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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Pork Producers Council asked the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for more details on its decision to remove pork from the menu at its 122 facilities.BOP pulled the pork beginning Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year. The move supposedly was made based on a survey of federal inmates and on costs, according to a BOP spokesman. In a letter sent in mid-October to BOP Director Charles Samuels Jr., NPPC expressed its dismay at the decision and requested a copy of the survey instrument and the results. It also questioned the cost factor, pointing out that pork prices are less than beef and nearly equal to chicken.“Pork is a very economical, nutrient-dense protein that ought to be a food option for federal prisoners, and the U.S. pork industry has a variety of products that could meet BOP’s needs,” NPPC said in its letter.Then after a week of controversy surrounding the abrupt removal of pork dishes from the national menu for federal inmates, the government put pork roast back on the prison menu.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Weather was nearly perfect for harvest the entire fall season for much of Ohio. Some parts of Ohio — particularly in the northwest — had six weeks without rain, a far contrast to the spring when it rained week after week. It was a bittersweet reminder of how fickle the weather in Ohio and the Midwest can be. Rains in early October for central and south central Ohio provided a break from a wide-open harvest during September. Winter wheat in Ohio emerged rapidly following rain totals of one to two inches which fell slow and steadily, allowing for maximum soil penetration. December CBOT wheat closed October 30 at $5.22, a weekly gain of 32 cents. This was the strongest weekly gain wheat had seen in four months.Harvest progress across Ohio and the Midwest progressed rapidly in October. U.S. harvest progress the last week of October was 75% for corn and 87% for soybeans. Ohio’s corn harvest at that time was 75% complete, a mind boggling 30% ahead of the five year average. Couple that with the absence of long truck lines for the entire harvest at some Ohio elevators, and you can quickly begin to appreciate the staggering amount of on farm grain storage that has been erected in the past 10 years. Farmers have gone to the bins in storing corn across Ohio this fall. It reminds me of a saying relayed to me from an Illinois friend, “Show me the floor, I’ll shut the door.” Producers across Ohio and the eastern Corn Belt have kept corn off the market, selling very little this fall season. They see more value down the road if they just hold their corn off the market for several months. It has resulted in unprecedented corn basis levels, unseen in my 35 plus years in the grain business.Numerous Ohio locations have a plus basis for corn as harvest is winding down. We are already fielding calls from grain merchandisers seeking corn, willing to push the basis at least a nickel at the outset. Train shipping points are often bidding more than ethanol plants. The next two months or more could be like the Wild West for corn basis levels. Strap on your gun belt and get ready. While you may have the bin door closed and even locked, keep in close contract with local merchandisers. At some point you will have to take advantage of the strong basis levels. If you offer corn just a few cents above published bids it could be a done deal very quickly. Producers during the late summer and early fall were citing the $4 mark as one where corn could start to move. Who would have thought that the strong basis levels were already yielding that $4 mark as harvest was winding down? In mid-October we were seeing corn basis levels in western Ohio at December plus 10 to 25 cents in the midst of a wide open harvest window due to great harvest weather. In the meantime, basis levels in central Ohio were December minus five to 20 cents.Soybean yields seemed to climb even higher as the harvest was drawing to a close. It was a trend well entrenched as harvest progressed across the United States. The October USDA supply and demand report pegged the U.S. soybean yield at 47.2 bushels per acre. U.S. production was estimated at 3.888 billion bushels.  Soybean acres for 2015 were down 1.1 million acres from earlier estimates. The decline was not a surprise as FSA acres had been below expectations for several months. The upcoming November USDA monthly report will likely show a small yield increase for the 2015 U.S. soybean report.U.S. producers will soon be receiving roughly $4 billion in USDA payments from the 2014 crop year. Early estimates suggest producers could be receiving about $70 per acre in payments from the 2014 corn program acres. Payments will be reduced by previous budget sequester near 7%.last_img read more

first_imgSpeak Non-Defensively – This kind of language is an art form that usually includes speaking with a soft voice, using complaint statements that start with “I feel…” rather than “You…” statements, and garnering the listener’s trust in our ability to communicate effectively without eliciting defensiveness. “We” statements can also be helpful (e.g., “We need to start going to the gym.” or “We should talk about money issues.”). This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on September 27, 2013 The Four Don’ts The Five Do’s Using a money management calendar can be helpful for getting your finances organized with your spouse or partner. You can learn more about calendar based budgeting by viewing this web conference here.You can learn more about the 9 Skills for Successful Couple Communication here.To learn more about how to discuss finances with you family, please visit Family and Consumer Science’s MoneyWi$e. By Katie Stamper, Program Assistant and Dr. Michael S. Gutter Talking to your family about money can be a hard thing to do. Money is a taboo topic to some and others may feel discouraged to talk about something they don’t have enough of. Though it may be hard to do at first, talking about money with your family can help avoid the moo-la meltdown.When talking to your family about money, honesty is the best policy. Nothing is gained when bills or debt are not accounted for or ignored. Crunch the numbers and calculate how much debt there is and how much money is in the family’s accounts and on hand. These figures give everyone a realistic picture of the family’s finances, which is beneficial when creating a spending plan.As a family, track your expenses because every dollar adds up. Encourage one another to be accountable for what they spend. Track your expenses for a month and then create a budget for next month. When tracking your expenses you may be surprised at how frivolously money is  spent, which could be used for paying down debts.Creating a family budget requires not only honesty but also flexibility. Most likely not everyone is going to agree or see eye-to-eye. If tension arises, try to create compromises instead of conflict. Compromises can be reached if everyone gives a little. The moo-la meltdown can also be avoided by creating an environment that is safe and judgment free; an environment where everyone can share their feelings, needs, and wants. After each family member has shared, create a SMART goal as family. The SMART goal should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timed. Creating a goal as a family can build unity and encourage future family discussions. As a family, track the progress of the goal. This is a great way to keep the discussion going and avoiding moo-la meltdowns. Consider the 9 Skills for Successful Communication:Table 1. Understanding the 9 Important Communication Skills (Adapted from Gottman 1994) Defensiveness – Feeling injured by others in response to criticism and contempt and refusing to take responsibility for personal actions. Being defensive blocks a couple’s ability to deal with an issue. Even if one partner feels completely justified in his/her actions, becoming defensive will only add to the couple’s problems. Overlearn Skills – To overlearn means to master the 8 other skills so that they remain available to you even when you are tired, stressed, or angry. Calm Down – If your heart is beating more than 90 beats-per-minute, it becomes more difficult to access the “logical” part of your brain. Disengaging from an interaction before something hurtful is said should last for at least 25 minutes or longer for a person to really calm down. Otherwise, it is easy to slip back into an emotionally charged conversation and to say things that are hurtful and damaging to the marital friendship. Validate – To validate another person we must:Listen with our eyes, ears, mind, and heart.Listen to the needs and emotions being expressed.Use bridge phrases and words such as “And then what happened?”; “How did that make you feel?”; “Really? You’re kidding?”; “What are you going to do now?”; “How can I help?”; “Uh-huh.”; “Yes/No/Why?”; etc., to let them know you are listening. Complain – Being passive and sweeping relationship issues under the rug by internalizing our complaints and emotions without expressing them will only serve to trip us up later on. Bringing up a complaint about a specific issue or behavior is actually one of the healthiest activities a couple can engage in (e.g., “When you fail to call me to let me know you are going to be late, it makes me feel like you aren’t considering my feelings and the fact that I will worry about you”). Stonewalling – Withdrawing from interactions and refusing to communicate at all. When couples refuse to communicate about their issues, the relationship becomes fragile. (Note: It is completely fair in a relationship to explain to your partner that you are overloaded emotionally and that you need to call a “Time Out” to take a break and calm down before you say something you don’t mean). Contempt – Intentional insulting, name-calling, mocking, rolling the eyes, or sneering. ReferencesHarris, V.W. (2012) 9 Important Communication Skills for Every Relationship., J.M. (1994). Why Marriages Succeed or Fail. New York: Fireside. Criticism – Attacking someone’s personality or character with accusation and blame (e.g., “You never think of anyone else,” or “How can you be so selfish?”).last_img read more

first_imgHave you ever been so focused on an outcome that you weren’t able to pay attention to the person sitting right in front of you? You can’t focus on two things at the same time. That is to be unfocused or distracted.If you want to stop your divided mind from focusing on what you want to sell instead of what your dream client is saying, then close the call during your opening and allow your dream client to do the same.Look, you know you are going to need to ask your dream client for some commitment to move forward together at the close of your call, so tell them that at the beginning of the call. Just say, “When we are finished here today, I am going to ask you schedule another appointment with me so I can meet the rest of your team to better understand their needs.” But don’t stop there. Now let your dream client reconcile their divided mind.Your dream client has something they’re dying to ask you, and they may need to cover it before they can focus on your agenda. So ask, “Does this work for you, or is there something you want to change or cover first?” Your prospective client will either tell you to proceed with your agenda, or they’ll ask you a question they need answered. If they accept your agenda, they’re okay. If they ask a question, your answer can allow them to move on and give you their full focus.But this isn’t only about sales. Leaders often suffer from divided mind. There is so much that the leader wants to tell the people that lead that they can struggle to let go and listen. If you are a leader, you know that this is true. Instead of barreling through giving your people half of your attention, just say, “Listen, I am going to want to share something when you are finished talking to me. Is that okay?’ Don’t worry, you’ll get your chance to share everything you want, or you’ll get a commitment to get together again to do so.There aren’t too many gifts greater than giving someone your full attention and truly listening to them. Do what’s necessary to reconcile your divided mind so you can give that gift. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

first_imgLeague StageDateTeamsResultFri, Sep 10 2100 IST Group BJohannesburgMumbaiIndiansHighveldLionsLions win by 9 runsSat, Sep 11 1700 IST Group APort ElizabethWarriorsWayambaElevensWarriors win by 7 wktsSat, Sep 11 2100 IST Group ADurbanCentralDistrictStagsChennaiSuperKingsChennai win by 57 runsSun, Sep 12 1700 IST Group BCenturionHighveldLionsSouthAustraliaRedbacksLions win by 11 runsSun, Sep 12 2100 IST Group BCenturionRoyalChallengers BangaloreGuyanaRCB win by 9 wktsMon, Sep 13 2100 IST Group APort ElizabethVictoriaBushrangersWarriorsWarriors win by 28 runsTue, Sep 14 2100 IST Group ADurbanMumbaiIndiansSouthAustraliaRedbacksRedbacks win by 5 wktsWed, Sep 15 1700 IST Group ACenturionCentralDistrictStagsVictoriaBushrangersVictoria win by 7 wktsWed, Sep 15 2100 IST Group ACenturionChennaiSuperKingsWayambaElevensChennai win by 97 runsThu, Sep 16 2100 IST Group BDurbanGuyanaMumbaiIndiansMumbai win by 31 runsFri, Sep 17 2100 IST Group BDurbanRoyalChallengers BangaloreSouthAustraliaRedbacksRedbacks win by 8 wktsSat, Sep 18 1700 IST Group APort ElizabethCentralDistrictStagsWarriorsWarriors win by 6 wktsSat, Sep 18 2100 IST Group APort ElizabethChennaiSuperKingsVictoriaBushrangersVictoria win via Super OverSun, Sep 19 1700 IST Group BJohannesburgHighveldLionsGuyanaLions win by 9 wktsSun, Sep 19 2100 IST Group BDurbanMumbaiIndiansRoyalChallengersBangaloreMumbai win by 2 runsMon, Sep 20 2100 IST Group ACenturionVictoriaBushrangersWayambaElevensVictoria win by 8 wktsTue, Sep 21 1700 IST Group BJohannesburgSouthAustraliaRedbacksGuyanaRedbacks win by 15 runsTue, Sep 21 2100 IST Group BJohannesburgHighveldLionsRoyalChallengers BangaloreRCB win by 6 wktsWed, Sep 22 1700 IST Group APort ElizabethCentralDistrictStagsWayambaElevensWayamba win by 75 runsWed, Sep 22 2100 IST Group APort ElizabethChennaiSuperKingsWarriorsChennai win by 10 runsKnockoutsFri, Sep 24 2100 IST1st SFDurbanChennaiSuper KingsRoyalChallengersBangaloreChennai win by 52 runsSat, Sep 25 2100 IST2nd SFCenturionSouthAustraliaRedbacksWarriorsWarriors win by 30 runsSun, Sep 26 2100 ISTFinalJohannesburgChennaiSuper KingsWarriorsChennai win by 8 wktsadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgchris christie and jerry jones celebrate.Twitter/@Bogs4NYLaremy Tunsil may be lucky that this year’s draft is in Chicago, and not New York City. An overzealous former prosecutor may have hopped state lines to bring him in after a hacker posted an old video of him smoking a bong out of a gas mask to his Twitter account.New Jersey Governor and former presidential candidate Chris Christie joined WFAN’s Boomer & Carton on Friday morning to discuss the draft, and spent a lot of time expressing his bemusement about the Tunsil situation. At one point, the former New Jersey Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer said that if he were still a prosecutor, he would have “gone in and cuffed” the Ole Miss offensive tackle. Buzzfeed’s Christopher Massie transcribed some of the more interesting parts of the appearance:“It’s unbelievable,” Christie said. “Because the bong hits aren’t enough. Give me the gas mask too. It’s incredible. I can’t take my eyes off it. It’s unbelievable.”Earlier in the interview, Christie, who opposes marijuana legalization, said, “When I was a prosecutor, I would’ve gone in and cuffed this guy,” adding, “I would’ve been all over it.”Christie also expressed sympathy towards Tunsil, saying, “Poor kid in that respect. I mean, he did it. But who’s the guy that hates him enough that they had access to the video and put it on. I mean, wow.”Here is the full interview: [Buzzfeed]last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police nabbed a Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) racketeer near Sealdah railway station on Beliaghata Main Road on Tuesday night. A few months ago, STF officials had recovered a large amount of FICN as well as a huge quantity of narcotics, which were supposed to be delivered to Bangladesh through borders of Bengal. According to police, on Monday police got a tip about the FICN racketeer and was thus keeping a strict vigil in and around Sealdah railway station on Beliaghata main Road. At around 7:50 pm, police intercepted a person identified as Raju V of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu. During search, they found several currency notes of Rs 2,000 denomination in his possession amounting to Rs 2.8 lakh. The notes were later detected as FICN.last_img read more

first_imgDoha: India’s Avinash Sable qualified for the men’s 3000m steeplechase finals under dramatic circumstances while Annu Rani failed to repeat her impressive qualifying round form to finish eighth in the women’s javelin throw in the World Athletics Championships here. The 25-year-old from Mandwa in Maharashtra thus became the first Indian man to reach the finals of a track event in the World Championships. Avinash initially failed to qualify for the finals despite bettering his own national record in an eventful first round heat but was later included among the men’s 3000m steeplechase finalists after the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) successfully protested that he was obstructed by other athletes during the race on Tuesday. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju He clocked 8 minute 25.23 seconds, bettering his earlier national record of 8:28.94, to finish seventh in heat number 3 and 20th overall out of 44 athletes who completed the race. He was involved in two incidents during the race that blocked his path and thereby slowing him down for no fault of his. The AFI later filed an appeal, claiming that Avinash was obstructed by other athletes during the race, with the request that he be advanced to the final round. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters One hour later, the race referee, after examining video footages, agreed that Avinash was significantly obstructed on two occasions. India’s protest was accepted and under Rule 163.2 (Obstruction), Avinash was included for the final to be held on Friday. “We filed an appeal and we have got a favourable decision. So, Avinash will be in the final. He has been included among the finalists,” AFI Planning Commission Chairman Lalit Bhanot told PTI. There was no change in Avinash’s position but he has been added as the 16th competitor for the final race. The top three in each of the three heats and the next six fastest qualify for the final race. Both the incidents were triggered by reigning junior world champion Takele Nigate of Ethiopia. In the first, Avinash had to jump over another competitor as four-five athletes at the rear fell over each other. Midway during the race, Nigate bumped into an obstacle just in front of Sable. The Indian had to virtually climb up the obstacle as he was blocked by the Ethiopian, thereby losing crucial time. Despite slowing down due to the two incidents, Avinash ran more than three seconds better than his earlier national record of 8:28.94 which he had clocked in March this year during the Federation Cup. Annu, who on Monday smashed her own national record with a 62.43m throw, could only produce a best of 61.12m in the final round competition. Competing after Avinash, the 27-year-old Annu opened with a 59.25m before coming up with efforts of 61.12m and 60.20m, which put her among the top eight after three attempts and gave her three more throws. However, she could not improve upon her second round effort of 61.12m, coming up with 60.40m, 58.49m and 57.93m, to finish at eighth out of the 12 finalists. 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Kelsey Lee Barber of Australia won the gold with a final round throw of 66.56m while the Chinese duo of Asian Games champion Liu Shiying and Asian champion Lyu Huihui took the silver and bronze with efforts of 65.88m and 65.49m respectively. Annu, who belongs to badal village from near Meerut will, however, held her head high as she had become the first Indian woman to reach the javelin throw final in the World Championships. “I have some technical faults and I will work on them and hopefully will do better. I am yet to qualify for the Olympic Games. I hope to make amends of my technical problems and qualify for the Olympics for which I have to throw 64m,” Annu said after her event. “The training in Europe helped me a lot, especially the stint in Czech Republic where I got a lot of chance to compete with top throwers and I got a lot of experience from there. Training under Uwe Hohn also helped in learning a lot,” she added. “I want to do well for the country and my ultimate dream is an Olympic medal.” Annu had failed to qualify for the finals in the last edition in 2017 in London where she had come up with a best throw of 59.93m to finish 20th overall in the qualification round.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A Durga Puja committee in North Kolkata has roped in a combination of Indo-Spanish artists to provide pandal-hoppers a sneak peek into the Spanish culture.The colourful Durga Puja pandal, a replica of Indo-Spanish pavilion depicting chess, has two entrance — one for common people and other for especially-abled people. There is only one exit. “World famous Spanish artist Antonyo Marest has joined hands with Indian artist Malay Das for Durga Puja festival 2019. The theme of our Puja is Chaturanga. 1500 years ago in India, the game of chess was known as Chaturanga. The theme has been suggested by both of them. Both the artists have expressed their art in a unique concept Chaturango. It will spread the message towards positivity between the people of the two countries. We are thankful to Basu Foundation for Arts for helping us to connect with Marest,” said Subhendu Chowdhury, secretary of M S G L Duer Palli (Old) Sarbajanin Durgotsav Samity. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAntonio Martinez Estevan, professionally known as Antonyo Marest, is a Spanish painter, sculptor and designer. He was in Calcutta last month and designed the structure of the Durga Puja mandap. The Puja pandal, situated at the intersection of B K Paul Avenue and Kali Prassana Banerjee Road, will showcase similarities between the people of both the countries. “This is for the first time we have roped in an international sculptor. Spanish people love different colours. That is why the pandal is colourful. The most peculiar thing is that the idol at the pandal is made of mirror. The idol of Maa Durga will reflect different colours,” said Raja Chakraborty, member of M S G L Duer Palli (Old) Sarbajanin Durgotsav Samity.last_img read more

first_imgPretoria: Nigeria’s president is visiting South Africa’s leader after a wave of attacks on foreigners angered many African countries and led to an extraordinary airlift to take hundreds of Nigerians home. Thursday’s meeting between Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is also a meeting of Africa’s two largest economies, with more than 3.3 billion in trade between them in 2018. South Africa has been making efforts to mend ties with Nigeria and others after its government faced criticism for not explicitly speaking out against xenophobia at first but instead framing the violence as crime. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report More than 12 people were killed and more than 700 arrested after bands of South Africans in Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria, launched attacks against foreign-owned shops and stalls, looting and burning the small businesses and attacking some shopkeepers. Nigeria’s foreign minister called the attacks “sickening” and the government recalled its high commissioner to South Africa. South Africa temporarily closed its diplomatic missions in Nigeria, citing concerns over staff safety. In Nigeria’s megacity Lagos, operations of South African telecommunications giant MTN were targeted in retaliatory attacks. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests South Africa’s president now says his government is “totally committed” against attacks on foreign nationals. He acknowledges frustration about the country’s high unemployment and sluggish economy but has told countrymen not to take it out on foreigners. Outbreaks of violence against Nigerians and citizens of other African nations have regularly erupted in South Africa in recent years, with some South Africans accusing foreigners of peddling illegal drugs or taking jobs. The attacks on Nigerians have led to growing sentiments against South African companies doing business in Nigeria, with many people calling for their closure. The periodic violence against foreigners in South Africa is in sharp contrast to the hospitality that other African nations showed to black South Africans during their long fight against the harsh system of white minority rule known as apartheid, which ended in 1994.last_img read more