Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are still pretty cold. We have been getting light showers the past week but we are not that wet. Guys have been out in the fields getting stuff done. There has not been any planting here around me, but I definitely think there will be some corn going in the ground this week. We have a 40% chance for rain today and it is actually sprinkling right now as well. And then there is a 40% chance of rain on Thursday and Friday too I think. I think we might start trying to plant at the end of the week and for sure next week if the weather cooperates. I have seen forecasts with temperatures in the 60s this week.The hay is coming on. It is just going to be a little delayed. I still think it is still two weeks behind. The pastures are better — a little less muddy.The weeds are starting to come on now. The purple deadnettle is starting to really green up the fields. It is not bad yet and sprayers are rolling now. Guys are starting to get after it. There have been some field cultivators and chisel plows rolling too.Things are pretty normal as far as the progression of spring goes, just a little later than normal. We are still well ahead of last year. We planted our first field of corn on May 23 last year and that was only 20 acres. I think we finished up on July 3, but everything actually did really well. So we are still on the very front end of opportunity around here.
After quitting the BJP, Savitribai Phule, the Member of Parliament from Bahraich in Uttar Pradesh, has triggered speculation that she could join the Samajwadi Party and emerge as the joint candidate of the anti-BJP alliance in 2019.Ms. Phule called on SP chief Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow on Saturday. Talking to The Hindu on Monday, Ms. Phule did not rule out joining any party in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha election, saying she “will go to any extent” to stop Mr. Narendra Modi from coming to power again.“I have not yet joined the SP,” the MP said.“To protect the Constitution, to implement reservation in its complete form, and provide the bahujan samaj (OBC-Dalit-tribals) their rights, I will go to any extent,” Ms. Phule said.She said she would support the “mahagathbandhan”, a possible alliance of the SP-BSP-RLD, to defeat the BJP and “prevent Mr. Modi from becoming Prime Minister again in 2019 at any cost.”‘Constitution at risk’Ms. Phule, who belongs to the Dalit community, said she would meet leaders of the Opposition leaders and rally them against the BJP. She claimed the BJP would change the Constitution if it returned to power again.There are rumours that she could join either the SP or the BSP and be fielded from Bahraich as the joint candidate in 2019. Sources, however, said BSP chief Mayawati was not too keen to give her a ticket or induct her into the party.In 2014, Ms. Phule defeated her nearest rival, the SP’s Shabbir Ahmed by 95,645 votes, to clinch the Bahraich Lok Sabha seat, located near the India-Nepal border. It was on on December 6 that Ms. Phule resigned from the BJP accusing it of dividing society on communal lines and plotting to finish the Constitution and provisions of reservation.
MOST READ But she finally got over the line 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 in a gruelling 3hr 44min on Rod Laver Arena to make the fourth round in a contest that took its toll.“I’m almost dead,” the tenacious Romanian said after the incredible battle, in which Davis lost a toenail and Halep served for the match four times.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The feeling in my muscles is gone and I don’t feel my ankle anymore,” she added.Davis is ranked just 76 in the world and was knocked out in the first round of all four Grand Slams last year, but you would never have known it. View comments Maria Sharapova will be centre stage on Rod Laver Arena against Angelique Kerber later in a fascinating encounter between the only two Australian Open winners left in the women’s draw.Both are 30, former world number ones and in good form.“I look forward to these matches. I want to be playing against opponents that are former Grand Slam champions,” said Sharapova, who is looking to rediscover her best on her way back from a 15-month drugs ban.Whoever wins will face either Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska or Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Olympic gymnast abused by ex-doctor wants him to suffer 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates after defeating United States’ Lauren Davis in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)World number one Simona Halep saved three match points to survive a titanic struggle and make the last 16 at the Australian Open Saturday where she joined Karolina Pliskova and Dominic Thiem.With the temperatures a manageable 26 Celsius (79 Farenheit) at Melbourne Park after two days of oven-like conditions, the Romanian looked out for the count against American Lauren Davis.ADVERTISEMENT She will next test herself against French eighth seed Garcia, who was too strong for Belarussian Alaksandra Sasnovich, winning in three sets.“I haven’t done too well against her before and I want to improve,” Garcia said of Keys.Play the bestAmong men going through was Austrian fifth seed Thiem who beat France’s Adrian Mannarino in straight sets.He now faces unheralded American Tennys Sandgren, who had never won a Grand Slam match before this year’s Australian Open.Another Melbourne Park debutant Marton Fucsovics is also enjoying his best ever Grand Slam, with the Hungarian seeing off Argentine Nicolas Kicker to set up a potential plum clash with Roger Federer.The 19-time Grand Slam winner holds court in an evening match, as does Novak Djokovic.The two greats of the game — who have won 11 Australian Opens between them — could meet in the last four if they maintain their winning ways, but both have tricky third-round tests. The Swiss defending champion headlines Rod Laver Arena in the evening against France’s Richard Gasquet.On Margaret Court Arena, Djokovic, who admits he is still not 100 percent as he returns from six months out with an elbow injury, needs to find a way past 21st seeded Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Halep, a former quarter-finalist at Melbourne Park who slumped out in the first round last year, will next play Australian Ashleigh Barty or Japan’s Naomi Osaka in her quest for a maiden Grand Slam title.Sixth seed Pliskova also had a tough test, beating fellow Czech Lucie Safarova 7-6 (8/6), 7-5.In contrast, US Open finalist Madison Keys was in fine touch as she benefits from the guidance of former great Lindsay Davenport.Flying under the radar, the 17th seed has surrendered just 16 games on her way to the fourth round after beating Romania’s Ana Bogdan 6-3, 6-4.“Lindsay is amazing. We’ve had three years together and she has taught me how to handle big moments like this,” said Keys, who made the Australian Open semis in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT
Entering at number 14, the King of Strong Style spent 44 minutes in the ring and survived a tough challenge from the final six competitors in the match, namely Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Finn Balor, John Cena, and finally, Reigns.Nakamura didn’t waste time in naming who he wants to face as he picked AJ Styles for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans in April.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was an eventful Rumble match that saw NXT Champion Andrade “Cien” Almas (No. 7) and Undisputed Era leader Adam Cole (No. 23) make surprise appearances.Former WWE Cruiserweight Champions Mysterio (27) and The Hurricane (21) also made shock entries in the all-star list. Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Ronda Rousey signs with WWE Ronda Rousey made a shock appearance after Asuka won the first ever 30-women Royal Rumble match. Photo from WWE.comThe Empress of Tomorrow also dominated in the 30-women Royal Rumble match after entering 25th and last eliminating Nikki Bella.A lot of surprises also made waves in the match, with legends Lita (5), Torrie Wilson (9), Molly Holly (12), Michelle McCool (14), Vickie Guerrero (16), Kelly Kelly (19), Beth Phoenix (24), Brie Bella (28), and Trish Stratus (30) all making their presence felt.NXT Women’s Champion Ember Moon (23) and Mae Young Classic winner Kairi Sane (6) also entered the historic match.But the biggest shock came after the match when Ronda Rousey emerged and hinted at a possible WrestleMania match while Asuka was making a decision between SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte and Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss.Brock Lesnar retained his WWE Universal Championship as he pinned Kane after an F5 in their brutal triple threat match, which also included Braun Strowman.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Shinsuke Nakamura won the 2018 30-man Royal Rumble match. Photo by WWE.comCaptivating the western world, Japanese stars Shinsuke Nakamura and Asuka will now have a chance to strut their stuff at the grandest stage of them all after winning their respective Royal Rumble matches on Monday (Manila time) in Philadelphia.Nakamura emerged victorious in the 30-man Royal Rumble match, eliminating Roman Reigns last to book a ticket to the main event of WrestleMania.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Styles also survived a handicap match against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn after reversing the Pop-up Powerbomb to a rollup following a controversial tag call by the referee.Cesaro and Sheamus became four-time Raw Tag Team Champions after topping Seth Rollins and an injured Jason Jordan, while The Usos swept the 2-out-of-3 falls match against Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable to keep their SmackDown Tag Team Championships.In the kickoff show, Bobby Roode beat Mojo Rawley in his US Open Challenge to retain the United States Championship.The Revival also avenged their loss at Raw 25 after beating The Club, while the masked trio of Kalisto, Gran Metalik, and Lince Dorado defeated TJP, Gentleman Jack Gallagher, and Drew Gulak. MOST READ LATEST STORIES
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, on Tuesday, June 4, officially broke ground for the establishment of a $24.8 million sorrel processing plant in Bethel Town, Westmoreland.Work on the 204-square metre modern facility, which will consist of production area, dry and cold storage, and sorting area, as well as office and bathroom conveniences, is already well underway, and is expected to be completed within three months.It will process sorrel to make jams, jellies and juices in addition to other value-added products, while significantly reducing the need for further imports for the Jamaican market.The processing facility, which will be operated by the Bethel Town Agricultural Co-operative Society, is being constructed by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) under its World Bank-funded Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI).Minister Clarke, in welcoming the project, said it symbolises Government’s intention to “seriously deal” with import substitution.“This is yet another expression that this Government intends, in a very, very serious way, to deal with import substitution and to grow the agricultural sector. Why is it we have to import sorrel concentrate into this country to make drink, when sorrel can be grown almost anywhere in Jamaica?” he queried.He informed that the Ministry is working with the Mexican Government to train persons in the use of machinery to make the harvesting of sorrel easier.He noted that farmers in Central Westmoreland are already preparing lands to plant sorrel “so you had better hurry with the construction”.General Manager at JSIF, Loy Malcolm, informed that project will “transform over 120 acres of sorrel into value-added products”.“We at JSIF are happy to be a part of this and wish you all every success in this project,” she noted.Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, and Member of Parliament for Eastern Westmoreland, Hon. Luther Buchanan, in his remarks, said the ground breaking exercise “means a brighter future for agricultural development in the parish of Westmoreland”.The agro-processing facility is expected to realise a 400 per cent increase in revenue for farmers, while generating employment opportunities for community members.Contact: Glenis A. Rose