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‘He Remained a Devoted LNBA Member’

first_imgDespite retiring several years prior to his demise, the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) has eulogized the late former Ad Hoc Supreme Court Justice William B. Metzger, Sr., as a devoted member of the ‘black robe family.’Reading a tribute on behalf of the LNBA during wake-keeping over the remains of the fallen former judge at the Trinity Cathedral Catholic Church on Broad Street last Friday, a spokesman of the Association, Cllr. James Verdier, recalled the role the late Judge Metzger played to help inspire him and others to reach where they are today.Cllr. Verdier, who was recently nominated as Chair of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), further recalled that Judge Metzger—even in his retirement years— remained a staunch member of the LNBA and travelled with the Association to several parts of the country to attend annual conferences.Rt Rev. Hart Funeral DiscourseIn his funeral discourse last Friday, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Jonathan B.B. Hart, Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Liberia, challenged the bereaved family and friends of Judge Metzger to emulate his good Christian virtues.As a devout Christian, Bishop Hart remembered how many Sundays; he left Bomi Hills where he spent the better part of his life, to come to Monrovia for service whenever a Priest was unavailable to conduct Mass at the St. Paul Episcopal Church where he served as deacon.Supreme Court BenchThe Supreme Court Bench was led by Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor and Associate Justices, who in their tribute, expressed sadness over the home going of Judge Metzger, whom they described as a brilliant legal mind.Family TributeThe family tribute, read by one of Judge Metzger’s younger siblings, Mr. Clarence B. Metzger, narrated how close his brother was to the family, saying it did not matter how far apart they were, he was always in contact; and as such, important news about him was relayed from the United States where some of the family members reside.Judge Metzger died November 26, 2013 at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia after months of illness. He was in his 89th year.Attendees Among those who attended his funeral included members of the Cape Mount and Bomi Counties Legislative Caucus, Trial Judges of Liberia, and the Chairman of Unity Party, Cllr. Varney G. Sherman, among many others.He was buried in his hometown of Damballa on Saturday, after a night of wake-keeping.The late Judge Metzger was born on October 1, 1925 unto the union of Mr. Boima Kelkeh Metzger and Mrs. Jembeh K. Metzger in Damballa Town, Porkpa District, Grand Cape Mount County.“Bill”, as he preferred to be called, attended elementary schools in Damballa, and the Mambo Episcopal Elementary in Tewor, District and later the St. John’s Episcopal High School in Robersport as well as the Laboratory High, now William V.S. Tubman High in Monrovia, where he graduated with a Diploma.He later matriculated to the University of Liberia for a semester under the watchful eyes of Dr. T. Ebenezer Ward.From 1955-1962, he joined the former Liberia Mining Company (LMC) where he served as Mail Clerk and later Accounts Clerk. He served as Justice of the Peace and Associate Magistrate from 1962-1964, and from 1964-1970, the late Judge Metzger was appointed as Traffic Court Judge in then Bomi Territory; and was again promoted as Circuit Judge for Bomi County in 1978.He finally served as Ad Hoc Chief Justice for a Special Court Constituted at the Supreme Court of Liberia from 2003 to 2004.Judge Metzger was joined in holy matrimony with Marsay Manobah in Bomi Hills in 1955 and was blessed with several children; his wife predeceased him. Later in 1962, Judge Metzger and Bernice Stubblefield tied knots in Monrovia and the union was again blessed with several children.The late Judge was a member of several fraternities, including poro society, Grand United Brothers of Friendship (UBF), Grand Order of Odd Fellows (GUOOF), and Grand Junior Warden and Honorary Deputy Grand Master, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Masons, Republic of Liberia.He is survived by his widow Mrs. Bernice Stubblefield Metzger; his children William Jr., Wayne and Wilmot (USA), Winifred, Wilhelmina, Maima, Kula, Jenneh and Wilfred. Siblings: Dr. Kanda Golafale, Mrs. Miatta Metzger Sherman (USA), Momodu and Dao; several grand and great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and host of other relatives, including the Dagosehs, Konuwas, Mabandes, Sheriffs, Simpsons, Teahs, Shermans, Kamaras, Dunbars, Kannehs and friends in Liberia and abroad.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Manchester United forward eager to end goal drought against Liverpool

first_img Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney is confident of ending his Premier League goal drought against Liverpool this weekend after becoming England’s record goalscorer.The Manchester United captain surpassed his hero Sir Bobby Charlton in the scoring charts on Tuesday with a late penalty in England’s 2-0 win over Switzerland.Rooney has now scored nine goals in his last 10 England appearances, but for United, he has struggled of late.The 29-year-old has not scored in his last 10 Premier League games, but he hopes that will change on Saturday when Liverpool come to Old Trafford for Louis van Gaal’s biggest game of the year so far.“To achieve what I have, I would be lying if I said it didn’t put a spring in my step and make you want to carry on (scoring),” the United captain said.“I am very happy and grateful, but on Wednesday I go back to Manchester, get back into training and start focusing on Liverpool.“Hopefully getting two goals in the last two games will mean I continue scoring.”Rooney showed nerves of steel to fire a high shot past Yann Sommer in the 84th minute after Raheem Sterling had been fouled in the box.Having committed to play at least another three years for his country, Rooney will have many opportunities to go well beyond his current tally of 50 goals.The man himself is not prepared to estimate how many more international goals he has got left in him, however.“I won’t put a target on how many goals (I can score), but I am happy the record has gone,” he said.“It’s such a huge achievement, a great honour and it’s a night I will never forget.“Now I can continue playing for England without having to face questions about the record and I can continue to play and try and score more goals. Who knows where that will take me.” 1last_img read more

Writers: We’re ready to strike

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Staff Writer Television and movie screenwriters said Thursday they will go on strike for the first time in nearly 20 years. Four writers told The Associated Press that Writers Guild of America President Patric Verrone made the announcement in a closed-door session Thursday night, prompting loud cheers from the crowd. “There was a unified feeling in the room. I don’t think anyone wants the strike, but people are behind the negotiation committee,” said writer Dave Garrett. Writers were expected to announce when the strike would begin sometime today. HOLLYWOOD: Walkout announcement is expected today. Late-night television talk shows would immediately go dark. By Julia M. Scott Still, Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers president Nick Counter released a statement indicating a strike could still be averted. “We are ready to meet and are prepared to close this contract this weekend,” he said. At issue is how writers will be paid for new media such as DVD sales and digital downloads and how writers for reality shows should be compensated. Both sides are gearing for a fight. If a strike comes, television viewers will immediately notice a difference. Late-night talk shows that feed off current events and require fresh writing will go dark immediately. Production of television dramas and comedies such as “Heroes” and “Ugly Betty” will grind to a halt, but studios that have stockpiled episodes will continue to shoot and air them. Reality shows and commercials, however, will continue uninterrupted. Writers and actors have been fighting for years to reverse what they see as a huge mistake made at the dawn of home video, when no one was sure if selling movies on VHS cassettes would ever make money. The unions agreed to ignore the first 80 percent of revenue from the tapes and later DVDs, assuming most of the money represented the cost of manufacturing and distribution. Writers settled for just 1.2 percent of the remaining 20percent, a figure that amounts to about 3 cents on a DVD that retails for $20. Writers are now asking for their share to be calculated on 40 percent of revenue and argue the same formula should be used for digital distribution because studios have almost no costs associated with that technology. Studios argue that it is too early to know how much money they can make from offering entertainment on the Internet, cell phones, iPods and other devices. The impact of a strike could be substantial. It could cost more than $1 billion in lost wages, experts said. “You could have a very localized recession,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. But that’s only if the strike drags on for two or three months. David Smith, an associate dean at the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University, agreed. “It’s not a strong possibility right now but something to keep on the radar screen,” he said. A five-month strike like one in 1988, which cost $500million in lost wages, would easily amount to between $1billion and $2billion in lost wages now, Kyser said. A contract covering 12,000 workers expired late Wednesday night without a new deal. Members have already voted – by a 9-to-1 ratio – to let leaders call a strike if negotiations fail. In 2001, actors worked for two months without a contract, but it’s unclear whether writers will go that route. The motion picture industry is the third-largest employer in the county and a strike would reach far beyond a picket line of writers. The industry’s lucrative salaries mean that one entertainment job supports or creates 1.5 nonentertainment jobs. Businesses that feed off studio salaries, such as restaurants in Studio City and Burbank, are already hurting. At Big Screen Cuisine in Burbank, owner Scott Floman is bracing for the worst. “If they strike, it’s going to definitely take a turn into our business,” Floman said. About 70 percent of his catering sales come from feeding staffers on the set of movies and television shows. If a strike comes, Floman immediately will ask his head chef to “go lean and mean” with the staff, cutting back their hours so he does not have to let anybody go. Staff Writers David Kronke, Harrison Sheppard and Rick Orlov and The Associated Press contributed to this story.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

More banks tighten standards

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The Fed’s quarterly survey of senior loan officers found that 60 percent of the banks that offered nontraditional mortgages had tightened lending standards, up from 40 percent in the July survey. The Fed’s definition of nontraditional mortgages covers such products as interest-only loans and “Alt-A” mortgages that require limited verification of income. The survey found that 56 percent of banks still offering subprime mortgages tightened standards in the latest survey. However, the survey said 40 of the 49 banks surveyed said they are no longer offering subprime mortgages. Of the nine banks that are still providing such loans, five said they had tightened standards while four said lending standards were basically unchanged. The current credit crisis began with rising defaults in the market for subprime loans. Those defaults have already cost billions of dollars in losses and are expected to exact an even higher toll. Financial markets have been roiled since August with worries about how much bigger the losses will become. Citigroup Inc., the nation’s largest bank, announced on Sunday the departure of Charles Prince, its chairman and CEO, and estimated that it would take additional losses of $8 billion to $11 billion. More banks have tightened lending standards on home mortgages, the Federal Reserve said Monday in the latest sign of fallout from a spreading credit crisis. The Fed said many banks reported tighter standards for traditional prime mortgages, nontraditional mortgages such as “interest only” loans and for subprime mortgages, those offered to borrowers with weak credit histories. The Fed survey, conducted in early October, found that 41 percent of banks responding said they had tightened loan standards either “considerably” or “somewhat” for prime residential mortgages, those offered to borrowers with strong credit histories. The 41 percent figure was up from about 15 percent of banks that said they were tightening standards on prime mortgages in the previous survey, in July. The Fed’s survey covered 49 banks, including many of the nation’s largest. These banks account for about 75 percent of all residential real estate loans on the books of commercial banks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Traces of lead have been found in products made for animals

first_imgWhen Lane Nemeth, who founded Discovery Toys in 1978 and sold the company to Avon two decades later, decided to start a pet-products company a few years ago, one of the first things she did was to look for regulations about how to manufacture pet toys safely. She could not find any. “It was totally shocking,” said Nemeth, whose company, Petlane, sells items such as doggie tiaras and squirrel-shape chew toys. “I was stunned because I had come from such a highly regulated industry to one that has no regulations.” Following the pet-food scare this year, which is believed to have caused the death of at least 300 dogs and cats, and a spate of children’s toy recalls, which highlighted the problem of lead in products from China, pet owners have been stepping forward to ask: How safe are pet toys? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonIndeed. “We get e-mails literally every day from people across the country saying, `Hey, we note your product is made in China – is it still safe for my dog or cat?”‘ said Gerry Brostek, chief executive of Penn-Plax Plastics, which manufactures toys under brands such as Rruff Stuff and Purr-Pet. A year ago, he said, pet owners rarely inquired about safety. Although the concerns are different when it comes to pets – if a golden retriever loses a few IQ points, will anyone notice? – the inquiries have continued to pour in during the Christmas season, when people are most likely to buy pet toys. According to the American Pet Products Association, 56 percent of dog owners and 42 percent of cat owners buy their pets toys or other treats for Christmas, in an industry with $40 billion in annual sales. So far, there does not seem to be any cause for serious concern. Some companies, such as Petsmart, do test their products for lead, and some individual dog-lovers have taken matters into their own hands (call them the helicopter parents of the pet set), but nobody has stepped forward to report egregious problems. “Is there a risk to pet owners and their children who come into contact with these toys that these dogs have been slobbering on?” asked James R. Hood, who runs a Web site, ConsumerAffairs.com, that recently sent dog toys purchased from Wal-Mart to a lab that found trace levels of lead and other toxins. (Wal-Mart responded in a statement that the levels the lab found were “barely traceable” and that its own testing found the toys safe.) “A lot more lead will come off something when it’s wet and it has been partially digested in a pet’s mouth,” Hood said. “There should be standards to protect humans first, and we need to find out what level is safe in this application. Somebody needs to look into this issue.” Such initiative is unlikely to come from the Consumer Products Safety Commission, whose lack of resources was an issue during the recent toy recalls. In its 34-year history, the commission has never recalled a pet toy because it was deemed hazardous. “We do not have jurisdiction over pet toys or pet products,” said Scott Wolfson, a commission spokesman. “Our jurisdiction would only come into play if we found that a pet toy or pet product was causing physical harm to the owner.” Lead is dangerous to animals as well as people. According to the Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health, many species are susceptible to lead poisoning, but it is most common among birds and dogs, who, like children, face higher risks in older homes with lead paint. Symptoms of lead poisoning in dogs include “hysterical barking,” vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions and blindness. And many pet owners do worry about their animal’s mental faculties. One product sold by Petlane is described this way: “The Hide-A-Squirrel will not only keep dogs occupied and eliminate boredom, but it also develops a dog’s intelligence and puzzle-solving skills.” Toys often carry warnings that they should not be left with unsupervised pets and should be discarded at first sign of damage. Dogs tend to “eat first and think later,” said Bernadine Cruz, a veterinarian from Laguna Hills. “I always tell new pet parents that if you thought it was difficult to child-proof your house, it’s even more difficult to pet-proof your house because it’s more likely your dog will chew on electrical cords and toxic plants.” Parents have nothing on pet owners when it comes to fretting: The term “pet food recall” was searched on the Internet more than twice as frequently “toy recall” during those respective commotions, according to Hitwise, which tracks Web usage. The lack of lead-paint restrictions for pet toys was the subject of television news reports and discussions on pet blogs such as Pet Connection, Itchmo and Dogster. Web sites for home lead-testing kits started recommending their products for pet toys. “When the pet-food issue hit, you started getting a little bit of noise, but once the toy recalls kicked in, it really ramped up,” said Brostek of Penn-Plax Plastics.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Shop boss who stole €315,000 to fee gambling habit escapes jail because of “impeccable character”

first_imgA supermarket manager who stole more than €315,000 to feed his gambling addiction has escaped going to prison because of his previous “impeccable character.”Wayne Johnston pleaded guilty to stealing the huge sum of cash from the Cost Cutter Supermarket in Ballybofey to pay for bets with his Paddy Power online account. Letterkenny Circuit Court heard how the father-of-two put the jobs of up to one hundred people at risk because of his gambling.Johnston, who is in his 30s and originally from Thurles in Co Tipperary, stole sums of hundreds of euro to up to €3,500 before finally being caught.The court was told that the thefts had a huge personal effect on the owner of the business, Michael Doherty.The victim said nothing will ever take away the stress and worry as well as the sleepless nights and mental torture that himself and his family suffered.And he added that without the support of suppliers and partners, the jobs of 100 people would have been in danger.“I don’t think I’ll ever be the same person again. I lost a part of me,” he said.The accused told how Mr Doherty was more than just an employer to him and that they had developed a friendship outside of work.“When the gambling took over I was guilty and embarrassed for taking Michael’s money,” he said.He added that he never thought of the bigger picture and how it might put the jobs of one hundred people in jeopardy.“I’m so sorry for what happened. I was very embarrassed and ashamed and I didn’t realise I could have closed doors to his business. I knew I was taking the money but did not realise the damage I was doing to him or his mother and father,” said Johnston.He said he is now getting treatment for his gambling addiction and his wife Michelle is now in charge of all the family’s finances.His wife gave evidence saying that the family now speak openly about Wayne’s addiction and if he is ever feeling vulnerable.The accused said he now has plans to try and back the money to Mr Doherty saying he is prepared to pay €600 each month for the next 30 years as a way of compensating his former employer.Johnston is currently working for a courier company and his employer is aware of the court case.Passing sentence Judge John Aylmer said he considered the charge of theft of €315,303 merited a sentence of three years in prison while the other two sample charges merited sentences of 18 months each.However, he said there were many mitigating factors in the case including Mr Johnston’s impeccable character and that he had no previous charges.He added that he pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and that he had shown obvious remorse and shame at what he had done.He said Johnston had a history of a chronic, pathological and compulsive gambling addiction.The probation service report was very favourable and that it is unlikely that he will re-offend.Judge Aylmer sentenced Johnston to two years for the first charge and one year each for each of the other two charges to run concurrently.However, he then suspended all sentences and ordered him to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for three years.He also ordered him to continue to pay €7,200 per year to the victim.“This is simply a matter of honour for Mr Johnston to undertake and to pay it over to the victim for rest of his working life,” said Judge Aylmer.Mr Johnston wiped tears from his eyes and left the court with his wife.Shop boss who stole €315,000 to fee gambling habit escapes jail because of “impeccable character” was last modified: May 4th, 2018 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:BallybofeyCost Cuttercourtgambling addictionstoleWayne Johnstonlast_img read more

Woman stole €760K and blew it on high-end fashion

first_imgA 47-year-old woman who stole €760,000 from her employer has pleaded guilty to 20 sample counts of theft at Donegal Circuit Court.Tara Sweeney, with an address at the Glebe in Donegal Town, spent most of the money on high-end fashion goods purchased online. The thefts occurred at the County Donegal Education Centre over a six year period.Sentencing in the case was today has been put back until next March.The court was told that Tara Sweeney was an accounts administrator at the Donegal Education Centre from 2009 until 2015.RTE reports that she had no formal qualifications but was solely responsible for payroll and had full access to seven bank accounts.It was only in June 2015 when a new director was apppointed to the company that suspicions were raised about large amounts of money missing.Tara Sweeney resigned from her job and Gardaí carried out a search of her home. They discovered ten black refuse bags filled with documentation from her workplace.An expenditure analysis by a specialist accounting firm showed electronic credit transfers totalling over €760,000 going into accounts in her name.The court heard the balances in those accounts were moderate given the level of substantial withdrawals.Detective Garda Ciaran O’Brien told the court that the bulk of money was spent on high end fashion goods including designer handbags by Gucci and Prada, cosmetics, sunglasses, clothes, shoes, perfume and jewellery.The court heard that thousands of items were left in bags and boxes unused once they had been purchased.When interviewed by Gardaí, she admitted that she had made all of these purchases but couldn’t remember individual transactions.The court heard she was shocked at the figure of €760,000 thinking it was more in the region of €250,000. This amount she accepted, was also bad.Giving evidence in court, she said she found it difficult to explain her online shopping addiction other than to say she did it to make herself feel better.She had been under a lot stress in the workplace, had lost her mother and was bringing up her son alone.Tara Sweeney apologised to her family and former co-workers for the pain and distress she had caused.A psychiatric report described her as a loner who had suffered depression in the past but she showed no signs of mental illness and had accepted full responsibility for her actions.Peter Nolan, barrister for Tara Sweeney, said she had indulged in behaviour that was the ruination of her life.He said she had been chasing an illusion whereby purchasing thousands of luxury goods would sort out her life.He said Ms Sweeney was now unemployed and facing repossession of her house.He asked Judge John Aylmer not to send her to prison saying she had engaged in criminal activity but was not a “typical criminal”. Tara Sweeney had no previous convictions.The Judge deferred sentencing until next March.The County Donegal Education Centre have issued proceedings in an effort to recover some of the monies lost.Woman stole €760K and blew it on high-end fashion was last modified: December 19th, 2019 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:courtdonegalFashionTara Sweeneytheftlast_img read more

Local teams earn home dates for NorCals

first_imgThe Arcata and St. Bernard’s girls basketball teams won more than just a North Coast Section semifinal on Wednesday night. They also earned the right to host a first-round NorCal Tournament game next week.And they will likely be joined in that regard by the Eureka girls.The NorCals is a 16-team tournament featuring the top four programs from each of the four sections in Northern California, with the top two in each section hosting a first-round contest.With Arcata and St. Bernard’s both …last_img read more

Warriors’ Andre Iguodala out vs. Kings

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *SACRAMENTO – Warriors veteran forward Andre Iguodala will miss Friday’s game against the Sacramento Kings, marking the third consecutive game he will miss because of a right hip tightness.Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that Iguodala will return “hopefully Monday” against the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena. After participating in morning shootaround on Friday, …last_img read more

John Deere announces extensive enhancements to harvesting equipment

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest New 12-row folding corn head introducedJohn Deere is helping customers improve productivity and profitability during harvest with enhancements to its grain harvesting equipment lineup. For model year 2016, the company is adding performance boosting features to its S-Series Combines, 600C Series Corn Heads and 600F HydraFlex Draper Platforms, as well as introducing a new 12-row folding corn head.Jon Gilbeck, division marketing manager for John Deere Harvester Works, says these are some of the most extensive updates to John Deere harvesting products since the introduction of the S-Series Combines years ago.“We are constantly listening to our customers and looking for ways to boost their grain harvesting productivity by improving the performance, quality, and technology of the Deere equipment they are using.  This includes enhancements to the combines as well as improvements to the different headers and platforms in the lineup.” S-Series Combine UpdatesJohn Deere is making some significant improvements starting with the workhorse of its grain harvesting equipment – the S-Series Combine. Internally, customers will notice a 12 percent larger cleaning sieve and a new shoe drive system with a beefed up, wider belt with double the tensile strength and durability.In shoe-limited conditions this new Dyna-Flow™ Plus cleaning system increases combine capacity up to 10 percent in corn and 13 percent in wheat and canola and reduces tailings as much as 28 percent. The combines are designed with stronger internal bearings, pulleys and support structure for increased durability and uptime.In addition, John Deere is making Active Terrain Adjustment™ available as a factory-installed option for all 2016 models of S-Series Combines. Active Terrain Adjustment automatically controls the fan speed and sieve/chaffer openings as the combine travels up and down hilly terrain. This optimizes the harvesting performance of the combine and minimizes grain loss on slopes. On uphill slopes of 12-16 degrees the results can be a $32-64 savings per acre while reducing tailings by as much as 35 percent. And when harvesting on declining slopes, the greater the slope and greater reduction in foreign material.To improve accuracy and reliability of yield data collected during harvest, John Deere introduces Active Yield with automated calibration. This feature greatly reduces the time operators spend calibrating the yield monitor and provides more accurate yield data from field to field. Active Yield is available as a field-installed attachment for 2016 S-Series Combines and is compatible with earlier model S-Series machines.Lastly, John Deere has added an onboard air compressor to new 2016 combines. This addition makes routine combine cleaning and maintenance more convenient, especially when operators are in the field or remote locations.“These enhanced features make the S-Series Combines even more productive when harvesting all types of grain crops, provide more accurate yield information, and allow operators to spend more time harvesting and less time with calibration and maintenance,” Gilbeck says.New in Headers and PlatformsAlong with the updates to the S-Series combines, John Deere is expanding its lineup of 600C Series Corn Heads and updating the 600F HyraFlex Draper Platforms. For the first time, the company is offering a folding 12-row corn head (612FC  model). The 612FC can provide productivity of up to 30 acres more per day versus harvesting with a traditional eight-row corn head and six more acres per day versus a traditional 12-row while reducing operating costs by 15 percent.  And John Deere is equipping all 600C corn heads with an improved row unit slip clutch and drive shaft interface for longer life when harvesting today’s more robust hybrids.For soybean and small grain producers, the company has taken many of the features unique to the recently introduced 645FD and built them into other models of HydraFlex Drapers, including the 630FD, 635FD and 640FD. These features include new streamlined end dividers that reduce grain loss and crop knock down; a wider center-feed section that increases material feeding by 15 percent to better match combine capacity; and 30 percent stronger reel fingers for greater durability and improved crop pickup.“These improvements, along with doubling the life of the reel finger support tube bearings on all HydraFlex Drapers, help producers harvest more acres per day with less downtime and lower cost of operation,” Gilbeck adds. “Collectively, the changes we made to the combines, corn heads and HydraFlex Drapers provide customers with the most advanced harvesting equipment available.”For more information on the full line of S-Series Combines, corn heads and platforms, see your local John Deere dealer or visit www.JohnDeere.com/ag.last_img read more