Actress Michelle Rodriguez was released from jail early, after serving less than a day of a 60-day jail sentence, authorities said Tuesday. Rodriguez was sentenced for violating probation terms after her drunken driving arrest in Hawaii. She was released Thursday from a Los Angeles County jail due to overcrowding, authorities said. The former star of ABC’s “Lost” still must serve 30 days of community service and remain on probation until June 2009, a spokeswoman for the city attorney’s office said. “Our prosecutors are not happy about it, but that is the sad reality of our overcrowded jails,” said spokeswoman Contessa Mankiewicz. Farina has decided to leave his role as New York police Detective Joe Fontana after two seasons on the NBC drama to pursue other offers and projects being developed by his production company, his spokeswoman, Lori De Waal, said Tuesday. The actor’s movie credits include “Get Shorty,” “Midnight Run,” “Out of Sight” and the upcoming “Purple Violets.” Farina’s departure isn’t the only change for “Law & Order,” which has a history of cast turnover. Assistant district attorney Alexandra Borgia, played by Annie Parisse, was killed in the season finale while investigating a murder. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The 27-year-old actress served five days in jail in Hawaii last month after pleading guilty to drunken driving. The Dec. 1 arrest in Honolulu violated the three-year probation term she was given in Los Angeles County in 2004 after pleading no contest to charges of hit-and-run, driving on a suspended license and drunken driving. Rodriguez’s “Lost” character, Ana Lucia, was killed off in an episode broadcast in early May. – Associated Press ‘Law & Order’ loses a detective Dennis Farina is turning in his “Law & Order” badge.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCSoybean basis continues to be on fire. My local processor increased their basis bid another 10 cents this week, totaling a 20-cent increase in the last 20 days. I’m seeing end users’ basis values increase in nearly all of the soybean growing areas. However, I have noticed that commercial storage locations are lagging the processors bids by quite a bit, my local elevator has only increased basis 2 cents in the last 20 days. Storing and not sellingBased upon conversations with many grain traders across the U.S., farmers have sold very little of their 2019 bean production. Usually farmers store their corn at home and deliver their beans at harvest, but many this year are instead storing their beans waiting for better values. A lot of farmers still think a trade deal will happen soon and a big rally in prices will follow. China exportsSome U.S. beans have been sold to China over the last few weeks. While this is good news, it’s important to remember that U.S. beans are more competitive globally right now. After March when South America’s crop gets harvested, U.S. export pace could slow considerably. This could keep futures prices under $9.50 in late spring and early summer.The market continues to hope for an end to the trade war and expects a swift price increase once its resolved. Unfortunately, despite a promising meeting with China three weeks ago, the likelihood for a quick trade war resolution seems to be fading. CarryoutOn a positive note, the bean carryout estimates decreased by almost half from last year. While this may sound impressive, it would still be the second highest carryout level in over 10 years. Supply and demandFor prices to improve, the national yield must be cut or demand must increase. We should know more about the supply issue by mid-January. Demand will need either an increase in the crush for soybean meal or an increase in exports likely from a trade war resolution.Another opportunity would come from a production problem in South America. This would cause world buyers to come to the U.S. to buy their bean needs. However, we are still 30 days away from getting into a weather market in the Southern Hemisphere. Corn harvest paceWhile it was the slowest crop ever planted, the harvest pace is only the third slowest ever. By this week in 2009 harvest pace was only 50% and in 1992 it was only 37%. This year is only 4% behind the 2017 pace. In only 6 of the last 32 years, was harvest not 100% finished by Dec. 1. In 2 of those 6 years it was below 80%, while the other 4 were above 95%. Currently we are on pace to be 90% done by the first of December. In 2009 we only had 79% done at the beginning of December and by Christmas we made it to 95% complete. The pace of this harvest seems as though it will be possible for most of the corn crop to be harvested by Christmas unless there are some big snow storms in the next couple of weeks. BasisWith the bean harvest 85% complete, and farmers unwilling to sell at these low prices, basis values have begun to improve as end users scramble to meet their needs. Hopefully, once corn harvest pace exceeds 85%, end user basis bids will begin to improve in the same way.Many farmers still don’t believe USDA data and are holding their corn hoping for a yield or acre decrease in the January report. This could mean basis bids will need to work harder to help motivate farmers with better cash values to sell before that report. FuturesWhile many farmers continue to wait for increased prices, end users seem to be interested in buying at or below the $3.70 futures level. One thing holding back a futures rally above $4 is that it would make U.S. corn less competitive globally, which would suppress export levels. Less exports means less demand and higher carryout, which usually results in lower futures prices.Without a major acre or yield reduction in the January report, corn futures could remain range-bound for a long time. If futures don’t rally it could mean that basis will be doing a lot of heavy lifting on the cash price this spring. Please email [email protected] with any questions or to learn more. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. 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Related Posts Spend some time with their Facebook or Instagram photos, dragging the best ones to your desktop as you spot them. There’s no shortage of photo printing services. CanvasPopprints photos directly onto canvas. Fracture specializes in printing photos on glass. StickyGram turns Instagram images into magnets. Artflakes makes Instagram stickers. PostalPix lets your order high-quality paper or aluminum prints directly from your phone. Printsagram does Instagram prints, memory boxes, calendars, stickers, posters and mini-books. Or there are tried-and-true general photo-printing services like Shutterflyand SnapFish. Note: If you’re still not finished your holiday shopping for 2012, the shipping deadline for most of these photo sites has passed. So you might be looking at a visit to Kinko’s or Walgreen’s.5. Buy Things Let’s face it. Buying things online tends to be more efficient and often cheaper. You also don’t have to deal with the madness of holiday crowds. That said, some items might be sold out online, past the shipping window for Christmas, or otherwise require a visit to an actual bricks and mortar store. Personally, I’m staying away from malls and big box shops for those local, in-person purchases. That’s just me. If you are ordering online, today and tomorrow are pretty much the last days you can place those orders and still expect them to arrive before December 25 without paying a big overnight shipping premium. You’re already cutting it awfully close, though. As you make purchases – whether online or in person – be sure to add an X to the “Bought?” column of your gift-tracking spreadsheet, which is hopefully accessible from your smartphone. Even if you do most of your shopping in person, using digital tools and doing online research can dramatically simplify the whole experience, leading to fewer bouts of last-minute mall fatigue and better gift ideas. Those of us who suck at giving holiday gifts are officially out of excuses. Lead photo by asenat29. john paul titlow Tags:#gifts#google drive#holidays#social media 3. Gather Social IntelligenceIt never hurts to ask a mutual acquaintance or another family member, but if you want to appear more thoughtful than you actually are, there’s another option: social media stalking. If the person happens to be active on Pinterest, congratulations. You’ll almost certainly find a great gift idea there, sometimes with a direct link to the purchase page. If not, browsing their pins can give you general clues about what they might like. Are they posting a lot of cupcake recipes? Maybe some cool baking gadget would work. Are their pinboards peppered with pictures of The Beatles? The band’s entire remastered catalog was just reissued on vinyl. Pinterest has general gift suggestions of its own, although there’s no personalized, social intelligence behind them. Of course, most people aren’t glued to Pinterest all day long. They’re on Facebook. Scroll through their list of “Likes” to get a better idea of what sort of things they, well, like. You can then plug some of those things into Etsy for unique, handmade gifts you couldn’t find in any mall on the planet. Or try a broader search on Google Shopping or Amazon. Speaking of Amazon, the company realizes how powerful all that Facebook data is, so it recently launched a new feature to make all of this a bit easier. The Friends and Family Gifting portal lets you connect your Facebook account to Amazon, which then allows the ecommerce behemoth to mine your friends’ interests and give you gift recommendations for them. The suggestions are little obvious: My friend Kyle told Facebook he likes the book Catch 22, so Amazon thinks I should buy him a copy. He probably already has one. But it’s still worth scrolling through Amazon’s recommendations for ideas. Even better, if the person has a wish list on Amazon, you can browse it from here. Facebook has its own Gifts feature, which lets you send people physical gifts, but they’re pretty generic and not personalized. 4. Still Stumped? Try PhotosIf all else fails, everybody loves photos. We’re taking more pictures than ever before, but most of them are languishing on a smartphone or Facebook album somewhere. Fortunately, there are a bajillion services for turning Instagram images and other digital photos into everything from refrigerator magnets to gigantic canvas-based prints. You can get photos printed on wood, glass or aluminum. Oh, and paper. A whole book of it, even. I am, historically speaking, not the best gift-giver. I like to think that I don’t drop the ball entirely, but I’m not one of these people who naturally and instinctively knows exactly what someone would love and where to get it. The trickiest part? Coming up with unique gift ideas, especially for people I don’t see on a regular basis. This year, things are different. Instead of stressing over the holiday gift exchange, I’m actually very much looking forward to doling out the things I’ve bought. And not once have I stepped anywhere near a shopping mall. It’s not that I’m any more thoughtful or creative of a person than I was a few years ago. It’s that the Internet is making gift-giving a hell of a lot easier. Last weekend, I carved out a few hours to dedicate exclusively to shopping for Christmas gifts.I didn’t leave the house.Instead, I fired up my Web browser, opened a Google spreadsheet and started surfing. With a mix of curated gift guides and social media-fueled intelligence, I came up with a pretty solid list of gifts within a reasonable budget. The clock is ticking, but if you’re looking for last-minute inspiration, my formula might work for you too. 1. Build A SpreadsheetUsing Excel, Google Docs or your choice of spreadsheet program, create a spreadsheet. This will serve as a central repository for gift ideas, budgeting and tracking. I prefer to use something Web-based so I can access it from my phone or any other device. Your gift idea spreadsheet should have the following columns: Person, Gift, Price, Where, Bought? and Misc. Notes. These columns will list, respectively, who it’s for, what it is, how much it costs, where to find it, whether or not you bought it yet (designated by a bold, capital X) and any miscellaneous notes worth keeping. If there a multiple gift ideas for a single person, they should each get their own line item to keep things organized and cleanly-budgeted.At the bottom of the Price column, add a SUM function so you can add everything up and keep track of your overall budget. 2. Preliminary BrainstormThere are some people you know so well that it couldn’t be more obvious what to get them for the holidays. Others either drop unmissable hints or simply hand you a list. For everybody else, you need to brainstorm. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of websites and apps that you can go to for inspiration. This year, I spent some serious time with a handful. Fab, The Fancy, Uncrate, Etsy and the Cool Hunting gift guide iPad app are all loaded with random ideas, which can typically be broken down by price, category and gender. And those sites are just the beginning. Scrolling through endless grids of handmade housewares, gadgets, foodie paraphernalia and winter fashions can put you in a trance. But it’s a goldmine of inspiration, if you can stay focused long enough (remember, this list is for them, not you).There are also countless publisher-curated gift guides for specific types of people. Virtually every site and magazine in tarnation publishes these things. Do you have a nerdy brother? Technophobic mother? Fashionable pets? There’s a gift guide for every odd combination of adjectives and people (or animals, apparently) in your life. Just Google around, adding the words “gift guide” to each search. You might want to include “2012” as well so you don’t get outdated results. As you come across ideas, keep track of them in your spreadsheet, dropping a link in for each one. That way if you come across something better later on, you’re free to choose. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…