Royal Navy vessels set sail to Norway for major Arctic drill

first_imgExercise Cold Response is a Norway-led, large-scale exercise that will boost Allies’ ability to operate together in extreme sub-zero conditions. The UK will exercise alongside the USA, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway. Around 14,000 personnel will participate in total.This year marks the first of a decade-long training programme the Royal Marines have committed to with their Norwegian counterparts. Each year, around 1,000 Royal Marines will travel to Norway to test their skills hundreds of miles inside the Arctic Circle where temperatures drop as low as -30oC.“This decade will see the Royal Marines test their expert cold weather combat skills and build rock solid partnerships with our allies in the High North,” Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said.“The shifting landscape and increased strategic competition of the Arctic region will create future threats. But our forces will be ready to respond wherever they emerge.”Training preparations for Exercise Cold Response 2020 begin on February 27 with the main field exercise itself, in which the thousands of multinational troops will simulate a high-intensity combat scenario, starting on March 12 and running through to March 18.The UK will be deploying over 2,000 personnel for the exercise, of which around 1,250 will be from the Lead Commando Group with the rest supporting the Naval task group led by HMS Albion and the Joint Helicopter Command air group.While on Cold Response, HMS Sutherland will be adopting Anti-Submarine Warfare duties. Throughout the exercise, the frigate will conduct a wide variety of serials including gunnery and boarding operations, maintaining and enhancing her readiness for future tasking. Photo: Photo: Royal Navy View post tag: Royal Navy A naval task group made up of four Royal Navy vessels HMS Albion, HMS Sutherland, HMS Echo and RFA Lyme Bay have set sail this week to Norway in one of the largest UK deployments in 2020.They will join a force of more than a thousand Green Berets who have been in Norway over recent weeks mastering Arctic survival, movement and combat skills in Norway ahead of the larger multinational exercise.Sailing from @HMNBDevonport for #ColdResponse20 @ComdLittoralSG pic.twitter.com/DrQKxONKxn— HMS Albion (@hms_albion) February 23, 2020center_img View post tag: Arctic Share this articlelast_img read more

Mike Duckworth to Speak at Republican Breakfast

first_imgMike Duckworth, Candidate for Vanderburgh County Commission District 2, has been invited by the Vanderburgh County Republican Party to be the guest speaker at the February GOP Breakfast this Saturday.The Vanderburgh County Republican Party holds a breakfast every month for the entire GOP County Committee including current office holders, candidates, precinct committeemen, and the Central Committee.  The event is used to update the county committee on current events, political happenings, and affords candidates an opportunity to engage directly with rank-and-file Republicans.Mike will make the case that he is the best candidate to represent the citizens of Vanderburgh County.  Mike has a proven history of public service, both within government agencies and with non-profit organizations.  He will point to his experience as a Sheriff’s Deputy, member of the South West Indiana Mental Health Board of Directors, EVSC Board President, and as Superintendent of the County Highway Department, all of which has provided first-hand knowledge of how local government works and, also, how it can be improved.The Committee to Elect Mike Duckworth is inviting the press to attend to hear Mike’s vision for Vanderburgh County and be updated on the current status of the campaign.EVENT DETAILS:GOP Breakfast, Saturday, Feb 17C.K. Newsome Center, Rooms 118 A-B7:30 am Doors Open8am-9am ProgramFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Retail works out

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Bristol retail Broadening horizons

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Clippers expect Marcus Morris to fit right in

first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime “There may be no better fit than Marcus,” Clippers general manager Michael Winger said Thursday of the 30-year-old Philadelphia native who played alongside Beverley and Clippers forward Patrick Patterson in Houston.There are a few fun pieces of evidence online that hint at the pre-built chemistry between Morris, Pat Bev and Pat Pat.Take, for example, accounts from the Rockets’ 140-109 drubbing of Golden State in 2013, when Houston hit a then-NBA-record 23 3-pointers. Late in the game, Beverley drove for a slam and celebration that resulted in a taunting technical foul. Irked, the Warriors spent the rest of the game fouling, including a hard one on Beverley by Draymond Green.Beverley told reporters he didn’t take offense – “That’s part of basketball,” he said – but Morris confronted Green after the play and both he and Green were ejected.Recall, on Jan. 5, Beverley goaded his former teammate into a technical foul as they stood bantering spiritedly beside each other while waiting for Paul George to shoot a free throw. The moment drew raves from Clippers TV play-by-play man Brian Sieman: “I love the Morris twins,” he said of Marcus and his brother, Markieff, who plays for the Pistons. “Love ’em. They’re tough as nails.”Marcus Morris is proud, too – of his Kansas Jayhawks. That much was clear during a debate, recorded and posted online, between him and Patterson, a former Kentucky standout, ahead of the 2012 Kansas-Kentucky NCAA title game.Before the Wildcats won 67-59, Patterson – who Wednesday night slyly posted an Instagram story featuring an image of a man with his fist balled in front of his mouth in quiet anticipation – regaled Morris with Anthony Davis’ accomplishments that season as a Wildcat.Related Articles To make it happen, L.A. traded forward Moe Harkless to the New York Knicks. And, despite already being short on draft picks for the next few years, they also delivered a 2020 first-round draft pick, the right to swap 2021 first-round picks (top-four protected) and a 2021 second-round pick to the Knicks.Also, to match Morris’ $15 million and Harkless’ $11.5 million salaries, the Clippers traded guard Jerome Robinson and his $3.5 million contract to Washington. (There, Robinson will find a familiar face in Johnny Rogers, the Wizards’ vice president of pro personnel, who worked in the same capacity for the Clippers when they drafted Robinson 13th overall in 2018). In return, the Wizards sent draft rights to Ukranian guard Issuf Sanon to the Knicks and sent Isaiah Thomas to the Clippers, who are expected to waive him.Morris, of course, is expected to be a key component on a Clippers team that’s in win-now-and-later mode.This season, Morris was averaging a career-high 19.6 points and shooting a career-high 43.9% from 3-point range for the struggling Knicks (15-36).The Clippers are excited about adding another versatile forward with more scoring punch than Harkless – and with the team’s requisite toughness.center_img Apropos of the trade deadline flurry, shoutouts on social media came in a hurry Thursday.New Clipper Marcus Morris took just five minutes following the close of trading to tweet his thanks to New York and just seven more to announce his presence in L.A., tweeting: “They gotta dog in Hollyhood @LAClippers let’s gets it.”His new teammates Patrick Beverley and Montrezl Harrell posted responses within minutes: Hooted Harrell: “You got some more over here waiting for you my G.” Hollered Beverley: “My brother back with me. It’s on.”The Clippers acquired Morris, a 6-foot-8 forward whom they’d long coveted, as part of a three-team deal just before the noon cutoff. Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Morris shot back by boasting about Thomas Robinson, a first-team All-American who led the nation in double-doubles: “Who had 31 double-doubles? Thirty-one?” Morris quizzed (padding Thomas Robinson’s season total by four). “I can’t even count to 31!”Retorted Patterson, jokingly: “That’s that Kansas education.”When Winger said Morris aligns with the spirit of the group, it seems he wasn’t kidding.BEVERLEY OUTDon’t expect to see Morris or Beverley on Saturday against the Minnesota Timberwolves (5 p.m., Fox Sports Prime Ticket). Beverley will miss the game with a sore right groin, which forced the starting guard from Wednesday’s 128-111 win over Miami in the third quarter. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 last_img read more

MLB trade rumors: Todd Frazier would be ‘OK’ if Mets dealt him

first_img“I am playing the game, just like Zack is, and we’re trying to play to the best of our ability,” Frazier said. “And until I hear something from my agent or Brodie [Van Wagenen, general manager] or somebody within the Mets organization, then I will start thinking about it because it’s out of your control. You want to be thoughtless up there when you hit.”By now, Frazier is used to the trade talks and speculation around the deadline as he’s been part of two deals since he started his career with the Reds in 2011. Cincinnati sent him to the White Sox in 2015 and then just under two years later, he was dealt to the Yankees before the 2017 trade deadline. He then signed with the Mets the following offseason.  Yankees activate Domingo German to pitch against Mets Mets third baseman Todd Frazier isn’t concerned about a potential trade. “If I get traded, OK,” Frazier said Wednesday before the Mets’ 5-1 loss to the Yankees (via The New York Post). “If not, I am glad to be here as a Met. I am doing something, so it’s always good to be wanted.” MLB trade rumors: Mets will ‘have no issues’ sending Zack Wheeler to Yankees Frazier’s name popped up in rumors earlier this week indicating New York may move some of its veteran players before the July 31 trade deadline. With his two-year, $17 million contract set to expire after the 2019 season, the Mets reportedly are looking for a return before he heads into free agency.Pitchers Zack Wheeler and Jason Vargas are among the other Mets veterans expected to spark interest before the deadline who possibly could be moved.  Related News “The Mets gave me this opportunity, and I have got to fill that out until my last day here with the Mets,” Frazier said. “I give it my all every day, and the bottom line is if somebody else was willing to take me and [the Mets] are willing to get a trade and get something back in return, that is part of it. But right now I am a Met and happy to be a Met.”Frazier, 33, is slashing .256/.335/.450 in 63 games this season with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs.The Mets (39-48) enter Thursday’s play in fourth place in the National League East, trailing the division-leading Braves by 12 games. MLB trade rumors: Mets open to moving Todd Frazier, Jason Vargaslast_img read more

Developing a marketing strategy approach

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCFor the last 8 years the price of December corn on the last trading day of November has always been lower than the last trading day of October. Corn closed at $3.63 on Halloween.On the other hand, for the last 8 years January beans on the last trading day of November were higher for 3 years, lower for 3 years and the same for 2 years. January beans were $8.52 on Oct. 31. My marketing strategy approachI try to maintain a flexible marketing strategy that maximizes profit potential and minimizes risk. This means that some of my trades are most profitable if the market stays sideways, especially if there is a lot of rationale for minimal price movement in the short or long-term. Like all farmers, I’m most profitable if the market rallies above breakeven price points, and I always want that to happen. Unfortunately, there can be long periods of time where the market doesn’t rally above breakeven points. That’s why being open to alternative trade opportunities can be beneficial. Still, while I’m open to alternative solutions, it’s very important that for each trade I must fully understand any potential outcome and be willing to accept any result.All four trades below were put on when different factors were affecting the market. In the end, I collected 65 cents of premium on 10% of my production, or 6.5 cents on all of my corn. While none of these trades allowed me to get additional sales in place, I’m satisfied with the final outcome.Reader’s note: I believe in being fully transparent with my trade outcomes, which I think provides a better foundation for understanding and considering alternative opportunities. Still, the amount of detail can be overwhelming for those just wanting an overview. For those wanting a more summarized approach, just read the sections titled “What Happened” and “What Does This Mean”. Trade 1: Corn straddlesOn 1/18/18, when Dec corn was $3.85 covering potentially 10% of 2018 production, I sold a $3.70 straddle (where I sell both the put and call for the same price), bought a $3.50 put and collected a total of 38 cents premium for the trade. The options expired on the Friday after ThanksgivingThen on 2/9/18, when Dec corn was $3.93 covering potentially another 10% of 2018 production, I sold a $3.90 straddle, bought another $3.50 put, and collected a total of 44 cents premium to place the trade. The options expired on the Friday after Thanksgiving What does this mean?If corn is below $3.57 on 11/23/18, I won’t sell any corn with these trades. However, I still get to keep some of the premium. At most I’ll make 30 cents of premium, if prices are $3.56. At worst I’ll make 20 cents of premium if prices fall below $3.50, but on only 10% of my production.If corn is above $4.20 on 11/23/18, I have to sell 20% of my 2018 production for $4.20. If corn is $3.57 to $4.20, then I get a value of more than what corn prices were at when I put the second set of options in place. For instance, if futures prices are $3.70, then I would get $4.30 for my corn. If the futures price is $3.90, then I would get $4.50 but on only 10% of production. What happened?Corn was trading at $3.60 on Friday, as the options were about to expire, I bought back the $3.70 and $3.90 puts for 10 cents and 30 cents respectively. I had to buy the options back because otherwise I would have been long corn, which as a producer I didn’t want to have happen. I let both call options and the $3.50 put options all expire worthless.In the end, I collected 42 cents total for both trades on 10% of my production that I will later add to my “pot of premium” on a future trade:28 cents on the 1st trade (i.e. 38 cents collected – 10 cents to buy put back = 28 cents profit)14 cents on the 2nd trade (44 cents collected – 30 cents to buy put back = 14 cents profit).I could have sold corn for the $3.60 Dec futures right before the market closed and with the premium I would have received $4.02 on 10% of my production. But, as mentioned above, historically November prices are the season’s low and market information suggests some upside potential is possible right now. So, I decided to wait to sell. Trade 2: Sold corn callOn 10/2/18 when Dec corn was near $3.68 I sold a Dec $3.70 call for 8 cents expiring 11/23/18 on 10% of my ’18 production. What does that mean?If corn is trading below the strike price when this option expires I keep the 8-cent premium and add it to another trade later. If corn is trading above the strike price when this option expires, I have to sell corn for the strike price PLUS I keep the premium. This means a price of $3.78 on Dec futures. My trade thoughts and rationale on 10/2/18Since I still need to sell some of my remaining ’18 corn, but I don’t want to sell $3.68 Dec futures, this trade allows me to get values higher than where they were on that today. If the market stays sideways, I keep the 8-cent premiums. There isn’t a downside protection with these trades, but that isn’t the goal for this trade. What happened?The market closed below $3.70, so the call expired worthless and I kept the 8 cents to put in my “pot of premium” for a later trade. Trade 3: Sold corn straddleOn 10/2/18 when Dec corn was around $3.68, I sold a Dec $3.65 straddle (selling both a put and call) collecting 20 cents total on 10% of my 2018 production. What does this mean?If Dec corn is $3.65 on 11/23/18 I keep all of the 20 cents. For every penny corn is below $3.65 I get less premium until $3.45. For every penny higher than $3.65 I get less premium until $3.85. At $3.85 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $3.65 against Dec futures, but I still get to keep the 20 cents, so it’s like selling $3.85 At $3.45 or lower, I have to buy corn sales back or simply take a loss on the trade.My Trade Thoughts And Rationale from 10/2/18With current production forecasts I think corn prices will stay sideways, and this trade is most profitable if it does. However, if the market drops significantly I’m not protected from losing money or may have to buy some corn back, but that’s not my goal with this trade. With what I know today, I still want the market to rally and will be happy with a $3.85 sold price, because I have several other trades working that need prices above $3.85. I’m comfortable with any market outcome with this trade. What Happened?On 11/19/18 the market was $3.64. I bought back the put portion of the straddle for 3 cents, but left the call in place hoping for a rally back above $3.65 on Friday and forcing me into a sale. In the end, the market closed under $3.65, so I didn’t make a sale, but I kept 16 cents after commissions from the trade to add to my “pot of premium.” Trade 4: Sold straddleOn 10/18/18 when Dec corn was around $3.70, I sold a December $3.80 straddle (selling both a put and call) and collecting just over 16 cents total on 10% of my 2018 production.What does this mean?If Dec corn is $3.80 on 11/23/18, I keep all of the 16 cents. For every penny corn is below $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.64. For every penny higher than $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.96. At $3.96 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $3.80 against Dec futures, but I still get to keep the 16 cents, so it’s like selling $3.96. At $3.64 or lower I have buy corn sales back or simply take a loss on this trade. My trade thoughts and rationale from 10/18/18This trade is once again most profitable in a sideways market, which I think is the most likely scenario right now. If the market does nothing through 11/23/18, I’ll profit similar to the trade above. With what I know today, I would be happy to sell corn for $3.96, even if prices exceed this amount in a month. I’m a little concerned with the downside risk but, it’s the middle of harvest and historically once harvest is over, and grain is stored, there is usually a modest price recovery. What happened?Like the last 8 years, November prices are trending lower than late October prices. On 11/19/18 when corn was $3.64, I bought back the put for 16 cents and left the call open, not expecting prices to get back to $3.80 by Friday. After commissions, I lost 1 cent, so the trade was basically a wash. Combined results and overviewTrade 1 = +42 cents on 10%
Trade 2 = +8 cents on 10%
Trade 3 = +16 cents on 10%
Trade 4 = -1 cent on 10%
Total profit = 65 cents on 10% of production after commissions.Knowing what I know today, I’m happy I made 65 cents of premium on 10% of my production, or 6.5 cents on ALL of my production. I made some low risk trades that allowed me to profit in a disappointing market. Until October I never risked more than 20% of my ‘18 production in sideways type of trades. Once more was known about the size of the crop I added more sideways type of trades based upon the information I had at the time. This allows me to make a little extra profit until we hit profitable levels again. Or if we don’t, this “pot of premium” might help me get to profitable levels.Once again, considering alternative solutions and including trades in my grain marketing strategy that take into consideration all market scenarios (i.e. up, down and sideways), was a good decision that help reduce my farm operation’s risk while maximizing my profit potential. 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

Vanity Apps: The Next Big Thing For the iPhone?

first_imgfrederic lardinois Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Thanks to the recent proliferation of do-it-yourself iPhone app services, the next big thing in Apple’s App Store might just be vanity apps. Take, for example, Appsfire’s Ouriel Ohayon, who just announced the launch of his own iPhone app. Ohayon used Odiogo Apps to create this personalized app. Odiogo, which mostly focuses on providing text-to-speech services for news sites and blogs, allows users to add RSS feeds, Twitter updates and photos from Flickr to its apps. Odiogo’s apps also feature the company’s text-to-speech services, offline access and advertising support. For now, though, potential users still have to contact the company’s sales department to get their own apps and the price of these customized apps isn’t clear. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#Trends#web More Clutter or a Great Opportunity?As the barrier of entry for creating customized iPhone apps continues to fall, chances are that we will see more and more vanity apps in the App Store. On the one hand, this could clutter the store with relatively useless apps. On the other hand, it could also provide a new source of income for independent bloggers who could use the apps to sell more advertising inventory or even charge a small fee for the app itself. Even bloggers with a small fanbase could reap the benefits of having their own iPhone apps.The question, however, is if users are actually interested in installing a single-purpose iPhone app that only gives them access to the content of one blogger. In the end, these apps are less flexible than a good mobile RSS reader. Apps like this probably make more sense for large multi-author blogs that publish a lot of content every day. On the other hand, the idea of being able to point their friends to their iPhone apps will surely prove to be irresistible for many people.last_img read more

A New Version of Passivhaus Modeling Software

first_imgA new version of the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) energy modeling software that uses inches and pounds instead of metric values is now available.The conversion is a joint project of the Passivhaus Institut in Germany and The Small Planet Workshop, a Tumwater, Washington, supplier of materials and training for high-performance buildings. It’s an updated version of an inch-pound version created in 2009.According to The Small Planet Workshop, the conversion work was performed by Dylan Lamar, an architect at Green Hammer in Portland, Oregon. Lamar also worked on the earlier conversion.Lamar and Albert Rooks, president of Small Planet, reached a deal on the conversion with Passivhaus Institut management last year, and work has been underway for the last six months. This version of PHPP can import designs from SketchUpThe project also includes the development of plug-ins that allow the new version of the PHPP to work with the Passivhaus Institute’s new Design PH SketchUp 3D modeling tool. Rooks explained, “You can create a 3D SketchUp model and then import it into PHPP for a quick look at the values and loads. The idea behind this is to make it easier for the project designer to do some quick analysis at the initial project stage and offer quick feedback to the project client in both load values and visuals. Kind of ‘passive house on the fly.’ ”The Small Planet Workshop says there were few changes from version 8.4 to 8.5. If you want more detail about changes in earlier versions, the company has prepared a summary of the differences between 2007 vs. 2012 versions. There’s also a summary of changes between 2012 and 2013 versions in the library section of the company’s website.The Small Planet Workshop has created a new website devoted to the software. The software, called IP-PHPP 2013 V 8.5, is available for $315. It also can be purchased through 475 High Performance Building Supply.last_img read more