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Oakes’ three goals lead ECR to win

first_imgKatie Oakes has been more of a playmaker for the El Camino Real of Woodland Hills girls’ soccer team this season. The University of California-bound midfielder has been content to control the midfield and set her teammates up for goals. Constant double and triple teams haven’t helped. But on Tuesday night, when the Conquistadores fell behind early to a dangerous Chatsworth team, she wasn’t about to sit back and see how things played out. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Teammate Niki Connolly assisted on the third of Oakes’ three goals. The other two came on a penalty kick and a breakaway. Before Tuesday night, Connolly had been the Conquistadores biggest offensive weapon. The senior striker had 13 goals in her first 10 games, including 10 in five games at the Hart of Newhall tournament. “It’s either me setting her up or her setting me up,” Oakes said of Connolly. “Tonight she was setting me up. We reward each other.” The Conquistadores came away with the victory, but Chatsworth served notice that it is a lot better than its 4-8-1, 0-1 record indicates. Senior forward Jamie Noland put the Chancellors up 1-0 in the ninth minute with a nifty back-heel kick off Christina Chopin’s corner kick. Leslie Barrientos scored with about 7 minutes, 40 seconds remaining in the second half to cut the lead to 3-2. Oakes, the City Section Player of the Year as a junior, scored three goals, two in the first half, as the Conquistadores held on for a 3-2 West Valley League victory over host Chatsworth Tuesday night. The victory extended El Camino Real’s unbeaten streak against City opponents to 21 games. The Conquistadores (8-1-2, 1-0) have won five straight City titles. center_img 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

Is it time to shift to soybeans?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers who have been delayed in planting corn could take advantage of a market rally in soybeans and switch to that crop, Purdue agricultural economist Chris Hurt says.Soybean prices surged earlier in the week after a U.S. Department of Agriculture report showed a sharp reduction in global soybean inventories and stronger-than-anticipated demand for U.S. exports.“Delayed planting this spring may actually turn out to be a financial blessing if farmers end up planting more soybean acres,” Hurt said. “Soybean prices have been rising rapidly this spring while corn prices have increased much more slowly.” Financial incentiveSince March 1, soybean prices have risen 25%, or $2.20 per bushel, while corn prices are up only 4%, or about 14 cents per bushel.“Given prospects for high priced soybeans and low priced corn, the financial incentive to shift intended corn acres to soybeans has reached new highs,” Hurt said.Based on crop budgets projected by Purdue agricultural economists, soybean farmers stand to earn $116 more per acre than corn producers this year.“This is one of the highest incentives to shift from one crop to another we have ever seen,” Hurt said.Soybean prices have been moving steadily higher since January, buoyed by a weaker U.S. dollar, which triggered unexpectedly high demand from China, the largest export market for U.S. beans. A weaker dollar makes U.S. exports cheaper for foreign buyers. Acreage shiftThe rally accelerated late last month when heavy rains threatened to delay the harvest in some regions of Argentina, the world’s third-largest soybean producer.Tuesday’s release of the USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand report sparked a renewed wave of buying. July soybean futures prices rose more than 57 cents on the day to close at $10.84 after falling as low as $8.59 last November.July corn futures were up 12 cents Tuesday to settle at $3.81, still below the psychologically important $4 level. Corn prices have been held back in part by last month’s USDA Prospective Plantings report showing farmers intended to plant more corn acres than analysts expected.Since that report was issued, there have been indications that farmers across the country could shift up to 3 million acres from corn, with most of that acreage expected to go to soybeans, Hurt said.“This shift will have a tendency to bring high soybean prices and low corn prices back into better alignment,” he said. “Ultimately, farmers in states like Indiana, Michigan and Ohio that have fallen behind on corn planting may benefit financially if they shift some of that acreage to soybeans.”last_img read more

Meghalaya Congress stays off shutdown

first_imgThe Congress in Meghalaya, which had pushed for legal action against shutdowns during its rule five years ago, has abstained from nationwide Bharat bandh against fuel price hike.AICC’s Meghalaya in-charge Luzinho Faleiro said the party has not enforced the shutdown in the State in view of the Meghalaya High Court’s ruling against bandhs in 2013. The Gauhati High Court, too, had given a similar ruling.The Congress, though, has appealed to the civil society to support the bandh against fuel price hike by other parties including the Left. Congress leaders would be carrying out a protest march in State capital Shillong in the afternoon.The media in Meghalaya too did not carry news on bandh calls. This follows a high court ruling in May 2015 restraining the media from publicising the statement of organisations calling bandh, strike, hartal, road blockade and holding of rallies in State.“In case of violation of this order, the court may not only proceed under the Contempt of Courts Act, but it is also directed that the State government shall register criminal cases under appropriate provisions of the law,” the court had said.The court had later approved former chief minister Mukul Sangma’s plea to set up special courts to try cases related to shutdown calls. He had also pushed for compensation to be paid by organisations calling shutdowns.Elsewhere in the Northeast, the bandh evoked mixed response while it had no impact in Nagaland. There were no reports of violence during the first couple of hours of the shutdown.last_img read more

Budget 2015 Full Year Tax Collections Likely to Fall Short of Estimates

first_imgDirect tax collections during April to November 2014 grew 5.67% to ₹3.29 lakh crore over the same period a year ago. ReutersIndirect tax collection stood at ₹3.28 lakh crore for the April to November 2014, up 7.1% compared to the same period a year ago.Cumulative tax collection stood at ₹6.58 lakh crore for the April to November 2014 period.For fiscal 2015, the government’s budgeted revenues are₹13.6 lakh crore, mandating direct taxes to grow by 16% to ₹7.36 lakh crore and indirect taxes by 20% to ₹6.24 lakh crore, reports Livemint.Tax collection for the year has continued to remain tepid, with the Ministry of Finance asking the tax department to step up tax collections in the remaining three months of the fiscal.At the current rate, the government is unlikely to meet its fiscal deficit target of 4.1% of the GDP.Tax mobilization is a reliable indicator of economic growth in GDP terms, and factors affecting it.last_img read more

EC to not compromise with any force CEC Huda

first_imgChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda inaugurates EC’s voters’ roll update campaign at a programme in Mymensingh on Tuesday. Photo: Kamran ParvezThe election commission will not compromise with any force or party, chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda has said, expressing resolve that it will only follow the law.“I can firmly say that all the next elections will be held in a democratic manner in the light of the laws and the rules whatever we have. [We] will make no compromise with any force,” Nurul Huda said at a programme in Mymensingh on Tuesday.The election commission (EC) organised the programme marking the inauguration of the EC’s voters’ roll update campaign across the country ahead of the next general elections.Other election commissioners – Mahbub Talukder, Md Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanam and Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury – and government officials attended the programme chaired by the EC’s additional secretary Md Mokhlesur Rahman.CEC Huda said he and his team took office with an oath for establishing democracy in the country.“Election is the foundation of democracy and a flawless voters’ list is the prerequisite for fair polls. We want to carry out that job properly,” said Nurul Huda.Election commissioner Mahbub Talukder said, “Money power and muscle power often exert influence on the election. We want these dual powers to not influence the election.”He said cooperation of all political parties as well as of the government is required in order to ensure level-playing field in the run up to the next general elections.last_img read more