Liverpool agree £10m Dempsey deal – report

first_imgFulham star Clint Dempsey is on the verge of completing a move to Liverpool after a £10m fee was agreed, according to the Daily Mail.It is claimed that Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers expects the deal to be completed within the next few days.Meanwhile, The Sun say Chelsea have had another bid for Victor Moses rejected by Wigan.Latics chairman Dave Whelan is said to have turned down a third offer from the Blues – believed to be £5m – for the former Crystal Palace forward.Whelan is quoted as saying: “They’ve made three bids and we’ve not accepted any. I don’t know if they’ll bid again but if they do we always listen.”The Guardian report that Chelsea are set to sign highly-rated Brazilian midfielder Oscar from Internacional for £25m.Related West London Sport story: Breakthrough for Chelsea in Oscar talksThe Daily Express suggest Chelsea will have further talks with Napoli striker Edinson Cavani’s agents over a £35m move, but the Uruguayan’s wage demands are apparently holding up the deal.The Mail say Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is hoping to beat his former club Chelsea to the signing of Porto striker Hulk.QPR are willing to subsidise a loan move for Joey Barton, according to the Daily Mirror.It is suggested that Blackburn want the midfielder but cannot afford his wages, so Rangers would be prepared to continue paying a large percentage of his salary.Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday have also been linked with Barton, who is suspended for the first 12 matches of the coming season.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Darwin Day Came and Went

first_img(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Except among certain special-interest groups, Darwin Day seems to have been a non-event, but one Darwinist won an award for Censor of the Year.There wasn’t as much news this year about Darwin Day, February 12 (Charles Darwin’s birthday).   Most of the celebrations seemed to be local events, like one in Tampa Bay, Florida, listed on Nature‘s event directory:Join us as we celebrate science, education, and clear thinking at our Annual Darwin Day Celebration 2014 with Daniel Dennett:  One of America’s Greatest Living Philosophers and one of the famed Four Horseman of Atheism, along with Hitchens, Dawkins, and Harris.It’s not clear how helpful it is to Darwin defenders to link Darwin Day to atheism – particularly using a Biblical metaphor.  Besides, Christopher Hitchens, being dead, is no longer an atheist.University College London’s Darwin Day was a bit of a bust, literally.  They needed to replace a bust of Darwin that was loaned, so they had a contest.  Entries included a bust of Darwin with ants inside (see Evolution News & Views).  The winner was a floating crochet head of Darwin, conceived and produced using intelligent design.A little bit of science did get done.  A beetle Darwin collected in Argentina on his voyage on the HMS Beagle was rediscovered and named in his honor, Darwinilus sedarisi.  PhysOrg has a picture of the beetle with its iridescent blue-green head and thorax.  The 2008 rediscovery of the beetle in the Natural History Museum’s collection was published Feb. 12.Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) did take the floor of the House on Tuesday night to call for a celebration of Darwin Day (see The Raw Story and The Blaze), but it’s not clear if anyone was listening.  (See 2/02/14 entry).  The only ones mentioned agreeing with Holt were 12 co-sponsors and members of the American Humanist Association.  That’s been another common thread: supporters of Darwin Day seem to cluster around atheist. leftist and humanist organizations.  Syracuse.com says, “The International Darwin Day Foundation says over 90 groups of atheists, humanists and other freethinkers are holding local celebrations, including potluck dinners, nature outings, lectures, book discussions and film screenings.”Rob Brooks tried to drum up support for Darwin Day on The Conversation, calling for “a celebration of science and reason.”  By reason, he meant a denial of “Biblical literalism,” placing creationists in a subset of reason-deniers and reality-deniers.  Brooks placed “reason” with evolutionary biology and science, but did he have a good reason to think reason evolved by mindless processes?   Darwin himself wondered if there were any convictions in a monkey’s mind (see 1881 letter to William Graham).The big news about Darwin Day was the new “Censor of the Year” Award offered by the Discovery Institute, which has used Feb. 12 to promote Academic Freedom Day rather than Darwin Day – co-opting Darwin’s own words from The Origin of Species, “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.”  The winner for this inaugural year is author of the blog “Why Evolution Is True,” evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne.  Reasons for his nomination, and how Coyne received it, are explained in an ID the Future podcast by David Klinghoffer.  In another ID the Future podcast, neurosurgeon Michael Egnor explains why evolutionists are so bent on censoring views that oppose theirs.The definitive volume on Darwin’s influence on politics and culture is Darwin Day in America by John West.Update 2/18/14: Science Magazine reported that Rush Holt, Mr. Darwin Day in Congress, will be leaving the House of Representatives when his term is up at the end of the year.OK, the atheists, humanists and leftists had their little party.  If you didn’t notice or care, that’s fine.  Now let’s get on with the business of science: intelligent design.Isn’t it odd that the purveyors of “reason” are the very ones who have no reason to account for reason.  These are the “freethinkers” who don’t want people to be free to think. These are the censors, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18-25).For those who missed it, a few years ago we created a list of party games for Darwin Day, like “Pin the feather on the dinosaur” and a “Malthus Food Fight.”  For the complete lists, see 2/09/06 and 2/13/04.last_img read more

Markets awaiting planting intentions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Beans had a “fundamental disconnect” last week when funds went from a short position to a long position within a week. By the close of Thursday, the bean market “bought” some corn acres back, which it didn’t really need.The biggest USDA report of the year will be released March 31.  It will show how many corn acres are planned for 2016.  The trade is expecting around 90 million corn acres and 83 million bean acres.  Above these number expect market drops and below these numbers a rally may occur.I continue to see breakeven points for clients that favor planting corn over beans in most locations throughout the Corn Belt.  The farmer’s yield potential estimates drives which crop they will grow.  Many farmers don’t like to change their rotation, but even if a small percent of farmers would adjust large portions of their acres, it would affect the market.What will the large number of prevent acres from last year be planted to this year continues to be a lingering question.  Those could also change the outcome of the USDA’s report.Market ActionFutures – BeansI had an order in place that got hit on Tuesday triggering a $9.20 futures sale against the Nov for about 10% of my bean production.Futures – CornI anticipate corn acres will be above 90 million acres.  Therefore, I sold 5% of my expected production at $3.87 against the Dec futures.  I’m not overly happy with this value, so I hope this will be the worst sale of the 2016 crop year.  If it turns out to not be the worst sale, I will be much more disappointed.Options – CornThursday was the expiration date of April options. (April options are based on May futures and expire in March, seems confusing).On Jan 22nd I sold the April $3.80 corn option for an 8 cents premium (it expired worthless so I kept the 8 cents premium).  On Dec 10th I had sold the Feb $3.80 options for 8 cents that also expired worthless on Jan 22nd (I kept the 8 cents). I continued the strategy rolling forward and sold a June $3.80 option for 10 cents.  This option will expire on May 27th , if corn is below $3.80 I keep the premium again and my grain is still unsold.  If the market is above $3.80 I’m locked into the $3.80 sale, but I keep all of the premium (8 cents + 8 cents + 10 cents = 26 cents, or $4.06 July futures).  Plus, I still have the potential for additional gain when I move the sale from July to Dec futures (possible additional 15 cents).In case my assumption that corn acres will be more than 90 million acres is wrong, I bought back my May $4.40 call (placed on 9/15/15) that expires in a month.  I don’t really think the market will rally to $4.40 against May futures, but I wanted to take the risk off.  It only cost .8 cent (with commissions) to buy back the $4.40 call that I sold for 19.2 cents on 9/15/15.  I then sold a Dec $4.40 call for 15.7 cents on Thursday.  This gives me 34 cents premium (19+15) regardless of what the market does.  A $4.74 ceiling is welcome with what I know today.Selling calls provides very limited downside protection (technically none, but the premium value is worth something).  However, it does give some upside potential. Even if the market moves up or sideways, it allows for good premiums.  While I see many benefits for selling calls, I don’t see the benefits of buying corn calls, but so many farmers do it.  To me it tends to double the risk.  To be profitable the market has to go up, or they will lose money on the long position (i.e. gambling).  Plus, producers always have more grain to sell next year.  I guess I’m glad so many people make the mistake of buying calls though.  It creates a better market for me to sells the calls.PositionsHere are my updated positions for corn and beans. An est means I’m estimating what I might get based upon past history or current markets for my farm.POSITION – CORN20152016Corn Sold100%28%CBOT Price$4.58$4.38Market Carry$0.185$.25 estBasis on Farm($.35) est($.25) estCash Price$4.41 est$4.38 estPOSITION – BEANS20152016Beans Sold100%11%CBOT Price$10.79$9.20Market Carry$0.165$.25 estBasis on Farm($.60) est($.25) estCash Price$10.35 est$9.20 est 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

Reducing pesticide spray drift using a universal computational model

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Application of pesticides using air-assisted, ground-based sprayers or airplane sprayers (or even drones in the very near future) has become a necessity to ensure high efficiency crop production. Meanwhile, intensive and extensive pesticide spray also has caused significant safety, health, and environmental concerns. Development of advanced precision and smart spray application technology and management can enable sustainable crop production and reduce the safety, health, and environmental concerns. Off-target deposition and drift of pesticideSpraying pesticides to suppress plant diseases or insect prevalence is a very complicated process. It involves mechanical generation of spray droplets, delivery of droplets to various plants, interaction of spray droplets with crops and the ambient environment, on-target droplet deposition, off-target droplet deposition onto ground, and off-target droplet drift in the atmospheric environment. Please notice that pesticide is typically sprayed as liquid droplets but sometimes can be applied as very fine dry dust particles. The U.S. EPA defines pesticide spray drift as “the movement of pesticide dust or droplets through the air to any site other than the area intended.” Obviously, we all wish a 100% on-target pesticide deposition because both off-target ground deposition and atmospheric drift represent not only as a loss of chemicals and waste of money, but also serious environmental pollution problems. In reality, the off-target spray droplet deposition and drift vary widely as a few types of traditional pesticide sprayers are widely used with relatively constant settings for different crop production at different geographic regions with highly varied environmental conditions. The off-target spray droplet deposition and drift can account for a large percentage of the total pesticide applied. Up to 70 million pounds of pesticide active ingredients are wasted to drift per year. Between 1% and 10% of agricultural pesticide sprays drift from the target. Environmental and health concernsWhen spraying pesticide, chemicals drift and transport through nearby fields and reach long distances in both rural and urban areas, it can have direct impact on humans, animals, and the environment. On non-target areas, pesticides can damage nearby vegetation and impact nearby aquatic systems. Drift of herbicides can injure other non-target crops. Exposure of humans to pesticides can potentially result in both acute problems such as skin irritation and asthma and chronic pulmonary diseases such as cancer. Key factors affecting pesticide applicationPesticide off-target deposition and drift are primarily affected by the weather conditions and application operating conditions. The weather conditions include wind direction and speed, ambient air temperature, relative humidity, and the terrain and vegetation. The pesticide application conditions include the type of nozzles used, nozzle operating pressure, nozzle size, boom height, spray volume, droplet or particle size, and spray control. Development of advanced intelligent sprayersTo reduce the off-target pesticide deposition and drift, researchers at the USDA-ARS Application Technology Research Unit (ATRU) have been conducting research for 75 years and made significant scientific and technical contributions for optimizing pesticide application technologies to improve pesticide application efficiencies, protect crops from pest damages, and safeguard environmental quality and food and worker safety. Recently, Heping Zhu, an Agricultural Engineer and the Lead Scientist at ATRU has led the development of sensor-guided intelligent sprayers for efficient variable-rate pesticide applications and a significant reduction of off-target pesticide deposition and drift.Assessment and control of pesticide drift using mathematic models. To further control the off-target pesticide deposition and drift, mathematic computational models can be developed to simulate interactions of pesticide droplets with corps to predict drift potentials in coordination with local weather conditions. Over the years, different models have been developed for prediction of drift from pesticide spray application. The models are expected to account for the pesticide movement including the effect of gravitational acceleration, air resistance, evaporation, and mode of application, and be used more universally. However, due to the complexity and high variability of the pesticide drift issues, there is no simple method existing for effective assessment of the issue. It is very difficult to control the drift without proper assessment methods. An effective, but simple assessment method and integration of the assessment with spray equipment control is needed.Researchers, Sewoon Hong, a postdoctoral research associate and Lingying Zhao, an extension engineer and professor, at The Air Quality and Bio-Environmental Engineering Lab (AQBEL) of The Ohio State University, are collaborating with Heping Zhu to develop the much-needed model tools as an effective approach to control pesticide application schedules for further minimizing drift potentials for the intelligent sprayers. We are applying recent advances in dispersion models to develop and validate a universal pesticide dispersion model and a model based expert system that will enable environmentally friendly and effective pesticide applications.A universal spray drift model based on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is being developed using FLUENT to calculate complicated flow and dispersion close to the equipment and to distances up to 200 m. Then the outputs of the universal models will be used as inputs for the long-range dispersion and transport (0.2-10 km) using the U.S. EPA air pollution dispersion models: AERMOD and CALPUFF. These models will be validated by actual observations of spray drift from field studies. The values of spray drift distance and off-target deposition from validated models as a function of the weather conditions, topography, and terrain conditions will be interpolated, and then a database will be created. A user-friendly interface will be developed to access the database under-specified conditions, and this will be fed into the instrumentation of the sprayer equipment to help make intelligent spray decisions. The model tools will provide a practical approach to assess the probable risks of pesticide spray and help explore application strategies to mitigate pesticide drift, pesticide waste, and environmental and health risks.In summary, application of pesticides has become a necessity to ensure sustainable, high efficiency crop productions. Off-target pesticide deposition and drift have caused significant safety, health, and environmental concerns. Researchers at the USDA-ARS Application Technology Research Unit (ATRU), led by Heping Zhu, has developed sensor-guided intelligent sprayers for efficient variable-rate pesticide applications and a significant reduction of off-target pesticide deposition and drift. Researchers with OSU and ATRU are collaborating to develop a universal spray drift model to further control operation schedule of sprayers to reduce the off-target deposition and drift of pesticide.Lingying Zhao, Professor and Extension Ag. Engineer, can be reached at [email protected] This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

Affleck, Garner celebrate Easter together after filing divorce

first_imgLos Angeles, Apr 17 (PTI) Hollywood stars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner stepped out together to celebrate Easter just three days after filing for divorce.The former couple was photographed leaving a LA church service for the holiday, which they attended with their three children, Violet, 11, Seraphina, eight, and Samuel, five, reported E! Online.Garner, 45, opted for a blue sundress for the occassion, while Affleck, 44, donned similar hues, sporting a bluish-grey jacket with jeans and a white and blue shirt.The duo filed the documents together nearly two years after they originally announced their split.The two are seeking joint legal and physical custody of their kids.The date of separation, as well as the division of property and spousal support, is still to be determined. PTI SSN JCHlast_img read more

Apply for your internship before Dec 2

first_imgAre you an innovative student, looking to make a positive contribution and receive some valuable experience in a fast-paced sporting environment?Are you looking for a thrilling step ahead in your career, in what will arguably be ‘Australia’s largest sporting community’?Touch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking suitably qualified applicants for the Touch Football Australia Student Internship Program in our National Office. The TFA Student Internship Program provides paid and unpaid placement opportunities for students undertaking tertiary studies either through University or Vocational Education Institutions. A summary of the 2017 TFA Internship roles is outlined below: TFA has a formal Student Internship Program which outlines detailed information according to appointment processes, successful candidates and organisational/operational expectations. The Candidates will be required to provide a Curriculum Vitae, and complete an Expression of Interest Form addressing the Internship selection criteria and provide via email to [email protected] close: Friday 2nd December 2016. To view the 2017 position descriptions and the TFA Student Internship Program please click on the following attachments. For enquiries about these exciting opportunities, please contact Tara Steel via email [email protected] or phone (02) 6212 2800.Student Internship FrameworkExpression of Interest Form2017 Internship Program OverviewRelated LinksApply for your internshiplast_img read more

5 days agoVardy furious with taunting Burnley fans during Leicester win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Vardy furious with taunting Burnley fans during Leicester winby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City striker Jamie Vardy was furious with Burnley fans after the visiting fans mocked the striker’s wife for her role in the much-publicised row with Coleen Rooney. Vardy’s wife, Rebekah, was involved in a huge Twitter spat during the international break in which Coleen Rooney, wife of Wayne Rooney, publicly accused Rebekah of leaking private stories about the Rooney family to the press. During Leicester’s win, Burnley fans however took the opportunity to goad Vardy, chanting: ‘Jamie Vardy, your wife is a grass’ while the away side were leading 1-0 in the Premier League game.Vardy equalised for the home side just before the half time break and was quick to run over to the Burnley fans to vent his frustrations at them. last_img read more

Report: Kansas’ Bill Self Meeting With Charlotte Graduate Transfer Mike Thorne Today

first_imgCharlotte's Mike Thorne goes up for a dunk.Kansas’ 2014-15 men’s basketball season came to an end on Sunday, when the No. 2-seeded Jayhawks fell to No. 7 seed Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament’s Third Round. Bill Self is already working on setting up his 2015-16 squad. According to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels, the Kansas coach is meeting with Charlotte graduate transfer Mike Thorne today. Thorne, who has one year of eligibility remaining, averaged 10.1 points and 7.3 rebounds a game this past season. Kansas’ Bill Self is visiting graduate transfer Mike Thorne in Charlotte today, per a source. Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon will be in tomorrow.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) March 26, 2015Kansas is likely to lose forward Kelly Oubre and, potentially, Cliff Alexander and Perry Ellis, but the Jayhawks should be contenders to win the Big 12 once again. Adding Thorne, one of the most-sought after graduate transfers in the country, would be a big boost for Kansas’ potential in 2015-16.last_img read more