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City of Olympia Saturday Drop-Off Site Closed for the Season

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaOlympia’s Saturday Drop-off Site, located at 1000 10th Avenue SE, is closing for the season. If you have fall leaves, yard debris, scrap metal, or additional recycling to dispose of, bring them to the site between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, November 17, 2018. The site will close for the season at 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, November 17, and will reopen the first Saturday in March, 2019.Fees and RatesThere is no fee for recycling or scrap metal disposal. The cost for yard and wood waste vary, depending on volume and the type of material you bring. Customers are required to unload their own vehicles, so bring only what you can physically handle. Visit olympiawa.gov/satdropoff for more information.Featured photo credit: Barb Matthewslast_img read more

49ers kicker Robbie Gould gets a cold dose of reality from his Bears predecessor

first_imgRobbie Gould doesn’t seem to want to kick for the 49ers anymore. The 49ers seem content to ignore Gould’s trade request and bind him to the team with the loathsome franchise tag. Chicago Bears fans don’t seem to want to forgive Cody Parkey, whose miss from 43 yards ended their team’s playoff run in January.Everyone seems to think it would be a natural fit — pre-existing impediments notwithstanding — if Gould returned to the Bears, for whom he kicked his first 11 NFL seasons.And now, for a …last_img read more

Queen congratulates South Africa on 20 years of democracy

first_img27 April 2014 Queen Elizabeth II, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Chinese President Xi Jinping and US Secretary of State John Kerry were among the international leaders who sent South Africa messages of congratulations on reaching 20 years of democracy on Sunday. “On the occasion of the Republic South Africa celebrating 20 years of democracy, it gives me great pleasure to send the people of South Africa my warmest congratulations,” the Queen said in a statement. “My family and I have enjoyed a special and significant relationship with South Africa over the years. The links between our two countries have deepened and matured since South Africa’s transition in 1994, and long may that continue. I send my best wishes for the happiness, security and prosperity of the people of South Africa in the next 20 years and beyond.” Prime Minister David Cameron said South Africa’s struggle to achieve freedom and democracy “has shown the world how much can be achieved with courage and determination … The South African people have shown us all that a process of reconciliation and forgiveness can truly lead to a brighter future.” Also on Sunday, news agency Xinhua reports that Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message to President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of the Chinese government and people, congratulating the county on the 20th anniversary of its founding. And US Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement: “On this 20th anniversary, we reflect on South Africa’s transformation in these two decades as a testament to the power of reconciliation, forgiveness, and hope. “As you prepare to hold general elections next month – your fifth in the post-apartheid era – we remember the spirit of that historic election in 1994, one filled with tremendous hope, goodwill, and promise for a better future.” US Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard, meanwhile, posted a message on the US embassy’s website on Saturday, saying: “As someone who grew up in the United States and who is acutely aware of the struggles that we have had in perfecting our own union and creating a more equal society, I can recognize that South Africa is still a beacon and an example of what is possible. “As President Obama has said, we are seeing an awakening in Africa, with new growth and possibility. South Africa is still the shining example, as a country with a mature finance sector, a vibrant press corps, an engaged civil society, independent courts and levels of government transparency unparalleled in the region. “Having only served six-months as US Ambassador, I am already convinced that it is the young people in particular who will be the ones to step forward and realize the great potential of this remarkable nation. They are the real treasure of this country. The more I meet and interact with them, the more I am convinced that there are no limits to what South Africa can accomplish in the 21st century.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Markets are looking for answers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCThe market has stalled because there are too many unanswered questions.How many acres were actually planted?How many acres will be harvested?How much will the heat affect pollination?How much is dry weather affecting plant development?How much will it rain in August?How many ethanol plants will continue to run post-harvest if there is a short crop?How much export demand will ultimately be lost?Will we get enough growing degree units this season?When will the first frost come?One thing I know for sure, is no one knows anything for certain about these questions. It will take several weeks before we get some answers, so I expect the market to remain range bound before the August 12 USDA report.This much uncertainty widens price opportunity. Combine this with production issues in the eastern Corn Belt, and there should be upside potential in the market. However, U.S. corn is too expensive to compete for global demand. One ethanol plant recently signaled they are going to cease operations if prices remain this high once harvest starts. If planted acres are higher than many anticipate, corn may struggle to find higher values. One constant, farmers aren’t generally selling until they know more about crop conditions. A matter of perspectiveLike previous years, social media has been flooded with pictures of bad corn fields, while few pictures of good-looking fields get posted. On average the bad to good ratio I’ve seen seems 10:1, so it’s no wonder why so many farmers think corn prices should be higher. So are farmers just not posting pictures of their good fields, or do they not exist?There’s no question that pockets of the Corn Belt are worse than others. The biggest concentration of poor-looking fields seems to be within the triangle from Indianapolis, Ind. to Columbus, Ohio to Grand Rapids, Mich. So, farmers in this area may find it frustrating or even hard to imagine that fields in other states aren’t as heavily impacted.But evaluating crop conditions between fields can be really subjective and personal biases can often get in the way of providing objective analysis of widespread conditions. Three farmers, three different perspectivesThis week I spoke with three different farmers who traveled basically the same route from southeast Nebraska to southwest Missouri on vacation. Each farmer reported back to me how crops looked, without knowing I received information from other farmers on the same route during the same time period.Surprisingly, each farmer provided very different crop conditions and plant development reports. One said generally most fields were bad, the second thought fields looked average, and the third said the fields looked great — all from the same route. To me this illustrates how different perspectives of the same fields can lead to widespread confusion and uncertainty among others who hear each of these farmers field trip report. Biases affect our perspectiveIt’s been my experience that farmers with a lot of corn left to sell will more likely think the crop looks worse than it really is, justifying why they haven’t sold their grain yet. Conversely, farmers who just sold a lot of corn will see the same fields and think they look average or better, again justifying their recent decision to sell.Analysts can do it too. Often, I see an analyst say corn has to move in one particular direction, and then put out a recommendation that aligns with that movement. This probably makes some sense because why would you place a bet on something you don’t think will happen.It’s easy to fall into the trap of only listening to those that have the same biases as you, because it feels comfortable. It also makes it easy to then believe, if others agree with your position, you must be right. However, this attitude can make farmers vulnerable to risk and loss. Right now, I’m seeing many farmers turn into speculators because they are betting that prices have to go higher.It’s true there are many reasons prices could go up, but I could also list many reasons why prices could also stay flat or go down. I’m not sure some of these farmers that are speculating are prepared for either scenario. Thinking differently: Reducing biases when making trades reduces riskTo push back on my own internal biases, I make sure that every time I place a trade I fully understand what will happen if the market goes up, down or sideways and I need to be able to say, “I will be ok if that happens” for all three outcomes. If my response to an outcome is, “that won’t happen” or “that would be bad” then I’m letting my biases affect my judgment and I’m increasing my risk.Some farmers tend to follow a few analysts that they generally agree with their perspectives or only the ones that think the prices have to go up. I think it’s important to listen to the insights of analysts I disagree with too. As a farmer I naturally have a bias that markets should go higher. So, to maintain perspective it’s important to hear from those saying why it may not happen. Listening doesn’t mean I have to take their advice, but hearing alternative interpretations to market variables can keep my biases in check and help me maintain a well-balanced marketing plan.Biases aren’t inherently bad and it’s unrealistic to never have them. After all, when I choose to sell or not sell, I make that decision based upon the beliefs of the information I have of where the market might be going. The trick is to be open-minded to market scenarios that may not align with what I want or believe are likely to happen. As new information becomes available, I need to adjust my outlook and my biases. Please email [email protected] with any questions or to learn more. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results.last_img read more

CBI seeks sanction to prosecute three sitting Trinamool MPs

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation has approached the office of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla for sanction to prosecute three sitting Trinamool Congress MPs and one former parliamentarian in the Narada sting operation case, said the agency on Thursday.A CBI official said the approval has been sought with respect to MPs Saugata Roy, Kakoli Ghosh and Prasun Banerjee, besides former MP Suvendu Adhikari. Mr. Adhikari is currently the Transport Minister in the State government.Mr. Roy, 73, is an MP from Dum Dum, while Mr. Ghosh, 59, represents the Barasat constituency. Mr. Banerjee, 64, is an MP from Howrah.The agency has been recording statements of witnesses and accused persons in the case, which was registered following a High Court directive in March 2017 to conduct a preliminary inquiry into the allegations. In all, 12 political leaders and an IPS officer were named.The case pertains to a sting operation alleging showing politicians and bureaucrats accepting money from a journalist posing as a representative of a Chennai-based company. In its FIR, the CBI has alleged that sting operation shows Mr. Roy, Mr. Ghosh and Mr. Adhikari accepting ₹5 lakh each from the person posing as representative while Mr. Banerjee could be seen receiving ₹4 lakh for helping in a business venture.On Wednesday, the CBI had examined TMC MP K.D. Singh and Mathew Samuel, editor of Narada News. The agency is preparing to file a chargesheet in the case soon. The maximum sentence for the crimes ranges from five to seven years of imprisonment. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Video: Randall Cobb Claims Aaron Rodgers “Went Dark” On Him After He Reached Out About A Final Four Bet

first_imgrandall cobb kentucky final fourrandall cobb kentucky final fourKentucky alum Randall Cobb, now a Green Bay Packer, confirmed last night that despite living in Wisconsin, he’ll be rooting for the Wildcats in Saturday night’s Final Four contest. It looks like he’s also willing to wager on UK ahead of the game. Cobb, who joined SportsCenter this morning, claims he’s tried to reach out to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers about making a bet on the game, but Rodgers has gone “dark” on him. Rodgers has been seen at numerous Wisconsin games rooting on the Badgers during the NCAA Tournament.Please excuse the video quality.Cobb still has a few hours to find Rodgers, but apparently, he also needs to find tickets. We’ll see if the two come to an agreement.last_img read more

Video: Jim Harbaugh Is Wearing A Marcus Mariota Jersey At Hawaii Satellite Football Camp

first_imgJim Harbaugh addresses a group of reporters.Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh’s jersey tour has officially reached the Hawaiian Islands. While coaching up youngsters on the game of football Sunday afternoon in Hawaii, Harbaugh felt it was the perfect opportunity to wear the color blue – in the form of Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota’s jersey. The camp was held at Mariota’s alma mater, Saint Louis. KHONnews’ sports director Rob Demello posted this video to Twitter of Harbaugh and his campers in action. Incredible energy at #Michigan #PacificSwarmTour in Honolulu w/ @CoachJim4UM #Wolverines pic.twitter.com/h5fsYmSPQT— Rob DeMello (@RobDeMelloKHON) June 26, 2016Which jersey comes next? You guess is as good as mine.last_img read more

Economic and Structural Reforms Must be Expedited – PM

first_imgStory Highlights Noting that debt-servicing obligations and public-sector emoluments account for approximately 90 per cent of tax revenues generated, Mr. Holness said this leaves “precious little” to spend on hospitals, schools, parks, roads, courthouses and national security. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has underscored the need for the Government’s programme of economic and structural reforms, now under way, to be expedited.This, he said, is imperative if Jamaica is to achieve economic independence and reduce its reliance on external assistance for funding support.“We no longer have the luxury of delay,” he noted.Mr. Holness was speaking at last Thursday’s (September 14) Government of Jamaica (GOJ)/International Monetary Fund (IMF) joint press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister for the second review under the three-year Precautionary Stand-by Arrangement (PSBA).His remarks came against the background of comments by Head of the IMF Mission Team to Jamaica, which conducted the two-week review, Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan, who emphasised the need for the Administration’s reform agenda to be accelerated.Noting that debt-servicing obligations and public-sector emoluments account for approximately 90 per cent of tax revenues generated, Mr. Holness said this leaves “precious little” to spend on hospitals, schools, parks, roads, courthouses and national security.He said that achieving the targets requires greater investments over the medium-term in security and growth-inducing and poverty alleviation activities, pointing out that “the fiscal room that will make this possible will come from a rebalancing away from a budget consumed by (debt) interest (payments) and (public-sector) emoluments.”“This is a voyage on which we are now embarked,” he said, noting that such an economic transformation will require the active participation of all stakeholders.“We have invited the unions, civil society and private sector to participate in this process through various public-private bodies, such as the Partnership for a Prosperous Jamaica, the Economic Growth Council and Public Sector Transformation Oversight Committee. The Government I lead is, therefore (committed to that) partnership,” he pointed out.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness said public-sector transformation will, among other things, be geared towards facilitating seamless start-up and growth of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), which he emphasised “are the bedrock of our economy”.This, he added, by making it easier for MSMEs to procure licences and permits, comply with regulations “and, most importantly, pay their taxes”.Mr. Holness said the MSME sector is facilitating a significant percentage of the record job growth the country is currently experiencing.Dr. Ramakrishnan, in her remarks at the press conference, emphasised that the attainment of greater public-sector efficiency is contingent on timely restructuring of the civil service, which “cannot be delayed much further”.She said this, coupled with strengthening of the public procurement process, would result in timely execution of capital projects, among other notable outcomes.Dr. Ramakrishnan said it imperative to accelerate the public-sector wage negotiations, noting that “further delays pose significant risks to the Government’s fiscal accounts”.She noted that there is consensus between the Government and IMF about the need to anchor future wage negotiations on a “forward-looking” medium-term compensation framework that facilitates an equitable pay structure and system of allowances.This, the Mission Chief added, in order to sustainably reduce the wage bill, thereby making more resources available for “much needed” social and growth-enhancing expenditure.“We believe that a nine per cent target would allow the Government to move in that direction,” she said.In his remarks, Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, reiterated that public-sector transformation is “a key ingredient, if we want to achieve significant rates of economic growth”.He said the Government remains firmly committed to the task, which includes reducing the wage to gross domestic product ratio to nine per cent by the end of the 2018/19 fiscal year.Jamaica met all quantitative targets and structural benchmarks and is assured of an additional US$180 million, if needed, subject to the IMF Executive Board’s approval.This will increase the total funds that Jamaica can access to approximately US$790 million.The PSBA review is the second since the arrangement came into effect in October 2016, replacing the four-year Extended Fund Facility. This, he said, is imperative if Jamaica is to achieve economic independence and reduce its reliance on external assistance for funding support. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has underscored the need for the Government’s programme of economic and structural reforms, now under way, to be expedited.last_img read more

US construction spending flat as commercial building falls

first_imgWASHINGTON – Spending on U.S. construction projects was unchanged in January, held back by a sharp fall in commercial real estate building.The Commerce Department said Thursday that spending on the construction of single-family homes rose 0.6 per cent, while apartment building fell. Construction of commercial projects, such as office towers and malls, fell 2.7 per cent. Construction spending on new power plants plunged 6.2 per cent.Construction spending rose in 2017 at the slowest pace in six years, as homebuilders have struggled to find enough workers and enough cheap land to build on. Total private construction fell 0.5 per cent in January.States and the federal government have made up for some of the decline, increasing their construction spending 1.8 per cent in January. Federal spending soared 14.9 per cent to the highest level in more than seven years.Spending on highway and road building rose 4.4 per cent and construction of schools increased 2.1 per cent.last_img read more

Local MLAs host Roundtable Discussion on Northeast BC Forestry

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A roundtable discussion on Northeast B.C. Forestry was held on Thursday, July 4, at the Northern Grand Hotel.Hosting the roundtable was MLA Dan Davies, MLA Mike Bernier, and MLA John Rustad, Critic for the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development.This roundtable was in response to the forestry crisis that communities across the Northeast are currently facing. In attendance at the meeting were local elected officials, industry representatives, and various stakeholders.Davies says, during the roundtable, they talked about how the Province got into this position of losing its competitiveness, not only in the forest sector but throughout the natural resource industry.“A lot of it was talking about how we got to this position was one big focus of it. A lot of it has come down to the last couple of years where we’ve lost our competitiveness, not only in the forest sector but also in oil and gas, mining – all across the sectors.”According to Davies, thousands of families will be affected by the announced shutdowns and curtailments of mills across B.C.Davies says they have heard nothing from the NDP Government, other than for the Minister of Finance to say that there is no money to support the workers.Davies strongly feels that something needs to be done now to help sort out this situation of being non-competitive and is calling on the Government to take action before more mills are shut down and more people are affected.last_img read more