Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many farmers across the Buckeye State are making a lot of progress when it comes to harvesting soybeans. The hot, dry early fall weather is causing the moisture levels of soybeans to be lower than they should be for optimum yield. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Field Agronomist Ryan Terry about the implications of harvesting low moisture soybeans.
Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next Pacquiao (59-7-2) has not been in the ring since his he relinquished his WBO welterweight title in a controversial loss to Australian Jeff Horn in July.Meanwhile, McGregor (0-1) is coming off a 10th round technical knockout defeat to undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their light middleweight bout last August which drew mixed reactions from the viewing public.If the fight materializes, this will be the second straight marquee boxing fight for McGregor, who seemed to have put his mixed martial arts career on hold.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH From #MayMac to #MacPac?Manny Pacquiao teased a possible megafight with Conor McGregor by using the hashtags “2018” and “real boxing match” when he greeted the UFC Lightweight Champion a pleasant Thanksgiving on social media.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Cignal HD returns to defend PBA D-League title Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “Happy Thanksgiving! Stay fit my friend. #realboxingmatch #2018 @thenotoriousmma,” the Filipino boxer posted on in his Instagram account along with a photo of the Irish superstar. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’
Touch Football Australia (TFA) is calling for nominations for suitably qualified referees to be considered for attending the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League including 2013 Elite Eight Series from Wednesday, 13 March to Saturday, 16 March at BCU International Stadium, Coffs Harbour New South Wales. The event will comprise of Open and Senior tournaments concurrently over the four days, including the second Elite Eight series which was introduced in 2011. This will create an exciting atmosphere with the best players, referees and referee coaches from across the country in all age divisions and potential international teams also.For more information, please click on the attached document. Related Files2013_x-blades_ntl_referee_nomination_information-pdfRelated LinksNTL Referee Information
zoomImage Courtesy: Star Bulk Greece-based shipping firm Star Bulk Carriers has expanded its fleet with a secondhand dry bulk vessel, the ER Brighton.Renamed to STAR BRIGHT, the unit is the first of three firm bulkers purchased from Germany’s Erck Rickmers (E.R.) Capital Holding.It was acquired for a combination of cash and shares. Following this delivery, the company has 92,355,927 common shares issued and outstanding.Under the deal signed with E.R. Capital Holdings in late August, Star Bulk agreed to acquire up to seven dry bulk carriers from the German owner. The three firm operating dry bulk vessels would join their new owner within 2018, while four optional operating dry bulk vessels would be added in 2019.Star Bulk earlier informed that the vessels in question are ER Bourgogne, ER Brandenburg, ER Brighton, ER America, ER Bayonne, ER Borneo and ER Buenos Aires, all of them constructed in 2010.
TORONTO – Licensed marijuana producer Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH) said it is moving to “purify” its balance sheet by reducing its exposure to medical cannabis in the U.S., where pot remains illegal under federal law, as it undergoes a delisting review by the group which operates the Toronto Stock Exchange.Aphria’s chief executive Vic Neufeld said Monday that it continues to be in discussions with TMX Group, Canada’s biggest exchange operator, which recently warned that companies that operate in states where pot is legal are not in compliance with TSX listing requirements.Neufeld said Aphria plans to submit a brief, including documentation and legal opinions, to the TMX group on its stance before the holiday season as the review wraps by the end of the year. However, he said the Leamington, Ont.-based producer is also moving to reduce its U.S. exposure.“We are trying to endeavour as best as possible, as expeditiously as possible, to divest from Aphria any direct involvement in any medical cannabis that we have in the U.S.,” Neufeld said in an interview.In October, the TMX Group issued a notice cracking down on cross-border marijuana companies with business activities in the U.S. While some states have legalized pot to varying degrees and conditions, under U.S. federal law it remains illegal to cultivate, distribute or possess marijuana.In turn, Canadian marijuana companies had largely focused on markets outside of the U.S. or listed on the smaller Canadian Securities Exchange, which is less risk-averse.However, Aphria in April announced the launch of its U.S. expansion strategy through a strategic investment in an entity that was renamed Liberty Health Sciences Inc. Aphria’s first foray into the U.S. market was in 2016 with an investment in a medical marijuana producer in Arizona called Copperstate Farms, LLC.Neufeld said Monday Aphria is looking to shift its direct stake in Copperstate Farms into Liberty Health Sciences, thereby making it an indirect investment and “purify some of the balance sheet.”Aphria began exploring this option three months ago, and made its request and presentation to Copperstate’s board last month, Neufeld said.However, the company’s request remains subject to a six-month hold agreement that the Arizona-based producer has with its shareholders regarding requests involving any capital transaction, added Neufeld. Aphria has also moved to reduce of its shares in Delaware-based cannabis technology platform MassRoots in recent months.“We’re going to try to purify as much as possible,” said Neufeld. “As long as the Aphria shareholders are not damaged in any which way.”Another option, if that doesn’t satisfy the TMX Group’s requirements, is to hive off Aphria’s U.S. interests into a separate entity and list it on the CSE, but Neufeld said that would be the “last step” as it wants to remain on the TSX.
Dawson Creek RCMP officers were already in the area on unrelated matters and arrived on scene shortly after the incident. The man was located in the Canadian Tire parking lot and apprehended. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP responded to a report of a man allegedly shoplifting and threatening staff at the local Walmart with a knife.On Sunday, May 20, a staff member at Walmart reported that while attempting to retrieve what was believed to be stolen merchandise from a man walking out of Walmart, he was threatened as the man brandished a large knife at him saying he was going to kill him. A search of the man located a large kitchen knife, a machete, a small amount of a substance believed to be methamphetamine and some stolen merchandise.The man is currently in police custody, and at this point’s there’s no word on whether charges will be laid.Photos of the knives found on the suspect – D.C. RCMP
CHETWYND, B.C. – Four new bridges have been constructed in the Peace region due to severe flooding in 2016.“The 2016 floods caused a lot of hardship for people in the Peace, and we’re taking action to ensure roads can withstand future flooding,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “These bridges are part of our flood recovery program and will increase safety and reliability for people travelling on Highway 97.”When flooding caused significant damage throughout the Peace Region, these new bridges all located near Chetwynd, are designed to ensure people can continue to travel safely and efficiently along Highway 97 during heavy rains or flooding. The ministry has invested over $80 million on the extensive response and recovery work completed since June 2016.“Highway 97 is a vital link to Chetwynd and beyond for industrial, commercial, emergency, recreational and residential users,” said Allen Courtoreille, mayor, District of Chetwynd. “For this reason, the District of Chetwynd is very grateful that the Province of B.C. and Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure have heavily invested in infrastructure that can cope with heavy rainfall and snowmelt events, to keep this important corridor open.”Flood recovery projects may be eligible for funding support through Public Safety Canada’s Disaster Funding Assistance Arrangement.
New Delhi: Surrey’s Will Jacks blazed his way to a 25-ball century, including six sixes in an over, during a pre-season T10 clash with Lancashire in Dubai. In all, he smashed eight boundaries and 11 sixes. After producing the brutal assault on Thursday, the batsman said that he was looking to play shots from the first ball. “From the first ball I just tried to play my shots, after the first few overs my intention was to try and hit every ball for six, and I think after four sixes I thought, ‘I could hit six sixes here’. I had never done it before and it was nice to do that and something I will cherish,” the International Cricket Council quoted Jacks as saying. Had the match been accorded official status, Jasks’ effort would have been bettered Chris Gayle’s world record for the fastest century in competitive cricket, achieved in the 2013 IPL, by five balls. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhJacks hit Stephen Parry for six sixes in an over on the way to his ton. He also passed the top score of 87 for the 10-over format achieved by Alex Hales last year. Jacks first reached his fifty off just 14 deliveries and then smashed six consecutive sixes to bring up his century. Jacks’ knock powered Surrey to 176 and a 95-run win over Lancashire. The 20-year-old Jacks made his debut for Surrey in first-class, List A and T20 last season, scoring 121 off 100 balls in a Royal London Cup match against Gloucestershire. The match between Surrey and Lancashire was a pre-season fixture for both the teams, who are gearing up for the county season, which begins next month. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterEven though Jacks’ innings will not be mentioned in the official record books, it is still commendable as it came against a Lancashire side comprising several first-team regulars such as Steven Croft, Parry, Tom Bailey, and Haseeb Hameed. Caribbean batsman Chris Gayle currently holds the record for the fastest individual century which came in just 30 deliveries against Pune Warriors during an IPL match in 2013. Gayle had then played an unbeaten knock of 175 off 66 deliveries, which included 13 fours and 17 sixes, helping his team post a mammoth 263/5 in 20 overs. Former South Africa cricketer AB de Villiers, however, holds the record for the quickest century in international cricket. The left-handed batsman scored a 31-ball century against West Indies in an ODI match in 2015.
7Billy HarrisF+8.1 On an individual basis, Gretzky’s performance may never be topped — his next-closest active challenger by PSAR, Jaromir Jagr, would have to maintain his career rate of per-season production until age 50 just to catch The Great One. (Although … maybe we shouldn’t completely rule out that possibility.) But we can’t just leave it there — hockey is such a dynamic, free-flowing sport that a player’s individual numbers don’t always capture his contributions to victory.Some of that, as hockey quants have learned over the last decade or so, is due to the noise around infrequent events such as goals. Instead, on-ice shot margin (after adjusting for numerous contextual factors) is a sturdier gauge of team skill — and hence, an individual’s ability to influence it is an important consideration in modern player evaluation. We don’t have these fancy numbers for Gretzky’s career, but we do know his teams were probably not dominating possession, deriving their high-scoring offense instead from a high shooting percentage.Which brings us to Gretzky’s fabled ability to elevate the performance of his teammates. On a shot-by-shot basis, there’s some evidence that Gretzky’s otherworldly passing led to higher shooting percentages for his teammates than when they played without him. (At FiveThirtyEight, we’ve applied this with or without you — WOWY — technique before, to NFL wide receivers.) Among all players with at least 200 career adjusted assists, Gretzky ranks fifth in terms of hikes in teammates’ shooting percentages3Indexed relative to the league average. while playing alongside him, compared with the rest of their careers.Current stathead thinking suggests that only the most transcendent of passers can help a team sustain a sky-high shooting percentage, and the bread crumbs of evidence are there to suggest a real Gretzky Effect on his teammates’ numbers. Then again, it’s not clear how much of that can be untangled from the shooting percentage machine that was the 1980s Edmonton Oilers overall. 8Kris LetangD+8.1 6Clark GilliesF+8.3 9Jari KurriF+7.8 2Paul CoffeyD+10.4 Source: Hockey-Reference.com 4Kevin LoweD+9.1 Lots of Oilers top the WOWY list 1Glenn AndersonF+10.7 5Wayne GretzkyF+8.3 3Charlie HuddyD+9.9 10Jim PappinF+7.5 Wayne Gretzky, widely considered to be the greatest player in NHL history — so widely, in fact, that even Boston homers have to admit it (however tongue-in-cheek the manner) — was born exactly 55 years (and a day) ago. That’s really all the excuse we need to go spelunking in The Great One’s statistical treasure chest.Hockey stats, even the “advanced” ones, are famously lo-fi; even still, there’s a preponderance of evidence to confirm that Gretzky was far and away the most productive hockey player of all time. Yes, his teammates were outrageously talented. Yes, he played in an offensively inflated era, facing small goaltenders who employed archaic techniques. But even when we adjust Gretzky’s numbers for the scoring environment in which they were produced, nobody generated more goals — particularly with his playmaking — than No. 99.One of my favorite stats in all of sports history is that Gretzky could be the NHL’s all-time scoring leader even if he never scored a goal, on the basis of his assists alone. That’s not quite true after adjusting his stats for the era — Gordie Howe’s 2,190 adjusted points eclipses Gretzky’s 1,717 adjusted assists — but the difference between Gretzky’s adjusted helpers and those of No. 2 Howe is roughly the same as that between Howe and No. 28 Mats Sundin. The man’s hockey sense and vision were unparalleled.To pull all of Gretzky’s individual accomplishments together, I like to use my personal modification of Hockey-Reference.com’s point shares, which I call point shares above replacement. (A modification is necessary because, as currently constructed, the distribution of PS between positions is all kinds of messed up. PSAR fixes that and essentially mirrors Hockey Prospectus’s goals versus threshold, with the added benefit that it gets updated in-season.) Among modern1Going back to the 1950-51 season, the first season for which I have data. skaters, Gretzky is the career leader in PSAR by a mile — he beats No. 2 Ray Bourque by the equivalent of about 420 extra goals, or 60 to 70 wins. And compared with his fellow forwards, Gretzky laps the field to a degree that is even more striking:2In this chart, the “share” of a team’s available ice time is the proportion of a team’s minutes (from the 1998-99 season onward) or games played (1997-98 and earlier) at a position that a player played. In an individual season, it effectively acts as a percentage, but across years it can be added up as a cumulative measure of ice time, because every team divvies up roughly the same amount of playing time among its players each season. (It also serves as a way to normalize playing time across different schedule lengths — handy in case of season-shortening lockouts and the like.) PLAYERPOSWOWY Nos. 1 through 5 on the teammate shooting WOWY list all played for the Oilers during that era, so this might be more of a team stat, shared by linemates, than an individual metric. Further evidence: The Oilers collectively maintained a third-place finish in shooting percentage in 1988-89 (down only slightly from first in ’87-88), despite Gretzky departing Edmonton for LA over the summer.All of this also assumes, perhaps incorrectly, that the state of today’s hockey-analytics art can even be applied to the NHL of Gretzky’s heyday. In the run-and-gun air hockey 1980s, Corsi was a player, not a metric, and the possession-is-king rule that guides today’s enlightened clubs doesn’t seem to have been as hard and fast. (For instance, Mario Lemieux’s Pittsburgh Penguins, another incredibly high-scoring team, also defied what I estimated to be modest possession numbers by sustaining a high shooting percentage over a string of years.)All of this is why, between absent data and changes to the fabric of the sport, deep analysis of historical hockey is inherently limited, despite our best efforts. We’ll never know Gretzky’s zone start numbers or have a player usage chart for his record-shattering 215-point 1985-86 season. But we can appreciate what numbers we do have from his career — and nobody produced stats more glamorous than The Great One.
Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, who in February announced that he was gay, may not be among the 256 men chosen in this year’s NFL draft, which begins Thursday. In fact, based on a historical assessment of players who were rated similarly by media scouting projections, Sam’s chances of being drafted are only about 50-50.Sam, the 2013 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, is rated as a sixth-round pick on the Scouts Inc. draft board, which is available through ESPN Insider. That might seem to imply that he’s likely to be drafted, because the NFL draft has seven rounds.But players projected to be chosen late in the draft are hard to differentiate from one another. You can think of NFL prospects as representing the tail end of a bell curve. At the extreme end of the tail are a small number of potential franchise talents, such as Andrew Luck and Bo Jackson. The curve gets denser and denser with players the farther down the draft board you go, however. Players who are projected as sixth-round picks often fall out of the draft entirely.I looked at what happened to projected sixth-round picks since 2005, as according to the Scouts Inc. draft board. Specifically, I looked at defensive ends and outside linebackers, the two positions that Sam might play in the NFL. (That some scouts regard Sam as a “tweener” is one reason he may not be drafted highly.)There were 67 such players between 2005 and 2013. Of those, 37 players — 55 percent — were not drafted. Twenty-four others were drafted between the fifth and seventh rounds, while six were chosen in the fourth round or higher. Only about 10 percent were chosen in the sixth round exactly.Isn’t it a bit contradictory to describe prospects as sixth-round draft picks when they’re far more likely not to be drafted than to be chosen in the that round? There are more projected sixth-round picks than sixth-round slots. This year, for example, Scouts Inc. lists 71 players as sixth-round picks, but there are only 39 selections in that round (this includes a number of compensatory picks given to teams who lost free agents).The alternative, however, would imply a false precision in differentiating between sixth-round picks, seventh-round picks, guys just off the draft board and so forth. Picks late in the draft are intrinsically hard to project, because each team has different assessments of the players, and some teams prioritize need while others look for talent.But leave these semantics aside. There’s a more pressing issue in the case of Sam. Has his draft status been harmed by his public declaration of his sexuality?Sam’s ranking has fallen on some news media draft boards, including the one prepared by ESPN and Scouts Inc., since he came out as gay. Determining the cause and effect is harder. On the one hand, Sam got middling reviews at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. On the other hand, some NFL scouts and general managers have told members of the media that they’re worried Sam could be a “distraction.” In a league that has employed the likes of Aaron Hernandez, that could be cover for homophobia.But suppose that Sam were projected as a fourth-round pick, which is how he was often described at the time he came out. Would he be assured of being drafted?Not quite. Among the 70 defensive ends and outside linebackers projected by Scouts Inc. as fourth-round picks since 2005, 15 — 21 percent — weren’t drafted. Others were chosen as high as the second round.In other words, if Sam is not chosen in the draft, we won’t be able to say for sure it’s because of his sexuality. Draft projections are an inexact science, especially in the late stages of the process. (If Sam is neither drafted nor signed as a free agent, that would be a clearer signal that the league is evaluating him on something other than his football talent.)Personally, however, if the odds are something like 50-50 on Sam being drafted, I think I’d take his side of the bet. Why? A player only needs one team to draft him. A player like Sam who generates polarized opinions might have a better chance of being chosen in a late round by a team like the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks than one who everyone agrees is mediocre.