SAN FRANCISCO — As the Warriors deal with early injuries to the team’s top two centers, Omari Spellman is expected to start at center in the first preseason game against the Lakers on Saturday. Marquese Chriss will be the backup.“I believe those are our only two options,” Kerr said after practice Thursday.Rookie Eric Paschall could also get some run at the position.“We can throw Eric at 5. He’d be the shortest 5 in the history of the NBA,” Kerr said. “But the thing I love about Eric is his …
No. 8 Fortuna High kept it close for a half but not much longer as No. 1 Encinal scored 35 unanswered points to down the Huskies 35-24 in the first-round of the North Coast Section Division-V playoffs, Friday night in Alameda.After forcing Enicnal to punt on its first two possessions Fortuna seized an early lead midway through the second-quarter. The drive, a methodical 13-play 78-yard march, was helped by a defensive holding call which kept Fortuna’s offense on the field after a failed …
Fishermen off Cape Point in the Western Cape catching fish using handlines. (Image: Rodger Bosch MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) Tamara O’ReillySouth Africa is no less of a culprit when it comes to threatening the survival of marine species by overfishing. To curb this, the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative aims to educate consumers on their choice of seafood and its impact on marine life.With both warm and cold waters lapping our shores, South African waters are attractive to a diverse sea life but like in most places around the world, the pressure of fishing has caused severe threat to some species of fish.The Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) a partnership between the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, the Endangered Wildlife Trust and wildlife organisation WWF South Africa has encouraged restaurateurs to be more vigilant of suppliers’ fishing methods in order to avoid further damage to an already delicate ocean environment.SASSI provides its members (namely restaurants, wholesalers and retailers) with a chart containing a list of South African fish that are categorised using colours to denote the fish’s conservation status. Members of SASSI discourage the promotion of species that are from overexploited or vulnerable populations and to have better choices available for their customers.“Red Species” such as kingfish, blacktail and stonebream are by law, illegal to sell. They are listed as specially protected, restricted, or no-sale species and should never be bought or offered for sale as they are at great risk of extinction. Some fish on this list may be enjoyed at home if caught by licensed recreational anglers.“Orange Species” are not as endangered as their red counterparts. They may be sold legally by registered commercial fishers and retailers but an increased demand for these could be detrimental to their existence.The best options for consumers and retailers are those categorised as “Green Species”. They are recommended as the most popular choices available as they are relatively healthy and well-managed populations that can sustain current fishing pressure.“About 76 %of the world’s fish stocks are now overexploited, meaning that we as operators, need to take the initiative by learning about what species are in trouble and encourage others to do so as well,” says Brian Singer, owner of Blowfish Restaurant in Cape Town. “As restaurant owners, we can make a huge impact by refusing to spend our money on products that are unlawful.”Many communities in the world rely on fishing for survival, whether it’s through trade or as a primary source of food. It has been estimated that more than 200-million people around the world earn all, or part, of their income through fishing and related activities.Although water covers 70% of the earth, the perception that the sea is full of fish is largely unfounded. Not all areas of the sea are equally productive as most fish are found in the relatively shallow water near the coastline of continents and islands.Over fishingWhen more fish are caught than can be replaced by the breeding activities of the adult fish population, over fishing occurs. According to SASSI, it is estimated that 75% of global fish stocks are either exploited at maximum levels, or overexploited.Continued over-fishing is detrimental to everyone involved, from the fish and ecosystem, to the communities whose livelihoods depend on fishing, through to seafood retailers and the consumer.“The solution is not to ban fishing as this will have a negative impact on the world economy, and possibly an even worse impact on the environment, but rather it is to maintain reasonable regulations whereby we can make use of resources available to us without damaging the environment,” says Jaco Barendse, seafood and technical advisor of SASSI.Netting what’s not neededSome fisheries are very selective and use different methods to catch only those fish which they require. Other fisheries are non-selective and may catch fish and other animals that are not intended. These are called by-catch and often result in the catching, and killing, of sea life such as dolphins, seals and albatrosses.An alternative“There are also alternative solutions to fishing straight from wild stock. Aquaculture is a fast growing sector in the Western Cape economy and already seafood such as mussels, oysters and abalone are successfully raised,” adds Timony Siebert, coordinator of SASSI.Aquaculture involves the cultivation of sea life, mainly molluscs such as mussels and crustaceans such as crabs and prawns.According to the Aquaculture Association of South Africa, the world aquaculture industry contributes about 30% to total food fish. World aquaculture production has experienced an increase of over 40% over the previous two decades, with aquaculture making up the difference between rising demand and the stagnant supplies from capture fisheries. Africa is producing approximately 6% (570 000 tonnes) of the total world catch, with South Africa contributing respectively 9% and 0.5% to Africa’s and total world catch.Do you have comments or queries about this article? Email Tamara O’Reilly at [email protected] linksGlobal water award for SA Holidays that save the world Ecotourism reaps rich rewards Useful linksKnow your seafood Aquaculture Association of South Africa Department of Water Affairs and ForestrySouthern African Sunstainable Seafood Initiative
Share 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. 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Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View comments US Open fashion: Crystals, shapes and knee-high socks Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kerber’s exit further thins the women’s bracket, which was missing 23-time major champion Serena Williams to begin with because she is expecting a baby. Three of the top seven seeded women were gone before dinnertime on Day 2, with No. 6 Kerber joining Monday’s losers, No. 2 Simona Halep — beaten by Maria Sharapova in her first Grand Slam match since a 15-month doping suspension — and No. 7 Johanna Konta.While Kerber’s quick departure was stunning in and of itself, that Osaka would be the one to do it might not be quite so remarkable, even if she is just 19 and never won before against a top-10 woman.Osaka is comfortable around the grounds at Flushing Meadows, where she has been spending time, and even occasionally practicing, since she was a kid: She was born in Osaka, Japan, so represents that country, but moved to the U.S. when she was 3, has dual citizenship, and used to live on Long Island.“The site,” Osaka said, “feels really familiar to me.”She nearly upended Keys in the U.S. Open’s third round last year, leading 5-1 in the third set before losing in a tiebreaker, a collapse on her mind in the latter stages Tuesday.This time, Osaka held steady, using her powerful baseline game to bully Kerber.Osaka accumulated a 22-9 edge in winners, broke in half of Kerber’s eight service games and saved all four break points she faced.“It was not my day,” Kerber summed up. “Completely not my day.”Hasn’t been her year, either. Angelique Kerber, of Germany, returns a shot from Naomi Osaka, of Japan, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — The question was rather simple after Angelique Kerber became only the second defending U.S. Open champion in the professional era to lose in the first round.The surprisingly lopsided 6-3, 6-1 loss to 45th-ranked Naomi Osaka of Japan under the closed roof in Arthur Ashe Stadium at a rainy Flushing Meadows on Tuesday was former No. 1 Kerber’s latest in a long list of disappointing performances in 2017, so she was asked what she thinks went wrong this season.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I know that I’m strong and I know that I will come back stronger, for sure. I know that I will not (be) giving up,” said Kerber, the first defending champion to lose in the U.S. Open’s first round since Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2005.Showers showed up before noon Tuesday and led to the postponements of dozens of matches. The only court used in the afternoon and evening was Ashe, thanks to the retractable cover constructed ahead of last year’s tournament.Pliskova, who is seeded No. 1, easily advanced by beating Magda Linette 6-2, 6-1, French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko got past Lara Arruabarrena 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 in a match that started on Court 17 then was moved indoors at Ashe, and No. 23 Barbora Strycova defeated Misaki Doi 6-1, 6-3. Yet another seeded woman was eliminated when No. 28 Lesia Tsurenko lost to Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 6-1.At night in Ashe, No. 15 Madison Keys was to face Elise Mertens of Belgium.The only men’s matches completed were at Ashe, where No. 1 Rafael Nadal overcame a first-set hiccup before overpowering Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-2. Nadal’s possible semifinal foe and chief rival for the title, Roger Federer, was to face 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe at night.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next She sighed, shrugged her shoulders and began to answer: “I don’t know.”Moments later, her eyes darting around the room, she added, “This year is a completely different year.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTalk about an understatement. In 2016, Kerber broke through to the top of tennis in a spectacular way. A player with only one previous Grand Slam semifinal appearance reached the first three major title matches of her career, winning two of them: She stunned Serena Williams in the Australian Open final, lost to Williams in the Wimbledon final, and then beat Karolina Pliskova in the U.S. Open final to rise atop the WTA rankings for the first time.Her follow-up has been quite a flop. Kerber, a 29-year-old German, hasn’t won any title of any sort this season. She is only 25-18 overall, 0-9 against opponents ranked in the top 20, and Monday’s loss assured her of falling out of the top 10 for the first time since October 2015. At Grand Slam tournaments she is 6-4, including another first-round loss in May at the French Open, where she became that tournament’s first No. 1 seed to lose so early. MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Heskey questions Liverpool depth to overcome Man Cityby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmile Heskey believes Liverpool lack the squad depth to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title.Former Reds striker Heskey says Jurgen Klopp’s side will struggle if one of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah don’t score.”It’s a tall order because at this moment in time City have the best squad in terms of depth,” Heskey told Omnisport.”If you take certain players out of City they’ve always got someone who can step in and do a specific job, the way the manager wants him to do it.”Liverpool, if you take Salah, Mane or Firmino out, it’s not quite the same, whereas City have a better blend.”
Arsenal 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 say
The draw ceremony last week for the Australian Open turned into a draw celebration for the hosts: Australian tennis players got relatively easy matchups in the first round. Their draws were among the most favorable for a host country’s players since Grand Slam tournaments started awarding prize money in 1968. And so far the Aussies have taken advantage, with three men in the third round for the first time since 2004.Host nations’ national tennis associations run the Grand Slam events, and organizers like to be able to showcase home players. So, a draw like this year’s might look suspicious. But there’s no evidence that hosts rig draws in favor of their players. If anything, home-nation players have had rougher matchups than you’d expect by random chance.The difference is small, but the toughest Slam, even including this year’s draw, has been Australia’s. Last year’s was as tough as this year’s was easy, a point hinted at by Craig Tiley, CEO of Tennis Australia, at the draw ceremony last week.Draw luck matters a lot in Grand Slam tennis, because most players are placed randomly. In each of the men’s and women’s singles tournaments, just 1 in 4 players gets a seed, which governs roughly — though not precisely — where they’re placed in the first round. The other three-quarters of players could go anywhere. One-third of them have to face a seed, including one unlucky soul who worked all year to make the tournament, only to face the top seed. The other two-thirds get to play another unseeded player.The winners of those matchups get a seeded player in the second round, unless that favorite was upset in the first round. For unseeded players struggling to make ends meet, good draw luck at one of these lucrative events could mean their biggest paycheck of the year.The draw has been so favorable to Australians that three men have reached third-round matches Friday without having to face an opponent with a Top 20 seed. Two of them face each other, which means an Australian man will reach the fourth round for the first time since 2012.That kind of home advantage has been more the exception than the norm. I checked by looking at men’s singles draws back to 1968 and women’s singles draws back to 1981 at all four Grand Slam tournaments, as provided by Jeff Sackmann, who runs tennisabstract.com. The draw sizes and number of seeds varied in the earliest years in the data set. I tossed the draws that had first-round byes and focused only on unseeded players, because they’re the ones most subject to draw luck. I also excluded host-nation players who made their way through the qualifying draw, because they’re usually slotted in after the rest of the draw has been set. Then for each event, I compared how many seeded opponents the home players could have expected to draw in the first round with how many they did.For instance, this year, with a 128-player draw and 32 seeds, each unseeded player had a 1-in-3 chance of drawing a seed in the first round. Eight Australian men and six Australian women were unseeded and reached the main draw without having to play the qualifying tournament. Just two of them drew seeded opponents in the first round. On average, we’d have expected four and two-thirds of them to draw seeded opponents.That makes this year’s Australian Open one of the luckiest draws for the hosts in our data set of 178 Grand Slam events. Just twice was there both a bigger ratio and a bigger gap between expected and actual seeds drawn: at the 2003 Australian Open, when unseeded home players got two seeded opponents instead of the expected five, and at Wimbledon in 2001, when unseeded British players drew just one seed instead of the expected four and two-thirds.But there is no nefarious pattern here. Last year’s Australian Open was one of the worst for hosts, whose unseeded players could have expected to draw 4.5 seeded opponents but instead drew eight. Wimbledon in 2002 was one of the toughest for hosts, a year after the cushy draw. And the favorable 2003 Australian Open draw followed two straight unfavorable ones for the hosts.Overall in the data set, home-nation unseeded players have drawn 4 percent more seeded opponents in the first round than expected by chance. That’s probably a fluke, particularly for the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, where the difference between actual and expected seeded opponents is in the narrow range between -1 percent to 6 percent. The Australian Open has been the toughest for home players, with 16 percent more seeded opponents than expected. It would take a few more draws like this year’s to even that out.
If you read my Skeptical Football column regularly last season (which I’m sure you did), you may already be familiar with my “gunslinger” obsession. But in case you’re new, here’s the quick recap: For a quarterback to maximize his ability to win, he has to take risks. Just as a coach failing to go for it in certain fourth-down situations costs his teams wins, so does a quarterback who doesn’t alter his game to exploit the situation he faces. Many times this means making decisions that can be costly to a player’s statistical efficiency — and often his popular reputation — in order to slightly improve his team’s chances of victory. In other words, throwing interceptions may not always be bad, and not throwing interceptions may not always be good.To celebrate the QBs willing to make this bargain, last year I picked a Gunslinger of the Week (the QB who set the best example of taking “good, smart risks in their relentless pursuit of victory, whether or not those risks succeeded”) each week. This season, we’re spinning that off into its own post, to be released on Mondays. (MNFers are eligible to steal the next week’s award, but only if they’re really really slingy.) So without further ado:Week 1Philip Rivers and defending Gunslinger of the Year Tony Romo both won despite trailing big and throwing multiple interceptions while they were behind. Those impossible wins are rare feats that I love to reward.But when I looked over the play-by-play, I was less impressed from the gunslinger perspective. Romo’s first interception came with less than a minute left in the first half, on Dallas’s own 20-yard line, and was thrown only 1 yard downfield on a first-and-10. “Good” interceptions are low risk/high reward — or sometimes high risk/high reward — but a bad short pass on first down in Romo’s own territory is high risk/low reward. His second came on a throw that went 2 yards downfield on third and 6, again in Dallas territory. Suffice to say, these were not the kind of plays that signify that a QB is pulling out all the stops to win; they were just good, old-fashioned turnovers.Rivers had two interceptions in the first half, including one returned for a touchdown and one on the Lions goal line. While he eventually pulled out an amazing win, gunslinging had little if anything to do with it. The Lions’ Matthew Stafford — a Gunslinger Award veteran himself — got a little too slingy for his own good and threw two INTs while in the lead to help the Chargers get back into things, and then Rivers sealed the deal with an impressively robotic but decidedly non-slingy stretch of 20 straight completions, only four of which went for more than 5 yards in the air (and eight of which were thrown behind the line of scrimmage).Note: Gambling by throwing downfield isn’t the only way to be a good gunslinger, but it’s certainly one way. Which leads us to this week’s winner:Ben Roethlisberger.This week 11 quarterbacks faced extended multiple-score deficits,1Took at least 10 pass attempts with their team down 9-plus points. and none pushed the ball downfield as hard as Steelers QB Roethlisberger:Playing the Patriots, Roethlisberger threw his passes the farthest downfield by far: on average, more than 12 yards per pass. That included seven attempts of more than 20 yards — more than the rest of these quarterbacks combined.After New England raced out to a 21-3 lead early in the third quarter, things looked pretty bleak for the Steelers. But Roethlisberger brought them to within 7 with a TD (plus 2-point conversion) and a field goal on the next two drives — each featuring passes completed 24 yards downfield. When the Patriots went back up 14, Roethlisberger continued to push, completing an 18-yard pass to get the Steelers to midfield and then going big with a 40-yard pass that was intercepted by Duron Harmon. There’s no shame in being intercepted on a throw that — if completed — would have set up a potentially crucial score with seven minutes remaining.On the final drive of the night, Roethlisberger would push his yard tally to 351 and get a meaningless TD with seven seconds left. But with two minutes left on that same drive — when he probably could have given up and padded his stats a little more easily — he was throwing a 29-yard bomb to Markus Wheaton that a defender got a hand on. Had that been successful, it might have given the Steelers a slim chance of winning instead of none. That’s the kind of choice I like to see.Reminder: If you tweet NFL questions to me @skepticalsports, there is a non-zero chance that I’ll answer them in Skeptical Football. Check out win and loss projections and playoff odds for all 32 NFL teams.