first_imgBoston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) looks to move against Phoenix Suns’ Tyler Ulis right, during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. The Celtics won 116-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — With Boston in danger of blowing a big fourth-quarter lead, Kyrie Irving stepped up again for the Celtics.Irving had a key 3-pointer and a driving basket in the closing two minutes, helping Boston hold off the Phoenix Suns for a 116-111 victory on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “This whole week I’ve been getting questions about the game,” he said. “But like I said, it was a great night. Tried to come out and be aggressive. Just fell a little short.”Phoenix cut a 17-point deficit to 105-103 on Chandler’s dunk late in the game. But Irving, who returned to the game with 4 1/2 minutes left with the lead down to eight, responded with a 3 from the right wing on the next possession, and his spinning shot off the backboard made it 112-106 with 29 seconds left.“We have to do more of that for Kyrie, so he can just go out there and not have to work so hard all the time,” Horford said.Leading by one late in the third, the Celtics closed the quarter with an 11-2 run. Marcus Morris’ alley-oop jam in the final seconds made it 89-79.Boston then scored the first seven points in the fourth before Phoenix rallied with 15 of the next 19 points over a five-minute stretch.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “Kyrie’s ability to make those shots with very little space is pretty impressive,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “We put ourselves in a bad spot after that fourth-quarter run.”Irving finished with 19 points, leading a balanced attack for NBA-leading Boston (20-4). Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris each scored 17 points, Jayson Tatum had 15 and Al Horford added 14 points and a career-best 11 assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDevin Booker scored a season-high 38 points for Phoenix in his first game at TD Garden since he put up 70 against the Celtics on March 24. T.J. Warren had 19 points, and Tyson Chandler finished with 14 points and 18 rebounds.Booker was certainly thinking about playing in Boston again. View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES “It’s just understanding the game and what’s available and not making mistakes down the stretch,” Suns interim coach Jay Triano said.Coming off a season-low two points when he played only 22 minutes, Brown scored 16 in the opening half.TIP-INSSuns: Reserve C Alex Len was sidelined by a sore left ankle. “It’s still bothering him a little bit,” Triano said before the game. “I think if we needed him, he could play.”Celtics: Improved to 10-2 at home. … They shot 57.5 percent (23 of 40) in the opening half, going 9 for 17 on 3-point attempts. … Stevens switched his starting lineup for the second half, inserting Daniel Theis and removing Aron Baynes.OUCHBooker banged right knees with Brown late in the first quarter and limped slowly to the bench during a timeout. He pointed toward the right side of his knee while talking to the trainer, but returned at the start of the second and nailed a jumper in the opening minute.NOT WATCHING AGAINA good portion of questions to Stevens in his pregame session with the media focused on the Suns’ last visit, when Booker put on his show in a Celtics’ victory.“We didn’t show much of him last year,” Stevens said. “We talked a little bit about how he gets his points, obviously.” In that game, Booker scored 51 after halftime, making an NBA-record 20 free throws for a half.UP NEXTSuns: At the 76ers on Monday in the fifth of a season-high six-game road trip. It’s the first meeting between the teams this season.Celtics: Host the Bucks in the fourth of a five-game homestand. 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first_imgThe FY 2016 expenditure budget is a study in misplaced priorities and lost opportunities. The recurrent budget for the entire country is a little over $500 million. As I have stated before, that is a very small sum indeed. $500 million to cater to the needs of 3.5 million people? Me and a dozen of my colleagues were allocated that sum of money 20 years ago to run a newspaper in Dallas, Texas with 2,500 employees. In other words, on a per capita basis we had $200,000 to spend compared to just $140 for the Government of Liberia. When you place it in that context, it concentrates the mind.When you have such a small amount of money to go around, focus is absolutely essential in order to have impact. And that is what is lacking in our governance. There are simply too many ministries, agencies, commissions, administrative units. When I went through the budget I counted 108 budgetary units. With a $500 million budget, that boils down to an average of just $5 million per unit. You cannot do much with that.So, one of the things that has to happen, probably not during this administration but certainly in the next one, is a careful review of the mission and efficacy of every unit that gets budgetary appropriation. What is the mission of this unit? Do its functions overlap with those of another ministry/agency/ commission? Should one be dissolved and its functions absorbed by another?Let’s look at a practical example. Why do we still have a Ministry of information (a more apt name for it might be the Ministry of Misinformation or the Ministry of Presidential Propaganda)? Every ministry now has a public affairs office. The President has a press secretary. So, what is the Ministry of Information doing that these other agencies are not? We have multiple security agencies: Ministry of National Security, National Security Agency, Drug Enforcement Agency, Anti-Money Laundering Agency, etc. Are all of these really necessary? Each agency has to have a minister/director and the full complement of deputies and assistants, plus staff. Can some of them not be merged to save overhead expenses? This lack of focus is highlighted when we delve into the guts of the recurrent budget. Half (50%) of the budget goes on salaries and benefits. Because such a large proportion of the budget goes on compensation, there is insufficient money left over for work to be done. I think it is fair to say that the only justification for a ministry or agency to exist is that it is providing a service to us, the taxpayers. If all a ministry or agency has money for is to pay salaries, then that ministry or agency should not exist. It is not providing any value to the taxpayer.And there are many agencies for which the above is true. Their budget consists of salaries and very little else because after the appropriation process is done, there is nothing left to give them for them to do meaningful work.The government cannot do everything. It cannot be all things to all men. Choices have to be made. Decisions have to be made as to what government can and should do. Conversely, decisions have to be made as to what government should not be doing.My take is that government should be in the business of education, healthcare, rule of law, certain aspects of agriculture and infrastructure. The government should not be involved in business because the nature of government (slow, bureaucratic) is not suited to business (which requires swift decision-making, ability to change course quickly). That means we should be shedding most of our public corporations. The government should also leave big ticket infrastructure expenditure to the private sector because it simply does not have the resources to undertake the kind of expenditure that is necessary to get the job done. I am thinking of airports, sea ports, electricity, water and sanitation, some roads (which can be farmed out to the private sector and tolled).I was in England in the mid 1970s when the country, weighed down by a multitude of loss-making state-owned enterprises, was moving inexorably towards Third World status. Margaret Thatcher came on the scene, bust up the overly powerful unions, sold off or shuttered many of the state-owned enterprises and saved England. We need a Maggie Thatcher here. Next week, we will take a final look at the expenditure budget to see how it measures up to the priorities that I listed above.The writer is a certified public accountant and a businessman. He can be reached at this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Natural Resources Ministry closed its Industry Skills Training Enhancement Programme (In-STEP) on Wednesday with a graduation ceremony at the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) Training Centre, Port Mourant (GTCPM). The programme, launched by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman in June, saw the inaugural batch of 84 former sugar workers and young people graduating with distinctions, credits, and passes.In-STEP was a collaboration between the Ministries of Natural Resources, Agriculture and Education. It was developed and proposed to the Natural Resources Ministry by the GuySuCo Training Centre (GTC) in February of this year.The programme, funded by the Natural Resources Ministry at a cost of $4.5 million, included 120 hours of training being facilitated on Fridays and Saturdays at the GTCPM. It provided the participants with certified competency training in the basics of motor vehicle servicing and repairs, refrigeration, electrical installation,Ministers Nicolette Henry and Raphael Trotman among the In-STEP graduateswelding and fabrication.Present at the ceremony was Education Minister Nicolette Henry, who highlighted that retraining experienced workers is necessary in order to meet the needs of 21st Century industries that are emerging in Guyana.The Minister told the graduates that this training will allow them to participate directly in the sustainability of the nation’s development, and they are now ready to gain employment to support the direct and indirect services of the petroleum, mining, agriculture and other economic sectors.“The fact that you are here proves that you understand the power of your own growth and recognise the benefits of life-long learning. I congratulate you all on this exemplary achievement, may you go on to create diverse industries right here in Guyana that yield maximum productivity for your chosen industry or your own innovative companies,” she said.MNR Project Coordinator of In-STEP, Mariscia Charles, speaking on behalf of the Ministry expressed satisfaction with the pioneering project. She further noted the Ministry’s commitment to providing training opportunities to develop the skills of Guyanese. Charles assured that the Natural Resources Ministry remains committed to partnerships and to working with citizens across the country at every level.The technical training programme forms part of GuySuCo’s Alternative Livelihood Programme for the over 4000 sugar workers who have been dismissed in the downsizing of the sugar industry.The participants who have completed the In-STEP initiative are now eligible for entry into the New Amsterdam and Corentyne technical institutes to further develop their skills and become employable.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champJudge Abraham Khan kept Lam’s bail at $1 million. Lam is being held at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles. Lam appeared in court cuffed and wearing a yellow Los Angeles County Jail jumpsuit. A woman who identified herself as a co-worker of Lam’s at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens came to see her former colleague in court on Monday. She declined to give her name. “I just want to know why he did it because he doesn’t seem to be that kind of person,” she said. She said Lam worked as a day-shift manager at the Bicycle Casino and that Susan Lam had worked as a dealer at the card club about 10 years ago. WEST COVINA- A former Rowland Heights man will be back in court next week to face charges he allegedly strangled his wife and buried her in their backyard. David Lam’s Monday arraignment at the West Covina Branch Superior Court was continued to Dec. 27. His defense attorney, deputy public defender Rubiya Nur, asked that it be continued because she is still waiting for more information from the prosecution. The District Attorney’s Office has charged Lam, 45, with the murder of his wife, Susan, 49, whose body was found Sept. 23, 2005 in a shallow grave in the backyard of a house in the 2600 block of Doubletree Lane. The couple rented the Rowland Heights house. David Lam was on the run for two years until authorities found him on Batam Island, Indonesia last month. He was arrested Nov. 17. The motive for the slaying remains unexplained. A homicide investigator did say it appears the Lams were in a dire financial situation. Records show the couple filed for bankruptcy on June 10, 2002. David Lam has a gambling problem, according to the FBI. Susan Lam’s family last talked to her Sept. 11, 2005. They reported her missing two days later. David Lam took a leave from work on Sept. 16, 2005 and disappeared. Authorities received information he went from Los Angeles to Singapore and then to Indonesia. Deputies later discovered what looked like two graves behind the Rowland Heights house and started digging. Susan Lam wasn’t missing anymore. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgThe Civil Defence in action.Final preparations are currently being put in place for the annual Donegal Civil Defence County Training Day which will take place at the Civil Defence Headquarters, Railway Road, Stranorlar on Sunday week.Volunteers from all over the county will be involved in a rigorous programme of tasks which will include forensic training; boat exercises and land searches on the nearby River Finn using GPS radios; an Auxiliary Fire Fighting exercise at the Bus Eireann station in Stranorlar; theory and practical uses of UAVs (Drones) and a search and rescue exercises using the UAVs at the new Finn Harps stadium in Stranorlar.Civil Defence services are delivered through the Civil Defence Officer (CDO) of the relevant Local Authority for that area and in Donegal that’s the job of Edel Flynn. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of Civil Defence matters under the overall direction of Donegal County Council’s Chief Executive, Seamus Neely.In the day to day management of Civil Defence training and operations at local authority level the CDO is assisted by a key team of Instructors, qualified in a range of disciplines, and who do so on a voluntary basis.Time and again Civil Defence volunteer members in Donegal have displayed their dedication and response capability in support of the primary emergency services and their local communities.High profile activities such as the severe weather response efforts of 2013 and 2014, the support efforts to the Fire Service at various gorse fires as well as their ongoing support at public events are testament to the professionalism and dedication of the volunteer membership. Locally, Civil Defence offers the volunteers training in the following areas:• First Aid training up to and including Cardiac First Response, Occupational First Aid, Emergency First Responder and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). All of which are certified through the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) and Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).• Water and Flood Awareness Training including Swift Water Responder Level.• Gorse Fire Fighting• River, Sea and Coastal Search & Rescue including Kayaking and Boating.• Search & Rescue training through Urban and Rope Rescue Techniques in Urban, Cliff and Mountainous Terrain.• Major Emergencies Response through the Major Emergency Framework Legislation.• Provision of Ambulance service for local community festivals, sporting events and charity events.• Radio Communications including VHF, UHF GPS and Tetra Radios.• Welfare training inclusive of Food Safety and Housing of displaced persons.• Radiation Monitoring which includes training in Ground Sampling and the use of Gratz Meters for reading radioactive material.Through their work Civil defence also work closely with the Emergency Service providers of the• An Garda Síochána• National Ambulance Service• Coast Guard.• Donegal Fire Service• Local AuthorityMembership is on a voluntary basis and is subject to Garda Vetting and a person being aged 18yrs or over. All training is provided to the volunteer free of charge. DONEGAL CIVIL DEFENCE TO UNDERTAKE MAJOR TRAINING EXERCISE was last modified: October 20th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Civil Defencedonegalexerciselast_img read more

first_img 2 Vinne Jones has told people to stop complaining about the decision to let Wayne Rooney come out of international retirement to earn his 120th and final Three Lions cap in an upcoming friendly against the USA.The Football Association announced on Sunday that England’s record goalscorer will make his final appearance for his country at Wembley Stadium on November 15.Rooney retired from international football at the start of last season after falling down the pecking order under Gareth Southgate but the FA are keen to honour the record-breaking striker, who has enjoyed a return to form since joining Major League Soccer side DC United, where he has scored 12 goals since July. Speaking on Monday morning, the FA Cup winning former Wimbledon star said: “I’m a fan of Rooney. He’s doing it for his foundation and I just think if he comes on for 20 or 15 minutes at the end, who cares? He’s raising a lot of money for charity.“He’s been fantastic for England and I think he deserves those 120 caps, so I’m all for it.“There would be hardly anyone there at the game if they hadn’t done this. The friendly has been named ‘The Wayne Rooney Foundation International’, with all proceeds from the game being donated to the player’s charity.Some, however, have not been so enamoured with the idea.England legends Alan Shearer and Peter Shilton are among those who have questioned the move, while Ray Parlour is also not a fan, saying on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I love Rooney but I don’t think it’s the right decision – it used to be hard to win a cap!”But Jones has told talkSPORT people are ‘getting their knickers in a twist for no reason’ and says it’s a great idea to give Rooney a fitting send-off while also raising loads of money for charity, while it also gives some meaning to an otherwise meaningless friendly game. 2center_img Rooney has starred since joining MLS side DC United 👎 ‘I love Rooney but I don’t think it’s the right decision.’🧢 ‘It used to be hard to win a cap!’🍒 ‘Rooney’s place in the squad should be given to Callum Wilson.’😕 Ray Parlour isn’t happy with @WayneRooney returning to England to win his 120th cap!What do you think? 🤔— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) November 5, 2018“So I’m a fan of it and I think everybody’s getting their knickers in a twist for no reason.“I mean, come on lads, Rooney has done a lot for English football, he’s been a legend in his own right, coming in at 16.“If he comes on for 20 minutes he puts big money on the gate, it goes to the foundation, fair play to him.“In America, in basketball and baseball, they do this thing all the time and raise millions of dollars, so I think everyone should calm down.”Listen back to Vinnie Jones on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above Rooney is England’s all-time record goalscorer with 53 strikes for the Three Lions last_img read more

first_imgIvan TonerA total of 104 runners and 136 walkers took to the streets of Ramelton in 2014 5k road race and walk.The race was won by Ivan Toner from LAC with the ladies race won by Emma-Jo mc Connellogue from Northwest Triathlon club.Here are all the results: Ramelton 5k Road Race and Fun Walk 2014 Time FirstName Surname Club16.05 Ivan Toner Letterkenny A.C.17.10 Pauric Breslin Letterkenny A.C. 17.15 Puis McIntyre Foyle Valley A.C.17.48 Patrick Penrose Finn Valley A.C.18.04 Mark McPaul Finn Valley A.C.18.35 Gareth Kerrigan Milford A C18.49 Matthew Sweeney Letterkenny A.C. 18.57 Joe Gallagher Milford A C19.07 Barry Coyle Individual19.15 John Whoriskey Individual19.15 Curly Coyle Individual 19.54 Gerard McGettigan Milford A C19.54 Dean Toland Individual20.03 Jamie Gallagher Individual20.04 Sean Heany N.W. Triathlon20.05 Michael Gallagher Finn Valley A.C.20.10 Mark Daly Individual20.26 Adrian Gill Individual20.27 Garvan Patterson Individual20.59 Jonathan Edwards Individual21.01 Sammy Johnston 24/7 Triathlon Club21.02 Dermot Diver Individual21.14 Paul Catterson Individual21.32 Emma Jo McConnellogue N.W. Triathlon21.32 Emmett Mullan N.W. Triathlon21.43 Nuala O’Hagan Milford A C21.48 Jack Lafferty Individual22.12 Stephen Stewart Individual22.26 Joe Coyle Individual22.27 James Maguire Individual22.27 Ben Folan Individual22.40 Kevin Coyle Individual22.42 Sam Faulkner Individual22.45 John Boyce Individual22.51 Dermott Friel Individual22.52 Darren Toland Individual22.54 Martin Robinson 24/7 Triathlon Club22.57 Joseph Casey Individual23.31 Patricia McKenna Letterkenny A.C.23.35 Dermot Diver Individual23.55 Sean Dunworth Individual23.58 Danielle McNamee Individual09 May 2014 Page 1 of 3 Time FirstName Surname Club23.59 Nancy McNamee Finn Valley A.C.24.04 Ewan Robinson Individual24.29 Alan Mailey Individual24.29 Brian Doherty Individual25.00 Sam Faulkner Individual25.10 Martin Langan Individual25.11 Dermott Friel Individual25.40 Ciara Crossan Individual26.02 Norman Irwin Individual26.07 Paula Cullen Individual26.09 Lee Ponsonby Individual26.17 Paul McCahill Individual26.17 Brenda McCahill Individual26.32 John Duffy Individual26.36 Cathal Morrison Individual26.39 Ben Folan Individual26.39 Gerard McGettigan Milford A C26.58 Aisling Gallagher Individual27.10 Paul Boyce Individual27.22 Brian Doherty Individual27.24 Eileen Toye Individual27.25 Ciaran Sweeney Individual27.31 Sinead Kinnear Individual27.38 Eamon Langan Individual28.02 Niall Cranney Individual28.16 Adam Friel Individual28.24 Goretti Sheridan Individual28.30 Sean Douglas Individual28.35 Zara Heron Individual29.30 KerrieAnn Coyle Individual29.46 Lisa McDermott Individual29.53 Puis McIntyre Foyle Valley A.C.30.05 Orla Redmond Individual30.19 Linda Sweeney Individual30.35 Deirdre MacGabhann Individual30.35 Brenda McCahill Individual30.43 Jason McCahill Individual30.45 Jacqualine McGroddy Individual30.48 Sean Dunworth Individual31.04 Michaela Diver Individual31.22 Cecilia Sheridan Individual31.36 Gillian Aikean Individual31.36 Joseph Casey Individual31.42 Caroline McGroddy Individual32.00 Paula Cullen Individual32.02 Jason McCahill Individual09 May 2014 Page 2 of 3 Time FirstName Surname Club32.18 Paul McCahill Individual32.32 Sally Turnbull Individual32.32 Mary Boyce Individual33.26 Samantha Boyce Lynch Individual33.36 goretti sheridan individual.33.41 Jenny Duncan Individual34.17 Freda Diver Individual35.40 Martin Robinson 24/7 Triathlon Club35.40 Lisa McDermott Individual35.48 Martina Cassidy Individual35.48 Cathy Nee IndividualTotal 9909 May 2014 Page 3 of 3 RESULTS! WHERE DID YOU COME IN THE RAMELTON 5K? was last modified: May 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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:2014Ramelton 5kResultslast_img read more

first_imgBurt musician Brian Sheerin is taking part in a charity skydive in aid of the Celtic FC Foundation.Brian, who appeared on Ireland’s Got Talent in 2011, will be leaping out a plane 10,000 feet in the air along with other daredevil fans to do a tandem ‘Celtic Skydive’!The skydive takes place in Fife, Scotland, on May 7th. Speaking to Donegal Daily, Brian says: “I have never done something like this before and wouldn’t be a fan of flying so this can conquer the fear!”The Celtic FC Foundation respond to the needs of those living within their communities to improve health, promote equality, encourage learning and tackle poverty.Brian says he chose to make the leap for the Celtic FC Foundation as it’s very close to his heart. “I have suffered recently with my mental health and want to do something worthwhile and being a Celtic fan all my life it seems a great fit for me personally, also being in the right frame of mind I’m planning to hit the music scene again in the coming months. Fingers crossed that goes well also!”If you’d like to help Brian out, you can follow this link: Sheerin’s huge leap in aid of the Celtic FC Foundation was last modified: March 28th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:brian sheerinceltic fc foundationfundraiserScotlandSkydivelast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Fall corn and soybean harvest for the U.S. and Ohio as of early October continues to lag behind past years. As of Oct. 8, the U.S. corn harvest was 22% complete and the U.S. soybean harvest was 36% done. The Ohio corn harvest was only 13% while the Ohio soybean harvest was 45% done. Ohio rains that fell during October 6 to 8 were major as rainfall totals ranged from 2 inches to nearly 3.5 inches for much of the state. The resulting harvest halt allowed for rest and the opportunity to complete those repairs, which had been on the back burner. The rains were enthusiastically welcomed by those producers who had been able to plant wheat in early October and then saw emergence quickly take place.The mood among producers quickly shifted once soils dried out and harvest was underway again. It is now mid-October and daylight hours are shrinking with the passage of each day. The morning sun does finally come but there are hours of dew to burn off before soybean harvest can even begin. It is no longer the pre-season scrimmage game in basketball for example, with months of games yet to follow. It is now the beginning of the fourth quarter. The full court press is on to win the game, completing corn and soybean harvest as quickly and efficiently as possible.As producers once again returned to the game in clean uniforms there was frustration with corn harvest as moisture levels often rose 2% to 4% following the early October rains. Soybeans yet to be harvested also brought on additional stress. The fear of rain soaked soybean pods swelling and then splitting open, dumping soybeans onto the ground before the combine ever showed up, was huge and ever present.The Oct. 12 USDA Supply and Demand Report put brought a much welcomed uptick to the mood of producers as the recent bearish reports were almost forgotten. Heavy emphasis on “almost.” USDA lowered the U.S. soybean yield to 49.5 bushels per acre. It was 49.9 last month. While USDA lowered the soybean yield, they did increase harvested acres. Soybean production was estimated at 4.431 billion bushels, unchanged from September. No one was really surprised to see soybean acres increase. In the bullish surprise for the day, USDA lowered the 2017-18 ending stocks of soybeans to 430 million bushels, down 45 million bushels from the September report. Soybeans on report day were up 26 cents. In addition, some are suggesting China’s imports of soybeans with USDA’s projection of 95 million tons is too low. Other non-related news that same week revealed that China rejected several boats of soybeans imported from Brazil due to poor quality. Some thought those soybeans originated from silo bags in Brazil that could prompt more soybeans to instead come from the U.S.The U.S. corn yield was estimated at 171.8 bushels per acre, up from the September yield of 169.9. The corn numbers were bearish, resulting in corn moving even lower following the noon report. However, corn did not decline 10 to 15 cents that day on bearish news as seen with previous bearish reports. Instead, soybeans pulled corn 3 cents higher as corn sellers wondered what happened. The technical picture had the corn chart making a new contract low with report day posting a key reversal higher for corn. Old-timer chart followers will suggest that seeing friendly price action on negative news negates the negative news.World ending stocks for corn and soybean declined while world ending stocks of wheat increased. Those pesky Russians are once again to blame as they had record wheat production this year. It is well known that they desire to become the world’s largest exporter of wheat. Weeks ago they floated the idea of reducing rail rates to move wheat from production areas into export silos. Details are still sketchy as to whether they will push rail rates for other grains higher in order to get record quantities of wheat moved into exportable positions. This story is still being written.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the government of Morocco has agreed to allow imports of U.S. beef and beef products into Morocco. 2018 is the first year that U.S. beef and poultry exporters have access to Morocco’s market under the terms of the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Morocco opened its market to U.S. poultry in August, 2018.“President Trump continues to prioritize the opening of new markets for U.S. agricultural products. New access to the Moroccan market for beef and beef products is an important step in ensuring that American farmers and ranchers can continue to expand their exports of U.S. agricultural products,” Lighthizer said. “I welcome Morocco’s agreement to allow imports of U.S. beef and look forward to growing our shipments to Morocco.”In 2017, the United States was the world’s third largest beef exporter, with global sales of beef and beef products valued at $7.3 billion. As of November 2018, U.S. exports of agricultural products to Morocco exceeded $512 million. Initial estimates indicate that Morocco would be an $80 million market for U.S. beef and beef products. Morocco had prohibited imports of U.S. beef.“Finding new markets for American agricultural products has been a priority for the Trump Administration from day one, and the opening of the Moroccan market is good news for our producers,” Perdue said. “American beef is the best in the world, and once Moroccans get a taste of it, they’ll surely want more.”Under the leadership of USTR Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Amb. Gregg Doud and the direction of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Ken Isley, U.S. and Moroccan officials met to negotiate a health certificate and the terms for the import of U.S. high quality and standard quality beef into Morocco. Representatives also discussed improvements to the administration of Morocco’s wheat tariff-rate quota and other agriculture and SPS issues, and will continue this work through the agriculture and SPS subcommittees under the FTA.More details on requirements for exporting to Morocco will be available from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Export Library at: read more