Mock draft: Forecasting Raiders’ first 5 picks

first_imgThe Raiders will control the tempo of the draft next Thursday night, when they hold a league-high three first-round picks thanks to the Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper trades.Oakland currently sits at Nos. 4, 24 and 27, but general manager Mike Mayock said at his pre-draft press conference he’d like to add more picks in the 20-60 range. Trading back from one of those first three picks would be the most likely solution to add capital in the second round.Here’s a full first-round mock that …last_img

Pork exports struggled in 2015 but finished strong

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Despite struggling for most of 2015, U.S. pork exports posted a strong finish during December, ending a tough year on a high note. December export volume was up 3% from 2014. For the year, U.S. pork and pork variety meat exports totaled 4.7 billion pounds in volume and $5.58 billion in value, down 2% and 16%, respectively from 2014.“Without a doubt, 2015 was a difficult year for U.S. pork exports,” said Becca Nepple, vice president of international marketing for the Pork Checkoff. “The West Coast port slowdown, market-access challenges, the strong U.S. dollar and strong competition led to last year’s decrease in exports.”However, pork exports accounted for 24% of total 2015 pork and pork variety meat production. Export value per head averaged $48.31, down 23% from 2014.“With projections for increased pork production this year, the Checkoff is committed to strengthening its partnership with our international customers,” Nepple said. “The National Pork Board has allocated funding toward focused in-country promotions of U.S. pork with the U.S. Meat Export Federation during 2016.”During 2015, more than 100 countries around the world imported U.S. pork.The top five markets in total pounds of pork exported were Mexico (1.585 billion pounds), Japan (895.5 million pounds), Canada (747.5 million pounds), China and Hong Kong (443.1 million pounds) and Korea (369.3 million pounds).The top five markets in total value exported were Japan ($1.586 billion), Mexico ($1.267 billion), China and Hong Kong ($778.8 million), Canada ($700.4 million) and Korea ($470.3 million).last_img read more

Iran’s Mobile SMS Up & Running; Will Twitter Start to Lose the Green Hues?

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting According to a report today from the BBC, Iranians are able to text message one another for the first time since the day before the presidential elections.SMS service, which political dissidents had used to spread messages and organize protests, has been restricted since June 11, causing many Iranians to use Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other social sites to broadcast and communicate.The BBC report stated that, according to Iranian news outlets, SMS capabilities are now unblocked but that users are experiencing massive technical problems. Some messages as old as three weeks were just now being received, and some messages were delivered multiple times.Iran’s broken digital communication infrastructure caused many Iranians to turn to services such as Twitter, using proxies to work around government restrictions for web use. Twitter became so integral to Iranians’ communication, particularly with the wider global community, that the U.S. State Department asked Twitter to postpone scheduled maintenance which would have occurred in the immediate aftermath of the election and resultant protests. Other services rushed to add Persian translation features.Hopefully, the unblocking of text messaging in Iran is a sign that communication channels are returning to normal. So, does this mean that everyone’s new favorite color, “Solidarity Green,” will begin to fade away from social web avatars sometime soon? Once the country and its government emerge from crisis mode, what news will come from Iran, and what will the Internet have to say about it? jolie odellcenter_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#politics#web last_img read more

Unruly mob disrupted visit to my constituency: former Tripura CM Manik Sarkar

first_imgFormer Chief Minister and leader of the Opposition in the Tripura State Assembly Manik Sarkar alleged that an unruly mob disrupted his visit to Dhanpur, his assembly constituency on Thursday. He demanded lawful action against the perpetrators who are targeting the opposition rank and file across the State.Mr. Sarkar said several people raised slogans and attempted to block his movement at Dhanpur. “Not that that all of them (protestors) exhibited muscle, but some were unruly,” Mr. Sarkar said.However, he said adequate security arrangements were in place in the area to facilitate his visit. “But I advised them [police] not to apply force against those who disrupted my movement,” the former CM stated.Dhanpur is located in Sepahijala district, about 48 km south of Agartala.CPI(M) sources said Manik Sarkar was to visit a party office in Dhanpur which was recently attacked and take stock of the situation.The ruling BJP denied that its cadres were linked with the incident. Party spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharjee said the locals could have expressed their anger against their MLA (Manik Sarkar) for some reasons.last_img read more

KaTropa make it

first_imgLady Warriors blank rivals In the end, it was the depth, playoff experience and shooting prowess that mattered largely for the KaTropa, who rained down threes in the middle quarters to put their elimination round tormentors away.The absence of proper spacing in the paint forced Troy Rosario to take his game from beyond the arc, firing four threes before halftime that shoved them slightly ahead and set the tone for the blowout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJayson Castro craftily bored holes in the Phoenix defense and fed Jericho Cruz and inside operator Kelly Williams, opening a double-digit advantage going into the final period.So fluid was the KaTropa offense that they just went through the process of counting down the minutes while protecting a 20-point lead. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img View comments With big boss Manny V. Pangilinan watching at ringside, TNT arranged a must-win tiff with league-leading San Miguel Beer in the next round.TNT 118—Rosario 18, Castro 17, Cruz 17, Pogoy 15, Semerad 12, Williams 11, Tautuaa 10, Reyes 5, Garcia 4, Tamsi 4, Paredes 3, Nuyles 2, Carey 0, Golla 0, Torres 0.PHOENIX 97—Wright 18, Kramer 16, Alolino 13, Jazul 11, Perkins 10, Chan 9, Mendoza 7, Eriobu 5, Intal 4, Guevarra 2, Wilson 2, Cortes 0, Dehesa 0, Gamboa 0.Quarters: 27-25, 54-49, 94-76, 118-97ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Phoenix reluctantly stepped out of Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night, never to return in this season’s PBA Philippine Cup.TNT KaTropa brazenly ushered the Fuel Masters to the exit with an overpowering 118-97 win in a knockout setting for the eighth and final quarterfinal spot.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more