Soybean Farmers Call for Dredging of Lower Mississippi River

first_imgThe United Soybean Board (USB) recently announced a $2 million allocation to help offset the planning, design, and research costs of deepening the lower Mississippi River from 45 ft. to 50 ft.As the USB reported, the 256-mile stretch of the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to the Gulf of Mexico accounts for 60% of U.S. soybean exports, along with 59% of corn exports – by far the leading export region for both commodities.There is a growing effort among Mississippi River stakeholders, including agriculture, to promote the dredging of the lower river shipping channel from 45 ft. to 50 ft. in depth, the USB said.The overall project is estimated to cost $245 million and would occur in three phases. Two of the phases will be cost-shared between the federal government (75%) and non-federal sources (25%). The State of Louisiana has been designated as the obligated non-federal entity.The phase one includes dredging from Venice, Louisiana (approximately Mile 10 Above Head of Passes [AHP]) to the Gulf of Mexico. Removing this bottleneck would provide a 50-ft. deep channel to approximately Mile 154 [AHP] of the river.A substantial number of soybean and grain export terminals are located within this portion of the river. The estimated cost of this phase is $100 million.Given a 75% federal and a 25% non-federal cost share, the federal obligation would be $75 million, and the non-federal obligation would be $25 million.The phase two includes dredging from Mile 154 AHP to Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Mile 232 AHP). The remaining soybean and grain export terminals would be included in the 50-ft. shipping channel upon completion of this phase.The estimated cost of this phase is $65 million. Given a 75% federal and a 25% non-federal cost share, the federal obligation would be $48.75 million, and the non-federal obligation would be $16.25 million.The third phase calls for the relocation of pipelines buried under the northern portion of the shipping channel. The estimated $80 million cost of doing so would be split evenly between the State of Louisiana and the pipeline owners.last_img read more

Four IMCA divisions run at Abilene Ice Breaker special

first_imgABILENE, Texas – The 2017 running of the Abilene Speedway Ice Breaker is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18, with four IMCA divisions on the program each evening.IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds run for $700 to win each night, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods for $600, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $400 and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $250.IMCA Speedway Moors Weekly Racing national, regional, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded for both draw/redraw programs.The pits open at 4 p.m., hot laps are from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and racing is at 7:30 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., hot laps are from 5-6 p.m. and racing gets underway at 7 p.m.Overnight accommodations with racer’s rates are available at Motel 6, 325 672-8462, or the Whitten Inn, 800 588-5050.Gates open at 5 p.m. and an open practice runs from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16.More information about the Ice Breaker, presented by Smiley’s Racing Products, Showtime Signs & Designs and NAPA Auto Parts, can be directed to promoter Rob Poor at 325 725-3849 or 325 692-8800.Additional information is also posted on Facebook.last_img read more

GOtv Boxing Night 20: Fans tip winner of Joe Boy, Real One clash

first_imgRelatedPosts GOtv Boxing Night 20: Ehwarieme eyes world title Esepo delighted at winning best boxer prize at GOtv Boxing Night 20 Ehwariemi wins WBF title as Agbaje emerges best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 20 Ahead of the African Boxing Union lightweight title bout, boxing fans have been giving their opinions on who they think will triumph between reigning champion, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, and West African Boxing Union champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu.The bout, which headlines GOtv Boxing Night 20 slated for 12 October at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Lagos, is widely rated as the biggest boxing bout on Nigerian soil in more than two decades, the reason it has provoked enormous interest among boxing fans who have taken to the social media to express their views.Both boxers remain undefeated since turning professional and are currently involved in a long-running war of words which, on four occasions, saw them being pulled apart to prevent an exchange of bare-knuckled punches. The rivalry dates back to their amateur days, during which they were said to be the best of the crop and view each other with no little degree of sporting animosity.A boxing fan, Moses Adejoh Mansa, believes that Joe Boy is a better boxer and will retain his title.“Joe Boy all the way. Anyday. Any time,” he posted on a Facebook thread on the coming bout. Sharing the same sentiment is another fan, who identifies himself simply as Adeola. He is convinced that the ABU champion is more skillful and will win the fight.However, many others are rooting for Real One. Adetokun Abayomi Mike, for instance, admits that both boxers are very good, but tipped Real One to carry the day. “I go for Real One. I know both boxers well, but power will change hands on that day,” he wrote. He found many others agreeing with his sentiment, with Oluwatobi Sunday, Martins Abiola and Oladunjoye Lateef Olawale both posting “Real One all the way”.To others, the fight is too close to call. Rising lightweight boxer, Isaac “I-Star” Chukwudi, is torn between the two boxers, who he described as his favourites on the domestic scene. He stated that if it was up to him, he would prefer that they do not meet at this stage in their careers.“I never wanted this fight to happen now because both are the best we have in Nigeria. I was hoping that Joe Boy would vacate the ABU title for Real One, while he goes after a bigger title. I don’t want either to lose,” he said with barely disguised regret that they two have been paired.Another Facebook user, Zeezo Reezo, is similarly in two minds and just wants to see the better boxer win. “Real One is good, but Joe Boy is a good puncher, so let the better man win,” he wrote.  Joe Boy, a three-time winner of the best boxer award at GOtv Boxing Night, is facing arguably his toughest opponent yet in Real One, who has also won the award on two occasions.Tags: GOtv Boxing Night 20Real Onelast_img read more

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Daytona Cop Shot in Chest during Gun Battle

first_imgVOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – One person was killed and a Daytona Beach police officer was shot in the chest in a firefight on Saturday, as seen on his body cam video.Police said fortunately the officer who was shot will be OK because he was wearing a bulletproof vest, while the suspect died.Daytona Beach police Chief Craig Capri told reporters they were called out to an apartment complex after an anonymous tip that an attempted murder suspect was spotted there.“The suspect fled into a back bedroom,” Capri said. “The officers follow the suspect, ordering him to freeze, halt, surrender. As the officer opened the door, the suspect took a firearm and shot at our officers.”Capri said they were serving an arrest warrant on the man police believe shot a woman twice in the back two weeks ago.Another officer sustained a head injury when he tripped and fell while shots were fired. He is expected to be OK.Extremely grateful that both @DaytonaBchPD officers that were injured during today’s shooting will not only survive but are expected to fully recover. The good Lord covered them with his grace and mercy today. — Deputy Chief Jakari Young (@ChiefJakari) August 30, 2020last_img read more

Look Who’s Back! United Legend Returns Home With 25th Anniversary Looming

first_imgUnited legend Eric Cantona has returned to city of Manchester with just four days before the 25th anniversary of his switch to Old Trafford.The Frenchman moved from Leeds United to Manchester United on November 26, 1992 and turned out to be one of the catalysts for the glory days under Sir Alex Ferguson.Cantona, 51, was spotted outside the BBC in Media City, Manchester, earlier on Wednesday with a bald head that surely brings back the memories of the old Cantona. Related’99 Champions League Final To Be Replayed After 20 YearsFebruary 16, 2019In “England”Manchester United Captains In Premier League Era ListedJanuary 18, 2020In “England”Alexis’ Deal To Manchester United Is A No Brainer – OsazeJanuary 23, 2018In “National Team”last_img

Enlarged Gamesys returns to UK growth eyeing FTSE250 spot

first_img Submit Cash-focused Gamesys sanctions £40m debt repayment  March 3, 2020 Gamesys halts UK advertising during lockdown April 23, 2020 Share Related Articles Gamesys maintains UK growth as Euro regulatory headwinds stall performance August 11, 2020 Share StumbleUpon The governance of LSE-listed Gamesys Group, formerly JPJ Group, has cited confidence in achieving its corporate objective of indexing as a FTSE250 firm within the coming months.Publishing its full-year 2019 results, a new look Gamesys has reported a 35% increase in corporate revenues to £415 million (FY2018: £308m), citing ‘high organic growth’ achieved across the UK and Asia. Corporate governance branded 2019 as a ‘transformative year’, in which the company has taken full control of its technology stack and increased its UK B2C brand portfolio by acquiring group technology partner ‘Gamesys’ for £490 million last September. The strategic enlargement has allowed the company to ‘return to UK growth’, as it’s home market unit recorded 5% revenue growth to £357 million (FY2018: £339m). Further enlargement gains saw Asian operations surpass Europe as Gamesys’ second-largest revenue-generating region. Gamesys stated that it has established its presence within Japan after recording an Asia revenue increase of 137% to £122 million (FY2018: £55m).Commenting on company performance, Gamesys Group CEO Lee Fenton said: “I am delighted with Gamesys Group’s strong financial performance in 2019, particularly given the significant work undertaken around the acquisition and integration of the legacy Gamesys business.“Pro-forma5 revenues grew 15% delivered by growth the UK, Asia and North America, slightly offset by a decline in Europe, mainly due to regulatory developments in Sweden. It was particularly pleasing to see the UK return to moderate growth in 2019 as we annualised the introduction of enhanced responsible gambling measures and we expect to see similar trends in 2020.” Closing its 2019 accounts, Gamesys has absorbed £63 million in Q4 administrative costs (Q42018: £28m) primarily related to transactional fees and group taxes.Despite booking significant transactional costs, Gamesys maintained a 9% increase in adjusted EBITDA to £118 million (FY2018: £108m), sustaining its group net income at £85 million (FY2018: £86m). “After a transformative year, the Group can look to the future with confidence,” added Fenton. “Our ability to use enhanced scale, greater operational control and a renowned portfolio of brands will provide a strong platform for growth and at this early stage of the current financial year we are trading in line with our expectations. Finally, as ever, we aim to continue to provide an entertaining, fun and responsible environment for all our players to enjoy.” In its forward-looking, Gamesys underlined that 2020 trading thus far has remained in line with expectations. However, corporate governance is currently monitoring global COVID-19 developments closely and will issue investors with a further update prior to publishing its Q1 2020 trading statement in May.last_img read more

58 years ago, the all time best player of BiH Safet Sušić Pape was born

first_imgOn 13 April, 58 years ago, current manager of BiH football team and the all time best player of BiH Safet Sušić was born.Sušić began his career with the football club Krivaja in his hometown Zavidović and later he was transferred to FK Sarajevo, where he was to become a legendary figure by the late 1970s. During the 1979–80 season, he was top scorer in the Yugoslav First League with 17 goals. In 1979, he was honoured as the Yugoslav Footballer of the Year, also being selected as the best athlete coming from the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.In 1982, Sušić signed with Paris Saint-Germain, where he became a star. Hardly ever injured, he performed at a high level well past his 30s. The Yugoslav international was never injured nor suspended, thus allowing him to score 96 goals and make a record 61 assists for PSG between 1982 and 1991. At 36, Sušić left the capital for a final year with Red Star Saint-Ouen.During a 13-year span, Sušić appeared 54 times with the Yugoslav national team, netting 21 goals, in spite of the fact that he was always in the role of midfield playmaker. He represented the nation at the 1982 and 1990 World Cups, and at Euro 1984. On 19 June 1990, Sušić opened the score in Yugoslavia’s 4–1 World Cup win against the United Arab Emirates, aged 35.In 2004, to celebrate UEFA’s Jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player of Bosnia and Herzegovina by the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years.When he retired Sušić coached Cannes and from 2003-2004 he managed İstanbulspor and Konyaspor.On 28 December 2009, Sušić was named coach of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team. His debut was a friendly match against Ghana in Sarajevo. Bosnia and Herzegovina won the game 2–1 after goals from Vedad Ibišević and Miralem Pjanić.As of 11 November 2011, Sušić’s Bosnia national football side was on a seven game unbeaten streak run. BiH football team, together with Safet Sušić is on the good path to qualify for 2014 World Cup which will be held in Brazil.last_img read more