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In support of international students

first_imgAs President Trump last week issued a new executive order preventing citizens from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 90 days, Harvard continued to ramp up efforts to support international students and scholars in understanding and coping with the policy shift.In remarks to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, President Drew Faust said last week that she remains “deeply troubled” about the order’s implications for Harvard and for higher education.“We are dedicated to attracting the most talented students and scholars to work together in the shared pursuit of advancing knowledge,” Faust said. “The new executive order continues to put geographic boundaries on the freedom of students and scholars to come to the United States and, with it, on the free flow of knowledge.”Echoing some of the sentiments she outlined in a Jan. 29 letter to the community, Faust expressed concern about repercussions from the travel order on the University’s mission.“We face a very real risk that students and scholars from all corners of the globe may no longer see Harvard and other U.S. universities as attractive places to pursue their studies,” she said. “This would have grave consequences not only for higher education but for the country as a whole. … The thousands of individuals who come to our campus from around the globe each year are essential to who we are and what we do, and we must continue to advocate for the significance of travel and shared ideas around the globe.”Advocating for the Harvard communityFaust has spoken with congressional leaders and others in Washington, D.C., and in Massachusetts about the new immigration policies and their effects on the academic community. She also has co-signed several letters to Trump regarding the order, one joining 47 other college and university presidents and another with Harvard joining 181 other institutions in a letter organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.In addition, the University has filed amicus briefs along with other colleges and universities — one brief in Massachusetts litigation involving an earlier version of the order and another in related litigation in New York — saying the order undermines the values and contributions of open academic exchange and collaboration. The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC) at Harvard Law School has also filed several amicus briefs related to the order.The ban is a revised version of a Jan. 27 order that temporarily barred citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen from entering the United States. That order was blocked by federal judges. The new travel ban, set to go into effect on March 16, removed Iraq from the list and exempts green card holders, dual nationals, people currently in the United States or holding visas valid as of Jan. 27 or March 16, and those already granted asylum or refugee status.To prepare for the new policy, Harvard officials are redoubling their efforts to spread the word about resources available to those affected. Those efforts include information sessions across the University, written legal guidance offered through the Immigration and Refugee Clinic, immigration advice offered through the Harvard International Office (HIO), and counseling services offered through Harvard University Health Services.The efforts reflect Harvard’s concern for its international students and scholars, said Todd Washburn, senior assistant provost for international affairs.“Our commitment to global engagement, to bringing talented faculty, students and scholars here from all around the world is fundamental to our mission,” said Washburn. “It’s essential to everything we do. Our commitment remains steadfast to do everything within our power to allow all the members of our community to pursue their academic and professional interests freely and to the best of their ability.”Of the nearly 10,000 international students and scholars who have come to Harvard this year, 135 were born in or are citizens of the countries listed in the second executive order, said Martha Gladue, HIO director. A couple of Iranian researchers were barred from entering the country in the wake of the first travel ban, but were allowed to enter the country after the federal courts blocked it. As of now, “Everybody who is supposed to be here is here,” Gladue said. “We had no one ultimately denied entry due to the executive order.”The order has generated uncertainty and angst among international students, including some from countries not listed in the ban, said Maureen Martin, HIO director of immigration services. Students worry that the government could extend the 90-day order or add countries to the list.“The fear and anxiety among the general international population has grown dramatically since this happened,” said Martin. “People across the board have anxiety about traveling and what their experience will be in reentering the United States. They worry that everything could change overnight.”Registry for those traveling overseasHarvard officials recommend that students and scholars from other nations who are planning to travel overseas first speak with an immigration expert at the International Office to make sure they have the proper visa requirements to re-enter the country. The officials also urge students and scholars to register with the Harvard Travel Registry through Global Support Services, and in case of trouble on re-entering to call 617-998-0000 or email [email protected] International Office has 12 full-time advisers who work with the Harvard community. The office has added another adviser to help meet the demands of the travel bans, said Gladue. HIO also provides international students and scholars with regular updates and guidance, and offers a range of information on its website, including a list of frequently asked questions developed by HIRC.The University also has identified six law firms and legal aid organizations that are prepared to offer assistance to members of the Harvard community if they are denied reentry or are otherwise held up at the border. This resource can be accessed through the International Office and Global Support Services.In addition, Harvard officials have held 18 information sessions around campus, with more than 1,000 people attending.The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) notes that it will work with any students affected by the order to adjust their G-clocks, the number of years that students typically have to earn doctorates. “GSAS stands ready to work with academic departments to provide G-year adjustments to any students who suffer disruptions to their academic progress due to circumstances beyond their control,” said Garth McCavana, GSAS dean for student affairs.Concern for undocumented studentsHarvard also is continuing to work on a related issue, its concern over its undocumented students. In a letter Faust wrote in November, she highlighted Harvard’s “clear and unequivocal support” for such students, who are “part of the fabric of University life.”Harvard supports the continuation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status as well as legislation such as the BRIDGE Act, which would recognize DACA statutorily, and the DREAM Act, which would provide permanent legal status.The University also has hired Katie Derzon as a fellow to provide additional support to undocumented students. “Our undocumented students are an invaluable part of our Harvard community, and it is vital that we assist them in whatever ways are available to us,” said Derzon. “My role is primarily to ensure that the voices of undocumented students are heard and addressed. I aim to support undocumented students and help them find the resources they need, be they legal, social, or psychological.”Resources include a website that provides a centralized source of information for undocumented members of the Harvard community, weekly support groups where students can talk with a counselor, and legal assistance through the Immigration and Refugee Clinic, which recently hired attorney Jason Corral to represent undocumented students and those with legal status obtained through the DACA initiative.“We’ve been advising people since the first set of executive orders came out in January pretty consistently until now,” said Sabrineh Ardalan, the clinic’s assistant director.In addition, Harvard has co-signed a letter, coordinated by the American Council of Education, that calls on the Trump administration to work with the higher education community to support these students and allow them to stay, study, and work.last_img read more

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Exclusive! Alex Timbers Talks Moulin Rouge! Development

first_img As previously announced, freaked out over and constantly dreamcast in the Broadway.com offices, Moulin Rouge! is officially getting the Great White Way treatment! Based on Baz Luhrmann’s resplendent 2001 film starring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman, the in-the-works tuner already boasts Alex Timbers at the helm and Tony winner John Logan as its scribe. And apparently, we’re not the only ones caught up in the fandom.Hailed director Timbers, known for his work on cult fave Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Peter and the Starcatcher, Rocky and this season’s Oh, Hello, exclusively told Broadway.com: “I’m really excited that John Logan is writing the book because he is fabulous writer. I’ve been a big fan of his movies and The Last Ship and so to get to work with him—it’s really an awesome moment.”In case you didn’t know (and if you don’t, go watch this instant!), Moulin Rouge! is set in the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France and tells the story of a young poet/writer, Christian, who falls in love with the star of the Moulin Rouge, cabaret actress and courtesan Satine.As for the timeline for Moulin Rouge!’s highly-anticipated Broadway bow, Timbers told us: “We’re still in the early stages.”Come what may, we know this production is going to be spectacular, spectacular! Alex Timbers(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Commentslast_img read more

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Syracuse’s defense shines despite Lindsay Eastwood’s absence in 2-1 win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 25, 2019 at 11:00 pm Contact Tim: [email protected] Jessica DiGirolamo took the puck up the left side of the ice and began to converge on the net. She cycled the puck behind her, seeming to drift back up ice and away from the action. But the sophomore settled at the right point, waiting for the puck to return to her. And it did, off the stick of fellow defensemen Shelby Calof. DiGirolamo steadied the puck, then ripped a shot past Penn State’s goaltender. It was her fifth goal of the season, and it put the Orange ahead 1-0 with 10:45 to play in the first. “I had a rough past few games so I just wanted to get into my groove,” Digirolamo said, “Good thing I scored a goal.” Her slap set the tone for the Orange (6-17-1, 6-5 College Hockey America) in their 2-1 over the Nittany Lions (9-11, 4-7). Digirolamo finished with one goal, while the freshman Calof finished with two assists. The defense was just as much of a force in its own zone, blocking a number of shots to keep goaltender Maddi Welch’s workload at 34 shots. And it came without the anchor of the defense, senior captain Lindsay Eastwood. “It’s definitely tough without Lindsay,” sophomore defensemen Kristen Siermachesky said, “We miss her a lot. But we gotta step it up on the back end to get the puck to the forwards.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEastwood has been battling an illness for the past two weeks — even beginning before she scored the game-winner against Robert Morris a week ago. The doctor ruled her out indefinitely, leaving the Orange with five defenders.This meant a constant rotation of defensemen, rather than the conventional flow of three pairs, SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. But for the most part, the defense adjusted in stride. “They did a real good job,” Flanagan said, “And it’s how they manage their ice time and just use the glass and the boards when there’s trouble.”DiGirolamo remained in “fourth gear” for most of the first period, finishing with five shots, but the Orange lead stayed 1-0 going into the first intermission. In the second, SU found themselves on the power play for one minute, but the Orange failed to convert. Later in the period at even strength, though, SU did find the net, courtesy of Brooke Avery. The redshirt senior had an open look straight at the goaltender from ten feet out and buried a wrist shot. SU’s defense did their part, Welch had another solid period, and the Orange cruised into the second intermission up 2-0. But in the third, penalties began to plague the Orange once again. Siermachesky was called for holding, reducing SU’s already depleted defensive rotation to just four. Two of them didn’t even get a chance to kill the penalty as PSU scored seven seconds later. “You win the draw (faceoff), that’s what happens,” Flanagan said. Three minutes later another defensemen, Allie Olnowich, was called for interference, putting PSU on the man-advantage with a chance to tie the game at two. This time, Welch stood tall in net, and DiGirolamo took a puck to the chest to end the power play. The Nittany Lions were forced to pull their goalie with under two minutes to go, desperate to equalize. PSU had one last opportunity to score with 16 seconds left from close range, but senior defensemen sprawled out to spoil the shot attempt and Penn State’s hopes. “Blocking shots has been an emphasis of ours,” Calof said, “… but we know we can do even better. So next game hopefully we’re able to come out and use this win as momentum.” center_img Commentslast_img read more

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New Name for Tumwater Falls Park

first_imgFacebook1.9kTweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Tumwater FoundationMarking a major milestone in its nearly 70-year history, the Olympia Tumwater Foundation announced it has officially changed the name of its “Tumwater Falls Park” to “Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls.” The change is effective immediately, and will be incorporated across the foundation’s promotion and fundraising efforts in the coming months. The new name cohesively defines and distinguishes the historical significance of the park and reflects the foundation’s unique heritage.The name Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls is a nod to the contributions of the Olympia Brewing Company and founding Schmidt family, which donated the land to the foundation and financed its construction. “The name change was based on feedback from park visitors, our stakeholders and our board of directors,” said board president Lee Wojnar.Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls will also carry the iconic tagline “It’s the Water” which honors the past and commemorates the future of the park and surrounding historic district. “This is an opportune time for a name change, coinciding with the ‘craft brewing’ initiative by the City of Tumwater and the current refurbishment of the historic Old Brewhouse,” said John Freedman, the foundation’s executive director. “It is fitting that the new name honors the legacy of the Schmidt family, which has been so important to the wellbeing of this area.”The falls of the Deschutes River have been a popular destination since the mid-19th century and remains a peerless recreation area, combining spectacular scenery with historical significance, and attracting over 250,000 visitors a year. Contrary to general perception, Brewery Park at Tumwater Fall is not a state or city funded recreation area. Created as a community gift in 1962 to preserve and sustain the natural habitat and history of the Deschutes River canyon, the park is maintained and open free of charge by the non-profit Olympia Tumwater Foundation.The Olympia Tumwater Foundation (OTF) is a local charitable organization that traces its roots to the Schmidt family of Tumwater and the famous Olympia Brewing Company. It was created in 1950 by Peter G. Schmidt, Sr., long-time president of Olympia Brewing Company and oldest son of brewery founder Leopold Schmidt.The original mission of the Foundation was one of general philanthropy. Over the years OTF has supported a range of worthwhile activities, from regional medical research to preservation of Northwest history. Today OTF is best known for the pair of properties it owns and maintains for public use – Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls and the historic Schmidt House. It is also acclaimed as the largest provider of college scholarships to high school seniors in Thurston County.last_img read more

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UWI hold off Tivoli in Red Stripe Premier League

first_imgUWI FC held Tivoli Gardens to a 0-0 draw in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football match at the Edward Seaga Complex yesterday. The result lifted the university team to 39 points, while Tivoli inched up to 33. The home team was more dangerous throughout the contest, but resolute defending from the visitors kept their chances at a minimum. Their best opportunity fell midway the half when Andre McFarlane’s corner landed between a host of Tivoli players in the area, but no one could capitalise on the loose ball. UWI’s head coach Marcel Gayle thought his team showed character to get a hard earned point. “We are more mature in the league now. We will not always get a good game for 90 minutes, so today, we had to grind out a point. We went down a man early in the second-half and we showed courage and determination,” he said. “But we are coming off a loss on the road and we are still on the road and it’s wonderful to come to Tivoli and get a point. Going forward, these are the games we want to play, where we grind out victories and grind out a point, so this is a feather in UWI’s hat,” he added. Tivoli’s assistant coach Damion Gordon thought there was a lack of cutting edge from his team. “We should have won the game, but it’s football and we didn’t play with much urgency and we lacked the killer instinct. Tivoli, over years, had that killer instinct and we need to get it back,” said the former Tivoli captain. In another early game, Portmore (54) missed a great opportunity to go back atop the league after they were held to a 2-2 draw by relegation-threatened Reno (32) at Frome Complex. Reno took the lead twice through Renario Downswell (33rd, 84th). Portmore secured a point with strikes from Tremaine Stewart (70th) and Ricardo Morris (90th). Montego Bay United lead with 55 points. Yesterday’s Results Tivoli Gardens 0 UWI FC 0 Reno FC 2 Portmore United 2 Humble Lion 1. Harbour View 1. Waterhouse 2. Rivoli 1 Today’s game 8:40 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs Boys’ Town at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complexlast_img read more

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South Africa gets a mixed reaction in Africa

first_imgResearch into perceptions of South Africa in the rest of Africa found nation brand reputational strengths in culture, music, business sophistication, infrastructure and political management of democratic transitions. But South Africans were also perceived as imposing and aggressive. Petrus de Kock, research manager at Brand South Africa, said initial findings indicated personal interactions in business, social and government settings often left the impression among hosts in other African countries that South Africans were pushy. (Image: Media Club Reporter) • How much do you know about the ocean? • Disabled South Africans: know your rights – Infographic • Frank and honest: the Women On Sex web series • Enactus promotes entrepreneurship, innovation • Sandton goes car-free for a month Ray MaotaThere are mixed perceptions of South Africa in other African countries, according to South Africa Incorporated, or SA Inc, which aims to uncover unique insights to help Brand South Africa to understand the environment in which it operates.The project was created by Brand South Africa as part of its Africa Programme in order to uncover what local businesses face when they trade with and invest in peer countries on the rest of the continent, and when they travel to and live in other African countries.Results of the project were unpacked at research dialogue hosted by Brand South Africa and held at the Gordon Institute for Business Science in Illovo, northern Johannesburg, earlier in the week. The dialogue dissected South Africa’s brand on the continent and its various implications.SA Inc fieldwork was undertaken in 2014/15 in Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana, as well as Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal and Russia in the 2015/16 cycle. One of the insights gained was that perceptions of South Africa and its people could hinder or advance the country’s business progress in the rest of Africa.For example, initial findings indicated personal interactions in business, social and government settings often left the impression among hosts in other African countries that South Africans were pushy, imposing and unwilling to listen to the authentic advice of locals and industry experts, said Petrus de Kock, research manager at Brand South Africa.The country’s National Development Plan, or Vision 2030, which sets out the vision for South Africa, posits expanded trade between South Africa and its peer African countries as a key long-term objective.SOUTH AFRICA AND ITS PEERSAccording to SA Inc, in Nigeria, from a reputational point of view, South Africa has a major influence on several fronts:With more than 150 companies active in the market, South Africa is highly visible and respected in many areas of national competency.South Africa’s democratic transition, institutional and infrastructural profile is appreciated and is often referenced as a key attractiveness feature.Nigerian respondents are keen to interact with and explore opportunities with South Africa for business and investment interactions and for cultural, music, tourism and related experiences.In Kenya, from a reputational point of view, South Africa has a major influence on two fronts:As a result of South Africa’s democratic transition, strong institutions; and,As a result of major interest in South Africa music and culture.FINDINGS ON SOUTH AFRICA’S FOOTPRINT IN KENYA AND NIGERIAUncovering outside perceptions of a nation is key to effectively marketing its brand, particularly for encouraging trade and investment. In July and August 2014, Brand South Africa researchers conducted fieldwork in Kenya and Nigeria to assess those countries’ views of South Africa and its people.It was found that Kenyans largely considered South Africans to be imposing and aggressive.“However, at the opposite end, the country and its people’s general openness is ascribed to an appealing culture and high-level accomplishments in several spheres,” De Kock said. “For example, our political transition and democratisation; the capabilities and range of sectors in the South African economy; South African technical, managerial, manufacturing, engineering, and a host of related practical capabilities – these all impact positively on perceptions of the nation brand.”In Kenya, there was a positive reception for South African products and services, mostly in the food sector, as they were competitively priced and of high quality. According to the SA Inc report, these perceptions stem from comments about how South African managers conduct themselves and treat Kenyans. This affects the reputation of South Africa and South African businesses in Kenya.On the other hand, South African companies’ perceptions of doing business in Kenya were characterised by wariness, a result of several failed attempts to invest in the nation.Perceptions of business and economic ties in Nigeria concluded that while South Africa had significant and diverse investments across a range of sectors in that country, Nigerian business people felt South Africa should be more open to investment from, and trade interaction with, Nigerian companies.CONCLUSIONSThe initial fieldwork findings indicate unique nation brand reputational strengths in areas such as culture, music, business sophistication, infrastructure and political management of democratic transitions.On the negative side, South Africans are perceived as imposing, aggressive, and unwilling to listen to local advice.“From a business perspective it implies that more attention needs to be paid to the manner in which South Africans interact with African peers, and how market entry strategies are designed by incorporating soft factors such as business culture,” De Kock said.From a political point of view, South Africa is seen as progressive, that it has strong institutions, and democratic credentials to underpin its Constitution. However, internal developmental challenges, xenophobia, and misplaced perceptions about African expatriates in South Africa is a cause for concern in Kenya and Nigeria.SOUTH AFRICA AND BRICSBrand South Africa shared a research report, The Ufa Declaration, and its implications for the BRICS brand.Most importantly, the report highlights the successes of BRICS in terms of implementing summit decisions, and the implications increased formalisation and institutionalisation has for the development of the organisation.This is an issue very few analysts have written about, especially in the context of how the development of the organisation is reflecting positively on the global governance capability of the five member states.last_img read more

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Advice from Grandpa keeping many farms in business

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There are a number of reasons farmland will change hands over the next few years.After seeing a windfall in agriculture prices in recent years, many young farmers who tried their hand in the unforgiving industry may have to move on to other ventures as the ag economy calms. For that same reason, many older farmers may also be thinking it is high time to call it a career as well.On the other hand, one invaluable reason that some farms will remain operational over the next few challenging years will be the wisdom of that older generation, who wouldn’t wish what they had to endure in the mid 1980’s on their worst enemy.For Niese Farms in Richland and Crawford Counties having the experience of three generations is paying dividends as the farm navigates these challenging times. The elder farmer Jerry, his son Rick and his grandson Casey each bring important perspectives to the table for the farm.“When I first became a part of the farm it was the heart of the bad times,” Rick Niese said. “We really had to tighten our belt and work closely with our landlords to let them know that they will get their payment, but it may not happen until the crops came in. We never had to stick anybody that we did business with and fortunately they all stuck with us through some very rough patches.”Even with uncomfortably close margins during the crisis years, the Nieses still kept with the farm plan of putting fertilizer down. They knew that the only way to keep the books above water was to do what was right with the land.Those ideals not only saw Niese Farms through the lowest points of modern agriculture, but positioned them to expand once the storm blew over.“By 1988, we added 1,000 rented acres in one chunk of ground,” Rick Niese said. “Then just 12 years ago we made another significant jump by picking up another 1,200 acres. My Dad’s motto has always been ‘sittin’ still is going backwards’, so we are always looking for ways to progress our farm to the next level.”That forward-thinking mindset has also been put into place from a technological standpoint.“Our equipment is state-of-the-art and that has given us a big advantage with our rented ground,” Rick Niese said. “Things are so competitive in this area that I’ve been involved in rent wars with 25 other farmers for the same piece of ground. Because of the way we operate, I can tell my prospective land owners two things: that we will treat their ground as if it’s our own and that we won’t be the highest price they were offered.”Even with the downturn in the ag economy, Niese Farms have been able to pay steady rent prices and have been able to keep highly sought-after ground because of the value they add by mowing ditches, trimming tree lines and tiling wherever needed — all things landowners always appreciate.While Rick’s farming story started at a dismal point on the farm, his son Casey headed back to the farm a few years ago when things were about as good as they could get. Casey was reminded on a daily basis that $7 corn and $15 beans would not be the standard.“When they made purchases like building our new shop, they kept explaining to me that we’re doing this now while we have the capability,” Casey Niese said. “They said, ‘Don’t get used to this because they have been through this before and they knew what was going to happen.’”Casey admits that he would have come back to the farm no matter what the economic situation looked like, but the advice about the good times not lasting forever was hard to swallow.“No matter how many times they told you that the high prices wouldn’t last, I kind of looked past it and thought there was no way it was going to end,” Casey Niese said. “They were right, but there isn’t anything short of a major catastrophe that would keep me from being right here on this farm.”With many acres in the area coming up for sale, the farm plan is to continue growing. Jerry, Rick and Casey have all learned from the past and are positioned nicely as land values decline, just as they were positioned 30 years ago.“We are in an even better position than in 1985 because we have paid for a lot of our land this time around,” said Rick Niese. “We are always in the market for more land, but we have to be smart about our growth and we choose to stay away from $10,000 an acre ground. You have to draw a line somewhere. Our attitude is that if we buy $7,000 an acre ground and we have $500 an acre ground that we acquired a few decades ago, when you blend that out it’s not too bad.”There will be a time, as always, that the older generation on Niese Farms hangs up the boots and the younger generation hopes they have what it takes to fill them.“The future is unknown, but I just hope we can keep growing,” Casey Niese said. “My goal is to keep the farm moving forward, maintain this business that Grandpa worked hard to build and keep a good name for my whole family.”Niese Farms also took advantage of much lower interest rates recently and refinanced at 3% to 4% interest for the life of the loan, which will keep the bottom line a bit healthier through this lean period. Locking in lower rates may be the answer to saving not just money, but farms in the coming years.“Rates are absolutely worth fixing and that is probably more important today than it has been in years,” said Steve Allard, Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer for Farm Credit Mid-America. “We do expect rates to start increasing in 2016, so refinancing would be one place for farmers to look at taking one risk off of the table.”What would a farm have to look like, on paper, in order to qualify for lower interest rates? Allard said that any lender will look at the financial health of the operation and evaluate the balance sheet to see how much the farmer has in equity versus debt, along with liquidity and working capital.For the farms that are looking to expand in the midst of an economic downturn, collateral will be needed to get loans. Recently, that backing has been made with cash-on-hand but that may not be the case for long.“As farmers have had to work through some challenging years, there are some operations that will burn through some of their working capital,” Allard said. “At that point we will see more of a movement towards land being used as that additional collateral.”Current lending caps, or maximum debt for land, range from $5,100 to $6,200 an acre, depending on where the ground is located and the quality of that ground. Additional funds necessary to make a land purchase would either come from a cash down payment or more collateral to spread the debt over more acres.For some farms, the loans needed may not be to expand the operation, but to merely keep it going. If the balance sheet is a bit lopsided a loan can become more difficult to get, but still possible.“The trick with those situations is to understand why an operation is struggling and understanding how that might impact the future,” Allard said. “The question becomes, does it look like those operations can return to profitable status quickly or are there some changes that need to take place?”“We want to understand what the farmer’s plans are as far as 2016 and beyond and then look at that with today’s prices as opposed as to what we might have gotten in 2012 and 2013. We have tools that will let us get to those break even prices on corn, soybeans and wheat to see what the future holds. Then the conversation can turn to how can a farm that is in the red make the changes needed to get them back in the black.”The ag banking industry is encouraging farmers to use working capital wisely. The recommended formula for today’s circumstances is dividing working capital by what the farm is grossing on an accrual basis. Over 35% is considered good in the eyes of ag banks. Anything around 15% to 20% is considered low and may require some restructuring.last_img read more

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200 Million Workers Want Windows 8 Tablets, Not iPads

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … markhachman Tags:#Microsoft#microsoft surface#tablet Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts So what did Forrester’s report conclude?1.) Apple will win the next-gen smartphone war. Today, 92% of desktop PC users run Windows, 87% of notebook users do the same, while Apple powers 58% of the tablets. Android edges Apple in smartphone use, 37% to 34%. But 33% of workers want their next phone to be an iPhone; 22% want an Android phone, and 10% want a Windows phone. Some 7% own a BlackBerry, and apparently those same 7% want another.2.)Windows tablet demand tops Apple. Easily the biggest surprise of the report. Of those IT workers polled, only 2% own a Windows tablet. But 32% want one. That tops Apple, with just 26% of those polled wanting an iPad and 12% hoping for another Android tablet.“For CIOs, there are three mandates that arise from this data: 1.) Apple and Android will be major suppliers to the enterprise. 2.) Microsoft has a fighting chance in tablets. 3.) The workplace of the future is multiplatform,” Forrester’s report claims.3.)More workers are bringing their own devices to work, and more are paying for them, too. Forrester claims that we haven’t yet hit what it calls “peak BYOD.” But aleady more than a third of workers who bring smartphones and laptops into the office picked what they wanted, themselves, the report found. About 12% of workers bought (or were forced to buy) their notebooks themselves, and 18% more (or 129 million workers) bought their own phones.In total, 36% of the knowledge-based workforce is ready and willing to pay for the computer they want, the report found. “We read that result as code for “I’d like a MacBook or iMac, please,” Forrester said.The report also noted that more and more employees don’t mind having their devices managed by their employer. If a worker loses a cell phone, for example, an IT shop that activates a “kill switch” will wipe the user’s device. Workers these days are finding that blocking a thief’s access to their personal data is as valuable as blocking access to corporate data, the report concluded.With more and more workers using multiple devices – desktop, notebook, phone and tablet – and IT shops allowing these devices onto the corporate network, Microsoft may be right – the world may indeed want Windows. Microsoft Q&A With Tami RellerThat’s all certainly good news for Microsoft, but Windows 8’s future remains far from certain. In a “question and answer” session with Windows marketing officer Tami Reller published Monday, Reller stuck to the party line about how “more than 60 million licenses” had been sold for Windows 8, “on par with the record-setting pace we saw with Windows 7.”“With Windows 8, we’ve built an OS that scales across the entire segment: tablets, to PCs to everything PCs can become, with one consistent scalable experience,” Reller said. “Windows 8 is a big, ambitious change and as I said, we’re only just getting started.”Nothing has changed here. Reller is repeating the same points that she has been hammering for weeks now. Yes, Microsoft delivered solid financial results for the most recent quarter. But persistent questions about Windows 8 demand have lingered, and Forrester’s report may have answered some of them.  Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Good news for Microsoft: 200 million information workers want Windows tablets, a report from Forrester claimed Monday, quite a few more than the 900,000 Surface RT tablets that IDC estimated have already been sold into the channel.If Forrester’s numbers truly reflect reality, they indicate a huge pent-up demand for the Surface Pro, which goes on sale this month. The report concludes that both Apple and Microsoft will go at each other’s throats to win knowledge workers to their respective camps, riding the wave of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend. And believe it or not, those workers want Windows tablets like the Surface more than they want iPads.Forrester also concludes that it’s probably curtains for BlackBerry, which the research house labels a “fading presence”.The strongest argument for the legitimacy of the data is the sample size of 9,766 information workers that Forrester polled. Typically, market research firms – whether asking questions about technology, political candidates or laundry soap – poll a representative group of respondents and try to extrapolate that data out to the entire population in question, usually Americans or even worldwide users. The larger the sample size, typically, the greater the reliability of the findings. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Corey Kluber gets 18th win as Indians beat Mariners

first_imgCleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE — At this point, there is not much Corey Kluber can do to strengthen his case for the American League Cy Young Award. Another win, another quality start, another 10 strikeouts has become what is expected from Cleveland’s ace.“He’s the Cy Young. I think he’s clearly the Cy Young,” Indians teammate Jason Kipnis said. “That doesn’t take away anything from Chris Sale. I think he’s clearly the No. 2 and would be the Cy Young in any other year Corey Kluber is not pitching like this. What he’s done has just been efficient as you can be.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Brian Shaw pitched a clean eighth, and Cody Allen worked the ninth for his 29th save. Allen allowed a game-ending home run to Nelson Cruz in Friday’s loss but struck out two of three batters in the ninth on Sunday.“We knew (Allen) was fine or he wouldn’t be pitching,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.STARTING OFFLeake was lifted after 6 2/3 innings, the third time in five starts since being acquired by Seattle that he pitched into the seventh. The right-hander pitched into the seventh just twice in his final 10 starts with St. Louis.The three earned runs were the most allowed by Leake since his addition to the Mariners rotation.POSTSEASON DROUGHTSeattle has the longest postseason drought in baseball at 16 years and counting. The Mariners were in the middle of the wild card race until the past 10 days, when they were swept by the Astros in Houston and swept at home by Texas. Seattle has dropped eight of nine.“It says a lot for our guys to keep it up like that for as long as we did,” Servais said. “I think when you battle so long like that … you kind of run out of gas. You can only go so far.”TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: 1B Carlos Santana was out of the lineup a day after having his right arm bent awkwardly in a collision at first base with Seattle’s Jean Segura running down the line. … RF Jay Bruce was back in the lineup after leaving Saturday’s game early with left heel soreness. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trump criticisms spark more protests at NFL games Kluber threw seven strong innings to become the first 18-game winner in the AL, Jose Ramirez’s 29th home run snapped a 2-all tie, and the Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Sunday.Kluber (18-4) made only one mistake in winning his sixth straight start, striking out 10 and allowing six hits. It was his 15th start this season with at least 10 strikeouts. And Kluber didn’t feel at his best after getting extra rest before this turn in the rotation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Just didn’t quite feel as crisp as when you get to go every fifth day, but it’s about making adjustments,” Kluber said.Ben Gamel had a two-run homer with two outs in the fifth inning to pull Seattle even and snap a string of 26 2/3 scoreless innings by Kluber. Both of the runs were unearned after an error by Giovanny Urshela. But it was the only offense the Mariners could produce against Cleveland’s ace. 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Servais said it would probably be a few days before Segura will be back in the lineup.UP NEXTIndians: Cleveland has Monday off before opening a three-game series at home against Minnesota. Josh Tomlin (9-9) will start the opener.Mariners: Seattle goes on the road for its final six games, beginning with three against Oakland. Felix Hernandez (5-5) will start the opener against the A’s. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The Indians won for the 29th time in 31 games, won their ninth straight series and have not lost consecutive games since Aug. 22-23.The loss eliminated the Mariners from contention for the second AL wild card. Seattle is seven games behind Minnesota with six games left. The Mariners have not made the postseason since 2001.“We faced some really good pitching the last couple weeks,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I’m proud of our guys and the way they fought all year. It’s disappointing with the expectations we had on ourselves and this ballclub.”Ramirez put Cleveland in front leading off the sixth with a solo shot off Seattle starter Mike Leake (3-1) and put Kluber in line for the victory.Cleveland also got RBI doubles from Edwin Encarnacion and Jason Kipnis in the fourth. Encarnacion later doubled in the eighth off reliever Shea Simmons and scored on a sacrifice fly from Kipnis.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more