Is there still hope for marketing the grain in the bin?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As winter meeting season gets into full swing, Global Commodity Analytics’ Mike Zuzolo spent a few days in northwest Ohio this week to visit with growers about what to watch for in 2016, as far as the grain markets were concerned. Even though his message at one of the Mercer Landmark Winter Outlook meetings in Van Wert was future-focused, he still received many questions about 2015, including if there is any hope for the corn already in the bin.“I think there is, but it all hinges on what happens in the crude oil market,” Zuzolo said. “If we can get a low in that market to stop the energy sector from worrying about the possibility of $10 crude, I think that will take a lot of pressure off of corn and soybeans. That’s really what I am looking for between now and the end of January.”There is one thing that Zuzolo is figuring out as he travels across the Midwest and that is that acres are still completely up in the air at this point. Not surprisingly, the weather will continue to be a market mover as well.“If the La Niña develops, it would probably put a bit more fear in the market that crop production could be shaved in the northern hemisphere,” Zuzolo said. “In 2015, it was all about the El Niño and a big crop and maybe the funds don’t want to press the sell side as much if the current weather pattern changes this year.”One thing is for certain, farmers will need to get a little more creative in their marketing this year.“You’re starting to see new specialty contracts come into play,” said Anna Kaverman, a grain originator with Mercer Landmark. “There has also been a bump in open orders, target orders and other non-traditional options to try to get the most from a marketing plan.”After a short 2015 crop, basis levels in the Van Wert area have been very favorable, supported by the local feed and ethanol markets. Some farmer movement has caused that basis to fall recently. Local farmers are starting to sell more grain, not only because of basis, but in some cases simply to pay the bills.“The sentiment is still a bit of doom and gloom here as farmers are coming off of a rough year where they had less bushels to market coupled with lower prices,” Kaverman said. “It’s hard to get excited about what is going on right now.”last_img read more

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Factory-Built Wall Panels

first_imgAre there any cost savings?Does panelized walls save money? I believe so. A 2011 study commissioned by the province of Alberta, Canada, compared construction of two identical side-by-side homes: one was stick-built and the other used panelized walls. The panelized home had a 40% shorter build time, 55% less lumber waste, 60% less sheathing waste.We started working with Gary Plourde, director of the Panelized Wall section of Hancock Lumber, last year and have been exceptionally pleased with his professionalism and insight.I recently drove to Hancock Lumber in Windham to watch Gary and his crew build the wall sections for our main floor, garage, and three-season room. I was very impressed with how the wall panels were designed and assembled. I’m amazed more homes don’t use factory-built walls.Check out this video of the process. Check in with us later to see whether the “as built” foundation and floor deck meet the design expectations! BLOGS BY ROGER NORMAND Finished Foundation and Floor Framing Uh-OhsPlacing Concrete In Our ICF Foundation WallsConstruction Begins — and We Encounter a Few SnafusDo We Really Need 12 Inches of Foam Under Our Slab?Passive House Certification: Looking Under the HoodBackup Electrical Power for a Passivhaus Project?Can We Get More and Pay Less To Keep About The Same? The advantages of panelizationI think factory-built walls have many advantages over stick-built walls:Reliable, predictable assembly time. The panels are built in a controlled environment unaffected by weather delays. The panels are delivered on the day needed, ready for immediate assembly.Concurrent wall production. It takes six or more months to build a home. Many parts of the construction schedule are sequential; one of the longest is wall framing. Factory-built walls panels are built concurrently offsite without interfering with onsite construction.Quality. The wall panels are designed using 3D CAD software with error-checking software. We splayed most window rough openings to maximize daylighting the interior. We wanted our interior walls 5/8 inch shy of the ceiling plane, so we could apply 1/2-inch plywood across the ceiling plane to conduct our first blower-door test.We also cut 5/8 inch from the length of interior walls that intersect the inner wythe, so that we could later slide drywall through the intersection to achieve an airtight drywall installation. (We gleaned this detail from an excellent article on airtight drywall by Myron Ferguson in the Aug/Sept 2012 issue of Fine Homebuilding Magazine.)The CAD software helps to visualize how all these walls come together, and automatically produces a detailed cut list. A specially equipped workshop and an experienced crew like at Hancock Lumber can consistently and efficiently produce high-quality wall panels.Much faster building dry-in. When combined with factory-built roof trusses, the framing crew can erect and dry-in the entire building in a matter of days, not weeks or months. That reduces the likelihood of framing delays affecting the scheduling of future tasks.Less exposure to weather. Completing the building shell quickly reduces the likelihood of weather damage from mold, mildew, warping, or delamination of sheathing.Environmental. There is likely much less waste. Because wall panels are built every day, cutoffs that would otherwise be thrown away can be used for other wall panels. It is also much easier to capture and recycle sawdust and short framing pieces.Worker ergonomics. The panels are assembled on a waist-high table. No bending down to floor level to nail the top and bottom plates to the studs.Theft concerns. There’s not a tempting stack of lumber or plywood on site for weeks that tempts someone to “borrow” a few pieces. Most homes are “sticked-framed” on site. After the main floor deck is in place, the lumberyard delivers a mountain of 2-by lumber and sheathing to the job site. A framing crew then spends weeks cutting studs, assembling wall sections with exterior sheathing on the floor deck, and lifting the completed wall panel into place. They brace and nail the panel to the floor deck, then start on the next wall section.I think there’s a better way to frame a building, one that can speed the process, improve quality, reduce waste, and perhaps save money. The walls will be 14 inches thickI should also say that the exterior wall on the house is really a double-stud wall, i.e., two parallel 2×4 stud walls spaced 7 inches apart. (Building geeks call the outer wall the exterior wythe, and the inner wall the interior wythe). Our outer wall is load bearing. The 7-inch spacing between the outer and inner wythe, plus the 3 1/2 inch depth of each wythe, gives EdgewaterHaus a 14-inch-deep cavity that we will completely fill with aptly named dense-packed cellulose, for an R-53 exterior wall. RELATED ARTICLES Our wall panels will be built off-siteSomewhere between manufactured housing (completely built in a factory) and typical stick-built homes lies panelized walls built in a factory. The wall panels are then trucked and erected on site. Some panelized walls can include electrical, plumbing, insulation and exterior and interior finishes. We chose the more modest approach of factory-built studs and sheathing only.There were a couple of nearby companies that panelize walls. We chose Hancock Lumber in Windham, Maine. GBA Encyclopedia: The Building EnvelopeAn Architect’s Take on Sweden’s Factory-Built Houses Cost-Effective Building Options for High Performance HomesNet-Zero For a Competitive Price But the foundation has to be perfectPanelized walls is not, however, a panacea.The method places a premium on the foundation. The wall panels are built according to the architectural plans, under the expectation that the “as-built” foundation and floor deck will also achieve the same level of precision. A stick-built wall can more easily accommodate foundation and decking irregularities.The method limits adjustments. Once in production, panels can’t be easily re-framed if the owner wants to subsequently relocate a door or window. [Editor’s note: Roger and Lynn Normand are building a [no-glossary]Passivhaus[/no-glossary] in Maine. This is the 25th article in a series that will follow their project from planning through construction.] Even though the concrete is still fresh in the Logix ICF block foundation, and the material for the main floor deck has yet to arrive, it’s time to think about walls.Our main floor walls are not structurally complicated. The illustration at right shows a cross section of the walls.The floor plan consists of four rectangles and one trapezoid joined together to form a tilted “T.” We will use 24-inch-on-center studs, with 2-stud corners to maximize the insulation cavity. We’ve got lots of big windows on the south side of the house that will use headers made of standard LVL (laminated veneer lumber). All exterior walls are framed with 2×4 studs, except for the garage which is framed with 2×6 studs.Huh? The house is framed with 2x4s but the garage uses 2×6 studs?Yes. We hate getting into a cold car on a winter morn, and wanted the extra depth of a 2×6 wall to better insulate the garage. The first article in this series was Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus Project. Roger Normand’s construction blog is called EdgewaterHaus.last_img read more

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Aussie PM Abbott to meet Tendulkar, sports pact to be inked

first_imgThe Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be meeting iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar tomorrow in Mumbai, from where he will be starting his two-day State visit to India.Abbott will be meeting the legendary cricketer along with Aussie cricketing greats Adam Gilchrist and Brett Lee, reflecting the strong cricket connections India and Australia share, Joint Secretary (South) in External Affairs Ministry Sanjay Bhattacharyya said.The Aussie Premier will be touching down in India’s commercial capital in the afternoon and then plans to drop in at the prestigious Cricket Club of India (CCI) where he will have an interaction with the cricket stars.Abbott is expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of sports. However the details of the MoU has not been revealed so far.With the ICC World Cup scheduled to be held in Australia and New Zealand in February-March, next year, the government in Australia is trying their best to promote the country from the perspective of travel and tourism.Since the marquee event (World Cup) will be held in Australia, home of greatest ever batsman Sir Donald Bradman, the Aussie government in collaboration with the Don Bradman Foundation also wants to organize the ‘Don Bradman Memorabilia’ exhibition in India in 2015.The exhibits would include the first bat used in a Test match by Sir Don, including some of the cricket gears used by him.India is exploring a possibility to have an exhibition in India next year, Bhattacharyya said.Kolkata’s Victoria Memorial is one of the venues, in line to host ‘Bradman Memorabilia’ exhibition.advertisementlast_img read more

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Aryna Sabalenka wins Connecticut Open for maiden WTA title

first_imgAryna Sabalenka won the Connecticut Open for her first WTA singles title on Saturday. The 20-year-old Belarusian defeated Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1 6-4 in the final to win the Connecticut Open.Sabalenka, who became the youngest champion in New Haven since Caroline Wozniacki in 2010, will move up to number 20 in the world rankings.”This is a great feeling,” said the delighted Sabalenka, who blasted 29 winners.”I will just work more, just to try to keep going, keep showing my best tennis, and we will see.”.@connecticutopen champion @SabalenkaA has a message for her fans! pic.twitter.com/zljuON0zSbWTA (@WTA) August 25, 2018Winner of the first five games in the opening set, Sabalenka twice broke error-prone Suarez Navarro. She closed out the set in the seventh game with a forehand winner after trailing 30-0.Suarez Navarro, once a top 10 player, was more competitive in the second set taking a 2-1 lead and breaking Sabalenka to go 4-4.In the crucial ninth game Suarez Navarro seemingly held but Sabalenka challenged an ace at 40-15 and won the discussion.Bowled over: @SabalenkaA celebrates her first @WTA title at the iconic @Yale Bowl.@WickPhoto pic.twitter.com/dt1jg3uy2cConnecticut Open (@connecticutopen) August 25, 2018The Belarusian then broke to go ahead 5-4 and reached double match point in the next game.Suarez Navarro wasn’t finished, though, pulling within one point of leveling the set at 5-5 before Sabalenka took the final three points.The final was the third of her career. She lost to Maria Sharapova in Tianjin last year and was defeated by Wozniacki at Eastbourne earlier this year.advertisement”I didn’t have some (career) plan,” said Sabalenka. “I was just, like, ‘Keep going, keep fighting.’ Now I am 20 years old and I have my first title, so… it’s okay.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Rising Mega Boxship Fleet Drives Cascade

first_imgzoom Amid a rapid growth in the mega boxship fleet, and nearly a year on from the opening of the new expanded locks of the Panama Canal in June 2016, the fleet of giants surged by 29% y-o-y in TEU terms, Clarkson Research informs.The 15,000+ TEU mega boxship fleet has expanded rapidly in recent years and at the beginning of May it stood at 76 ships of 1.4 million TEU.Deployed solely on the Asia-Europe route, and representing 36% of capacity on the route at the start of May, up from 27% a year earlier, growth in the 15,000+ TEU fleet has caused cascading of smaller, but still relatively large, containerships off this trade.The rising proportion of 8-12,000 TEU vessel capacity deployed on the Transpacific is owed in part to the displacement of these units from the Far East-Europe route and new deployment opportunities on Asia-US East Coast routes via the new expanded locks at the Panama Canal.In May 2017, 8-12,000 TEU ships accounted for 54% of deployed capacity on the Transpacific trade, whereas the 3-8,000 TEU sector, including old Panamax ships, accounted for 32%. This compares to 52% and 40% respectively one year earlier.From around mid-2016, the cascade of larger units onto Transpacific routes has also been supported by firm trade growth.“The ongoing delivery of mega boxships, trade growth and infrastructure capability are all important drivers of deployment. These factors are shifting all the time, and to keep track of vessel sector trends market watchers must still keep a close eye on cascading,” Clarksons said.last_img read more

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The Mountain Between Us Starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba Fatal Vision

first_imgThe Mountain Between Us (Feature)The Mountain Between Us is based on a novel of the same name written by Charles Martin. The story follows 2 strangers, a man and woman, who decide to take a charter plane after their original flight is delayed due to bad weather. Things go from bad to worse after their charter plane crashes and leaves them stranded on a mountain. Although they survived the crash, the two are forced to work together in order to survive the wildness and temperatures well below freezing.Production kicked off at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on December 5th where, ironically, several flights were delayed due to winter weather conditions.The following day filming took place on a plane and in a hangar at Abbotsford International Airport. Unlike their first day, the weather was clear and beautiful with Mount Baker very prominent in the background. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Dunkins Halloween Costume Contest Offers A Chance To Win A Years Worth

first_img(NOTE: Wilmington has EIGHT Dunkin’ locations — 195 Main Street, 321 Main Street, 586 Main Street, 357 Middlesex Avenue, 66 Concord Street, 211 Lowell Street, 316 Lowell Street, and 206 Ballardvale Street.)CANTON, MA — As the brand that delivers delight each Halloween with special donuts and more, Dunkin’ has seen its own fans in turn celebrate the spirit of the season by sharing hundreds of homemade Halloween Dunkin-themed costumes to social media. Dunkin’ is joining the fun this year by rewarding its fans’ imagination and inspiration, launching a special costume contest for the chance to win some treats without having to ring a single doorbell. Beginning today, a Dunkin’ costume could equal free coffee and cash, as fans who post a photo of their Dunkin’-inspired Halloween costume on Instagram using the special hashtag #DunkinDressUpContest will have the chance to win a grand prize of $1,000 and a year’s worth of Dunkin’ coffee. Plus, one winner each week will receive $100 Dunkin’ gift cards to help them keep running on Dunkin’ long after the Halloween fun is over.Dunkin’s costume contest launches today, October 17, and continues through November 1. No purchase necessary; 18+ US only. For full rules and details please visit http://www.ddsweeps.com.Dunkin’ restaurants are already helping people across the country enjoy a few moments of Halloween joy any time of day with seasonal treats sure to bring a smile to kids of all ages. For a frightfully fun donut design, Dunkin’s Spider Donut is frosted with orange icing and topped with a glazed chocolate MUNCHKINS® donut hole treat decorated to look like a sweet-never-scary spider. Dunkin’ is also giving its classic donuts a Halloween look, with decorations including orange and purple icing drizzles and sprinkles.OREO cookies are dressing up as Dunkin’ for Halloween this year with the OREO Donut, filled with vanilla buttercreme and topped with chocolate icing, crumbled OREO cookie topping and an orange icing drizzle. For a sweet sip to lift spirits, OREO Hot Chocolate with the rich flavors of cookies and cream is available as part of Dunkin’s selection of hot winter beverages, which also includes Original Hot Chocolate and Dunkaccino.Guests can sink their fangs into the Spider Donut at participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide through Halloween. The OREO Donut and OREO Hot Chocolate are both available into November.To learn more about Dunkin’, visit http://www.DunkinDonuts.com or subscribe to the Dunkin’ blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog.About Dunkin’Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced regular/decaf/flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 12 years running. The company has more than 12,600 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit http://www.DunkinDonuts.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from Dunkin’.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedDunkin’s Pumpkin Menu To Arrive In Wilmington By August 21In “Business”Dunkin Donuts Introduces New Almond Joy Hot ChocolatesIn “Business”Dunkin’ Donuts Launches New Dunkin’ Go2s (New $2, $3 & $5 Value Menu )In “Business”last_img read more

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Spanish PM vows to restore legality in Catalonia

first_imgSpanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy vowed Friday to “restore legality” in Catalonia after the regional parliament declared independence, as Madrid was poised to take direct control of the wealthy region.”I ask all Spaniards to remain calm. The rule of law will restore legality in Catalonia,” he wrote in a Twitter message immediately after the Catalan assembly voted in favour of declaring independence from Spain.last_img

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Democracy net tax crisis get Hungarians to protest

first_imgIt was by far the largest protest since his center-right government took power in 2010 and pursued moves to redefine many walks of life, drawing accusations of creeping authoritarianism, although it was re-elected by a landslide this year. Orban’s government has imposed special taxes on the banking, retail, energy and telecommunications sectors to keep the budget deficit in check, jeopardizing profits in some parts of the economy and unnerving international investors. The internet data levy idea was first floated in the 2015 tax code submitted to the Central European country’s parliament last week, triggering objections from internet service providers and users who felt it was anti-democratic. The crowd, which was organized by a Facebook-based social network and appeared to draw mostly well-heeled professionals, marched through central Budapest demanding the repeal of the planned tax and the ouster of Orban. Many protesters held up makeshift signs that read ‘ERROR!’ and ‘How many times do you want to skin us?’ Zsolt Varady, an internet entrepreneur and founder of a now-defunct Hungarian social network iwiw.hu, told the crowd that the tax threatened to undermine internet freedoms. ‘Between 2006 and 2006 iwiw motivated many people to get an internet subscription,’ Varady said. ‘People were willing to pay for the service because they knew, saw and felt that their lives were becoming better… The internet tax threatens the further growth of the Internet as well as freedom of information.’ Tax reduced after first protest. The government had planned to tax internet data transfers at a rate of 150 forints per gigabyte. After analysts calculated this would total more than the sector’s annual revenue and an initial protest drew thousands on Sunday, Fidesz submitted a bill that capped the tax at 700 forints per month for individuals and 5,000 forints for companies. That did not placate Tuesday’s protesters. ‘I am a student, my parents are not well off, neither am I, so I work hard,’ said Ildiko Pirk, a 22-year-old studying nursing. ‘I doubt the internet companies won’t build this tax into their prices. And I have a computer, a smartphone, as does my mother and my four siblings… That adds up.’ She said the internet was vital for her to get the books she needs for her studies but also to read unbiased news that is not under the control of Hungary’s ruling political elite. She and other protesters said the government’s other moves also bothered them, such as a perceived mismanagement of the economy and a recent dispute with the United States over alleged corruption of Hungarian public officials. The Orban government denied any anti-democratic agenda, saying it aimed only to get all economic sectors to share the tax burden and was tapping into a trend of telecommunications shifting away from already-taxed telephony and text messages.last_img read more

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People who care for others may live longer

first_imgOlder people who help and support others may live longer than those who do not, a new study has claimed.Researchers, including those from Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Germany, conducted survival analyses of over 500 people aged between 70 and 103 years, drawing on data collected between 1990 and 2009.The researchers compared grandparents who provided occasional childcare with those who did not, as well as with older adults who did not have children or grandchildren but who provided care for others in their social network. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe results of their analyses show that this kind of care-giving can have a positive effect on the mortality of the carers.Half of the grandparents who took care of their grandchildren were still alive about ten years after the first interview in 1990.The same applied to participants who did not have grandchildren, but who supported their children – for example, by helping with housework. In contrast, about half of those who did not help others died within five years. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe researchers were also able to show that this positive effect of care-giving on mortality was not limited to help and care-giving within the family. The data analysis showed that childless older adults who provided others with emotional support, for example, also benefited.Half of these helpers lived for another seven years, whereas non-helpers on average lived for only another four years. “But helping should not be misunderstood as a panacea for a longer life,” said Ralph Hertwig from Max Planck Institute for Human Development.“A moderate level of care-giving involvement does seem to have positive effects on health. But previous studies have shown that more intense involvement causes stress, which has negative effects on physical and mental health,” said Hertwig.As it is not customary for grandparents in Germany and Switzerland to take custodial care of their grandchildren, primary and custodial caregivers were not included in the analyses. Researchers think that prosocial behaviour was originally rooted in the family.“It seems plausible that the development of parent’s and grandparent’s prosocial behaviour toward their kin left its imprint on the human body in terms of a neural and hormonal system that subsequently laid the foundation for the evolution of cooperation and altruistic behaviour towards non-kin,” said Sonja Hilbrand from the University of Basel in Switzerland.The study was published in the journal Evolution and Human Behaviour.last_img read more

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