$3.65 billion media merger includes papers in Batesville, Greensburg & Rushville

first_imgMontgomery, Al. — A report from the Indiana Business Journal says Community Newspapers Holdings Inc. will be sold off by parent company Raycom Media Inc. CNHI owns 100 community newspapers in 22 cities, including the Batesville Herald Tribune, Greensburg Daily News and Rushville Republican.The announcement comes after Atlanta-based Gray Television Inc. announced plans to acquire Montgomery, Alabama-based Raycom Media, Inc. The deal would create the third largest television broadcast group in the United States.“We are looking for a transaction or transactions that will carry on CNHI’s rich tradition of public service through award-winning journalism,” CNHI president and CEO Donna Barrett said in the statement.CNHI has retained a brokerage firm to examine the deal that could be worth more than $3.65 billion.  Regulatory approval is expected in the fourth quarter of 2018.last_img read more

Leafs skills camp a success

first_imgBefore taking a job with Vernon Vipers of the BCHL, former Leaf coach Chris Shaw said he would run a hockey school for the Nelson Leafs.The former Leafs skipper delivered with the first ever Nelson Leafs Skills Development Hockey School. “We have about 40 kids,” Shaw said Thursday from the NDCC Arena during a break at the afternoon session of the younger players.This week long camp features on-ice and dryland activities daily. This is Shaw’s final official duty with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League club. He leaves for Vernon to assume the assistant coaching position with the Vipers.Taking over for Shaw is former Leaf assistant coach Frank Maida.Nelson Leafs training camp is set for August 31 to September 3 at the NDCC [email protected]last_img read more

Public works’ million-job target

first_img11 March 2005The state’s expanded public works programme (EPWP) will see between R15-billion and R20-billion pumped into South Africa’s economy over the next five years, with the aim of employing a million people by 2010.The EPWP is a labour-intensive programme aimed at promoting economic growth and sustainable development by offering people part-time jobs while they gain various skills.Through the EPWP, employment opportunities will be created in government-funded infrastructure projects, environmental and cultural programmes, and social programmes involving home-based care and early childhood development.“The centre-piece of the EPWP is a large-scale programme of using labour-intensive methods to upgrade rural and municipal roads, municipal pipelines, storm-water drains and paving, as well as fencing of roads, community water supply and sanitation, maintenance of government buildings, housing, schools and clinics, rail and port infrastructure, electrification infrastructure, and so on”, Mbeki said after the Cabinet approved the programme in 2003.According to EPWP coordinator Shaun Phillips, the programme will spend at least R15-billion on labour-intensive jobs over the next five years. This, he said, would translate into the building of 37 000km of roads, 31 000km of pipelines, 1 500km of stormwater drains and 150km of urban sidewalks.President Thabo Mbeki announced plans for the EPWP in May 2004. By September 2004, says Phillips, the programme had been launched in all nine provinces, and by March 2005 R1.4 billion had been spent on the programme, creating over 82 000 job opportunities.Those taking part in the programme receive training funded and arranged by the Department of Labour, as well as a stipend of R35 a day on average, depending on the nature of project.“The EPWP is not a solution for poverty in South Africa”, Phillips told journalists in Johannesburg this week. “The main aim is to create job opportunities and improve the level of education and training.”Tying in with existing programmesThe EPWP will tie in with various existing poverty relief programmes, including the Land Care, Faranani-Pushing Back the Frontiers of Poverty, People and Parks, Coastal Care, Sustainable Land-based Livelihoods, Cleaning up South Africa, and Growing A Tourism Economy programmes.Mbeki cited the highly successful Working For Water and allied programmes – Working on Fire and Working for Wetlands – as examples of projects that would sustain the EPWP.The Working on Fire Programme operates on a budget of about R30-million and has over 300 projects around the country, providing work and training opportunities to some 21 000 people.The EPWP is modelled on the “Zibambele” programme initiated by the KwaZulu-Natal department of transport in 2000. Zibambele maintains the province’s rural road network while providing poor rural households with a regular income.Households working on the Zibambele programme receive R334 for eight days’ work a month to maintain a length of road to an agreed standard. In 2002/2003 there were approximately 10 000 Zibambele contractors maintaining approximately one-third of KwaZulu-Natal’s rural road network.The Limpopo Government has named its own rural road rehabilitation project “Gundo Lashu”, TshiVenda for “Our Victory”. Over 200 people in the Sikhunyane community in the former homeland of Gazankulu are already employed in the programme that will link their village up with the outside world.Mbeki, speaking at the launch of Gundo Lashu last year, said the success of the programme would depend on strong partnerships between the government, labour, business and communities.The programme, Mbeki said, focused on the unemployed, particularly those who were marginalised from the mainstream of the economy. “We want workers to gain skills while they are employed and increase their capacity to continue working elsewhere once they leave the programme”, he said.Although funded through the department of public works, the EPWP will involve all spheres of government and state-owned enterprises – and will also look to the private sector for additional support.The Business Trust, an initiative of South African companies in partnership with the government, has set aside R100-million for the programme. And Absa, one of the country’s major banks, has offered to provide financial assistance to contractors taking part in the programme.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Stenson dominates ‘Africa’s Major’

first_img8 December 2008Henrik Stenson roared into a first-round lead in the Nedbank Golf Challenge with a record-equalling nine-under-par 63, and the Swede never let up over the remaining three rounds, racing away to a huge nine-shot victory at Sun City in South Africa’s North West province on Sunday.His succes was built upon his command of the Gary Player Country Club course’s par fives, which he birdied with consistency to lower his score and bolster his lead.A week after capturing the World Cup of Golf with his fellow Nedbank Challenge competitor, Robert Karlsson, Stenson turned in a performance of such quality that the television commentators were in agreement that it would be a long time before it would be matched again.He finished on 21-under-par 267, four shots off the record held by Ernie Els, but the South African’s mark was achieved on a course that was quite different to the way it looks today.R3-million per round!The victory was worth $1.2-million for the Swede, which works out at over R3-million per round! Not bad for four day’s work!He began the final round with an eight-shot lead and proceeded to turn in the third best round of the day, a four-under-par 68. Kenny Perry, with a superb seven-under 65, was three shots better and James Kingston a shot better.It wasn’t as if the course played easily; four of the 12-man field finished with over-par totals. Stenson was simply magnificent.South African golf legend Gary Player was effusive in his praise for the Swede afterwards, telling Stenson that he believed a major title awaited him in the near future.President, sponsors thankedPlayer also thanked South African President Kgalema Motlanthe for attending the final day at Sun City and applauded sponsors Nedbank for extending their sponsorship of the event by another three years.Perry improved every round, going from a 73 to a 70 to a 68 and finally to a 65 as he rode a hot putter in the final round into second place.Robert Karlsson settled for third on nine-under-par 279 after a level-par 72 in the final round.South Africa’s bestRory Sabbatini was the best of the South African contingent of three players, finishing fourth on eight-under-par 280. His progress was undermined on the 18th hole during the third round when he doubled-bogeyed, which left him with a level-par round of 72.Sergio Garcia, whose recent superb form has propelled him to second in the world rankings, failed to fire, posting rounds of 72, 70, 72, and 70. That left him on four-under 284 for the tournament, tied with Lee Westwood, whose scores of 70, 72, 70, and 72 eerily echoed the Spaniard’s performance as they swopped 70s and 72s.SA Open champion James Kingston finished strongly with a five-under-par 67 to take him to two-under 286 for the tournament, alongside South Korea’s KJ Choi.Justin Rose, who fought a magnificent duel with Trevor Immelman for the title in 2007, couldn’t find the same kind of form and finished on two-over 290.Defending champion’s strugglesDefending champion Immelman struggled with his game and it came apart in the final round when he posted an ugly five-over-par 77 to end on 291.Luke Donald slid to a 75 over the last 18 holes and finished a shot worse off on 292, while Miguel Angel Jiminez, despite a decent three-under 69 in the last round, was last on five-over-par 293.LEADERBOARD 267 – Henrik Stenson (SWE) 63 71 65 68276 – Kenny Perry (USA) 73 70 68 65279 – Robert Karlsson (SWE) 72 68 67 72280 – Rory Sabbatini (RSA) 68 70 72 70284 – Sergio Garcia (ESP) 72 70 72 70284 – Lee Westwood (ENG) 70 72 70 72286 – James Kingston (RSA) 72 77 70 67286 – K.J. Choi (KOR) 72 67 73 74290 – Justin Rose (ENG) 73 73 72 72291 – Trevor Immelman (RSA) 72 73 69 77292 – Luke Donald (ENG) 72 74 71 75293 – Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP) 75 76 73 69 Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA, US sign radio astronomy pact

first_img12 August 2013 South Africa’s Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project has struck an agreement with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) of the United States that is set to foster high-level science collaboration between the two countries. The SKA project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, which is to be co-hosted by South Africa and Australia. SKA South Africa said in a statement last week that the two institutions had agreed to “continue their collaboration across a broad front to advance cutting-edge radio astronomy projects in both countries over the next five years”. The agreement, signed in Cape Town on 5 August, paves the way for SKA South Africa and the NRAO to pool resources and expertise in high-level projects related to the development and implementation of software, data processing and archiving, and state-of-the-art receiving systems. The two institutions will exchange staff and students, hold joint workshops, and work on plans to establish joint research and development activities. “The collaboration agreement renews long-standing ties between SKA South Africa and NRAO and comes at a time when a major push is required in algorithms, software and computing to support the new and upgraded facilities in the US and South Africa,” said Dr Jasper Horrell, SKA SA’s general manager for science computing and innovation. “We are talking here of cutting-edge work in high-peformance computing and algorithms that is of great significance for radio astronomy worldwide.” SKA South Africa director Dr Bernie Fanaroff said that radio astronomy in both countries would benefit from sharing the expertise that had resulted from recent expansions and upgrades to several radio astronomy facilities in the US, and the construction of the KAT-7 and the MeerKAT radio telescopes in South Africa. The seven-dish KAT-7 is paving the way for the 64-dish MeerKAT telescope, due to be commissioned in 2014/15 both as a precursor to the SKA and as one of the most powerful telescopes in the world in its own right. “Scientists in the US are keen to collaborate with South Africa in the construction of the MeerKAT telescope as a precursor to the SKA, because they recognize that the MeerKAT will be a world leading and very exciting telescope in its own right,” Fanaroff said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

2015 Ohio Crop Tour I-75 Day #1

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Presented by: Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers See results from the I-71 Route of the 2015 Ohio Crop Tour for Day #1 See results from the I-75 Route of the 2015 Ohio Crop Tour for Day #1 See results from the I-75 Route of the 2015 Ohio Crop Tour for Day #2 See results from the I-71 Route of the 2015 Ohio Crop Tour for Day #2Williams County (Southern)Corn Summary: Looks like the field was initially wet early in the season then things dried out. There was some N deficiency and more disease pressure on the outside of the field, though overall low disease levels. The fields was at R2 as it had a late start. The field is fair but pretty good compared to surrounding fields, but it is awfully late. It will make a crop but it will be wet and has a ways to go. It had a shallow kernel depth and a yield of 148 bushels per acre.Soybean Summary: Soybeans looked good to excellent and the stand was even. No disease or insect pressure. Population was 200,000 to 217,000. Canopy height was 32 to 34 inches and drilled at 7.5 inches. Field is dried and cracking and will probably yield in the mid-40s. Plants were not branching much and the nodes were fairly far apart with first node six inches off the ground.Williams Co. cornWilliams Co. cornWilliams Co. beans and dry soilDefiance County (West Central)Corn Summary: Corn plants were generally pretty short and showing significant N stress. There was little disease and insect pressure. The ears were very small and in R1 or R2 stage, very delayed for this time of year. The field was maybe a bit worse than surrounding fields and was rated poor. The yield estimate was 113 bushels per acre.Soybean Summary: Good even canopy at 23 inches tall. Drilled beans. The first node was four inches up and there was no disease pressure. We saw some limited feeding on the leaves. The nodes were closer together and the plants had a bit more branching than the Williams County field.The population was around 230,000 with a yield potential maybe in the low 40-bushel range with fair potential. We have been seeing much more prevented planting than we expected, especially in corn stalk ground going to beans.Defiance Co. cornDefiance Co. cornDefiance Co. beansDefiance Co. beans Henry County (Central)Corn Summary: Stand was at 32,5000 and relatively even despite reported extreme early season variability. Field was planted on May 3. No insect pressure and very little disease pressure. A little bit of NCLB. The best field of the day and fairly representative of the area. Things have really improved with better weather lately. At the R3 stage, though development is variable, and by far the furthest along of any field we have seen. Yield estimate 159 bushels.Soybean Summary: There was some variable height across the canopy and good population through out. Planted in 15-inch row spacing and very good nodulation on the roots. The canopy height was around 33 inches and the first node was four inches off the ground and 2.5 inches between the nodes. Little to no disease and insect pressure. Pod set was all the way to bottom with many three bean pods. Yield potential is good, maybe 50 bushels, and the best we have seen so far.Henry Co. cornHenry Co. cornNodules on Henry Co. beans.Henry Co. beansWood County (Southwestern)Corn Summary: Uneven stands with flood damage, poor stalk quality, tops falling out, high disease pressure and N loss. It was a non-GMO field planted May 2. There were leaves turning purple throughout the plant. Some ears almost at dent in mature field of the day. Heavy European corn borer feeding, tip back, zipper ears, inconsistent stand, and generally poor field with many problems. The high population of 35,000 is only thing saving yield potent in this extremely variable field. One of worst looking fields in the area. Yield estimate is 136 bushels.Soybean Summary: Good but uneven height from 24 to 36 inches tall. The first node was 3.5 inches off the ground with2 inch node spacing. Rain will really help this field. Population of 156,000 with no disease or insect pressure. Field was sprayed late, after wheat harvest. Overall good yield potential here with pods filling and probably the best field of the day — one of the better fields in the immediate area.Wood Co. cornWood Co. beansWood Co. beansHancock County (West central)Corn Summary: This was 110-day corn planted April 30 at 34,000 population in 15-inch rows. We counted 33,000 to 34,000 population. Has had sulfur applied at planting and sidedressing. Light disease pressure and no insect damage. On the lighter ground ear fill was marginal with some tip back but on better ground filled to the end. The good ground had 16 rows around and averaged 205 bushels. Excellent field and the best of the trip so far. Yields were 135 on the poorer ground. Yield estimate 200 bushels.Soybean Summary: Even and consistent stand with canopy height at 41 inches. They were very bushy with many branches. The first node height was two inches and the first pod was at six inches. There were some four bean pods with 2.5 inches between the nodes. No disease pressure but there was some Japanese beetle pressure worth watching. There had been some foliar applications of manganese, boron, and NPK. The population was 126,000 and was planted at 140,000 population. Best field of the morning for soybeans — good to excellent.Hancock Co. cornHancock Co. cornHancock Co. beansHancock Co. beans with some Japanese beetle feeding.Putnam County (Central )Corn Summary: It is starving for N. It was an even stand but only five to six feet tall. There is quite a bit of GLS and NCLB. There is corn borer feeding in possible refuge corn. There was a population of 33,000. There are zipper ears and tip back that shows signs of extreme early season stress from moisture. Now it is in need of water. Very poor field. There was more variability at the Wood County site which actually helped it there. This field was just consistently bad. Yield estimate at 119 bushels.Soybean Summary: This is the worst field of the day. It is in 15-inch rows and not canopied. Tile lines are evident. It is highly variable with an average height of 25 inches or so. There were big holes in the field with nothing in the low areas. They have been flooded and now need moisture. Poor nodulation in the field. Two inches between the nodes. Pods are small and beans are small. Poor, poor, poor conditions. The population was 94,000.Putnam Co. cornPutnam Co. cornPutnam Co. beans Paulding County (Southeastern)Corn Summary: Uneven field and tile lines are easy to find. Heavy weed pressure due to wet conditions and no chance to apply herbicide. Rains washed residuals away. N deficiency is a significant problem. No real disease or insect pressure, other than  physoderma brown spot. Ear development is poor. with a generous yield estimate of 70 bushels in this very poor field. Soybean Summary: There was a plant population of 83,000 due to water laying in the fields. There were few pods set but the plant was still in bloom and there is still potential to add yield if they get some rain and the growing season is long enough. The canopy was only 20 inches tall and the 15-inch rows had not yet closed. The ground is cracking wide open and needs some water. No disease or insect feeding was found. This was by far the worst stop so far after some very clearly challenging conditions. The low population will mean some lost yield. Paulding Co. beansPaulding Co. beansPaulding Co. cornPaulding Co. corn Van Wert County (South central)Corn Summary: The population was 31,000 planted on May 8. The field had spindly stalks and small leaves. There was a little disease pressure and some corn borer feeding. The plants were short and at R2. It was very uneven following tile lines. There had clearly been quite a bit of rain early in the season here. It has gotten rain but could use more to bump yields up a bit. The plants looked healthy but had small ears. This was a poor field overall. The yield estimate is 110 bushels per acre.  Soybean Summary: These were planted in 10-inch rows at 180,000 population on May 21. The final population we counted was 115,000. The canopy height was variable from 12 inches tall to 21 inches tall.  It was three inches to the first node and 4.5 inches to the first pod. No disease or insect problems. A lot of the pods had beans in them and they still have potential for 35 or 40 bushel yields. Overall it was fair compared to other places in NW Ohio.Van Wert Co. cornVan Wert Co. cornVan Wert Co. beans Allen County (Southeastern)Corn Summary: This is the best corn field of the day so far. It was planted on May 5 with 32,000 plants per acre. We found a stand of 31,000. There was no disease or insect pressure and ear fill was excellent. There were no real N issues. It was among the better fields in the area. No fungicide had been applied. The moisture was adequate. Excellent fie;d and yield potential. Yield estimate is 201 bushels.Soybean Summary: This was a 3.3 maturity bean planted at 150,000 population in 15-inch rows on May 8. The canopy was 38 inches. It was eight inches to the first pod and 2.25 inches between nodes. There was really good nodulation on these beans. There was no major disease and some light feeding from Japanese beetles, especially at the field edges. The final population was at 130,000 in this excellent field, the best of the day.Allen Co. beansJapanese beetle on Allen Co. beansAllen Co. cornAllen Co. corn Auglaize County (South central)Corn Summary:  Corn was pretty well advanced, around R3 or R4. These were some of the fullest ears we have seen today but there were signs of N deficiency. Disease pressure was light. Ear fill was generally good, though there was some tip back. It was an overall excellent field. We ended up with 32,000 plant population with a yield estimate of 160 bushels.Soybean Summary: Soybeans were in 15-inch rows and 38 inches tall. There was excellent nodulation on the roots and they were almost done blooming. It was about two inches to the first node and three inches to the first pod and 2.5 inches between nodes. We did see some frogeye and a little white mold. There was some mild Japanese beetle damage. There was a population of 163,000 plants per acre in this excellent field.Auglaize Co. beansWhite mold in Auglaize Co. beans Auglaize Co. cornAuglaize Co. cornlast_img read more

10 months agoSpain coach Luis Enrique praises Real Madrid midfielder Isco; but also warns…

first_imgSpain coach Luis Enrique praises Real Madrid midfielder Isco; but also warns…by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSpain coach Luis Enrique says he remains a fan of Real Madrid midfielder Isco.While he has struggled at club level this season, Enrique has included Isco in every squad he has selected since taking charge.He said, “I like Isco very much. He is a player who in the last World Cup was at a very high level and maybe he was the best player of the national team. “His quality nobody is going to discuss it, but his state of form and minutes of play will indicate the possibilities he has in the national team. “Isco has been selected in all six games and played in most of them. More than my words, you have to look at the facts.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoLaLiga announce all Segunda Division matches available for free on YouTube

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say LaLiga announce all Segunda Division matches available for free on YouTubeby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaLiga has announced that all matches from its second division, LaLiga 1|2|3, will now be available for free via YouTube to millions of consumers worldwide.Starting this weekend, the LaLiga YouTube channel will provide live English commentary from this season’s LaLiga1|2|3 matches in over 155 countries, bringing the competition to large global territories where no previous transmission had been in place. The regions covered in the deal include major markets in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, with all content provided via geolocation. The broadcasts, which are due to begin from today, will provide a significant increase in coverage of LaLiga1|2|3, offering thousands of Spanish football fans around the world the chance to follow their favourite teams for free. For those not yet familiar with the competition, the channel will provide an exciting new platform to get better acquainted with the historic teams playing in the division, such as RC Deportivo, Real Zaragoza, Malaga, CA Osasuna and Cadiz CF.In addition to broadcasting the eleven matches from each game week, a 50-minute highlights programme will also be available to provide a summary of the major events from each match day.In Spain, matches will continue to be shown through existing broadcast operators beIN Connect, Orange, Telecable, Telefónica and Sky.Melcior Soler, director of the LaLiga Audiovisual department, said: “The way we consume live sports is being changed by a new generation of online broadcasters, and we are committed to using such channels to extend the appeal of our competitions. This move will strengthen the LaLiga 1|2|3 by bringing it to an entirely new global audience, in a format that we think will really appeal to the viewer.” last_img read more

18 days agoProdl thankful for Watford return after falling out with Gracia

first_imgProdl thankful for Watford return after falling out with Graciaby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSebastian Prodl has expressed his gratitude after making his Watford return. The Austrian started his first Premier League game since April 2018 in Saturday’s draw with Sheffield United.”It felt good personally, I’m blessed and glad to be back in competition at Watford,” he said.”I suffered a lot the last couple of months, with injury, with comebacks, also with being out of favour, I have to admit it.”I put on my goals that I want to be back for Watford in the Premier League, especially in this very very weird and difficult situation, get back with my experience to help the team out with clean sheets, working hard and putting that work load in.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more