SHARE Previous articleSeed Consultants 4/26/2013 Market Update Comments with Gary WilhelmiNext articleCoalition Applauds Introduction of Ag Worker Bill in House Hoosier Ag Today Home Indiana Agriculture News Seed Consultants 4/26/2013 Weekly Market Column with Gary Wilhelmi SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Apr 26, 2013 Facebook Twitter Seed Consultants 4/26/2013 Weekly Market Column with Gary Wilhelmi Global economic policy is a mish mash of uncertainty. US 4Q GDP is at a 2.5 % annualized growth rate, versus 3% hoped for. 4Q of 2012 was at .4%. Growth has weakened over the last several weeks. The southern European recession has been working its way north, as is evidenced by a slow down in Germany, the strongest of the pack. China’s growth rate has also subsided, as it is aggravated by the spread of bird flu, which is also noted in Taiwan.US earnings are winding down with a mostly positive trend, but revenues have been weak, and the University of Michigan consumer confidence index declined to 76.4 from 78.6 in March. Japanese consumer prices shrunk .9 %. , and their long term goal is for a 2% rise. The computer crazies have reemerged in gold driving it back up to $1473. WTI crude rallied up to over $93, and gas at the pump, here in Indiana, prices jumped to $3.99. The dollar index remains range bound.As evidenced by trading patterns plantings are not yet delayed enough to create rallies in new crop corn or soybeans. This next week is important, and forecasts have turned mixed, so watch carefully. Crop scouts will examine the HRW area this week, but freeze damage is well known, and mostly discounted. Flooding has slowed grain movement, but export business is not too good anyway.Chain cancelled some old crop corn purchases, but bought 300,000 tons of new crop corn. The IGC reduced Chinese soybean imports by 2 MT due to bird flu, and it has spread to Taiwan. Eastern Chinese poultry business is off 70-80 %.Low volume in Ag markets enhances volatility, particularly in the bull spreads in corn and soybeans.The charts look threatening on the downside in the grains and soybeans, but the cattle and hogs, on their lows could ratchet up.June cattle resistance is at $124 and June hogs surmounted their $92 level Friday. Cash cattle were bid at $127 in the south Friday and $203 on northern beef. Boxed beef firmed last week, but demand remains lethargic. Hopes for a boost from cook out weather are mixed, as the key is how much money consumers have to spend. Pork demand is somewhat improved, and margins are holding in the black, whereas cattle margins are not. Export sales of the meats fail to impress. Facebook Twitter
Facebook127Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port of OlympiaAt its March 25 meeting, the Commission awarded Bucoda, Rainier, Tenino, and Yelm $10,000 each, for community and economic development investments, as part of the Port’s Small Cities Program.Launched in 2010, the Small Cities Program provides gap funding for community and economic development initiatives in incorporated Thurston County cities with fewer than 15,000 residents. The four cities will use the funding to help implement the following projects:Bucoda will purchase event equipment to support and expand both the popular Annual Haunted House as well an outdoor event space.Rainier will continue to renovate and preserve the historic Rainier School and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church for event and activity space rentals.Tenino will continue with construction of a shaded pavilion dedicated to the needs of bicyclists. The pavilion will feature water-bottle filling stations, seating, bike racks and minor repair facilities.Yelm will purchase emergency notification message boards that will be used to residents, as well as passing motorists, of an emergency or planned event that will impact the community.This is the ninth year the Port has awarded funding through the Small Cities Program in an effort to build economic opportunity countywide. Eligible cities are required to submit applications detailing proposed projects which are then reviewed by the Board of Directors of the Port Economic Development, Port staff, and forwarded to the Commission for review and approval.Past Port investments have helped with development of a community center in Yelm, installation of visitor signage in Tenino, enhanced main street sidewalks in Rainier and renovation of the Oddfellows Building in Bucoda.
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Brown among SAG Awards presenters Jackson leads Pistons past Lakers Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism With a sharp offseason roster tuneup following manager Mike Scioscia’s first consecutive losing seasons, the Angels believe they’ve got the roster to contend for a playoff spot even if their eye-catching Japanese prospect isn’t an immediate sensation.Here are more things to know about the Angels:NEW GUYS: Angels general manager Billy Eppler addressed the two biggest holes in his lineup by enticing All-Star left fielder Justin Upton to stay and acquiring second baseman Ian Kinsler. He even picked up versatile Zack Cozart to play third base, adding three proven veteran bats to the lineup. Throw in veteran reliever Jim Johnson, and Los Angeles has promising additions far beyond Ohtani.CATCH IT: The Angels should be one of the best defensive teams in baseball, with above-average fielders at almost every position. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and catcher Martin Maldonado won Gold Gloves last season, while Kinsler and Calhoun are former winners — and Upton and Trout have been known to scale an outfield wall to steal homers. Scioscia’s Angels seem eminently capable of picking up victories with their gloves.HEALTHY ARMS: The Angels’ six-man rotation is filled with pitchers attempting to come back strong from major injuries, including Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs, Andrew Heaney, Matt Shoemaker and Ohtani himself, who pitched in only five games and played in 65 last year in Japan due to a right ankle problem. The opening weeks of the season will be tense as the Angels wait to see whether health problems re-emerge for any of their starters.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina BEST CASE: The Angels make the playoffs for only the second time in Trout’s career and contend for a World Series berth. Their stacked lineup performs to expectations, while Pujols remains healthy and fit enough to play first base regularly. Their starting rotation avoids any major injuries for the first time in several years. Ohtani is immediately dependable on the mound and at least competent at the plate, keeping Los Angeles out of an awkward situation. They get another spectacular season out of Trout, who finally gets postseason success as a reward for his formidable talent.WORST CASE: A third straight losing season for the first time in Scioscia’s tenure. Injuries return to the starting rotation, again forcing the Angels to put together a patchwork group. Pujols gets out of shape or struggles at the plate, making his exorbitant contract feel even heavier. Upton and Kinsler fall prey to the hitting curse that has bedeviled several predecessors at their positions in Anaheim. Ohtani struggles to adapt to the big leagues on the mound and at the plate, forcing a trip to the minors to get his game together. The Ohtani experiment could go in innumerable ways — but it’s highly unlikely to be boring.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ FILE – In this March 7, 2018, file photo, fans try for a autograph from Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, before a spring baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, in Tempe, Ariz. Ohtani is expected to start the season in the Angels’ specially designed six-man rotation. Los Angeles also plans to use Ohtani as its designated hitter for a couple of days in between his starts, providing ample opportunity for the 23-year-old phenom to adjust to the speed and quirks of the big-league game.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Shohei Show is about to begin for the Los Angeles Angels.Mike Trout might be the best player in baseball. Albert Pujols is its most accomplished active slugger. The Angels are loaded with veteran offensive talent around them, and their injury-plagued pitching staff is certainly intriguing.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Yet most of the attention in Anaheim this spring will be directed squarely at Shohei Ohtani, the Japanese sensation attempting to become the majors’ most accomplished two-way player in decades.Ohtani is expected to start the season in the Angels’ specially designed six-man rotation. 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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 Now I am writing my third book now. This book is about competitive displacements, which is to say, how you take clients away from your competitors (knowing full well that they are trying to take your clients from you). Having spent three hours yesterday writing caused me to reflect on my goals as it pertains to writing books.The first book I wrote, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, is a competency model for salespeople to understand who you have to be and what you have to do to succeed in sales. When I surveyed the landscape of sales books, there was not a book that addressed the Attributes and Skills necessary to succeed in sales now. The novelty in this book is not that any of the attributes or skills are unknown, but that no one had yet written a book on what they are and how to develop them.My second book, The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales, is a book on closing. Neil Rackham identified that successful salespeople asked their prospective clients to commit to taking the next step in large, strategic, high visibility, high investment deals. In 1998, he called these commitments an “advance.” No one had ever identified what all those commitments are or how you go about asking for them. The novelty in The Lost Art is that it is a book on gaining all the commitments, not just the final ask (which, as it turns out, is simple or difficult, depending on how you did gaining the ones before it).The novelty in the third book is that, as much as there has been written about sales, there is nothing to speak to how to take clients from your competitors, even though that is what many of us have to do to grow our businesses.Each of these first three books are really one big book. The central premise in all of them together is that it very much matters who you are when it comes to sales. I started with The Only Sales Guide (TOSG), because unless and until you work on what is in that book, what comes after it will be difficult to execute. I followed that with The Lost Art of Closing (TLAC) because, without the ability to have the conversations that allow you to gain the commitments that move deals forward, it will not be easy for you to help your dream clients make change.Book Three (ETL) covers what is necessary to create new opportunities in white space, displacing your competitors (and protecting your turf at the same time). Execution here depends on what is learned in the prior two books.I have a list of books I am writing, and I have a plan that I am more or less following. The book for sales managers is largely written, and it explains how to create a culture of accountability (something that should not be novel, but is very much so now). The book for leaders is outlined, and it borrows ideas from domains outside of sales, and outside of anything one learns in business school. The book on productivity, or how to do meaningful work is sketched out in a note, but that one will write itself. I also have an outline for success principles, another book that I will write, eventually.The Lost Art of Closing is now available on Audible in the United States. If you are outside the US, the book is unavailable. I am not sure how the international rights work, but I am looking into it.If you buy these books, be sure you contact me here so I can send you the workbooks and other bonuses. If you buy in bulk for your team, reach out so I can do something to help you execute what it is in the books.
While efforts are being made to arrest Prashant Bishnoi, who has been accused of poaching wild animals and smuggling weapons after a raid at the house of his father – a retired Colonel – in Meerut recently, investigation has revealed that Prashant didn’t even have a valid arms license.This even as he used to identify himself as a national-level skeet shooter, but actually had no permission to carry weapons.In a joint operation led by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence earlier this month, sleuths recovered a huge cache of illegally-smuggled foreign weapons.HERE IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOWThese arms were smuggled in through the sports shooting quota by Prashant and his associates and are believed to have been sold at exorbitant prices to people, who did not possess valid arms licenses.According to sources, Prashant had got an arms license made from Delhi.However, that license was cancelled since he shifted to Meerut. In order to carry any weapon, he was supposed to get an arms license issued from Meerut but he did not do so.DRI had arrested a Slovenian national Boris and two national-level sports shooters a few weeks ago in connection with the huge haul of imported weapons seized from Prashant’s three-storeyed house in Meerut.When Boris was intercepted, he was carrying 25 illegally imported weapons of international brands such as Beretta.While DRI sleuths have launched a manhunt to trace him, he continues to evade arrest after his anticipatory bail was rejected.Sources said Prashant was twice located in Dehradun and once in Noida, but his exact location could not be ascertained.His passport has been seized by the DRI and an alert issued to the state police to round him up when seen.There is a possibility that he may even have escaped to Nepal by road.In another development, his father Colonel (retired) Bishoi was also questioned by DRI sleuths.During interrogation, he said he was totally unaware of his son’s activities. Retired Colonel Bishoi said he stayed on the ground floor while his son lived on the third floor of the house.DRI sleuths have not given a clean chit to the father. They say since wild animals’ trophies and arms were found all over the house, how is it that the father was unaware of his son’s deeds.Also read | Illegal arms racket: Indian shooter, Slovenian arms dealer arrestedadvertisementALSO WATCH VIDEO
Mathura, June 29 (PTI) Monkey menace in Brijbhumi, especially in Vrindaban and Goverdhan, is turning out to be a major deterrent for the pilgrims visiting the holy land where Radha and Krishna played the novel sport Maharaas. In order to prevent any untoward incident, we are sending a proposal for Monkey Safari at least at Tirth Sthals of Mathura, said Sarvagya Ram Mishra, the district magistrate of Mathura. He said the strategy of catching the monkeys and releasing them at far off distance has not worked so far. With the recent increase in incidents of monkey bite, the necessity of monkey safari has been felt more, he added. The idea was mooted by politician turned actress Hema Malini , over four years ago when she contested 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Mathura. We would ensure monkey safari in Brijbhumi, she had said. However, there has not been much progress so far in this regard. When former President Pranab Mukherjee visited Bankey Behari temple at Vrindaban a couple of years ago, he was brought to the temple in a covered cart to avoid the monkey menace. Similarly about three decades ago, a lady district magistrate became a victim of monkey menace and had to offer them eatables to get back her spectacles. Food problem is the basic reason of nepharious activities of monkeys, said Mahamandaleshwar Dr. Avashesh Swami, the head of Geeta Ashram Vrindaban. Though on weekends they get enough food when the influx of pilgrims in Brijbhumi is larger, but on rest of the days they hanker for eatables and apply different tricks to fill their belly. The abandoning of specs or even bags in lieu of some eatables shows the monkeys pick up these items for a purpose, he said. They also attack locals as well as pilgrims when their hunger is at peak. In Goverdhan, few monkeys make pilgrims virtually captive by holding both their legs together.advertisement The pilgrim is set free, only when the simian is offered food, said local businessman Raj kumar Tomar, a frequent performer of Goverdhan parikrama. Narrating the mindset of monkeys of different areas, Philonthropic Rakesh Tewari, the PRO of famous Dwarkadhish temple said, while in Vrindaban they deprive pilgrims their specs , ladies their hand bag and children their eatables, in Goverdhan, Barsana, Nandgaon, Gokul and Baldeo, besides snatching the eatables, they even attack pilgrims, without being incited. In Mathura, they not only take away food from the kitchen but sometimes open the refrigerator and take away eatables, he said, adding they turn aggressive if anybody becomes an obstacle to their activity. According to Dr. Mukul Anand, Asstt Professor Physiology, Deen Dayal Veterinary University Mathura, the problem may be dealt by checking the population growth of monkeys by adopting complete vasectomy in a planned way. Monkey safari is also good idea provided the male and female ones are separated in Safari, he added. PTI COR TVSTVS
ACC Media PollFlorida State’s football program has won the ACC for the last three seasons. A new champion is expected in the conference this fall. At ACC Kickoff, the media selected Clemson to win the conference. The Tigers haven’t won the league since 2011. Clemson picked to win ACC over FSU by 84 to 41 ballots at ACC Media Day. GT favored in its division.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 21, 2015The 2015 #ACCKickoff preseason poll, led by @ClemsonFB, has been released: http://t.co/mMOK526V4V pic.twitter.com/WGrdXdxpd6— ACC Football (@theACCfootball) July 21, 2015It should be a good year in the ACC.
BARCELONA, Spain – Spanish unionists in Catalonia finally found their voice on Sunday, resurrecting Spain’s flag as a symbol of patriotism after decades of it being associated with the Franco dictatorship.In a defiant challenge to plans by Catalonia’s regional government to unilaterally declare independence, hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Barcelona in a surprising outpouring of Spanish unity.They chanted “Don’t be fooled, Catalonia is Spain” and called for regional president Carles Puigdemont to go to prison for holding an illegal referendum last week. Some of the demonstrators took to rooftops, including families with children, and leaned over ledges from their perches overlooking the streets below to wave giant Spanish flags in a city accustomed to the prevalence of the Catalan pro-independence “estelada.”Spain’s red-and-yellow flag has long been taboo here in Catalonia and throughout the country because it has been linked to groups supportive of Gen. Francisco Franco’s dictatorship. But on Sunday, a sea of Spanish flags, interspersed with some Catalan and European Union flags, dominated Barcelona’s boulevards.Barcelona police said 350,000 people participated, while march organizers Societat Civil Catalana said that 930,000 people turned out. The march was peaceful and no major incidents were reported.Puigdemont has pledged to push ahead for independence and is set to address the regional parliament on Tuesday “to report on the current political situation.” In the days after the Oct. 1 referendum, the momentum appeared to be on his side. Pro-independence protests were attracting large numbers and he benefited politically from a violent crackdown by Spanish police during the referendum voting.But now the tide seems to be turning. Catalonia’s top two banks announced they were relocating their headquarters to other parts of Spain because of financial uncertainty if there is an independence declaration. Other companies are reportedly considering leaving Catalonia to avoid being cast out of the EU and its common market in the case of secession.And Sunday’s mass demonstration by pro-unity Catalans, under the slogan of “Let’s recover our common sense!” will put further pressure on Puigdemont. The march was the largest pro-unionist showing since the rise of separatist sentiment in the prosperous northeastern region that has pushed Spain to the brink of a national crisis.The rally comes a week after the Catalan government went ahead and held a referendum on secession that Spain’s top court had suspended and the Spanish government said was illegal.Catalan authorities say the “Yes” side won the referendum with 90 per cent of the vote, though only 43 per cent of the region’s 5.3 million eligible voters turned out in polling that was marred by police raids of polling stations on orders to confiscate ballot boxes.Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy vows that his government will not allow Catalonia, which represents a fifth of Spain’s economy, to break away from the rest of the country.In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais published Sunday, Rajoy said that he will consider employing any measure “allowed by the law” to stop the region’s separatists.Rajoy said that includes the application of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, which would allow the central government to take control of the governance of a region “if the regional government does not comply with the obligations of the Constitution.”“The ideal situation would be that I don’t have to find drastic solutions, but for that to happen there will have to be some rectifications (by Catalan leaders),” Rajoy said.Rallies were held Saturday in Madrid, Barcelona and other cities to demand that Rajoy and Puigdemont negotiate to find a solution to Spain’s worst political crisis in nearly four decades.“I hope that nothing will happen. Because (Catalonia) is going to lose more than (Spain) because businesses are fleeing from here already,” said protester Juliana Prats, a Barcelona resident. “I hope it will remain like it has been up until now, 40 years of peace.”The rally drew Spaniards from outside the northeastern region to the Catalan capital. One group held a large banner boasting “Marbella,” a town on Spain’s southern coast. An AP reporter spoke with another man who had come from the northern Basque Country region.Nobel Literature Prize laureate Mario Vargas Llosa and former president of the European Parliament Josep Borrell addressed the rally.“Besides Catalans, there are thousands of men and women from all corners of Spain who have come to tell their Catalan companions that they are not alone,” said Llosa, who took on Spanish citizenship in addition to that of his native Peru in 1993. “We want Barcelona to once again be the capital of Spanish culture.”Borrell added that: “Catalonia is not a state like Kosovo where rights were systematically violated.”The most recent polls taken before the referendum showed that Catalonia’s 7.5 million residents were roughly split over secession, while a majority would support an official referendum on independence if it were condoned by Spanish authoritiesRajoy’s government has repeatedly refused to grant Catalonia permission to hold a referendum on grounds that it is unconstitutional since it would only poll a portion of Spain’s 46 million residents.Catalonia’s separatists camp has grown in recent years, strengthened by Spain’s recent economic crisis and by Madrid’s rejection of attempts to increase self-rule in the region.___Frank Griffiths contributed from London.
Having just a plate of fries or a bottle of soda while following a ‘keto diet’ may damage your blood vessels, say scientists who warn against going for a ‘cheat day’ while following the popular weight loss regime. The ketogenic or keto diet has become very common for weight loss or to manage diseases like type 2 diabetes. “It consists of eating foods rich in fats, moderate in protein, but very low in carbohydrates and it causes the body to go into a state called ketosis,” said Jonathan Little, associate professor at University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe diet can be very effective because once the body is in ketosis and starved for its preferred fuel glucose, the body’s chemistry changes and it begins to aggressively burn its fat stores, Little said in a statement. This leads to weight loss and can reverse the symptoms of diseases like Type 2 diabetes. The often embraced ‘cheat day’ is a common theme in many diets. However, researchers found just one 75-gramme dose of glucose – the equivalent a large bottle of soda or a plate of fries – while on a high fat, low carbohydrate diet can lead to damaged blood vessels. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”We were interested in finding out what happens to the body’s physiology once a dose of glucose is reintroduced,” said Cody Durrer, doctoral student at UBC. “Since impaired glucose tolerance and spikes in blood sugar levels are known to be associated with an increased risk in cardiovascular disease, it made sense to look at what was happening in the blood vessels after a sugar hit,” said Durrer. For their test, the researchers recruited nine healthy young males and had them consume a 75-gramme glucose drink before and after a seven-day high fat, low carbohydrate diet. The diet consisted of 70 per cent fat, 10 per cent carbohydrates and 20 per cent protein, similar to that of a modern ketogenic diet. “We were originally looking for things like an inflammatory response or reduced tolerance to blood glucose. What we found instead were biomarkers in the blood suggesting that vessel walls were being damaged by the sudden spike in glucose,” said Durrer. The most likely culprit for the damage is the body’s own metabolic response to excess blood sugar, which causes blood vessel cells to shed and possibly die. “Even though these were otherwise healthy young males, when we looked at their blood vessel health after consuming the glucose drink, the results looked like they might have come from someone with poor cardiovascular health,” said Little. The researchers point out that with only nine individuals included in the study, more work is needed to verify their findings, but that the results should give those on a keto diet pause when considering a cheat day. “My concern is that many of the people going on a keto diet – whether it’s to lose weight, to treat Type 2 diabetes, or some other health reason – may be undoing some of the positive impacts on their blood vessels if they suddenly blast them with glucose,” Little said. “Especially if these people are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease in the first place. Our data suggests a ketogenic diet is not something you do for six days a week and take Saturday off,” he added.