Zaidi to clash with Bochy? Dodgers manager says that’s ‘unfair’

first_imgLAS VEGAS–No manager in the big leagues boasts a résumé that compares with Bruce Bochy.The three-time World Series champion is entering his 25th season at the helm of a major league club and his 13th in San Francisco.Though the Giants elected to part ways with former general manager Bobby Evans at the end of a disappointing 2018 season, team CEO Larry Baer provided Bochy with the assurance that he would return for the final year of his contract regardless of who the Giants hired to replace …last_img

Cost of diesel on the rise

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag NetConsumers are seeing a jump in the price they pay for a gallon of gas as summer approaches, a major driving season. The expected additional cost to drive this summer is about $200 more per family compared to 2017.The same goes for a fuel that farmers heavily rely on to grow food and that the agriculture industry uses primarily to deliver those goods to market, diesel fuel.“About 65% of all goods transported in the U.S. are moved by trucks that use diesel,” said Veronica Nigh, an economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation. “So, when the economy heats up we also seeing diesel prices rise and that is what we are seeing now.”Compared to just a year ago, the price of diesel has climbed over 20%, which is equivalent to 50 cents per gallon.“Unemployment is lower, consumers have more money in their pockets and they are out driving and buying more things,” Nigh said. “That increased demand is certainly having an impact on diesel prices.”That has many wondering if diesel costs will reach the gaudy levels of 2013-2014, which was up around $4.00 a gallon. Nigh said it is hard to tell.“The economy doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, so that underlying reason for increased demand for diesel fuel is strong,” Nigh said. “Today at about $3.20 a gallon we would have to come up quite a ways to reach those levels, but oil production is good as we have recently seen some of the highest levels of production in the last 30 years.”For agriculture, diesel works into the cost of production equation. That will have a trickle-down effect at the farmer and consumer levels.“Unfortunately at the farm setting, we don’t have a lot of ability to effect the prices we receive for inputs so higher diesel prices mean more of a squeeze on those already incredibly tight margins,” Nigh said. “On the consumer level, you can probably expect an increase in food prices. We’re not looking at a huge increases, but 2 or 3 cents across the whole portfolio of food items that you might buy adds up.”Farmers in the Midwest do have a bit of a regional advantage on the price of diesel. West Coast prices have averaged a whopping 40 cents per gallon higher than the national average since January. East Coast prices have averaged 3 cents per gallon higher, while Midwest prices have averaged 6 cents per gallon lower.last_img read more

Ubuntu Edge Smartphone Crowdfunding Campaign Falls $19M Short

first_imgVenture Capital Is Just One Funding Option, Rem… Tags:#Crowd Funding#now#smartphone#Ubuntu Related Posts Harver is on the Way to Reinvent High-Volume Hi… 4 Painless Ways to Pay off Small Business Loans…center_img readwrite Despite intense interest from the geek set, Canonical’s Ubuntu Edge Indiegogo campaign still fell short of its ambitious $32 million funding goal. In fact, project to build a dual-booting, open-source smartphone ended late last night at less than half its goal, with $12.8 million pledged from 27,000 backers. While impressive, that wasn’t even close to the sum needed to greenlight the project.  Pyze Announces $4.6 Million Funding Round for A…last_img

Power failure disrupts ticket sale at Talkatora

first_imgAt a time when Commonwealth Games Federation seems worried about poor attendance at various stadiums, sports enthusiasts had a harrowing experience while buying tickets at Talkatora Stadium, one of the venues for the ongoing Games, on Friday.For hours, there was no electricity at the stadium’s ticket counter which caused a crowd of ticket seekers. People had come from far off places to watch their favourite sportspersons in action but were left high and dry as no tickets could be issued.Things went from bad to worse when touts started selling tickets at inflated prices. People were seen buying tickets for more than double the pricelast_img

World Cup fever and Brazilians in India

first_imgAs the FIFA World Cup is upon us, table clocks of football fans will change the world over. Hosts Brazil, for their enviable World Cup record, continue to be the favourites. But not all in India who will turn all-nighters to watch the matches ‘Live’. Many would be just happy to back the favourites and stay connected with the carnival.For Roberto Da Silva (better known as Beto) and Jose Barreto, though both Brazilians, the occasion means a lot more to them. Barreto spent a decade playing top-level club football in India as he later roped in Beto to make a living, while they struggled for a break back home in the ultra competitive Brazilian football world. “It’s a first for those of our generation since we hosted the World Cup back in 1950. The atmosphere is great. There are a few protests. But it happens everywhere,” says Beto.He will miss the kick off on the 12th as he has to be at work. “I had to give away my ticket to someone before coming to India,” he says. Beto and Barreto will watch Brazil play Croatia in the tournament opener from India where they start their third in a series of football academies to help kids learn football – the Brazilian way.Both the footballers have taken their career call to make good money in India, otherwise ranked 140 odd in the FIFA rankings?. Their chance to give it a shot to become international stars or even performing club footballers at home has long gone for a toss.advertisementFor both, being players and coming from Brazil, they say, they feel for their national stars, who face the challenge of living upto the massive expectations of fans back home. “We can feel for our team?; there is a lot of pressure. It’s important to start well. If we don’t get positive results, then pressure will mount,” says Barretto.And that is the fear. While Brazil have been able to remain one of the giants of the modern game over the years, they are  hosting the World Cup after a gap of 64 years. “For us, if Brazil doesn’t move into the next round, it would be disastrous.  The mood is ‘we want to be champions’. As it is, finishing second and last means the same for Brazilians,” Beto attempts to simplify what expectation means back home these days.?Both back their team to reach the final, which they call “the best in recent times”?. But what if they fall short? They say in unison, “If not Brazil certainly not Argentina.””Anyone can win but not Argentina,” Barretto smilingly drives home his point. The Latin American rivalry coming to the fore. Brazil has beaten Argentina two of the four times they have met in the mega event but were pushed out by their arch rivals  in their last encounter in Italia ’90. Even as the Pele-Maradona greatness debate still rages on, it’s now over to the Neymars and Messis to keep the rivalry alive.If ever Brazil would fall short of support in this part of the world, the Beto and Barretto – Brazilian football academy in Goa, Kolkata and Mumbai will make up. Their cheer may not be riotous but will certainly be boisterous enough, when Neymar scores.last_img read more

Woman brings complaint against Thunder Bay police after disparaging comments about Indigenous

first_imgWillow Fiddler APTN National NewsIn July, the City of Thunder Bay asked a facilitator to work with police to sensitize them to missing and murdered Indigenous women, residential schools and treaties.The facilitator says some of the officers in the course were doing everything but paying attention.One even questioned her about the numbers of Indigenous women who have gone [email protected]last_img