Top Stories[Breaking]No Bail For Arnab Goswami; Bombay High Court Reserves Order On Interim Bail; Says Parties May Move Sessions Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK7 Nov 2020 5:32 AMShare This – xAfter a marathon hearing session which lasted over six hours, the Bombay High Court on Saturday reserved orders on the applications filed by Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief of the Republic TV, and other accused seeking interim release from custody in the 2018 abetment to suicide case.Despite fervent pleas made by Senior Advocate Harish Salve for ad-interim bail to Goswami – who has been…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAfter a marathon hearing session which lasted over six hours, the Bombay High Court on Saturday reserved orders on the applications filed by Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief of the Republic TV, and other accused seeking interim release from custody in the 2018 abetment to suicide case.Despite fervent pleas made by Senior Advocate Harish Salve for ad-interim bail to Goswami – who has been under judicial custody since November 4 – a division bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik refused to pass an immediate order for interim relief. Turning down Mr. Salve’s request, Justice Shinde said : “We can’t pass order today. It is already six. Meanwhile we will clarify that pendency of the petition will not bar the petitioner from approaching the sessions court for bail and if such an application is filed, it should be decided within 4 days.” When Salve repeated his insistence that an ad-interim relief be granted, Justice Shinde indicated that the Court will reserve orders and will pronounce them someday in the coming week. He assured that the court will pronounce the order as early as possible.”The Court will clarify that the pendency of the case is not an impediment for the petitioners to apply for bail before sessions court,” Justice Shinde said.The bench clarified that the pendency of the case in the High Court will not be an impediment for the petitioners to seek regular bail under Section 439 of the Code of Criminal Procedure before the concerned court. If such an application is made, the court ordered, the same should be decided by the concerned court within four days of the filing.Justice Shinde says that the Court will clarify that the pendency of the case is not an impediment for the petitioners to apply for bail before sessions court.#ArnabGoswami #BombayHighCourt— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) November 7, 2020 The Bench was hearing the Habeas Corpus petition and a bail application filed by Goswami seeking interim release. It also heard Advocates Vijay Agarwal and Nikhil Mengde for a co-accused in the matter, Nitish Sarda and Praveen Rajesh Singh, respectively. Plea of Habeas Corpus against a Remand order The State Government disputed the maintainability of the petitions. Senior Advocate Amit Desai, appearing for the Maharashtra Government, submitted that habeas petitions are not maintainable for bail. He further pointed out that habeas is not maintainable against judicial order of remand. “No writ of habeas corpus can be issued if a person is in custody in pursuance of a judicial order… Floodgates of the judicial system, which is already creaking, will creak further, if such applications are entertained,” Desai argued. “They have their alternative remedies in law. We are not going to come in the way of their remedies available in law,” he said while stating that the Petitioners should have approached the Magistrate seeking regular bail. Reliance was placed on State of Maharashtra & Ors. v. Tasneem Rizwan Siddiquee, 2018 (9) SCC 745. “Arnab Goswami is under custody pursuant to November 4 order of Magistrate. The jurisdiction of Magistrate is not challenged. That being a judicial order, this particular petition will not survive. Arnab Goswami is not under “unlawful custody”. He is under custody based on a judicial order” Desai argued. Desai further told the Court that Goswami had originally filed a bail application before the Magistrate but the same was withdrawn, for no fault of the State, saying the Magistrate did not give a returnable time. “The petitioners have chosen to withdraw their bail applications. That is not the fault of the State. We are not going to seek long adjournments. We are also conscious that personal liberties of citizens are involved,” he said subject to advance service of bail application upon them. He further pointed out that the Petitioner’s entire case is based on the allegation of illegal arrest and they have not raised any issue of “illegal detention” as they have not challenged the remand order. “Arrest happens before a person is produced before the Magistrate. The moment your “illegal arrest” has resulted in a judicial remand, the question of arrest is not relevant later,” Desai said. He added, “Issue of arrest is distinct from issue of custody. Questions of quashing FIR for not disclosing offence, question of illegal arrest and question of detention are different. The question of FIR not disclosing offence not relevant for interim release as they have not challenged the judicial order of remand.” Salve on the other hand, appearing for Arnab Goswami, referred to the Supreme Court’s verdict in Jagish Arora v. State of UP, where the Supreme Court ordered the release of journalist Prashant Kanojia from custody last year. “The very same argument that habeas was not maintainable was raised there. The Supreme Court did not accept it and ordered the relaese of Prashant Kanojia who was remanded to custody,” Salve told the Court.’If We Don’t Finish Arguments Today, We Will Post Case After Vacations’ : Bombay HC During Arnab Goswami Case Hearing; Arguments In Progress On allegations of malafide Yesterday, Salve had alleged that the State is acting out of malice. Responding to this, Desai submitted that the questions of malafide or malice-in-fact are not relevant because the Magistrate has passed the order of remand. “Order of remand is a judicial function… The petitioner has efficacious remedy of seeking bail before proper court. Even if a remand order is passed mechanically, a writ of habeas is not the remedy… As a matter of law and as a matter of proprierty, the hierarchy of courts should not be altered,” Desai argued. Further referring to Salve’s submissions on malice based on Home Minister’s statement in the State Assembly, Desai argued that their investigation pre-dates that incident. “Assembly discussions were in September. But by this time process was already underway. In May reinvestigation process started. In June statements were taken by police. Harish Salve’s arguments of malice are therefore baseless. To suggest the investigation is “patently illegal” is wholly baseless,” it was argued. Right of victim to seek fair & complete investigation Highlighting the Complainant’s plight, who had lost her father and grandmother, Desai submitted that she had been “knocking on the doors for justice” for almost a year. “Today the State is in the process of collecting evidence. Article 14 applies to the victim as well. Victim also a fundamental right to seek fair and complete investigation… From February, the victim (Adnya Naik) has been knocking on the doors for justice. The victim discovered the closure report only in Twitter… Petitioner has rights. Also, the victim has rights. It is the duty of the State to balance the rights of the victim and the accused,” he vehemently argued. He submitted that the investigation cannot be brought to a standstill when it is under progress. He insisted that there is a suicide note with names of persons and thus it is a matter that needs to be investigated. Reliance was placed on Narayan Malhari Thorat v. Vinayak Deorao Bhagat, where the Supreme Court criticized the Bombay High Court for quashing an abetment to suicide case where the name of the accused was in the suicide note. Appearing for the Complainant, Senior Advocate Sirish Gupte alleged that investigation was handled by the previous investigation agency in a high-handed manner. He urged, “To release the man (Arnab Goswami) right now when the investigation is pending is an injustice to the victim. Let him follow proper procedure under Section 439 CrPC.” Salve argued that the Naik family will have to explain why they had approached the Court only now and what were they doing between April 2019 and now. Gupte also asked the Court what is the urgency that the Petitioner must be given an audience by a division bench of for three days, when during the times of COVID19, several petitions are not being heard. At this juncture, Justice Shinde interrupted Gupte and clarified, “Two benches of the Court are hearing such matters. Matters of bail parole etc are disposed of within a week. Today, we held special sitting on the basis of consensus.” Delete Gupta clarifies he was responding to Harish Salve’s argument that what harm will be caused if he is released on bail.There is harm caused to the victim.#ArnabGoswamy #BombayHighCourt— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) November 7, 2020Whether prima facie case of abetment made out Yesterday, Salve had argued that there was no personal relationship between Goswami and the deceased and they were merely involved in a commercial transaction. He had also submitted that without a positive act on the part of the accused to instigate or aid in committing suicide, ingredients of Section 306 IPC are not fulfilled. Referring to these arguments, Desai argued that this is not the stage to examine the accused’ intention, especially when the suicide note mentions his name. “Adnya Naik (Complainant) has told the Court that threatening calls were made to her family and complaints were registered. These are circumstances which need to be investigated,” he insisted. Power of Police to reopen a closed case The Petitioner has consistently argued that after the Magistrate passed a closure order in the case in 2019, based on the report submitted by police then, it do not have the power to suo moto re-open the case without getting a judicial order. Responding to this, Desai submitted that the precedents cited by Petitioner are distinguishable inasmuch as those are cases where Court had taken cognizance on charge sheet and further investigation was sought during trial. Stating the that in this case an ‘A Summary’ report was filed by the Police, he explained that it is not a case of discharge or closure. He said, “If it is a “A” summary, it means that evidence was not sufficient but offence was there. If it was a case of wrong accused, it would have been ‘B’ summary. When Magistrate accepts ‘A’ Summary, it means that there is an offence. It is not a case of discharge or closure… It means it was a genuine case of offence but investigation could not collect evidence… “A Summary” reflects incomplete investigation. In “B” and “C” summary, investigation is complete and either there is no offence or wrong accused. The distinction is important.” He further stated that accepting the arguments of the Petitioner would curb the liberty of the police to nab the accused. “Take a case of terrorism where evidence is not traceable. After a period of time, police files ‘A’ summary before Magistrate. After some time, police gets evidence of terrorist. Should police wait for Magistrate order to nab him?” Desai remarked. He added, “The power of the investigating officer to make further investigation under Section 173(8) and the power of the Court to order the same is different.” Reliance was placed on Nirmal Singh Kahlon v. State of Punjab where the Top Court had observed that it is one thing to say that the court will have supervisory jurisdiction to ensure a fair investigation and correctness whereof is open to question, but it is another thing to say that the investigating officer will have no jurisdiction whatsoever to make any further investigation without the express permission of the Magistrate. Desai also referred to Section 4 of the Maharashtra Police Act as per which the superintendence of the Police Force throughout, the State of Maharashtra, vests in and exercisable by the State Government. “So State govt has power to direct investigation,” he said. Nevertheless, he informed the Bench that the Magistrate, who had passed the order of closure, was informed of the revival of the FIR so that he can supervise the case. (In terms of Sakiri Vasu v. State of UP & Anr.) He submitted that Section 164 statements were also recorded by the Magistrate in the case and allowing the recording of those statements mean that the Magistrate is aware of the revival of investigation and has approved the same. Observations as to legality of arrest in CJM’s remand order Senior Advocate Harish Salve had argued for Goswami that the remand order passed by CJM Alibag, “makes important points about the illegality of arrest and the lack of merits in the allegations against Arnab Goswami”. Disputing the same, Desai told the Court that the Petitioner had indulged in selective reading of the order and the Magistrate made no opinion as to the (il)legality of arrest. He submitted, “Magistrate has not come to the conclusion that the arrest is illegal. That argument is made by misinterpreting the order. Para 17 of the Order makes that clear. Petitioners read only Para 16. In Para 17, the Magistrate says that the objections raised by the lawyers of the accused which are recorded in paragraph 16 are irrelevant.” Read the arguments raised by Petitioner (Arnab Goswami) in the following reports: That Arnab Goswami Will Go Back To TV And Scream At Police Commissioner Can’t Be A Ground To Keep Him In Custody : Salve In Bombay High CourtNo Interim Relief For Arnab Goswami Today, Bombay High Court Will Continue Hearing Tomorrow”Brutally Manhandled By Maharashtra Police”: Arnab Goswami Seeks Interim Bail From Bombay High Court Other developments during today’s hearing: ‘If We Don’t Finish Arguments Today, We Will Post Case After Vacations’ : Bombay HC During Arnab Goswami Case Hearing; Arguments In Progress[TRP Scam Case] Bombay HC Issues Notice On Hansa’s Petition Seeking Transfer Of Probe To CBI Alleging Harassment By Mumbai PoliceBombay HC Issues Notice To Maharashtra Govt On Adnya Naik’s Plea Against Police Officers Who Closed 2018 Abetment Case Against Arnab Goswami Next Story
Holly Hill Police Department(NEW YORK) — An employee closing up shop at a Little Caesars restaurant in Florida on Saturday night shot and killed a man in a clown mask after he was attacked with a wooden post, according to authorities.Police in Holly Hill, Florida, said the employee exited the back door of the pizza place just before midnight when a man in a grotesque clown mask jumped him with a wooden post. According to the police report, the post broke over the man’s back, upon which the attacker tried to stab the employee with a pair of scissors.The victim responded by pulling out his concealed firearm and firing “four or five shots” at the attacker, according to the police report. When authorities responded, the attacker was found lying in the parking lot with the mask still on and scissors by his body, police said.He was taken to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach where he was pronounced dead. Security footage from the Holly Hill Police Department shows the man in the clown mask lurking outside the store prior to the attack, and then a camera from inside the Little Caesars shows the employee being attacked once he leaves. It does not show the shooting.“I’m glad that he was able to defend himself and that he’s OK,” Police Chief Steve Aldrich told Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV-TV. “It’s just unfortunate that this whole episode occurred.”Aldrich said the man in the mask appears to be the only one involved in the attack.No charges have been pressed against the shooter and the incident is still under investigation. The attacker has not been identified.Holly Hill is located just north of Daytona Beach on the east coast of Florida.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
McKennie injury a worry for USAIt was all going so well for USA before McKennie came off with a suspected hamstring injury in the 74th minute. The Schalke midfielder had set up the opener and his absence would be a blow for USA.What’s next?USA’s campaign continues against Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday, while Guyana take on Panama on the same day. Paul Arriola opened the scoring in the 28th minute before a Tyler Boyd brace and Gyasi Zardes goal in the second half.Having been under some pressure after struggles in friendlies, it was the ideal start for the defending champions as it joined Panama on three points in the group.Christian Pulisic was particularly bright down the left early for USA, who while dominant took time to create clear-cut chances.Boyd fired a chance wide in the 18th minute, while Pulisic was denied by a good save from Guyana goalkeeper Akel Clarke.But USA found a deserved opener through Arriola in the 28th minute.Weston McKennie did brilliantly down the left before passing inside to Arriola, who curled an effort past Clarke and into the far corner from inside the area.Goal @usmnt! @PaulArriola opens up the scoreline for the Stars and Stripes! #GoldCup2019 #ThisIsOurs pic.twitter.com/wr1Wedo7ri— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) June 19, 2019Pulisic almost teed up Nick Lima for USA’s second, but the fullback’s strike was well saved by Clarke after a pass from the attacker.USA should have gone into the break with a 2-0 lead, however Pulisic made poor connection with a header from a Lima cross at the back post on the stroke of halftime.But Boyd’s first international goal would double USA’s lead six minutes into the second half.Michael Bradley’s pass found Boyd, who took an excellent first touch before powering an angled finish into the bottom corner for USA’s 1,000th goal.51′ | GOAL @Tyler__Boyd scores the 1,000 goal in the history of the #USMNT‼ #GoldCup2019 pic.twitter.com/tGTnvK7GkF— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) June 19, 2019Zardes was fortunate to add to USA’s lead, Arriola’s powerful strike partially cleared by a defender into the forward’s face and into the back of the net.USA was in control from then on, although McKennie came off with a suspected hamstring injury.Boyd completed his brace in the 81st minute, taking a pass from Arriola before his 20-yard strike took a deflection and beat Clarke.What does it mean? USA makes bright startAfter disappointing friendly losses to Jamaica and Venezuela earlier this month, USA’s win was much-needed. Large parts of the performance would have also pleased head coach Gregg Berhalter and the group stage at the CONCACAF Gold Cup could be an opportunity for a much-needed confidence boost.Boyd, Arriola provide plenty of sparkAlthough it was against Guyana, Boyd and Arriola showed their worth. They combined for the fourth goal after earlier scoring one each and their pace and creativity were crucial for USA. The United States started its CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign with a comfortable 4-0 win over Guyana on Tuesday.USA ended a three-game winless run in fine fashion, dominating Guyana for the most part in the Group D clash at Allianz Field in Minnesota.
MASON CITY — Ohio congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Tim Ryan dismissed Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley’s comments about Democrats not taking border security as seriously as Republicans during a stop in Mason City on Tuesday.“That’s an unfair comment. Clearly we have members of Congress down on the border who are connected to many of these communities. I think this is the kind of rhetoric that isn’t helpful in this situation, we need to come together and solve the problem.”Ryan says President Trump need to be more of a leader on the border issue. “He’s not, he’s being more divisive than anything. We need to come together. This is a humanitarian crisis that’s happening on our borders. Let’s do the mature thing, come together, solve the problem.”Ryan says he’d like to see Trump galvanize the country to say putting children’s health at risk at the border is intolerable. “Kids laying with the flu for weeks, in their own snot, diapers not changed, it’s really unacceptable. There’s no reason why he can’t challenge doctors and nurses to come help put a Band-Aid on this in the short-term and fix the problem. This is a solvable problem. We need the resources down there but we’re already spending a lot of money and clearly it’s not being spent wisely, and this really is unacceptable.”Ryan says he supports strengthening border security and an immigration process in the United States that is not only economically viable but also passionate. “Where I would start as president is put some money into Central America where the problem is, help stabilize these countries. We can spend a few million down there as opposed to billions up here dealing with people once they get to the border. Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador…Honduras doesn’t even have an ambassador, and the president saying we should cut foreign aid for the very programs that would help us stabilize those countries solve the problem.”Ryan made two stops in Mason City on Tuesday afternoon, touring the Golden Grain ethanol plant and then holding an education round-table at HyVee East.
DES MOINES — Attorneys for the State of Iowa are challenging a jury’s verdict against former Governor Terry Branstad.The jury awarded Christopher Godfrey $1.5 million after concluding Branstad retaliated against the former Workers Compensation Commissioner because he’s gay. After taking office in 2010, Branstad asked Godfrey to resign in the middle of Godfrey’s six-year term. When Godfrey refused, his salary was cut by a third.Branstad’s legal team argues there was not enough evidence to prove that Godfrey’s sexuality was behind that decision. Godfrey’s attorney, Roxanne Conlin, says that was for the jury to decide.“There is nothing that anyone can do to change the fact that the jury found that Terry Branstad, Governor of the State of Iowa, discriminated against Chris Godfrey because he was gay,” Conlin says.The state’s attorneys also argue reducing Godfrey’s pay was within the governor’s authority. In a motion filed Wednesday, they ask the judge to either reverse the jury’s verdict or order a new trial.
Polls are an imprecise research tool and there is always a level of uncertainty involved, Murray noted.“We have more wins than losses. We have a good ‘on base’ percentage. The expectation that any single pollsters is going to be accurate 95 percent of the time is unrealistic. There are going to be misses, but misses are learning opportunities.We want to use (polling) as a tool to advocate on behalf of the public, not for any particular position but to advocate that their voice is at the table when decisions are made. We can only do that if people are willing to talk to us.”This article was first published in the Oct. 25-31, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. By Eileen Moon |At this time of year it’s not unusual to receive a call from a polling organization seeking input from registered voters on the upcoming elections. Not a few of us are likely to hang up, annoyed at one more intrusion into our personal lives.But Patrick Murray, founding director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, would like us to reconsider.After all, it’s the voices of many different Americans that have the power to direct the course of government and influence public policy for many years to come.“One of our missions is to basically give voice to people who don’t always have a voice and to feed that back to political leaders,” Murray said.A university-based polling organization seeks to conduct its polling in a nonpartisan way that will provide a reliable measure of public opinion.“We want to include as little information (on the polling topic) as possible when contacting a respondent so people can interpret the question as they wish. We don’t try to give the impression that there is a right or wrong answer.”It’s important to have a good understanding of what issues are resonating in the public mind before developing questions that will clarify respondent concerns and provide a reliable gauge of public opinion, Murray said.“That is one of the most underappreciated skills. It’s the reason why I spend time talking to people before writing a poll. For example, it helps to know what people are talking about at the local diner as the daily news cycle unfolds.“One of the big things we’re getting this year that has gotten underreported is this undercurrent of health care insecurity,” Murray noted. “People are saying, ‘We’re OK now,’ but they’re worried that they’re one crisis away from insolvency.”When it comes to political issues, a well-conducted poll may not deliver the results a particular party or candidate wants to hear.After one political poll, Murray said, “I was commenting on the state of a Senate race here in New Jersey and I got a call that day from the campaign managers of the Republican campaign and I also got a call from the director of the Democratic campaign, both complaining about what I said. That was a day when I did my job well.”One thing Murray has learned firsthand is that what appear to be ideological inconsistencies to pundits and academics are fully rational to individual voters. “The media in particular get caught up in the idea that politics play out along the liberal and conservative continuum. That’s not how the vast majority of voters think.”Murray was studying political science at Rutgers University in the early ‘90s when he stopped in at the Rutgers-sponsored Eagleton polling institute to see if there was anything a graduate student could do for them.It proved to be a turning point for Murray, who ultimately spent 10 years there and helped start the survey research center at Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.He left there in 2005, when he became the founding director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “I came here to help get this off the ground,” he said.Jules Plangere, former publisher of The Asbury Park Press and a major benefactor of Monmouth University, provided the initial endowment for the institute.“He was really the force behind the institute,” Murray said. Under his direction, the institute soon built a reputation as a reliable polling organization.Ten years after its founding, in 2015, Monmouth University Polling Institute fully committed to becoming a national polling organization.The institute now has a staff of four with a support staff of four graduate students and three or four undergrads. The institute contracts with off-campus call centers to administer the surveys they develop. “Keeping a call center afloat is expensive,” Murray said.It is a charter member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and has been awarded an A-plus rating from Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight, which conducts statistical analysis of political poll results nationwide.Many topics the polling institute explores may not garner major public attention, but nevertheless provide vital information that may influence public policy.For example, Murray said, the Centers for Disease Control may solicit research on childhood vaccination rates in particular areas that will influence planning and policy decisions.Following Super Storm Sandy, Murray said, his institute deployed a cadre of Monmouth University students who went door to door in damaged areas to obtain firsthand data on the progress of the recovery. With the information they collected, the institute built a 2,000-name email list of people directly impacted by Sandy.Most polling is conducted by phone – both mobile and landline – using publicly available data such as voter registration records. “Voter registration gives basic information such as age, gender, how often people vote, what precinct they’re likely to vote in, to create a sample that looks like what the pool of voters will be,” Murray said.Polling organizations also obtain lists of voters in particular categories, such as those who hold gun permits or those who donate to a particular candidate or political party, to solicit opinions from specific groups.
More than €1000 has been raised by the Letterkenny Institute of Technology Student Union for two Donegal charities. A number of recent events and campaigns including the Student Achievement Awards and the Formal Ball have raised a grand total of €1080.00 for the two worthy charities.At the start of each academic year, two charities are chosen by the students. The charities chosen this year were Multiple Sclerosis Ireland (Donegal Branch) and the Donegal Hospice.Earlier this week, the two charities were presented with a total of €540.00 each.LYIT Student Union thanked the students and staff members who contributed in any way, throughout the academic year, for the two charities.Josephine Wilson, Student Union Administrator LYIT. Grace Boyle, Donegal Hospice. Kathleen Harkin, Donegal Hospice. Paul Lynch, LYIT SU President.William Daly, LYIT SU Welfare Officer. Charlie McLaughlin, MS Ireland (Donegal Branch). Josephine Wilson, Student Union Administrator LYIT. Two Donegal charities receive over €1000 from LYIT Students’ Union was last modified: July 5th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Mark Canha’s walk-off hit in the 11th inning to give the A’s a 1-0 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday afternoon. The A’s now hold a temporary 2.5 game lead for the first wild card spot over Tampa Bay.Homer Bailey bailed out a clearly fatigued offense with one of his best performances of the season. HIs splitter has been consistent, and was lethal on Wednesday. He struck out a season-high 11 Royals, …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileBloomberg News reported on Feb. 28 that the U.S. and China are in the final stages of negotiating a 150-page executive order, which may be ready to be signed by President Trump and President Xi yet this month. Final details are still being hammered out. The pact will include six “memorandum of understanding” points agreed to last month. Those six points are: forced technology transfer and cyber theft, intellectual property rights, services, currency, non-tariff barriers to trade, and agriculture.Late last month, White House Economic Adviser Kudlow indicated the U.S. is on the verge of an historic pact with China. The weariness is readily apparent for all in the ag industry in regard to the months long U.S./China trade issues. Producers have paid with the decimating hit they took to their bottom line with the sharp decline in soybean prices since last June. With the huge amount of selling pressure in recent weeks, it appears traders are looking for specific things to occur, a date to be announced for the trade signing by the presidents, and the actual signing to happen.Winter is still hanging on with claws outstretched. The first weekend of March saw a major cold pattern moving through the Midwest with another in the forecast for the second March weekend. Ohio had snow with that first weekend storm. It is also bringing rain into the U.S. Delta and Gulf States. This cold, wet pattern will prevent timely corn planting in the Delta.The annual USDA Outlook Conference was held last month. Their projection of 2019 U.S. acres included, corn 92 million acres, soybeans 85 million acres, and wheat 47 million acres. Last year the U.S. planted 89.1 million acres of corn, 89.2 million acres to soybeans, and 47.8 million acres to wheat. Wheat acres for 2019 are the lowest in 110 years. The next monthly Supply and Demand Report will be on March 8. The yearly Prospective Plantings Report will be March 29.With March now well underway it is most obvious that plenty of fieldwork needs to be completed before spring planting of corn and soybeans can get underway. Producers knew months ago the time for fieldwork was going to be a gargantuan struggle this spring. Ohio is not unique with field work delays rampant across the eastern Corn Belt. Last fall’s harvest was a slow and difficult one for producers across Ohio as well as the Midwest with many rain delays. Those that finished harvest by mid-December were not able to complete their normal fall tillage work. Others were only able to finish harvest after leaving severe ruts in fields. Those ruts have not been filled in this winter as desired. Soil compaction will be a major issue for years to come, affecting yields while bringing back bad memories along the way. The deluge of rainfall also left numerous producers with unharvested soybeans. That harvest disappointment across Ohio has been further compounded as nearly 10 inches of rain fell during January and February. It was wet across Ohio on March 1.Old crop soybean basis has been weak for months and dimes wider than average at the start of March. Closer examination reveals new crop soybean basis levels have already seen widening take place. Numerous locations across Ohio have seen new crop soybean basis levels widen by a dime or more in January and February.The 30- to 60-day weather forecasts suggest above normal precipitation across the Corn Belt. Expect planting delays, high frustration, and continued grain prices disappointment.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball poses for a picture during the NBA basketball team’s media day in El Segundo, Calif., Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — He has a Facebook reality show and a family shoe brand. His dad talks big on ESPN. He was the No. 2 overall draft pick and expects to transform one of the NBA’s glamor franchises.Other than that, Lonzo Ball is an ordinary teenager.The 19-year-old guard comes with otherworldly expectations, with the Los Angeles Lakers having fallen on hard times. They hope the local product can help them rejoin the NBA’s elite.ADVERTISEMENT Clippers are Griffin’s team more than ever with Paul gone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It was a rare glimpse of the sense of humor that teammates say is not uncommon when the cameras are off.As for those lofty expectations? Like most everything else, Ball just shrugs and flashes a hint of his confidence.“I think I’ll be fine,” he said. “I’ve been playing basketball my whole life and I’m pretty good at it.” Read Next Ball’s journey officially begins Tuesday when the Lakers open training camp, but he appears to have already won over his new teammates during summer workouts.“When you play with a pure point guard like that, it just makes it easier for everyone,” center Brook Lopez said. “He elevates players to a whole other level.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I know it’s going to be great for me, just being on the receiving end of his passes. He’s going to gift-wrap baskets for me. He’s so good at turning other players into impact, amazing players. He’s going to be a transcendent talent.”That has been the plan all along, particularly from his outspoken father LaVar Ball, who almost seemed to will his son’s journey from Chino Hills High School to UCLA to the Lakers. NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa If Lonzo Ball seems to arrive with the trappings of circus, he appears the calm in the center of the storm.“Honestly, Zo is relaxed,” forward Julius Randle said. “Zo is chill. He’s one of the guys. For as much as he has going around him, you would never know.”Ball doesn’t say a lot himself, and what he does say comes out in rapid-fire fashion. Reporters circled around some eight deep Monday at the team’s media day, but Ball appeared to take it in stride.“I’ve been kinda like this my whole life, so I really don’t feel anything to be honest,” he said. “It’s just playing a game, the game I love.”That approach has hardly gone unnoticed by legendary point guard Magic Johnson, now the Lakers’ president of basketball operations.“I told him, he’s just like me,” Johnson said. “When I came here there were a lot of expectations put on my shoulders and the Lakers as an organization. Now I’m his boss, but I’m also his big brother.”When those comments were relayed to Ball, the rookie responded: “More like an uncle. He looks older than my brother.”ADVERTISEMENT