first_img0Shares0000Leicester midfielder Riyad Mahrez has not featured for the mid-table Foxes, in matches or training, since his dream move to Manchester City stalled in January © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 8 – Leicester manager Claude Puel says he hopes Riyad Mahrez can “get his head right” and rejoin the team, confirming the Algeria international will not feature against Manchester City on Saturday.The match at the Etihad will be the third consecutive league game the winger has missed since Pep Guardiola’s City failed to get their man on January 31, transfer deadline day. Mahrez, 26, has not featured for the mid-table Foxes, in matches or training, since his dream move to the Premier League leaders stalled.“I think Riyad is not available for Saturday’s game,” Puel told reporters at his pre-match press conference on Thursday. “I hope Riyad can get his head right and come back with us and work hard. The best way is for him to come back and enjoy his football.“He is a magnificent player and he enjoys his football. He loves his team-mates, and that’s important. He loves to touch the football but he needs to come back right. I hope he can come back with a good attitude and prepared to work, but he will need time, and time to be match-fit.“It’s important this remains inside the club and private, not in the public. The most important thing for me is to keep Riyad and the club and the fans united and in a good way about this. It is important to keep a good feeling together through these difficulties.”Despite a second transfer request from the player in eight months, Leicester reportedly held out for a deal worth £80 million ($112 million, 91 million euros), with even City’s cash-rich Abu Dhabi owners unwilling to go beyond a reported £50 million plus an unnamed player they valued at £15 million.Mahrez is unhappy that Leicester were determined to secure such a huge profit on a player they bought for a reported £350,000 from French second-division side Le Havre in 2014 and who played a pivotal role in the club’s rise from the Championship to Premier League champions.He was crowned players’ player of the year during Leicester’s remarkable title-winning campaign in 2015-16, scoring 17 Premier League goals, and then signed a four-year deal to help lead their Champions League charge.Adding to Mahrez’s anger is that other heroes of Leicester’s title-winning triumph — N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater — have been allowed to leave the club and join Chelsea with far less resistance.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgKelt-11b is a new exoplanet discovered by researchers in South Africa, collaborating with others from around the world. The discovery further solidifies South Africa’s reputation as a global leader in astronomy.An artist’s impression of Kelt-11b, the newly discovered exoplanet, orbiting its host star, Kelt-11. (Image: Walter Benjamin, SAAO)Compiled by Priya PitamberA new exoplanet, described as “puffed up”, “bloated”, and “having the density of Styrofoam” has been discovered by researchers at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), working together with others from around the world.An exoplanet, or extrasolar planet, is a planet that orbits a star outside our solar system.The newly discovered exoplanet, named Kelt-11b, is orbiting a star 320 light years away and shares some similarities with Jupiter and Saturn because it is also a gas giant. But there are differences too.“The new exoplanet orbits its host star — called Kelt-11 — so closely that it completes an orbit in less than five days,” said the SAAO. “Kelt-11b has only a fifth of Jupiter’s mass, but is 40% larger in radius. This means that this new bloated planet has about the same density as Styrofoam.”Watch:The SAAO’s Dr Rudi Kuhn said it was an exciting discovery. “The planet Kelt-11b orbits one of the brightest stars known to host an exoplanet and is one of the most inflated planets ever discovered.”This would enable researchers to make detailed observations of the atmospheric composition of the exoplanet using much larger telescopes such as the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), Kuhn said.“This will help us understand how these giant planets are formed, why they have such small orbits as well as what might happen to them in the future.”#KELT11b SAAO’s Dr Tana Joseph says “It’s great that our small telescopes are doing world-class science”. KB— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) April 20, 2017#KELT11b Joseph, “people come from all over world to the site in Sutherland, because of the geographical advantage.” KB— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) April 20, 2017How it worksTwo small robotic telescopes are part of the Kelt (Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope) with Kelt-North in Arizona in the US, and Kelt-South in Sutherland, South Africa. Kuhn helped with the construction of Kelt-South.“The exoplanet was first discovered with the Kelt-South telescope and thereafter monitored by many telescopes around the world operated by researchers at universities as well as telescopes operated by amateur astronomers,” said the organisation.What the researchers knowAccording to research findings published in The Astronomical Journal:Kelt-11 is the brightest known transiting exoplanet host in the southern hemisphere;It has a large atmospheric scale height, 2,763km, and;Because of those characteristics, it could become the benchmark of the study of such exoplanets.Source: SAAOWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers have been more concerned with harvesting than selling lately, which contributed to last week’s rally. However, I don’t think many farmers took advantage.I don’t know if the rally will continue as farmers finish harvest this week (we finished safely last Wednesday). Many may sell immediately after harvest to ease cash-flow concerns and limit storage fees. On the other hand, government payment checks were just issued, so cash flow may not be a concern for farmers. I expect the market to be range bound between $3.20 to $3.60 for corn and less than $10 for beans in the short-term.BeansIncreased exports and demand for soybean oil helped beans rally. These events also helped corn and wheat. As long as bean demand is strong, prices should stay positive. However, if bean demand falters, the large crop will likely push prices lower.CornYield reports continue to be positive. Even areas affected by drought are better than expected. The final carryout number next year will likely be over 2 billion bushels regardless of the final yield.Basis/spreadsBasis remained steady for corn and beans through this recent rally. Also, market spreads don’t indicate the market is pushing to get the crop out of tight hands.Market actionOn Friday several of my Nov bean options expired.5/3/16 — I bought $9 puts for 10 cents on 40% of 2017 production, those expired worthless.7/1/16 — I bought $10 puts for 10 cents on 40% of 2017 production. Since the price is under $10, it turned into a $10 short futures position10/6/16 — assuming beans would stay under $10 until this week, I shifted the potential Nov 2016 futures position to Nov 2017 for a five-cent premium.What does this mean?The sale for 40% of my 2017 beans is:$10 Futures◦                     Less 10 cents for the cost of the puts◦                     Less 10 cents for the $9 puts not used◦                     Plus five cents premium to roll the sale to the November 2017 futuresTotal: $9.85Combine this with my $9.48 sale last month, and 50% of my 2017 crop is hedged at a $9.73 average.Should I sell beans for cash now or sell for July delivery?Interestingly, three farmers asked this question yesterday, so I suspect many more farmers may be thinking about this too. Let’s drill down on the numbers.Spread versus Operating Loan Analysis1) Farmers need to consider the interest cost on their operating note for waiting from Nov to Jul.Today’s futures value is 9.83Times the operating note loan interest (let’s assume) 4.25%Divided by 12 monthsCost: 3.47 per month to hold beans9 months interest cost (Nov to July) to hold beans: 31.232) Today July is trading 27 more than Nov futuresIt costs 4.23 cents MORE to hold beans than the spread is paying from Nov to July.But what about basis?This is a bit more difficult because some processors aren’t bidding that far in advance. In a typical year though, bean basis advantages that far out can be limited because the market isn’t interested in helping pay for storage because a huge crop from South America will be available in less than six months.So what is the best sale?In my opinion based upon the information today January is the best sale. Currently the market is paying about 9.5 cents (spread) to hold beans until Jan. The operating loan interest for 3 months is 10.41. So, it costs about 1 cent to hold until Jan. However, the basis between those three months is considerably better. Many processors are bidding 15-20 cents more in Jan than today.Analyzing the full costToo many farmers focus on the flat price of grain and not on what it costs them to get a certain price. Grain marketing is complex. I frequently mention the three main factors that make up the cash price (futures prices, basis and market carry). These factors are all very important and move independently of each other. However, there is a fourth cost that needs to be considered too, the interest cost of holding grain for either priced or unpriced grain.Savvy farmers consider all of these costs when developing their marketing plans. The thing is, futures prices are uncertain and nobody knows where prices will be month-to-month and year-to-year. It can be so overwhelming knowing when the best time to sell is. However, some decisions can be made so much easier when you drill down on the numbers. In the case above, by doing some analysis January seems like the best decision with what we know today.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

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced a defence industrial corridor in the Bundelkhand region to bring development in one of the most backward regions of Uttar Pradesh.“One of the two defence industrial corridors mentioned in the budget, one is proposed in the Bundelkhand region of the State, which will bring an investment of ₹20,000 crore and generate employment avenues for 2.5 lakh people,” the Prime Minister said at the Investors Summit-2018 here.Stressing that Uttar Pradesh government has a vast potential, the Prime Minister said that it requires policy, planning, performance to bring progress and both Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and people of the state are ready to give “super hit” performance.Terming holding of investor’s summit in Uttar Pradesh and congregation of industrialists from all over as a sign of a big change, Mr. Modi said the Yogi Adityanath government has overcome the previous negativity and shown a ray of hope to people with positive changes.“Uttar Pradesh has values and virtues, but it also needs value addition,” Mr. Modi said lauding the new policy ‘One district one product’ of the Yogi government and said that it could prove to be the game changer for the State. The Prime Minister also said that international airports will come up in Jewar and Kushinagar.last_img read more

first_imgLast week, Grammy Award-winning artist and Atlanta native, Trisha Yearwood, received a proclamation from the state of Georgia, for her exemplary work with non-profit organization, Habitat For Humanity.Former President, Jimmy Carter, surprised Yearwood on stage at one of her tour stops last week in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, to present her with the proclamation. Carter and Yearwood are longtime friends who met and have bonded over their work with the organization that builds homes and communities for those who need shelter and aid.“It’s such an honor to receive recognition from my home state of Georgia, and to have President Jimmy Carter, a man who has inspired me, present my proclamation, is truly special,” stated Yearwood. “The work Habitat for Humanity does is so important and I’m humbled to be a part of their organization. I hope to continue working on site builds for a very long time.”Yearwood and President Carter met in 2007 on Trisha’s second build with the non-profit. President Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter have worked with Habitat For Humanity for over thirty years, creating their own division of the organization called, Carter Work Project, a weeklong build they spearhead in a different city, every year.In 2016 Yearwood and President and First Lady Carter were recognized together for their exceptional volunteer efforts and named as inaugural Habitat Humanitarians by Georgia based, Habitat for Humanity International, an honor bestowed on influencers and ambassadors who exemplify extraordinary dedication to humanitarian service.last_img read more

first_imgEditor’s Note: After this story was published, the North West Company sent APTN National News an email.“We currently cannot accept Tim Hortons TimCards at our Northern/NorthMart locations as we operate using a platform that is not integrated with Tim Hortons,” said Derek Reimer, director of business development. “While we would like to accept at some point, our current system is unable to process these types of transactions (as noted on the Tim Hortons website, TimCards are only accepted at “participating locations”). We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers.” Reimer says the company wants to offer a Northern gift card as a replacement to use at its Tim Hortons location.Kathleen Martens APTN National NewsTim Hortons gift cards provided to homeless people in Iqaluit are being refused at the counter.Qaumariaq Inuqtaqau‎ said he tried to use the plastic card Wednesday at the Tim Hortons outlet in the Northern store and was told it was no good.“They just said it’s their rules,” Inuqtaqau‎ said from Iqaluit. “I was saying it’s for homeless elders and they just said no.”The gift cards were mailed via the Facebook page Helping Our Northern Neighbours (HONN).It matches donors of food and gifts in southern Canada with needy families and individuals in Nunavut.In total 15 gift cards worth $10 each were sent to the Northern Territory.Inuqtaqau‎ said he went to buy coffee and doughnuts for people who live in shacks without plumbing or heating.He said the hot drinks keep them warm while the homeless shelter is closed.Heather Porrill of Hinton, Alta., donated the cards after being told they would work in Nunavut.“I want some action and I want it now!” she said in Facebook.He posted about his experience on the HONN Facebook page: “Sorry all. Please don’t send up the gift cards for Tim Hortons. They work all around Canada but not in Nunavut.”Derek Reimer, director of business development for the North West company, which operates the Northern store, said he would look into the situation. He said the Tims franchise is staffed by North West employees.An email for comment from Tim Hortons head office was not immediately answered.This isn’t the first time HONN has underestimated just how hard it is to get things in Nunavut.In February 2015, the group collected 60 boxes of food donations and household items for the Nunavut community of Gjoa Haven.The plan was scrapped when they discovered the shipping would cost over $12,000.tmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith.With the NFL season set to begin tonight, the NFL Players Association has asked a federal judge for a temporary restraining order that would allow players suspended in connection with the NFL’s bounty investigation to rejoin their teams in time to play regular season openers.If you think the players are giving up on this thing, think again.The union, which filed the motion Tuesday on behalf of New Orleans defensive end Will Smith, Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita, and free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, argues the players will suffer irreparable harm if they are forced to miss games while their case against the league proceeds.An NFL investigation found the New Orleans Saints operated a bounty system rewarding between 22 and 27 players for hard hits and injuring opposing players.Suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma had already filed a similar motion when his full-season suspension began earlier. The other three players’ suspensions began this week.The players ultimately want their suspensions thrown out because they argue the disciplinary process was fundamentally flawed and unfair.U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan, who is hearing the case, has said she found the league’s handling of the bounty matter to be unfair to the players and their punishments excessive, but she has also said she is not yet comfortable that federal courts have jurisdiction to rule on a process that was collectively bargained between the union and the league.She has already indicated, in response to Vilma’s earlier request for a temporary restraining order, that she was inclined to wait until players had exhausted their remedies under the league’s collective bargaining agreement before she ruled.Still pending on that front is a decision by a three-member panel that last week heard arguments in the NFLPA’s appeal of a system arbitrator Stephen Burbank’s ruling that commissioner Roger Goodell had the authority both to punish the players and hear their appeal in the bounty matter.The union had argued that because actions alleged in the bounty matter happened on the field, the league’s labor agreement calls for someone other than the commissioner to hear players’ appeals of the commissioner’s disciplinary action.The three-member panel has indicated that it hoped to rule by this week. If it rules in favor of the players, Berrigan would have no reason to act. read more

Random Toe-tally related stories ‘Yeti’ footprints seen by Indian Army raise ridiculous questions This might be the worst Bigfoot sighting video of all time 1 Yetis and UFOs and sea monsters, oh my! (pictures) Comment On Wednesday, the FBI Records Vault Twitter account brought our attention to an intriguing set of documents involving the agency’s role in a Bigfoot investigation in 1976 and 1977. The collection spans 22 pages of correspondence and newspaper clippings starting with a letter the FBI sent in response to Peter Byrne, director of The Bigfoot Information Center in Oregon. The New York Times profiled Byrne’s work in 1976. He’s a former professional hunter who took up the futile cause of trying to prove Bigfoot is real.fbihairsampleEnlarge ImageThe FBI examined this mysterious hair sample. FBI Byrne asked the FBI to analyze a sample consisting of “15 unidentified hairs and tissue.” Byrne wrote he thought the hairs “may be of importance.” The documents reveal a history of Bigfoot-related letters and memos leading up to the FBI Laboratory agreeing to examine the mystery hair. After a battery of tests and comparisons, the FBI reached a definite conclusion. It was no Bigfoot. The sample came from a creature in the deer family.This no doubt came as a disappointment to Byrne, who’s known for his book The Hunt for Bigfoot. Byrne remains a notable and controversial figure among Bigfoot aficionados. His persistence with the FBI back in the ’70s has gifted us a very entertaining FBI Vault file to enjoy, but we’re still waiting on some hard evidence that shows Bigfoot isn’t just a fantasy. Share your voice In the ’70s, G-men untangled a hairy case. Now you can comb through the archives and brush up on the details. Feargus Cooney/Getty Images Back in the days of bell bottoms, the FBI was willing to entertain the notion that Bigfoot, the mythical giant furry humanoid, might be more than a flight of fancy. The FBI Records Vault is an online Freedom of Information Act Library stocked with thousands of scanned documents covering fascinating and bizarre topics ranging from the Roswell UFO incident to a background investigation of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Tags 13 Photos read more

first_img Monday, August 28, 2017 Share TORONTO — VisitBritain has announced the appointment of Gavin Landry as its Executive Vice President for the Americas, with a focus on driving new and repeat visitor growth to Britain from Canada, the U.S. and Brazil.In his new role, effective immediately, Landry’s remit is to drive new and repeat visitor growth to Britain from the Americas, focusing on key segments and top performing regions including Brazil, Canada and the U.S., as well as cities with new routes to build connectivity.His focus is also to convert the inspiration to visit into bookings by getting the right products to the right customers at the right time, developing bookable regional and seasonal products that showcase more of regional Britain working closely with tourism industry partners.With tourism a critical part of the UK Government’s agenda ahead of future trade deals, Landry will also continue to develop and strengthen strategic partnerships across the three regions.“Gavin brings a wealth of market knowledge, industry contacts and public diplomacy experience to the role,” said VisitBritain Chief Executive Sally Balcombe. “We are delighted to have such an experienced industry professional leading one of our most important global regions as we continue to inspire more visitors from the Americas to put Britain top of their list as the must-go-now destination.”“I am thrilled to be joining VisitBritain at such an exciting time for tourism globally and look forward to working together with our partners across the industry to convert the desire to visit Britain into bookings and drive growth from the Americas,” said Landry.“Tourism is a fiercely competitive global industry and while latest statistics shows strong growth from the Americas we need to be out there promoting the message of welcome, working with partners to make it easier to travel and showcasing the amazing experiences that you can only get in Britain.”The announcement comes on the back of data released last week from the UK’s Office for National Statistics which showed that visits from North America to the UK were up 35% in June this year compared to the same month in 2016. It brings the overall number of visits from North America to the UK for January to June this year to 2.2 million visits, up 25% on the same period last year.Landry joins VisitBritain from New York State where he was Executive Director of Tourism, having led the iconic I LOVE NEW YORK (NY) program, and where he developed and implemented strategies to support growth of the tourism industry. During his tenure at I LOVE NY, Gavin and his team increased visitation to New York State by 40 million and set a program record total economic impact of US$100 billion. [PEOPLE] VisitBritain names Gavin Landry as Executive VP for the Americas Travelweek Group center_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Britain, Peoplelast_img read more