Germany’s SEB Investment to focus solely on real estate

first_imgSEB’s investment subsidiary in Germany is hoping the dissolution of former open-ended funds will serve to strengthen its real estate institutional business, while the country’s new KAGB regulation enables it to make its first foray into closed-end funds.SEB Investment, the local investment division of Swedish bank SEB, is one of several asset managers that had to dissolve former open-ended real estate funds (GOEFs), forced to close in the wake of the financial crisis due to liquidity problems.Over the last year, the manager has withdrawn from every asset class apart from real estate, where it now aims to strengthen its institutional business. SEB Investment has said it is confident the dissolution process can actually help generate new institutional business. Christian Hanke, head of institutional real estate clients at SEB Investment, said: “Sales have been facilitated by the currently high demand for core properties, which we can satisfy.”He pointed out that other providers had been forced to sell in more difficult markets 2-3 years ago.“Institutional investors do not want to cut their real estate allocation, and they need returns in a low interest rate environment,” he added.Hanke said SEB Investment was now looking to sell off assets from formerly open-ended funds in “themed packages” – such as ‘European core’, ‘US retail’ or ‘European logistics’ – and other assets to investors, possibly in club deals.One of the markets SEB Investment is currently targeting is Austria, where several Pensionskassen are invested in SEB real estate funds, including the SEB Asia real estate fund.“We could even imagine creating a single themed fund for Austrian institutional investors,” Hanke said.Another area SEB Investment will explore is the closed-end fund business, which has been restructured in Germany through new KAGB regulations.SEB Investment confirmed it included this area of business under its application for a KVG license, which all KAG must receive from German regulator Bafin as part of the new regulations, by which the country implemented the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive.Hanke said offering closed-end funds would be “no problem” for SEB Investment, as it had people on its board with a background in the sector, and “the structures are in place as well”.last_img read more

300 Club urges attitude change to avert pensions and savings crisis

first_imgStefan Dunatov, chairman of the 300 Club, said: “Over the past seven years, our focus at The 300 Club has been to ask uncomfortable questions about behaviours within the industry, and our latest focus is to ensure that these questions promote the interest of asset owners themselves.“Changing economic and geopolitical circumstances combined with the looming threat of a pensions and savings crisis mean that we, as an industry, cannot afford to ignore the demands of those who at the very centre of our business.”Dunatov is also head of investment strategy, research and risk at $145.6bn (€97bn) British Colombia Investment Management Corporation, and was formerly CIO of the UK’s Coal Pension Trustees.The 300 Club’s membership includes PGGM’s Jaap van Dam, Amundi’s Pascal Blanqué, and CREATE-Research’s Amin Rajan, while its North American members include Ted Eliopoulos, CIO of CalPERS, and Chris Ailman, CIO of CalSTRS. The 300 Club, a group of investment professionals established to challenge industry behaviours, has warned that a pensions and savings crisis is approaching.The impending crisis was being fuelled by “a general misalignment between the goals of managers themselves and that of the investors they work on behalf of,” the group said.Combined with various other factors, this discrepancy threatened to leave many beneficiaries in a state of retirement that was barely above the poverty line unless attitudes within the investment industry changed, it added.The warning came as the group announced it was adjusting its focus to concentrate on asset owners.last_img read more

Thousands stranded as British travel firm collapses

first_imgBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledgedto get stranded British travelers home, revealing the government had rejected arequest from Thomas Cook for a bailout of around 150 million pounds.       The liquidation marks the end of one ofBritain’s oldest companies which started life in 1841 running local railexcursions before it survived two world wars to pioneer package holidays andmass tourism.(Reuters) Grounded airplanes with the Thomas Cook livery are seen at the Manchester Airport, Manchester, Britain on Sept. 23. REUTERS The firm ran hotels, resorts and airlines for19-million people a year in 16 countries. It currently has 600,000 peopleabroad. LONDON – The world’s oldest travel firm ThomasCook collapsed on Monday, stranding hundreds of thousands of holidaymakersaround the globe and sparking the largest peacetime repatriation effort inBritish history.  last_img read more

Carnapping suspect jailed

first_imgEfren Cabanda, a resident of thevillage, was nabbed around 12 p.m. on Tuesday, police said. Cabanda was detained in the lockup cellof the Buenavista police station. ILOILO City – A car theft suspect wasarrested in Barangay Tastasan, Buenavista, Guimaras. Cabanda’s apprehension was staged on thestrength of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Daniel Antonio GerardoAmular of the Regional Trial Court Branch 35 in relation to carnapping charge faces. The court recommended an P18,000 bail bondfor his temporary liberty./PNlast_img

Mayweather Says His Legacy is on the Line

first_imgFloyd Mayweather says his “legacy is on the line” when he takes on Conor McGregor in Las Vegas next Saturday night. But the American, who is unbeaten as a pro, says he has based his career on taking risks when necessary.The 40-year-old is a hot favourite to take his record to 50-0 next week against a man who is a UFC great but has never boxed professionally. But the Irishman is younger at 29, taller, and also has a longer reach.And Mayweather said on Thursday: “When a fighter has lost before, if he loses again they say ‘oh, it’s nothing, he’s lost before.“But when a fighter has been dominating for 20-some years and never lost, everything is on the line.“My legacy. My boxing record. Everything is on the line.”But the American added that he makes an effort not to dwell on negative thoughts, saying: “I try not to think about losing or taking the ‘L.’ That’s not really my focus.“Every day I tell myself I am a winner. I was born to be a winner at life. Not just in the ring but I was born to be a winner.“It’s all about taking risk.“I wouldn’t be where I’m at if I didn’t take risks so I don’t mind putting a 49-0 record on the line, putting everything on the line for this fight.“I feel like it’s worth it.”Mayweather may be far from his prime but feels his sheer experience in the ring will carry him through what he says will be his last fight, one that is expected to be the most lucrative event in the history of combat sport.“I don’t think that I’m the same Floyd Mayweather that I was 21 years ago,” he said. “Of course not.“I don’t think that I’m the same Floyd Mayweather that I was 10 years ago. I’m not even the same Floyd Mayweather that I was I was five or two years ago.“But I still have a high IQ in that ring.“And experience wise, it leans towards me, period, because I have been in the ring at such a high level for so long.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Trying to quit smoking? Tips from former smokers

first_imgCut cigarettes out of your life More than 36 million adults in the United States smoke cigarettes, killing nearly half a million lives a year and leaving 16 million with diseases caused by smoking. But the smoking rate is decreasing according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).Today there are more former cigarette smokers than current smokers in the Untied States, if you are still smoking and are looking to quit here are some tips on how to put down the cigarette.These tips come from participants of the CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers (TM) Campaign, to allow others to hear what techniques worked best for these former smokers in their journey to quit.Choose a quit date and support teamUse a nicotine patch to control cravings, drink water in substitution of smoking in your free time.Once choosing the quit day, keep yourself busy that day to avoid the urge to smoke.Tell a relative to promote daily encouragement to keep the urge down.Create Accountability Avoid situations or things that would trigger you to crave a cigarette. For example, a common trigger for most are going out for drinks with friends.Create accountability by telling everyone that you are quitting. In case they do you see give into temptation by smoking, you can be held accountable for your decision to quit.Manage StressStress can be a trigger to many smokers, learn to use stress reduction techniques like meditation or exercise to release negative energy.Substitute positive for negative Think of quitting as a positive lifestyle change to prolong your time with family as well as benefiting your health.If there are times during this process where you feel you have self doubt, remember who and what reason you are quitting for.Visit the CDC’s Quit Guide Online, to learn of more tips and learn more information about how to stop smoking.last_img read more

Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: One breakout or undervalued player from each team for 2020

first_imgTwins: Homer Bailey, SP. The Twins don’t have many sleeper candidates since virtually all of their hitters had big seasons last year, so we really had to reach for this one. Bailey had a decent bounce-back campaign in 2019, splitting time between Kansas City and Oakland and posting a 4.57 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 8.2 K/9 ratio. Obviously, those aren’t great stats, but his advanced numbers (4.11 FIP) and peripherals (2.9 BB/9 ratio, 1.2 HR/9 ratio) paint a little better picture. After a full season of health, Bailey could find success like Jake Odorizzi and Kyle Gibson did early on with the Twins last year. White Sox: Dylan Cease, SP. Cease struck out 81 batters in 73 major league innings last year, but his high BB (4.3) and HR (1.9) rates inflated his ERAs and WHIP. Over five minor league seasons, the 24-year-old righty posted a 3.73/1.23 line with an 11.4 K/9, and even that was inflated by a mediocre half-season at Triple-A. Given his age, it’s fair to wonder if Cease can put it all together at the major league level or if he’s more of a “quad-A player”, but if nothing else, he’ll be a cheap source of strikeouts. If he can find his lower-level form, he has breakout potential.Yankees: Miguel Andujar, UTIL. Andujar missed all but 12 games last year because of a right shoulder injury, but he’s healthy and ready to go this season. The Yankees’ offense has only gotten more crowded since Andujar last played, as Gio Urshela has established himself as the everyday 3B and guys like Mike Tauchman and Clint Frazier are looking for places to play. Andujar should still have the inside track on the everyday DH job, though, and we saw his upside in his rookie campaign when he hit .297 with 27 HRs and 92 RBIs. If he can stay in the lineup and replicate that form, he’ll far outpace his ADP, even if he remains only UTIL-eligible. The best thing about the start of a new baseball season is that every team has hope. Well, maybe not the Tigers, but every other team can find something positive to focus on heading into the 2020 season. It’s similar for fantasy baseball owners. Prior to the draft, it’s easy to talk yourself into breakout seasons from your favorite sleepers, regardless of what the rankings say. Focus on the good, ignore the bad, and start mentally preparing for the inevitable championship coming your way at the end of the season. We combined those two sentiments with our annual list of at least one fantasy sleeper from every team. Some teams have multiple worthwhile candidates, while others — like the Tigers — don’t really have any. Doesn’t matter — we still find someone to talk up. Hey, it’s almost opening day — let your inner optimist out. The sun is shining, the bats are cracking, players are in the best shape of their lives, and anything is possible.  Yes, even for the Tigers. (But not really.)DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 Fantasy Baseball Cheat SheetFantasy Baseball Sleepers: One from every teamPosition eligibility based on Yahoo’s default settings (10 games played or 5 games started)Angels: Jo Adell, OF: The 20-year-old slugger ascended to Triple-A last season and figures to be in the majors at some point early this season. His career .298/.361/.518 minor league line is even more impressive when you factor in his age, and he has a little bit of a speed with 30 career steals. Brian Goodwin likely isn’t the long-term answer in right field for the Angels, so Adell is worth drafting. Astros: Kyle Tucker, OF. Tucker hit 34 HRs and stole 30 bases in 125 games at Triple-A last year and added another four homers and five steals in 22 major league games. He’s proven just about everything he can in the minors, and all he needs is an everyday job to break out in the majors. Heading into the season, he’s slated to share the right field job with Josh Reddick, but Tucker could eventually take over with a hot start. He’ll also be first in line for at-bats if injuries strike someone like Yuli Gurriel, Yordan Alvarez, or Michael Brantley. One way or another, there’s a good chance Tucker sees significant at-bats this year, and if he does, he’ll outproduce his average draft position. Houston also has a host of young pitchers (Jose Urquidy, Josh James, Forrest Whitley) who could easily break out if they stick in the rotation. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300A’s: Sean Murphy, C. Murphy is everyone’s favorite sleeper catcher this season after he hit .308/.386/.625 in Triple-A and totaled 14 HRs in 51 games between Triple-A and the majors last year. The 25-year-old backstop figures to start four or five games a week, so it’s easy to see why everyone is excited about his prospects. We’ll issue the obligatory “be careful with rookie catchers” warning, but Murphy takes enough walks and hits for enough power that he should post at least semi-decent numbers. He’ll also be catching for some of Oakland’s other top sleeper candidates, pitchers Jesus Luzardo and A.J. Puk. Blue Jays: Teoscar Hernandez, OF. Hernandez broke out in the second half last season, clubbing 18 HRs over 60 games and finishing with 26 for the season (122 games). He has some playing time concerns heading into this year, but assuming he gets everyday at-bats, the 27-year-old righty will be a cheap source of power who can also swipe a few bases. His average figures to hurt more than help, but he still has plenty of offensive upside. The same can be said for other undervalued Toronto sluggers Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Rowdy Tellez. Braves: Will Smith, RP. The Braves have several relievers with closer experience in their bullpen, but Smith is arguably the best of the bunch. He’ll likely open the year as the primary setup man for Mark Melancon, but given the fact Melancon hasn’t been a full-time closer since 2016, Smith could find himself in the ninth-inning role at some point. He excelled in that position for the Giants last year, converting 34 saves with a 2.76/1.03 line and 13.2 K/9 ratio. Those types of peripherals gives Smith value even if he’s not closing, and he’s a great speculative add on the chance he eventually takes over in the ninth. Brewers: Luis Urias, 2B/SS. Urias struggled in his 83 big-league games with the Padres, hitting just .221 with six homers and a steal. But at just 22, his best years are yet to come. He’s going to be helped this season by playing in a hitter-friendly park, and he showed what he can do in better hitting environments last year at Triple-A (.315/.398/.600 with 19 HRs and seven SBs in 73 games). The tools are there for Urias to make good on his top-prospect status this year. Avisail Garcia is also worth watching on the chance he gets everyday at-bats. Cardinals: Tyler O’Neill, OF. O’Neill is a proven slugger at the minor league level (140 HRs over 566 games), and he’s popped 14 HRs in two 60-game stints in the majors the past two seasons. The 24-year-old righty is in position to have an everyday job as the Cardinals’ left fielder to open the year, and if he does, he has major power and run-producing upside. Cubs: Ian Happ, 2B/3B/OF. Happ spent more of last season at Triple-A (99 games) than in the majors (56 games), but he produced at both levels, totaling 27 HRs and 11 SBs. He’s unlikely to ever hit for a good average, but he can quietly give you solid numbers in all of the other categories. Playing time is the biggest worry, but he’s slated to start the season in center field and can fill in at 2B and 3B if needed. One way or another, the 25-year-old switch-hitter should be in the lineup most days, and if he is, he’ll provide a lot of value given his low cost. Diamondbacks: Luke Weaver, SP. Teammate Zac Gallen seems to be garnering more pub, and while he impressed in his 15 starts last year, his advanced stats and peripherals suggest he’s no sure thing. Even with a down 2018 on his resume, Weaver has more of a track record of success, posting a 2.94/1.07 line with a 9.7 K/9 ratio last year and a 3.88/1.26 line with a 10.7 K/9 ratio as a rookie in ’17. To be fair, Weaver made just 12 starts last year due to an elbow injury, so health is a concern, but if he can stay in one piece, the 26-year-old righty has big upside thanks to an improving BB-rate and solid K-rate.2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfielder | StarterDodgers: Will Smith, C. After hitting 15 HRs in just 54 games last year, Smith is ranked as a top-10 catcher on most sites heading into this season, but he still might be undervalued given his upside in the Dodgers’ stacked offense. The one drawback is he’s unlikely to hit for much of an average, but as long as he’s in the lineup, he’ll club homers and drive in runs. It wouldn’t be a shock to see him finish as a top-three catcher this year even though he’s being drafted as the No. 7 or 8 backstop. Teammate Gavin Lux is in a similar position at 2B.Giants: Mauricio Dubon, 2B/SS. Dubon hit 24 HRs and stole 13 bases between Triple-A and the majors last year. He also showed his contact skills, hitting .302 at Triple-A and .274 in 30 major league games. The 25-year-old middle infielder doesn’t excel in any one area — and fantasy owners often ignore those types of players — but with developing power, a decent amount of speed, and the ability to hit for average, Dubon makes for a cheap 2B or SS who can give you a little of everything. Indians: Zach Plesac, SP. Plesac is yet another low-walk, low-homer pitcher from the Indians organization, though his 21-start stint in the majors last year didn’t totally reflect that (3.1 BB/9 ratio, 1.5 HR/9 ratio). Plesac’s career marks in the minors (2.1 BB/9, 0.5 HR/9) are likely closer to what you can expect this year. His K/9 ratio will likely be in the 8.0-9.0 range, and he should have a decent ERA and very solid WHIP. The main worry for Plesac (and Aaron Civale, another candidate for this spot) is a consistent starting role, but he should open the season in the rotation. Mariners: Jake Fraley, OF. With Mitch Haniger (back) on the shelf for the foreseeable future, Fraley has a chance to play every day in Seattle’s outfield. The 24-year-old lefty is a career .286/.362/.480 hitter in the minors, and he clubbed 19 HRs and stole 22 bases in 99 games across two levels last season. He likely won’t post huge numbers this season, but anyone who can steal some bases and provide some pop is worth a look in fantasy leagues. First baseman Evan White is has some sleeper appeal, but he’s barely played above Double-A, so an immediate impact seems less likely. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategy:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | RelieverMarlins: Isan Diaz, 2B. Diaz couldn’t carry over his impressive showing in Triple-A (.305/.395/.578, 26 HRs in 102 games) to the majors (.173/.259/.307 in 49 games) last year, but he still showed the type of impressive power that can play at any level. The 23-year-old lefty strikes out too often to have a good average, but he can still fill up the stat sheet in the other categories (even chipping in a few SBs). Playing time could be an issue, but Diaz is still worth a look in the late rounds. Mets: Dominic Smith, 1B/OF. Smith just needs everyday at-bats to produce. The 24-year-old lefty hit .282/.355/.525 with 11 HRs in 89 games last year, and there’s little doubt his power is for real. However, with Pete Alonso locking down 1B and J.D. Davis, Brandon Nimmo, and Michael Conforto set in the OF, Smith would appear to be a man without a position. And with Yoenis Cespedes looking healthy in summer camp, even DH at-bats could be tough to come by early on. Even with that said, Smith will be very valuable as soon as there’s an injury (or he’s traded). Perhaps most noteworthy about Smith is that he actually hit lefties (.303/.361/.515) better than righties (.278/.354/.528) last year, so he doesn’t necessarily need to be a platoon player. It’s tough to invest a draft pick in someone like Smith, but he’s worth a pickup if he starts getting consistent playing time. Nationals: Carter Kieboom, SS/3B. Kieboom struggled in his 11-game MLB stint last year (.128/.209/.282), but he killed it at Triple-A (.303/.409/.493), which still tells us a lot about the 22-year-old infielder. Kieboom has a great shot at winning the Nationals starting 3B job the spring, and if he does, the production will follow. With a career .287/.378/.469 line in the minors, it’s clear Kieboom has the talent to break out once he becomes acclimated to MLB pitching, and he can even throw in a few steals to further raise his value. Orioles: Ryan Mountcastle, SS. It’s unclear where exactly Mountcastle would play if he makes the big club to start the year, but his bat looks big-league ready. Last year in 127 games at Triple-A, Mountcastle hit 25 HRs and slashed .312/.344/.527. That’s in line with what he did at Double-A the year before. The 23-year-old righty doesn’t walk much, which is a bit of a worry as he prepares for the next step in his professional career, but he shouldn’t have a problem hitting homers in Baltimore’s tiny home park. He could find himself playing any of the infield positions, so his eventual multi-position eligibility will give him additional fantasy value. Outfielder Austin Hays is also worth watching in Baltimore. Padres: Trent Grisham, OF. Grisham popped 32 homers and stole 13 bases across Double-A, Triple-A and the majors last year in Milwaukee’s organization. Now with a clear path to playing time in San Diego, he should open the season with an everyday job. Grisham has always been a high-OBP guy in the minors (.376) thanks to a high walk rate, and his strikeout rate is relatively low. Last season was really the first time he hit for power, so it’s unclear if that will carry over to a worse hitting environment, but Grisham has a lot of upside in San Diego’s solid lineup, especially in OBP leagues. Phillies: Scott Kingery, 2B/3B/SS/OF. Kingery was a hot prospect heading into 2018, but a disappointing season hurt his fantasy reputation so much that even after a solid ’19 (19 HRs, 15 SBs in 126 games), he’s not high on anyone’s wishlist this year. Admittedly, Kingery’s K-rate is still too high (29.4 percent last year) and his BB-rate is still too low (6.8 percent), but he hit the ball significantly harder last year, raising his isolated power by over 100 points. Given his versatility and offseason reports that he’s corrected the blurred vision that plagued him last year, it’s a bit odd that the 25-year-old righty isn’t a more coveted fantasy prospect. Take advantage. More 2020 Fantasy Baseball: Auction Values | Mock Draft SimulatorPirates: Mitch Keller, SP. Keller had one of the biggest differences in his ERA (7.13) and FIP (3.19) last year. His 12.2 K/9 ratio, 3.0 BB/9 ratio, and 1.13 HR/9 ratio in 48 innings were all solid for a rookie starter, but he was clearly done in by a .475 BABIP that will regress. The 23-year-old righty has a solid minor league track record (3.12/1.16, 9.4 K/9 ratio) and plays in a solid pitchers park, so even when the K-rate inevitably comes down, Keller should still be effective. Rangers: Nick Solak, 2B/3B. Solak impressed in his 33-game stint in the majors last year (.293/.393/.491 line), which isn’t a surprise considering he was dominating at Triple-A (.347/.386/.653). It is a bit disappointing he didn’t run much (seven total SBs last year) after swiping 21 bases at Double-A in 2018, but Solak made up for that by hitting 32 homers between Triple-A and the majors. He’ll have to compete for a starting job early on, but if he can prove capable on defense, Solak will be a hot commodity once he starts playing. Rays: Brendan McKay, SP. Most of the peripherals were good for McKay in his 49-inning MLB stint last year (10.3 K/9 ratio, 2.9 BB/9 ratio), but he gave up too many homers (8) and wound up with mediocre standard stats (5.14 ERA, 1.41 WHIP). Given his pedigree (1.78/0.84, 11.8 K/9 ratio in 172 minor league innings), the 24-year-old lefty has major upside once he gets in Tampa’s rotation. It could be as soon as opening day, but given Tampa’s organizational philosophy concerning starters, McKay could start the season in Triple-A, but he likely won’t stay there long. Red Sox: Michael Chavis, 1B/2B. Chavis really slowed down after a hot start last year, but he still finished the season with 18 HRs in 95 games. It’s likely he’ll play most days, either at 1B or 2B, but because he doesn’t have a “secure” spot in the Red Sox lineup, he’s falling too far in drafts. Clearly, he has the power to put up solid HR and RBI totals, and he takes enough walks that he should score a decent amount of runs despite a high K-rate (33.2 percent). Chavis isn’t a “sure thing”, but he’s still a solid value given the somewhat unfounded worries about playing time. Reds: Aristides Aquino, OF. Aquino was a sensation last year after getting called up, hitting 19 HRs in just 56 games. Normally, this type of player would be overvalued the following season, but Aquino is seemingly on the outside looking in for an everyday job after Cincinnati signed Nicholas Castellanos and Mike Moustakas in the offseason. Now, with the addition of the DH for NL teams, we have faith Aquino can ascend quickly from the “auxiliary squad” and find near-everyday at-bats once the season begins. Aquino has too much upside to keep on the bench, so he’s well worth drafting and stashing, especially in daily transaction leagues. Rockies: Garrett Hampson, 2B/SS/OF. Hampson struggled mightily early on last year, hitting just .200/.239/.285 in the first half. He showed signs of life in the second half, though, posting a .284/.348/.462 line and hitting seven HRs with 11 SBs in just 58 games. Hampson doesn’t have a clear path to playing time, but if he can carve out a role as a super-utility player or DH often, he should find himself getting regular at-bats. That’s all he needs to produce, particularly in the stolen base department.Royals: Ryan O’Hearn, 1B. The Royals don’t have many good sleeper candidates, so we’re dipping back to a popular breakout pick from last year even though O’Hearn’s shine has dimmed quite a bit. Heading into last season, O’Hearn was coming off a campaign that saw him club 12 HRs in just 44 games. This year, he’s coming off a season where he mustered just 14 dingers in 105 games, and he has more competition for playing time, especially if the Royals actually use Salvador Perez at 1B more some this season. At this point, O’Hearn might be nothing more than a platoon player against righthanded pitching, but he has the power to put up solid HR totals if he’s given the opportunity for regular at-bats. Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategies: Auction | Keeper/Dynasty | PointsTigers: Buck Farmer, RP. Good luck finding a true sleeper on the Tigers’ depleted roster. Farmer seems like the most likely candidate to take over in the ninth inning if Joe Jimenez struggles (a very distinct possibility given his HR issues). Farmer struck out over a batter per inning and noticeably improved his BB-rate last year, so he can likely handle the job and be a cheap source of saves if called upon. last_img read more

Iowa corn, beans being planted at historically slow pace due to weather

first_imgJOHNSTON — Iowa farmers who’ve been unable to plant corn yet this year face a deadline this week.Corn planted by May 31 is covered by crop insurance. If that corn fails to sprout because of cold and soggy conditions, insurance will help farmers replant their fields in June. Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig said there’s been a historically slow pace” to planting corn and soybeans this season.“It’s been a great challenge,” Naig said during an appearance on Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program. “However, we know that if we can get a few days strung together where the weather will cooperate that our farmers can move very quickly and get that crop in the ground quickly. The other piece that we look at is what’s happening to our neighbors…as bad as it is in Iowa, Illinois and Indiana in particular have significant delays.”Naig said planting soybeans in June rather than corn is an option for some.“It all depends on whether they think they can achieve a decent yield and make that pencil out in terms of profitability,” Naig said.June 15 is the deadline for planting soybeans that can be covered by crop insurance. Farmers debating whether to plant corn or soybeans this week face the dynamic of a soybean market that has been roiled by trade disputes.“The market’s sending a signal. Soybean prices, clearly, have been dramatically reduced. You’re talking a 20 percent reduction in soybean prices this year, a 10 percent reduction in corn and so folks will look at those economics,” Naig said.But Naig indicated there are other factors at work, too, like deciding which corn or soybean hybrids will yield best if planted late.Some farmers may not be able to plant a crop at all this year — and that makes them ineligible for the next round of federal farm payments the USDA announced last week. Naig said 100,000 acres of western Iowa farm ground in Pottawattamie, Mills and Fremont Counties was flooded in March — and in some areas there’s still water coming through broken levees.“You’ve got acres that might be dry, but they’ve a tremendous amount of sand and other debris that needs to be removed and those acres may or may not be planted this year,” Naig said. “…For those acres that are planted, you’ll crop insurance. For those that aren’t, you’ll be looking at a prevented planting selection.”The federal “prevented planting” program provides payments to farmers who cannot plant a crop at all.last_img read more

“Grim Reaper” Lawyer Stalks Jacksonville Beachgoers

first_imgJACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — Beachgoers this Fourth of July weekend were haunted by the morbid specter of a rather morbid sight on Jacksonville Beach.They were greeted by an attorney dressed as none other than the Grim Reaper.Daniel Uhlfelder, an attorney based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, donned on the garb of the symbol of death as a way to spread awareness that Florida is still battling the deadly coronavirus, despite the state’s phased reopening.“I talked to some millennials in their 20s who wanted to talk about why I was doing this, why they may disagree with certain parts of it,” he told First Coast News.Friday’s stop was part of his “Florida Grim Reaper Tour,” which he launched back in May around Phase 1 of reopening. He started in the Florida Panhandle to beaches all over South Florida.According to his Twitter page, Uhlfelder’s scythe-wielding persona is his way speaking out against Gov. Ron DeSantis’ handling of the global pandemic, as well as his attempt at fighting “misinformation and warn people about the dangers of COVID-19 as Florida becomes [an] epicenter.”“I tried a social media campaign, I tried suing the governor to close the beaches and do a stay at home order,” he said.“We have to take this into our own hands, unfortunately, because our leaders aren’t doing the right thing,” Uhlfelder told USA Today back in May.At Jacksonville Beach some were not happy to see Uhlfelder dressed in black robes mingling among the bathing suit clad beach goers. In fact the police had to intervene in a dispute between him and another man per his request.“I had a very good open discussion with a lot of people, but then there are some detractors that are just trolls,” he said. “But they don’t bother me, so.”Story continues below.Florida has seen a growing trend of positive COVID-19 cases with numbers surpassing the state’s initial peak back in April. Over the past two weeks alone, July 2 marked the 10th straight day where the number of newly reported coronavirus cases was more than 5,000.last_img read more

Canadian boxer Stevenson still in induced coma

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Oleksandr Gvozdyk stopped Stevenson at 2:49 of the 11th round Saturday night to take the Canadians’ World Boxing Council light heavyweight title.The Montreal-based Stevenson was put on a stretcher after the bout and left Videotron Center in an ambulance. He was making his 10th title defense since winning the belt against Chad Dawson in 2013 and was ahead on two of the judges’ cards and tied on the third when he was stopped.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissStevenson dropped to 29-2-1 with his first loss since 2010 and first in Canada. /kga UP Manila suspends classes for Ateneo-UP Game 2 No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet PLAY LIST 04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet01:27Superman’s first cape and Bilbo Baggins’ pipe to go on auction02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia MONTREAL, QUEBEC – JUNE 03: Adonis Stevenson (left) lands a punch against Andrzej Fonfara during the WBC light heavyweight world championship match at the Bell Centre on June 3, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Adonis Stevenson defeated Andrzej Fonfara in the second round by way of technical knockout. Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFP FILEMONTREAL — Canadian boxer Adonis Stevenson remained in an induced coma in a Quebec City hospital Monday night, nearly 48 hours after being knocked out in his light heavyweight title fight.The 41-year-old known to his fans as “Superman” was in stable condition in intensive care, according to a statement released by the hospital.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more