Ebola Food Relief Shipped to Liberia

first_imgResponding to the Ebola crisis and the request of The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Liberia, Iowa-based Outreach, Inc., shipped via sea freight the first 300,000 of over 700,000 meals to Liberia for patients in the Ebola Treatment Centers on Thursday, September 18.  According to Binyah C. Kesselly, Commissioner/CEO of the Liberia Maritime Authority and Board Chairman of the Liberia Airport Authority, “These meals will ensure that our citizens who are afflicted with this deadly disease stand a fighting chance at survival.” The Government of Liberia is also currently arranging in partnership with US based partners and international organizations for the air and sea freight shipment of the remaining 400,000 meals from Des Moines, Iowa. The meals donated through Outreach, Inc., will feed 1000 patients for a period of 6 months and provide the greatly needed relief during one of the world’s most deadly epidemic crises. The request for meals and nutritional assistance was made by Des Moines resident, Walter Gwenigale, Jr. on behalf of the Liberian people and the Ministry of Health.  Des Moines based Lutheran Church of Hope and Minneapolis based Global Health Ministries partnered in supporting the cost of shipment of the first consignment of donated meals.Outreach founder Floyd Hammer says, “This partnership to send these meals to those afflicted with Ebola reflects the motto of Outreach; Together, we make a difference.  Truly, these meals will save lives. Our packing partners Food for Kidz and Friends Against Hunger have donated meals to send along with ours.”Outreach has helped package over 257 million meals over the past ten years, and Co-Founders Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton were quick to respond when the Government of Liberia requested assistance.   “Because we’ve taken over twelve-hundred medical personnel to Africa in the last eleven years, we know how desperate patients in hospitals are for food.  The hospitals typically do not supply food so it is up to the patient’s family but often they are destitute and with Ebola the family cannot attend to the relative because of the possibility of Ebola transmission. These meals will ensure nutritious food which is often not available, but yet critically needed. We asked our packing partners Food for Kidz, and Friends Against Hunger if they wanted to help with this effort. They immediately said “yes”!Outreach, Inc., was started by Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton in 2004 with the promise to deliver food, water, medicine, and education to those at home and abroad. Since the inception, Outreach has facilitated the volunteer engaged meal packaging of over 260 million meals for hungry people around the world. The Hammers were recently invited to the White House by President Obama and former President Bush to be honored with the 5,000th Point of Light Award. Outreach, Inc., consistently receives a 4-Star Rating by Charity Navigator and is a trusted member of Guidestar.  Outreach Meal Packaging Events are set up across the United States and Canada to engage businesses, religious and civic organizations, schools, and volunteers of all ages to package nutritious meals for the hungry.Food For Kidz exists to bring awareness to hunger issues in the world by involving others in the participation of packing a nutritional meal supplement for distribution and also involve them in sustainability building to facilitate change; to expand the concept of children’s’ experiences beyond their vision of local to incorporate the world and to service, promote and educate other organizations to encourage their commitment for the purpose of making positive results in the fight against hunger. Friends Against Hunger is a 501c3 based in Springfield, Missouri , and engages the communities in meal-packaging events for the hungry both internationally and domestically.  www.fahunger.orgOutreach, Inc. is encouraging any groups interested in helping to package meals bound for Liberia or making tax-deductible donations to contact office@outreachprogram.org or visit www.outreachprogram.org, respectively.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Protect soybean profits for 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It was another week of relatively boring, range-bound markets. With the holidays approaching it seems like the trend will continue.Since harvest I’ve been presenting Grain Marketing Workshops to farmers throughout the Midwest. During these meetings, I’ve had the chance to talk to many farmers about future plans. Many farmers have indicated they will plant more beans in 2017, since beans currently are above $10 and corn is under $4. Obviously this is anecdotal information. We won’t receive confirmation on this until the March 31 USDA report.If this does happen, corn may have more upside potential several months from now, maybe even $4 by summer. For the time-being though (the next 100 days) I expect unexciting trading in the corn market.Dry weather concerns in Argentina are keeping prices firmly above $10. However, the Brazil harvest is expected to be a record and the problems of last year are unlikely. The market is weighing these issues along with uncertain demand from China.As mentioned above, I think a lot of farmers will switch corn acres to beans in 2017. I also don’t think the market has this change built into prices yet. Therefore, I want to cover and protect my last 25% of 2017 crop. The tradeWith beans around $10.15, I purchased a Nov $10 put for 55 cents and sold a Nov $11 call for 35 cents (20-cent net cost). What does this mean?If at the end of October beans are trading:Below $10 — I have $10 floor price (less the 20 cents) – $9.80Above $11 — I have $11 maximum or ceiling price (less 20 cents) – $10.80Between $10 to $11 — I can set my price wherever the market is (less 20 cents)Before this trade I was 75% priced at an average of $9.73. Now, I’m 100% priced with a guaranteed $9.75 floor and an opportunity to hit a $10 average (if prices are $11+ next fall).Obviously I don’t know where bean prices will ultimately go, but I know at the prices above I am well above my cost of production. Today I am more worried about bean prices falling and being forced to take less than current levels and less concerned about missing upside potential. As always, my goal is to have a profitable farm operation, and at these prices I have guaranteed that. Understanding and accepting bean volatilityLast week I was in a meeting with a global grain trading company and farmers discussing why the bean market was so strong. The farmers were concerned with such high prices despite so many bearish fundamentals in the market. This confusion over irrational market behavior was causing many farmers to hold when they should consider selling. Nearly all of the farmers in the room still had unpriced 2016 beans and most had nothing sold yet for 2017.Often farmers can suffer from a case of “analysis paralysis,” scrutinizing all the data and details to make sense of the market. They hope with all this analysis they will be able to sell at the top of the market, making the biggest profit possible. The thing is, farmers aren’t traders or speculators (who are also analyzing enormous amounts of data), so they need to think differently. Farmers are producers who will always have more product to sell. And to continue to be a farmer, they need to ideally sell at a profit every year.The problem with beans is that they are usually much more volatile than corn. There are many reasons for this, but one of the biggest reasons is that South America produces over 50% of the world’s beans while the U.S. produces only about 33%. The two harvests are only six months apart. Honestly, farmers should really just focus on not losing money on beans every year, rather than trying to hit the top of the market.Following is an example for why worrying about hitting the top of the bean market is not necessary. I plan to produce 20,000 bean bushels in 2017. If beans were to rally $3 next year I could miss out on $60,000 being 100% priced today. While this would be unfortunate, it’s important to realize that if beans rally, corn would most likely ALSO rally — probably $.50-$1 per bushel in a $3 bean rally scenario. Since I will produce 130,000 corn bushels in 2017, this would mean $65,000 to $130,000 in corn profit. So, I’m still ahead if a bean rally happens, I would just take advantage of it with corn instead. Plus the opportunity is so much bigger with corn. Also I’m expecting the odds of beans being over $10 next year to be low.Rather than trying to rationalize bean market volatility so you can sell at the top of the bean market, focus on just taking profits on all of your beans consistently every year. Waiting too long may mean missed opportunities. 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 jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more

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How Bad Do You Want It?

first_imgDo you want what you want so much that you will get up in the lonely hours of the morning to work on it? Are you willing to stop hitting the snooze button on your life to have what you want?Do you want it so badly that you will stay up late into the evening doing the work it takes to have what it is you want? Does your desire to get what you want keep you up at night?Will you abandon the novelties and the distractions and invest your time and energy in moving towards what you really want instead? Are you willing to give it that kind of disciplined focus?Are you willing to learn what you need to learn? Do you want it that bad enough to go back to square one and start over with a different knowledge base? Are you willing to unlearn?Are you willing to scrap what you have always believed and try on new beliefs? Can you delete your self-limiting beliefs and replace them with an empowering set of beliefs that will support you getting what you really want?Are you willing to ignore the cynics, the skeptics, and the critics who will do everything in the power to remind you that what you want isn’t worth fighting for, can’t be achieved, and even if it could be you wouldn’t be the one to achieve it?Do you want what you want bad enough to do the things that make you uncomfortable? Are you willing to stretch yourself more than you have ever stretched yourself?Are you prepared to fail visibly, embarrassingly, and gloriously and rise from the ashes to try again and again? Will you run through this cycle enough times to get what you want?Are you really willing to pay the full price for what you want, whatever the price? Do you understand what that price is?A single “no” answer to any of these questions means you don’t want it bad enough. Now how bad do you want it?last_img read more

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Today’s medal hunt: 141

first_imgARCHERYWomen’s: Recurve team. Men’s: Recurve teamATHLETICSMen’s: 110m hurdles; triple jump; hammer throw; decathlon 1500m. Women’s: 1500m; 400m; triple jump; 10,000mBADMINTONTeam eventSWIMMING/SYNCHRONISEDMen’s: 100m butterfly; 50m breaststroke; 100m backstroke; 200m individual medley.Women’s: 200m backstroke; 50m freestyle; 100m breaststroke; 400m freestyle; 50m backstroke; 4x100m freestyleSHOOTINGClay targetMen’s: Trap pairsWomen’s: Trap pairsPistol & small boreMen’s: 50m rifle 3 position pairs; 10m air pistol singles; 25m rapid fire pistol singlesTABLE TENNISWomen’s teamWEIGHTLIFTINGWomen’s 69kg. Men’s 85kgWRESTLINGWomen’s : Freestylelast_img

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All Stars captains announced

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce the captains of the All Stars teams that will play next Friday, 13 February at Cbus Stadium on the Gold Coast.   Touch Football will feature prominently in the overall event program for the first time in 2015; featuring some of Australia’s best players comprising a TFA All Stars Mixed team set to play an Indigenous All Stars Mixed team as a curtain-raiser to the Rugby League match.Australian Mixed Open captain, Kylie Hilder will captain the TFA All Stars team, while Australian representatives, Trent Touma (Mixed) and Marikki Watego (Women’s) will co-captain the Indigenous All Stars team. TFA All Star coach, Micheal Lovett said that Hilder was an easy selection based on the work they’ve done together at an Australian level over the past cycle as coach and captain of the Australian Mixed Open team respectively. “She is a very good leader of males and females and younger up-and-coming players, as well as the more experienced players,” Lovett said. “She is getting towards the twilight of her career but doesn’t leave anything to chance. She is well prepared fitness-wise, she works on always improving and sets a good on-field example like at last year’s National Touch League where she guided the young New South Wales Scorpions team to the Elite Eight Women’s title.”“She is very passionate about where she has come from in her Touch Football career and always remembers who has helped her get to where she is. She is proud of the Australian crest she wears and instils that into her fellow athletes.”Hilder says that being named captain of the All Stars team is a great honour and that she cannot wait until next week’s game. “To be part of this inaugural Touch Football All Stars game is amazing. Just to be selected to play with some of the best talent currently in the game is overwhelming but then to get named as captain and lead this talent has made me speechless,” Hilder said.“Being named as a captain of any team is one of the greatest honours any athlete can receive and for me being named as the first captain of the NRL All Stars Touch Football side means so much to me and will be something I will never ever forget and a highlight of my career.”Indigenous All Stars coach, Phil Gyemore said that Touma and Watego were ‘both proud indigenous players who have progressed through the Touch Football High Performance program and into the Open teams’. “They are both really strong chances of playing in the 2015 World Cup in Coffs Harbour and all players, not just Indigenous players, should be trying to follow in the footsteps of these young aspiring Touch Football players that would like to represent their country on home soil.​ They will be great leaders for the Indigenous All Stars team and are fully aware of the honour and what it means to lead this young but exciting Touch Football team on the Gold Coast.”Watego says she is ‘extremely excited’ to be named in the side and ‘truly humbled’ to be named co-captain. “Being fortunate enough to hold a position in this highly coveted team is something that I will never forget.  It’s such a great honour and privilege to be selected to represent the Indigenous community whilst playing the sport I love. I really hope that this initiative will inspire both young Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Touch Footy players to get involved and pursue Touch be it socially or competitively.”“To me, there is no higher honour than representing your family and your people in the wider community and I know my co-captain Trent, my team mates and I will cherish this opportunity.”“It would be great to see this game become a permanent fixture in the Touch Football and NRL calendar! I just can’t wait to go into camp next week and prepare for what should be an exciting game of Touch Footy!”Touma says that the game will be one of the biggest honours of his sporting career. “To be noticed by selectors to represent the Indigenous All Star team and also my people is one of the biggest honours in my sporting career. The day I received a phone call from I could not answer with a big yes quick enough,” Touma said.  “On top of being selected in this great team I was this week announced as captain alongside Marikki, a great talent in the game today. Being proud enough to represent my people but also captain this team will stay with me for a lifetime.” The game will be played at 3.00pm on Friday, 13 February. Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au in the coming days to find out how you can watch the live stream of the game! Related LinksAll Stars Captainslast_img read more

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Jamaica Designated Sub-Regional Hub For Relief Operations

first_imgStory Highlights The country has been designated the sub-regional hub for relief operations in the event of disasters. The designation of Jamaica as the sub-regional hub was made by head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. This move will allow for fast and effective delivery of assistance in disaster situations. As Jamaica prepares to position itself as the fourth node in the global logistics chain, the country has been designated the sub-regional hub for relief operations in the event of disasters.Making the announcement, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, said this move will allow for greater efficiency and management of regional and international humanitarian supplies and for fast and effective delivery of assistance in disaster situations.“This designation will mean a strengthening of the logistics link between Jamaica and Panama, which has been designated the Regional Logistics Centre for Humanitarian Assistance for the Americas in the provision of post disaster humanitarian relief,” he said.The Minister was speaking on Wednesday, November 13, at the TechConnect 2013 conference and exposition at the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ) headquarters in Kingston.He noted that the designation of Jamaica as the sub-regional hub, was made by head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Baroness Amos, and is in keeping with efforts to enhance regional co-operation in disaster preparedness and humanitarian response.“Relief operations….that’s a major logistics exercise and it means therefore that…they see the build out of Jamaica’s existing facility, the promise of the logistics hub as a major part of, and a major reason for making Jamaica the sub-regional operations centre,” he said.The Minister contented that in the future, it is likely that Jamaica’s global logistics hub operation will be seen “as a sort of magnet for multinational corporations whose products and services are directly or indirectly involved in the logistics associated with disaster management and disaster relief”.“This is a major feather in Jamaica’s cap and strengthens our resolve in expediting the establishment of Jamaica’s global logistics hub. More importantly, it sends a clear signal that the global community understands the geo-strategic importance of Jamaica to global logistics,” he said.The Government’s Logistics Hub Initiative aims to take advantage of the anticipated increase in maritime activities from the expansion of the Panama Canal, scheduled for completion by 2016.Jamaica is deemed ideally positioned for this undertaking, based on the country’s location, midway between North and South America, and in close proximity to the canal.Forming part of the Government’s strategic priorities  for 2013/14, in the area of job creation and economic growth, the initiative will see Jamaica becoming the fourth node in the global logistics chain, along with facilities at Rotterdam, Netherlands; Singapore; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.Key elements of the initiative include: development of the Caymanas Economic Zone; dredging of the Kingston Harbour; establishing a Dry Dock facility at Jackson Bay, Clarendon and a trans-shipment commodity port facility near Yallahs, St. Thomas; and developing an air cargo and passenger facility at Vernamfield in Clarendon.The conference and expo formed part of activities for the first annual TechConnect Week, organised by Advantum, from November 13 to 15.The week, themed: ‘Securing the Logistics Chain: People, Equipment, Technology’, will feature presentations and discussions about securing the key aspects of the logistics chain whilst highlighting the need to view security from a holistic perspective.Formerly Port Computer Services, Advantum is a subsidiary of the SAJ, which provides technological infrastructure and systems support to the Caribbean maritime sector.last_img read more

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SDLP Health Spokesperson Mark H Durkan has urged p

first_img SDLP Health Spokesperson Mark H Durkan has urged people of all ages to collectively practice and encourage safer internet usage. He was commenting amid public outcry for social media giants who own the likes of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to tackle harmful content negatively influencing the mental health of young people.Said the Foyle MLA: “Social media can be a wonderful tool when used with care, however harmful and at times graphic content which often slips through the net, can have a devastating impact on those already suffering from poor mental health. “We must make a conscientious effort, as online users, to report harmful material, to practice safer online usage and remove this scourge from social platforms. “We must also invest in public information campaigns to educate school children on how to safely navigate social media.“It is clear we need to deliver a realistic approach to what is a labyrinthine task. “By taking small steps to change how we use social media and by informing our young people on safe usage, together we can create safer online communities,” added Mr Durkan.Durkan urges social media vigilance over mental health fears to young people was last modified: January 30th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Durkan urges social media vigilance over mental health fears to young peopleFacebookFOYLE MLAINSTAGRAMMark H DurkanSDLPSOCIAL MEDIATwitter “Due to algorithms, the ‘bread and butter’ of these social platforms, negative content is pushed towards those individuals already experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts, essentially those most likely to engage with the content.“It would be myopic to suggest that the onus falls on social media companies. “Of course, they have a duty to implement tighter restrictions and review enforcement policies- yet the reality remains that some material will inevitably filter through. “This is a global issue and as such is extremely difficult to police- perhaps an even greater task for parents of teenagers who want to afford them some degree of privacy. ShareTweetlast_img read more

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