Posted by Spanish union members at an Amazon fulfillment center near Madrid, this sign calls for #HuelgaAmazon/#Amazon Strike.Amazon’s biggest sales day of the year is now Prime Day, a two-day online shopping spree that this year falls on July 16 and 17. Begun four years ago, the sale is expected to haul in $3.4 billion for the company in 2018, up from an estimated $2.4 billion a year ago. (Washington Post, July 16)But on this Prime Day, Amazon workers represented by unions in Spain and Germany slashed Amazon profits by going on strike. As the workers withheld their labor — and the company site got hit with an unexpected computer glitch — financial analysts lamented the negative impact on Amazon’s business.Nearly 1,800 Amazon workers in Spain struck for three days beginning July 16, and thousands more in six German facilities for one day on July 17. Germany is Amazon’s second largest national market after the U.S. (tinyurl.com/y9y3tv82)The strikers are mostly warehouse workers, who fulfill internet orders under oppressive time limits, dangerous working conditions and almost-too-low-to-live-on wages.Amazon’s service workers are represented by Comisiones Obreras in Spain and Verdi in Germany. European labor unions have been aggressive in demanding workers’ right at Amazon’s warehouses.Usually, European warehouse workers strike Amazon during the winter holiday season. According to the Washington Post, hundreds went on strike in Italy and Germany in November 2017, saying they were under “high pressure to create more and more, in less time.”Reinforcing the European unions’ call to boycott Amazon on Prime Day, international worker solidarity was put in motion by several U.S. advocacy groups, including the Action Center on Race and the Economy. They appealed to workers and consumers to boycott Amazon on the #PrimeDayofAction and to refuse to shop at Amazon-owned Whole Foods Market. The groups are also calling for a boycott of Amazon because of its sale of Nazi, Confederate and white supremacist items through third-party sellers.For conditions of Amazon workers in the U.S., see Workers World’s interview with an Indiana worker at an Amazon warehouse: tinyurl.com/y7pg9hx9.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Frontera has also recently spud the Asai-1 exploration well on the Guama block in the Lower Magdalena Valley, Colombia Frontera has also recently spud the Asai-1 exploration well (Credit: Pixabay/skeeze) Frontera Energy, in an exploration joint venture with Parex Resources, has made oil and gas discovery in Colombia.The discovery was made in the VIM-1 block, in which Frontera and Parex own 50% stake each, in the Lower Magdalena Valley, Colombia.Drilled to a depth of 11,680 feet, the La Belleza-1 exploration well on the VIM-1 block encountered a total of 179 feet of potential hydrocarbon bearing reservoir in the Cienaga De Oro formation.Frontera chief executive officer Richard Herbert said: “We are excited that the first well with our partner Parex in the Lower Magdalena Valley has been a success. Testing results from the La Belleza-1 well on the VIM-1 block are very encouraging, especially given the limited capacity of the testing equipment on site.“The well’s combination of light oil and natural gas complements our overall portfolio mix of light and heavy crudes and our strategic goal to increase the portion of natural gas in our production profile. We recently started the drilling of the Asai-1 exploration well on the Guama block, also in the Lower Magdalena Valley where we are targeting liquids and natural gas.”Frontera, Parex assessing options to drill one or two additional delineation wellsThe companies has halted the drilling operations to facilitate testing of the open-hole section. Following the testing under natural flowing conditions and over a 328-hour period, the well produced 32,728bbls of API oil, 147mmcf of natural gas and 3,996 barrels of water.The company intends to conduct flow testing at the well for one more week, followed by an extended 30 day pressure buildup period to obtain additional information on the final reservoir pressure.The joint venture partners are assessing options to drill one or two additional delineation wells in the second half of 2020 from the existing La Belleza well pad.In addition, Frontera has also recently spud the Asai-1 exploration well on the Guama block in the Lower Magdalena Valley.Herbert added: “Over the course of 2020 and beyond, Frontera will look to increase its natural gas production in the Lower Magdalena Valley where we have excess gas processing capacity at the La Creciente field.“It is encouraging to start 2020 with exploration success, as we are targeting significant high impact exploration activities in Colombia, Ecuador and Guyana this year.”In July last year, Frontera bagged the onshore VIM-22 block in the Lower Magdalena Valley region during the Agencia Nacional de Hidrocarburos (ANH) bid round.
Don’t just replace what was lost. Rebuild better, because another storm is coming.That was the message from panelists at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) on Monday who were discussing the devastation that giant storms can bring to coastal communities like those slammed by Hurricane Sandy earlier this fall.The panelists agreed that the time after a storm, when federal disaster relief dollars flow, presents an opportunity to make changes to accommodate a world gradually being affected by climate change.Coastal communities face a “trifecta” of water woes that need to be considered as they adapt to expected changes: sea level rise, storm surge, and increased precipitation, said Jerold Kayden, Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.Kayden was a panelist on a webcast called “Big Weather and Coastal Cities: Resilience in the Face of Disaster.” The forum, sponsored by the HSPH, was presented in collaboration with the Huffington Post. It was moderated by Post senior writer Tom Zeller Jr. and also featured Richard Serino, deputy administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA); Paul Biddinger, chief of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Division of Emergency Preparedness; and Daniel Schrag, director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, and professor of engineering and applied sciences.Big Weather and Coastal Cities: Resilience in the Face of Disaster Video of the panel discussion from The Forum at HSPH.The time after a disaster offers an opportunity to make positive changes, panelists agreed. Not only is rebuilding required and federal disaster relief available, but officials have the public’s attention — and approval — to propose changes in building codes and land use patterns.Even with that receptiveness, the panelists agreed that some changes will always be difficult to get through. Compassion for storm victims, compounded by general respect for private property rights, can short-circuit a more clear-eyed assessment of whether a home should be rebuilt. Political considerations also often trump scientific ones, leading to a continuation of policies that have homes crowding vulnerable coastlines even as a warming climate promises rising seas and stronger storms.“We rebuild, but we don’t necessarily rebuild better,” Schrag said.Drawing on the lesson of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Biddinger said, one New York hospital built 12-foot-high storm walls around basement generators. But they didn’t help when Sandy rolled ashore, because there was a 14-foot storm surge, which flooded the basement and knocked out power.Although computer models provide some guidance as to what may be coming in the future, Schrag cautioned against putting too much stock in them, pointing out that the climate changes that humankind is causing on the Earth haven’t been seen for millions of years.“I promise there will be surprises. There will always be mistakes, always surprises,” Schrag said. “No matter how well we prepare, there will be system failures.”In a storm’s immediate aftermath, a lot of attention focuses on the government, even though FEMA’s job is to play a coordinating role for other responders, Serino said. The most important preparations take place in the weeks and months before a storm, when emergency plans and procedures are drafted and equipment is stockpiled. In New York, for example, officials wisely decided to shut down the subway system before the storm struck, limiting damage and allowing a faster restoration of service.Serino also praised the response of religious groups, whose existing networks often can reach those vulnerable after a disaster faster and more efficiently than government responders can. It’s critical, Serino said, for government to recognize and use existing community networks to get relief to people quickly. The most crucial response of all, though, may be that of individuals, reaching out to each other.“We saw neighbors helping neighbors, saving lives all up and down the coast,” Serino said.Hurricane Sandy has fostered a conversation on climate change and adaptation unlike previous large storms, Schrag said. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg helped with that focus, in part through his endorsement of President Barack Obama for re-election because of Obama’s concern over climate change.Sandy was an atypical storm, Schrag said. It strengthened as it moved north over unusually warm water, and it moved west to make landfall whereas most storms move east, pushed by prevailing winds. Some scientists have hypothesized that the unusual pattern may be related to shrinking Arctic sea ice, Schrag said. If that hypothesis is right, it could mean more storms will be steered to the Northeast, which would be bad news for coastal communities in the region.Although responsiveness to coastal vulnerability has been slow to grow, panelists said that some states and communities are learning the lessons of Katrina and other storms. Serino said that zoning regulations across Florida, for example, have improved because of that state’s frequent hurricanes.For better or for worse, governments and the public probably will have time to build in proper safeguards, Schrag said. Climate change will likely take decades to transform the globe thoroughly.“We’re going to be having this conversation for a very long time,” Schrag said. “We’re going to have to adapt to climate change because it’s going to be with us.” <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9aboYBZyic” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/o9aboYBZyic/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>
Sydney Lucas, whose extraordinarily nuanced performance in Fun Home, aged 12, earned her a Tony nod, will depart the production on October 4. Her understudy, Gabriella Pizzolo, is set to take over the role of Small Alison on October 6. The Tony-winning musical is playing at Circle in the Square.Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home charts a girl’s quest to come to terms with her father’s unexpected death. As she moves between past and present, Alison dives into the story of her volatile, brilliant father and relives her unique childhood at her family’s funeral home.The cast of Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron’s tuner also includes Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs, Roberta Colindrez, Zell Morrow, Joel Perez and Oscar Williams.Remind yourself of just why Broadway fell in love with Lucas this year with her now legendary performance of “Ring of Keys” at the Tony Awards below. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016 View Comments Fun Home
Stronger togetherWhile COVID-19 patients and suspected carriers have often been stigmatized, some residents of Central Jakarta have reached out to help three siblings in their neighborhood who were left without their parents as a result of COVID-19.The siblings were left alone after their mother was quarantined by health authorities in the wake of her husband’s death and burial according to COVID-19 safety protocols.Meanwhile, some Jakartans have decided not to participate in mudik to protect their loved ones in their hometowns. Members of the LGBT community in Manado, North Sulawesi, raised funds and distributed aid to elderly people and others affected by the outbreak.Read also: Video: A Ramadan like never beforeA friend in need is friend indeedForeign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said Indonesia had received US$3 million and medical supplies from the United States for COVID-19 relief. US President Donald Trump also promised President Jokowi that he would send ventilators once the equipment was ready.South Korea sent polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing kits to Indonesia as part of the country’s US$500,000 in-kind grant to help Indonesia battle the outbreak.More local initiatives to support the treatment of COVID-19 patients and expedite COVID-19 testingAs a greater number of ventilators has become necessary to treat COVID-19 patients, the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and the Padjadjaran University Medical School in West Java have worked together to produce the equipment. A new batch of ventilators is expected to ship soon as they have met the Health Ministry’s general safety criteria.Diponegoro National Hospital in Semarang, Central Java, launched the first drive-through PCR testing location for COVID-19 in Central Java – allowing people to have samples taken and tested without getting out of their vehicles.Researchers at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta created a swab chamber to protect medical workers taking samples from patients to help lessen the adverse effects of the shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE).Read also: Staying positive: A roundup of good COVID-19-related newsLight at the end of the tunnelBecause the government has banned this year’s mudik and imposed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in some regions, the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) has predicted the outbreak will end in June. The association considers the policies sufficient to break the chain of transmission in the country.A bright future for the country’s economy may also be on the horizon as surveys have shown that more than half of Indonesians are optimistic about the economy’s outlook and expect to spend more after the pandemic.The outbreak may also provide an opportunity for certain business to flourish.As patients recover, the Earth does tooAs Jakartans have been trying to stay home, the capital has seen clearer skies. Even nearby mountains have become visible from the city. Authorities have reported that the air quality has improved since the policy was imposed in late March.The outbreak has reignited calls to stop the wildlife trade, which has been a hotbed of zoonotic disease transmission, including in Indonesia. Environmental authorities have also been working around the clock during the pandemic to preserve Indonesia’s biodiversity.Topics : It has been almost two months since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the first COVID-19 cases in the country, which has since been gripped by fear as the outbreak continues to grow.A collective sigh of relief was heard throughout the archipelago when the government decided to ban this year’s Idul Fitri tradition of mudik (exodus) to curb the transmission of the disease.That was not the only good news this week. The Jakarta Post has compiled some additional positive stories to provide a dose of optimism amid the outbreak:
Related Articles SBC news network grows with Lottery Daily launch April 23, 2020 Share StumbleUpon SBC Digital Summit Latinoamérica’s Land-Based 2.0 track to focus on casinos, lotteries & payments June 11, 2020 QPR has announced that in partnership with 505 Central and BD Sport Group, it will launch its new look Hoops Lottery against Burton Albion at Loftus Road this Saturday. The lottery will give QPR fans an opportunity to win cash prizes at all home games this season. Supporters will be able to enter the lottery, by picking up tickets from sellers around the stadium before the game and at half-time, the London club has also announced that all proceeds from the lottery will go towards the club’s charity QPR in the Community Trust.The new digital raffle fundraising platform allows multiple entries with only one ticket – so for example, you can have 20 entries for £10.As part of the partnership, QPR will become the fifth English Football League club to have a lottery provided by 5050 Central, as the group looks to expand its UK footprint through the BD Sport Group. Tony Warwick, BD Sport Group’s joint managing director, said: “5050 Central and BD Sport are proud to be providing QPR and QPR in the Community Trust with this 5050 fundraising technology that will in turn translate into increased funding to support their initiatives.”The news follows on from William Hill entering into a two year partnership with BD Sport earlier in the month, which saw BD Sport successfully provide an in stadia betting experience to supporters of numerous Premier League and Football League clubs in England. Submit QPR names Football Index as new shirt sponsor August 21, 2020 Share
Break new ground Geje Eustaquio declared the winner. Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPGeje Eustaquio’s quest for glory takes him to Indonesia as he leads two other Filipinos in action at ONE: Total Victory on September 16 at Jakarta Convention Center.The 28-year-old from Team Lakay will wage war against former ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat Akhmetov of Kazakhstan in the main event of what promises to be an action-packed card.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Hitman MMA’s Gonzales, meanwhile, will bank on his karate background as he faces off against Liu De Li Ge Ri Hu of Mongolia.Other matches announced for the card are the flyweight bout between hometown bet Stefer Rahardian against Sim Bunsrun; the heavyweight clash between Alain Ngalani of Cameroon and Hideki Sekine of Japan; Indonesian martial artist Sunoto versus 19-year-old featherweight Thai Rithy of Cambodia; Indonesian Jeremy Meciaz against Hisyam Samsudin of Malaysia in another heavyweight bout; Liberian striker Jerome S. Paye versus former Thai boxing world champion Yodsanan Sityodtong; 24-year-old Adrian Matheis of Indonesia squaring off against the debuting Phat Soda of Cambodia; and bantamweights Riski Umar and Adi Nugroho lock horns in the undercard.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ A costly, catty dispute finally settled Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ MOST READ Eustaquio (9-5), who is fresh from his split decision victory against Anatpong Bunrad last May, seeks to continue his ascent in the flyweight rankings and inch closer to getting his shot on the gold.Akhmetov (23-1), meanwhile, is eyeing to bounce back after falling to Adriano Moraes last month and reclaim his belt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAlso representing the Philippines in the Jakarta card are strawweight Roy Doliguez and flyweight Ramon Gonzales.The 35-year-old Doliguez is looking to snap his three-match losing skid and once again showcase his striking prowess as he takes on former Shooto South American Strawweight Champion Yago Bryan of Brazil. ‘Nothing has improved’: Hidilyn frustrated with the state of PH weightlifting It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Winning start View comments
Letterkenny U18’s unbeaten run came to an end in the cruellest of fashion on Saturday last when Armagh came away with a slender 11-8 victory in a very entertaining and exciting league cup final in Magherafelt. Letterkenny played more rugby but Armagh managed the game much better and had more “big game” experienced players on the pitch and this was the difference in a match where a single penalty kick separated the teams at the final whistle.The Armagh team on display was a much improved outfit from the last time these teams met in the league. The addition of the former Ulster coach Brian McLaughlin to the Armagh coaching entourage was also evident from the off. Letterkenny started the game in a very tentative fashion and allowed Armagh on the front foot from the start. Within 10 minutes Armagh had registered the first score of the game with a well worked try from an attaching scrum on the Letterkeny 22. Barry Finn, the Armagh number 8 and captain, picked and went blind. The Letterkenny blind side was very slow to react and winger Oisin Toal had to commit to the tackle leaving Finn an easy off load to his winger to score in the corner. The conversion was missed by the usually reliable Cormac Fox at out half.Letterkenny then got into the game from the restart with Joseph Dunleavy causing havoc in the Armagh defence and wining a penalty. From the resultant line out Letterkenny sent Daragh Taol on the attack and he was once again well supported by Dunleavy. Matthew Faulkner came in from outside centre to take quick ball and fix the Armagh defence before finding Daniel Faulkner on the loop.The powerful first centre then beat the covering defence to put Kevin Grant away in the corner for a very well worked score. The conversion was missed by Peter Scott to leave the game level with 15 minutes on the clock.Armagh then came thundering back at Letterkenny using their tight forwards to make inroads and draw two penalties in mid field for not rolling away. The referee then made the first of numerous strange decisions when he formally warned Letterkenny that the next penalty would draw a yellow card. Joeseph Dunleavy then made a thundering tackle on the Armagh prop, clearly released before going for the ball to be immediately blown for a penalty followed with gusto by a yellow card. Armagh then went for the jugular from the resultant line out well aware that Letterkenny had lost their best forward for seven minutes. Letterkenny then produced the bravest of defences by holding Armagh out and finally getting a penalty to relieve the pressure. Team captain Daniel Faulkner, leading by example, produced a series of plays and caries to take his team back into the Armagh half.He then chipped to the corner and followed up with a great tackle wining a penalty for not releasing. Peter Scott made no mistake with the boot to level the scores at 8 apiece. Dunleavy then re-joined the fray but was mindful of the fact that he could not take another yellow, leading to red. Letterkenny finished the half much stronger and were unlucky not to capitalise on line breaks by Matthew Faulkner and Daniel Faulkner when the ball was knocked on by the supporting player on both occasions.Letterkenny were playing into the wind in the second half and were forced to keep the ball in hand. This suited their style of play and it wasn’t long until Louis Carson was causing real difficulty to the Armagh defence after his introduction at half time. He was well supported by Connon Cannon upon his introduction followed by James Roulston. The fresh legs to the Letterkeny pack were significant as Armagh began to tire.Letterkenny were now dominating territory and possession but could not find a way through a very resolute Armagh defence. Numerous mistakes, some forced and some unforced, allowed the Armagh forwards turn over ball after ball and the boot of Fox was used to great effect to relieve the pressure.In what was their only concerted play in the Letterkenny half Armagh were awarded a penalty at the breakdown and Fox scored an excellent 3 pointer from near the half way line. Letterkenny again upped their efforts thanks to a great outside break by Matthew Faulkner but he had no one in support when he looked for the off load on the inside. Dunleavy, Carson and Ward continued the charge with a series of memorable carries but the supporting forwards were a little slow in getting there and this resulted in poor ball protection allowing Armagh turn the ball over once again. Then came the real turning point of the game when Armagh were eventually warned that a yellow card would be produced after six consecutive penalties near the 22. Three of these penalties were conceded by their best forward Barry Finn yet he escaped, unlike Dunleavy in the first half. The warning came only after three attempts by the Letterkenny captain to get the referee to take action.In a remarkable show of game management Armagh immediately substituted one of their props who was tiring. His replacement immediately conceded a penalty and received the yellow card. (It was interesting to note that Armagh then tried to send back the original prop after the seven minute sin bin was over. This “oversight” had to be brought to the referees attention by the Letterkenny coach.) With the numerical advantage Letterkenny went to the line but a poor lift allowed a golden attacking opportunity to be lost. Armagh did defend very well and perhaps Letterkenny should have played the widen channels at this stage.With the clock now the real enemy Letterkenny set up another great attack with the impressive Cannon on a ball run. He charged into the Armagh 22 and was eventual tackled. The tackler didn’t release and stole the ball which was not penalised by the referee. He maintained he was unsighted which was the only admission he made all day. The reliable boot of Fox put Letterkenny back on their own 5m line after a magnificent wind assisted clearance. With only two minutes remaining on the clock it looked like this was the match for Armagh but Letterkenny had other ideas.They then produced one of the most impressive passages of play witnessed by the large crowd when they went from their own 5m line to the Armagh 5m line through a series of strong carries by Dunleavy, Cannon and Faulkner, great inter-passing by Scott, Matthew Faulkner and Daragh Taol, and then a potential match winning snipe from the base of a ruck 30m out by substitute scrum half Josh Smeaton. Smeaton made it to the 5m line before being tackled as the Letterkenny support arrived for what appeared to be a try scoring opportunity. The influential referee had other ideas as he surprised all present by awarding a penalty for off side by a Letterkenny player despite the fact that no ruck had formed and it appeared that the Armagh tackler should have been penalised for not rolling away. Armagh kicked to touch from the resulting penalty and that was the game. Letterkenny were beaten by the more disciplined team on the day who carried out their Brian McLaughlin game plan to the letter. Armagh made much fewer mistakes and showed their experience of the big match occasions. Letterkenny will have learned a lot from this game and only time will tell if they can fulfil their potential and come back even stronger for the cup competition.Letterkenny were well served by Joseph Dunleavy, Daragh Toal and Matthew Faulkner on the day. Armagh had match winners in their captain Barry Finn and out-half Cormac Fox but it was the Letterkenny captain, Daniel Faulkner, who was the standout player on display. He continually dragged his team back into the game and was at the heart of everything good that Letterkenny did on the day.The saying is that you must “lose a final to win one” and this should be motivation for the Letterkenny team to regroup and focus on the cup competition which commences on Saturday next with a home game against Dungannon. The blue ribbon of youth rugby is the cup final in Ravenhill and this is now the clear target for a team that have done themselves and their club proud so far this seasonTeam: David Ward, Stephen Holmes, Christopher Green, Diarmiud Gallagher, Will Douglas, Martin Molloy, Daragh Toal, Joseph Dunleavy, Ben Khavia, Peter Scott, Oisin Toal, Daniel Faulkner (Captain), Matthew Faulkner, Adam Boal Quinn, Kevin Grant, James Roulston, Louis Carson, Connor Cannon, Stephen Gibson, Douglas Doyle, Josh Smeaton and Eunan Henry.RUGBY: LETTERKENNY U18s LEARN FROM FINAL DEFEAT was last modified: March 14th, 2016 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)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Chris Jeffries from Washington Court House recently announced the formation of a new company, Seed Genetics—DIRECT, LLC.Chris Jeffries“Seed Genetics—DIRECT, LLC will be a direct sales company offering a pricing structure that will be fair to all customers, not just the larger farmer. Seed Genetics—DIRECT will eliminate the middle man and deal directly with growers,” Jeffries said. “We will eliminate costly marketing programs that benefit a few, but are paid for by all. Our pricing will allow growers to pick and choose which programs work best in their management system and of course, we will only sell the highest quality and best performing seed genetics.”Always a proponent of research and testing, Seed Genetics—DIRECT, LLC will team with Agricultural Research & Testing from Williamsburg, Ind. as their testing partner. In 2017, Ag Research & Testing’s corn and soybean plots span from Galesburg, Ill. to Tiffin, Ohio and from Concord, Mich. to Danville, Ky. Ag Research & Testing has 28 corn locations with more than 13,000 yield plots and nearly 10,000 soybean yield plots.For spring 2018, Seed Genetics—DIRECT will offer nine conventional, five RR2Y, six RR2Xtend, and nine Liberty Link soybean varieties from 2.6 to 4.2 maturity. Additionally, SG—DIRECT will have access to Balance GT soybeans. Seed Genetics—DIRECT’s corn line up will offer 26 hybrids, ranging from 86 to 116 days in maturity. SG—DIRECT will have a large offering of conventional hybrids as well as a strong offering of GT, GTCBLL, GTCBLLRW, Viptera, and Artesian traits.“As the seed industry contracts from all the mega mergers and buyouts, it allows opportunities for expansion. From 2010 to 2016 independent regionals have grown 3.7% market share, showing that farmers prefer to work with strong independent companies. Seed Genetics—DIRECT plans to be a vital part of that continued growth,” Jeffries said. “If farmers are going to stay profitable in the current agricultural economy, they need to take the seed industry back from Wall Street.”Chris can be contacted at [email protected]; 740-505-0073; or P.O. Box 32, 9983 Jeffersonville-West Lancaster Road, Jeffersonville, Ohio 43128.