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AL strikes out 16, holds off NL for 4-3 win in All-Star Game

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first_imgInstead, Justin Verlander blazed 97 mph heat, Shane Bieber and Aroldis Chapman each struck out the side and the American League slowed a loaded … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceBy BEN WALKER | AP Baseball WriterCLEVELAND (AP) — For one night, the pitchers took back the power.Hours after an awesome Home Run Derby got everyone buzzing even louder about monster shots and juiced balls, only a couple flew out of Progressive Field on Tuesday.last_img

Kevon Looney leaves Warriors season opener with hamstring tightness

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first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Kevon Looney was slated to play up to 20 minutes in the Golden State Warriors’ regular season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers at Chase Center.He played 11:22 minutes in the first half and did not return for the second with right hamstring tightness. It was the same hamstring that sidelined him for the preseason.The Warriors said they removed him from the game as a precaution.Kevon Looney (Right hamstring tightness) will not return to tonight’s game. Precautionary. …last_img

Power from South Africa’s wind

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first_imgThe four turbines of the Darling Wind Farm produce 7 GHW per year ofclean, green energy.(Image: Wikipedia)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Bheki Khumalo  Dept of Energy, communications  +27 12 444 4256 or +27 82 773 2388 RELATED ARTICLES • SA’s future renewable energy mecca • IDC fund helps companies go green • SA becoming a renewable energy hub • First CT homes to feed power to grid • Nedbank branch runs on wind powerSource: Africa Renewal OnlineThree blades — each the length of a tennis court — revolve atop a wind energy tower reaching 50 metres into the sky, equal in height to a 17-storey building.There are four such turbines whirling in the hot, dry and windy landscape near the town of Darling on South Africa’s west coast, generating 7 gigawatt hours per year of green energy.This first commercial wind farm in South Africa, reflecting the collaborative efforts of international donors, government agencies and the private sector, shows that wind energy is feasible.The development of the Darling Wind Farm, which was established in 2008, was fraught with obstacles. This was mainly because large-scale wind generation was new to South Africa and institutional arrangements were not yet in place to allow independent power producers to feed energy into the national grid.What made the difference was that Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, then minister of mineral and energy affairs, proposed the Darling Wind Farm as a national demonstration project in 2000. She also requested international assistance in developing wind energy from the UN Global Environment Facility, UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Danish International Development Agency.That assistance led to the South African Wind Energy Programme (Sawep), a project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the promotion of wind power. It facilitated the creation of the Darling Wind Farm.Speaking at the 2003 World Wind Energy Conference in Cape Town, Mlambo-Ncguka said that wind energy had been one of the world’s success stories, and that it should play an important role in South Africa’s energy economy.Energy generated by the private sector “The significant thing to remember about the Darling Wind Farm is that it shows that wind energy can be done by the private sector,” says Andre Otto, Sawep’s project manager.“It was never intended to be a fully economical business,” he adds.It also served to demonstrate how to develop power purchase agreements with Eskom, South Africa’s public electricity utility.Such an agreement was signed with the City of Cape Town to buy energy from the Darling Wind Farm. The city then sells the electricity through so-called green energy certificates to buyers prepared to pay a higher price for green energy.For example, when the African Wind Energy Association decided to hold a conference in Cape Town in May 2010, the organisers purchased certificates for 9 900 kilowatt hours to ensure that the conference used only green energy throughout.Galvanising the industrySawep was one of several initiatives contributing to South Africa’s adoption of a target of reaching 10 000 gigawatt hours of renewable energy in its Integrated Resource Plan, an energy blueprint for the period from 2010 to 2030.The government is now soliciting bids from independent power producers to generate an initial 1 850 megawatts of wind energy within the next few years.“The establishment of Darling had an important catalytic effect in promoting wind energy in South Africa, as it showed that on-grid wind could be a reality,” says Lucas Black of the UNDP’s Global Environment Facility unit.As the Darling wind turbines revolve at a constant speed of 32 revolutions per minute, they represent the baby steps of an industry whose time has come.last_img read more

Developing a strong marketing strategy

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Iowa State University just reported their 2017 corn and bean breakeven points. It showed that the average Iowa bean farmer can lock in 2017 crop profits with current fall market prices. That is not necessarily the case for corn. Corn on corn farmers would likely lose with today’s prices, while corn on beans are showing some profitability.I think many farmers will take notice and plant more beans in 2017. Still, South American bean production is an unknown. If we assume a small issue in South America supply, which leads to increases for U.S. prices, the added bean acres in 2017 may be offset. However, if bean acres exceed 90 million acres and South America doesn’t have a reduced supply, then substantially lower values are a real concern. Market ActionWith corn prices so low, I’m always looking for ways to add additional premium to my corn prices. Rather than wait around for prices to go up, which they may not, I manufacture trades that allow me to add premium to my corn prices, while minimizing risk. In the following example I detail out several trades I have done recently that show how premium can sometimes be added even during a sideways market. Trade Detail #1 — SepSep – Sold $3.30 calls against Dec futures for a 15 cent premiumHindsight — this was a little early and the price was low. So, I wanted to increase this price to profitable levels with the next trade. Trade Detail #2 — NovExpected market direction back in Nov ’16 — Sideways through JanTrade Detail — On 11/22/16 sold $3.60 straddle for 23 cents (selling a put and call at the same price)Potential Benefit — increase potential premium (23 cents) if market stays close to $3.60 at the end of JanuaryPotential Concern — reduced or no premium if the market moves significantly from that levelWhat happened — Option expired 1/27 at $3.61Action — I bought back both straddles for 2 cents totalWhy buy them back? One of the options is exercised if I don’t buy them back. I don’t want that. I just want the premium from the trade.Result — Net premium 21 cents and position unchanged.Current PositionSold Dec Futures: $3.30+ 15 cents — Trade #1 above, call premium+ 21 cents – Trade #2 above, straddle+ 11 cents – Market carry, rolling Dec futures to Mar+ 14 cents – Market carry, will roll from Mar to JulyCurrent Position Value Against July Futures ($3.30 + 61 cents of premium): $3.91Trade Detail #3 – 1/27/17Expected market direction today — Probably sideways with some upside potential into early summerTrade Detail — 1/27/17 sold July $3.90 straddle for 43 centsExpires 6/23/17 right when there is the best chance for a weather rallyPotential Benefit — If July futures close at $3.90 on 6/23, I keep the 43 cent premiumPotential concern — reduced or no premium if the market moves significantlyWith this, every penny lower than $3.90 I get less premium until $3.47 and at $3.47 or lower the original corn sale is removed, but I keep the 61 cents above to be added to another sale. For every penny higher than $3.90 I get less premium until $4.33. With $4.33 or higher I have to make another sale at $4.33 and my $3.90 sale is stalled at $3.90. Developing a strong marketing strategyThis trade is most profitable if the market goes nowhere (basically staying between $3.70 to $4.10 is optimal) through June. If that happens, I will have taken a trade that started in September at $3.30 a turned it into something between $4.10 and $4.30.However, I have to understand the potential concerns of each trade I do. While this trade is mostly betting the market will be sideways, the market can always go up or down too. While I don’t want to take a sale back at $3.47, I know it is a possibility. However, historically usually the market doesn’t trade significantly lower in the middle of June when weather conditions are still unknown and drought could still happen. I hope the market is above $4.30 in June, as I would be perfectly happy to be forced to sell at $4.30.I don’t like putting all my kernels in one bucket. I prefer to have multiple trades based upon many likely market outcomes throughout the year. I think a sideways market is a real possibility with what I know today, so this trade capitalizes on that. But, I also have protections in place in case something unforeseen happens.As I’ve said before, “hoping the market goes up” is not a marketing strategy. Neither is “make the most money I can.” The most profitable AND least risky marketing strategies include different trades that take into consideration likely scenarios while balancing unforeseen circumstances.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 jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more

McGregor has boxing skill, but enough to beat Mayweather?

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first_imgLIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Jones facing discipline, questions after failed drug test WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief McGregor’s ability to pull off perhaps the most improbable upset in sports history likely rests on his chances to land not just one punch, but repeated combinations of blows on Mayweather, who has shown a decent chin on the few occasions he has been hit in the past decade.If McGregor can’t consistently hit Mayweather — and nobody has consistently connected against Money May in over a decade — he can at least avoid embarrassment by not getting knocked out — and there is no doubt McGregor can take a punch. His sparring partners have spoken of his tough chin, and it was evident last year in his two UFC brawls with Nate Diaz. Their second bout in August 2016 devolved into a brutal standup fight that left both men bloodied and bruised.McGregor’s disregard for defense in that bout — or his inability to defend himself from repeated head blows — could be decisive when facing Mayweather, who might be the most precise puncher in the sport. McGregor claims he has worked on defense during his training camp, but his predictions for the fight invariably return to his belief in his own power.No matter what happens to McGregor at T-Mobile Arena, he will rely on the skills he first learned at the Crumlin Boxing Club, where his mother Mags still works out. The club will be full of his fans when it screens the fight at about 5 a.m. Sunday morning.“You will see the culmination of everything I’ve learned and studied,” McGregor said. “A great many people helped to get me to what you will see this weekend.” “No fighter can train for what I bring into the ring or into the octagon,” McGregor said. “I am too skilled. I am too diverse. My movement is too much for them. All of these men will fall.”But for McGregor to make Mayweather fall, he’ll either need to land an astonishing home-run punch, or he’ll have to show more creativity and sustained boxing skill than MMA usually demands.While McGregor’s versatility and smarts have made him the UFC’s biggest star, he can use only one discipline against Mayweather — and no serious people outside McGregor’s camp doubt Mayweather has more boxing skill. Still, McGregor has devoted himself to boxing in recent weeks, bringing in former champ Paulie Malignaggi among his many sparring partners and recruiting Joe Cortez, the veteran boxing referee, to instruct him on the finer points of etiquette.“Fighting in Vegas, I just don’t see how Conor outpoints him (for a decision),” UFC President Dana White said. “Conor is going to get in there to rough him up and try to knock him out.”White and McGregor’s other fervent backers believe in his one-punch knockout power, which he showed most memorably in dethroning longtime UFC champion Jose Aldo. But one-punch knockouts are rare in 8-ounce boxing gloves, which diffuse the impact of a blow more than tiny UFC gloves.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Conor McGregor speaks during news conference Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS, Nevada—Before Conor McGregor had even heard of mixed martial arts, he wanted to be a boxer. He first stepped into Crumlin Boxing Club nearly 20 years ago in muddy football boots and started punching a heavy bag.McGregor returned constantly for the next seven years, determined to become tough enough to dissuade bullies in his Dublin neighborhood. He competed in amateur boxing matches against opponents of all sizes and shapes over the years, developing tenacity and power.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:37Protesters 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 Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “There were no weight rules, no limitations on who you could fight,” McGregor recalled Wednesday. “We would just have an opponent assigned to us. That was always the joke: Everybody at the Crumlin Boxing Club had to fight heavyweights, no matter what size you are. But it was a good lesson. You must be prepared for any eventuality. You must be ready to fight. That’s how I was brought into this game.”McGregor is on top of the fight game this week before his Saturday showdown with Floyd Mayweather (49-0), the most accomplished boxer of his generation. McGregor, a former plumber who has never had a professional boxing match, will make roughly $100 million for stepping into the ring for the first time in the spectacle of the summer.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 shutoutAnd though McGregor moved into MMA training in his teens and eventually rose to win two UFC belts, he is no boxing neophyte. While he has other strengths, McGregor’s MMA career has been built in large part on his boxing-bred punching power, which is considered exceptional by his sport’s standards.Oh, and he also doesn’t lack confidence, which is no small thing when facing odds as daunting as McGregor’s chances against Mayweather. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Virat Kohli presented with ICC Test Championship mace, calls it ‘special’

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first_imgAfter a brilliant performance and display of skills, the ICC Test Championship mace was presented to India captain Virat Kohli at the Holkar Stadium, Indore at the end of the final match on Tuesday by former captain Sunil Gavaskar.India destroyed New Zealand by 3-0, with the help of man of the match and series Ravichandran Ashwin with his seven-wicket haul on the final day. Kohli called the victory a ‘proper Test series win.’ON TOP OF THE WORLD, AGAIN #Champions @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ #JaiHind pic.twitter.com/71kgN2JONS BCCI (@BCCI) October 11, 2016Kohli said that he was a kid when he watched India get the mace last time. (ICC to present Test mace to India after Indore Test)”I’ve got a few Man of the Match awards, so have the boys. This is much more special. The last time India got the mace, I was watching on Tv. The key right now is maintaining our game. We’re working really hard on the areas needing improvement and we’ve been able to correct the wrongs quickly and we’d like to continue that and give the people what they want to see,” said Kohli, after India were officially declared world No.1 in Test cricket.’PROPER SERIES WIN’Praising his team, he further added, “Couldn’t have asked for anything better. The bowlers have responded beautifully every time we’ve been in pressure. Someone has always put up their hand. And that’s the difference, this team is up, we get wickets in bunches, we have that attitude and we do get the results.” (Pakistan capable to take back No. 1 Test spot from India: Inzaman-ul-Haq)advertisementDressing room abuzz with celebrations after becoming the No.1 Test side #TeamIndia @Paytm Test cricket pic.twitter.com/xWpAB43R5K BCCI (@BCCI) October 11, 2016Praising his bowlers and the men with the bat, a proud Kohli said, “If you see Pujara hitting a fast bowler back over his head, it is the best example of expressing yourself. This is a proper team series win. It wasn’t just one individual. You can leave Ash aside, he is not to be mentioned in the XI. Jadeja with the bat in the first game, Saha in the second, Rohit with those crucial knocks. We keen his numbers, we discuss his Man of the Series awards after every series. No. 6. No. 7… Credit to him I wish him well.”India lost the ICC top spot to Pakistan in August despite their biggest Test series victory on the Caribbean soil.last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd keeper De Gea defends inconsistent form: The odd mistake?

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first_imgMan Utd keeper De Gea defends inconsistent form: The odd mistake?by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has defended his inconsistent form.De Gea came in for some criticism last season, but the goalkeeper – who’s just signed a new contract – says he was happy with his performances.He told Sky Sports: “I think people, when they look back on last season, they are thinking about the last few months.“If you focus on the season as a whole and, in particular, the first seven months of that season I was quite happy with my form.”“You can say the contract is there in the background – it’s not even in the back of your mind – that’s put to one side. The day-to-day training, going out on the pitch, that’s what you’re focusing on – and helping the team, of course.“Talking about the odd mistake, form can come and go with any player, but you are more under the microscope when you’re a goalkeeper. It’s not easy to keep up very high standards.“I’ve been here for a number of years now and to be on top form all the time it’s tough. There are moments when you feel better in yourself form-wise and moments where you’re not quite so good. Mistakes happen, goalkeeper’s live with them and I’m no different.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: Thad Matta Promised His Ohio State Team An NBA Jam Arcade Game For A Winning Streak, He Delivered Today

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first_imgOhio State's new NBA Jam arcade game.No Big Ten men’s basketball team has been playing better of late than Ohio State. The Buckeyes (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten) have won three straight games, including back-to-back comfortable wins against two ranked foes in Indiana and Maryland. We now know why Thad Matta’s team has been performing at such a high level. The Ohio State coach promised his team an NBA Jam arcade game for their players’ lounge in exchange for a win streak. The Buckeyes are on a winning streak, so Matta delivered the game Friday. Is there a better arcade game than NBA Jam?Nope. Ohio State faces Purdue at Mackey Arena next Wednesday.last_img