Who will take home crown?

first_imgIt all boils down to today for the PSL rivals. —Sherwin VardeleonWhat was expected to be an epic final battle between the two most fearsome franchises in the league fittingly comes down to a no-tomorrow match for the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino crown on Thursday.F2 Logistics, down for the count after suffering a straight-set defeat in Game 1, got up swinging in Tuesday’s Game 2 and inflicted Petron’s first defeat in the conference en route to extending the best-of-three title series.ADVERTISEMENT Serving as appetizer for the 7 p.m. match at Filoil Flying V Centre is the Collegiate Grand Slam gold medal match between University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines, where the winning team will take home the Dominic Sytin trophy.University of the East and Far Eastern University battle for bronze in the opener.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissF2 Logistics had actually lost a fourth straight set against Petron when it tripped in Game 2’s opener, but the Cargo Movers took the next three sets in gritty fashion to deny the Blaze Spikers a repeat of its 2015 feat of sweeping its way to the title.All of a sudden, it is Petron confronted with history, and it isn’t a good one. The Blaze Spikers are in danger of reliving the horror of 2017 when they blew 1-0 lead in the Grand Prix finals to lose to the Cargo Movers. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom UAAP vs NCAA in high school semis Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “We have learned our lessons; this has happened before it won’t happen again,” said Petron coach Shaq delos Santos. “We are still optimistic of our chances. We will not let this get away from us.”Petron looked headed for the title until the second set of Game 2, when F2 Logistics finally found its form with superb blocking, a strong service game and wholesale scoring.Healthy and in her element in the championship series, Ara Galang unloaded 20 points, while Majoy Baron and Cha Cruz-Behag added 14 and 13, respectively.F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus, though wary of his foe, is waiting to strike at any moment in the decider.“I don’t want to be complacent, but when opportunity presents itself, we will take it,” said De Jesus.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

AFC agreed to 50% severance for sugar workers

first_img…says it was too difficult to find $5B at onceThe Alliance For Change (AFC) has admitted to being fully aware that $500 million was budgeted for severance payments for sugar workers in 2018 when $5 billion was needed to pay all workers in full.In an attempt to justify the reason behind this, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder said paying the entire severance amount was impossible, as it was too difficult to find all the monies at once.Agriculture Minister Noel Holder“Finding the $4.5 billion in severance is a difficult thing to do and serious decisions had to be made with regards to what other areas of the economy will be denied funding to do this,” he said Monday at an AFC press conference.Holder resorted to his old argument that the problem in the sugar industry started since the last Government was in office and only continued to grow as time went by.He said the coalition was shocked to find out upon assuming office that the bailout for sugar was to the tune of billions of dollars, something it was not expecting.AFC Leader Raphael Trotman also noted that the matter regarding severance pay for workers was discussed at length for several months before a final decision was made.“This matter has been engaging Cabinet’s attention for months and it’s not that we are unaware that severance had to be paid. We were quite aware,” he asserted.According to the party leader, the AFC was aware that only $500 million was set aside for severance.Trotman recalled that Finance Minister Winston Jordan had indicated to Cabinet last year that they would have to submit a supplementary paper to be able to pay the full severance.“So it’s not that we were unaware or unmindful…There were a number of imperatives which came out during 2017 that we were not aware of and that we had to face,” the Minister added.He continued, “So it’s not that we were not prepared to find more; we knew we had to pay severance, but it’s just where it’s going to come from that we need to get a better understanding.”Trotman reminded that the AFC was the first to call on Government to pay severance to workers when it issued a strongly-worded statement in December 2017 to this effect.“We are very concerned as are all Guyanese …and I can say to you that…in Cabinet, we have made some very strong recommendations supporting the proposals that have come, the most recent being, of course, that we must find monies to pay severance and that was high on the AFC’s agenda last year.”He said his party would continue to push to ensure that sugar workers were treated humanely, fairly and according to the laws of Guyana as it related to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.“It is unfortunate that GuySuCo (Guyana Sugar Corporation) has been run down over the years; not starting in two years, not starting in five but for a long time, over a decade and it should have been that company that should have been paying the severance,” Trotman further stated.President David Granger had announced that ministerial budgets would be slashed to ensure that sugar workers receive part of their severance pay this month-end and the remainder in mid-2018.“The Government is committed to the welfare of sugar workers and their families. It has…embarked on an extensive review of expenditure in every sector to the extent of reducing ministerial budgets in order to find funds to enable sugar workers to receive their severance pay,” the President said.The announcement was met with severe criticism. Guyana General and Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU) President Komal Chand said that the Government’s move was in direct breach of the labour laws as the workers were entitled to their payment as soon as they were made redundant.“The law requires you to do that; you are violating the law by not paying the severance pay at the end of the one month’s notice so you have completed an illegal act,” the GAWU President said.The Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) said President Granger’s commitment to paying affected sugar workers 50 per cent of their severance was “not good enough”, noting that addressing the workers’ concerns was not a priority of the Administration.The GTUC said the fact that no budgetary allocation was made to cover the severance payments of the affected was indicative of no premium being placed on the concerns of the workers. As such, the GTUC sees this as a worrying sign and intensification of the Government’s attacks on workers’ rights, across the board.Some 4000 sugar workers from Enmore, Rose Hall and Skeldon were dismissed from their jobs by December 29, 2017.last_img read more

Vineyard workers drown in irrigation pond

first_imgLOMPOC, Calif. (AP) &#8212 A vineyard foreman and a worker apparently drowned as they worked on the filtration system of the winery’s irrigation pond, authorities said Thursday. Divers recovered the bodies of foreman Ramon Cisneros Acosta, 42, and laborer Rogelio Ruiz Reyez, 29, Thursday from the irrigation pond at Clos Pepe Vineyards, Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies said. Investigators believe one of the men was in a kayak working on the filter when he was swept away. The other tried to rescue his colleague, but he went under too. Their bodies were found submerged in water five feet to eight feet deep, authorities said. The investigation was continuing but no foul play was suspected, sheriff’s Sgt. Erik Raney said. Authorities started looking for the men when they were reported missing by relatives who said they never came home on Wednesday night. Clos Pepe is a family-owned vineyard and winery in the heart of the Santa Rita Hills. The vineyard’s Web site identified Acosta as the vineyard foreman who worked six days a week and 50 weeks a year tending the vineyard. The winery owners were on vacation in Europe, the Santa Barbara News-Press reported. After hearing about the deaths, they planned to return home, Raney said. 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

ADHD is label that conceals problems

first_imgStudents who can’t control their impulses and pay attention are popping up in classrooms across the nation. Try these calming strategies to help your children and students focus and succeed. “Some children seek out more, more, more,” says Michelle Yoder, a therapist. “They are disruptive, up and down in their seats, are loud talkers, chew on nonfood items and have to touch everything. They come up with any excuse to move.” The behavior gets many kids mislabeled as having ADHD, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Yoder says. But instead, they are having difficulty regulating the information taken in through their senses. The nervous system either overreacts or underreacts to what’s going on around them. At either extreme – craving stimulation or avoiding it – the problem can be a sensory processing disorder that disrupts a child’s daily life. At home or school, create opportunities for kids to play in a vertical position. When a youngster paints at an easel, she is standing and her hand has to be extended. That develops the wrist extension necessary to write and cut. At home, give a child a bucket of water and let her paint a fence or garage, which also build her muscles . Go to www.southpaw enterprises.com for tools and equipment to help children get their bodies and brains working together. “Sensational Kids” (Putnam, 2006, $24.95) by Lucy Jane Miller, occupational therapist and researcher on sensory processing disorders. Can you help? Question: “What do you do when not only a child in your class doesn’t listen, but the parents don’t listen either? We have a 2-year-old in our class who obviously never hears the word no at home. His parents refuse to follow our school rules, such as wearing closed-toe shoes instead of Crocs.” – A preschool teacher in Raleigh, N.C. If you have tips or a question, please e-mail us at p2ptips@att.net. Betsy Flagler, a journalist based in Davidson, N.C., teaches preschool and is the mother of a teen-age son. If you have tips or questions, please e-mail us at p2ptips@att.net or call Parent to Parent at 704-236-9510.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! All students, no matter their sensory issues, benefit when they have chances to move around during the school day and do “heavy work,” says therapist Diana A. Henry. In class and at home, kids need jobs. Find outside work for all seasons: digging holes for plants, raking leaves, shoveling snow, washing the car, pushing a wheelbarrow and pulling a loaded wagon. Set your grocery bags inside the door and have your child push them into the kitchen. In class, have your students carry or move bins, push or pull cartons of books, help stack chairs on tables, and clean the chalkboards and desks, Henry suggests. Work that lets kids use their muscles is calming and helps them focus, says Henry, whose Web site is www.ateachabout.com. Less time for outdoor play puts more pressure on teachers, she says, to find strategies to manage their classrooms. Activities at break times where a child stretches or bears weight on the hands, such as the crab walk or wheelbarrow walk. last_img read more

Homeless shelter in need of a home

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The 40-bed shelter organized for the last nine winters by the Santa Clarita Community Development Corp. lacks a permanent site and has to deflect local critics whenever it lands in a neighborhood. This year, it’s staged at a county Public Works equipment yard on Centre Pointe Parkway, serving up to 35 people on some nights. There’s no official word where the facility will be next winter. “We want to use (the documentary) to increase support and finally lay this homeless shelter’s homelessness to rest,” Lutness said. Most opponents cited fears of their neighborhoods turning into something akin to Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Though some homeless are battling alcoholism or mental illnesses such as depression, many more are just going through tough times, Lutness said. “Mostly, you got folks who are down on their luck,” she said. “It was just the on-the-edge kind of living that minimum-wage workers get.” Lutness turned her camera on Gail, a woman in her mid-40s who stayed at the emergency shelter in 2003. Gail said she had worked as an au pair until her employer lost her job and could not afford her services. SANTA CLARITA – Between rows of immaculate homes and shopping centers, a solitary homeless woman collected her worldly belongings – just a tent full of clothes and blankets – and stuffed them into a metal cart. The opening montage to the 30-minute documentary “One Paycheck Away” attempts to bring Santa Clarita Valley homelessness into sharp focus. Filmmaker Carole Lutness shot most of the video in 2003, and took nearly three years to edit the footage on a home computer. A county Department of Mental Health caseworker, she has defended the Santa Clarita temporary winter homeless shelter before local officials and critics. “I was just getting sick and tired of going to City Council” to defend the shelter, she said. “We have a responsibility to take care of our own.” With little savings and no family, Gail slipped into homelessness and depression, living out of her car until arriving at the shelter in the winter of 2003. “You just have to go on,” Gail told the camera. “But sometimes you wish you didn’t have to.” Spliced between her story – accounts of her life on the street and lighter moments with her shelter dorm-mates – are interviews with local clergy, mental health and community service providers, who argued for the need to secure the winter shelter program. “I think people are less apt to jump over your wall and steal things if they have a place to sleep and a warm meal – and some hope,” the Rev. Lynn Jay of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Newhall said in the documentary. Members of Jay’s congregation founded the winter shelter program with help through the Santa Clarita Valley Interfaith Council. “We’re self-contained,” Lutness said. “Our homeless are by and large local folks. … Each community has a duty of taking care of those who are most vulnerable, not pass the buck to someone else.” Lutness has been making short videos on various social issues since 1985. She believes in the moving image’s power to connect with the audience, and is now working on a short documentary on the Santa Clara River. “Each time I filmed (Gail), you can see she’s deteriorated,” she said. “(There is power in) being the objective observer.” Gail is still struggling with homelessness, though she occasionally stays with friends, Lutness said. She receives about $800 a month in federal assistance – barely enough to rent a room in Santa Clarita. “It feels like there is no way out of it,” Gail said. “It feels lonely. … You lose your job, you’re just one paycheck from being homeless.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com 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

Pearse Road Tyres launch free tyre fitting service – and much more!

first_imgPearse Road Tyres in Letterkenny have launched a wide range of services in the lead up to the cooler months.Pearse Road Tyres have launched a new free tyre fitting collection service within the Letterkenny town boundary. While you’re at work, the team at Pearse Road Tyres will arrange to collect your car and leave it back before you finish up for the day!Trading since 1985, Pearse Road Tyres have built up a reputation of trust and efficiency in the North West. With the winter month approaching, you can get your all-season/winter tyres fitted for the impending cold snap!They also provide a full car servicing which includes brakes, filters, exhaust, batteries and wiper checks. If something is amiss, the technicians will be able to put it right. New Hunter digital alignment is also available.They also provide a 24 hour call out service if you are stuck at any time. With flexible payment methods (over the phone, email, or post), it couldn’t be more convenient!To get in touch call 074-91-24660, email prtcentrelk@gmail.com, or check them out on Facebook.You can also check out their full range of services available on their website.Pearse Road Tyres launch free tyre fitting service – and much more! was last modified: November 23rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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) Tags:breakdown recoveryletterkennyMECHANICPearse Road Tyressnow tyreslast_img read more

DDTV: DONEGAL GIVES ITS REACTION TO JIM McGUINNESS RESIGNATION

first_imgThe public reaction from the resignation of Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has been huge.DonegalTV caught up with fans, pundits and reporters to get their reaction from the resignation. Simply click to play.DDTV: DONEGAL GIVES ITS REACTION TO JIM McGUINNESS RESIGNATION was last modified: October 6th, 2014 by StephenShare 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) Tags:donegalDonegalTVGAAJim McGuinnesslast_img read more

HOW A DEATH ROW PRISONER INSPIRED A MILFORD STUDENT

first_imgPictured at a recent event in Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin left-right Catherine Crawford (teacher, Mulroy College, Milford) , Sandy Cook, Kerry Max Cook (exonerated after being incarcerated in Texas, USA for 22 years on death row), Ciara Goode ( 5th Year Student, Mulroy College, Milford) and Dympna English (teacher, Mulroy College, Milford).I was delighted and honoured that I was invited to go to listen to Kerry Max Cook’s speech in the Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin.by Ciara GoodeThe talk was organised by ‘Soar’, an organisation which aims to help young people to learn to cope with and accept the things that life throws at them. Ms. Dympna English organised a visit by Soar to Mulroy College in March this year and I found the experience extremely interesting and along with other students we found it rewarding.The school was then invited to attend Soar’s conference and Ms English organised the trip and accompanied me to Dublin along with Ms. Catherine Crawford to hear Kerry Max Cook’s story.Kerry was falsely imprisoned on death row for 22 years for a murder that he did not commit.He fought his innocence until the bitter end and was released from jail after his name was cleared. Kerry’s story really inspired me to keep going and to never lose hope. He has had to deal with the most horrific conditions and experiences imaginable. He told the story with so much emotion; it nearly brought me to tears.His story has shown me that people can get through anything, will power and a positive attitude means everything. I thoroughly enjoyed this eye opening, once-in-a-lifetime, experience and enjoyed the message of keeping positive at all times.   HOW A DEATH ROW PRISONER INSPIRED A MILFORD STUDENT was last modified: September 9th, 2013 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Madiba magic boosts Wild Coast

first_img10 January 2006South Africa’s Wild Coast region of the Eastern Cape is known for its unspoilt beauty, rolling green hills and pristine beaches. Now the area is getting a tourism boost from its ultimate attraction – the name of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected president and the Eastern Cape’s favourite son.Mandela was born and raised in the province, spending his early years in the small village of Qunu, just outside Mthatha (Umtata).“Many tourists are coming here from all over the world,” Sinyiko Zimisele, a guide at Qunu’s Nelson Mandela Museum, told Business Day recently.“People like Mandela,” Zimisele says. “They say he is a good man for reconciliation.”Qunu is where Mandela has said he spent the happiest years of his youth, doing his herd-boy duties, playing in the river and sailing down the “sliding stone”.When his father was persecuted by the white magesitrate and deposed as chief of Mvezo, where Mandela was born, the family took refuge at Qunu. It is the place where the young Rolihlahla, in colonial tradition, was named Nelson on his first day at school.Soon after his 1990 release from 27 years in prison, Mandela built a small house on his family plot in Qunu. It is an exact replica of the dwelling where he spent the last years of his incarceration at Cape Town’s Victor Vester prison. He has since built a bigger house, where he stays when visiting his home town.“We have found Mandela’s name to be a big drawcard,” Wild Coast Holiday Association CEO William Ross told Business Day. “Obviously the resorts along the coast will have to find out how they are going to use that drawcard to attract guests.“When people are down the Wild Coast and you mention to them that we’ll be driving past the birthplace of Mandela or past his house, it generates the most amazing interest.“And, of course, they want to hear about his life story,” says Ross.The Mandela MuseumThe Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha is now the biggest tourist attraction in the town.“It’s a rather out of the way place that nobody really knows about, yet it’s a most fantastic museum once you’re in there,” Ross told Business Day.The Mthatha museum is housed in the magnificent Bhunga Building, which has functioned as the seat of the United Transkei Territories General Council, Transkei Legislative Assembly and the Republic of Transkei Parliament during the territory’s nominal independence in the apartheid era.Smaller satellite museums have been set up in Mvezo, Mandela’s birthplace, and in Qunu.On display in the Bhunga Building are the many gifts, recognitions and awards given to Mandela by different people, countries, groups, organisations and institutions the world over, when he was in prison and during his five-year term as SA’s president until 1999. The list of donors reads like an international who’s who.The gifts, recognitions and awards given to Nelson Mandela, on display in the Bhunga Building (Image: Nelson Mandela Museum)The museum is visited by thousands of tourists every year, and considered one of South Africa’s most significant heritage institutions.Mandela has insisted that the museum should not simply be a tribute to him, but also serve as a catalyst for the upliftment of the local community.‘The simple beauties of nature’The Wild Coast is one of the poorest areas of South Africa, but is rich in natural beauty. In Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, he speaks of his love of the region and his fond memories of herding cattle in the rolling hills around Qunu.“From an early age, I spent most of my free time in the veld playing and fighting with the other boys of the village,” he writes. “A boy who remained at home tied to his mother’s apron strings was regarded as a sissy.“I was no more than five when I became a herd-boy, looking after sheep and calves in the fields. I discovered the almost mystical attachment that the Xhosa have for cattle, not only as a source of food and wealth, but as a blessing from God and a source of happiness.“It was in the fields that I learned how to knock birds out of the sky with a slingshot, to gather wild honey and fruits and edible roots, to drink warm, sweet milk straight from the udder of a cow, to swim in the clear, cold streams, and to catch fish with twine and sharpened bits of wire.“From these days I date my love of the veld, of open spaces, the simple beauties of nature, the clean line of the horizon.”Anti-apartheid heroesThe Eastern Cape has also produced many other anti-apartheid heroes: Walter Sisulu, Thabo Mbeki and his father Govan, Steve Biko, Chris Hani and Oliver Tambo.“We are lucky to have the Mandela factor here,” Gary Anderson, a hotel owner in Coffee Bay, told Business Day.“For many people this is the real Africa – it’s as authentic as you get it.“Big tourism is being embraced by everybody. Room occupancy is on a steady growth pattern and it’s going to reach a pinnacle in 2010.”Ocean liners now anchor more often in East London, sending their passengers by road to Qunu and nearby resorts, through the spectacular Great Kei River Pass. The area includes the Shamwari game reserve, which has repeatedly been named the best game reserve in the world at the World Travel Awards.“The Mandela factor is certainly beginning to have an impact on tourism,” fisherman Tshungu Kennedy told Business Day. “In a few years I bet you tourists are going to be swarming in like ants.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Planting by the phase of the moon?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In these days with more science than the world has ever known, there is still plenty that is unknown in the world of agriculture. Because of that, there are still those out there who consider the sage advice in the pages of almanacs.At the office, we consulted multiple farmer’s almanacs this spring to identify the best days to plant corn. In general, according to almanac wisdom of old, it is best to try and plant corn in the first quarter following the new moon. In both April and May, the new moon phase starts on the 18th. The very best dates are after the first quarter, which starts on the 25th of both months. Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are considered the best Zodiac signs for planting.With all of this in mind, we came up with a list of the best days to plant with input from Blum’s Farmer’s and Planter’s Almanac, Harris’ Farmer’s Almanac and the Old Farmer’s Almanac. For planting corn in Ohio, the best days are April 19, 20 and 23 though 25 and May 21, 22, and 28 through 31.Scott Labig, who farms in Darke County, looks at the field conditions, soil temperatures, and carefully tracks the weather forecast like every farmer during planting season. He also considers the phase of the moon in his planting decisions.“I think it does have some merit,” he said. “In February or March I dig the almanac out of the nightstand and start looking at the dates for the windows we need to plant in. This year the key planting dates are more limited than what they have been in the past.”Then, if all the other factors for planting are right, Labig tries to get as much corn in the ground as possible during the windows of optimal planting according to the almanac.“We are right in an optimum period right now and we are missing it around here,” Labig said. “Usually when I get started rolling I don’t stop, especially if I’m in that window. I really try to go on that day to get that corn in if I can and slow up or stop when I get way outside that window. But if I am outside of that window, it is hard to sit idle and watch the neighbors farming around me.”Along with telling farmers which days to plant, the moon phase also offers advice on when not to plant — the last quarter. In both April and May this year those dates are the 11th through the 17th. Labig said that he has noticed that planting by the phase of the moon does translate in some positive realities in his fields.“Last year I planted into Mother’s Day weekend. That was the worst corn I had and it was outside of the window,” he said. “I don’t know that I see it so much in the yields, but I have seen differences in the emergence. Years ago Dad asked me why I thought some fields we planted would emerge so much better than others. That is when I started buying the almanac.”As an experiment this planting season, we are going to keep track of planting progress around Ohio and the country and take note of the percentage that falls into the optimum planting windows (and the not so optimum windows) according to the moon phases in the almanacs. At the end of the season we will make a 2015 corn yield estimate based on what we find, then see how planting by the moon phase translates into a final yield at the end of the season. Stay tuned and have a great planting season.last_img read more