Nicolas Pepe in London for Arsenal Medical

first_imgArsenal opted for Pepe instead of Ivorian team mate Wifried Zaha because they can pay his fee in installments The German, who is under contract until 2021, wants to stay and prove himselfArsenal are keen to find an agreement for a loan or permanent transfer for Mustafi.Another centre-back possibly heading out of the Emirates is 33-year-old Frenchman Laurent Koscielny, with talks continuing to resolve his future.Last season’s captain is training with the under-23s and facing disciplinary proceedings after refusing to travel on Arsenal’s pre-season tour to the United States.Koscielny has a year left on his contract and wants to be released on a free transfer, but Gunners boss Unai Emery saw the defender as part of his plans for the coming season and will only let him leave for a suitable fee.Koscielny does not anticipate playing for Arsenal again and negotiations with interested parties are ongoing.Arsenal Technical Director Edu met with the Stade Rennes President Olivier Letang and Koscielny’s representative Stephane Courbis in London on Monday.The club is looking to bolster in central defence before the transfer deadline on 8 August and also retain interest in Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Arsenal are hopeful of confirming the £72m club record signing of Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe from Lille later this week.The 24-year-old arrived in London yesterday for a medical before signing a five-year contract.The Gunners are also in talks with a number of clubs over the possible departure of 27-year-old defender Shkodran Mustafi.last_img read more

Meulensteen: Mata will boost United

first_imgFulham boss Rene Meulensteen believes Manchester United will be massively boosted by the signing of Chelsea’s Juan Mata. United are expected to complete the capture of the Blues playmaker within the next 48 hours after a deal worth around £37m was agreed in principle.Meulensteen, who spent 12 years at Old Trafford as a coach under Sir Alex Ferguson, said: “I think he’s a great player and would be a great player for United.“It’s not really my business to comment, but he is a very good player and I do think he will definitely improve them.”Mata is due in Manchester for a medical this afternoon and is expected to sign a four-and-a-half-year contract with the reigning Premier League champions.See also: I expected to lose Mata to Barcelona or Real Madrid, not UnitedFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_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 [email protected]last_img read more

West Coast goes cage free

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Evin Bachelor, Law Fellow, Ohio State University Extension Agricultural and Resource Law ProgramStates continue to battle over whether eggs should come from cage-free hens or caged hens. When we last discussed the topic HERE in May, the governor of the state of Washington had just signed his state’s cage-free requirement into law.Iowa, the nation’s leading egg producing state, has gone the other way in trying to limit cage-free egg production.  Now, Oregon is set to ban the purchase or sale of eggs and egg products from caged hens starting in 2024.  However, Oregon’s law exempts eggs and egg products from caged hens if the sale occurs at a federally inspected plant under the Egg Products Inspection Act or if the caged hens were at a commercial farm with a flock of fewer than 3,000 hens.  You can read the text of the bill HERE.last_img read more

Backerboards – Winners against Water

first_imgI sat down one day and figured this out: two people each taking an 8-minute shower every day is equivalent to the tub surround seeing 100 inches of driving rain a year. That means we should be building our wet walls for tub and bath surrounds with the best moisture management we can muster. And just about everyone agrees that means using a non-paper-faced tile backer board. The question remains: which non-paper faced tile backer board?Enterprise Green Communities Criteria ChecklistFor those of us working with Enterprise Community Partners, the reference to consult is the Green Communities Criteria Checklist. It states:“7.9b: Materials in Wet Areas: Tub and Shower Enclosures. Use fiberglass or similar enclosure or, if using any form of grouted material, use backing materials such as cement board, fiber cement board or equivalent (i.e., not paper-faced).”Types of backerboard to considerThere are four major types of non-paper faced tile backer board from which to choose: cementitious, coated glass mat, fiber cement, and fiber-reinforced gypsum board. Only the first three are appropriate for wet areas, such as tub and bath surrounds.Cementitious boards have a cement core and glass mats on both sides to strengthen the board. Common examples include Wonderboard and Durock. These boards are relatively heavy and hard to cut, but they are very durable, dimensionally stable, and have a great bonding surface. While they don’t “care” if they get wet, they are not waterproof.Coated glass mat boards typically have a gypsum core with glass fibers sandwiched between fiberglass surface mats. The most common example is GP’s DensShield. DensShield has a waterproof surface and water-resistant core. It is much lighter and easier to cut than cementitious boards.Fibercement backer boards have reinforcement throughout the core but no differential facings. The most common examples of this type of backerboard are Hardiebacker and CertainTeed’s fibercement backerboard . In both cases, the fiber is wood rather than glass. These backerboards are less expensive than other backerboards and are relatively easy to cut and while moisture-resistant, they are not waterproof.The last type of non-paper faced backer boards are fiber-reinforced gypsum boards. These boards, while moisture-resistant are only appropriate for areas experiencing infrequent wet conditions. They include USG’s Fiberock. While these are great non-paper faced backer boards, they are NOT recommended for truly wet areas like a tub or bath surround and should only be used where wetting potential is slight.Material ConsiderationsA primary material concern for cementitious and fiber cement backerboard is the energy intensity of portland cement production. Fly ash, a byproduct of coal combustion, is sometimes used as a less energy intensive replacement for portland cement. Given recent scrutiny, the GBA Product Guide (based on BuildingGreen’s GreenSpec) only supports fly ash use where it reduces embodied energy of the product and is chemically or physically locked up so that the risk of leaching is kept acceptably low—such as in cementitious products (EBN editorial on flyash).GreenSpec uses publicly available information like MSDS to gather information on the ingredients in a product. Not all ingredients are listed on MSDS though. At times, GreenSpec will pester manufacturers and other industry-insiders and dig into patent literature in order to find whether there are unlisted ingredients of concern—particularly if the team becomes aware of a potential issue within the category. GreenSpec has recently partnered with the Healthy Building Network’s Pharos project (http://www.greenspecpharos.com/) in order to better support that kind of deeper dive. Pharos has not yet addressed backerboard; GreenSpec (and consequently the GBA Product Guide) takes a pragmatic approach, basing judgment on the currently-available information.Care should be taken when cutting any board product, particularly ones with silica, as airborne crystalline silica is a potential carcinogen. Products that can be easily scored instead of cut are preferred.While paper-faced gypsum board is recyclable and often made from recycled content, no backerboard product we are aware of is easily recycled—if there were, that would be a plus.Based on all this information, a stand-out product is one like DensShield because it has superior moisture performance and has a lower-embodied energy gypsum core.For more information on this topic, see Fine Homebuilding: Tile Backerboard Options.last_img read more

Google Wants You To Live Longer—Much, Much Longer

first_imgreadwrite Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts Google wants to hack the human lifespan. Today it launched Calico, a new startup with a hazy  focus on “health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases.”Calico will be led by former Genentech CEO Arthur Levinson, who was once a research scientist at the biotech pioneer, and who will remain chairman of both Apple and Genentech (which is now a unit of the drug company Roche). Google didn’t say what, exactly, Calico will do, although Google CEO Larry Page told Time magazine that it will focus on longer-term initiatives:“In some industries, it takes ten or 20 years to go from an idea to something being real. Healthcare is certainly one of those areas,” said Page. “Maybe we should shoot for the things that are really, really important so ten or 20 years from now we have those things done.” How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?center_img 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#Google#life extension Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

How Owning Outcomes Creates Greater Value

first_imgIt’s impossible to be a Level 4 Value Creator without owning the outcomes that you sell. Your clients expect you to be accountable for results, just like any member of their management team. Here’s how to own outcomes.Ensure Execution: The invoice you sent your client may note the product, service, or solution that you sold them, but that isn’t what they bought. They bought the outcomes your product, service, or solution was designed to provide them. You can no longer drop your solution off at the door and move on. Owning outcomes means that you help your client execute. It means you ensure that they get the outcomes they bought, even if you have to plead, prod, or push to get your initiative over the line. You own it, and making it works is value creation.Lead Your Team: Most of the people that execute what you sell don’t report to you. You don’t have any real, formal authority. But that doesn’t absolve you of your responsibility to lead your team. You have to ensure that your team executes for your client. This means you may have to ask them to do work in a different way. It may also mean you have to push for what you need. But that is only half of this equation. You also have to go and fight for what your team needs when your client isn’t helping your team to help them. There is nothing easy about this, and it is often complicated and political. But your ability to lead and deliver separates you from the pack as a value creator.Verify and Adjust: You need to hold regular meetings with your clients to ensure that what you do is still working. You need to verify that they are still getting the necessary results. Before serious dissatisfaction can creep in, you need to make adjustments to what you are doing. When something changes in your client’s world, you are either there to make the changes and help them or your competitor surely will be.Accountable to the Organization: Being accountable for the results you sell is one thing, but it is another thing to be accountable to your client and their organization. What you sell them may work for them, but being accountable to your client and their company as a trusted advisor, Level 4 Value Creator requires that you also be accountable for future results. You can’t rest on your laurels. You have to go back and visit proactive, then execute, and then proactively come up with what’s next. The more you believe and behave as if it your job to help your client succeed, the greater value you create, and the more valuable you become.QuestionsWho is responsible for ensuring your client can execute what you sell and achieve the outcomes you sold?How do you lead your team when you have no formal authority? How do you lead your client’s team?How often do you verify that what you are doing works? How often do you make adjustments?What is your responsibility to your clients, their organization, and their future results?last_img read more

ICP: FPGA-based accelerator card for deep learning inference

first_imgThe FPGA-based Mustang-F100 accelerator card from ICP Deutschland is designated for industrial inference systems. It is primarily used for deep learning inference in real time, for video and image processing as well as for the analysis of machine and sensor data. The Mustang-F100 is based on the Intel® Arria® 10 GX1150 FPGA and is equipped with 8GB on-board DDR4 RAM. Due to its parallelism and its high degree of configuration, which is inherent in the FPGA, the Mustang-F100 can handle changing workloads and different floating-points. It also supports a variety of topologies such as AlexNet, ResNet or Yolo Tiny.From classic object recognition to video and image classification to facial recognition or image segmentation, there are virtually no limits to the target application. Thanks to the integrated Intel® Enpirion® power solution, the Mustang-F100 features high efficiency (<60W TDP), power density and performance (up to 1.5 TFLOPs). The performance of the Mustang-F100 is additionally optimized by the compatibility with the Intel® OpenVINO™ toolkit. Different library functions, pre-optimized operating systems and pre-trained models accelerate the time-to-market decisively.Its low-profile with dimensions of 170x68x34mm and its standard PCIe Gen3 x8 interface enable an easy integration of the AI acceleration card. The assignment of an individual card ID allows a flexible use of several Mustang-F100s in inference system. As suitable inference systems the FLEX-BX or the TANK-870AI are offered. ICP supports customers in selecting and setting up the appropriate hardware.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Garz & Fricke adds software service provider e-GITS SoftwareNext Multiple shortcomings hobble autonomous vehicle developerslast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd striker Rashford resists Real Madrid approach

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd striker Rashford resists Real Madrid approachby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Marcus Rashford has no interest in talks with Real Madrid.The Sun says Rashford has scored twice in three games since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer succeeded Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.And his renewed enjoyment with his boyhood club will see him reject the advances of Los Blancos.Rashford was reportedly open to talks with Real due to how he was being used by Mourinho, despite never having his heart set on an exit from Old Trafford.But the 21-year-old has been pivotal to United’s upturn in form since Solskjaer’s arrival, producing some dazzling footwork to set up the opener for Paul Pogba in the Red Devils’ 4-1 hammering of Bournemouth on Sunday. last_img read more

22 days agoMan Utd U21 coach Wood hails Chong attitude for Lincoln win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd U21 coach Wood hails Chong attitude for Lincoln winby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United U21 coach Neil Wood has praised the attitude of Tahith Chong.The winger turned out for the EFL Trophy win over Lincoln City.Wood explained what the 19-year-old brings to his team.”I think it was good for him to be out there. He needed some game time and he did really well for the goal, got in between the lines and drove at the guy and went and had a good hand in the first goal,” Wood said.”He’s got great experience and he talks to the lads a lot on the pitch so we’re happy to have him with us.” last_img read more