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first_img Previous articleThe Hoosier Ag Today Podcast for March 2nd, 2021Next articleProducers Bullish About Farmland Values Amid Strong Current Conditions NAFB News Service By NAFB News Service – Mar 2, 2021 Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE US Dairy Farm Numbers Continue to Decline Data from the Department of Agriculture shows the number of licensed dairy operators in the United States continues to decline. Analyzed by the American Farm Bureau Federation in a Market Intel article, USDA’s Milk Production report showed the fourth-largest year-over-year decline in the number of licensed dairy operations in the last 15 years.There were 2,550 fewer licensed dairy operations in 2020 than in 2019, when the number dropped by 3,261. The overall number of licensed operations in the U.S. has marched steadily downward since data collection began, declining by more than 55 percent, from 70,375 in 2003 to 31,657 in 2020.AFBF suggests this recent acceleration of the decline reflects how difficult it is to operate a dairy in a low milk price environment. Since the end of 2014, dairy farmers have struggled with low prices followed by an industry-disrupting pandemic that increased milk price volatility and rendered risk management tools mostly ineffective. Home Indiana Agriculture News US Dairy Farm Numbers Continue to Decline Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_img 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Parsons Earns Four 2015 Hermes Creative Awards From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 | 11:53 am EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Parsons is pleased to announce that it has earned four 2015 Hermes Creative Awards. The corporation’s Pasadena-based Creative Services team received two Platinum awards and one Gold award, while the Corporate Relations team—also based in Pasadena—received a Gold award.Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing, and design of traditional materials and programs and emerging technologies. Entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, graphic design shops, production companies, web and digital creators, and freelancers.“It’s wonderful to see the hard work and dedication of our talented teams of professionals pay off, and it’s a great honor to be recognized for the high level of creativity and excellence that permeates throughout the entire organization,” said Erin Kuhlman, Vice President of Corporate Relations.Parsons’ Creative Services team won two Platinum awards: one for a video commemorating Parsons’ 70th Anniversary and another for its Intranet Evolution Campaign Animation. The 70th Anniversary video contained motion graphics and an animated timeline that highlighted Parsons’ global accomplishments over 7 decades. The intranet campaign consisted of 3D animated teasers created to stir excitement for Parsons’ comprehensive intranet upgrade. Parsons’ Creative Services team also won a Gold award for its Cyber Solutions Center invitation, an animated e-vite to the grand opening of Parsons’ Cyber Solutions Center that was reflective of the cool, edgy, and high-tech attributes of the facility, which is located in Centreville, VA. Parsons’ Corporate Relations team won a Gold award for the 2014 corporate brochure: People, Process, Technology. This 52-page, full-color publication presents a sampling of the corporation’s strong customer relationships and its signature projects.The 2015 Hermes Creative Awards competition received around 6,000 entries from throughout the United States and 22 other countries. About 15% of the entries won Platinum—the highest honor, 22% received Gold recognition, and 11% earned honorable mention. For more information, visit http://www.hermesawards.com.Parsons, celebrating 70 years of growth in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries, is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on defense/security, industrial, and infrastructure. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, please visit www.parsons.com. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Herbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

first_imgNewsLocal NewsAdditional Gardaí needed in ArdnacrushaBy Staff Reporter – February 13, 2019 1073 Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Advertisement Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? TAGSLimerick City and Countylocal newsNews Twitter TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Linkedin Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Previous articleSupermac’s to host FIFA 19 tournament at Ballysimon RoadNext articleLeona will lead women’s work walk-out Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Cllr Cathal CroweA public meeting has been organised with senior Gardaí to highlight local demands for additional resources to be deployed in the Ardnacrusha area.The meeting in the Tailrace Bar on Monday, February 18 at 7pm has been organised by local county councillor Cathal Crowe who has also written to Garda Commissioner Drew Harris calling for additional Gardaí to be assigned to Ardnacrusha Garda Station.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Stating that the Ardnacrusha Garda sub-district covers an area of 80 square kilometres, Cllr Crowe told the Limerick Post that “there are around 12,000 people living there and the local Garda Station covers two district court areas and two Garda divisions.”Ardnacrusha Garda Station was opened in 1925, and for many decades the locality had a far smaller population but had four Gardaí and a sergeant.“There are now only three Gardaí stationed there,” he explained.“These Gardaí are highly valued in the community but we want to see more on-the-ground policing. Therefore I am appealing to Commissioner Harris to assign at least two additional guards to the sub-district.”“Two guards are stationed in Ardnacrusha with the third recently retired and I understand that the process is already underway to replace him.”“Although in County Clare, the area is right on the doorstep of Limerick City. It has a high population base and is very urbanized in places.”“The rostering schedule means that for 40 per cent of the week there is no guard on duty. During this time, cover is provided from Mayorstone Garda station in Limerick City.However, in most cases, Mayorstone Gardaí do not get near   the communities that fall within the Ardnacrusha Sub-District because of pressures in the city suburbs and staffing limitations.”“I  recently met with Superintendent Derek Smart of Henry Street Garda Station, to outline my concerns for staff shortages in the district. Superintendent Smart and his senior colleagues have set up a specialized sex crimes unit which incorporates ten Garda personnel. However, he will not be able to free-up guards for deployment in Ardnacrusha Sub-District.”“Ardnacrusha needs at least two dedicated community guards and a full-time Garda presence for peace of mind and safety in the community,” Cllr Crowe declared.Other issues that will be discussed at Monday night’s meeting include neighbourhood watch schemes and home security.by Rebecca [email protected] Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Print Limerick on Covid watch list WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgOver the whole of January, Credit Suisse calculated a drop in the foreign equity quota in Pensionskassen portfolios by 7.2% to 16.6% and by 4.9% to 12.7% in the case of Swiss equities.However the bank noted that Pensionskassen had ”on average topped up their equity investments”, judging by the much greater equity losses suffered by comparable benchmark indices.In January the share of foreign bonds fell by 8.4% while the liquidity quota increased by 220 basis points to 8.7%, Credit Suisse pointed out in the first ever special edition of its usually quarterly Pensionskassenindex, issued for January in the wake of the SNB decision.The exposure to Swiss francs increased by 110 basis points to 78.8%, while that to euros and US dollars fell by 30 basis points, respectively, to 4.2% and 7.4%.Credit Suisse pointed out without hedges the drop in euro and US dollar “would have been twice as much”.Following the market setback the bank predicts Pensionskassen to increase the share of foreign currency investments again but maybe only with hedges.Read more about the impact of currency hedges on Swiss Pensionskassen’s returns Swiss pension funds suffered losses of between 1.7-1.8% in the wake of the Swiss National Bank’s (SNB) decision to end the peg to the euro, accoding to estimates by UBS and Credit Suisse. While both banks blame the SNB’s surprise decision to cut the peg, Credit Suisse noted Pensionskassen had already taken countermeasures.Comparing asset values from the day prior to the announcement and its immediate aftermath, bond prices rose by over 1%, Swiss equities declined 14% in value and the impact of currency volatility on international equities lost Swiss Pensionskassen another 15%, noted UBS. UBS calculated funds had suffered losses of 1.71%, whereas Credit Suisse estimated portfolios had declined 1.83% by the end of January. last_img read more

first_img“I think there’s a lot of factors,” Roberts said. “Right now they (Bellinger and Muncy) both see the baseball well. They both stay in there as far as keeping their upper body square to the baseball. They can use the other side of the field. They don’t run from the ball in on them. There’s a lot of different variables that allow the lefty to stay on it and have success in that situation.”Verdugo’s output since replacing A.J. Pollock in center field has made it hard to consider sitting him down when Pollock is healthy, and he has made it even harder with the way he mashes lefties. How would you platoon him?“I might get a little closer to the plate, but really it’s just trying to get a pitch out over the plate,” he said. “A lot of times lefties (throw) fastball-slider-curveball, and they don’t really throw very much (else) to another lefty, so you just try to hang in on them, don’t bail out and just shoot the hole.“I feel like with our team we’ve got some really good lefty hitters who can manipulate the barrel up there and just have a good at-bat, whether it’s a righty or a lefty up there.”It might not be the final piece of the puzzle – the bullpen will still be a point of concern until it isn’t – but it’s one less vulnerable spot for a team determined to make noise in [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter LOS ANGELES — Joe Maddon probably couldn’t help himself. His managerial instincts were too overwhelming.Before Friday night’s game between the Dodgers and Cubs, the Chicago manager talked about the Dodgers’ left-handed hitters and their success against left-handed pitching, pretty much reversing one of the team’s – and particularly Cody Bellinger’s – fatal flaws in 2018.So when Bellinger came to the plate in the fifth inning on Friday night, after going 0 for 1 with a walk against right-hander Kyle Hendricks, Maddon strode to the mound, waving toward the bullpen with his left hand.It didn’t work. Bellinger smacked a 2-and-2 sinker from Kyle Ryan into right field for a single, setting up the  Dodgers’ final run in a 5-3 victory. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img This is, as much as anything, why Bellinger is having a breakout season: He is punishing left-handers almost as frequently as he does right-handers, with a .329 batting average and 1.108 OPS against southpaws compared to .374 and 1.178 against right-handers.His numbers in 2018: .226 and .681 against lefties, .278 and .881 against righties.Nor is he alone. Max Muncy is better against lefties (.299/.962) than against righties (.267/.889). So is rookie Alex Verdugo: .368/.966 against lefties, .273/.763 against righties.The only outlier among the Dodgers’ left-handed hitters is Joc Pederson: .253 and 1.010 against right-handers, .167 average and a sickly .335 OPS against lefties. But since Dave Roberts became the Dodgers manager in 2016, Pederson sees right-handed pitching almost exclusively. He has had just 24 at-bats against left-handers this season, and when the Cubs brought in another lefty to face his spot in the seventh inning Friday night, Kiké Hernández hit for him.And this doesn’t even account for Corey Seager, now on the injured list after straining his hamstring Wednesday night against the Angels. Seager was superior against left-handers in 2017, his last full season, and though his numbers were better against right-handers this season he was starting to do damage against all comers over the past month. There are times when the Dodgers still resemble the all-or-nothing offensive team of last year. Until pitcher Rich Hill singled in a run in the fourth Friday night the Dodgers had scored 13 consecutive runs on home runs. And, as their 1-for-11 performance with men in scoring position in Anaheim on Tuesday night suggested, they are still capable of those nights of immense frustration that prompted This Space, a year ago, to label them “at once, the most entertaining and most frustrating team to watch in all of baseball.”But at their best, they are more diversified, more adaptable, and more versatile. And it’s possible that sitting on the bench in the first two games of last year’s World Series provided enough motivation for Bellinger and Muncy, in particular, to bear down even more against left-handers.“Their lefties hit lefties, and that’s the one thing that stands out,” Maddon said. “… When they go into a series, where you think you might get an advantage against them by matching up against them with their better hitters, you don’t.“Even Verdugo. Put him in that category also. That young man, he really stands in there well against left-handed pitchers.”So why such a dramatic change? Is it simply swing adjustment and greater selectivity, or is there more?Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — State Representative Kyle Hoffman and State Senator Steve Abrams both admitted that tax revenues are slower than what they previously thought it would be, but both are confident that the state of Kansas, especially education, will be just fine over the long haul.Hoffman and Abrams met with a group of citizens at the Wellington Donut Shop Saturday morning for a legislative update to discuss various issues of the upcoming 2015 legislative session starting in January. State Representative Kasha Kelley was also scheduled to be in attendance but did not make the meeting.The biggest issue on everyone’s mind is how the Kansas Legislature will handle a potential budget crisis for which revenue projections are currently estimated at $200 million short of current state spending expenditures.The deficit could be getting worse in future years with Kansas potentially collecting $1 billion less in revenue in 2015 and 2016 than its projected expenses following massive income tax cuts signed into law by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.But Hoffman said he is not worried.“I still believe the tax cuts will work,” Hoffman said. “What people aren’t talking about is that $300 million has been pumped into the Kansas economy that is going into peoples’ pockets instead of being spent in Topeka. Eventually, that has got to help the economy.”Hoffman said the slow economic recovery has more to do with what is going on in Washington D.C.“I think some people are still a big squeamish of reinvesting in the economy because they don’t know what is going to happen at the federal level,” he said.Abrams agreed saying he doesn’t anticipate that the budget projections will be as bad as previously thought.“Of course, there is current weighted changes that we won’t know about until later in the year,” Abrams said. “But I can safely say that I will support a budget that is equal to the one we passed last year and I don’t anticipate we need to cut education.”There is debate just how much the revenue shortfall is affecting things in Topeka. Hoffman said to put it in perspective. The Kansas economy as a whole is $6.2 billion. The $200 million deficit is about 4 percent of the total budget.“Let’s say you own a business and expect to make $5,000 a month. But you fall short $200,” Hoffman said. “It isn’t what you want, but it is something you can work with.”Hoffman said that he has heard that Brownback’s budget will call for $100 million cutbacks in efficiencies.Wellington Assistant Superintendent Larry Roth asked if the legislature was overzealous in its tax cuts.“I don’t think so,” Hoffman said. “If we would have done just a little bit in tax cuts, everything would have gone south, nobody would want to do anything more. By doing something bold it allows us to move forward while keeping a more careful eye on the budget.”Local citizen Leon Schmidt asked what the revenue made from the increase in sales tax was compared to the lost revenue from the recent income tax cuts.Both Hoffman and Abrams did not know at the meeting but would look it up.“Really, I thought you would know that,” Schmidt said. “I don’t know that, but I thought you would.”In other news:•Hoffman said he is busy implementing into law the deregulation of commercial truck licensing which will allow truckers within the state to not pass through so many checkpoints while traveling within the state and cut down on paperwork.•Abrams said water will be an important topic in the 2015 legislature. He said the legislature will be studying the effects of the Ogallala aquifer depletion and how to slow the process. 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The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +17 Vote up Vote down Guest · 299 weeks ago Ah yes, the growth fairy. Slash taxes and just wait, he will come. This has been the talking point of supply side economics for over 30 years, and IT DOES NOT WORK. IIt has never worked. But this time it will; our fine legislators are sure the growth fairy is coming. They bet the state on it… Report Reply 0 replies · active 299 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down faganlover · 299 weeks ago Are their eyes taped shut? It’s nice to be optimistic, but even more important to be realistic. And these two working with the budget don’t know, even in general parameters, what the income tax cut and the sales tax permanent increase will shake out to be? Does that scare you? It should because it shows that they are just parroting “talking points” from their legislative masters. Our state is going to hit a wall and hit it hard because we cut taxes so severely without pegging it to overall revenue growth. Penny wise and pound foolish! Report Reply 0 replies · active 299 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down just a resident · 299 weeks ago Dang, these estimates are from their own budget office. Oh don’t worry we have it under control. Yeah, right. We got what we voted for. Idiots and imbeciles! Report Reply 0 replies · active 299 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down Tom Countryman · 299 weeks ago I can proudly say that I have never voted for either of these…fine representatives. Report Reply 0 replies · active 299 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Clumsy · 299 weeks ago Too bad Casha couldn’t make it then it would be the 3 Stooges Larry curly and mo. Report Reply 0 replies · active 299 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 299 weeks ago “What people aren’t talking about is that $300 million has been pumped into the Kansas economy that is going into peoples’ pockets instead of being spent in Topeka. Eventually, that has got to help the economy.” I’m not math major, but let’s just say every single one of those dollars are spent on taxable expenses within the state. At an average tax rate of 8.5%, that would pump about $25.5M back into state coffers. How does that math work? We’re giving back $300M, but we plan on getting $25.5M back. That leaves a $275M shortfall according to my calculator. Look at it another way. There are about 3 million people in Kansas, so $300M should mean that every person should have seen $100 in cuts. Well, there are 3 people in my house, and I sure didn’t see a $300 reduction in my tax bill. The good news is that I’m sure the business owners in the state and those in the upper tax brackets saw most of my $300 savings, so why shouldn’t I be happy with that. Report Reply 1 reply · active 299 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 299 weeks ago You probably didn’t see your $300 break because it was sucked up by local government and hospitals. Report Reply +3 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 299 weeks ago You’re probably right. Those entities must look at alternate funding mechanisms due to budgetary cuts at the state level to help offset horrible revenue projects. When the state cuts it’s road maintenance budget, it doesn’t mean that the road doesn’t need fixed, it just means that they won’t help pay for it. Who pays for it? Us. How do we pay for it, through an increase in local taxes. When the state cuts, or doesn’t approve, dollars for healthcare, who has to pay for it? Us. Either through taxes to support a local health institute, or through rate increases in insurance premium due to rising costs. That’s been the flaw with this plan all along. You can’t cut dollars in one place, and expect to have those same cuts leveled across the board. Most of these programs require the same level of funding, or there will be a sacrifice in the level of service. I think we’ve just scratched the top of what we are going to see in lesser services in the state of Kansas. Report Reply 0 replies · active 299 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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first_imgThe phase-one re-opening of Florida begins today, but that does not include schools and colleges. Students will continue to learn on-line at least until the fall.Palm Beach State College is a public college in Lake Worth, Florida. It has five campuses which won’t be opening until the fall due to COVID-19.Palm Beach State College President Ava L. Parker is the first female president in the history of the institution, which opened in 1933 as Florida’s first public community college. She says the majority of courses are now being offered on-line except for classes such as welding which simply can’t be taught on a computer.The College now offers more than 130 programs of study, including bachelor’s and associate degrees, professional certificates and career training. Serving 49,000 students annually. Those students who are graduating in the fall will be able to take part in a virtual graduation and then a formal ceremony will be held in August.Parker says that face-to-face learning will resume in the fall as well.Under President Parker’s stewardship, the college opened in 5th campus in Loxahatchee Groves in 2016 and reached its highest enrollment in the institution’s history. Palm Beach State College enrolls nearly 49,000 students in over 100 programs of study including bachelor of applied science, associate in arts and associate in science degree programs, and short-term certificates, as well as continuing education and avocational courses. Parker also wants students to know that Palm Beach State College has received federal funds that she can pass on to students in need. Listen to the full interview with Ava Parker here.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Ava-Parker-Palm-Beach-State-College.mp3last_img read more