Monday, March 25, 2013

Corn, Soybeans Fall as Feed Demand May Slow, Farmers Lift Sowing

Corn and soybeans declined for a second session in Chicago on signs feed use in the U.S. may slow just as the nation’s farmers prepare to boost plantings. 

Feedlots in the U.S. placed 1.48 million young animals in February, down from 1.71 million a year earlier and the fewest for that month since the U.S. government began tracking the data in 1996, Department of Agriculture data showed March 22. U.S. farmers may sow the largest area of soybeans ever and plant the most corn since 1936, according to a Bloomberg survey. 

“With normal seasonal conditions,prepreg the large area will support a record corn crop and a sharp increase in inventories in the year ahead,” Luke Mathews, a commodity strategist at Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), wrote in a report today. The drop in cattle placements in feedlots suggest lower feed demand in months ahead, he said. 

Corn for delivery in May fell as much as 0.7 percent to $7.tyre equipments215 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade, adding to a drop of 0.9 percent on March 22, and was at $7.245 a bushel by 8:50 a.m. local time. Soybeans for delivery in the same month fell 0.6 percent to $14.325 a bushel on volume 57 percent below the 100-day average for that time of day. 

Soybeans may be planted in the U.S. on 78.35 million acres (31.71 million hectares) and corn seeding may reach 97.3 million acres, according to Bloomberg’s survey. The U.S. government acreage report is due March 28. 

Wheat for May delivery slipped 0.7 percent in Chicago to $7.2475 a bushel in Chicago.Auto Accessories wholesalers Milling wheat traded on NYSE Liffe in Paris for delivery the same month slipped 0.1 percent to 241 euros ($311.76) a metric ton.Antique bath fixturestyre changer 

European Union wheat yields are forecast to rise 4.4 percent this year to 5.4 tons per hectare (2.47 acres) from 5.17 tons last year, the bloc’s Monitoring Agricultural Resources unit wrote in a report today. 

Crops in the bloc haven’t suffered winter-kill damage yet, and winter grains in France and Germany have sufficient water for spring growth, according to MARS.

Samsung adds AT&T LTE to ATIV Smart PC Pro

In an attempt to further appeal to mobile professionals, Samsung just announced upgrades on two of its Pro-level computer offerings. The ATIV Smart PC 700 convertible tablet is now available with 4G LTE connectivity and the slick Series 9 13-inch ultraportable now sports a full HD display. 

The new ATIV Smart PC 4G LTE 700TC is identical to the Smart PC Pro 700T we just reviewed with an extra dollop of AT&T LTE on top. The $1,tyre changer600 price tag is $400 above the MSRP on the non-LTE version, but you’ll still get the keyboard dock and S Pen in the package. For people who need constant access and can’t rely on always having Wi-Fi nearby, AT&T’s LTE footprint now covers most major cities, and most data plans include access to AT&T’s Wi-Fi hotspots at no extra charge. 

The Samsung Series 9 ultraportable is one of the thinnest, lightest,carbon fabric and best-looking 13.It is important to know your kitchen gadgets size. It might be a given, but jerseys look best when they are hanging loosely.3-inch laptops available.Chefs Kitchen Knives Designed to look good on a conference room table or your desk, the Series 9 is a no-compromise machine (with a price to match). Previous models featured a 1600 x 900 resolution SuperBright display. The new hotness (model #NP900X3E-A03US) bumps that up to 1920 x 1080 pixels – way more than the 13-inch MacBook Air. There’s a corresponding bump in price: $1,900. Again, you’re not getting the bare minimum for the price. This model comes with an Intel Core i7 U processor and a 256GB solid-state drive plus the promise of up to 8 hours of battery life. Samsung includes a generous 3 year warranty and TPM security.Antique bath fixtures 

Given how conservative the enterprise set can be, we’re surprised that the Series 9 only comes with Windows 8 and no Windows 7 configuration.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

North Carolina A&T knocks off Liberty,73-72

North Carolina A&T knocks off Liberty,tyre equipments 73-72 

Jeremy Underwood came off the bench to score 19 points, leading North Carolina A&T past 21-loss Liberty, 73-72, on Tuesday at the First Four, ending an NCAA winless streak at nine games.Auto Accessories wholesalers 

The Flames — only the second team ever to make the NCAA tournament with 20 losses — had a chance to win it.Vintage tubs John Caleb Sanders drove coast to coast and flipped up a left-handed layup in heavy congestion that just missed. A&T (20-16) rebounded and, while Sanders rolled in pain on the baseline, began to celebrate an end to more than 30 years of disappointment. 

Underwood came in averaging just over 6 points, but was perfect from the field, hitting six field goals in as many attempts. Bruce Beckford added 16 points and Lamont Middleton 14.How efficient and environmentally friendly processing prepreg production is important part of the mobile artificial aggregate processing system will be greatly reduced as the traditional manual excavation of sand and gravel processing system. 

The victory advanced the Aggies to a showdown with top-seeded Louisville (29-5) in Lexington, Ky.Antique bath fixtures, Thursday. 

Davon Marshall had 22 points and Sanders 21 for Liberty (15-21).

Wall Street mixed amid uncertainties in Cyprus

U.S. stocks closed mixed in volatile trading on Tuesday,Antique bath fixtures with the Dow Jones Industrial Average index managing to close in positive territory amid uncertainties in Cyprus after its parliament rejected a proposed tax on bank deposits.Auto Accessories wholesalers 

The blue-chip index edged up 3.76 points, or 0.03 percent, to 14,455.82. The broader Standard & Poor's 500-stock Index shed 3.76 points,Vintage tubs or 0.24 percent, to 1,548.34. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index slid 8.49 points, or 0.26 percent, to 3,229.How efficient and environmentally friendly processing prepreg production is important part of the mobile artificial aggregate processing system will be greatly reduced as the traditional manual excavation of sand and gravel processing system.10. 

The main stock indices opened higher, bouncing back from a two- session drop, as U.S.tyre equipments building permits in February came in better than expected and investors' fears over the Cyprus crisis eased. 

However, the market began to plunge sharply around midday trading, hit by concerns about a possible default for Cyprus. 

The stocks rebounded gradually in the afternoon trading despite Cypriot lawmakers rejected the plan to levy on bank deposits which was the terms of a eurozone bailout deal, as investors took the dip as buying opportunities. 

On the economic front, U.S. privately-owned housing starts in February were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 917,000, which was 0.8 percent above the revised January estimate of 910, 000 and 27.7 percent above the year-ago level, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. 

Meanwhile, building permits, an indication of future demand, rose 4.6 percent from the prior month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 946,000 in February, the Commerce Department added. 

Shares of homebuilders reacted positively to the climbing building permits which pointed to a sustained recovery in the real estate market, with shares of KB Home and Toll Brothers gaining 2. 99 percent and 1.14 percent respectively. 

Citigroup shares slipped 0.97 percent to 45.79 U.S. dollars, one day after the bank giant announced it had agreed, subject to court approval, to settle a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of investors who purchased Citigroup debt and preferred stock during the period of May 11, 2006, through Nov. 28, 2008. 

Shares of Lululemon Athletica dipped 2.76 percent to 64.08 dollars after the apparel producer announced that some of its black luon pants fell short of expected quality standards and it had pulled them from its floors and website. 

The market has been also eyeing the ongoing Federal Open Market Committee meeting. In light of the Cyprus crisis and a volatile global recovery, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is expected to continue to offer his support for massive asset purchases.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Pacific island countries discuss managing resources from extractive industries

A number of Pacific island countries have earned significantly more revenue through the extraction of natural resources like oil, gas and minerals and the expectations for future development in this area are also high, a meeting for Pacific islands to discuss managing resources from extractive industries to advance human development said Monday. 

The three-day "Pacific Symposium on Managing Extractive Industries in Pacific Island States to Improve Human Development" that was held in the Fijian resort town and was attended by more than 60 participants was a follow up to an international meeting held in Mongolia in 2011 in which representatives from Fiji, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Timor Leste participated. 

The symposium agenda featured some of the key issues that were discussed in Mongolia, such as, spending and investment policies; revenue management systems; conflict prevention; governance arrangements, environmental impacts; and managing the so-called Dutch Disease. 

"What will be important is to see how these issues might be best addressed in a Pacific island context,tyre equipments a context where environmental sustainability,Antique bath fixtures land ownership and community resilience often take on very personal meanings because of cultures and traditions and the relatively small size of some of the countries where extractive industry opportunities exist," said United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) deputy assistant administrator and deputy regional director for Asia and the Pacific Nicholas Rosellini during the keynote address. 

"The symposium is an opportunity for Pacific government officials and regional and international experts to learn from each other, to learn from both the successes and mistakes of the past and begin a process to design more effective policies and systems for the future," said Rosellini. 

Inia Seruiratu, Fiji's Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests and Minister for Provincial Development and National Disaster Management, welcomed the participants.Vintage tubs 

"We all share a common vision regarding the extractive industries, that is to grow and generate more revenue for our countries and have its benefits trickle down to our grassroots people. Additionally, we must ensure that this shared vision encompasses good governance,How efficient and environmentally friendly processing prepreg production is important part of the mobile artificial aggregate processing system will be greatly reduced as the traditional manual excavation of sand and gravel processing system. sound management of revenues, safeguarding of landowners' interests and environment sustainability," said Seruiratu, adding he looked forward to the session on day two, on the theme "Land and natural resources in the Pacific." 

"Many customary owners continue to believe that mineral found on their land is their property and not state-owned. Hence the strong belief that they are entitled to any monetary benefits derived from those minerals. Practically when this does not happen, they are disillusioned and that is causing a lot of tensions and violence in some of our Pacific island countries. Fiji is no exception. This is an opportune time for this symposium to work out the best approach to harmonize these misunderstandings in order to encourage further potential growth in the extractive industry," Seruiratu said. 

Speaking at the symposium, the United Nations resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative Knut Ostby said the extraction of natural resources and practices, if not managed properly, could also be associated with the so called "resource curse,Auto Accessories wholesalers" which has resulted in economic decline, environmental degradation, political instability, exploding inequalities and domestic conflict in certain countries and areas. 

"While extractive industries progress globally on many fronts, it is important that extraction of minerals in the Pacific takes into account the special opportunities and vulnerabilities that exist in small island states. Experiences and technologies from other parts of the world are welcome and will help us move forward, but unless these are adjusted to Pacific and local realities, they risk in some cases to do harm rather than good," said Ostby. 

The Pacific symposium was attended by senior government officials from Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Timor-Leste, Nauru, as well as by representatives from extractive industry firms already operating in the Pacific, regional agencies and non-government organizations.