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Where is army colonel who was arrested after filming a public execution?

first_img As doubt persists on North Korea’s “zero” coronavirus cases, RSF urges for transparency News Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world Help by sharing this information RSF_en November 18, 2019 Find out more to go further Receive email alerts July 6, 2020 Find out more North KoreaAsia – Pacific April 1, 2020 Find out morecenter_img Follow the news on North Korea News News North KoreaAsia – Pacific Campaigns December 18, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Where is army colonel who was arrested after filming a public execution? Organisation “Without independent journalism, this would be the news” – RSF’s new ad Reporters Without Borders calls on the North Korean authorities to release information about the fate of Col. Kim Sung Chul, an army officer who has been held since October 2006, when he was identified as the person who clandestinely filmed the video of a public execution that was shown on Japan’s Asahi TV.”We urge the government to provide information about Col. Kim’s current situation, as all he did was film a public event,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We fear that he is still being held in a concentration camp for political prisoners in conditions that are probably very harsh.”North Korean State Security officials arrested Kim and put him in a concentration camp in October 2006, after taking six months to identify him as the person who had clandestinely filmed a public execution and then sent the video abroad. It was only in April 2007 that his arrest was confirmed.A North Korean TV journalist, Song Keum Chul, has meanwhile been apparently held in a camp since 1996 for questioning the official party version of certain historic events.Human rights organisations estimate that at least 200,000 people are held in North Korea’s concentration and reeducation camps.last_img read more

Turning Procurement Data into Dollars with Procurement Analytics | Request a Free Pilot to…

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 28, 2021– Quantzig, one of the world’s leading analytics solutions provider, announced the addition of new procurement analytics services to its advanced supply chain analytics portfolio. Quantzig’s procurement analytics capabilities cover various aspects of the supply chain, including- pricing, working capital optimization, compliance analysis, and supplier performance assessment. The main challenge for enterprises today is having access to procurement data but not being able to infuse insights into their procurement strategies. Quantzig’s procurement analytics solutions aim to address this need by helping businesses act on insights. Contact an analytics expert for more information. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210128005041/en/ Today’s competitive environment necessitates businesses of all sizes to act on data-driven insights to make crucial business decisions. Analytics has proven to help businesses in this regard by offering decision-makers, managers, and C-suite executives access to these insights, thereby saving time, reducing costs, optimizing process life cycles, and increasing productivity. Given the benefits of embedding analytics into business processes, the need for procurement analytics initially evolved from the desire to get a consolidated view on procurement spend. Today procurement analytics encompasses a vast portfolio of specialized analytics solutions, data dashboards, and data visualization and reporting solutions. Businesses can utilize procurement analytics to analyze, predict, and improve procurement and supply chain performance. Learn more about the role and business benefits of procurement analytics from our experts. How Can Quantzig’s Procurement Analytics Solutions Help You? While most procurement organizations have a common goal of creating a single source of truth through enhanced data visibility, they face unique challenges in achieving their goals. Traditionally, procurement analytics solutions focused on analyzing procurement spend and supplier performance, but today the focus is shifting towards automated and prescriptive decision making with a strong focus on innovation and technology implementation. Evidently, this shift is accelerated by the growing needs of procurement organizations facing digital transformations. Quantzig, through its unique offerings and customizable procurement analytics solutions, offers businesses relevant, timely insights that improve supply chain performance and productivity. Drawing on our expertise in the field of procurement, we focus on integrating the best practices to drive continuous process improvements in procurement. Request a FREE pilot to get started. Quantzig’s advanced procurement analytics capabilities empower businesses to perform sophisticated quantitative operations and draw actionable insights from data. A unique mix of domain expertise and industry knowledge sets us apart, making us the most preferred analytics service provider globally. 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Request a FREE proposal to gain detailed insights into our engagement policies. About Quantzig Quantzig is the world’s foremost full-service advanced analytics and business intelligence solution provider, turning clients’ complex, unstructured data into intelligent, actionable insights that enable them to solve complex business problems and inspire innovation, change, and growth. Over the past 16 years, our insights have helped over 120 clients spanning across industries and sectors like Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences, Retail and CPG, Food and Beverage, and more. We have successfully delivered 1500 in-depth solutions in areas like Marketing Analytics, Customer Analytics, Supply Chain Analytics, and more. For more information on our engagement policies and pricing plans, visit: https://www.quantzig.com/request-for-proposal View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210128005041/en/ CONTACT: Quantzig Eva Sharma Marketing Manager US: +1 630 538 7144 UK: +44 208 629 1455 https://www.quantzig.com/contact-us KEYWORD: INDUSTRY KEYWORD: MARKETING CONSULTING COMMUNICATIONS PROFESSIONAL SERVICES SOURCE: Quantzig Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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‘Petrichor’ Just Became One Of Hundreds Of New Words Added To Dictionary.com

first_imgDictionary.com announced that it added over three-hundred new words to its dictionary a few days ago, with the terms ranging in meaning from stochastic terrorism to 420. Alongside new words such as bitchface, sext, cat café, and man bun is the word petrichor, a delightful term for Phish fans as well as the general public, particularly those who have been antsy trying to figure out what to call the smell of rain.Dictionary.com defines petrichor as “a distinctive scent, usually described as earthy, pleasant, or sweet, produced by rainfall on very dry ground.” It’s is a relatively new word, created in the 1960’s by Australian scientists who developed it to describe the scent of rain in the air, which we now know is caused by “an oil that’s released from the earth into the air before rain begins to fall.”  Dictionary.com does not take the job of adding new words to their dictionary lightly; rather, the online dictionary employs various methods of research to ensure each word they add is worthy of the honor. One way is to look at new words that are used regularly over a number of different text sources, which is how Black Lives Matters made the list. The dictionary also uses users search data to identify words that are frequently looked up but that do not lead to a dictionary entry. In the case of petrichor, the lexicographers at dictionary.com added the word because many people wrote in requesting its definition be added.So while Dictionary.com cites that petrichor was added to its dictionary primarily because of written requests by users, we like to believe that Phish’s “Petrichor” off Big Boat might have had something to do with it. The song opens with the lyrics, And the rain came down and washed it all away, so clearly Phish was in on the word’s definition before Dictionary.com was. Following this past year’s New Year’s gag, an extravagant rain-themed choreographed Broadway dance to “Petrichor” with simulated rain eventually turning to “raining cats and dogs,” we have an inkling suspicion that us phans helped petrichor earn its dictionary spot, either by looking it up or from it being mentioned frequently following New Year’s across the web.For those who need a refresher, you can check out pro-shot footage of Phish’s 2016 New Year’s Eve gag below, courtesy of the band.[Cover photo: Jeremy Scott]last_img read more

Russia builds inside-out arena for World Cup

first_imgThe unassuming industrial home to almost 1.5 million people has a team that played middling football in the Soviet era and most recently won promotion to the Russian Premier League in 2013.It is safe to say that its 27,000-seat stadium suited the needs of a club that has gone through many incarnations and is currently called simply Ural.Yet its size fell just short of FIFA’s carefully spelled out “minimum capacities of 30,000” requirement for stadiums hosting group stage World Cup matches.Four were scheduled for Yekaterinburg and Russia had a problem.Sinara-Development said it also could not simply rebuild the entire arena because it was listed as a cultural heritage site that needed to be preserved in its original form.Football’s world governing body not only agreed but applauded the unique way Yekaterinburg worked its way out of a potential mess.“Temporary seats are being installed in order to ensure that the renovation work would conserve the historical facade of the stadium and that maintenance costs are reduced after the World Cup,” a FIFA spokesman told AFP.The old stadium’s entrance featured six columns topped by sculptures of communist factory workers and athletes.These will stay in place for posterity’s sake.The FIFA spokesman also brushed aside any safety concerns.“Inspection visits and detailed reports have shown that the temporary seats in the Yekaterinburg Arena fully comply with all safety and security requirements,” he said.Ufimtsev said the stadium was “90 percent ready” and would be completed by the end of the year.Share on: WhatsApp Luzhniki stadium, one of the venues of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in RussiaHow does it feel to be on the outside looking in?Moscow, Russia | AFP | Football fans visiting Yekaterinburg in the Russian Urals for the 2018 World Cup will find out when they get seated in one of two temporary stands that fill empty plots of land next to the arena — originally too small to fit FIFA rules.Openings at each goal end of the stadium’s facade offer a remote view of the pitch but no protection from the sun or rain.And those unlucky enough to only get tickets for the extensions’ upper-most rows will stare out directly at the outer edge of the refurbished Yekaterinburg Arena’s circular roof.The UK’s perplexed Guardian newspaper suggested the entire ensemble might have come from “outer space” while USA Today screamed that it “couldn’t look any scarier”.All of which has left the construction company behind the 42-metre-tall (138-foot-tall) extensions sounding somewhat bemused.“This is a typical solution for sport facilities built for major international competitions,” Sinara-Development Director General Timur Ufimtsev told AFP.“In addition, you can see a beautiful panoramic view of Yekaterinburg itself since the stadium is in a central part of the city.”He added that the whole seating section is protected by “tall railings” to make sure no one falls off.The additions will make Yekaterinburg Arena into a 35,000-seater that will shrink back down in size to 23,000 once the stands are dismantled when all the tourists go home.– Cultural heritage site –The world media’s sceptical gaze fell on the 60-year-old stadium once it was selected as the eastern-most venue of the 12 hosting the marquee June 14-July 15 event.The Kremlin wanted to show off Russia’s cultural diversity and settled on Yekaterinburg — the mining capital of the tsars in which the late president Boris Yeltsin built his career.last_img read more

Is Serena Williams the greatest female athlete of all time?

first_imgby Kenneth MillerThe forever evolving rags to riches journey of the world’s No. 1 women’s tennis player Serena Williams is beginning to catapult into a sports stratosphere where only the elite athletes of all-time hang out.After winning her 9th singles championship in 2013, the younger sister of Venus Williams is not just relishing in the soils of her impressive U.S. Open championship, but also bidding to become the greatest female athlete in history.Don’t trip over your tennis racquets just yet, but after Grand Slam title number 17 to move to within 7 of all-time Margaret Court’s 24, the 31-year old who learned the game on the uneven asphalt courts of Compton is smoothly gliding into rare territory.From the time she was the No. 1 ranked on the junior United States Tennis Association tour at 10-years old when she blistered competition in rolling to a 46-3 record, Serena Williams loved the taste of winning.Daddy Richard rolled out the older Venus first, breaking age barriers at 14 on October 31, 1994, but while incubating the gem that was to follow at the same age in 1995.Now, all grown up and having surpassed Venus in the sibling rivalry and striking the fear of God into ever opponent she faces on any surface, grass, hard-court or clay, it’s time to examine her alongside the greatest female athletes ever.Keep in mind that Serena is far from being done as a professional tennis player and in addition to enduring a recent life health scare has also had to carry the weight of the murder of her sister Yetunde Price and the divorce of her parents Richard and Oracene.She has a combined 31 career major championships including doubles competition with sister Venus and four Olympic gold medals, including two singles.Her lofty credentials include winning 80 percent of her career tournaments, 79 of 99 and on every surface; 34 on hard court; 10 on clay; 6 on grass and 5 on carpet.Moreover, she has captured the most prestigious Wimbledon and U.S. Open championships five times each.Oh, by the way she owns a career .500 record against arguably the greatest women’s player of all time Steffi Graf.She has earned close to $60 million in prize money plus another $30 million endorsements for a cool $90 million.The only argument that anyone can have against Serena as the best female athlete of all time, is that she’s feisty, confident, soulful and sexy –all the more reason for me to love her.Many would consider the best female athlete to be Jackie Joyner-Kersee who was the first American to win gold for the long jump and the first woman to earn more than 7,000 points in the seven-event heptathlon. She’s ultimately won three golds, a silver and two bronze, making her the most decorated female athlete in Olympic track and field history.Following Joyner-Kersee would have to be the late Florence Griffith-Joyner, also known as “Flo Jo,” who starred at the 1984 Summer Olympics winning a silver medal in the 200-meter run. During the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, Griffith-Joyner took home three gold medals and a silver. She still holds world records in the 100 and 200 meters.Althea Gibson opened the doors for Serena and Venus. Her great talent was in tennis, but in the 1950s, most tournaments were closed to African-Americans. Gibson kept playing until her skills could no longer be denied, and became the first African American to play at Wimbledon.“I have never regarded myself as a crusader. I don’t consciously beat the drums for any cause, not even the negro in the United States,” Gibson said of her pioneering efforts.Wilma Rudolph would certainly have to be in the conversation. Born a sickly child who had to wear a brace on her left leg, Rudolph She overcame her disabilities through physical therapy and hard work, and went on to Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals at a single Olympics in 1960, at the Summer Games in Rome.Another track and field sensation Allyson Felix earned back-to-back Olympic silver medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. She earned her first gold that year, with the women’s 4-by-400-meter relay team. Felix became a three-time Olympic gold medalist in 2012; at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, she won two gold medals, in the women’s 200 and the 4-by-100-meter relay.Alice Coachman made history at the 1948 Olympics in London when leapt to a record-breaking height of 5 feet, 6 and 1/8 inches in the high jump finals to become the first Black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, but that alone would not even qualify her as best.Basketball icon Sheryl Swoopes would have to be in the mix. Swoopes was the first professional basketball player signed by the WNBA and was often referred to as the female Michael Jordan.Swoopes won three Olympic gold medals and is a multiple WNBA MVP. She is also the first woman to have a Nike shoe named after her.Another hoop star Teresa Edwards won four Olympic gold medals (1984, 1988, 1996, 2000) – an Olympic record — and a bronze medal (1992). Edwards also won the USA Basketball Player of the Year in 1987 and 1991.WNBA professional basketball player, Lisa Leslie-LockwoodCheryl Miller’s achievements on the basketball court are undeniable. She was a four-time All-American, and she also won three Naismith Player of the Year trophies while at USC.However, Lisa Leslie-Lockwood is probably considered the best basketball player ever.Leslie-Lockwood was a three-time WNBA MVP and a four-time Olympic gold medal winner. She was considered a pioneer and cornerstone of the league during her WNBA career. In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history.Billy Jean King won a wealth of Grand Slam titles in singles tournaments, doubles tournaments, and even occasionally in tournaments that she didn’t even attend, but it doubtful she could beat Serena.Let the debating begin, but in the meantime I consider it Serena-Love!Special to the NNPA from the Los Angeles Sentine– See more at: http://www.blackpressusa.com/serenas-world-is-tennis-diva-serena-williams-greatest-female-athlete/#sthash.vCqSt3yc.dpuflast_img read more

WITH TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION AMERICAN PHAROAH LEADING THE WAY, SANTA ANITA-BASED CONNECTIONS GARNER NINE ECLIPSE AWARD TROPHIES

first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2016)–With Zayat Stables’ Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah a unanimous selection as Horse of the Year and top 3-year-old male, Santa Anita-based connections fairly dominated last night’s Eclipse Awards ceremonies at Gulfstream Park as no less than nine Eclipse Award trophies went to people and horses who were headquartered at The Great Race Place. Trained by Bob Baffert, Santa Anita-based American Pharoah became the nation’s first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.The following are those locally based horses and individuals that were recognized as the Thoroughbred industry’s finest:–HORSE OF THE YEAR, American Pharoah–THREE YEAR OLD MALE, American Pharoah                –OWNER, Zayat Stables                 –BREEDER, Zayat Stables                –TRAINER, Bob Baffert                –OLDER DIRT FEMALE, Beholder, who despite missing a much anticipated showdown with American Pharoah in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, breezed to her third lifetime Eclipse Award as she was undefeated in five starts last year. Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm and trained by Richard Mandella, Beholder is being pointed to the Grade I Vanity Stakes here on June 4.                –THREE YEAR OLD FILLY, Stellar Wind, who is owned by Hronis Racing and trained by John Sadler. A winner of last year’s Grade I Santa Anita Oaks, Stellar Wind is due to resume training at Santa Anita in March.                 –TWO YEAR OLD FILLY, Songbird. Undefeated in four starts for Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Songbird was a near unanimous selection. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, she is being pointed to Santa Anita’s Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes on Feb. 6.                –TWO YEAR OLD MALE, Nyquist. Owned by Paul Reddam and trained by Doug O’Neill, Nyquist was perfect in five starts, culminating with an authoritative half length win in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. The bay colt by Uncle Mo is scheduled to make his 3-year-old debut in the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 15.                The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be run at Santa Anita on Nov. 4 and 5.last_img read more

Trying to Stay Competitive

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest BROOTEN, Minn. (DTN) — As Jerry Jennissen stood before a group of guests eating a light salad, he explained the history of his central Minnesota dairy farm from the Homestead Act up to when he and his wife bought the place in the early 1980s.Jennissen described how Jer-Lindy Farms grew into Redhead Creamery, named for the Jennissen’s four redheaded daughters. The family farm has embraced agritourism and direct marketing over the past five years, looking for another revenue stream for a smaller farmer to compete in the dairy business.“Farming is really weather-dependent. Ag tourism is even more so,” Jennissen said, adding he’s learned the importance of educating visitors about the farm. People often have misconceptions about issues such as antibiotics and animal husbandry, he said. “Their perceptions are huge, but it is really easy to change those perceptions when they’re here and they can see it and hear you talking about it,” he said. “Of course they wouldn’t come here if they weren’t already friendly.”Redhead Creamery has been doing tours for about five years now, and Jennissen estimated the farm has had about 50,000 visitors since then.Last week, Jennissen showed around about 35 agricultural journalists who were in Minnesota as part of a joint gathering of members of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists and U.S.-based agricultural journalists and marketing professionals who took part in the Ag Media Summit.Jer-Lindy has just over 200 Holstein cows, of which about 180 are milk-producing cows. The Jennissens began farming with 32 Holsteins from a $92,000 USDA loan in July 1979. Given the past five years of dairy prices, Jennissen told reporters it’s been difficult to stay in business. Stearns County, where the farm is located, is the top dairy county in the state, by far. In 1979, the county had 1,600 farms. This year, the county will drop to under 400 dairies.“In a tough environment, you try to cut your costs. You don’t spend much. We have a long list of things we would like to replace,” Jennissen said.LONG-AWAITED DMC CHECKS ARRIVINGJennissen said he has mixed feelings about the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program at USDA. He joked, “I hope the payments are coming, because I’ve already written the checks on it.”The DMC program is more generous than what dairy farmers had under the Margin Protection Program (MPP) in the past farm bill. When asked if he signed up for the maximum coverage for dairy farmers producing 5 million pounds or less, Jennissen said, “The math was clear.” But he added a little caution about what the DMC might mean over the next five years as well.“There has to be a balancing act of how much the government will support you and how much it will drive increased milk production. If the government support is above your cost of production, and I fear that it might be now, I fear at the end of this farm bill, we will have a lot of milk production and then the next farm bill won’t be as friendly.”Enrollment for DMC began June 17 and the first payments started going out July 11. Already, the program has paid out more than $158 million, based on weekly USDA reports.Through July 29, Minnesota dairy farmers had collected just under $15 million in estimated DMC payments for disbursement, according to USDA. That put Minnesota third in payments behind Wisconsin at $43.7 million and New York at $15.1 million. USDA reports show Wisconsin dairy farmers received $29.5 million in DMC payments just in a single week from July 22-29.Coming in behind Wisconsin, New York and Minnesota, Pennsylvania dairy farmers have received $12.2 million from DMC. California farmers received $8.9 million, and Michigan dairy farmers received just under $8 million. (https://www.fsa.usda.gov/…)DAUGHTER EMBRACES DAIRY, ESPECIALLY CHEESEAs the larger farms keep getting bigger, smaller dairies look for different ways to compete and keep the next generation on the farm. For the Jennissens, that has led to the artisanal cheese business.One of the Jennissen’s daughters, Alise, came home from a 4-H trip to Wisconsin when she was 16 and told her parents she wanted to run the dairy one day, but not milk cows. Instead, she wanted to make cheese.At the University of Minnesota, Alise took a curriculum built around making cheese while adding some business and marketing classes. With her husband, Lucas Sjostrom, also working in the dairy industry, Alise took marketing jobs at dairy processors in Vermont and Wisconsin and continued working on making cheese. In 2012, she approached her parents about plans to add a cheese operation to the family dairy. They raised seed money and produced their first batch of cheddar cheese in 2013. They began marketing their product in fall 2014.“She has been making cheese full time since 2014,” Jennissen said.Alise Sjostrom’s cheeses have been recognized in both national and international competitions, and Redhead Creamery also opened a gift shop as the farm expanded into agritourism. Most of the creamery’s sales are in the Twin Cities, but it also has a distributor in Chicago.The creamery started a small celebration called “Curd Fest” in 2018 to celebrate National Dairy Month in June that was marketed only on Facebook. The event drew about 700 people, so the creamery expanded a little bit and 1,200 people showed up. Jennissen hopes to expand the event next year as well.Still, despite the creamery’s growing business and recognition, Jennissen said it’s also basically been a break-even operation. In the last five years, the creamery has made its payments, but has not produced any extra income at this point.“That seems to be changing, looks like it is changing,” Jennissen said. He later added thoughts from him and his wife. “Linda and I are thinking our investment just might pay off and she (Alise) will make big bucks and buy the farm, but not milk the cows.”The low-price environment also has meant that succession planning has been on hold for a while. “Over the last five years, succession has not moved because there was no future,” he said.AT LAST, HIGHER MILK PRICESAt $17.55 per hundredweight (cwt), the Class III milk price in July was higher than it has been since November 2014. The price has inched upward all year and is $3.45 higher than a year ago.Gary Wertish, president of the Minnesota Farmers Union, said in a separate interview that at least one dairy farmer told him last week that prices had finally returned to a break-even point.“That’s good, but it doesn’t make up for the back losses,” Wertish said. “There’s still a lot of concern out there because the hole that they dug and how much equity the farmer has. We’re still hearing reports of people just giving up, too, and don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel.”Minnesota has just over half the number of dairies it had 12 years ago, though the number of milking cows has remained relatively constant. USDA’s data shows Minnesota has 2,980 licensed dairies, which is 664 fewer than USDA cited in the 2017 Ag Census data released earlier this year. Those figures compare with 5,128 dairies listed in the state under the 2007 Ag Census. Despite 2,000 fewer dairy operations, the number of milking cows listed in the 2017 Ag Census for Minnesota remained steady 457,800, down from 459,000 milking cows a decade earlier.Besides Jer-Lindy, journalists last week also toured 2-year-old, state-of-the-art, 9,500-head Riverview Dairy just west of Willmar, Minnesota. The biggest dairy producer in the state, Riverview has 10 locations across Minnesota and collectively milks about 82,000 cows. The company has about 300 investors, including employees. The operation, with a 106-head milking parlor, is a well-run operation, filling up nine trucks a day of milk to process into cheese.“That model is driving the cost of production down,” Jennissen said. “That’s capitalism. So capitalism has always been what our country believes in. We have to feel like ‘congratulations,’ and I have got to keep up. Somehow, I have got to keep up.”FARM-BILL-PROOFING THE DAIRYIn neighboring Wisconsin, leaders with the Wisconsin Farmers Union have pushed the conversation on supply management. The group led “Dairy Together” this spring with seven events around the country focusing on various supply management options.Wertish said his membership is not completely sold on the idea, but is willing to listen.“There are a lot of them who support it, but a number of members are not quite sure,” Wertish said. “A lot of them say what we are doing now isn’t quite working too. I’ve heard both sides, but they all agree what we are doing now is not working.”Wertish said he is concerned the new model of production will be like Riverview, and the number of dairy farmers in the state will keep declining.“They are in a completely different playing field than the family farmer, and it’s frustrating because we are losing family farmers across the nation,” Wertish said. “So we have farmers getting out because they can’t cash flow, and that structure keeps growing and putting more milk on the market and makes it harder for the smaller farmer to compete.”Artisan cheese and agritourism are part of that competition, but as Jennissen pointed out, the main driver of his operation is still daily production from his cows. Jennissen sees the potential to become more efficient producing pounds of milk.“My goal is to try to get more milk out of my cows than a dairy like Riverview is getting,” he said. “They have a low-input system. My personal view is I can beat them at that, and I have got to lower my debt all of the time.”With a continued push by his family to build the cheese business, Jennissen said he would like to see the farm eventually be not so reliant on federal support.“I would like to get our business to a point where it is farm-bill proof, and that’s the goal,” he said.For more on Redhead Creamery, see https://www.redheadcreamery.com/…Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(ES/AG/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Choosing Rigid Foam

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img UPDATED on January 25, 2018 with information on phenolic foam.Maybe you’ve decided that your floor, wall, or roof assembly needs one or more layers of rigid foam. Which type of foam should you choose: polyisocyanurate, expanded polystyrene (EPS), or extruded polystyrene (XPS)?The answer depends on several factors, including your R-value target, your local climate, whether the insulation will be in contact with soil, and your level of environmental concern. R-value per inch Manufacturers of insulation products are required to provide consumers with R-value information. If you’ve purchased rigid foam insulation that isn’t clearly labeled, contact the manufacturer to learn the product’s R-value.Over a period of decades, the R-value of polyisocyanurate and XPS gradually declines. For more information on this phenomenon, called “thermal drift,” see Thermal Drift of Polyiso and XPS. Cold weather performance of polyiso Rigid foam manufacturers are required to perform R-value tests using an ASTM method specifying that the test be performed at a mean temperature of 75°F. At lower mean temperatures, EPS and XPS perform better than their R-value label indicates. In other words, as the temperature drops, the ability of EPS and XPS to resist heat flow improves.Polyiso behaves differently: as the mean temperature drops, it does a worse job of resisting heat flow. For that reason, some cold-climate builders assign a lower R-value for polyiso — perhaps R-4.5 or R-5 per inch — than the R-value on the product label.For more information on this issue, see Cold-Weather Performance of Polyisocyanurate. Soil contact limitations XPS and most types of EPS are rated for ground contact. These products can be buried without worrying that the materials will lose their insulating value or absorb significant quantities of moisture. If you are in doubt about the suitability… last_img read more

My improved fitness helped me win titles, says B Sai Praneeth

first_imgIndian shuttler B Sai Praneeth, who recently lifted back-to-back titles – Singapore Open and Thailand Grand Prix gold – feels key to his success lies in his improved fitness.”Winning titles is always great and very important. After Singapore Super Series, I immediately won my next (Thailand Open) tournament and I am very happy about it,” Praneeth told reporters at the Gopichand Badminton Academy today.”I have become more fitter. I have trained for long time.Before Singapore I trained for six weeks and after that I have trained for a month, and I think that is where my fitness level has increased. My fitness has improved and I am playing better,” he added.Asked if he felt any improvement in his game from last year, Praneeth said, “Only the fitness level. I need only fitness to win titles. Overall I have my game, I have good strokes, but without fitness those do not work. So if I am fit enough I think I can win many more titles. So fitness is the key for my game.”All coaches and everyone know that the only key for my game is fitness. So, I just need to maintain and improve it so that I can play well.”Praneeth admitted that he was going through one of best phases of his career at the moment.”Winning back to back titles…this is best phase till now. After playing India, Malaysia and Singapore (tournaments) and winning Singapore and Thailand tournaments, obviously now I am more confident,” he said.advertisementPraneeth said he was looking forward to the upcoming Indonesian Open and Australian Open before his maiden World Championship appearance in August.”I am prepared well. Now I have just four days left (for Indonesian Open). I am playing good and I am fit enough. I will continue my training and get ready for the upcoming tournaments.”World Championship is a very big event and I am really looking forward to it. For World Championship, I have six weeks time (after the Indonesian and Australian Open). That is good enough to prepare for the World Championship. If I train for five to six weeks continuously I think it’s good enough for me,” Praneeth said.Meanwhile, India national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand expressed his happiness on Praneeth’s performance, saying: “I am very happy that Praneeth has won his second tournament this year. He has performed so well and I hope this serves as a motivation for the future as well and we will continue to have more results from him in the next few months and years.”In fact in the last few days we had some great successes. At the Sudirman Cup championship also, our team had a very good outing. Very happy that we were able to beat Indonesia 4-1. All the players whether in singles or doubles have performed exceptionally well in the event. Very happy about the overall performance,” he added.last_img read more