New Kubota M7 Tractors Expected this Spring

first_img New Kubota M7 Tractors Expected this Spring SHARE SHARE Kubota M7 this springThe National Farm Machinery Show is less than 2 weeks away and it was one year ago that Kubota debuted their M7-Series tractors at that show. It’s Kubota’s highest horsepower line of tractors and the company is hoping to gain traction with its release this spring, according to Kent Brown.“We’re really excited about the M7 series of tractors and we should be seeing these tractors sometime in the first quarter. We’ve had a few delays with our factory, but we’re getting up to speed and making sure things are ready for the customer, making sure they’re fully tested and ready to go. We’re excited about the 130-170 horsepower, closed centered hydraulics, first for Kubota, as well as bar axles, a first in an ag tractor for Kubota.”Brown said the row-crop production market is really a new frontier for the company as farmers are now seeing the bigger Kubota tractors at farm shows.“We’ve always had excellent feedback as far as the hydraulics and horsepower. The only thing we’ve had negative over the years is some people think of Kubota as a lighter tractor. We’ve always been a smaller tractor, but now with the M7 farmers are looking at it and saying ‘this is a row crop tractor,’ big, beefy rear end, a lot of weight built in to this tractor, the highest load to lift capacity on the M7 in the market. This is not your regular Kubota anymore folks. It’s going to be a force to be reckoned with in the ag market.”Also new from Kubota are the SSV65 and 75 horsepower skid steer loaders. They’ll feature the largest cab in the market, a door that folds up, and Kubota engines and hydraulics. Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Jan 28, 2016 Home Indiana Agriculture News New Kubota M7 Tractors Expected this Spring Previous articleOil Prices RallyNext articleBuilding Demand Top Priority for all of Agriculture Andy Eubanklast_img read more

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Sunday campaign

first_imgRetail trade union Usdaw is to launch a Save Our Sundays campaign at its annual conference in Blackpool this weekend. It wants to stop any deregulation of Sunday trading legislation, which would allow large stores to open for longer than six hours on a Sunday. “With 95% of our members opposed to any changes in Sunday shopping hours, because they want to spend quality time with their families, there should be some fireworks,” said Usdaw general secretary John Hannett.last_img

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Humboldt Crabs get up big early, hang on late to claim win over Solano Mudcats

first_imgARCATA >> Through four innings of their 8-7 Fourth of July win on Monday, everything was coming up aces for the Humboldt Crabs.But for the second straight day and thanks to a couple of loud cracks of the bat, Humboldt saw its opposition put up virtually all of its run in one single inning.Luckily for the Crabs, relief pitcher Justin Watland was there to put out the fire when his team desperately needed it.Watland threw 2 1/3 shutout innings out of the bullpen to keep the Mudcats at bay and …last_img

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Indian rap scene: A revolt that will not get televised

first_imgThere is something happening on the Indian rap scene. In the last year or so, four strong new voices have emerged from different parts of the country-Kashmir, Delhi, Calcutta and Punjab. And they rap in different languages (not surprising, given India’s multilingualism): English (MC Kash), Hindi (DJ Faadu), Bangla (G**** Circus) and Punjabi (Yo Yo Honey Singh).None of these rappers know each other, nor are there rap festivals (like with Indian rock and electronica) where they can meet each other and share notes. What unites them is the fact that they are using rap as a weapon to deal with local realities.Rap isn’t a homogenous entity. It’s not surprising that each of them draws inspiration from different traditions of rap. MC Kash is in the activist mould, much like The Last Poets (in content, not in style). In 1970s America, The Last Poets railed against the oppression of blacks; Kash talks about the plight of Kashmiris in contemporary times. DJ Faadu draws from a personal-confessional tradition, much like Eminem. Calcutta’s G**** Circus has a wider lyrical arc, but the words are essentially about resisting the mainstream. Honey Singh is strongly influenced by present-day gangsta rap.RangeRap is perhaps the most direct musical genre, and these rappers are masters at saying it like it is. They don’t hold back. They don’t dance around issues. And like all rappers, they are not afraid to use cuss words to make their point.The most striking feature of these rappers is that they are self-taught. They have grown up in India (except Honey who has a Canadian connection), and learnt the craft by listening to their heroes. Unlike Eminem who learnt to rap on the porches of Detroit houses and trailer parks, and honed his skills in freestyle competitions, these guys evolved in a vacuum, but have emerged surprisingly fully formed.advertisementSome days back I saw G**** Circus live at Out of the Box in Hauz Khas Village. The energy was unmistakeable; even though the lyrics were in Bangla, a sense of urgency got through. There was palpable anger in the air, though suffused with laughter and cheerfulness. G**** Circus are the kings of paradox.Later, I asked Neel (guitars) about what they sang about. He told me that the songs emerged from the cult film ‘G****’, about a loser. Q, who directed the film, is also the front man of the band, which has played gigs in London, Cologne, Berlin and Brussels, as well as cities in Poland and Romania. In Calcutta, their hometown, they’ve done just two live shows. In bhodro Calcutta, says Neel, the audience is intimidated by the lyrics. It’s simply too close for comfort.G**** Circus rap about the little man who has been ignored by the system. This little man could be anyone: a rickshaw puller, a small businessman, a singer. The recurrent theme is about the hostility of the mainstream to the underground, a hostility which stems from insecurity. G**** Circus strikes back on behalf of all losers: “Like a ghost/ I’ll climb on your shoulders and dance/ If you’re the big fat balloon/ I’m the safety pin who’ll burst your bubble.”The Delhi-based DJ Faadu sings about college life. But this is not the college life of Bollywood where happy boys and girls go on picnics and play antakshari in the bus. This is a real engineering college. There are few girls. Sexual frustration is rife in this community of nerd men: “In actual class mein ladkiyon kin kam ratio se main sick hoon/Ladke hi ladke bonus me hain sare ladke teacher/ Female teacher bhi hai ****/ B tech me char saal tak bhramchari banke padhte hain/ Isiliye to jyada engineer gay banke sadte hain.”Porn offers a solution but till a point: “Life me newspaper nahi padha but matrimonial padhta hoo/Maxim, Playboy, even Kamasutra bhi subscribe ki hai/ It’s humiliating par Sarita, Grahshobha bhi try ki hai.” This rings so true. It’s well-known that in engineering colleges boys brag not about how many women they’ve been with, but how many gigabytes of porn they have on their hard drives. The IITs have been trying to ban porn for many years but with little success. Faadu’s tracks reveal the dark flipside of our engineering success story: the perversions, and lonely and bleak inner lives: “Internet pe girlfriend ban gayi she asked me to come home/ As I started upon she had p— of her own/ Socha fir jab aa gaya to kuch to karke jaoon, yeah… I lost my virginity but other way round.”advertisementKashmirIf G**** Circus raps about the battle between the little man and the mainstream in abstract terms, MC Kash is very specific and concrete. His lyrics deal with the tensions between the hapless Kashmiri and the Indian state. He makes it clear that he has little to do with contemporary American rappers: “Everyday hustle, hell I ain’t no Jay Z.” He draws from an older tradition of American rap, which was about blacks resisting white oppression: “They can’t stop an idea/ When our minds are free.” His heart bleeds for Kashmir, a state he’s never travelled out of: “They gave us blood and hate/ Then wondered why every man is a rebel.” In an interview to the BBC he spoke about a comic but scary moment when Indian authorities raided his studio. They thought separatists were funding him. He is just an angry young man in his early twenties, rapping in English about the atrocity he sees around him: “We’re taking back the throne/ With my fist held high/ And holding a stone.”Yo Yo Honey Singh, the final rapper in this little survey, is mainstream. He now charges 70 lakhs for doing a Bollywood song. But like the others he has an underground side. People like Kash and Faadu are invisible and don’t do shows. Honey plays live from Toronto to Dehradun.UndergroundHe doesn’t perform his underground stuff but it’s a huge success on the net. He borrows heavily from gangsta rap – the fast cars, the sharp suits, the branded sports gear, the sexual aggro/machismo. The content though is hardcore desi Punjabi: the ‘pind’ replacing the ‘hood’, ‘purja’ replacing ‘hoe’, and so on. His songs are brutally explicit about sex.Of course, none of this stuff will ever make it to the television or the radio. Even though this is a revolution that will never be televised, the thousands of hits that these underground rappers garner on YouTube, and on their Reverbnation pages, shows that they have a massive audience.For years, the Indian underground was dominated by rock bands. They are technically very sound, and often use foreign professionals during production, which gives their albums a slick feel. But one was always left with the feeling that most had little to say. The new rappers, with their rough-and-ready recordings, have changed this. Not only do they have a lot to say, and about a range of subjects, they have also successfully put rebellion back into Indian music.As for those who find some of the lyrics misogynistic, well, it’s really part of the genre. In fact, it’s not so much misogyny as playful sexual aggression. I don’t think the day is far when Indian girls will enter the rap game. This has been happening in America for quite some time. In an Ice Cube song, when the man brags that hip hop “is a man’s world”, the female rapper retorts: “What you’re saying I don’t consider it as rapping/ Cause you’re on rewind and I’m the new what’s-happening.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Tokyo’s Olympics may become known as the ‘Robot Games’

first_imgMagic get crucial win in NBA playoffs chase, rout Cavaliers “Through this occasion, people in the world will be able to realize how advanced Japan is in terms of robot technology,” Hideyo Hirata, director of technology services for the Tokyo Olympics, told reporters.Minoru Yamauchi of Toyota, the general manager for 2020 Robot Development, said the automaker is branching out and becoming a “mobility company.”“We have been looking at how we can support the daily lives of people, and how we can develop robots that can partner with daily life,” Yamauchi said. “In the Tokyo Olympics, there will be many guests in wheelchairs and we would like them enjoy the games without worrying about their mobility.”Yoshifumi Uchida, general manager of Panasonic’s Paralympic department, said its power assist suit technology was developed partly because of Japan’s aging population. This could help get more women and the elderly into the working population.“We would like to have a society where people can work without caring about gender differences or age differences,” Uchida said. “When you are carrying a suitcase or a heavy box, this is where the power assist suit becomes valuable.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash He said the suits would also be used away from the venues in “related facilities and airports.”He said the suit improved “efficiency” by about 20 percent, allowing the wearer to lift more, and for a longer time.Battery life if about four hours, and the suit gives the wearer the ability to lift about 10 kilograms (22 pounds) more with the same energy expended.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end A robot passes a basket containing drinks to a woman in wheelchair during an unveiling event in Tokyo Friday, March 15, 2019. Organizers on Friday showed off robots that will be used at the new National Stadium to provide assistance for fans using wheelchairs. (Kyodo News via AP)TOKYO— Tokyo’s Olympics may become known as the “Robot Games.”Organizers on Friday showed off robots that will be used at the new National Stadium to provide assistance for fans using wheelchairs.ADVERTISEMENT Tokyo Olympic official Masaaki Komiya pointed out that Japan is known for its robot technology, and the 2020 Summer Games are a good place to show off.“Robots should not overwhelm people,” Komiya, the vice director general to the Tokyo Olympics, told a news conference. “Robots are something that have an amicable relationship with human beings and can work together. That’s the kind of robots we envision.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe robots are made by major Olympic sponsor Toyota Motor Corp. Toyota officials said 16 of the so-called “human support robots” will be used at the National Stadium with five other “delivery support robots” also being available.Not to be outdone, Panasonic Corp.— also a major Olympic sponsor — showed off its “power assist suit.” When worn, the suit offers support to the back and hip area and allows for heavy objects to be lifted with less effort. Panasonic said 20 of the suits will be used at the Olympics and could help guests with their luggage and with other lifting chores. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

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Scramble for Olympic tickets in Japan; rest of world waits

first_imgOrganizers extended the application period by 12 hours, citing high demand.Overseas residents will have to wait until June 15, when tickets can be put on sale by special distributors in each country — known as Authorized Ticket Resellers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsOrganizers estimate 7.8 million tickets will be available, with 20-30% dedicated to sales outside Japan.This is the first phase of sales in Japan, with other chances available as the games get closer. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Tokyo organizers say 50 percent of the tickets will sell for 8,000 yen ($70) or less, with the cheapest ticket costing 2,500 yen ($22).Organizers hope to generate about $800 million from ticket sales, a large source of revenue for the $5.6 billion privately funded operating budget. Overall, Japan will spend about $20 billion to prepare for the games, and about 70 percent is public money.Japan recently passed a law that bans selling tickets at above the original prices. Violators face fines of up to 1 million yen ($9,100), or a one-year jail term — or both.The International Olympic Committee was embarrassed in Rio de Janeiro when IOC member Patrick Hickey was arrested and charged with ticket scalping, which is also illegal in Brazil. He denied any wrongdoing.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Player of the Week: Ray Parks taking Blackwater to new heights Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Fans earlier this month complained to soccer governing body FIFA about buying tickets for next month’s Women’s World Cup in France, and then learning that friends and family were not given seats together.The same thing can happen buying Olympic tickets.CoSport says on its website that it cannot guarantee seats together.“While CoSport will make every effort to seat parties together, it is not possible to guarantee that all tickets for a given session and seating category will be seated together,” the company said.It also warns that tickets are sold by price category, not by exact seat location.Buyers outside Japan might get some deals if they are patient. It happened at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and also at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang a year ago.Tokyo organizers will open sales globally in the spring of 2020, meaning any remaining, unsold tickets can be purchased at the prices offered in Japan. In Rio de Janeiro, many tickets were unsold as the games neared, and some desirable tickets were put back into the pool after they were sold but never paid for.Ticket prices in Japan vary greatly and are listed in the competition section on the organizers’ website.The opening ceremony on July 24 features the most expensive ticket — 300,000 yen ($2,680). The most expensive ticket for the closing ceremony is 220,000 yen ($1,965).The most expensive ticket for the men’s 100-meter final is 130,000 ($1,160), while the men’s basketball final goes for 108,000 yen ($970). DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew FILE – In this June 20, 2016, file photo, a man handles the Olympic tickets he just purchased at a shopping mall in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tokyo Olympic organizers say millions of Japan residents have shown interest in buying tickets for next year’s games. Organizers closed the first phase of ticket applications on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, for Japan residents, and applicants will be told on June 20 what tickets they have been allocated through a lottery system.(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)TOKYO — The scramble is underway by residents of Japan to land tickets for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. It begins for the rest of the world in a few weeks.Tokyo Olympic organizers said millions had shown interest by Wednesday when the first phase of ticketing closed for Japan residents. Applicants will learn on June 20 what tickets they were allocated in a lottery system.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Tokyo Organizers on Wednesday declined to say how many tickets had been applied for through the on-line system. They say only that 7.5 million “ID registrations” have been recorded, which allowed people to apply and enter the lottery.“Tokyo 2020 is not disclosing additional details at this stage,” organizers said in a statement.Buying tickets in Japan is not cheap. But it’s more expensive outside Japan where the resellers — appointed by each national Olympic Committee — can add a 20% percent “handling fee” to the cost of each ticket.In addition, many tickets are packaged by resellers with top hotels and other perks, and the markups can be more than 20%. Many of these packages are aimed at corporate buyers, for whom price is not always a concern. The resellers also run the risk of getting stuck with tickets they can’t sell.The reseller for the United States is CoSport , which also handles sales in Australia, Jordan and several European countries.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View commentslast_img read more

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KPH Gets Laser Eye Treatment Machine

first_imgStory Highlights Patients affected by the eye conditions glaucoma and cataract will have improved access to corrective surgeries at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).This is through the donation of a state-of-the art laser machine to the facility by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ (LDS) global charities.Valued at US$70,000, the machine provides Selecta Duet Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) and yttrium aluminium garnet (YAG) ophthalmic laser treatment for medication conditions within the anterior segment of the eye.This includes glaucoma, a condition where increased pressure within the eyeball causes gradual loss of sight; and cataracts, which occur when the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque, resulting in blurred vision.The machine is to be installed shortly.Speaking to JIS New at a symbolic handover ceremony at the hospital’s downtown Kingston headquarters on August 9, Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at KPH, Dr. Angela Mattis, explained that the machine offers YAG and SLT photo disruption capabilities in one unit.SLT is a type of laser surgery used to help lower intraocular pressure (IOP) in glaucoma patients, while YAG lasers can be used in both glaucoma and cataract surgeries.“It is a combo. It is a YAG, which is a special type of laser that disrupts the membrane so it becomes crystal clear again. The SLT is the actual mechanism that treats the glaucoma. It helps drain the fluid from the eye and lowers the pressure, which damages the eye nerves. It does two treatments,” she pointed out.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the facility, Errol Greene, expressed gratitude for the piece of equipment.He said it will go a far way in providing essential ophthalmic services for the hundreds of patients that access the hospital’s services.“The eye clinic is by far the largest clinic at the KPH. We see hundreds of patients a day. On an average day, we see up to 500 patients daily… . This laser will go a far way in speeding up the waiting time for surgeries, and the end result will be an enhanced quality of life for those who use these services,” he noted.Consultant Ophthalmologist and Representative for LDS Charities, Dr. Jesse Hunsaker, said the humanitarian organisation has been providing essential medical equipment and training to the KPH since 2012.“We like to focus our efforts on helping those who provide care to the underserved… those who don’t have health insurance, those who are poor and have significant health needs,” Dr. Hunsaker said.Since 1985, LDS Charities has provided assistance to people in 189 countries.The donation, made through the longstanding partnership between the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) and the global charity, is one of several initiatives aimed at providing high-quality care throughout the public health system. Speaking to JIS New at a symbolic handover ceremony at the hospital’s downtown Kingston headquarters on August 9, Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at KPH, Dr. Angela Mattis, explained that the machine offers YAG and SLT photo disruption capabilities in one unit.  This is through the donation of a state-of-the art laser machine to the facility by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ (LDS) global charities. Patients affected by the eye conditions glaucoma and cataract will have improved access to corrective surgeries at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).last_img read more

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