NFL rankings: Raiders up slightly, 49ers stay put

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.Sizing up the NFL as Week 5 begins:1. Kansas City (4-0)You know all that fundamental stuff QB coaches talk about in terms of setting your feet and the like? Pat Mahomes thinks it’s nonsense. In his case, he’s right.Last week: 1 Next: Jacksonville 2. L.A. Rams (4-0)It’s fleet week in Oakland and the Blue Angels are in town. Can’t say they’ll be any more impressive than the Jared Goff/Sean McVay air show in win over …last_img read more

2016 biodiesel market breaks records

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. consumers saw a record of almost 2.9 billion gallons of biodiesel and 
renewable diesel in 2016, outpacing the previous record by almost 40%. Also for the first time ever, the monthly market topped 300 million gallons, with December’s numbers coming in at 362 million gallons.“We are proud to be delivering record gallons of American made biodiesel, but that success is undermined by the fact our members are losing more than a third of the market to foreign imports,” said Donnell Rehagen, National Biodiesel Board CEO.According to numbers released by the EPA in January, the 2.9 billion gallons was an increase of 800 million gallons from 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel in 2015. At the same time domestic production rose from about 1.4 billion gallons in 2015 to more than 1.8 billion gallons in 2016, well below available capacity. Imports increased by more than 50% from an estimated 670 million gallons in 2015 to over 1 billion gallons in 2016, shortchanging potential economic benefits to U.S. producers.“The market realities spotlight two important points. First the RFS is working to deliver energy choices to consumers and promote local economic activity. Second that reforming the biodiesel tax incentive as a domestic production credit remains critical to grow these programs in America’s best interest,” Rehagen said.According to a study conducted by LMC International, a 2.9 billion gallon biodiesel and renewable diesel market divided between domestic and foreign supply supports about 64,000 U.S. jobs and $11.42 billion in total impact. Economic benefits increase substantially with growing domestic production, rather than imports. For example, just 2.5 billion gallons domestic production would support at least 81,600 U.S. jobs and $14.7 billion in total economic benefit.“It’s just common sense that our tax dollars should benefit American jobs and local companies instead of incentivizing imports,” Rehagen said.The biomass-based diesel category under the RFS alone saw a record 2.6 billion gallon market, allowing the advanced biofuel program to reach over 4 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons. These numbers exceeded EPA’s estimates for 2016, and track NBB’s projections, showing the industry can deliver on the goals set by Congress.last_img read more

Progress with planting, Chinese trade and prices

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileWhat a difference a year makes! This year producers were unfortunately treated to cool, wet weather for much of April, following an extended winter. Corn and soybean planting progress for Ohio was virtually nil at the end of April. While producers were not pleased with weather conditions they certainly had time to get planters and tillage equipment even better prepared for the push that finally came in early May. The two-week delayed start, in a weird twist, seems to have improved producers’ attitudes compared to last year. Gone were the major frustrations of last spring that brought the unwelcome task of replanting corn and soybeans to reach desired plant population levels for optimum yields. Gone were the added stress levels brought about by replanting two or even three times as nagging rains continued to come out of nowhere. Instead, this year there was unexpected overall efficient planting progress made during the first two weeks of May. Many were estatic at the excellent planting progress for their farms.At this writing on May 18, producers had not yet seen any hints of a U.S. weather market with the typical huge price swings, both up and down. However, there have already been huge price swings as the U.S./China trade concerns and talks have been ongoing for two months. A common thread seen in numerous analysts’ comments are that price activity during a trade war has violent price swings, similar to those seen with weather markets. Weather can fluctuate producers’ outlooks between glee and gloom multiple times in a span of just days. On again, off again trade talk progress can be a dizzying process to understand.May 18 brought about a huge change in China’s trade policy with the U.S. They withdrew their anti-dumping claims against U.S. sorghum. The U.S. had been expected to export 6 to 7 million tons of sorghum to China prior to their imposing anti-dumping duties. The U.S. had already shipped 4.3 million tons before the duties were announced. With U.S. sorghum again flowing to China, it prompts the scenario of U.S. feedgrains shrinking, resulting in larger amounts of corn being fed to livestock.The May 10 USDA Supply and Demand Report yielded neutral implications for corn and bullish implications for soybeans. New crop 2018 soybeans were estimated at 415 million bushels, 120 million bushels below trade expectations. That surprise was the bullish slant for soybeans. Further examination reveals USDA estimated 2018-2019 US soybean exports of 2.29 billion bushels, a jump of 225 million bushels above 2017-2018 USDA export estimates, an increase of 10%. Such an increase would seem extremely suspect given the continuing uncertainty as the U.S./China trade issues have not been yet resolved.While producers attitudes are the best seen in months with the excellent corn and soybean planting seen at mid-May, those sentiments are not rampant throughout the entire agricultural sector. Bankers in general have been turning down agricultural loans this past winter and spring. The farm slump of declining revenues has entered its fifth year. Livestock producers have seen a sharp decline in cattle prices over $60 since late 2014 while the hog price declines are over 40% since the summer of 2014.As time marches on this summer, remember that unexpected uncertainty brings confusion. Bull markets do not have their thrust in prolonged periods of uncertainty. Continuing trade talks or trade wars are a no win situation for producers and are not bullish. While stability can be boring, it is the desired event.Don’t give up on corn long term. Brazil’s corn production could easily be reduced further. Dry weather concerns in China’s northeast major growing area could reduce their production as well. World corn stocks to usage could be the tightest in 45 years. World corn ending stocks in 2016-17 were 227 million tons. USDA’s current projections for 2018-19 are 159 million tons while some suggest they could drop to 140 million tons.Mid-May weather issues in the US, Canada, Russia, and Australia are once again providing higher prices for wheat. The Black Sea region is the largest wheat exporter in the world. Current weather forecasts suggest their dryness is no longer just a few days event. Instead, it could last for weeks.last_img read more

What To Do if the Windows 7 Update Bricked Your Samsung Phone

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Option #1: Try a Hard ResetAt first, Microsoft forum moderators were recommending a “hard reset” to fix update issues before they were aware of the Samsung problem. If you’re not sure if you have the Samsung bug or something else, you should probably try a hard reset first as it would be the simplest solution.To perform a hard reset, do the following (steps courtesy of MyNokiaBlog):Press and hold the Camera, Volume Down, and Power buttons simultaneously.Release Power when the phone vibrates, but continue to hold down Camera and Volume Down.Release Camera and Volume Down when the Format prompt is displayed on screen.Press Windows key twice to confirm the hard reset.Option #2: Try a RestoreNext, there’s the option to restore your Windows Phone to its default state. This may or may not resolve the issue, but if your phone is already dead, it’s at least worth a shot.The restore process would return the phone to its previous state prior to the update. However, any changes between the last sync with the Zune desktop software and the phone would be lost. This includes text messages, ringtones, music downloads and settings changed.To attempt a restore, do the following:Connect your phone to your PC using the USB cable that came with your phone. (This should be the PC you typically use to sync with Zune). Launch Zune and in the Zune software, click Settings > Phone > Update. (If you have a Mac, you can use the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac to download available Windows Phone updates.)Click Restore.Follow the on-screen instructions in the Zune software.If successful, this will bring your phone back to a working state.Option #3: Reflash the Firmware Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Firmware I8700XXJK1 ## 2010 November CSC_Cetus_Europe_I8700XENJK1:  http://www.multiupload.com/OGUYF4F3VA (rar-file password: samfirmware.com) Samsung WP7 Flash Program: http://www.multiupload.com/3OE4SYAGQASamsung Mobile USB Drivers V5.2: http://www.multiupload.com/GH391NDSY1Flash Guide (English): http://www.multiupload.com/FDRJ3WDZQ7Unrar / install downloaded files (FYI: an unrar program for Windows users is WinRAR)Make sure the phone is disconnected from computer and turned offReboot computer and allow the drivers to complete the install.Start the Samsung WP7 Flash Program.Turn on the phone in “download mode” and then connect it to the computer.Drag the 4 files from the unpacked firmware rar-file to the Samsung WP7 Flash Program dialog screen. The application will place each file in the correct field.When the phone is recognized you can use the “Start” button to start the flashing process. DO NOT INTERUPT THIS PROCESS!When the flashing is done (approximately 15 minutes later) the phone will automatically reboot and show the welcome screen.More information on flashing the firmware on the Omnia 7 is available in the Flash guide you downloaded.  The source/credit for downloads is http://www.samfirmware.com/WEBPROTECT-i8700.htm – registration required. Option #4: Return the Phone to Your Carrier/ManufacturerUnfortunately, if none of the above steps worked for you, the only option remaining is to return the phone to your mobile operator or hardware manufacturer. Here’s the forum post from a WP7 support moderator recommending this as your final option if you need some sort of hard proof to show the rep at your local store.The problem with this last solution is that, in many cases, carriers will point fingers at phone manufacturers while manufacturers will point fingers at carriers and at Microsoft and no one will actually step up to take responsibility for the matter. Good luck if this is your only option! (Feel like an early adopter now?)Image credits: Winrumors One forum poster had success by flashing the firmware on his Samsung Omnia 7. Obviously, this is not an officially supported solution and it requires a bit of technical know-how if you choose to try this method. Again, this may or may not work for you. However, several other forum users have claimed success by following these steps.All credit for these steps goes to forum member SConign.Here’s how to proceed:Check if the phone is capable of getting into the “Download Mode.” To do this: Turn off the phone (or remove and replace the battery), then turn it back on by pressing the power/camera/VolumeUP buttons simultaneously. When the phone turns on, release the power button. If the phone shows the yellow triangle with exclamation and a “Download Mode” message, your phone is capable of getting into the “Download Mode,” and you can proceed to the next step.Download the following files (be warned: multiupload.com is loaded with huge  ads and pop-ups):  Yesterday, Microsoft publicly addressed the reports that its first Windows Phone 7 update was “bricking” users’ handsets – that is, effectively turning them into non-functional paperweights after the update was downloaded to the device. According to Microsoft’s official statement on the matter, only 10% of users experienced problems with the update, and of those, only half (5%) had a problem that was unrelated to an issue on their end – like low disk space or a bad Internet connection. As had been reported, the only devices affected by this issue were Samsung phones, Microsoft said, although it didn’t confirm which models specifically.But what of those 5% whose phones are now dead? Here, Microsoft was less clear, simply pointing users to various online resources like FAQs and forums. What are these users supposed to do? We may have some suggestions for you.In Microsoft’s blog post, the company pointed users to the following sites: the online troubleshooter, its Windows Phone forum and its list of Windows Phone update articles. For those having run-of-the-mill technical issues, the online troubleshooter is probably the best bet. But for those who have actually encountered the Samsung bug, there are other options that may better serve you. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#How To#Microsoft#mobile#news#web sarah perez Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Philippines whips Hong Kong in AVC opener

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines launched an offensive masterpiece and dismantled Hong Kong, 25-21, 25-16, 25-17, to open its group stage campaign in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Wednesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The hosts took the top spot in the three-team Pool A with a 1-0 record and another win for the Filipinos will put them in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Maika Ortiz finished things off for the Philippines with a down-the-line kill in a game that head coach Francis Vicente foresaw as a victory.“Not that I’m bragging but I expected to win today,” said Vicente in Filipino. “But I want to see more from my players. I want to push them so they exceed expectations.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Philippines did outscore Hong Kong in spikes, 50-25,  but the hosts also gave away 23 free points due to errors.Vicente added some of his players did experience jitters like Kianna Dy and Gen Casugod, but the head coach was still pleased with how the two helped the team in the bigger picture. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “That’s normal, we can’t do anything about it even if we’re put in that situation we would feel nervous also,” said Vicente. “We’re all humans, but the important thing is that they delivered and all those nerves will disappear in the long run.”Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago were the Philippines’ two-headed monster as the duo put up 14 and 13 points, respectively.Kim Fajardo also did some dirty work with seven points to go along her 39 excellent sets.Chim Wing Lam led Hong Kong with seven.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Flying V shrugs off elims sweep with bigger task at hand in semislast_img read more

Photos: Jim Harbaugh Shouts Out Michigan Moms On Twitter On Mother’s Day

first_imgMichigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh throws the ball during the pregame warms ups prior to the start of the game against the Wisconsin Badgers.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 01: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh throws the ball during the pregame warms ups prior to the start of the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Michigan Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Jim HarbaughJim Harbaugh is known for his colorful personality on Twitter. Today, he’s using his account to show off some Michigan moms for Mother’s Day.Harbaugh has posted eight photos of Michigan mothers and their sons so far this morning. Loving & Dedicated Moms of Michigan Football – Glenda McCray, Paula O’Korn, Erica Kinnel & Susan Bunting. pic.twitter.com/ZonxmftThj— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) May 8, 2016Loving & Dedicated Moms of Michigan Football – Sela Litia Tu’ipulutu Mone, Carolyn Malzone, Kesha Bush & Pam Gedeon. pic.twitter.com/GfKpglB35f— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) May 8, 2016This is very cool on Harbaugh’s part. Hopefully he puts up some more photos as the day goes on.last_img read more

Light vehicle sales down 94 per cent in November for ninth month

first_imgTORONTO — DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc. says light vehicle sales fell 9.4 per cent in November compared with last year for a ninth straight month of declines.The consultancy says a total of 143,668 vehicles were sold in the month, compared with 158,653 a year ago, as passenger car sales fell 11.4 per cent and light truck sales were down 8.7 per cent.DesRosiers says that with the light vehicle market down by about 44,000 units so far compared with last year, it’s almost certain that this year will be the first since 2009 that there won’t be year-over-year growth in the market.Sales are down 2.3 per cent as of the end of the month compared with last year, made up of a 9.6 per cent decline for passenger cars and a 1.1 per cent increase in light truck sales.Despite the dip from last year’s record high, the light vehicle market is still close to 50,000 units ahead of where it was at the end of November in 2016.  General Motors, which last week announced it was closing its Oshawa assembly plant, saw sales dip 18.3 per cent in the month compared with last year, while Ford Motor Co. saw a 10.7 per cent drop and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was down 35.1 per cent. Toyota sales were up 11.5 per cent and Hyundai sales were up 10 per cent.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Malaysia says Goldman Sachs must pay apology not enough

first_imgPUTRAYAJAYA, Malaysia — Malaysia’s Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said Friday that an apology by Goldman Sachs for its role in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of state investment fund 1MDB was insufficient and that it must pay $7.5 billion as compensation.Goldman CEO David Solomon apologized Wednesday to the Malaysian people for its former banker Tim Leissner’s role in arranging bond sales for 1MDB. Those sales provided a means for associates of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to allegedly steal billions over several years from the fund.Solomon has said the investment bank conducted due diligence but was misled by Leissner and former Malaysian government officials.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Infighting in Faridabad Congress

first_imgGurugram: An infighting in Faridabad Congress erupted as Avtar Singh Bhadana and Lalit Nagar vented out their difference in the public. The Congress had first fielded Nagar as its candidate from Faridabad but just a day before the nomination he was replaced with Avataar Bhadana.Surprised with his sudden exit, Nagar has expressed his disappointment openly and has said that he was replaced because of the conspiracy of the people within his party. He has however not given indications of leaving the party. Avtar Singh Bhadana, the person who has replaced him is more scathing in the attack and has even accused Nagar discreetly of irregular activities. Also Read – Arms supplier arested from RajasthanUnderstanding the controversy involved in the entire issue, most of the Congress leaders did not give their views on the issue. “I don’t want to comment on the issue. All I can say is that the party is united in its cause to defeat BJP and we will leave no stone unturned in winning the Faridabad Lok Sabha seat back for the Congress party,” said a senior Congress leader The fight for Faridabad becomes interesting with a four-corner fight. The BJP has repeated its winning candidate Kishan Pal Gujjar. Besides BJP and Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party has also fielded Naveen Jaihind who is one of the tallest leaders of AAP from Haryana.last_img read more

Fabio Borini says he is ready to become a star for

first_imgRight-back player Fabio Borini says he is prepared to shine as a ‘star’ for Milan after affirming he has  “proved worthy” of the Rossoneri shirt and that he is won’t be leaving to nowhere.Borini entered Milan from Sunderland last summer and ever since has become a jack-of-all-trades for the Diavolo. He has made 44 appearances in his usual striking position, out wide and even at right-back. On speaking about his future in Milan, he told Gazzetta Dello Sport via Football Italia that he is ready to become a star for Milan.“My balance sheet for the past season is absolutely positive,” he said.“The expectations for me weren’t very high, but I think I proved to be worthy of the Milan shirt.“I think I did good things, despite not playing in my natural role most of the time. I’d like to play and not be just a pawn.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I plan to carve out a starring role. I’m not at Milan just to hole up for the winter but to get back to playing regularly.“I’m waiting for revenge with Juventus in the Supercopa. Playing in the first half of August could benefit us, if the Coach doesn’t kill us in preseason…“My dream is to win a trophy with this shirt, and the Supercoppa would be an excellent start to more important ones.“Exodus at Milan? For me, certainly not. Generally speaking, I don’t think so. [UEFA] could be a situation that brings us even closer together.“After that, excuse me but where would I run to? We’re at Milan after all…”last_img read more