Former Steelers safety: 2-0 49ers ‘are pretending, imitators, not the real deal’

first_imgKi … Another day, another definitive, superlative, because-I-said-so appraisal of the undefeated, untied and untested 2-0 49ers.Earlier this week, 49ers icon Jerry Rice declared his former team had a great chance of winning the Super Bowl.On Thursday Ryan Clark checked in with what you might consider a divergent viewpoint.“They are pretending,” Clark said on ESPN’s “NFL Live.” “They are faking us out. They are imitators, whatever you want to say. They are not the real deal at 2-0.”last_img read more

SA Airways to fly non-stop to Beijing

first_img“Introducing direct flights between China and South Africa will promote tourism and trade, not only to South Africa, but also to all the Southern African Development Community and other African countries,” said Mzimela. Star Alliance partner “SAA is most pleased to introduce non-stop flights to Beijing, China,” said airline chief executive Siza Mzimela in a statement this week. “This new route is in line with SAA’s strategy to expand its network to Asia, the fastest growing market in the world.” China and South Africa established a comprehensive strategic partnership in August last year, entering into bilateral agreements for cooperation on in infrastructure construction, transportation, water resources utilisation, housing, health and education. The inaugural flight is scheduled to leave Johannesburg’ OR Tambo International Airport on 31 January 2012, and is set to arrive in Beijing on 1 February. Travellers can already book for the flights through the SAA website and travel agents. “Air China will also be code-sharing on the flight between Johannesburg and Beijing. SAA in turn will code share with Air China to and from Shanghai, with further destinations in China to follow in the near future,” the statement added. SAA will operate the route non-stop three times a week with its Airbus A340-600 long-haul aircraft, while flyers will be able to make use of the Air China Lounges in Beijing. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “South Africa and neighbouring destinations such as Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe are already popular destinations for Chinese tourists.” The introduction of non-stop flights between the two destinations promises to facilitate business and leisure travel between the two countries. There are three terminals at the airport and SAA will operate in and out of terminal three, which is also the designated terminal for Star Alliance partners. SAA’s operations at the Beijing airport will be handled by Air China, which like SAA, also belongs to the Star Alliance. Beijing Capital International Airport is the main international airport serving Beijing, and is one of the busiest airports in the world. It is located 32 kilometres northeast of Beijing’s city centre. Comprehensive strategic partnership South African Airways (SAA) will start flying non-stop from Johannesburg to Beijing, China, from January next year, in line with the carrier’s strategy to expand its network to Asia. 19 December 2011last_img read more

Grain marketing in baseball terms

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn continues its sideways trade since harvest. Some have suggested that a chart pattern may signal a small rally in what is still a long-term bear market. However, the rally may be limited to just a dime near term. Longer term weather will be the biggest factor.Reports indicate U.S. corn is competitive globally (which is good), but buyers are limited. There was some bearish news last week, reports say South American feed wheat works into the U.S. Southeastern feed markets. This could displace domestic corn usage and contribute to larger carryout, ultimately keeping a lid on prices.World stock levels are at record levels for corn, beans and wheat. This will ultimately keep prices stable until more is known about summer weather conditions in the Northern Hemisphere. Now is the time to identify your price goals and timing. Having your goals written down now helps reduce emotional decisions in the future. Many producers will remember 2012 prices with fondness, but 2015’s devastating market action crippled many farmers’ bottom lines. Producers had the chance to sell grain at profitable levels, but many waited too long either because they wanted to see what they would produce or for a further price increase that never happened.Market ActionTwo Calls ExpiredFriday 2/19/16 was March option expiration day. I had 2 different calls placed.5 months ago on 9/15/15 I had sold a 4.20 March call for 18.75 cents.2 months ago on 12/09/15 I sold a 3.90 March call for 8 cents.Both of those expired on Friday worthless because the price of March corn ($3.66) was below the strike prices I originally sold. This means I get to keep all of the premium but none of my grain is priced yet.Sold Three More CallsSince I think corn prices will continue to trade sideways, I sold another 3 additional calls. On Friday I sold:1 – May 3.70 call for 10 cents1 – July 3.80 call for 15.5 cents1 – Sep 4.00 call for 18.5 cents.This Means:If the market is below these prices at option expiration I keep the premium again, but haven’t traded any grain.If futures are above, then I have put a cap on the price I will trade the grain for at the strike prices, but I get to still keep the premium.In all three case I still have the opportunity to then “roll” the sales from May, July or Sep to Dec futures for additional spread carry profits of nearly 15 cents on average. Those Prices Don’t Look SpectacularOn the surface that may seem the case, but when ALL the premiums are added, prices look better:Add the premium I sold on Friday (.10, .155 & .185)Add the premium that expired on Friday above (.08 & .1875)Total Prices:3.70 + .10 + .08 = $3.88 May3.80 + .1875 + .155 = $4.1425 July4.00 + .185 = $4.185 SepAlso, in all three cases I still get to add the market carry spread (difference between current month and future month) to “roll” these sales to Dec futures. Right now the average for May, July and Sep spreads to the Dec futures is around 15 cents. That would mean my corn if sold would have an average at $4.20 futures for these 3 calls.Grain Marketing in Baseball TermsLast year the KC Royals led the league in the fewest strike outs — 15% less than any other team and 30% less than the league average as well as the NY Mets they faced in the World Series. The Royals dominated the series (4-1). Interestingly, they hit 30% fewer home runs during the regular season than the Mets and were in the bottom 25% of the league overall for home runs. Similarly the year before (2014), the Royals had the fewest strike outs AND home runs in the entire league when they made it to the World Series losing to San Francisco in Game 7.Too many farmers try to hit “home runs” with their grain marketing instead of trying to “just get on base.” Striking out is similar to leaving no chances open for opportunity. Getting on base means leaving room for many opportunities. Games aren’t won with just one good player hitting a home run. It takes the whole team, planning, discipline and execution.For example, I view selling calls like bunting. The options that expired on Friday helped “get me on base.” The options I then sold on Friday helped “advance the runners on base.” If prices remain steady (or even increase a little) the spread carry will drive the runs and score prices that look good for 2016 by today’s standard. As shown in the example above, if corn continues to trade around $3.80 throughout summer, my average sale on these contracts would drop from $4.20 to only about $4.15. While it’s not guaranteed (selling calls provides no floor protection for unpriced grain), it provides some limited downside protection, but no more than the value of the call I sell vs the price of corn on the day I make the sale.It’s important to note, these calls represent only about 25-30% of my expected production. I hope the market rallies because I would still have 50% of my 2016 crop to sell. But, I’m not going to just sit around waiting and hoping for a home run to win the game in the 9th inning. I’m going to take a lot of singles throughout the marketing year and hope it’s enough to help me win the game at the end of the season.In terms of the grain marketing calendar for the 2016 production, it’s the bottom of the 2nd inning and the heart of my batting order is up. I have my game plan in place and I’m ready to take advantage of opportunities in the market while capitalizing on other’s mistakes. I encourage farmers to hit singles when they can by getting their grain marketing plans organized now. Don’t wait until the 9th inning hoping for a home run that may not happen.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. 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Sponsor Post: Case Study of Contexa at ReadWriteWeb: Context Improves CTR

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Sponsors#web rww sponsor 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Editor’s note: we offer our long-term sponsors the opportunity to write ‘Sponsor Posts’ and tell their story. These posts are clearly marked as written by sponsors, but we also want them to be useful and interesting to our readers. We hope you like the posts and we encourage you to support our sponsors by trying out their products.Since the launch of the contextual link advertising product on ReadWriteWeb, we at Hakia have been anxious to see the results and evaluate the success of our contextual advertising product, Contexa. The Contexa system matches the semantic context of a blog post with a sponsor’s criteria on the fly to deliver relevant ads to the reader. Participating ReadWriteWeb sponsors have provided the contextual engine with up to three “trigger phrases” that define their business. As a reader of the blog, you may have seen the product’s implementation at the bottom of certain blog entries, as shown below. You can see another example here. Related Posts As we began this exciting journey, the ReadWriteWeb team defined its objective as follows:“To offer value to our readers by providing advertising links in the context of what they are reading, links that would therefore more likely be of interest to them, andTo offer a higher level of engagement to our advertisers, resulting in both more branding impressions and more click-throughs.”The preliminary aggregated statistics of the six participating sponsors (excluding Hakia), covering a 40-day period, demonstrate that the Contexa system has met ReadWriteWeb’s objectives:The Contexa system increased ad clicks by 14% (i.e. advertiser received, on average, 14% more ad clicks).The click-through rate (CTR) for Contexa was more than twice that of ReadWriteWeb’s 125 x 125 banner ads.We decided to turn the tables and interview Bernard Lunn, ReadWriteWeb’s COO and Feature Writer for his feedback! Hakia’s own COO, Melek Pulatkonak, poses the questions.Melek: Bernard, we have been working together on the ReadWriteWeb contextual link advertising system for a while. Has the system met your expectations?Bernard: Yes, it has. We wanted to see if it would generate a meaningful uplift in CTR, and it has.Melek: What feedback have you received from advertisers? And what would you recommend to participating advertisers going forward?Bernard: Advertisers have to get the traffic–relevance balance right. You can drive a lot of clicks with a hot term – something we are writing about a lot – but if the relevance is low, the advertiser won’t get good conversions. As with any new type of advertising, an art and science emerges over time. People know how to buy search terms on Google, but this is a bit different. I think we need to get better at creating more of a feedback loop (e.g. stats on how different terms have performed) so that advertisers can tune their keyword selection accordingly. Each advertiser has different needs and knows its market intimately, so it is best positioned to decide what works and how to tune its selection.Melek: What’s next? What is your vision?Bernard: For this first phase, we provided Contexa to our long-term sponsors. In the next phase, we want to offer Contexa as a standalone offering, so that advertisers can purchase keywords (or trigger phrases) directly on ReadWriteWeb. This will be an entry-level self-service advertising option that many smaller startups have requested.Melek: Anything else you would like to add?Bernard: Context matters to engagement. That is an obvious statement, but doing it right has been hard, and the opportunities for bloggers to offer ads that engage readers well and offer them value have been limited. Contexa is a good step in this important journey.We thank the ReadWriteWeb team for working with us closely to create a new contextual ad system for blogs and other publishers. To learn more about Contexa, please contact us at read more

Learning How to Edit While You Shoot

first_imgImage by Monkey Business Images.When shooting soundbite, interview-driven pieces (which will later involve subjects juxtaposed against B-roll and other animations), a good edit-while-you-shoot trick is to knock out the interviews first. Especially if it’s a run-and-gun project without a strong storyboard or script. If you shoot interviews first, you can listen in real time to the strongest soundbites and determine how the narrative is unfolding. If, say, your subject mentions that “a company has a great training room with daily hands-on lessons,” then you can be sure to get this footage when you dive into B-Roll.Start (and End) with Your Strongest ShotsImage by dotshock.One trick, which can drastically speed up your editing process, is to make a habit of starting every project with your strongest shot (and ending it with your second strongest). While you can obviously deviate as necessary, knowing the first shot you’ll use in your timeline can save hours of deliberation. You’ll usually know your strongest shot when you get it — or immediately after, when you review. If you can lock that in early, you can build your timeline in your head while you’re still shooting.Editing Together Dailies on SetImage via Paul Machliss / Avid.Thanks to digital technology (and some creative on-set portable setups — as featured in this article on editor Paul Machliss’ work with Edgar Wright on Baby Driver), it’s becoming more common to have an editor on-set. (“Dailies” is an old industry term: studio execs would review film every evening while editors worked on productions during the day.) Nowadays, with productions on the run, editing as you go proves that even the best rely on the same edit-while-you-shoot thinking to make sure they’re getting everything they need.For more editing and production tips and tricks, check out some of these articles below.Professional Video Editing Tips and TechniquesMake Dynamic Montages with This Easy Video Editing Technique8 Essential Cuts Every Editor Should Know10 Must-Read Video Editing ArticlesVideo Editing — PremiumBeat Archives Looking for filmmaking tips? Find out why you should master the art of editing while you shoot for faster and smarter video productions.Cover image by welcomia.When filming a run-and-gun project, editing while you shoot is more than just an expression. It’s as much a mentality as it is a way of life — once you’ve mastered the necessary skills. The trick is to find a way to shoot with the open-eyed wonder of a cinematographer, combined with the pessimistic censor of a pragmatic editor. Easy, right?To help improve your editing-while-you-shoot mindset, here are some tips and tricks to streamline your workflow — and ultimately help you shoot faster and smarter.Take Copious NotesImage by swuerfel.Let’s start with the obvious. If you’re going to edit while you shoot, you need to take copious notes throughout production. Even the act of writing out notes is a great way to train yourself to recognize what you need to record and remember. When you’re shooting on the run, pausing for a few seconds to review your work over the last 30 minutes or hour (to determine what worked and what didn’t) can help you exponentially, moving forward.Mark Shots In-CameraImage by fizkes.While not all cameras have this capability, marking shots in-camera is another great way to edit while you shoot. If you can’t physically mark shots in-camera, you can always review your shots in-camera and simply make a note of the shot IDs in a small notebook (or in your phone). Marking shots can speed up your edit later because you’ll know which shots will work for different sections right after you shoot them. I would also suggest marking weaker shots that aren’t worth your time — or deleting them on the spot.Shoot Interviews Before B-Rolllast_img read more

SEA Games: PH Archers pluck bronze out of semis heartache

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES MOST READ “But we are happy with bronze, hopefully tomorrow we will win gold in mixed,” said the 30-year-old Dela Cruz.The top scorer in individual and team events will automatically be entered in Friday’s mixed compound.The women’s compound team of Amaya Paz-Cojuangco, Abbigail Tindugan and Jennifer Chan dropped in the eliminations against Thailand, 222-215. Starting off hot with a 236-214 win over Myanmar in the eliminations, the Filipinos all of a sudden went cold in the semifinals, turning in 227 points against Singapore’s 233.READ: Dela Cruz gives PH a bronze medal in archeryFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That happens, when suddenly the opponent shoots very well,” said Dela Cruz who on Wednesday won bronze in individual category.But Yap rued the fact that the Philippines’ 236 showing in eliminations — the highest score of the day — suddenly turned sour in the semis. PH Archery Team gets second bronze medal in the SEA Games. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippine men’s archery team bucked a heartbreaking defeat in the semifinals to salvage a bronze medal Thursday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games at Synthetic Turf Field in KL Sports City here.The trio of Earl Benjamin Yap, Joseph Benjamin Vicencio and Paul Marton Dela Cruz destroyed Vietnam, 233-230, in the bronze medal match to clinch the country’s second bronze in compound events.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief U12 Kaya FC advances to last 32 in Gothia Cup Read Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “That (PH semis score) was the lowest score for us even in practice,” said Yap who owns the Benel Archery Club in Mandaluyong.Still, the team managed to cut its losses and destroyed the Vienamese after coming perfect in the final two ends.Vietnamese were even led by last SEAG’s gold winner Nguyen Tien Cuong but just could not find their range.“I didn’t expect they (Vietnamese) would shot like that in the bronze medal match,” said Yap.READ: Seeking more golds, Cojuangco balances archery and familyADVERTISEMENT Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

#KicksStalker: LeBron uncorks ‘Silver Bullet’

first_imgPhoto from Nike.comAs LeBron James sets to leave the Philippines, so does one shoe from the Nike inventory. The Zoom Soldier 11 “Silver Bullet” will be released in limited quantities Sunday exclusively at Nike Park Fort at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.ADVERTISEMENT Astros return to Houston for 1st game since Harvey WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Each pair is worth P7,195 and will be sold to customers at a first-come, first-served basis. The shoe is the third and last pair linked to James’ visit to Manila after a special colorway of the Nike Air Force One SF and Nike Zoom and the first edition of the Nike Air Zoom Generation released on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLeBron James rocks the Zoom Soldier 11 “Silver Bullet” during his Strive For Greatness Show at Mall of Asia Arena. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonJames’ third Manila shoe took inspiration from the Air Max 97 colorway of the same name with reflective accents, a metallic silver upper together with some hints of red, white, and black on the collar, heel, midsole and outsole.The “Silver Bullet” was the same shoe James wore during his special training session with Gilas Pilipinas players and the media and also during the exhibition game of his Strive for Greatness Tour at Mall of Asia Arena. Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:08Palace: No need to release Duterte medical bulletin00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View commentslast_img read more

Guess who just turned 30?

first_imgThe first Annual General Meeting was held at Maroubra Seals Club, NSW on September 23, 1979.Attending:Ray Vawdon – President Australian Touch Football AssociationPhil Smith – Secretary Australian Touch Football AssociationBob Dyke – Treasurer Australian Touch Football Association & New South Wales Touch Football Association DelegatePaul Eggers – Queensland Touch Football Association DelegateBob Allen – Australian Capital Territory Touch Football Association DelegateGordon Abbercrombie – Victoria Touch Football Association DelegateTony Sheahan – South Australia Touch Football Association DelegateRon Ellis – Tasmania Touch Football Association DelegateGuests Included:John McAlister – North Queensland Touch Football AssociationBill Pearse – North Queensland Touch Football AssociationHugh Grant – Central Queensland Touch Football AssociationBill Carney – Tasmania Touch Football AssociationPeter Rooney – New South Wales Touch Football AssociationWhat was discussed:Reports were presented from all states and North Queensland on what was occurring. A letter from the City of Gold Coast was presented inviting the Australian Touch Football Association to hold the first Australian National Championships on the Gold Coast.Resolved from the meeting was the decision that the first Australian National Championships would be held on the Gold Coast on 6th & 7th December 1980.A special 30 Year National Championships Celebration breakfast will be held on Sunday 14th March 2010 after the National Touch League.More information will be provided shortly the regarding the 30 Year Celebration.last_img read more

Conservative leader says Trudeau will hike carbon tax if he wins vote

first_img“Premier (Scott) Moe and Premier (Brad) Wall before him had a bit of a lonely battle but now they’ve got reinforcements. And my message to Canadians is come 2019, the battle will be won,” Scheer said. The federal government’s new carbon pricing system comes into effect in 2019 in provinces that don’t have carbon pricing mechanisms of their own. The carbon price outlined by Ottawa starts at a minimum of $20 a tonne and rises $10 annually until 2022.But Scheer told reporters that government officials are saying the tax would need to rise to $100 per tonne for it to be effective at reducing carbon emissions, and he says the federal environment department is planning for a carbon tax of $300 per tonne.“So we know Justin Trudeau will raise the carbon tax higher. His experts are telling him to. His own government departments are telling him to,” Scheer said.“At that price home heating bills will rise by more than $1,000 a year and gas prices would go up by more than 60 cents a litre.”When asked by a reporter about his own plan to fight climate change, Scheer responded that the Conservatives’ plan will help reduce global emissions by capitalizing on Canada’s clean technology and cleaner energy, which he said will also keep manufacturing jobs in Canada instead of moving to countries without those things.Canada’s former parliamentary budget officer predicted in a report in April that the federal government’s carbon tax will cut economic growth by 0.5 per cent or $10 billion dollars when it’s fully implemented in 2022, and would generate significant revenues. However, Jean-Denis Frechette’s report noted the impact on the economy will depend on how those revenues are used.Trudeau says Ottawa will return 90 per cent of the money it collects from a carbon tax to Canadians.Saskatchewan is asking its Court of Appeal to rule on whether the carbon tax is unconstitutional and has argued its climate change plan is enough to reduce emissions and a carbon tax would hurt the Saskatchewan economy.Scheer, who represents Regina_Qu’Appelle in Parliament, said Saskatchewan’s fight against the tax gets easier as more provinces elect governments that also oppose it, like Ontario and New Brunswick did in 2018.center_img REGINA, S.K. – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer welcomed 2019 with a warning that if Canadians re-elect Justin Trudeau this year, the federal carbon tax that’s going to take effect will only climb.“Canadians know what Justin Trudeau is going to do. Now that his carbon tax is here, it’s only going to go up. And if he gets re-elected in 10 months, it will go up even more,” Scheer said during a New Year’s Day news conference in a Giant Tiger store in Regina.“This time next year I plan on being able to tell Canadians that Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax is a thing of the past.”last_img read more