OAKLAND – The Warriors believe they can model themselves after the San Antonio Spurs. Can they find a Tony Parker, though, with their No. 28 pick in the NBA Draft?Incredibly unfair to expect the Warriors to do that. In the history of the NBA draft, most of the league’s No. 28 picks have fallen into two categories. They became decent role players. Or they did not last long in the NBA. Somehow, though, the Spurs landed Parker at No. 28 in the 2001 NBA Draft.How did they do that? The Spurs had …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As the debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continues, agriculture is being reminded of the crucial importance of exports markets.Last week U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced some fairly robust export numbers while also considering the massive agricultural ramifications if NAFTA negotiations prove unfruitful.“I believe we have plan A, which is renewing NAFTA. But I am a planner and a plan B thinker. If we don’t get a successful renegotiation we know that is going to have some devastating effects on agriculture and commodity prices. I think it is incumbent on me to think about those kinds of things,” Perdue said. “NAFTA has been favorable to agriculture in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, but it is almost 23 years old and a lot of things have changed in that time, including the Internet. Canada still restrains our marketing in dairy, poultry and eggs. We think our markets are more open to them then theirs are to us. We’d like to change that. The President is very concerned about the manufacturing trade deficit with Mexico. The President is very determined to have a fair and open trade deal of equal reciprocity and that is why I think we’ll be successful.”Though Perdue’s Plan B details are not clear, the benefits of NAFTA to agriculture in the U.S. are much more defined. U.S. agricultural exports totaled $140.5 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2017, climbing nearly $10.9 billion from the previous year to the third-highest level on record, U.S. As it has done for well over 50 years, the U.S. agricultural sector once again posted an annual trade surplus, which reached $21.3 billion, up almost 30% from last year’s $16.6 billion.China finished the fiscal year as the United States’ largest export customer, with shipments valued at $22 billion, followed by NAFTA countries Canada ($20.4 billion) and Mexico ($18.6 billion, a 6% gain from last year).“U.S. agriculture depends on trade. It is great to see an increase in exports and we hope to open additional markets to build on this success,” Perdue said. “I’m a grow-it-and-sell-it kind of guy. If American agricultural producers keep growing it, USDA will keep helping to sell it around the world.”In addition, exports to Japan grew 12%, to $11.8 billion. Rounding out the top 10 markets were the European Union ($11.6 billion), South Korea ($6.9 billion), Hong Kong ($4 billion), Taiwan ($3.4 billion), Indonesia ($3 billion) and the Philippines ($2.6 billion).U.S. bulk commodity exports set a volume record at 159 million metric tons, up 11% from FY 2016, while their value rose 16% to $51.4 billion. The surge was led by soybean exports, which reached a record 60 million metric tons, valued at $24 billion. Exports of corn, wheat and cotton all grew as well, with the value of cotton exports climbing 70%, to $5.9 billion, wheat exports up 21%, to $6.2 billion, and corn exports up six%, to $9.7 billion.A number of other products saw significant export increases as well. U.S. dairy exports grew 17% to $5.3 billion, beef exports were up 16% to $7.1 billion, and pork exports rose 14% to $6.4 billion. Overall, horticultural product exports increased 3% to nearly $33.9 billion, largely driven by an 8% increase in exports of tree nuts, which reached $8.1 billion, the second-highest total on record. Processed food and beverage exports rose 2% to $39.2 billion.Exports are responsible for 20% of U.S. farm income, also driving rural economic activity and supporting more than one million American jobs both on and off the farm. USDA continues to work to boost export opportunities for U.S. agricultural products by opening new markets, pursuing new trade agreements, enforcing existing agreements, and breaking down barriers to trade.
Maharashtra has sought increased financial assistance from the Centre for the next five years to tackle drought. Presenting a charter of demands at the fifth governing council meeting of Niti Aayog , Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis urged the Centre to step in with increased assistance to help transport water from the Godavari basin criss-crossing Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha back into Marathwada and Vidarbha. “My government’s effort is to bring more water from Godavari into stressed areas of Marathwada and Vidarbha to make them free of scarcity in the future. This is my government’s priority for the next five years, and since Centre has assisted us last five years, I have forwarded similar demands to the Niti Aayog,” Mr. Fadnavis said in New Delhi on Saturday. The Maharashtra delegation — in back-to-back meetings with Hardeep Puri, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Civil Aviation, Commerce and Industry; Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Jal Shakti Minister; and Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Steel — discussed pending issues related to the Nagpur airport, Mumbai airport, Nagpur Metro phase 2 and PMAY (Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (Urban), senior officials said. The CM sought central assistance for the Marathwada water grid, river liking projects on Godavari with Mr. Shekhawat. “We made a detailed presentation to him (Mr Shekhawat) Other meetings focussed on water, agriculture and market reforms, including six to seven other concerns that the State faces. We have appraised various ministries of the work Maharastra has done in water resources and agri sector,” the CM said. The agenda of the governing council was focused on internal security, development in left wing extremism (LWE) areas, reforms of the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act and Essential Commodities Act, 1955. Other issues discussed were progress of the Aspirational Districts Programme, launched in January 2018, and ways for encouraging water conservation through rain water harvesting, said officials. Maharashtra has declared 151 talukas as drought affected and is getting a central assistance of ₹4,714 crore. The government had deployed 5,493 tankers to provide water to 4,331 villages after 151 talukas were declared drought-hit. The Opposition alleged that the State government is purposely restricting water supply through tankers in areas where the scheme has not performed well.
zoom South Korean shipbuilding major Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has joined the recovery drive of its two compatriots, DSME and Hyundai Heavy Industries, having posted a 350.8 percent jump in its operating profit for the first three months of 2017 year-on-year.Specifically, SHI’s operating profit for the quarter reached KRW 27.5 billion (USD 24.20 million) a considerable increase from KRW 6.1 billion in the corresponding period in 2016, the shipbuilder revealed in a stock exchange filing.The company’s net profit achieved 269 percent increase, reaching KRW 58,700 billion (USD 51.6 million) against KRW 15.9 billion a year earlier.However, SHI’s revenue suffered 3.7 percent dip and came at KRW 2.44 trillion.The increase in profit has been driven by a favorable order intake that kicked off the year amid stabilization in the shipbuilding industry resulting in a total of USD 1.5 billion worth of new orders. SHI’s order backlogs as of March 31, 2017 on delivery basis totals in USD 26.5 billion, the company’s data show. These are dominated by tankers, 34 of them, followed by 15 LNG carriers and 10 drilling rigs, among other units.Due to forecasts that the shipbuilding industry could slightly improve during 2017, the shipbuilder decided to raise its orderbook goal to USD 6 billion, from last year’s USD 5.3 billion target, after winning a major order to build a large offshore platform at the beginning of the year worth USD 1.3 billion.The turnaround is in particular expected in the LNG carrier sector and FSRUs, according to SHI, with up to 30 LNGC orders forecast to be placed on annual basis from 2017.World Maritime News Staff
Call him the Gangster of Love. Call him Maurice. Call him the Space Cowboy. Call for your Charity Preview tickets now because on Jan. 16, rock legend Steve Miller Band will perform at the largest single night fundraiser in the world: the North American International Auto Show’s Charity Preview.“Everybody knows that Steve Miller speaks ‘the pompitus of love,’” said Scott LaRiche, chairman, NAIAS 2015. “Steve Miller Band is legendary and we are absolutely ecstatic that he’ll be our very special musical guest at Charity Preview, helping us celebrate an amazing night and a spectacular week in Detroit.”Admittance to “An Evening with Steve Miller Band” will be permitted with the purchase of a Charity Preview ticket. The special performance begins at 9 pm.“When the show floor closes, the legend begins,” said LaRiche.Charity Preview will be held from 6-9 pm. Tickets are $400 each ($390 of which is tax deductible) and available now at charitypreview.com.Since 1976, the Charity Preview has raised more than $96 million for Southeastern Michigan children’s charities — more than $45 million of which was raised in the last 10 years alone. Beneficiaries of NAIAS Charity Preview include: • Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan • Boys Hope Girls Hope Detroit • Children’s Center • Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation • The Detroit Institute for Children • Judson Center • March Of Dimes Metro Detroit • Detroit PAL • DADA Charitable Foundation Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
New Year resolutions are not as hard to stick to as people generally assume if you follow a few simple methods, says a psychology lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Australia.One of the research-supported methods to stick to New Year’s resolutions is to set goals with friends instead of going about it alone, said Lisa Williams in an article published recently in The Conversation, a news and commentary site.“One research study found signing up for a weight-loss programme with friends and having that social support reinforced over time resulted in an increase from 75 percent to 95 percent in course completion. It even resulted in an increase from 24 percent to 66 percent in weight-loss maintenance, compared to signing up alone and receiving treatment not focused on social support,” Williams said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Another way to make resolutions work is to set a range for a goal, rather than making it specific. “Research suggests that setting a range for a goal (planning to lose five to ten kilograms) rather than a specific target (aiming to lose eight kilos) will likely be more effective,” she pointed out.Williams also suggested that recommitting yourself to the goals at regular intervals — for example, on first day of every month or first day of every week can boost your chances of achieving the goals that you have set for yourself.“Clearly, the calendar itself can help in re-committing to goals. From this view, ‘a case of the Mondays’ could be the impetus to revisit the gym, shut off email in the evening, or trade spaghetti bolognese for salad,” Williams noted.