VETERAN COMEDIAN TIM CONWAY DEPARTS AS BELOVED FIGURE AT SANTA ANITA PARK

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first_imgVETERAN COMEDIAN TIM CONWAY DEPARTS AS BELOVED FIGURE AT SANTA ANITA PARK; RETIRED HALL OF FAMER MCCARRON RECOUNTS TIMES WITH ‘A WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING’ ARCADIA, Calif. (May 15, 2019)–When news of comedian Tim Conway’s passing at the age of 85 became known Tuesday morning, fond memories of the comedic giant were rekindled among the many people in the racing industry whose lives he touched, perhaps none more so than the hundreds of jockeys with whom he interacted and advocated for.In a Winner’s Circle appearance on the occasion of Santa Anita’s Tim Conway Stakes, for 2-year-olds at six furlongs on Oct. 6, 2012, Conway, who was alongside his son, Tim Jr. and retired Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, deadpanned, “They (jockeys) used to give me a lot of tips.  None of them ever won. Amazing.”On the serious side, Conway and his wife Charlene were tireless in their efforts to raise money for disabled riders through the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund, which was co-founded by their close friend, Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron, in 1987 and assisted more than 2,000 jockeys over a 25-year run.“He was as classy a gentleman as he was funny,” said McCarron by telephone from Midway, Kentucky on Tuesday. “He was generous with heart, spirit, generous with his time and he was just a class act through and through. He could not have been more generous, especially with his time.”When asked why he thought Conway was able to connect so well with jockeys, McCarron responded, “Well, first and foremost, he had the utmost respect for riders. He understood what’s involved. You know, he tried galloping horses for a little while when he was very young in Cleveland, so for the rest of his life, he had the utmost respect for riders and trainers and owners…He had a deep love and respect for the industry as well.“When he was on tour with Harvey Korman, Tim used to tell his tour manager to book them in cities where they had races going on, so he could go to the races when he wasn’t on stage. That’s how much he loved the sport.”World famous as a result of legendary television roles on “McHale’s Navy” in the early 1960s, “The Carol Burnett Show” throughout the 1970s and various big screen appearances, Conway won six Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe trophy and was also widely acclaimed for playing the character of a hapless jockey named Lyle Dorf. Conway was hilariously funny as “Dorf” in appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and in many other television and film opportunities, including a comedic sketch during the 1987 Breeders’ Cup telecast on NBC from Hollywood Park.McCarron recounted a real-life mishap with Conway that provided a window into his comedic depth as well as his genuinely self-deprecating humor.“Tim and Charlene were at my house for Christmas, 1986,” said McCarron. “I was recuperating from a broken leg that I suffered at Oak Tree, right before the Breeders’ Cup.  My wife Judy, had purchased an Equicizer from Frankie Lovato and it was in my living room. My book shelves were loaded with trophies and Tim got on the Equicizer and he says, ‘McCarron, if I was a jockey, all these trophies would be mine.’“So, he got on, leaned forward and pushed on the horse’s neck and the neck snapped back and hit him right in the nose and actually broke his nose. He couldn’t stop laughing, even though he was bleeding right away. Charlene took him to the Encino Hospital…Tony DeFranco (a close mutual friend) and Tim’s daughter Kelly took a video camera into the emergency room, which was against the rules, but Tim talked the doctor into letting them do it.  So Tony sets it up like he’s reporter and a jockey has been injured and they’re on-scene to find out his condition. The doc starts examining Tim and he asked him, ‘So tell me. What time did this incident happen?’“Tim goes, ‘Let’s see. It was the third race. That would’ve been about 1:30.’  Even though he was in serious pain, he couldn’t keep from laughing and he couldn’t keep us from laughing…That’s the kind of guy he was. He was a wonderful human being and I feel a terrible sense of loss for Charlene and all the kids.”And, the same can be said of all those who knew the legendary Tim Conway here at Santa Anita and throughout the racing world.Tim Conway is survived by his wife, Charlene, and seven children, including Tim Conway, Jr., who hosts “The Tim Conway Jr. Show” weeknights from 6 to 10 p.m. on KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles.last_img read more

Rehydrating after maximum exertion

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first_imgThe Olympics will be held in Brazil this year. Despite the fears of side effects from the dreaded Zika virus, Jamaicans will be not only going to Brazil, they will be glued to television and radio stations during the Games, following in great detail the fortunes of our stars, who are expected to dominate the track and field section of the Games by winning the most gold medals.We didn’t get to be the ‘Sprint Capital’ of the world by chance. A significant reason for our dominance is rooted in the annual competition known as ‘Champs’. This annual ritual ensures that every schoolchild with talent is discovered and nurtured by coaches hoping to ensure that their charge goes on to not only secure points and bragging rights, but hopefully to become a future star who will regale a fawning public with stories about ‘who discovered me’.At my high school in the 60s, Wolmer’s Boys’, every one of the 600 enrolled boys had to enter at least one event in the eliminations for Sports Day. Thus raw and unexpected talent (mainly speed) was discovered and encouraged by House captains with an eye on winning on the day.Sports Day was also used as a trial for ‘Champs’. That same mindset now dominates the methods used to select the participants at ‘Champs’.Unfortunately, as Jamaica becomes more and more successful at sprinting (and now throwing) the quest to be the best seems to become the be all and end all of school. Sports and the financial benefits associated with excellence now trumps excellence at reading, writing and arithmetic.The recent innovation known as the Digicel Grand Prix provides financial benefits to schools and children who compete in weekend events in the months before Champs. This has resulted in our children competing almost on a weekly basis for points, which will add up to produce winners who are well rewarded.Unfortunately, this innovative method of incentives has forgotten that the participants are children, whose immature bodies are now stressed to unforeseen levels, resulting in what seems to me to be unprecedented levels of injuries that may derail the future potential of some of our more talented children.This incentivised desire to win at all costs is having a detrimental effect on our youngsters. Last Saturday’s well supported Gibson/McCook Relays is a case in point. I was shocked to see children running at maximum exertion in relays one or two hours apart, while open-mouthed reporters regaled the successful ones with unabashed praise, as if children performing multiple events in a 12-hour span is normal and should be encouraged.Years ago, the organisers of ‘Champs’ revised the number of events a child could enter after the great Lindy Delapenha, of Wolmer’s and Munro College, entered and did well in either eight or nine events.That limit has been further reduced by the governing body of ‘Champs’, ISSA, who apparently realised that these Games are for children!What I want to highlight in this article is the importance of refuelling after maximum exertion, a medical fact that can reduce the possibility of season-ending injury in children who are performing more than once in a 12-hour period.The three lines of defence after maximum exertion are fluid replacement, carbohydrate replacement and protein replacement.Drinking 16 to 24 ounces of fluid for every pound of weight lost in training or competition is strongly recommended. This fluid replacement will help to get the body of the child back in balance, remembering that sweat contains electrolytes (sodium, potassium and magnesium) therefore sports drinks are mandatory.During training and competition, the young athlete is relying mainly on stored carbohydrate fuel in the muscle, liver and blood to energise working muscles. Thus refuelling right after competitions (or exercise) can also decrease the chance of getting an injury. The muscle becomes a sponge ready to soak up and store needed ingredients for the next event.To complete the re-energising of muscles after training or competition, protein should be ingested in addition to the carbohydrate and fluids.A good rule is to eat or drink a healthy snack within 15 to 30 minutes of the event or hard training session and again two hours later. It is now well established that by adding protein to carbohydrate and fluids after competition, the body stores even more energy and recovers better than consuming carbohydrate alone.Athletes will find it hard to eat solid food after a hard workout or competition, so here are some suggestions for recovery fuel with at least 50 grammes of carbohydrate and 10 grammes of protein, necessary for maintaining good competitive health:(1) Eight ounces of orange juice and one small low fat yoghurt; (2) Eight ounces of Gatorade and one Power Bar; (3) eight ounces of apple juice and one peanut butter sandwich; (4) Twelve ounces soy milk and one ripe banana.These combinations are inexpensive and if consumed in the 15 to 30 minute window after competition can minimise the chance of injury while at ‘Champs’ or one of the other multi-event meets.last_img read more

Keys to victory: Ateneo-La Salle Finals series

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first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chot Reyes gets back at old foe Both teams got one win each in the eliminations against each other but expect the Blue Eagles to veer away from isolation sets in order to counter the Green Archers’ sheer physical might.And speaking of physical might…Power!There’s no question that Ben Mbala is the most dominating player in the UAAP for the past two seasons and his two MVP trophies attest to that.Mbala averaged 23 points, 16 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks against the Blue Eagles in the eliminations and quite frankly nobody on that Ateneo roster can stop the big man one-on-one.La Salle can afford to just throw the ball down to Mbala and leave him to work out against Ateneo’s defense, which usually gives him double and sometimes triple teams.When that happens, Mbala has the luxury of finding four open shooters or sometimes one big man open inside.Big men can shootThere was a time in the first round that Mbala fell in love with shooting the triple but against Ateneo he came away with four blanks.Ateneo’s bigs, however, have started to get comfortable with the long ball and Isaac Go, Chibueze Ikeh, and Vince Tolentino showed that in the Final Four against Far Eastern University. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES And those are the intangibles.Ateneo has a bone to pick with La Salle and not just because the two schools are archrivals in basketball.The Green Archers are the ones who derailed the Blue Eagles’ potential sweep of Season 80 and Ateneo still wants revenge from its Finals mishap in Season 79.La Salle, meanwhile, are hell-bent on taking its second straight title and prove that it’s still the ruling party despite having a worse eliminations record than Ateneo. MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mom and dad jump in jubilation and the kids cheer with joy in their smiles and happiness in their eyes.Oh, this is not Christmas. It’s the UAAP Finals and it’s Ateneo vs. La Salle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe most ballyhooed rivalry in all of Philippine sports, the Blue Eagles face off against the Green Archers for the sixth time in the championship round and both teams have something to prove.La Salle wants to get its second straight title while Ateneo want to avenge its loss in Season 79. It’s that time of the year once more when families flock outside wearing matching-colored t-shirts as they catch-up with other families who are wearing the same clothes as they do.ADVERTISEMENT The Blue Eagle trio went a collective 5-of-12 from deep in Ateneo’s 88-84 win over the Tamaraws with Go getting owning three of those conversions.Go also proved that he can shoot the three in dire situations when he sent the game to overtime with a clutch triple.Ateneo’s newfound three-point touch can spell trouble for La Salle as it will force the likes of Mbala, Santi Santillan, and Justine Baltazar to close out in the perimeter leaving the paint open to cuts and drives.Press it and push itBoth teams have shown they can pressure the ball for the full 94 feet of the basketball floor and run it off for easy scoring opportunities.The Green Archers have the Mayhem defense while the Blue Eagles have whatever they call their pestering scheme.Ateneo has the slight edge in turnovers and points off turnovers in the two previous meetings against La Salle with the Blue Eagles turning the ball over 16.5 times while the Green Archers gave the rock away an average of 19.5 times.The Blue Eagles are also more adept at scoring quickly off their opponent’s miscues with 16.5 points off turnovers while the Green Archers are at 13 points.The unseen statsSure the stat sheets show just how much the two teams play, but there are far many aspects of the game that those legal-sized papers don’t show. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And with that being said, here are INQUIRER’s keys to victory for this year’s UAAP Finals.Share the orangeRoster-wise, La Salle has arguably the better bunch.Ateneo, though, moves the ball better than the Green Archers with the Blue Eagles racking up an average of 17 assists in their previous two meetings.The Green Archers registered just 11.5 assists in the two elimination games played against Ateneo.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

HST ballot counting and verification process explained

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first_imgDon Main, communications planning officer for Elections BC, said when the ballots are confirmed they should be contained in a “certification” envelope that helps to verify voter information. He said as a second layer of verification, Elections BC will be calling voters from a random sampling of the certification envelopes to confirm they did vote and are eligible to do so.The ballot package mailed out to eligible voters contained a “secrecy” envelope to ensure the anonymity of the vote, but Main said if some voters didn’t use that envelope the ballot won’t necessarily be invalid as long as that anonymity can be maintained. The ballots themselves will then be hand-counted.”We hope to have a referendum result reported to the Speaker of the Legislature, and the public, sometime between Aug. 25 and the end of August,” he said.- Advertisement -Main said Elections BC initially budgeted $12 million for the HST referendum, but the actual cost could be less depending on how many ballots are received.Voters still have time to return their ballots before the deadline tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. Completed ballot packages can be dropped off at the Service BC Centre located at 1201 103 Avenue. Postmarks will not be accepted as proof of meeting the deadline.last_img read more

‘If Leicester knock Spurs out it will only save Arsenal doing it later!’

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first_img Tottenham got a late penalty decision in the FA Cup against Leicester Tottenham got out of jail against Leicester as a controversial late penalty decision allowed Harry Kane to equalise in an FA Cup third round tie at White Hart Lane.The Foxes had come from behind to lead 2-1 with minutes remaining, only for Kane to score from the spot after referee Richard Madley punished Nathan Dyer for a handball.It’s 25 years since Tottenham last won the FA Cup, which at that time was an all-time record eighth success in the tournament.Since then, their great rivals Arsenal have won the trophy seven times to take their tally to a new all-time best of 12 FA Cup final victories.And with the Gunners aiming to seal a hat-trick of FA Cups this season, as well as the Premier League title, while Tottenham have also been looking like a much improved side, the North London rivalry looks set to become even fiercer.It was no surprise, therefore, to see Arsenal fans commenting on Tottenham’s FA Cup drama… and taking the mick! 1last_img read more

LETTERKENNY ROVERS SIGN INSTITUTE STRIKER PAUL MCVEIGH

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first_imgLetterkenny Rovers have signed Institute striker Paul McVeigh ahead of the newUlster Senior League: Letterkenny Rovers have the snapped up the services of Institute striker and former Finn Harps player Paul McVeigh.Eamon McConigley moved quickly to tie up McVeigh who decided to leave Institute after falling out of favour at the club in recent weeks.McVeigh was a regular in Paul Kee’s side in recent months, but since the turn of the year McVeigh hasn’t featured at all and that prompted the Portsalon native to seek a departure from the club. McVeigh was a popular player with the club’s supporters during his short stint with the club, who loved his tireless work ethic, energy and enthusiasm.McVeigh scored a 90th minute winner against Warrenpoint in October but that proved to be his only goal for the club.However, his signing will be seen as a huge boost for Letterkenny Rovers ahead of the new USL season which gets underway next month.McVeigh’s pace and power will be a handful for defences in the USL league and Letterkenny will be hoping the former Fanad United striker can fire them to the league title. With former Finn Harps player Tommy Bonner now the new skipper at Leckview, McConigley has assembled a healthy looking squad.With David Shovlin, Ryan Gildea, Darren McElwaine and Jonathan Minnock already resigned Letterkenny will be hoping they can win some silverware this year.LETTERKENNY ROVERS SIGN INSTITUTE STRIKER PAUL MCVEIGH was last modified: January 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Institute FCLetterkenny RoversnewsPaul McVeighSportUSLlast_img read more

Otway Golf Club: Danger lurks as Ollie, Martin and Charlie are denied by thin margin

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first_imgIn last Sunday’s turkey scramble, danger lurked in every part of the course, but despite a brilliant individual performance by Ollie, and some excellent putting by his team mate Martin, the team were victims of daylight robbery when victory was denied by the narrowest of margins. Third member of the 2nd place team, Charlie Patton, was reduced to tears on hearing the news that the team of Frances McFadden, Shaun Duffy and William Roarty returned a winning score of eight under par, with a combined handicap of 4.9, snatching victory by a margin of point 1 of a handicap.Only time will tell if Charlie ever recovers from the heartache of that defeat, but he and all members will have an opportunity to battle it out again this Saturday 10th in the Christmas Hamper singles competition, with names in to the clubhouse by 10.30 for an 11am sharp shotgun start. The committee would also like to congratulate all the winners at the fundraiser game of 25 in the Rathmullan RDRC last Friday night, and also a big thank you to Orla, Patricia and Katie for their marvelous catering skills, and to the sponsors of the prizes on the night.Otway Golf Club: Danger lurks as Ollie, Martin and Charlie are denied by thin margin was last modified: December 5th, 2016 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:OTWAY GOLF CLUBlast_img read more

Scottish FA’s Hampden Park decision is an easy one, says Jim White

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first_imgThe Scottish FA’s board will decide on Wednesday where the Scotland football team will play their fixtures from 2020.In July proposals were submitted by Queen’s Park – the amateur League Two club who own Glasgow’s Hampden Park – and by Scottish Rugby, which wants to lure the matches to Murrayfield in Edinburgh once the existing lease expires.The seven members of the board will now sit down on Wednesday in an attempt to reach a consensus. A simple majority would also be sufficient to determine where games will be played.According to the BBC, the board could decide they still need more time to reach a verdict.Scotland fan and talkSPORT host Jim White thinks it’s a simple decision to make. “If they have to make the move, then for God’s sake move,” he said in a passionate speech on his show.He is also no supporter of the nation’s Football Association as you can see in this video. smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible standings gameday silverware Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more It hosted the 1960 European Cup final when Real Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3 in front of 127,000 and was the setting for Zinedine Zidane’s volley in 2002.It’s current capacity is just under 52,000, with Murrayfield at 67,144. MONEY 🏟️ “If we have to move then for god’s sake move!”Jim White passionately urges the @ScottishFA to vote to leave Hampden Park and create a new home for Scottish football 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 pic.twitter.com/uEem0wC62a— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 29, 2018Hampden was the largest venue in the world when it was opened in 1903 with a capacity of more than 100,000, which was further extended in 1927 and 1937 to a peak of 150,000. It holds the European record for an international football match attendance of 149,145 for a Scotland v England match in 1937. 1 highlights Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Zidane scored a great goal for Real Madrid at Hampden Park center_img impact Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Football news RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED BEST OF Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactionslast_img read more

Corn bearish, soybeans neutral

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. corn acres were estimated at a shocking 93.6 million acres, up from the average estimate at 90 million acres. Corn was down 5 cents before the report came out. Within minutes it was 12-14 cents lower. Soybean acres were estimated at 82.2 million acres, down slightly from the 83.06 million acres trade estimate. Wheat acres were pegged at 49.5 million acres, down from trade estimates by nearly two million acres.It is going to take some time to get your head around a corn acres number that was over 3.5 million acres above trade estimates. The number does show the U.S. farmer’s love affair for corn does continue.U.S. corn stocks were estimated at 7.808 billion bushels, a new record for the March time frame. That estimate was just 7 million bushels below trade estimates. Soybean stocks were estimated at 1.531 billion bushels, 30 million bushels below trade estimates. U.S. wheat stocks were estimated at 1.372 billion bushels, 16 million bushels above the average trade estimate.Today’s report day is often called the biggest USDA report day of the year. It has plenty to offer with many numbers to consider. First of all, it is not a normal supply and demand report. No production or ending stocks numbers will be published. Instead, it consists of acres estimates along with quarterly grain stocks. USDA will provide their acres estimate of corn, soybean, wheat, cotton, and other grains in the U.S. With corn, soybeans, and wheat, the primary crops grown in the U.S. those three as a total will be the most watched number today. Here are the final numbers for those crops in 2015: corn 88.0 million acres, soybeans 82.7 million acres, and 54.6 million acres for wheat. The total acres for those three last year were 225.3 million acres.One can expect today to bring some violent and volatile price swings in the grains. Here’s why. The funds often use algorithms to read the headlines. Those algorithms read the numbers in the headlines. The headlines come out rapid fire. On a Reuters news feed you could easily see 10-20 headlines come out in 30 seconds or less. Computers then place orders to buy or sell depending upon the headline. With today’s reports containing both acres and grain stocks, the numbers could easily be exact opposites for the same grain. Example, the corn acres could be bullish, but yet the corn stocks number could be bearish. Or soybean acres could be bearish with the stocks number bullish. That is why you can see big ranges for corn and soybeans within a short period of time. Potentially you could see a 20-cent range in soybeans or a 10-cent range in corn in 30 minutes or less following the noon release of the USDA reports.Average trade estimates for 2016 acres are corn, 89.97 million acres; soybeans 83.06 million acres, and wheat, 51.47 million acres. It is no surprise that wheat acres for 2016 will be reduced from 2015. Fewer and fewer producers are following a typical rotation of corn, soybeans, and wheat. Wheat is being eliminated as the years pass due to quality concerns and the big monetary unknown it poses.U.S. quarterly grain stocks will also be released today. USDA measures both on-farm and off-farms grain stocks as of March 1, 2016. Here are the trader estimates for US grains: Corn at 7.801 billion bushels; soybean stocks 1.561 billion bushels; wheat stocks 1.356 billion bushels. Last year in March corn stocks of 7.75 billion bushels was a record.If corn or soybean stocks are sharply higher or lower than trader estimates, then you can begin to postulate that the yield estimates are off or demand projections of grain used are not correct. Soybean demand is pretty easy to figure. Soybeans are either exported or crushed. USDA provides weekly reports detailing soybeans exported. In addition a trade group that comprises 90% plus of U.S. crushing facilities provides a monthly crush report. Total corn is more difficult to determine with a large amount being used for livestock. Corn also has the weekly export report along with a weekly EIA energy report that details the amount of ethanol produced in the U.S. each week. Using normal industry standards that convert a bushel of corn into gallons of ethanol can provide a pretty accurate report of the number of bushels of corn used each week in the production of ethanol.Weather is already starting to again become a dominant feature in the grain markets. After all, it is spring. Spring is for planting. The current El Nino has long been known as the strongest of any in the past twenty years. However, it is quickly coming to an end, ending quicker than had been earlier projected. The next few months we will enter a neutral phase with La Nina coming into play later in the year. This neutral phase is already giving us dry weather concerns in the western and northern parts of the Midwest. Those dry weather concerns have played a role in the grain rally seen the past few weeks.Recent rains in the U.S. Delta have been slowing the typical corn planting pace. Already some have suggested we could see 1 to 1.5 million acres of corn in that area get switched to soybeans.What a big day down for corn so far at 12:45 pm. Soybeans have seen a huge range today of about 18 cents. You do have to think that corn is doing well not to be down even more that is as the 1 p.m. hour gets close and it is down 14-15 cents.Hang on, it is going to be another volatile year.last_img read more

Gagan Narang returns home to a hero’s welcome

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first_imgHundreds of fans, a bright red pheta (turban) and flower-bedecked chariot awaited India’s Olympic hero Gagan Narang when he returned to Pune, his training ground for the past four years, on Wednesday.The ace shooter bagged India’s first medal at the 2012 Games by winning a bronze in the 10m air rifle event on July 30.Upon his arrival, the Olympian went directly to the Balewadi Sports Complex, where he runs an academy called Gun for Glory that trains aspiring shooters.Maharashtra sports minister Padmakar Valvi was also present at the academy to felicitate Narang.”The Maharashtra government congratulates him and we will soon organise a public function for his felicitation,” he said.”The government will extend the lease of the academy for another five years in recognition of the good work that Narang has done,” he added.Valvi said the government will provide a financial grant for ammunition and rifles for aspiring shooters at Narang’s academy.”We are sure that at the 2016 Olympics, he (Narang) will continue to keep the Indian flag flying high,” he added.Narang’s parents were also felicitated at the event.”It is a matter of pride for the country that he won the medal,” his father B.S. Narang said.When Narang took to the podium, flashing his medal, the audience broke into a thunderous applause. “This medal belongs to all of you; it belongs to the country,” he said. Cradling it in his hand, he thanked his family, coach, students at the academy, fans on Facebook (who he “hadn’t been able to reply to”) and friends (who he “hadn’t been able to communicate with”) over the last few busy weeks.advertisement”Thank you for your appreciation of my efforts. It has not been easy; in fact, it’s been tough. Looking at your support, it’s now sinking in that I’ve won something big,” he said.Further in his speech, Narang appealed to parents to allow children to pursue their interest in sports and urged the state government to include sports in the school curriculum. “Sport teaches you a lot; I have learnt a lot from people who didn’t believe in me, that’s where the motivation came from,” he said.last_img read more