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MARCH WITH A TWIST

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Anti-war activists used humor to deliver their serious message during their “Make Fun Not War, April Fools For Christ” march Sunday in Pasadena. Organizers have held an annual Palm Sunday parade for peace for the past four years. This year, since Palm Sunday fell on April 1, they decided to go for a lighter touch, along with their signs and palm branches. The group marched from the Messiah Lutheran Church to Paseo Colorado, where they gathered to sing songs and recite prayers for peace. Participants from several other area churches, including First Baptist and All Saints Episcopal, also took part in the march. One of the parade organizers, the Rev. Bert Newton, pastor at the Pasadena Mennonite Church, said the inspiration for the annual event comes from the Palm Sunday story of Jesus entering Jerusalem in the days leading to his crucifixion. – From staff reports last_img read more

Adidas, Reebok gain on Nike

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first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. – When it comes to athletic shoes, the home court advantage has been with Nike. Rival Adidas has been like a lightweight going into the ring against a well-conditioned heavyweight, trying from Germany to take on the swoosh without budging its bigger competitor in the critical U.S. market. But Adidas-Salomon AG has just added some marketing muscle with the acquisition of Reebok International Ltd., boosting the combined U.S. share of No. 2 Adidas and No. 3 Reebok to 21 percent – enough to be a real contender, analysts say. “This clearly, in our opinion, will lead to a much more serious competitive environment than the industry has been exposed to in probably the last five years,” said John Shanley of Susquehanna Financial Group. Shanley said Adidas Chairman and CEO Herbert Hainer targeted Reebok as part of a deliberate strategy to confront Nike, based in suburban Beaverton. Runau, however, said the U.S. market was only one consideration in the overall growth plan for Adidas. “The North American business was only one of the many strategic rationales behind our decision to acquire Reebok,” Runau said. Shanley said Adidas has been surpassing Nike in both Europe and Japan, and its sales have grown in the United Kingdom, its home base in Germany, and in southern Europe, “markets where Nike is either treading water or losing position.” He noted that in Japan in 2005, “for the first time in well over a decade, Nike lost the market share leadership position to Adidas. That’s a heckuva statement, especially because Japan is an extremely important market for Nike.” The combination of Adidas and Reebok gives them about 28 percent of the international market for athletic footwear, nudging them much closer to the 31 percent share of sales Nike has outside the United States, according to figures by Sporting Goods Intelligence. But the situation in the U.S. market is much different. In 2004, Adidas had just 9 percent of the athletic shoe sales in the United States while Nike commanded 36 percent – in the market, that accounts for half of all the athletic shoes sold in the entire world. David Carter, president of the Sports Business Group, said the merger can be viewed in two ways: As a challenge to Nike, or an admission by Adidas and Reebok that they could never overtake Nike alone despite years of trying. Either way, Carter said, Nike is likely to respond with the kind of marketing skills that have made it the largest athletic shoe and clothing manufacturer in the world. “They’ve seen lot of people come and go, and seen the industry shake out many times,” Carter said of Nike. “And every time the industry shakes out, they have emerged smarter and stronger.” Nike spokesman Alan Marks declined to comment, other than to repeat what the company has said in the past. “Our comments have always been that we’re following our own game plan,” Marks said. The Nike “swoosh” logo is instantly recognized around the globe, and its stable of celebrity athlete endorsements from superstars such as Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods have helped the company build an enduring image, Carter said. The Adidas three-stripe logo is familiar but not as closely tied to marquee names, he said. “For a generation of consumers who have known Nike for being nothing less than their brand, it’s their generation’s Coca-Cola, burned into their consciousness, burned into an entire generation,” Carter said. “The same can’t be said for Adidas.” Erich Stamminger, president and CEO of the Adidas brand, has said the German company has no plans to expand its own stable of celebrity athletes, including Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and English soccer star David Beckham. But that strategy could change as Adidas begins to compete for more of the U.S. market, said Ravi Dhar, professor of marketing and co-director of the Center for Customer Insights at the Yale University School of Management. “Nike has a tremendous amount of brand awareness and brand strength,” Dhar said. “But Adidas has a very strong history, too. It’s what they call a ‘heritage brand’ – it’s to the history of soccer what Nike is to the history of running.” The acquisition of Reebok could allow Adidas to divide and conquer the two major market segments for athletic shoes and clothing – style and performance, Dhar said. Reebok could focus on the style segment while Adidas could focus more on performance shoes and equipment to expand its market share with a broader offering of products, he said. And that could be a major factor in the competition for the U.S. market, where Reebok had outsold Adidas. “Where Adidas might have trouble getting retail shelf space because they sell less in the United States, now they can ride Reebok’s coattails,” Dhar said. Associated Press Business Writer Mark Jewell in Boston contributed to this story. On the Net: Nike Inc.: nikebiz.com Adidas-Salomon AG: www.adidas-Group.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Shareholders of Canton, Mass.-based Reebok approved the $3.8 billion takeover by a 98 percent margin Wednesday, a day after Adidas won European Union regulatory approval. No antitrust objections were raised by U.S. regulators. Reebok said Wednesday that the companies now expect to close the deal by Jan. 31, a quick conclusion they hope will end the uncertainty that had hurt sales and orders to retailers. Reebok acknowledged three months ago that uncertainty about integration plans had hurt sales, which declined to $912 million in the third quarter of 2005, from $1 billion in the previous year’s quarter. Adidas spokesman Jan Runau at company headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany, said the Reebok headquarters would remain in Massachusetts while Adidas will maintain its separate U.S. headquarters in Portland. Adidas plans to keep the brand identities separate as well, and focus on expanding Reebok sales in Europe and Asia “where Reebok is relatively small and Adidas is very strong,” Runau said. He also said the combination should save Adidas about $25 million a year in production and supply chain costs within three years. last_img read more

Raiders pay homage to Cliff Branch, wear No. 21

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first_imgNAPA — The Raiders’ organization took a gut punch with news of the death of wide receiver Cliff Branch.“He and I spent our whole career together,” former Raiders coach Tom Flores said Sunday by phone. “I grew up as a coach and he grew up as a player. I am so sad.”When the Raiders convened for practice, Branch’s uniform No. 21 was conspicuous by its presence. Quarterback Derek Carr shed the typical red quarterbacks practice jersey for a white No. 21.For the legend! pic.twitter.com/3VplJq647 …last_img read more

PQA Plus revisions crafted at Pork Expo

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Revisions to the voluntary Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) 3.0 were announced during World Pork Expo in Des Moines. The updated program reflects pork producers’ commitment to continuous improvement and more fully incorporates the six “We Care” ethical principles and the role of caretakers.New research information has been incorporated to increase the program’s effectiveness and to help ensure its validity with customers and consumers. Pork producers maintain a commitment to providing a safe, high-quality product while promoting animal well-being, environmental stewardship and public health.“PQA Plus demonstrates to our customers our commitment to doing what is right when it comes to raising and caring for pigs and producing pork,” said Stephen Summerlin, senior vice president of live operations for Seaboard Foods. “It also lets our employees on our farms, as well as our supplier partners in raising pigs for our pork brands, know that we have high standards and expectations for food safety and animal care.”The PQA Plus enhancements include:The We Care ethical principles now serve as program chapters.The 10 Good Production Practices are now sub-chapters and align with a caretaker’s daily flow of responsibilities.The site assessment now aligns with the Common Swine Industry Audit.Flexibility in the program allows for customization and alignment with an farm’s standard operating procedures.Online training is divided into 14 individual modules that range from 2 to 14 minutes.To help prepare for the implementation of FDA guidance 209 and 213 on Jan. 1, 2017, a new 12-page Responsible Antibiotics Use Guide accompanies the new version of PQA Plus.“PQA Plus has been and still is the heart of our industry’s commitment to doing what’s right for people, pigs and our planet,” said Jan Archer, National Pork Board incoming president and a pork producer from Goldsboro, North Carolina. “This program is the standard that pork producers have endorsed since 1989. Through this program, we earn the credibility from our consumers.”For more information on the revised PQA Plus program, visit pork.org/certifications.last_img read more

Plenty of smiling soybean farmers in Northwest Ohio

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After a dismal 2015 for Northwest Ohio and a rocky start to 2016, the current harvest is showing much better results than a year ago. Many farmers are seeing their soybean yield monitors hit numbers never seen before. DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Chasitie Euler gives all of the details in the week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report with Ty Higgins.last_img

Ohio’s Crop Progress — July 24th, 2017

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Continued wet conditions hamper field workWhile some areas of the state are still too waterlogged, some areas were dry enough for fieldwork until heavy rains over the weekend, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.There were 3.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 23rd. Some fields are showing damage from too much rain, particularly soybean fields with yellowing and some plant death. Growers were also having difficulty cutting hay, harvesting wheat, spraying fields, and spreading manure. Some growers resorted to aerial application of fungicides and pesticides. Wheat harvest moved closer to completion, but quality issues were found in the wake of the warm wet weather of late.Click here for the full reportlast_img read more

The Third Worst Place to Put a Duct

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first_imgIf you want to design and install a duct system to create problems, the possibilities are endless. I’ve certainly written about a lot of them (as well as how to do it properly). Today, though, let’s focus on one particularly bad place to put a duct. In fact, I think it’s the third worst place to put one. The problem What spurred this article is that I recently moved from a condo to 1961 ranch house in Atlanta, and my new place has this problem. The photo above shows it but you can’t tell for sure there. The photo below should make it clear, though. Can you tell what the problem is now? Supply duct in an exterior wall.The first photo shows a low sidewall supply register. The second one shows the same thing, but there’s another clue here that makes the problem clear. Notice the window above the bedroom supply register. Yes, this supply vent is an exterior wall.RELATED ARTICLESThe Fundamentals of Rigid Duct DesignBattling Condensation on Attic DuctsBuried Ducts Allowed in 2018 Energy CodeSealing Ducts: What’s Better, Tape or Mastic?How to Get Your Ducts Inside the Building Enclosure What’s wrong with putting vents in exterior walls? As it turns out, putting supply vents in exterior walls is bad for several reasons. Here’s my list: Displaced insulation: Most homes have insulation in the wall cavities, not outside the framing. When you put a duct and a duct boot in the wall cavity, you don’t have room for insulation. If the walls are framed with 2x4s, there’s often not enough space even for a little bit of duct insulation. Duct losses to outdoors: Even if the duct and boot have some insulation, these components are rarely sealed and the insulation is likely to be compressed and insufficient.  Those two factors add up to warmer supply air being delivered in summer and colder air delivered in winter. Moisture problems: Putting cold air into an uninsulated piece of sheet metal in a poorly air-sealed enclosure is a recipe for condensation and mold for homes in humid climates. The photo below, which I took at a gut-rehab in progress in Atlanta a couple of years ago, shows what it looks like inside the wall. Supply duct boot in an uninsulated exterior wall.Basically, this configuration results in a wall that doesn’t perform as well as it could, a duct that doesn’t perform as well as it could, and the possibility of rot, mold, and indoor air quality problems.  (An appropriate response here might be, “Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?”) It’s mainly an older-house problem I’ve seen one or two new homes with this problem in the past decade or so, but this is a practice that has mostly disappeared. That’s the good news. The bad news is that if you have an older home with your supply vents in the exterior walls, you ought to plan some way of addressing the problem. The best thing to do is open the wall and remove the duct and boot, do your air-sealing, and then insulate. That means finding another place for the supply vents, of course. In my case, I’ve got an air conditioner and furnace in the basement serving the whole house, and I’m going to rip it out. The new systems will serve the first floor with two ducted units in our insulated and conditioned attic, so I’ll put all the supply and return vents in the ceiling. Once I do that, then I can completely gut the basement, including the ductwork. Then later, when I work on the first floor walls, I can remove the vestiges of the old duct system from the walls and be done with this problem forever. Another way to go is to leave the sidewall vents in place and try as best you can to get them insulated and air-sealed. The photo below shows the basement duct going up into the wall and feeding that register in the second photo above. A previous improvement project included spraying foam on the band joist and trying to seal it up from below, but this doesn’t solve the problems in the wall above. Even if I opened the wall and sealed and insulated the boot as best I can, that thing is still displacing wall insulation. The only way to fix it fully would be to add exterior insulation to the wall. In my case, that’s not going to happen because I’m not removing the brick veneer. Supply duct going up into an exterior wall at the band joist.The only way to save those sidewall supply vents and eliminate all the potential problems is to seal and insulate the duct as well as possible and then add exterior insulation to the walls and band joists. Otherwise, you need to find another way to get heating and cooling to your rooms. The first and second worst places for ducts Now, since the problem I’ve just described is, according to me, the third worst place for ducts, you may be wondering what two places are worse. The first one is easy. Can you guess what it is? (If not, just click that link in the previous sentence or the first article in the list below.)  The second place is anywhere else in an unconditioned attic. What do you think might be the fourth worst place? –Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. All photos courtesy of Energy Vanguard.last_img read more

Government staff to take cleanliness pledge on Gandhi Jayanti

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first_imgFor the first time in the history of India, Gandhi Jayanti will not be a holiday for government staff who will have to report to work to take the ‘Swachch Shapath’.Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, on September 20, directed all central government secretaries to ensure that every employee takes the pledge on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The text of the pledge will soon be sent to all the departments.Besides this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken several steps to implement one of the biggest public campaigns for cleanliness. The minutes of meeting between Modi and 20 secretaries reveals that a new law may be enforced to ensure cleanliness. The prime minister has asked the law linistry to amend existing laws or to analyse whether a new Act is required to act against those who litter.The prime minister also directed the Finance Ministry to explore a taxation policy to keep a check on those who pollute.According to the minutes of meetings, Modi was of the opinion that dairies and cattle are major sources of garbage and pollution in urban areas and towns.Hence, he directed the animal husbandry department to consider setting up of cattle hostels. The prime minister asked his sub-ordinates to engage Bollywood celebrities in a big way to campaign for his ‘Swachch Bharat’ mission.Famous poets and singers should also be a part of the nationwide campaign that will begin on September 25, the prime minister said.A marathon will be organised by the sports ministry to create awareness about the cleanliness drive in every city with a population of over one lakh.advertisementThe Prime Minister further suggested the Department of School and Education to ensure questions on cleanliness in examinations.Meanwhile, prime minister Modi noted that he had undertaken plans to cleanse the political system and the administration machinery. “Now is the time to cleanse the nation. I want each one of you to contribute in every possible way. It is our vision to present a clean India to the outside world,” he asserted.Coming down heavily on the banking system, Modi wondered whether the banks served the purpose they were set up for. “We need inclusive growth. Our Jan Dhan sceheme will help us achieve it,” he said.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Justin Langer urges fans not to boo Steve Smith and David Warner

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first_imgSteve Smith and David Warner made a mistake and have paid the price for it, a big price actually, pleaded Australia head coach Justin Langer to the crowd in England.Following their stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Australian batsmen flew to the UK for the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. However, they faced booing from the crowd during the World Cup warm-up games.Smith and Warner, the then captain and vice-captain, faced a year-long ban from international cricket for their involvement in a ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town last year. The World Cup will be the first international assignment for the two.”We have talked about it a lot. We are expecting it. That said, when it happens, it doesn’t make it any easier. You can take about it as much as you like but that doesn’t make it any easier. I mean they are human beings, and that’s the truth. That’s where I find it hard. I am a dad, and I have got kids. A lot of the time, players feel like they are my kids,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Langer as saying.”And you see that happen. You know you feel for them personally. They are going to have to have thick skin. We have talked about earning respect. I think it is really important that people show some respect as well. Because they are humans, they are really good cricketers. They made a mistake. They have paid the price for it. Big price actually. I feel for them as people more than anything else,” he said.advertisement”After the experience of the other day at Hampshire, I think they have got a pretty good idea what to expect. And, as I said, you can talk about it as much as you like, you can put strategies in place to make sure they deal with it, but no human likes it. That is the truth. As professional cricketers, they will put that out of their mind. They will go and do their job but no one likes that,” the head coach added.Langer further said that he will be disappointed to see any cricketer getting booed in the stadium.”I will be disappointed any day if any cricketer is booed on a cricket ground. Regardless of what country they play for. It is not the spirit that any of us like to see. Obviously, it hurts because I have got an emotional attachment, and personal attachment, to our players. But it is never a good look, is it, when that happens,” he said.Australia will open its World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on June 1 at Bristol County Ground.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Jason Holder declines getting into the 500-run debateAlso Read | BCCI suspends Rinku after letting off Pathan, Anuj with warningAlso Seelast_img read more