Car turns turtle after slamming into truck

first_img…baby among passengers injuredAt least five persons, including a baby, were rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre on Friday afternoon after the motorcar in which they were travelling reportedly slammed into the back of a truck before turning turtle.The accident occurred at about 15:40h on the Providence Public Road, East BankThe scene of the accident at Providence, EBDDemerara.According to eyewitnesses, the truck bearing registration numbers GMM 8660 was heading North along the access road in the inner lane when the motor car PLL 3653 heading in the same direction attempted to switch lanes and swerved into the back of the truck.The driver of the truck, Omar Bynoe declined to comment on the incident.Public-spirited citizens pulled several persons from the wreckage, including a baby, and rushed them to the hospital. Guyana Times was told that the injured persons did not suffer any life-threatening injuries.Police have since launched an investigation into the accident.last_img read more

Warriors reveal their approach to new Raptors challenge without Durant

first_imgTORONTO – The Warriors have proven they can reach their fifth consecutive NBA Finals despite their best scorer remaining sidelined. Can they actually win their fourth NBA title in the past five years, though, without Kevin Durant?The Warriors are still expecting Durant to return during the Finals after missing the past five playoff games with a strained right calf. When the Warriors play the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 on Thursday, they will do so once again without a player that had averaged …last_img read more

South Africa: a building site

first_imgJustice MalalaFind out more about using materialEveryone seems to have a Confederations Cup story to tell since the spectacular opening ceremony on June 14. Here is mine.It isn’t really a Confed story, as it happened weeks before the actual tournament. But I hope it will, in its own small way, illuminate the football matches and the festivities.My wife and I went out for dinner a few weeks ago. We ended up eating at the Troyeville Hotel, a shambling but charming hotel in Kensington, just east of Johannesburg. It serves brilliant rustic Portuguese cuisine and very cold beer. The bar is unusual and fun, with an eclectic crowd. But that is not the point of the story.On leaving the hotel we followed our usual route home. But it was unusual in one way: there were building works everywhere. The Troyeville Hotel sits right behind the Ellis Park and the Johannesburg Stadium.Already among the best stadiums in South Africa, both have now been refurbished so extensively they are hardly recognisable. They look and feel like international institutions – huge, glitzy, sleek and modern.We made our way through the warren of roads that encircle Ellis Park, just below the notorious Hillbrow flatland area and Bertrams. The roads were narrowed down, with massive ditches on either side due to digging and other roadworks. As we pushed along and emerged on the Hillbrow side, near the towering cone-shaped building called Ponte City, crowned with its massive neon Vodacom advert, we realised we could not turn left onto the motorway and on home.The road was closed due to road works.We inched along into the heart of Hillbrow. Now, Hillbrow became renowned the world over for violence, drugs and other crimes in the 1990s as its buildings – formerly reserved for whites only – started to accommodate blacks. It became known as the epicenter of Johannesburg’s tragic descent into crime.I know Hillbrow. I lived right in the centre of the Hillbrow flatland – at the Highpoint building – when I first moved to Johannesburg to start a job as a journalist at the Star newspaper in the very early 1990s.I watched as Hillbrow became overrun by dirt and grime and as it nearly collapsed under the burden of maladministration and failure to deal with its myriad problems. However, there have been spectacular new developments over the past few years.Young entrepreneurs started moving in and buying old buildings and renovating them. A new breed of tenant – professional and dedicated to the neighbourhood – can be seen in many parts of the flatlands.Plus, authorities came to the party. Parks, roads and all sorts of other public facilities are constantly being done up.But back to my journey. As we inched along the dark road I realised that the neighbourhood whose streets I had walked so long ago is being transformed. There were road works all over. New, glitzy, shiny bus stops to accommodate the new bus rapid transit system were being built. They were gorgeous, and in design and structure reminded me of the London underground stations.Then we turned up into the heart of Hillbrow. The works I had noticed continued on until we reached one of my favourite sites in this town: the Old Fort building, now known as Constitution Hill, the seat of the highest court in the land.Then on into Braamfontein and around the Civic Centre. Here too the roads were narrowed as the building work continued. The whole thing was astounding.The truth is that many parts of South Africa today mirror what I saw in Hillbrow that dark night. The country is a building site. The N1 route from Johannesburg to Pretoria is clogged – and makes many motorists angry – because the three-lane highway is being widened to make more lanes and accommodate more cars. I was in Cape Town recently and the whole Sea Point area is being transformed by the Green Point Stadium, one of the venues for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.As I write this piece, new GDP figures are out and we are staring recession in the face. Yet one looks at all this work – plus the R787-billion (US$97.9-billion) that is still to be spent by government on infrastructure development – and it becomes clear that, like many parts of the world, economically we are be in a bad state. But we could have been in a far worse state.The 2010 World Cup and all the associated activity around our roads, buildings and other infrastructure are probably the single most important factor for our economy as the global economic meltdown bites. The stimulus brought on by this spending means we will not be as affected as many of our neighbours and will most likely recover far faster than many economies across the globe.From an economic perspective, the southern tip of Africa looks like the best place to be as the world faces its most turbulent economic times in decades. And it is all there for us to see: men and women in blue overalls building a country, brick by brick.Justice Malala is an award-winning former newspaper editor, and is now general manager of Avusa’s stable of 56 magazines. He writes weekly columns for The Times newspaper and Financial Mail magazine, as well as a monthly media and politics column for Empire magazine. He is the resident political analyst for independent television channel and has consulted extensively for financial institutions on South African political risk. Malala was also an executive producer on Hard Copy I and II, a ground-breaking television series on SABC 3. Hard Copy I won the Golden Horn Award for best television series. Malala’s work has been published internationally in the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Independent, Forbes, Institutional Investor, The Age and The Observer.last_img read more

Hunter stars in inaugural Mzansi Tour

first_img“They rode themselves out of their skins to make sure that they can help me as much as they can.” South African cycling star Robert Hunter, riding for the South African National Team, claimed an impressive victory in the inaugural Mzansi Tour, which finished at Montecasino in Johannesburg on Sunday. Stage Five Results Fedgroup-Itec claimed the Team Classification, with La Pomme Marseille in second and Team Nippo-De Rosa in third. “I feel really good. I’m happy to have won this tour because it’s been a great week of racing and I’m happy with how it has turned out,” Hunter told the South African Press Association (Sapa) after securing the title. WinnersApart from his victory in the general classification, Hunter also won the points’ classification and the best African rider’s title. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material General Classification Hunter kept up the pressure throughout and ultimately finished the race five minutes and 56 seconds ahead of second-placed Julien Antomarchi. His win in the general classification was built upon a superb solo effort in the second stage – at 189 kilometres, the longest of the race – which left him almost six minutes clear of the second placed rider. 22 April 2013 Third stageThe weekend began well for Team Nippo-De Rosa’s Mauro Richeze, who claimed the 149 kilometre third stage win from Witbank to Mamelodi on Friday, after a sprint finish. “I’m really proud with how my South African team has performed after we came here as the underdogs. It was a tightly contested stage, with only 20 seconds separating the first 55 riders. He crossed the finishing line in three hours, 19 minutes and 51 seconds, edging out Germany’s Lucas Liss of Rad-Net Rose and South African track ace Nolan Hoffman of Tasol-GT for the honours. Fourth stageOn Saturday, the fourth stage covered 145 kilometres from Hartbeespoort to the Union Buildings. At least it was supposed to do so, but a late route change was necessary after the Tshwane Metro Police failed to provide sufficient support for the route through Pretoria; Tanya Harford, one of the directors of Echelon Events, said the Police had not honoured a contract they had signed. Argentina’s Richeze rose to the occasion once again, sneaking ahead of Hunter right on the line to take the stage win in four hours, two minutes and 43 seconds, while Nolan Hoffman placed third. Antomarchi was the only man apart from Hunter to wear the leader’s yellow jersey in the race, after edging out the South African ace for victory on the first stage. 1. Robert Hunter (SA National Team) 19:42:312. Julien Antomarchi (La Pomme Marseille) +5:563. Fortunato Baliani (Nippo-De Rosa) +6:024. Ian McLeod (FedGroup Itec) +6:055. Paul van Zweel (EuropcarSA) +6:116. David Maree (Tasol-GT) +8:007. Neil MacDonald (FedGroup Itec) +8:498. Dylan Girdlestone (Westvaal BMC) +13:079. Antoine Lavieu (La Pomme Marseille) +13:5510. James Perry (Tasol-GT) + 16:08 Hunter, meanwhile, played it safe and kept his lead in the general classification steady at five minutes and 50 seconds over Antomarchi. Tasol-GT’s David Maree was crowned the King of the Mountains, while JC Nel of the MTN Qhubeka Feeder team finished as the Best Young Rider. 1. Dylan Girdlestone (Westvaal BMC) 2:53:38 2. Hichen Chaabane (Velo Club Sovac) +0:04 3. Waylon Woolcock (Bonitas) +0:134. Estifanos Kebede (MTN Qhubeka Feeder) +0:185. Robert Hunter (SA National Team) +0:206. Mauro Rocheze (Nippo-De Rosa) same time7. Herman Fouche (Bonitas) st8. David Maree (Tasol-GT) st9. Theo Reinhardt (Rad-Net Rose) st10. Fortunato Baliani (Nippo-De Rosa) st “I feel amazing. It’s my biggest career win,” Girdlestone said after the race. Final stageWestvaal-BMC’s Dylan Girdlestone captured the 123-kilometre final stage, which started and ended at Montecasino. Hichen Chaabane of VCS took second place, four seconds off the pace, with Waylon Woolcock of Team Bonitas coming home in third, a further nine seconds back. Yellow jerseylast_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. 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 read more

Finding Efficiency with Luxury – but No Solar

first_imgOne subject being addressed intensively by the inaugural edition of the Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge is how luxury-home builders can push relatively large homes – those exceeding, say, 3,500 sq. ft. – toward high levels of energy efficiency and market them accordingly. The Zero Energy Challenge, which officially launched in May 2009 and is scheduled to end December 1, includes among its 18 entries nine projects larger than 3,500 sq. ft. Many of these properties, not surprisingly, are high-end homes that may not achieve net-zero-energy performance, but are nonetheless aiming for energy efficiency significantly above what building to code would deliver when evaluated using the Residential Energy Services Network’s HERS Index.A luxury Challenge project that recently caught the attention of the Hartford Courant, though, is a home that measures 2,848 sq. ft. Though modest by luxury-home standards, the house nonetheless carries an $897,500 listing price. One objective in building this four-bedroom/2.5-bath single-family, says William Freeman, of Celebration Development Group, was to create a buyer-friendly blend of high-end finishes and amenities, and superior energy performance.Awaiting HERS resultsAfter December 1, each home competing in the Challenge will be evaluated using the HERS Index. The results will be announced on December 8, with the three lowest HERS ratings earning prize money: $15,000 for first place, $10,000 for second, $5,000 for third. Enhancing the challenge for Celebration Development’s house, which is part of a 14-home subdivision in Essex called Heron Pond, is that the house is not optimally situated for solar power. To keep its HERS score as low as possible, it will rely largely on shell insulation – R-19 foundation walls, R-24.5 exterior walls, and R-42.3 frame floors and flat and vaulted ceilings – and a ground-source heat pump system for heating and cooling.Celebration calculates the home’s HVAC operating and water heating costs will come to $1,443 annually, about $3,890 (or 72%) less than it would cost to operate a house of similar size and configuration that was built to code.HERS results for the Heron Pond house have not yet been posted, but Justin Lindenmayer, program administrator for residential new construction at Connecticut Light & Power, which administers the competition through the CT Energy Efficiency Fund program, told the Courant that among the homes reporting HERS results so far, “we’ve had one home that’s below zero, we’ve had a few in the 5-15 range, and more in the 20-30 range.”last_img read more

Jamaican Student Gets Scholarship to Study in China

first_img Jamaican student, Tagera Ottey has received a $5-million scholarship to study medicine in the People’s Republic of China, courtesy of China National Pharmaceutical Corporation (Sinopharm). Speaking at a send-off for the student at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) on Thursday (September 20), Minister without Portfolio, Hon. Mike Henry, who had appealed to the company on behalf of the recipient, commended the company on the swiftness of the response. He noted that “they rose to the occasion” and provided an opportunity “for a Jamaican to move forward”. Story Highlights Jamaican student, Tagera Ottey has received a $5-million scholarship to study medicine in the People’s Republic of China, courtesy of China National Pharmaceutical Corporation (Sinopharm).Speaking at a send-off for the student at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) on Thursday (September 20), Minister without Portfolio, Hon. Mike Henry, who had appealed to the company on behalf of the recipient, commended the company on the swiftness of the response.He noted that “they rose to the occasion” and provided an opportunity “for a Jamaican to move forward”.He urged Miss Ottey “as you grasp this opportunity, to do so in the interest of Jamaica”.The Minister said the scholarship award is another example of the great friendship that exists between China and Jamaica.He noted that China has brought huge investments to the country, and encouraged Jamaicans to “rise and match that investment. Let us try and jointly do so”.For his part, Chinese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency, Tian Qi, pointed out that in recent decades, his country has provided more than 2,000 scholarships and training opportunities for Jamaicans.He noted that with more than 16 major Chinese companies operating in Jamaica, and investments of US$1.5 billion, this means employment and training for hundreds of persons.He implored the student, after the six years of study, to return as a qualified doctor and “serve the people of Jamaica”.Managing Director of Sinopharm, Zheng Huanming, for his part, informed that over the past two years, the company has facilitated professional training for scores of doctors and nurses.He noted that in 2017, the company enabled 23 persons in the medical field to benefit from three-month specialist training in China.“We understand that investment in the education sector is an investment that will benefit generations to come… . Miss Ottey, as you embark on this new journey, we look forward to you returning to Jamaica with all that has been learnt, to improve the country’s medical health system, and to contribute to the China-Jamaica friendship,” the Managing Director said.Miss Ottey, for her part, expressed gratitude to Sinopharm for the scholarship, which will enable her to realise her dream of “serving humanity in the capacity of a medical doctor”.She pledged to use her training to “make a difference”.last_img read more

JAST commended for contribution to sugar industry

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMontego Bay, Jamaica, November 8, 2016 – The Jamaica Association of Sugar Technologists (JAST) has been commended for its contribution to the sustainable development of the sugar industry over the last 79 years.Addressing the opening of the 79th Annual Conference of JAST at the Riu Hotel in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on November 3, Mr. Samuda said the association continues to play a fundamental role in endorsing technology in the industry. “I want to congratulate the Jamaica Association of Sugar Technologists for having survived over these many years and for the tremendous and significant contributions you have made to the development and survival of the sugar-cane industry. Your role is, therefore, critical as we seek to reposition the sugar industry,” the Minister said.Mr. Samuda emphasized that now more than ever, the efforts of JAST must be doubled in order to save the industry. “We are grappling with the challenges that confront Jamaica’s sugar industry every day and now we have to position not only the existing players in the industry, but we have to introduce new ones. We must also seek to make the industry very attractive for new investments,” the Minister said.He pointed out that the sugar industry is the second largest employer of workers in the country, hence it cannot be allowed to die. “Because of this high level of integration and the fact that the industry is so integral to people’s lives and livelihood, we must remain committed to its success and so ensure its viability,” Mr. Samuda told the large group of participating members of the farming community.He informed that efforts at reforming the sugar industry were successful, as the Government assumed temporary operations of the Long Pond Factory in Trelawny and immediately initiated plans to attract new investment for the industry in that parish. The Minister invited investors, both local and foreign, to come forward and take part in the sugar industry.last_img read more

Arjun Kapoor Malaika Arora to get married Arjun finally opens up on

first_imgMalaika Arora, Neetu Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Arjun KapoorInstagramArjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora are back in Mumbai from their New York vacation. And rumours of the couple getting married have again started doing the rounds of the industry after the couple admitted to their romantic relationship. So Arjun has finally opened about marrying Malaika and said that he and Malaika are not going rush into marriage as they still have to enjoy being a couple in public space.”I am not getting married. Malaika and I have to still discover each other in public space and enjoy the comfort of being a couple. We need to ease. We need to take our mind off this pressure of getting married. Sometimes you just need to be in a relationship. You need to live it; you need to enjoy it for what it is, rather than what it should be according to people. We are at ease with each other,” Arjun Kapoor was quoted as saying by Filmfare.For the past few days, Malaika and Arjun have been flooding the internet with their lovey-dovey pictures on their respective Instagram handles and are currently on a spree to express their love for each other on social media. Their fans have also poured in support of their relationship and were glad that the couple chose to admit it publicly. Arjun Kapoor, Malaika AroraInstagramThe couple often gets trolled for their age gap and trolls never shy away from calling them mother and son jodi on social media. But Malaika recently gave a befitting reply to those who trolled her for finding love in a younger man than her.Malaika had said that “it’s unfair to judge relationships” and there’s no harm if a man younger than her makes her happy. She also talked about the way Priyanka Chopra handled the criticism when she got married to Nick Jonas who is 10 years younger than her.And now that Arjun and Malaika have come out in the open as a couple, we will surely witness a lot of their romantic moments during their public outings.last_img read more

16 HIV positive Rohingyas found one dies

first_imgA Rohingya refugee woman who arrived from Myanmar last night by boat, sits on the bank of the Naf river as border guards temporarily hold them, in Shah Porir Dwip, Teknaf, Bangladesh, 7 October, 2017. Photo: ReutersAround 16 Rohingya people having with HIV positive were found in Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital, reports UNB.Physician Shahin Abdur Rahman Chowdhury, a resource person of Rohingya camp and also a residential medical officer of the hospital, said that they have detected 16 patients infected with HIV since 25 August.Of them, nine patients are now undergoing treatment while treatment for the rest six will begin soon.Meanwhile, one of the HIV patients died before starting the treatment, said the physician.Abdus Salam, civil surgeon of the district, said that the number of patients having HIV is increasing.He said that some 2,000 medical staffs, including 100 MBBS doctors, specialist physicians, intern physicians, medical students, are working for ensuring treatment at Rohingya camps.last_img read more