Wednesday 9 February 2011 7:29 pm Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ Share Food prices boost Syngenta dividend SWISS agricultural group Syngenta is set to benefit from soaring food prices as farmers invest in products to boost harvests and buy more weed and bug killers from the world’s largest agrochemicals company.The group lifted its dividend a sixth to SwFr7, above a forecast for 6.14 francs, and said it was launching a $200m share buyback programme.Net profit at Syngenta slipped one per cent to $1.40bn last year, beating a forecast for $1.28bn.The group, now integrating its crop protection and seeds businesses to gain total annualised cost savings of around $650m in 2015, is targeting a gross profit margin in the range of 22-24 per cent by 2015.Syngenta shares, which had gained 12 per cent this year, were up 4.4 per cent yesterday.“At the current commodity prices, farmers have plenty of opportunity to invest heavily in the crop inputs,” chief executive Mike Mack said. “It is a good place for 2011.”Spiralling wheat, corn and soybean costs should encourage farmers to buy products from Syngenta and rivals such as DuPont and Monsanto as they seek to boost yields. whatsapp whatsapp KCS-content More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com
Topics: Sports betting Strategy 4th July 2018 | By contenteditor Regions: US New Jersey Meadowlands confirms sports betting launch date Racetrack to begin taking sports wagers one day earlier than planned Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey has confirmed it will launch its sports betting service on July 14 – one day earlier than planned.Jeff Gural, the racetrack’s operator, said last month that legalised sports betting would be introduced on July 15.However, Jason Settlemoir, the track’s general manager, told The Record that July 14 – one of the venue’s biggest race days of the year, the Meadowlands Pace, and the day before football’s Fifa World Cup final – provides “much better timing”.The Victory Sports Bar and Club, where bets can be placed, will open to the public at 11am. Meadowlands has teamed up with Betfair US, which will offer its in-house odds and services. Gural told the Associated Press last month that Meadowlands would benefit from New York’s failure to pass sports betting legislation this year.“New York did me such a favour,” Gural said. “That leaves me the entirety of New York City, Long Island, Westchester County. There are 15 million people that live within 20 miles of the Meadowlands. They gave me a tremendous gift.”Kip Levin, chief executive of Betfair US, said recently: “We could not be more excited to partner with Jeff Gural and his partners for sports betting in New Jersey and New York.“Meadowlands Racetrack has the potential to be among the best, if not the best, sports betting venues in the US.“Combining these premier facilities with the global sports betting prowess of Paddy Power Betfair is a great match and will enable us to bring an unparalleled sports betting experience to customers in the northeast.”New Jersey recently became the second state to launch a regulated sports betting service in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the federal 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.However, Meadowlands’ plans were nearly scuppered at the weekend when talks over New Jersey’s state budget reached the eleventh hour.A deal was finalised to avert a government shutdown that would have resulted in racetracks and casinos from closing their doors.Monmouth Park racetrack and the Borgata and Ocean Resort casinos are currently the only venues in New Jersey to offer wagers on sports.Picture credit: Meadowlands AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Sports betting Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address
“This means that as well as providing a much-needed boost for the millions of people who enjoy a flutter, they will also be able to play a key role in the UK’s post-Covid economic recovery.” Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Other gaming venues, including casinos, will all open in stage three, which is expected to start on 17 May. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter British industry group the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has hailed the reopening of English and Welsh licensed betting shops following the easing of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions as a “much-needed boost” to the industry. “It’s been a long three months for betting shop staff, as well as their customers, and I know they are all looking forward to safely getting back to business thanks to the best-in-class anti-Covid measures in place. Topics: Sports betting Retail sports betting All gambling venues in England have been closed since early January, though many facilities have been closed longer due to regional restrictions imposed under the preceding tiered system. BGC welcomes betting shop reopening as “much-needed boost” Shops can reopen from today (12 April) after Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week announced that the country would move to the next phase of its exit from lockdown. Betting shops are being allowed to reopen alongside other non-essential retail, which has been closed since 5 January when a third national lockdown came into effect in England. “It’s great news that high street betting shops in England and Wales are finally able to re-open safely, along with the rest of non-essential retail,” Dugher said. Email Address “The UK’s betting shops support 46,000 jobs and paid nearly £1bn in tax to the Treasury in 2020, while our members contribute £350m to horseracing through sponsorship, media rights and the betting levy. Tags: BGC Covid-19 Betting and Gaming Council BGC chief executive Michael Dugher welcomed the reopening, saying the easing of restrictions will allow approximately 6,000 betting shops to reopen. Regions: UK & Ireland Retail sports betting Certain restrictions will remain in place for betting shops, including requirements for customers to wear masks when inside the facility, as well to adhere to social distancing rules and capacity limit. 12th April 2021 | By Robert Fletcher
First Mutual Properties Limited (FMP.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2018 presentation For more information about First Mutual Properties Limited (FMP.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First Mutual Properties Limited (FMP.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First Mutual Properties Limited (FMP.zw) 2018 presentation Company ProfileFirst Mutual Properties, formerly known as Pearl Properties Limited, is a subsidiary of First Mutual Holdings. It is a real estate company with vested interests in the development and management of commercial properties in the major towns of Zimbabwe. First Mutual Properties has a significant property portfolio, comprising some 117 250 square metres of lettable space made up of office parks, retail shops, commercial and industrial property. It owns and manages 41 buildings in the major economic hubs of Zimbabwe, including high-rise commercial buildings, industrial and warehouse properties and retail outlets. First Mutual Properties also has a residential trading stock of two- and three-bedroomed garden flats in Avondale, Harare. First Mutual Properties is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
Nick Kennedy London Irish has named Nick Kennedy as captain of the side to play Newcastle Falcons in Round 15 of the Aviva Premiership this Saturday at Kingston Park, kick-off 3.00pm.Max Lahiff comes into the starting XV after some impressive performances; David Paice and Faan Rautenbach make up the remainder of the front row. Jonathan Spratt is joined by Jonathan Joseph in a new look centre partnership while Delon Armitage comes it at full back as Tom Homer moves to the wing.London Irish head coach Toby Booth said: “This is obviously a critical part of the season for everyone and accumulation of points in the Six Nations period is always vital. Newcastle have seen a massive turn in performance and people shouldn’t underestimate them especially at home where they’ve won five out of their last seven game.” WATFORD, ENGLAND – JANUARY 9: Nick Kennedy of London Irish in action during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and London Irish at Vicarage Road on January 9, 2011 in Watford, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Starting XV:15. Delon Armitage14. Tom Homer13. Jonathan Joseph12. Jonathan Spratt11. Sailosi Tagicakibau10. Dan Bowden9. Darren Allinson1.Max Lahiff2. David Paice3. Faan Rautenbach4. Nick Kennedy (Captain)5. Bryn Evans6. Matt Garvey7. Kieran Roche8. Richard ThorpeReplacements: 16. James Buckland17. Clarke Dermody18. Paulica Ion19. Bob Casey20. Ed Siggery21. Marland Yarde22. Adrian Jarvis23. Paul Hodgson
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Spring classes at Ivy Tech are just around the corner and the college is planning an Express Enrollment Day to help both new and continuing students get enrolled in the classes they need. The event will be Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the main campus, 3501 N. First Avenue, Evansville.The free event is designed to assist interested individuals in completing the enrollment process, potentially all in one day, to start classes on Monday, Jan. 13.The Evansville campus is located at 3501 N First Avenue, Evansville, IN.At the event students will have the opportunity to:Complete the FAFSA or have their financial aid questions answered. Also, students can learn more about aid such as grants, scholarships and loans.Complete their FYIvyDetermine what assessments may be needed to enroll.Meet with an academic advisor.Register for classes.Students should bring to Express Enrollment:Government issued IDTax information for 2017 (Ivy Tech code 009917)SAT/ACT/PSAT scores or High School and/or College Transcripts – if availableAn idea of what he/she would like to studyIvy Tech also offers a second spring start, with classes starting March 16.
Last weekend, Dave Matthews Band performed an absolutely incredible show at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA. The band hit their hometown arena for a true celebration of their 25th anniversary, announcing well in advance that all proceeds from the performance would be donated to local charities. Today, UVAToday is reporting that the donation totalled over $1 million.DMB got their start on May 11, 1991 in Charlottesville, and have since performed thousands of shows across the country and world. Almost 25 years later, the band returned to where it all started, not only dusting off some of their classic hits but paying tribute to Prince, busting out some rarities, and debuting three new songs in the process. You can read our full recap here.The donation went to the band’s non-profit, the Bama Works Fund, which they established in partnership with the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. Together, the groups will distribute the funds from ticket buyers back into the community, giving the money to local charities in need.Kudos to DMB for this incredible gesture.
For Deadheads who enjoy Dead & Company, John Mayer has certainly earned his seat at the family table. Over the course of five tours with the band—each one better than the last—the hardworking guitar-slinger has embraced Jerry Garcia’s tone, devoted himself wholly to one of rock’s largest repertoires, and engaged his strong blues background in his distinctive interpretations of the music.While his presence on the scene has certainly attracted a new wave of participants to the Grateful Dead experience, longtime Dead fans may be excited to find that Mayer’s own music is more accessible than they might believe from reading the tabloids. He discovered the Dead in 2011 (after hearing “Althea” on Pandora Radio, incidentally), and much of his music since then has borne their influence. Still, some of Mayer’s earlier work also has something to offer even the staunchest classic rock fans. Here, in no particular order, are ten songs from John Mayer’s solo repertoire for curious Deadheads to dip their feet into:“Queen of California”From Mayer’s first Grateful Dead-influenced album, Born and Raised (2012), this easy-going acoustic guitar-driven track feels at home with the folksy tunes that abound on Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty (both released in 1970). The song opens up further in its outro, with ornamentation from a pedal steel featuring prominently as Mayer weaves through the mix with a thumb-and-fingerstyle electric guitar picking technique that Dead & Company fans will find familiar. In recent solo performances, Mayer has taken to segueing from “Queen of California” into the Dead’s “Fire on the Mountain”, which shares a similarly laid-back groove.“Emoji of a Wave”If Deadheads can get past the new-school name, they’ll find that this tune is a work of lyrical honesty polished with softly fingerpicked acoustic guitar, orchestral strings, and dynamic vocal melodies. From John Mayer’s most recent album, The Search for Everything (2017), “Emoji of a Wave” echoes the sound of some of the Dead’s most iconic folk arrangements like “Peggy-O” and “Oh, Babe It Ain’t No Lie” and channels the sentiments of moving Garcia/Hunter ballads like “To Lay Me Down”.“Neon”A funky, driving, instantly catchy guitar riff lies at the core of this one. Mayer’s self-reported preference for R&B-leaning songs like “Althea” and “They Love Each Other” reveals an attachment to fingerpicked, syncopated electric guitar riffs which he shows in his own solo work. One of the earliest examples of that affinity, “Neon” is a standout track from 2002’s Room for Squares, an album that contained some of his most enduring hits. Take a listen to the version from the live album Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles for a taste of the jamming Deadheads would come to love.“Waiting on the World to Change”One of Mayer’s biggest hits from 2006’s Continuum, an album often acknowledged as his best to date, the song “Waiting On the World to Change” typifies his distinct brand of pop-rock with well-placed offbeat snare hits and a funky instrumental breakdown in the bridge. Thanks to the tune’s high register, Mayer leaves his breathy voice behind in favor of the clearer tone he demonstrates on such Dead & Company renditions as “Brown Eyed Women” and “Franklin’s Tower”.“In The Blood”Deadheads, listen with an open heart, for “In the Blood” is one of Mayer’s most intensely personal compositions from The Search for Everything. Backed by vocals from Sheryl Crow, he reflects on how his family and background have shaped him, and whether there is much anybody can do to grow and change independently of their upbringing and parentage. Sonically and sentimentally reminiscent of “Standing on the Moon”, Mayer’s tone of honest contemplation shines brilliantly through an intuitive vocal melody, ensuring that listeners can easily recall the lyrics to ponder for themselves long after the song has ended.“Born and Raised” [and “Born and Raised (Reprise)”]The title track of the first album Mayer wrote after listening to the Dead for the first time, “Born and Raised” is a beautifully composed (and typically reflective) Bob Dylan-esque tune centered upon acoustic guitar and harmonica and colored by an organ. Notably, David Crosby and Graham Nash lend their voices to the harmonies which drive the song’s chorus. The two-minute reprise, which completes the album, employs more vocal harmony and a light shuffle to evoke the sound of Grateful Dead tunes like “Uncle John’s Band” and popular covers like “The Weight”. Together, the two parts of “Born and Raised” clearly show the influence of Dylan, the Dead, The Band, and others on Mayer’s recent songwriting and composition projects.“Slow Dancing in a Burning Room”If there is a quintessential John Mayer song, this is it, and this blues-powered breakup ballad from Continuum remains one of his concert staples. “Slow Dancing” uses a simple, evocative arrangement and melancholy lyrics to create an atmosphere reminiscent of Grateful Dead tunes like “Lady With a Fan” and “He’s Gone”. The performance from Where the Light Is is miles ahead of the studio version and features soulful backup singing and a masterful, expressive guitar solo outro.“Roll It On Home”The most obvious nod to the Grateful Dead on The Search for Everything, “Roll It On Home” shows off Mayer’s distinct flavor of country rock. The lazy shuffle, pedal steel licks, and easy-going vocals provide the perfect conduit for a song about leaving the bar so late that “tonight’s already yesterday.” With this track, John Mayer channels the feeling of Dead tunes like “Dire Wolf” and others from Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty to ground the album in a more Bakersfield and Laurel Canyon-inspired sound.“Dear Marie”Perhaps the most emotionally affecting track on Paradise Valley (2013), “Dear Marie” tells of Mayer’s hopeless attempts to track down his childhood love. Sung over a stripped-down acoustic blues arrangement for most of the song, poignant parallel-structure lyrics tug at the heartstrings in much the same way as ballads like “High Time” and “Morning Dew”. After singing the last of the verses, Mayer orchestrates an evolution in the tone, leading the band up into a major chord romp and leaving the heavy-hearted reflection in the rearview.CoversJohn Mayer has a rich history of performing and recording rock and blues covers that began long before his involvement with Dead & Company. Remarkable examples include Jimi Hendrix classics “Bold As Love” and “Wait Until Tomorrow” (from Continuum and Try!, respectively), Ray Charles’ “I Don’t Need No Doctor” and Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’” (Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles), as well as a laid-back take on J.J. Cale’s “Call Me The Breeze” (Paradise Valley). Happy listening!
“And the award goes to…”The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently hosted its annual 88th Academy Awards recognizing excellence in filmmaking. From the performances onscreen to the technical prowess behind the scenes, and of course, the fashion critics on the red carpet, this year’s honorees seemed to demonstrate how technology is helping bring the brilliant ideas from creative visionaries in filmmaking to fruition. We were excited to see when longtime Dell customer, Double Negative, took home the Best Visual Effects Oscar for “Ex Machina,” surpassing major blockbusters in the category like “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The accolade means that Dell technology has now powered five of the last six Academy Awards in Visual Effects, including “Inception” (2010), “Hugo” (2011), “Gravity” (2013), and “Interstellar” (2014), along with numerous nominees. Double Negative was also the studio behind “Interstellar” and “Inception.”“Ex Machina” is a science fiction thriller that explores the intersection of humans and artificial intelligence at a whole new level. Double Negative helped introduce us to the character “Ava,” the world’s first artificial intelligence robot, who was portrayed by actress Alicia Vikander, also an Academy winner this year in the supporting actress category for “The Danish Girl.”Bringing Ava to life is a prime example of continued innovation in computer-generated imagery (CGI) and involved a mix of powerful, modern Dell technology. The team at Double Negative used a range of solutions, including Dell Precision workstations, Dell PowerEdge M1000 blade servers and Dell PowerVault MD storage. Our Dell Precision workstations are purpose-built inside and out for the high performance, customization, reliability and certification that filmmakers need to manage massive and critical workflows, like major motion pictures.Dell has been powering the media and entertainment industry for decades, and we’ve enjoyed working closely with VFX studios over the years to deliver the right solutions they need to enhance the experience for moviegoers. In addition to the CGI advancements of today, we’re also working with studios for the filmmaking needs of the future.Dell supports projects and movie making of all kinds, from major blockbusters to independent films, and enable filmmakers to bring great stories to life. Last fall, we partnered with the Austin Film Society to introduce the first-ever AFS Powered by Dell Grant to award funding and technology to independent filmmakers from Texas. We also partnered with actor Adrian Grenier, Dell’s Social Good Advocate, on a documentary film contest to create inspiring stories on the circular economy movement and the role of technology in creating a better future.We use our partnerships, activities and events to showcase the power of Dell technology in filmmaking and to drive positive impact on film society and culture. It is our passion to design and deliver solutions that can meet the demands of some of the most creative professionals in the world. So if that’s you and you want to learn more about how we can supercharge your creativity, check us out on YouTube or see the latest solutions online.
Students fascinated by game day flyovers will have a chance to get an inside look at what it takes to fly next semester. The Notre Dame Pilot Initiative, an academic program intended to teach students about the fundamentals of flight, will return this spring. The three-credit course, Principles of Flight, is specifically designed to help aspirant pilots pass the written portion of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) private pilot certification test. Jay Burns, a cadet captain in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) and certified ground instructor, is leading the effort to bring back the course. He said the class will use much of the same material that helped him pass the FAA test. “I learned to fly from this material when I was still a sophomore in high school, and it certainly helped me pass my FAA written exam to get my private pilot certificate,” Burns said. “I felt that I was more advanced because I’ve had a better background and a deeper understanding of the different concepts that you deal with in aviation.” Burns said he would incorporate additional material used by Joe Friel, a former Air Force ROTC student who led the class the last time it was offered. Friel, now a program manager at Avidyne, the leading provider of cockpit instrumentation for small aircrafts, said he and Newcamp developed the curriculum to offer students an insight into the practical application of flight concepts. “We tried to bring material that was appropriate, but that was in-depth enough to give students a real appreciation for the concepts,” Friel said. “More than just memorizing for the tests, we wanted them to really understand what was making the plan fly.” When the initiative began, Friel said primarily AFROTC students were interested. The second semester, however, he was surprised by a drastic change in class makeup. “We taught some that did want to be pilots and some that didn’t,” Friel said. “One girl that signed up for our course was an artist who drew some of the materials that we used, and who had signed up for the class because she had family members who flew and she wanted more of an appreciation of flying.” Colonel Andrew Cernicky, a professor of Aerospace Studies, a U.S. Air Force pilot and a graduate of Notre Dame’s ROTC program, will co-lead the course with Burns. Cernicky said he was excited when Burns approached him with his plans for revitalizing the initiative, both because he took the course as an undergraduate and because it offered an opportunity to expose students to the fundamentals of flight for the first time. “This class should demystify the process of flying and make it completely understandable,” Cernicky said. “You don’t need to be a scientist or mathematician to take this course, anyone at ND can take it that has an interest in understanding how aircraft fly.” Mary Hession, a sophomore in Notre Dame’s Air Force ROTC, said she is glad the course is designed to be accessible to those without previous experience. As a Russian major, she said the course would be a good introduction to a more technical area of study. “All of the technical majors have more of the background knowledge that corresponds to understanding flying, so this class will help me by giving me that knowledge,” she said. Jordan Hoover, another AFROTC sophomore, said he is taking the class to get exposure to material he may later see in the Air Force’s pilot training. “I’m fairly sure that I want to be a pilot,” Hoover said. “[The course] will give me the experience to know for sure that’s what I want to do, and I’ll have seen the material that I would encounter in pilot training.” Now retired Colonel Mike Zenk, who oversaw the program when it was under Friel’s leadership, said the original class material included many of the elements taught at ground school. Students learned the basics of aerodynamics, FAA rules about airspaces, airport and flight operations, communications with ground crews, safety precautions and pilot navigation skills. “The biggest benefit [of the class] is taking that first step towards actually being able to fly an airplane,” Zenk said. “To help spark that interest or to take their first step towards a dream that they have is the best reason to take the class.”