DS News Webcast: Thursday 12/5/2013

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: Mortgage Rates See Sharp Increases Next: Estimated Time to Clear Distressed Inventory Rises Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago December 5, 2013 606 Views Share Save 2013-12-05 DSNews  Print This Post Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Featured, Media, Webcasts About Author: DSNews Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Featured / DS News Webcast: Thursday 12/5/2013 The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago DS News Webcast: Thursday 12/5/2013 Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Multiple rounds of severe weather expected in central US

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An active jet stream is setting up an active storm pattern that will move over the U.S. heartland and produce multiple days of severe weather starting Monday and continuing through Wednesday.Ahead of the storm, gusty winds of more than 50 mph have enhanced wildfires from Arizona to Texas and Minnesota.The first storm system riding that jet stream will bring a swath of severe weather on Monday from the Dakotas to western Texas. The biggest threat with today’s storms will be damaging winds and hail and there is a slight chance for a few tornadoes.The good news is the worst of the storms will be in the open Plains for the most part where few people live.On Tuesday, the severe weather threat will ramp up with an enhanced risk issued for cities, including Omaha, Nebraska. The biggest threat will be damaging winds, hail and a few tornadoes. The tornado threat will be slightly higher on Tuesday.Populated areas, including Omaha and parts of Kansas City, will be impacted.An even stronger storm system will ride the jet stream from the west into the Plains on Wednesday, bringing an even higher threat for tornadoes, damaging winds and hail to populated areas, such as Abilene, Texas; Oklahoma City; Wichita, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri; and as far north as Des Moines, Iowa.Ahead of the severe weather it will suddenly feel like summer for the Midwest and Northeast.Temperatures on Monday will be up to 20 degrees above normal for the Upper Midwest and Plains with temperatures near 80 degrees possible in Minneapolis. The area had snow just a few weeks ago and the lakes are still frozen.The unseasonably warm air will move into the Northeast and the East Coast on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with some areas from Washington, D.C. to Boston reaching 90 degrees.Record highs are possible in the Northeast by the end of the week. Better get that air conditioner installed.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Eni calls Nigeria bribery case ‘completely groundless’ as prosecutors seek jail sentence

first_imgAccording to Eni, this narrative ignores both the witnesses and the files presented within the two years long and more than 40 hearings proceeding, that have decisively denied the prosecutorial hypothesis. Namely, the U.S. Department of Justice had closed its investigation of Eni with respect to Algeria and OPL 245 matters without taking any action in October 2019. Eni recalled the decision of the Department of Justice and the US SEC, which decided to close its own investigations without taking any action against the company. Furthermore, Eni emphasized it neither knew nor should have been aware of the possible destination of the money subsequently paid by the Nigerian government to Malabu. Eni said that together with Shell it had paid a reasonable price for the licence directly to the Nigerian Government, as contractually agreed and through transparent and linear means. The prosecutors alleged that Eni and Shell knew that the money paid to the Nigerian government for the licence offshore Nigeria would go to politicians, businessmen, and middlemen in bribes, particularly Dan Etete, Nigeria’s former oil minister, who owned the block and the company Malabu. Italian oil and gas company Eni considers that the Public Prosecutor’s requests for conviction of the company its former and current CEOs and the managers involved in the Nigerian bribery case related to the OPL 245 license are completely groundless. Moreover, the payment was made after an inquiry carried on by the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), Eni emphasized. According to Reuters, the prosecutors asked for eight years in prison for Descalzi and seven years and four months for Shell’s former head of upstream Malcolm Brinded. center_img As reported by Reuters on Tuesday, the Italian prosecutor has asked for Eni and Shell to be fined and some of their former and current executives, including Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi, to be jailed in a long-running trial over an alleged corruption scheme related to licence OPL 245 in Nigeria. “So there can, therefore, be no bribes from Eni in Nigeria, no existence of an Eni scandal”, Eni underlined. Defence lawyers are going to show to the court that both Eni and its management’s conducts were correct in the OPL 245 transaction, Eni stated. Eni said that the multiple internal investigations entrusted to international third parties by the company’s supervisory bodies have long since highlighted the absence of unlawful conduct. Eni said in a statement on Tuesday that, during its indictment, in the absence of any evidence or tangible reference to the contents of the trial investigation, the Public Prosecutor has told a story based on suggestions and deductions as already developed during the investigation. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) closed its investigation into Eni related to the company’s involvement into a license located offshore Nigeria as well as its activities in Congo in April 2020. “Eni trusts that the truth can finally be re-established following the defensive arguments that will be presented at the end of September, pending the Milan Court’s forthcoming verdict”, the Italian company concluded.last_img read more

Burnley condemn ‘White Lives Matter’ flyover banner

first_imgA plane carrying a banner declaring “White Lives Matter Burnley” flew over Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium on Monday at the start of the Premier League game against Burnley.The plane appeared shortly after players from both teams took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. There was no indication who had organised the plane and banner.Burnley issued a statement at halftime during the game saying the club “strongly condemns” the actions and adding that they will work with authorities to identify those behind the move and issue lifetime bans.All of the players in the 12 Premier League games since the restart of the season after the COVID-19 stoppage have worn “Black Lives Matter” on their shirts in place of their names.This follows the league formally joining the international protest campaign sparked by the death last month of George Floyd, a Black man, while in Minneapolis police custody.Burnley said: “The club has a proud record of working with all genders, religions and faiths through its award-winning Community scheme, and stands against racism of any kind. “We are fully behind the Premier League’s Black Lives Matter initiative and, in line with all other Premier League games undertaken since Project Restart, our players and football staff willingly took the knee at kick-off at Manchester City.“We apologise unreservedly to the Premier League, to Manchester City and to all those helping to promote Black Lives Matter.”Burnley captain Ben Mee said after the game, which his side lost 5-0, that the players had heard whispers that something may have been planned and that he was embarrassed by the scene.Mee, who began his career with City, said: “As we were coming out we heard some whispers that it was going to happen. The club tried to stop it.“I’ve heard it is a small number that have arranged this and I hope it doesn’t happen again. “I am ashamed and embarrassed that a small number of our fans have decided to fly that around the stadium. It is not what we are about.“They have missed what we are trying to achieve.“These people need to come into the 21st century and educate themselves.“They don’t represent what we are about, the club is about, the players are about and the majority of fans are about.RelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Premier League teams to have ‘No Room For Racism’ badge on shirts “I’ve heard it is a small number that have arranged this and I hope it doesn’t happen again. I don’t want to associate it with my club. I don’t want to see this in the game.“It is not right. We totally condemn it. These people can learn and be taught what Black Lives Matter is trying to achieve.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: Black Lives MatterBurnley FCEtihad StadiumFlying BannerManchester Citylast_img read more

Cricket News Sri Lanka name 16-member squad for South Africa T20 series

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. In five-match series, the series stands 4-0 in favour of South Africa with one game still to play. The T20 series is scheduled to start on March 19. Lasith Malinga will continue as a captain in the shortest format.  Despite making his T20I debut in 2011, he has played in only 10 T20Is, returning just seven wickets. Dinesh Chandimal remains in international exile, with Priyamal Perera – whose international debut in the fourth ODI against South Africa saw him return a first-ball duck – included in the 16-man squad.This remains to be seen if Sri Lanka can put up a better show in the shortest format, as they have been thrashed in the fifty-over format. Squad: Lasith Malinga (c) Niroshan Dickwella, Avishka Fernando, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Priyamal Perera, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Isuru Udana, Asitha Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lakshan Sandakan New Delhi: After a disappointing series loss against South Africa in the limited-overs format, the Lankans will play a T20 series against the Proteas. Currently, the series stands 4-0 in the five-match series with final ODI to be played on March 16. The first T20I will be played on 19 March. Sri Lanka has announced their squad for the upcoming three-match T20I series against South Africa. Sri Lankan spearhead Lasith Malinga will continue to captain the side.Jeffrey Vandersay, the leg-spinner whose last T20I appearance came in the 2016 ICC World T20, has been called up, with Suranga Lakmal also making a return to the limited-overs set-up. Lakmal’s inclusion comes after he featured in Sri Lanka’s Test series victory over the Proteas.last_img read more

Trojans poised to fight for conference tourney title

first_imgFollowing a disappointing, season-finishing loss to rival No. 12 UCLA, the No. 5 USC men’s tennis team will switch its focus to the Pac-10 championships in Ojai, Calif., which start today.Move on · Junior Peter Lucassen and the Trojans will look to shake off the aftereffects of a tough loss to UCLA when they begin play Thursday. – Geo Tu | Daily Trojan The nail-biting 4-3 loss to the Bruins (14-6, 4-2) marked the fourth consecutive year that UCLA has defeated USC (19-3, 5-1) in the season finale.“I don’t know why,” USC coach Peter Smith said of the current trend against UCLA. “There is always so much put into that match. The more we have lost to them, the more we want to beat them, and it perpetuates itself.”Although this was an especially painful loss, the Trojans have mentally moved on from the match.“Our mind-set is fine. We are looking at it like losing any match,” said senior Robert Farah. “This gives us more experience to work harder, and more preparation for the NCAAs. We are not thinking about UCLA.”The Pac-10 tournament in Ojai marks a shift to individual tennis, which is not always a welcome sight following the pressure-packed dual match season.“I don’t really like it at this time of the year,” said Smith. “Ojai is such a weird beast. They call it the              Pac-10 championship, but no one treats it like that. It’s time for players who aren’t normally in the lineup to get time to play and time for some players to get rested.”The Trojans will put forth a full doubles lineup, but will keep some normal singles contributors out of the singles portion.Sophomore Steve Johnson, junior Jaak Poldma and senior Jason McNaughton will not participate during singles play.Even with some players sitting out portions of the tournament, the Trojans come in as favorites with Farah and Johnson as the top-seeded doubles team and Farah as the No. 1 seed in the singles draw.The tournament might not have much bearing on the rest of the season, but the players still enjoy the competition.“I have always liked the tournament,” Farah said. “It gives you a lot of match experience and helps me prepare for other matches.”Farah has been successful in Ojai throughout his career.In 2008, he was a singles finalist, losing to fellow Trojan Kaes Van’t Hof, and won in doubles with Van’t Hof.The following year, he was a singles semifinalist, losing to eventual tournament winner Bradley Klahn from Stanford.Smith equates the tournament’s timing to being in a playoff situation and then having to play in an exhibition. Although the tournament’s format and timing is not ideal, that does not mean that the Trojans will put forth diminshed effort.“We will give 100 percent, and we will take this tournament seriously,” Smith said. “If you win it, you are still the Pac-10 champion, and that is still pretty important.”last_img read more

Local rowers eye World Championships

first_imgTwo local rowers were recently paired together in unlikely circumstances with one common goal between them — to make it to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.And they can thank men’s national team coach Mike Teti for the opportunity.Luke Wilhelm didn’t know Eureka native Ezra Carlson when he was attending South Fork High, and the path he took to the world of elite rowing has been a very different one from his new teammate.But after a suggestion from Teti a few months back, the two struck up a …last_img read more

Mining Indaba: South Africa – an emerging market that matters

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 5 February 2014 – There was overwhelming consensus at the Investment Promotion Workshop co-hosted by Brand South Africa and the Departments of Mineral Resources, Trade and Industry and Science and Technology at the Mining Indaba that South Africa is an emerging market that matters.Delegates at the workshop were privy to South Africa’s competitiveness in various fields – mining, geosciences, science and technology – as well as the strength of its financial and regulatory environment.Presenters at the workshop included Brand South Africa’s CEO Miller Matola, Director-General of the Department of Mineral Resources, Mr Yunus Carrim of the Department of Trade and Industry, Mr Imraan Patel of the Department of Science and Technology, Ms Martha Mokonyane of the Department of Mineral Resources, Mr Mxolisi Kota of the Council of Geoscience, Mr Matlou Mabokanon of the Technology Innovation Agency, Dr Declan Vogt of the CSIR and Mr Peter Craven of MINTEK.Making presentations on their various fields of expertise and interacting with delegates, the presenters made a compelling business case for why prospective investors should consider South Africa as an investment destination.This includes the fact that the South African economy, accompanied by prudent monetary and fiscal policy, has grown from a US$ 80 billion in 1994 to a US$ 400 billion economy. In addition, the South African economy continues to experience uneven global economic recovery.Despite challenges in the global economic environment as well as domestically in the sector, mining remains a significant contributor to the South African economy with recent research indicating that platinum, coal and gold contribute 66% and 84% of revenue and employment.Research also shows that the South African economy has diversified in the past 20 years with the increased contribution of banking and real estate to the economy – from 12.5% to 24% – this bodes well for the creation of a knowledge economy.International investors continue to see South Africa as a reliable investment destination with foreign direct investment projects in South Africa having grown at a compound rate of 22.4% between 2007 – 2012, making South Africa the leading destination of investment into Africa.Finally participants in the workshop were assured that government and business alike are committed to implementing the National Development Plan which is the vision of the nation South Africa strives to be by 2030.In this regard, key  proposals from the NDP are being implemented, including:Making sustainable investments in competitive economic infrastructureIncreasing the pace of job creation especially for young job seekersEncouraging the expansion of businesses and development on new enterprisesTransforming human settlements and developing a functioning public transport systemProviding policy certainly to encourage long term investment in mining and other sectorsIncreasing economic integration within Sub-Saharan Africa in areas such as energy production, finance, tourism, communications, infrastructure building and customs administrationIn the final analysis, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said, “South Africa is a sound destination for inward flows of investment and is an emerging market that matters”.The Mining Indaba concludes on Thursday 6 February 2014. Note to editorsAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Arahna SinghBrand South Africa CommunicationsTel: +27 11 712 5061 Mobile: +27 (0) 82 491 2332Email: [email protected] Visit:   www.brandsouthafrica.comFikile MakhobaEmail: [email protected]: 071 155 9192Email: [email protected]:   www.brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more

Things to know before buying LibertyLink soybeans for next year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Continued problems with marestail and ragweeds this year have a number of growers considering the switch to LibertyLink soybeans for 2017. The LibertyLink system can certainly be a good choice for management of glyphosate-resistant populations of these weeds, along with waterhemp and Palmer amaranth. It’s essential to use the appropriate approach to LibertyLink soybeans to get the most out of it and avoid potential problems. Some things to consider as you make seed-buying decisions and think about your herbicide costs for next year:• The active ingredient in Liberty — glufosinate — is available in a number of products now. The glufosinate products that are listed in this year’s weed control guide, Liberty, Cheetah, and Interline, have similar loading, rates, and labels. There is also a premix of glufosinate and fomesafen, Cheetah Max, that could be helpful for bigger ragweeds or waterhemp.• POST glufosinate applications in LibertyLink soybeans should be part of an overall comprehensive herbicide program that includes a preplant herbicide treatment containing effective burndown herbicides and broad-spectrum residual herbicides. Do not shortcut the burndown program on marestail and other weeds and expect the POST glufosinate treatments to clean up a less than weed-free start. The POST glufosinate should be targeted for weeds that eventually emerge through the residual herbicides. Also avoid use of glufosinate in the burndown treatment, since this can limit how much glufosinate can ultimately be applied POST.• Omitting residual herbicides from LiberyLink soybeans is generally a good way to ensure problems. Any number of residual premix products can fit into the LibertyLink system. Glufosinate can be weak on lambsquarters, larger pigweed species (including waterhemp and Palmer), and certain grasses — yellow foxtail and barnyardgrass. The residual herbicides should cover these broadleaf weeds for sure, which is not a problem for most premix products. Residual activity on ragweeds and marestail is also desirable. With regard to marestail, our current recommendations for Roundup Ready soybeans are to use several non-ALS herbicides and higher rates, with the goal of not having to treat marestail POST. It’s probably not necessary to go to extremes on the residual program in LibertyLink, since the POST glufosinate can control later-emerging marestail.• Avoiding problems with POST grass control in LibertyLink soybeans can be achieved in one of two ways: 1) use a residual herbicide premix with substantial activity on annual grasses; or 2) include a grass herbicides such as clethodim or Fusion in the POST glufosinate application. The latter approach may be most cost-effective and will also control volunteer corn, which often is not adequately controlled by glufosinate alone. This has become a routine practice for some growers and dealers to ensure effective grass control.• Use of comprehensive residual herbicides usually creates a situation where one POST application of glufosinate is sufficient on many weeds. One exception is giant ragweed, which is best managed with two POST applications — the first when ragweed is 4 to 10 inches tall, and the second about three weeks later. Unless the ragweed population is very low, trying to get by with one glufosinate POST application will mean having to treat large plants that glufosinate can fail to control, which then regrow into late-season. Our research with giant ragweed clearly shows that the best approach for reducing populations is to bite the bullet and make two POST applications for several years (in rotation with an effective corn program), after which it may be possible to make one application work.• POST application timing on waterhemp and Palmer amaranth is also an issue. For these weeds, the preplant residual herbicides should have substantial activity, and the POST glufosinate should be applied to small plants – less than 4 inches tall. A residual herbicide such as Zidua, metolachor, or Warrant can be included with the POST to minimize the need for a second POST application.• Glufosinate is a contact herbicide, and it’s essential to optimize the application parameters to ensure maximum activity. Labels specify a minimum application volume of 15 gallons per acre, and some applicators have found 20 gallons per acre to be more effective. Nozzle and adjuvant selection should be geared toward production of primarily medium-sized droplets, avoiding a nozzle droplet distribution that is biased too much toward fine or large droplets. Applying in volumes too low is another good way to have problems with the LibertyLink system.• Glufosinate activity can be reduced in cool, cloudy conditions, and there can be a need to base application decisions on weather. Many applicators try to apply primarily during periods of relatively warm and sunny weather to avoid performance problems. Using enough residual herbicide should result in enough flexibility in the POST application window to manage weather issues.last_img read more

Glen Newcomer, June 26

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We were very fortunate this past week. We finally received a measurable amount of rain. We had good coverage over all of our farms and it is really going to make a difference. Prior to that the crop was reaching a critical stage of plant development when it was dry. Now with the rain, I believe the crop can get back on track. Rainfall amounts on our farms ranged from an inch to 1.4 inches so it was a good general rain last week. We missed several rains prior to that and it was getting bad.As far as plant stress we really didn’t see the corn rolling, but the plants were just shutting down and they virtually stopped growing. There was no vegetative growth taking place above the ground and the roots were just trying to sustain the plant to keep it alive.Clearly there was a benefit to replanting the affected corn acres when we did. We did not have a good stand established before that. Even though the corn is behind in growth, the uniformity of the stand should ultimately perform better than the thin stand we would have if we had not replanted.This last week we finished applying anhydrous. We ran some prescriptions of variable rate anhydrous. We used DuPont Encirca services for that decision.The management zones that were developed were a combination of past yield history and soil types along with soil tests prior to planting to establish nitrate levels in the soil. The prescriptions that were developed had a wide range of applications. We defined high and low rates of nitrogen for the prescriptions. We will track these fields through harvest to see if we have a favorable response to the treatment.We also applied FeXapan to our Roundup Ready2 Xtend soybeans last week. This is new technology for us on our farm.  We are excited about the possibilities this technology brings for additional options in controlling difficult broadleaf weeds. By following the label, we have no concerns at this time about spray drift or volatilization of the dicamba. We’ll be watching and monitoring this very closely in the coming weeks.I’m always interested in trying new technologies on our farm. It’s one way to stay one step ahead in the game of farming. Ultimately we’re looking for a competitive advantage from bottom line performance.last_img read more