USDA Issues Payments in Response to 2015 Markets

first_img SHARE USDA Issues Payments in Response to 2015 Markets SHARE On Tuesday, the U. S. Department of Agriculture announced payments to farmers enrolled in safety-net programs due to market downturns during the 2015 crop year. USDA says many of the 1.7 million farms enrolled in either the Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs will receive payments. USDA will issue more than $7 billion in payments, which USDA says is more than 10 percent of the projected 2016 net farm income. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the payments will “provide reassurance” to farmers “who are standing strong against low commodity prices.”Unlike the old direct payment program, which issued payments during both weak and strong market conditions, the 2014 Farm Bill authorized the ARC-PLC safety net to trigger and provide financial assistance only when decreases in revenues or crop prices, respectively, occur.Source: NAFB News Service By Hoosier Ag Today – Oct 4, 2016 Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Issues Payments in Response to 2015 Markets Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleLate Planted Corn May Yield Better than ExpectedNext articleSeptember Ag Economy Sentiment Ticks Up Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Stage preview: I Love Peach Blossom

first_imgAdmittedly, it is difficult to talk about a play with full confidence when the only performance you’ve seen is one in which a translator is bravely attempting to interpret the words on stage into English in your left ear. However, in the one scene of the OU Chinese Drama Society’s new production of the play ‘I Love Peach Blossom’ that I saw, this hardly seemed to matter: the clever direction by Qian Li and the polished – at times graceful – movements of the actors managed to convey more meaning than many English productions I have seen. And – despite my knowledge of Chinese being entirely nonexistent – the language only seemed to heighten the drama instead of distancing me from the action, which could have been a potential problem for a non-Chinese speaking audience.The production centres on a love triangle between three actors (played by Bing Su, Moyang Chen and Yuchen Xia), who cannot decide on how to finish their play. But (and this is where things get a little confusing) the play they are performing is itself about a love triangle, which becomes increasingly sinister when the wife’s lover Yan is trapped inside her bedroom after her drunken husband Yin returns home unexpectedly.Eventually the play-within-a-play descends into violence, with the actors arguing over who deserves to be killed: should Yan obey his lover’s wishes and stab her husband? Or should the actors keep with tradition and let the wife be murdered for enticing Yan to commit such a terrible deed? As the play continues, the outside world of the actors merges with the world of the play, providing a fascinating comment on the connection between China’s past and present.This unique production by the university’s Chinese Drama Society stands out among Oxford’s range of theatre, which at times can feel slightly boxed-in. The skilled performances of the actors – together with the excellent music and costumes – should create an exceptional atmosphere within the intimate confines of the BT. And fortunately for any members of the audience who don’t speak Chinese, no translator will be needed: surtitles will be included for the actual production.‘I Love Peach Blossom’ by Jingzhi Zou will be on at the BT from Tuesday 5th – Saturday 9th February, at 7.30pm.last_img read more

‘Barkley is a fabulous player, but leaving Everton could kick his career on’

first_imgTony Cottee believes a move away from Everton could be the best thing for Ross Barkley’s career.The homegrown Toffees star is approaching the final 12 months of his contract and has been warned he will be sold this summer if he doesn’t sign a new deal.Barkley is a huge talent but has struggled for consistency since bursting on to the scene as a teenager and Cottee agrees with another former Everton man – Richard Dunne – that it may be time for the 23-year-old to seek a fresh challenge.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Cottee said: “I’m a huge fan of Ross Barkley. I think he is a fabulous player.“He has had a strange season – good and bad – and he is at that stage where he has got to kick on with his career and maybe he needs to leave Everton.“He is under a lot of pressure there, he is a local boy, and if anything ever goes wrong in a game the fans seem to blame Ross.“I think he is at the stage where he is thinking, ‘do I need to move?’“I have had a similar situation. I am a West Ham boy and played for West Ham and you get frustrated, look at your career and you don’t want to leave because it is your club but you know you have to leave from a professional point of view.”last_img read more

Cell Exhibits Robust Engineering Design

first_imgAn international team of biotechnologists writing in the journal Cell1 thinks biologists need to focus more on the concept of robust engineering design.  The abstract sounds like something out of an Intelligent Design Movement paper:Robustness, the ability to maintain performance in the face of perturbations and uncertainty, is a long-recognized key property of living systems.  Owing to intimate links to cellular complexity, however, its molecular and cellular basis has only recently begun to be understood.  Theoretical approaches to complex engineered systems can provide guidelines for investigating cellular robustness because biology and engineering employ a common set of basic mechanisms in different combinations.  Robustness may be a key to understanding cellular complexity, elucidating design principles, and fostering closer interactions between experimentation and theory. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)In another sentence, they say: “cellular complexity appears to arise mainly from robustness as a design goal.”  Any Darwinian worried about this story would quickly be assuaged, however, by the ubiquity of the “E” word: “It has long been recognized that this robustness is an inherent property of all biological systems and is strongly favored by evolution,” they claim.  How this robustness actually came about, though, they have no idea:Despite this central role in biology, there is still a limited understanding of what robustness precisely is and how it is accomplished at the cellular or molecular level (Hartman et al., 2001).  A major reason is that robustness and the apparent complexity of cellular systems are intimately linked and, therefore, both are difficult to understand.The authors investigate mathematical models of robustness, and ways that biologists might get a grip on how robustness evolved in living systems.  Surprisingly, they speak of “engineering design” and “evolved design” frequently in the same sentence:In both biology and advanced technology, the primary function of a system is usually robust to a wide range of perturbations, yet these systems can show extreme fragility toward other (even seemingly much smaller) perturbations and/or other functions.  This coexistence of extremes in robustness and fragility (“robust yet fragile”) perhaps constitutes the most salient feature of highly evolved or designed complexity.  Human-designed technology has well-understood mechanisms, which are deliberately hidden from the user.  In contrast, we have little systems level understanding of biological complexity.  Here, we argue that by combining the fragmented yet complementary knowledge in both domains, robustness and its associated tradeoffs offer a powerful perspective on biological complexity.Another example: “Hence, in design or evolution, robustness, which is adapted to the intended function of a system and the associated uncertainties, must be carefully distributed.”  They seem in awe at the levels of robustness in biology at times: “Perhaps the most astounding property of microbial metabolism is its evolved robustness to sustain survival and proliferation upon extensive environmental or genetic perturbations.”  Living things employ several strategies to improve robustness: highly optimized tolerance, redundancy, feedback control circuitry, modularity, hierarchy and protocols, and other concepts from engineering.  They think robustness as a research tool holds promise for evolutionary biology:What is the tangible outcome of studying this issue for life sciences?  Such an overarching concept as robustness will certainly play several roles in biological research.  It can be viewed as an overall evolutionary design principle or a scientific approach.  More optimistically, it may be the panacea to the ailments affecting large-scale dynamic modeling of biological systems.  At the least, in the hands of pragmatic researchers it can function as a tool producing testable biological hypotheses….    ….The notion of cells being composed of robust subunits of limited autonomy simplifies modeling and abstraction of general properties.  We can proceed from the detailed investigation of individual modules to their interplay and its consequence for overall systems performance.  Robustness of cellular systems, hence, provides us with testable hypotheses derived from top-down studies and with opportunities for a more detailed bottom-up approach.  Both approaches should finally converge.1Stelling et al., “Robustness of Cellular Functions,” Cell, Volume 118, Issue 6, 17 September 2004, Pages 675-685, doi:10.1016/j.cell.2004.09.008.Stand back: it won’t be a pretty sight when their heads explode.  Their whole tale hangs on the belief that natural selection can perform miracles of engineering design on demand, whenever and wherever needed.  Wait till they find out it is blind, deaf, dumb, and has no track record (see 08/03/2004 editorial, and the 07/23/2004, 06/09/2004 and 04/15/2004 headlines, for instance).  Stand back and turn around.  The Engineer is in the opposite direction.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Injured Kobe Bryant Wants Revenge On Hawks Dahntay Jones

More than 30 minutes after his teammates had departed the Los Angeles Lakers’ locker room at Philips Arena in Atlanta Wednesday night, Kobe Bryant finally emerged from the training area, walking gingerly and looking angry.It was more than the fact that his team that is vying for a Western Conference playoff spot lost to the Hawks, who played without injured starters Jeff Teague and Josh Smith. It was more than about being injured on the potential game-tying shot attempt. It was how he was and who caused the future Hall of Famer’s pain.“I can’t get my mind past the fact that I got to wait a year to get revenge,” said Bryant,  who claimed Jones invaded his space when he went up for a baseline 14-footer that would have tied the game in the final seconds. Bryant came down on Jones’ foot, turning his left ankle.He had x-rays taken after the Hawks’ 96-92 victory; results were negative. He was listed as out indefinitely. But Bryant’s pain tolerance level and will to play is virtually unprecedented.Asked if he thought Jones intentionally tried to hurt him, Bryant said: “I don’t ever want to put that on somebody, I really don’t. I just think players need to be made conscious of it and I think officials need to protect shooters. Period.”It had to increase Bryant’s angst that it was Jones at the center of this situation, for it was Jones  who was called for a flagrant foul for intentionally tripping Bryant in Game 4 of the 2009 Western Conference finals when he played for the Denver Nuggets.Bryant, who erupted for 20 points in the third quarter but otherwise had a horrible shooting night (31 points on 11-for-33 shooing), said: “As defensive players, you can contest shots, but you can’t walk underneath players. That’s dangerous for the shooter.”Bryant later added on Twitter: “#dangerousplay that should have been called. Period.”Jones responded via Twitter: “Tape doesn’t lie. Ankle was turned on the floor after the leg kick out that knocked him off balance. I would never try to hurt the man.He later added: “Leg kick that makes contact with a defensive player is an offense foul. Period. The nba changed that rule 2 yrs ago. Stop it!”Bryant drew comparisons of former NBA player Jalen Rose’s similar maneuver in 2000 where he moved in when Bryant was airborne, causing Bryant to land on his foot and turn his ankle. “He Jalen Rose’d me,” Bryant said of Jones on Wednesday night.Rose admitted on “The Jalen Rose Show,” a podcast on ESPN.com’s Grantland Network, back in September that he purposely stepped under Bryant. “I can’t say that it was an accident,” Rose said. read more

Large tree falls onto the Starlight Theater in Balboa Park

first_img Jonathan Halvorson FacebookTwitter Posted: July 1, 2019 Jonathan Halvorson, Categories: Local San Diego News center_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Starlight Theater in Balboa Park was damaged when a large tree fell Monday morning.A Save Starlight spokesperson said no one was injured.Tree removal crews worked to cut and remove the tree from Monday morning. July 1, 2019 Large tree falls onto the Starlight Theater in Balboa Parklast_img

How leaked song from Vijays Bigil silenced the critics of AR Rahman

Vijay has lent his voice for a song in Atlee Kumar-directorial Bigil.PR HandoutA song from Vijay’s upcoming movie Bigil was leaked online on Tuesday, 16 July. The track, which is believed to be sung by AR Rahman, hit the internet through backdoors, leaving the makers in a state of a shock.Reportedly, the number titled Singa Penne was recorded at a shooting spot and the makers are yet to react to the issue although they have initiated the process of removing pirated links from the internet. It is believed that the team is investigating the issue and finding out about the lapse in the security.On the other hand, the fans of Vijay have expressed their solidarity with the makers by trending a topic on Twitter, using the hash tag – #DontWorryTeamBigil. However, what has turned into a blessing in disguise is the unanimous positive reviews for the leaked track.In fact, the track has silenced the critics of AR Rahman. The critics had written off the two-time Oscar Award winner after a few of his recent albums failed to strike the chord with the audience. Notably, his songs in Vijay’s previous film Sarkar had not lived up to the expectations and his experimentations did not go well with a section of people.”#Bigil has started to answer the doubters of ARR. Those who were sceptical of his casting in Bigil for music, this album will be the answer. Let’s enjoy once everything comes out officially. #ARRahman. [sic]” a Vijay fan tweeted.There was a belief among the people that AR Rahman had past his prime and struggling to churn memorable songs like before. Another section felt that the musician had lost the touch after he started working on international projects.As a result, the leak has come as a positive development for Bigil and the expectations are now high. People are now hoping that the track will be officially unveiled soon.Atlee Kumar’s sports-drama has Nayanthara in the female lead. The album is expected to be out in September. The movie will see the light of the day in October. read more