Indiana and Illinois Pork Farmers Donate Ground Pork to Help Feed…

first_img Ground Pork donated by Illinois Pork Producers, in partnership with Indiana Pork, is ready to be distributed to Food Finders Food Bank clients.Thanks to a recent win by the Purdue Football team, Hoosiers in need will have ground pork available to them this holiday season.“Indiana Pork and Illinois Pork Producers partnered for the ‘Pork Power Challenge’ during the recent Purdue vs. University of Illinois football game,” said Jeanette Merritt, Director of Checkoff Programs for Indiana Pork. “We placed a $1000 bet on the outcome of the game. If the University of Illinois won, Indiana Pork would have donated $1000 for ground pork to a food bank in Illinois. But since Purdue won the football game, Illinois Pork had to donate $1000 to a food bank in Indiana!”The $1000 donation was made to Food Finders Food Bank in Lafayette. Food Finders worked with Lafayette-based Beutler Meats Processing to process and package the ground pork. The ground pork is now available at Food Finders for their clients this holiday season.“We are ecstatic to receive this donation of ground pork,” said Kier Crites, Chief Operating Officer of Food Finders. “Protein remains one of the top items our clients request for their families and is always in high demand. Donations like this help to save the food bank money and go a long way towards offering nutritious foods to the families we serve”.“The entire year, but especially during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, Hoosiers are compassionate to the hunger issue around the state,” said Merritt. “It was fun to partner with the Illinois Pork Producers to provide ground pork to Hoosiers who may be struggling a bit this holiday season.”In 2016, Food Finders Food Bank distributed 6.6 million pounds of food throughout North Central Indiana.Source: Indiana Pork SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana and Illinois Pork Farmers Donate Ground Pork to Help Feed the… Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Nov 19, 2018 Facebook Twitter Indiana and Illinois Pork Farmers Donate Ground Pork to Help Feed the Hungry SHARE Previous articleHarvest Slowed to a CrawlNext articleUSDA Cancels Trade Aid to Smithfield Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Oxford’s lost Michelangelo?

first_imgCampion Hall, one of Oxford’s permanent private halls, may have unknowingly owned an original painting by Michelangelo since the 1930s. Antonio Forcellino, a respected art scholar, has used infrared techniques to examine preliminary sketches underneath the painting. He suggests that this shows the artwork Crucifixion With The Madonna, St John And Two Morning Angels to have been painted by Michelangelo, and not his contemporary Marcelo Venusti, as previously had been thought. The artwork is one of two pieces identified by Mr Forcellino in his book The Lost Michelangelos. The other, an unfinished painting of Mary and Jesus, was found in an American family home where it had been stored behind the sofa for safekeeping. The relatively small work, measuring around 20” x 13′, had simply been hanging on a wall. Since the new evidence, it has been safely stored in the Ashmolean. However the process of identifying an artist is rarely definitive. Dr Geraldine Johnson, lecturer of History of Art at the University of Oxford, hadn’t yet seen the evidence but said ‘even if it turns out to be compelling, it would still need to be assessed critically in light of other available evidence’. This would include ‘close visual analysis of the style, composition, and painting technique’ alongside ‘provenance research and other relevant and historical/iconographic information.’last_img read more

Equities drag Switzerland’s Publica to 3.2% loss in 2018

first_imgSwitzerland’s largest pension investor made a net loss of 3.2% across the CHF37.6bn (€33bn) of total consolidated assets it managed for 20 pension plans last year, it announced yesterday.Without currency hedging, the result would have been 10bp higher (-3.1%), said Publica, which manages the retirement savings of federal employees.Publica runs money for 13 open pension plans and seven closed plans. The CHF34.3bn run for open pension plans lost an average 3.5% in 2018, while the seven closed plans’ invested assets lost an average 0.2%.The 0.2% loss for the closed pension plans was above the performance of the Pictet Swiss pension fund indices, while the result for the open pension plans was slightly below that of Pictet’s comparable indices, it said. The main reason for the negative performance in the open plans, Publica said, was its strategic decision to broadly diversify its portfolio and – among other things – to invest 16% in emerging market equities and bonds. Emerging market equities fell by 13%.The indices calculated by Pictet for Swiss pension fund portfolios have a small strategic allocation to emerging markets, so they were less affected by the downturn.Most major asset classes detracted from Publica’s overall performance last year, especially its equities allocation. Emerging markets weakened overall performance by just under 1.5%, while investment in industrialised countries weakened performance by roughly 2.1%.However, the strategic decision to invest in private infrastructure debt paid off, as these assets returned 2.1% in 2018, Publica said.The best performing asset classes were domestic and international real estate, which returned 6.7% and 4%, respectively. Together they added just under 0.5% to the portfolio.Publica’s annual average return was 2.9% over the period from 2000 to 2018, exceeding the average return of the fund’s benchmark by 20 basis points per year.The funding ratio for the open plans was estimated at around 100% as at the end of 2018, and at 107% for the closed plans.The results reported by Publica are unaudited, with exact figures due to be published alongside its 2018 annual report in the spring.The pension fund is rolling out a revised investment strategy that it decided on last year. This includes increasing its allocation to private markets, including real estate debt, and cutting its government and corporate bond allocations.last_img read more

Racing action in Dundalk.

first_imgThere are two Tipperary horses in action at the County Louth track.Right First, trained by David Wachman in Gooldscross, will run in the Dundalk Stadium Racecourse of the Year Handicap at 8.45.In the following race Fethard trainer TJ O’Mara will send out Saslong. That race goes to post at 9.15.last_img

Boo me not the players – Van Gaal

first_imgManchester United boss Louis van Gaal has told fans to jeer him, not the players, after some in the Old Trafford crowd demanded a more attacking style.United have scored one goal in their last four games and fans chanted “we want to attack” during a narrow 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.”I can only advise the fans to criticise the manager and not the players,” he said.”I can cope with it. I have had a lot of experience in my life as a manager.”Van Gaal added that the atmosphere at Old Trafford could be hindering his side’s creativity.He said: “When you play for Manchester United you believe that you have to be top of the league. That’s the culture of the club.”All the players who are coming here feel that, but it is also a pressure. You have to cope with that pressure. “It’s very difficult to play for Manchester United with a lot of pressure and you can taste that in Old Trafford because of all the yelling, then it’s not good for my players.”The Dutchman believes the club is “more stable” than when he took over as manager in the summer of 2014, after he had guided the Netherlands to third place at the World Cup, but says scoring more goals is essential.”We still have to play a lot of matches, but we have many more points, we are more stable, we are having less goals against us than last season.”We have to score more goals, but only one more than the opponent.”And, of course, we still need players with more creativity and pace on the wings. That I have said five months ago, three months ago and now I am saying it again, but we need that, so we are still in a process.” Manchester United play West Brom at Old Trafford on Saturday.The Baggies, who have won the last two Premier League games they have played at Old Trafford, have kept clean sheets in four of their five away matches in the league this season.last_img read more

Youth is served in another Los Angeles Dodgers’ victory

first_imgPHOENIX >> If September Dave Roberts could time-travel and show February Dave Roberts some of the lineup cards he has been filling out, it might have given his younger self reason to worry what it meant that he was depending so much on rookies this late in the season.“It probably would have,” the rookie manager said. “There were some games where you’d look at the lineups we’ve run out there in September and it kind of looks like a split-squad game, I think, if you look at it from the beginning of spring training.“But these guys are major-league players playing on a playoff-contending team.”In fact, three of them helped the Dodgers move a step closer to clinching that playoff spot with a 6-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday night. Rookie right-hander Brock Stewart went five innings for the victory, bailed out of trouble in the fourth inning by a key defensive play from left fielder Andrew Toles. Both of them started the season in Class-A.And Corey Seager had two hits (including a triple) and scored twice. The presumptive National League Rookie of the Year has 181 hits this season and passed Steve Sax Saturday for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rookie record.“Yeah, it’s cool,” Seager said with his usual level-headed response to achievement. “But it’s one of those things you kind of put on the back burner until after the season. Right now, we’re still trying to win games and clinch here.”They are very close to doing that. The San Francisco Giants blew another late lead Saturday night, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals and allowing the Dodgers to carve their magic number to clinch a fourth consecutive NL West title down to 10.They have done it by starting rookie pitchers a major-league high 64 times this season. The next four teams on the list — the Oakland A’s, Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies and Milwaukee Brewers — are a combined 66 games under .500, strangers to playoff-race pressure. The Dodgers, meanwhile, have gone 38-26 in those rookie starts. As the games have become more important, the Dodgers have started rookies 24 times in their past 41 games. Those rookie starters have posted a 3.00 ERA in those starts. The Dodgers are 16-8 in that time when a rookie starts (9-8 with more seasoned starters).“I don’t think there’s any of that tenure or totem pole in here,” said Joc Pederson, a savvy second-year player who crushed a 463-foot, two-run home run onto the walkway above the Chase Field pool in the fourth inning.“We just want everyone to be comfortable here because when you’re comfortable you can perform better and help the team win games and that’s what it’s all about.”Stewart did his part Saturday. He allowed a home run to the first batter he faced, Jean Segura, and another solo home run to Welington Castillo in the fourth inning. But Toles made a strong throw from left field to nail Yasmany Tomas trying to score from second on a single to left, cutting off what could have been a damaging inning for Stewart.“That’s outrageous,” the 22-year-old Seager said when reminded Stewart and Toles began the year in Class-A.“I would have told you you’re crazy or something like that,” Stewart said to another time-travel scenario that would have informed him in April when he started for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga that he would finish the season pitching in a major-league pennant race.“But I’m just looking forward. I’m not looking back. I realize I started there. But I just keep looking forward and focusing on each next pitch, next start.”After Toles’ big throw, the Diamondbacks were beaten. They went 2 for 17 with 11 strikeouts against Stewart and five Dodgers relievers over the last five innings.“You look at February and look at our roster and project and obviously this is not how we would have seen it playing out,” Roberts said of the reliance on young players. Rookie pitchers have now thrown 386 1/3 innings for the Dodgers this season, 29.1 percent of their total.“But I think the common factor with these young players is just the pulse, the head. They just don’t scare off. I think you can look at a half-dozen, a dozen of these players that have come in and made an impact. They’re really unshaken. We’ve put them in some tough spots. But they carry themselves like they’ve been around a long time.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more