Lanferman lands another 3

first_imgGFF Elite League…An ordinary night was transformed into a magical experience with 9 goals being scored in total as the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF’s) Elite League continued at the Leonora Athletic Track and Field on Friday.In the match featuring Fruta Conquerors versus Cougars FC, it was obvious that both teams had come to play ball, but within 15 minutes of the start, Conquerors FC had asserted their dominance with a Nicolas Mc Arthur piercing of the Cougars’ net.The Cougars played their hearts out, and perhaps their liver as well, but could not equalise at half time; and the Conquerors, with their foot on the accelerator, scored through Domini Garnett in the 33 rd minute and Dennis Edwards in the 43rd minute as they set their sights on the stratosphere.Upon resumption of play, Cougars tried to limit the damage to the scoreline’s reading of 0-3; but the Conquerors, with destination determined, again scored through Jahall Greaves in the 80th minute to slay the untamed Cougars in a 4-0 drubbing.The main event then saw Den Amstel triumphing over the Victoria Kings by a similar 4-0 margin. Before halftime, Den Amstel had already twice demonstrated their superiority over the Kings through the nimble play of the able Delon Lanferman (11th and 39th minutes), as the first 45 minutes of the game ended with a scoreline of 2-0.Lanferman then returned to score his hat trick goal in the 58th minute, to leave Victoria Kings reeling. The Kings eventually managed to score in the 71st minute, but by then it was a little too late for them.Den Amstel then delivered the final blow in the 90th minute with a Chris Macey strike that pretty much summed up the night and the difference between the teams.last_img read more

St. Bernard’s Nick Dugan commits to Stanford

first_img2022 just got a whole lot closer for Nick Dugan.The 15-year-old St. Bernard’s pitcher, who begins his sophomore year of high school today, verbally committed to Stanford University Monday night.An impressive freshman season on his high school team and a strong series of showings throughout the summer with the Humboldt Eagles garnered Dugan multiple Division-I offers.Sacramento State, Oregon, University of California, Arizona and UCLA all took turns knocking on Dugan’s door over the summer. …last_img read more

You Have Motorized Sunscreens in Your Eyeballs

first_imgThe pain of walking suddenly into a bright light sets up an amazing reaction, according to EurekAlert.  An alarm is sent to the fire station in the retinal cell.  There, protein firefighters hop onto a motorized shuttle on the molecular railway, and once firmly attached, are ferried swiftly to the scene of danger.  There, they shut off the energy flow which, if left untreated, could cause temporary blindness.  Here’s how the Johns Hopkins press release words it:Building on their previous work showing that specific proteins in eye cells are redistributed in response to bright light, the Johns Hopkins team now reports how a key protein called arrestin is shuttled from a “holding area” where it binds and calms a light-detecting protein.  Writing in the July 7 issue of Neuron, the team says arrestin is moved around by a tiny molecular motor, called myosin, which travels along the “train tracks” of the cell’s internal skeleton.This chemical reaction is separate from the muscular constriction of the iris that also automatically responds to the brightness of incoming light.Wonder how many lucky accidents it took to put this system together.  Biology is beautiful when you take the Darwin dark glasses off.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Oxford University reflects on SA’s freedom journey

first_img24 April 2014 Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will deliver the keynote address at a high-level academic conference reflecting on South Africa’s first 20 years of democracy at Oxford University in the UK on Friday. The two-day event will be preceded on Thursday evening by a special performance of Matthew Hahn’s The Robben Island Bible, with a post-performance reception sponsored by Brand South Africa. Friday will open with a series of panel discussions, followed by Motlanthe’s address in the afternoon, and in the evening a plenary session involving Wits University vice- chancellor Professor Adam Habib, political analyst and commentator Professor Xolela Mangcu, former Constitutional Court judge Kate O’Regan and former leader of the opposition Tony Leon. The plenary will be chaired by award-winning South African writer and scholar Jonny Steinberg. Further panels, including sessions looking at the African National Congress (ANC) in power and South Africa’s upcoming national election, will take place on Saturday, along with a number of new book launches.Motlanthe on working visit to UK Deputy President Motlanthe, who kicked off a four-day working visit to the UK on Wednesday, will also be the guest of honour at the South African High Commission’s Freedom Day reception. He is also expected to engage with high-level business people, as well as attend a meeting with representatives of the South African Diaspora during his visit. According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa and the United Kingdom “have long-standing historic relations that cover a wide spectrum and have a far-reaching impact. “The United Kingdom is one of the important sources of foreign direct investment into South Africa from Europe, with total investment for the period January 2009 to June 2012 at R44.3-billion,” the department said in a statement on Tuesday. “In 2012, the United Kingdom was South Africa’s seventh-largest export market. It also continues to be one of the important sources of long-haul tourists to South Africa.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Are large corn and soybean price swings finished or just getting started?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn and soybean prices have traded in a wide range since last summer. July 2016 corn futures traded to near $4.70 in early July 2015, declined into harvest, and then bottomed at $3.51 following the release of the recent USDA Prospective Plantings report. July 2016 soybean futures traded near $10.31 in early July 2015, dropped sharply into harvest, and traded between about $8.60 and $9.30 from harvest through early April 2016.The price of both crops experienced a sharp rally this month. July 2016 soybean futures moved to a high of $10.43 on April 21 before finishing last week at $9.96. July 2016 corn futures experienced a more modest rally, trading to a high of $4.07 and finishing the week at about $3.75.A number of factors contributed to the rally that was led by soybeans. Excessive rainfall in parts of Argentina likely resulted in a measurable, but unknown, reduction in the size of the soybean crop due to flooding. Heat and dryness in Brazil has threatened the size of the corn crop in those areas that produced bumper crops the past two years. A weaker U.S. dollar also raised expectations for increased export demand for U.S. corn and soybeans. Large producer sales of corn and soybeans contributed to a weaker basis in many areas as futures prices increased. Forecasts for more favorable weather in parts of both Argentina and Brazil helped fuel the sharp reversal in prices.So where do prices go from here? In the short term, much will depend on how much corn and soybean production potential has been reduced in Brazil and Argentina. The magnitude of the reduction will not be known for a while, but some evidence of the market’s expectation about South American crop size will likely be revealed in the pace of U.S. export sales. For corn, weekly sales have been generally strong since early January and are currently well above the pace needed to reach the USDA’s projection of 1.65 billion bushels of exports for the year. Recognizing that some sales for delivery this marketing year may be cancelled or rolled into the next marketing year, sales may need to reach 1.725 billion bushels in order for exports to reach 1.65 billion bushels. New sales of only about 16 million bushels per week are needed during the last 20 weeks of the marketing year to reach that goal. New sales averaged 46 million bushels per week for the two weeks ended on April 14 and 38 million bushels per week since the beginning of the calendar year.For soybeans, export sales may need to reach about 1.75 billion bushels if actual exports by the end of the marketing year are to reach the USDA projection of 1.69 billion bushels. That goal would require weekly sales averaging two million bushels over the last 20 weeks of the marketing year. While new sales are typically very small from April forward, sales averaged 14.5 million bushels per week for the two weeks ended April 14. It appears likely that both corn and soybean exports will exceed the current USDA projection, with the magnitude of new sales over the next few weeks to give an indication of how big the margin might be.The pace of domestic consumption of corn and soybeans will also have some influence on prices through the end of the marketing year. Corn used to produce ethanol and co-products during the last half of the year will have to be about equal that of last year for use to reach the USDA projection of 5.25 billion bushels. The pace of ethanol production in March and early April suggests that the projection will be exceeded. Feed and residual use of corn during the last half of the year needs to be only 97% of last year’s use in order for the marketing year total to reach the USDA projection of 5.25 billion bushels.The current level of livestock and poultry inventories suggests that the projection could be exceeded as well. The soybean crush during the remainder of the marketing year will have to be about equal to that of a year ago to reach the USDA projection of 1.87 billion bushels. The pace of export sales of soybean meal, along with the monthly USDA soybean crush estimates, will provide some indication of the likelihood of the domestic soybean crush meeting that projection. The year-over-year decline in the crush in March does raise some concern that the projection may be a bit too high.While the magnitude of consumption and prospects for year-ending stocks will have some influence on corn and soybean prices, prospects for the size of the 2016 crops will be the main driver of prices for the next four months. In the near term, those expectations will be influenced by the pace of planting and early season crop conditions. Expectations will also be influenced by the USDA’s June 30 Acreage report indicating whether planted acreage differed from intentions.Crop size will ultimately depend on summer weather. We have previously made the case for an elevated risk of yields falling below trend value this year as summer weather is influenced by the fading El Niño episode. Even after the recent rally, new crop prices may still understate that risk. It will not be surprising to see periods of volatile prices, similar to that just experienced, continue through the summer. Now is the time for producers to establish targets for pricing a portion of the 2016 and 2017 crops.last_img read more

Why Salesmanship Matters

first_imgYour dream client doesn’t have any way to know whether your company is better than your competitor’s. Nor are they likely to look for objective information to discern the differences. Trying to gain an advantage by starting with your company is ineffective because it doesn’t provide any real, actionable insights your dream client can use to decide.Level 1 is a ZeroYou believe that your product or service or solution is markedly better than your competitors. They believe that theirs is better. Both of you spend time trying to differentiate from your competitors in some meaningful way, including trying to tie what you sell to any preferences your dream client discloses. Remember, your dream client has no objective way to determine which of your solutions would better serve them, having never experienced either. You don’t help by providing them with information they can find on a website or sell sheet.Proof Providing isn’t ProofMaybe you provide your prospective client with references, people at companies that will vouch that you are an excellent partner. Your competitor may also provide a similar list, neither of you being so short-sighted as to provide any names and numbers of people who might say something that harm’s your chances of winning their business. What you believe to be proof isn’t strong evidence that your dream client should buy from you.You Are the ExperienceWhat, then, does your dream client have to go on when deciding whether to buy from you or your competitor?First, they have the experience of working with you throughout the process. They are getting an idea of who has the best idea about why they need to change, how they need to change, and what’s important to them. They also get a feel for what it is going to be like to work with you and your company, whether you are collaborative, whether you can be trusted, and how you are going to respond to challenges.Second, because deciding to buy from you is going to be visible to a lot of people on their team, they are gauging whether you are going to be acceptable—or better still, impressive—to the people you are going to interact with inside their company. Not only do you need to help them build consensus around change and the right solution, you are also being vetted to see whether the system is going to reject you.You are the element of your company that your dream client is going to have the most experience with before they make a decision to buy from you or your competitor. Even if they use a spreadsheet to pretend that they are making an objective decision based on measurable criteria, you are a large part of their decision. This means you have to up your game as it pertains to creating a preference to work with you and your company.You are, now more than ever, one of the largest components of the value proposition.last_img read more

Path set for Kings’ reign

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa San Miguel sports director Alfrancis Chua also likewise thanked the fans who trooped to the games and endlessly supported the crowd favorites.“This celebration is for all of you, for the ka-barangay,” the Ginebra team governor said as he led the ceremonial toast. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:08Ginebra planning for long series vs San Miguel01:37Protesters 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion SMC president Ramon S. Ang and San Miguel sports director Alfrancis Chua hold the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup title during Ginebra’s victory party. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netCoach Tim Cone said Barangay Ginebra isn’t done yet collecting championship trophies. The man on top had something to say about how the pursuit for more glory should be done.“I hope with this win, we’ll be humble and nice to everybody,” said San Miguel Corp. president and COO Ramon S. Ang in Filipino during the celebration of the team’s successful defense of the PBA Governors’ Cup Monday night at the SMC head office in Ortigas.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “Ginebra waited for a championship for eight years. [Then] we won last year. And this year, even up to the final minute, we didn’t know if we could repeat. But we’re thankful that we were able to win back-to-back,” he said.In the basketball sense, Cone also has ideas as to how the Kings plan to add to their trophy case.On top of his list: Maximize the strengths of Greg Slaughter and minimize the negative impact brought about by teams running small lineups against the 7-footer.“I feel like I haven’t exploited him yet,” Cone explained.Barangay Ginebra also managed to snare a promising talent in the draft by tabbing former UP gunner Jett Manuel with the 12th pick overall. The Kings hope Manuel can be groomed into a replacement for Jayjay Helterbrand, who announced his retirement.ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo issues clarification: Bundit stays as Lady Eagles coach The Kings captured the season-ending crown in dramatic fashion, holding off a tough-fighting Meralco Bolts in an epic Game 7 at Philippine Arena—a coronation witnessed by a record 54,086-strong audience.Moments after that thrilling 101-96 victory that capped a 4-3 series win, Cone made a promise to the fans of the country’s most popular basketball team.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 shutout“We’re not going to stop here, we have more championships to win,” he said.San Miguel’s top honcho reminded the Kings to make sure they pursue their goal the right way. Ang is also thankful that after nearly a decade of drought, Cone was able to lead Ginebra to back-to-back titles against a worthy adversary in Meralco. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ View commentslast_img read more