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first_img Previous articleIdeal Weather Leads to Rapid Harvest PaceNext articleHopes of On-time Farm Bill Diminishing Hoosier Ag Today Home Indiana Agriculture News U.S., Canada Talks on NAFTA Offer Little Progress; KORUS Completed Facebook Twitter SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Sep 24, 2018 Facebook Twitter SHARE Stalled talks between the U.S. and Canada regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement are expected to continue this week, as the U.S. desires to reach a deal by September 30th. Informal talks are likely over the next few days, according to Reuters, as global attention turns towards a U.N. meeting this week. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says nothing had formally been arranged for this week, however, leaving further uncertainty as to whether the U.S. will continue to seek a trilateral agreement.The U.S. appears likely to forge ahead with a U.S.-Mexico only trade agreement until the U.S. can reach an agreement with Canada beyond the September 30th deadline. Trudeau offered some pushback over the weekend, saying Canada would not be rushed into reaching an agreement and that he would not sign “a bad NAFTA deal.” Dairy market access remains a sticking point between the two nations, among a handful of other remaining issues.A new trade agreement was signed on Monday between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement following the KORUS Free Trade Agreement:“We are entering into a new KORUS agreement that is a better deal for the entire United States economy, including the agricultural sector. This represents an important improvement in trade relations between our two nations, building on long-standing cooperation we have enjoyed. This agreement adds to the momentum building for President Trump’s approach to trade, which is to stand strong for America’s interests and strike better deals. I am optimistic that the dominoes will continue to fall: KORUS, then a new NAFTA, and new agreements with the European Union, Japan, and, most notably, China. As an avid sportsman, I would say ‘put this one in the bag and keep hunting for more.’”Sources: NAFB News Service and USDA U.S., Canada Talks on NAFTA Offer Little Progress; KORUS Completedlast_img read more


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first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.As a boy growing up in Atlanta, Obasi Shaw ’17 listened exclusively to Christian rap, a little-known genre that features songs of faith and salvation with positive messages and clean lyrics.Then, about two years ago, Shaw listened to Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper, mainstream rappers who have achieved popular and critical success with poignant songs about the contemporary struggles of blacks in America. And over time, Shaw has grown to admire both men’s artistry and their willingness to delve into “questions of race, religion, and black identity” — admiration that found its way into Shaw’s senior thesis.Senior English concentrators at Harvard often submit screenplays, memoirs, novels, a collection of poems or short stories for their creative writing thesis. Shaw wrote a rap album.It is the first rap album ever submitted as a senior thesis in the English Department, said Lauren Bimmler, undergraduate program administrator. It was awarded a grade of summa cum laude minus.That meant, to Shaw, recognition of rap as an art form, one as valid as poetry. Developed in the 1970s by blacks in working-class neighborhoods of New York as a response to their marginalization from society, rap is strongly rooted in the African oral tradition.“Some people don’t consider rap a high art form,” said Shaw on a recent afternoon at a coffee shop near campus. “But poetry and rap are very similar. Rhyming poems were very common in old English poetry.”Shaw has a fondness for writing and said old English literature had influenced his album. His thesis adviser, Josh Bell, Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in English, agreed.“Obasi’s album is very interesting because it uses Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’ as an intellectual overlay,” said Bell, who teaches poetry workshops at Harvard. Shaw “is telling stories in each song from different points of view, and it’s critical of American society and racial politics. But above all that, it’s a fun and interesting album.”Brimming with energy in its vivid lyrics and catchy beats, the album offers a broad sweep of the history of African-Americans’ quest for equality. The songs deal with issues ranging from slavery to police brutality, from segregation to the Black Lives Matter movement, from mass incarceration to Barack Obama. Shaw wrote the songs over the course of last year and recorded them at Quad Sound Studios. He collected beats from friends or online.The album’s title, “Liminal Minds,” plays on the phrase “criminal minds,” said Shaw. But more than anything, it refers to the in-between state of blacks in this country: free but often marginalized, free yet not equal.“Black people in America are kind of caught between freedom and slavery,” he said. “They’re free, but the effects of slavery still exist in society and in people’s subconscious. Each song is an exploration of black liminality, that state between slavery and freedom.”In the opening song, “Declaration of Independence,” Shaw sings, with a haunting beat in the background, about the incidents of police violence against black men and finds fault in the whole system.Composing like Beethoven, to the deaf, or just the hard of hearing —Complacent faces, vacant breasts, bereft of all the feeling.A nation due for inspection, this is the audit, hereinLies the fear in the eyes of our departed dearly —Cold bodies facing .22, man in blue.In the closing song, “Open Your Eyes,” Shaw strikes a more optimistic tone when he focuses on the progress gained by African-Americans with resilience, courage, and hope in their struggle for rights.Just watch the thrones, our people are knownFor making history of the impossible.From rap to White House, we unstoppable.Jumping Jim Crow to playing Oscar roles.Writing rap songs is similar to writing stories or essays, or even code, said Shaw, who has a secondary in computer science. But in rap he found his voice and the right vehicle to express his blackness. He said he still favors Lamar and Chance because they claim to be Christian, but also because they’re willing to sing about issues that are central to the African-American experience such as racism and the legacy of slavery.The idea of writing a rap thesis was serendipitous. Shaw had started rapping at a summer Bible camp in Tennessee, but didn’t take it seriously until the deadline to submit his senior thesis proposal found him without a compelling idea. His mother suggested, “Why don’t you write a rap thesis?”In preparation, Shaw listened to mainstream rap, much of which he didn’t like for its explicit lyrics, violence, and misogyny, and read about rap’s history. “I needed to learn what rap has meant to people for decades,” he said.Having his parents’ support in his intellectual endeavors is precious to Shaw. Both are Harvard graduates, and they homeschooled their son. His Christian upbringing, said Shaw, gave him his moral compass.Shaw was managing editor of the Harvard Ichthus, a journal of Christian faith produced by undergrads, and a member of the Christian group Harvard Faith and Action.After graduation, Shaw will move to Seattle for a one-year internship in software engineering. As for rap, he’ll keep it as a treasured hobby.“Rap is a genre in which I can say everything I want to say,” Shaw said. “I’ve been writing in different capacities, but I never felt that I found my art form until I started rapping.”last_img read more


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first_img Published on June 19, 2012 at 7:06 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Fab Melo struggled academically during his sophomore year because he was still learning the English language after moving to the United States from Brazil, the former Syracuse center and NBA prospect told the Associated Press Tuesday.The NCAA suspended the Big East Defensive Player of the Year twice during the 2011-12 season for academic reasons, the second of which came during the NCAA tournament. The Orange suffered in the low post without Melo, and fell to Ohio State in the Elite Eight. Now, the 7-foot, 255-pound center is trying to impress NBA teams, and could be a mid- to late-first round draft pick on June 28.Melo worked out for the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, where he spoke to reporters.“It was academic,” Melo said, according to the AP. “They ask, I explain (what) happened – that I came from another country four years ago and didn’t even speak English.”The center put academics and college in the past on April 5, when he declared for the NBA Draft. Melo averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds in 30 games for Syracuse, and led the Big East in blocks per game with 2.9.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMelo had a turbulent two seasons with the Orange. He became a dominant inside presence only after suffering a subpar freshman year where his lack of fitness precluded him from staying on the court. He lost 30 pounds heading into the sophomore season and looked like a completely different player.In fewer than 10 days, an NBA team will be hoping he can continue that type of production in the pro [email protected] Comments Related Stories MBB : Syracuse center Melo ineligible, will not play in NCAA TournamentMBB : Syracuse center Melo announces decision to enter NBA Draftcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


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first_imgA Donegal adventurer and former soldier has undertaken a gruelling march across Ireland in support of a colleague fighting cancer. Anraí Ó Domhnaill completed his charity power-walk in five days, covering 343.6km from Carrickfinn in west Donegal to the Curragh Camp in County Kildare.The Carrickfinn man covered a strenuous 343.6km over five days walking from Carrickfinn to the Curragh Camp in Co. Kildare. Anraí ‘s friend John, based in Kildare, was diagnosed with cancer and his colleagues in the Defence Forces organised a 5km fun run and obstacle course at the Curragh Camp to help raise funds for the Tullamore Cancer Unit where John is currently receiving treatment.Anraí, who served in the defence forces with John, decided to support him and the charity event in a solo walk while carrying 19.5kg pack plus two hi-tech trackers to monitor his progress.His total hours of walking reached 60 hours at an average speed of speed 3.6mph burning a massive 33,000 calories.Camping out each night, Anraí’s route covered Carrickfinn on the Wild Atlantic Way to The Curragh on Ireland’s Ancient East via Dungloe, Glenties,Donegal Town, Finner Camp Sligo, Carrick-on-Shannon, Longford, Mullingar Rochfordbridge Rhode, Portarlington,Monasterevin, Kildare Town, Curragh Racecourse to Curragh Camp. He started out at 6pm on Friday 24th June and finished early morning on Thursday.Anraí’s challenging walk inspired others to sign up for the charity 5k.He received a huge welcome in the Curragh Camp from John and hundreds of army, navy & air corps personnel from around the country who had gathered for the 5km charity fun run/obstacle course which Anraí also completed on his arrival.And of course Anraí did the 5k!He told Donegal Daily: “I’d like to thank my family, friends, colleagues and everyone who supported the event. “It was a tough journey but I enjoyed doing it and it was for such a worthy cause.”BONDS OF FRIENDSHIP INSPIRE ANRAÍ’S INCREDIBLE CHARITY MARCH FROM CARRICKFIN TO CURRAGH CAMP was last modified: July 3rd, 2016 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:Anraí Ó Domhnailcancercharity marchdonegalkildarelast_img read more


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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Although western bean cutworm (WBC) flight counts have been relatively stable compared to last year, several growers and extension educators have sent in pictures of western bean cutworm infestations and damage in corn. Obviously it is much too late to do much at this point, as the larvae are either still protected, or more likely, have dropped to the ground to overwinter.  However, the holes and damage that remain could lead to secondary infestations from mold and fungi, and some of these infestations may also be a source for mycotoxins, including fumonisins and deoxynivalenol, AKA vomitoxin.In some cases, damaged kernels will likely be colonized by opportunistic molds, meaning that the mold-causing fungi are just there because they gain easy access to the grain. However, in other cases, damaged ears may be colonized by fungi such as Fusarium, Gibberella and Aspergillus that produce harmful mycotoxins. Some molds that are associated with mycotoxins are easy to detect based on the color of the damaged areas. For instance reddish or pinkish molds are often cause by Gibberella zeae, a fungus know to be associated with several toxins, including vomitoxin. On the other hand, greenish molds may be caused by Aspergillus, which is known to be associated with aflatoxins, but not all green molds are caused by Aspergillus. The same can be said for whitish mold growth, some, but not all are caused by mycotoxin-producing fungi.So, since it is not always easy to tell which mold is associated with which fungus or which fungus produces mycotoxins, the safe thing to do is to avoid feeding moldy grain to livestock. Mycotoxins are harmful to animals – some animals are more sensitive to vomitoxin while others are more sensitive to fumonisins, but it is quite possible that multiple toxins are present in those damaged ears. Mycotoxin-producing fungi are also opportunistic. If you have damaged ears and moldy grain, get it tested for mycotoxins before feeding to livestock, and if you absolutely have to use moldy grain, make sure it does not make up more than the recommended limit for the toxin detected and the animal being fed. This link provides more information on ear molds and mycotoxin contamination:http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/ohiofieldcropdisease/t01_pageview2/Mycotoxin_Sampling_Laboratories_.htmlast_img read more


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first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “In order to be recognized by the IOC as a sport, the content of eSports must not infringe on the Olympic values.“A further requirement for recognition by the IOC must be the existence of an organization guaranteeing compliance with the rules and regulations of the Olympic Movement (anti-doping, betting, manipulation, etc.).” /cbb QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa In a statement, the Summit members agreed that “competitive eSports could be considered as a sporting activity, and the players involved prepare and train with an intensity which may be comparable to athletes in traditional sports”.The eSports explosion has already been widely recognized in Asia with the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, planning to include it as a medal sport for the first time in what is seen as an important step towards Olympic recognition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“eSports are showing strong growth, especially within the youth demographic across different countries, and can provide a platform for engagement with the Olympic Movement,” added the Olympic Summit statement.However, Olympic chiefs were keen to keep enthusiasm in check. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In this photo, taken on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, an esports competitor takes part in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Including competitive computer games, known as eSports, could give the Olympics a younger audience and a huge revenue boost from a rapidly growing market, but would be deeply controversial. APLAUSANNE, Switzerland — They may apparently require no more than a comfortable chair, decent knowledge of a computer screen and nimble mastery of controllers, but the International Olympic Committee insisted Saturday that eSports are indeed…sports.An Olympic Summit, under the guidance of IOC president Thomas Bach, meeting in Lausanne hailed the phenomenal growth of video games.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES View comments Mysterious plane damage while in flight rattles Oklahoma Thunder MOST READlast_img read more


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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Veterans Alina Bicar and Rica Rivera have been reintegrated into the starting lineup in place of rookies Mafe Galanza and Janel Delerio.Bicar was stellar for UST in the Final Four against La Salle with 23 excellent sets while also being the one who remained at the service line.Rivera, who sat the bench for most of the season, got the starting job in the Final Four and was a defensive stalwart for the Golden Tigresses with 21 excellent digs and 21 successful receptions.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Enter Ponggay Gaston who hasn’t been putting numbers up to par with her teammates as she averaged 8.7 points a game for a total of 122 the whole elimination round.Another player that needs to step up for Ateneo is Jules Samonte.Season 79’s Rookie of the Year has become an afterthought here in Season 81 averaging just 7.5 points in the eliminations.For Ateneo to truly dominate, it needs Samonte and Gaston to pick up the slack.DepthThe latter part of the season saw that UST isn’t just about Rondina and Laure for other players such as rookie Ysa Jimenez and KC Galdones eventually stepped up.Third-year blocker Caitlyn Viray also emerged as a viable option for the Golden Tigresses towards the Final Four.Jimenez averaged 7.0 points as the Golden Tigresses’ third offensive option from the wings while Galdones and Viray, both middle blockers, normed 8.5 and 7.5 points, respectively,Scoring, however, wasn’t the only area showed its depth. The league is set to award Rondina with the MVP, second best Outside Hitter, and Best Scorer plums while Laure will take home the Rookie of the Year and the first Best Outside Hitter.This duo has pushed to Golden Tigresses the whole season and won at least one game against all the other teams in the league except for one—the Lady Eagles.Ateneo was the only team in the league to sweep a season series with the Golden Tigresses and that was thanks to no small part to the troika of Maddie Madayag, Kat Tolentino, and Bea De Leon.The Lady Eagles averaged 18 kill blocks in the two matches against UST during the eliminations and that was Ateneo’s main asset against UST’s firepower.Madayag alone had 17 of the total 36 kill blocks Ateneo had against UST.Not to be outdone, Ateneo also has its players who won a couple of individual awards in Madayag and Tolentino who were named the second Best Middle Blocker and Best Opposite Hitter.X-factorKat Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo doesn’t have the same high-octane offense that UST has but it has its fair share of offensive outputs from Tolentino and Madayag.Tolentino was the league’s fourth best scorer with 200 total points or 14.3 points per game while Madayag was the top-scoring middle blocker with 163 total or 11.6 points a game.Then again, Tolentino and Madayag shouldn’t carry Ateneo’s offense by themselves. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MANILA, Philippines—The collegiate world’s most anticipated event of the summer is finally drawing to a close with University of Santo Tomas and Ateneo facing for the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball championship.ADVERTISEMENT This is the first time that the Lady Eagles and the Golden Tigresses are meeting in the finals in a showcase of two teams that on different ends of history.Ateneo rose to prominence in the late part of 2000s then winning the two straight titles in Seasons 76 and 77.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsUST, meanwhile, is considered as one of the premier programs in UAAP history, bagging its first three titles from Seasons 37 to 39 but reached a golden age in the late 80s when it won an unprecedented seven straight crowns.The Golden Tigresses, however, has hit a slump in the past decade with their last title coming in 2010. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew With both teams chasing history, it’s just fitting to look at what they could eventually do to get that coveted Season 81 trophy.The Golden Duo vs. the Triple TowerSisi Rondina, Eya Laure, Dimdim Pacres and Caityln Viray. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNo team in the league has seen a more potent offensive partnership than UST’s Cherry Rondina and Eya Laure.The two dominated the competition leading UST to the league’s second-best record at 10-4 while also reigning as the tournament’s top two scorers.Rondina amassed a total of 259 points to become the league’s top scorer while Laure had 230 points at second place and those offensive firepower got its first validation right before the start of the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Commissioner Adam Silver suggests knockout-style NBA tournament Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more


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first_imgSome NCAA Tournament emojis.If you’re one of those people who can only communicate on text using emojis, The Washington Post has you covered for March Madness this year. The publication has designed emojis for all 68 NCAA Tournament teams, along with a number for squads that just missed the cut. And to be honest, they did an incredible job. Here are the emojis for the Kentucky Wildcats and the Duke Blue Devils, two of the favorites to win it all this year. They’re fantastic.Kentucky DukeHere’s the entire grid – you can click through to see more. You can also save them to your phone if you open the link in a regular browser.EmojisCollege basketball fans – will you be using them this March?last_img


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first_imgHouston players run our onto the field on game day.YouTube/UHAthleticsMany had high expectations for Tom Herman as head coach. As became very apparent this season, Herman was instrumental in turning Ohio State into an offensive juggernaut despite all kinds of injury issues at quarterback last season. I don’t know that anyone realistically thought Herman would elevate Houston to this level in just one year, though. At 12-1, with an AAC title under their belt, the Cougars are off to the Peach Bowl for a New Year’s Eve showdown with ACC powerhouse Florida State. Houston fans shouldn’t need any help getting excited for this one, but just in case, Houston put together a quick 30 second teaser trailer for the game, and it is quite epic.The Cougs and ‘Noles kick off in Atlanta at noon on December 31.last_img


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first_imgA general view of Kansas' football stadium.LAWRENCE, KS – NOVEMBER 04: Memorial Stadium sits empty before the game between the Baylor Bears and the Kansas Jayhawks on November 4, 2017 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images)Don’t accuse head coach David Beaty of not doing everything he can to rebuild the moribund Kansas program. He’ll even record extremely goofy videos to send to recruits. Jayhawks wide receiver commit Reggie Roberson tweeted a video that was sent to him by Beaty, who rides around on a [email protected]_david My Head Coach lol!#RockChalk #JayCrew17 pic.twitter.com/VlkbOTnWvi— Loading……..™ (@King_Reggiee) June 25, 2016 We’re not sure hoverboard antics are the thing that will get Kansas back to being competitive in the Big 12, but we certainly can’t knock Beaty’s hustle. Not much else is working.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more


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