first_imgTHERE were opening night wins for four clubs in the first round of the girls U14 Football Championship.In Group 4, Termon had a comfortable win over Letterkenny Gaels at the Tech playing fields in Letterkenny, dominating proceedings from start to finish.Elsewhere in the group, Milford had a very good win at home over near-neighbours Fanad Gaels whilst Na Dunaibh also had a very good win over Glenswilly in Downings. In Group 3 Four Masters beat Killybegs whilst the Bundoran v N Columba game was postponed.Aodh Ruadh play St Naul’s tonight.   OPENING NIGHT WINS FOR 4 CLUBS IN GIRLS U14 CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: April 15th, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegalLadies FootballResultsU14’slast_img read more

Kevin Durant, Draymond Green take ownership of their turnover issues

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceOAKLAND – Steve Kerr might want to scream a vulgarity whenever he disagrees with an officials’ call. The Warriors’ coach might want to break a clipboard when he becomes upset with his players’ effort.There is something else, though, that makes the normally calm and compassionate Kerr go into a rage. He goes ballistic whenever he sees his team commit silly turnovers. “We had just done all of that work down …last_img read more

760 learners will look smart thanks to Trust’s uniform

first_imgThe new school year is underway and the Peermont Childrens Trust (PCT), one of Peermont Global’s flagship Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programmes, is once again busy giving less fortunate primary school learners new uniforms as part of its support of nine after school care centres in Ekurhuleni.The Trust, which is supported by Emperors Palace, is giving 760 learners the opportunity to go to school looking as bright as new buttons as they are being kitted out in new school outfits, receiving everything from new school shoes to school bags.The uniform initiative is part of the Trust’s involvement with the after care centres which are situated in Vosloorus, Tembisa, Katlehong, Thokoza and Kwa-Thema and provide a safe haven for vulnerable children, from 22 affiliated primary schools.Apart from the school uniforms the children receive afternoon meals, after school care in a controlled and supervised environment at these centres in the afternoon during the school terms and food parcels for the July and December holidays, all thanks to the Trust.The after school care programme was initiated by the Trust as a supplementary programme to the Government School Nutrition Programme and has assisted over 8500 learners since the PCT, formally known as the East Rand Childrens Trust, was started in 2005, at a cost of nearly R11-million.Speaking about the uniform handovers Trust Chairperson, Tshidi Madima said, “The confidence and self-esteem of all beneficiaries are boosted every year by the provision of these school uniforms and very importantly give each learner a sense of belong”.The nine after care centres based at Thembakazi Primary, Fortune Kunene, Jongimfundo Primary and Nageng Primary in Vosloorus, Welamlambo Primary in Tembisa, Reahile Primary in Katlehong, Khangezile in Kwa-Thema and Maphanzela and Umkhathaize Primary Schools in Thokoza are also financially assisted each year by the running of the Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile.The above horse race annually brings 16 celebrities and 16 race horses together for the benefit of 16 worthy causes with the latter, which includes the after care centres, sharing R1-million after the race. First name: NomsaLast name: MqhitsaneEmail address: NMqhitsane@emperorspaklace.comTelephone: 011 928 1557last_img read more

Underestimate us at your peril, Phala warns Afcon opponents

first_img8 December 2015Bafana Bafana have arrived in Gabon to continue their preparations ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), Africa’s most prestigious sporting event, which takes place in Equatorial Guinea from 17 January 17 to 8 February.The South Africans’ preparations for the CAF Orange Africa Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea 2015 tournament, include a warm-up match against Cameroon on Saturday, 10 January, in Libreville.There is also another warm-up against hosts Gabon on the cards, the South African Football Association (Safa) said in a statement on Wednesday.‘Winning mentality’At a press conference ahead of the team’s departure, Safa president Danny Jordaan praised coach Shakes Mashaba for instilling a winning mentality in Bafana Bafana, KickOff magazine reported.“Previously we used to fight for draws in away matches. Shakes has changed that thinking,” Jordaan said.He said 2015 was lining up to be a very challenging year. “We currently have three teams in camp. I can’t remember the last time this happened in South Africa.“Equatorial Guinea is not the end of the road, it is the beginning of the road. We are in a group where only the best are.”Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula urged the team to make the country proud.“The players have come of age. This is a special moment for South Africa. We’re going to Afcon as competitors.“You have restored the pride and glory of the nation. If you win Afcon, it will be a glorious moment.“Go there and make South Africa proud. Our flag and national anthem will be restored among those nations.”‘Favourites’In an interview with Safa on Wednesday, Bafana Bafana winger Thuso Phala said anyone underestimating South Africa would be doing so “at their own peril”.Phala has returned to the national team, having played his last match in March last year against New Zealand in Auckland. Phala, who has been capped 14 times, scored his first international goal last Sunday, 4 January, helping Bafana Bafana to defeat Zambia.“I don’t think we can be seen as underdogs,” Phala said. “Going to the tournament most countries will be more prepared for us because perhaps they have been watching our tapes during the qualifiers … but if the other countries want to see us as underdogs, it will be to their disadvantage.“With the players we have, we booked our place in Equatorial Guinea with a game remaining,” the winger said. “I see us as one of the favourites in our group.”Phala said he believed the most difficult part of the competition was to qualify for the knockout stages. “But once you are through there, it’s anybody’s game.”He said this year the team’s focus will be on qualifying for the next round – “and then we could go all the way”.FULL BAFANA SQUADGoalkeepers: Brilliant Khuzwayo, Darren Keet, Jackson MabokgwaneDefenders: Siyabonga Nhlapo, Patrick Phungwayo, Anele Ngcongca, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Mulomowandau Mathoho, Rivaldo Coetzee, Thabo MatlabaMidfielders: Themba Zwane, Andile Jali, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Bongani Zungu, Thamsanqa Sangweni, Dean Furman, Thuso Phala, Mandla Masango, Oupa ManyisaStrikers: Bernard Parker, Tokelo Rantie, Bongani Ndulula, Sibusiso VilakaziGROUP C FIXTURESJanuary 19 – South Africa v Algeria – Estadio de Mongomo: 9pmJanuary 23 – Senegal v South Africa – Estadio de Mongomo: 9pmJanuary 27 – Ghana v South Africa – Estadio de Mongomo: 8pmAFCON 2015 FIXTURESAll times CAT (SA, GMT+2)Saturday 17 January 2015Equatorial Guinea v Congo – Estadio de Bata: 6pmBurkina Faso v Gabon – Estadio de Bata: 9pmSunday 18 January 2015Zambia v Congo DR – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 6pmTunisia v Cape Verde Islands – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 9pmMonday 19 January 2015Ghana v Senegal – Estadio de Mongomo: 6pmAlgeria v South Africa – Estadio de Mongomo: 9pmTuesday 20 January 2015Cote d’Ivoire v Guinea – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 6pmMali v Cameroon – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 9pmWednesday 21 January 2015Equatorial Guinea v Burkina Faso – Estadio de Bata: 6pmThursday 22 January 2015Zambia v Tunisia – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 6pmCape Verde Islands v Congo DR – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 9pmFriday 23 January 2015Ghana v Algeria – Estadio de Mongomo: 6pmSouth Africa v Senegal – Estadio de Mongomo: 9pmSaturday 24 January 2015Cote d’Ivoire v Mali – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 6pmSunday 25 January 2015Gabon v Equatorial Guinea – Estadio de Bata: 8pmCongo v Burkina Faso – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 8pmMonday 26 January 2015Cape Verde Islands v Zambia – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 8pmCongo DR v Tunisia – Estadio de Bata: 8pmTuesday 27 January 2015South Africa v Ghana – Estadio de Mongomo: 8pmSenegal v Algeria – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 8pmWednesday 28 January 2015Guinea v Mali – Estadio de Mongomo: 8pmCameroon v Cote d’Ivoire – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 8pmSaturday 31 January 2015Group A Winner v Group B Second Place – Estadio de Bata: 6pmGroup B Winner v Group A Second Place – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 9pmSunday 1 February 2015Group C Winner v Group D Second Place – Estadio de Mongomo: 6pmGroup D Winner v Group C Second Place – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 9pmWednesday 4 February 2015Quarterfinal 1 Winner v Quarterfinal 4 Winner – Estadio de Bata: 9pmThursday 05 February 2015Quarterfinal 2 Winner v Quarterfinal 3 Winner – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 9pmSaturday 07 February 2015Semifinal 1 Loser v Semifinal 2 Loser – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 8pmSunday 08 February 2015Semifinal 1 Winner v Semifinal 2 Winner – Estadio de Bata: 9pmSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Production problems and using futures

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The USDA report was neutral corn. Increased exports are supportive but a 2 billion bushel carryout next year is burdensome.The drop in next year’s bean carryout is was very supportive and I was surprised that the market didn’t close significantly higher. Perhaps “buy the rumor sell the fact” was in play.Wheat was extremely bearish. I don’t normally talk about wheat, but world carryout next year is projected to be 20% higher than what corn will be. Wheat is going to be fed around the world, long term I expect this to hurt corn demand and suppress both wheat and corn prices unless we have a drought.Last week USDA reported the corn crops looked fantastic, with 75% good/excellent ratings. After warm and dry weather, I expect the USDA will pull back on that estimate. Farmers and funds still remember 2012. While further doom and gloom could bring an additional price rally, I think current prices are a good opportunity to price some 2016 grain. People sometimes forget 2012 followed two years of below average rainfall, which is not the case for 2016.Most U.S. farmers need around $4.25 futures to breakeven or make a slight profit. While memories of 2015 when prices rallied to $4.50 and then dropped quickly to $3.50 are still fresh in my mind, it’s important to realize this is not typical. Usually prices are a gradual decline from the summer high to the harvest low. I suspect many will wait to see what the weather brings us over the next couple of weeks.Funds are still in charge, causing a wild ride for beans. Many processors have dropped basis recently and/or rolled bids to Nov futures, indicating they are “comfortable.” Exports have remained strong and support prices. If there would be any cancellations down the road, expect a bumpy ride in the bean market. The USDA report showed ample carryout this year though. So, there will continue be questions regarding acre counts and yield estimates, which will likely keep plenty of premium in the price for another 60 days. Weather and acreageIn the next 30 days we will get a many answers to questions we have been pondering for months. Weather is the biggest driver. It’s going to be warm, but will there be ample moisture? On June 30 we’ll know how many additional bean acres we gained and if we lost very many corn acres. Prevent plant acres should be lower this year with recent dryness. A month from now we find out if the national yield has dropped very much yet. The market has substantial risk built in and there will need to be justification for the premium to remain. The market places its bets before we know the answer and opportunity is usually gone by the time we actually have the answers we need. Market ActionOn Monday and again Wednesday last week, an order I placed 6 months ago hit at $4.28 and $4.38 on Dec corn futures against 5% of my planned production for each sale. As always, I hope for rallies, but will continue to sell at profitable levels.I am currently 55% sold using futures with another potential 25% in sales that vary based upon corn prices in late June, Aug, and Nov. At this time I estimate most of the calls will hit, meaning I could be near 80% sold with at least a $4.30 futures average. My goal is to be 100% done by September and have a start on 2017’s crop at values above 2016’s average. Production problemsOne of the best reasons to use futures for hedging, over direct sales to end users, is flexibility with production problems. Over the last couple weeks, clients who are approaching 80% to 100% sold for their 2016 corn crop, became concerned if earlier wet weather or now the dry weather would cause production problems and if they would be unable to fulfill their sales obligations. Using futures means these farmers had choices. 1. The obvious choice — just buy the futures back. This could result in a loss or a gain depending where sales were made initially and when the farmer buys the grain back.2. Alternative Choice — Move the sale from the current crop year to the next crop year. Why wouldn’t you just recommend a profit or loss?In many years there is a premium for selling futures contracts a year out. So, farmers buy back the sold futures for this fall and sell futures at the same time the following year. This allows farmers to pick up the spread profit between the two crop years. With the current rally in the markets the corn spread is actually a small loss today and beans are a bigger loss.While this may be a bad week to take option #2, during harvest the market situation could be different. Historically, it is: “I could make a premium by moving some bushels from one year to the next. It’s not necessarily a guarantee and it’s only with a very limited number of bushels, but it’s another grain marketing strategy that trends show makes a premium that I can use if conditions are right.” Comparing these choices with asking an end user to let a farmer out of a contractRegardless, both alternatives above are more flexible than a contract with an end user. There could be nearly a 20-cent per bushel charge to be let out of a contract or move a sale a year forward. Every end user is different and offers different programs. The elevator needs to make a profit on the grain that was promised to them. It takes time and energy to find other grain to cover the sale that a farmer previously had sold the elevator. The elevator needs to charge for this expense. Actually, they are doing farmers a huge favor when they let them out of contracts, even with an expense/penalty.There have even been cases where clients with grain priced on futures were approached by neighbors asking if they would be willing to sell their corn as silage. Since the farmers are priced using futures and not an end user, my clients were able to sell corn as silage for a premium.There is so much more flexibility and opportunities for farmers selling grain using futures. Most farmers should be taking advantage of this for the majority of their grain, and not be worried about production problems. While production issues can happen, usually it is limited in nature and less frequent than imagined.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 read more

Snowshoe Geocaching – A Video

first_img SharePrint Presents: FavoritesOctober 20, 2011In “Learn” Weekly Newsletter – International Geocaching DayJuly 25, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter” Presents: “The Rock”November 3, 2011In “Community” White fields of deep, powdery snow can’t stop geocachers from embarking on a high-tech treasure hunt. They simply adapt. Watch this video to follow along as geocacher Greg McCaddon, Totemlake, leads a group of eight on a snowshoe geocaching adventure in the postcard-perfect mountains of Washington State.Snowshoe geocachingGeocachers say snowshoe caching is like preparing for any winter sport. It’s recommended you dress in layers, bring water, food, survival gear and (of course) your GPS receiver loaded with nearby caches.Totemlake hosts a Hike of the Month for local geocachers. Watch the video to see the unique token that each participant receives and what goes into the cache on each Hike of the Month.Explore more than 30 videos in our gallery.  Share a video on “Basics of Hiding a Geocache,” watch a Travel Bug® move from cache to cache around the world and visit the highest and lowest geocaches in existence.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Perlas embracing tough challenge at Fiba Asia Women’s Cup

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Adamson breaks skid, stops Power Smashers for first win Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo from FibaAsia.comThe odds are stacked against the Philippine women’s national basketball team heading into the 2017 Fiba Women’s Asia Cup after being drawn in the same group with tournament favorites Japan and Australia.But more than facing a daunting task, Perlas Pilipinas coach Pat Aquino feels facing the top teams in Asia and Oceania is a big challenge that the team should embrace.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READcenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “It’s the way to level up. The only thing that can happen to us is to go up. It’s a challenge for us to compete with that kind of level,” Aquino told reporters during the PSA Forum Tuesday.Japan is a two-time Asian champion and will be led by 6-foot-3 forward Ramu Tokashiki, who is currently playing for the Seattle Storm in the WNBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAustralia, on the other hand, will be bannered by four WNBA players in Marianna Tolo, Katie-Rae Ebzery, Tessa Lavey and Laura Hodges.The Philippines, which is now ranked fifth in Asia, had a historic Fiba Asia stint two years ago after finally cracking Level I. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Aquino said this year’s team is not much different from the previous.Making up the PH team, which is also in the same group as South Korea, are Allana Lim, Afril Bernardino, Raisa Palmera-Dy, Camille Sambile, Claire CastroRounding out the team are Andrea Tongco, Janine Pontejos, Chack Cabinbin, Cindy Resultay, Jack Animam, Gemma Miranda and Amby Almazan.The Fiba Asia Cup is set on July 23-29 in Bangalore, India.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more