Astros, Braves ready for arms race

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Manager Bobby Cox waited until the Braves were traveling home from their final regular-season game before revealing his plans to those involved. He called it a precautionary move, giving the team some flexibility in case Smoltz’s shoulder acts up again. “John is not 100 percent. But if he’s 95 percent, that’s good enough,” Cox said. “He is feeling good. He’s thrown a lot in between this time (since his last start). He doesn’t really ache or anything like that. It’s just a matter of locating his fastball a little bit better.” Still, it was big news when the Braves passed over Smoltz for Game 1 in the best-of-5 series. After all, he’s the winningest pitcher in postseason history with a 14-4 record. He wanted to get back in the rotation to start games such as this, feeling he didn’t have as much impact during the last four postseasons as a closer. But the wear-and-tear of pitching a team-high 229 2/3 innings apparently got to Smoltz late in the season. He pushed back one start a couple of days, then sat out the last nine days of the regular season to rest for the playoffs. Even though Smoltz (14-7) felt better during a bullpen session on Sunday, Cox wanted some assurance that his opening-day pitcher could come back on three days’ rest for Game 4, if necessary. “Everybody’s putting me in a coffin,” Smoltz said. “All I’ve got is a stiff shoulder. It’s not that big a deal.” The Braves made it official Tuesday, announcing that Smoltz will pitch Game 2 of the NL division series against the Houston Astros instead of the opener. Tim Hudson will go in Game 1 today against Andy Pettitte. ATLANTA — John Smoltz slipped out of the Atlanta Braves’ clubhouse through a side door, hoping to avoid reporters camped out by his locker. He knew what was coming and, frankly, he was a little tired of talking about it. Smoltz walked all the way to the parking lot before finally with more than a little reluctance he stopped by his car to chat. center_img Hudson (14-9) was a pretty good backup choice, having pitched in four division series for Oakland. “I’m not exactly chopped liver,” he said. “I don’t feel like they’re settling for me going in the first game. It really doesn’t matter who goes first and who goes second.” While Hudson’s postseason resume 1-2 with a 3.44 ERA in six starts hardly matches up to Smoltz’s numbers, the Braves have plenty of confidence in the 30-year-old right-hander. “To me, it’s just another bullet in our belt,” second baseman Marcus Giles said. “We have just as much confidence in Huddy as we do in John. Huddy has pitched in a lot of big games. I don’t look at this as a bad situation. Well, look who the Astros have going in Game 1. And Game 2. And don’t forget Game 3. Pettitte (17-9) has 13 postseason wins trailing only Smoltz and put up an ERA of 2.39 this season, which was second in the National League to … teammate Roger Clemens (13-8, 1.87), the future Hall of Famer who will oppose Smoltz on Thursday. Houston’s rotation is so strong that Roy Oswalt (20-12, 2.94) won’t go until Saturday, when the series shifts to Texas, despite his second consecutive 20-win season and the NL’s seventh-best ERA. “Coming out with Pettitte, Clemens and Oswalt, you’ve got to feel pretty good about it,” manager Phil Garner said. “If I had one other guy to add to this rotation, it would be Cy Young. It would be hard to get him here now, I guess. But, nonetheless, I feel pretty good about it.” The Astros’ offense is another story. Houston finished 13th in the NL with a .256 batting average and 11th in runs (just under 4.3 per game). 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_imgLetterkenny Chamber is bidding to breath new life into the town’s Main Street by opening up a series of ‘pop-up shops’ in vacant premises.Main Street, Letterkenny has many vacant buildings.The initiative is aimed at landlords who want to showcase their premises to prospective tenants.The plan is to turn the vacant premises into all sorts of temporary shops which can be used by artists, food producers and small home-based businesses. At present many vacant shops have been painted with fake shop fronts but the chamber said this does not add to the economic vibrancy of the town.John Watson, President of Letterkenny Chamber said the Chamber is always interested in improving the business environment in Letterkenny and we have been discussing empty properties and the best use for them.“This initiative has the possibility of adding to the economic activity on the Main Street and other shopping areas as well an improving the possibility of a long term tenant.“We hope to attract local entrepreneurs who want to try out new ideas, offer new products and attract new customers and in doing so generate footfall for neighbouring outlets. We have seen the idea in other towns and Letterkenny as a whole will benefit from the scheme. “At this stage we are open to all types of opportunities such as local artists, local food and craft producers and anyone working in a home based business that might like to try out retail. We have spoken to some landlords and some possible tenants already and there is definitely an interest. We are excited by this new venture and are keen to get it up and running as soon as possible.”At this stage Letterkenny Chamber is appealing to landlords with empty commercial space who would like to make it available for temporary use.They would also like to hear from local entrepreneurs, social enterprises and community groups who would like to try this temporary retail or exhibition opportunity. In the first instance people should contact the chamber directly on 074 9124866 or email   NEW ‘POP-UP SHOP’ PLAN TO BRING NEW LIFE TO LETTERKENNY was last modified: December 4th, 2013 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) Tags:JOhn WatsonLetterkenny ChamberPOP UP SHOPlast_img read more


first_imgGardai found a young Castlefin man asleep in a car with a large bag of drugs at his feet.Letterkenny Court.Ruairi Holmes was found by Gardai at Bonagee on the outskirts of Letterkenny on April 20th, 2013. They had been alerted to him after he narrowly swerved to miss an off-duty detective.He had a strong smell of alcohol off his breath, had two small bags of cannabis in the car and upon a further search, a bag containing 300 tablets was found in the footwell of the car.The 23 year old was taken to Letterkenny Garda station and the drugs were later examined and found to be diazepam, Falcarragh District Court was told yesterday.Solicitor for Holmes, of 34 Hillhead, Castlefin, said it was not a case that his client was selling the drugs for commercial gain.Kieran Dillon said the acccused and his friends had been partying and they pooled their money together to get the tablets.Holmes went and got the drugs which cost 50p each in Northern Ireland.Mr Dillon said his client had turned his life completely around and had not come to the attention of the Gardai for more than 18 months.He was now a stable-hand at a premises in Co Fermanagh who had shown to have a considerable talent in “breaking horses.”He had actually taken ground close to his home in Castlefinn and broke horses there at weekends.He asked Judge Kelly to allow his client to continue to stay on the straight and narrow.“I appreciate you have to punish but can you do so in a way that will allow him to continue to reform,” asked Mr Dillon.The court heard that Holmes had a considerable number of previous convictions for a range of offenses including burglary, assault causing harm and the possession of drugs.Judge Kelly thanked Mr Dillon for his elegant submission but said he had concerns about Holmes.“I am concerned that on a number of occasions community service was imposed and it hasn’t prevented him from reoffending,” he said.He sought a report form the probation service and adjourned the case until March 18th.MAN FOUND ASLEEP IN CAR WITH A BAG OF DRUGS was last modified: January 22nd, 2015 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) Tags:castlefinndonegaldrugsRuairi Holmeslast_img read more

Round-up: Zouma set for Stoke as Chelsea youngsters move

first_imgStoke City are set to finalise the loan signing of Kurt Zouma from Chelsea.Several other clubs, including West Brom, have expressed an interest in the 22-year-old defender.Zouma returned to action last season after nearly a year on the sidelines with a knee injury.His first-team prospects at Chelsea currently look limited, particularly following the recent signing of Antonio Rudiger, and Blues boss Antonio Conte is prepared to let him move elsewhere. Ugbo joins Barnsley on loanEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea youngster Ike Ugbo has joined Barnsley on a season-long loan.Ugbo, 18, gets the chance to show what he can do at senior level having impressed for Chelsea’s youth sides.He scored 10 goals in Chelsea’s FA Youth Cup campaign last season, helping the club win the trophy for the fourth year in a row. Vitesse sign youngster AliVitesse Arnhem have signed youngster Mukhtar Ali from Chelsea on a permanent deal.The 19-year-old midfielder has left Chelsea after being offered the chance to stay in the Netherlands, where he ended last season on loan at Vitesse. Caulker to Celtic looking likelySteven Caulker looks increasingly likely to join Celtic.QPR are looking to offload the defender on a free transfer, possibly with a sell-on clause in the deal.The 25-year-old, who played under Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers at Swansea City, is now in the final year of a four-year contract at Loftus Road.Rodgers recently played down the prospect of him moving to Parkhead, suggesting he had merely spoken to Caulker about the player’s personal problems.However, discussions between QPR and Celtic have taken place and there now is a growing expectation that the move will happen.Removing Caulker’s lucrative contract from their wage bill would help QPR’s efforts to add to their squad within the club’s budgetary restrictions.Rangers are keen to sign a striker and remain interested in Barnsley’s Andy Yiadom despite reports of Premier League interest in the right-back. Borysiuk could have QPR future – HollowayEmbed from Getty ImagesIan Holloway has suggested that Ariel Borysiuk could yet have a future at QPR.The Polish midfielder, signed from Legia Warsaw a year ago, failed to impress manager Holloway last season and joined Lechia Gdańsk on loan in January.Rangers have been looking to offload him on a permanent basis and are keen to bring in another defensive midfielder.But Holloway says he was impressed with Borysiuk’s performance during Saturday’s pre-season friendly at Peterborough and might not need to bring in an alternative after all.“I thought Ariel did really well,” said Holloway, who wants to make a number of signings in the next couple of weeks.“I had to make some decisions last year and I’ve said to him ‘If you come back and pass it the way I want you to do and run around the pitch a bit…’“He showed me that he wants to play for this club. What more can I ask? Hopefully that might solve a few things if I can get him in there (midfield) as well.” Another new contract for ManningQPR have given Ryan Manning a new three-year contract – his second new deal in six months.The Irish midfielder, who in January signed a deal until 2019, has had his contract extended by a further year. Murphy deal agreedEmbed from Getty ImagesNewcastle and Norwich have agreed a deal potentially worth £12m for Jacob Murphy to move to St James’ Park.Norwich recently rejected an offer from Newcastle for the 22-year-old but talks between the two clubs continued.Winger Murphy, from Wembley, has been with Norwich since the East Anglian club snapped him up along with his twin brother Josh in 2006. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Fate of white lions to be decided at CITES CoP17

first_imgThe lions are once again kings of Timbavati in Limpopo. But their numbers in the wild remain small. CITES CoP17 is opening on 24 September, where policymakers will decide if it is okay to hunt these magnificent beasts. It will take the strength of an entire community, led by the Global White Lion Protection Trust, to ensure the species’ survival.Zukhara is one of just 12 white lions remaining in the wild in South Africa. Policymakers at CITES CoP17 are gathering next week to determine whether or not lions will be moved from the endangered species list to not-under-threat. (Images: Varuna Jina)Shamin ChibbaZukhara is a handsome white lion living at the Global White Lion Protection Trust’s reserve in Timbavati, Limpopo, his ancestral homeland. His thick mane waves with every shake of the head, and his gaze is magnetic. Just don’t try to stare him down, warns Linda Tucker, the founder of the trust. Staring into a lion’s eyes means you are offering a challenge.Zukhara – whose name is derived from the Egyptian sun god Ra – is one of six white lions on the reserve and 12 overall remaining in the wild. There are hundreds of white lions in captivity, unknowingly waiting to be hunted.With the CITES CoP17 World Wildlife Conference taking place in Johannesburg between 24 September and 5 October, some of South Africa’s most loved animals, including white lions, may see their fates take a downturn.South African policymakers attending the conference, properly known as the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, are proposing a change in the status of lions from endangered to a species not under threat. White lions are threatened the most as they are not separately classified and are instead seen as a variant of the tawny lion.View the white lions of Timbavati gallery here:Gallery: White Lions of TimbavatiThis is the reason Tucker and the trust’s lion ecologist, Jason Turner, is looking to keep the status of all lions as endangered and prevent them from being hunted and traded.“The logic was to regulate the captive breeding industry,” says Tucker. “If you down-list you can basically legitimise captive breeding. And that’s when we realised there was such a huge risk, that policy can make it acceptable to industrialise our lions. Once that happens from a legislation point of view, it’s really the end of everything, the end of ecosystems.”With just 12 white lions remaining in the wild they would be deemed critically endangered if they were classified as a subspecies. But CITES groups them among the tawny African lion population.Linda Tucker, founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, says the lions’ fate should not be determined by policymakers serving their own interests. Lions, she adds, should have a voice at CITES CoP17. This is why the trust is running the One United Roar campaign with communities in Timbavati. The children, pictured above, are speaking on behalf of the lions.CITES appendices explainedAfrica lions, Panthera leo, are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Animals classified as vulnerable means they are considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild and are likely to become endangered unless the circumstances threatening their survival and reproduction improve.Lions are split listed on the CITES appendices, at Appendix I and II, which means some populations of a species are on one appendix, while some are on another.Appendix I means the species is threatened with extinction and may be affected by trade; trade in wild-caught species is illegal.Appendix II means the species is not necessarily threatened with extinction, but may become so unless trade in them is restricted. An export permit is required for trade in these species.Zukhara and his brother, Matsieng, split up into what Turner calls a pincer formation, a hunting tactic that allows the brothers to envelope their prey, giving it little chance of escaping. The pair pick up the scent of a nearby hunt about a kilometre away.Canned huntingTurner stops the van near a hut on stilts that overlooks a watering hole. It is a remnant of an old hunting practice, he says. “The previous owner would have his friends over, get drunk on brandewyn and wait for the animals to arrive. They’d shoot them without care.”So when the trust bought the land from the farmer, the animals expected the same. “The animals would just see a vehicle and run. You’d barely see their tails.”The canned hunting industry started near Timbavati, says Tucker. Today numerous animals, including hundreds of white lions, are held captive exclusively for hunting.Canned hunting has grown particularly quickly in Free State, where 160 such farms have sprung up in the last 20 years. The farms can be about 20 hectares in size, meaning there is not much room for any wild animal to thrive.Speaking at the 2016 IUCN Congress in Hawaii, running from 1-10 September, Wildlands Conservation Trust chief executive Andrew Venter said the rate of lions hunted in captivity had dropped by 70% in the past year. However, more than 6 000 lions are still being bred in more than 200 breeding stations as hunting trophies. He called for an end to canned hunting.At the end of the congress, the IUCN called for laws banning the breeding of lions for canned hunting, particularly in South Africa, by 2020. It stated that hunters regard the practice as “an ethically repugnant embarrassment”.Cecil and Blood LionsWhen the trust heard South Africa was proposing to change the status of lions from endangered to species not under threat, it started alerting the public of the risks lions would face.But at about the same time, Cecil the lion was killed in Zimbabwe and the documentary Blood Lions was released, which exposed the canned hunting industry. The film led to a Blood Lions campaign against captive breeding and canned hunting, which is said to have heavily dented the multimillion-rand industry this year.According to Tucker, these two events started shifting international perceptions.“International policy started changing for the first time in my experience over 20 years,” she says. “International policy started clamping down on trophies across borders. So there was the CECIL Bill that came out and the Fish and Wildlife Service in the States and Australia closed its ports to trophy hunting. So there was a sort of international position around this.”US senator Bob Menendez introduced the Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large (CECIL) Animal Trophies Act, which prohibited trade of endangered animals or those proposed to be endangered without permission from the Secretary of the Interior.To prevent white lions from becoming trophies, Tucker is trying to get them classified as a subspecies, which, considering their low population numbers, would render them critically endangered. But the white lion is not the only animal she looks to protect. “Our idea is to get the whole ecosystem protected with white lions as the charismatic animal at the centre.”At the trust’s reserve, zebra, black-backed jackal, eland, wildebeest, impala and even the rare purple-crested loerie, roam freely and thrive again. “So with nature restoring itself, the parks in the area are growing and the different species are all moving through as they should be,” says Turner.Developers from Dubai wanted to buy some land in Timbavati, part of which would have been the trust’s reserve. They aimed to build a golf estate. But all the farmers banded together to prevent it from happening, says Turner. “The biggest challenge is human politics and the biggest stakeholders are the communities and they’re starting to believe.”“We want a radical shift in consciousness,” says Tucker. “I’m so battle weary of being in the system and not being able to change the system, which is a consumerist-based system arguing on trade considerations and trade hunting considerations. They’re good arguments but they’re all based on exploitation of our ecosystem instead of love and reverence, which is the indigenous way. You see these statistics in the congresses we attend that are so dire you can barely take them in.”Scientists proven wrongWhen Tucker and Turner wanted to introduce Marah and her cubs to the wild, scientists warned them that they may not survive. First they believed that as captive animals they would find it difficult to hunt for their own food and secondly, their white coats would not camouflage well in the bushveld.But the lions proved the experts wrong. Their hunting instincts quickly took over and their white bodies hid well in the foliage, especially during winter. “The white lions have a great winter camouflage,” says Tucker. “All these white tigers and lions popping up around the world means nature is giving signs of an impending Ice Age.”Jason Turner, the lion ecologist at the trust, uses radio telemetry to determine a lion’s proximity. When Turner and Tucker introduced the white lions into the wild 14 years ago, scientists were skeptical that they would adapt to hunt and be able to camouflage in the bushveld. Turner says the lions integrated quickly into the environment and are thriving.At the time, Marah was leaving scat in various parts of the reserve. Tucker believes this was a sign that the lioness was doing well. “In her scat, she was showing us that she was okay. One scat had porcupine and the other had duiker hooves. This sort of tracking is an indigenous technique. She was telling us she was okay.”As a scientist, Turner said he was amazed to find the lioness and her cubs were adapting so quickly. Over the years, Turner has come to accept Tucker’s animal communication techniques. “As a scientist I can only record the outcome and over time a pattern emerges and I can only say that science could not explain some things.”Zukhara relaxes in the morning sun after spending a night hunting. The cats at the trust hunt game and occasionally porcupine.White lions a Shangaan heritageTucker not only wants to protect the white lion for its own sake. They are significant to the Shangaan people of Timbavati who believe the white lions to be their kings and queens reborn. Protecting these cats would also mean preserving an important part of Shangaan, and indeed, South African heritage.On a warm November afternoon in 1991, Tucker experienced first-hand just how closely connected the Shangaan are to the lions of Timbavati.When she and a few friends rode out into the bush to witness a lioness giving birth to cubs, they didn’t expect to become prey for a pride of lions. “There were 24 lions around us. There was no radio call at the time,” says Tucker. Having no radio meant they couldn’t call for help.The sun was setting quickly. People first laughed and later they panicked. The lions could smell the fear from their cold sweat. “We were like prey in an open butcher shop. They were in predatory poses, ready to pounce.”Then in the faint light, a woman in sangoma dress carrying a baby on her back and with a little boy beside her appeared. “She walked pass the lions towards us, so surefooted. And the lions became calm and backed off. She climbed on to the vehicle and just held this courage in her hands. She saved us.”The lady was Maria Khosa, a Shangaan sangoma who later became Tucker’s mentor on her own spiritual journey.Today, the Shangaan in Timbavati still honour the lions by performing rituals to appease them. Tucker has taken to these rituals and has been practising an indigenous approach to nature for the last decade. However, this ancient knowledge has been dying out over the last 20 years. “It’s an aural tradition. [Shangaan people] pass it down, word-for-word, believing if you get one word wrong, they’ll be cursed.”One of these practices is the slow cat blink, which she recommends above the staring contest. “Bow your head slightly and close your eyes. Indigenous people have always practised this respectful approach to nature.”Other than the slow cat blink, Tucker has also used animal communication and indigenous knowledge systems to learn more about the lions.Linda Tucker roars for the crowd at one of the trust’s camps. Tucker has immersed herself into Shangaan culture, using their knowledge systems to communicate with lions.For the trust to protect the white lions, it combines indigenous knowledge with scientific rigour. “We combine ancient indigenous knowledge with modern ecological knowledge. The ancient system believes nature is one living organism that works together,” she says.There were no white lions in Timbavati before she started the trust in 2002. After rescuing Marah, a lioness cub, from a hunting camp in 2000, she vowed to return the white lion to the land and its people. Two years later, Marah and her three cubs were the first white lions to be introduced to their ancestral homeland of Timbavati, much to the Shangaan community’s delight.Getting the community to helpThe trust is turning to the Shangaan community, and particularly its children, to help protect the white lion. The StarLion Programme educates the community in Timbavati about protecting the white lions found in the area.The programme’s One United Roar campaign gets youth and adults to be the voice for the lions, especially when speaking to policymakers attending CITES CoP17. As part of the campaign, youth members are posting messages on the trust’s YouTube channel, calling for the protection of lions.Tucker says the campaign recognises that all the policies governing wildlife do not represent the animals’ perspective. “We thought ‘how do we get lions as the silent stakeholders in human policies, to have a voice and a vote?’ We thought the only way to do that was for people to go into the position of the lion. And the best way to do that was through kids because they were much less indoctrinated than we were and they could feel from a lion’s perspective what it was like.”Read more about One United RoarEarning nature’s trust againZukhara and his brother, Matsieng, walk towards a hunt they could smell a kilometre away. They separate into what Turner calls a pincer formation.They mark scents on trees as they move along. And when they reach a grove, they meet again and drop to the ground. “Their strategy is to lie in wait separately, picking up scents. The females might have hunted or attempted a hunt,” says Turner, while sticking half his body out of the driver’s side window.The trust he has for the lions is two-way. Not once have the lions attacked him, despite his being exposed to them on numerous occasions. When they first moved here, the animals were terrified of humans, explains Turner. But with him and Tucker showing the animals love and respect, nature – at least in Timbavati – has learnt to trust humans again.A typical male lion paw print. Male lion paws are larger and its toes more splayed than lionesses. Measurements taken from a lion’s paw print can also help Turner guess its age. Such tracks can also help determine the direction the lion is headed.Quick facts about lionsIn the 1800s there were 1.2 million lions in the wild. Now there are between 21 000 and 35 000.Lions have lost 50% of their land/range in last 30 years.Up to 1800, lions could be found throughout Africa, stretching across the Middle East and into India.A white male lion rescued by the trust was going to be hunted for R1.6-million.A roar can go as far as two kilometres.Roars communicate that this is the lion’s territory. One male lion had 65 back roars. Rivals in Timbavati only manage half of that.last_img read more

JD Equipment site featured in nationwide TV segment

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Farm Report will televise a roundtable discussion hosted at JD Equipment in London, Ohio, for its special nationwide TV segment focused on used ag equipment. The program, entitled “On the Road with Machinery Pete,” features local John Deere equipment dealers from around the country discussing trends in the market with U.S. Farm Report hosts and Farm Journal’s used equipment expert, Greg Peterson.Portions of the first “On the Road with Machinery Pete” program were filmed at JD Equipment’s Annual Ag Auction, which took place on Saturday, December 5. The auction, that approximately 500 people attended, featured more than 125 pieces of equipment valued at more than $5 million.The segment also includes a roundtable discussion with Ted Miller, used equipment director, and John Griffith, general manager, both with JD Equipment, Farm Journal’s Peterson and U.S. Farm Report host Clinton Griffiths. The group discusses a variety of farm machinery topics, including used equipment trends in the area.The “On the Road with Machinery Pete” episode featuring JD Equipment airs Saturday, January 16, at various times and on several stations in the Central Ohio area:Mansfield and North Central Ohio: WMFD, Saturday 6:00 a.m. ESTLima: WLIO, Saturday 5:00 a.m. ESTToledo: WTVG, Saturday 5:00 a.m. ESTYoungstown: WKBN, Sunday 4:30 a.m. ESTZanesville: WHIZ, Saturday 6:00 a.m. ESTAdditionally, U.S. Farm Report will air on RFD-TV and Sirius XM (audio only on channel 147) at the following times:RFD-TV: Saturday, January 16, 9 a.m. EST; Sunday, January 17, 1:00 p.m. ESTSiriusXM: Saturday, January 16, 7 p.m. EST; Sunday, January 17, 8:00 a.m. ESTFor more information on the On the Road with Machinery Pete program on U.S. Farm Report, visit read more

The Tortoise and the Hare: Profitable vs. Unprofitable Software IPOs

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Editors Note: This is the first of a four-part content series ReadWriteWeb is producing in partnership with Tableau Software, where we examine interesting data sets relevant to technology trends today. You can use Tableau Public to create interactive visualizations like this and publish them to your own blog, web sites, or anywhere online. You also can embed this (or any other Tableau Public) visualization on your own site.As Tableau has shown previously, software IPOs have been few and far between in last decade; only 77 companies went public between 2001 and 2009, while 174 software IPOs were seen between 1998 and 2000 alone. A new data visualization from Tableau embedded blow reveals that in the short term, unprofitable companies that go public tend to perform better than profitable IPOs.Below is an interactive chart produced by Tableau; the orange and blue lines represent the average returns of unprofitable and profitable software IPOs over time since the beginning of their offering. The selection boxes near the upper-right corner allow you to narrow the chart to specific decades of data, and using the slider below that allows you to focus the range of days since IPO. If you adjust the slider to near day 600, you will see that at this point the companies which were profitable at the time of their IPO finally surpass the unprofitable ones.Powered by TableauIt seems that unprofitable companies (roughly 37% of sampled companies) see an initial boost from returns after their IPO, reaching 86% returns in their first year. However, after about a year and a half, these companies run out of steam and linger around the 100% before plummeting around day 666 (an unfortunate coincidence, surely). Profitable companies, on the other hand, see slower but steadier return growth, taking two years to reach levels their unprofitable counterparts reached in just one. Pulling the date range slider out further, we can see that profitable companies continue to prosper for several years after their IPO while unprofitable companies see much less and much slower growth compared to their first few years on the market. The lessons learned here is that while going public may be an attractive solution to an unprofitable startup company, its not a long term one. Much like the hare from the classic children’s fable The Tortoise and the Hare, unprofitable IPOs, on average, have a great start only to eventually be surpassed by the slow and steady tortoises that are profitable IPOs. The data visualization embedded above is provided by Tableau Software, which today released its new free product, Tableau Public, allowing for the creation and sharing of unqiue, rich, interactive data applications.“It’s a way a blogger or writer can give their readers exactly the content they want,” says Tableau. “No plug-ins or programming skills are required for either creating the viz or having it render in a browser. A free tool like this could bring badly needed intelligence, beauty and speed to structured data especially as it proliferates all over the web.”Photo by Flickr user nDevilTV. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… An initial public offering, or IPO, is when a company opts to trade its shares publicly on the stock market – a decision that can be a risky investment. At times, unprofitable startups go public in hopes of reversing their situation, but most of the time IPOs come from the profitable startups looking to expand their value. Based on some fascinating new data visualization tools released today from Tableau Software(see note below), an intriguing trend has emerged among profitable and unprofitable IPOs. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#start#startups chris cameronlast_img read more

Make Your Financial Goals SMART and Your Savings Systematic

first_imgThis blog post by Dr. Barbara O’Neill is a part of the Military Saves campaign. Military Saves Week is February 26 – March 3. Learn more and take the pledge to save here: Barbara O’NeillBy Dr. Barbara O’Neill, Financial Management Specialist, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, boneill@njaes.rutgers.eduThere are several important reasons to save money, including peace of mind and to have cash available for emergencies. Another motivating factor is to have money to achieve financial goals (e.g., buying a new car).Setting financial goals is a lot like planning your next vacation. In order to develop goals and a travel itinerary, you need to know your starting point (Point A), destination (Point B), and the time frame and cost of the “journey.”What is your financial itinerary? Have you made specific travel plans?Start by making your financial goals “SMART” goals. SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-related. In other words, financial goals should have a definite outcome and deadline and be within reach, based on your personal income and assets.When writing a SMART goal, use this format: “I plan to [describe outcome] by [date].”Example: “I plan to save $15,000 for a car in 5 years.”The more specific a financial goal, the easier it is to determine how much savings is required. You simply work backwards to break a large goal into smaller pieces.Example: $15,000 in 5 years will require $3,000 in annual savings or about $58.00 per weekly paycheck ($3,000 divided by 52).If this sounds too intimidating, simply write down where you are now and where you want to be later.Example: $100 in savings account now and $1,000 in savings account later.No matter how you write them down, goals provide a framework for investment decisions and help narrow down your choices. For example, if you have a short-term goal, like freshman year college tuition in a year or a new car purchase in three years, you’ll want to keep this money liquid so that there’s no loss of principal.Find more info at the other hand, if you have a long-term goal, like college expenses for a newborn or retirement in twenty years, cash assets are a poor choice due to the risk of loss of purchasing power. Over long time frames, stocks provide the best historical return of any investment type.A financial goal everyone should have is to build an adequate emergency fund. This is savings set aside to cover unanticipated bills or monthly living expenses if paychecks stop (e.g., unemployment). Too often people use credit or borrow from family members in an emergency because they lack a savings account to fall back on.Make establishing an emergency fund a priority. Fund it with 3 to 6 months of living expenses or whatever amount provides peace of mind. When you withdraw money from this account, pay yourself back on a systematic schedule. Discipline yourself to use emergency fund money only for real emergencies (e.g., car repairs).Follow this advice from America Saves: “Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically.”As the soundbite indicates, setting goals is just a starting point. To turn goals into action requires habits (e.g., save $100 monthly) or, better still, systems (e.g., make automated savings deposits via payroll deduction or checking to savings account transfers). Habits are ingrained behaviors that people do without thinking and systems are processes that people follow. Both habits and systems are repeatable and foster a sense of personal control.A key to savings success is goal-setting. Remember, people don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.last_img read more

Want Success? Work Harder.

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now People always want to know how other people achieved their success. Most of the time, they want to know so they can emulate it, so they can do what works. They’re hoping for shortcuts, secrets, tricks, magic bullets, and shiny objects. The answer they get is usually something a lot less sexy, and something that sends them searching for another answer.The two factors that drive success for most people and cause others to ask how they did it are often simple, plain old ordinary, run of the mill hard work and a single-minded purpose.Successful people are awake and working when less successful people are fast asleep (this is both true in the morning and the evening). They know what they want and they’re up doing the work.Successful people are also working when less successful people are watching television and surfing the Internet. They trade time spent pursuing leisure for investments in reaching their goals, whatever those goals may be.While the less successful bounce from one thing to the next, the successful diligently grind away on the one thing they are doing until they get it across the line. They don’t dabble in work; they go all in.It’s fashionable to talk about work-life balance. It’s out of fashion to suggest that you should spend more time working. It’s been a long time since it’s been in fashion to suggest that one simply work harder, and it may never again be fashionable. But for most people, greater success would as surely follow working harder as day follows night.Sometimes you just need to work harder.last_img read more