The Tri-State Alliance AIDS Holiday Project has scheduled a new volunteer meeting for Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 5:30pm at the TSA Offices, 501 John Street Suite 5 in Evansville. Volunteers will hear an overview of the project, as the group works to meet the needs of over 400 low-income households impacted by HIV / AIDS throughout the Tri-State.For more information contact Wally Paynter at 812-480-0204, [email protected] or visit AIDSHolidayProject.org.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola returns to Barcelona for the first time since leaving the club in 2012 with a place in the Champions League final on the line.Barcelona will have the chance to avenge their 2013 humbling by Bayern Munich after being paired with the Germans again in the Champions League semi-final draw. Former Barca coach Pep Guardiola was on a year’s sabbatical at the time but will enjoy the challenge of his first return to Camp Nou since taking over at Bayern.The Spaniard, a long-time Barca player, won 14 trophies in a four-year spell as head coach, including two Champions League titles.Bayern midfielder Thiago Alcantara, lured to Bayern by Guardiola last season, is also a Barcelona youth product. “Everyone understands how special this game is for me, for Thiago and my staff,” Guardiola told reporters. “Barcelona was our life. When you are in a semi-final then you will always face a big team. What can I say? Barcelona is my home.”Bayern, who are chasing a repeat of their 2013 treble, are closing in on the Bundesliga title and are through to the last four of the German Cup as well. Guardiola has said a domestic double this season would not be enough for the Bavarians.”It will be a special game. We have to analyse Barcelona,” he said, heaping praise on coach Luis Enrique, a former team mate. “Barcelona are the best team at the moment. I am not surprised.” Barcelona last won the Champions League in 2011 under Guardiola, while Bayern claimed their fifth European crown in 2013, before the Spanish coach took charge. “Now they have brought in Neymar, Suarez. They have a new coach,” said Guardiola.”Other than that they play still the same, with the same mentality.”Bayern, who play the second leg at home, will go into the tie on a high after their 6-1 quarter-final second-leg demolition of Porto but Barcelona were similarly impressive in dispatching a powerful Paris St Germain side 5-1 on aggregate.”On Tuesday we played one of the best halfs in the history of the Champions League,” said Paul Breitner, Bayern’s representative at the draw, about the 6-1 demolition of Porto.”We have to do that over the entire two games against Barcelona.” Jordi Mestre, Barcelona vice-president, said: “Guardiola obviously knows us well but we also know him and his way of playing, while Luis Enrique and Guardiola know each other very well and it is another element to the game.”–
Nantes said they were pleased with FIFA’s decision.“Cardiff must honour their commitments and the rule of the laws of sport,” the club’s lawyers wrote in a text message sent to AFP.Nantes had previously appealed in February over Cardiff’s failure to pay the 17 million euros they said was owed because Sala had already signed for the Welsh side.The light aircraft Sala was travelling on came down in the English Channel during a night-time flight.His body was recovered, but that of the pilot, David Ibbotson, has never been found.A report by Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch in August said that Sala and the pilot were likely exposed to “potentially fatal” levels of carbon monoxide on the plane.In the aftermath of the tragedy, Cardiff were relegated from the Premier League after just one season back in the top flight.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Emiliano SalaLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Cardiff said on Wednesday they would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against FIFA’s decision to make them pay Nantes the first instalment of the transfer fee for Emiliano Sala.The world governing body this week ordered Cardiff to pay French club Nantes an initial six million euros ($6.5 million) in their dispute over the payment of the transfer fee for Sala.The amount corresponds to the first instalment of the 17 million-euro fee Cardiff had agreed to pay Nantes before the Argentine, 28, died in a plane crash in January while travelling to join his new club.The Championship club, who argue that Sala’s revised contract was not signed and that his playing registration was not complete, said they were “extremely disappointed” by the FIFA Players’ Status Committee’s decision.“It would appear the committee has reached its conclusion on a narrow aspect of the overall dispute, without considering the full documentation presented by Cardiff City to FIFA,” the statement said.“Nevertheless there remains clear evidence that the transfer agreement was never completed in accordance with multiple contractual requirements which were requested by Nantes, thereby rendering it null and void.“We shall be appealing to CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) in order to seek a decision which considers all of the relevant contractual information and provides clarity on the full legal situation between our two clubs.”In a statement on Monday, FIFA said it had “never lost sight of the specific and unique circumstances of this tragic situation during its deliberations on the dispute at stake.”
Kain Colter, a former quarterback for Northwestern University, sits during an interview with The Associated Press in Bradenton, Fla., Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Kain Colter is not completely sure what the landscape will one day look like if college athletes are allowed to unionize. He’s just more convinced than ever that it’s become necessary.The former Northwestern quarterback, now essentially the face of the movement that could completely reshape college sports, said Thursday that a federal agency’s decision to allow the Wildcats to form a union was an expected victory — but also represents just the first step in what he knows will be a lengthy process.“There’s so many different components,” Colter said in an interview with The Associated Press. “But what this does … it ensures that players have a voice and whatever route this goes and whatever structure comes from college sports, we have input. We’re out there sacrificing so much. We’re a big part of what college sports is today and the revenue that’s generated off of it. We deserve to have a say in that. We deserve a seat at the table.”A two-page online letter that he wrote might have made it all happen.Colter, 21, wasn’t the first to question why athletes feel like their rights in college are limited, but it was an online rant that he sent to the National College Players Association that started the roll of this now-enormous snowball. From that note, an idea was born, and the notion got legitimized Wednesday when a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board said Northwestern’s players should be allowed to unionize.The university will appeal. Colter isn’t worried.“You saw how strong of a ruling it was and that we won every single claim,” Colter said. “It’s going to be something that’s really hard to overturn.”At the root of Colter’s argument for change is that he believes college athletes lack basic protections, such as the guarantee of medical coverage and the promise of a four-year scholarship at most institutions. It’s common for scholarships to be renewed annually, and athletes have long felt that they could be vulnerable in situations like a change in coaches or philosophy.He stresses, though, that he enjoyed his time at Northwestern. He raves about Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald, calling him the best in college football. His experience was not a bad one, but Colter still can’t understand why his attempts to talk to the NCAA about possible changes were repeatedly turned down.“You can have the best employer in the world and you still deserve basic protections and basic rights,” Colter said. “That’s what this is all about. … It wasn’t a complaint. It wasn’t us filing this out of abuse or mistreatment or anything like that. This is what it is.”For that, he actually thanks Northwestern.“With any big change there’s going to be people who are unsure and it’s too much, we’re not going to be able to do this, we’re not going to be able to do that,” Colter said. “But at Northwestern, especially at Northwestern, I’ve been taught to think outside the box, be a great thinker, free thinker, be a leader, make change. That’s just what we’re doing. That’s what Northwestern prepared us to do, to tackle this challenge.”It would be very simple for the 6-foot, 190-pound Colter to just worry about himself right now.He accounted for 5,023 yards and 50 touchdowns — 18 passing, 28 rushing and four receiving — in his four years at Northwestern, and plans to try to make the NFL as a receiver. He’s not expected to be drafted, and if he gets picked it almost certainly won’t be until the latest rounds. He’s preparing for a pro shot at IMG Academy on the southwest coast of Florida, where he said his training regimen Thursday was “business as usual.”Which it was, except for a few rounds of interviews and having a car service get him to all the stops on his media tour of sorts. In between it all, he was working out, and he said football is his top priority — even with all this legal talk swirling around him.He insists, his group has a plan, and knows exactly how to proceed.“My father played, my uncle played, I’ve been around all their teammates and their friends,” Colter said. “I’ve seen the pitfalls in the system and I went through it. For me to represent those guys and almost make things right and hopefully change things for the future generations and leave the game better than I found it, I’m honored to do that.”
Brazilian Leonardo Neiva is yet to officially take up duties as head coach at the western Jamaica Premier League outfit Montego Bay United Football Club because he is yet to receive a work permit.This is a month after the announcement that the South American would have officially taken over as the new coach, following the departure of American Timothy Hankinson in November.Orville Powell, MoBay United’s owner, said Neiva’s paperwork is being processed and he hopes that it will be very soon.”The coach came here for us to really look at him. He didn’t come with a work permit as we did not know we would have wanted him. The authorities came by and we told them what it was all about and they told us to do the right thing, so we are doing the right thing,” Powell explained.”We have made the application now. All the documents are in order. We just have to wait until the approval, which is solely dependent on the Ministry [of Labour]. But it’s the [Christmas] season now, and we are mindful of how the holidays can slow a process, so we just have to wait and see how long,” he continued.In the live televised game on Monday night, MoBay United played away at Harbour View and the Brazilian was seen taking notes and even barking instructions to players from the sidelines until he was spoken to by one of the match officials at half-time.He was not seen after the break, but Powell thought his presence should be of no concern to the match officials.”I don’t know why the official should be concerned with him. He is not on the match card; there is no documentation that he is a part of the system. He is a spectator, so I don’t know why an official would want to say something to him,” Powell said.”But we have to be mindful because we blundered with him coming here. We overjumped the procedure, so we just have to correct that because we had the cart in front of the horse.”We are not blaming anybody. It’s our responsibility, and we just have to make it right,” he continued.Meanwhile, the team sits atop of the standings with 33 points from 18 games, the same as Portmore United, who have an inferior goal difference.”We really appreciate where we are, but we think we could have done better. It is not an easy league and the teams are coming at us, so we have to do a whole heap to maintain ourselves at the top.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ben Brown, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State UniversityThe month of February represents the price discovery period for projected price of corn. The projected price represents the Risk Management Associations (RMA) baseline for establishing federally sponsored corn insurance products for 2019. The projected price for corn is the average of the February settlement prices for the December futures contract. The subsequent harvest price is the average of the October settlement prices for the same December futures contract. The projected price and the harvest price are used to identify the guaranteed revenue for revenue based crop insurance products. However, neither price takes into account local cash basis.The projected price established by RMA for 2019 corn revenue is $4 per bushel. This is up $0.04 per bushel from the 2018 and 2017 projected prices of $3.96 per bushel representing the increase in corn prices during the last few months of 2018 after a drop during the summer months. Price volatility is considered when setting premium levels for insurance products. A higher volatility increases the premium paid by the producer if all else is equal. Volatility rates are set by averaging the volatility of the most recent five trading days. Corn volatility has continued decreasing and since 2011 is at its lowest point of 0.15.In October, RMA will calculate the 2019 harvest price to set guaranteed revenue for the year. The projected price for corn has been higher than the harvest price the last six years after two years of increases in 2011 and 2012. For the entire series 2011-2018, the projected price was above the harvest price by $0.21 per bushel. Looking at only the last six years of high production values across the country, the projected price exceeded the harvest price by $0.64 per bushel. The December Futures contract is averaging below the Projected Price halfway through March. Several factors will determine the final harvest price for the December Futures contract between now and the discovery period in October. Returns for Ohio corn based on 2019 projected pricesTo calculate a cost of production for each crop reporting district in Ohio, OSU enterprise budgets were used along with inputs from credible sources. Yield estimates for each crop reporting district came from the most current 5 years of National Agricultural Statistic Service (NASS) data.Insurance policies are based on an Actual Production History (APH), which represents a maximum of 10 previous years of yield records for a particular field or enterprise. Since the 2012 crop year, these yields have been adjusted to account for improved crop genetics and current practices. The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Board approves a trend adjustment factor for corn and soybeans in each county. This factor is equal to the annual increase in yield, and is based on county average yields determined by NASS each year. For the calculations, a corn trend adjustment factor of 1.6 bushels is multiplied to the difference in the current year to the base year and then added to the yield of the base year. As an example, consider a county that has a yield in 2013 of 164 bushels per acre. Using 2017 as the current year, the adjustment would be ((2017-2013) 1.6) + 164) for an adjusted yield of 170 bushels per acre. Seeding rates for cost estimates were taken from the 2018 eField Report published by The Ohio State University. The most profitable seeding rate based on a $3.50 per 1,000 seeds was used in these cost calculations. Cash rent estimates for each crop reporting district were reported by NASS in 2017.Ohio producers have the option to select coverage levels from 50% of APH to 85% of APH. Using the Summary of Business operations from the RMA website, the most popular coverage level for Ohio corn producers is 80%. For this article, it is assumed that an 80% APH coverage level is selected for revenue insurance products. An 80% coverage level means that the projected price is only covered on 80% of bushels not the total number of bushels.When considering all acres, the uninsured acres have no direct revenue insurance coverage. In this case, it would equal the remaining 20% based on the 80% coverage level. The 2018 Farm Bill signed into law on Dec. 20, 2018 raised the marketing loan rates for covered commodities. These loan rates are often considered a price floor under commodity markets. In the case of corn, the marketing loan rate is $2.20 per bushel. If the marketing loan rate is used as the price floor for the remaining 20% bushels that are left uncovered then an adjustment can be made to cover all acres within a unit. The $3.64 per bushel represents the complete coverage of all acres: (0.80 x $4.00/ bu.) + ($2.20 x 0.20) = $3.64 per bushel.Four of Ohio’s nine crop reporting districts showed higher costs of production compared to the $4 projected price. However, eight of the nine districts showed higher costs of production than the “Complete” coverage when adjusting for 80% revenue coverage. Southeast Ohio was the only crop reporting district to show gains compared to the projected price set by RMA for both covered bushels only and all bushels using the marketing loan rate of $2.20 as a price floor. The districts of Central, North Central and Northwest are at best meeting their cost of production, while West Central has cost of production above the revenue guarantee. These districts represent the majority of corn revenue policies and corn production for the state.Many producers reported higher than normal yields in 2018. If higher than historical average yields appear again in 2019, cost of production per bushel will be reduced below these calculations. In 2019, these programs are protecting the downside risk for producers as proponents argue they were designed to do. Districts having net returns above cost of production have low production and low insurance coverage. Thus, these insurance programs are providing a risk management tool for Ohio producers.
Rafael Nadal was handed a straight-set thrashing in the Australian Open 2019 final by Novak Djokovic on Sunday but the world No. 2 said he has a lot of positives to take from his campaign in the season’s first Grand Slam.Nadal was beaten 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in just two hours and four minutes by Djokovic, who went to clinch a record-breaking seventh title at the Melbourne Park. The Spaniard was bidding to become only the third player after Rod Laver and Roy Emerson to win all the Grand Slam titles twice but it was not to be.Nadal had reached Melbourne with dampened hopes of winning only his second title as he hadn’t played on the tour since retiring from US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro in 2018. The Spaniard was expected to begin his new season in Brisbane but he pulled out of the Brisbane International with a thigh strain.Doubts remained over Nadal’s participation in the Australian Open but he managed to recover in time and put up a series of clinical performances. Nadal hadn’t dropped a set until the final and had decimated Roger Federer-slayer Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets in the semi-final on Thursday.Really believed I played two great weeks of tennis: Nadal”It has been a very emotional two weeks. Even if tonight wasn’t my best day, it has been a very important two weeks for me. I have been going through tough moments in the last year,” Nadal said.”I only can say one thing: I’m going to keep fighting hard, I’m going to keep working hard to be a better player.”@RafaelNadal is an inspiration #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/mABAoVAWYkadvertisement#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019He added: “Since the US Open I was not able to play a professional match until the first round of the Australian Open. I really believe I played a great two weeks of tennis. It is going to be a good inspiration for what’s coming.”I can only say one thing – I am going to keep working and keep fighting hard to become a better player. Every moment, keep fighting. I’ve been trying for a long time.”Sometimes its been difficult for me in terms of injuries and sometimes in [opponents like tonight], but I will keep practicing.”Australian Open 2019, Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal: HighlightsNadal was completely outplayed by Djokovic, who now has 15 Grand Slam titles to his name. When the two players met in the 2012 final at the Rod Laver Arena, the Serb needed five hours and 53 minutes to lift the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup but he needed only two hours and four minutes on [email protected] reunited with Norman once again.#AusOpen #AusOpenFinal pic.twitter.com/J6HBOr367d#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019Djokovic raised his game to a new level as he needed no time to hit peak form in the much-anticipated final, which turned out to be lopsided. The world number one conceded just six points on serve over the first two sets and made just four unforced errors to Nadal’s 20 during the said period.Djokovic broke Nadal five times but conceded only one breakpoint, which the Spaniard failed to convert. Djokovic slipped away with the match and finished on the top step of the podium at the Melbourne Park after a remarkable night of tennis.Also Read | Novak Djokovic reveals new Aussie slang word he learnt after winning 7th Australia OpenAlso See: