On the ball

first_imgThe Harlem Globetrotters, children from the Martin Luther King School in Cambridge, and Harvard now have something in common — CHEER.  And there was plenty of cheering during the Globetrotter’s appearance at Harvard’s Malkin Athletic Center on March 21.Harvard hosted seven members of the Globetrotters and 150 children from the first through sixth grades of the King School. The students heard about the Globetrotters’ educational outreach program.  Called CHEER, the program underscores the importance of cooperation, healthy mind and body, effort, enthusiasm, and responsibility for youth.For Carolyn Turk, deputy superintendent of Cambridge Public Schools, the event was consistent with Harvard’s strong ties, and commitment, to local schools. “Harvard doesn’t take partnership lightly . . . it’s really a back and forth to think about what we can do together to serve children and families.   This is just one example,” said Turk.From the warm-up act featuring a welcome to Harvard to unbelievable basketball tricks, the students were active, outspoken, and totally engaged.“Our school and your school share a mission of education,” said Christine Heenan, vice president of Harvard Public Affairs and Communications in welcoming the group. “We’re neighbors, and we hope some of you come to college here one day.”Heenan asked the students for their thoughts on health and exercise, basketball, and college, and received hearty responses.But when the towering squad appeared, cheers filled the gym.Dressed in their signature red and blue uniforms, the Globetrotters told the crowd their names and where they graduated from college.   Then they broke out the heavy stuff:  “Cooperation,” cheered a Globetrotter. “Cooperation,” responded the crowd. Together, the big players and little kids rattled through the CHEER list and discussed each concept, and the players threw in a few lessons on basketball tricks on the side.The finale came when a Globetrotter asked Betunia Zelenlem to come down from the bleachers. He held up her index finger, rotated the basketball, and placed it on the tiny tip for a classic Globetrotter spin.Before the players left the court, one boy called out from the crowd.  “Hey, how long did it take you guys to learn all those tricks?”A Globetrotter answered:  “The key?  I never stop practicing.”“How wonderful for the children to see how adults live by the things that we learn in school,” said Joan Kerwin, a fourth-grade teacher at the King School.  “What you need as a child to succeed, you carry through as an adult.”Harvard has longstanding relationships with Cambridge and Boston schools and runs a wide range of programs that support teaching and learning.  More than 8,000 students from kindergarten to 12th grade participate in educational and cultural enrichment programs at Harvard each year.“Harvard stays with our children, K-12, in all types of partnerships, and it’s wonderful,” said Turk.last_img read more

Former assistant coach will not serve jail time

first_imgFormer Notre Dame assistant football coach Corwin Brown will not serve any jail time for hitting his wife and holding her hostage in a seven-hour armed standoff with police last August, according to the Associated Press. St. Joseph County Judge Jane Woodward Miller agreed Tuesday to permit Brown to avoid prison after his wife, Melissa, said separating her husband from his family and the counseling he is currently receiving would do more harm than good. Brown’s wife also said she did not feel victimized in the situation, according to the Associated Press report. Miller sentenced Brown to consecutive two-year prison sentences, which she suspended, placed him on probation and ordered him to continue to undergo counseling. On Aug. 12, 2011, St. Joseph County Police responded to a call from Brown’s wife about domestic violence at the former coach’s home. At the time, The Observer reported she told officers her husband threatened her with a gun in his pocket earlier in the day. Police remained outside the Brown home for seven hours while a SWAT team negotiated with an armed Brown, according to police reports. Brown, 42, pleaded guilty but mentally ill in June to felony confinement and domestic battery charges as part of a plea agreement. Brown was a member of the Notre Dame football coaching staff from 2007 to 2009. He then served as a defensive backs coach with the New England Patriots during the 2010 NFL season, but he was relieved of his team duties in February 2011.last_img read more

Mascot designs for 2020 Tokyo Olympics shortlisted

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Durant’s triple-double lifts Warriors over Hornets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img The three finalists were selected from among 2,042 entries submitted by the public, with the winner to be announced on Feb. 28.The first set is a pair of humanoid characters clad in the ‘ichimatsu” checkered pattern of the Games’ official logo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseThe second set features a “maneki neko” (good-luck cat) and a fox commonly seen at Shinto shrines. The third set features a fox and a dog with gold ribbons on their backs.The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled for July 24 to Aug. 9, 2020. LATEST STORIES Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles02:26Hidilyn Diaz on pace for Tokyo 202002:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Children and officials of Tokyo 2020 pose for photographers with cutouts of shortlisted three mascot design sets which each contain one mascot for the Tokyo Olympic Games and one for the Paralympic Games, at an elementary school in Tokyo Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO — Japanese schoolchildren will help determine the mascot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics on Thursday unveiled three sets of designs for the games’ mascots. The 6.5 million schoolchildren will review the shortlisted designs with their classes casting a single vote in favor of one of the three sets.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

49ers vs. Falcons: Five keys to winning as NFC leader

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Seven years ago, the 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons for a Super Bowl berth.Sunday, beating the Falcons would lock up merely a playoff berth, and that starting point is certainly welcome after the 49ers’ five-year postseason drought.“We’re in a good spot as a team,” quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said. “I like where we’re sitting and everything, kind of control our own destiny. That’s where you want to be in December.”The 49ers (11-2) survived a Superdome thriller last Sunday with …last_img read more

Capturing carry and paying for storage

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCDue to the government shutdown this month’s USDA report, arguably one of the top three reports of the year, wasn’t published. There will likely be more market volatility until an impartial number can be released by the government again.Many in the trade are assuming the national corn yield has decreased up to 1 bushel per acre on corn. Plus, demand is likely to be steady, which would mean a slight carryout reduction. Carryout hasn’t been this tight in 3 years and the stocks-to-use ratio, which is carryout / demand, is at a 4-year low. All of this should mean higher corn values, but the market isn’t trading those type of levels. Corn verses bean acresWith Nov beans around $9.50 and Dec corn around $4, it’s not clear if as many acres will switch from beans to corn for 2019. Corn needs to buy 3 to 4 million acres from beans and that might not be as likely right now. Are corn futures too low or are bean futures to high? Basis levels throughout the U.S. indicate bean futures are probably too high and corn is “normal.”It’s important to understand the corn/bean price ratio (bean futures divided by corn futures) when it comes to planting acres. If the ratio is above 2.45:1, prices favor planting more beans. If the ratio is below 2.35:1, prices favor planting more corn. With current prices ($9.52 Nov / $4.01 Dec) the ratio is 2.37:1, so there is not an overly strong indicator to plant corn today. But back on 11/1/18 when farmers were making seed and fertilizer purchases, the ratio was 2.26:1, indicating farmers should consider strongly increasing corn acres. While this can help with estimating, no one will know the actual planted acres for at least another couple of months. BeansBean prices continue to surprise me with nearby values above $9. In talking with farmers and grain elevator managers throughout the country, it seems a lot of beans were stored, and now with the “Trump Bump” money available, many farmers may wait and hope for either $10 futures or see what summer weather is like before selling at lower levels.Many in the trade are focusing on the dry Brazil weather and anticipate a yield reduction. While the yield potential has suffered some, the overall production is still expected to be similar to last year.Argentina for me is more of a wildcard this year. Last year Argentina suffered the worst drought in 40 years and current estimates indicate they may raise 45% more beans this year. If that happens, there could be too many beans in the world to support higher values.Lack of demand from China also isn’t helping U.S. bean prices. While trade talks sound promising, nothing concrete has been announced. It seems like beans are fighting an uphill battle in the United States, but if farmers continue to hold their beans, the market won’t likely go down all that much. I suspect beans could be range-bound for a couple of months. Answering reader questions: Fear of missing out and margin callsFor the past few weeks I’ve written about selling straddles, call options and margin calls. During that time I’ve received several really great questions from readers, so I wanted to provide some answers. Question 1: “If the calls or straddles you sell trade higher, and you don’t get to lock in a sale and the market drops, don’t you miss out?”This is the reason why selling calls and straddles isn’t always a perfect solution. If the market does a run up, and then falls suddenly, I could miss out some. That’s why I limit the amount of production I produce in these types of trades to about 33% (i.e. 33% chance the market will stay sideways, 33% chance it will go up, and 33% chance it will go down). That way if the market rallies, I still have significant production available to make straight futures sales when my desired levels are hit. Question 2: “How do you make money on futures sales that you have already made if the market goes up after you make them?”You don’t. Similar to making cash sales to end users, once a futures sale or call that gets exercised is made, you can’t add to the sale (even if the market rallies). That’s why I fully understand and am willing to accept ALL possible outcomes when I make EVERY single trade. Plus, I usually only make trades with 5% to 10% of my production at a time. That way if the market goes down, I’m happy I did something. If the market goes up, I only sold a little bit and have more to sell. For me it’s better to do a little something, than to do nothing waiting and hoping for a rally.Now….you could avoid being locked into a price by gambling and buying a call hoping the market continues to go higher so you can increase your profits. But, if that call doesn’t increase in value, and/or it expires worthless, then you lose money. That’s why buying calls for a producer is gambling. It’s somewhat of a controlled gamble because you have limited downside, but the vast majority of options expire worthless, so most grain producers will lose money when buying calls. Question 3: “How will I be able to fund any margin call when I have to borrow money to put the crop in the ground?”This is a common fear among farmers and a few bankers too. There is only so much money that can be borrowed by any farm operation.However, when banks lend money part of the process is assessing the debt to asset ratio. One asset this entails looking at is the value of the grain in the bin today. Another area the bank will look at is what next fall’s prices are for next year’s likely production. Both of these numbers are part of the process the bank uses to determine how much they can lend for a margin call loan.Margin call is required if the market rallies after any futures sale are made. But it’s important to remember: if prices increase, the value of the grain in the bin and next year’s production will ALSO go up. This means the underlying assets have increased as well to offset the required margin call. Many banks like to limit the amount of forward sales to what a farmers insured crop levels are set at. If a farmer has 80% coverage then likely the bank will limit the sales to 80% of insured bushels for any sales against the 2019 crop. Again this helps protect the farmer and the bank in the event of a margin call and lack of production.I’ve worked with many banks to help arrange margin call loans for farmers and their lending policies vary. Some banks view margin call as a 1 to 1 ratio on this price relationship, while others can’t do 1 to 1 but instead some predetermined percentage of it.Most banks I work with set up a hedge line separate from the operating note. This money can only be used for hedging purposes and not any other part of the operation to avoid any confusion and protect both the farmer and the bank. To set up a hedge line nearly all bankers require a written marketing plan and/or the hedging tools and process the farmer plans to use as well as monthly or quarterly check ins to monitor progress.The good news is most farmers have a favorable debt to asset ratio and can participate in this type of hedging plan with their banks. It’s best to talk with your banker first to make sure you’re both on the same page. Most banks are familiar with hedging and are supportive of hedge lines for margin calls. However, there are still some bankers who don’t fully understand hedging and how much hedge lines can benefit both the grain producer and the bank. If you’re banker doesn’t offer hedge lines, you should consider finding a banker who does. Typically these types of loans are a win-win for farmers and bankers when it comes to risk management. 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

Federal judge encouraged by government plan to reunite families

Federal judge encouraged by government plan to reunite families

first_img Posted: August 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Federal judge encouraged by government plan to reunite families KUSI Newsroom, August 10, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A federal judge in San Diego said Friday he is encouraged by the government’s plan to locate parents who were either deported or released into the United States after being separated from their children at the border as part of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration.U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw said he was very impressed with the government’s plan to reunify removed parents, which will be headed up by key members of the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State and Department of Health and Human Services.DOJ attorney Scott Stewart told the judge that federal officials have been in contact with 299 out of 386 parents who were removed from the country.“That is a very, very encouraging number,” the judge said.Sabraw told attorneys for the government and the American Civil Liberties Union that it was “very important” for the parties to continue to look for 26 removed parents who they have not been able to find.“That is a very significant statistic,” the judge said.Sabraw ordered the government to provide a number of updated lists by Wednesday, including a list of parents removed from the country with their children and a list of children who agreed to take voluntary departure to be reunited with their parents.Last week, Sabraw said finding parents and reuniting them with their children was “100 percent the responsibility of the (Trump) administration.”In June, the ACLU won a nationwide injunction in its class-action lawsuit requiring reunification of children under age 5 by July 10 and all children by July 26.Even though the government missed both deadlines, Sabraw said he was pleased with the progress the government was making to reunify separated families.The judge said he was pleased that the ACLU has formed a steering committee to coordinate the location and reunification of class members who have been deported or released into the interior of the United States.The judge’s comments came two days after he upheld a previous order barring the government from deporting recently reunited parents and children who were separated at the border.Sabraw, considering a request for a temporary restraining order in a case transferred from the District of Columbia, said Wednesday that an order he issued three weeks ago prohibiting the government from removing reunified families from the United States before they’ve had a chance to discuss their immigration status is still in effect for both cases.Plaintiffs in the case of M.M.M. v. Sessions received assurances from the judge that the order halting deportations applies to both parents and their children who may be seeking asylum hearings.Another status conference on the San Diego case is set for next Friday. last_img read more

San Diego Zoo Safari Park welcomes new baby elephant

San Diego Zoo Safari Park welcomes new baby elephant

first_img KUSI Newsroom, September 27, 2018 Posted: September 27, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Talk about a big delivery.San Diego Zoo Safari Park Thursday welcomed its newest — but certainly not smallest — resident: a 281-pound female elephant calf.Park officials were expecting their 28-year-old elephant, Umngani, to give birth, but they didn’t expect it to happen quite so soon. But they’ve been putting the pregnant elephant in a secluded area at night just in case.And sure enough, when they came to work Thursday morning, the new calf was waiting for them. Security camera footage confirmed that the baby elephant came into the world at 11:20 p.m. Wednesday, and at 281 pounds, she’s the biggest ever born at the park.Umngani “has given birth three other times, and those calves arrived late, so when we checked on her first thing thismorning, we were surprised and thrilled to see her caring for her healthy newborn,” said Curtis Lehman, animal care supervisor at the park.“Umngani is a great mom, and she and the baby are doing very well,” Lehman said.The unnamed calf began nursing shortly after it was born, according to the zoo.The Safari Park is home to 14 elephants — four adults and 10 younger ones, according to the zoo.Anyone interested in catching a glimpse of the new elephant can check out the park’s elephant webcam at sdzsafaripark.org/elephant-cam. San Diego Zoo Safari Park welcomes new baby elephantlast_img read more