Dolich: Oakland A’s Howard Terminal ballpark plan is fantasy

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe A’s last month proudly took the wrapper off their latest plans for a new ballpark, making public their desire to build at the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal next to Jack London Square.They intend to be playing in a 34,000-seat “Jewel Box” by 2023. Thousands of fans would arrive each hour on a gondola over the Nimitz Freeway.The team’s announcement was a double-header proposal that also included redevelopment …last_img read more

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Olympic silver for Caster Semenya

first_img12 August 2012 Caster Semenya won a silver medal in the women’s 800 metres at the London Olympic Games on Saturday night to make 2012 the best return for Team South Africa since the country was readmitted to the Olympic fold in 1992.Russia’s Maria Savinova, the 2011 world champion, took victory, with another Russian, Ekaterina Poistogova edging Kenya’s Pamela Jelimo for the bronze medal.It was a fast race, with Savinova winning in 1:56.19 and Semenya second in 1:57.23, both of which were season’s bests for the two athletes. Yet, and this says something about the form Semenya was in, it felt as if she could have gone faster.It was a curiously run race from the South African. The USA’s Alysia Johnson Montano took it out strongly from the start, and by the time the athletes hit the straight Semenya was in sixth place, with only the Russians, Savinova and Elena Arzhakova behind her.As they hit the turn, Savinova moved ahead of Semenya, who fell back to last place as the pack rounded into the straight.Coming from behindAt the bell, Johnson Montano had taken the field through the first 400 metres in a fast 56.31 seconds. Semenya, at the back, was about 15 metres behind the American.Down the back straight, Jelimo struck out and took over at the front. With about 270 metres to go, Savinova, known for her fast finish, responded, rounding the runners in front of her before running down the Kenyan and taking over the lead as the runners entered the home straight. Semenya was way back in sixth place.The Russian pulled clear of Jelimo with every stride. Semenya, meanwhile, was passing those in front of her as if they were running in treacle. Ten metres from the finish, she moved into second place, but Savinova had taken a convincing victory after timing her challenge better than the South African star had hers.‘True South African spirit’Compared to the other athletes, who looked tired out, Semenya looked as if she had a lot left in her legs and it left one thinking she could have challenged for the title had she run a different race tactically. Nonetheless, the 21-year-old’s achievement should not be undermined. Winning an Olympic silver medal is a fine achievement.“This is a fantastic result for Caster, especially so, after what she had to go through after the 2009 World Championships,” South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) CEO Tubby Reddy said afterwards. “But all credit to her. She has shown true South African spirit and never gives up. “She is a credit to both the Olympic spirit and South Africa as a nation,” Reddy said.“Her silver also takes us to six medals, making it a tremendous achievement at these Games and credit to an amazing amount of work by all concerned … athletes, coaches, administrators especially.”African record in 50 kilometres walkMarc Mundell, contesting the 50 kilometres race walk, finished in 32nd place. His time, though, was an African record 3:55:32 and bettered his previous best time by almost two-and-a-half minutes.“I gave it everything possible today to walk a new African record,” Mundell said afterwards. “I’m delighted,” he added, before suggesting that it was now time to give his tired feet a good rest.Hockey men end campaign with a winThe South African men’s hockey team ended their Olympic campaign with a 3-2 win over India, leaving the five-time Olympic champions without a win at the Olympics for the first time.It was also South Africa’s first victory over the Indians in a major tournament.Julian Hykes and Andrew Cronje combined to put Gregg Clark’s charges in front in the eighth minute, but Sandeep Singh pulled India level only six minutes later from a penalty corner.Just before the break, Tim Drummond provided a clever finish after a nice run by Justin Reid-Ross to put South Africa into a 2-1 lead at half-time.A superb reverse stick finish by Lloyd Norris-Jones gave South Africa a two-goal cushion with only five minutes to play. A goal by Dharamvir Singh for India ensured a tense finish, but South Africa held on for a 3-2 victory.Women’s cross-country MTB raceCandice Neethling found the going tough in the women’s cross-country mountain bike race on the hilly course at Hadleigh Farm, but found great support from the fans lining the course. She was the last of the finishers, but 2012 was not supposed to be the year for the 20-year-old to challenge. Rio 2016 is the true focus for Neethling, with London 2012 providing her with invaluable experience.“I’d hoped to finish around 20th, but this is the Olympic Games. People bring their best and that’s what you compete with,” Neethling told reporters afterwards.“To be at this event, at 20 years old, I’m so happy to have been able to do that. I have less experience, I’m younger and this is all about the journey of getting better and that’s all that I could ask for,” she added. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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South Africa’s tallest structures and buildings

first_imgThere are 54 skyscrapers in South Africa that are more than 100m high, according to the Skyscraper Center global database. Of these, four are taller than 150m and one is over 200m. Most are in Johannesburg, but some feature in the skylines of Durban and Cape Town.As South Africa develops its economic status and infrastructure into the 21st century, more skyscrapers are being planned or are already under construction, all set to rival and eclipse these existing buildings in sky-scraping glory.But while these buildings are high, they are still not the highest man-made structures in South Africa.South Africa’s highest structuresVarious power station smokestacks around the country rank as the top nine highest structures in South Africa, ranging from 275m (the Lethabo, Matla and Kendal power stations) to 301m (the Sasol synthetic fuel plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga).Themost amazing #TVtowers : Hillbrow Tower in #Johannesburg#JHB #SouthAfrica (270m) pic.twitter.com/sUGLznRjfa— PROMAX Electronics (@PROMAX_news) May 27,2016Johannesburg’s iconic Hillbrow Tower, now known as Telkom Tower, is the 10th highest structure – but the highest urban structure – at 269m.Assorted television transmission masts around the county also dwarf the country’s highest building, at 265m each.The 10 highest buildings in South [email protected] @AdeleRoberts on top of the tallestbuilding in Africa: carlton centre in Johannesburg #lastphoto pic.twitter.com/eNmTkc65Pv—Deano (@The5BallOver) August 15,2016Carlton Centre in downtown Johannesburg, built in 1973, is currently the highest building in the country, as well as the highest in Africa. At 222.5m, the Carlton is a 50-floor, 75.355m2 business district, hotel and shopping centre. The building is owned by Transnet and houses its head office. The top floor is known as the Top of Africa, and offers an unrivalled view of the City of Gold.Another of Johannesburg’s instantly recognisable buildings is the country’s second highest. Ponte City is the tallest residential skyscraper in Africa at 172.8m.#CellCLGG5 PonteTower pic.twitter.com/eHIF6c92LO— Timothy Geissler (@Tim_G_15) June 10,2016Built in 1975, its 55 floors have featured as backdrops for films such as District 9, Chappie and Dredd. A number of documentaries have also been made about its history and colourful residents.German writer Norman Ohler described the building aptly in his book City of Gold when he wrote: “Ponte sums up all the hope, all the wrong ideas of modernism, all the decay, all the craziness of the city. It is a symbolic building, a sort of white whale, it is concrete fear, the tower of Babel, and yet it is strangely beautiful.”TheMarble Towers, Johannesburg (pic: Photobucket) https://t.co/IZLabnVaAP pic.twitter.com/hTsgyASz2s— CDAnderson (@bizarrojerri) September 8,2016Marble Towers, previously called Sanlam Centre, also in Johannesburg, is the third highest building in South Africa at just over 152m. It pips the Pearl Dawn building in Umhlanga, Durban/eThekwini by just one centimetre. Marble Towers is constructed from marble and concrete and boasts the largest electronic advertising board on its façade. The building is used for office space, and has an eight-storey parking garage.Pearl Dawn is one of the country’s newest skyscrapers, completed in 2008, with 152m of 31 floors for permanent and holiday residential property. It is part of the greater Umhlanga tourism development project. A second phase of the project, scheduled to be completed by 2017/18, is expected to add an additional building – Pearl Sky – reaching more than 180 metres into the air.Pearl Dawn is a 31-floor skyscraper in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, SouthAfrica. pic.twitter.com/gpDX7o4g9i— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 8,2016Foreboding as a dark, monolithic presence on the skyline of the Pretoria/Tshwane CBD, the Reserve Bank building is the fifth highest in the country at 148m. It houses South Africa’s central monetary authority. It was built in 1988.TheReserve Bank building, Pretoria, South Africa (pic: Photobucket) https://t.co/FicoTWmSbp pic.twitter.com/aUAhGKsVX5—CDAnderson (@bizarrojerri) September 8,201688 on Field (formerly called Southern Life) was Durban’s highest structure between 1986 and 2008, at 146.5m. Situated in the heart of the city’s business district, the building is home to the offices of various international businesses and a popular shopping centre. It features glass shuttle elevators, offering views of the city and Indian Ocean.88 OnField, Durban. The city’s highest building 1986 – 2008. (Pic: Emporis)https://t.co/853lLSMQa4 pic.twitter.com/vMmsthRWxi—CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 9, 2016While the 140m Kwadukuza Egoli Hotel Tower 1 (formerly Johannesburg Sun and Towers Hotel) has had a chequered history, from being a five-star hotel during its 1980s heyday to a police personnel housing complex in the early 2000s, there are plans to rejuvenate the building’s 40 floors as commercial and residential real estate.Kwadukuza Egoli Hotel Tower, formerly Johannesburg Sun and TowersHotel (pic: Photobucket) https://t.co/0kptGghReh pic.twitter.com/pX6H8QBZIM—CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 8,2016As one of the most sought-after addresses in Johannesburg, the luxurious Michelangelo Towers in Sandton, also offers the one of the best views in the city.Completed in 2005, the 140m Michelangelo is now a ubiquitous part of the city skyline. It is part of the Sandton retail, hotel and conferencing district, which includes Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City and the Sandton Conference Centre. An apartment in the Michelangelo can cost up to R28-million.RThttps://t.co/xuNoFePrZu MichelangeloTowers Hotel Johannesburg #SouthAfrica – https://t.co/X1xdK2CxP4 pic.twitter.com/5vNflrGyqq—South Africa News (@southafricaz) February 3,2016Both Absa Building and Trust Bank Centre, in the Johannesburg CBD close to the old Johannesburg Stock Exchange, are 140m high and house various corporate headquarters for local and international banking institutions and other financial companies. Trust Bank Centre, built in 1970, houses one of the largest bank vaults in South Africa.TheABSA and Trust Bank buildings in Johannesburg (pics: Photobucket) pic.twitter.com/ORJ6j8QNmY—CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 8,2016The tallest building in Cape Town is Portside, at 139m. Completed in 2014, the only public stipulations for its completion were that it not obscure the view of Table Mountain and that it have a low energy footprint. The completed building earned a five-star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa.APFacquires half of Portside Tower https://t.co/bkpw2nUhSI via @Biz_Property pic.twitter.com/ayFKtLWxbi—Bizcom Property (@Biz_Property) June 27,2016The future of South African skyscrapersA number of proposed or currently under construction buildings are set to take skyscrapers higher in South Africa, while significantly changing the skylines of its major cities. These include:The Leonardo, a 42-floor, 223m luxury residential building in Sandton, Johannesburg, is scheduled to be completed by 2018, and become, give or take a few centimetres, the highest building in the city.By 2021, eThekwini hopes that the proposed 370m, R6-billion Iconic Tower will be the southern hemisphere’s tallest skyscraper. The building is expected to “serve as a potential catalyst to future large-scale development within the Durban inner city, and the greater metropolitan area”, according to its developers.At370m, the Durban Iconic Tower is aiming at becoming the tallest skyscraperinAfrica by 2021 (pic: Google) pic.twitter.com/AcmqVHnK4V—CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 8,2016The proposed Kgoro Gateway commercial property development in Sandton, due to be completed by 2030, hopes to sport twin skyscrapers reaching higher than 165m each.Source: Business TechSouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

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Break even point and yield estimates

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With little bullish old crop news, corn continues to trade a very tight range. There continues to be too much grain in bins and farmers using deferred pricing (DP) to push prices higher. End users seem to have good coverage on. No one knows when or if this will change.Bean prices rallied to recent highs with the U.S. dollar losing some value to the Brazilian Real, helping U.S. export potential. One issue, the early spring may push cattle to pasture sooner in the Southern states, which would mean feed demand reduction. Similar to corn, many think too many beans are still stored on farms, which may limit upside potential.Weather storyThis spring there has been a flower “super bloom” in the Death Valley desert. This phenomenon has happened twice in the last 30 years (1998 and 2005). In both years the corn crop yield was near normal. Also, corn prices peaked in March for 1998 and July for 2005 with both losing 80 cents in value from the high by December. Interestingly, comparing Great Lakes ice levels those years, 1998 had the third lowest on record and 2005 was the 13th lowest level of ice in the last 40 years. Will 2016 be similar?Market actionSensing beans may stay in the current trading range, I priced the remainder of my 2015 crop (8.98 against July futures). I’m disappointed I didn’t improve the price of my position after harvest when beans were about $9, but I’m happy I didn’t take much less either.This means my average futures price for my 2015 bean position is $10.79. I still have basis to set on these beans sometime in the near future.Break even points and yield estimatesI ran the break evens for a new client. Initially, we ran a profitability test based upon conservative estimated yield numbers for both corn and beans. The test showed, based upon these estimates, they would not be profitable planting beans and would only break even planting corn. Reviewing the numbers, my client said the yield estimates may have been too conservative. After rerunning the test with more “normal” yield results, it showed they could potentially have a profit for both corn and beans. And with the run up in beans earlier in the week, it was nearly even to plant corn versus beans.When farmers run budgets for the year, one bushel per acre yield changes on soybeans can mean nearly a $10 per acre difference in income more or less, depending on the average bushels per acre and the price on the CBOT.For instance, if a farmer raises 45 bushel per acre beans, changing the estimated yield by 1 bushel changes their break even by 20 cents per bushel. So, if the estimate is too conservative (say 5 bushels), break evens can be $1per bushel off. Similar with corn, a 5 bushel per acre difference accounts for nearly $20 per acre in income. Based upon the 165-bushel per acre national average this could change the breakeven price by 12 cents.Many farmers do not take the time to find out what their break evens are. With tight margins facing farmers this year it is imperative that farmers understand these numbers. All farmers have their past performance to start building a budget. After going through the process, you may be surprised to learn your breakeven point isn’t as high as you expected.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

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No sibling favors

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View comments Nietes storms elite circle with venom KO AFP official booed out of forum Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Read Nextcenter_img Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Rain or Shine hopes to punch its ticket to the quarterfinals against defending champion San Miguel Beer in the second game at 7 p.m.The Elasto Painters, who hold a 5-4 record, shift their focus on finishing at least sixth to figure in a best-of-three playoff series rather than facing a twice-to-beat disadvantage in the next round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the Elasto Painters will be without their resurgent star, James Yap, who will miss the game due to a calf injury. Yap has been on a tear the past few games, scoring 17 points in the 95-99 loss to Alaska last Friday.With a 4-6 record, TNT can forge at least a playoff for a quarterfinal berth in what has been a battle of survival among six teams vying for the last four tickets to the next round. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Road Warriors already secured their spot in the next round as early as last week following a victory over Blackwater Elite. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving TNT knows it can’t expect any favors from sister team, NLEX. Fortunately for the KaTropa, they will be back at full strength as they try to keep their quarterfinal hopes alive on Wednesday in the PBA Philippine Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.After missing the past couple of games following a bad fall in the clash with Magnolia, Troy Rosario returns to the lineup, while Jericho Cruz, acquired in a trade with Rain or Shine, is expected to make his debut as the flagship team of the Manny V. Pangilinan bloc hopes to avoid elimination against an NLEX team that has been in inspired form the past three weeks.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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