first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Paras, who is part of the national team program, first committed to UCLA after he graduated from Cathedral High, but wasn’t able to suit up for the Bruins after issues regarding his grades.He then transferred to Creighton, where he was able to play for one season, after which he moved to Cal State Northridge to join head coach Reggie Theus.Paras spent his first year with the Matadors as a red-shirt in obedience to NCAA transfer rules, but he eventually left after Theus got fired from the team.Paras, though, won’t need to spend a one-year residency period with the Fighting Maroons and he will be joined by Gilas teammate Ricci Rivero and former University of Perpetual Help standout Bright Akhuetie in Season 82.“With the addition of Bright and Ricci, the team has gotten better,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol whose Fighting Maroons finished at fifth seed for Season 80 with a 6-8 record.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Kobe Paras is now a Fighting Maroon. Photo from UP MBT (@upmbt) Twitter accountOnce hailed as the great Philippine basketball NBA hope, Kobe Paras found little playing time to back up the hype and bounced around three schools in the United States.The athletic, high-leaping wingman has found a home, finally, half a world away in a school that once revered his father.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “That being said, talent is talent, and we are fortunate to have a talent like Kobe on board,” added Perasol. “Winning, as experience has shown us, takes more than talent. We have to get everyone on the same page and to play the right way, and that is what we’ll be working on in the months to come.”Aside from father Benjie, brother Andrei also donned the UP uniform.“I am looking forward to the challenge of helping the Fighting Maroons become a better basketball team, and the challenge of helping myself become a better student,” said Paras.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Paras will join University of the Philippines for the UAAP season 82, hooking up with a program where his bloodline is legendary—Kobe’s father, Philippine basketball legend Benjie, powered the Maroons to their last UAAP crown in 1986.It’s a drought Maroons fans hope will end in a full circle, now that the younger Paras has joined the team after unimpressive stints in the US NCAA with University of California at Los Angeles, Creighton, and Cal State Northridge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’In a statement from nowheretogobutUP, Paras said the country’s premier state university boasts not just a stable athletic program but has been the top educational institution in the country, making his choice easy.“University of the Philippines is the most respected educational institution in the country,” said Paras, 20. “The attraction of UP is not just its basketball program, which just gets better every year, but the world-class education it is known for.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil American Salah surges ahead by two strokes Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more


first_img…gives $2.7M to Children’s Mash Parade 2019Banks DIH on Wednesday extended its social corporate responsibility when it donated $4.8 million to 27 organisations for charitable purposes.Speaking at the simple handing over ceremony, Human Resources Director of the beverage company, Andrew Carter, revealed that the donated funds aim at developing the beneficiary organisations holistically. He related to this publication that the annual donation demonstrates the need for sharing so that the finance be used in the interest of the respective beneficiaries.Banks DIH Chairman Clifford Reis shared a photo moment with representatives of the organisations, along with employees of the company on Wednesday at Thirst Park“This year we are sharing with 27 organisations, varying sums of money which hopefully will be used for the best interest of the people within those respective institutions and for the development of those institutions. We do this as part of giving back to the respective communities in which we operate” he stated.Some of the organisations benefiting from the donation are the Salvation Army, St Andrews Kirk, The Scout Association of Guyana, Girls Guide’s Association, St George’s Cathedral, orphanages among others.Representatives from these various organisations were presented with cheques by the human resources director at the company’s headquarters – Thirst Park.Representative of the Girls Guide’s Association, Berle Jadon in a brief comment related to Guyana Times that the organisation is grateful to be benefiting from the company, since the finance provided helps in training the young women of the Association as well as to sponsor other events.Meanwhile, the beverage giant also donated $3.7 million to the Education Ministry on Wednesday for the hosting of the Children’s Mashramani Costume and Float Parade 2019.The company’s Communications Manager, Troy Peters, said the company is delighted to be part of the Mashramani celebrations.Education Minister Nicolette Henry in brief remarks expressed gratitude to the company for its partnership and sponsorship over the past three years. The Minister noted that her Ministry would have benefited first-hand from the collaboration.last_img read more


first_imgTopco juice contractLocal juice company Tropical Orchard Products Company (Topco) has won its appeal to the Bid Protest Committee over the Government’s decision to award its supply contract to another company – from Suriname.Topco, which is a subsidiary of Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), was a long-time supplier of juices to the Guyana Government for its national school feeding programme. That is until the Education Ministry, the procuring entity, deemed its bid for a continuation of the contract unsuitable, based on past performance.According to the Committee, which is based at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB), the Education Ministry failed to make known that past performance was a criterion for selection beforehand.“The non-disclosure of past performance as an evaluation criterion in the solicitation documents prevents and precludes the procuring entity from belatedly relying on such criterion in the evaluation and determination of the bid,” the Committee stated.It went on to note in its review that “The procuring entity failed, refused and/or neglected to consider only such evaluation criteria as set forth in the solicitation and tender documents contrary to sections 5 (3), 39 (2) and 39 (4) (c) of the Procurement Act, Cap 73:05.”As the Committee deemed the Ministry to have breached this law, it went on to order that the Ministry annul its evaluation of the tenders. The Committee stated that this was because the Ministry’s evaluation committee “used an unlawful procedure to assess the bid of (Topco)”.The evaluation committee has a specific remit from which it should not deviate. Firstly, it must only use the evaluation criteria that are in the tender documents to evaluate the bidders. Secondly, using these criteria, it determines the lowest evaluated tender.“Thirdly, it conveys its recommendation to the procuring entity in a timely manner. No scope is given to the evaluation committee to use any criteria other than what is set out in the tender.”Topco has won its bid protestThe Bid Protest Committee went on to rule that “pursuant to section 53 (5) of the Procurement Act, the procuring entity is ordered to compensate the Complainant for the cost of the preparation of its bid”.The bidding was done by restricted tendering. The other six bidders were Caribbean International Distribution Inc, Guyana Beverage Inc, Banks DIH Holdings, Topco, ANSA McAL Trading Ltd and Continental Foods Inc.Topco’s bid, $506.6 million, was the lowest one of all. Citing issues with performance such as expiration dates being breached and spoilage, the Ministry wrote Topco a letter to inform the company that it had been unsuccessful.Despite Topco responding and asking for its bid to be reviewed in accordance with the criteria set out in the bid documents, Government did not reply. This stance continued until Topco complained to the Bid Protest Committee, after which the Education Ministry revealed it had felt compelled to invite the juice company.At the hearing, which was held on November 29, 2016, Topco requested that the Ministry annul its decision against Topco and re-evaluate the company’s bid according to the bid documents. In addition, a request was made for a full refund of its registration fee. Present at the hearing was the Education Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Delma Nedd.After Topco lost its bid last year, Government awarded the contract to supply boxed juices locally to Caribbean International Distribution Inc (CIDI), a subsidiary of Rudisa Beverages Company of Suriname. It is a decision that was criticised as Topco was a local company providing employment to many. Topco sources its raw materials for juice from local farmers.It was only June of last year that the Bid Protest Committee was set up. The Topco case is one of its first.last_img read more


first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. This Valentine’s Day, one publisher wants you to be the one doing the bodice-ripping. Book By You says it sells thousands of personalized romance novels each year with titles such as “ER Fever” and “Pirates of Desire,” where the reader is the star. It’s not Bronte, but customers are going crazy for the novels that make them the main characters. “I just wanted something unique and different,” said Kym Sprague, who bought a book for her boyfriend of three years. “I thought it was pretty neat.” Customers answer 20 to 30 questions about themselves and their beloved, ranging from body type to pet names. Then the details are woven into one of the company’s eight pre-formatted novels. Clients go a step further and have their photos added to the book jacket. Then the personalized novel is shipped directly to them. One customer had a marriage proposal included at the end – for $34.95 plus shipping and handling. Turnaround time is quick. Publisher Michael Pocock said if customers ordered their personalized book Monday, they would get it in time for Valentine’s Day. Virtually all the orders are done on the Internet, Pocock said. Customers normally order just a book or two. But there are also larger orders. For example, a book club of 12 people ordered a novel for each member, Pocock said in a telephone interview from his office in Canada. Sprague said she got a kick out of seeing her and her boyfriend’s names and lives played out in the book. She even let her daughters take a peek at the handiwork, but only at certain pages. There are no explicit sex scenes in these books, but the company says there is “lots of heavy breathing and rolling around.” Pocock said each book is carefully crafted to avoid alienating any customers – avoiding topics such as marriage or religion. But he said customers are universally thrilled to see themselves in the pages. “When you think of Valentine’s Day: it’s chocolate, it’s roses, it’s dinner,” he said. “This provides something that is quite unique.” The books are modeled after traditional romance novels – a tense plot, a happy ending and a few stolen kisses along the way. Romance novels constitute nearly 40 percent of all fiction sold, according to a survey by Romance Writers of America. So it’s little surprise the twist on the traditional seems to be doing well. Pocock said he got the idea while sitting on a beach in California with his girlfriend in 1998. Pocock was contemplating what to do with his life. He had been an officer in a publicly traded company in the 1980s, and was cast aside when the company was taken over. “I thought, things that have happened to me are similar to what happen to other people,” Pocock said. “That’s where the concept came up of a personalized novel.” He started the company a year later. It’s a small operation. Pocock has three full-time employees (including himself), three part-timers and two writers. The company is based in London, Ontario, but the books are printed in Pennsylvania. The company said it sells fairly evenly to women and men. It upped its male appeal with the latest book: “Racing Hearts,” a love story based on stock car racing. “I’ve been the victim of boring Valentine’s Day gifts for many, many years,” said Wendy Pickett, a 38-year-old nurse who lives in Nehalem, Ore., and wrote “ER Fever” and “Racing Hearts.” “Any time I can help the opposite sex is very cool.” It takes about a year for the company to develop the story for a book, working with their writers on the story and the spots where the characters can be personalized. Some customers get hooked after their first book and go on to buy all of them. The company’s busiest time is Valentine’s Day, followed by Christmas. But the company said it is busy year-round with books being sold for anniversaries and, lately, for spouses who are overseas at war. “I’ve been on the phone with customers who bring tears to my eyes,” said Pickett. “I hear their stories and it’s all love and romance.” Richard Flynn, 23, bought one of the books for his fiancee last Christmas. “It’s really hard for a guy to pick out a gift for a girl that shows meaning and thought; this does,” he said. “But you really have to know your girlfriend or fiancee; if you get the eye color wrong …” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgMARANA, Ariz. – Henrik Stenson, who delivered the winning point for Europe in the Ryder Cup, won a big match for himself Sunday by surviving a roller-coaster round against Geoff Ogilvy to capture the Accenture Match Play Championship. In a 36-hole final that featured five lead changes, Stenson closed out the defending champion with back-to-back birdies for a 2-and-1 victory that moved the 30-year-old Swede to No. 5 in the world golf rankings. It was a grind for both of them, a long day that began with Stenson tugging a knit cap over his ears in the morning, and ended with the Swede in short sleeves posing with the biggest trophy of his career. Stenson won for the second time this month, both times in the desert – at the Dubai Desert Classic three weeks ago and in the high desert north of Tucson where he didn’t have his best golf. But it was good enough. “I was struggling big time,” Stenson said. “I don’t know how I managed to get it all together. I couldn’t say I was floating around thinking how great I was playing. I was happy I could hang around all day.” Stenson had a 2-up lead after the morning round, then found himself 2-down with 10 holes to play. But he won three of the next four holes, twice with help from the U.S. Open champion. With all the momentum on his side, Ogilvy three-putted from 60 feet at No. 9, then flew the 11th green with a wedge for another bogey. PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico – Fred Funk won one for the old guys Sunday. Ogilvy’s 11-match winning streak still was alive after making two clutch pars to stay only one hole down. Stenson seized control for good with an 8-iron to 2 feet for birdie on the par-3 16th. Needing only two putts from 60 feet on the par-5 17th, Stenson’s putt trickled within a few inches of the cup. It was the 120th hole he played at The Gallery, but it was quite a payoff. Stenson earned $1.35 million for his first World Golf Championship win and first victory that counts on the PGA Tour. center_img Funk, playing with an achy back befitting his senior status, won the Mayakoba Golf Classic on the second hole of a playoff with Jose Coceres to become only the second man to win a PGA Tour event after winning on the Champions Tour. Funk led the tournament – the PGA Tour’s first in Mexico – since setting the course record with an 8-under 62 on Thursday. He never gave it up but was tied several times, including from the 14th hole Sunday until sinking the birdie putt in the playoff. Funk earned $630,000 for his eighth PGA Tour victory. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_img West Brom have had two bids rejected for Jeff Schlupp West Brom have made a renewed bid for Leicester winger Jeff Schlupp amid reports he had been removed from the champions’ squad for their Premier League opener at Hull on Saturday.The Baggies have had two bids rejected for the 23-year-old but are understood to still be in the hunt for the player who has failed to establish himself in Claudio Ranieri’s first-choice line-up at the King Power Stadium.The move has the blessing of Albion’s new owners, Yunyi Guokai (Shanghai) Sports Development Limited, headed by Chinese entrepreneur Guochuan Lai, and the financial package is not believed to be a problem for them.Leicester were unavailable for comment on reports that Schlupp had been withdrawn from the squad to face Hull as a result of the renewed speculation over his future.Schlupp, born in Germany but capped at international level by Ghana, is a product of the Foxes’ youth academy. He signed a four-year contract with Leicester in June 2015. 1last_img read more


first_imgtalkSPORT.com bring you all the latest headlines and top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Chelsea are preparing a move for Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata and are keen to get a deal done before flying to Beijing for a pre-season tour next Monday. (The Guardian)The Blues are also said to be closing in on Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and may sign the 22-year-old in time for the team’s trip. (Sky Sports)However, conflicting reports claim Manchester United are set to outbid Chelsea, with the Old Trafford club prepared to pay more than £40million for the in-demand midfielder. (Daily Mail)Manchester United will renew their attempt to sign Tottenham’s Eric Dier, with the Red Devils preparing a £60million bid for the England star. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham are looking to hijack Leicester City’s pursuit of Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho. The Foxes are rumoured to have matched City’s £20million valuation of the Nigerian, but Spurs, Borussia Dortmund and Monaco are also interested and Mauricio Pochettino may look to use full-back Kyle Walker as a makeweight in any deal. (The Sun)Arsenal are reportedly confident of keeping hold of midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has just 12 months remaining on his current contract and has been linked with a move to Liverpool. (Daily Mail)The Gunners will compete with Liverpool and Manchester City for the signing of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk this summer.  (The Sun) Arsene Wenger is refusing to sell France striker Olivier Giroud until their have resolved the future of Alexis Sanchez or signed a replacement, with Monaco’s Thomas Lemar a target. (Daily Telegraph)Paris Saint-Germain are expected to find out on Tuesday if they have succeeded in hijacking 34-year-old right-back Dani Alves’ move to Manchester City on a free transfer. (Daily Mail)Colombia forward James Rodriguez wants his future sorted swiftly after Real Madrid offered him to clubs including Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United. (Daily Mail)Manchester United are closing in on Inter Milan’s Croatian winger Ivan Perisic. (The Independent)Manchester City are pursuing Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez, although they face competition for the Spain international’s signature from Barcelona, Juventus and Inter Milan. (Marca)Burnley are keen to bring Swansea midfielder Jack Cork back to Turf Moor, having cooled their interest in Stoke’s Glenn Whelan. (Lancashire Evening Telegraph)Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is reportedly furious with the club over their lack of transfer activity so far this summer. (The Sun)The Argentina press are reporting that teenage star Juan Foyth’s £10m move to Tottenham is a done deal. (@Sport_Witness on Twitter)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:Alan Stubbs tells talkSPORT: ‘Wayne Rooney’s Everton return is not an emotional move… he is hungry for success’Pep Clotet excited for new challenge as Oxford United boss after spells with Swansea City and Leeds United – LISTENChelsea FC news: Diego Costa to miss start of pre-season amid uncertainty over Blues future Marko Arnautovic: Stoke City star hands in transfer request amid West Ham interestParis Saint-Germain hoping to HIJACK Manchester City’s pursuit of Brazilian star Dani AlvesChelsea transfer report: Monaco star Tiemoue Bakayoko to miss pre-season amid reports of move to Stamford BridgeInter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti reveals talks planned with Ivan Perisic amid reports Manchester United are targeting £45m dealTransfer news: Frank de Boer set to make Chelsea starlet Ruben Loftus-Cheek his first Crystal Palace signingTransfer news: Neymar refuses to guarantee he will remain at Barcelona amid links to Manchester UnitedManchester United FC transfer news: James Rodriguez deal next on Jose Mourinho’s radar after Romelu Lukaku swoopCeltic FC transfer news: Manchester City youngster Olivier Ntcham set to join Brendan Rodgers’ sideArsenal FC transfer news: Arsene Wenger willing to let Mathieu Debuchy leave for free this summerlast_img read more


first_imgALMOST 400 people took to the streets of the Twin Towns this evening for the third race out of four in the Finn Valley AC spring series.In calm, almost balmy weather, Foyle Valley’s Keith Shiels was first past the post in a fantastic time of 16:11 with the host club’s Gerard Gallagher following nine seconds later. James Speight of FVAC finished third on 16:23.Catherine Lilburn from City of Derry AC was the first woman home in 19:14. Pictured above, the ladies of Inishowen AC after the race.To see where you came click here:FVAC 5K Races 3 Results  ATHLETICS: RESULTS FROM FINN VALLEY 5K RACE 3 was last modified: March 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ATHLETICS: RESULTS FROM FINN VALLEY 5K RACE 3last_img read more


first_imgCivic leaders, businesses and officials from the North West will be embarking on their largest ever delegation to Boston, Massachusetts later this month. This delegation, which is being jointly led by the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Terence Slowey and the Mayor of Derry, Cllr. Hilary McClintock, will see 17 businesses from across the North West region participate in this overseas trade mission with a view to expanding or further expanding their business in the US market.This mission will comprise of a week long programme of events and meetings culminating with attendance at the Golden Bridges conference on the 18th November. Along with both Councils, other participating organisations include Udaras na nGaeltachta, Invest NI, Enterprise Ireland, Ulster University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the North West Regional College.“This mission has a trade and investment focus as well as an educational focus and is building on the work done over the last number of years on developing the North West’s cultural, political and economic linkages with the City of Boston and the wider Massachusetts knowledge corridor” says Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council.A new video showcasing the region as a prime location for business has been commissioned especially for this mission and this will be launched along with a new brochure to promote all aspects of the region.“The North West region has a compelling and attractive proposition for investors” says John Kelpie Chief Executive of Derry City & Strabane District Council. “We have a strong and diverse SME sector with a global outlook and our location on the island of Ireland means that we are the gateway to one of the world’s largest markets. This promotional material will help us tell our story and share with our counterparts in Massachusetts all that our region has to offer.” Businesses participating in this mission are multi-sectoral comprising digital tech, education, agri-food, manufacturing and creative industries.John McNamara from Sendmode at CoLab LYIT is one business participating in the mission.“We specialise in mobile marketing, mobile vouchers and SMS marketing and 65% of our business is in export markets. We plan to use this visit to Boston to research the feasibility of the US market and its potential to help us maintain growth in our business”.Businesses have been participating in an intensive development programme under the auspices of the Donegal Local Enterprise Office and have been provided with supports to assist them in ‘perfecting their pitch’. While on the Boston side, Benchmark Strategies have been commissioned by both Councils to develop a meeting and business networking events schedule focusing on Foreign Direct Investment, lead generation and export relationship development.“This mission is a great example of the strong, strategic partnership between Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council. Both Councils have an excellent track record of working together for the betterment of the North West region” says Seamus Neely. John Kelpie agrees saying “We are a vibrant, diverse and resilient region. By working together we have created a space for our business sector to showcase their entrepreneurial flair, their capacity to innovate and their desire for success. The Golden Bridges Conference has provided us with an excellent platform to highlight what the North West has to offer, to make connections and to build strong mutually beneficial relationships.Background• The annual Golden Bridges Conference will take place on 18th November 2016 and will build on the transatlantic gatherings in Boston which have taken place successfully since 2008. Featured speakers at these events have included leaders from across Ireland alongside their counterparts in Boston and Massachusetts. Golden Bridges spotlights community, business and education initiatives in the North West and promotes partnerships with their peers in Boston and Massachusetts.• The delegation will include the following businesses: • GoWalkTalk• Gartan Technologies• Irish Gap Year• Irish Fish Canners• Qubizm• SLM Connect• Consilium Education• Oideas Gael• Hanna Hats• Sendmode• Kelsius• Kinnegar Brewing• Modern Democracy• Studio Donegal• O’Donnells Bakery• Randox• Donegal Socks• O’Neills Sportswear• The delegation will include representatives from the following organisations:• Donegal County Council• Derry City & Strabane District Council• Letterkenny Institute of Technology• Ulster University• Udaras na nGaeltachta• North West Regional CollegeDonegal businesses head to Massachusetts on trade mission was last modified: November 1st, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In our part of the state the rains have been sporadic but it seems like everyone is still getting showers. In the areas that are saturated, these additional rains continue to stress those areas of the fields. Additional problems associated with waterlogged soils are developing. In the good areas, those acres continue to improve.In the corn, the most predominant issue that we are addressing is the western bean cutworm. We have scouting traps in the area and we continue to monitor the traps to see the moth counts.In the counts on the western bean cutworm, there is no correlation or specific pattern in regard to what we are catching in the traps and what we are actually seeing in the field. It is important for producers to be out walking in the fields and not just relying on the moth counts in the traps. We haven’t come up with a conclusion about why that is. The western bean cutworm is something I would really encourage everyone to monitor very closely.In addition to that, we have seen high levels of European corn borer in non-GMO corn. We are also seeing higher populations of Japanese beetles. We are going to monitor those and will probably be spraying insecticide in the first couple of weeks of August.Right now we are starting to see foliar diseases in the corn. There is a little rust developing. We’re entering the time of summer where we get the dewy mornings so gray leaf spot and northern corn leaf blight will probably become an issue. We sprayed a couple hundred acres to address the insect problem and we applied a fungicide as well. Our foliar disease levels are low at this time but we are anticipating with all of the humidity and moisture we have that those will increase.We just continue to get rains and it will be important for us to get an extended growing season this year to help the replant acres, but the early planted crops are right on track and doing well.last_img read more