UTD are the biggest club in England -Sanchez

first_img0Shares0000Alexis Sanchez has signed for Manchester United (Photo by Manchester United/Man Utd via Getty Images)LONDON, United Kingdom, January 23 – Alexis Sanchez insists Manchester United are the biggest club in England and says he nearly moved to Old Trafford when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge.The Chilean completed his move from Arsenal on Monday, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading to the Emirates as part of a swap deal, and will wear the iconic No 7 shirt at Old Trafford. Sanchez spent three-and-a-half-years at Arsenal and it appeared as though he was heading to Manchester City before Pep Guardiola’s side ended their interest in the 29-year-old due to costs, but Sanchez insists he has always dreamed of playing for United and believes he has signed for the biggest club in the country.“Since I was a young lad I’ve always said that my dream was to play for Manchester United, and I’m not just saying that because I’m here now and today it’s come true,” he told MUTV.“I always said as a kid that I’d like to play for United and I once spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson about it. We chatted for around 20 minutes. And I told him that my dream was to come here to Manchester United.“It really is a massive club, very powerful, and so now, when I got the opportunity to come here, I looked at the badge and my hairs just stood up on end because it’s a powerful club and the biggest in England.“I’ve always been motivated by this club, by their red colours, which have always stood out for me and I’m genuinely saying this from the heart when I tell you that this is like a dream come true for me, playing for Manchester United. It makes me feel really happy.”Sanchez, who won two FA Cups during his time with Arsenal, insists he wants to win the Premier League and Champions League at United and says he will be able to fit into Jose Mourinho’s side.“I believe that at this club it’s possible to achieve anything,” he said. “The badge says it all, it’s a huge club on a worldwide scale, and I want to come here and win everything: the Premier League, the Champions League, and whatever comes the club’s way in the future.“I’m a player who likes to win everything. I’m very professional in everything I do. I live for football. I love football. It’s what I’m passionate about. I train hard every day and after a game I try to look at what went well and where I can improve.“I really like to play down the left, through the middle but to tell you the truth, as long as I’m playing football, I’ll fit in anywhere.”Sanchez said the opportunity to work under United boss Mourinho was a major factor in him deciding to move to Old Trafford.“He [Mourinho] indicated it is important for the club for me to be here. I also believe that the club itself cared about me joining, and I got the impression that they were keen for me to come here and wear the No 7 shirt.“I think that also gets through to the player. Players sometimes need to feel important and loved by the club. That was one of the things that attracted me to come here, along with the manager, who is a person who won everything in Italy, the same as he did in Spain, and he’s a manager who likes to win.”-By Sky Sports- 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Dig Pink Night: Mack downs Fortuna, raises over $7,000

first_imgHaliee Henry had six kills, nine blocks and seven service aces, Rian Heenan added as many kills, eight blocks and four aces, and the McKinleyville High volleyball team raised over $7,000 for the Breast and GYN Health Project on Dig Pink Night — and beat visiting Fortuna in four sets — Tuesday night at McKinleyville High School.On the court McKinleyville, minus a second-set 25-20 defeat, handled Fortuna, winning the other three sets by scores of 25-16, 25-11 and 25-13.Off the court the …last_img

Selling when a rally is unlikely

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This week several unknowns caused market volatility.Concern over the biofuel mandate and potential legal challenges regarding blender credits caused bean prices to drop.Uncertainty over Argentina’s agricultural policy now with the new government in power.Will export taxes be completely lifted on corn and wheat in Argentina?How fast will the Argentinean bean export tax reduction be implemented?Will the U.S. Fed raise interest rates on the 16th?This week an analyst in Chicago suggested that U.S bean carryout won’t shrink much this year, and with normal yields around 45bu/ac in 2016, a rally is unlikely. Basically saying there is substantial downside risk left in the bean market.After a 10 cent trading range this week, corn finished similar to last week.  Everyone wants to know how many acres farmers will plant next year.  USDA estimates 90.5 million acres.  Generally speaking, without a weather-related issue corn isn’t expected to be bullish long-term.The latest El Nino update from NOAA suggests the switch to La Nina is slow, meaning the chance for widespread drought next summer is low.  As always the market will continue to monitor this situation closely and respond accordingly.Market ActionWith uncertainty in the market and the general perception that it could be some time before we see any significant rally I choose to sell the following options:sold 1 – Feb 3.80 corn call for 8 cents premium (expires Jan 22nd)sold 1 – Mar 3.90 corn call for 8 cents premium (expires Feb 19th)sold 1 – May 4.00 corn call for 10 cents premium (expires April 22nd)sold 1 – July 4.30 corn call for 10 cents premium (expires June 23rd)By selling calls, I collect the premium upfront.  The strike price listed on each call is the price I’m happy to sell my grain for in that month.  However, if the price is below the price listed for the next futures month nothing happens with the call.  For instance, if March corn futures on Jan 22nd is below $3.80 (or below $3.90 on Feb 19) nothing happens with either call. If May corn is below $4.00 on April 22nd again nothing happens with that call and if July corn is below $4.30 on June 23rd nothing happens with that call.If corn is above any of the strike prices on the dates above then I’m automatically selling a futures at each of those strikes.  But I also get to keep the premium no matter what happens.  As I’m sold for the 2015 crop year I will then choose to roll these contracts to Dec 2016 futures.  Right now there is a 20 cent premium to roll March to Dec, a 15 cent premium to roll May to Dec and a 10 cent premium to roll July to Dec.So I could end up selling the following (against just less than 5% of my production for each call):3.80 + .08 + .20 = 4.083.90 + .08 + .20 = 4.184.00 + .10 + .15 = 4.254.30 + .10 + .10 = 4.50Right now I only have  25% of my 2016 crop sold, but I want to be at 66% by planting time, if possible.  I would like for all of these prices to be hit. Even if just the first 3 hit, I will have a 4.18 average against Dec futures sold. This meets profit goals for my farm operations.Why sell calls instead of buying calls?I know many farmers prefer to buy calls in their hedge account hoping for a big bounce in the futures price.  However, when I look at the price of options and the potential of the market going higher, the thought of buying calls makes me uneasy..I view the purchase of calls on the 2015 crop at this point a gamble.  Where can futures really go right now?  With March basically at $3.80 and knowing many farmers will sell at $4, why would I want to own values above where conventional wisdom says farmers are a seller?  In my opinion it will be difficult to gain much profit in the ownership of calls.  Maybe I could double my call’s value if I bought one, but that would mean that I need the market to move more than 20 cents.  Recent history tells me that in the near-term that is unlikely.I caution farmers to first examine the risk vs reward of buying a call.  Because as a farmer you are naturally long grain and you should to be a seller, not a buyer of grain.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

How Can Communities Support Military Families?

first_imgCarole Gnatuk, Ed.D.Carole Gnatuk, Ed.D., Extension Child Development Specialist, University of Kentucky, explains the 7 distinct stages of emotional challenges faced by military families during and after deploymentA failure to successfully negotiate each stage can create havoc for the family.The stages in this “emotional cycle of deployment” include:Stage 1: Anticipation of DepartureStage 2: Detachment and WithdrawalStage 3: Emotional DisorganizationStage 4: Recovery and StabilizationStage 5: Anticipation of ReturnStage 6: Return Adjustment and RenegotiationStage 7: Reintegration and StabilizationWanting to help military families cope with deployment, Gnatuk and her team at developed a new program, Communities Support Military Families. While developed in Kentucky, the program is national in scope.Here’s how Gnatuk explains the Communities Support Military Families program:Most of us know firsthand the power of good neighbors reaching out to each other with practical support. It’s just what friendly people do. Now, cutting edge research is showing that intentional, informal, friendly networks, undergirded by community agencies, can be highly effective in strengthening resilience and mental health in National Guard and Reserve members and their families.Communities Support Military Families discusses the rationale, raises awareness, and provides suggestions for sensitive listening and for taking up the slack of families with absent or recently returned fathers, mothers, or spouses. This program has been effectively utilized by Extension community volunteers in Kentucky through family to family contacts doing lawn mowing, kid transportation, shopping errands, and car fixing; in public schools through family recognition evenings and bulletin boards; county fairs through family photos on t-shirts and pillow cases; and in cooperation with Operation: Military Kids, promoting summer family camps, to name just a few projects.  (Personal communication with Carole Gnatuk, April 23, 2012)Here are suggestions from the Communities Support Military Families program on how to help support the military families in your community: Walk a mile in their “boots”!  Try to put yourself in the family’s situ­ation. Don’t try to offer judgment or solutions to their problems. Be a good listener!Be sensitive about discussing your own views on war or the mili­tary. The family may want to talk over their issues or they may only want your car­ing.Send children birthday and holiday cards as well as small gifts, if appropriate.Call on a regular basis, to check in and see how they are doing, to ask if they feel like going out for a walk, or want to come over for dinner.Suggest the whole family or perhaps just the children join you on an outing.Gift the family with tickets to a something they might not otherwise afford.Cheer on the kids at sports events, musical perfor­mances, school plays etc.Suggest ways that you could support the family once the service member leaves. These sug­gestions may ease the anxiety of the soon-to-be deployed family member, as well as the parent staying home.Offer to assist with routine household and family tasks. You might offer to watch the children , clean the house, bring meals in on certain days, mow the lawn, rake leaves, shovel snow, or change the oil on the family’s vehicle.Send a care package or letter to the deployed military member. The children in the family might like to help in this activity.Offer to go on a school field trip in place of the parent, or to go along as an extra set of hands on an outing to the zoo or a vis­it to a park. Befriend a military family with a member who is or will soon be deployed—and then be prepared for the long haul!  Keeping up friendship throughout the seven stages of the entire deployment cycle is critical.center_img Boy at Teen Adventure CampAdventure Camps for Military TeensDo you know a teen from a deployed military family in your community who might be interested in—and benefit from—a high energy, high adventure, and high experience camp?Now through March 2013, nearly 1,600 military teens (14-18 years old) will have an opportunity to participate in adventure camps at little to no cost, thanks to a partnership between the Dept. of Defense and NIFA/USDA. These high energy, high adventure, and high experience camps are being conducted by experience 4-H Youth Development and Cooperative Extension staff.Each camp offers a unique outdoor experience that will allow a teen to build leadership, self-confidence, and teamwork skills while participating in activities like backpacking, river rafting, canoeing, wilderness survival, rocketry, rock climbing, GPS use, mountain biking, first aid, winter camping, dog sledding, ropes courses, camp cooking, archery, and other camp activities.There are camps being scheduled and planned across the U.S. from Alaska to Maine and from Colorado to Georgia as well as states in between. Camps for youth with special needs (mental, physical, and emotional) are also planned in California, Ohio, and New Hampshire. For military youth already in the Pacific Rim, two camp dates are available in Hawaii.You might be able to suggest one of these scheduled camps to a military family in your community and make a big difference in a young person’s ability to cope with their mom or dad’s deployment.last_img read more

Silk Smitha sign by producer Romu Sippy to add some spice to his latest venture Sadma

first_img(Clockwise from top) Shashi, Rekha and Parveen: Taxing timesWhen film star Rekha put forth her claim last year that the stunning jewellery she wore in Umrao Jaan was not imitation stuff and that it was all from her own collection, few people believed her. But among those who did were,(Clockwise from top) Shashi, Rekha and Parveen: Taxing timesWhen film star Rekha put forth her claim last year that the stunning jewellery she wore in Umrao Jaan was not imitation stuff and that it was all from her own collection, few people believed her. But among those who did were the sticky-fingered sleuths from the income tax department. Last fortnight, they finally decided to find out for sure and arrived at her plush bungalow overlooking the Arabian Sea. Relentless, they went on from there to actor-producer Shashi Kapoor’s house and then to actress Parveen Babi’s. While Babi yielded no hidden lolly, Kapoor apparently did. The treasure-hunt apparently ended most successfully at Rekha’s bungalow from where they emerged clutching their booty, which included the jewels seen in the film. Diamonds are not forever after all.Begun Shafiqa (left) and (from left to right) Quartalin, Rubina and Shaza: making wavesWhile Pakistan President Zia-ul-Haq and Mrs Gandhi were having their little tete-a-tete last fortnight, Zia’s wife, Begum Shafiqa was being given a Cook’s Tour of the city which started, inevitably, at the India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan. The Begum, sporting a pink salwar kameez was accompanied by her two daughters, Rubina and Quartalin. But the photographers were more interested in focussing their beady lens on Shaza, her stunningly beautiful daughter-in-law. The VVIP’s. loaded down with presents from the fair authorities, were then given a crash-course in Indian culture and technology before joining the main players in the Indo-Pakistan drama. Said a visibly exhausted Begum: “It’s been nice coming to India. The last time I was here was when I was just 11 years old. I do wish I had more time to spend.”‘Silky’ Smitha and Kamala-hasan in SadmaFilm producers have finally decided to flesh out their story lines a little more, and what better way to do that than sign on curvy star “silky’ Smitha, the southern sex kitten. Smitha has been signed on by producer Romu Sippy to add her obvious assets to his latest venture Sadma, a remake of the Tamil film, Moonramtirai. Smitha is the latest in a steady procession of southern stars who are looking for greener pastures in the north Indian film industry. And, with the attributes she offers, it is little wonder that Bombay film producers are beating a path to her door. Meanwhile, Smitha is ready to give her all in Silk, Silk, Silk, a south Indian film which is apparently autobiographical in nature. She now looks all set for a silky smooth take-off.advertisementlast_img read more

21 days agoArsenal title winner Smith: Martinelli has striker instincts

first_imgArsenal title winner Smith: Martinelli has striker instinctsby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal title winner Alan Smith believes Gabriel Martinelli can play as a striker long-term.He wrote for the London Evening Standard: “Following on from his brace against Nottingham Forest, another two goals last night to soften up Standard Liege spoke of a teenager going places fast. We hear he is better suited long term to a role on the wing, the position where he made his name at Ituano in Brazil. “But his clever movement here suggested otherwise. The near-post dash across his marker to glance home a marvellous header. The skilful shimmy and shot to curl in the second. These aren’t the hallmarks of a winger filling in. They point to a front man with natural goalscoring instincts.”At 18, Martinelli obviously has much to learn. Pitted against better defenders, his hold-up play will need to gain nous. He’ll have to get stronger to protect the ball. But the basic ingredients are in place. He doesn’t need telling how to find space in the box — a wonderful asset for the challenge ahead.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

First Nations police officers honoured for bravery

first_imgAPTN National NewsEvery year, the First Nations Chiefs of Police Association holds their annual bravery awards dinner.APTN National News reporter Josh Grummett was the ceremony this year and has this story.last_img

Judge awards Dow Chemical USD106 billion in damages against Nova Chemicals

first_imgEDMONTON – A judge has awarded Dow Chemical Canada $1.06 billion in damages against Nova Chemicals Corporation in a dispute over a massive ethylene plant in central Alberta.The dispute centred around the operation of a production facility in Joffre known as E3.E3 started operating in 2000 as a joint venture, with Nova running the facility.Dow Canada alleged breach of contract over the E3 joint venture agreements, claimed that Nova took part of the ethylene and other products that belonged to Dow and failed to run the facility at full production.Nova said it faced an ethane shortage and ran the facility as full as it could subject to mechanical issues that constrained production.Justice Barbara Romaine of Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench ruled in favour of Dow and against a counterclaim filed by Nova in a case that included claims and counterclaims for damages between 2001 to 2012.“Dow has established these facts and has proved on a balance of probabilities that Nova has breached the joint venture agreements both as Operator and as Co-owner and has converted some of the ethane that Dow was entitled to from E3,” Romaine wrote in a lengthy redacted judgment released Wednesday.“I also grant Dow a declaration that the conduct of Nova as Operator constitutes Wilful Misconduct and Gross Negligence.”Romaine said Dow established that there was no ethane shortage, that Nova always had enough ethane to fill E3 and had the ability and freedom to acquire additional ethane.She also said Dow showed that Nova failed to operate E3 to maximize production and that the facility had more capacity than Nova submitted at trial.The court assessed damages against Nova amount to approximately $1.06 billion USD, but must be converted into Canadian dollars.Jenn Nanz, a spokeswoman for Nova Chemicals, said the corporation will appeal within 30 days.“While this decision is extremely disappointing, it has no impact on our announced growth plans,” Nanz said in an email.“Nova Chemicals is confidently moving forward with: Corunna cracker expansion and AST2 in the Sarnia-Lambton region (and a) joint venture with Total and Borealis in the U.S. Gulf Coast, which closed on May 23.”Officials at Dow Chemical Canada were not immediately available for comment.Ethylene is the building block for a range of chemicals from plastics to antifreeze solutions and solvents.(Companies in this story: TSX:NCX)last_img read more

Royal LePage report says pace of rising home prices slowed in second

first_imgTORONTO – The pace of rising home prices slowed in Canada in the second quarter due to softness in the Greater Toronto Area market, according to a report by Royal LePage.Royal LePage chief executive Phil Soper said Tuesday new federal mortgage stress-test measures helped slow the real estate market.“It was a spring market that never blossomed,” Soper said in a statement.“The new federal mortgage stress-test measures slowed the market to a standstill in much of the country, as some families adjusted their expectations in a world with lower borrowing capacity, and others not impacted by the OSFI regulations moved to the sidelines, adopting a ‘wait and see what happens to home prices’ approach.”However, in its outlook, Royal LePage said it expected the aggregate price of a home in Canada in the third quarter to be up 2.2 per compared with a year ago.“The market has begun to absorb and adjust to the new realities; we expect an uptick in sales volumes and prices during the second half of 2018,” Soper said.The Royal LePage national house price composite showed the price of a home in Canada increased 2.0 per cent year-over-year to $613,968 in the second quarter of 2018.That compared with a 6.2 per cent year-over-year increase in the first quarter of the year.The real estate brokerage firm said the slowdown in the rise in prices came as some regions in the Greater Toronto Area saw prices fall compared with a year ago.The national median price in the second quarter of a two-storey home rose 0.8 per cent year-over-year to $720,504, while the median price of a bungalow climbed 1.8 per cent to $512,979. The price of condominiums rose 8.1 per cent year-over-year to $435,421.In a separate report, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada said the market for homes over $1 million in Montreal in the first half of the year hit a record as it gained 24 per cent compared with a year ago.In Toronto, Sotheby’s said sales of homes over $1 million were down 46 per cent compared with a year ago, however the firm noted that 2018 sales volume trended in line with 2015’s pre-surge levels.Home sales over $1 million in Vancouver fell 19 per cent compared with a year ago, while Calgary saw a drop of 11 per cent.last_img read more

EU official calls on Kosovo to revoke tariff on Serb goods

first_imgPRISTINA, Kosovo — European Union’s enlargement commissioner is visiting Kosovo to try to push authorities to revoke a recent decision to impose a 100-per cent tariff on goods from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.Johannes Hahn met with Kosovo’s top officials Monday after earlier visiting Belgrade, where he held talks with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and called on Kosovo “to unblock regional co-operation and trade.”Last month, Kosovo’s government imposed the tariff on Serbian imports saying it would stay in place until Serbia recognizes Kosovo’s independence and stops preventing it from joining international organizations.Kosovo failed to join Interpol following Serbia’s campaign.Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008. The EU has said that normalized ties between the two are a condition for the countries to become members.The Associated Presslast_img read more