First Iowa debate is tonight, 20 days from Caucuses

first_imgDES MOINES — Six Democratic presidential candidates will debate tonight in Des Moines.The debate will be broadcast on CNN, in partnership with The Des Moines Register. It’ll begin at 8 p.m. and last for two hours. In the hours leading up to the event, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren quibbled publicly about a CNN report of a private conversation they had more than a year ago.Actress and singer Mandy Moore joined Pete Buttigieg in Ames last night to make her pitch for his candidacy.Andrew Yang, who did not qualify for tonight’s debate, celebrated his 45th birthday last night after speaking to a crowd of 700 at Drake University. Joe Biden and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller visited with campaign volunteers in Des Moines last night. Miller endorsed Biden Monday morning.Late Monday afternoon President Trump’s campaign announced there will be a Trump re-election rally in Des Moines on January 30th.Iowa Republicans and Democrats will hold their precinct caucuses in 20 days.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2017)–Under confident handling from Norberto Arroyo, Jr., favored Conquest Farenheit took Monday’s $75,000 Baffle Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths as he negotiated 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12.83.  Trained by Peter Miller, he returned to turf following a disappointing effort going a mile on the main track in his Southern California debut here on Feb. 2.A close second to pacesetter Rockin Rudy crossing the dirt at the top of the stretch, Conquest Farenheit took command under a hand ride a furlong out and appeared full of run past the wire into the Club House turn.“The way he galloped out, he could be a miler, who knows?” said Miller, who notched the third of what would be four wins on the day, giving him the lead in the Santa Anita trainer standings with 20 wins through 31 days of racing.  “I’ve just gotta keep an open mind…I don’t want to pigeon hole him.  He’s a very nice horse that’s much better on the grass.”Off at 7-5 in a field of seven 3-year-olds, Conquest Farenheit, a Kentucky-bred colt by Scat Daddy, paid $4.80, $2.80 and $2.40.Owned by Chad Littlefield and Gary Hartunian’s Rockingham Ranch, he began his career at Woodbine in Toronto, Ontario Canada.  In securing his first stakes win today, Conquest Farenheit is now 4-2-1-1 and with the winner’s check of $47,100, he increased his earnings to $110,045.“I had a little concern today, he was more relaxed in his last race,” said Arroyo.  “Today in the paddock, he was jumping around and doing things he doesn’t usually do…He wasn’t sweating in the post parade but when we got to the gate he did start to sweat a lot.  But then, in the race, he did what he was supposed to do…It was easy for him, I didn’t even tap him.”Rockin Rudy, who had been idle since breaking his maiden on Aug. 5, made his first start today for trainer Doug O’Neill and he hung in gamely for the place, finishing three quarters of a length in front of Elwood J.  The second choice at 2-1 with Mario Gutierrez, Rockin Rudy paid $3.80 and $2.80.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Elwood J prevailed by a nose for third over Tipo Duro.  Off at 8-1, Elwood J paid $3.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.02, 43.67 and 1:06.63.Live racing will resume at Santa Anita on Friday, with first post time at 1 p.m.last_img read more

Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer: AFBF Economist Dr. John Newton

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentIn the latest episode of Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Director of Water Quality and Research talks with American Farm Bureau Chief Economist Dr. John Newton.Hoewischer and Newton talk about the “tough shape” the farm economy has been in for a number years for various reasons, from low crop prices to trade and tariff issues, and how much impact the newly signed Farm Bill may or may not have on farm income in the future.Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer is an ongoing series of conversations with experts and leaders who are helping to shape and secure the future of Ohio’s ag industry for generations to come.Following are some highlights from this episode. Complete transcript.Q: I know there are a lot of different sectors, but what’s the general feel of the overall ag economy?A: Well it’s been in the doldrums now for a few years. You know net farm income was record high when we were right in the last farm bill. Over $120 billion at that point in time and it’s declined by nearly 50 percent. It declined fairly quickly and it’s remained at very low levels. 2018 farm incomes projected at $66 billion. That’s the third lowest level over the last decade in well below the historical average of about $85 billion a year. So the farm economy is in pretty tough shape and it’s really impacting agriculture uniformly.Q: How will the (newly signed) 2018 Farm Bill effect things?A: You know it was just a completely different environment in 2014 when we were writing the farm bill. We were looking at $5 corn, and soybeans were well over $11 a bushel. When we really started this process, American Farm Bureau had a farm bill working group for the last two years. When we started this farm income was low commodity prices were low. So I think that one of the things that it did more than anything is really energized the grassroots members across the country to think about this farm bill and think about ways we can make it work better. I think the challenge in this low price environment was that the Congressional Budget Office, the baseline for agricultural spending, we just didn’t have a lot of money to make a lot of major changes. So this farm bill more than anything it’s just an evolution of the 2014 Farm Bill. Some tweaks around the edges. We did get some major improvements for dairy and for cotton but there’s just not enough money to come in and really elevate and enhance the support provided by ARC and PLC some of those title one programs.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Odisha to have sports policy soon, says Tusharkanti Behera

first_imgOdisha government on Friday said the State will soon have a sports policy of its own to promote various sports activities. This was stated by Sports and Youth Services Minister Tusharkanti Behera while replying to questions in the Assembly. Stating that the National Sports Policy is in force in the State, Mr. Behera said a draft on Odisha’s own sports policy has been prepared. However, the Minister said the State has a policy to release special grant to various sports associations for conducting national and international championship in Odisha under the aegis of the concerned recognised national federation. Replying to a question on the number of sports persons in the State, the Minister said no such survey has been done in Odisha. Sports persons are being given identity cards under various categories. He said sports persons, who have played at international sports events, have been provided jobs in various sectors. While sprint queen Dutee Chand got job in Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC), athlete Srabani Nanda was given job in Odisha Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC). A total of 96 sports persons have been given jobs in Odisha Police, he informed the Assembly.last_img read more

Beach shack worker gets 10 years for rape, murder of British teen

first_imgEleven years after the bruised body of British teenager was found at the Anjuna beach here, the High Court of Bombay at Goa on Friday sentenced a shack worker to 10 years rigorous imprisonment.A Division Bench of Justices R.D. Dhanuka and Prithviraj Chavan had held Samson D’Souza guilty on July 17 for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” and molestation, among other charges.The Bench had overturned the verdict of Goa Children’s Court which had acquitted D’Souza. It however upheld the acquittal of the second accused Placido Carvalho.The 15-year-old victim, who was holidaying in Goa with her mother and siblings, was found dead on the popular beach on February 18, 2008. The cause of death, according to the autopsy report, was drowning.Initial investigation was conducted by Goa Police. However, the victim’s mother alleged that the probe was “shabby”. The State then handed over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation. D’Souza, who worked at a beach-side shack, and Carvalho, a suspected drug dealer, were first arrested, based on witness accounts, by Goa Police.The CBI named both in its charge sheet, claiming they drugged the girl and sexually abused her. Trial court judge Vandana Tendulkar acquitted them in 2016, which the CBI challenged.The high court two days ago held D’Souza guilty under IPC Sections 328 (for administering drugs), 354 (outraging modesty), 304 (culpable homicide not amounting murder) and 201 (destruction of evidence) and for child abuse under section 8 (2) of the Goa Children’s Act. D’Souza was present in the courtroom on Friday. His lawyer sought a stay to the sentence for 12 weeks so that he could file an appeal in the Supreme Court.The Bench rejected the plea. D’Souza was sent to judicial custody and will be shifted to a prison at Colvale in North Goa district.Senior lawyer Vikram Varma, who represented the victim’s mother, said justice has been finally delivered.last_img read more

Pogoy, Rice power TNT

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ PBA IMAGESTNT KaTropa bounced back from a sorry defeat to repulse Phoenix Petroleum, 110-103, for its third win in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Texters moved a game out of .500 and improved to 3-2 as they redeemed themselves after a humiliating 104-73 defeat to Rain or Shine.ADVERTISEMENT Kelly Williams finished with 18 points to complement Rice’s scoring while Ranidel de Ocampo added 14.Pogoy and Jayson Castro also finished in twin digits with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments Roger Pogoy gave TNT a late-game buffer after his inside bank shot put the KaTropa up 107-101 with 1:46 left in the game and import Glen Rice Jr. secured the victory by picking off Brandon Brown’s pass at the 40-second mark.Rice not only willed TNT to victory with his 38-point, 9-rebound, 5-assist line, he also bounced back from his subpar PBA debut.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We went to this game with the hope of Glen playing a lot better than he played the last game, and today he did,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela.In the second game, San Miguel Beer rallied to a 115-112 victory over GlobalPort. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img LATEST STORIES Read Next Duterte hails PH athletes WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short programlast_img read more

ADI: 42V quad output, triple monolithic synchronous buck converter & boost controller

first_imgAnalog Devices announces the Power by Linear LT8603, a 42V input capable, high efficiency quad output monolithic switching regulator. Its flexible design combines a boost controller with two high voltage 2.5 and 1.5A synchronous step-down channels and a lower voltage 1.8A synchronous step-down channel to provide four independent outputs. The LT8603 can be configured with the boost controller to supply the input of the buck converters, enabling it to deliver three precisely regulated outputs. This is the case even when the input falls significantly below the regulated output voltages, such as in automotive cold crank or start-stop scenarios when the battery voltage can drop as low as 3V. Alternatively, the boost controller can be driven from one of the step-down outputs, providing four precisely regulated outputs with a very compact solution footprint.The LT8603’s triple buck synchronous rectification topology delivers up to 93% efficiency while Burst Mode operation keeps quiescent current under 28µA (high voltage channels active) in no-load standby conditions, ideal for always-on systems. For noise-sensitive applications, the LT8603’s low EMI design meets the CISPR 25, Class 5 EMI requirements even when switching at 2MHz. The LT8603’s switching frequency can be programmed from 250kHz to 2.2MHz and is synchronizable throughout this range.The LT8603’s 85ns (max) minimum on-time and cascading topology enables 16VIN to 0.8VOUT step-down conversions while switching at 2MHz, enabling designers to avoid critical noise-sensitive frequency bands such as AM radio, while using a very compact solution footprint. Its 3V to 42V input voltage range is ideal for automotive applications that must regulate through cold crank and stop-start scenarios with minimum input voltages as low as 3V and load dump transients in excess of 40V. Programmable power-on reset and power good indicators for each channel ensure overall system reliability.  The LT8603’s 40-lead thermally enhanced 6mm x 6mm QFN package and high switching frequency keep external inductors and capacitors small, providing a compact, thermally efficient footprint.The LT8603 is available in a thermally enhanced 40-lead 6 x 6mm QFN package. Two temperature grades are available, with operation from –40 to 125°C (junction) for the extended E- and industrial I-grades. All versions are available from stock.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous ADLINK demonstrates Fog Computing at embedded worldNext Express Logic enables sensor and edge/gateway device connectivity to all leading cloud providerslast_img read more

Tim Hortons sees Canadian growth as it works to fix franchisee relationship

first_imgThe parent company of Tim Hortons saw sales growth at Canadian locations of the coffee-and-doughnut chain as executives say their work to mend fraught franchisee relations is paying off, though more work remains.Restaurant Brands International Inc. is pleased with the Canadian results, said CEO Daniel Schwartz in an interview with The Canadian Press.Sales at Tim Hortons restaurants in Canada open for 13 months or more, a key retail metric, increased 0.9 per cent in the quarter ending September 30, according to the company’s third-quarter earnings report. That’s up from 0.6 per cent in the same quarter the previous year and outpaces the system-wide growth of 0.6 per cent, which includes restaurants outside of Canada, for the current quarter.Executive changes, including hiring Duncan Fulton as chief corporate officer in July, and initiatives from the company’s “Winning Together” brand plan helped, said Schwartz.He highlighted the launch of all-day breakfast nationwide in late July as adding incremental sales and profitability.The plan also includes renovating restaurants — a $700-million investment that adds open-concept seating. The company has completed about 100 renovations to date, and plans to do hundreds more in the fourth quarter.“These improved results don’t even reflect several of the initiatives that we have not yet launched,” he said.Tim Hortons will add a kids’ menu this quarter, he said.The company also plans to launch a loyalty program nationwide sometime in the first half of 2019, said Tim Hortons president Alex Macedo. The program, dubbed coffee pass, is already being tested in two cities and the trial will expand to several others.Self-service kiosks, which are already present at some locations in and around the Greater Toronto Area, will start to roll out more broadly early next year, he said.The U.S. market was a little softer, said Schwartz, adding the brand’s team is disproportionately focused on getting Canada in the right place due to the size of the Canadian business, as well as “everything that was going on in Canada.”The chain has grappled with an unsanctioned group of franchisees who formed the Great White North Franchisee Association in an effort to remedy alleged mismanagement of the brand. The group has claimed to represent more than half of Canadian Tim Hortons franchisees and launched multiple lawsuits against RBI, its subsidiaries and several executives. RBI also launched its own lawsuits against the group and some of its members.In recent months, two prominent GWNFA members, its former president David Hughes and Mark Kuziora, left the company. The group has been fairly silent since late August when it alleged the coffee pots franchisees are required to purchase and use have been shattering and injuring employees. RBI and the manufacturer denied allegations they had changed how they make or source the pots.The GWNFA’s membership is “still well above” half, said spokeswoman Patti Jameson in an email, adding the group has a new president.In the past, RBI executives refused to speak with the group, but later admitted they could have better handled franchisee relations and made more of an effort to engage franchisees, including in building the “Winning Together” plan.“We still have some room to go to work even better with the restaurant owners but I think the confidence is starting to be built,” said Macedo, adding the company’s decision to listen more, as well as give and receive feedback faster has helped it execute the plan.Sales at the company’s other two chains, Burger King and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, also grew, lifting RBI’s third-quarter profit.The company’s profit attributable to shareholders totalled US$133.6 million or 53 cents per diluted share, up from $91.4 million or 37 cents per diluted share a year ago. The Oakville, Ont.,-based company keeps its books in U.S. dollars.Revenue totalled $1.38 billion, up from $1.21 billion in the same quarter last year.Burger King’s comparable-store sales increased 1.0 per cent, while Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen saw comparable-store sales improve 0.5 per cent.On an adjusted basis, RBI earned 63 cents per diluted share for the quarter, compared to 58 cents per diluted share a year ago. Analysts expected a profit of 65 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Companies in this story: (TSX:QSR)last_img read more

RInfra to sell DelhiAgra Toll Road to Singapore firm for Rs 3600

first_imgNew Delhi: Reliance Infrastructure Ltd Thursday said it will sell its entire stake in Delhi-Agra Toll Roadway to Singapore-based Cube Highways for Rs 3,600 crore, following which the Anil Ambani led company’s debt will be reduced by 25 per cent to less than Rs 5,000 crore. Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra) has entered into a pact with Cube Highways in this regard. Cube Highways and Infrastructure III Pte Ltd is a Singapore-based company formed by global infrastructure fund – I Squared Capital and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe transaction is in line with Reliance Infrastructure’s strategic plan of monetising non-core business and focus on major growth areas like engineering & construction (E&C) business. RInfra on Thursday announced the signing of Definitive Binding Agreement with Cube Highways and Infrastructure III Pte Ltd for the sale of its 100 per cent stake in Delhi-Agra (DA) Toll Road Private Limited, the company said in a statement. “The total deal enterprise value is over Rs 3,600 crore. In addition, NHAI claims of Rs 1,200 crore to be filed by DA Toll Road Pvt Ltd will flow directly to Reliance Infrastructure,” the company added. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsRInfra said, it will utilise the proceeds of this transaction entirely to reduce its debt. “After the completion of the transaction for Delhi-Agra Toll Road, the debt of Reliance Infrastructure will reduce by 25 per cent to only less than Rs 5,000 crore,” the company said. The transaction is subject to all requisite permissions and approvals, it added. Reliance Infrastructure’s special purpose vehicle (SPV) DA Toll Road Private Limited operates the 180-km long six-lane road that connects the national capital Delhi with Agra on National Highway (NH) 2. “The profitable project has witnessed impressive revenue growth of 25 per cent in FY18,” the company said. The tolling operation for the heavily-trafficked project started in October 2012 and has a concession period till 2038. RInfra is one of the largest infrastructure companies, developing projects through various Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) in several high growth sectors such as power, roads and metro rail in the infrastructure space and the defence sector. Also, it is a major player in providing Engineering and Construction (E&C) services for developing power, infrastructure, metro and road projects. The company through its SPVs has executed a portfolio of infrastructure projects such as a metro rail project in Mumbai on build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) basis; and eleven road projects with total length of about 1,000 kms on build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis.last_img read more

HRD to implement 10 quota for general category sans funds

first_imgNew Delhi: The government’s decision to implement 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections of the general category may cost dearer to the public institutions as the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has put on hold the fund allocation procedure to higher institutions for meeting the expenses to be incurred in implementing the quota.The HRD Ministry’s proposal to provide financial assistance of about Rs 4,000 crore has been stuck in the model code of conduct. As per official sources, the ministry in its communication with institutions has stated that the proposal would be approved only after the formation of the government and till then the institutions would have to bear the additional expenditure of their own. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Citing the enforcement of model code of conduct due to ongoing general elections in the country, sources in the HRD Ministry said, “Given the value of the amount, the Election Commission is reluctant in approving the proposal.” The sources further that the EC is reluctant in permitting the HRD ministry to provide funds to institutions as the proposal has not been passed by the Cabinet. The sources also said that institutions would have to implement the quota without any dedicated funds for it. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn January, the government had allowed a reservation of 10 per cent for poor people in educational institutions and government jobs. Soon after the decision, the HRD Ministry had announced that it would increase 25 per cent seats in all higher education institutions to accommodate the beneficiaries of 10 per cent quota to poor upper caste without disturbing seat share of other reserved categories. The HRD Ministry had also sought details from higher institutions about the financial burden on them for increasing 25 per cent seats. As per the HRD officials, all higher institutions, including IITs, IIMs, Central universities, NITs, IISER, had sought Rs 5,676 crore financial support for creating 2.15 lakh additional seats.last_img read more