Baseball Canada’s Women 21U Invitational …

first_imgGuyana go down 16-1 to NewfoundlandTHE Guyana Women 21U team yesterday played their first match in Baseball Canada’s Women 21U Invitational in Halifax Canada.The game against Newfoundland, one of Canada’s smaller provinces was the second of the competition.The Guyana Women, dubbed the Kanimas, got off to a slow start playing as the Home team for this game.Eight runs were allowed in the first innings and starting pitcher Sauda Smartt was moved to the outfield after being overcome with nerves as the first innings at bat saw the Kanimas hold their own, with a single from lead of batter Emily RamsuchitRamsuchit who then cleverly stole second, got to third on a passed ball and raced home on a double from Aletha Crandon to score Guyana’s first International run in clever style.Unfortunately it was to be the only run scored as Marisa Jahoor was taken for four runs in the second. The coaches made the decision to make the change early to Shamira Ramsuchit who steadied the ship giving up only 2 runs before handing off to Ianna Graham who closed the last two innings with 4 strikeouts and one run conceded by an error at shortstop.Graham was awarded player-of-the-match for Guyana as the team went down 16-1.Team manager Robin Singh, after the game, preferred to look at the positives, saying, “We did have a deer in the headlights moment but the recovery was evident and we competed well in the closing innings of the match.”last_img read more

Wellington City Council has another executive session to discuss interim City Manager; but takes no action

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — After another 30-minute executive session Monday evening, the Wellington City Council has still not named an interim city manager to replace Roy Eckert, who was fired recently. Yesterday evening was a work session so a vote would have been impossible anyway.Last week. after the regular meeting the council talked about naming an interim for 15 minutes, but then adjourned and decided to try again Monday. There is the possibility the council will not have an interim director.Before going into executive session Monday councilman Vince Wetta asked two city department heads, Shane Shields and Jason Newberry, what their thoughts were on having an interim manager. Those two would be prime candidates to be in that position, and at least one may apply for the city manager job.Both said they said they believed someone should be appointed as the interim.Newberry said he and Shields had talked about the situation, and they both plan to do their jobs regardless of who is selected as the interim.Shields said it would not be a problem to do his current job of finance director and be the interim city manager at the same time which he did in 2014 the last time the city was in this position.Currently, Newberry is running the day-to-day operations and Shields is taking care of the financial aspects. Newberry said it would be good to have someone in charge for things that come up from time to time.Also, at the work session Monday, the city council heard from Anna-Marie Keena with the Kansas State League of Municipalities, who told the council her organization has a program to help cities find a city manager.At a cost of just over $5,000, the league could do the recruiting and initial screening, and help the city through the process.She said the city would still set the time line and criteria.She said the league would review all the applicants and would pick the top ones for the city to consider, and the city could choose the last few finalists from there. Council members would still have access to all the resumes submitted.The cost for the service would be $5,280, which she said was a discounted rate since the city is a member.She would give each council member a survey to fill out to find out exactly what they want, and she would compile that information and use that in the search.She recommended using Skype for the first interview before finalists are chosen to bring in for personal interviews.Keena said the process usually takes about three months, but the city could set any time line it likes. She said she is not a headhunter, but would market the city to potential candidates.The last time the city did this was 2014 and they had 54 initial applicants.The agreement would be a year long contract, so if the council did not find a candidate it liked among the initial candidates, it could begin again.She said it would take some the load off the staff, and council members, by taking care of the marketing and initial screening.She said Wellington would be attractive to someone wanting to build their career. Since it offers a lot of services, it would be a place that would give a city manager a lot of good experience.They could also involve other people in the secondary interviews, and let the public meet the finalists if they chose to.The council also heard a preliminary report on the budget for the coming year. They will have to have the budget done by August 1, to meet legal deadlines.The council will have a special work session on the budget at 5:30 p.m. June 27.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (5) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +7 Vote up Vote down Small Town Boy · 217 weeks ago Anna Marie-Keena was very politically correct in the manner in which she called the City Manager of Wellington a stepping stone position (which it likely is). I’m just curious if she’ll offer advice on a smarter severance package in case the City Council and Mayor get an itchy trigger finger and fire the next hiree, too. Report Reply 0 replies · active 217 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down Jane Cole · 217 weeks ago Not to be picky but the opening statement implies, at least to me, that the council didn’t do what they should have last night. While i don’t agree with some of what this council does, who does, naming an interim city manager out of a work session would be illegal. I would expect that statement after a regular City Council meeting but not a work session. I hope that, during this time of change, people on all sides of this issue could come together and work together for what is best for this community. The backbiting and name calling needs to stop. This isn’t Burger King and you don’t always get to “Have it your way.” Report Reply 0 replies · active 217 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 217 weeks ago Is James Jordan eight years old? Please explain to him what a paragraph is. He is, by far, the worst writer I have ever read. Report Reply 0 replies · active 217 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 217 weeks ago Please people we have a DIAMOND Candidate all ready on the city payroll. There is no doubt we could not find a more dedicated individual than Shane Shields to run our city. He comes from a very fine family and him and the mrs’s have done an outstanding job raising their own. He has grown up right here in front of us all nothing to hide from anyone. He is very honest and knows exactly how this city should be run. He knows the laws, he knows the people, How can I put it so everyone knows HE IS EXACTLY WHAT WELLINGTON NEEDS. Report Reply 0 replies · active 217 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 217 weeks ago It sounds as though this partnership with the League of Municipalities is exactly what the City needs to help with this search, and the rate is much less than what I’ve seen other Cities spend on this kind of search in the past. Win-Win. Report Reply 0 replies · active 217 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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Middletown’s Seven Arrows Farm: More than Just Growing Produce

first_imgBy John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – Mike Meier and Megan Paska are in the business of farming organically, raising fruit and vegetables, some livestock and honeybees on a portion of a 20-acre estate in Locust.But there is a bigger picture and message to what these two young farmers/ business partners are doing.Mike Meier, left, with intern Amy Portman, is co-owner of Seven Arrows East Homestead in Middletown, and raises organic fruit, vegetables and honeybees in Locust.“It’s really about homesteading,” Meier said. “Sure this is our livelihood, how we pay our bills … but it’s about how we live.”Seven Arrows East Home­stead at 160 Hart­shorne Road sits on a sprawling estate overlooking the Navesink River that has been owned by the Knipscher family since 1959.Meier and Paska, who are working to grow sustainably and organically for themselves and others, began their first planting season this spring on the approximately 3 acres using a format called “community supported agriculture” or CSA. That is “a common business model” in the industry and means that their “mini-farm” is one that benefits all who participate, Meier said.“Your neighbors buy a share,” he said, though in this case, it extends to more than those who live in the immediate vicinity of the rustic neighborhood.Seven Arrows – the name was taken from the title of a book by Hyemeyohsts Storm – has about 30 shareholders right now. A share costs $660 for the season – 22 weeks at $30 a week. Seven Arrows already has a waiting list of people who want shares for next season.“It’s a shared risk, shared benefit,” Meier said. But more importantly, the shareholders “also feel very connected to what’s happening out here on the farm.”Megan Paska, co-owner of Seven Arrows, a mini-farm on Hartshorne Road, raises about 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables.Right now about 50 different varieties of fruits and vegetables – including tomatoes, kale, cabbage, cucumbers, green peppers, apples “and the most amazing garlic” – are being raised on about three-quarters of an acre. Along with the produce, they raise chickens, ducks, turkeys and goats.Paska, who is an expert on urban beekeeping and has a book being published on the subject, tends to about 10 hives on site and sells the honey.The farm is “also about fostering the romantic relationship with food,” Paska said.By that she meant, people get to see what is grown, how it’s grown and get to know who is growing it, something they are finding many are interested in. The business partners note that people are buying what is grown locally and want really good ingredients for those recipes they’re getting while watching The Food Network.“We’re focused on growing really dynamite food,” Meier said.“We don’t make a lot of money but we eat better than anyone we know,” Paska said.Seven Arrows East also operates a small farm market, open to the public on Sunday afternoons, where Meier and Paska sell the remainder of what they grow.Some livestock is raised on the farm.Marie Jackson, a CSA member who owns and operates the Flaky Tart bakery in Atlantic Highlands, isn’t only interested in getting fresh produce from the farm for her family. “Whatever they have, I try to snag for the bakery,” she said.She is especially partial to tomatoes and uses them in the bakery’s tomato tarts, which “have a cult following.“I’m so in awe that they came here, working the land, raising these beautiful things that we’re privileged to enjoy,” Jackson said. “That’s what we’re looking to do, aren’t we? We’re looking to grow healthier things, grow it locally, support our neighbors and create a community – and they’re doing it.”That community they have created also includes a yoga retreat, operated in a cottage on the farm property by friend Summer Quashie.“We’re trying to be living examples of sustainability,” said Quashie, as customers and clients also look to sustain mind and body.“The farm and the yoga are intertwined and will continue to be so as long as we grow here,” Meier said.For Paska it’s all connected in what she calls “living aesthetically … living your life, growing your food, helping people feel more connected.”Seven Arrows is East Homestead is located on a portion of a 20-acre estate in Locust.Meier, 26, who is originally from South Florida, and Paska, 33, who hails from Baltimore, Md., got to know each other when they were living in Brooklyn. Quashie, 37, who grew up in Middle­town, was also living in Brooklyn, operating a yoga studio. Paska and Meier were involved in urban farming there, with Paska beekeeping and Meier running a rooftop farm for a company called Brooklyn Grange.“I knew after that experience I wanted to continue growing and farming,” he said.The three relocated after finding out about the property from mutual friends who said the owners might be interested in leasing land for farming. Paska and Quashie live on the property in separate cottages. Quashie operates her yoga retreat there, catering mostly to weekenders from New York, and conducts yoga lessons a few evenings a week. Meier lives in Middletown, where he also works with Impact Oasis, a not-for-profit organization that works with autistic adults. Meier is helping that organization establish its own small farm, he said.Meier and Paska hope that the CSA model catches on in the area.“If we could crank out a few new farmers who can do this,” Meier said, “that would be great.”last_img read more

Telemundo reassigns mayor’s girlfriend

first_imgLOS ANGELES: When the ex-anchorwoman’s suspension ends, she’ll cover Riverside. By Alice Walton CITY NEWS SERVICE The KVEA-TV reporter/anchorwoman suspended over her romantic relationship with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will return to work as a Riverside- Following an investigation by the station, KVEA general manager Manuel Abud was reassigned and news director Al Corral was suspended for two months without pay. Ibra Morales, president of the Telemundo station group, which oversees 16 of the Spanish-language network’s stations, was also reprimanded. The mayor announced June 8 that he and his wife, Corina, were separating after more than 20 years of marriage. She filed for divorce four days later. Salinas had covered politics for KVEA, including stories on Villaraigosa’s effort to gain control over the Los Angeles Unified School District. She also covered Villaraigosa when he traveled to New York City in March 2006 and Sacramento three months later. At the end of last year, station managers agreed to reassign Salinas so her job would not involve stories about Villaraigosa, citing “a friendship that had developed between the reporter and the mayor,” according to a memo Telemundo President Don Browne sent to the station’s staff last month. In April, Salinas became a temporary news anchor and read lead-ins and other materials involving stories on Villaraigosa and politics. On June 8 and June 11, Salinas read stories about Villaraigosa’s separation in what Browne called “a flagrant violation of these guidelines.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! based general assignment reporter, a station official confirmed Monday. Executives at the station’s parent company, Telemundo, suspended Mirthala Salinas Aug. 2 for two months without pay after determining her relationship with the mayor had violated Channel 52’s ethical standards. When she returns to work next Monday, Salinas will be assigned to the station’s Inland Empire News Bureau, according to KVEA spokesman Victor Franco, who said he could not elaborate on the reasons behind the decision. Villaraigosa spokesman Matt Szabo declined to comment on the announcement. The couple’s relationship was first disclosed by the Daily News in July. last_img read more

GAA: FANAD GAELS GAA CLUB NEWS – SPECIAL CLUB DONEGAL OFFER

first_imgGaeil Fhánada Notes.Lotto Results:Numbers drawn were 4, 9, 10, 13, 14, Bonus 6. No jackpot winner. €100 Niamh Blaney, Rossnakill. €50 Mary & Fiona, c/o Marian McFadden. Jackpot standing at €6900. 100 Club Draw:Gaeil Fhánada have launched a 100 club draw. Tickets are €20 Monthly or €240 for the year with €13,000 in prizes. Contact any committee member for a ticket.Accomodation for All Ireland Gaeltacht:Tá liosta de loistin B&B timpeall ceantar an rinn agus Dungarbháin ag Fiona. Duine ar bith atá ag lorg tuilleadh eolais faoin loistin seo uaithi cuir ríomhphoist chuici ar [email protected] agus seolfaidh sí an liosta chugat. Fiona has a list of Bed and Breakfast accommodation around the Ring and Dungarvan area. Anyone wishing to get the list should e-mail her at [email protected] so that she can send you the list. Under 14 Girls:A reminder that girls U14 training is starting on Wednesday at 7.00p.m. in Tiralough. Please bring €2 euro for training and your own water bottle. Because some of the girls are unable to make it on Wednesday nights, starting next week training will be on a Monday instead. This is the only other day John can train the girls so we hope you all can make it. Also, any under 12 girls who wish to attend the training session may do so. We hope to get under 12 training started up shortly.Under 6, 8 and 10’s:Please Note; No under 6 training for the next few weeks due to the under 8 and under 10 blitz’s which start this Saturday, 18th in Downings with our under 8’s taking part. Training as usual on Friday 17th at 7.00pm in Portsalon for our under 8’s and 10’s. All fixtures for our under 8, 10 and 12 teams will be posted on Notice board in The Club House in Portsalon. Bord na nÓg would like to thank Roisin Logue for all her help with these fixtures. For any further info, contact Martin on 074 9163472.Underage Jerseys: Any underage players who have any of the Marine Harvest jerseys (Under 8, 10 or 12) could you please return them to Martin McAteer or Jerry Friel A.S.A.P.Under 12’s:Under 12 training every Tuesday evening at 5.30pm sharp in Portsalon. For further information contact Jerry @ 0863345583.Under 16’s: Under 16 training on Saturday’s at 10.30am in Trialough. Please bring €2, your own water bottle and gumshield. All new players welcome.Special Offer:The club is offering a special deal to any club member for entry to all League Matches including Championship and a Club Donegal Jacket, all for just €100.GAA: FANAD GAELS GAA CLUB NEWS – SPECIAL CLUB DONEGAL OFFER was last modified: May 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: FANAD GAELS GAA CLUB NEWS – SPECIAL CLUB DONEGAL OFFERlast_img read more

Raiders report card vs. Chargers: It wasn’t pretty or crisp, but it was a win

first_imgGrading the Raiders’ 26-24 win over the Los Angeles Chargers Thursday night at the Coliseum:PASS OFFENSE: B-minusIf it wasn’t for drives at the end of the first half and the end of the game, it would have been a disaster. Give the Chargers credit for the way they played defense, and also that the Raiders were able to get the job done in the clutch. Derek Carr was 21 of 31 for 218 yards and had a 9-yard touchdown pass to Alec Ingold. He had more pressure than usual and was sacked three times …last_img

Your Accelerated Eyes

first_imgWhen a beam of light hits your eye, a chain of events is set off that is really quite amazing.  Kendall J. Blumer (Washington University School of Medicine) describes a little of it in the Jan. 1 issue of Nature.1  You don’t have to understand the following description; just be glad you don’t have to operate your retina in manual mode:Light streaming into the eye is detected by specialized neurons (photoreceptors) in the retina.  In response to light, a coordinated series of molecular events � the so-called phototransduction cascade � is triggered in these cells (Fig. 1).  Photons excite pigment-containing proteins called rhodopsins, which then switch on the protein transducin by loading it with the small molecule guanosine triphosphate (GTP).  When bound to GTP, transducin turns on a phosphodiesterase, an enzyme that breaks down cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP � another small molecule).  High concentrations of cGMP open specialized ion channels in the outer cell membrane.  Thus, by reducing the concentration of cGMP, light changes the flow of ions across the membrane of photoreceptive neurons, producing an electrical signal that is necessary for communicating with the brain. (Emphasis added in quotes.)Now that’s just to turn the signal on.  When the light stops, it needs to be turned off quickly.  Normally, it would take too long for this process to reverse, but the retina has a standard procedure that takes care of it:But this presents a problem.  Photoreceptor cells can turn off in less than a second in response to a brief flash of light.  In contrast, the hydrolysis of GTP by transducin requires tens of seconds to complete, making it difficult to understand how such a mechanism could account for the rapid turn-off of photoreceptor cells.  To get around this problem, photoreceptor cells possess a protein called regulator of G-protein signalling 9 (RGS9) that accelerates transducin’s ability to hydrolyse GTP.Blumer describes what happens when a person has a defect in this accelerator protein.  It can take tens of seconds to adjust to a bright room when walking out of a theater.  It can take tens of seconds to see when driving into a dark tunnel.  And perhaps the worst of all (for Rose Bowl fans): “Moreover, people with this problem also suffer from difficulties in seeing certain moving objects (such as balls thrown during a sporting event).”    Having one such accelerator protein would be amazing enough, but now – the rest of the story: “RGS9 is one of nearly 30 such RGS proteins, which regulate signalling by hundreds of receptors coupled to transducin-like G proteins in cell networks of the nervous, cardiovascular, sensory and immune systems.”Kendall J. Blumer, “Vision: the need for speed,” Nature 427, 20 – 21 (01 January 2004); doi:10.1038/427020a.We need to know things like this to avoid taking our bodies for granted.  This one deserves a little pondering.  Do some simple experiments; see how quickly your eye adjusts to different light levels, and think about all those little protein machines knowing just what to do on cue.    Poor Charlie.  The eye as he knew it was enough to give him cold shudders.  In 1859, biochemistry was not even a science yet.  Charlie must be approaching absolute zero by now.  A book preceding The Origin of Species by about 2900 years, by a wiser man (Solomon), makes a lot more sense after reading the above description:  “The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The LORD has made them both” (Proverbs 20:12).(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Woman at the head of supreme audit institution

first_imgSouth Africa’s first woman deputy auditor-general, Tsakani Ratsela. (Image: Auditor-General South Africa) • Tsakani RatselaDeputy auditor-general+27 12 426 [email protected]• South Africa’s Constitution • Government in South Africa • Thuli Madonsela on Time 100 Most Influential People List • Want to grow Africa’s economy? Include Women • Celebrating the Power of Women Gabrielle Ozynski Tsakani Ratsela, the first woman to be appointed national deputy auditor-general (AG), says her goal is to “develop a cadre of professional auditors”. In taking up the position, she assures South Africans that they will “continue to see a very high quality of service from our office”.On 1 April, Ratsela officially started her term as chief executive of the country’s supreme audit institution. She credits her background for her success: “I was strongly encouraged by my father, a lawyer, to study for a BCom at the University of Cape Town. And it was during my university holidays when I worked at accounting firms that I got to understand a bit more about the accountancy profession as a qualification, about the shortage of black people who enter the profession and the difficulties black people experience with the barrier of passing the board exam.“It was also during this period that I heard about Nonkululeko Gobodo, the first African woman to become a chartered accountant and now the chair of accounting firm SizweNtsalubaGobodo.”Inspired by Gobodo, she says, she decided she too was going to qualify as a chartered accountant (CA). “I finished university and came back to Johannesburg to finish my articles with PricewaterhouseCoopers. I passed my board exams and qualified as a CA.” From there, she chose jobs that gave her the opportunity “to make a difference, a real contribution. So much of the work I did in the public and private sectors has led to this role [as deputy AG].”Before her promotion she spent two years as the national leader of audit services at the AG. It has been a good fit: Ratsela points out that working for the AG has enabled her to realise her ambition of contributing towards a better South Africa, and given her the space to practise her “professional excellence to succeed” in what she does best – auditing.With her lawyer father and teacher mother as her role models, she adds that it is “commitment to excellence, perseverance and a passion for what I do that has got me to where I am today”.The AG’s officeWorking alongside the AG, Kimi Makwetu, Ratselas says she is “deeply committed to serving her country to the best of her ability”. Her goal as the deputy AG “is to develop a cadre of professional auditors”.“The office has done very well in conducting close on 1 000 audits. We do all sorts of analyses on the outcomes of the audits and spend a lot of time with our audit team. Our audits are of a very high quality and standard, and are comparable to the best in the world.“We have close on 500 chartered accountants in the AG office who play a big a role in ensuring our audits maintain a high standard. We use our skills to give the government, parliament and citizens the type of information that they can act on, to create a country where citizens have the benefit of a government that they know is accountable, capable, and truly represents their interests, and can enjoy the benefits of having a strong audit office.”Ratsela is also the accounting officer and chief executive of the Office of the AG and is responsible for providing the strategy direction and oversight, “essentially… guiding a very strong leadership team in the organisation”.The partnership between her and Makwetu is tantamount. “I share the responsibilities he has around managing stakeholders externally, around managing all three spheres of government and responsibilities in the international arena as well. We are members of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (Intosai), a worldwide affiliation of governmental entities. Its members are the auditor-general offices of nations.“The AG is called the supreme audit institution of the country because we were founded through the Constitution, and we have a constitutional mandate to support, and that’s similar to other offices in the rest of the world. At Intosai we learn from each other, we share experiences, we drive the type of initiatives that build the capacity of our various offices. We try to improve the standards of what we all do. The office has responsibilities at Intosai – our AG is also the chairman of the capacity building committee, an important strategic committee.“So we have responsibilities which stretch globally, to the continent and the region, all of which require time and effort. So it’s really about partnering the AG and ensuring that we do deliver on the mandate, and that we work as a team… I can assure stakeholders they’ll continue to see a very high quality of service from our office. The process is about driving increasing intensity in what we do, so that we can heighten the impact of what we achieve in promoting democracy,” Ratsela says.A Chapter Nine institutionThe Office of the AG is a Chapter Nine institution. These were established after the country’s Constitution came into effect in February 1997. This means that the AG operates independently of the government and any political party. According to the Constitution, the AG is required to report on the finances of all national, provincial and local government administrations. It has the discretion to audit any institution that receives money from the public, and its reports must be made public.According to its website, the Office of the AG, which was established in 1911, “has a constitutional mandate and as the supreme audit institution of South Africa, exists to strengthen the country’s democracy by enabling oversight, accountability and governance in the public sector through auditing, thereby building public confidence”.Ratsela joins other women in leadership positions in the country’s Chapter Nine institutions: Thuli Madonsela, the public protector; and Pansy Tlakula, the head of the Independent Electoral Committee; as well as deputy chairs: Dr Pregaluxmi Govender of the Human Rights Commission; Thoko Mpumlwana of the Commission for Gender Equality; and Julia Helen Mabale of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities.last_img read more

Use strategy to capture market opportunity

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Fundamentally, this market doesn’t have a lot of upside unless South America turns dry. It appears some farmers are taking advantage of these rallies to catch up on sales, but many farmers are still uncertain. This is why a marketing plan is so helpful. It can help take the uncertainty out of decision-making.SoybeansBeans showed some life after the new Argentina President announced his soybean export policy. Most likely, the soybean export tax will gradually disappear over a number of years. This may be bullish near-term as South American farmers will be rewarded for holding beans until taxes lower. However, long-term this may keep a lid on prices for several years.CornCorn continues to trade in a 10 cent trading range. There isn’t much demand in the world for corn right now.Marketing strategy – Capturing opportunitiesThis summer some of my new clients began selling grain on rallies. The strategy — start selling 5% of their production at $3.75 and then selling an additional 5% with every 10-cent increase. This strategy resulted in 50% of their production at an average sale price of $4.12 on the Dec futures.Clients using this strategy above were able to capture market carry on their sales. They received an 18-cent premium for holding their grain until June. Meaning their $4.12 sales against the Dec turned into $4.30 by holding the grain until July.Many farmers didn’t think making these rally sales last year were a good idea, thinking they should hold for $4.50, $4.75 or maybe even $5. I’m sure today many wish they would have sold more than they did when it hit $4.50. Even I wish I would have sold much more of my 2016 crop when I saw $4.50 futures. In these types of situations it would be best to remember the market carry premium, which can make early sales like those look much better.Basis opportunitiesThese sales also don’t take into account the movement of basis (difference between CBOT and local prices) from the middle of summer until now. Basis levels in the western Corn Belt went from -.40 last summer and before harvest to -.20 in the last couple of weeks. Basis changes in the eastern belt have been even more dramatic with -.30 common in the summer to +.20 being very attainable now. That means that farmers who did presell their grain using futures and captured the carry have the opportunity to sell their grain at even more profitable levels.Understand the marketThe market already knows how farmers think and market their grain. Savvy farmers understand how the market works so they can take advantage of the opportunities available. Occasionally farmers catch the market off guard, like in the fall of 2014 when farmers didn’t sell grain at very low levels causing a bump in prices, but that doesn’t always happen. This year end users aren’t making the same mistake as last year by not having enough coverage on at lower values.2016 should have opportunities for farmers too. However, a farmer needs to be ready and learn how to use the market to their advantage. I encourage all farmers to learn more about how to reduce risk and use the carry and basis to their advantage. By seeking advice from people who understand how the market works, farmers can increase their farm operation profits.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. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

10 months agoTottenham fullback Walker-Peters: I’ll be stronger for Barcelona performance

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham fullback Walker-Peters: I’ll be stronger for Barcelona performanceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham fullback Kyle Walker-Peters says he’ll be stronger for a tough Champions League draw at Barcelona.He was robbed of possession inside the opening 10 minutes by Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele, who raced clear and scored.He later picked up a booking and then was sacrificed in the second half as Spurs chased an equaliser that ultimately secured a last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund.”I learnt a lot about myself,” Walker-Peters said. “Two seconds after making the mistake, I was thinking, ‘You know, make sure you don’t die on the pitch!'”But I think I went on to actually play quite well. I think I’ve got a good amount of mental toughness, to be able to do that. But again, it’s all a learning curve for me.”Especially coming in the Champions League, in a stadium like that against such a good team. To be able to look past that… also with the help of my team-mates straight away.”Danny Rose came straight over to me and said, “Keep going”. Harry Kane as well, he said a few things to me. As we went to take the kick-off he just said, ‘Keep going. There’s plenty of time’.”That gave me confidence and that’s why I went on to play quite well.”It’s always going to happen once in your career. Now it’s happened I feel like I know how to deal with it. If it ever happens again – touch wood it doesn’t – I’ll know how to respond.” last_img read more