Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Russell celebrated his 23rd birthday by tying a career high with 40 points, making some huge shots down the stretch to lead the Brooklyn Nets to an important 117-115 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night.The victory kept the Nets alone in sixth place in the Eastern Conference and gives them 2-1 edge in the series entering Friday night’s game at Brooklyn.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsRussell called it a “must-win game.”The big effort came on the same floor where Russell played in the All-Star Game last Sunday night. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TALKING CHEMISTRYNets coach Kenny Atkinson said he loves his team’s chemistry, calling it a special group.“They enjoy being around each other,” Atkinson said. “That’s worth something. That sounds corny but I think it pushes you through in a tough game like this. And there’s a confidence level. I think we’re led by D’Angelo, whose confidence is off the charts. I think we’re a much more confident team than we’ve been the past two seasons.”PARKER STILL HAS ITThe loss overshadowed a terrific game from Hornets 36-year-old point guard Tony Parker, who had 21 points, five assists and five rebounds and provided a huge spark off the bench. Parker was instrumental in a 34-9 Hornets run that stretched from the third quarter into the fourth as the Hornets battled back from 19 down to take the lead.UP NEXTNets: Host Spurs on Monday.Hornets: Host Warriors on Monday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Six days after his first All-Star appearance, D’Angelo Russell believes his confidence is at an all-time high.“For sure, because I feel like when you have that All-Star badge, you have to be aggressive,” Russell said. “Teams expect it already, they game plan for you and they are trying to stop you — and I feel like I can’t be stopped.”ADVERTISEMENT Russell made 14 of 31 shots from the field with six 3-pointers to go along with seven assists. The Nets repeatedly turned to him to make plays, setting screens to free him up on drives and long jumpers. On several occasions, the Hornets were caught in a switch on the pick-and-roll and Russell buried jumpers over Charlotte’s big men.“We just jumped on his back,” said Nets guard Joe Harris. “He carried us offensively and made some huge plays.”The Hornets — and their fans — left the arena upset at the way the game ended.After Russell knocked down a fade-away jumper from 15 feet, and then buried a long 3-pointer from the top of the key with 39 seconds left to give the Nets the lead, the Hornets had a chance to win the game on the final possession.However, Caris LeVert blocked Kemba Walker’s 3-point shot as time expired on a bang-bang play. Hornets players threw their arms up in the air looking for a call, thinking LeVert had fouled Walker as the ball bounced harmlessly to the sideline. Walker, a three-time All-Star, sat on the floor in utter disbelief at the no-call with his hands raised to the sky.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The crowd booed as the officials gathered their coats and walked off the floor.“You guys watch the film, you tell me what that was,” Hornets coach James Borrego said in a brief news conference after the game. “I know what I saw. I saw it live and I just saw it on film. I know what I saw, but I’ll see it in a 2-minute report.”Walker refused to comment on the play, saying he didn’t want to get fined by the league.“It’s over and there is nothing I can do about it at this point, so it’s whatever,” Walker said.LeVert thought he blocked the ball with his elbow, but wasn’t completely sure.“With plays like that the refs are looking at every little thing, if your hands are in the air,” LeVert said. “So the best thing to do is show your hands. If they call it, they call it. Like I said, I feel like it was clean.”Walker finished with 32 points, including 28 in the second half to rally the Hornets.TIP-INSNets: Different weekend, same result for Joe Harris. Harris was 3 of 4 on 3-pointers on the same floor he won the NBA All-Star 3-point contest last weekend.Hornets: Cody Zeller fouled out with 3:24 left in the game with 13 points and 11 rebounds, a big reason the Hornets lost the late lead. … Miles Bridges made his second straight start, but had to make an early exit after picking up two quick fouls. He had just four points. View comments
The Deputy Minister for Fiscal Affairs at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Dr. James Kollie, has called on his colleagues in government to embrace the government’s decentralization initiatives to adequately serve the Liberian people.It is now time, he said, for officials to disabuse their minds about the process, and join the effort to leave behind a fruitful legacy for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The MFDP official spoke at the launch of the National De-concentration Platform in Gbarnga, Bong County last week.Dr. Kollie noted that decentralizing the governance system has been an ongoing challenge in the country, and there is no better time than now to ‘take the bull by the horns’.“Decentralizing the government is about making our governance responsive and accountable,” he said. “People do not have to go far to the center for redress.”Dr. Kollie said Services should be as close as to the people so that approval of small ticket items does not have to be sought from afar.“When the people ask questions, they need answers, and these answers have to be available as close as possible,” he stressed.In order for government to achieve its decentralization goal, which President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf eloquently articulated, he said, “I am urging those of us who are her lieutenants, who have been privileged to have the opportunity to serve with her, to demonstrate our commitment to making this happen.”Dr. Kollie indicated that though President Sirleaf will make the big policy pronouncements and demonstrate the commitment to the extent that she is willing to give up some of her powers that the Constitution has given her, her lieutenants should also be willing to do the same at their Ministries and Agencies.“For this to be successful we need to disabuse our minds, knowing that this governance process is not about us, but the country,” he declared.“I think we are under obligation to ensure that we do the right thing for the country. And so decentralizing our governance system and making it more responsive to the people, even at the grassroots level, is [a key, part of our jobs],” he said.Dr. Kollie admonished: “We should not stand in the way. Whatever we can do to begin with the decentralization will require us losing some of our authority and powers.”Dr. Kollie made mention of what he described as nuances and complications as well as challenges that would need financial resources and human capacities to accomplish the decentralization process.“With this launch today,” he said, “the actual work starts tomorrow; I beg my colleagues and other stakeholders to make this happen.”“History,” Dr. Kollie stated, “will be kind to us because we’re taking practical steps to address the challenge of decentralizing our governance system.”Dr. Kollie stood in for Finance, Development and Planning Minister, Amara Konneh, who is co-chair on the NDP, and presently out of the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Two weeks ago, just about the time we agreed to write about women in power and their role in coaching, mentoring and promoting other less privileged women, the Liberian Women in Business Empowerment Network –USA (LWBEN) approached me on highlighting the benefits I have received, both professionally and personally, from women supporting each other. “Great minds,” the popular saying goes, “think alike.” Two years ago, I wrote about the support I received from powerful women: from my mother, schoolteachers to professional mentors. Please find time to read our column, Women of Peace, on this important subject matter.Over the past weeks, dialogue among volunteer peace messengers has focused on women in power and how these women have used their positions to assist other women. The views and reviews have been mixed and opinions have differed. Some young women, even among volunteer peace messengers, are of the opinion that women in power are just in it for themselves, their families and friends. Most are engaged to serve themselves. Young women feel isolated, neglected and demotivated. They gave several examples, in work places, learning institutions and places of worship, of how some women in power are discourteous, selfish, self-serving, greedy and counterproductive.A few young women acknowledged and even recognized that women in power are knowledgeable and of substance. They argued that these women are generally kind, generous and proactive. They help other women to thrive without fear, favor or fraternity. In my opinion, I have come across the good and bad. I have benefited immensely from these encounters by learning from them. Women in power are life-giving arteries that support other women; it is our responsibility to know how to take full advantage of our encounters with women in power.The purpose of this article is to acknowledge the inherent merits in both opinions and to trigger a revolution for action. Every revolution needs the first spark, and African women are fortunate to have two sparks in President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee.We are convinced that women need to do more and as the LWBEN states, it is our hope that more Liberian women in power would step up and support each other. It is not enough to support one person and believe we have contributed our quota to humanity. Along the way, we would be disappointed by a younger generation of women, but this should not deter us. Our hard work and commitment to others should serve as inspiration to other women. It is socially and economically unacceptable to ignore our young women.As young women, we need to define our career paths and approach these paths with real meaning and purpose. There is a great need for young people to identify mechanisms to engage women in power and mobilize them to support our growth path. The opportunities for engagement, volunteerism, internship, exchange programs and resource linkages would have huge implications for women’s empowerment and addressing emerging human issues.Until next week when we come to you with Part Two of our series on women in power, let peace be your watch word – peace first, peace above all else. May peace prevail on earth!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Private Sector Commission (PSC) Chairman Gerry Gouveia on Friday urged Guyanese politicians to stop the fight as Guyana prepares to welcome first oil in 2020.A section of the gathering“Guyana is going to be amazing for every man, woman and child; the only thing we all need to do in this room is to besiege our politicians to stop fighting, work together so that we can improve the economics of our country, reap the benefits of others before us and particularly take advantage of the tourism industry and the issue of what all of the wealth from oil will bring for us,” Gouveia stated.The PSC Chairman was at the time speaking at a baking seminar held by the National Milling Company of Guyana (NAMILCO) as the company continued its 50th anniversary celebrations.He noted that Guyana was at a point where every standard needed to be upgraded in order for the country not to be overrun.Gouveia urged the more than 130 businesses which attended the seminar to strive for international standards and to make Guyana marketable.A display of a variety of NAMILCO’s products“And if we don’t as Guyanese ramp up our skills, our certification, we could talk local content forever, but if we don’t upgrade our certification and upgrade our standards, we are going to be overrun; rightly so if we do not get ourselves up to international standards. We cannot want to demand local content when we ourselves are not upgrading our services,” Gouveia noted.As such, the PSC Head applauded NAMILCO for hosting the event which he observed was a move in the right direction to improve Guyana and its tourism value.“When you guys start to make pastries that really start to meet the standard, a lot more flour would be sold and so I understand the point that NAMILCO is making. Our tourism industry have been struggling for many years and the issue of visibility and of marketing our country is one that we have been very delinquent on … to market the country, you need to have something to market,” Gouveia noted.In his remarks, NAMILCO’s Managing Director, Roopnarine (Berth) Sukhi shared with the gathering tips that could aid in the improvement of their business standards.Some of the tips include having a strong front that is: improve on your business appeal, improve on your packaging, spread your name far and wide, start making a variety of products, acquire international certification, observe good manufacturing practices, and practice guidelines outlined in the Food Safety Act.The Director further cautioned the businesses present to be conscious of the fact that many investors were presently eyeing the baking and catering industry.“Economic activities will increase and you stand to benefit; however, some of these investors may be looking at the baking and catering industry so that your livelihood would also be threatened, you have to try and protect your market, but to do so, you will need to reengineer your business. It will need complete change in the way that you carry on your trade … we are aware of larger bakeries that are looking to enter Guyana, we should all be on guard and be able to find the niche in the market in order to remain in business,” Sukhi cautioned.Also among the topics of discussion at the event were the proper preparation of pastry dough and how it could be used for various products as well as discussions on general issues and what the future held for the baking sector.
Onguso impressed for the national team during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup and joins from 2009 champions Sofapaka. The left-back moved to Sofapaka in June from Western Stima but didn’t find favor in coach Sam Ssimbwa’s eyes, more often than not missing from the match day squad.“We are strengthening the team for the Champions League and these are very quality signings we are making. I am more than confident that they will have a huge impact on the team and we will be a force to reckon with next season,” Gor Mahia Chief Executive Officer Lordvick Aduda said.Mieno’s signing will be a plus for Gor especially with Kenneth Muguna set to leave the club re re-unite with former coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira in Albania with KF Tirana.“We are still talking with the club and there is a high likelihood that he will be leaving. So we are already looking at contingency measures. Mieno is a good replacement,” Aduda added.Meanwhile, the club has also been boosted with Ugandan Godfrey Walusimbi extending his contract by a further two years, but is yet to tie down captain Musa Mohammed whose contract ends next month.Mohammed is also said to be eyed by Ze Maria for a re-union in Albania.“Contractually, he is still our player but rules allow him to talk to any club if he has less than six months left on his contract. We are also talking to him to extend his contract but we will see how things turn out,” Aduda further said.The club has already signed Nzoia Sugar midfielder Lawrence Juma, Western Stima’s Bernard Ondieki and Kakamega Homeboyz defender Charles Momanyi. They had already acquired the services of Ivorian Ephraim Guikan.Also, youngster Oliver Maloba is set to undergo a two-week trial and medicals with Czech second division side FC Slovak from January 15.Elsewhere, Tusker FC have reported Gor’s new signing Juma and Sofapaka’s new boy Stephen Waruru to the Kenyan Premier League for alleged double signing.“As far as we are concerned, those are players that we had already talked to and signed, but they decided to sign elsewhere again. We have taken the relevant documents to KPL and we hope justice will be served,” Tusker CEO Charles Obiny said.The club is on a rebuilding after releasing a massive 19 players who went together with former coach George Nsimbe. The brewers are set to name their new boss next Wednesday with three shortlisted from an initial list of 150.Obiny has disclosed that all the three coaches are East African nationals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tusker FC midfielder Humprey Mieno against Ushuru’s Kennedy Oduor in a past Kenyan Premier League match. .PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 22- Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia have continued to add muscle to their squad ahead of next year’s title defense and CAF Champions League campaign, signing midfielder Humphrey Mieno and left back Wesley Onguso both on three year deals.Mieno has been a long time target for Gor and came close to joining the record 16-time champions a few seasons ago from Sofapaka but a contractual stumbling block prevented the move. However, after he was dropped by Tusker FC, K’Ogalo finally have their man.
1 Kolo Toure is set to leave Liverpool Veteran defender Kolo Toure is set to be released by Liverpool.The official confirmation of the centre-back’s exit is expected later on Friday when the club’s list of retained players is published.While the 35-year-old’s departure will not come as a massive surprise, many fans were hoping he would sign an extension following his performance against Sevilla in the Europa League final.The Reds lost that game 3-1, but Toure was the Merseysiders’ best player by far on the night with a number of spirited challenges and crucial last-ditch tackles.Despite that display, and the fact he finished the season as Liverpool’s first-choice centre-back alongside Dejan Lovren, it is understood he will not be offered a new contract.There was a point over the last month when there was a chance Toure could earn a new short-term deal with the future of Mamadou Sakho unclear after his failed drugs test.However, the France international’s initial 30-day suspension has not been extended as UEFA investigate whether the fat burning substance found in his sample should even be on their banned list.Meanwhile, Joel Matip is arriving from Schalke on a free transfer and the 19-year-old Joe Gomez is also set to return from injury, so the decision has been made to let Toure go, even though Martin Skrtel is set to follow him out of the door with Besiktas interested in signing the Slovakia defender.Liverpool had considered offering Toure a coaching role but the defender is keen to extend his playing career as long as possible and could now get a lucrative deal as a free agent.Other players on the released list will include Jose Enrique, Jerome Sinclair and Jordan Rossiter – all of whom have already left Anfield.The 23-year-old Portuguese Joao Carlos Teixeira is understood to have been offered a new contract but has expressed his desire to leave.Of the players who are still in contract Liverpool have had preliminary discussions with Germany midfielder Emre Can about extending his deal, which still has two years to run.
Fr. Tierney Park, Ballyshannon is the venue for Donegal’s clash with Cork in the Allianz National League.Donegal v Cork National Football League gameFollowing Donegal’s blistering start to the 2016 NFL, with their comprehensive win over Down, there is big interest in this Sunday’s Division 1 game against Cork which takes place in Father Tierney Park at 2pm. All Aodh Ruadh key stewards and organisers are required at the grounds before 12 noon and all helpers including programme sellers should be present by 12.30pm. A 32 page souvenir match programme has been produced for the game by the club’s Park / Development Committee and this will be on sale outside and within the grounds. Good luck to Donegal who face a Cork team which had a very impressive victory over Mayo at the weekend. TG4 will be televising this Sunday’s game for deferred broadcast. Advertising hoardings at Father Tierney Park are currently being replaced and renewed. Any business interested in taking a hoarding there should make direct contact with David McLoone, Conal Gallagher or Tom Daly. FootballWell done to our own Peter Boyle who kept a clean sheet in Páirc Esler last weekend and saved a penalty from Down’s attacking ace Donal O’Hare into the bargain in Donegal’s NFL opener. Here’s to a good turnout in Ballyshannon on Sunday when we hope Peter will once again get the nod from Rory Gallagher in the number one jersey and get the opportunity to represent the county at the highest level in front of his own people.Indoor training makes its long awaited return this Friday 5th February. The 2016 Under 6s [Born 2010-2011] are in the Hall at Creevy National School, please note the change of venue, from 6pm to 7pm followed by the under 8s [Born 2008-2009] from 7pm to 8pm, also at Creevy. 2016 under 10s [Born 2006-2007] are training in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. That session is followed by the 2016 under 12s [Born 2004-2005] from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring your own water and wear runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents / Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.LadiesThe Donegal v Cork game is this Sunday and any girls helping out with programme sales are asked to meet at park at 12.30pm and dress warm as it gets cold standing about.We need help with the club lotto on Saturday 13th February. So far only one person has offered to help. We need three more people please. Contact us on the Ladies Facebook Page or email@example.com.HurlingUnderage hurling makes a welcome return on Sunday 6th March at 12 noon. The lads have a month to get a bit of practise in and be ready to hit the ground running that day. Hopefully we’ll have another fun-filled season. We hope to field teams at under 8, under 10, under 12, under 14, under 16 and minor level. Beginners especially welcome. For any information regarding underage hurling please contact John Rooney on 0862587793.Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee wish to acknowledge the great work being done on the construction of the hurling wall. We thank the Park / Development Committee and the workers on the scheme for their support with this project. This will be a great addition for current and future generations of Aodh Ruadh hurlers. Community Employment SchemeThere is one current vacancy for a tradesman on the Community Employment Scheme at Father Tierney Park and there is also a remaining coaching vacancy. Contact Tom Daly for further information.Time to get those National Draw tickets backThose with ticket GAA National Draw tickets to return are asked to get them to either Lisa McTernan or Gerard Ferguson as soon as possible. The deadline is Sunday 7th February for all returns. Lisa can be contacted on 0862338636 to arrange returns. Please note, ALL tickets must be returned, whether sold or unsold. ScórHard luck to the Aodh Ruadh Scór Sinear Tráth na gCeist team who came second in the county final at Glenswilly by two points last Saturday Best of luck to Fanad Gaels who now go forward to represent Donegal in the All-Ireland final.Abbey Centre BingoThe January big bingo jackpot of €800 was won by Annie Cassidy of Ballyshannon, checking on just 51 numbers. The winter snowball prize of €600 was won by Damien McGurn of Bundoran, checking on just 49 numbers. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm at the Abbey Centre. Books priced at just €10.Aodh Ruadh LottoThere was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €3,000. The winning numbers drawn were 1, 2, 6, 10, 17 and 18. In the lucky dip €20 went to James Jimmy McWeeney, The Mall; Chrissie Roper, Erne Dale Heights; Mrs McGee, Roscor; John McNeill, Killeen and Joe Mullaney, Moy Road. Next draw is on Sunday in Dorrian’s Hotel with a Jackpot of €3,100 on Sunday at 8.30pm.The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra Saturday is: SENIOR FOOTBALLERS.GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH STEWARDS REQUIRED AT NOON FOR DONEGAL V CORK GAME was last modified: February 2nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Aodh RuadhGAASport
Tags: FUFA Big League 2018/19topupdf fcWakiso Giants Wakiso Giants are still unbeaten in the FUFA Big League (Photo by Wakiso Media)FUFA Big League 2018/19Thursday, 13-12-2018Elgon Group:-Wakiso Giants vs UPDF FC-JMC Hippos FC vs Entebbe FC-Bukedea T/C FC vs Light SS FC-Amuka BS FC vs Doves All Stars FCRwenzori Group:-Dove FC vs Kira United FC-Kitara FC vs Kansai Plascon FC-Proline FC vs Water FC-Kireka United FC vs Bumate United FCWakiso Giants will host UPDF FC at Bugembe Stadium as the FUFA Big League resumes on Thursday afternoon.The Money Bags have been impressive so far, still one of the two unbeaten sides in the Elgon Group and sit second, two points behind leaders Light SS who have played a game more (6).Going into Wednesday’s encounter, Wakiso drew 1-1 away to Kyetume on Sunday in their last game, a result which was welcomed by head coach Ibrahim Kirya.“It is good we did not lose on Sunday but then, am disappointed in my players that we failed to win despite all the chances we created.“We will take the same approach like in the game against Kyetume, when we face UPDF and the target will be to pick all points.Kirya has confirmed the same group of players that featured against on Sunday are all available for the game against UPDF but ruled out Isaac Ntege. Ntege was injured in the Kyetume game.There is however good news in camp with Geoffrey Luutu back in contention. Luutu, if selected will play his second game of the season.For UPDF, they have been wobbly since the start of the season, winning only two of their first seven fixtures and losing a league joint-second high (3).They currently occupy 6th spot on the log with 8 points.Elsewhere in the Elgon Group, there is a battle for the two bottom sides as rock-bottom Entebbe travels away to JMC Hippos.At Emokori Grounds, Bukedia Town Council hosts leaders Light SS while Amuka Bright Stars entertain Dove All Stars.In the Rwenzori Group, leaders Proline FC host Water at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.Shafick Bisaso’s side have been in promotion form since the start of the league, winning 4 and drawing the other of their first 5 games.For Water, they are currently in sixth, having won 2 and drawn as many in their first six games.Elsewhere, Dove FC host Kira United at the Katusabe Dove Grounds in Masindi. Kitara entertain Kansai Plascon in Hoima, Kiboga Young are away to Ntinde United at Wankulukuku while Ntinda whost Bumate at Namboole.Comments
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn: 14.501 billion bu.; Average yield of 177.3 bu. per acreCorn +/- 1% = 14.646 billion bu. to 14.356 billion bu.; 179.1 bu. to 175.5 bu. per acreSoybeans: 4.683 billion bu.; Average yield of 53.0 bu. per acreSoybeans +/- 2% = 4.731 billion bu. to 4.589 billion bu.; 54.1 bu. to 51.9 bu. per acreNote: The estimates on this page reflect Pro Farmer’s view on production and yields. These estimates are based on assumptions for normal weather through the remainder of the growing season. We measured a mature crop that in some cases is just weeks away from harvest. Most of the corn crop (possibly with the exception of Iowa and Minnesota) will not be able to add to yield. Soybeans have the soil moisture needed for a strong finish. The soybean production estimate assumes a 500,000-acre reduction versus the June Acreage Report. CornOhio: 184 bu. per acre. They say records are meant to be broken, and that could definitely be the case this year. We typically measure the state too light and feel the crop will top USDA’s 180-bu.-per-acre August peg.Indiana: 186 bu. per acre. We can’t argue with USDA’s 186 bu. per acre peg. Ear counts pushed up yields. It’s a big crop that could’ve been even better if not for some tipback.Illinois: 204 bu. per acre. We found a surprising amount of variability in the state, but a 6% increase in ear counts will offset some of the “low” areas. We measured a good crop, but not good enough to hit USDA’s yield peg.Iowa: 202 bu. per acre. The opportunity to add yield is still there… but so is the opportunity to lose some yield. The state was too wet in the northwest, too dry in the south and pretty darn perfect in the east. Crop health on the eastern side of the state was the best we encountered on Tour.Minnesota: 186 bu. per acre. We encountered nitrogen loss, shallow root systems and dry conditions in areas. Therefore, we feel USDA may have overshot the crop.Nebraska: 195 bu. per acre. We saw a really good Nebraska corn crop — USDA measured a record-large crop in August and so did we. The crop is nearing maturity. We expect harvest to get underway in a week or two.South Dakota: 171 bu. per acre. We can’t find much to argue with regarding USDA’s August crop estimate for the state, especially since our Tour favors higher-yielding areas.SoybeansOhio: 60 bu. per acre. It’s a beautiful crop, and one that’s very uniform and mature. And the moisture is there for a strong finish.Indiana: 62.5 bu. per acre. Much the same can be said for Indiana’s crop, and it is even a little more mature than Ohio’s. Combines could roll in places as soon as two weeks.Illinois: 65 bu. per acre. Illinois beans did their part to contribute to an overall U.S. soybean crop that promises to be a real beast, likely setting record yields. Pods are exemplary and starting to fill. High pod counts and ample soil moisture point to a bigger yield than USDA estimated in August.Iowa: 63.5 bu. per acre. R6 beans should finish easily before frost. There’s plenty of moisture to take it to the finish. Disease and insect pressure were light.Minnesota: 49 bu. per acre. This soybean crop is the most variable of any on the tour. Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) is setting in for some areas. Some of the crop needs rain, some needs the rain to stop. Nebraska: 63 bu. per acre. We measured a whopper of a bean crop in Nebraska. And it was a much cleaner crop than we’ve seen in recent years. It won’t add any pods from this point forward, but rains could help it to fill existing ones.South Dakota: 50 bu. per acre. We saw much the same crop as USDA did on Aug. 1. As was the case for most of Tour, maturity was advanced. Plant health was generally excellent, insect and disease pressure were low and stands were better than average.
Beloved online shoe retailer Zappos has announced it will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon in exchange for almost a billion dollars worth of Amazon stock. Both of these companies are interesting because they have mastered making the connection between a quality online experience and physical delivery of tangible goods offline.Is this just a story of a big online shopping mall buying up a hot little online shoe store? Taking a closer look at the offline supply chain of each company indicates that there may be more to this deal. Some supply chain analysts believe that the two companies are actually radically different, but complementary, and their union could help Amazon both change the way it relates to its customers and reach a whole new group of customers willing to pay more for a high-quality user experience. This is a story of two different ways of selling things on the internet and delivering them to your door.The Business of Delivering StuffAmazon is a master of the supply chain. It’s got so much capacity, for example, that the company last year opened up a “supply chain as a service” business, just like it created a surplus cloud computing as a service business years earlier. (Amazon’s Newest Web Service: Shipping Center APIs) Zappos is no slouch at rushing goods to your house either, though. (Just last week their elves delivered a new pair of shoes to my house the next morning after I ordered them late at night!)It appears that Amazon will leverage at least some of the existing Zappos supply chain; Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh wrote today that Amazon doesn’t have any warehouses as close to the UPS Worldport hub in Louisville, Kentucky as the shoe company does and will likely store some Amazon inventory there, for example. Amazon could also remove a substantial amount of the Zappos distribution infrastructure that now becomes redundant and isn’t scaled as well. That would mean lower overhead for the Zappos subsidiary and increased profits for Amazon.That might make sense from a short term bottom-line perspective, but even in terms of the supply chain it may not be the whole story. “Amazon might go to shareholders and say that’s the plan,” procurement analyst Jason Busch of SpendMatters told us. “But what you tell Wall Street and the reasons why you do this kind of deal are often very different.”Not All Supply Chains Are The SameBusch argues that the two companies have very different, and possibly complementary, kinds of supply chains. Amazon has innovated around warehousing and operational efficiency. Busch says the company has acquired software makers that specialize in processes like high efficiency inventory picking and inventory tracking.Zappos, on the other hand, has built up a different kind of supply chain. “From keeping diverse inventory in stock to very high-touch order fulfillment, the Zappos customer experience is seamless and integrated,” Busch says. “Amazon would never upgrade shipping to overnight for example, as Zappos does, except through the Amazon Prime program. Amazon’s warehouse is very innovative, but Amazon is focused on warehousing and lowering costs. Zappos has learned it’s about more than just cost, it’s about user experience and people are willing to pay for that. It’s not surprising that Amazon realized they can acquire the skills and knowledge that Zappos has developed, in addition to the business side where they were not a major player in apparel. “Amazon may be reconsidering how they serve customers, so they may choose to keep some of the redundant Zappos infrastructure.-Jason Busch, SpendMattersLora Cecere, Vice President of Value Chain Services at AMR Research, says she agrees with Busch. “It’s now a multi channel play,” she told us. “Zappos deals with quick cycles, Amazon has longer cycles and is warehouse centric. They are really dealing with different supply chains. I wonder if it wasn’t a preemptive move to block another competitor from acquiring Zappos.”Zappos had been talking lately about moving into the home electronics business, something Amazon excels at. Now the two companies won’t have to compete, but will aim to gain from each other’s different experiences and resources in order to target different types of customers seeking different shopping experiences. Some sources say that Zappos didn’t want to sell itself, but was pressured by its investors. The value to Amazon seems clear on several levels.Bringing Zappos into the tent could make Amazon an even more interesting company. That’s something that could very well be worth giving up almost a billion dollars in stock for. marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#e-commerce#Features#NYT#web Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market