But San Miguel banked on its defense as Marcio Lassiter and Santos swarmed Mark Barroca, who lost the ball and paved way for Santos’ game-sealing freebies.“God is good that I was able to get those free throws because I really wanted to win. When I made those shots, it was the hand of God,” said Santos after the Beermen’s 84-80 win that gave them a 3-1 lead in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe 2013 PBA MVP admitted that he had a hard time against the Hotshots’ defense which led to his flubbed bucket.“I was trying to shake off (Rome) dela Rosa and when I got a pass from (Chris) Ross, I was surprised that I was open. I kind of went strong on my shot.” Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netArwind Santos was happy to make up for his missed jumper in the closing moments of the game with two clutch freebies in the last 2.2 seconds of San Miguel’s Game 4 victory over Magnolia.Santos came up short on what could’ve been the dagger with niney seconds left that left the Hotshots enough time to either force overtime or snatch the game away.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In the end, though, Santos believes that the game, and ultimately the championship, will boil down on who wants it more.“I believe that when we want the win, whatever defense they will throw at us, we’ll get it,” he said. “We want to celebrate on Friday. We want to stay up late and we want to taste a lot of alcohol again.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES [email protected]’s @arwindsotnas says that closing out the series on Friday won’t be an easy one, especially with Magnolia fighting for its life. #PBA2018 #PBAFinals pic.twitter.com/QCmatjSFCi— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) April 4, 2018The Kapampangan forward thinks that if Game 4 was any indication, they will have their hands full in trying to close out a team like Magnolia, which has show immense heart throughout the series.“We had a hard time on their defense and now that we’ll have a one-day preparation, we’ll find a solution on that,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘She was everything to us’: UP dedicates win to late volleyball alumni head
RTE star Ryan Tubridy was greeted by a huge crowd this morning in Dunfanaghy as he broadcasted his live show from the town square.Tubridy is in Dunfanaghy as part of a special feature he’s doing on the Wild Atlantic Way. Tubridy received a warm welcome from locals yesterday evening and visited bars in the locality last night in which he played pool and pulled pints of Guinness! This morning, a massive crowd greeted Tubridy with cafe’s and shops in Dunfanaghy opening early to accommodate the RTE star and the crowds in attendance.Tubridy was also presented with a Donegal speciality in the form of two litre bottles of McDaid’s Football Special and Smooth Banana.Local café Muck ‘N’ Muffins presented him with a personally made mug to celebrate his visit to the scenic seaside village. #wildatlanticway RYAN TUBRIDY GETS A ‘SPECIAL’ WELCOME IN DUNFANAGHY was last modified: June 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnews
The 6th annual South African Premier Business Awards hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry, in partnership with Proudly South African and Brand South Africa took place in Sandton on Wednesday 13 March 2019.SAPBA celebrates business excellence and honours organisations that are drivers of innovation, job creation, healthy business ethics and quality.Brand South Africa is excited to have presented The Play Your Part Award that inspires citizens to contribute positive change, by steering and executing social programmes. The award was scooped by Intercessory Franchise Brands founded by Bulelani Balabala. As the CEO of IAF and founder of TEA (Township Entrepreneur Alliance), a branch of IAF, Balabala centres his work around empowering young people.Balabala was honoured by Minister of Trade & Industry, Minister Rob Davies for his commitment and implementation of entrepreneurial and youth development programmes.Through the 4-year old TEA Programme, Balabala and his team have impacted over 9800 townships and rural entrepreneurs, and more 25 000 high school students. The programme is aimed at knowledge sharing, skills development, enterprise development and giving young entrepreneurs access to markets.In addition, IAF conducts weekly township school visits through Sbusiso Leope Education Foundation (SLEF), where they inspire students to go the extra mile with their studies and become well-rounded citizens.Brand SA salutes Bulelani Balabala for being an agent of change and for leading a group of people who practice the spirit of Ubuntu. To find out more about what the IAF does, click here.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dan MillerProgressive Farmer Senior EditorSims Cattle Co. sits in the Rock Creek Valley at the foot of the Snowy Mountain Range, west of Laramie, Wyoming, and 200 miles north of Denver. Elk Mountain rises 11,000 feet in the distance.Sims cattle graze at 7,200 feet, and no month has gone without snow. Annual rainfall is 16 inches, most falling in April, May and June. The growing season is advertised at 60 days but is often as few as 45. Winters won’t disappoint even the foulest of predictions.Yet, the Sims operation is tuned to function as an ecologically sustainable unit in this turbulent climate. “That means high-intensity, short-duration grazing, full-season grazing deferment on one-third of our upland range and the elimination of chemical inputs to the soil,” says Shanon Sims, who manages the operation with his wife, Melinda, and his father and mother, Scott and April.SUSTAINABLE STRATEGYSims Cattle Co. works 645 cow/calf pairs, 300 yearling heifers and about 40 bulls. “I am a firm believer,” Shanon says, “that we can manage our livestock in a way that stabilizes soils, creates diverse habitats and operates in harmony with wildlife. Effectively harvesting sunlight requires healthy plants with robust leaves covering as much of the surface soil as possible. This, in turn, requires healthy soils capable of retaining 100% of rainfall and effectively.”Flood-irrigated hay meadows produce 1,500 tons of forage in a year. Pastures offer a diverse diet. Delicate Indian ricegrass and bluebunch wheatgrass are welcome barometers of the Sims’s sound management. Junegrass offers abundant early-season protein important to the calving program. Western wheatgrass is a valuable summer grass as the herd packs on weight before winter.“We want to raise good grass and harvest it with whatever means is most economical for us,” Melinda explains. That might be by bales — although that isn’t economical now — or by sheep, which the Simses tried without success. But, cows work. “We’re converting sunlight into a sellable product. The cows are fat and happy on all the grass we’ve grown this year,” she says.That hasn’t happened by luck. “Mismanaging livestock will rapidly destroy ecosystems that have required millennia to establish,” Shanon says. The animals graze 140 pastures for six months, from one to 14 days, each. No pasture is grazed more than one time during a season. Some get as many as 800 days of rest. The herd grazes for four months on windrowed hay and two months on baled hay.“Our strategy for building this business also can be boiled down to one word — sustainability,” Shanon says. By that measure, the family managers of Sims Cattle Co. manage the business to function debt free — to take on debt only when necessary, not because the business functions only with debt.CHANGING FINANCESOperating in that manner wasn’t always possible. The death of Shanon’s uncle, Olin, in 2007 threw the operation into a kind of management turmoil — even with a good amount of succession planning in place, Shanon notes. “At one point, we owed two different estates and a feedlot, forcing us to double our operating loan. That drove our debt-to-asset ratio below 50%,” Shanon remembers. “That experience opened my eyes to the perils of a business that operates solely on equity and [its] profits tied up in assets.”The Simses made important changes. The ranch reduced its reliance on fossil fuels. The family eliminated the use of chemical inputs and downsized their machinery line. Over a two-year period, Sims Cattle went from net losses to a six-digit profit. By 2012, they were able to operate the entire year on their own money. By 2017, the Simses set up a rainy-day account holding one year’s worth of business expenses.They radically changed their cattle-management practices. Steer calves were sold in the fall instead of going to a winter feedlot. The family found value in selling nonbreeding females as stockers.The Simses resolved to move their calving date further into weeks of the spring to reduce the cost of supplemental feed. Calving moved from April 1 to the May 1 with cows bred in a tight window beginning the previous July. “It’s allowed us to reduce the supplemental feed needed to meet the cow’s requirements during lactation,” Shanon explains. The grass greens up by May 10, and, by May 25, the cows and their calves are turned out completely on grass.COW/CALF SHIFTOne important idea about developing heifers took shape during the ranch’s innovative strategy meetings. Melinda came across research showing benefit from keeping heifer calves on their mothers through the end of February instead of weaning them in October. “A cow’s rumen doesn’t fully develop until she is about 10 months of age,” Melinda says. “So, they really need that butterfat to create a good grazing animal. That’s what we are trying to do to, create a good grazing animal.” Sims cows are 50% Angus, one-quarter Gelbvieh and one-quarter Simmental.Shanon calls this one of his favorite ideas. “Ultimately, we adopted [Melinda’s idea], and it has led to us creating cows more suited for our environment, an expansion of enterprises and the elimination of feedlot expenses.”The cow/calf management changes have paid off. In 2014, Sims Cattle spent $98,000 developing replacement heifers in a feedlot and $65,000 purchasing feed for the herd at home. In 2017, they incurred no feedlot expense and spent $25,000 on purchased feed.“The reduction in expenses has helped us to shift from being a business that pays interest to a bank to earning passive income from cash in the bank,” Shanon says. “It also opens the playbook wide open. We can be more creative in our decision making.”**Editor’s Note:This is the third of five profiles of our ninth class of DTN/The Progressive Farmer’s America’s Best Young Farmers and Ranchers. They represent the future of agriculture through their sense of tradition, use of new technology and business acumen.To see videos of all the 2019 winners, and for an application for next year, see https://spotlights.dtnpf.com/…(ES/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterWhen John Werries and his son Dean started using cover crops, their primary goal was to prevent soil erosion on their Illinois farm. Seven years later, they’ve discovered their cover crop of choice, cereal rye, which hates weeds as much as they do.Illinois is home to some challenging herbicide-resistant weeds, including waterhemp populations that can survive six different herbicide modes of action. But, on the Werries’ farm, near Chapin, the chemicals get an assist. The Werries plant soybeans directly into thick stands of cereal rye and then terminate the growing cover crop.“As all of the cover melts down — and it takes a long time — there is a mat that makes it tough for weeds to grow,” Werries explained. The suppression allowed them to cut back on their herbicide use in soybeans this year, and their fields stayed clean through the end of the season.Weed-control solutions like these couldn’t come at a better time for the farming community, as it faces the spread of herbicide-resistant weeds, the costliest threat to soybean production today.Weeds gobble up light, water and nutrients available to soybean plants, and have the capacity to rob more yield than insects and disease combined. One recent study by the Weed Science Society of America estimated that if left uncontrolled, weed pressure in soybean fields could drop yields by more than 50% and cost the industry $16 billion a year.Soybean growers are fighting to keep that yield in their fields, but it comes at an increasingly steep price, as more weeds outsmart chemical modes of action each year. With new herbicide-tolerant soybean technologies barely keeping ahead of the development of resistance, growers are facing some stark truths about the future of weed control, University of Tennessee weed scientist Larry Steckel explained. Alternative weed-control methods, such as cover crops or hand-weeding, are going to be part of the future, he said.“We built these big farms on the assumption that you could go across a thousand acres with a boom and kill every weed, and that’s just not working anymore,” he said.Soybean farmers are finding ways to boost revenues despite market and trade challenges. This story is the fifth in a six-part series, More Green From Beans. The series looks at ways soybean farmers are finding ways to answer trade challenges by boosting revenues through switching up agronomics and finding new markets.WEED COSTS ON THE RISELong gone are the days of making one or two passes with Roundup and parking the sprayer, Mississippi State University weed scientist Jason Bond noted.“Weed-control costs are at their highest since the pre-Roundup Ready era,” he said. He estimates that between burndowns, preemergence residuals and early- and late-postemergence applications, Mississippi soybean growers spent an average of $119 an acre to control weeds in 2018 compared to just $36 an acre in 2008.New herbicide-tolerant technologies, such as 2,4-D-tolerant Enlist and dicamba-tolerant Xtend soybeans, have offered some relief, but the steady march of chemical resistance lies ahead.Where John Lindamood farms in northwestern Tennessee, the first signs of possible dicamba resistance are already sprouting in Xtend soybean fields that were clean the two previous years. Steckel estimated soybean growers there are spending at least $50 an acre to control weeds, and dicamba resistance could drive that upward quickly.“We’re spending every bit as much as what we spent when Roundup failed,” Lindamood noted. “Now, we’re just using different products and struggling to figure out how to keep pigweed from becoming resistant to them, too.”RESISTANCE FROM AGGRESSIVE AND ADAPTABLE WEEDThe first glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth pigweed was confirmed in Georgia in 2005. This aggressive and adaptable weed has confirmed resistance to five other herbicide modes of action, as well: PPO inhibitors, ALS inhibitors, HPPD inhibitors, microtubule inhibitors (dinitroanilines) and triazines (atrazine).Likewise, individual waterhemp populations with resistance to six herbicide modes of action have been documented, and herbicide-resistant marestail, giant ragweed and kochia are close on its heels. Most recently, herbicide-resistant grasses such as Italian ryegrass or barnyardgrass are becoming a serious problem in some Southern states, Steckel and Bond agree.The most sinister development of all is the rise of metabolic resistance. In most mechanisms of herbicide resistance, a plant alters the target site of a herbicide, allowing the plant to dodge that specific chemical’s mode of action. With metabolic resistance, weeds are evolving instead to metabolize a herbicide rapidly — not unlike how a crop such as corn quickly metabolizes a herbicide like dicamba, escaping damage, University of Illinois weed scientist Aaron Hager explained.This newly discovered type of resistance could allow a weed to outwit not just one type of herbicide but many, including herbicides they have not yet encountered, Hager said. Essentially, it has the potential to jeopardize predictable chemical control of weeds in the future.LOOKING BEYOND CHEMICALSThe good news is that even the newest and scariest herbicide-resistant weeds can’t withstand one of the oldest weed-control tactics in human history: hand-weeding.Armed with hoes, workers move through infested fields one row at a time chopping or pulling each resistant weed escape as they go. Up-front costs are high — the final price can run well over $100 an acre — but it worked to clear up fields infested with glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth a decade ago, and it appears to be happening again, Steckel said.“I’m seeing hand-weeding crews out again for the first time since Roundup first failed,” he said.The use of cover crops to control weeds is also growing. Like hand-weeding, it has up-front costs, usually between $10 to $20 an acre for seed alone, but the benefits are proving far more valuable for some.“We have been sowing cover crops on every acre since 2012,” Werries said of the Illinois operation. They have found success with “planting green” — the practice of planting soybeans into a live, growing cover crop. “We sow the cover into 10-inch rows and plant beans in 20-inch rows,” Werries continued. “With active guidance, we are able to plant the beans in between the cover-crop rows.”Anywhere from one day to a week later, they burn the cover crop down with glyphosate and let the dying biomass do its work.It can be a risky endeavor, especially in wet springs like 2019, when fieldwork windows are few and far between. But the Werries actually found that the growing rye sucked a lot of moisture out of the ground, and the cover helped support heavy machinery.And the end result? Well, it spoke for itself.“It saved one trip across the field and some herbicide dollars,” Werries said. “And, there was not a weed anywhere.”Emily Unglesbee can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(ES/SK )© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
LATEST STORIES The 6-foot-5 reinforcement went bonkers from beyond the arc, going 7-of-11, three of which coming in the third quarter breakaway to finish with 39 points, nine rebounds, and four assists and seal the Gin Kings’ fate in the next level.With GlobalPort threatening to close in, 56-50, with 6:18 to play in the third period, Brownlee ignited Ginebra’s three-point barrage as they went on a 20-1 tear to bring the lead back up to 25, 76-51, with 1:19 remaining in the quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDespite his import’s huge scoring outburst, coach Tim Cone felt that it was Japeth Aguilar’s defense which made the biggest difference in Ginebra’s quarterfinal victory.“I think the game turned when Japeth began dominating the paint in the third quarter. He blocked shots, he changed shots, and I thought that really made the difference for the game. And when Justin is knocking down his shots, that helps a lot. But I thought the defense of Japeth was the key on what we needed in this game,” he said. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Justin Brownlee scorched from rainbow country to lift Ginebra to a 96-85 victory over GlobalPort and secure a semifinal seat in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Tuesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ Aguilar added 21 markers, eight boards, three assists, and two blocks in the win, as the Gin Kings frustrated GlobalPort to shoot on a paltry 35-percent clip from the field.“I thought we defended really well tonight, especially with Stanley (Pringle). He’s an explosive player and he looked a little worn out tonight,” said Cone. “We challenged (Terrence) Romeo to beat our bigs and for moments, he certainly did make big shots and tough shots, but we just kept the defense on him and didn’t let him use his ball screens.”LA Tenorio also got 12 points, eight dimes, and three rebounds, and Scottie Thompson had 11 markers, 12 boards, and three assists for the Gin Kings.Things got heated with 3:28 left in the game as Terrence Romeo whipped his right arm to Tenorio’s waist, leading to an ejection for the Batang Pier super scorer.Justin Harper got 29 points but needed 32 shots to reach the mark, while also grabbing 15 rebounds for GlobalPort.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Romeo wound up with 22 markers on a 7-of-21 shooting, while Pringle was held to just 16 points, five rebounds, and three assists.Ginebra now await for the victor of the TNT-Meralco series for its date in the best-of-five semifinals series. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next D-League: Ragasa cleared of any serious injuries after bad fall