Can 49ers channel Candlestick, defeat Seahawks Russell Wilson?

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Nick Mullens is 2-1 at Levi’s Stadium, and that qualifies as a beacon of hope.The 49ers will need their quarterback’s moxie and magic Sunday – and so much more, from so many others — to end a 10-game losing streak to the Seattle Seahawks.That said, no quarterback has thrived at Levi’s Stadium like the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson. He’s 4-0 there since the 49ers’ migration south from Candlestick Park.“It’s definitely a different venue in terms of where they play now,” Wilson told …last_img

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SA ranked 14th top investment prospect

first_img6 July 2012 South Africa has entered, at 14th position, a list of 21 countries ranked by international companies as top prospective investment destinations for 2012 to 2014, according to the 2012 World Investment Report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad). Unctad’s World Investment Prospects Survey 2012-14, based on responses from executives of the biggest transnational corporations worldwide, forms part of the World Investment Report released in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday. The survey indicates that developing economies will continue to enjoy strong foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows in the medium term as they become increasingly important to international companies worldwide.BRICS countries prominent Among the top five prospective investment destinations in the survey, the US (in 2nd place) stands out as the only developed economy. Of the other four, three – China (1st), India (3rd) and Brazil (5th) – are members of the BRICS grouping of influential emerging economies. Russia, also a BRICS member, is ranked joint 8th with Germany, while South Africa, which joined BRICS in 2011, is ranked 14th together with the Netherlands and Poland. The full list (with previous ranking in brackets) is: 1 China (1), 2 United States (2), 3 India (3), 4 Indonesia (6), 5 Brazil (4), 6 Australia (8), 6 United Kingdom (13), 8 Germany (8), 8 Russian Federation (5), 8 Thailand (12), 11 Vietnam (11), 12 Mexico (10), 13 Japan (-), 14 Netherlands (-), 14 Poland (6), 14 South Africa (-), 17 Republic of Korea (-), 17 Sweden (-), 19 France (19), 19 Italy (-), 19 Malaysia (-).Most promising sources of FDI When it came to the most promising sources of FDI over the medium term, the survey gauged the opinions of investment promotion agencies worldwide, who largely saw companies from developed countries as the most promising foreign investors. China, however, led the list of most promising investors, thanks largely to the rapid increase of its outward FDI in recent years. “Chinese transnational corporations have raised awareness of their home country as a source of investment through their active role in a number of industries and the wide spread of their FDI projects over a large number of host economies,” Unctad notes in its report. The US (2nd place), Germany (3rd) and the UK (4th) ranked as the most promising developed-economy investors, underscoring their continuing role in global FDI flows despite the fallout of the global financial and economic crisis. They were followed, in order, by France, Japan, India, Spain, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Brazil. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Western Ohio cropland values and cash rents 2016-17

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio cropland values and cash rental rates are projected to decrease in 2017. According to the Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Survey, bare cropland values in western Ohio are expected to decrease from 4.4 to 8.2% in 2017 depending on the region and land class. Cash rents are expected to decline from 1.4% to 4.2% depending on the region and land class. Ohio cropland values and cash rentOhio cropland varies significantly in its production capabilities, and consequently cropland values and cash rents vary widely throughout the state. Generally speaking, western Ohio cropland values and cash rents differ from much of southern and eastern Ohio cropland values and cash rents. The primary factors affecting these values and rates are land productivity and potential crop return and the variability of those crop returns. Soils and drainage capabilities are the two factors that most influence land productivity, crop return and variability of those crop returns.Other factors impacting land values and cash rents are field size and shape, population density, ease of access, market access, local market prices, potential for wildlife damage, field perimeter characteristics, and competition for rented cropland in a region. This fact sheet summarizes data collected for western Ohio cropland values and cash rents. 2017 study results The Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents study was conducted from February through April in 2017. The opinion-based study surveyed professionals with a knowledge of Ohio’s cropland values and rental rates. Professionals surveyed were farm managers, rural appraisers, agricultural lenders, OSU Extension educators, farmers, landowners, and Farm Service Agency personnel.The study results are based on 120 surveys returned, analyzed and summarized. Respondents were asked to group their estimates based on three land quality classes: average, top, and poor. Within each land-quality class, respondents were asked to estimate average corn and soybean yields for a five-year period based on typical farming practices. Survey respondents were also asked to estimate current bare cropland values and cash rents negotiated in the current or recent year for each land-quality class. Survey results are summarized for western Ohio with regional summaries (subsets of western Ohio) for northwest Ohio and southwest Ohio. Factors affecting cash rental ratesUltimately, supply and demand of cropland for rent determines the cash rental rate for each parcel. The expected return from producing crops on a farm parcel and the variability of that return are the primary drivers in determining the rental rates. Many of the following factors contribute to the expected crop return and the variability of that return. Secondary factors may exist and could affect potential rental rates. These secondary factors are also listed.Expected Crop ReturnRent will vary based on expected crop return. The higher the expected return, the higher the rent will tend to be.Variability of Crop ReturnLand that exhibits highly variable returns may have rents discounted for this factor. For example, land that is poorly drained may exhibit variability of returns due to late plantings during wet springs.Factors Affecting Expected Crop Return and Variability of Crop Return:Land (Soil) Quality: Higher quality soils translate into higher rents.Fertility Levels: Higher fertility levels often result in higher cash rents.Drainage/Irrigation Capabilities: Better surface and sub-surface drainage of a farm often results in better yields and higher potential cash rent. Likewise, irrigation equipment tied to the land will allow for higher yields, profits and rents.Size of Farm/Fields: Large farms/fields typically command higher average cash rent per acre due to the efficiencies gained by operators.Shape of Fields: Square fields with fewer “point rows” will generally translate into higher cash rents as operators gain efficiencies from farming fields that are square.Previous Tillage Systems or Crops: Previous crops and tillage systems that allow for an easy transition for new operators may enhance the cash rent value.Field Border Characteristics: Fields surrounded by tree-lined fencerows, woodlots or other borders affecting crop growth at the field edge will negatively impact yield and therefore should be considered in rental negotiations.Wildlife Damage Potential: Fields adjacent to significant wildlife cover including woodlots, tree lined fencerows, creeks, streams, and such may limit production potential to border rows and should be considered in rental negotiations.Secondary Factors Affecting Rental Rates:Buildings and Grain Storage Availability: Access to machinery and grain storage may enhance the value of the cropland rental rate.Location of Farm (Including Road Access): Proximity to prospective operators may determine how much operators are willing to bid for cash rents. Good road access will generally enhance cash rent amounts.USDA Farm Program Measurables: Farms that participate in the USDA Farm Program and have higher “program yields” may command higher cash rents than non-program farms.Services Provided by Operator: Operators that provide services such as clearing fence rows, snow removal and other services may be valued by the landowner. This may even be a partial substitute for cash rent compensation.Conditions of Lease: Conditions placed on the lease by the landowner may result in fewer prospective operators and a lower average cash rent.Payment Dates: Leases that require part or all of the rent to be paid early in the year (up-front) may result in lower rental rates due to higher borrowing or opportunity costs for the operator.Reputation of Landowner/Operator: Reputations of the parties may play a part in the cash rental negotiations. A landowner with a reputation of being difficult to work with may see cash rents negatively affected by this reputation. Farmers with a similar negative reputation may have to pay higher rents.Special Contracts: Farms with special contract commitments may restrict the operator from changing crops based on market conditions. This may negatively impact cash rents. There may also be contracts that positively affect cash rents such as high value crop contracts or contracts for receiving livestock manure.To access the complete summary go to:https://farmoffice.osu.edu/farm-management-tools/farm-management-publications/cash-rentslast_img read more

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NCAA finds no new violations at OSU

The NCAA has informed Ohio State that the university will not face charges of failing to monitor its football team. The NCAA report also said it has not uncovered any new violations by OSU officials or players. The NCAA agreed with the university that former head coach Jim Tressel was the only university official aware of any violations by football players. “The enforcement staff, institution and Tressel are in substantial agreement as to the facts of both allegations and that those facts constitute violations of NCAA legislation,” according to the statement that OSU received Thursday and released on Friday. “There are no remaining issues regarding either allegation.” The statement reiterated that Tressel’s actions were wrong, that he acted alone, failed in his duty to report violations and wrongfully fielded ineligible players. “Other than (two names redacted) and (Ted) Sarniak, there is no indication that Tressel provided or discussed the information he received from (Chris) Cicero with anyone else, particularly athletics administrators,” the statement said. The statement said the need for a hearing is necessary due to the nature of the case, but there are no new violations to be reported. “Nonetheless, the enforcement staff believed that a hearing was appropriate, rather than a summary disposition report, due to the nature of unethical conduct involving the head football coach,” the statement said. Due to this response from the NCAA, the university is not going to face charges of a lack of institutional control or failure to monitor. That means OSU will not face the harshest penalty the NCAA has to offer, the death penalty, which could have prevented the Buckeyes from participating in the 2011 football season. On Aug. 12, when OSU will meet with the NCAA on these violations, the university could learn what punishments the NCAA could give to the university. “The enforcement staff reviewed information related to the institution’s education and monitoring efforts prior to and during the time frame of the violations but concluded that a failure to monitor charge was unwarranted,” the NCAA informed OSU. The NCAA said it believed the university provided student athletes with proper education on compliance protocol. “The institution demonstrated that each fall and spring during the time frame of the violations, it provided education to football student-athletes and staff regarding extra benefits and preferential treatment,” the NCAA continued. “Thus, the student-athletes were aware that it was impermissible to receive payment, benefits and free or discounted services on the basis of their athletics reputation or skill.” In April 2010, local attorney Chris Cicero sent Tressel an email saying that several players were involved with a now-convicted drug dealer. Cicero said this tattoo parlor owner and drug dealer, Edward Rife, had several pieces of memorabilia belonging to current student athletes. In March, Tressel, university president E. Gordon Gee and athletic director Gene Smith, addressed the media and public that Tressel had knowledge of these violations without reporting them. Tressel resigned from his post of head football coach on May 30. Since his resignation, the terms have changed to a retirement, and the original $250,000 fine inflicted on him was waived. Former quarterback Terrelle Pryor, one of the players involved in the scandal, left the university on June 8 to pursue a professional career in the NFL. In addition to Pryor, five other players that received suspensions because of their affiliation with Rife and the tattoo parlor. Wide receiver DeVier Posey, running back Dan Herron, linemen Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas all received a five game suspension in 2011. Linebacker Jordan Whiting also received a one-game suspension. A Columbus news station, WBNS-10TV, reported Friday that Tressel verbally disclosed the tip he received about the players’ involvement with Rife around Dec. 16, when he was interviewed as part of OSU’s internal investigation. This information differs from the investigation by the NCAA that Tressel disclosed the information to university officials in January. The university “categorically” denied the report by 10TV, standing by the facts presented by the NCAA in its statement to the university. read more

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Goodwill San Diego selects new chief executive officer

first_img Posted: March 13, 2018 March 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Goodwill San Diego selects new chief executive officer SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Board of Directors for Goodwill Industries of San Diego County announced Tuesday the successor to existing Chief Executive Officer, Michael S. Rowan.After an extensive nationwide search by an executive recruiting firm, Toni Giffin has been named President and Chief Executive Officer.She follows Mr. Rowan who is retiring March 15 and served San Diego Goodwill for 35 years.“Toni’s experience has prepared her well to lead our organization into the future,” said Jonathan Tibbitts, Chairman of the Board.  “We interviewed many excellent candidates but ultimately Ms. Giffin’s exceptional leadership skills and vision for the organization best fulfilled the requirements of the position.  We are extremely fortunate to have her as our next leader.” Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Goodwill San Diego FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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BOF Member Files To Run Against Seaton In Upcoming Election

first_imgRobert Ruffner of Kasilof plans to run against current District 31 Representative Paul Seaton (R-Homer). Ruffner’s term ends in June 2019, and if elected he said he plans to stay in his seat until sworn into office. Ruffner intends to run as a republican in the Republican primary election in August. Ruffner was the former Director for the Kenai Watershed Forum, a conservation group that worked with both fishermen and developers. He was appointed to the BOF in 2016, after Governor Walker appointed him. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Board of Fisheries member has filed a letter of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commision to run for the District 31 seat in the Alaska House of Representatives.last_img

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JBER F22s Diverted To Kenai Airport Due To Dense Fog

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson fighter jets were diverted to the Kenai Municipal Airport last night due to Dense fog. According to the post from the Kenai Fire Department a total of five jets landed at the airport. The Kenai Fire Department posted a video to Facebook Tuesday night showing the jets landing in Kenai.center_img A dense fog advisory remains in effect throughout much of the Kenai Peninsula and the Anchorage area until 11am, on Wednesday.last_img

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