McCormack delighted with MVP nod

first_imgSt George’s College avenged their ISSA Southern Conference Under-16 basketball final defeat to St Catherine High in the All-Island final at G.C. Foster on Tuesday, and one of the most critical performances of the day was that of tournament MVP, Jadeja McCormack.Jordon Gilles might have led the North Street school with 17 points followed by Samora Williams with 13 and Nathan Reid with 10 points. However, it was the overall contribution of McCormack that really made the difference.The point guard only bagged eight points, but his rebounds, steals and ability to control the tempo of the game made the young player an invaluable asset for the defending under-16 champions, and he credits the hard work that he puts in as the reason for his success this season.”We wake up five o’ clock to train and finish at 9 a.m. to 10 (a.m.). Then I would play some pick up ball with (Arnett Rockers) D 1 players. I will be the first one in at training most of the time, and I work hard in the gym, run, and do what I have to do. The hard work has paid off,” he told The Gleaner after helping his team defeat St Catherine.HAPPY FOR WIN”I am pleased and happy, too, because to work so hard and not come out with anything would have been disappointing, so I am glad we won and I won (MVP),” he added.He admitted he had his difficulties through this season and credit his team for helping him through the tough times.”Some games, I lost focus, but my teammates and coaches helped me pick up, and I thank them for that,” he said.”I take this (sport) very seriously, and sometimes, my mother would tell me to stop playing, she says that I will damage myself, but I love basketball. I don’t love anything more than it, other than my family. I dream of playing in the NBL, and I am working hard to make that dream come true. Next I would like play college ball or for a (US) Division One league until I can work my way to the top,” he said.St George’s coach Clifford Brown thought McCormack’s all round contribution was indispensable and vital to their success this season.”His performance was stellar. His ball control, his ability to manage the game, he manages a lot of steals and converts on free throws. He plays good defence, he heeds instruction and he followed the mandate given to him. He is the point guard and he is supposed to run the team, and that’s what he did,” Brown commented.- L.S.last_img read more

Arthington Mayor Decries Deplorable Road Conditions

first_imgThe Mayor of Arthington City, Mr. Genius White has decried the deplorable road conditions existing in Artington and is therefore calling on the government to see reason to improve the road conditions in the area.He made the disclosure to the Daily Observer newspaper on Wednesday at his office in Arthington.According to Mayor White, almost 20 years there have been no improvement of roads in Arthington.He said that this was creating major economic hardship for the citizens as they find it difficult to travel from one place to another.“We absolutely want the improvement of our feeder roads. In most parts of the interior of the township there are no bridges for vehicles to travel from one place to another. During the rainy season people find it very hard to travel to Monrovia,” he explained.Mayor White said that there is a need for the Ministry of Public Works to intervene to improve the road conditions.“In recent times, transportation fare from Arthington to Monrovia was L$100 but now it has increased to $200 due to the bad road conditions,” he said.He said that the situation was brought to the attention of their lawmakers and still waiting for response.The Arthington Mayor has also lamented over the level of food production in his city, citing lack of support for farmers in his community.“This community is not far Monrovia but is isolated in terms of developments. The residents are lacking of basic social services such as safe drinking water and sanitation,” he said.Though Mayor White said that most of Arthington farmers are engaged in sugar cane farming, there was a need for farmers to get involved in food production.“There are many who are interested in growing food crop in Arthington but will need support from the government,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

What is wrong with placing cameras in Police Station lock-ups?

first_imgDear Editor,What is wrong with placing cameras in police station lockups? I find this to be very necessary because some of the real criminals are found there.There are cameras that are placed in some locations to capture traffic offenders, I am not sure that there is any in police stations so that authorities can really review what takes place there.It is a sad situation and less than coincidence that alleged healthy individuals die after being placed in Police custody. Can it be surmised that at some police stations there are certain ranks who are specialists in assaulting hapless prisoners by placing them in separate cells?It baffles sensible minds; some of the explanations that originate from the police stations regarding such deaths as recently highlighted in the media. People will now be reluctant to make reports to police stations unless they wish the worse to those whom they will report on.The Human Rights body should note these instances.The relevant authorities need to address this disturbing issue that has been reigning for too long.The police, it appears, have been protecting themselves. They always cover for their colleague’s excesses in the majority of cases. When a few policemen are convicted, it is because hundreds are not brought to book.We, the common public, can only hope that sometime in the future we will really enjoy the protection of the police as their motto states. Presently, some stations are places of torture and even death. What a contrast!Yours faithfully,R Udholast_img read more

Juventus run riot in Rome to win fourth consecutive Italian Cup

first_imgMassimiliano Allegri’s side are one point away from claiming a seventh consecutive Serie A title with two games to play and could seal it this weekend against Roma in the Stadio Olimpico.“It’s not that Juve have to win, but I’m now unfortunately used to the idea that people take our victories for granted,” said Allegri, 50, after achieving his tenth coach as a coach between Juventus and former club AC Milan.“Nothing is to be taken for granted.“The lads had an extraordinary game and deserved this win. Now we have to ensure the Scudetto mathematically and enjoy this extraordinary season.”The Turin giants put their foot on the gas after a balanced first half with Gennaro Gattuso’s Milan crumbling with two goalkeeping errors from young ‘keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and a Nikola Kalinic own goal gifting the title to Juventns.Mehdi Benatia opened the floodgates after 56 minutes for the first of a double on the night for the Moroccan with Douglas Costa also finding the net, before Kalinic’s blunder after 76 minutes.– ‘It hurts’ –AC Milan — sixth in Serie A — had been hoping for a win which would have guaranteed them a place in the Europa League group phase.“I think it hurts more that we took 40,000 fans here and gave them a result like this,” said coach Gennaro Gattuso, 40, who had been bidding to achieve his first coaching title after taking over at Milan last November.“Now we have two games against sides who are in better shape than us and must try to get into the Europa League with better performances than this.”The match had been dubbed a duel between Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon who at 40 is set to retire and Donnarumma, 19, his touted replacement in the Italian national team.But as Buffon kept his net clean Donnarumma finished the night in tears after a game to forget.Buffon made an early save off Patrick Cutrone minutes into the game with Costa and Paulo Dybala both testing Donnarumma.But there was controversy before the break when Hakan Calhanoglu was brought down only for the referee to blow the whistle for the break without letting Milan take the free kick.Gattuso ran onto the pitch to calm down his players.But after the interval defender Benatia turned goal scorer heading in off a Miralem Pjanic corner on 56 minutes, for the first goal conceded by Milan in the Italian Cup this season.Donnarumma then conceded two goals he should have saved — letting Costa slip through five minutes later and then failing to control a Mario Mandzukic header from a corner, allowing Benatia to tap in his second off the rebound.Three goals down, Milan were in disarray with Kalinic’s turning into his own net off a Pjanic corner, ending Milan’s hopes of a first major trophy since Allegri led them to the Serie A title in 2011.“Juve always do something special, it’s not the first time. We have a winning mentality,” said Benatia, who had come in for criticism after letting in Kalidou Koulibaly’s goal in a 1-0 defeat to Napoli two weeks ago.“After my error … everyone said I was useless. I felt bad for a few days, but fortunately the lads completed the job and I thank them for being close to me.”The team club be celebrating the Serie A title at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.“The Scudetto is the main target and I’ll be glad if we do it here, because I had an extraordinary campaign at Roma and it’s a special stadium for me,” added 31-year-old ex-Roma player Benatia.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Juventus trio Claudio Marchisio, Gonzalo Higuain (C) and double goalscorer Medhi Benatia (R) celebrate after winning the Italian Cup with a 4-0 win over AC Milan © AFP / TIZIANA FABIROME, Italy, May 10 – Juventus ran riot in Rome beating blundering AC Milan 4-0 on Wednesday at the Stadio Olimpico to win a fourth consecutive Italian Cup.It was the 13th Cup win for Juventus, who are also poised to become the first Italian team to complete the double for four years in a row.last_img read more

Court won’t readmit lawsuit over `Pooh’ merchandising

first_imgBy Alex Veiga THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A state appeals court denied a request Tuesday to reinstate a lawsuit over merchandising rights to the “Winnie the Pooh” characters. In a 54-page decision, the 2nd District Court of Appeal said “egregious misconduct” on the part of Stephen Slesinger Inc. allowed a lower court to dismiss the company’s lawsuit against The Walt Disney Co. of Burbank three years ago. Pooh creator A.A. Milne entered into a licensing deal with Stephen Slesinger Inc. in 1931. Slesinger then sold licensing rights to Disney in 1961. In 1991, however, Slesinger’s heirs sued Disney, claiming the company owed them billions of dollars in royalties from the sale of “Pooh” videos, DVDs, software and other products not specifically covered under deals with Disney but allegedly promised to Slesinger by Disney representatives. Pati Slesinger, the daughter of Stephen Slesinger, said the Court of Appeal decision “applies to the past.” She vowed to “seek whatever legal remedy we can to receive justice in this case.” California trial courts have the “inherent power” to take such severe action when a plaintiff’s misconduct is deliberate and egregious, rendering lesser sanctions inadequate to ensure a fair trial, the court panel wrote in its decision. Slesinger also has a lawsuit against Disney pending in federal court. The complaint seeks the termination of Disney’s rights to the “Pooh” characters and more than $2 billion in damages. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Charles McCoy threw out the lawsuit in 2004, ruling Slesinger illegally obtained confidential documents from Disney offices and trash. Daniel Petrocelli, outside counsel for Disney, hailed Tuesday’s ruling. “Their message was loud and clear,” Petrocelli said. “You cheat in the courts, you forfeit your rights to the courts.” Slesinger intends to ask the California Supreme Court to review the Court of Appeal decision, company spokesman Lonnie Soury said. Tuesday’s ruling was the latest episode in the long-running royalty dispute between Slesinger and Disney. last_img read more

Science of the weird gets a nod

first_img Smith’s team studied and catalogued different scents emitted by more than 100 species of frogs under stress. Some smelled like cashews, while others smelled like licorice, mint or rotting fish. He recalled getting strange looks when he’d show up at zoos asking to smell the frogs. “I’ve been turned away at the gate,” he said. This year’s other Ig Nobel winners include: PHYSICS: Since 1927, researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia have been tracking a glob of congealed black tar as it drips through a funnel – at a rate of one drop every nine years. PEACE: Two researchers at Newcastle University in England monitored the brain activity of locusts as they watched clips from the movie “Star Wars.” CHEMISTRY: An experiment at the University of Minnesota was designed to prove whether people can swim faster or slower in syrup than in water. The Ig Nobel for literature went to the Nigerians who introduced millions of e-mail users to a “cast of rich characters … each of whom requires just a small amount of expense money so as to obtain access to the great wealth to which they are entitled.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BOSTON – Gregg Miller mortgaged his home and maxed out his credit cards to mass produce his invention – prosthetic testicles for neutered dogs. What started 10 years ago with an experiment on an unwitting Rottweiler named Max has turned into a thriving mail-order business. And on Thursday night Miller’s efforts earned him a dubious yet strangely coveted honor: the Ig Nobel Prize for medicine. “Considering my parents thought I was an idiot when I was a kid, this is a great honor,” he said. “I wish they were alive to see it.” The Ig Nobels, given at Harvard University by Annals of Improbable Research magazine, celebrate the humorous, creative and odd side of science. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Miller has sold more than 150,000 of his Neuticles, more than doubling his $500,000 investment. The silicone implants come in different sizes, shapes, weights and degrees of firmness. The product’s Web site says Neuticles allow a pet “to retain his natural look” and “self esteem.” Although the Ig Nobels are not exactly prestigious, many recipients are, like Miller, happy to win. “Most scientists – no matter what they’re doing, good or bad – never get any attention at all,” said Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research. Some, like Benjamin Smith of the University of Adelaide in Australia, who won the biology prize, actually nominated their own work. “I’ve been a fan of the Ig Nobels for a while,” he said. last_img read more

Another Express player suspended over alleged match fixing

first_img Tags: Express FCMathais MuwangaNyamityoboratop Muwanga was also at Sadolin FC (File Photo)WANKULUKUKU – Express have suspended first choice goalkeeper Mathaius Muwanga over match-fixing claims.This comes just days after the custodian was involved in Express’s 2-1 win at home to Nyamityobora on Friday afternoon in which he conceded what was deemed by many as a lousy goal from a penalty.It is believed that the former Sadoline custodian was informed about his fate on Saturday morning as the rest of the players held their recovery session.A source close to the club, that preferred anonymity confirms;“Yes Muwanga is currently not with Express, claimed the source.“He was involved in a meeting with the coaching staff on Sunday after which he was told to leave.“It was all based on his average showing against Nyamityobora that saw him concede a silly penalty and goal.“The coaching staff who have been keeping a close eye on several players for a while now believe he may also be involved in match-fixing.The custodian was also absent for the training session on Sunday morning which confirmed the suspicions.Muwanga becomes the second high profile player to be suspended by the club over match-fixing.He joins former Captain Julius Ntambi who be-fell the same fate just over a month ago.Comments last_img read more

Donegal struck by another minor earthquake overnight

first_imgAnother minor earthquake has been recorded in County Donegal overnight.Geological Survey Ireland confirmed that a 2.1 quake struck the area around 9.18pm last night and was felt in parts of Donegal and Fermanagh.The British Geological Survey (BGS) also confirmed it was an earthquake. The latest minor quake follows another similar incident in the Donegal Bay area on April 7th last when an earthquake of 2.4 magnitude was recorded.No damage or injuries were caused in either incident.Details of the latest quake were first reported by the Irish National Seismic Network (INSN), which works with Geological Survey Ireland.It said the epicentre was about 15km south-east from Donegal town and 15km north-east from Ballyshannon. The INSN has asked members of the public who experienced the tremors to contact them with information.Donegal struck by another minor earthquake overnight was last modified: May 2nd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalearthquakelast_img read more

Gritters sent out as heavy sleet hits Donegal

first_imgDonegal County Council has sent out their team of gritters tonight as heavy sleet falls across the county.This picture was taken at Meenaroy this evening by Michael Friel Coaches.It shows a heavy fall of sleet. Plunging temperatures are forecast for the rest of the week with snow forecast for Wednesday by Met Eireann.Donegal County Council sent out their team of gritters tonight at 8pm with all main primary routes to be treated.   Gritters sent out as heavy sleet hits Donegal was last modified: November 13th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Capturing carry and paying for storage

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCFor the 1st time in 9 years, December corn on the last day of November traded higher than the last day of October by 3 cents. Looking forward, 7 of the last 8 years, March corn eventually traded at a higher value than where it was on the last day of November. The rally was more than 25 cents 6 of those 7 years. Following the 2012 harvest was the only year when prices didn’t rally, and after the 2015 harvest March futures only rallied 9 cents.While obviously historical trends aren’t a guarantee, I think this suggests there is opportunity in the corn market. Capturing carry and paying for storageLast week I rolled my December futures sales to July to take advantage of the 27-cent market carry available in the market.I bought my December futures back and immediately sold the July contract. When I do this the actual values don’t matter, just the spread amount. This 27 cents is now profit that I can add to my bottom line for grain that I will hold in storage until summer. In simple terms, I’m following the first rule of business — I’m buying futures at a low price and immediately selling futures at a higher price. An important note, I can only take advantage of market carry if I have sales in place already.Capturing the market carry is one of the best ways I can guarantee additional profits for my farm operation with very little risk. Despite so many benefits, some farmers are hesitant to do it. Following are some questions/concerns I’ve heard.Some people just prefer to make a cash sale to an end user when prices rally instead of doing it this way. That’s understandable and usually much easier, but I’ve found taking the easy route in grain marketing usually means sacrificing profit potential.For example, when I made the sales against the December futures detailed above back in May, Dec futures were above $4.20. At that time, the spread between December and the July contract was only 16 cents, compared to the 27 cents I got last week. Also, the basis last May at my local end user was 3 cents lower for July ’19 shipment than the bid this week.So, had I made a cash sale last May for July delivery I would have missed out on 14 cents:Market Carry: 27 cents – 16 cents = 11 cents lessBasis: 3 cents lessTotal: 14 cents lessThat’s why I never make cash sales. The three factors that make up cash prices — futures, basis and market carry — are never all at their highs at the same time. Each has its own seasonality and factors that determine their value. So, by shifting my grain marketing strategy to maximize the profit potential of each factor independently, I can take advantage of more opportunity in the market and minimize my risk exposure. For the average farmer raising an average yield, that could mean $25 per acre more breaking the parts of the trade out. (178.5 /bu yield x 14-cent premium) Well what about cash flow holding corn until July? Why not take the great corn price now? I can make 3.85 cents per month holding my corn until July (27 cents / 7 months). Current interest rates on lines of credit are around 5.25%. With $3.30 cash values in my area, holding corn costs me 1.44 cents per month (5.25% x $3.30 / 12 months = 1.44). So I ‘m still making over 2.41 cents per month holding my corn and not paying my operation note. That is nearly 17 cents of profit (2.41 x 7 months).Note: I can only do this if my grain is already sold and my banker is on board. In my experience, bankers are happy to extend the loan when these numbers within a plan are provided to them.What about coring bins to keep the grain in condition? I’m always in favor of coring bins out in the winter to make sure the grain is kept in good condition. However, the market incentives me to wait as long as possible and to move the least amount I can. When the time comes to core my bins, I’ll analyze how it will affect my hedge account and the carry I can get compared to moving grain earlier or later.What my plan now? I want to maximize my basis profit potential. So far in my area, the nearby basis has improved 19 cents from the harvest low. The basis values at my local end user against the Dec and July futures were the same. In 8 of the last 10 years, basis values in my area improved another 10 cents by waiting longer. The years it didn’t improve followed the large harvests of 2009 and 2016. Historical performance is not a guarantee of future results, but the odds are in my favor of waiting for basis improvement down the road. How much does storing corn really pay? After interest, my market carry net profit is 17 cents and basis has already improved 19 cents since harvest. That’s a total of 36 cents I could lock in right now. That is above my bin payments on my 7-year loan. Building bins is one of the best ways for my farm operation to increase profits. What about the corn you haven’t sold? I’ve had some unpriced corn the past two years where I can’t capture market carry on all of my corn production. This year I have about 50% hedged so far. Not only have I missed the market carry opportunity on half of my crop, but I’m also still paying interest on the grain while waiting for better prices. If I manage to sell some corn against the March, and then hold it in the bins until July, I could still collect about half the carry that I collected on the December to July spread. It’s a good lesson on why it’s so important for me to be an aggressive corn seller before harvest. What will you do with your unpriced corn? I’m not sure exactly. Historically prices rally between now and the beginning of March. So, I need to be prepared for any opportunity available to sell, but I also have several different options positions working if prices don’t rally. This is why grain marking is so difficult. Nothing is certain and trying to hit the high can be extremely costly.Bottom line: there is a lot of profit potential available in breaking out the factors that make up cash prices — futures, market carry and basis. By maximizing the potential of each factor independently I can maximize profits and minimize risk. For market carry, I can only take advantage if I have my corn sold. So, that means I need to make every effort to sell as much grain as possible before harvest. I need to be more aggressive selling than in the past and avoid waiting too long, hoping prices go even higher. I have to remember that if prices do go higher, I always have more grain to sell. If I think about it that way, I’m never missing out on a rallies, just delaying them to a different production year. 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