Should Tottenham have tried harder to sign him? (Video)

first_imgIn the summer transfer window, Tottenham were chasing a number of strikers in a bid to bolster the ranks up front.There were numerous bids for Saido Berahino and former Milan striker Alexandre Pato was also linked with a move to north London.It was even reported Spurs had launched an £8m bid for the latter, but after talking over his future with his agent, remained at Sao Paulo in his native Brazil, while West Brom did not budge in their valuation of Berahino.And Pato continued to show the goal scoring exploits that saw him interest Spurs with this fantastic goal in his side’s 3-0 win against Vasco de Gama on Wednesday night. Alexandre Pato scores a great goal for Sao Paulo against Vasco de Gama 1last_img

GORSE FIRES BREAK OUT IN WEST DONEGAL FOR FOURTH NIGHT IN SUCCESSION

first_imgGorse fires have broken out in West Donegal for the FOURTH night in succession tonight.The massive gorse fire near Crolly last night. Pic by Kei Patterson, Donegaldaily.comHigh winds are fanning fires in the Gaoth Dobhair and Gortahork area while there are also fires in the Falcarragh area in an area known as Derryreel and in Fahan.In Falcarragh the fire, which are coming under control, are burning beside the Coillte-owned forestry and Coillte officers are out with locals fighting the blaze. Fire crews from Dungloe and Gaoth Dobhair are battling the blazes in the West while Buncrana crews are out yet again in Inishowen.It comes after Acting Chief Fire officer Joe McTaggart revealed that there have been almost 60 fires since last Friday alone.There have been a total of 97 fires since April 1st last.And Mr McTaggart said he did NOT believe that all of the fires were started accidentally. He appealed for anyone who may be starting fires deliberately to stop and to think of people suffering genuine emergencies such as house fires.He also paid tribute to his officers who have been working around the clock for almost ten days.  GORSE FIRES BREAK OUT IN WEST DONEGAL FOR FOURTH NIGHT IN SUCCESSION was last modified: April 9th, 2013 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:fire officerFIRESJoe McTaggartWest Donegallast_img read more

Marketing in unusual times

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCWhile many farmers still doubt last month’s USDA numbers, the rest of the trade is going along with it. Export pace and ethanol grind are weakening, frost threats are declining, and 10-day forecasts are looking very good for the crops. At this point, a production surprise will be needed for a significant price rebound. Maybe a low ear weight will be identified in this week’s USDA report to give the market a boost?Reports from elevator managers throughout the Midwest say most farmers didn’t sell very much during the recent rally, because they expected prices to go even higher. So, I’m not alone in wishing I would have sold more, but hindsight is always 20/20. Following provides details on three trades I made in the last 4 months. I’ve included my thoughts and rationale when I placed the trade to show context, as well as final outcomes. Trade 1 — Sold straddleOn 4/23/19 when September corn was around $3.70, I sold an August $3.60 straddle (selling both a put and call) and bought a $3.40 put while collecting a net of 29 cents on the trade. This trade was placed on about 10% of my anticipated 2019 production. What does this mean?If Sep corn was $3.60 on 7/26/19, I could keep all 29 centsFor every penny corn was below $3.60 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.40For every penny higher than $3.60 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.89At $3.89 or higher I would have to make a corn sale at $3.60 against Sep futures, but I still keep the 29 cents, so it’s like selling $3.89.At $3.40 or lower I would collect 9 cents regardless of how low prices go but no sale is made. My trade thoughts and rationale when placing the straddle on 4/23/19This trade is most profitable in a sideways market, which I think is the most likely scenario given current market conditions and historical trends. Usually in a normal growing year, prices dip in late August. This straddle helps me gain some premium if the market stays sideways or goes lower, which I can use to help push a final sale to profitable levels down the road. If the market rallies, I’m happy selling 10% of my production at $3.89, because I’ll then “roll” the sale from September to December futures and likely pick up at least 12 to 15 cents in market carry; therefore, manufacturing a trade of at least $4 on Dec corn.Rolling a contract means moving a sale forward to capture marketing carry. I bought September futures back and immediately sold December futures. It didn’t matter what September or December futures were, only the SPREAD between the two months. My sale position remains the same. What happened?In the last 4 months, every possible market scenario happened. The market first went lower, then much higher, and finally it collapsed and settled into a sideways pattern. To say it’s been a roller-coaster ride is an understatement.At the end of July when futures were still above $4.20, I let the options execute to get a $3.60 short on September futures. With the 29-cent premium already collected on the trade, it’s like having a sale at $3.89 Sep futures. What did you do next?The trade above left me with a short September contract expiring at the end of August, I rolled it to December futures on 8/29/19 and collected 10 cents of market carry premium. This makes the sale really worth $3.99 against December futures with premiums included ($3.60 futures sale + 29 of options premium + 10 cents market carry “roll”). Trade 2 — Sold straddleOn 4/23/19 I did the exact same trade again, for all of the same reasons, except I sold a September straddle instead of August (like in trade 1) which expired on 8/23/19. What happened?On the last day that September options were trading, when September futures were about $3.59, I paid 2.5 cents to buy back both sides of the straddle and let the $3.40 put expire worthless. I was left with 26.5 cents of premium profit, but no additional sale was made.I bought back both sides of the straddle on the last day the options were trading. The reason was I didn’t want to let the short put option position execute because that would make me buy futures, and at this point I’m not sure which directions prices can go. I bought the calls backs as well because I thought there was a chance for prices to rally in the future and it would allow me to look for another straddle position to trade in the future. Trade 3 — Bought callsOn 5/28/19 September corn was $4.30, and it seemed likely there would be record widespread planting delays and significant prevent plant acres. Through other trades I already had in place, if the market rallied, 50% of my crop would be sold at $4. However, I wanted to participate if the market continued to go much higher. So, I purchased a $5.50 September call for 6 cents on about 25% of my anticipated 2019 production.I’m usually against buying calls because the market has to rally substantially to offset/justify the price of the call and the market carry. However, the market was experiencing something never seen before, which meant I needed to consider alternative grain marketing strategies and solutions. I knew I wanted to take advantage of a potential rally, but I didn’t want to “put all my eggs in one basket.” To minimize potential loss from buying a call, and having the market never rally further, I selected a higher price point ($5.50) and lower call cost (6 cents).Buying these calls was basically an insurance policy if the extreme happened and the market rallied significantly higher. What happened?The calls expired worthless on 8/23/19. The costs of the calls, were about 1.5 cents across all of my 2019 production, which reduced my profits from Trade 2 (about 2.6 cents of profit from my 2019 production) by about 60%, but I’m still ahead. With all three trades combined, I have 10% of my production sold at $4 against December futures. Considering December corn is at $3.55 today I should probably feel better about these trades now. My 2019 corn positionToday I have 45% of my anticipated 2019 production sold with an average price of $3.95 futures. I also have 20% of my 2020 corn sold at $4.14 average futures price.There has never been a year like this, and harvest hasn’t even started. In June, many thought for the first time the U.S. wouldn’t produce enough corn to meet demand. However, in hindsight, the market focused so heavily on how the widespread planting delays would affect supply, it didn’t examine how price would impact demand.Questions about acres still linger, but are fading by many market participants. The widespread good weather conditions through August and now September mean a surprise from an upcoming USDA report is likely necessary for a significant rally. Please email jon@superiorfeed.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. 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.last_img read more

In Praise of the CRM

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now The CRM doesn’t get near the respect it deserves. Far too many salespeople believe that the only purpose it serves is to act as Big Brother, watching their even move, monitoring what they are doing—and more often, what they are not doing (as a quick aside, if you have low activity and poor results, no one needs a CRM to know this is true). An equal number of sales managers believe that the CRM’s primary purpose is to provide an accurate forecast (there is a certain truth here, but another truth is that sales managers describe their approach as data-driven and spend more time behind a dashboard—far away from the Ground Truth).Before the CRM, contacts were kept in a Rolodex, a horrible place to keep your contacts, but better than almost any alternative. If you were sophisticated, you kept business cards in a leather binder, in alphabetical order, of course. Deals were kept on index cards, in binders, or in a spreadsheet. You had information in different places, with different data about individuals in different places. You had business cards in one place, your personal phone book in another, deals in yet another, and notes all over the place (on index cards, napkins, the clean side of a paper with printing on the other, or on a business card). If you had any insight or a new article about the company or a person, it went in to a manila folder, separate from everything else.The CRM is not Big Brother, and though there are sales managers who want to use it to ensure their salespeople are doing the work of selling. Its primary role is not to allow for an accurate forecast, even though that may be a benefit that accrues to those who use their CRM well. The primary role of a CRM is to manage your relationships with your clients and your prospects, creating a record of everything note-worthy, including the opportunities you pursue with them.If you were to leave your company today and take only one thing with you, it would be a copy of all your contacts. You would want their phone numbers, their email addresses, and the record of your communication. If you had to start over, you’d want to start over with the relationships you have built. You want the knowledge and insight you gathered over the course of years.As a thought experiment, let’s pretend that someone accidentally deleted all of the opportunities in your CRM. Everything was lost, including the opportunities themselves, and every note on every client meeting, as well as every document and communication ever shared between you and the people you were working with or whose business you were pursuing. You are now left with only what you remember about each opportunity.If you want to learn to love your CRM, you need to be as selfish as possible when using it. You need to treat it as the record of your relationships and a place for you to store all the knowledge you have gained someplace better than your memory, which is limited and increasingly unreliable over time. By making your CRM your outboard brain, you relieve your mind of having to remember everything you need to know to compete and win and serve your clients, freeing your mind up for more important and more creative work.The CRM is a powerful tool in the hands of those who use it well—and selfishly.last_img read more

‘Jobless growth, urban chaos have made youth restless’

first_imgThe “jobless growth” has slipped into “job-loss growth”, which, together with rural indebtedness and urban chaos, has made the growing number of aspirational youths restless, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Sunday, as he hit out at the government for failing to uplift the economy to its potential.Dr. Singh asserted that the domestic challenges of India’s economy were daunting in their complexity and devastating in their impact on society.In his convocation address at the Delhi School of Management, Dr. Singh said the “grave agrarian crisis, the declining employment opportunities, the pervasive environmental degradation, and above all the divisive forces at work” were some of the challenges facing the nation.“Suicides of farmers and frequent farmer agitations reflect the structural imbalances in our economy which call for serious in-depth analysis and political will to address them,” he asserted. “The jobless growth slipping into job-loss growth, together with rural indebtedness and urban chaos have made the growing aspirational youths restless,” he said.‘Disastrous, slipshod’ The attempts at creating additional job opportunities in the industrial sector have failed as industrial growth was not picking up fast enough, he alleged. In a scathing attack on the government, Dr. Singh said the small and unorganised sectors which were vibrant and contributing to generation of wealth and employment opportunities have grievously suffered in the wake of the “disastrous” demonetisation and “slipshod” introduction and implementation of the GST.last_img read more

Photo of the day: Deepika Padukone and Donnie Yen on XXX The Return Of Xander Cage sets will make your day

first_imgDeepika Padukone is busy shooting for her Hollywood debut film, XXX The Return Of The Xander Cage. Quite a number of times, the Indian diva has shared photos on social media from the sets of the film. The recent picture which is doing rounds on the internet is with actor Donnie Yen, who plays the character of Xiang in the XXX 3.ALSO READ: XXX The Return Of Xander Cage – This photo of Ruby Rose and Deepika Padukone is too hot to handleALSO READ: Deepika in XXX The Return Of Xander Cage – Ruby Rose CANNOT stop gushing about Padukone Donnie Yen has been replaced Jet Li in the film, when the latter dropped out of the project due to unknown reasons. The Ip Man star Donnie Yen can be seen clicking a selfie with Deepika Padukone in the image.Ruby Rose, who plays Adele Wolff in XXX sequel, also shared an image with her co-star Vin Diesel. The Orange Is The New Black actor shared the image with a captioned the image, “Laughs on set.” Laughs on set pic.twitter.com/r3teO82YKY Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) March 15, 2016 In the photo, Ruby Rose is wearing military green-coloured jumpsuit, whereas Vin Diesel is sporting a black shroud. The two actors can be seen hugging each other in the image.The film, produced by Revolution Studios, Roth Kirschenbaum Films and Diesel’s One Race Film, is being directed by DJ Caruso (I Am Number Four). The script of the film is written by Chad St John, with revisions by F Scott Frazier.advertisementDiesel starred in the original 2002 XXX, directed by Rob Cohen, as underground sports star Xander Cage, who was blackmailed by the US government to take down a gang of international terrorists.The third film follows Diesel’s character as he comes out of self-imposed exile to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box.XXX The Return Of Xander Cage is slated to release on January 20, 2017.last_img read more

Tsitsipas Says He Wants to Play for the Greek Tennis Team (Vid)

first_imgATHENS – President of Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos on Wednesday received Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas, who was accompanied by his parents, following his return to Greece after his victory at the ATP’s NextGen masters that was held in Milan.Speaking to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency, Tsitsipas ranked 15 in ATP’s list and put an end to the issue of whether he will compete with the Greek national team. “I want to play for the national team in the Davis Cup because I want to take part in the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” said 20-year-old Tsitsipas, adding: “I want to represent my country. I want to go to the Olympic Games, it is one of my goals.”President of Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos receives Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas, Wed Nov 14, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Mihalis Karagiannis)President of Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos receives Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas, Wed Nov 14, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Mihalis Karagiannis)TweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

Revolution Hire 5-Time MLS Cup Champ Bruce Arena As Coach

first_imgFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Revolution are turning to one of the most decorated coaches in Major League Soccer to help revive a season and a franchise.Bruce Arena, a five-time MLS Cup winner and former U.S. national coach, was hired Tuesday as the Revolution’s coach and sports director.He succeeds Brad Friedel, who was fired as coach last week, and Michael Burns, the general manager who was dismissed Monday. New England is 3-8-2 and is last in the Eastern Conference.“Boston is a great sports town with a history of championship teams,” Arena said in a statement. “And I am looking forward to working with the staff and players to make the Revolution a club that our supporters can be proud of and that can be part of the tradition of success in New England.”The 67-year-old Arena, the eighth coach in club history, will be introduced at a news conference Thursday.“Bruce is one of the most successful coaches in American soccer history, and we feel his commitment to excellence, track record of winning championships in Major League Soccer, as well as his success at the international level, makes him the best person to bring the Revolution back to MLS Cup contention,” team owner Robert Kraft said in a statement.You’ve been tweeting. We’ve been reading. #NERevshttps://t.co/5AYszp9Q49— Major League Soccer (@MLS) May 14, 2019The Revolution have never won an MLS Cup but have been to the finals five times. The last was in 2014 when they lost to the L.A. Galaxy team coached by Arena.Revolution President Brian Bilello said Arena shares the club’s vision.“We believe that now is the time for a change in leadership and there is no one better suited to usher in a new era of success in New England,” Bilello said in a statement.Arena brings a wealth of both domestic and international coaching experience to the job.He has coached 14 seasons in Major League Soccer, with a record of 202-121-89 with the New York Red Bulls, D.C. United and L.A. Galaxy. He won titles with D.C. United in 1996 and 1997 and with the Galaxy in 2011, 2012 and 2014.He has had two stints as U.S. national coach and holds the record for victories with 81. Arena also won five NCAA Division I championships over 18 seasons at Virginia.By: Kyle Hightower, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Dabangg 3: Salman Khan gears up to shoot intense courtroom scenes

first_imgSalman Khan’s next, Dabangg 3, will have extensive courtroom scenes for which the actor will shoot for around 15 days. The scenes will be shot in Mumbai’s Film City.After around a month shoot in Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh in April, the Dabangg 3 team has been shooting the film in Mumbai. It will now be shot at three different locations in Mumbai’s Film City.A source close to the development told Deccan Chronicle, “There are locations like the courtroom, and locations outside the court as well where scenes are to be filmed. This is the first time that any film in the Dabangg series will have extensive courtroom scenes; Salman is slated to shoot for half a month at these locations.”After wrapping up the Mumbai shoot, the Bharat actor will flew to Abu Dhabi and one more place to shoot for three songs with Sonakshi Sinha. The source said, “Salman will wrap up the songs and will then move on to shoot for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film. His company has a good deal from Abu Dhabi, and he prefers shooting there as he gets huge subsidies when he shoots for his film productions there. He virtually does not spend a penny when shooting in UAE.”The film also has flashback scenes in which Salman Khan will be shown as young Chulbul Pandey before joining the Police. The actor had to lose 7 kg to portray the character. A source close to the development had told an entertainment website, “He has to prepare for the next schedule of Dabangg 3. He has always maintained a certain level of fitness but for the third schedule, which goes on floors in July, Salman will be sporting a much sharper and chiselled look.”advertisementDabangg 3 is being directed by Prabhudheva and will hit the screens on December 20 this year. It also stars Sonakshi Sinha, Mahesh Manjrekar’s daughter Ashwami Manjrekar and Kichcha Sudeep, among others.ALSO READ | Salman Khan to lose 7kg for Dabangg 3 flashback scenesALSO READ | Salman Khan and Aamir Khan are in Andaz Apna Apna sequel, confirms writer Dilip ShuklaALSO READ | Salman Khan: I want children, but I don’t want the motherALSO WATCH | A look at Salman Khan’s controversial lifelast_img read more

The Legendary Beer Pools of Starkenberger Castle

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 12 Most Over-the-Top Hotel Pools for Extravagant Views 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic Every guy has fantasized about diving headfirst into a pool of beer, and thanks to the good folks at Starkenberger Castle in Austria, you can finally make that dream a reality.Deep in the bowels of the castle you’ll find seven 13-foot pools, each filled with somewhere around 42,000 pints of warm, yeasty, swim-ready lager. Obviously you wouldn’t want to drink this stuff and risk getting some blonde Austrian pubes in your teeth, but apparently soaking it up in your skin has its own set of benefits. Rich in vitamins and calcium, Starkenberger Castle claims that immersing yourself in beer is good for the skin, and also helps cure open wounds and psoriasis.The pools started back in 2005 after the fermentation cellars of the 700-year-old castle were no longer needed, so rather than turning the space into some chintzy gift shop or themed restaurant, the Castle’s keepers opted to transform the space into a unique type of beer spa. You’ll need to make reservations in advance to take a dip, but for $298 a pool (and an additional $6.50/ person) you can bathe in brew for up to two hours. Your two hours also comes with beer crackers and one bottle of cold, non-swimmed-in bottle of suds. If one isn’t enough to quench your thirst, you can always order another round and have it delivered to you poolside.Find out more on Starkenberger Castle’s website. How to Get Rid of Cigar Breath, Smell, and Smoke The Curtain London is Shoreditch and the East End’s Hottest Hotel The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know Aboutlast_img read more