Carter gets green light – IAAF confirms sprinter is free to compete pending CAS appeal

first_imgPresident of the MVP Track Club Bruce James is pleased with news that embattled club member Nesta Carter will be able to resume competition even as his legal team finalises submissions for his Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) appeal. Carter was disqualified from the 2008 Olympic Games after retroactively testing positive from those Games, for the prohibited substance methylhexanamine. He was last month stripped of his and the country’s 4x100m relay gold medal won at Beijing 2008. However, in a bit of good news for the 31-year-old sprinter, the IAAF yesterday confirmed to the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), that the 2013 World Championships 100m bronze-medal winner is eligible to compete pending the CAS procedure. “We are pleased with the IAAF’s position on Nesta’s ability to compete and the fact that he has not been suspended from competition, based on the communication received from the JAAA based on what the IAAF said,” James told The Gleaner yesterday. FIRST RACE Carter will compete in Montego Bay this Saturday at the Milo Western Relays as a member of MVP’s 4x100m team. It will be his first race in almost 17 months. Carter last competed at the IAAF Rieti World Challenge meet in Italy on September 13, 2015. The JAAA yesterday received confirmation from the IAAF outlining that Carter had not been issued a suspension after his retroactive anti-doping violation. JAAA president Dr Warren Blake told The Gleaner that he had received confirmation from the IAAF after writing to CEO Olivier Gers and enquiring about Carter’s eligibility to compete. Gers, who was in the island recently as a guest at the RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards, and who also had meetings with Blake and other track and field interests during his brief visit to the island yesterday responded to the JAAA president outlining that Carter was free to compete. “It appears Mr Carter is not provisionally suspended and is eligible to compete in athletics competition pending the CAS procedure,” Gers wrote in his response to the JAAA’s query after consultation with the IAAF’s Medical and Anti-Doping Commission. Meanwhile, Carter’s legal team is currently finalising its submission to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to appeal the sprinter’s Beijing 2008 disqualification. Carter’s team has until next week Tuesday, February 14, to fully submit his appeal to CAS.last_img read more

Bring it on! Casillas welcomes competition from Man United’s De Gea

first_img Iker Casillas and David De Gea 1 Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas says he would welcome the competition if the club signed David De Gea from Manchester United.De Gea has been widely tipped to leave Old Trafford this summer with Madrid in prime position to capture the 24-year-old.Casillas has had to face competition for the No.1 position from Keylor Navas this season but insists he will be ready to compete with his compatriot De Gea for a starting berth next term.“De Gea is a nice guy and a goalkeeper for the present and the future,” Casillas told El Laguero.“He’ll be welcomed here and we will help him. We’ll compete for a place.“He can cope with pressure and his experience at Manchester United will have served him well.“I’m delighted with competition. My contract doesn’t say I have to start. Gigi Buffon, Santiago Canizares, Andres Palop, all were careful and lengthened their careers.”last_img read more

Kitten found in Letterkenny – is he yours?

first_imgAn appeal has been launched following the sighting of a male kitten in a Letterkenny residents backyard on Sunday afternoon. The resident explained that the kitten is extremely friendly and has a blue-collar with a bell but was also very hungry.Posting a message on Facebook, the worried resident said: “This beautiful kitten came into my garden today. He is definitely owned by someone as so friendly. Hungry as hell. He has a blue-collar with a bell. Looks like he was lost for a while as is skin and bone. “It is a male kitten, not neutered.“Please share as he needs to be homed!”You can contact Ní Nic on 0857842178 if this is your pet. Kitten found in Letterkenny – is he yours? was last modified: August 11th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cardinals start 23-0, set school record

first_imgCorning >> The Corning Cardinals basketball team made history Tuesday night with a 47-33 win over the Gridley Bulldogs to set a school record, starting the season 23-0.The Bulldogs didn’t make it easy on Corning, leading the entire first period and much of the second. The Cardinals took the lead late in the second and went into the half with a slim 21-19 margin in a defensive battle. “Obviously it’s a different game than Friday when it was a lot of offense,” said coach Kurt Wilkins. “Tonight …last_img read more

H-DNL soccer: Fortuna girls handle business, Arcata boys win big

first_imgSarah Killfoil knotted up the game and then gave her Huskies their … Girl’s soccer: Fortuna (9-0, 4-0) 5 McKinleyville (2-5-1, 2-3-1) 2Fortuna High erased an early 2-0 deficit to down McKinleyville 5-2 Tuesday evening on the road at the home of Panthers.McKinelyville’s Soffia Reyes struck twice in the early moments of Tuesday’s match, putting the Panthers ahead 2-0 in the 17th minute.From there, it was all Fortuna.Aubrie Hall got Fortuna on the board with a goal in the 19th minute.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. 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Turner named Farm Bureau leadership development program specialist

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Kelsey Turner of Bellevue has been named leadership development program specialist for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, as part of the organization’s newly created Strategic Partnerships department. She will be working with the Young Agricultural Professionals, Youth Pathway and Ag Literacy programs, assuming some of the responsibilities of Melinda Witten, who was recently promoted to senior director, leadership development for Ohio Farm Bureau.Turner was most recently employed with the Bellevue City School District and as the Columbus-area market manager with Witten Farm Market and Greenhouse. She received her bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness and Applied Economics from The Ohio State University and is currently attending Ashland University studying for her MBA in Entrepreneurship.She is a native of Seneca County where her family’s grain and maple syrup operation, Sugarwood Family Farms, is located. She and her husband, Evan, are members of the Seneca County Farm Bureau, are active participants in Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program and are both volunteers for their 4-H club Spirit of ’76. She is a church council member and deacon for Zion United Church of Christ in Bellevue, where she also volunteers with local mission projects.last_img read more

A helping hand in the time of natural calamities

first_imgThe Ganjam District Disaster Response Forum (GDRF), a joint front of 47 NGOs, continues to be a major relief force during natural calamities,like the recent cyclone Fani, in this district of Odisha.The GDRF now has reach in all the 22 blocks of Ganjam district. Their volunteers have direct contact with people living in remote and vulnerable areas. They help the administration in evacuation of people to safe places before any cyclone. “We coordinate between the people and the administration to ensure basic amenities at cyclone shelters”, said convenor of GDRF, Mangaraj Panda.Since 2015, the GDRF has trained up over 400 volunteers in 27 villages that are prone to cyclones and floods. According one of the trained volunteers, Rabindra Das of Badapalli village of Ganjam block, they know basic skills of search and rescue as well as first aid for immediate attention in case of need.These volunteers are also trained to report about losses to the local revenue officials. In most cyclone prone coastal villages, literacy rate is low and inhabitants find it hard to report their losses to administration.Members of the GDRF also reach the vulnerable villages near the coast to urge fishermen and their families to leave their dwellings and shift to cyclone shelters. “Volunteers of GDRF look after the well being of the people at cyclone shelters”, said Loknath Mishra, co-convenor of GDRF. Members of the GDRF also monitor cyclone preparedness in slums of Berhampur city. GDRF had arranged its own dry food stock and was ready to reach out to affected people immediately if any major devastation would have occurred in any part of Ganjam district due to Cyclone Fani.last_img read more

Mumbai Indians on the cusp of history, eye third IPL title

first_imgAiming for a third Indian Premier League (IPL) title, the formidable Mumbai Indians (MI) will face an imposing challenge from Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in what promises to be a riveting final of the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League in Hyderabad on Sunday.Billed as a “Maharashtra Derby”, the summit clash is set to be a bit more than an inter-city battle with huge reputations of big stars at stake.Even on paper, there is not much to choose, especially with Pune beating Mumbai thrice this season including a comprehensive victory in Qualifier 1. But the final is a new day and Mumbai can always be fourth time lucky.Two-time champions Mumbai will be playing their fourth final and should have been termed as clear favourites had it not been for a certain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who will be playing a record seventh IPL final.Some of the Mumbai stars, like skipper Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh and Ambati Rayudu, have a fair idea of how to win a mega final as they have been a part of the victorious 2013 and 2015 sides.Mumbai’s strength has been their bench with like-for-like replacements. When Jos Buttler left, they had Lendl Simmons to fill in for him. Similarly, fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan (19 wickets) can cool his heels with Mitchell Johnson tormenting the batsmen.Nitish Rana (333 runs) has been one of the finds but when Rayudu came back from injury, he was equally effective.Harbhajan Singh has been economical as ever but the team management had faith in leg-spinner Karn Sharma who crushed the Kolkata Knight Riders batting during the second Qualifier. In Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah — they have the best death bowlers in the business.advertisementPollard hits big and is a livewire on the field.Pandya brothers — Krunal and Hardik — provide the all-round balance and above all there is Rohit, who can singlehandedly turn the match on its head.Going into the final, Mumbai will have their tails up after their comprehensive six-wicket win against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the second qualifier in Bengaluru on Friday.ROAD TO FINAL:Mumbai Indians breezed into the final of the Indian Premier League 2017 with a six-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in Qualifier 2 at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday.Mumbai, who came into the match after a 20-run defeat against Rising Pune Supergiant in Qualifier 1, displayed a clinical performance to enter their fourth IPL final.The Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai have been in rampaging form this year. With 10 victories in 14 league matches, they finished on top of the table and ensured themselves a double bite at the cherry.CAPTAIN’S CORNER:Rohit Sharma: “We have been working hard. So we don’t want to shy away from going into the finals the hard way. We deserve to be in the final. We’ve played really good cricket through the tournament. I hope we continue for one more game. It is going to be an exciting contest. We don’t have a good history against RPS. We have to focus on what we need to do as a team. Hyderabad is a different venue so we need to assess conditions quickly. It is all about getting used to those conditions. So far we’ve been doing really well as a team, just one more hurdle.”Team:Rohit Sharma (Captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Asela Gunaratne, Kulwant Khejroliya, Siddhesh Lad, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Parthiv Patel (WK), Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Punia, Nitish Rana, Ambati Rayudu, Jitesh Sharma, Karn Sharma, Lendl Simmons, Tim Southee, Jagadeesha Suchith, Saurabh Tiwary, Vinay Kumar.TWEETS DECK:MI strength,bowling. Batting,hit & miss. Pune overall, not as strong, but have 2 big match players in Dhoni & Smith. MI hold slight edge.- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) May 21, 2017MOM in IPL finals – Yusuf, Kumble, Raina, Vijay, Bisla, Pollard, Pandey, Rohit & Cutting. So it’s not just big names on the big nights.- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) May 21, 20177 #IPL finals in a decade of the IPL. Baap Re Baap. That’s finishing off in style. The ultimate IPL BOSS – @msdhoni #IPLfinal Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) May 20, 2017last_img read more

Shibani Dandekar flaunts washboard abs in sports bra and tights during workout session. See pics

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