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Indiana Jesuit school refuses to fire teacher in same-sex marriage over archdiocese’s order

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first_imgNilvarda/iStock(INDIANAPOLIS) — A religious school in Indiana broke with the archdiocese after refusing to fire a teacher who was in a same-sex marriage.Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School announced in a statement Thursday that they had a “sincere and significant disagreement” with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis over the issue.“Brebeuf Jesuit has respectfully declined the Archdiocese’s insistence and directive that we dismiss a highly capable and qualified teacher due to the teacher being a spouse within a civilly-recognized same-sex marriage,” the letter from the school states. The teacher’s name and gender were not identified.The regional Jesuit community appears to be supporting the decision, with Brian Paulson, the leader of the Jesuits Midwest Province, writing a letter about the “disappointing development” posted to the group’s website.Paulson noted that the teacher’s same-sex union has been known within the community since the summer of 2017 when “this act became publicly known via social media.”The Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Paulson wrote, “requested verbally two years ago that Brebeuf Jesuit not renew this teacher’s contract because this teacher’s marital status does not conform to church doctrine.”The disagreement appears to have now come to a head as the archdiocese is expected to formally withdraw support from the school.Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School was founded in 1962 as an independent Catholic school and has “enjoyed a collaborative partnership with the Archdiocese for nearly 57 years,” the school’s letter states. It noted that the school always had control of the school’s governance, which included staff hiring and firings.Paulson wrote that on Thursday, the Jesuits received an advanced copy of a canonical decree set to be published Friday that states that the Archdiocese will no longer recognize Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School as a Catholic school.The Midwest Jesuits will be appealing the decision, Paulson wrote.“This is an issue that cuts to the very heart of what it means to be a Jesuit institution with responsibilities to both the local and universal church, as well as for the pastoral care we extend to all members of our Catholic community,” Paulson wrote.A statement from the archdiocese published by local station WISHTV said, “All those who minister in Catholic educational institutions carry out an important ministry in communicating the fullness of Catholic teaching to students both by word and action inside and outside the classroom. It is their duty and privilege to ensure that students receive instruction in Catholic doctrine and practice.”ABC News was not able to reach the archdiocese, whose office is closed on Fridays.“To effectively bear witness to Christ, whether they teach religion or not, all ministers in their professional and private lives must convey and be supportive of Catholic Church teaching,” the statement added.The statement goes on to say, per WISHTV, that “regrettably” the school does not subscribe to the belief that all teachers must be seen as ministers of the church and “be supportive of all teachings of the Catholic Church.”The issue has drawn national attention, and the school is getting support from one of the best-known Jesuits, James Martin, a Jesuit priest and outspoken supporter of greater inclusion within the Catholic Church.Martin, who regularly speaks publicly about the church, tweeted that he supports “my brother Jesuits who stand with our LGBT colleagues and stand against the relentless targeting of LGBT people.”“Other employees do not conform to, or agree with, church teaching: straight couples living together before marriage, practicing birth control, etc…..as well as employees who are not Catholic, not Christian, or not believers. Yet they are not targeted. The targeting of LGBT employees must cease, and Brebeuf and the Midwest Province are here standing with the marginalized. This is the most Catholic thing that they could do,” he wrote in two tweets.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Hannaford Vermont promoting scratch cards

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first_imgHannaford Food & Drug South Burlington,Delhaize America has announced a new promotion where its customers have the chance to win up to $250,000 by shopping Delhaize America stores, including Hannaford supermarkets in Vermont.Every game card distributed has the potential to be a winning card, and the card could earn customers as much as $250,000 in prizes.  The company expects to award a total of more than $5 million to approximately 3 million customers during the summer promotion, with prizes ranging from $1 to $250,000 per winning card.All Delhaize America banners are participating in the Great Grocery Giveaway, including Bottom Dollar Food, Hannaford, Sweetbay and the Food Lion family of banners – Food Lion, Bloom, Harveys and Reid’s.The Great Grocery Giveaway will reward customers who shop at any of the company’s more than 1,600 stores in 16 states. Customers who shop these supermarkets will receive a scratch-and-win game card for every qualifying transaction.The promotion started last week and will continue until all game cards are distributed to customers.  To participate in the Great Grocery Giveaway, shoppers can:Receive a scratch-and-win game card with every qualifying transaction. Loyalty card customers may receive bonus cards by purchasing Bonus Game card products, which will be noted with bonus signage in the store.Scratch off three circles on each card.  If the three circles match, customers can scratch the Prize Box to learn what cash prize they have won.  Instructions for prize redemption are detailed on the game card.A mail-in entry method that does not require a purchase is available. Please see the official rules for details.  Official game rules, and other details, are available on all banner Web sites. SOURCE Delhaize America. SCARBOROUGH, Maine, SALISBURY, N.C., and TAMPA, Fla., July 27, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — This is the first contest promotion involving all Delhaize America banners.About Delhaize AmericaDelhaize America is a leading supermarket operator in the United States with more than 1,600 stores in 16 states in the eastern United States. Delhaize America operates under the banners Bloom, Bottom Dollar Food, Food Lion, Harveys, Hannaford Supermarkets, Reid’s and Sweetbay, each of which has a distinct strategy and a well-established brand image. Through its multiple banners, Delhaize America is able to target the needs and requirements of specific markets, customize its product and service offerings and maintain strong brand recognition with its local customers. Delhaize America employs approximately 109,000 full-time and part-time associates.About Food Lion FamilyThe Food Lion Family, based in Salisbury, N.C., operates more than 1,300 supermarkets, either directly or through affiliated entities, under the names of Food Lion, Bloom, Harveys or Reid’s. These stores meet local customer needs and preferences for the freshest and best quality products. The Food Lion Family employs approximately 74,000 associates in 11 Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com(link is external).About Bottom Dollar FoodBottom Dollar Food, based in Salisbury, N.C., operates 28 stores in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. Bottom Dollar Food is a full-shop discount grocer offering the most popular national brands and private brand products at everyday best prices. Bottom Dollar Food is redefining discount shopping with its lighthearted atmosphere and focus on fresh produce and quality meats. For more information, visit www.bottomdollarfood.com(link is external).About Hannaford SupermarketsHannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 176 stores and employs more than 27,000 associates inMaine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. Most Hannaford locations have full-service pharmacies and all stores feature Guiding Stars, the nation’s first storewide nutrition navigation system. In 2009, Hannaford became the first supermarket chain in the world to open a store built to the highest standards (Platinum LEED) of the U.S. Green Building Council.  For more information visit www.hannaford.com(link is external).About Sweetbay SupermarketsSweetbay Supermarkets provides a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, built from the ground up and developed from research in core markets to express the vibrant, exciting and diverse tastes, colors and aromas of food important to Floridians. Sweetbay offers outstanding value, quality and variety, routinely partnering with Florida growers, to bring shoppers the freshest food available in the state. Sweetbay Supermarkets was launched in November 2004 and is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.Sweetbay has 104 stores in Florida.  For more information, go to www.sweetbaysupermarket.com(link is external).last_img read more

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Betancourt Prepares Her Book Outside Colombia a Year after Her Rescue

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first_imgBy Dialogo July 02, 2009 Bogotá, July 1 (EFE).- A year after being rescued by the army, former presidential candidate and former FARC hostage Ingrid Betancourt lives outside Colombia. She is in the middle of a divorce, and is finishing a book that everyone predicts will be a best-seller. After six years as a hostage, Betancourt was freed on 2 July, 2008 during an undercover military operation known as “Operation Jaque” together with Americans Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell, and Tom Howes, as well as eleven Colombian police and military personnel, some of whom spent more than ten years captive in the jungle. In an operation that is considered almost a masterpiece of military intelligence and that took place a year ago tomorrow, a group of uniformed personnel passed themselves off as humanitarian aid workers and freed the fifteen hostages without firing a shot. “Thank you to the army of my country, Colombia, thank you for the impeccable operation; the operation was perfect,” were the first words of the former hostage when she arrived, free, in Bogotá that day. Betancourt, who was the most valuable hostage held by the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), was kidnapped on 23 February 2002 in the jungle department of Caquetá while campaigning for that year’s elections, two days after the breakdown of peace negotiations between the administration of then President Andrés Pastrana and the guerilla group. Both her friends and her critics acknowledge that her kidnapping took place in the context of what was almost a provocation, given that the civil and military authorities had recommended that she not go near the region dominated by the guerrillas at a moment of such tension. But her rebellious personality did not allow her to listen to this advice, and she was taken hostage together with her running mate, then-vice-presidential candidate Clara Rojas. She kept up this kind of “insolence” during her years of captivity, as her fellow kidnapping victims have recalled in various books published since their liberation. The most severe critics have been Americans Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell, and Thomas Howes, who in their book “Out of Captivity” tell the story of how Ingrid protested when they arrived at the camp at which they met her for the first time because, in her view, this meant sharing the limited space available to the hostages. The Pentagon contractors, captured in 2003 when their airplane crashed in the jungle during an operation in search of FARC cocaine laboratories, recount that Betancourt accused them in front of their kidnappers of belonging to the CIA, placing them in serious danger. The Americans label Betancourt “selfish and lacking solidarity” when it came time to share food, clothing, radios, and books, essential items in the jungle that enabled them to survive better in that hell. Clara Rojas, although she has been discreet, has acknowledged that her relationship with Ingrid deteriorated because “she did not behave like a friend.” One of Betancourt’s unconditional supporters is former senator Luis Eladio Pérez, with whom she appears to have maintained a romantic relationship while kidnapped, according to the Americans’ account in their book. Another supporter is Sgt. William Pérez, a nurse who took care of Ingrid during her most difficult moments and who continues to correspond with her on a weekly basis, as he indicated to EFE. Once freed, Betancourt traveled to Paris, where she was reunited with her children, and where she has filed for divorce from publicist Juan Carlos Lecompte, her second husband, whom she married in Polynesia in 1997. Ingrid petitioned for divorce alleging “de facto separation” for years, while it seems that Lecompte feels offended by the “ingratitude” shown by his wife, according to a report published last week in Caras magazine . Following her rescue, the former presidential candidate traveled to various countries, and she was received by Latin American and European leaders, even the Pope, and was awarded several prizes, among them the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord , due to her “dignity” and “courage.” She was even a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize, after being named “Woman of the Year 2008” by the organization Women’s World Award, sponsored by former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev. In Colombia, these awards have been met with ill-will in some sectors, as many former hostages and members of civil society believe that Betancourt is no more deserving than other former kidnapping victims who continue to work for peace away from the spotlight. At present, Ingrid divides her time between Paris and New York, makes few public appearances, and is concentrating on writing her dramatic story, a book that even before reaching bookstores, it is destined to become a best-seller.last_img read more

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January 21, 2019 Police Blotter

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Genius’ Narine dangerous at both ends of the pitch, claims Badree

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first_imgTop-ranked T20 spinner Samuel Badree has listed teammate Sunil Narine in a list of top five spinners in the world, but more surprisingly as also one of the most difficult batmen to bowl to.Badree, currently ranked as the fourth best T20 bowler in the world, listed a top five leg spinner list that included South Africa’s Imran Tahir, India’s Kuldeep Yadav, Australian Brad Hogg and sensational Afghan spinner Rashid Khan.“He is really good. He is so young, he has so much potential. No batsman in the world seems to have got the better of him as yet. It is early stages in his career, he will need to develop some more variety as batsmen get more familiar with him. But he has tremendous potential,” Badree told Espncricinfo.The 36-year-old, however, paused to give special commendation to Narine, despite the player not being listed as a leg-spinner.“I must include Sunil Narine, although you said leg-spinner. He is a genius.”In recent years Narine has also carved out a spot as a batsman at the top of the order for several franchises in the shortest format of the game, even getting the better of Badree in an IPL showdown last season.“In the West Indies, Chris Gayle obviously. David Warner has been really difficult to bowl at. This might sound strange, but Sunil Narine had the better of me twice. He knows all my tricks. Aaron Finch is the right-hander that I find difficult,” the bowler said when asked for his list of most challenging batsmen.last_img read more

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Football: Big Ten’s return to the gridiron

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first_imgSince Aug. 11, the fateful day when the Big Ten decided to cancel all fall sports, there has been a massive outcry of displeasure from fans, parents, coaches and players. There was a lot of controversy surrounding Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren’s decision to cancel fall sports. Since that day, there have been petitions, protests at the Big Ten’s headquarters and marches led by teams on campus.It seems as if these acts have finally caught the attention of the Big Ten, as the conference is rumored to have finalized a plan to begin playing football Oct. 17. Football: The origins of Wisconsin’s most popular traditionsBack when Saturdays were filled with Badgeralls and miniature earthquakes produced by thousands of students participating in Wisconsin’s famous“Jump Around” tradition, Read…Over the last few days,  a point of emphasis for the Big Ten Conference has been unity. UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank believes that the conference must make this decision together. “We’re continuing to look at those proposals. I’m not going to say anything more about it at this point,” Blank said in a Sept. 14 Madison.com article. “I will say we’re all going to move together in the Big Ten. We’re all going to play or not if we possibly can. This isn’t going to be a school by school thing.” During the initial vote back in August, Blank was one of the representatives who voted “no” to the plans for a season. Blank’s approval carries more weight considering the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in Madison. Football: Teams for Badger fans to root for in 2020Though Wisconsin’s football team is not taking the field this weekend, there are still a lot of exciting teams who Read…The recent surge in cases has led to a full quarantine in the two biggest dorms on campus. Blank ratifying the plans for a football season not only means she believes the protocols for football are solid but also believes the measures put into place on campus are safe and effective. It is important to note there has been no official announcement by the Big Ten, Blank, Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez or any other person connected to the conference or the university.Breaking down Wisconsin football’s wonky conference-only scheduleThe announcement of the Big Ten Conference to keep all fall sports competitions strictly conference-only made waves throughout the college Read…Badger fans should be optimistic that football is returning this fall. Even if it isn’t in the normal capacity, just seeing the Badgers on the field at Camp Randall is a step in the right direction.Expect an official announcement from Warren later this week outlining the conference’s plans for a football season. As of right now, there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the fall sports season. But as plans are finalized, The Badger Herald will have a full report on the Big Ten’s return to football.last_img read more

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Extracts: Patsy McGonagle on tests of his soul in Seoul on first trip as Irish manager

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first_imgPATSY McGonagle was an Irish Athletics Team Manager for 25 years and managed Ireland 68 times as a manager, including at four Olympic Games, six World Championships and six European Championships. Under his watch, Irish athletes won two Olympic medals, nine World Championship medals and 27 EuropeanChampionship medals. He has recently released his autobiography, written by Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub Sports Editor Chris McNulty, and we bring you some exclusive extracts: Picture: Patsy McGonagle with Irish athletes in the Skylon Hotel, Dublin in 1994IN A ROOM of the Samyoung Hotel in Seoul, the beads of sweat began to drip.The 1992 World Junior Championships offered me a first taste of managing an Irish team. I had left Dublin with no instruction, no advice.And no cheque book. When you arrive at a Championship, it’s customary to settle the visiting team’s account with the local organising committee. However, nobody had given me any indication of this, never mind a few bob, before we flew to Korea.I joined a queue, listening away to what was going on at the various tables at the top of the room.‘You owe us x thousands.’‘You owe us y thousands.’The administrator advised the sum owed and, one-by-one, each delegation from the different countries settled their bills.The Ethiopians went up. Senegal were there. The Japanese boys slid up and moved away again.The United States, all bravado as usual, got the business done.The queue was getting shorter and my mind was in overdrive. I wasn’t long off the plane after a 13-hour flight, via London.‘They’re going to throw us out of this Championship.’ It was a scary thought. I genuinely hadn’t a clue what to expect.Next up… Ireland.‘You owe us…’ But my mind was doing loops and I didn’t actually hear the figure that was announced. I began to tell the young lady behind the table a long story about it being my first Championship, but I did not get very far with my sobbing.‘Ireland…‘Typical!’But her face had brightened, and then broke into a smile. I knew then we’d be okay. I was excited about Seoul and took my appointment as team manager in my stride.Patsy McGonagle with an Irish Athletics team in the 1990sI ALWAYS EMBRACED changing technology, which was a big strength over the years. But I was left to curse technology in Seoul. Deirdre Gallagher from Ballina was with us for the 5,000m and she took 14 seconds off her personal best in Seoul.I faxed the result through to the BLE offices in Dublin and they passed it on to the media in Ireland.The Irish Independent led with the news.“Ballina athlete Deirdre Gallagher made history in becoming the first Irish athlete to win a medal at the World Junior Athletics Championships in Seoul, collecting a bronze in the 5,000m walk.”There was one problem. Deirdre, in fact, hadn’t won a bronze medal.The first page of the fax to Dublin got lost and Deirdre was listed third on the second page. Lo and behold, everyone in Ireland thought she had won the bronze.Her father, Danny who hailed from Glenties, was driving home from the All-Ireland football final – which Donegal had won, famously beating Dublin – when he heard the news on RTE Radio. The poor man nearly crashed the car.BLE had to issue a clarification.Again, the Independent delivered the news.“BLE have announced that Deirdre Gallagher of Ballina has not in fact won a medal in the Junior World Athletics Championships in Seoul. It was announced that she had finished third in the 5,000m walk, but the information from South Korea has now proved to be incorrect. BLE have apologised for any embarrassment caused.”I didn’t have a press accreditation in Seoul, so even getting the results proved a difficult assignment. I ended up, through a very helpful Korean official, befriending an Irish Columban priest, Fr Kennedy.He aided me in getting the essential information I needed.I knew of the influence of the Columban priests through news back home of Fr PJ McGlinchey, a Letterkenny man who was based on Jeju Island, an island in the Korea Strait, for over 60 years and whose work will be remembered for generations.Jeju’s people, when he arrived in 1952, were among the poorest in their land. Fr McGlinchey – a brother of the Letterkenny-based Senator, Bernard McGlinchey – set up a textile factory, helped form a credit union and aided in improving the farming practices and yields on the island.The food in Seoul was a challenge. Everything was chicken or beef. But my abiding memory, even now, was the evening when we went to a Korean restaurant with the priest.We were served a bowl of stuff, with meat in it that the party of Irish people just convinced themselves wasn’t a dog. The waiter came out and cracked a raw egg into a bowl.You wouldn’t have fed it to the dogs.‘Aye, that’s gorgeous.’We couldn’t have our hosts disappointed.Patsy McGonagle after his appointment as Irish Athletics Team manager for the 2000 Olympic Games in SydneySEOUL WAS THE first time I was in a city where the problem with traffic was so prevalent. The place was bumper-to-bumper 24/7.Language was also a problem at times. We had a small team at those Championships with just four athletes – Deirdre, Antoine Burke, David Matthews and David Cullinane. We went exploring in Seoul one evening for a look around and we hit trouble when it was time to go home.I went to get a taxi.‘The Hotel Samyoung, sir’Your man looked at me as if I had ten heads. The next taxi man was the same. And the next! Eventually, a US military police officer spotted that a bunch of Irish athletes were in a bit of a jam. At the same time, I learned that there were thousands of US soldiers stationed in South Korea, a knock-on from the Korean War.‘Hey Paddy, where d’yall need to go?’He didn’t have a clue either, but he radioed his base.‘Ah…the Samyoung Hotel’.I’m still baffled by the Koreans on that one.Trying to explain the name wasn’t helped by our descriptions, of course.‘It’s a golden kind of place,’ we repeatedly pleaded to the deaf ears on the taxi rank, but eventually we got back to base.Back with a valuable lesson banked. From that day on, we carried a card from the hotel so we could just show the driver…‘Relentless: A Race Through Time’ Patsy McGonagle, A Memoir (with Chris McNulty) Published: June 2019, Hero Books, €20.00 (ISBN 9781910827079). Available now in paperback and ebook versions on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Relentless-Race-Through-Patsy-McGonagle/dp/191082707XExtracts: Patsy McGonagle on tests of his soul in Seoul on first trip as Irish manager was last modified: August 3rd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2000 Olympic GamesChris McNultypatsy mcgonagleRelentlessSeoulsydneylast_img read more

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King Corn Adds Acres

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matthew Wilde Progressive Farmer Crops EditorMESERVEY, Iowa (DTN) — Midwest farmers are doing the unthinkable as the corn-planting window slams shut.Some growers are switching intended soybean acres to corn, or at least thinking about it. Usually the opposite happens in mid-to-late-May if corn isn’t in the ground due to yield-loss potential.But desperate times call for desperate measures, said Dave Nelson of rural Belmond, Iowa.Decade-low soybean prices and a re-energized U.S.-China trade war convinced the former Iowa Corn Growers Association president and his family — Dave farms with his brother, son and nephews — to plant another 1,000 acres of corn at the expense of the world’s most popular legume. Now, 4,000 of the 6,500 acres that the family crops will be corn.Dave piloted a New Holland TG255 tractor pulling a 12-row Case I-H planter May 13 in a field near Meservey, Iowa, as other family members planted elsewhere. He seeded corn in a field intended for beans. Dave’s nephew, Josh Nelson, incorporated fertilizer and pre-emergent herbicide at the same time. Both were trying to beat impending rain that has dramatically slowed planting progress throughout the Midwest, which also played a part in the family’s decision.It’s the first time in nearly 50 years of farming Dave Nelson reduced soy acres in favor of corn with June fast approaching.“The market is telling us to switch,” Dave said as he planted corn. “Soybean prices have gotten worse and a trade deal with China doesn’t look like it will happen for a while. The profit potential for corn isn’t good, but it’s a lot better than soybeans.“Illinois, Missouri and the Dakotas are way behind and we’re able to plant,” he added. “That may help corn prices.”GRAIN COMPLEXBig U.S. soybean ending stocks and a recent setback in trade negotiations with China contributed to the lowest prices since 2007, according to DTN market analysts. The latest government estimate pegs the nation’s soy stockpile for 2019-20 at 970 million bushels, bolstered by China’s reluctance to buy from the U.S.November soybeans opened at $8.43 Tuesday, with cash prices less than $7.70 at many elevators and processors. Iowa State University (ISU) estimates the break-even price for soybeans averaging 62-bushels-per-acre at $8.86 per bushel.Corn futures have increased lately. December corn opened Tuesday at $3.83 per bushel. Cash prices are 30-40 cents less. ISU estimates the break-even price at $3.38/bu. for corn after soybeans averaging 218 bpa and $3.88 for corn-after-corn averaging 200 bpa.Planting less soy in favor of corn may be a good plan for some farmers, said Todd Hubbs, University of Illinois agricultural agronomist. Given current market dynamics and planting woes in much of the Corn Belt, he said farmers who can get corn in soon and possibly limit yield losses due to delays could benefit.“I can see that strategy making sense in Iowa, and possibly other areas,” Hubbs said. “There could be a significant amount of corn that isn’t planted nationwide, possibly 3 million acres, which may support prices come June.”PLANTING DELAYSAbout 79 million acres of soybeans and more than 71 ma of corn were unplanted as of May 12, according to prospective planting estimates and the latest USDA Crop Progress Report. Rains and cold weather hampered planting throughout major corn and soybean states this past week.Only 11% of Illinois’ corn is in the ground compared to the five-year average of 82%. Indiana is 6% done and North and South Dakota are 11% and 4% finished, respectively.Iowa is better off with 48% of its intended corn acres planted, four days behind last year and just over a week behind the five-year average. The planting clock is ticking loudly.ISU studies indicate corn, with a plant density of 35,000 per acre, on average will yield 87% of its potential when planted from May 15-25, 70% from May 25-June 5 and 54% from June 5-15. Research shows soybean yields, on average, decline by 0.25 to 0.9 bushels for every day that seed isn’t in the ground after May 15.The 50% corn planting completion threshold wasn’t met in Iowa only five times prior to this year in the last 40 years. In each of those years, the statewide yield was below trend line.CORN OPTIMISMDave Nelson hopes to break the trend. The family is more than half-done with corn. If they get yields 180-bpa to more than 200-bpa, and prices jump 30 cents, they can make a profit unlike on soybeans.“Some of the fields we’re switching raise a lot better corn,” he said.The thought of planting soybeans and losing money is dejecting, Josh Nelson added. There wasn’t a debate among the family members about swapping soy acres for corn.“It’s shear economics,” Josh said. “Planting soy just didn’t pencil out. A lot of farmers are in a similar boat.”He may be right. Several ISU Extension regional agronomists mentioned during a recent conference call that many farmers statewide are swapping some soy acres to corn, according to Mark Licht, ISU Extension cropping systems agronomist.High yield potential for corn is still possible by planting well-adapted full season hybrids up until June 1, Licht said. After that date, he recommends switching to earlier maturing corn.“Agronomically speaking, it’s easier to switch to corn from soybeans,” Licht said. “It usually doesn’t happen because of yield potential.”Contact Matthew at [email protected] him on Twitter @progressivwilde(ES/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Adobe Closes BrowserLab, Blames Mobile Platform Rise

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first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts When future historians look back and try to determine the exact moment when the personal computer and desktop form factor started to decline, there will be a lot of pointing at Jan. 27, 2010 – the day Steve Jobs announced the iPad. In truth, the downward spiral isn’t marked by one event, but a lot of little incidents that mark the trail.On March 13, Adobe unexpectedly added a chapter to the story of the fading of the PC, when it announced that it would be closing down its BrowserLab service effective… March 13.The closure was as surprising as it was abrupt. BrowserLab enabled developers and web designers to test their work on different desktop browsers and operating systems, to help ensure cross-platform uniformity in look and operation.In a statement to users on the BrowserLab blog, Bruce Bowman, Sr. Product Manager Edge Tools & Services and the Adobe BrowserLab Team, cited the popularity of mobile platforms as the big reason for BrowserLab’s deactivation.“When we originally launched BrowserLab as a free service back in 2009, our customers were struggling with testing their web content across desktop browsers and platforms. Since then with the growth of the importance of mobile devices and tablets, the landscape has changed dramatically. Because of this shift, we have seen the usage of BrowserLab drop over the past year while at the same time our engineering team has been focusing on solving this new challenge with new solutions.“Due to this, we will be shutting down the Adobe BrowserLab Service effective immediately,” Bowman added.The resources BrowserLab must have taken up for Adobe must have been significant, for them to want to retask their team to focus on mobile development. Adobe has long been a strong presence in web design, desktop or otherwise, so it seems odd for them to abruptly drop even an ancillary service like this. While no one would argue that desktop is in decline, it’s not completely going to go away.An unspoken reason here may also be the way major browsers use rolling release schemes, where updates happen transparently and rapidly. Keeping up with those many different browser releases may have been too much of a challenge for Adobe, especially if is focused on delivering a similar service for mobile developers with its Edge Inspect product.BrowserLabs users won’t be left in too much of a lurch: Bowman specifically pointed out BrowserStack and Sauce Labs as two viable alternatives to BrowserLab.In the grand scheme of desktop these days, I suspect the departure of BrowserLabs will create little more than a ripple within the development community. But it is one more signpost on the shift from desktop to mobile, and a potential harbinger to developers focused on the desktop that their tools and services may one day disappear. Tags:#Adobe#Web Development center_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? brian proffitt Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

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The Hidden Meaning Behind Popular Video Transitions

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first_img4. WipeHidden Symbolism: Continued ActionWipe example from Star WarsWhile all of the transitions on this list stand for a passage of time, a wipe implies continued action that is unresolved. A wipe works well in a film that is full of action and movement, which is why you’ll see it throughout films like Star Wars. A great example from modern film is Edgar Wright, who uses physical objects to wipe between scenes to control the pacing.You will typically find wipes in films with multiple storylines that are playing out in separate locations. A wipe implies tension between one shot and another. A wipe can also serve to juxtapose good and evil or light and dark. Typically the actions in Scene A of a wipe will affect the actions in Scene B and vice versa. While it does depend on the situation, a wipe can serve as a cliffhanger, implying to the audience that they will be returning to the scene once the parallel story has moved forward.This amazing roundup from realityoccasionally shows us a few of the wipes from the Star Wars film franchise.Do you need transitions for your project? We’ve got you covered with this pack of 200+ transitions and assets!What is your favorite type of editing transition? Share in the comments below. 3. Cross DissolveHidden Symbolism: Linked NarrativesDissolves have admittedly been on the decline over recent years. While you will find lots of instances of cross dissolves in classic cinema, modern filmmakers don’t tend to use them as often. A cross dissolve symbolizes a passage from one scene to the next. This could be a passage of time or simply a passage from exterior to interior. Cross dissolves symbolize overlapping ideas between scenes.The duration of a dissolve is directly related the the implied duration between clips. A quick dissolve might symbolize only a few minutes, but a long dissolve could symbolize years. It’s very rare for a film to use a quick one-second dissolve to symbolize a long passage of time.In the example above, we can see two scenes connected by a cross dissolve. From the dissolve, the audience can infer that the building seen in the second clip is the same building being designed in the first clip. A simple cut might have not drawn the same conclusion.This example from Citizen Kane highlights the symbolic change between these two scenes. There’s more to video transitions than simply moving between scenes. Let’s look at the reasons behind the cuts.In video editing, each cut and every transition holds a deeper meaning. Let’s take a look at the hidden narratives behind four of the most common video editing transitions.1. Fade to BlackHidden Symbolism: CompletionThis example of fade to black symbolizes implied action between happiness and sadness. A fade to black is the most dramatic transition found on this list. A fade to black is essentially a dissolve in or to black. In film, a fade to black is used symbolize completion, meaning a narrative thought is finished. On a practical level, this typically means fading to black at the end of a dramatic scene.A fade to black eases the audience’s emotions into the next scene or the end credits. A fade symbolizes a passage of time. It would be confusing to an audience if you were to fade to black and then fade up a scene that is chronologically no different than the scene before it.Fade to blacks imply action, depending on the clips before and after the transition. If you were to fade to black in a scene, it would imply that the narrative tension or emotions have transitioned to the next, even if they aren’t easily apparent in the next scene. In the example above, we first see a happy couple. Next, a girl looking over the balcony of her room. Despite not knowing anything else about this story, we can imply that she is reflecting on the happiness she experienced in the previous scene.2. Fade to WhiteHidden Symbolism: Ambiguity/AscensionGif from Jacob T. Swinney’s ‘Fade to White’ (seen below)Where a fade to black symbolizes completion, a fade to white does the exact opposite. A fade to white tells the audience that the hero’s journey isn’t quite over. Despite all of the visual information on screen telling you the action is completed, there is still something left. This is why you will often see a fade to white at the end of a dramatic film with an ambiguous ending.A fade to white gives the audience a perception of hope. Perhaps the hero did change in the end? Maybe the girl didn’t really die? A fade to white tells us that, despite a bleak or undesirable ending, a positive outcome was still accomplished.The example above from Black Swan is a symbol of hope or happiness. Nina, after becoming the dark swan she feared, has now transitioned into the heavenly realm which she fantasized about. The character, despite the forces surrounding her, has achieved the beautiful result she imagined. In a way, the fade to white is dissonant to her surroundings.In this fantastic video roundup from Jacob T. Swinney, we see quite a few popular examples of fade to white in popular film. In the description Jacob writes “fades to white are often used to express disorientation and euphoria, among many other similar sensations.”last_img read more

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