Event to fight hunger

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Grace raised $57,000 last year in its biggest individual fundraiser. “It’s a critically important event for us because we can’t run the program if we don’t have the money,” Baker said. Tickets are $100; the event starts at 5:30p.m. For information, call (661) 940-5272 gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802 LANCASTER – One of the Antelope Valley’s most prominent charities wants to fight hunger with laughter. Grace Resource Center, which provides food and other essential services to thousands of the Antelope Valley’s homeless and poor each year, will host a charity event tonight that will feature a dinner, auctions and live entertainment, including an appearance by popular Christian comedian Mike G. Williams. A Night of Grace will be held at Eliopulos Pavilion at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. Grace executive director Steve Baker said the 10th charity dinner is the first that will feature a comedy act. “It’s going to be different having a comedian. Hunger is no laughing matter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time trying to defeat it.” last_img read more

CHAN 2020 Qualifiers: Cranes overpower Burundi to put one foot into finals’ tournament

first_img Tags: abdallah mubiruCHAN 2020Mustapha KizzaMuzamir MutyabatopUganda CranesViane Sekajugo Action between Burundi and Uganda on Saturday. (PHOTO/Courtesy)CHAN 2020 Qualifiers – Second RoundBurundi 0-3 Uganda Intwari Stadium, BujumburaSaturday, 21-09-2019The Uganda Cranes took a gigantic step towards sealing qualification for the CHAN 2020 finals following a 3-0 victory over Burundi on Saturday.Abdallah Mubiru’s side who were playing the first leg of their second round qualifiers in Bujumbura cruised to victory thanks to goals from Viane Sekajugo, Muzamir Mutyaba and Mustapha Kizza.Sekajugo opmed the scoring on 12 minutes to set the tone for Uganda.Mutyaba made it 2-0 just under 20 minutes from time to compound the Cranes dominance.The flow of the game was a fine setting for left-back Mustapha Kizza to lash in the third off substitute Mike Mutyaba’s pass.The result almost see Uganda through to the finals’ tournament as they will still go through even with a 2-0 loss in the second leg which will be played on the 18th of October in Kampala.Uganda is attempting to reach the 5th consecutive CHAN tournament.However, they have never progressed past the group stages.Uganda Cranes XICharles Lukwago (GK), Paul Willa, Mustafa Kizza, John Revita, Halid Lwaliwa (Captain), Nicholas Kasozi (Yusuf Ssozi), Muzamir Mutyaba, Allan Okello (Bright Anukani), Shafiq Kagimu (Mike Mutyaba), Fahad Bayo, Vianney SsekajjugoUnused SubsJames Alitho (GK), Paul Patrick Mbowa, Mustafa Mujuzi and Dan Muzeyi SserunkumaComments last_img read more

Factors that matter in your marketing plan

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Markets continued to trade sideways.  Farmers are selling at $3.70 futures and buyers are able to widen basis and still buy it. The flat price value of corn isn’t moving much.Market actionOptions ExpirationOn 1/22/16 a $3.80 Feb corn option that I had sold on 12/10/15 for 8 cents expired worthless.  This is because March futures were under $3.80 on the day of expiration, I’m not required to do anything but collect the full premium of 8 cents. This trade represented 5% of my production.Options TradeKnowing the trade above was going to expire worthless, I sold an April $3.80 call for 8 cents on 1/22/16 to try and collect some additional premium in the future. Again representing 5% of my production.  What does this mean?Based on May corn futures – The Option expires 3/25/16Corn below $3.80 – I keep the 8 cents premiumCorn above $3.80 – I have to sell grain for $3.80 but keep the 8 cents premium◦                     In other words, if this happens I sell corn for $3.80, plus an additional 16 cent premium (the 8 cent Feb call + the 8 cent April call) for a total of $3.96.◦                     Then…since I have all of my 2015 grain sold, I can move the short futures position to Dec futures for an additional 17 cents (market carry) to make a total of $4.13 sold for 2016 crop.With what I know today, I’m pleased with either outcome of this trade.Basis tradeIt’s time for me to core the bins out.  This should allow me to keep my remaining corn in condition until the middle of summer. Last week I found an end user willing to pay me -.20 picked up on the farm, which has been the best opportunity on basis so far on 2015 corn.  So, I sold about 10% of my2015 corn production. Since making the trade, basis pulled back 10 cents with the recent 20 cent board rally.  I hope the basis market rebounds, because I will need another opportunity in the spring or summer to finish selling my 2015 production.Getting caught up in the headlinesWith the market not moving in January, headlines about relatively insignificant issues are creeping up.  Farmers can get so focused on these issues, that sometimes they miss the big picture and what really affects farm operation profits.  Following are three big ones I’ve noticed.Fuel costsMany are rushing to cover 2016 diesel inputs.  While it’s important to be diligent about all input costs, fuel only represents 1% of a farmer’s overall budget. Let’s look at the numbers.   Average farmers use 1 gallon/acre/field pass, or about 3-6 gallons/acre/year.  Even if fuel prices adjusted a full $1/gallon this coming year, the added expense is only around $5/acre.  This translates to 3 cents per bushel on corn or 11 cents on beans.  The corn and bean market move that amount any given day.   Realistically fluctuations would be closer to maybe 50 cents per gallon and that would mean a change of only 1.5 cents for corn and 6 cents for beans.FertilizerFertilizer is probably the largest input cost for farmers that has significant cost adjustments.  Similar to fuel costs though, even if prices decrease by $100/ton this year (a big swing), the cost would be about $15/acre less.  This equates to about 10 cents/bushel.  Between the two, fertilizer is the bigger worry, but relatively small in the grand scheme of things.  Market prices can swing 10 cents in an active day for the corn futures. The Realty of Corn Production GloballyWeather-related events in other countries can also make big headlines.  Recently, I read that South Africa will have to import some corn due to drought conditions.  On the surface this seems like a bullish story; however, South Africa only produces 1% of the world’s corn.  To put it into perspective, the state of Michigan produces the same amount of corn as South Africa.  Would the market get overly concerned if MI was importing corn from OH? Unless it’s college football recruits that are leaving OH for MI, I doubt many would care.  This got me to think about the production of other countries in the world…Brazil is the 3rd largest corn producer in the world – equal to corn production in IL and IN combinedThe European Union (28 member countries) produces about 10% more corn than the entire state of IAUkraine and the other 12 countries of the Former Soviet Union produce about the same amount of corn as NE and MNArgentina usually only produces a little more than KS and ND combinedMexico’s production is equal to SDCanada and OH produce almost the same amount each yearRussia, the largest land mass country on the planet, raises no more corn than the state of MO each yearIndia, with the world’s second largest population, only accounts for the same amount of corn grown in KY, WI and PA combinedSo, what does matter when looking at the corn market?The United States (35%) and China (23%) account for 58% of the world’s corn productionIf IA was its own country it would be the 4th largest producer of corn in the worldIA, IL, NE, MN, IN, and SD produce 25% of the world’s corn8 Billion bushels of corn are in storage around the world, or nearly what China produces each yearAbout 20% of that stored world corn is sitting on farms unpriced in bins across the United States.What does have a big impact on farm profits?YieldWhen looking at the big picture, the number of bushels raised per acre has the biggest profit impact.  Growing just one more bushel of corn per acre reduces costs by 3 cents/bushel (1 bushel of soybeans reduces costs by 20 cents/bushel).  One bushel more in yield can cover a large fluctuation in fuel and has a big impact in fertilizer cost adjustments.WeatherLarge-scale weather issues in the U.S. or China will have a big impact on the market.  And while isolated incidents around the world can cause price volatility, it is usually on a short-term basis.  Savvy farmers will be ready to take advantage of those small rallies in their marketing plan as they come available.Developing a market strategy that includes market carry and basis planningAs I continue to explain, having a developed marketing plan that considers the farm operation’s goals and objectives and incorporates market carry and basis strategy should not only bring bigger profits to farm operations, but reduce risk.Bottom-line, rather than spending so much time obsessing over all those headlines, sit down and spend your time developing a more sophisticated marketing strategy.  If this makes you nervous or you aren’t sure how to start, consider working with a seasoned grain marketer who can explain the more technical aspects in a way that you can both understand the process, and make you feel comfortable about what you are doing.  Often there are options available to farmers that they didn’t even realize.  The potential profits available for farmers will likely out-weigh fuel or fertilizer input fluctuations.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

Poll-bound Meghalaya resents visa hurdle for global Baptist body chief

first_imgA part of poll-bound Meghalaya is unhappy with New Delhi for denying visa to the Pope equivalent of the Baptists, who was scheduled to attend a four-day celebration of 150 years of Christianity in a small town in the State.The Garo Baptist Convention had invited Dr. Paul Msiza, the Johannesburg-based president of Baptist World Alliance, for the four-day celebration at Rajasimla from Thursday. Rajasimla is in Kharkutta assembly segment of Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills district.“The denial of visa to Dr Paul for the 150th anniversary of Baptism in Rajasimla has caused a great deal of resentment here. This is not the only case; many of our foreign friends have been denied visa in the last three years despite the fact that they have been coming here on earlier occasions,” Reverend Janang R Sangma, general secretary of Garo Baptist Convention, told The Hindu from Tura, the headquarters of western half of Meghalaya comprising Garo Hills.“The NDA government at the Centre should realise that this is a celebration, not a mission programme and has nothing to do with conversion. Visa for such religious functions should not be denied,” Reverend Sangma said on Wednesday.Members of a local Baptist association said they have tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in a tweet asking why Dr. Paul’s visa is still being kept pending. They did not receive any feedback till Thursday morning.Meghalaya Congress leader and Lok Sabha member Vincent Pala said he was not aware of the visa issue. “I will have to check,” he said.The party’s leaders in Kharkutta constituency – it is a Congress bastion – said this Dr. Paul episode reflects the Bharatiya Janata Party’s attitude towards minorities.“People are free to make allegations. One has to first find out if the South African Baptist leader’s papers are in order, or if there are reasons related to security of the country,” Meghalaya’s BJP chief Shibun Lyngdoh said.The BJP, keen on conquering Meghalaya after Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur in the Northeast, has been struggling to explain its position in the Christian-majority State after a series of attacks on churches and Christians, mostly in northern India.The BJP was somewhat shaken in June last year when two Garo Hills leaders – Bernard Marak and Bachu Marak – resigned during the peak of the beef controversy.Meghalaya goes to the polls on February 27.last_img read more

Punish Muivah for massacre, says Kuki group

first_imgThe Kukis, a major group of tribes spread across Manipur, Assam and Nagaland, have asked New Delhi to “bring Thuingaleng Muivah” to justice for the “Kuki genocide” before sealing the final peace deal with his extremist group, the National Socialist Council of Nagland (Isak-Muivah).In July 1997, the NSCN-IM declared a ceasefire, and in August 2015, it signed a Framework Agreement — the content of which has not been disclosed yet — with the Union government.Protest in DelhiSeeking trial and punishment for Mr. Muivah for the massacre of more than 1,000 Kukis by the NSCN-IM between 1992 and 1997, an apex body of Kukis will observe the 25th Sahnit (black day) in New Delhi on Thursday.“September 13 marks the darkest day in Kuki history. On this day in 1993, the NSCN-IM cadres killed more than 115 innocent Kuki civilians (mostly in Manipur’s Senapati district). The horrendous pogrom that lasted for five years, saw more than 350 villages burnt and 1,000 people, including women and children, killed. This led to the internal displacement of more than 1,00,000 Kukis in Manipur,” Letzamang Haokip of the Sahnit Committee said.The committee, which began observing the black day across the Northeast from Tuesday, said New Delhi needed to be reminded of the atrocities of the NSCN-IM.Denial of justice“Why is the government denying justice to the Kukis, who are as much stakeholders in this country as others? Why is the perpetrator of Kuki genocide, Muivah, being engaged in talks and not brought to justice? Don’t the Kukis deserve to be heard,” asked N. Haoneo Baite, secretary of the committee. The Kukis have also demanded territories from the State and Central governments for self-governance.last_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez raps Man Utd: No excuses for top 4 failure

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez raps Man Utd: No excuses for top 4 failureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafael Benitez says Manchester United have no excuses if they fail to finish in the top four.United travel to St James’ Park to face Benitez’s Newcastle on Wednesday.”It’s a team that has to be easily in the top four, that is very clear,” said the Newcastle boss.”They can compete against Manchester City, Liverpool, anyone. We are talking about one of the biggest clubs in the world in terms of everything.”The players they have, they are so good that if you want to win or get points against them you have to perform really well.”When you are a top side like Manchester United, spending millions every year, you have to be in the top four and you have to win the title.”For them, that’s the pressure. Not just now, they had it before, and for sure they will feel the pressure in a few weeks when they will be there fighting with Tottenham, Chelsea, City, Liverpool and Arsenal.” last_img read more

a month agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini talks ‘value’ of Man Utd target Rice

first_imgWest Ham boss Pellegrini talks ‘value’ of Man Utd target Riceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini insists midfielder Declan Rice is fully committed to the cause.Rice has been linked with their next opponents Manchester United.”It is important that he continues with what he is doing so far,” Pellegrini said.”He always listens, improves when he makes mistakes. “His value will depend what happens this season but his mind is not thinking about that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Nick Foles Is Not Carson Wentz And The Eagles Adjusted Accordingly

Foles did little to suggest otherwise in four mostly lackluster appearances to close the regular season. But he spent the month of January proving himself up to the challenge. With 352 yards (on 26-for-33 passing) and three touchdowns versus Minnesota, he produced one of the greatest QB performances in conference championship history. The game brought back memories of Foles’s 2013 season in Philadelphia, when he posted the third-best single-season passer rating in NFL history. But it was also a testament to the adjustments that Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson made to accommodate the different strengths of Wentz and Foles.Under both Wentz in the regular season and Foles during the playoffs, the Eagles’ offense averaged over 390 yards per game. But those yards were accumulated in different ways. Before Wentz’s injury, Philly was a balanced team whose aerial attack primarily relied on the power of its quarterback’s arm — often assisted by Wentz’s magician-like ability to improvise and buy time in the pocket. One thing it didn’t do, however, was ask receivers to do lots of work after hauling in the football. Through Week 14, Wentz led the league in touchdown passes per attempt and ranked third in air yards per attempt, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, but his targets were only 22nd in yards after the catch per reception.Foles connected on three 40-yard passes against the Vikings. But those have been big exceptions to the Eagles’ general approach with Foles at the helm, which has been to throw much shorter. In the playoffs, Foles’s average pass has traveled 7.1 yards through the air. Compare that with Wentz’s average of 9.8 air yards per attempt during the regular season, and you can begin to see how Pederson has shifted his offense’s focus. Forty percent of Wentz’s passes went 10 or more yards downfield, compared with 25 percent for Foles in the playoffs. And Foles has actually thrown a larger share of his passes to players at or behind the line of scrimmage (29 percent) than 10 yards past it. *Playoff games onlySource: ESPN Stats & Information Group Carson Wentz7.74.812.415.5%44.3%40.2% Philly’s passing offense changed in the playoffsDistance traveled through the air — and after the catch — for passes by Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks, 2017 season In today’s NFL, throwing shorter passes isn’t always correlated with better outcomes. But Foles is succeeding in large part because his receivers are taking those short passes and running for big gains after the catch. With Wentz under center, the Eagles’ pass-catchers produced only 98.6 yards after the catch per game (eighth-fewest in football); with Foles in the playoffs, they’ve nearly doubled that output (164.5 YAC/game). In particular, they’re doing a ton of damage on screen passes, which Pederson seldom utilized with Wentz. Running back Jay Ajayi, for instance, went from gaining just 7.4 yards after catch per game with Wentz during the regular season1In the five games immediately after Ajayi was acquired from the Miami Dolphins in late October. to 51.0 yards per game in the postseason, including nearly 30 receiving yards per game on screens alone. Foles is also making smart reads and getting the ball out very quickly. In the playoffs, he’s averaging 2.39 seconds before each pass, a mark that would have been fourth-fastest in the NFL during the regular season. (Wentz, for comparison, was 17th-fastest, at 2.54 seconds.) Foles has used that quick release to lethal effect when conducting the run-pass option — which is more than just a ubiquitous piece of announcer-speak during Eagles broadcasts. The RPO helps freeze defenses with the added threat of handing off to a dangerous runner like Ajayi, and it lends itself to the types of quick passes that Foles has excelled at this postseason. Philly ran plenty of RPOs even before Foles took over, but that section of the playbook has been crucial to Pederson’s resurrection of the Chip Kelly-era version of Foles.Now, it remains to be seen which version will show up for the Super Bowl this Sunday. The conditions have been right for Foles to succeed in the playoffs thus far — Philadelphia hasn’t had to play from behind much and has enjoyed one of the league’s most drastic home-field advantages. But there’s no telling what will happen if things go off script. That’s why the Eagles need to stay out of third-and-long, where the drop-off from Wentz to Foles is really glaring. (On third down with 8 or more yards to go, Wentz was the NFL’s top passer this season according to ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating; only Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers was even remotely close.) They need to keep feeding the ball to Ajayi, who’s averaging roughly the same number of yards from scrimmage in these playoffs (98.5 per game) as he did during his All-Pro season with Miami in 2016. And perhaps most importantly, Foles needs to keep playing mistake-free football: Only 8.2 percent of his passes have been off-target this postseason — a rate that would easily have ranked No. 1 in the league during the regular season.He could do all of that, of course, and still fall short: Tom Brady could always reach into his bag of comeback tricks, and there’s also the small detail of Brady and Bill Belichick’s 15-0 record in the playoffs against teams that they’re facing for the first time in a season. But putting those metaphysical factors aside, the Patriots have their own vulnerabilities. They aren’t exactly a defensive powerhouse, having ranked ninth-worst in the NFL in expected points added during the regular season. And although that number improved as the year went on, they still allowed the league’s fourth-highest QBR on passes that traveled fewer than 10 yards through the air — the kinds of throws they’re likely to see a ton of from Foles and company. If the Eagles can execute their newfound offense and resist Brady’s supercharged comeback powers, there are plenty of reasons to think Foles (of all people) will be the one to deliver Philadelphia its long-awaited Super Bowl parade down Broad Street.Check out our latest NFL predictions. Around Thanksgiving, the idea that the Philadelphia Eagles would make it all the way to Super Bowl LII wouldn’t have surprised many people. Philadelphia started the season 10-1, and quarterback Carson Wentz emerged as the front-runner for league MVP honors. But after Wentz was lost to injury in Week 14, the Eagles’ title chances seemingly disappeared, too. Backups — like Philly’s stopgap, Nick Foles — seldom carry a team to Super Bowl glory. Yards/Completion …% of Passes by Air distance QuarterbackThrough AirAfter CatchTotal<=0 Yds1-10 Yds10+ Yds Nick Foles*5.56.712.228.646.025.4 read more

Big win honors for Ohio State womens soccer

Ohio State women’s soccer’s season will continue after a big day on and off the pitch. On the field, the No. 21-ranked Buckeyes beat Nebraska, 1-0, in a Big Ten Tournament opening-round match Wednesday to advance to the next round of competition. Off the field, five OSU players received conference honors, the Big Ten announced. OSU, the Big Ten Tournament’s No. 2-seed, got the eventual game-winner from sophomore midfielder Ellyn Gruber just before halftime. Buckeyes freshman goalkeeper Jillian McVicker made one save in the game to help OSU advance. Prior to the game, the Big Ten Conference announced that five OSU players had received honors, including record-setting senior forward Tiffany Cameron. Cameron, along with junior midfielder Danica Wu, was named a first-team All-Big Ten selection to add to her recent success. On Monday, Cameron was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the second consecutive week after scoring twice in a 5-0 win against Indiana to become OSU’s all-time leading goal scorer. After entering the match against the Hoosiers tied with former Buckeyes Lisa Collison and Lara Dickenmann for the all-time goals lead with 35, Cameron grabbed the record herself with two goals in the team’s regular season finale. Wu was a second team All-Big Ten selection last season and earned the first-team honor despite missing four games on international duty with Canada’s U-20 team. OSU senior midfielder/forward Kendyl Reed, McVicker and junior goalkeeper Rachel Middleman were also honored by the conference, according to a Wednesday OSU release. Reed was tabbed a second team All-Big Ten selection after posting one assist in 18 starts for the Buckeyes while McVicker was named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team after allowing just four goals in almost 734 minutes in goal this season. Middleman was the Buckeyes’ sportsmanship honoree. Members of OSU women’s soccer were not immediately made available for The Lantern’s Wednesday request for comment. OSU (14-4-1) will continue Big Ten Conference play Friday against either No. 3-seeded Michigan or No. 6-seeded Wisconsin. Kickoff for the tournament’s semifinal-round game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind. read more