The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is looking to add to its pool of referees and will begin its search through a recruitment drive with students along with military and police personnel being targeted. This exercise, it hopes, will improve the standard of refereeing in local football. Chairman of the JFF’s referees committee, Michael Ricketts, doesn’t, in fact, believe that the standard of officiating among the island’s officials is that bad, but believes there is a need to get more persons involved. “I don’t think the state of refereeing is that terrible. We have some good referees in Jamaica,” Ricketts told The Gleaner yesterday. “We are looking to start a serious recruitment drive soon. We are having dialogue with ISSA (Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association) in order to get at least one student from [as many] high schools to start training,” he disclosed. “The committee is also looking to get into tertiary institutions, as well as the police force and the Jamaica Defence Force for persons,” Ricketts, who is also a JFF board member, added. Before that, however, the JFF will conduct a course for new match commissioners, which is set to start on January 28, and is also looking to add new match assessors to the programme. “We currently have 16 assessors, who are all former referees, but we need more persons to be a part of that pool,” Ricketts pointed out. Former FIFA referee Peter Prendergast also believes there is no need to panic with regards to the standard of local refereeing. “I think we have some refs that should make better judgement. I’m not saying that they are incompetent,” said Prendergast, who officiated at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. email@example.com
Presley Tenwah (3rd from left), Chairman of PATEL, and other executive membersAhead of the April 10 mass protest planned by the Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia (PATEL), the Liberia National Police (LNP) yesterday invited PATEL Chairman, Presley Tenwah at the LNP Headquarters for questioning.PATEL is comprised of Liberian business owners. Their planned action, they said, will shut down Monrovia and other cities to bring the government’s attention to the plight of business people, especially the indigenous traders.Unlike the three-day shutdown recently, the forthcoming protest, they say, will go on until the government does something about their concerns.Tenwah’s invitation from the LNP was confirmed by police spokesman Sam Collins in an interview yesterday.Collins said, “Tenwah was invited for questioning on why he was distributing leaflets to business people when it is part of the LNP operations under its Public Management Law.“The guy is planning a protest and the LNP does not know about it. We should be aware of such activity. We need to be aware about what is happening and this will help us to better prepare ourselves to ensure that the public is not disturbed,” said Collins.Asked how long Tenwah’s meeting with the LNP took, Collins said that was irrelevant. “After all, he was not in jail. We had a gentlemen’s discussion with him and we allowed him to go home.”PATEL issued a statement last week critical of the depreciation of the Liberian dollar against the United States dollar; high tariffs and incidental tariffs that are placed on goods imported by Liberian businesses, and constant police harassment of traders, including street sellers.The statement appealed to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to quickly respond to their concerns as soon as April 3, a week before the planned strike action to avoid any conflict that may arise.The statement also called on members of the House of Representatives and Senate to immediately look into “the imposition of high tariffs on goods imported to Liberia, constant increase of the United States dollar rate on the market and police harassment of petty traders.”PATEL called for the classification of Liberian businesses as a special group in relation to the four categories of tariffs, to enable them to pay a flat rate tax of 0% – 5% on all goods imported into Liberia.PATEL also called for a single customs examination before any payment is made, instead of multiple examinations of goods with separate and distinct tax payments.According to the LNP, however, the government will not tolerate any action that will destabilize the country’s peace, especially at such a crucial election period.Government spokesman, Information Minister Eugene Nagbe at the just-ended Cabinet retreat in Julijuah, Bomi County, strongly warned PATEL and other business leaders against disturbing the peace and hindering economic growth, saying such actions will not be tolerated.“We want to sound this alarm again to all of those who are planning the disturbance of our peace and the disturbance of our economic growth to desist because we will not tolerate any disturbance of the peace or any activity that will hinder economic growth in our country,” Nagbe said last Friday.With the current development, officials of PATEL could not be reached to find out from them what will be their next course of action – whether they will abide by the government’s orders to desist or carry out their nationwide strike action as planned. In their statement last week, PATEL warned Liberians to ensure that they purchase enough essential supplies for a long campaign.“This time around we are not going to relent if we cannot hear from the lawmakers. We are calling on Ma Ellen to speak for us so that our concerns can be resolved. All we’ve been getting is promises but nothing has changed. All they have been saying to us is that we should come on March 10th; and then go-and-come-back tactics,” the statement said, last week.Minister Nagbe accused PATEL and its agents of attempting to incite other businesses to participate in activities that are unfavorable to the economy and Liberia’s peace.He also accused the group of distributing leaflets with intimidating tactics, saying such actions by PATEL “are unacceptable to the government,” and called on peaceful business owners to go about their normal business activities without fear of intimidation from PATEL.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
With countries in the Caribbean digitalising services in Government offices to reduce visits and the use of paper copies, Guyana is the only country that is lagging behind in the region. In fact, it is the only country thus far without legislation in place to authenticate such. This is according to a 2019 report by the Inter-American Development Bank: “Wait No More: Citizens, Red Tape and Digital Government”.With digital signature on frequently used platforms, applicants and other stakeholders can sign documents online, eliminating the need to submit a hardcopy. Without this feature, like the system which currently exists in Guyana, citizens are required to make a visit to finalise their transactions.“Another key platform service is the digital signature, which enables applicants to sign documents or forms online without having to submit a physical copy, and thereby potentially reduces the number of visits to a Government office. Without the digital signature, there are many Government transactions that – despite being digitised in everything but the signature – still require an in-person visit to comply with this requirement.”In the Latin America and Caribbean region, 25 countries have implemented laws for the validity of digital signature. Guyana is the only one which ‘lacks’ this regulation.The report states that with respect to regulation, there has been significant progress in the LAC region in that 25 of 26 countries have a law establishing the legal validity of the digital signature. It added that only Guyana lacks such a law. “However, having a legal framework does not necessarily mean that there is a digital signature in place that can be used by all citizens and that is accepted by all private and public institutions,” the published report highlighted.Meanwhile, as it relates to Government websites, countries are enabling technology and customising their ‘style guide’ for easier access. It was indicated that having a similar format on every Government agency page creates a uniformed setting and allows for easier navigation. More importantly, it helps persons to identify its authenticity. While neighbouring countries have completed or started this process, Guyana has not initiated any efforts to do so.“A style guide – a tool that offers guidelines to ensure that Government websites share a single format – helps to avoid these problems. The region has made substantial progress on this front: only 3 out of 25 countries lack a style guide or similar tool. In the Caribbean, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname report currently having a guide, Jamaica and Barbados report that it is in process, and Guyana does not have one. The trend, however, is increasingly moving towards having a unique Government portal to reduce transaction costs for citizens of accessing multiple websites,” the IDB concluded.The idea of the report was to focus on various Caribbean countries and the procedure involved in Government transactions such as: requesting a birth certificate, registering property or establishing a business. It specifically noted that “efficient Government transactions enhance the business climate, citizen perception of Government, and access to crucial public programmes and services”.However, it was revealed in the document that Guyana headed the list for paying bribes to access Government services. The document specifically identified sectors where this practice is common, and the reasons why approximately 27 per cent of the population choose to give bribes instead of going through the process.
Known as the First Nations Limited Partnership, it consists of the 15 First Nations situated along the proposed pipeline route between Summit Lake and Kitimat. Sounding a lot like a member of Prime Minister Harper’s Conservative caucus, Mr. Rae is quoted as saying the successful implementation of the commercial agreement will be critical to the important LNG project moving forward successfully. He’s also quoted as claiming the FNLP is an innovative model for how industry, governments and First Nations can cooperate effectively with respect to major economic development projects.To read the full CBC article, click here.- Advertisement –
MENS FOOTBALLOur senior footballers continued their impressive run of results and gained 2 more valuable points in the process, when they recorded a 6 point victory over Killybegs at the weekend. Sundays win leaves us in 4th position in the ACL Division 1 with 4 league games remaining. The reserve side had no game unfortunately, as Killybegs were unable to field. At this stage it is unclear if we will be in action this weekend. Check out the club facebook and twitter accounts, as well as the parish bulletin for more details of our next upcoming fixture. We would also like to remind our supporters of the vital championship clash v St Eunans in Buncrana on Saturday 14th of September. LADIES FOOTBALLMalin GAA will host a 7- aside Ladies tournament this Saturday the 7th of September from 4-7pm. The home side will be joined by various clubs from Inishowen and the Steelstown club from Derry will also make their way to Connolly Park. This is guaranteed to be a great evening of Ladies Gaelic along with being good fun. Anyone interested in entering a team is asked to Contact Pat Mc Laughlin on 0872030115. Make your way to Connolly Park to support the Ladies in the their last matches of the year.UNDERAGE GIRLS Well Done to the U12 Girls panel who took part in a Blitz, hosted by the Carndonagh Club on Saturday. The Girls played Carndonagh A & B, along with Moville, and gave an excellent display given their long summer break. Well Done Girls.COURSESThere will be a fundamentals coaching course, for anyone interested in getting involved in coaching underage girls, in September/October.Names are also been taken for anyone who like do a referees course, as of yet no date has been set, but anyone interested in either of these courses are asked to forward their names to Maria on 0877763679 as soon as possible.LOTTOThere was no winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €600. The sequence draw was 6-5-4-7-2-3-1. The 50 euro winner was Elish Bell, with the 20 euro sellers prize going to John Collins. Next weeks lotto jackpot is €650 and we thank the local community for its continued support of our weekly lotto draw.PRO: Any items for the notes should be forwarded to Martin Doherty on 0861585880 or alternatively send an email to the new club email address firstname.lastname@example.org at no later than 9 o clock on the Sunday evening.CLUB NEWSYou can now stay up to date with all the latest happenings within the club by checking our facebook page www.facebook.com/malingaa, by following us on twitter @malainnclg, or by sending a text to the club texting service 0868668531 to avail of club fixtures and news. You can also view some of Our Club Videos by checking out our Youtube Channel, by searching Malin GAAOTHER NEWS Congratulations to Buncrana GAA minors who clinched the County A title at the weekend in Mc Cumhaill Park.GAA NEWS: MALIN TO HOST 7-A-SIDE LADIES TOURNAMENT was last modified: September 2nd, 2013 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)Tags:GAA NEWS: MALIN TO HOST 7-A-SIDE LADIES TOURNAMENT
Kenya are the defending champions (file photo)NAIROBI – The Council of East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) senior challenge cup tournament will not be played this year after they organizers could not secure a host.This was confirmed by CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye on Wednesday morning.“It is not possible to have the tournament played this year, said Musonyi“We have tried our best to secure a new host but none is willing to.“And also it will not be possible since the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup will be played in the same period.“We have moved to cancel and will try to stage the tournament next year.Africa’s oldest football competition has been irregular since its inception in 1926.The tourney was also not held in 1986, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2014, 2016 and now lately 2018.Kenya, the defending champions had been granted the hosting rights but turned down the opportunity two months ago citing limited funds among other logistical issues.It is believed that several other Nations including Uganda have been approached in the last few months but have all turned down the chance to host Africa’s oldest tournament.Uganda remains the most successful country in this tournament having won the event a record 14 times.Previous Winners CECAFA winners:–Uganda (1973, 1976, 1977, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015)-Kenya (1975, 1981, 1982, 1983, 2002, 2013, 2017) —-Ethiopia (1987, 2001, 2004, 2005) –-Tanzania (1974, 1994, 2010)-Malawi (1978, 1979, 1988)-Sudan (1980, 2006, 2007)-Zambia (1984, 1991)-Zimbabwe (1985)-Zanzibar (1995)-Rwanda (1999 *Rwanda B Team)Comments Tags: cecafaNicholas Musonyitop
Tooro United have now climbed into 10th in the standings (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueThursday, 10-01-2019-Tooro United 2-0 Bright Stars-Bul FC 2-2 Nyamityobora FC-Paidha Black Angels 1-1 Maroons FCTooro United defeated Bright Stars 2-0 at the Buhinga Grounds in one of the four StarTimes Uganda Premier League games played on Thursday afternoon.Mike Kawooya struck after 21 minutes to ensure that Wasswa Bbosa’s side settles early and dictate the game.However, despite controlling the majority of the encounter, the home side had to wait until 14 minutes from time to make the points safe as Allan Kayiwa converted from the spot.This was Tooro’s fifth win of the season and it sees them climb into 10th on the log with 20 points.For Bright Stars who have now gone six matches minus victory, they slip further down into 9th with 20 points thus far.In the game played at Njeru, Nyamityobora came from a goal down twice to earn a 2-2 draw away to Bul.Richard Wandyake put the hosts ahead after just 4 minutes and his goal ensured that Peter Onen’s side go into halftime leading 1-0.A minute to the hour mark, the visitors equalized thanks to Yiga Muhammda’s first goal of the season.Ten minutes later, Willis Otong restored Bul’s lead with a fine strike and the home side looked to be on their way to a second straight victory after defeating SC Villa 1-0 in the previous game.However, Asaph Mwebaze’s side had other ideas and with 9 minutes to play, Ibrahim Dada restored purity for the Abanyakare to ensure that both sides walk home with just a single point.The draw means that Bul remain 5th in the standings with 23 points from their first 15 games while Nyamityobora are still third from bottom, having gathered only 9 points in the first round.At the Green Light Stadium in Arua, Paidah Black Angels and Maroons battled to a 1-1 draw in a fiercely contested encounter.Seif Batte scored after six minutes to put Maroons in the lead before Jerry Adebo restored purity for the home sides with 22 minutes to play in the game.The draw doesn’t change much for either side as Paidah stay at the bottom of the standings with 7 points from 15 games while Maroons are 12th with 15 points.The other game played on Thursday:-Express FC 0-0 Ndejje UniversityThe StarTimes Uganda Premier League upcoming fixtures:-URA FC vs Vipers SC, 23-01-2019 @4pm-Vipers SC vs Mbarara City, 26-01-2019 @4pmComments Tags: bright starsBul FCMaroons FCNyamityobora FCpaidha black anglesStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeagueTooro united
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There are 2 sides to Adam Graham. There is the jean wearing Adam Graham that farms in with his Dad and Brother in Champaign, Logan and Union Counties and then there is the suit and tie Adam Graham who is the Chairman of The Ohio Soybean Board, representing soybean farmers from all over the state. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins found the former Adam Graham planting corn in Logan County and hopped in for a Cab Cam, brought to you by Fennig Equipment, to find out what Graham does when he’s not in the board room, or in Columbus or Washington, D.C.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCWith the government shutdown eliminating the January USDA report, all the information the market wants to trade was moved to the February report, making it one of the biggest and most anticipated report of the year.The final 2018 corn yield of 176.4 was surprising. This was slightly lower than 2017 and 2.5 bushels lower than the December report. This was one of the biggest yield decreases from December estimates to the final results in history. Those two bushels mean over 200 million fewer bushels, which should have had a bigger positive impact on futures. However, the report also showed a drop in overall demand.The 125-million-bushel feed demand decrease surprised me. I’ve noticed high demand for corn in feed rations recently compared to other substitute ingredients, so I was actually expecting an increase. With the USDA livestock numbers showing a 2.36% year over year production increase, if feed rations stayed the same, it should have only meant a 75-million-bushel feed demand decrease (not 125 million). Maybe a future USDA report will increase feed demand estimates, if that happens and all other numbers stay the same, carryout could still end up below 1.7 billion.While export pace has been steady, the South American growing conditions have been so good that a large crop is now expected. This could mean May to September U.S. export potential is limited because of competition from all of that production in South America. This could keep a cap on our prices going forward and might be why the USDA did not increase these numbers this month.For soybeans, many feared carryout could exceed 1 billion bushels, so the news that final yields decreased with no real big demand reduction, resulting in a 910 million carryout, was welcome.The problem for beans is that fundamentally there is no justification for current prices without a big China trade deal. The market will focus on those trade issues until the March planting intentions report — if the market is still open at the end of March.The Dec Corn/Nov Bean ratio moved even more in favor of planting beans this week. At a 2.4 : 1 ratio, there is little incentive for farmers to plant one crop over another. Corn demand remains strong as we grind through stocks. If corn acres don’t increase at least 3 million acres in 2019, next year’s carryout could be tight, pushing prices higher. Selling hope and timeOften some experts in the industry suggest that farmers should sell their grain and “look for a possible re-ownership opportunity by buying calls.” This advice doesn’t make any sense to me, especially in the corn market. When farmers have unpriced grain in storage, or even in the field growing, they already have ownership. They don’t need MORE corn while prices are low. They need the market to rally so they can sell the corn they have, or will have at the next harvest. More corn only adds more risk to their farm operation. In essence, this advice is telling farmers, who are already speculators, to double down.This is why I stress to farmers to really think about what they are doing when they speculate by BUYING calls. Right now, many farmers have some 2018 crop left they need to sell, and probably most of 2019’s crop. So, I’m not sure why it makes sense to buy the right to buy more corn if you are a farmer who isn’t done with this or next year’s crop sales. Buying hopeIn most cases, farmers buy calls because they HOPE the market will go up. I’ve seen very few times when farmers have made a lot of money buying calls. Most of the time farmers lose some or all of the premium they pay when buying calls. Those that don’t lose money are generally only going to make a small profit if they are lucky.My marketing plan does not include “buying hope,” but instead I “sell hope.” Certainly not on all of my bushels, but I do for some. Basically, I get paid for selling hope to somebody else.Farmers need to remember that based upon history 66% of the time it will be a normal year. During normal years, prices well above breakeven points are unlikely for an extended period of time. I try to position my marketing strategies where I can take advantage of opportunities assuming trend line expectations while understanding how I will be affected by unpredictable market variations. Buying timeWhen buying options, the longer length of time until the option expires makes it worth more. More time = more chances for market movement.Similar to hope, I don’t want to buy time. Time is expensive because it’s in finite supply and everyone wants more of it. Instead I determine what price I want for some of my grain, then I optimize how much (time) value I can get for that option and then I sell it. The importance of understanding your goalsI always caution farmers to think about their grain marketing end goals.What happens if your goals aren’t met?What happens if the price doesn’t go up like you think or hope it should?What happens if you are wrong with your market assessment?Are you prepared for all market scenarios?My goal is to design a marketing plan that takes into consideration as many market scenarios as possible. In every trade I analyze how my profit will be affected if the market goes up, down or sideways. I then take into consideration risk and the likelihood of each scenario happening based upon current market conditions. While I’m prepared if the market goes down or sideways, like all farmers, I ALWAYS want prices to go up. Any time I make a trade I’m hoping to be wrong and the market rallies. And if it does…. I’ll sell more corn…. because I will ALWAYS have more corn to sell. Maybe not in 2018, but certainly in 2019 and 2020.Ultimately, I’m happy to sell my hope for higher prices to somebody else in exchange for a small amount of guaranteed income. I hope it’s the wrong decision, because all of the grain I don’t yet have sold is now worth a lot more. Please email email@example.com with any questions or to learn more. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. 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. 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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday held a meeting of the Trinamool’s core committee, and directed senior leaders to be present at party offices daily. Ms. Banerjee drew up a roster of leaders who would have to attend the party headquarters.She assigned responsibilities at the party’s new socio-cultural unit to key leaders. While Ministers Bratya Basu and Indranil Sen would be in charge of the Jai Hind Bahini, Kakoli Ghosh Dasidar, MP, was tasked with oversight of the Banga Janini Bahini for women.Meanwhile, BJP State president Dilip Ghosh said two berths for West Bengal in the Union Ministry was less than what the State leadership had expected. He told reporters that a few persons had been arrested for chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in the Bhatapara area of North 24 Parganas. “Earlier also a few people were arrested but could not be kept in prison as there is no law for which anyone can be jailed for chanting Jai Shri Ram,” Mr. Ghosh said. Ms. Banerjee would hereafter be greeted with chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ wherever she went, Mr. Ghosh asserted.Two berths for 18 MPs The State BJP president also said that two berths in the council of ministers for 18 Lok Sabha MPs from Bengal was a little less than what the State leadership had expected. Mr. Ghosh said that he had informed BJP leader Ram Lal about this. However, he said that this was the beginning and more MPs may be inducted in the Council of Ministers later. “Many others would also be inducted in future,” Mr Ghosh said. “It is a continuous process. Our responsibility was to send maximum number of MPs from Bengal and provide sufficient support so that Modiji becomes the PM,” he added.