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Legendary Singer Zack Roberts Chides Young Artists

first_imgZack RobertsLegendary singer and songwriter Zack Roberts has described musicians whose music lyric promote the use of drugs and abuse of women as “untalented and disrespectful.”Zack Roberts, who is noted for hit songs like “Keep on Trying and Sweet Liberia” with his former bandmate Geebah, said it is disheartened that the young generation of musicians are not treading on their path that led to a growing and vibrant music industry, which was destroyed by the country’s 14-year civil war.“The Keep on Trying” singer added that because of their rude and inappropriate music lyric, they continue to remain where they are and will find it difficult to attract investors to Liberia’s struggling music industry.“When we were making music, it was about positive message whether the song was love or societal issue. But nowadays, that’s the contrary, with almost every music coming from these young artists offensive,” Zack Roberts said. “If they are not abusing women, they are talking about drug use—a situation which makes their music repugnant and is causing more harm to the society than good.”Zack added that music has power and influences people to make certain discussion; therefore, music that promotes drug use and abuse women are harmful to the society and should not be allowed on radio stations.“You consider yourself a positive road model, yet you influence the kids to be rude to a woman and encourage them to take drugs. Such music influence kids to misbehave because it is presented to them as a good thing. Call me old school, but their style of music today is not on the path of what we started. As a result, their fame will just be for a while. You cannot expect people who have the resources to invest in your music when you are abusing and leading their kids astray,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Friendly report for corn and wheat, neutral for soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile Shortly before the report corn was up four cents, soybeans and wheat were both up two cents. After the report, corn was up 8 cents, soybeans were up 6 cents, with wheat up 15 cents.This USDA report was expected to see US wheat production increase while world wheat production was expected to decline. Brazil’s corn production was also expected to decline. The report today had US wheat production at 1.827, billion bushels, increased by six million bushels. This was a small surprise but not price breaking. World wheat production was 242.37 million tons, up almost two million tons. Corn production in Brazil was 85 million tons, down 2 million tons. Russia wheat production was cut 3.5 million tons, a bullish push for wheat.Some of the numbers today include, US old corn ending stocks 2.102 billion bushels, US old soybeans ending stocks 415 million bushels, US wheat ending stocks 1.080 billion bushels. US new corn ending stocks were 1.577 billion bushels, a decline of 105 million bushels. US new soybean ending stocks 385 million bushels, a decline of 30 million bushels.US new wheat ending stocks were 946 million bushels.Administration discussions with North Korea have already concluded with the signing of a comprehensive document that would produce peace on the Korean peninsula. The cancellation of US military drills on the Korean peninsula that were scheduled in the days ahead provided surprising headlines this morning. Most are probably surprised to see the summit end so quickly in comparison to previous summits that produced lots of photo opportunities and rhetoric from both sides. This week’s summit has the potential to be epic while reducing tensions that have been decades in the making, and erasing tensions many thought could never be tamped down. It could easily take many months to see the full potential of this summit.Grains have been in a huge free fall since the Memorial Day holiday last month. The sharp break two week decline for both corn and soybeans results from US/China trade issues that have not been resolved long term. US tariffs against China could take affect this Friday. Intellectual property rights continue to be a sore point that could easily take many discussions and months to resolve. In addition, fantastic crop ratings and excellent growing conditions have been a factor as well. Soybeans were 15 cents lower yesterday, marking the ninth day lower out of the last ten trading sessions. Commodity funds have sharply reduced their long soybean positions the last two weeks. They are currently long 30,000 contracts of soybeans. Three weeks ago their long position was 150,000 contracts. In that three week period November CBOT declined 83 cents from their May 29 high of $10.60 ½. Looking at corn funds are long 53,000 contracts. Mid-May there were long 200,000 contracts of corn. December CBOT corn reached $4.295 on May 24. Yesterday, December touched $3.87 3/4.Crop ratings with the weekly crop progress report last night were 77% good and excellent for corn while soybeans were 74% good and excellent. Both were down slightly from last week, both are above the ratings at this time last year. Shell-shocked bulls point to the high crop ratings that often begin to decline in June as longer term friendly news down the road. Non-threatening US weather gives hope to bears who expect prices to decline into the fall harvest. Don’t be surprised in the weeks ahead to see some forecasts that the US corn yield could reach 180 bushels per acre, marking a record yield for the third year in a row. We are not there yet.Numerous areas across Ohio had significant rainfalls last weekend that reached 4-7 inches. Producers are struggling to replant with corn and soybeans. They find little comfort to know replant acres in Ohio are down drastically in many areas compared to last year.last_img read more

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One Minisplit or Two?

first_imgChristopher Vernott is an architect at work on his own home — a tight, well-insulated house in southeastern Connecticut — and the time has come to rough-in the heating and cooling system.Because of the double-stud wall construction, triple-glazed windows, and careful air-sealing, his heating and cooling loads are low, he writes in a Q&A post at Green Building Advisor.Manual J calculations, the standard means of sizing heating and cooling equipment, show he will need 11,000 Btu per hour of heat on the first floor and 5,300 Btu per hour on the second floor. Cooling loads are a little higher: 12,500 Btu/h on the first floor and 7,000 Btu/h on the second floor.“My safe design strategy includes a [Mitsubishi] Hyper Heat head sized for the first floor load and a minisplit ducted cassette on the second floor with two to three short runs supplying the bedrooms,” he writes. “My second design, somewhat more risky, includes one Hyper Heat head sized for the whole house and located on the first floor.” Choosing HVAC Equipment for an Energy-Efficient HomePassivhaus Buildings Don’t Heat ThemselvesGreen Basics: Ductless Minisplit Heat PumpsInstalling a Ductless Minisplit SystemHeating with a Minisplit Heat Pump It dependsGBA senior editor Martin Holladay doesn’t offer much encouragement for Vernott’s one-head plan. Pumping tempered fresh air into second-floor bedrooms won’t be enough to keep them comfortable, he says, referring Vernott to articles on the particular challenges of designing heating and cooling systems for houses like his. (Both are listed in the “Related Articles” section.)Building scientist John Straube has discounted the notion that ventilation air can be used to equalize temperatures from room to room, Holladay says. “Open doors work better than HRV ducting,” he quotes Straube as saying.But, as Straube added, it’s also a question of what you’re comfortable with. Hundreds of thousands of houses are heated with wood stoves — single-point heating systems — and their owners are happy because they’re willing to make certain accommodations.James Morgan adds a second to Holladay’s comments.“Noting that Christopher’s concerns are for cooling, not heating of the second-floor bedrooms, I would say that Martin’s comments apply double,” Morgan writes. “Considering that the heat gain in the second floor will be greater than on the first and that the temperature gradient is working against you, if you don’t add a second [minisplit] head now you will undoubtedly find yourself doing so in the future.”Dana Dorsett does the math to show that ventilation provided by a heat-recovery ventilator or an energy-recovery ventilator won’t be enough to keep the second floor comfortably cool. “Moving heat with air is only good for about 0.018 Btu per cubic foot per degree F difference, so even with a fairly substantial 10°F temperature delta (say 85°F upstairs, 75°F out of the HRV) at 100 cfm (6,000 cubic feet per hour) you’re only looking at about 1,000 Btu/hr of cooling supplied by the HRV flow,” he writes. “That may be good enough under low sensible cooling conditions, but it won’t put much of a dent in the 7,000 Btu/hr peak load when it’s really hot out — you’ll cook.” Our expert’s opinionHere’s how GBA technical director Peter Yost sees it:I checked in with HVAC expert Marc Rosenbaum on this one, and he indicated that Martin Holladay (and other contributors) pretty much nailed it.Two other considerations:Exterior shading, in addition to overhangs. Any fixed overhang handles much of unwanted solar gain, but late-in-the-day low-angle sun, right when you need the shading the most, means, optimally, operable exterior window coverings. Interior window coverings are often less expensive, but they lose the solar gain battle by letting that energy in and then dealing with it.High-efficiency ceiling fans. In open, two-story spaces, fans can deal nicely with cooling distribution. In individual rooms, ceiling fans can very effectively provide thermal comfort at considerably higher air temperatures. Look for Energy Star-rated ceiling fans, particularly the ones with the curved, aerodynamic blades. RELATED ARTICLES center_img Both plans include an energy-recovery ventilator (ERV).Vernott isn’t as concerned with heating as he is with cooling, in particular the south-facing second-floor bedrooms.“If I exhaust the first floor with ERV pickups close to the floor level to grab the cool air, and then supply the bedrooms on the second floor with the tempered incoming fresh air, will it be enough to cool down the bedrooms a little?” he asks.That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. A middle-ground approachVernott replies that it might make sense to rough in the lines for a second-floor head or cassette and install it down the road if the south-facing bedrooms get too hot in summer. Roof overhangs, he adds, were designed to keep the sun off the second-floor windows in July and August, which could affect cooling loads.Given that he and his wife apparently have a high tolerance for temperature imbalances, he’s also weighing a third option: “If I put a single head in the second-floor landing area, 5 ft. 6 in. by 7 ft., will the unit potentially short cycle in such a small area, even with all the bedroom doors open?” he asks. “The ducted cassette seems like the best approach for delivery reasons, but I prefer to have the extra efficiency of a wall unit. Keith G. mentions the head in the master and then letting it ‘leak’ out or fan distribute to other rooms — a possibility.”A high-capacity fan pushing conditioned air up the stairwell might just keep the second floor comfortable, Dorsett replies, depending on the room layout.“If cooling the bedrooms isn’t a high priority most of the time (probably isn’t), Keith’s solution — a $99 window-shaker [air conditioner] will get you through the worst of it, for a helluva lot less money than a second minisplit,” Dorsett says. “A 7K peak cooling load isn’t much.” Don’t get too wound upKeith Gustafson has lived in less-than-ideal conditions, and he thinks some variation in temperatures from room to room isn’t the end of the world.In his last house, he used a 5,000 Btu/h window-mounted air conditioner and a small pedestal fan to blow cool air down the hall to two other bedrooms. That arrangement kept things cool enough, although he replaced that with a 9,000 Btu/h minisplit in the hallway that “worked perfectly.”“People get too wound up about rooms getting hot or cold,” he writes. “In my current house we are using our minisplits for heat for the first time this fall. One 9K unit kept the downstairs (1,200-sq.-ft. family room, two bedrooms, bath, laundry, tiny office) within two degrees except for the distant office, three degrees, through all of October.”“I consider acceptable less than 2 degrees, as defined by the WTWWT spec. As in, ‘what the wife will tolerate.’ “last_img read more

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Nikola Jokic explodes for 31 as Nuggets stun Rockets

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Thunder win 7th straight, roll past Heat Guard Jamal Murray (left ankle sprain) missed his fourth straight game and probably won’t return soon. Murray is known for his ability to play through pain, so there is concern about how long he will be out.“Jamal is a guy we’re not used to see miss games, so you know it’s a really serious injury he’s dealing with,” coach Michael Malone said. “I definitely have concern with Jamal’s ankle, but I know that he’ll come back ready and he’ll help us out moving forward.UP NEXTRockets: Play at Utah on Saturday night.Nuggets: Play at Northwest Division rival Minnesota on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Nuggets couldn’t stop Harden, but they ended a nine-game losing streak against Houston.Harden’s streak started with a 50-point night against the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 13, and nearly ended on a tough shooting night for the reigning league MVP. He hit five of his first six shots and scored 15 points in the first quarter but then went cold. He missed 10 of his next 11 shots and also missed four free throws.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHe hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to pull Houston within nine points, but Jokic scored six straight points to put it away. Harden’s step-back 3-pointer with 1:05 left gave him 30.Torrey Craig had a career-high 22 points for the Rockets, who scored 43 points in the first quarter. The Nuggets responded in the second with a 48-point outburst. They had 35 of those in the final 7:31 when they transformed a five-point deficit into an 83-71 lead at halftime. Denver led by 20 in the third quarter, but the Rockets got within nine twice before the Nuggets pulled away.TIP-INSRockets: Kenneth Faried scored a season-high 23 points against his former team. … The 43 points in the first period were a season best for a quarter. … Houston is being careful with guard Chris Paul, who missed 17 games with a hamstring strain, so he will “probably” sit out Saturday’s game at Utah, coach Mike D’Antoni said. “It’s not definite but he probably won’t play,” D’Antoni said.Nuggets: Denver’s 48-point second quarter matched its highest since March 16, 2008, against the Seattle SuperSonics. … Guard Gary Harris was out due to a right adductor strain. Harris missed 11 games in December with a hip injury and five more in January with left hamstring soreness.SORE POINTADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View commentscenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic checks the clock during a timeout in the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Nikola Jokic had 31 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, Malik Beasley had a career-high 35 points and the Denver Nuggets beat the Houston Rockets 136-122 on Friday night.Houston’s James Harden scored 30 points to extend his streak to 25 games of scoring 30 or more points. He needed a late 3-pointer to keep the streak alive, and it came well after the game was in hand for Denver.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more