Iconic Moment Becomes Perfect Rose Bowl Tribute to a Group of Women Champions

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Community News City fathers and mothers, fans, and members of the 1999 U.S. Women’s World Cup Championship team, gathered at the Rose Bowl Wednesday, 20 years to the day of the crowning, with the unveiling of a commemorative statue.July 10, 1999, was a date the world awoke to the excitement of women’s soccer, when the U.S. defeated China in a penalty kick shootout after a game for the ages ended in a tie. The drama transpired in front of 90,000-plus people; the largest audience to ever view women’s soccer in the U.S.“The City of Pasadena recognizes the importance of the Rose Bowl, not just in the history of Pasadena, but in the history of sports and entertainment,” said Councilwoman Margaret McAustin, kicking things off. “So many iconic moments in sports and entertainment have happened here at America’s Stadium.”“And the event we celebrate here today is at the top of the list.”Taking a moment to recognize the new queens of world soccer, the 2019 U.S. Women’s National Team, McAustin suggested the latest victory would not have been possible were it not for the 1999 win.“The impact of the victory, to sports and to women, cannot be overstated,” said McAustin.The event was emceed by Ann Myers Drysdale, who is in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, is an award-winning broadcaster, vice president of the Phoenix Mercury and Phoenix Suns, and wife of late Los Angeles Dodgers legend, Don Drysdale.Myers Drysdale highlighted the fact that, a long history notwithstanding, the statue being dedicated is only the second monument at the Rose Bowl. The other is the only football statue of race-barrier buster Jackie Robinson, which was dedicated in Nov. 2017.“And now we have another first, the first women’s soccer statue here at America’s stadium,” she remarked.Marla Messinger, who led the 1999 U.S. Women’s World Cup Organizing Committee, told the gathering that, “Those women redefined what it meant to be a female athlete. They were educated, articulate, beautiful and as unafraid to be as tough and competitive on the field as they were collegial and engaging off the field.”The star of the show was Brandi Chastain, who scored the winning goal in the shootout. Now a middle-aged mom, with kids in tow, she shared memories of the game, highlighted isolated moments that serve as lessons for young athletes, and generally brought the whole event to life with her vivid recollections.“Being part of the 1999 team meant being challenged everyday to be better,” she recalled. “We weren’t asked for that from our coaches. We asked it of each other and I feel that that type of commitment is what made us as strong as we possibly could have been. We bent sometimes, but we never broke.”She was asked to express the meaning of the statue: “I don’t really know,” Chastain responded. “Just like in 1999, when I stepped up to take that penalty kick. I didn’t know what that day would mean and what the celebration would mean, because I had no idea it was about to happen.”She looked forward, Chastain said, to returning in the coming years with children, family and friends “to celebrate a second monument here at the Rose Bowl.”Chastain was joined at the podium by 1999 team members Lorrie Fair and Saskia Webber with whom she shared the duty of reading off the names of the legendary squad’s members. Anthony DiCicco, son of coach Tony DiCicco who died in 2017, rose to call out his father’s name.Chastain made waves around the world when she took off her top to reveal a sports bra after scoring the goal. “What was I thinking? Insanity,” she explained. “You can’t possibly understand what a childhood dream means until you actually live it.”The statue itself, designed by artist Brian Hanlon, features Chastain, post-goal, in her iconic kneeling position, jersey clutched in two hands. In relief behind her, are teammates and a fraction of the multitude that came to witness history. Every player’s name is etched on the reverse side. Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Judges like House court funding plan

first_imgJudges like House court funding plan Judges like House court funding plan Associate EditorThe House plan to shift funding of the courts from counties to the state passed unanimously out of both the Select Committee on Article V and the Subcommittee on Judicial Appropriations, leaving judges feeling upbeat for a change.“We are pleased with the bill overall. That does not mean we do not have a few small things that we think need some tweaking,” Sixth Judicial Circuit Judge Susan Schaeffer, chair of the Supreme Court’s Trial Court Budget Commission, told the committee’s chair, Rep. Holly Benson, R-Pensacola, on April 4.“Quite frankly, where we were and where we are, what I am saying is we have come a long way. And mostly because of Madam Chair and her openness and willingness to work with us.”On April 15, Judge Schaeffer told the appropriations subcommittee: “We’ve come a long way, and we’ve come a little further today.”Improvements to the bill, from the judges’ perspective, were the creation of a contingency fund for the trial courts for budget shortfalls and unexpected due-process costs in the funding transition, as has been provided for the state attorneys, public defenders, and conflict counsel.More importantly, a successful amendment added “case management” as another necessary item the state agrees to pay for in the funding shift.“Case management, we have determined to be an essential element of the trial court. We don’t think we can do without it,”b Judge Schaeffer told the appropriations subcommittee chaired by Rep. Joe Negron, R-Stuart.“The chief judges were up here yesterday and feel we would be in dire straights without it.”The amendment adding “case management” was offered by Rep. Juan-Carlos Planas, R-Miami, who said, “We are going to gum up the system without it.”But Benson opposed it, saying, “My concern is there is a fiscal impact we haven’t considered.. . In the interest of moving this bill forward, and presenting it for an appropriate decision in conference, I am opposed to it.”So was Negron, who said, “I think the words ‘case management’ are open to a lot of interpretation and would include issues beyond what the state should reasonably pay for.”But adding case management to the state’s responsibility was supported by Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach, who said: “At the start of this process, many months ago, we talked about the issue of separation of powers. I think, at times, some of our funding issues have been so drastic that we have infringed on that separation of powers by not providing the independence to the judiciary that they need to handle their own affairs and their own budget.”Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, added his support, saying that in Dade County, the caseload is “so grave and so crushing that without this, judges will almost be unable to move the docket. I think this is consistent with the constitutional imperative we are under. And we need to figure out the best way to fund it.”Another big relief for the TCBC, Judge Schaeffer said, was retooling the makeup and role of what is called the Article V Indigent Services Advisory Board that will advise the legislature about cost containment strategies and policies, as well as qualifications and compensation standards governing such expenditures as court-appointed counsel, court reporters, and court interpreters.In earlier discussions, the members of the board were to be appointed by the governor to make binding policy decisions on due-process costs and court employees. Now, the board is advisory, and the chief justice will be allowed to appoint one-quarter of the board members. The others on the 12-member board will be appointed by the governor, the Senate president, and the House speaker.“That was a huge separation of powers issue,” Judge Schaeffer said. “There were lots of discussions and lots of give-and-take, and lots of meetings. Finally, we wanted to make it clear it wasn’t that we were trying to be aloof and say we were too good to participate. And maybe we could have taken that position. But we are a joint user of those due-process costs, along with state attorneys and public defenders and conflict counsel. They are volatile costs. For us to remain aloof and say we don’t want to be part of the solution, really, wouldn’t be right.”Now the trial courts will have important input, Judge Schaeffer said.“We can make sure they have good qualifications and reasonable fees. We believe it can work. Now, is it something the Supreme Court will be happy we gave in on? We don’t know, because we didn’t consult them on that. This is a Trial Court Budget Commission due-process cost. Of course, the chief justice gave the TCBC the rein to go negotiate. We negotiated.”Negotiations to allow drug courts to remain in the statutes as a mandatory program financed by the state were passionate, but failed in the end.Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Dania Beach, offered an amendment to put drugs courts back in, as they appear in current law.Extolling the successes of drug courts that have “exceeded expectations” in saving costs of incarceration and saving lives, Ryan said: “What we have is a system that works perfectly fine. When we were instructed by the voters that we had to take on the cost of the court system, we were not instructed to throw away, to overhaul, the programs that have operated so successfully.”Ryan’s amendment was supported by Seiler and Gelber.“We don’t want to limit all of our courts, our core courts, to the least common denominator of stuff in the tool box,” Gelber said.But Benson, Rep. Mark Mahon, R-Jacksonville, Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, and Negron joined in defeating the amendment.“This has a $2.8 million fiscal impact,” Negron said. “The treatment that goes on, that is a therapeutic endeavor. While it’s important, it is not a courthouse function. If the counties want that function of the courts to continue, the counties can certainly pay for it.”At the end of the meeting, there was heaping of praise on Benson for shepherding the complex Article V bill through the House committee.“I am very proud of the product. It is very comprehensive and thoughtful. I wish we had more time,” Benson said, adding that there is next year to finalize details for the transition by the July 1, 2004 deadline. “Some critics would argue that the state should simply assume responsibility for the 67 county systems that exist without question, that Revision 7 to Article V is merely a funding shift,” Benson wrote in a newspaper column.“To define our mission this narrowly would have been short-sighted and a misunderstanding of the amendment.. . . This proposal, and the praise the Select Committee on Article V has received from our judiciary, makes plainly evident that the House remains committed to preserving a judicial system that works for the people of Florida; a judicial system which will be just, responsive, and responsible for our citizens.”At the Select Committee meeting, April 4, Rep. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples, complimented Benson on her leadership and “outstanding effort.”“Notwithstanding some of what has been written in our various media about the House plan up until today, this is the first bill that we’ve considered. And I think that’s a very important issue,” Goodlette said.“We have been looking at opportunities to enhance the quality of our civil justice system. We have looked at ways we can work more closely with our clerks and with our counties. This has been a collaborative effort.”Here are some of the highlights of the House Article V plan:• The state will pay for state attorneys, public defenders, court-appointed counsel and the state courts system defined as “judges, judicial assistants, law clerks, and resource materials; juror compensation, court reporting services, auxiliary aids, appellate court facilities, interpreters, Judicial Qualifications Commission, masters and hearing officers, mediation and arbitration, basic legal materials accessible to the public, administrative services in support of these functions, offices of appellate clerks, and appellate law libraries.” Case management was added to that list in an amendment.• Specialty courts – such as drug courts – are now optional for counties. While the state will continue to fund judges, state attorneys, and public defenders, the counties must now secure other funding for costs related to specialty courts.• The clerks of courts will provide nonlegal advice assistance to pro se litigants.• Criminal defendants’ eligibility for public defenders has been made tougher by lowering the income level from 250 percent to 150 percent of the federal poverty level. Benson explained it was an attempt to make that consistent with other state public assistance guidelines. State-funded indigency examiners will be assigned to the clerks of court. And it will cost defendants a $40 fee to the clerk to apply for court-related services based on indigency. The right for an individual to have indigency determination reviewed by the court is preserved.A. Russell Smith, legislative affairs chair for the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, warned it is “going to create a pool of people who don’t qualify for the public defender but can’t afford to hire a lawyer. Ask the trial judges what happens when an unrepresented defendant in a felony case says, ‘I don’t want to plead guilty, I want my trial.’ Like a pebble in a pond, the ripple effect of this is it ends up costing far more on the back end of the system than it does to adequately fund the defense.”• Legal aid programs are included as a local requirement of the state courts system. Exempted from this requirement are counties with populations less than 75,000.“I urge my colleagues to support this,” said Gelber, who offered the amendment along with Benson, Goodlette, and Negron.“I know counties may have some consternation about making it a local requirement. But I think everybody should understand why.. . . It’s very important to note that whoever funds legal services, there should never be any question that there is support.”Goodlette explained the amendment this way: When a sentence regarding service charges in excess of certain amounts was deleted from the bill, it signaled alarm that they were eliminating funding of legal aid altogether.“And nothing could be further from our intent,” Goodlette said. “We felt it was important to insert something back in to point out that was indeed not our intent. This is the language. And if needs to be tweaked, with respect to the smaller counties of 75,000 or fewer, whether that becomes a local option rather than a local requirement, and if we have to look at issues of funding because of provisions that now provide that the clerks now receive these funds, we’ll do that. But the most important message that this amendment is designed to address is that we want to ensure not only the viability, but we want to enhance the legal aid programs at the local level. And that’s the only goal for this amendment.”Still, Rep. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, said: “I am concerned about the poorest of the poor.. . . I will support the amendment, but with a great deal of consternation, because I don’t think it fixes the problem.”Kent Spuhler, statewide director of Florida Legal Services, Inc., said: “We very much thank you for continuing to provide this opportunity so we will be able to work with our local counties. There will be great challenges to make sure it works.. . . No one partner can afford to do it all, but we hope that we can continue to work with the counties and talking to you about the state partnership. We have partnerships with the Bar and the court system. Hopefully, this will give us the window to continue in that partnership and continue to serve some of your most vulnerable citizens.”• Generally requires that fees, service charges, and court costs will be imposed as a matter of law, rather than by court order. Generally eliminates waiver of fees, charges, and costs. Preserves judicial discretion regarding the imposition of fines and penalties. Requires court clerks to enter into payment plans with those unable to pay court-related fees, charges, and costs.“For those who are found guilty in our courts, they ought to be paying. And we’re going to ensure that,” Benson said.• A draft of the bill raised the ceiling of county court civil cases from $15,000 to $30,000, but was put back to the status quo by an amendment by Negron.“I am temporarily declaring a loss on this issue,” Negron said, adding that the overall issue is that county judges are often used to handle matters for circuit judges.“I think in the next year we need to come to a conclusion to either have one tier of judges where all judges can do everything, or we need to follow the constitution that says you are county court judges and you deal with certain types of cases, or you are circuit court judges and you deal with certain types of cases. These legal fictions we’ve created of temporary assignments and appointments have blurred the distinction between the two. I think we need to revise our constitution and our statutes rather than the current system. But given the fact that we are trying to move the bill forward, I am offering this amendment to return us to the status quo,” he said.Benson said the single-tier system is something the National Center for State Courts recommended they discuss, but it would require a constitutional amendment.Goodlette added that both the county and circuit judges conferences have discussed the issue, and it would be an appropriate subject for an interim study, but not to be debated at this time.• A 13-member technology work group, made up of chief information officers, will be created to issue recommendations “to facilitate examination of data needs, access across multiple systems, and sharing of information.”“If we want a state court system,” Benson said, “we need to talk about ‘How do you share data?’” April 30, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Kjeldsen claims Irish Open crown

first_img Press Association Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in dramatic circumstances after looking to have let a fourth European Tour victory slip from his grasp. “I t’s like I am dreaming but I don’t want anyone to wake me up,” added Kjeldsen, who has not played in the Open since it was last held at St Andrews in 2010. Pepperell had set the clubhouse target on two under after a remarkable bogey-free 69, with Wiesberger missing from eight feet for birdie on the 18th in his closing 73. Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello missed out on the play-off – and with it a place in the Open – after a bogey on the 18th, with Hatton alongside Cabrera-Bello on one under after a par on the last in a closing 74. “I played really well, no question, but I had to putt really, really well,” Pepperell said. “All four days have been tough, so while today was very difficult it did not feel that different to the first three days. “I said to myself anything in the 60s was a really good score and it was a great round of golf.” Only five players finished under par after a testing week which saw tournament host and world number one Rory McIlroy miss the cut after rounds of 80 and 71. “I am very proud to be associated with what has been an incredible event,” McIlroy said. “To bring this tournament to Northern Ireland and see the amount of people who came out to support the event and the foundation as well was brilliant.” Speaking about securing his Open debut, Pepperell added: “It’s great. It didn’t cross my mind until I walked off the 18th and my caddie told me. That’s a real bonus. I know my dad and a few friends had already planned to go there regardless. “Having never played an Open before, for my first one to be St Andrews is going to be quite special and the fact that we play there every year (in the Dunhill Links Championship) can only help. I’ll go there pretty confident.” The players returned to the par-five 18th for sudden death and, after finding the green in two and seeing his opponents fail to make birdie, Kjeldsen two-putted from 25 feet, although his birdie attempt did a full circuit of the hole before dropping. “Three weeks ago I was 112th in the Order of Merit and my game was not in good shape,” Kjeldsen said. “With turning 40 (a fortnight ago) you wonder was that it? Now I am standing here and it’s pretty remarkable really.” Kjeldsen, whose last win came in the Open de Andalucia in 2009, admitted he was feeling the pressure after his two-shot overnight lead disappeared on the first hole, which he bogeyed and playing partner Max Kieffer birdied. The 40-year-old also bogeyed the second but with the tough conditions sending scores soaring, a run of five pars was enough to put Kjeldsen back in front before a double bogey on the eighth, where his first chip failed to reach the green and came back to his feet. “The last breath I took was on about the 14th,” added Kjeldsen, who reclaimed the lead with his only birdie of the day on the 12th. “I have never been as nervous as this in the other tournaments I have won. “I had decided not to look at leaderboards but once I started dropping shots I started looking because it gave me a little pleasure that I wasn’t the only one struggling because it was such a brutal day. ” I was leaking shots left, right and centre but made a great up and down on 15 and the three-wood second shot in the play-off was pretty special.” Kjeldsen also claimed one of the three places available in the Open Championship to players finishing in the top 10 who were not already exempt, with Pepperell and Tyrrell Hatton taking the others. Kjeldsen took a two-shot lead into the final round and was one ahead with two holes remaining despite being four over par for the day as the players battled heavy showers and winds gusting up to 40mph at Royal County Down. A three-putt bogey on the 17th left Kjeldsen needing to birdie the last to win, but after chipping from one side of the green off the other, he did well to get up and down for par and a closing 76 to join England’s Eddie Pepperell and Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger in a play-off. last_img read more

White keeps grip on Berkshire Trophy

first_img England international Josh White (Chipstead, Surrey) retained the Berkshire Trophy by the narrowest of margins from current boy cap Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire) and his Surrey colleague Tom Berry (Wentworth, Surrey). White’s aggregate score this time was three shots more than when he won in 2011, while on that occasion he also triumphed by a single shot. The 20 year old double Surrey champion (image © Tom Ward), who made his full England debut against France last month at Rochester & Cobham Park, was well off the pace after an opening 74 over the Red Course. But a 67 on the Blue brought him back into contention, a shot behind halfway leaders Berry and Sam Whitehead (Woburn, BB&O). A third round 70 on the Red gave White a share of the lead on 211 with Berry, who went round in 71, the pair being three strokes clear of Fitzpatrick, also with 70, and Haydn Reay (Army, Hampshire, IoW &CI) with 72. In the final round, again over the Red, Fitzpatrick made a charge for the title with 67 including six birdies, for 281, six under par, but a bogey at the par-three last, his only dropped shot, saw him come up one short of White, who signed for 69 and 280. White endured a somewhat chequered closing round with an eagle and three birdies. But he double-bogeyed the fifth and also surrendered another shot at the last. Leading final scores: 280 J White (Chipstead) 74 67 70 69 281 M Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire) 76 68 70 67, T Berry (Wentworth) 71 69 71 70 285 B Brehany (South Beds) 76 69 70 70 288 E Richardson (Hemsted Forest) 72 72 75 69 290 C Adams (Farrington) 73 69 78 70 28 Jun 2012 White keeps grip on Berkshire Trophy last_img read more

Amerindians call on Govt, Judiciary to prioritise land case

first_imgAmerindians, particularity those belonging to the Akawaio and Arekuna tribes that reside in the Upper Mazaruni area are calling for Government’s intervention in a 20-year-old court battle.Amerindian People’s AssociationThe individuals through one of their representative organisations, the Amerindian People’s Association (APA), on Tuesday said the Government and the Judiciary have failed them.“We are hereby calling on the Government of Guyana by way of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, Natural Resources Ministry and the Environment [Protection Agency], and the Legal Affairs Ministry to finally put this issue to rest by granting the rights of the Indigenous peoples in the area,” it said.The APA is asking these organisations to prioritise this issue. It believes that a positive reaction will show to the Indigenous peoples of Guyana that Government is really “on our side.”It is 20 years since the Indigenous peoples of the Upper Mazaruni filed a court action against the Government, seeking legal recognition to their traditional and ancestral lands.In 1967, the Government instituted an Amerindian Lands Commission; tasked with mapping and suggesting titles to be issued to Indigenous communities. In 1991, title was granted individually to each community, though they requested holding collective title to their traditional territory.The APA said that the villages of Paruima, Waramadong, Kamarang (Warawatta), Kako, Jawalla and Phillipai in the Upper Mazaruni have long sought legal title over the area defined by the 1959 Amerindian District as one Akawaio/Arecuna district.Dissatisfied, the Arekuna and Akawaio people took the landmark case to court to fight for their rights as Indigenous peoples of Guyana. However, the case has not yet been given a definitive ruling some two decades later.The Association recalled that in 2008, when they appeared in court again; the issue was adjourned. When they met in 2012 and the community brought forth an anthropologist to provide expert evidence on their claims to their ancestral lands; the Government’s defence team disqualified her as a witness and caused the matter to be adjourned once again.Fast forward to 2017, the Government filed a submission in defence of their claim. And exactly 20 years later, and the communities are still awaiting a decision from the High Court.“It seems as if the Government has not prioritised these issues and it begs us to question if the stalling of this issue trivialises Indigenous people’s rights, especially as related to their lands.”It was noted in the statement that Government has however been issuing mining concessions on these lands throughout the 20-year legal battle.“They continue to issue mining rights to outside miners over this traditional Akawaio and Arekuna territory without their free, prior and informed consent (FPIC), even though this legal dispute is ongoing,” the statement added.“Is it ethical to continue giving concessions on lands that are still being contested in the court? The Government has been receiving revenues for lands in the areas, even though they have not yet settled the matter with the Indigenous peoples in the Upper Mazaruni area and this is cause for worry.”The APA therefore questioned whether Government is deliberately stalling this process to continue profiting off of these lands or if it is a case of incompetence in Guyana’s judicial process.last_img read more

€26M FOR DONEGAL FARMERS

first_imgDinny McGinley TDFine Gael TD Dinny Mc Ginley confirmed the beginning of advance payments to farmers. A total of €26,823,264.60 will be available for farmers in Donegal.“€26,823,264.20 have begun issuing to farmers in Donegal. The Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, was very aware of the need to maximise cash flow and so has ensured these payments started issuing as soon as possible,” said Deputy McGinley.“Payments to farmers under the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) Scheme also continue to issue and the initial advance of the BPS and Greening Payment, together with ANC payments, means approximately €775 million will have issued to Irish farmers under these Schemes in the last month alone. “Budget 2016 has introduced a series of agri-taxation measures including the extension of the general stock relief, stock relief for young farmers and stamp duty exemptions for young trained farmers up to the end of 2018. There will be a tax credit of €5,000 per annum for five years for farmers who transfer their land to successors over a period of time, making it easier for farms to be passed from one generation to the next. These measures make farming more attractive to younger people and to families.“Farmers in Donegal will now be able to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit of €550. It will also apply to a spouse where a couple both work on the farm. This will begin the process of tax equalisation for the self-employed and PAYE workers, including farmers.“Minister Coveney has also launched the second tranche of GLAS, the new agri-environmental scheme which replaces REPS and AEOS.“The first tranche of GLAS, which closed on 26th May this year, proved a huge success, attracting almost 27,000 applications. The second tranche will increase this to at least 35,000 and up to 40,000. The overall target for GLAS is to attract 50,000 farmers into the new scheme over its lifetime and Minister Coveney commented that it was clear that GLAS was well on its way to meeting that target. “Fine Gael is standing up for rural Ireland and last week’s budget contains an extra €109 million investment agriculture and agri-food.“The last few budgets have been hard, but they made it possible for Ireland to exit the bailout, reduce our debts, and move into a real recovery.“The top priority this year is to keep the recovery going in all parts of the country, while providing relief and better services. This budget is affordable, responsible and consistent with the Government’s plan to eliminate Government borrowing by 2018 and to promote regional economic growth, jobs and future recovery.“ €26M FOR DONEGAL FARMERS was last modified: October 20th, 2015 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

Neo-Darwinism Inadequate; Needs “Extension” and “Expansion”

first_imgA biologist and international collaborators want to change the assumption that neo-Darwinism explains biology.We just want to “extend” evolutionary theory, Arwin Moczek (Indiana U) says in PhysOrg. It sounds, though, like his dissatisfaction with traditional evolutionary theory is more deep rooted:The concepts originally laid out in Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” in 1859 continue to serve as a major foundation for the modern theory of evolutionary biology.In recent decades, however, biologists in previously overlooked fields such as developmental biology and ecology have made discoveries that extend the basic principles upon which Darwin’s theory was founded.Yet many scientists—and science textbooks—regard these modifications merely as “proximate considerations,” not as core aspects of evolution. Indiana University biologist Armin Moczek and a team of international collaborators want to change these assumptions.Their new approach, dubbed the “extended evolutionary synthesis,” appears in the Aug. 5 issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.“Our long-term goal is to lay out an extended conceptual framework for evolutionary biology that delivers answers to questions that traditional methods have been unable to provide,” said Moczek, a professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Biology, who is an author on the paper.Other collaborators include distinguished scientists from the the United Kingdom, Israel, Australia, Austria, Sweden and the United States. The work is the journal’s 2015 “Darwin Review,” an honorary name given each year to a single paper judged highly significantly [sic] by the journal’s editors.With a play on words, Moczek says that theories need to evolve in response to new data; otherwise, “habits of thought and practice can grow deeply entrenched.”Moczek is in the controversial evo-devo camp. His group also seems to lay weight on niche construction (organisms ordering their own environment) and “plasticity” (“the ability of many organisms to adjust their growth and development in response to environmental changes over their lifetime”). These aspects, they feel, have “been overlooked in evolutionary theory.” That’s odd; neo-Darwinism postured itself as the explanation of everything in biology.The old theory has been too narrow, Moczek’s group thinks. “Traditional evolutionary biology emphasizes a single direction: Genes give rise to observable traits, such as its physical characteristics, biological processes or behaviors. The environment may favor certain traits but in the process remains external from the organism.” They think their new “reciprocal theory” is more expansive, in which “an organisms’ own traits, behaviors and actions significantly impact the rate and direction of evolutionary change.” Whether their ideas get traction remains to be seen. Some of these concepts have been strongly resisted by traditional neo-Darwinists.So are there controversies in Darwinism? Sure. In fact, there’s another group of renegades called the Altenberg 16. Susan Mazur wrote a book about them and the “evolution industry” that fights them. Like this group (but more strident), they find traditional neo-Darwinism inadequate and stifling. The solution offered above is no more plausible, though. It’s still unguided, purposeless, and blind. These blind guides are telling the other blind guides they are going the wrong direction. We can ditch them both.If a theory evolves, it is not a truth. Some day, it might evolve into its opposite. The Creator God does not change. For those adrift blindly in the seas of evolutionary speculation, He is an Anchor for the soul. (Visited 64 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_imgBSA/021/2016: APPOINTMENT OF PANEL OF RECRUITMENT AGENCIES• BID NUMBER: BSA/021/2016• DESCRIPTION: APPOINTMENT OF PANEL OF RECRUITMENT AGENCIES FOR A PERIOD OF THREE (3) YEARS• CLOSING DATE: 16 MAY 2016• CLOSING TIME: 11:00• DOWNLOAD TENDER DOCUMENTBSA/020/2016: SERVICE PROVIDER FOR THE PROVISION OF SKILLS AUDIT• BID NUMBER: BSA/020/2016• DESCRIPTION: THE APPOINTMENT OF A SERVICE PROVIDER FOR THE PROVISION OF SKILLS AUDIT FOR THE PERIOD OF THREE YEARS• CLOSING DATE: 16 MAY 2016• CLOSING TIME: 11:00• DOWNLOAD TENDER DOCUMENTClosed TendersBSA/019/2016: PANEL OF BRAND AGENCIES• BID NUMBER: BSA/019/2016• DESCRIPTION: APPOINTMENT OF PANEL OF BRAND AGENCIES FOR A PERIOD OF THREE (3) YEARS• CLOSING DATE: 01 APRIL 2016• CLOSING TIME: 11:00• DOWNLOAD TENDER DOCUMENT• DOWNLOAD LIST OF BIDDERS BSA/018/2016: DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION OF 2015/2016 ANNUAL REPORT• BID NUMBER: BSA/018/2016• DESCRIPTION: THE APPOINTMENT OF A SERVICE PROVIDER FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION OF 2015/2016 ANNUAL REPORT FOR BRAND SOUTH AFRICA• CLOSING DATE: 01 APRIL 2016• CLOSING TIME: 11:00• DOWNLOAD TENDER DOCUMENT• DOWNLOAD LIST OF BIDDERS BSA/017/2016: STRATEGIC PLANNING• BID NUMBER: BSA/017/2016• DESCRIPTION: THE APPOINTMENT OF A SERVICE PROVIDER TO CONDUCT A STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION AND TO DEVELOP THE STRATEGIC PLAN AND ANNUAL PERFORMANCE PLAN (2017/2022) DOCUMENTS FOR BRAND SOUTH AFRICA• CLOSING DATE: : 01 APRIL 2016• CLOSING TIME: 11:00• DOWNLOAD TENDER DOCUMENT• DOWNLOAD LIST OF BIDDERS BSA/016/2016: COURIER SERVICES• BID NUMBER: BSA/016/2016• DESCRIPTION:PROVISION OF COURIER SERVICES FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS ON “AS AND WHEN REQUIRED BASIS”• CLOSING DATE: 01 APRIL 2016• CLOSING TIME: 11:00• DOWNLOAD TENDER DOCUMENT• DOWNLOAD LIST OF BIDDERS BSA/015/2015: WEBSITE REDESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT• BID NUMBER: BSA/015/2015• DESCRIPTION: THE PROVISION OF WEBSITE REDESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF BRAND SOUTH AFRICA’S WEBSITE PROPERTIES• CLOSING DATE: 22 December 2015• CLOSING TIME: 11:00• DOWNLOAD TENDER DOCUMENT• DOWNLOAD LIST OF BIDDERS• AWARDED BIDDER BSA/014/2015: ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING (ERP) SOLUTION• BID NUMBER: BSA/014/2015• DESCRIPTION: THE PROVISION OF AN ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING (ERP) SOLUTION IMPLEMENTED IN PHASES FOR BRAND SOUTH AFRICA• CLOSING DATE: 02 November 2015• CLOSING TIME: 11:00• DOWNLOAD TENDER DOCUMENT• DOWNLOAD LIST OF BIDDERS Latest tender advertisement – July 2015 • DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT BSA/011/2015: PUBLIC RELATIONS AND REPUTATION MANAGEMENT • BID NUMBER: BSA/011/2015• DESCRIPTION: PROVISION OF PUBLIC RELATIONS AND REPUTATION AGENCY FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS• CLOSING DATE: 11 August 2015• CLOSING TIME: 11:00• DOWNLOAD TENDER DOCUMENT BSA/013/2015: MANAGE INTERNATIONAL INVESTOR PERCEPTIONS RESEARCH • BID NUMBER: BSA/013/2015• DESCRIPTION: APPOINTMENT OF A SERVICE PROVIDER TO MANAGE INTERNATIONAL INVESTOR PERCEPTIONS RESEARCH STUDY FOR A PERIOD OF THREE (3) YEARS• CLOSING DATE: 11 August 2015• CLOSING TIME: 11:00• DOWNLOAD TENDER DOCUMENT• DOWNLOAD LIST OF BIDDERS• AWARDED BIDDER BSA/012/2015: DEVELOP BRAND SA’S ORGANISATIONAL IDENTITY, MAINTAIN, UPDATE AND PRINT THE CI TOOLKIT • BID NUMBER: BSA/012/2015• DESCRIPTION: APPOINTMENT OF A SERVICE PROVIDER TO DEVELOP BRAND SA’S ORGANISATIONAL IDENTITY, MAINTAIN, UPDATE AND PRINT THE CI TOOLKIT FOR A PERIOD OF THREE (3) YEARS• CLOSING DATE: 11 August 2015• CLOSING TIME: 11:00• DOWNLOAD TENDER DOCUMENT• DOWNLOAD LIST OF BIDDERS• AWARDED BIDDERlast_img read more

Grand slams vs. strike outs in marketing

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There is no doubt it will be hot for the next few weeks, it’s mid-July after all. However, it’s the extent of dryness that is uncertain. Every day weather models show varying possibilities, which causes market fluctuations. Iowa, for example, is living on subsoil moisture reserves for now. This may be depleted if it doesn’t rain in a week.The recent USDA report did not show yield adjustments, only increased acres and feed usage reductions. So, the market will be able to handle some yield reduction. The recent rally after the report may have been overdone as prices seemed to settle back down to levels from two weeks ago before the USDA acres and stocks report on June 30.Right now the market is estimating a national yield of 167. Some are arguing it should be 165, and a few bulls are calling for 160. When you consider the extra acres the USDA reported and plug in a 164 national yield, the carryout would still be over 1.7 billion bushels. This would make the stocks to use ratio similar to 2014 and 2015 levels. There is a strong possibility that corn will trade sideways long-term. Grand slams vs. strike outsSocial media has been flooded with images and data suggesting the corn crop is all but lost. There is picture after picture of dead fields and mutilated corn ears that are really frightening. These images then fuel “coffee shop” talk with tales of friends of friends in neighboring states who have lost their crop. With so many negative pictures posted and negative farmer talk, it’s easy to lose perspective and assume dry conditions are more widespread than they really are.I suggest that farmers be critical of the pictures, talk and news coverage. In my experience, if someone is negative about crop conditions there is either clouded judgement or a hidden agenda. Most likely that farmer has a lot of old crop left to sell and they are really HOPING for higher prices. And they are trying to sell other people on their hope to affect prices.At a recent convention of grain merchandisers I informally polled many in the room with the question, “where do you expect the market to go?” Every answer was, “I don’t know. Depends on the weather.”This shouldn’t surprise anyone that no one knows what’s going to happen, but that doesn’t stop us from hoping that someone has the answers. In reality, no one has the answers (despite so many who act like they do). The market is based upon weather and Mother Nature for the next month. If a farmer holds, and there is a drought creating a market rally to $4.50-$5, they look really smart, basically they hit a grand slam. If a farmer holds, and it rains pushing prices to $3.50, then they look less smart and have struck out. But, in reality neither of these examples/decisions were based upon intelligence, they were based upon luck (even though it may not feel that way).While there will always be a certain level of luck within grain marketing, it’s important to recognize it and try to base your plans more on realistic expectations, understanding breakeven points, historical trends and risk assessments. Luck should have as little influence as possible in a sound marketing strategy.Following provides the results and rationale for several trades against my ’16, ’17, and ’18 production that I’ve made in the last two weeks as the market went up. Trade #1After analyzing our farm operation breakeven points, necessary profit levels, etc., I set a price goal of $4.20 for my ’16, ’17 and ‘18 crop. When 2018 traded above $4.20 last week, I took advantage and sold 20% of my anticipated production at an average price of $4.23 against Dec ’18. With this I have a solid base at profitable levels for next year. Trade #2Typically corn trends lower into Dec from June; therefore, I made a trade to try and capture that potential. On 6/29, one day before the June 30 USDA report, when Dec futures were around $3.80 I sold a $3.80 Dec call for 20 cents on 5% of my ’17 corn production.What does this mean?If Dec corn is above $3.80 on 11/24 I have to sell corn for $3.80 and keep 20 cents (giving me $4 total).If Dec corn is below $3.80 on 11/24 I keep the 20 cents to use on another trade in the future.I’ll be fine or happy with either scenario of this trade. I hope futures rally, but maintaining $4+ could be difficult. Trade #3Again, since corn prices tend to decrease from late June through Harvest, I made another trade to try and capture that potential. On 6/30 after the USDA report was released, when Dec futures were up around $3.85, I sold a $3.80 Oct call for 19.5 cents on 5% of my ’17 corn production.What does this mean?If Dec corn is above $3.80 on 9/22, I have to sell corn for $3.80 and keep 19.5 cents ($3.995 total).If Dec corn is below $3.80 on 9/22, I keep the 19.5 cents to use on another trade in the future.Since futures tend to be lowest at the start of harvest, I think the 2nd scenario is more likely but again I’m ok with the first scenario too. Trade #4Typically prices decrease from late July through Aug. On 7/6 when Sep futures were around $3.90, I sold a $3.90 Sep call for 15 cents on 10% of my ’17 production.What does this mean?If Sep corn is above $3.90 on 8/25 I have to sell corn for $3.90 and keep 15 cents ($4.05 total). But then, I would “roll” this sale from Sep futures to Dec futures to capture another 12 cents giving me a sale at $4.17 on Dec futures.If Sep corn is below $3.90 on 8/25 I keep the 15 cents to use on another trade in the future.Unless hot and dry weather is reasonably widespread in the next month, I think futures above $4 is unlikely considering the trend of lower prices in Aug compared to July. Trade #5On 7/6 when corn rallied above $3.90 on Sep futures I sold 5% of old crop. This takes my ’16 sales position to 92% complete. Interestingly, while reviewing my trades in the last year, I noticed that I had not made a straight futures sale on any of my 2016 crop since 7/13/16, nearly a year ago.While most of these trades do not get me to my $4.20+ futures goal, there is some upside potential and some limited downside risk protection. All of the trades take into consideration if there IS significant dry weather and if there IS NOT dry weather. If it rains in Iowa next week, these trades will be like bunt hits to advance runners. If it doesn’t rain, they will be hits. I may not have a chance at a grand slam, but I won’t be striking out either.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 [email protected]last_img read more

GasLog Swings to Profit in Q1

first_imgzoom GasLog, Monaco-based owner, operator and manager of LNG carriers, posted a profit of USD 23.4 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 returning from a USD 5.3 million loss from the corresponding period last year.The profit jump was attributed to the increased profit from operations mainly due to the higher number of operating days, as well as a positive movement in mark-to-market valuations of the company’s derivative financial instruments.Revenues for the quarter reached USD 128.3 million also up from USD 104.4 million booked in 2016.The increase was mainly driven by the deliveries of the GasLog Glasgow, the GasLog Geneva and the GasLog Gibraltar, and the full operation of the GasLog Greece, increased revenues from vessels operating in the spot market and fewer off-hire days due to dry-docking, the company added.Furthermore, GasLog’s contracted charter revenues are estimated to increase from USD 444.5 million for the fiscal year 2016 to USD 486.5 million for the fiscal year 2019, based on contracts in effect at the end of Q1, without including the recently signed amendment of the GasLog Skagen seasonal charter and excluding any extension options.As of March 31, 2017, the total future firm contracted revenue stood at USD 3.5 billion, including the vessels owned by GasLog Partners but excluding the vessels operating in the spot market.As informed, 2016 saw significant increases in LNG demand from a number of new markets such as Pakistan, Poland, Lithuania and Jordan as well as major energy growth markets such as China and India. This trend has continued into the first quarter of 2017 with further strong increases in demand from China (+23% year-on-year to end March 2017) as well as in Japan (+13% year-on-year) and South Korea (+18% year-on-year) following the cold winter and slow progress with nuclear re-starts.In addition, many markets that don’t import LNG are looking into FSRU opportunities, such as Ivory Coast, South Africa, Bangladesh and Myanmar, while those with FSRUs already in place are looking at expanding their use of FSRUs.” In the 2017-2020 period, Wood Mackenzie expects approximately 120 mtpa of new nameplate capacity to come online around the world. We believe that this new supply will create significant demand for LNG carriers over and above those available in the market and on order today,” GasLog said.“While the recovery in charter rates and utilization in the LNG shipping market is taking longer than we had anticipated, we are seeing some initial signs of increased short-term and long-term activity, and we continue to believe that the longer term fundamentals point to a strengthening market in 2017 and beyond,” the company pointed out.GasLog’s consolidated fleet consists of 27 LNG carriers, 22 ships on the water and five on order. The company also has an additional LNG carrier which was sold to a subsidiary of Mitsui & Co. Ltd. and leased back under a long-term bareboat charter.last_img read more