Mr Tim Modise: Chief Communications and Marketing Officer:2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee.At least 500 delegates attended the first day of the 2010 National Communication Partnership (NCP) conference held today, at the Sandton Convention Centre.Johannesburg, South Africa: The conference, now in its third year, aims to make it possible for African communicators to exchange ideas and practical suggestions on how to project a positive image and reputation of our continent to the world, using the opportunities presented by the FIFA Football World Cup in 2010, said Nkwenkwe Nkomo, Co-Chairperson of the National Communication Partnership. It is themed ‘Africa’s time has come, Mobilising for 2010 and beyond.’“We wanted to achieve a coherent and action-oriented plan. The conference was also a way to build African solidarity and to foster a climate that contributes to African growth and development,” explained Nkomo.The keynote address, delivered by South Africa’s Minister in The Presidency, Dr Essop Pahad re-iterated the significance of the much awaited event for the African Continent.“In our communication of the 2010 world cup, we need to give real meaning to what we said when we told the world that this is going to be an African World Cup.As the government of the Republic of South Africa, we feel very encouraged that our brothers and sisters from other parts of the African continent have heeded the call and made an effort to be with us over the next two days. This partnership means a lot to us as the host nation,” said Minister Pahad.Mr Moeketsi Mosola, the acting Chief Executive Officer of The International Marketing Council, custodian of Brand South Africa, noted the strong representation at this year’s conference from other countries. What will happen at Soccer City or the Moses Mabidha Stadium in Durban in June and July of 2010 will thus also influence global perceptions about Botswana, Uganda, Cameroon and about Tunisia.“These two days will provide us with opportunities to shape the positive messages, about our continent and its people that we would want to leave a lasting impressions for those who will attend the event,” said Mosola in his opening remarks.Other key speakers included Peter Mutie, Chairman of the Public Relations Society of Kenya, Dr Irvin Khoza, the Chairman for 2010 Local Organising Committee, Mr Trevor Ncube, CEO of Mail & Guardian, Mr Themba Maseko, CEO,Government Communications & Information System and many more who all touched on pertinent issues around communication in the context of 2010. Delegates represented were from Botswana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria,Sudan, Swaziland and Tanzania. For more Information.Keynote Address: Minister in the Presidency, Dr. Essop Pahad.Ends.Issued by: Meropa CommunicationsOn behalf of: The National Communication PartnershipFor more information contact:Lauretta Theys or Nthabiseng Moseki: 011 772 1000/ 083 444 firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.comGosebo Mathope: 011 483 0122/078 784 firstname.lastname@example.org
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Soybean market commentaryArgentina weather remains good, which could mean an increase in bean yield estimates. If this continues, global supply will be high and likely push down prices. The key will be plenty of rain through the growing season, and then dry weather during harvest. Expect volatility for the next few months, as many speculators remember last year’s events.Corn market commentaryCorn continues to trade sideways. Farmers are selling when the market rallies, but quickly stop when the market pulls back. Two billion bushels of carryout will continue to hold this market back. It seems to be another year of boring winter trading months.Looking forward, many wonder how many acres U.S. farmers will plant in 2017. Some don’t believe early surveys suggesting reduced corn acres. However, farmers I talk to say that it’s difficult to not take the guaranteed profits of beans, when corn isn’t at profitable prices right now. If this happens, corn may have some upside potential. Still it’s unclear how accurate the USDA usage estimates are for the current year. If corn acres aren’t reduced more than 2 million acres in March, the market will be facing an uphill battle.Market ActionUncertain about the market direction going into spring, and with nothing sold for 2017 new crop, I want to make my first trade. With what I know now, I expect the market to be trading sideways next fall.Trade DetailsBack on 1/23/17 – Dec ’17 corn futures were at $3.95Sold 2 – Dec 4.00 calls – collected 29 cents each (or 58 cents total)Bought 1 – Dec 3.50 put – paid 11 centsBought 1 – Dec/Dec +20 C.S.O. call – paid 5 cents (I’ll explain what this is at the bottom)Net profit: +40 cents (after paying a 2 cent commissions)All Trades Expire: Day after ThanksgivingThis trade amount = 5% of planned production so I doubled the sale to get 10% coverage on.What does this mean?Basically I have a floor price of $3.90 and a price ceiling of $4.40, but the outcome varies depending on the price of Dec corn at expiration.If Dec corn is at or below $4.20 at expiration I get somewhere between $3.90 and $4.40Every penny corn is below $4.20 to $4.00, 1 additional cent is added on to the $4.20 price (e.g. if it is $4 exactly I take home $4.40)Every penny corn is below $4.00 to $3.50, 1 cent is subtracted from $4.40 all the way down to $3.90 (if it is at $3.50)Anywhere under $3.50, and I still get $3.90 (5 cents below where the market was when I placed the trade)If Dec corn is above $4.20 – I have to make another corn sale at $4.20 (even if corn is $4.50 or $5)If this happens, I’ll most likely move this sale directly to the 2018 crop yearWhy would you move the additional sale to 2018?I don’t want to wonder all year long if I will have to increase my sales by an additional 10% sale in 2017. I will know with certainty that at worst I move an additional sale to 2018. In seven of the last 10 years, if I had to move a trade like this forward I would have received around a 40 cent profit (i.e. the 4.20 becomes a 4.60 sale) to move the additional sale to the following year. The three years it didn’t work was due to a drought (2010, 2011, 2012), which caused inverses (where nearby prices are higher than prices in the future) in the market. In 2010, there was a 20 cent inverse, while 2011 had a 40-cent inverse and 2012 had a 100-cent loss. If this happens, I will have to roll this sale to next year at those type of losses.The trade sounds great, but the 100-cent loss is too much.I agree, I can’t afford to take that big of a loss on a 4.20 sale. That’s where the Dec/Dec +20 CSO call option comes into play.A CSO option is a calendar spread option. It’s an option based upon spreads between future contracts and it is traded in the pits and not electronically. Not many people are familiar with these types of options, so they can be harder to find quotes on when the market isn’t open. CSO options can protect farmers from the inverses of 2010-2012 situation detailed above. It provides a guarantee that I will not take more than a 20-cent hit on the additional $4.20 sale that I would have to move from the Dec ’17 to Dec ’18. In other words, worst case scenario: I move my $4.20 sale to 2018 and its worth $4. This isn’t a bad spot to start pricing some corn for 2018, if it gives me the opportunity to trade at or above $4.20 in 2017 especially if the market is trading sub $4 today.As seen in the chart below this trade gives me lots of protection and great upside potential if the market is at these levels next fall.Seems like a great trade, why not do more?There is still the potential of doubling up 2018 sales at $4, which I’m willing to accept, but I don’t want to commit more than 10% right now.Trade SummaryBottom line: this is a sideways market trade play with full downside protection.Market trades sideways — biggest profit (the closer the market is to $4, the better)Market goes up — I get a premium that puts me on our farm’s breakeven points or betterMarket goes down — I have a $3.90 floor priceHorrible drought — I miss out a little on a huge price rally, but I’m protected against having to sell more grain at lower values this year.As I’ve mentioned before, I plan my grain marketing on what I think might happen based upon what I know today and historical trends. However, I still consider all possible scenarios the market could do. The market can do three things: go up, go down, or go sideways. So when making trades I need to be comfortable with all outcomes. That’s why I always balance potential premiums on each trade against the risk I’m taking if the market goes a different direction.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. 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By: Bari Sobelson MS, LMFT & Hannah Hyde, M.Ed.We can’t talk enough about the importance of self-care. We also can’t talk enough about the importance of resources! VA Caregiver Support offers training, educational resources, and many other tools to assist and support caregivers in their important role in the health and well-being of Veterans.We found the Caregiver Self-Care Activity Book which is a resource full of great self-care suggestions and tips. The following are some of our favorites…Go Outside!As John Muir eloquently put it, ” Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” Go outside and relax for a little while! VA Caregiver Support recommends leaving your cell phone inside to minimize distractions.Stretch AwayAccording to VA Caregiver Support, “stretching increases flexibility, range of motion, and energy levels. It reduces muscle tension, and provides relaxation and stress relief.” Not sure how to get started stretching for self-care? This section provides a list of stretches that you can do any place, any time!Create a Mindfulness Glitter JarIf you like to get your creative juices flowing, this is a great activity for you! Here you can find how to make a glitter jar and the ways in which this jar can be helpful for you through creating a clearer mind and focused breathing.Make friends and improve your social lifeThe Mayo Clinic contends that friendships can enrich your life and improve your health in a number of ways. Here you will find a detailed list of ways in which you can make friends and improve your social life!Walk down memory lane“Reflecting back on a happy or joyful time is powerful. It can ignite gratitude, hope, and remind you of your strengths.” VA Caregiver Support suggests an activity to help reflect back on good times.LaughWho doesn’t love a good laugh? Take a look at the different things you can do to get that silly bone working! If you like a good corny joke check out their list!Comfort StoneHave you ever heard of a Comfort Stone? Learn more about what it is and how to use it in this section of the activity book.Journaling“Journaling is a creative and therapeutic activity that you can do for yourself anywhere, anytime. You can explore your innermost thoughts, feelings, and experiences.” In this section, you are provided with some ideas to get your ideas flowing for journaling on your own.Prepare Yourself for Sweet DreamsAccording to NIH, “sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.” This activity book provides things you can do to prepare for a good night’s sleep!Interested in further exploration of this resource?You can check out this resource from VA Caregiving Support at Caregiver Self-Care Activity Book. We suggest you look at all of their recommended activities in detail if you are looking for ways to increase your self-care.Written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT of the MFLN Family Development Team and Hannah Hyde, M.Ed., of the MFLN Military Caregiving Team.
Widespread rain lashed most parts of Odisha for the past 48 hours, creating a favourable condition for farming and bringing down temperature levels.The State, which recorded over 30% deficit rainfall in June, has started receiving good rainfall from July largely due to a well-marked low pressure area that lies over southeast Jharkhand and adjoining areas of Odisha and gangetic West Bengal.Under the influence of the atmospheric system, almost all parts of Odisha received rains. Highest precipitation was recorded at Chandbali where 122.3 mm rainfall was measured. Balangir, Phulbani, Bhubaneswar, Sonepur, Angul, Sambalpur and Cuttack received rainfall above 50 mm during 24 hours ending Tuesday morning.The rains brought cheer to farmers as they are getting ready for the Kharif season.Rainfall deficitAccording to the State Revenue and Disaster Management Department, six districts — Balangir, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Kandhamal, Keonjhar and Sundargarh — had rainfall deficit ranging between 39% and 59%. As many as 18 out of 30 districts had recorded rainfall deficit between 19% and 39%. The Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre had predicted rainfall in the interior areas, especially over central and western districts, over next 24 hours.“The rainfall is critical for furthering farm operations. It restored soil moisture up to some extent,” said Subhendu Rout, a farmer in Jagatsinghpur district.
Following last weekend’s training camp in Parkes, Australian Men’s Open player, Peter Norman tells us about how the camp went, what the team got up to in Parkes and how the team is feeling in the lead up to the 2013 Trans Tasman Series. For those who don’t know me, my name’s Peter Norman and I’m from the Gold Coast and play for SQBD Sharks. I made my Open’s debut for the Australian Mixed Open side in Auckland at the 2010 Trans Tasman, then in 2011 I had to withdraw from the Mixed Open World Cup side due to Rugby League commitments with the Titans under 20’s. At the start of this year I was again chosen in the Mixed Open squad however I wasn’t selected in the final side to play against New Zealand in Mudgee. Even though at the time it felt like a massive kick in the guts, in hindsight this was exactly what I needed to take my game to the next level. After speaking with various coaches and getting feedback, I worked hard on fixing the flaws in my game in order to try and reach my goal of representing my country at the Men’s Open level. When I found out that I had made the final side I was so stoked and I owe Trady and Sfeirsy big time for putting their faith in my abilities come game time in February.Over the weekend our Men’s Open team and the Mixed side had a training camp in Parkes. On Friday I was the last to fly into Sydney, arriving at 7.00pm before hopping straight on the bus where everyone was already waiting. The six hour bus trip to Parkes flew past thanks to Phil Dunphy’s (Dan Withers) bus driving skills as well as Ziade’s pranks and Stowey’s stories keeping everyone entertained on the way out. We arrived at Parkes at 1.00am and everyone was ready to go straight to sleep after hearing Trady and Sfeirsy’s golf story for the 100th time. After breakfast on Saturday morning the boys headed out to the fields to conduct a coaching clinic for the Parkes juniors. It was a great turn up with teams from the under 12’s, 14’s, 16’s, and 18’s Boys and under 14’s and 16’s Firls. The coaching clinic seemed like a great success and all of the kids had an awesome time and hopefully took something home from it. Highlights from the coaching clinic included crowd favourite, Georgie (Jonathon Palau) getting swamped by all of the kids in Parkes enough to make Justin Beiber jealous, Ziade teaching his under 16’s Girls how to cheat in offside Touch because they were getting carved by the immaculately drilled under 14’s Girls coached by Stuey Brierty and myself. Another highlight was thinking we had lost Goody for a couple of hours until we realised he was actually coaching the under 12’s and wasn’t a part of the team. Captain Steve Roberts even made a late appearance once the UV rays had settled down to an appropriate level only to find that Ranga (Ben Moylan) had used up all five litres of the sunscreen. After running the kids through various drills and games we escaped the heat and had a lunch break in the shade with the Parkes Touch club providing the food and Matt Tope’s nose providing the shade. After lunch we got down to business and went back to the hotel to have a video session. Once we finished the video session everyone came out on the same page and knew what direction we wanted to go in so it was time to put it to practice. We headed back out to the fields to have a run against the Mixed team to work on what we had just talked about and also to put on a show for the kids to see what Touch is like at the elite level. The game was fast paced and ensured both teams came out of it with things to work on over the rest of the weekend. After the game finished we trained for another hour or so then headed back to the hotel for some much needed R&R.At 7.00pm we had a private dinner, which we were privileged to have the mayor of Parkes attend and speak at. On Sunday we were up bright and early (except master splinter aka Dyl Thompson who missed breakfast because it takes him two hours to brush his teeth). After another awesome breakfast put on by Ace and Beryl, we were off to the fields to work on our line attack and line defence. The boys put in a massive effort in the 5000 degree heat leaving nothing in the tank. After a solid training session Trady was happy with where the team is at so we pulled up stumps and headed back to the hotel for showers. As Dylan Thompson and myself are the only two debutants in the side on arrival back at the hotel we received our official welcome into the team, which was an experience in itself to say the least. After everybody was showered up and ready to go we grabbed a quick feed and began the drive back to Sydney.Overall the camp was a great success and a lot of fun was had by all involved. As a team the boys are as pumped as ever to keep the winning tradition continuing and we are by no means taking the New Zealand side lightly as we’re more than aware of their capabilities, especially on home turf. I’d also like to thank Wayne Grant and Cathy Gray as well as everyone at TFA for all their efforts in the elite program and in making this camp happen. On behalf of the Men’s Open side I would like to say a huge thanks to Ace from the Comfort Inn for putting up with us and always ensuring we had everything we needed. As well as a huge thanks to Al and his sideburns for helping organise and run the camp, we appreciate it mate!Related LinksCamp Diary – Pete Norman
Hector Bellerin enjoys full 90 for Arsenal U23 in Liverpool drawby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal fullback Hector Bellerin completed 90 minutes as they came from two goals down to draw with Liverpool at Meadow Park.The Spaniard came close to an opener when he drove through the visitors’ defence and fired a shot at goal but Ben Winterbottom saved well at his near post. Matt Macey then made a brilliant recovery save to keep out Rhian Brewster’s looping header from close range.Liverpool’s pressure paid off when Curtis Jones tapped in following Luis Longstaff’s low cross.The second then came when Jones met another Longstaff cross to head home. The Gunners were back in it on the stroke of half-time when Nathan Tormey beat the offside trap to slot the ball past Winterbottom.Early in the second half Folarin Balogun levelled the scores when he made no mistake from close range following Bellerin’s low cross. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TORONTO – North American stock indexes capped of the week on a flat note amid heightened North Korea-U.S. tensions, as the loonie strengthened against a weakening greenback.Rallying gold and materials stocks weren’t enough to lift Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index out of the red, which dropped 0.69 of a point to 15,454.23 in a largely broad-based decline.Despite the TSX’s minor slip Friday, the commodity-heavy index has gained more than 280 points on the week.“We had a decent run,” said Michael Currie, vice-president of TD Wealth Private Investment Advice. “We’ve got to take the positives out of the week.”In New York, stock indexes finished the day uneven with little movement in either direction.The Dow Jones industrial average gave back 9.64 points to 22,349.59, while the S&P 500 index edged up 1.62 points to 2,502.22 and the Nasdaq composite index added 4.23 points to 6,426.92.The small trades on Wall Street suggested investors were shrugging off the latest wave of ramped-up tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, said Erik Davidson, chief investment officer for Wells Fargo Private Bank.He also noted that the VIX, a measure of how much volatility investors expect in stocks, was little changed.Geopolitical tensions ratcheted up after President Donald Trump authorized stiffer sanctions in response to North Korea’s nuclear weapons advances, drawing a furious response from Pyongyang. Trump expanded the Treasury Department’s ability to target anyone conducting significant trade in goods, services or technology with North Korea, and to ban them from interacting with the U.S. financial system.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un retaliated by calling Trump “deranged” and saying he’ll “pay dearly” for his threats.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 81.19 cents US, up 0.15 of a cent.On the commodities front, the November crude contract added 11 cents at US$50.66 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was up one cent to US$2.96 per mmBTU.The December gold contract advanced $2.70 to US$1,297.50 an ounce and the December copper contract was up one cent at US$2.94 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
REGINA – The Saskatchewan government has introduced a climate-change strategy that inches toward a price on carbon emissions, but leaves large parts of its economy untouched.And it doesn’t include a carbon tax, which Environment Minister Dustin Duncan was happy to point out Monday.“I believe it will achieve as much, if not more than, a carbon tax ever would,” Duncan said after introducing the plan.It calls for performance standards on facilities that emit more than 25,000 tonnes annually of carbon dioxide equivalent. Facilities that exceed their limit will have to pay.They will be able to buy carbon offsets from farmers or foresters, a carbon credit from another company with emissions under its allotment or pay into a provincial fund.The standards are to be developed next year, Duncan said.“We want to see the economy continue to grow and, for some industries, that means that their emissions will grow. It’s not a cap-and-trade program where we’re capping absolutely the amount of emissions.”Duncan said standards will recognize investments companies have already made to reduce their emissions, something the energy industry has been lobbying for.The document contains no goals or targets and doesn’t include estimates of how much greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be reduced. There is an undated pledge to have SaskPower, a Crown-owned utility, generate half its electricity from renewables.“They’re going to great pains to say they’re not doing carbon pricing and then implementing a policy which, everywhere else it’s implemented, is called carbon pricing,” said University of Alberta energy economist Andrew Leach.The biggest hole in Saskatchewan’s plan is its limited scope, said Leach.“They’re not touching their transportation, home heating, commercial and industrial energy use at all with this policy.”Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec all have more inclusive plans, he said.Leach also noted the government hasn’t specified how high the emissions standards will be. Too high, he said, and carbon becomes worthless and few emissions will be cut.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said the plan is a good step toward carbon pricing.“Saskatchewan’s new plan proposes a performance standard for heavy industry that includes a carbon market. Momentum for carbon pricing is growing.”But she said it will have to be wider to satisfy Ottawa.“Based on what’s in today’s plan, Saskatchewan’s price likely wouldn’t hit our standard, because it applies only to heavy industry instead of being economy-wide.”Brad Herald of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers welcomed Saskatchewan’s plan.“There’s a great range of compliance options for us there.”He declined to say whether Saskatchewan’s plan is more favourable to industry than Alberta’s, which includes a carbon tax.“Both are legitimate,” he said.The Agricultural Producers of Saskatchewan also praised the plan. It leaves agriculture, the source of about one-quarter of the province’s emissions, largely exempt.“We also strongly reject the imposition of a carbon tax on our sector,” said association president Todd Lewis.Erin Flanagan of the Pembina Institute, a clean energy think-tank, said Saskatchewan’s plan is an improvement over previous positions.“It’s still not a credible approach to climate change,” she said. “They are last to the party, but it’s good they are moving forward with some pieces of an approach.”Flanagan said it’s tough to know how much difference the plan will make.“The fact they haven’t said what these (carbon) prices will be makes it difficult to know what kind of impact this is going to have. Saskatchewan doesn’t have an economy-wide (reduction) target.Saskatchewan has remained opposed to the federal government’s insistence that all provinces must have a price on carbon in place by 2018.Duncan said Monday’s plan doesn’t change that.“We’re prepared to defend our position. If that means go to court, so be it.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960
CALGARY – Analysts say the cold snap that continues to blanket many parts of North America is driving short-term natural gas prices higher but the trend is unlikely to significantly affect either Canadian consumer bills or producer profits.Cold weather typically increases demand for the home heating fuel, which draws down storage levels and pushes prices higher, but the affect is being blunted this year because North America is awash in gas from U.S. and Canadian shale wells.Gerry Goobie, a principal with Calgary-based consulting company Gas Processing Management Inc., says higher prices are generally passed through to consumers but the distribution companies that buy the gas have long-term contracts to mitigate price spikes and can draw from storage to handle higher demand.GMP FirstEnergy commodity analyst Martin King says U.S. prices have recently rallied to about $3 per million British thermal units, but points out similar cold weather events in previous years would likely have resulted in prices spiking into the US$4 or US$5 per mmBTU range.King says Western Canada gas production fell by as much as two billion cubic feet per day on some days in the last week of December due to supply interruptions caused by extreme cold weather that froze gas well production equipment.
The homeless count will occur over a span of 24 hours, beginning the night before April 18th and will include counts in shelters, RCMP holding cells, hospitals, and other known places where at-risk individuals stay overnight. During the day, the same procedure will occur; with mechanisms in place to avoid duplicating persons who have been counted already.Each person that is counted will be asked to complete a survey about their living situation to highlight needs for at-risk individuals, which can give feedback on potential future funding to help combat homelessness. The survey’s full results should be publicly available several months after the count is completed.The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society is currently searching for volunteers to help with this year’s homeless count. Each volunteer must be available the day of the count, and for a training session that is taking place the evening of Tuesday, April 10th. A survey has been created to identify the commitments of each volunteer best and can be found at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FSJ2018.The Province is investing $550,000 to fund the counts in the 12 communities and plans to report on the preliminary results by early summer. The Homelessness Action Plan is expected to be released later this year. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Province will coordinate homeless counts in up to 12 communities around B.C. including here in Fort St. John.The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society announced earlier this month; they would take on coordinate Fort St. John’s first-ever homeless count.Homeless counts provide vital information, including the demographics and service needs of people experiencing homelessness. They also help establish a benchmark to measure the progress made to reduce homelessness over time. Staff from the Women’s Resource Society also appeared before Fort St. John City Council Monday to talk more about the plan and how the community can help.