President Promises More Aid if Farmers Need It

first_img President Promises More Aid if Farmers Need It By Eric Pfeiffer – Feb 23, 2020 SHARE IF OUR FORMALLY TARGETED FARMERS NEED ADDITIONAL AID UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THE TRADE DEALS WITH CHINA, MEXICO, CANADA AND OTHERS FULLY KICK IN, THAT AID WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, PAID FOR OUT OF THE MASSIVE TARIFF MONEY COMING INTO THE USA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2020After months of hearing Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue tell farmers to not expect any additional trade aid in 2020, President Trump has apparently changed course. Via Twitter on Friday, Trump says if, “farmers need additional aid until such time as the trade deals with China, Mexico, Canada, and others fully kick in, that aid will be provided by the federal government.”According to Agri-Pulse, Perdue was asked as recently as Thursday, the day prior to the tweet, about whether there would be new Market Facilitation Program payments this year to which he responded, “Probably not.” He added, “I’m not advising any farmers to expect Market Facilitation Program payments. They’ve got to farm for the market and what it’s telling them and what their capabilities are from a production perspective.”USDA sources also told Agri-Pulse that they hadn’t received instructions to assemble a 2020 aid package but that the department could do so quickly.COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, that has struck China continues to leave uncertainty about the Phase One trade deal officially struck last month. Arlan Suderman, Chief Commodities Economist for INTL FCStone and regular HAT market analyst, told us recently, “China needed to be able to focus to get all the administrative processes changed in order to move forward with this phase one agreement and now it’s all hands on deck trying to control this disease at the top. So, that’s going to make it more difficult for them to focus on the changes they needed to make administratively to open the door for purchases of US ag commodities.” Home Indiana Agriculture News President Promises More Aid if Farmers Need It Facebook Twitter Previous articlePurdue Webinar to Cover Crop Insurance Decisions and 2018 Farm Bill SignupNext articleIndiana Pesticide Legislation Remains in Limbo Eric Pfeiffer Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

HTM Helicopters orders Airbus choppers for offshore wind operations

first_img“We thank HTM for their continued trust in Airbus Helicopters and our products,” said Thomas Hein, Head of Sales Western Europe at Airbus Helicopters. For their missions, which include passenger transport to and from wind farms and hoisting technicians to the wind turbines, the two helicopters will be equipped with a powerful hoist, floatation equipment, and a cargo hook, Airbus said. HTM will be the first operator to use the new five-bladed H145 helicopter in the offshore wind segment, according to Airbus Helicopters. Germany’s HTM Helicopters has ordered two H145 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters for offshore wind operations. The delivery of the first helicopter, a four-bladed H145, is scheduled for the fourth quarter this year, while the second aircraft, a five-bladed H145 will be delivered mid next year. The four-bladed H145 will also later be upgraded with the new five-bladed rotor system by HTM’s maintenance organization.center_img “Since HTM started offshore wind operations in 2008, they rely on H135 and H145 helicopters for their demanding operations.” Source: Airbus Helicopters The two new aircraft will be operated from HTM’s bases at Norden-Norddeich, Emden, Borkum, and Helgoland. last_img read more

Purple & Bold: DeMarcus Cousins’ injury opens a can of worms for the Lakers

first_imgIn the immediate aftermath, it felt like the Lakers needed time to process what happened. The news broke Thursday morning, and by midday, Kyle Kuzma was awkwardly fielding questions about Cousins as he was catching his breath from a USA Basketball practice. The organization likely needs a minute to catch its breath, too.But moving forward, the Lakers have to answer a lot of complicated questions about their team this year – questions that Cousins’ mere presence helped gloss over.While the Lakers have been cagey about identifying starters, it seems like a safe bet that JaVale McGee will be in the opening night lineup. The 31-year-old had a bit of a career renaissance, starting 62 games while averaging 7.5 rebounds and a career-high 12 points per game. During the middle of the season when he was struck with pneumonia, McGee struggled to find his footing once he got back, but as a starter, he’s proven at least serviceable for what the Lakers need him to do.But McGee’s starting role invites a larger question, one that is almost painfully obvious: Why wouldn’t the Lakers start Anthony Davis at center?The simple explanation is that Davis doesn’t want to. He said as much in his opening press conference, when he joked with Frank Vogel that he would play center if they needed him to. And frankly, the Lakers need him to. They have one open roster spot (and may be able to add another if Cousins is declared out for the season), and that probably gets used on a minimum big man at some point. But even though there’s a lot of names on the market (Joakim Noah, Nene and Amir Johnson are all available), none of them approach what the Lakers expected from Cousins, who even injured averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds for the Warriors last season. Kuzma could play some minutes as a small-ball center, but that didn’t work out so well last season, and the relatively slender 6-foot-9 wing can’t bang quite as well as Davis can.That would seem to add up to more minutes for Davis at the five. But NBA TV’s Jared Greenberg reported Thursday night that a Lakers source said the team didn’t want to play Davis “big minutes” at center, even though that might be his most effective position in an increasingly space-oriented NBA.Davis is a passable 3-point shooter (33.1 percent), but the Lakers’ other options on the wing seem as though they would be more effective spaced around Davis in the middle. Once Davis, McGee and LeBron James are sharing the floor, it gets crowded in the paint quickly.One reason the Lakers might not be so quick to push Davis inside is that he has powerful leverage over the team for the next year. As much as the organization has used language to suggest Davis will be in Los Angeles for a long time – Rob Pelinka said at his introduction that Davis would be a pillar “for many years” – the fact is that Davis is only under contract for one season. His agent Rich Paul, never one to be pushed over, has indicated multiple times that Davis will enter free agency next summer. While there’s been every sign that L.A. is where Davis wants to be, nothing is guaranteed – something best illustrated by Kyrie Irving’s relationship with Boston over the last year.There is a powerful motivation for the Lakers to not only keep Davis happy, but also keep him safe and healthy. While the “back-in-my-day” crowd will crow over how seven-footers in the ’90s would never gripe about having to play center, it’s a much more physical position than power forward. There’s bigger bodies, harder elbows and a tougher toll. Cousins, a comfortable option as a starting center, was just taken away, so there’s even less cushion for the Lakers if Davis has to miss time. Even though there’s a strong case on paper that a lineup with Davis at center is the Lakers’ best option, the team could determine that the risk is too great to make that the most-used group over 82 regular season games.There was always going to be an awkward dynamic caused by Davis’ desire to play power forward and a potential basketball need for him to play center. Cousins’ presence helped push that to the backburner. But one of the unfortunate collateral issues by his torn ACL is probably that this dance jumps into the forefront, as the Lakers try to find ways to compete and win games while keeping their new star – who they mortgaged their future to acquire – happy and healthy in the process.Even though the present is dominated by concern and hope for Cousins, the Lakers also have to feel that their margin for error just got thinner.COMING UPUSA Basketball’s week in L.A. comes to a conclusion on Friday night at 7 p.m. when the national team scrimmages with Spain. Kyle Kuzma is the only Laker up for a roster spot: The team will cut down to a final group of 12 after this week, then head to Australia shortly afterward while tuning up for the FIBA World Cup in China next month. He’s facing competition from a big man group that includes Miles Turner, Mason Plumlee, Brook Lopez, Khris Middleton, Harrison Barnes, Jaylen Brown and P.J. Tucker. The game will air on NBA TV.– Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Linking to the finish …More on Boogie: Here’s our story from the DeMarcus Cousins injury and fallout with the Lakers.The schedule is out: Take a look at the most challenging stretches and biggest games for the Lakers during the 2019-2020 season.Lakers, Clippers are the big tickets in town: Mirjam wrote about the rising prices for both L.A. franchises.Kings prepare for life with Luke Walton: What Sacramento players had to say about their new head coach (who is the Lakers’ old head coach).Brook Lopez shakes off the past: The former Laker center has only good vibes to share about his L.A. tenure.LeBron’s school continues to grow: Here’s what’s happening in Year 2 of the I Promise School.More schedule-palooza: Howard Beck from Bleacher Report had an interesting podcast with the NBA’s schedule-makers that should clear up a lot of misconceptions. Editor’s note: This is the Friday Aug. 16 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.What does it feel like to lose what you never had? For Lakers fans who were excited to see DeMarcus Cousins suit up this fall in purple and gold, it still feels like a gut punch.The reaction in Los Angeles – and around the NBA at large – is one of heartache. The last two years have transformed DeMarcus Cousins from one of the most polarizing players in the league to someone who was easy to root for: Coming back from an Achilles rupture in his left leg over the last year-and-a-half wasn’t easy, and playing just a month-and-a-half after a torn quad in the playoffs showed his toughness in the Finals.But injuries are not simply about how tough you are: All the grit in the world can’t stop an unfortunate twist of fate like the one that now has led to his ACL tear in the same leg.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Michael Conlan seeks ‘redemption’ against Vladimir Nikitin in first meeting since fixed 2016 Olympic fight

first_imgNEW YORK — Michael Conlan could have opted to bury his painful Olympic experience in the past.He’s not doing anything of the sort. Instead, Conlan is pushing the experience to the forefront and wearing it on his chest like a badge of honor. “I do believe that everything happens for a reason,” the 28-year-old said, looking back on the ordeal. “It’s not something I’m bothered with. I’m happy with the journey I’ve been on so far, I’m happy with my trajectory so far and how everything has gone according to plan, so it’s good.”Plus, he views this shot at redemption against Nikitin as a springboard for a memorable, life-changing 2020.”I will be a world champ in 2020,” he said, “but I’m not getting ahead of Saturday night.” Conlan ordered custom sweatshirts and T-shirts with the word “Redemption” scrawled across the chest for he and his team to rock during the promotion for his fight against Vladimir Nikitin on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. The word is accompanied by a green hand-wrapped fist (as a salute to his Irish heritage), with the middle finger representing the “i” in “Redemption.”Conlan and Nikitin have fought twice, with the Russian winning by decision each time. Their first fight, a 2013 scrap, had Nikitin edging Conlan on the cards. Fair enough. However, their second bout took place at the 2016 Rio Olympics, when the Irish fighter clearly won all three rounds and left Nikitin visibly worse for the wear. Yet, the fight was once again scored in the Russian’s favor.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearConlan felt like he was robbed. He and his team called out the judges from the International Boxing Association (AIBA) for a corrupt ruling, but it didn’t do anything to reverse the decision. Had he won, Conlan would have advanced in the Summer Games to face Shakur Stevenson, who became the WBO featherweight champion in October. Conlan battered and cut Nikitin so badly in that fight that the Russian was unable to fight Stevenson in the semifinals.The AIBA was stripped of its Olympic status in June as a result of the scoring of that bout and won’t organize qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Games.While the trying experience was more than four years ago, Conlan says recalling it via the T-shirt is necessary — and not for selfish reasons, either.“I know a lot of people who have been screwed over in life and this is a way they could say f—k you to anyone who has done it,” Conlan told Sporting News ahead of Wednesday’s press conference. “This rematch is bigger in terms of what it could mean for people. I think it’s why people can have an attachment to this rematch because if you have a shot at redemption against someone who screwed them, you grab it with both hands.”Nikitin maintains that he won both fights.”We fought twice, and I won both times,” the Russian fighter, who turned pro last year, told reporters following his media workout Tuesday. “I know this is the professional game, and I am happy that I have the chance to prove that I am once again the better fighter.”After getting bounced from those 2016 Olympics quarterfinals, Conlan turned pro the following year and has amassed a 12-0 record, with a unanimous decision over Ruben Hernandez in March and a ninth-round TKO of Diego Alberto Ruiz in August counting as his body of work thus far in 2019.last_img read more

Ex-Leaf falls into AHL skipper’s post with Springfield Falcons

first_imgFormer Nelson Leafs star Brad Larsen was recently named head coach of the Springfield Falcons, Columbus’s American Hockey League affiliate.“We are very pleased to announce Brad Larsen as the head coach of the Springfield Falcons and are excited to have him working with our prospects in the American Hockey League,” said Blue Jackets Assistant General Manager Chris MacFarland, who oversees Springfield’s hockey operations for Columbus.“He has a tremendous amount of passion for coaching and the game of hockey and will bring great energy to the rink every day.”Old-time Leaf fans will remember Larsen as a rugged left-winger who played for the Heritage City franchise under the guidance of co-coaches Rob Wright and Ed Cooper. Larsen helped guide Nelson to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title in 1992 as the Leafs knocked off the Spokane Braves in six games.Larsen, 34, joined the AHL Falcons as an assistant coach prior to the start of the 2010-11 season after concluding a 13-year playing career in 2009-10 with the AHL’s Portland Pirates.He appeared in 294 career NHL games from 1997-2009, registering 19 goals and 29 assists for 48 points and 134 penalty minutes with the Colorado Avalanche and Atlanta Thrashers.He added 1-3-4 and 13 penalty minutes in 25 Stanley Cup Playoff games, helping the Avalanche reach the 2002 Western Conference Final. Colorado’s fourth pick, 87th overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, he spent the first seven seasons of his pro career in the Colorado organization before joining Atlanta midway through the 2003-04 season. The native of Nakusp played in 384 career AHL games totaling 96-121-217, 475 penalty minutes and a +14 cumulative plus/minus rating with the Hershey Bears, Chicago Wolves and Portland.He added 15-15-30 and 73 penalty minutes in 62 career AHL playoff games and helped lead Chicago to the 2005 Calder Cup Final with 11 points in 18 postseason games.Prior to starting his pro career and after his one year in Junior B with Nelson, he played his junior hockey with the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos from 1993-1997.In 238 career WHL games, he notched 249 points and was named to the 1997 WHL East All-Star Team.—With files from Springfield Falcons websitelast_img read more

Leafs hope Tuesday start of long, and successful, playoff run

first_imgWow, was that ever close.The Nelson Leafs waited until the final day of the regular season to clinch the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Murdoch Division title.Now the Leafs get fourth-place Spokane Braves in the first round of the Murdoch Division playoffs beginning Tuesday at the NDCC Arena.The Leafs match-up very well against the American-based Braves, winning seven of eight games played this season.However, three games went to overtime with Nelson capturing a pair in extra time.Nelson has out scored the Braves 31-18 in the season series, including a 6-2 trashing of Spokane in the final meeting between the two clubs January 31 in the Lilac City.Game one of the best-of-seven series goes Tuesday with Game two set for Wednesday.Puck drop is 7 p.m. both nights.The series then shifts to the Lilac City for games three and four, set for Friday and Saturday.If necessary, the remaining games set for March 3 in Nelson, March 4 in Spokane and March 5 in Nelson.Leafs without KIJHL scoring champ to start seriesNelson will be missing its top scorer Jamie Vlanich to begin the series said Leaf coach Frank Maida. Maida has the Trail native listed as day-to-day, but told The Nelson Daily Vlanich will definitely miss the opener of the series with an undisclosed injury.The loss of the team’s leading scorer puts a serious void in the offensive punch the Leafs can deliver.Vlanich, finishing the season as the KIJHL scoring champ with 35 goals and 62 assists for 97 points, missed the final two games of the regular season, including the thrilling 2-1 overtime decision Saturday in Fruitvale.Nelson rides Adam Maida as series starter in goalAnother key player in the Leafs drive to win the KIJHL title is also out of the lineup for the Murdoch playoff opener.Starting netminder Brad Rebagliati is on the shelf with a lower body injury.The Cranbrook native also missed the final two games of the season for Nelson.Starting in goal is Nelson’s Adam Maida, who was stellar during the division clincher Saturday.Backing up Maida is Kootenay Ice goalie Jason Mailhoit.Leafs can’t look past pesky BravesDespite dominating the season series against Spokane, Leafs coach Frank Maida is somewhat concerned with the opposition to start the Murdoch Division playoffs.“Spokane is a team that keeps hanging around so it’s important for us to come out ready to play Tuesday,” Maida said.“They’re a team that really turned things around after Christmas so we’ve got to have a strong start against them.”Spokane, led by Justin Bonanno and Kurtis Reading, is 9-4 since January 17.The run allowed the Braves to overtake the Grand Forks Border Bruins for the final playoff spot and come within a single point of third spot.last_img read more

MINISTER ADMITS THERE HAS BEEN A ‘SYSTEMS BREAKDOWN’ AS HE MEETS WITH WATER CHARGE PROTESTORS

first_imgProtestors make their voices heard outside Minister Joe McHugh’s office today. PIc by Donegal Daily.Junior Minister Joe McHugh has met with protestors outside his constituency offices in Letterkenny and told them “I have no problem with you protesting.”The group of approximately 12 protestors from the Can’t Pay Won’t Pay Group started their protest just after noon and plan to make it last 24 hours.Minister McHugh met with the protestors outside his offices at Lower Main Street and discussions about the water charges were very cordial. Passing motorists sounded their horns as the protesters bedded in for the marathon protest with plans for musicians to plays songs on the street later.One of the protestors, Independent county councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig, said he had personally no protest with Minister McHugh.He told Donegal Daily “This will be a peaceful protest and people will come and go throughout the day and we will make it last 24 hours.“We simply wanted to send a message to the Minister and to the Government that despite the climb-down by the Government, many will still not the pay this unjust tax,” he said. Meanwhile Minister McHugh said he had no problem with people protesting outside his office.He admitted his Government had underestimated the feeling of the public and had admitted their mistake.“We have made massive mistakes as a Government and we tried to be too ambitious. We tried to do something in eighteen months that other countries have taken a number of years to do.“It was a situation that we had people in Government not listening to backbenchers, not listening to TDs and not listening to councillors. There was a whole system default or a whole system breakdown there.“The Government has put up its hands and there were issues there surrounding privacy, etc but I think the big issue surrounding affordability has been addressed. “I still don’t think there is any way that we can get this issue one hundred per cent right,” he admitted.Minister McHugh added that he had absolutely no problem with today’s protest outside his office.“I have gone out and spoken to the people here today and my clinics continue as normal.“I appreciate people’s right to protest and they have been more than courteous to me today,” he said. MINISTER ADMITS THERE HAS BEEN A ‘SYSTEMS BREAKDOWN’ AS HE MEETS WITH WATER CHARGE PROTESTORS was last modified: November 21st, 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:donegalIrish WaterJoe McHughprotestlast_img read more

Airberlin sees deeper losses as Alitalia thrown temporary lifeline

first_imgRestructuring costs have pushed another member of Etihad Airway’s network of equity partners deeper into the red as debate continues about the future of Alitalia.Italy’s government stepped in last week with a bridging loan of up to 400 million euros to keep the troubled Italian flag carrier afloat while a decision is made about whether to sell it as a going concern or liquidate it.The Italian government has indicated it has no desire to renationalise the carrier and major investors have no appetite to put in more money after the airline’s workers rejected a restructuring deal that would have seen 1700 jobs cut and flight crew pay cut by 8 per cent.At the same time, Germany’s airberlin reported that net losses had widened from 446.6m euros in the 2015 financial year to 781.9m euros ($US852m) in 2016. The increase reflected 334.8m euros in restructuring costs but the airline also saw revenue drop as a result of a 4 per cent reduction in capacity and reduction in yield attributed to the threat of terrorism.The news remained poor for the first quarter of 2017 as losses widened from 182.3m euros to 293.3m euros, this time without the impact of huge restructuring costs.The airline said the first quarter was dominated by “the challenging structure of the old airberlin business model”. “Other external factors have had a negative impact including a ground staff strike at Berlin Tegel Airport and operational limitations of the airline’s new ground service provider, which led to flight cancellations and reductions in capacity,’’ it said.Airberlin announced the restructure in 2016 under former chief executive Stefan Pichler and new CEO Thomas Winkelmann said the airline had achieved “major progress” in three important areas.The airline is concentrating its route networks on flights within Germany and to major European cities as well as long-haul destinations such as the USA.It has reduced its fleet to 75 aircraft and cut its network from 387 destinations to less than 100.Thirty-five of 38 aircraft being transferred to Lufthansa Group under a wet lease agreement have been moved so far.Another 35 aircraft used to service certain leisure routes have also been transferred to Austrian low-cost carrier NIKI as part of plans to start a New European leisure carrier involving travel group TUI.Airberlin announced in December that it planned to sell its 49.8 per cent stake in NIKI to Etihad.A second stage of the plan is now pending regulatory approval of a joint venture between Etihad, NIKI and TUI.last_img read more

Ohio Sea Grant research gathering phosphorus signatures that can help in harmful algal bloom management

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Researchers at The Ohio State University are investigating new techniques to detect organic phosphorus compounds in water samples from the Lake Erie watershed. Their goal is to develop unique phosphorus signatures that can provide a clue to the origin of phosphorus found fueling harmful algal blooms (HABs).Paula Mouser, assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering and PhD candidate Michael Brooker collected samples from six different sources in the Sandusky River watershed: chicken, dairy and hog farm manure, runoff from farm fields with row crops, and wastewater treatment plant discharge, along with river water from farther downstream.Within each of those samples, the researchers detected between 100 and 300 different organic phosphorus compounds, based on preliminary study data. The results of this analysis will develop into a unique signature for each of the samples, showing both similarities and major differences. For example, the farm field runoff and the treatment plant discharge had the highest number of shared phosphorus compounds, while the manures had more unshared, unique formulas.“Right now we are characterizing what the phosphorus signature is for each of those sources,” Mouser said. “As the ultimate goal, once we know which phosphorus compounds come from each source, we can try to link those organic phosphorus compounds in rivers and lakes impacted by HABs to a likely upstream source location.”The researchers hope that pulling all of this information together will help guide pollution management strategies in the Sandusky River watershed by focusing efforts on specific phosphorus sources that contribute most to the total phosphorus going into the watershed.Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) have been a focus of Ohio Sea Grant’s work since 1971, when the Center for Lake Erie Research (CLEAR) was formed. Today, Sea Grant’s work on reducing and preventing HABs ranges from the local to the international level, and from supporting policy makers to educating locals about HABs and their impacts.Algal blooms reduce tourism income and overall quality of life near the shore, and algal toxins can cause skin rashes, GI symptoms, and liver and nervous system damage. Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab staff and researchers continue to study how HABs develop and what steps can be taken to prevent their formation and lessen their impacts on Lake Erie communities.The project is funded by Ohio State’s Field to Faucet Initiative and by the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative, which is managed by Ohio Sea Grant. More information about other projects in these initiatives is available online at go.osu.edu/habsinfo.last_img read more

Pivotal Tracker: Free No More

first_imgPopular Web-based agile project manager Pivot Tracker will start charging on July 19, 2011 – about six months from now. Pricing will start at $7 per month for teams with up to three collaborators. More information can be found in the company’s announcement and on its pricing page.Pivotal Tracker will remain free for some users: individuals, public projects (those with logs that are exposed to the public), non-profit users and educational users.Response from the community has been generally positive. This tweet sums it up: Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Tags:#hack#Tools klint finley How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts However, there are some legitimate concerns about the new pricing model. Since it charges per user, adding additional users to a project – such as clients -ratchets up the price considerably. Commenter dasil003 posts at Hacker News:I don’t have trouble paying for full-time dev collaborators, but the head count could become a pain point once you roll in various tangential roles such as management, support and sales, etc. I’m not sure the best way to handle this without opening loopholes, but I’m hoping they reach out to some of their users who aren’t quite so developer heavy as pivotal labs to discuss options.Surely a compromise can be reached.Technical writer Ryan Bigg provides a bit of Pivotal Tracker’s history:5 years (or around 1,826 days) is immensely long time for a Rails project to have been around. 5 years ago, Rails was at 0.9.4, very nearly at 0.9.5. This project was before Rails was mainstream. The Pivotal Labs crew have done a tremendous job on it, constantly upgrading its features and most recently overhauling the UI to something very, very hot. For 5 years, it’s been free to use for anyone and everyone, but now they would like to start charging for it and I think this is a great idea. With the Pivotal Labs team now electing to transform Tracker to a paid service, they’ll be able to dedicate more people to work on it and maintain it, leading to a better experience overall.This is a long time coming – hopefully it will work out well for everyone.last_img read more