#JaVotes2016: Voters turned away in Spanish Town – Liaison officers

first_imgLiaison officers at the Phillippo Baptist Church in Spanish Town were bitter as they told The Gleaner that several persons, who had come to vote were being turned away with claims that their names were not on the voters list. The officers claimed that they escorted several persons and did find their names on the list after they had initially been turned away. “A eleven somebody we count say them name not on the list and when we come back and go up there with them we found their names,” Liaison officer, Joy Francis told The Gleaner. Francis said the presiding officer was in charge and added that even if their names were not on the list there was a supplemental list, which had their names. “From you sell your vote you will sell your soul,” another told The Gleaner.last_img read more

Pregnant woman charged for accepting stolen phone

first_imgA pregnant woman made her appearance before City Magistrate Judy Latchman on Friday charged for knowingly accepting a stolen cellphone.Samantha Sam, 21, of Georgetown, denied that she obtained a Samsung cellphone; property of Elizabeth Percival, from another knowing same to be stolen or unlawfully obtained between November 2017 and January 2018.The prosecution is contending that on November 13, 2017, the Virtual Complainant (VC) and her sister were in their home when armed men broke in and robbed them of a quantity of articles including the phone valued $76,000.The matter was reported and Police acting on information received, the Cops went to the defendant’s home where she was found in possession of the phone.She told the Court that she received the phone from an “Amerindian man” who later left for the interior.She was granted $60,000 bail. The case will continue on February 9.last_img read more

The benefits of selling options explained

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week’s USDA report showed an increase of just over one bushel per acre in the average yield to 176.6 bushels per acre. Despite a slight decrease in the harvested acres in the report, there will likely need to be a supply disruption sometime in the next eight months for a significant rally to happen. It will probably need to be either a weather issue in Brazil over the next three months or in the U.S. this summer. Even a two million acre decrease in planted corn acres won’t likely be enough to get nearby corn back above $4 at this point. It will take five bushels below trend line yields too.There is considerable fear that corn could slide down further over the next few months. While I think corn could test $3.30, I doubt farmers will sell that low which might help keep prices from staying at those values for long. Therefore, I’m looking for corn to be range bound between $3.45 to $3.55 until the end of March.Bean yields, on the other hand, were reduced slightly. The market was expecting a slight increase, so there was some fund buying late Friday. Fundamentally there is little reason for bean prices to go up. The USDA report also showed a decrease in export demand, global supply is high and Brazil is on track to produce a record crop. It seems a small production issue is necessary for a bean rally as well.However, there was a similar situation two years ago when everyone thought $8 was likely at this point in the year, but then South America had logistical issues getting the beans out of the fields, causing an unexpected rally. I expect some traders will remember this and will hold on, waiting to see harvest progress in the next 45 to 60 days. The benefits of selling options explainedI hear analysts frequently talk about how selling options is risky. They’ll often say things that scare farmers out of considering alternative solutions with misleading and sometimes outlandish claims that provide little detail, education or explanation. What many farmers don’t understand is that these analysts are often looking at these trades as a speculator. And as a speculator, yes, selling options could be risky and may not be advisable.Farmers have very different goals and objectives than speculators though, and often some analysts don’t take that into consideration. The key difference, and to me it’s a big one, farmers ALWAYS have more grain to sell. Speculators don’t. This key difference makes advice from analysts/speculators to farmers somewhat misguided. That’s why I advise farmers to think about what their goal is and look for trades that help achieve those goals.During this sideways market the past year, I’ve had some success with selling corn options that have allowed me to pick up some additional premium as prices stay at unprofitable levels. One of my strategies on some of my production has been to sell straddles. This involves selling both a put and a call at the same price and at the same time. Following provides trade detail and rationale for a previous trade that just expired. It also shows why considering selling options may be a reasonable choice for farmers. Options – Straddle – CornBack on 10/24/17, when March corn was $3.60, I made the following trade on 10% of my ’17 production.Sold — January $3.60 straddle, where I sold both the $3.60 put and $3.60 call and collected a 15-cent premiumTrade Expiration — 12/22/17Potential benefit: If March futures close at $3.60 on 12/22/17, I keep all of the 15-cent premium.Potential concern: Reduced or no premium if the market moves significantly in either direction.On every trade, I know, and am willing to accept every possible outcome: every penny lower than $3.60 I get less premium until $3.45, at $3.45 or lower and I will be losing money on this trade penny for penny and for every penny higher than $3.60 I get less premium until $3.75. At $3.75 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $3.60 against March futures, but I still get to keep the 15 cents so it’s like selling $3.75.When doing straddles I am most profitable if the market is at the strike price at expiration. The further from the strike price, essentially the more money I lose on this trade. That kind of trade may sound very scary to a speculator. But, I’m not a speculator, I’m a farmer with very different goals.Obviously this trade is most profitable if the market stays sideways, because I’ll pocket the money and add it to a previous trade I have made. Considering how the market has been trending this past year, this seems like a likely outcome. If the market rallies, you’ll miss outI don’t think I will “miss out”, because if the market rallies, I think that would be great. This particular trade only represents 10% of my ’17 production. If the market goes to $4 (for instance), yes I’ll have to sell this 10% for $3.75 but then I could start to sell any remaining ’17 production I have unpriced and maybe even some of my ’18 production. I didn’t think this was likely given current market conditions, but I was and I’m still hoping like everyone else that it will happen.This is an example of a difference between speculators and farmers. Farmers always have more to sell, so we are ALWAYS hoping for a rally, no matter what. That’s not always the case for speculators What if the market goes down?The biggest risk in this trade was if corn fell below $3.45 at the end of December. The reason is because I would have either had to take a loss on the trade or it could mean re-ownership of grain, which is usually the last thing I need as a grain producer. Generally I never do straddles unless I already have previously sold grain. This is what limits my downside risk. If the prices fall I can let the straddle trade get exercised and remove a previous sale and take any profits on the difference between what I sold on a previous futures sale and where the straddle makes me re-own grain. This is something I always have to be prepared for even if I think it’s unlikely. What happened?Corn traded to about $3.5225 on 12/22/17 and I was able to buy back just the put portion of this trade for 7.75 cents and I let the call portion of the trade expire worthless. In other words, I made 7 cents net profit on this trade. While that doesn’t seem like tons of money, it goes into my “pot of premium” that I’ve been collecting each month on trades like these. Eventually, I’ll sell the remainder of my ’17 production and I can include these additional premiums to my bottom line. New Trade – Options – Straddle – CornAfter the success of the trade above and expecting the sideways market to continue, on 12/27/17 when May corn was $3.62, I did another straddle on 10% of my ’17 production.Sold — April $3.55 straddle, where I sold both the $3.55 put and $3.55 call and collect an 18-cent premiumTrade Expiration: 3/23/18Potential benefit: If May futures close at $3.55 on 3/23/18, I keep all of the 18-cent premium.Potential concern: Reduced or no premium if the market moves significantly in either direction.On every trade, I know, and am willing to accept every possible outcome: every penny lower than $3.55 I get less premium until $3.37; at $3.37 or lower and I will be losing money on this trade penny for penny; for every penny higher than $3.55 I get less premium until $3.73; at $3.73 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $3.55 against March futures, but I still get to keep the 18 cents so it’s like selling $3.73.Similar to the trade above, I’m most profitable on this trade if the market stays sideways through March. If this happens, I’ll take the additional premium and add to my “pot of premium.” If the market rallies, I’ll have to sell some of my unpriced grain at higher levels than we are today.The biggest risk is if corn falls below $3.37 on 3/23/18. While not ideal, I can buy the straddle back for a loss or remove a previous sale and take profits on the difference between what I sold previously and $3.37 against the May futures. I would likely only remove a previous sale if I felt there was a likely chance of a future market rally. However, that decision would have to be made at a later date when I have more market information.As always the market can go three different directions, up, down and sideways. I understand all possible outcomes of those three scenarios on each trade I make. Up is always great. Even if the trade isn’t most profitable with a rally, I always have more corn to sell, so while I take that into consideration, it really doesn’t matter because I’m happy either way.Selling options and straddles, like the examples above, can be profitable in a sideways market. By including these types of trades in my grain marketing strategy, not only am I profitable during rallies, but I can build premium during sideways markets too. This means that I can be successful in two different market scenarios — rallies and sideways markets, or 2 out of 3 possible outcomes.Market drops are inevitable and need to be considered too. After all, they happen 1 out of 3 times. Generally I try to limit my downside risk by understanding the potential loss of each trade. By putting protections in place and maintaining flexibility when considering all trade opportunities available to me I’m able to reduce some risk.Opening up a marketing strategy to include selling options doesn’t have to be scary. It actually can provide more flexibility and profitability if done correctly. When taking advice it’s always important to make sure goals align before making any decisions. I always ask myself what will happen if the market moves 50 cents or even $1 per bushel in EITHER direction. After all, the bottom line is to make sure my farm operation remains profitable year after 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 jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more

Punjab plans to seize drug offenders’ properties

first_imgIn a bid to check the illegal drugs trade in the State, the Punjab Cabinet on Friday gave the approval for enactment of the Punjab Forfeiture of Illegally Acquired Property Act, 2017, that would empower officers to attach and seize properties of drug offenders acquired through illicit trafficking of narcotics drugs, smuggling and trade of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.“The Act will empower officers to attach, seize or forfeit properties. It will enable them to crack down on properties acquired through illicit trafficking of narcotics drugs, smuggling and trade of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985,” said an official spokesperson.Tackling militancyThe Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh, also approved the creation of a Special Operation Group (SOG) to check militant threats, with non-fiscal incentives for those personnel who join the new force.“The SOG will contain, counter and neutralise militant threats like fidayeen attack, hostage situations and armed infiltration to save precious lives and properties,” said the spokesperson. The Punjab Cabinet also gave its nod to the government’s ‘Connect with Your Roots’ (CYR) programme to reach out to youngsters of Punjabi origin settled in other countries.“The programme, aimed at young boys and girls of Punjabi origin, whose parents, grandparents or great grandparents are settled abroad in various countries across the globe, will seek to connect them with their ancestral roots and cultural heritage of Punjab,” the spokesperson added.The Cabinet also decided that the winter session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha (Assembly) will be held for three days from November 27 to 29. “The Punjab Governor has been authorised to convene the third session of the 15th Punjab Vidhan Sabha as per Article 174 (I) of the Constitution of India,” the spokesperson said.last_img read more

NRL Community Volunteer of the Year Awards: Touch Football Nominee

first_imgTouch Football Australia has been provided for the first time the opportunity to nominate an individual for the NRL Community National Volunteer of the Year, to be presented at the NRL Community and Player Education Awards in Sydney on Friday, 2 October 2015, as part of the 2015 NRL Grand Final Week celebrations. Each State and Territory were asked to nominate an individual to be considered for the TFA Volunteer of the Year Award; who will in turn be the Touch Football nominee for the NRL Community National Volunteer of the Year.Each nominee has provided exceptional service to the sport and made a notable and measurable contribution and difference in their respective communities.  The nominees all demonstrate the Touch Football Australia values of Leadership, Integrity, Professionalism, Diversity and Excellence.The TFA Board of Management were charged with voting on and awarding for the inaugural time, a standout Touch Football nominee. “Our Board was absolutely overwhelmed by the calibre of nominees from across the country, “Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire, said. “On behalf of the Touch Football Australia Board of Management, I would like to congratulate Cecilia Eichler, the 2015 Touch Football Australia Volunteer of the Year for 2015.“Cecilia is a fantastic example of the efforts being made in locations across the country, and the lengths that our volunteers go for the success of our sport.  On behalf of the TFA Board of Management, TFA Staff and the whole Touch Football community, particularly of Portland, Victoria, congratulations to Cecilia.”“In the inaugural year of this award, we had an incredible group of nominees from all corners of the country; all with their own story and all highly deserving of this accolade.”“Their (nominees) stories are just small examples of the wonderful work undertaken every day by the extraordinary people we have assisting the delivery of our sport.”The nominees for the TFA Volunteer of the Year Award were:»         Cary Thompson – National»         Ken Golden – National»         Danny Goodwin – ACT»         Tim Kitchingham – NSW»         Tim Pearson – NT»         Graeme Clancy – QLD»         Damian Carlson – SA»         Cecilia Eichler – VIC»         Karen Lombardo – WA.“Our sport is blessed with amazing people, making significant contributions across all levels, “We are very excited for this opportunity and the chance to formally thank and reward an individual who is truly committed to our sport, as well as share the stories of so many more”Cecilia will be attending the awards ceremony with TFA representatives and is among a group of five nominees for the NRL Community National Volunteer of the Year award, proudly supported by Holden. The NRL Community and Player Education Awards will be streamed online via nrl.com/communityawards from 7.00pm with results to be published online at the conclusion of the awards presentation.Related Filestfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_cary_thompson-pdftfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_cecilia_eichler-pdftfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_damien_carlson-pdftfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_danny_goodwin-pdftfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_graeme_clancy-pdftfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_karen_lombardo-pdftfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_ken_golden-pdftfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_tim_kitchingham-pdftfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_tim_pearson-pdfRelated LinksNRL Community National Volunteerlast_img read more

10 months agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson frustrated by Cardiff stalemate after 15-year shots high

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson frustrated by Cardiff stalemate after 15-year shots highby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was left frustrated after their 0-0 draw with Cardiff City.Palace peppered the Cardiff goal with 31 shots, their highest number since 2003-04, with Andros Townsend flicking a shot against the crossbar and Luka Milivojevic hitting the post for the hosts.Hodgson said, “I’m pleased about the number of chances we created but I’m not pleased we didn’t convert one of them,” he said.”It’s something we’ve had to deal with for a large part of the season. If we had more fortune in front of goal then we would be nowhere near where we are, we’d have assembled a lot more points.”Football is about scoring goals and taking those semi opportunities, which good goal scorers find a way of scoring.” last_img read more

a month agoLyon playmaker Houssem Aouar back on Man City agenda

first_imgLyon playmaker Houssem Aouar back on Man City agendaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLyon playmaker Houssem Aouar is back on the agenda of Manchester City.Aouar has emerged as one of the most exciting prospects in football at Lyon.L’Equipe say City showed interest in Aouar once again in the summer window just gone.However, both the player and Lyon decided against a move away but Aouar has since struggled to find his best form during the new Ligue 1 campaign.It is reported that he is one of the players ‘shaken’ by Bruno Genesio’s departure as manager and the recent arrival of Sylvinho. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Florida State’s P.J. Williams’ Box Jump Is Extremely Impressive

first_imgP.J. Williams performs a box jump.IG/pjwilliams_26Jameis Winston gets most of the publicity out of this year’s Florida State players in the NFL Draft, but a number of other former Seminoles are enticing prospects as well. Cornerback P.J. Williams was one of the most important players on the FSU defense, and projects to be drafted in the first two rounds of this spring’s draft.Williams posted a video of himself doing a box jump on Instagram this afternoon, in which he shows off the athleticism and explosion that makes him one of the draft’s top defensive backs.We’re not sure exactly how high that jump is, but we are certainly impressed.last_img read more

Mens Soccer Ohio State wraps up the regular season at Wisconsin

Ohio State redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried saves a shot attempt in Friday’s game against No. 8 Michigan State. Ohio State lost to No. 8 Michigan State. Credit: Colin Gay | Sports EditorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-13-2, 0-6-1 Big Ten) will conclude the 2018 regular season when it travels to Wisconsin (8-5-2, 5-2 Big Ten) on Sunday afternoon.The Buckeyes enter the season finale on an eight-game losing streak, in which the team has only managed to find the back of the net four times. On the other side of the pitch, Wisconsin enters the match coming off of back-to-back victories over Michigan and Northwestern, trying to secure the second seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. The Big Ten Tournament, which will kick off next Sunday, will see Ohio State enter as the ninth and lowest seed in the tournament. Indiana has earned the No. 1 seed, clinching its first Big Ten title since 2010 after defeating Ohio State in Columbus on Wednesday night. The Badgers offense is driven mainly by a pair of talented freshmen forwards from Illinois, Andrew Akindele with three goals and four assists and Noah Melick with four goals and one assist. Wisconsin’s second-leading goal scorer is redshirt senior forward Isaac Schlenker, who has three goals on the year.In order for Ohio State to find the win column, its forward group, led by the team’s leading scorer, redshirt freshman forward Devyn Etling, and the team’s leader in shots taken, senior forward Michael Prosuk must have an impact on Sunday afternoon.“We have to keep moving forward, one thing I give these guys credit for is they battle. They battle, and they battle and they battle. Against Wisconsin we’ve got to find some goals,” Maisonneuve said. “Again, if we defend like we did [against Indiana], we’ll be successful, we just have to find some goals.”In goal for Ohio State, redshirt junior Parker Siegfried is coming off a brilliant performance against No. 2 Indiana on Wednesday. Siegfried secured a season-high seven saves as his play between the pipes kept Ohio State alive all night. “The good thing about this, although we didn’t get the result we wanted, I think we’re going to kind of have a lot of confidence rolling into Wisconsin on Sunday,” Siegfried said. His backline, which had a strong outing against Indiana must have a repeat performance to give Siegfried some support. After the match against Indiana on Wednesday, Siegfried said that relishing their role as an underdog helped them against the Hoosiers and he said he thinks it will help them against Wisconsin in the finale. “I just think accepting that underdog mentality and kind of running with it is huge for us,” Siegfried said. “And I think we did that [Wednesday night] and we gave it to them a little bit so I don’t think Indiana wants to play us here again in the Big Ten quarterfinals after that. If Indiana doesn’t want to play you, then Wisconsin probably doesn’t want to play you.”Between the pipes for Wisconsin is junior goalkeeper Dean Cowdroy has a 0.93 goals against average alongside a .776 save percentage. Siegfried, has a 1.89 goals against average and a .644 save percentage for Ohio State through its 16 matches this season. Ohio State and Wisconsin are scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. read more

With Manufacturing Bootcamp Sagamore looks to Make Good

first_imgThe 16 men enrolled in Port Covington’s  Manufacturing Bootcamp represent the start of Sagamore Development’s promise to “make good.” Sagamore is seeking to deliver on a pledge to invest millions of dollars to support underserved citizens and communities in exchange for the unprecedented $660 million TIF passed by the Baltimore City Council for the Port Covington Project in fall 2016.Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh congratulates Bootcamp participants (Photo by Deborah Bailey)Baltimore City Mayor Catherine E. Pugh joined civic, corporate and community leaders to celebrate the Bootcamp with a tour and mini pep rally this week.  The Port Covington Manufacturing Bootcamp is a workforce development pre-apprenticeship program and the start of programs by the developer based on a $100 million agreement announced between the Baltimore government and community leaders in September 2016 requiring Sagamore Development to invest in job development and creation, moderate income housing and other community benefits.  “This is about the long game and I commend Sagamore Development and their partners for already delivering on promises made to help train, cultivate, develop and hire Baltimore¹s workforce,” Pugh told the partners gathered at the Foundery to support the program.  The Port Covington TIF was delayed for months while city council and community leaders worked with Sagamore Development’s leadership to craft the $100 million community benefits agreement insisted on by local citizen groups like BUILD and others in exchange for support of the $660 million TIF Sagamore development project.  The 16 participants represent the second class of Sagamore Development’s six-week career readiness program led by The Foundery, a workforce development hub at City Garage and the Center for Urban Families (CFUF) and co-sponsored by Whiting-Turner, and The Commercial Group.The Center for Urban Families serves as the connection point for men and women interested in the workforce readiness Bootcamp.   “What we do is on the front end.  We recognize that the Baltimoreans we serve may have various labor force impediments. “said Joseph T. Jones, founder, president and ECO of The Center for Urban Families. “They may have criminal backgrounds, little to no work experience, a checkered educational record. We support Bootcamp candidates with essential skills before determining eligibility for the program.”The second six-week Bootcamp began in early February and will be completed in March. Classes include woodworking, welding machinery, textiles and 3D printing.  Employers interact with participants throughout the course of the camp.  The eight men who completed the first program in January of this year were offered jobs immediately, according to Alicia Wilson, Sagamore Development’s vice president for community affairs. Wilson said that the Bootcamp model will continue to be refined and scaled-up until Sagamore Development meets the training and workforce development goals negotiated in the $100 million community agreement. “We’re starting now. We’re following through,” Wilson said.  “This is just the beginning.”last_img read more