This statement of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine was released on Oct. 29.The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine extends its strongest support and solidarity to the Indigenous resistance at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline and the settler colonial project of genocide and plunder in North America.“It is no surprise that the United States and Canada, built on the genocide of Indigenous peoples and the plunder of their land and resources, are today the strongest settler colonial partners of the Zionist state engaged in its own settler colonial project of destruction in Palestine,” said Palestinian leftist writer Khaled Barakat in an interview with the PFLP media office.“The Indigenous strugglers at Standing Rock are defending Indigenous land and water, the resources that have been confiscated and polluted for centuries by a settler colonial capitalist project that has ravaged Indigenous lives, land and resources. They are defending the very existence of their people with their valiant resistance. As a Palestinian national liberation movement, we salute these Indigenous strugglers and all who stand alongside them at Standing Rock confronting the militarized forces of the settler colonial state and their privatized agents,” said Barakat.“It is also no surprise that G4S has been involved in providing private security for the construction of the destructive, invasive pipeline through Indigenous land, threatening the water and the safety of the Standing Rock Sioux and the rights of Indigenous nations. This same corporation is involved in providing security to the Canadian mining corporations that plunder Indigenous land for mineral wealth around the world and destroy Indigenous land for the so-called ‘tar sands’ that threaten the future of the land itself. It is the same corporation that sells equipment and security services to the Israel Prison Services that imprison over 7,000 Palestinians in the service of the Zionist settler colonial project, and the same company involved in the mass incarceration of children and youth — especially youth of color — in the U.S., and in the deportation of migrants in [Britain], Australia, U.S. and elsewhere,” said Barakat.“The hundreds of Indigenous nations — including Palestinian participants — coming together in Standing Rock exemplify an unceasing history of hundreds of years of resistance in the face of a genocidal project,” said Barakat. “Today’s U.S. empire that bombs and threatens the lives of people around the world, especially in the Arab world, Asia, Africa and Latin America, was built on settler colonialism, the genocide of Indigenous people, and the enslavement and genocide against Black people. Throughout its history, it has been confronted by fierce resistance.”Saluting ‘centuries of struggle’In the face of settler colonial genocide and destruction, the land and water defenders at Standing Rock are defending all of us. We see them reflected in the Palestinian mothers holding tight to their olive trees targeted for settler destruction; in the Palestinian farmers who resist in the so-called “buffer zones,” and the fishers who brave warship fire to preserve Palestinian fishery, in the land and water defenders of the world who resist the vicious onslaughts of settler colonial capitalism. The PFLP salutes these land and water defenders on the front line for all of our struggles around the world.“There have been hundreds of arrests, the use of massive military equipment and the force of the state in order to enforce the Dakota Access Pipeline through sacred burial grounds and attempt to force Indigenous land and water defenders from their land. The use of mass arrests and incarceration as a mechanism to confiscate land and resources and suppress liberation movements is of course not surprising. It is a technique that we see used in Palestine, keeping thousands of Palestinian political prisoners behind bars for struggling for the freedom of their people and their land,” said Barakat. “In fact, many aspects of Zionist settler colonialism in Palestine were developed in light of the colonial techniques used in the U.S. and Canada.”The PFLP extends its revolutionary greetings and salutes to all of the Native and Indigenous peoples defending their land and water, affirming their existence and resistance over centuries of struggle. We express our strongest solidarity with Native and Indigenous struggles for self-determination and liberation. We encourage all Palestinians, especially the Palestinian community in the United States, to continue to develop and build upon the efforts of Palestinian youth in support, solidarity and participation in the Standing Rock camps of struggle, and in developing long-term, sustainable, mutual joint struggle and solidarity with Native liberation movements.We also encourage and call upon the Palestine solidarity movement to build upon the caravans to Standing Rock and cross-country actions and protests to deepen its involvement in the struggle to defend Indigenous land, and note in particular the protests in New York and elsewhere linking the struggle of Palestinian prisoners and the call to boycott G4S with the defense of Standing Rock against arrests, attacks and privatized and state repressive power. It is necessary to thoroughly confront U.S. imperialism and settler colonialism as part and parcel of standing with the struggle of the Palestinian people for liberation and return. There is a long history of connections and common struggle between our liberation struggles, together in the global movement to defeat settler colonialism, Zionism and imperialism, that we must nurture and build upon until victory and liberation.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News Community News Top of the News Subscribe More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy PCC guard Chy’annea Hodges grabs a rebound in a recent game.For the fourth consecutive tournament, the state’s 10th-ranked Pasadena City College women’s basketball team didn’t leave with the first-place trophy. However, the Lancers now have two third places and two second places to their credit after a third place finish at the College of the Desert Winter Classic December 18-20.PCC opened things with two-sport Lancers athlete Chy’annea Hodges picking up a double-double (15 points and 12 rebounds) in a 68-54 triumph over Moorpark on Thursday. Point guard Judith Espinoza just missed a double as she scored a team-high 22 points and added nine rebounds and six assists. Forward Regerina Baker added 16 points and nine rebounds. Forward Tiyana Watkins grabbed 11 rebounds and had two points.The Lancers (8-4 record) were tied with Moorpark, 30-30, early in the second half before guard Kyrstin Nakamura bombed in a consecutive 3-point shots. That sparked a 15-2 PCC run as Espinoza scored three baskets and the Lancers put the game away.In the championship semifinals, PCC’s 12-game series win streak against Riverside City College came to an end as the Tigers defeated the Lancers, 65-55. Espinoza contributed 13 points and five assists and Baker added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Nakamura had nine points (three 3-point baskets). Riverside had not beaten PCC since 1996, the first season behind the bench for Lancers head coach Joe Peron.In the third place final, PCC’s first-ever meeting with Mission College (Santa Clara) resulted in a 94-81 Lancers victory. Espinoza, who made the All-COD Tournament team (third time selected this season), poured in 19 points, dished out eight assists, had five rebounds and three steals.The Lancers trailed 32-24 in the first half and rallied to tie it 45-45 by halftime. Early in the second half, Baker scored five straight points during a 12-0 PCC spurt that made it 70-57.Hodges scored her season high of 19 points while Chanelle Fisher tallied 11 points and five rebounds.Off the bench, Baker was 7-for-10 from the floor as part of her 18 points (plus seven rebounds). Another reserve was Emily Thach, who scored eight points. Mission was paced by Celina Pagan with 28 points, including five treys.The Lancers will finish out tourney play and the year of 2014 as they travel to the San Jose City College Lady Jaguar Invitational December 27-29. PCC opens with a 5 p.m. game this Saturday against San Joaquin Delta. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Sports Third Place for PCC Women’s Cagers at COD Tournament By ROBERT LEWIS Published on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 | 9:19 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Community News
Right now, it seems like it’s a banner year for butterflies everywhere I travel in the South. While the big monarch butterfly migration hasn’t hit, the populations of others seem to be high. I’m not sure if there is a correlation, but it also seems as if pentas are having the most incredible year ever.What a quandary for the landscape industry. Cool-season flowers will soon be planted, and pentas and many other warm-season annuals are not only showing out, but are adorned with butterflies like few have seen.I am seeing the Graffiti series of pentas across Georgia. It was a little over a decade ago that I received a postcard that led me to notice them when I went to the California Spring Trials. The ‘Graffiti Red Lace’ pentas on the postcard were so beautiful, I thought surely they had been digitally enhanced prior to printing.At the trials, they were just as beautiful and I, too, easily duplicated that same image. Now, a decade later, landscape professionals, home gardeners and places like the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden at the Historic Bamboo Farm in Savannah are using them in great quantities, much to the delight of pollinators. There are several colors and a mix in the series. I also love the ‘Graffiti Lipstick’ and ‘Graffiti Violet.’ The Graffiti series is brought to us by Benary, whose headquarters is in Germany. Another impressive series I’m seeing in commercial landscapes this year is the HoneyCluster series from Syngenta. The HoneyCluster series comes in four colors and a mix and grows to a medium height. Next year’s highlight may be the Falling Star series, the first trailing pentas in the market.If you love butterflies, hummingbirds and four months or more of nonstop color, then you’ve got to try these new pentas. The leaves are shiny and attractive, which make for a great contrast with the star-shaped colorful blossoms.Blooms will be produced in abundance all summer if beds are prepared correctly. Choose a site in full sun for best flower production. Prepare the bed by incorporating 3 to 4 inches of organic matter and till to a depth of 8 to 10 inches. While tilling, incorporate 2 pounds of a slow-release, 12-6-6 fertilizer.The next step may be the most crucial to happiness with your pentas. If your soil is acidic and you grow azaleas, camellias or blueberries with ease, you will need to add lime to the planting area for your pentas. While preparing the soil, add 5 pounds of a pelletized lime per 100 square feet in sandy soil or 10 pounds in a clay-based soil. This is recommended because pentas prefer a soil pH of 7. Many gardeners annually apply lime to grass or vegetable gardens and, in this case, a little will help the pentas keep their flowers all summer.Pentas fit any style of garden. I like them in a tropical setting in front of bananas and elephant ears, but I love them in our Cottage Garden. Here we are using ‘Graffiti Red Lace,’ with ‘Chapel Hill Yellow’ lantana and the blue-flowered Brazilian buttonbush, which creates a perfect, triadic harmony of color and brings in pollinators.Releasing butterflies has become popular for some wedding venues. Here at the garden, our weddings have included the continuous flight of butterflies in our Cottage Garden thanks to Graffiti pentas. Your home can become a butterfly and pollinator sanctuary too. Follow me on Twitter: @CGBGgardenguru.
Natasha Ramia and Dan Workum with kids, Ruby, 13, and Josh, 11, who bought on the Gold Coast for a lifestyle change. Picture: Adam Head.MORE than a third of Queenslanders are determined to save for their first property, with new research revealing the coronavirus pandemic is changing spending habits and lifestyle goals. The survey by Westpac found many people are reconsidering where and how they would like to live, with 36 per cent of Queenslanders wanting to live somewhere less populated, as well as closer to the beach and further away from the city.Westpac managing director of mortgages Anthony Hughes said the survey found the value of homeownership was as important as ever, at a time when most Queenslanders were spending more of their waking and sleeping hours at home. COVID-19 has prompted more Queenslanders to want to save for a first home. Photographer: Liam Kidston.“We know Queensland is popular with lots of young families, which could explain why so many are seeking to use their outdoor spaces more or save for their first home,” Mr Hughes said.“Traditionally the demand for property has always been closer to city where there are a lot of employment prospects; but now for those who are able work remotely and are thinking this will become the new normal, many are considering the possibility of a sea change or tree change to somewhere less populated.“The research also told us those residing outside of Brisbane were especially keen to move closer to the coastline, which reflects people wanting to be near to outdoor areas like parks and beaches where they can spend time with family, exercise and socialise.” Aerial photo of Alexandra Beach, Sunshine Coast. COVID-19 has inspired more people to want a seachange.He said Queensland had the highest proportion of people determined to save for their first home of all the states and territories.“The restrictions are encouraging and enabling more aspiring first-home buyers to save,” Mr Hughes said. “We’re seeing good trends in savings habits, as people are a bit more prudent on the spending side.”Rooms such as studies are in demand, according to the Westpac research, with more people likely to convert nooks and crannies in their homes into work spaces.The national survey also found 73 per cent of Queenslanders would also prefer living in a house over an apartment and just over a quarter intend to buy a new home once restrictions have eased. Aerial images of suburban houses in southwest Brisbane.Nearly a quarter of Queenslanders place a greater importance on having a backyard or a study in their home and 20 per cent would prefer to live in a suburb with larger properties.“Australians want more space. The ideal home is changing (to include) studies, more space in the kitchen given we’re eating and cooking more at home, and … home gyms because all gyms are closed,” Mr Hughes said.“We’re also valuing outdoor space and backyards more, as there has been a reluctance to be out in the community.“Traditionally, the demand for property was closer to the big cities, where a lot of the big employment prospects were. “An interesting theme now, whether it’s temporary or long term, for those who can work entirely remotely, the possibility of a sea change or tree change has really opened up.” A new survey has found more Queenslanders are wanting to live closer to the water.Alex Phillis of Alex Phillis Luxury Real Estate, who sells high-end homes on the Gold Coast with his colleague Zack Tanti, said he had noticed an increase in people with the money to buy making the decision to splash out since COVID-19.“What’s the point of sitting on your money in the bank at the moment when the returns are so poor — might as well have some fun and spend it,” Mr Phillis said.“That’s the biggest change I’ve noticed since COVID. People (particularly 60-plus) are now saying; ‘How long have I got? Life’s too short. and worth living. More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days ago“These people a year ago would probably spend $1 million on a property and and leave some in the bank, but I’m finding in a lot of cases they’re now doubling that.” Mr Phillis said he recently sold a property at 14 Anglers Esplanade, Runaway Bay, to a childcare operator for $2.78 million.“These are buyers that would only have spent $1.5 million a year ago,” he said. Inside the home at 14 Anglers Esplanade, Runaway Bay.Natasha Ramia and her husband, Dan, have just moved in to a home on the water on the Gold Coast after reconsidering their lifestyle in the wake of COVID-19.Ms Ramia said they upgraded to a house with a pool and spa on the canal in Sovereign Island to escape from the chaos and crowds of city life and give their two children more space.“It’s such a nice, quiet area,” Ms Ramia said.“The kids ride the electic scooters and there are so many beautiful parks where you can just sit and relax. “You can walk everywhere and there’s no traffic, basically. Then we take the boat out on weekends!” Ms Ramia said the coronvirus lockdown had given her a chance to “slow down” and appreciate life.“We run a family business so it’s always just go, go, go,” she said.“To stop for a while and take stock of life makes a big difference.”
20 November 2009Volkswagen South Africa is set to double the number of cars it exports from its plant in the Eastern Cape, after the company won an order to export 55 000 new-generation Polos to countries including the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore in 2010.The contract, which follows from a multi-billion rand investment programme by the automaker and its component suppliers, will also see the export of 19 000 of the cars to right-hand-drive country destinations around the world by the end of 2009.This will double Volkswagen SA’s total exports from approximately 28 500 in 2009 to 55 000 in 2010. Production of the new Polo hatch began at the Uitenhage plant in July, and the vehicle is due to go on sale in South Africa from early 2010.“By the end of 2009, Volkswagen South Africa will have invested R3.5-billion in new plant, local content development and new product,” VW South Africa MD David Powels said at the opening of the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park in Uitenhage this week.“A further R500-million will be invested in 2010 to complete the process and ensure that the company is well placed to capture future opportunities both in the South African and global markets.”Supplier investmentAccording to the company, one of the key factors enabling it to secure the contract was the investment of approximately R600-million by suppliers, including Rehau, Bentler, Flextech, Faurecia and Grupo Antolin, in the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park (NMBLP).“The investment on the part of these five suppliers into the NMBLP has resulted in the creation of 685 highly skilled, new jobs in the Metro with upside potential in coming months,” Powels said.This has enabled the company to increase local content of the new-generation Polos from below 40% to in excess of 70%.“The establishment of the NMBLP has been a crucial step in the process to enable Volkswagen to become a globally competitive manufacturer of vehicles in the Eastern Cape,” he said.As a result of the suppliers’ investment in the park, 77% of suppliers to Volkswagen of South Africa are now based in Nelson Mandela Bay – a factor Powels described as critically important in Volkswagen’s globalisation strategy.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Ray Maota Launched in 2010 by Minister TokyoSexwale, Lufhereng is a Department ofHuman Settlements housing developmentin the south of Johannesburg.. Minister of Human Settlements TokyoSexwale called on the private sector tohelp the government fulfil its obligationto give people affordable and dignifiedhousing.(Images: Ray Maota)MEDIA CONTACTS• Department of Human Settlements+27 12 421 1311The South African Department of Human Settlements recently launched a new campaign, appealing to the private sector to help it address the country’s housing backlog.Minister of Human Settlements Tokyo Sexwale launched the “Each-One-Settle-One” campaign at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) on 29 September 2011.The aim is to lobby various stakeholders, including the JSE’s Top 200 companies, to help in whatever way they can to supply decent shelter to those living in squalor.Sexwale said: “Government has built over 3-million subsidised housing units since 1994, but due to the increasing number of households, the decreasing household size and migration into urban areas, we cannot supply enough shelter for all.”According to the department, there are currently more than 2 500 slums accommodating homeless people in South Africa and increasing overcrowding in backyard dwellings. Some 2.1-million houses need to be built to provide 12-million people with decent living conditions.Subsidised housing costs the department R55 000 (US$6 000) per unit.The Human Settlements Department aims not only to build more houses, but to build communities with closer access to work and social amenities.More first-time homeownersImpala Platinum has joined the campaign by undertaking to provide 1 500 affordable, freestanding two- and three-bedroom units to its employees in Rustenburg, North West province, over three years.Some of the targeted employees are considered too risky by banks for financial assistance.Leon van Schalkwyk, group executive at Impala, said: “We are proud to be associated with the department in improving housing delivery and creating sustainable human settlements in South Africa, particularly in North West province.“The development is now sold out, which has enabled many employees to become first-time homeowners,” he added.Financial contributions to the campaign will be held in a separate bank account overseen by an independent board of trustees, while the department will hold quarterly media briefings to report on progress.These reports will also be available on the department’s website.Making the differenceIt is hoped that participation in the campaign will help South Africa achieve its goal of providing sustainable and dignified human settlements to all citizens.Individuals and companies can play their part by making financial pledges, donating their services, expertise, building material, time or land.Owners of homes whose employees live on their property can also help by providing permanent housing for their employee during his or her tenure.Socio-economic benefits of the campaign include job creation, skills development, individual dignity and community upliftment.Van Schalkwyk said: “Our goals are consistent with those of the campaign. We seek to build stable and sustainable communities and our investment in home ownership programmes underlies the company’s commitment to both its employees and the residents of North West province.”Endorsement by mining giantAnglo American Platinum (Amplats) has also thrown its weight behind the campaign.Amplats is building 20 000 houses for its employees over the next 10 years as part of its Employer Assisted Housing Scheme and will contribute R1.4-billion ($170-million) towards it.The mining giant will build 12 000 housing units in North West and 8 000 in Limpopo.More than 130 families have already moved into houses built in Seraleng in Rustenburg.These settlements are located close to the places where Amplats employees work.Khanyisile Kweyama, human resource executive at Amplats, said: “In everything we do, we strive to make a difference to the communities in which we operate and exceed their expectations.“Therefore, our housing initiative is in line with these values and emphasises our complete dedication to the sustainable development of these communities.”Kwayama added that the “Each-One-Settle-One” campaign is a great opportunity for the corporate sector to come together under one initiative, as a united approach can achieve more.
South Africa’s Lucas Sithole became the first African to win a wheelchair tennis Super Series title on the weekend when he beat world number one David Wagner 7- 5, 6-7, 6-4 to claim the quads singles title at the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships. One of only six Super Series events, the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships was played at the Nottingham Tennis Centre. “We would also like to thank Airports Company South Africa for their sponsorship which gives the players the opportunity to participate in international events and to realise their dreams,” Losch added. KG Montjane Montjane and Sithole were eliminated in the semi-final of the miex doubles, going down 0-6, 5-7 to the English pairing of Marc McCarroll and Jordanne Whiley. Singles Focused, determined and clinical in his execution, Sithole defeated the British star, ranked 11th in the world, 6-4, 6-4 to advance to his third Super Series singles final of the year, and his second meeting with world number one David Wagner. Sithole has won 23 singles titles to date, including the Korea and Daegu Opens in June 2012, but the prestigious British Open Quads singles title is his biggest win to date. ‘Very proud’ SAinfo reporter and Wheelchair Tennis South Africa “We are so proud of Lucas, and know he has the talent and ability to win numerous titles of this magnitude. Congratulations Lucas, to your first of many,” said Wheelchair Tennis South Africa’s manager, Karen Losch. Sithole and Burdekin reached the semi-finals of the doubles competition, where they lost to the top seeds, Wagner and Sarah Hunter 5-7, 3-6. Sithole’s coach Holger Losch said in a statement: “We are very proud of Lucas, and believe winning one of the six big events on the world tour is a very important step to him realising his dream of being world number one.” 24 July 2013 South African golden girl, Kgothatso “KG” Montjane, ranked sixth in the world, ran into an inspired Jiske Griffioen, ranked third in the world, in the quarter-finals of the women’s singles competition and was beaten 6-2, 6-2. The doubles proved to be more fruitful for Montjane as she and her Dutch partner Marjolein Buis won through to the final where their winning streak was ended by Griffioen and Aniek van Koot, who emerged 6-2, 7-5 victors. Sithole began his title challenge strongly, defeating Great Britain’s Antony Cotterill 6-2, 6-1 to set up a semi-final showdown with his long-time rival, Jamie Burdekin. Sithole had beaten Wagner only once previously, in the Airports Company South Africa SA Open in April. However, sticking to his game plan, Sithole showed moments of brilliance to defeat Wagner 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-4 and claim the trophy.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Dairy FARM Program announced today the release of a stockmanship training video as part of the program’s partnership with the National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program.The 27-minute video is divided into several chapters, including “Point of Balance,” “Understanding the Flight Zone” and “Utilizing Tools to Effectively Move Cattle.” Each segment contains reminder points and multiple choice questions to test viewers on the content. The video can serve as a training resource to satisfy the FARM Animal Care Version 3.0 requirement for annual employee training.The video, directed by Dr. Robert Hagevoort of New Mexico State and the U.S. Dairy Education & Training Consortium, is available on theFARM Program website and YouTube page in both English and Spanish.“We are more than happy to develop and provide a tool for farmers and employees that will help them better understand why cows behave the way they do, and as a result become more careful and more efficient animal caretakers,” Hagevoort said.The FARM Program, created by NMPF in 2009, believes the dairy industry has a great story to tell when it comes to producing safe, abundant and affordable milk and dairy beef. Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state-implemented program that informs U.S. beef producers and consumers about common sense husbandry techniques and accepted scientific knowledge that can help raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. FARM’s partnership with BQA demonstrates that U.S. milk producers are committed to providing the best in animal care, residue prevention and environmental stewardship.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By DTN StaffThis article was originally posted at 2:08 p.m. CDT. It was updated at 2:19 p.m. CDT.**OMAHA (DTN) — Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.8 million head on March 1, 2019. The inventory was 1% above March 1, 2018, USDA reported Friday.Placements in feedlots during February totaled 1.86 million head, 2% above 2018. Net placements were 1.79 million head. During February, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 340,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 345,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 530,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 442,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 135,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 65,000 head.Marketings of fed cattle during February totaled 1.68 million head, slightly above 2018.Other disappearance totaled 66,000 head during February, 16% above 2018.“The March 1 Cattle on Feed report appears to be generally bearish based on stronger-than-expected cattle placement through February,” said DTN Analyst Rick Kment. “Total feeder cattle placements was 102% of 2018 levels with 1.857 million cattle placed in feed yards. This placement is 6% over early report expectations and just slightly above the top end of the market range. Total cattle on feed came in 1.3% above expectations with a total on feed level of 101% year-ago levels.“The market impact of the report may not be fully seen due to the wide market shifts seen through the week and uncertainty over how cattle inventory will change through the rest of the spring due to recent winter storms and floods.”To view the full Cattle on Feed report, visit https://www.nass.usda.gov/…USDAPre-report EstimatesActualAvgLowHighOn feed March 1101.0%99.7%99.0%100.6%On feed February 1100.0%Placed on feed during February102.0%96.0%92.2%101.5%Fed cattle marketed during February100.0%100.8%99.7%101.3%(AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
A two-year-old boy on ventilator support and a nursing attendant were killed when the ambulance taking them to Safdarjung Hospital rammed a truck from behind on the DND flyway in the early hours of Friday.Family members of the deceased child, Subhash — father Suresh Pal, mother Manno Devi and four-year-old brother Shubham — were grievously injured in the accident and are undergoing treatment at the AIIMS Trauma Centre. The ambulance driver, Vipin, is also admitted there, the police said. Attendant identified Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Jasmeet Singh said the nursing attendant has been identified as Sunil Kumar, who worked for a private ambulance service. Sunil succumbed to his injuries at Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital.The accident happened around 3.15 a.m. after which a PCR call was made. When the police reached the spot, they found the ambulance completely damaged from the front. The truck and its driver were missing.“The two-year-old boy, his elder brother, mother and the nursing attendant were at the back, while the father was sitting next to the driver. The boy was already on ventilator support, it appeared,” said a police officer who inspected the accident spot.An officer who spoke to Subhash’s parents at AIIMS said they had initially rushed the child to a hospital in Greater Noida after he complained of breathlessness. The doctors there detected water in the two-year-old’s windpipe and asked the family to take him to Safdarjung Hospital.