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first_imgPhilanthropist makes major donation  35 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The biggest single donation to the Irish fundraising effort following the tsunami was made by JP McManus, one of Ireland’s richest men, according to press reports.It is not clear if the ‚€500,000 gift was made through the eponymous JP McManus Charitable Foundation which supports a range of social welfare, health and education projects or through one of Mr McManus’s many businesses. He is a major shareholder in Manchester United and owns a number of very successful race horses. The foundation was established with a ‚€64 million donation from McManus who favours projects in his hometown of Llimerick. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 9 May 2005 | News Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Ireland Prospect research Recruitment / people About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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first_imgIam a personnel manager with 15 years HR experience in local government and havedealt with a wide range of issues including pay negotiations, IR, Tupe, bestvalue and recruitment. I want to broaden my horizons and am contemplating amove to the private sector. Is this a realistic ambition? Will my experience inthe public sector to be of interest in the new sector? What can I do to marketmy skills to prospective employers?AllisonSheard, consultant at Chiumento Consulting Group writes:Amove to the private sector is difficult but not impossible, though it will be amatter of planning the right approach. It is obvious that your experienceincludes elements that apply equally to both sectors and any application thatyou make needs to highlight your transferable skills and experience. In orderto get a better understanding of what these are, network with friends andcolleagues in the private sector. This will give you a better understanding, aswell as demonstrating your commitment to changing sectors. Onceyou are aware of your transferable skills, highlight them in your CV. Then planhow best to get these facts across when talking to prospective employers. Self-marketing to companies directly, or through contacts is going to be key. Doingso also says something about your drive and initiative. This may prove moreeffective than reliance on advertisements or recruitment consultants. You couldalso consider targeting private companies that were once publicly owned and whotherefore might share a common ethos.MargaretMalpas, joint managing director, Malpas Flexible Learning writes:Abroad range of experience coupled with significant skills is always of interestto employers. What I think you need to do is to develop a really good CV whichdoes your experience justice. Try developing a draft and run it past a trustedfriend in the personnel profession.Interms of transferring to the private sector, you need to think ahead about thelikely cultural changes you will need to make. This will stand you in goodstead for any interviews too. The principal change to think about is that localgovernment’s primary aim is to provide services whereas the privatesector’s goal is to make a profit (though potentially also through providingservices) These differences in goals have significant consequences for theculture of the organisations and this is what I would encourage you to reflectupon.Goodluck and go for it! Previous Article Next Article Would the private sector want me?On 10 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Brisbane property market was having a real Goldilocks moment – not too hot and not too cold.Standing at the front of the market as an auctioneer of more than 20 years usually gives me a good insight into how things are going.But taking a read on the general market at the moment is harder than Jeff Horns head.I heard a friend of mine recently describe it as a Goldilocks market, its not too hot, it’s not too cold.There seems to be pockets of the market that are firing, while there are others that I believe are greatly undervalued.Late last year and early this year I felt the high end market looked poised to move.The gap between the renovated property and completed build would close. I am pleased to report that the prestige market has woken up and is building in strength.Over the next few months you will hear of unprecedented sales across Brisbane and I am aware of some thumpers in the inner city market that will make every renovating homeowner stop losing sleep over the upgraded Italian taps.I have also seen some great value. Specifically three-bedroom units or good quality apartments in the inner city.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Haesley Cush said the prestige market had woken up and was building in strength.Not all units are built the same. Some developers pride themselves on their attention to detail, while others couldn’t care what happens after the money hits their bank account.Driving this is also the reality that the vast majority of sellers (and agents) are only advertising on the internet, which ironically is making the search for the right property even harder.It brings to mind the expression “can’t see the forest for the trees’’.Quality is getting lost as buyers are just shopping for their real estate on line and short listing properties based on price. This is true for sales and rentals.It genuinely seems like real estate sellers/landlords are relearning the “you get what you pay for” lesson.When it comes to selling property a cross media marketing campaign and an experienced proactive agent have never been more important and in a market like this the wrong combo could be very costly.Relying solely on the web sites is having a negative affect on prices and is seeing sellers and landlords race to the bottom to attract the buyer/tenant.In recent years I’ve been encouraging owners to re-engage with print advertising, deal with an agent who works proactively with buyers/tenants and one who knows the art of follow up and will work around the clock.There are agents and there are agents. There are units and there are units. As the race to find the buyer/tenant gets more complex sellers and landlords should be uber conscious that when it comes to property cheap is usually very costly.last_img read more

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first_imgThe entrance to the FCA’s headquarters in Stratford, London“Here, the financial incentives available to staff for selling non-advised annuities by telephone created conflicts which led to unfair outcomes for some customers. Firms must have controls in place to ensure they are prioritising fairness to customers.”Susan McInnes, CEO of SLA and director of open business at Phoenix Group, said “While this is an historic issue and one we were aware of when we acquired Standard Life Assurance Limited, we would like to apologise to affected customers, all of whom we have already been in contact with as part of the programme of customer redress. We have also reviewed and updated our telephone practices as part of this process.“Whenever we get things wrong, we seek to learn from our mistakes and are absolutely focused on putting things right. Our remediation programme for affected customers is progressing well and we expect it to be completed by the end of the year.”Standard Life Aberdeen has not been subject to investigation by the FCA. However, the company acknowledged in a statement that the failures happened while SLA was owned by Standard Life – now Standard Life Aberdeen – and apologised to customers affected.“Since the FCA investigation commenced in 2016, we have worked closely with and co-operated fully with the FCA,” the company said. The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has levied a £30.8m (£34.4m) fine on Standard Life Assurance (SLA) for failures regarding the suitability of pension annuity sales over the course of eight years.SLA – a former subsidiary of Standard Life Aberdeen that was sold to Phoenix Group last year – “failed to put in place adequate controls to monitor the quality of the calls between its call handlers and non-advised customers”, the FCA said in a statement this morning. As a result, staff failed to inform some customers about other retirement options that may have been more suitable.In addition, it gave phone sales staff financial incentives to sell annuities, “which encouraged them to place their own financial interests ahead of their customers”, the regulator said. Between 2008 and 2016, the FCA reported that more than a fifth of SLA call handlers received bonuses of more than 100% of their basic salary.An ongoing past business review initiated by SLA in 2017 has so far identified more than 15,000 people affected by the practices, and has paid redress totalling more than £25m. Mark Steward, executive director of enforcement and market oversight at the FCA, said: “Standard Life Assurance’s controls needed to place fairness to customers at their heart.last_img read more

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first_img… lament hardship to livelihoodBy Rupadai SeenaraineSeveral fishermen who use the Hope Canal on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) to dock their boats were on Friday banned from operating at the canal.Released by the Fisheries Department of the Agriculture Ministry, the notice states that the fishermen have been given until next Thursday to relocate their vessels to the Hope koker.When Guyana Times visited the area on Friday, the fishermen were up in arms against the move, lamenting that their livelihoods will be affected.“Them just say that they want the boat to move, that they don’t want fisherman to have access to this channel no more,” a disturbed fisherman related.Some of the boats which were banned from docking at the Hope Canal“What happen is that they tell us that we can’t bring we boats here, because they suffering from damages. I can’t see what damages we causing,” another declared.Concerns were also raised by those who utilise the canal to save their boats from the pounding waves of the Atlantic Ocean that the koker does not possess sufficient space to facilitate all of the fishing boats.The fishermen contend that it would be impossible to take their boats to the other docking site in such a short period of time, since it would be occupied by other fishermen, who would usually use the koker on a daily basis.In their pleas for the decision to be reviewed by Government, the fishermen noted that their only reason for utilising the canal is to harbour their boats and save the vessels from incurring losses when out at sea during inclement weather conditions.Police arresting some of the fishermenIn the past, those whose fishing boats were left in the open ocean suffered major losses, and sometimes their day’s earnings. On Friday afternoon, one boat owner was seen removing an engine from his boat, and tending to the other damages the vessel received after being dealt a severe thrashing from the ocean waves.“We just use here as a lil rescue. You think (the Guyana) fisheries will come back and compensate anybody for it? They don’t have interest in we! an aggravated fisherman stated.The fishermen related that when their vessels are left at the koker at night, there is a chance that engines and other parts get stolen, thus persons are forced to spend the entire night watching over their boats.“One of the boats that we does get here is around $7 million with everything (equipment). When you put it in the channel and it turn over and break up. What will happen to we?” he added.Meanwhile, at the koker, works were being carried out to remove debris and create a channel for the fishing boats. This, they said, will serve no benefit to them, since all the materials will be swept into the ocean in a few days’ time.“The koker block up and no boat can’t moor there because the water rough. Now they send an excavator to dig a canal, but majority of the stuff will run back into the channel by end of the week. We know that. So where they expect us to go for harbour?” a member of the crowd highlighted.During the day, some of the men were taken into custody by the Police for failure to possess a valid fishing licence. They were each subsequently released on $20,000 bail.However, those who were present stated that, in the past, fishermen were informed of the need to acquire a licence at the cost of $15,000, which would be issued them two weeks after they would have paid for same. They regard this as an unnecessary ways of squeezing monies out of their pockets.One fisherman related that due to the closure of the sugar estate at which he previously worked, he had no other choice but to join the fishing industry to obtain an income. However, when asked to pay monies unnecessarily, there isn’t much profit. At one point in the past, their profit had been $2000 per day.“This country [is] getting hard, and everybody just trying to maintain their family. I get two children and just start to work this boat two weeks now,” he explained.Others also agreed that their livelihoods are being hindered in light of this decision. The men are calling on the relevant authorities to revoke the ban in order for them to continue to ply their trade in the fishing industry.last_img read more

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first_imgFour Donegal Students were awarded a 2019 All Ireland Scholarship last weekend at the University of Limerick.Síofra Mauerhofer, Stephen Timlin, Adam Graham and Rónán McHugh were among the 125 students from across Ireland that were awarded.This award grants them full academic financial support for the duration of their third level studies by sponsor, JP McManus. The students, from Abbey Vocational School, Crana College, Loreto Community School and Pobalscoil Chloich Cheannfhaola, were among the winners acknowledged for their achievements by outgoing Ireland rugby union Head Coach, Joe Schmidt, awards sponsor, JP McManus, and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD.Sponsored by JP McManus, the 3rd level educational scholarship is awarded to a minimum of two highest-achieving students from each of the 32 counties.They must meet a further set of criteria, including attending a non-fee-paying school and being exempt from the Leaving Certificate fee. This year, seven All Ireland Scholarship recipients scored the maximum 625 Leaving Cert points.The most popular area of study is Medicine, closely followed by Engineering and Science.Mr. McManus said: “Today we celebrate the success of the young men and women who are being recognised for their outstanding academic achievements.“ To the scholarship recipients of 2019, I offer my sincere congratulations; your hard work and commitment is a testimony to your ability and ambition, and I know you will build on your success and continue to strive for excellence in your ongoing studies and future careers.”Established in 2008, the scholarships are valued at €6,750 per annum in the Republic of Ireland and £5,500 in Northern Ireland and continue for the duration of the undergraduate programme chosen by each scholarship winner.Guest of Honour, Joe Schmidt, commended the 125 students: “Education is a hugely important part of every young person’s development in life, and it’s fantastic to be able to be here today to recognise first-hand the outstanding achievements of each and every student present. “I encourage them all to keep working hard and to make the most of their opportunities.”Congratulating this year’s recipients, Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD said; “These young women and men deserve our warmest congratulations. Their schools, teachers and families can take great pride in their achievements.“They have worked exceptionally hard to get this far. They have already shown the stamina and drive that I expect will be rewarded as they move forward through their studies and on into careers.”The programme is administered by the Department of Education & Skills and the Department for the Economy with support from the Department of Education, Northern Ireland. To date, 1,496 students have been awarded an All-Ireland Scholarship and 905 have graduated from university.Previous Guests of Honour have included Irish Presidents Michael D. Higgins and Mary McAleese, 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, and sporting heroes AP McCoy, Paul O’Connell, John Kiely and Martin O’Neill.Donegal students among 125 All Ireland Scholarships awarded across Ireland was last modified: December 2nd, 2019 by Dionne MeehanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:abbey vocational schoolAll Ireland ScholarshipawardCRANA COLLEGEdonegalLoreto Community SchoolPobalscoil Chloich Cheannfhaolalast_img read more

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first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesAugusta is looming with the first major golf tournament of the year to be played next month, between Thursday 11 and Sunday 14 April to be exact. And all hopes are resting on Rory McIlroy to finally win The Masters and complete the quadruple of Grand Slam titles. However, he’s not won a major championship since 2014 and there are two other golfers hot on his heels to manage the same feat this calendar year: Justin Spieth (yet to win the PGA Championship) and Phil Mickelson (hoping to win the US Open after six years of coming second). Betfair have already made the Northern Irishman one of the favourites to win The Masters, but can he do it?An Elite ClubOnly five players in PGA history have completed the prestigious career Grand Slam. Names in this exclusive club are Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen. Technically speaking, a Grand Slam is winning all four major competitions in a calendar year and while none of the above have managed that feat, Tiger Woods came closest with the ‘Tiger Slam’, which was all four majors in a 365-day period over two calendar years (2000 and 2001). That said, a career Grand Slam is still an admirable feat.Five Years and CountingIt’s been five years since Rory McIlroy won a golf major – 2014 saw him victorious in both The Open and PGA Championship. He’s finished in the top-10 every year since then, peaking at fourth in the 2015 Masters. It’s also been a while since McIlroy was named world’s number 1 – three-and-a-half years, in fact. Since then, he’s dropped as low as 13th but currently ranks 6th in the world, behind the likes of Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose. McIlroy recently played at the Arnold Palmer Invitation in Florida, but was unable to defend his crown, finishing in a tie for sixth. But prior to the tournament, he revealed he’s finally come to terms with the enormity of the task ahead: “It’s definitely taken me time to come to terms with the things I’ve needed to deal with inside my own head and I think sometimes I’m too much of a fan of the game because I know exactly who has won the grand slam and exactly who I’d be putting myself alongside”.“I’ve become a lot more comfortable with the fact that I’m going to fail more times than I succeed at that certain conquest or whatever you want to call it. I’ve tried four times and I’ve failed, but Abraham Lincoln lost the first 13 elections he was in and ended up being the President of the United States so I’ve still got a bit of time”.The CompetitionDustin Johnson 10/1 – Currently the world number 1, but yet to win The Masters (with his best finish coming in 2016, when he tied for fourth place). This year, Dustin Johnson has won the inaugural Saudi International and the WGC-Mexico Championship.Justin Rose 12/1 – World number 2, Justin Rose’s best performance in The Masters came in 2015 and 2017, when he tied for second place; however, he’s only won one major championship and that was last year’s Open. This year, he has won the Farmers Insurance Open.Justin Thomas 12/1 – Fourth in the PGA World rankings, American Justin Thomas won the PGS Championship in 2017, but has only played in the previous three Masters tournaments, with his best finish last year when he tied at 17th. 2017 was his breakthrough year, so it looks like the only way is up. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

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first_imgMelissa Javan10 August 2016What hair products do you use for the characters Charmaine Meintjies and Paula van der Lecq? This is one of the questions asked by fans of one of South Africa’s favourite soapies, 7de Laan.Watch an episode of 7de Laan:The characters’ lookIzelle Bodenstein, Nicola Roodt and Theola Booyens are in the hair and makeup department of the soapie. They make sure the actors look their part for every scene.Anything related to skin, whether it’s covering a tattoo or creating a bruise from a fall, these three women are trained to do it. They also take care of the actors’ hair, which includes weekly or monthly cuts, wig placements and extensions.Before the makeup artists start their work, Roodt says they get a sketch about each character’s background. “The creative director and the head of department decide what they want. We then discuss with them what would work for that character and the actor.”Every person is different. You have to look at what suits that person’s hair or whatever.”Roodt says they have certain scenes written on a board for each episode. “For instance, if there is a kissing scene coming up, you can’t give the female actor red lips. You don’t want the residue of the red lipstick to be on the man. So you give the female actor a natural lipstick colour.”She also says each actor gets their own bag to take on set, containing their makeup. A standby make-up assistant does touch-ups during filming. “Hygiene is important, so no-one shares products. Each actor gets their own – whether it is an eye pencil or anything going on the eyes and lips.” Drawings of each character’s face are posted on the wall of the makeup department. (Image: Melissa Javan)Bodenstein worked in a hair salon before she started at 7de Laan in 2006. She prefers the pressure of working in the film industry, she adds.Fans often call the show for tips on how to look like a certain character. Popular characters’ hairstyles include Paula van der Lecq, Emma le Roux, Kim Conradie and Charmaine Meintjies. “I am off on weekends, so I have done some of the fans’ hair according to certain characters. Sometimes people want to know what makeup we use on a certain actor’s face.” Everything in its place and organised – each character has their own bin for makeup. (Image: Melissa Javan)The clothesMpho Mhaladi works in the wardrobe department. “People think I just pick clothes. I don’t. There is much more to it. [Picking the clothes] depends on where the storyline is going, the emotion of a scene, how it is going to look on a body type, who the character is, and what their status is – I have to consider all of that!”Mhaladi says the clothes of a character influence the style of hair and makeup.Actor Ingrid Paulus walks in; she likes a certain dress. But it does not compliment Paulus’s body type. “We are going to rework that dress. We rework whatever does not work on the body and make it fit.” Mpho Mhaladi, wardrobe assistant, with 7de Laan actor Ingrid Paulus, who plays the character Vanessa Meintjies. (Image: Melissa Javan)Mhaladi says her department also makes sure that colours don’t block on a set. “For instance, a person standing in front of certain colour background can’t wear the same colour as the background.”Not everyone can be in a plain shirt. We have to put in a print here and there.”Actors in the same scene also need to wear different colours. In one scene, for example, when the character Marko Greyling (Francois Lensley) introduces an artist at his restaurant, he is wearing a light blue shirt. Mhaladi has to get the artist to change into a dark blue shirt.The beginningRosa-mari Erasmus, publicist for 7de Laan, says the first episode was broadcasted on 4 April 2000. “Our existence is 16 years. In March 2017, we will celebrate our 4 000th episode.”When 7de Laan started, it was only broadcasted on Tuesdays. After that we then had an episode on a Tuesday and a Thursday. The viewers asked that we should do more episodes per week. We are now broadcasting daily from Monday to Friday.” The soapie 7de Laan has a total of 120 crew members, although not all of them work on each episode. One episode is recorded per day on average during Monday and Friday. (Image: Melissa Javan)Danie Odendaal is the creator and producer, having got the idea for the story when he was living in Melville, Johannesburg years ago. He used to drink coffee regularly at his favourite coffee shop and watch people. He made up fictitious characters based on what he saw.Oppiekoffie, the coffee shop, was originally called Die Koffiekan (the coffee jar), which was also the working title of the series. Another suggestion was Hoe Meer Dae (Afrikaans for “days of our lives”). 7de Laan was eventually chosen because it portrayed a place where people lived and worked.Erasmus says there are 120 people in the crew, excluding the actors. “The crew members, for example, include the accountant, the camera men and those in the wardrobe department. The crew is anyone who is not an actor.” While shooting a scene, there are standby staff on set. For instance, the standby of the makeup department makes sure the actors’ hair stays in place when the cameras are not rolling. (Image: Melissa Javan)The making of an episodeOn 4 August, journalist Melissa Javan visited the set, the day the crew and actors were busy filming their 3 900th episode. It will air on 20 October.Erasmus says this episode is part of series 17; a series runs for a year. A total of 260 episodes are recorded each year.Erasmus explains how an episode is created:Every Monday, the head storyliner and her team brainstorm the characters on whom they want to focus for a week’s episodes. From Monday to Friday, these episodes are recorded. Sometimes, six episodes are recorded during that work week.The ideas are pitched to the SABC’s commissioning editor, who will decide if the stories are in line with the broadcasting standards.The storyliner grids the scenes they want.This grid is sent to the storytellers. They then work on the script, which includes dialogue for the scenes.There is a heads of department meeting on the Thursday to discuss the episodes, where they talk about issues such as the hair and makeup.Actors get the grid – not the script yet – about a month ahead of time. They try to get into character and prepare themselves emotionally. Later they get the script to practise their words.Some of the things that take place on the day an episode is filmed:On the day of the episode, call sheets are done. Certain scenes of that episode are recorded first. For instance, scenes in the deli-set will be recorded and finished, after which the crew and actors go to another set.The actors do a rehearsal scene first and practise their lines on the set.There are four directors, but only one of them works on an episode. The director of the episode gives the actors and the extras details about where they should stand when they are saying their lines, among other instructions.Scenes are then recorded from different angles. The box producer gives notes through the floor manager’s earphones about what changes he or she wants the actors or crew to make on the scene.Some of the things that take place after an episode is filmed:In post-production, scenes are put together for an episode.Every Monday people such as the art director, one of the producers and the SABC’s commissioning editor discuss the scenes in the episode. For instance, they will decide what scenes should be redone.Music and sound effects are added.Sub-titles are added.Finally, the episodes are sent to the SABC to be broadcast.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The inter-seeded beans are struggling in the wheat ground. We are so dry and we need a rain badly. Wheat yields were excellent, though. In our 15-inch row wheat, it was the best yields we have ever had. Our low was 80 and our high was 97 bushels an acre and we were very pleased with that. The inter-seeded beans are probably only four inches tall in many places and they are just kind of hanging out. We do have some bigger beans but they all need a rain.The rest of the soybeans look OK yet, but our corn is starting to roll with the dry weather in the heat. You can definitely see the hybrids with the drought tolerance and the ones that don’t have it. We have them side-by-side in some places. The tassels are there but not out yet and we could really use some rain before pollination.Last week we had three tenths of an inch and we had eight tenths of an inch of rain two weeks ago and we are getting very dry. I think it is already hurting the corn yields. We have corn that is over your head and corn that is four feet tall and rolled tight in parts of the fields. I have seen some leaves with some spots but diseases do not seem to be much of an issue with the dry conditions.We have a few marestail popping through in some fields that escaped our pre-plant herbicide applications but everything is pretty much under control right now in terms of weeds. We are just in need of some rain.last_img read more

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first_imgRead Next Kemba Walker, who was named an All-Star reserve earlier in the day, scored 40 points for Charlotte. Marvin Williams, who returned after missing four games with a left ankle sprain, finished with 10.Portland pulled ahead 102-100 in the extra period before Dwight Howard fouled McCollum on a 3-point attempt. McCollum made two of three to extend Portland’s lead, and Maurice Harkless dunked with 37.4 seconds left to make it 106-100.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWalker hit a 3-pointer before McCollum’s layup on the other end all but sealed it with 12.2 seconds left.After trailing 79-65 heading into the final quarter, Walker’s layup got Charlotte within 92-88 with just over five minutes left. Walker pulled the Hornets closer with a pair of baskets that tied it at 95. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s pull-up jumper tied it at 97 with 1:45 to go, and neither team could score the rest of the way in regulation. LATEST STORIES Walker finished the half with 17 points, including 15 in the second quarter.Portland stretched the lead to 75-61 on a long jumper from Damian Lillard in the third quarter, and the Blazers kept the margin at double digits into the fourth until Charlotte’s late run.Lillard finished with 18 points and eight assists.TIP-INSHornets: Earlier in the day, Walker was selected as an All-Star reserve by Commissioner Adam Silver, replacing the injured Kristaps Porzingis. “It’s surreal. It’s my second one. I’m just very fortunate, very blessed,” Walker said.Trail Blazers: The Blazers were thought to be considering a big move at the trade deadline, but Olshey, their president of basketball operations, told the team’s broadcasters: “We looked into the rental market and as it turned out, a lot of the things on the rumor mill weren’t true. Those guys just weren’t available.” … Maurice Harkless started for the Blazers at small forward.CONDOLENCESThe Blazers were stunned by traffic collision in Houston that claimed the life of R.J. Adelman, the son of former Blazers coach Rick Adelman.R.J. Adelman had been an assistant on his father’s staff when the elder Adelman coached the Houston Rockets from 2007-11. He also was player personnel director for the Minnesota Timberwolves when his father coached there.“I would like to send out my sincere condolences to coach Adelman and his family for the tragedy of losing their son. Obviously it took everybody by surprise and certainly it’s an emotional day,” Stotts said.UP NEXTThe Hornets visit the Jazz on Friday night. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum View comments The Trail Blazers visit the Sacramento Kings on Friday night. At the trade deadline earlier in the day, the Blazers sent forward Noah Vonleh to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the rights to center Milovan Rakovic. Vonleh, the No. 9 overall pick by Charlotte in the 2014 draft, averaged 3.6 points and 5.1 rebounds in 33 games for the Blazers this season, including 12 starts.The Hornets made a move the day earlier, acquiring center Willy Hernangomez from the Knicks in exchange for Johnny O’Bryant and two future second-round draft picks. Hernangomez averaged 7.1 points and 5.8 rebounds in 98 career games with the Knicks, including 22 starts.Hernangomez was not yet with the Hornets and it was likely he would not be available for Friday night’s game in Utah.“I’m glad it’s over,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said about the deadline. “We’ve been getting ready for Charlotte. It really hasn’t impacted what we’ve done over the last few days. Certainly (GM Neil Olshey) and his staff have spent a lot of time, hours on the phone, in leading up to this. It’s probably more of a relief for the players because it is a stressful time.”Portland jumped out to a 22-5 lead early, and went into the second quarter up 29-18, led by Nurkic with 10 points and five rebounds. Charlotte got within 44-42 on a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer from Walker, but trailed 49-45 at the half after Meyers Leonard hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, center, shoots against the Charlotte Hornets during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Ore. — Jusuf Nurkic had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers returned home with a 109-103 overtime victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night.CJ McCollum added 22 points for the Blazers, who were coming off a winless three-game trip. 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