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December 18, 2020

Tallahassee Bar honors Tom Ervin

first_img February 15, 2010 Regular News THE TALLAHASSEE BAR ASSOCIATION recently established the Thomas M. Ervin, Jr., Distinguished Young Lawyer Award in honor of the late Tom Ervin, who passed away in January. Throughout his career, Ervin was active in the TBA — including serving as its president in 1974-75 — and was a former member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors, The Florida Bar Foundation board, and The Florida Bar Center Commission. The award bearing his name will recognize a young TBA member who works to encourage camaraderie between lawyers and bar service. Pictured from the left are TBA President Kelly O’Keefe, Ervin’s wife, Helen, and former TBA and Florida Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson. “To know Tom was to love Tom,” Johnson said. acclamation, the Tallahassee Bar admitted Helen Ervin as an honorary member. Tallahassee Bar honors Tom Ervinlast_img read more

October 7, 2020

$71m hydrogen centre for Chongqing

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September 25, 2020

Weaker milk per cow tempered growth in May

first_imgUSDA: May recapReviewing numbers for May 2017 compared to May 2016:advertisementadvertisement• U.S. milk production: 18.94 billion pounds, up 1.8 percent• U.S. cow numbers: 9.393 million, up 71,000 head• U.S. average milk per cow per month: 2,016 pounds, up 19 pounds• 23-state milk production: 17.75 billion pounds, up 1.8 percent• 23-state cow numbers: 8.722 million, up 81,000 headadvertisement• 23-state average milk per cow per month: 2,035 pounds, up 16 poundsDespite a U.S. cow herd with 71,000 more cows than a year ago, production growth has been tempered by less milk output per cow, according to Bob Cropp, dairy economics professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Eight of the top 23 states saw May milk output per cow slip below year-ago levels. Milk production was down 1.1 percent in California, 0.7 percent in Wisconsin and 0.2 percent in Idaho. California’s decline was due to both fewer cows and less milk per cow, and Idaho’s declines were due to less milk per cow. Some of Wisconsin’s decline in milk per cow can be attributed to a continued phaseout in the use of recombinant bovine somatotropin (rbST), which is being banned by a majority of dairy processors.May milk production growth even slowed somewhat in the Northeast and Midwest, where wet weather may be impacting forage quality as well as negatively affecting increases in milk per cow, Cropp noted.IIn contrast, states in the West and Southwest experienced increases: Production was up 4.8 percent in Arizona, 6.9 percent in New Mexico and 14.7 percent in Texas.Cow numbers increaseNationally, cow numbers continue to rise. Based on preliminary May 2017 USDA estimates, U.S. dairy cow numbers were up 2,000 head since April and up 71,000 head since May 2016.Once again, largest growth was in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas and Michigan, up 87,000 head from a year earlier. California cow numbers were down 11,000 head.advertisementPrice outlookMay and June milk prices should reflect improvement, continuing to move higher into October and November, Cropp said in his monthly dairy outlook.If growth in milk production continues at 2 percent or less, the Class III price could be in the mid $16s per hundredweight (cwt) by July, peaking in October in the high $17s, Cropp forecast. The Class IV price could be in the $17s beginning in August and stay there into later in the year.Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Class III milk futures are currently less optimistic, not reaching $17 per cwt until August and remaining in the low $17s for the remainder of the year.USDA’s monthly Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook and World Ag Supply and Demand Estimates report made further cuts to 2017 and 2018 U.S. milk production forecasts, with a slowdown in the growth of milk per cow offsetting expected gains in cow numbers. With the lower milk production, USDA raised projected 2017-18 milk prices.Anticipated milk production in 2017 was cut by about 200 million pounds from last month’s forecast to 216.7 billion pounds. If realized, production would be up by about 2 percent from 2016’s total of 212.4 billion pounds. Cow numbers are expected to average 9.395 million head for the year, while milk per cow is forecast to average 23,065 pounds, up just 290 pounds from 2016.Projected 2017 Class III prices were raised to a range of $16.35-$16.75 per cwt; Class IV prices were forecast in a range of $15.25-$15.75 per cwt. The all milk price is forecast at $17.80 to $18.20 per cwt for 2017.The milk production forecast for 2018 was reduced 300 million pounds from last month to 221.7 billion pounds. If realized, 2018 production would be up by about 2.3 percent from 2017’s estimate.Projected 2018 Class III prices were raised to a range of $16.75-$17.75 per cwt; Class IV prices were forecast in a range of $15.25-$16.35 per cwt. The all milk price is forecast at $18.10 to $19.10 per cwt for 2018.Cow numbers are expected to continue to climb, averaging 9.435 million head for the year.June margins mixedDairy farmer margins were mixed over the first half of June, deteriorating in the third quarter of 2017 while holding steady in deferred periods, according to Commodity & Ingredient Hedging LLC.Milk prices continue drawing support from strength in dairy product values, particularly cheese and butter. Meanwhile, feed prices have been creeping higher due to weather concerns in the Corn Belt. Recent hot weather has reduced topsoil moisture, particularly in the western Midwest, and rainfall has been below normal. Although it’s still early, concerns will grow if hot weather and below-normal rainfall continues into July during pollination.Global Dairy Trade index dipsLed by a weaker-than-expected whole milk powder price, Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction prices declined 0.8 percent on June 20, ending a six-session rise. The price for cheddar cheese was also down, offsetting increases for butter, skim milk powder and others. The next GDT auction is July 4.Webinars plannedPublicly available webinars providing insights on potential directions of dairy and feed markets are scheduled next week. Alan Zepp, risk management program manager at Pennsylvania’s Center for Dairy Excellence (CDE), will review dairy markets during the his monthly “Protecting Your Profits” call, June 28 beginning at noon (Eastern).The calls review current market conditions and use of the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy), the Livestock Gross Margin-Dairy (LGM-Dairy) program and puts and options on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) futures market to manage risk. Calls are recorded and posted on the CDE website under the “Dairy Information” tab for those who are unable to join the live session. To register and obtain the conference line information, please call 717-346-0849, or email Melissa [email protected] USDA releasing Acreage and Grain Stocks reports on June 30, University of Illinois marketing specialists Todd Hubbs, Scott Irwin and Darrel Good will update supply, demand and price prospects for corn and soybeans. The webinar will be held June 30, 1-2 p.m. (Central). Click here for registration information.   Three of the five largest dairy states saw May 2017 milk production decline from May 2016, but overall U.S. production was up 1.8 percent, according to the USDA’s monthly Milk Production report. Output was down in California, Idaho and Wisconsin, mostly attributed to less milk per cow. Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave [email protected]last_img read more

September 20, 2020

The third Test will be a final – Estwick

first_imgWest Indies’ assistant coach Roddy Estwick could not put the scenario of the third and final Test between the West Indies and hosts England any simpler.“It will be a final,” Estwick told reporters during the virtual press conference yesterday, as both teams go into tomorrow’s encounter eager for victory, with the three-match series locked at one apiece.Following their four-wicket win in the first Test in Southampton, the West Indies were outplayed by England in the second Test at Old Trafford, which intensifies the significance of the final match, with the visitors looking to claim a rare series win in England for over 30-odd years. IMPROVE FORM For this to happen, Estwick says the team will have to improve their form going into the decider, and hopefully, the regional side can outplay their opponents over the five days to come out on top and retain the Wisden trophy.“We constantly remind them that we have a chance to change something that has not happened for 32 years, we have to be up for it because England is going to be up for it. When you look at this game, it’s a final for both teams. Whoever puts in a big performance will win the game,” said Estwick.The Bajan, who has specific responsibility on the coaching staff with the bowlers, says he is hoping his charges can come up with another good outing with the ball, as they have done throughout the series, despite the tremendous workload of playing three Test matches on the trot.“The thing about our seam department is that they’re very experienced. We’ll trust them. We’ll sit down with them and we’ll have a discussion. They must have been pulling up quite well because Shannon was ready to go into the nets and have a bowl. The rain curtailed that but I think they’ll be fine,” Estwick noted.“We’ll try to get them to stay off their feet and to get adequate rest and the treatment that they need because come Friday, there’s no second-guessing. We’ve got to be ready, and we can’t have any excuses,” he added.last_img read more

August 30, 2020

Will Ravens continue to be haunted by the four deadly sins of defense in 2012?

first_imgLet’s get this out of the way right away – the Baltimore Ravens are 6-2 and any complaining about Sunday’s 25-15 win over the Cleveland Browns won’t change their slim lead in the AFC North or color the obvious breakdowns and weaknesses that are apparent to anyone who has watched their choppy work.But as a Ray Rice told me at the podium on the shores of Lake Erie after another win: “There are no bad wins in the NFL.”We can deal with the offensive inconsistencies later but my concerns center around a defense that will continue to take the field with a squad of patchwork underachievers and glaring fundamental issues.The four deadly sins of defense continue to haunt the Ravens, if only for the first 80 yards of the field in Cleveland on Sunday. Rushing the passer. Stopping the run. Covering in the secondary. And tackling in general.Let us count and assess the issues one by one…The Ravens have no pass rush. Despite having the return of a seemingly spry Terrell Suggs in Houston two weeks ago, he was no factor in Cleveland. Joe Thomas ate him up and most teams will simply get some help on No. 55 if he becomes a pest and the Ravens lack a backup quarterback chaser with any push. Paul Kruger hasn’t been effective. Pernell McPhee, who flashed some visions of a pass rush specialist last season, has been mostly invisible this year and was an injury scratch on Sunday. Haloti Ngata continues to struggle physically and the leaks continue all around him on the defense.Of course, no pass rush leads to trouble in the secondary with any quarterback and wide receiver tandem that has is given ample time to make a play. This will be an especially daunting issue when the Ravens see the Steelers in two weeks as Ben Roethlisberger has made a Hall of Fame career by making positive plays happen after the play breaks down.With the injuries to Lardarius Webb, the Ravens secondary has been stressed tremendously because Cary Williams is now carrying the weight of marking every team’s No. 1 receiver. Aside from the obvious with Sergio Kindle being unable to play after his brutal fall and head injury, Jimmy Smith has been the Ravens’ most disappointing first-round draft pick since Travis Taylor. He’s the most penalized defensive player on the team and is consistently getting beat by top-notch receivers on a weekly basis. To my eyes, they’re simply targeting him and the likes of Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers and the Manning brothers will literally be frothing at the mouth awaiting a chance to throw the ball into this secondary.After more than a decade of dominance against the run – and a source of massive pride of a local fan base that would routinely chant “you can’t run” from my seats up in Sect. 513 – the Ravens’ run defense has been porous as it’s been four straight weeks of allowing running backs to gash the front seven and get deeper down the field where the secondary becomes a de facto part of the tackling corps.And all over the field tackling has been a consistent source of frustration. You can blame not-so-new-anymore defensive coordinator Dean Pees. You can talk about the loss of personnel like Ray Lewis via injury or Jarret Johnson, Cory Redding, etc. to free agency, but there have been leaks all over the field when it comes to second chances and fellows in purple flailing and missing.Eight games into the season, the Ravens are 6-2 and there’s ample reason to be energized by their gaudy record and seat atop the AFC North.The offense has certainly been capable as witnessed by their early-season success and it even managed 25 points yesterday on the road in Cleveland by managing to play about 20 minutes of decent football and still spending more than an hour without a first down. But there have been many times recently when Joe Flacco and the offensive crew have been stumbling theirSEE PAGE 2last_img read more

August 14, 2020

Nadal seeks 19th Slam title against Medvedev at US Open

first_imgRafael Nadal will play for his 19th Grand Slam title, one shy of Roger Federer’s all-time men’s record, after battling past Italy’s Matteo Berrettini on Friday and into his fifth US Open final.The 33-year-old Spaniard dispatched Berrettini 7-6 (8/6), 6-4, 6-1 at Arthur Ashe Stadium to reach a Sunday showdown against Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev, who ousted Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-3.“Very happy to be back into the final of the US Open,” Nadal said. “It means a lot to be back where I am today after some tough moments at the beginning of the season.”Nadal, who shook off an early season right hip injury to win a 12th French Open title, seeks his fourth US Open crown — one short of the Open-era record of five shared by Federer, Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors — to reach the brink of Federer’s mark.“It’s just another chance on Sunday,” Nadal said. “I want to enjoy a day off, have a good practice and Sunday is the day to play my best.”Nadal, into his 27th Grand Slam final, beat Medvedev in last month’s Montreal final in their only prior meeting. But the world number two skipped Cincinnati, where Medvedev was champion the following week.“He’s one of the more solid players on tour,” Nadal said of Medvedev. “He’s making steps forward every single week.“I need to be playing at my best.”Medvedev, in his first Grand Slam final at 23, has gone 20-2 in the past six weeks with runner-up efforts in Washington and Canada, a title in Cincinnati and a breakthrough US Open run.“I’m just happy to be in the final,” Medvedev said. “When I was going to USA, I didn’t know it was going to be this good. So I have to say I love USA.”Medvedev is the first Russian in a men’s Grand Slam final since Marat Safin won the 2005 Australian Open title and the first Russian to reach the US Open final since Safin won the 2000 crown.Nadal has dropped only one set at the Open but was severely tested by 24th seed Berrettini, the first Italian man in the US Open semi-finals since Corrado Barazzutti in 1977.Berrettini denied Nadal on six break points in the first set, jumped ahead 4-0 in the tie-break and seized two set points at 6-4 as the Ashe crowd roared with delight.“Winning the first set would have been big,” Berrettini said. “It’s tough to go a set down with him after more than an hour. I was playing really good.”But the Italian netted two backhand volleys, a baseline backhand and then hit a forehand long to hand Nadal the set.“I was lucky to win that first set,” Nadal said. “First set had been a little bit frustrating. You don’t want to be in a tie-breaker against a player like Matteo after you have missed all those opportunities.”Nadal, who never faced a break point, took his first break for a 4-3 lead in the second set, held twice to take the set, then rolled to victory in two hours, 35 minutes.“I survived at the moment and finally I had the break in the second set and the match changed,” Nadal said. “I played calm more and super aggressive.”US Open fans gave solid applause to Medvedev after earlier-round boos for flashing an obscene gesture and taunts saying he thrived on their jeers for energy to win. He later apologized.Medvedev took the first-set tie-break after Dimitrov netted a forehand and sent another long on the last two points.“The confidence means a lot in this case because I do think he was better player in first set. I do think I was kind of lucky to win it,” Medvedev said. “Then the momentum changed completely.”Dimitrov netted a backhand to surrender a break and the second set in the 10th game. Medvedev broke for a 3-1 lead in the third set and held to the finish.“There’s something strong that makes me win these crazy sets and crazy matches, which maybe two months ago I would have lost,” said Medvedev.Dimitrov, ranked 78th, would have been the lowest-rated US Open men’s finalist since the rankings began in 1973.“Good match overall. I think it was just a few points here and there,” Dimitrov said. “It was a good level.”For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more