Getting to ‘yes’
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As you lead your team, have you found you’re more apt to say “yes” than “no” when someone brings you a really good, innovative idea? Research says most of us lean toward the negative, according to this article from Inc., and that can be a problem.Inc. cites a University of San Diego experiment in which managers were found to be more likely to say “no” to ideas that customers were enthusiastic about. The experimenters found that “managers perceive the most creative ideas as impossible, even when those ideas are completely practical.”Think about that person who reflexively disagrees with you no matter what you say (and you know who they are). Doubting the people around you can become a seriously ingrained habit – and a dangerous one. What innovation are you missing because you initially perceive a good idea as being too risky or too difficult?Inc. had some suggestions for figuring out if an idea is worth taking a chance on – what they called “an adoption litmus test.” Here are the top things you should consider: continue reading »
Reggie Mitchell to the Big 10: A dream come true
REGGIE L. MITCHELL There are times when a writer needs that certain vibe, an impulse or inspiration, if you will, to get the first word on the page to start a story. Well people, I am here to tell you a couple of Friday’s ago, I was truly inspired. As a matter of fact, I haven’t been this inspired about a high school quarterback since the glory days of Major Harris at Brashear…Now that I have your attention let’s go on! It’s the opening round of the 2011 WPIAL playoffs for Shadyside Academy against Beaver, which has one of the best defenses in western PA. Quarterback Reggie Mitchell ran for189 yards and four touchdowns, and threw for another 57 yards. All this, I might add, without the services of his partner and major threat Dennis Briggs. (We’ll get back to him later).Most area high school football fans have heard about the extraordinary talents of Mitchell, the six foot, 175 pound, three year starting quarterback and cornerback. If not, allow me to get you caught up. Reggie Mitchell is the first Black quarterback in the history of the Shadyside Academy. A two-way starter at quarterback and cornerback, he was recruited by Maryland, Pitt, Ohio State and Penn State among numerous others. He recently decided to take his talents to the Big Ten Conference and play for the Badgers of Wisconsin. He admits that Ohio State was his first choice. This was due in part to a young man he looked up to and was motivated by as a football player, Terrelle Pryor.None of this happened overnight. For Reggie, it’s been a long time coming, but he has known for quite some time that he could play and that he would play at the next level.Although a talented basketball player, standout track man and golfer (shot an 87 at age 14), Reggie has always known football would be his sport. He can remember thinking about playing in the Big Ten as early as the sixth grade.It was against a star-studded Sto-Rox team as a 10th grader that he realized he could compete with anybody. In that game he ran for 50 plus yards, including a rushing touchdown and threw one as well.Reggie will be the first person to tell you that he has had a considerable amount of help during this journey. He is proud to say it started at home with mom and dad. His mom, Vicky Mitchell Taylor, who has an athletic background of her own, says she knew her son could really play as early as 8th grade when she recognized his seriousness about the game.His dad, Jim Taylor, aka “JT” (Yes, the one and the same as JT’s Ribs in Penn Hills) stressed the same thing to Reggie as he did to his other two sons James III and Brandon. The things he was taught as a young man and a very talented athlete in his own right, your job is to work hard, study hard and be the best person you can be at whatever you do. JT, who is Reggie’s stepfather, is quick to point out that Reggie is his son and has been from the first time he saw him. As he smiles at Reggie it is obvious that he is proud of his son. You see, Reggie’s biological father died at the much too early age of 30 after a brief illness.Along with his parents there are his trainers Maness Carner, Duane Brown and Vaughn Rivers, who starred at WVU. Last but certainly not least is someone Reggie gives a tremendous amount of credit and appreciation, his partner, best friend, teammate and motivator Dennis Briggs (I told you I would get back to him.) Briggs, a six-foot, 190 pound running back, wide receiver and free safety is credited with pushing Reggie to the max. Already recognized by Oregon University, Briggs is set to become Shadyside’s next superstar. He joins Reggie in setting his sights on getting a great education, having a stellar college career and oh yes…playing on Sunday afternoons.We all know that no athlete’s story is complete without recognizing the school and more importantly the coaching staff, which at Shadyside Academy is headed by Coach Dave Havern.I mentioned earlier that Reggie is the first Black quarterback in Academy’s history. I mentioned it, but they did not. Race is not important to the coaching staff at Shadyside. What is important is that Reggie is and has been a greater person off the field than he is on the field. In short, he has not had one problem off the field in his entire time at the Academy. Not many athletes can make this claim.With 40 years under his belt, the last eight at Shadyside Academy, Coach Havern recognizes Reggie as a one-of-a kind athlete. He has no doubt that Reggie will be a great player at the next level.Wisconsin Head Coach Brett Bielema made it clear early on that he wanted Reggie to be a Badger. Reggie knew he wanted to be a Badger the moment he set his talented 4.4 – 40 yard dash feet on campus at Madison, Wisconsin. He knew that is where he would call home for the next four years…or maybe three?I asked Reggie for some parting words that he could pass on to future stars who may admire him, as he does Pryor and Darrell Revis of the New York Jets. His response was this, “No matter what your current condition, make sure you understand what opportunities you have and take full advantage of them. Work as hard as you can and do not let your circumstances define you.”Having heard this, I’m sure it’s as clear to you as it has been to me all along that Reggie Mitchell is not only on his way to becoming a great college athlete but a great young man. I predict that we will be hearing a great deal more about him for years to come.GO MITCHELL! GO BADGERS!
Premier League gameweek 1 results round up
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UP TO 75% OF DONEGAL POST OFFICES NOW FACE CLOSURE – UNION
Communities across County Donegal are faced with the closure of half the county’s post offices within eighteen months, according to representatives of the Irish Postmasters Union this week.And as the crisis deepens, the postmasters were called to an urgent union meeting in Sligo at the weekend to hear a detailed analysis of the problems now facing the service. And the picture that has emerged is one of the bleakest ever scenarios for the future of Donegal’s seventy post offices.In fact, one postmaster told the Tirconail Tribune there is the very real possibility that An Post will close as much as 75% of its network in this county.Donegal has in the region of seventy post offices in the network, says Brian Cannon of Leitermacaward and that has fallen from one hundred and ten in recent years.He predicts that unless the Government takes immediate action as the main stake holder in the service, rural offices are about to disappear forever. As the Inishowen, Rosguill and Fanad Peninsulas into Dunfanaghy and Gweedore are faced with the closure of their remaining post offices, a public petition for the retention of the offices has begun this week and the community will travel to Dublin on February 26th as part of a nationwide protest outside the Dail.Back in the day the network in the Fanad Peninsula has seen office closures at Ballynashannagh: Tamney: Ballyheerin: Kindrum: Doaghbeg and Portsalon and only three offices remain…for the moment.This week the community has awoken to the realisation that all remaining five offices in Fanad and Rossguill are scheduled for closure, says the Union.There are deep concerns about the future of every single rural post office in Donegal, said Brian Cannon, postmaster at Leitermacaward.He says all they are getting is lip service from our politicians until the local elections are over: and then we will see the threats emerge into closures in the next couple of years.It has emerged that concerned postmasters have met this week withDeputy Joe McHugh at Milford to seek his party’s assistance in keeping rural post offices open. However we understand that the meetingachieved nothing by way of reassuring the postmaster that there is going to be any change of policy.In fact, said a number of postmasters the current policy of An Post to close post offices is Government policy and it is not going to be changed.The Irish Postmasters Union told members last weekend that the future of post offices is under the most serious threat in recent years. And the threat is so serious that unless and urgent action plan is put in place immediately most of the country’s network of 1150 branches will be shut down.The Union has pointed to the loss of revenue as a consequence of government failure to honour their commitment as laid down in the programme for Government to retain the network. The commitment says the Union included plans to increase footfall at these offices but the opposite has happened.An Post has completed the installation of post boxes outside of offices amid complaints that this decision has reduced drastically the numbers of people using the network to purchase stamps and other services that are available in the post office.The Postmasters Union points to the new departure by An Post to create a different services network outside of the company. This, they say includes services at Tesco stores, Supervalu and Green Apple filling stations.This service is called ‘Post & Pay’ and is having a serious impact on revenue in post offices. It has also emerged that the Social Welfare Contract which is An Post’s big earner could disappear within two year, says the postmasters.This contract believed to worth around €60 million to An Post only sees €20million going into the actual network and now the Dept of Social Welfare is about to seek a reduction in the cost of this contract.At the same time many in receipt of social welfare are using the banks since An Post has not allowed many of it’s smaller offices to process the banking arrangements.A spokeswoman for the Union told the Tribune: “Following the awarding of the welfare contract, An Post has tabled a proposal to reduce the rate paid for unemployment. This reduction, amounting to €4.6 million could result in the loss of up to 10% of their postmasters income.In those circumstances it would not be any longer viable to run the service.”It is also said that An Post may attempt to impose a new contract system on the postmasters that may do away with benefits they currently enjoy and which are factored into their income.And it is also believed the company is about to introduce a new model of remuneration that will reduce further the income of the postmasters.An Post is the biggest retail service network in the country with1,150 post offices and 170 postal agencies — most of which are operated by independent contractors who are paid on a transaction basis.Despite the closures, An Post has claimed Ireland still has one of the most extensive postal networks anywhere in Europe with 3.5 post offices for every 10,000 people. They are claiming that such a ratio ranked Ireland 3rd out of 31 countries in Europe.However it appears that regular mail now only accounts for 17% of An Post’s revenue. The single biggest income source is payment from the Department of Social Protection for the distribution of social welfare, which accounts for 35% of the company’s revenue, followed by the State’s savings products (30%).The major demonstration at the Dail is on February 26th with a number of coaches from Donegal now being organised.The Postmasters Union has secured an agreement with Deputies Seamus Healy and John Halligan to put down a private member’s motion in the Dail for the evenings of Feb, 25th and 26th. The motion will be supported by Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein but not by any government deputies.In the meantime, Cllr. Ian McGarvey, Mayor of Donegal is to travel with the Donegal group to the Dail to engage in an intense lobbying effort to save the post office network in Donegal.He told the Tribune that if the post offices are allowed to close it is yet another nail in the coffin for rural communities who’ve already seen most of their local services disappear.UP TO 75% OF DONEGAL POST OFFICES NOW FACE CLOSURE – UNION was last modified: February 13th, 2014 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)Tags:An Postdonegal
ANGER AS KITTENS DUMPED IN SEALED PLASTIC BAG AT ANIMAL VOLUNTEER’S HOME
The three kittens which were abandoned in Donegal Town.Three kittens were miraculously rescued after they were dumped in a sealed bag at an animal rescue worker’s back door yesterday morning.An Animals In Need volunteer was horrified to find the three kittens at the house in Donegal Town.The bag had no air-holes or ventilation and was tied tightly at the top with a plastic cord meaning that there was no chance of escape for the kittens, who had been abandoned there at some point between 9am and 12.30pm. The shaken volunteer said ‘Someone has come in through the side gate into my property despite there be a warning that we have a dog loose, and then they’ve just left the bag beside the back door, with no phone call or anything to let us know they were there.“What if we’d all gone to Dublin to watch the match like most of the County? My children would have come home tonight to find a bag of dead, suffocated kittens by their door.’Luckily they were discovered in time and the three kittens, two males and a female, are in reasonable health.One is much smaller than his siblings and has cat flu and an eye infection, for which he will now receive treatment. They are bewildered but seem friendly and once they are fully fit, these beautiful fluffy tabby kittens will be looking for new homes.In the meantime, an investigation is underway and CCTV footage is being viewed.If you have any information as to who dumped these poor kittens and left them to potentially suffocate, please contact the Animals In Need helpline on 087 1356188 (main helpline) or 087 7644420 (cat/kitten helpline). ANGER AS KITTENS DUMPED IN SEALED PLASTIC BAG AT ANIMAL VOLUNTEER’S HOME was last modified: September 1st, 2014 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) Tags:animals in needdonegalDonegal Towndumpedkittens
Flight disruption fears due to Ryanair pilot strike
Irish holidaymakers could face major disruption as Ryanair pilots plan to ballot on industrial action this week.The vote comes after Ryanair pilots in the UK announced they will strike over two days in August and three days in September.Irish-based Ryanair pilots with IALPA, the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association, will vote tomorrow (Friday) on whether they will also launch strike action. UK pilots who are members of the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) will begin their two-day strike action on August 22nd. They are planning a second strike for 72 hours on September 2nd.The dispute centres around demands for a consistent pay structure and a range of conditions, including maternity, pensions and insurance. Flight disruption fears due to Ryanair pilot strike was last modified: August 8th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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) Tags:FlightsryanairTravel
QPR v Ipswich Town: match preview, team news, facts and figures
Matt Phillips was expected to leave Rangers last monthKick-off: 3pm, Saturday 6 February 2016Referee: Charles Breakspear (Walton-on-Thames, Surrey)Match in a nutshell: Rangers aim for only their second home win since October against play-off chasing Ipswich.Five key battles: Including Nedum Onuoha against Daryl MurphyBetVictor.com preview: El Khayati can help QPR see off IpswichInjuries and suspensionsQPRRuled out: None.IPSWICH TOWNRuled out: Dean Gerken (shoulder), David McGoldrick (hamstring), Teddy Bishop (hamstring). Jonathan Douglas (suspended) Possible line-upsQPR: Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Luongo, Faurlin; Phillips, Chery, Hoilett; Polter. Subs from: Ingram, Lumley, Hill, Angella, Robinson, Kpekawa, Yun, Tozser, Doughty, Henry, Petrasso, El Khayati, Washington, Grego-Cox, Mackie.Ipswich: Bialkowski; Chambers, Smith, Berra, Knudsen; Skuse, Hyam; Maitland-Niles, Sears, Fraser; Murphy. Subs from: Henly, Foley, Malarczyk, Digby, Coke, Bru, Varney, Pitman, Toure. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesQPR total: D D W D L (6 points)Home: D L D D D (4 points)Ipswich total: W L D W D (8 points)Away: L D W W W (10 points)Top scorers – all competitionsQPR: Austin 10; Emmanuel-Thomas 5, Phillips 5, Polter 5; Chery 4, Hoilett 4; Onuoha 3; Fer 1, Hill 1.Ipswich: Pitman 9; Murphy 8; Fraser 6, Sears 6; Chambers 3, Douglas 3, McGoldrick 3; Maitland-Niles 2, Smith 2; Alabi 1, Bru 1, Oar 1, Tabb 1, Yorweth 1.Last five meetings26 December 2015: Ipswich 2 QPR 111 January 2014: Ipswich 1 QPR 317 August 2013: QPR 1 Ipswich 022 February 2011: QPR 2 Ipswich 014 September 2010: Ipswich 0 QPR 3QPR 4 wins, Ipswich 1 win, 0 drawsSee also:QPR v Ipswich: five key battlesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
A look at corn basis values
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCThe futures market continues to face an uphill battle with demand while the USDA’s reported supply indicates carryout could be back to burdensome levels. This is keeping a lid on futures prices. Corn basis valuesRight now, farmers are unhappy with cash prices, so they aren’t selling. This is making basis stronger. End users can’t control futures prices any more than farmers. The only way an end user can control how much supply they can source is to adjust basis. When supply is easy to source (i.e. harvest time), they’ll lower the basis bid. When it’s difficult meeting demand (i.e. planting time), they will increase it.The basis market can be as complex as the futures market for two big reasons. One, there are many companies trading grain by basis and moving product by vessel, barge, rail or truck from one basis market to another looking for inefficiencies in the cash market and trying to maximize profits from it. Two, the freight movement and the costs associated (i.e. fuel costs, back-haul rates, and regional freight demands) from this movement can vary a lot from region to region for many different reasons.For instance, if an end user has difficulty procuring supply, they’ll raise their basis. This can have several different possible outcomes. It may encourage local farmers to sell some grain. But it also could entice the transport of grain from outside of the end users local growing area from other farmers or grain elevators. It’s the process of moving grain from a lower-priced basis area to a higher-priced basis area.This constant bushel shifting and shuffling creates basis opportunity and why the basis values are always moving. Corn might be moving in one direction during the year, and a different direction months later. There’s also no guarantee grain will move the same direction or to the same end user every year. Why are basis levels so high right now?Reason 1: The addition of on-farm storage (i.e. bins, bags, etc) decreased the anticipated pressure at harvest on the whole grain complex and has continued on until now. Many elevators across the U.S. were reporting less grain delivered at harvest than many were expecting. Initially many believed it was due to lower yields; however, the March 29 USDA stock report suggests more farmers have stored more of their own grain at home. Reason 2: Farmers aren’t selling at these lower futures values, because historically if farmers wait long enough prices, specifically futures, have usually rallied. In 10 of the last 12 years, July futures eventually were above $4 after April 1. In 2017 (after the ’16 crop), July futures topped out at only $3.87 in June. And in 2010 (after the ’09 crop), July futures topped out at only $3.78 in May. As of Friday, July futures were at $3.69.These strong basis values may last until farmers know if they will have a good crop year, which is usually sometime after July 4. Market action — Basis saleIn the last 10 years, I’ve sold my cash corn to 8 different end users. Following lists all possible end users available near my farm in Southeast Nebraska:Two shuttle loaders within 10 milesTwo feed mills within 20 milesOne dry milling plant within 30 milesTwo ethanol plants within 60 milesMany large cattle feed yards are about 200 miles awayThe chicken industry is 400 miles away.It’s difficult to determine which end user will have the strongest bid until late spring or summer. I also rarely sell my grain to the same end user as the year before, because of the reasons listed above (i.e. different freight rates, regional growing conditions, export sales, ethanol demand, etc.).On our farm we almost never haul our own grain off the farm. While occasionally we will hire commercial truck drivers for local and long distant hauls, most of the time end users provide better bids when they pick up the grain on our farm directly. That could be because they have better freight rates or because they want flexibility to take the grain to different locations and look for the inefficiencies in the market.For our farm, basis levels are the best I’ve seen in several years. With farmers generally not selling throughout the U.S., it’s created good opportunities for me to maximize my basis profit potential. Usually, two of the end users listed above will have matching bids that provide the best opportunity for me to set my corn basis at any one time. In the last month my best bids were from four different end users. I have never seen such strong demand from so many end users at one time.While basis levels are strong, I still want to keep my grain stored as long as possible to capture as much market carry profit I can. However, I need to be sure the grain I’m storing every year stays in good condition. So, I usually core out the middle of my bins in late winter or early spring to remove the fines and check the condition of my stored corn.At the end of March, before the upcoming busy planting season, I set my basis at -28 against May futures with four different end users on 25% of my ‘18 production. This is much better than my -42-cent average basis for the last 3 years picked up on my farm. Since the March 29 futures collapse, basis in my area, as well as across the whole Corn Belt, has improved at least another 5 cents. This means my remaining stored bushels still have some opportunity left for potentially even higher basis prices than this recent trade. I’m not disappointed that I sold early because I needed to core the bins and the price was still better than what I was looking at even a month earlier. I always want the sale I make to be the worst sale of the year because I always have more grain to sell down the road.While futures prices may be disappointing right now the basis prices are very good. This is another example of why it’s important to maximize the profit potential within each factor that makes up the cash price (i.e futures, carry and basis) independently. Focusing only on the cash price limits farmers’ opportunity. Separating futures from basis allows me to maximize basis potential now, while futures values are down.Some in the industry are saying a significant futures rally could hurt basis values. Maybe, but last year futures rallied 30 cents in the spring, and basis went up too. Basis is a better indication of actual grain movement. As a general rule, when basis drops, grain is moving or demand is weakening. When basis is up, there is lack of movement or supply is limited. Basis can occasionally be a good indicator of potential futures market direction. 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. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results.
Crop rotation and second-year soybean yields
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, product manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.As harvest wraps up in across the eastern Corn Belt and plans for the 2020 crop are finalized, growers will determine what crops to plant and plan crop rotation across their acres. When considering crop rotations and yields, many focus on continuous corn and the yield penalties associated with that practices. However, there is one possibly overlooked benefit of crop rotation: avoiding a soybean yield penalty.In this article, the University of Kentucky’s John Grove discusses soybean yields for first year and second year soybeans from 2009 to 2016. Grove’s research data shows an average yield penalty of 2.3-bushels per acre across that 7-year period, with some years being showing yield losses greater than 10 bushels per acre. In another article from no-till farmer, Greg Roth shows data that predicts a 4- to 6- bushel per acre yield penalty for second year soybeans.Yield loses from continuous soybeans (and other continuous crops) are usually associated with increased disease presence as well as pests. Diseases that can over-winter on crop residue can be more severe for second year soybeans, especially in no-till production systems. Soybean cyst nematode presence can also increase with continuous soybean production. Additionally, weeds that are difficult to control in soybeans (marestail, etc.) can spread and rob yield as well.No-Till Farmer also published this article about managing risk in second year soybeans. Practices such as crop rotation, varietal selection, seeding rates, row widths, and tillage practices can be used to mitigate yield losses in soybeans. As growers look forward to the 2020 season, yield losses from continuous soybeans should be considered when determining acreage for crops to be produced.
Rain pounds Gujarat, throws life out of gear
Heavy rains hit normal life in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, while 10,000 people from rural and urban areas here were shifted to safer places after the Sabarmati river swelled. Officials said the number of people who had lost their lives due to the downpour in the State stood at 123 till Wednesday.In the last 24 hours, Ahmedabad alone has received 200 mm of rainfall, according to official figures.The Kalol tehsil in Gandhinagar received 370 mm of precipitation, including 240 mm between 8 a.m. and 12 noon on Thursday, according to the data.The district administration has ordered the closure of schools and colleges. Many private offices and shops did not open till late in the afternoon due to heavy rains.Following the release of water from the Dharoi dam into the Sabarmati river, teams of the district administration and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) shifted around 10,000 people, including nearly 2,500 from 11 locations within the city, during the morning hours, collector Avantika Singh said.“The release of water from the Vasna barrage into the river has also caused inundation of low-lying areas,” she said.Portions of at least 20 buildings collapsed due to heavy rains and water-logging. Three persons were injured when a building crumbled in the Gaekwad Haveli locality in the early hours, Ahmedabad Chief Fire Officer M. Dastoor said.“Three persons were injured when a building collapsed in the city. Parts of nearly 20 buildings collapsed since midnight, while 64 trees have been uprooted. Eleven instances of fire were reported due to short-circuits,” he said. “Our teams are also working in neighbouring Gamdi and Vanch villages to rescue the people stranded there due to water-logging,” Mr. Dastoor said.Runway floodedThe Ahmedabad airport runway was partly flooded due to heavy rains, though it did not affect the air traffic, its director Manoj Gangal said.Chief Minister Vijay Rupani toured the affected areas in a boat to take stock of the situation.The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation issued a warning to people not to venture near electricity poles and street lights as it might prove fatal due to the water-logging.Apart from Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Kheda also received heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours, affecting thousands of people who had to be relocated to safer areas.Meanwhile, rescue and relief operations are on in Banaskantha and Patan districts which were flooded due to heavy rainfall and the water released into the Banas and Sipu rivers from the Dantewada and Sipu dams a few days ago.