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4 nabbed with illegal guns, ammo

first_imgFour persons, including the owners of a mining camp, were arrested on Sunday after they were found to be in possession of illegal guns and ammunition in separate incidents.The unlicensed shotgun and 25 cartridges found at Big Hope Backdam, Waini River, North West DistrictBased on reports received, Police ranks on mobile patrol arrested a passenger on public transportation with an unlicensed .38 revolver with five live rounds of ammunition. The vehicle was reportedly stopped and searched at Sussex and Smyth Streets, Georgetown.Additionally, a 33-year-old labourer of South Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara was arrested at Victoria Road, Plaisance, East Coast Demerara (ECD) with an unlicensed .32 revolver with two live rounds of ammunition, along with a spent shell, hidden in his crotch.An improvised pistol was also found in a haversack that he was carrying at the time. Meanwhile, Police in F Division (Interior Locations) have arrested a man and his wife after an unlicensed single-barrel shotgun and 25 live cartridges were unearthed at their mining camp at Big Hope Backdam, Waini River, North West District. The couple were arrested at Carabese Hill, Bartica.The four suspects are expected to make their court appearance shortly.last_img read more

Sports arena flea market lease won’t be renewed

first_imgCity Manager Chuck Fuentes said the city’s lease agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers, the actual owner of the Sports Arena property, requires that the property be used strictly for recreational purposes. “The swap meet is one of those operations that they’re not thrilled about,” Fuentes said of the Army Corps of Engineers. “Their main concern is that the way the current swap meet is run is very substandard. It’s a drain on the property, and there’s always trash and problems with it as it’s being operated.” Jay Swerdlow, executive vice president of Pacific Theatres, which operates the Fiesta Swap Meet under a subcontracting agreement with Ventura Productions, said he had not heard about those complaints. “I’m not saying that, from time to time, there might not be problems with trash, but it’s occasional,” Swerdlow said. “This is disappointing, obviously, because we’ve been there for seven years and have a lot of vendors.” PICO RIVERA – After years of rumors about a pending closure of the Fiesta Swap Meet, the writing is literally on the wall now for hundreds of vendors who make their livelihoods there. “Attention: Last Day of Swap Meet is Thursday, May 17, 2007,” states a sign posted outside the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, where the outdoor flea market has been held three times a week for the past seven years. In spite of pleas from vendors – who even presented a petition to the City Council requesting a deadline extension – Pico Rivera officials say the city’s contract with Ventura Productions, which leases the Sports Arena property from the city, ends May 17. Officials said the contract will not be renewed. Albina Diaz, the swap meet’s operations manager, said the venue often has as many as 600 merchants, most of whom depend on the swap meet for their survival. Marcela Padilla of Whittier is one of them. Padilla, 32, said the food truck she operates at Fiesta helps pay for “everything” – from her rent to her car payment to her household bills. She was among 7,000 vendors and customers who signed petitions asking the City Council for an extension beyond the May 17 deadline. “We don’t have another place to go right now. We need time to establish ourselves at another place because it’s too soon for us to get out,” she said. Diaz has been encouraging the vendors to look for other swap meets at which to relocate, including in Glendora and Industry. But vendor Della Landeros, 42, of El Monte, who said she earns about $800 a month selling used toys, clothing and other items, believes the closing of Fiesta will spell the end of her tiny business. “This is the only one I go to, because people come here to buy, not just for exercise. I don’t work in between jobs, and this helps my income,” she said. Swap meet officials said the flea market draws up to 15,000 shoppers a week. But Fuentes said the Fiesta Swap Meet was only allowed in the first place because it was in existence before the now-expiring contract with Ventura Productions. araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘Champions 2016/17!’ Man United fans believe Germany star is signing needed

first_img Real Madrid midfielder Kroos is reportedly on the radar of Manchester United, but Louis van Gaal isn’t interested 1 Manchester United are eyeing Toni Kroos.The Red Devils have renewed their interest in the Real Madrid midfielder, according to the Mirror, and could make a move at the end of the season.Interestingly, Louis van Gaal reportedly pulled the plug on a deal for the Germany international when he arrived at Old Trafford in the summer of 2014, but they are back in for his signature.So, are fans excited by the news?Check out the reaction from United fans to the rumour on Kroos below…last_img read more

Visa setback puts garden at risk

first_imgSAN MARINO – An ambitious plan to build a sprawling, classical Chinese garden at the renowned Huntington Library is in jeopardy because U.S. immigration officials have denied visas to 13 Chinese stonemasons needed to assemble ornate bridges and pavilions. The artisans were expected to arrive this month to help create the first phase of the 12-acre garden. But the U.S. government refused to grant the Q-1 visas in September because they didn’t consider the project an important cultural exchange program, prompting the Huntington to scramble to rearrange the construction schedule due to the artisans’ absence. “We’ll have to close the project if we can’t get them here,” said Steven Koblik, president of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. A spokeswoman with the Citizenship and Immigration Services bureau declined to comment specifically on the stonemasons’ applications, citing privacy concerns. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “If a visa application is rejected, then it usually is because people don’t qualify for the visa for which they applied,” said bureau spokeswoman Marie Sebrechts. The Huntington’s case is an example of an ongoing problem U.S. cultural institutions face in trying to obtain travel visas for foreign artists since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Applications for cultural, arts or sports visas have had to pass through more screening due to security concerns. Last year, 1,972 cultural exchange visas were approved, said Laura Tischler, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Consular Affairs, a division of the State Department. Tischler said she did not know how many applications for the Q-1 visas were rejected, because in many instances the refusals are overturned. “Globally speaking, we issue well over 80 percent of the visa applications received,” she said. When the Portland Classical Chinese Garden underwent construction in 1999, up to 90 Chinese artisans came to Oregon to help build arching bridges and gateways, said the garden’s executive director, Gloria Lee. last_img read more

DDTV: WATCH DONEGAL TV’s FIRST SHOW OF 2015

first_imgDonegal TV is back on our screen’s tonight with the first of 52 shows to be aired during 2015.The half hour programmes can be viewed each Thursday at 9.30pm on Sky Channel 266 Freesat 157.This weeks show has an in depth interview with newly elected Senator Brendan Boyle who was sworn in as a member of the US Congress yesterday. He talks of his passion for his family and all things Irish and the programme includes reaction from Brendan’s father Frank and other family members who all hail from Glencolmcille and it would appear that they have a strong desire to bring Congressman Boyle to his father’s native county of Donegal. The programme which can also be viewed on Today’s Ireland on the MHz network in the USA has a strong Donegal/American flavour with a feature on the Tip O’ Neill awards in Buncrana including interviews with President Michael D. Higgins and the 2014 recipient US Senator Therese Murray.The programme also has a report by Noel Cunningham from the Donegal Association in London and will conclude with a highly entertaining piece from the Sound Man awards in Ballyshannon.SIMPLY CLICK TO SEE THE FULL PROGRAMME.DDTV: WATCH DONEGAL TV’s FIRST SHOW OF 2015 was last modified: January 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegaldonegal tvSKYwallace medialast_img read more

COMPETITION: MARGUERITE PUTS DONEGAL DAILY AND CRISTEPH STUDIO IN THE FRAME!

first_imgMarguerite McCauley is the latest winner of the Donegal Daily/Cristeph Studio free portrait competitionMarguerite McCauley is the lucky Letterkenny lady to win the last Donegal Daily Portrait Competition is association with the Cristeph Studio in Letterkenny.She wins a voucher for a framed family portrait with Cristeph as did the three previous winners each week for the month of August.Marguerite works at the New Dunnes Stores in Letterkenny and is looking forward to availing of her great prize. Thanks to all for sharing a great competition.Keep an eye on Donegal Daily to find out what great offers Brian McDaid and his staff have in the coming weeks and months. COMPETITION: MARGUERITE PUTS DONEGAL DAILY AND CRISTEPH STUDIO IN THE FRAME! was last modified: August 29th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:competitionCristeph StudioDonegal DailyMarguerite McCauleywinnerlast_img read more

Battlefield Dispatches

first_imgReports from the evolution wars continue to come in.  Here are more recent stories about the conflicts over the teaching of evolution and intelligent design:The race card:  Fiona Morgan on Salon.com trashes those who try to link Darwin to racism.  The cartoon shows Darwin with a dunce cap sitting in the corner, but Morgan says he is one of the good guys.Anti-modern heartland hicks:  That’s the description Andrew Gumbel gave of anti-evolutionists in L.A. City Beat.Revenge of the Sith:  Atheists organize to fight back, reports Greg Sandoval in the Bakersfield Californian.  A worship service included booing and hissing at a picture of Pat Robertson.Revenge of the Six Days:  MSNBC News highlighted the Creation Museum that is taking shape in Kentucky, which will “fire people up” about the Biblical view of origins.  Darwinists are appalled, but admit director Ken Ham is a better communicator than most mainstream scientists.  Jerry Falwell predicts it will become Cincinnati’s #1 tourist attraction.Culture war:  Yahoo News reported that the Kansas school battle is likely to spill over into all 50 states.  Both sides are calling the other side pseudoscience.Sticker shock:  MSNBC News reported that workers in Cobb County, Georgia, under court order, are removing 34,452 stickers from textbooks that stated evolution was only a theory, not a fact, and should be studied with an open mind.  The ruling is being appealed (see 04/09/2004, 11/23/2004, and 11/08/2004 entries).Soap box:  Stephen Meyer printed his letter that Nature wouldn’t (see 05/19/2005 entry) on the Discovery Institute website.Brazilian infestation:  Alan Leshner, CEO of the AAAS, wrote in the Kansas City Star that the plague of creationism is infecting Brazil.  Denyse O’Leary on Access Research Network quotes a Brazilian who says it isn’t so; the only anti-Darwinists are a small group of second-class citizens with no influence on society.  O’Leary quips, “Leshner is using Brazil’s second class citizens as a bug-a-boo to frighten his fellow science boffins.”Rationale and rationality:  Departing NAS president Bruce Alberts spoke his mind in Science,1 commenting on various topics, including the debate over teaching evolution: “It says we’ve failed as scientists and science educators to convey the nature of science and its values to the American public, despite our world leadership in science and technology… We all fear that this movement toward a biblical interpretation of scientific facts will eventually make us look like some of the countries in the Middle East.  If we’re going to remain a world leader, we’re going to need all the scientific rationality that we can muster.”  (See also 04/27/2005 entry on Alberts.)Declination:  Robert McHenry on Tech Central Station ridiculed ID as “intelligent decline.”  Jonathan Witt on ID the Future responded that the article organizes all the bad arguments against ID in a single, convenient place.  Next day, Mustafa Akyol submitted a rebuttal on Tech Central.Scoping Scopes:  Chuck Colson on Breakpoint tried to clear up misconceptions about a historical event often compared with the Kansas debate: the Scopes Trial of 1925.World leader:  World Magazine led off with a cover story about the Kansas debate.  Detailing the histrionics in the board room, Timothy Lamer comments, “Lost in the propaganda and facial expressions is just how modest the proposed revisions are.  For all the comparisons to the Scopes trial, the roles in that trial have been reversed 80 years later.  Today, it’s the critics of Darwinism who want to introduce what they see as important scientific evidence into science classrooms and it’s the Darwinists who are fighting to keep out what they see as heresy.” 1Jeffrey Mervis, “Bruce Alberts Interview: Attention, Class: A Departing NAS President Speaks His Mind,” Science, Vol 308, Issue 5725, 1108, 20 May 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5725.1108].Alberts should be ashamed of himself for insinuating that anti-evolution efforts will make America look like a Middle Eastern country.  He put three types of baloney in that sausage.  First, intelligent design is not “a biblical interpretation of scientific facts.”  ID does not rely on any theological position but rather on design detection using established scientific reasoning.  Second, the only Middle Eastern country with a Biblical view is Israel, which has a strong pro-science record and a modernized civilization with political freedom for all.  Why didn’t Alberts point his attack where it belongs, at those unsavory, tyrannical countries with a Koranical interpretation of scientific facts?  Third, evolution has absolutely nothing to do with making a country a scientific world leader.  Darwin, whose only degree was in theology, was an imposter (see 05/02/2003 commentary) who snuck naturalistic philosophy into a scientific tradition that was built on belief in design (see online book).  Of all people, Bruce Alberts, co-editor of The Molecular Biology of the Cell, and one who stated that the biology of the future is the study of molecular machines (see 01/27/2003 and 01/09/2002 entries), should realize that naturalism is hopelessly inadequate to explain the complexities of life.    The taproot of the culture war is the debate over origins.  What carves the deep divide in our country and the world are the big questions of who we are, where we came from, and what we are here for.  The Darwinists have had free rein for over a century to tell everyone that “science” says we are the end result of a mindless, natural chain of unpredictable events, and therefore have no ultimate purpose.  They claim that the unfathomable designs in the living world and the universe are illusions, mere artifacts of stochastic combinations of chance and natural law.  They claim that our minds, our wisest and most sublime thoughts, our love, and our character are reducible to molecules in motion, and ultimately to particles that emerged out of nothing.  If you think these assumptions should be challenged, join in the biggest and most momentous battle of the century, where the arms are not swords or bullets, but facts – and the ability to wield them with knowledge, wisdom and skill.  Let Creation-Evolution Headlines be part of your armory.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South African laser physicist wins top honour

first_imgDr Christine Steenkamp is hailed asa pioneer in her field.(Image: SAASTA) Stellenbosch University’s Laser ResearchInstitute is renowned for its world-class scientific work.(Image: Stellenbosch University)MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Christine SteenkampLaser Research Institute+27 21 808 3374 or +27 83 709 6482RELATED ARTICLES• SA scientist lauded for polar work• SA hosts world science meet• SA scientists win AU awards• Unesco fellowship for SA scientisJanine ErasmusLaser physicist Dr Christine Steenkamp is one of three African women scientists, out of a group of 12, who recently received international recognition for excellence in research.Steenkamp and her colleagues, from the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Africa, were honoured at the fourth General Assembly and international conference of the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSDW), formerly the Third World Organisation for Women in Science.This year’s OWSDW conference took place in June 2010 under the theme Women Scientists in a Changing World. The conference and General Assembly had a number of joint aims, among them to promote interaction and exchange between women scientists in the South; to boost awareness of OWSDW activities; and to increase assistance from national and international organisations for research projects carried out by women scientists.The awards were presented by funding organisation The Elsevier Foundation, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World and OWSDW, and are each worth US$5 000 (about R38 000).The 12 laureates are Zeng Fanyi, Ilkay Orhan and Priya Mahadevan from Asia; Uchechi Ekweny, Ndidiamaka Ezejiofor and Christine Steenkamp from Africa; Ghada Abdel-Salam, Lilyan Alsaka and Sakina Adam Ali from the Arab bloc; and Myriam Amezcua-Allieri, Aramis Rivera and Aimé Pelaíz-Barranco from Latin America and the Caribbean.Through a grant made as part of The Elsevier Foundation New Scholar’s programme, three disciplines in each region – biology, chemistry, and mathematics/physics – were recognised. The winners received their prizes from Chinese vice president Xi Jinping at a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Tianenmen Square, Beijing.“Encouraging the work of promising scientists in the developing world helps to promote wider participation and excellence in science. This is a key objective of The Elsevier Foundation’s New Scholars programme,” said the foundation’s executive director David Ruth.Submissions were reviewed by the relevant regional OWSDW committee, and shortlisted candidates went under rigorous scrutiny from OWSDW regional vice-presidents as well as the current president Kaiser Jamil, before receiving a grading.“The recognition that this provides will undoubtedly provide an invaluable boost to the promising careers of these young women scientists,” said Jamil.Innovation in physicsSteenkamp took the mathematics/physics prize for Africa for her excellent contribution to science, particularly her pioneering work in the field of vacuum ultraviolet laser spectroscopy. She delivered a lecture at the conference on this highly specialised field of research.Steenkamp obtained her BSc in physics and chemistry from Stellenbosch in 1996 and completed her MSc and PhD in laser physics at the same institution.She is now a senior physics lecturer at her alma mater, and conducts her research at the university’s Laser Research Institute, where the small academic staff complement and postgraduate students carry out fundamental and applied research in laser science and technology, and related applications.She attributes her choice of career to her father, also a physicist, who specialised in wood science. She has worked at the Max Planck Institute in Jena, Germany, and spent time doing research at the University of Colorado in the US – at the personal invitation of distinguished Nobel physics laureate Prof Carl Wieman.Her research interests range from laser cooling and trapping of atoms, to chlorophyll fluorescence and nonlinear optics.Steenkamp’s consistently high-quality output is all the more remarkable, said her OWSDW citation, because when she started her career in experimental physics there was very little research infrastructure available. Since then she herself has developed much of the equipment used in her work, and most of it is still not commercially available.For instance, her design of a vacuum ultraviolet laser source is scientifically important, because the device is not only used to investigate the properties of super-cooled carbon monoxide (CO) molecules, but can also be used to measure spectra of CO isotopomers in a lab – something which has not been possible before.Laser sources that provide light in the vacuum ultraviolet region of the spectrum are very limited, said Steenkamp in her TWOWS lecture, with only a few in existence worldwide.Isotopomers are isomers – molecules with the same chemical formula, but different structural formula – that contain isotopic atoms. The latter are atoms of the same chemical element but with differing numbers of neutrons – they are found in the same numbers but in different positions on the molecule.CO isotopomers are important because their spectra are implicated in the interpretation of results of interstellar space scans obtained by space stations. The astrophysics community, therefore, is keenly interested in Steenkamp’s innovation. She has published two papers on this work, one in the Astrophysical Journal and the other in the Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy.This is not Steenkamp’s first award. In 1997 she received the Stellenbosch University Chancellor’s Award, given to the top final year student at the university. In 2003 she was one of three recipients of the Department of Science and Technology’s Women in Science fellowships, and in 2009 she took the Silver Jubilee Medal of the South African Institute of Physics.Steenkamp has also published in well-established peer-reviewd journals, and has presented papers at a number of local and international conferences.last_img read more

Futures offer marketing flexibility

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Reasons to be bullish corn:• Technical picture for corn futures is bullish• Indiana and Ohio are clearly having production issues• Illinois growing conditions continue to fade• USDA has dropped planted acres and harvested acres• Trade believes the final yield is closer to 162 than the USDA’s 166• 2015/16 corn carryout continues to slide and is below 1.6 billion• Europe’s corn production will be at least 10% lower this year• Funds have moved from a large short position to a long position• Alberta Canada is in drought and wheat is being put up for hay• Possible ridge of high pressure moving in and potential dry August• 90- to 100-degree days during pollination over large patches of the Corn Belt. Reasons to be bearish corn:• Minnesota and South Dakota could see yields over 200 bushels per acre this year (150-185 normal)• Iowa largely looks good and Nebraska is improving• Significant hay inventory could reduce need for excessive corn silage and thus more corn acres• USDA could increase crop ratings this week based on good weather in the West• Massive world wheat carryout, could lead to more wheat feeding around the world at the expense of corn• Large supplies of feed grade soft wheat in the United States may replace corn in the rations in the South• Slow new crop sales and a lack of continued Chinese corn demand• If achieved, a national average yield of 165 will push prices back to $3.75 futures• Goldman Sachs has expressed that prices are too high for world stock levels• USDA estimates that prices should average $3.75• Drier weather in West could be welcome relief to recent wet weather• While hot next week, humid conditions could reduce heat impact on pollination• Brazilian corn works in Southeastern U.S. feed markets at present values. Reasons to be bullish soybeans• Technical picture for soybean futures is bullish• USDA continues to lower 2014/15 carryout which in turn lowers 2015/16 carryout• Questionable how many acres of beans really got planted• Missouri, Indiana and Ohio have significant prevent plant acres• A drop in national yield from 46 to 44 could cause new crop prices to rally over $11• If the national average yield was to drop to 42 prices could rally to $12 or $13• USDA pushed demand for soybean meal higher leading to more demand for old crop soybeans• Chinese government is buying stocks to prop up their stock market and economy• Europe and Canada droughts are hurting canola crops and could tighten world supplies for oil crops• Greece and EU might have a debt restructuring plan in place leading to a lower dollar value which helps with U.S. grain exports. Reasons to be bearish soybeans• USDA didn’t drop yield this week and may increase crop conditions next week• If realized a 46 bushel per acre national average yield would weigh on prices• Chinese government is having to prop up their stock market, economic conditions could be questionable• Goldman Sachs has expressed that prices are too high for world stock levels• USDA estimates that prices should average $9.25• Late planted beans are looking good in many parts of the Midwest. Market action: Futures tradeIn the past I have suggested “scale up selling” in the market.  I had placed an offer (5% of my production) to sell Dec ’15 futures at $4.40, a target value I have had since April. Thursday this order was hit. Market action: Options tradeI am anticipating the market will drop during harvest, and it will take several months for grain prices to rally afterwards. So, with the recent 70-cent rally, I wanted to capture some opportunity in the market. On Tuesday, I sold a Dec $4.50 call for 19 cents (5% of my production).What does this mean?If corn is below $4.50 on Nov. 20, I keep the premium I sold (19 cents) and no bushels are priced.If the CBOT price is above $4.50 then I have to sell my corn for that price, but I still get to keep the premium (19 cents – $4.69 total). But keep in mind, even if the price does rally, I don’t have to apply this to 2015 production if I don’t want to. I could move it to next year’s sales.Ultimately, it comes down to where I think the market is going to go. I think long-term the market will be sideways. This means I don’t want to buy calls, and I am better off to take advantage of premiums in the market (as described above) since I will have more corn to sell at some point in the future.Prevent planting and 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 were 100% sold for their 2015 soybean crop, became concerned if wet weather would cause prevent plant acres and they would be unable to fulfill their sales obligations. Using futures means these farmers had choices:1. The obvious choice is to 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, but three to four weeks ago, there was a premium for corn and beans had a smaller 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 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 jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more

Ohio Hereford Futurity highlights of Hereford weekend

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Saturday Sept. 30 Rick VanFleet and his family graciously hosted a Hereford field day at their family farm in Pleasant City, Ohio. This was the start of the Hereford weekend co-sponsored by the Buckeye Hereford Association and the Switzerland of Ohio Polled Hereford Association. The Van Fleets were gracious hosts and had a great program for all those in attendance. As guests arrived they were welcome to tour pastures and participate in a Hereford cattle judging contest. Christine Gelley, OSU Ag Extention Specialist for Noble County led the group on a pasture walk and gave an informative talk on pasture fertility, pasture management, weed control and stocking rates. Next on the Agenda Dr. Steven Boyles, OSU Animal Nutritionist shared his always entertaining and educational perspective on cowherd management. Everyone was then treated to a tasty Certified Hereford Beef Brisket sit down meal with all the trimmings. At the conclusion of the day the judging contest winners were announced and prizes were given to the top adults and all the kids in attendance. Great cattle, food and fellowship were enjoyed by all who attended this event.On Sunday Hereford breeders from across Ohio gathered at the Guernsey Co. Fairgrounds in Old Washington, Ohio. The Buckeye Hereford Association hosted the annual event which showcases Ohio bred seedstock. Judge Scott Brown of Quaker City, Ohio evaluated 55 head of the finest Hereford stock from across the state. Prior to the show a complimentary meal was provided for the breeders and spectators by the Switzerland of Ohio Polled Hereford Association.2017 Ohio Hereford Futurity ChampionsGrand Champion Bull UHF 10Y Home Boy U26D ET, December 2016 bull sired by NJW 73S W18 Hometown 10Y ET, bred by Creek Bottom Farm, Navarre, OH and owned by Ralph E. Ullman & SonGraysville, Ohio Reserve Champion Bull: NS HF Director 611, December 2016 bull sired by R Leader 6964 bred and owned by Bryce and Cole Hines, Bidwell, Ohio. Grand Champion Female, a September 2015 heifer sired NS 4R Rachael 512by MSU TCF Revolution 4R, bred by Allie Steiner, Mason, Ohio and owned by Bryce and Cole Hines, Bidwell, Ohio. Reserve Champion Female DDF Dixie, a May 2016 heifer sired by NJW 73S M326 Trust 100W ET,bred & owned by Diamond D Herefords, Kimbolton, Ohio Grand Champion Cow/Calf Pair: Creek 4R Libby 201Z, sired by MSU TCF Revolution 4R, with an April heifer calf by NJW 73S W18 Hometown 10Y ET. Pair bred and owned by Creek Bottom Farm, Navarre, Ohio. Reserve Champion Cow/Calf Pair: HH Jamie 491, sired by NJW 98S R117 Ribeye 88X ET with a March heifer calf by PKWMS Jamie Jo Outback 7491. Cow bred by Emily Beanblossom, Bradford, Ohio and owned by Kyndall Williams, Mt. Gilead, Ohio Grand Champion Prospect Steer: Hamony Hill Blaze, an April steer sired by GRF World Wide 3024, bred and owned by Harmony Hill Herefords, Newcomerstown, Ohio. Reserve Champion Prospect Steer: Creek Rambo, a January steer sired by NJW 73S W18 Hometown 10Y ET, bred and owned by Creek Bottom Farm, Navarre, Ohio. Champion Expo Class : LBK W89 Trixie 9A, an April 2013 cow sired by Glenview 5052 Choice Domino W89ET,bred by Brian & Lisa Keets, Berlin Heights, Ohio and owned by Olivia Shaulis, Ravenna, Ohio Champion Junior & Senior Get of Sire – Harmony Hill Herefords, Newcomerstown, Ohio with groups sired by GRF World Wide 3024 ET. Best 6 head, Premier Breeder & Premier Exhibitor: Creek Bottom Farm, The Johnson Family, Navarre, Ohio. For more information about the Buckeye Hereford Association please contact the secretary, Lisa Keets, at 440-320-6193 or check out the website www.buckeyeherefords.com .last_img read more