first_imgDimitar Berbatov, legend of Manchester United or Tottenham and ambassador of Betfair, wished that Luka Jovic, striker of Real Madrid, is not taking its toll on the fame of playing in a top club like white. “Look, I’m from the Balkans like him,” the Bulgarian began to explain. “I know perfectly well that sometimes we like to live too long, so I hope that all that success, that his signing for Real Madrid has not gone to his head, because that can be very dangerous for a young player like him. He needs to be disciplined ”, the former striker started.Berbatov does not speak for the sake of speaking. He knows what is being said because he himself went through, he confesses, a similar situation. “I was at Bayer Leverkusen, I was the same age as Jovic and I was playing Ulf Kirsten, who was God in Leverkusen, one of the best strikers in the history of Germany. And I was in that thinking position, but why the hell am I not playing? I deserve it, I demand to play, ”continued the Betfair ambassador.“And of course, you start thinking a lot of nonsense because you are young and you think you know everything. But with a little patience, hard work and good people around you to tell you the truth, you go out. That helps, ”Berbatov indirectly advised Jovic. “That is a solution to your case. The other, if you want to play immediately, is to leave on loan. If Jovic wants that, play now, I imagine him being very useful in a handful of Premier League teams, “Berbatov said. “Jovic is an extraordinary choice for many clubs in England.”“Benzema is one of the most underrated strikers”Because, Berbatov insists, Jovic is good. Very good. But you have a huge hurdle ahead. “Don’t forget that his competition is Benzema. Benzema, for me, is one of the most underrated players in world football at the moment. He scores so many goals and yet he is not given the recognition he deserves,” defended the former striker. Gallic.“That is why it is so difficult for Jovic, because he has the Frenchman in front of him. I only hope that when Zidane gives Luka a new opportunity, he will take advantage of it, score goals and leave as he did in Germany. Because if not, I insist, you only have two options: either continue working or go to England or any other place where you can play ”, settled the Betfair ambassador.last_img read more

first_imgAdventist Development Relief Agency ADRA Network in collaboration with the Lathal diason Church has recently embarked on its Xmas and New Year distribution of assorted items to about six hundred Ebola survivors across Montserrado County.According to ADRA’s project Coordinator Madam Hester Curry, the ADRA Network Ebola Xmas and New Year project is intended to identify with and help Ebola survivors and others who were seriously affected by the outbreak of the deadly virus in the country.She said the Xmas and New Year project came about when the head of ADRA visited Liberia and saw the need to help Ebola survivors.Madam Curry asserted that the distribution is not the first involvement of ADRA since the outbreak of the virus and it will not be the last adding that ADRA remains committed to helping and providing assistance to Ebola survivors in the country.Madam Curry also disclosed that the distribution of the food and non-food items which included bags of 25kg rice, chloride, Cholrine, Mattresses by her institution is worth about US$110K (one hundred and ten thousand United States Dollars).The Chairperson of Ebola Survivors Association of Liberia, Patrick Farley extended thanks to ADRA Network and its partners for the gesture, but added that Ebola survivors are faced with several other challenges including discrimination and stigmatization.He also appealed to ADRA Network and its partners and other local and international organizations to provide medicines for Ebola survivors noting that “we need more medicines because most Ebola survivors leave the Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) with different kinds of sicknesses.”ADRA’s Country Director Mr. Anthony Zaizay promised to continue working with Ebola survivors in the country as part of his institution’s Corporate Social Responsibility, stressing that the fight against the virus is one that needs the collective effort of everyone.Mr. Zaizay described survivors of the deadly Ebola virus as heroes noting that they were not careless with their lives. He encouraged Liberians to report themselves to the health center whenever they experience any signs of the virus.The ADRA Country Director also assured that his institution will give first preference to Ebola survivors in terms of employment in order to make them feel accepted and he then encouraged survivors to take advantage of any vacancy at ADRA Liberia noting that vacancies are frequently announced at ADRA Liberia.“If we have vacancy at ADRA and we received applications from survivors and others with the same qualification, we will choose the survivor for the job”. Mr. Zaizay declared. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgDiego Costa has reassured Chelsea he will not risk his fitness while on international duty with Spain this week.The striker has enjoyed a prolific start to his Premier League career following a £32million summer move from Atletico Madrid, but his ongoing injury troubles have been highlighted in recent weeksJose Mourinho revealed Costa has barely trained with the rest of the Blues’ first-team as he continues to struggle with a niggling hamstring problem, with the manager also stating he would prefer to see the player get some much-needed rest during the international break.Despite his requests, Costa was called up by Spain coach Vicente del Bosque for Euro 2016 qualifiers against Slovakia and Luxembourg, and while the Brazil-born forward insists he is ready to contribute, he also claimed he will not play unless he is fully fit.“I’m here ready to play,” he said to Spanish sports newspaper Marca after linking up with his international colleagues on Monday.“I’ve had some problems but it’s getting better.“I’ve already played three games in a week and the coach [Del Bosque] knows that I carry some problems but I will treat them during the week.”He added: “I don’t want to be in the middle [of Spain and Chelsea]. Mourinho has not told me anything.“One has to take into account that many times I am the one that makes the decision depending on how I feel.“Here I have the confidence of the coach, the technical team, and if there is a problem I tell them.“If I’m here and I’m injured then I don’t play because it would be worse.” 1 Chelsea striker Diego Costa last_img read more

first_img Wales star Gareth Bale 1 Wales manager Chris Coleman has noticed no difference in Gareth Bale’s mood during training with the national side ahead of their crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Israel.Bale, the world’s most expensive footballer, has been publicly criticised by fans of his club Real Madrid after a series of below par performances in recent months.The Welsh winger received the brunt of the abuse after Madrid lost 2-1 to arch rivals Barcelona on Sunday, but Coleman believes his star player is ready to perform.“I cannot see any difference in Baley at all,” said the Wales manager.“If I thought it was bothering him, and we’re all human beings so I know it can bother you from time to time and you can get a bit down, then I would have sat down with him and had that conversation.”Coleman Bale remains focused solely on the task at hand with Wales as they head to Haifa unbeaten so far in their four matches during qualifying.The 44-year-old said: “We have not mentioned Real Madrid. We have only talked about Wales, Israel and the job at hand.“He is happy, relaxed and more importantly he is fit and ready to play.”Bale’s recent troubles have triggered rumours linking him with a return to the Premier League this summer, with Manchester United reportedly interested in the former Tottenham man.last_img read more

first_img Best team: La Mirada. Coach Dennis Guerra wants to be back on top after coming in second last season. He has the team to do it with four-year starters Amanda Martinez and Dani Castro as well as three-year starters Carly Cram, Julie Reich and Katie Smith. “We have high expectations for ourselves. The girls we brought into the squad are all quality girls,” said Guerra. Cerritos figures to have a strong team that could possibly challenge Mayfair or La Mirada. Bellflower will likely finish behind Cerritos followed by Glenn, Artesia and Norwalk. Best game: Mayfair at La Mirada, Jan. 30, 5 p.m. La Mirada brings a very experienced team returning a full squad with the exception of one player. Mayfair, however, can’t say the same. The loss of defender Cassie McKay and goalie Lisa Miramontes is tough for the defending champs. But Mayfair newcomers Monique Cisneros, Loren Hammer and goalie Danielle deSeriere should keep them in contention. “We’re hoping to win league again,” said coach Sal Marroquin. “We have a young team. We will continue to improve and hope the rest of it works out by itself.” SAN GABRIEL VALLEY LEAGUE Best team: Downey. Coach Julie Attias has a strong team in Kathy Orellana, the league co-MVP last season with 28 goals, and four-year varsity starter Jennifer Powell. She also has a sense of urgency considering she will leave coaching after this season to raise her young daughter. “I have to win it all,” said Attias, whose last outright league title came three years ago. “We’re willing to share, as long as we get No. 1 in CIF, I’m happy.” Best game: Downey at Warren, Jan. 26, 3 p.m. These rivals will be fighting for the league crown again this year. Warren lost a few players, but has more than enough weaponry in Lily Salazar, Roxy Correra and keeper Kristin Borzi. “We still have a lot of talent on the team. I hope to win league again,” said coach Terese Duffy. The rest: Both Paramount and Lynwood figure to be in the mix this season. Both have solid teams and it wouldn’t be a surprise if they vie for one of the top spots in the league. OTHER LEAGUES Los Alamitos is off to another good start in defense of its Sunset League crown. Though six players — including the entire four-player backline — graduated and immediately went on to Division I programs, shed no tears for coach Pat Rossi. He still has scoring machine Sophia Medina (13 goals, 19 assists) to use her speed and skill to dominate games, and the new backline is solid in front of goalie Tori Rocke, who started on last season’s world-beaters. At Valley Christian, much of the defense graduated, but most of the offense remains. Though Tiana Torp spent much of December fighting through a leg injury, she and junior Ashley Haagsma form an enviable pair up front that combined for 31 goals and 22 assists last season. Midfielder Lauren Hernandez has been a Crusader stalwart for years, and while they lost early ground in the Olympic League race with Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Brentwood, the Crusaders can still expect to be a force come playoff time. With only one senior playing a major role, last season’s St. Joseph team was in position for a Serra League title or runner-up finish before faltering down the stretch and falling in the playoffs at Los Alamitos. Now a year older, a year wiser, senior and Oregon State-commit Natalie Farah leads a solid team, helped by juniors Caitlin Luna and Gabby De La Torre. Playing in the tough Serra League means the Jesters cannot ignore any opponent, but if last year has taught them focus, they can again reach the playoffs, except with a higher seed this time. “It’s definitely a more veteran team than last year,” Jesters coach Eddie Perez said. “Now they have experience playing in tough games.” L.A. CITY SECTION Yes, San Pedro suffered its first Marine League losses in recent memory last season. But the Pirates should once again be able to hold off Banning and the rest to take the league title. It remains to be seen if they will return to book their customary spot in the City semifinals. :Matt Zimmerman can be reached at or (562) 499-1338. Daniel Frias can be reached at or (562) 499-1338. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “We just have good, solid all-around players that can get the job done,” said Wilson coach Jason Kirkwood, whose team is seeking a fifth consecutive league crown. “We have a really good mix that will make us extremely competitive this year and the next two years.” Best game: Millikan at Wilson, Jan. 23, 3 p.m. The first meeting was a close one, with Wilson winning 1-0 at Millikan. With scorers such as senior Nicole Montoya and junior Kerrin Stephan, and defenders Stephanie Pimentel and Nikki Brannigan, the Rams have the talent to challenge for the league title. The only issue is that Wilson just has more of it. And the rest: While this is likely the year that Millikan passes Poly for second place, the young Jackrabbits may also have trouble holding off Lakewood for third. The Lancers won the first meeting between the schools 1-0, and have a roster heavy in underclassmen with junior Brooke Ehinger leading the way. Even if they fall to fourth, the Jackrabbits should still have little trouble qualifying for the playoffs. The new CIF-SS rule that seven-team leagues now have four automatic postseason berths ensures that. Though Cabrillo has the talent to make some noise, it would be too much to ask of the Jaguars to make the playoffs at this point. As usual, Jordan and Compton are simply spoilers for the top teams. SUBURBAN LEAGUE One thing is clear: It is very likely at least one local girls team will play at either Downey or Warren high schools, co-hosts of this season’s CIF-SS championships. MOORE LEAGUE Best team: Wilson. It’s not that the Bruins haven’t been pushed in recent seasons. They have turned back challenges from Poly, were beaten by Lakewood two seasons ago, and edged Millikan 1-0 in last season’s finale to stay undefeated in the league. But that’s the key: They have learned to deal with every challenge, and have an excellent group of seniors to lead the way, including forward/midfielders Erin Doherty (16 goals, six assists last season) and Natalie Moreno (six goals, 20 assists). Add the return of seniors Kacey Doherty and Kristina Walowski from injury, and the Bruins are potent enough offensively to once again take the league. Junior goalie Kaitlyn Gustaves provides the steady play of a three-year starter, and has the ideal size to dominate her position. The Bruins’ only issues are twofold: They must overcome the most uncontrollable aspect of sports and stay healthy, and they have to prove they can beat the best in the playoffs. center_img The spotlight shone on area teams last season, as two teams won CIF Southern Section championships in girls soccer. And while Division I champion Los Alamitos and Valley Christian, Division V co-champ, each suffered significant losses to graduation, they each have plenty of returning talent that could well have them in title position again. Yet, neither has the level of young yet experienced talent that Mayfair can field in its quest for its first CIF-SS crown since 2000. last_img read more

first_img 3 3 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Chelsea FC News The Belgian celebrates his mesmerising winning goal against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup Gary Cahill has admitted he may have to leave Chelsea in January and go in search of regular first-team football, but Sarri has urged the former England defender to bide his time before making any decisions.“I have spoken with him but I think that there is October, November, December, so I think that he has to wait,” said Sarri.“And then we have to wait. I repeat, I was really very happy with the performance of Cahill (at Liverpool on Wednesday).“And so now Gary for me is very useful. January is far from now, so we will see.” Hazard has already scored six goals across seven Chelsea appearances this term, but Sarri continues to maintain that the 27-year-old can still improve.Hazard climbed off the bench to slot a stunning winner as Chelsea sneaked past Liverpool 2-1 in the Carabao Cup at Anfield on Wednesday, and should start against the Reds in the Stamford Bridge rematch.Eden Hazard is the best player in the WORLD, claims Chelsea legend John Terry“I think that he is for sure one of the best (players in the world), but I am absolutely convinced that he can improve,” said Sarri.“If he’s able to improve during training maybe he will be able to use and serve at 100 per cent. REAL DEAL “Because I think that we have seen only 75, 80 per cent of his potential.“So I think that if he’s able to improve he will be the best in the world.”Asked if Hazard could be voted the best player in the world in a year’s time, Sarri continued: “I think so, I think so.“It’s very difficult to compare him with other players. He’s a genius. He’s unique. Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won tense Sarri insisted Gary Cahill is still useful to the Blues’ squad Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has backed “genius” Eden Hazard to become the best player in the world if he can improve his intensity to his training.The Italian went on to say he “wants everything” from the Belgian playmaker and urged him to wring every last drop of potential out of himself.center_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED REVEALED Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Hazard has had a fine season so far silverware Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City punished “He’s a genius, technically I think he’s the best. And so I want him to be the best in the world.“More continuity from the physical point of view, from the mental point of view.“Because he has the opportunity to improve more, and he can become the best player in the world.“It’s a very interesting challenge I think.“He has a lot to give, to the team, to the staff. And I want everything.” gameday cracker 3 shining Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT last_img read more

first_imgIreland must postpone its vote on the Fiscal Treaty due to rapidly increasing uncertainty in Europe, in particular the decision by the German Bundestag to defer its own ratification of the Treaty, says North West MEP Marian Harkin.Speaking today in the European Parliament in Brussels today, Harkin said that “given the decision by the German Government to defer ratification it is clear they are unable to get the required majority in the Bundestag. This is a clear signal that there may be some amendments or changes to the current Treaty. Irish people cannot be expected to make an informed decision in those circumstances”.“While I have said from the beginning that there was no need to ‘rush to referendum,’ I offered my reluctant support for the Treaty because it guarantees access to the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and it is, I believe, a stepping stone towards a stronger economic Union. However, the result of the French election in particular, and the insistence of Francois Hollande on the inclusion of a growth compact has now moved the goal posts, and in this context we must ensure we do not score an own goal. “Enda Kenny said that this vote was more important than a general election – I agree with him, that is why we must get it right and be absolutely clear on what exactly we are asking Irish citizens to vote on” the Ireland North & West MEP concluded. REFERENDUM MUST BE POSTPONED, SAYS MEP HARKIN was last modified: May 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:REFERENDUM MUST BE POSTPONEDSAYS MEP HARKINlast_img read more

first_imgA popular weekend celebrating Inishowen’s love of traditional music gets underway next week. On Friday October 13 the Seamus Grant weekend, in Clonmany, will mark its sixth anniversary and organisers say they plan on making this year’s festivities the biggest to date.The weekend celebrates the heritage, music, genealogy and culture of Clonmany and is dedicated to the memory of one of its most famous musicians – Seamus Grant. This year’s line-up includes renowned Glenfin fiddle player Paddy McMenamin, Northern Exposure, Mick Denieffe, Reel Trad and Rab Cherry.Born in 1934 in the townland of Gortnahinsion, in Clonmany, Seamus was the son of musicians Mary Ann Grant and Willie Grant.His parents’ love of music was passed on to him along with the teachings of his uncle, Willie Joe Grant, and neighbour ‘White’ Dan Doherty, who later became his father in law.Living through an era when traditional music was under threat from Rock, Pop and Country music, Seamus stayed true to his roots and continued to play old tunes and ceilis at weddings, parties and other local gatherings.He also passed on the tradition by teaching young people of the area. Chairman of the Seamus Grant Weekend organising committee, Pat McGonigle, said: “We are so excited to celebrate the 2017 Seamus Grant Weekend and have some really impressive musicians lined up for this year’s event, including Paddy McMenamin who is a self-taught fiddle player from the Glenfin Gaeltacht.“When we set up the weekend back in 2012, we did so to honour the great life and work of Seamus Grant and the annual weekend is a wonderful tribute to him. But now, six years, on the weekend has grown in success and popularity – more than we could have ever envisioned – and attracts musicians and concert-goers from all over Donegal, Ireland and even as far as America.“The weekend of events caters for all and we have a variety of activities taking place, including beginners’ music workshops, trad sessions and concerts. We hope to entice more people than ever to Clonmany this year for the event in the hope that we can pass on Seamus’ love and passion of traditional music.”The Seamus Grant Weekend starts on Friday (October 13) at 8.30pm in the Market House, Clonmany, with Paddy McMenamin in the company of Mick Denieffe. It will be followed by a pub session in the Square Bar and McFeely’s bar afterwards, at 10pm.A host of activities takes place on Saturday (October 14) including beginners’ music workshops, fiddle assessment clinics, a talk by Rab Cherry who is one of Ireland’s foremost fiddle makers and restorers as well as an exhibition by local schools. On Saturday evening a concert will be held at the Ballyliffin Hotel, at 8pm, with bluegrass band, Northern Exposure, supported by the best of our local musicians.On Sunday (October 15) an afternoon of music, song and dance in a traditional style and setting will take place at Glendowen, Meentagh Glen.Young musicians are set to perform in the Ballyliffin Hotel, at 4pm, and a trad session will take place at the Rusty Nail at 5.30pm before the weekend comes to a close at the Market House in Clonmany at 8pm for the farewell session.For more information visit www.SeamusGrantWeekend.comSeamus Grant (1934 – 2005) Seamus Grant was a talented and widely respected fiddle player from the townland of Gortnahinsion, in the parish of Clonmany.He passed on the tradition by teaching young people of the area and those who were privileged to have their first introduction t music from Seamus remember the man as much as the music – the dignity, the decency and the wisdom that cam as easily to him as the tunes.Paddy McMenaminPaddy is a self-taught fiddle player from the Glenfin Gaeltacht. He is a part-time farmer who would have heard the music from his father and mother, as well as from some of the many great fiddle players from around that area.Paddy launched a widely acclaimed first album last year titled ‘Paddy McMenamin and friends’.Northern ExposureBrendan Hendry and Jonny Toman were special guests to the 2016 Seamus Grant Weekend and are welcomed back this year to perform in concert as part of the well-known Bluegrass group ‘Northern Exposure’. They will be joined on stage by Jonny’s father Peter Toman and his uncle Patsy Toman.Bluegrass is a genre of music with close links to our Irish tradition and, although it is widely popular, we rarely get a chance to hear it played in these parts by such widely acclaimed performers.The sweet sound of the Seamus Grant Weekend hits Inishowen next week was last modified: October 8th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:clonmanydonegalInishowenMUSICSeamus Grantlast_img read more

first_imgHere’s news about wonders in the human body you may not know about.Body fireworks: Given that tonight fireworks will light up the skies around America for Independence Day, Live Science posted a timely and interesting infographic called “Fireworks and You.” It shows how the same elements that add color and sparkle to explosive light shows—potassium, calcium, lithium, copper and iron—perform numerous vital functions in our bodies. Most of the body is composed of just 4 elements: in decreasing abundance, they are oxygen, carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen. The others make up just 4%, but “without them, life would be impossible.” Maybe we should serenade these vital minerals with a passionate rendition of “You light up my life.”Polarized society: Here’s an amazing trick humans share with cuttlefish: the ability to detect polarized light. Science Daily shares this little-known secret:Animals, like bees and ants, use polarization patterns in the sky as a navigation aid. But few, even in the scientific community, are aware that humans can perceive the polarization of light with the naked eye too. We do so using ‘Haidinger’s brushes’, a subtle visual effect, which appears like a yellow bow tie at right angles to the polarization angle.The article explains how you can test this with your own eyes on the computer screen or outdoors: stare at a white screen or the sky and tilt your head back and forth. Look for the bow-tie-shaped “brushes” in your field of view that vanish rather quickly. That effect is due to polarization of the light source. (Some people are better at sensing this than others are.)Bladder protection: The lining of your bladder avoids infections by capturing germs in tiny balloons called vesicles, and sending them out with the urine. Read about how this works in Science Magazine. “This response is analogous to having indigestion and vomiting to rid the stomach of harmful substances,” Science Daily says. It sounds gross, but it’s less gross than a bladder infection; be glad it usually works.Immune discovery: A textbook-changing find was announced by Medical Xpress:In a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. That such vessels could have escaped detection when the lymphatic system has been so thoroughly mapped throughout the body is surprising on its own, but the true significance of the discovery lies in the effects it could have on the study and treatment of neurological diseases ranging from autism to Alzheimer’s disease to multiple sclerosis.Nature’s lubricant:  Your joints are well-greased by a substance called lubricin. How well does it work in normal joints? Medical Xpress lavishes on how it makes your body a “well-oiled machine” (and the word “machine” is used on purpose, since “in many ways it is not far from the truth”)—Chances are, you have not given much thought to your body’s lubrication. And in many ways, this is testament to just how effective it is at protecting against damage and wear. One reason that the sliding surfaces of the body are so resilient is because of a little known protein called lubricin which is nature’s most effective “grease”.This protein is not like artificial grease. It has feet!These adhesive feet attach themselves to virtually any surface, forming a loop in the central non-adhesive string. As more and more lubricin attaches to a surface, it self-assembles to form a dense, carpet-like layer of lubricating loops. This layer is known as a “polymer brush“, and it cushions surfaces where they contact, reducing friction as they slide.Noseprint: You may have a “smell fingerprint” unique to your nose, Science Daily reports. It’s hard to prove that any two individuals experience the same sensation with particular odors, but scientists can map the distribution of odorant receptors. What’s most interesting is the design of the olfactory system as stated in the first sentence: “Each of us has, in our nose, about six million smell receptors of around four hundred different types.”  Viewers of Illustra Media’s new film Living Waters can see a dramatic animation of how olfactory receptors work in the nose of a fish—the Pacific salmon. The system is so sensitive and accurate, it allows the fish to find its native birth stream after years at sea, thousands of miles away. Human noses work on much the same principle.Instant energy boost:  Ever face a “fight or flight” response? A grizzly bear chasing you, perhaps? The heart pounds faster, and you find yourself with superpowers you didn’t know about. Science Daily describes how this works. The mitochondria (power plants) in heart muscle increase the uptake of calcium ions. We’ve heard about adrenaline; here’s how it interacts with calcium and molecular machines:In the fight-or-flight response, the release of adrenaline activates numerous systems in the body to prepare for the perceived stress. A key aspect of this response is an increase in cardiac contractility. Adrenaline increases calcium cycling in the heart to drive contraction. That same calcium enters mitochondria through a channel known as the mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU).DNA damage alarm:  Science Daily also tells about a “novel DNA damage alarm” that was discovered by researchers at Erasmus MC. DNA breaks or loops that prevent transcription set off alarms, including a protein called ATM, that bring the repair crews to the damage site.Anybody need Darwin here? Anyone? He can’t be found; he’s off yonder tending to his persistent headaches and stomach aches.We just keep piling on the evidence of design. Some day, it may sink in with design deniers. Hey! That’s it. Since it’s so popular to call people denialists, let’s apply the label to those who deny intelligent design: Design Denialists! Actually, Paul had the idea first (Romans 1:18-22).(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest BeansThe Tuesday USDA report surprised many with an increase in world bean stocks, making levels the highest in history. With stocks to use rations also very high (third highest ever), conditions are not bullish and significant rallies are very unlikely.To put this into perspective, current U.S. stock levels are more than double levels in the last 10 years. In the last 26 years, stock levels were only higher two other years — 2005 and 2006 — the last time bean prices were under $7.The market seems poised for a long-term downward grind. South AmericaThe South American weather was ideal for corn and beans this year. Production estimates continue to increase. This news hits beans harder than corn because the South American crop is over 50% of the world’s bean production while its only 20% of corn. CornThe USDA report also showed a slight decline in feed usage and a slight increase in corn for ethanol usage. Corn stocks will be the highest on record since the mid-80s, with stocks to use rations the highest since before the 2007 ethanol mandate.For prices to increase long-term, yield reductions will be necessary. The reduction in planted corn acres could have an impact, but it would still require a reduction in yield. A five-bushel (or 3% below trend line yield) would certainly help drive futures levels higher. Unfortunately long term weather predictions currently do not favor this scenario. Still there is potential in corn, and any small weather scare may bump prices back up to $4. However, if yields exceed trend line again this year, $3 corn may be a concern long-term. Getting caught up in the headlinesWith the market not moving much over the last several months, headlines about relatively insignificant issues are ever present. Farmers can get so focused on these issues, that sometimes they miss the big picture and what really affects farm operation profits. Following are three big ones I’ve noticed. Fuel costsMany farmers are always concerned with their diesel inputs. While it’s important to be diligent about all input costs, fuel only represents 1% of a farmer’s overall budget. Let’s look at the numbers. Average farmers use a gallon per acre per field pass, or about three to six gallons per acre per year. Even if fuel prices adjusted a full $1 per gallon this coming year, the added expense is only around $5 per acre. This translates to 3 cents per bushel on corn or 10 cents on beans. The corn and bean market can move that amount in any given day. Realistically fuel fluctuations could be closer to maybe 50 cents per gallon and that would mean a change of only 1.5 cents for corn and 6 cents for beans on the bottom line. FertilizerFertilizer is probably the largest input cost for farmers that has significant cost adjustments. Similar to fuel costs though, even if prices increase or decrease by $100 per ton this year (a big swing), the cost would be about a $15 per acre swing. This equates to about 10 cents per bushel on corn’s breakeven point. Between the two, fertilizer is the bigger worry, but still relatively small in the grand scheme of things. Market prices can swing 10 cents in an active day for the corn futures. The realty of corn production globallyWeather-related events in other countries can also make big headlines. Recently, I read that South Africa will have a bumper crop this year and that they will increase exports. On the surface this seems like a bearish story; however, South Africa only produces 1% of the world’s corn. To put it into perspective, the state of Michigan produces the same amount of corn as South Africa. The market does not get overly concerned if Michigan is having a good year or not. This makes me want to look at the production of other countries in the world.Brazil is the third largest corn producer in the world — equal to corn production in Illinois and Indiana combined.The European Union (28 member countries) produces about 10% more corn than the entire state of Iowa.Ukraine and the other 12 countries of the Former Soviet Union produce about the same amount of corn as Nebraska and Minnesota combined.Argentina usually only produces a little more than Kansas and North Dakota combinedMexico’s production is equal to South Dakota.Canada and Ohio produce almost the same amount each year.Russia, the largest land mass country on the planet, raises no more corn than the state of Missouri each year.India, with the world’s second largest population, only accounts for the same amount of corn grown in Kentucky, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania combinedSo, what does matter when looking at the corn market?The United States (35%) and China (23%) account for 58% of the world’s corn production.If Iowa was its own country it would be the fourth largest producer of corn in the world.Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana, and South Dakota produce 25% of the world’s corn.Over 8 billion bushels of corn are in storage around the world, or nearly what China produces each year.About 25% of that stored world corn is sitting on farms probably unpriced in bins across the United States. What does have a big impact on farm profits? YieldWhen looking at the big picture, the number of bushels raised per acre has the biggest profit impact. Growing just one more bushel of corn per acre reduces costs by three cents/bushel (one bushel of soybeans reduces costs by nearly 20 cents per bushel). One bushel more in yield can cover a large fluctuation in fuel and has a big impact in fertilizer cost adjustments. WeatherLarge-scale weather issues in the U.S. or China will have a big impact on the market. And while isolated incidents around the world can cause price volatility, it is usually on a short-term basis. Savvy farmers will be ready to take advantage of those small rallies in their marketing plan as they become available. Developing a market strategy that includes market carry and basis planningAs I continue to explain, having a developed marketing plan that considers the farm operation’s goals and objectives and incorporates market carry and basis strategy should not only bring bigger profits to farm operations, but reduce risk.Bottom-line, rather than spending so much time obsessing over all those headlines, sit down and spend your time developing a more sophisticated marketing strategy. If this makes you nervous or you aren’t sure how to start, consider working with a seasoned grain marketer who can explain the more technical aspects in a way that you can both understand the process, and make you feel comfortable about what you are doing. Often there are choices available to farmers that they didn’t even realize. The potential profits available for farmers will likely out-weigh fuel or fertilizer input fluctuations. 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. 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