashionistas, empty-nesters, deep pockets and many, many more,” Murphy told analysts on a conference call.“By profiling audience segments and the shows they love, TV can offer more targeted campaigns to our advertisers. This is fundamental to the future of television.”He added that Corus is using artificial intelligence “to process billions of amounts of data coming to set-top boxes to figure out what sort of cross-promotional strategies drive the most reengagement or viewership results.”Corus is also rolling out a system, called Cynch, that automates the advertising buying process.Instead of selling ad space person-to-person by phone, Cynch enables computer-to-computer sales of ads associated with an inventory of programming on various media platforms.“That is beginning to emulate our digital competitors in terms of selling our advertising solutions,” Murphy said.To the company’s advantage, Murphy added, it has the ability to generate free cash flow (after dividends and debt payments), create content through its own studios, and top relationship in local television and radio markets.“Local market relationships with our customers are time-tested, relationship-based and less prone to disruption by the duopoly of Facebook and Google.”However, analysts noted that revenue from the Corus television division in the third quarter declined more than expected despite a positive impact on local advertising from Ontario election advertising ahead of the June 7 vote.Corus attributed the decline in TV revenue to national advertising, due to competition with Facebook and Google as well as “the realities of audience viewing levels.”Earlier, Corus announced its fiscal third-quarter net loss was equal to $4.49 per share for the quarter ended May 31 compared with a profit of $66.7 million or 33 cents per share a year ago.The company’s net loss included $1.01-billion in non-cash impairment charges. It attributed a $1 billion reduction in goodwill assets to its television division and $13.7 million to its radio licences.On an adjusted basis, which excludes the impairment charge and other one-time items, Corus earned a profit of $78.1 million or 37 cents per share for the quarter compared with an adjusted profit of $70.1 million or 35 cents per share a year ago. Analysts on average had expected a profit of 36 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Revenue was $441.4 million, down from $461.6 million in the same quarter last year. Revenue from the television division fell 4.6 per cent to just under $403 million from $422.4 million, while radio revenue slipped 2.2 per cent to $38.4 million from $39.3 million.In a separate move that will have a direct impact on Corus shareholders, the company said it will slash it dividends rate as of the 2019 financial year that begins Sept. 1 and direct savings of about $150 million per year towards debt reduction.On a full-year basis, the dividend will drop to 24 cents per class B non-voting shares from $1.14 per share, where it had been since fiscal 2016. The dividend for class A voting shares, primarily held by the Shaw family, will drop to 23.5 per share from $1.135.Companies in this story: (TSX:CJR.B TSX:RCI.B TSX:SJR.B)last_img read more

Airline disputes familys account of woman left at OHare

first_imgCHICAGO — American Airlines says closed-circuit television footage at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport shows a 67-year-old woman in a wheelchair wasn’t apparently upset or left alone as long as her family claims.American released a timeline that shows Olimpia Warsaw was alone 1 1/4 hours after her flight was cancelled late Friday — during which time Warsaw twice used a walker to go outside to smoke.Relatives have said they didn’t know Warsaw was stranded until she failed to arrive in Detroit. American says the porter assigned to stay with her made a six-minute telephone call to Warsaw’s son less than an hour after the flight was cancelled.Warsaw’s son, Claude Coltea, says American can “condense the timeline all they want,” but the call wasn’t made until nearly three hours after Warsaw first boarded the plane and that the porter left Warsaw alone.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Ethiopia set to send crashed Boeing jets black box abroad

first_imgHejere: The black box from the Boeing jet that crashed and killed all 157 people on board will be sent overseas for analysis but no country has been chosen, an Ethiopian Airlines spokesman said Wednesday, as much of the world grounded or barred the plane model and grieving families arrived at the disaster site. In an interview with The Associated Press, Asrat Begashaw said the airline has “a range of options” for the data and voice records of the flight’s last moments. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”What we can say is we don’t have the capability to probe it here in Ethiopia,” he said. An airline official has said one recorder was partially damaged. The Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft crashed six minutes after takeoff Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. The disaster is the second with a Max 8 plane in just five months. While some aviation experts have warned against drawing conclusions until more information on the latest crash emerges, much of the world, including the entire European Union, has grounded the Boeing jetliner or banned it from their airspace. Ethiopian Airlines, widely seen as Africa’s best-managed airline, grounded its remaining four 737 Max 8s. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThat leaves the United States as one of the few remaining operators of the plane. “Similar causes may have contributed to both events,” European regulators said, referring to the Lion Air crash in Indonesia that killed 189 people last year. Others took action on Wednesday. Lebanon and Kosovo barred the Boeing 737 Max 8 from their airspace, and Norwegian Air Shuttles said it would seek compensation from Boeing after the low-cost carrier grounded its fleet. The US-based Boeing has said it has no reason to pull the popular aircraft from the skies and does not intend to issue new recommendations about the aircraft to customers.last_img read more

Proud to have guided a generation of knowledge seekers

first_imgA trailblazer, a visionary leader, social worker, and first-generation entrepreneur, Vikash Kumar Singh broke new ground by introducing professional education for the ‘weaker sections’ in India.Born in a family of Indian Air Force, Singh not just had the opportunity to travel extensively across the country and pick up multifarious skills, languages, and interests, he also had the zeal to do things differently, the passion to excel, the conviction to break frees and the will to achieve. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIn 2008, Singh realised that there is a huge gap in the education system, right from the grass root level (toddlers onwards). The need for proper mentoring and education at an early stage among the toddlers prompted him and his team to study the parameter to bridge the gap and that start an institution involving tiny tots and toddlers. Today this institution ‘Genius Kids’ is considered to be one of the best in making a solid foundation for tiny tots during their formative years, thereby enabling them to become compatible and competitive. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardHe has been several times accorded with awards and honours in the field of innovative thinking and public speaking and was awarded the Rashtriya Rattan Award in the year 2002 in recognition to his outstanding services to the society and individual achievements in nation building through innovative educational activities at All India achievers conference in New Delhi. He was also awarded the Society Icon 2017 by Magna and also received the Top 50 SME index in India from ASSOCHAM in 2016. Moreover, on April 12, 2019, Genius Kids received the certificate of recognition and Award as The Top Pre Schools Of India ranking 2018 at School Leadership Summit 2019. Also, on March 8, 2019, Annex College was awarded the India’s Education Excellence Award 2018 as India’s Best Institute for Management and Technical Education in Eastern India by Berkshire Media LLC, USA. “I always believe that you cannot achieve your goal and excel in life without being passionate. I always strive for my goal with full planning, strategy, conviction, and an objective to not only for my personal growth but also to give back to society and grow with the impact I have created through my work,” says Singh. Vikash is a first generation entrepreneur having no family background in business or entrepreneurship. Sharing his mantra of success, he says, “The flavour of success lies in your conviction to break free, your passion to excel and your will to achieve. Proper utilisation of time to generate goodwill and create social impact is entrepreneurship for me.” “I belong to a middle-class family and hence I was not born with a silver spoon in mouth. I started my journey with nothing except a dream. But, today when I turn back and see that more than 10,000 dreams have become a manifest reality with our institution, I feel proud of it. I take pride in having guided an entire generation of knowledge seekers. I have done a bit for the society at the age of 41 and wish to do a lot more in the future.”last_img read more

WB govts scheme gets UN award

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal government’s ‘Utkarsh Bangla’ scheme, aiming to create a pool of skilled candidates industry ready, on Tuesday was awarded the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) award of the United Nations, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said. “Out of 1062 nominations in 18 categories from all over the world, #UtkarshBangla emerged No 1 in the Capacity Building category to win this prestigious award of @WSISprocess #wsis2019,” she tweeted. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja WSIS Prizes is an international contest to create an effective mechanism to evaluate and recognise individuals, governments and private bodies for outstanding success in implementing development oriented strategies that leverage the power of ICTs as an enabler of the development. The West Bengal government had received another UN award in 2017 for its ‘Kanyashree’ project, a targeted conditional cash transfer scheme aimed at promoting education among girls.last_img read more

NFL Coaches Yell At Refs Because It Freakin Works

In the first quarter of a scoreless 2016 AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos faced third-and-6 from their own 44-yard line. Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas ran a 15-yard out, breaking toward the Broncos’ sideline. He did not catch Manning’s wobbly throw, but there was contact on the play, and Denver’s players and coaching staff appealed to the official for a pass interference call on Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan. They got one, and the Broncos got a first down, scoring the game’s opening touchdown four plays later.On the ensuing drive, the Patriots faced third-and-3 at their own 27-yard line. Rob Gronkowski ran a wheel route up the Broncos’ sideline with T.J. Ward in coverage. As the Patriots tight end turned to look back for the ball, the defender made contact and shoved him, preventing a catch. Both Gronk and Tom Brady yelled for a penalty. The flag did not come, and the Patriots were forced to punt.Similar plays led to different outcomes that benefited the team on the sideline closest to the on-field action. Most NFL refs would likely say they are immune any sideline bias. “If I make a call because a coach is screaming at me on one side of the field and it’s wrong, that’s a bad day for me,” former NFL official Scott Green told us. (The NFL declined to comment.)But as it turns out, a sideline bias in the NFL is real, and it’s spectacular. To prove it, we looked at the rates at which refs call the NFL’s most severe penalties, including defensive pass interference, aggressive infractions like personal fouls and unnecessary roughness, and offensive holding calls, based on where the offensive team ran its play.1Some of this research was published in March in Economic Inquiry.For three common penalties, the direction of the play — that is, whether it’s run toward the offensive or defensive team’s sideline — makes a significant difference. In other words, refs make more defensive pass interference calls on the offensive team’s sideline but more offensive holding calls on the defensive team’s sideline. What’s more, these differences aren’t uniform across the field — the effect only shows up on plays run, roughly, between the 32-yard lines, the same space where coaches and players are allowed to stand during play.The following graphs show the penalty rates per 1,000 plays for defensive pass interference and aggressive defensive penalties, which include unnecessary roughness, personal fouls, unsportsmanlike conduct, and horse-collar tackles.2The data includes regular-season games between 2010 and 2014, and uses coin-toss information provided by Football Outsiders and play-by-play data from Armchair Analysis. To estimate penalty rates, we used a model of penalty outcomes that depends on yard line and which sideline (offensive or defensive team’s) the play was closer to. Additional methodological details can be found here. Refs throw flags for defensive infractions at significantly higher rates when plays are run in the direction of the offensive team’s sideline; near midfield, defensive penalties are called about 50 percent more often on the offensive team’s sideline than the defensive team’s. Close to the end zone, where the sidelines are supposed to be free of coaches and players, these differences are negligible.For offensive flags, that association is reversed, at least on holding penalties.3Offensive pass interference calls didn’t vary by proximity to either team’s sideline. Here’s the rate of holding calls made on outside run plays, which shows how the defensive team’s sideline can help draw flags on the offense. Around midfield, offensive holding gets called about 35 percent more often on plays run at the defensive team’s sideline. So what could be causing this phenomenon?Refs are faced with a near-impossible task. They make judgment calls in real time, relying on just their eyes and their experience. Deprived of the advantages, like instant replay, that we enjoy from the couch, refs have less information to help them resist the normal subconscious urge to draw on external cues for assistance in making borderline calls. In psychology terms, this process is called cue learning. It’s why we laugh longer in the presence of other humans laughing,4Which, in turn, is the reason that many TV comedies use a laugh track. why we eat more in the presence of overweight company, and why our judgment of persuasive speeches is influenced by the audience’s reaction.The most common cue in sports is crowd noise, and because crowd noise almost always supports the home team, the way the fans sway the referees is the No. 1 driver of home-field advantage in sports. And one notable experiment suggests that how loud a crowd is helps refs decide whether an interaction should be penalized. A pair of German researchers showed actual referees old video clips of possible soccer infractions, with crowd noise played at high or low volume. Refs looking at the exact same interactions were more likely to hand out a yellow card when they heard a lot of crowd noise than when the volume was low.It follows, then, that screaming and hat-throwing football personnel may also have an effect on referee choices. In football, this sideline bias even seems to supersede refs’ tendency to support the home team: The differences in the penalty rates from sideline to sideline are several times larger than the differences in penalty rates between the home and away teams.That bias can affect the outcome even when officials have time to confer. In a 2015 playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions, Matthew Stafford threw a third-and-1 pass to Brandon Pettigrew. Officials initially called defensive pass interference on the Cowboys’ Anthony Hitchens.But the flag occurred right in front of the Cowboys sideline. This led to some confusion. It also led to a helmetless Dez Bryant yelling at the official.After conferring with each other, the officials picked up the flag, a decision that Mike Pereira, Fox Sports’ rules analyst and the NFL’s former vice president of officiating, said was incorrect. Brian Burke of Advanced Football Analytics calculates that when the official picked up the flag, the Lions’ chances of winning that game dropped by 12 percentage points.Dallas won 24-20.Check out our latest NFL playoff predictions. read more