Lewis, a safety from Philadelphia, will become an immediate starter in the 49ers’ inconsistent defensive secondary alongside Clements, coach Mike Nolan said. Fletcher agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract with the Redskins, capping another busy day of free agency for one of the NFL’s top-spending teams. The agreement, which includes a $10.5 million signing bonus, came as Fletcher and cornerback Fred Smoot were treated to a Washington Wizards game, part of a courtship by a Redskins team that went 5-11 and needs to repair the worst defense in the NFC. The Indianapolis Colts also made some big moves, releasing receiver Brandon Stokley and defensive tackle Montae Reagor – two players who until they were hurt were integral parts of the team that won the Super Bowl. Stokley ruptured his right Achilles’ tendon in December and Reagor incurred facial injuries in an auto accident on the way to a game. The Colts also face the loss of other key players from their championship team, including cornerback Nick Harper and running back Dominic Rhodes, who rushed for 113 yards in the Super Bowl. Rhodes reportedly spent Friday visiting the New York Giants, who are seeking a veteran to pair with Brandon Jacobs as they try to replace the retired Tiki Barber. The San Francisco 49ers were the team that made the biggest news later in the day, signing cornerback Nate Clements to what’s believed to be one of the richest contracts for a defensive back in NFL history. They also signed former Philadelphia safety Michael Lewis. Clements agreed to an eight-year, $80 million contract, topping Champ Bailey’s seven-year, $63 million deal with Denver in 2004. The six-year veteran was considered one of the top prizes in free agency, and the 49ers rewarded him accordingly. The Washington Redskins were aggressive on the first day of free agency Friday, wooing and then signing London Fletcher to fill a big spot at middle linebacker. As they’ve done in past years, Daniel Snyder and his underlings seemed ready to make a big early splash, albeit in a market in which teams have cash to spend but few – if any – impact players on which to spend it. Another running back officially came on the market when New England released 32-year-old Corey Dillon at the same time they were re-signing fullback Heath Evans. Denver’s Jake Plummer was reportedly on the way to Tampa Bay for a fourth-round draft pick. But the NFL Network and other media outlets reported that he had decided to retire rather than accept the trade. Another QB, Jeff Garcia, was contacted by the Oakland Raiders, who would like him to return to the Bay Area, where he grew up and played with San Francisco. He also could be courted by Tampa Bay and Minnesota. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SANTA MONICA – A judge ordered the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department on Friday to set a date to auction the rights to O.J. Simpson’s book, “If I Did It.” The book, in which Simpson explains how he might have committed the killings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, is the subject of a legal battle between the former NFL star and Goldman’s family. Initially planned to be published by HarperCollins, a division of News Corp., the book and companion TV interview were never released amid public outrage. Goldman’s family has been trying to collect a $33.5 million civil judgment from Simpson in a decade-old wrongful-death lawsuit. Earlier this month, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ordered the book rights to be auctioned off with proceeds from the auction and any subsequent book profits turned over to Goldman’s family. Judge Gerald Rosenberg also ruled that the rights of Lorraine Brooke Associates, a Florida-based company that struck the book deal with HarperCollins, be included in the auction. The judge ordered that the auction be held by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department since HarperCollins’ California offices are located there. But after his March 13 ruling, the Sheriff’s Department raised concerns over whether it had jurisdiction over Lorraine Brooke since the company was in Florida. Rosenberg ruled Friday that he considered the company a Simpson “surrogate” and ordered the Sheriff’s Department to set a date as soon as possible for auction.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Blake was wack. LaKisha couldn’t sell the love. Jordan, well… painful. That’s what our judges thought of Tuesday’s American Idol auditions. What about you? Share your thoughts at Idol Chatter, our American Idol blog. VIDEO: NBA players audition for Idol
A spirited Gor Mahia, playing under a hostile environment, pressed hosts Esperence to their edge despite conceding a goal in the 20th minute, but thanks to the solid defence of the home team coupled by time wasting, they denied the Kenyan champions an away goal that could have seen them write history by proceeding to the Group Stages for the first time in over two decades.Unlike the last time when Gor played in the same Stade Olympique de Radès pitch where they lost 5-0, it was a much improved K’Ogalo that played this time, showing composure and defending well.Esperance took the lead after the Gor midfield failed to thwart a build-up from the hosts that gave Anis Badri an opportunity to smash the ball past K’Ogalo shot-stopper Boniface Oluoch.The result saw K’Ogalo relegated to the CAF Confederation Cup where they will know their opponents for the play-off round when the draw will be conducted March 21.Gor Mahia will now turn attention to the Kenyan Premier League where they seek to defend the title.They are currently leading the log on 16 points and with a match at hand.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia players jostle for space with Esperance during their CAF Champions League first leg First Round. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – Hard fighting Gor Mahia bowed out of the CAF Champions League after going down 1-0 on aggregate to Esperance of Tunisia in the first round.Esperance won 1-0 in the return leg played in Tunis on Sunday after the first leg ended in a 0-0 draw hosted at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos 10 days ago.
THE Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny is the place to be this Sunday for the SPANISH-HUNGARIAN Piano Trio concerts – the Szabó-Yélamo String Duo with Alberto Martín Díaz, piano.Playing music by Turina, Bartók, De Falla and Haydn, the show begins at 3pm sharp.Alberto Martín Díaz is an award-winning Spanish pianist. The Szabó-Yélamo String Duo was founded in 2006. The wife and husband duo is comprised of the Hungarian violinist Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo and the Spanish cellist Víctor Yélamo.Both are professional musicians and principal members of the Spanish String Orchestra Concerto Málaga, and are extensively involved in music education across the Northwest of Ireland. They play instruments made by Károly Péteri and bows by Paolo Pamiro.Alberto Martín Díaz, Vélez-Málaga (Spain), has won the “City of Albacete”, “Manuel de Falla”- JJMM Granada and Musical Foundation of Malaga prizes, as well as the Conservatorio of Málaga special prize. He studied in Málaga’s Conservatorio of Music, in the Queen Sofia School of Music Madrid and the Franz List Academy Budapest. His teachers include Galina Eguiazarova and András Kelemen. Alberto appears regularly as piano accompanist, soloist and chamber musician all across Spain, playing in venues such as Cervantes Theatre (Málaga), Palace of Marqués de Salamanca and the Auditorium Sony (Madrid). Currently he works in the Conservatorio Fortea in Madrid.Presented by the Donegal Chamber Music Society in association with the Regional Cultural Centre. SPANISH-HUNGARIAN CLASSICAL MUSICAL TREAT AT RCC THIS SUNDAY was last modified: October 13th, 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:SPANISH-HUNGARIAN MUSICAL TREAT AT RCC THIS SUNDAY
Following requests from Donegal GAA fans worldwide, the GAA in the county today launched an online chance to buy one of its All Ireland winning calendars.Featuring superb pictures of Donegal’s run to the Sam Maguire, the calendar is also available at newsagents around Donegal for €9.99.It is also available at official Donegal GAA sponsors Evolve Menswear and Brian McCormick Sports. Grace Boyle from the County Board told us: “They are proving very popular stocking fillers.“We’ve had requests from abroad as well from all four corners of the globe so it can now be bought on the county website using PayPal.”Click on this link to buy one:http://www.donegalgaa.ie/news/205029/l_o_l_l_d_o_l_o THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR LOVED ONES ABROAD – DONEGAL GAA CALENDAR ON SALE ONLINE was last modified: December 4th, 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:THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR LOVED ONE ABROAD – DONEGAL GAA CALENDAR ON SALE ONLINE
Nomonde Mda, head of Nompumelelo HighSchool in Duncan Village, is surroundedby Dutch teachers from Leiden, part ofan information exchange programme thatsaw the Dutch visitors accompanyingtheir South African counterparts on visitsto the poorer schools of Buffalo City.(Image: Shamin Chibba)MEDIA CONTACTS • Samkelo NgwenyaCommunications officer, Buffalo City+27 82 653 3593 or +27 43 705 1749RELATED ARTICLES• South Africa, Brazil cement ties• Teacher laptops to enhance education• SA, Angola strengthen ties• SA, China trade ties to strengthenShamin ChibbaRelationships between cities can be complex affairs, but Buffalo City Municipality (BCM) in the Eastern Cape seems to have handled its bond with the Dutch city of Leiden with consummate ease.Representatives from both cities were present at the BCM mayoral office towards the end of 2010 to sign an agreement that would extend their relationship another five years, taking it to an accumulated 17 years in partnership.Underlining this relationship is the law of give and take and this was emphasised by the deputy mayor of Leiden, Frank de Wit, who was one of the signatories. Even though the Dutch have been assisting BCM with major developmental projects over the past 12 years, he believes the relationship has been mutually beneficial.“We have gained inspiration and education from this city. With the student exchange, Leiden students have been able to grow.”De Wit stressed the need for both cities to continue learning through this bond. “One of the goals is to learn from each other’s cultures. We must listen to each other.”He stated that the objectives for the next five years would not change.“This renewal is an extension of the memorandum of understanding. We are going to start new projects but it is up to Buffalo City to decide which challenges to address,” said De Wit.He noted that with the new Dutch government in place, relations with developing countries could become less intensive. However, Leiden’s involvement with Buffalo City would not dissipate.“The Dutch government is not in favour of supporting developing countries, but we cannot leave it.”The local chairperson of the Leiden platform, Dinesh Vallabh, was excited about the agreement, since it would continue to uplift the underprivileged.“These projects are helping the poorest of the poor in the city. This is service delivery at its best,” he said.BCM’s acting municipal manager, Andile Fani, also signed the agreement. He was optimistic about having Leiden on the city’s side during the 2011 transformation from a municipality into a metropolitan area.“I am looking forward to this initiative. Seeing that Buffalo City Municipality is going to be a metro this will go a long way.”Developmental projects in Buffalo CityLeiden’s involvement with South Africa began in the 1970s when the city, along with the Dutch capital of Amsterdam, campaigned for the abolishment of apartheid. When the system was finally scrapped, each Dutch city was told to form relationships with municipalities here. Leiden was paired with Buffalo City and began relations in 1998.Twelve years later, Leiden’s bond with the city has deepened. In 2010 alone, Leiden has assisted the municipality with major development projects involving student exchange programmes, HIV/Aids, storm water drainage and solid waste management.It started in June when Leiden officials contributed to the transformation of a dangerous floodplain, which killed six people in 2002 in the township of Duncan Village, into a habitable area for its residences. They donated R1-million (US$146 000) to the cause.Acting Mayor Sizwe Dikimolo said changes were evident in the township and that further improvements could be made if residents cooperated with the municipality.The Dutch continued their work when, in August, a group of Leiden learners, part of the Keys for Kids programme, converted a shed into a girls’ unit at House on the Rock, a childcare centre.The project is an educational three-week excursion that brings a number of Dutch adolescents each year to partake in various developmental activities in the country, and learn about South African culture at the same time.In October, 14 educators from various institutes in Leiden visited the city in an information exchange programme. Dutch teachers were paired with their South African counterparts and spent one week visiting poorer schools in Buffalo City. They learned about the techniques local educators employ when managing classrooms of over 50 learners, something that is unheard of in the Netherlands.Vallabh believed that for some learners it would have been the first time they met a foreign national, and this would help expand their horizons.“Our learners need to know of the world around them. They need to be shown a new way of life, which is an education in itself,” he said.The educators who attended the programme had to pay their own air fares. “It just shows they want to add value to this trip,” added Vallabh.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCThe biggest news of last week was when Agriculture Secretary Perdue announced that China agreed to buy 10 million metric tons (about 400 million bushels) of beans Friday afternoon from the Oval office after the markets closed. Earlier in the week President Trump said China would also buy more corn too. While both statements seem positive, the market has already heard rumors and predictions before, only to be let down by smaller numbers due to a variety of reasons. It will take follow through and actual purchases to get the market excited.March corn closed again for the 13th straight Friday within the tight trading range of $3.74 to $3.85. Market actionWith corn trading within a very tight range the last 3 months, including straddle trades in my grain marketing plan was a good decision for my farm operation. Since late November, I placed three straddle trades that all expired on Friday that helped me generate 13.5 cents of profit on 30% of my corn production. Details of each trade are shown below. Straddle trade 1On 11/19/18 when March corn was around $3.75, I sold a March $3.80 straddle (selling both a put and call) and collected just over 23 cents total on 10% of my 2018 productionWhat does this mean?If March corn is $3.80 on 2/22/19, I keep all of the 23 centsFor every penny corn is below $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.57.For every penny higher than $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $4.03At $4.03 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $3.80 against March futures, but I still get to keep the 23 cents, so it’s like selling $4.03At $3.57 or lower I have to take a loss on this trade penny for penny below $3.57. My trade thoughts and rationale when placing the trade on 11/19/18This trade is most profitable in a sideways market, which I think is the most likely scenario right now. March futures have not exceeded $3.95 since Mid-August, so I would be happy if prices rallied and I was forced to make a sale above $4. Historically the market doesn’t trade lower in late February than the previous November, so I think a big price drop is really unlikely. If the market stays sideways, I collect more money than doing nothing, or even making a sale today. What happened?With futures around $3.77 on Friday, I bought back the put portion of the straddle for 4 cents after commissions. The call option expired worthless, so I made a net profit of 19 cents on this trade that I will add to a later sale. Straddle trade 2On 12/17/18 when March corn was around $3.85, I sold a March $3.80 straddle (selling both a put and call) and collected just over 19 cents total on 10% of my 2018 production.What Does This Mean?If March corn is $3.80 on 2/22/19, I keep all of the 19 centsFor every penny corn is below $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.61.For every penny higher than $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.99At $3.99 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $3.80 against March futures, but I still get to keep the 19 cents, so it’s like selling $3.99At $3.61 or lower I have to take a loss on this trade penny for penny below $3.61. My Trade Thoughts and rationale when placing the trade on 12/17/18This trade is most profitable in a sideways market, which I think is the most likely scenario right now. If corn rallies, I’ll be happy selling for $3.99. On the flip side, I think downside risk is minimal. End users recently have been buyers below $3.75. Usually once harvest is over and grain is stored, there is a modest price recovery in the first part of the year. What happened?Similar to the trade above, I bought back the put on Friday for 4 cents, leaving me with a 15-cent profit that I’ll add to a later trade. Again, I’m ahead using this trade strategy over almost any other trading scenario during this time period. Saddle trade 3 On 1/25/19 when March corn was around $3.79, I sold a March $3.80 straddle (selling both a put and call) and collected just over 12 cents total on 10% of my 2018 production.What does this mean?If March corn is $3.80 on 2/22/19, I keep all of the 12 centsFor every penny corn is below $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.68.For every penny higher than $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.92At $3.92 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $3.80 against March futures, but I still get to keep the 12 cents, so it’s like selling $3.92At $3.68 or lower I have to take a loss on this trade penny for penny below $3.68. My trade thoughts and rationale when placing the trade on 1/25/19This trade is again most profitable in a sideways market. If the market is range-bound another 4 weeks, I’ll profit similar to the trades above. If the market rallies, I’d be happy to sell at $3.92. The market has rarely dipped below $3.70 in the last 3 months, so I think a significantly price drop is unlikely before the options expire. If the market continues the $3.75-$3.85 range for closes on a Friday, I’ll make at least 7 cents on this trade. What happened?Just like the 2 trades above I bought the puts back for 4 cents and was left with an 8-cent profit I can add to a later trade. This trade too turned out to be the most profitable scenario I could have made in the last 30 days for my position. Final thoughtsLike all farmers, I wish that corn would rally significantly, so I could sell my corn at higher, more-profitable levels. But I don’t know when that’s going to happen again, and I can’t just sit around waiting and hoping. I have corn to sell. In the meantime, I’m happy collecting this added premium detailed above, so that I can try and manufacture profitable prices for my corn. During this long-term sideways market, it brings me peace of mind having trades in place that generate profit, if the market goes nowhere, while I wait for some significant market movement. Please email email@example.com with any questions or to learn more. 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. 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Those of us following the regional progress of weatherization funding might have consulted the Alliance to Save Energy’s website for guidance on how Weatherization Assistance Program grants were being allocated.But the ASE, a coalition of business, government, environmental, and consumer groups that promote energy efficiency, has also been busier than all get-out helping to muster support for what will probably be the most potent force for green construction and its environmental benefits: strong building codes.ASE is one of the cofounders of the Building Energy Efficient Codes Network, whose launch was announced on Tuesday. Included among BEECN’s core membership are Jim Rogers, chairman, president, and CEO of Duke Energy and co-chair of the Alliance Board of Directors; Faren Dancer, owner of homebuilding firm Sundancer Creations and president of the Santa Fe Builders Association; Marty Durbin, vice president of federal affairs for the American Chemistry Council; David Terry, executive director of the National Association of State Energy Officials; and Wesley Warren, director of programs for the Natural Resources Defense Council.Basically, BEECN is lobbying for national legislation that would require a series of energy-efficiency improvements over 2006 International Energy Conservation Code: a 30% increase in energy efficiency for all new residential and commercial buildings starting in 2010, a 50% increase by 2014, and a net-zero-energy standard by 2030.Advocacy and resourcesThe group says the legislation also should allow code bodies, states, and localities the first opportunity to propose and adopt codes that meet or exceed the minimum requirements, and should provide states and localities with resources to implement, administer, and enforce the code. No surprise that BEECN favors the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454, and its substitute amendment H.R. 2998), which recently passed the House, as strongly as the National Association of Home Builders and the National Association of Realtors oppose it on the grounds that, as the NAHB puts it, it moves toward tougher code requirements “too far, too fast.”The reality is, though, building code requirements are all over the map, 14 states don’t even have statewide minimum requirements for residential construction, and, in areas where inspection departments are understaffed, energy-efficiency code requirements often take a backseat to safety requirements.BEECN’s plan to push for a federal energy code that will serve as a “backstop” if states do not meet code targets on their own is probably a good idea. And the timing is right.