Paraguay Police Kill EPP Leader

first_imgBy Dialogo September 30, 2010 During a clash in the early morning of September 24, Paraguayan authorities brought down Nimio Cardozo Caceres, head of the rebel group Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP in Spanish). Paraguayan Interior Minister Rafael Filizzola confirmed Cardozo’s death during a press conference in Asuncion, adding that police seized guns, grenades and close to US$1,000 in cash from the small guerrilla camp in the hills near Hugua Ñandu where the confrontation took place, according to EFE news agency. Filizzola told the press that Cardozo, known as “Homero” and “Anibal”, had been sought in connection with several high-profile kidnappings that date back to 2001, reported Xinhua news agency. One such high-profile case was the kidnapping and murder of former Paraguayan President Raul Cubas’ daughter, Cecilia, who was found dead outside Asuncion in February 2005, after her family paid a $300,000 ransom. Cardozo’s death came close to three weeks after Gabriel Zarate Cardozo, another high-ranking member of the rebel army and the former Cardozo’s cousin, was killed in another confrontation with authorities in the town of Sidepar, reported EFE. Chief of the second police zone Cristobal Jara Sosa, stated that the operation continues in Concepcion department, where police are in pursuit of some ten other members the rebel EPP, who fled when they were surprised by authorities. “The clashes continue,” said Jara Sosa, adding that Cardozo was part of the EPP’s first ring and that they are pursuing members of the group’s main ring, according to Xinhua.last_img read more

WEL Entrepreneur Josiah St. Jean encourages young people to reach the top

first_img Share 112 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews WEL Entrepreneur Josiah St. Jean encourages young people to reach the top by: – October 13, 2011center_img Share Tweet Josiah St. JeanJosiah St. Jean, a young entrepreneur and owner of Pictastic Photo Studio in Roseau who has benefitted from the Waitukubuli Entrepreneurship Levé (WEL) programme is encouraging other young entrepreneurs to persevere to reach the top despite challenges.The Waitukubuli Entrepreneurship Levé (WEL) held a press conference earlier this week to promote their second Entrepreneur and Business Mentor Retreat as part of activities to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week in Dominica from November 12th to 18th, 2011.Mr St. Jean who is a product of WEL’s programme said that he has received a lot of support from WEL’s Business Support initiative; a programme he believes caters for the sustainability of small businesses on the island.“In a time when unemployment is a really big issue, I think this is the perfect time for young persons to rise up and stop complaining. I think WEL creates an opportunity for every young person to fulfill their dreams and not just sit on the ‘block’, but instead be a part of something that will be worthwhile in the long run.” Mr St. Jean currently employs two persons at his company, with intentions of employing more persons as the business continues to grow.He is encouraging young and upcoming entrepreneurs to stand up and grab the opportunities that are being provided by institutions and business-support groups like WEL.“My encouragement to every young person that wants to be a part of the programme is to go ahead and do it. I think it will benefit young person better in the future and we also have a lot of foreigners opening businesses in Dominica. Dominicans are afraid to take risks, they are afraid to take challenges. We need to as young people to rise up and take the challenge and WEL gives each person the opportunity to do that. Like me to have people employed it also benefits the economy in the long run.”President of the Dominica Youth Business Trust, Natasha YeeloyPresident of the Dominica Youth Business Trust, Ms Natasha Yeeloy, who has been partnering with WEL over the years to provide support to budding entrepreneurs, commended Mr St Jean on his recent achievement.The Dominica Youth Business Trust is keen on continuing to promote youth entrepreneurship, with focus on access to small business macro-financing, entrepreneurship training, and mentoring and business support services.“If you are someone out there thinking that; I have a business idea, I haven’t been able to find a job but this is something I have a passion for, this is something I’ve studied or this is something I have a level of interaction for and I’m thinking how I can turn this passion or idea into a viable business, then this retreat is for you. Come with your idea and see what happens.”For the second year to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week in Dominica, WEL along with Jungle Bay Resort and Spa, DYBT and Invest Dominica Authority will be hosting the Entrepreneur and Business Mentor Retreat at the Jungle Bay Resort from November 12th to 19th, 2011. Nikima RoyerNikima Royer of WEL says that the retreat will promote a number of goals.“It is meant to create a lasting support network among the island’s business leaders and upcoming entrepreneurs thereby reinforcing entrepreneurship as a viable career path for Dominica’s youth, to instill confidence in Dominica’s most emerging entrepreneurs through technical skills as well as motivational leadership training to strengthen economical and social ties between business leaders in Dominica and Dominicans abroad particularly in the areas of green investment and innovation in order to stimulate the creation of new business”.President of WEL, Sam RaphaelPresident of WEL Sam Raphael hopes that the retreat will serve as a form of encouragement to Dominica’s entrepreneurs.“Many young people in our island live in distant communities and maybe they don’t have the social contacts to be able to realize their potential. So what if we were to come together and connect, and connect the resources that are available and create resources and maybe encourage and mentor these young people that maybe we can make a difference. This is the business of WEL.”Last year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week activities involved more than 7 million people taking part in 38,000 events in 104 countries worldwide.This year, Global Entrepreneurship Week will take place from November 14th to 20th under the theme; ‘starting tomorrow’s business today’.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

T-Time: Los Angeles Rams not built to last

first_imgThis off-season, the Los Angeles Rams have garnered more headlines and attention than any other team in the NFL.They added defensive tackle Ndamukung Suh and cornerbacks Aquib Talib and Marcus Peters to an already talented defense in blockbuster moves. On the other side of the football, the Rams bolstered the league’s highest scoring offense with yet another weapon for burgeoning quarterback Jared Goff. They traded for explosive wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who is coming off a 1,000 yard season with the Patriots. The Rams will undoubtedly make some noise in 2018. Each of their competitors in the NFC West — consisting of Seattle, San Francisco and Arizona — is going through upheaval of some sort (the 49ers, led by prodigy quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, are still likely one or two years away from the playoffs). In theory, this is the perfect year for the Rams to join the league’s elite and improve upon their surprising 11-5 season in 2017. But the Rams are not necessarily built for the long haul. Cooks is in the final year of his rookie deal (hints why New England had no problem flipping him for a first-rounder). Similarly, Peters will become an unrestricted free agent in 2020, while Suh signed on for just one year. On top of that, the Rams have yet to come to terms with a new deal for defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the team’s most dominant player. Once his rookie deal ends after this season, Donald could become the league’s highest paid defensive player, whether that contract comes in Los Angeles or elsewhere. With myriad young stars at the end of their cheap rookie contracts, the Rams won’t be able to pay everyone for the long haul. Tough decisions over Cooks, Peters, Suh and Donald are on the horizon, and the situation wasn’t improved by the team’s lack of a first or second round pick in this year’s draft. Head coach Sean McVay and Co. likely have a one or two year window to win big, or risk crashing and burning. By the time their new $4 billion, 300 acre stadium opens up in 2020, the Rams may not have the star power to match the impressive venue. In contrast, the Rams’ future roommates and cross town rivals, the Chargers, have not created much buzz this offseason. Coming off an ill-advised and overly combative “Fight for LA” campaign during the 2017 season, the Chargers embarrassingly struggled to sell out the 27,000 seat StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. in 2017. It was never going to be an easy debut season in Los Angeles for the Chargers. They alienated their only real fan base when they left San Diego in 2017, and the team lacks the Rams’ historical ties to the area (even though the Chargers’ first season in franchise history was played at the Coliseum). The Chargers’ move to L.A. was hard to see as anything more than a money grab for the Spanos family, which has owned (and barely operated) the franchise since 1984. Bad PR aside, the Chargers have at least built their roster for the long haul. The team’s core of running back Melvin Gordon and defensive ends Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram are still in the hearts of their current deals. Unlike the Rams, who weren’t able to add meaningful young talent in the draft, the Chargers took safety Derwin James at 17th overall, which was widely considered the steal of the first round (James was projected to go in the top ten by numerous outlets). They also added former USC outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu in the second round, who ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. called “the best player on the board” at that point. “This Super Bowl we’re going to win,” Ingram told reporters on Monday, according to ESPN. “We haven’t been to the playoffs in a while. I think it’s going to be crazy, this Super Bowl we’re going to win is going to be crazy.” It’s difficult to see the Chargers reaching those heights in 2018, given their young roster and murderer’s row of a division (the AFC West includes the Broncos, Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs, who all look like playoff contenders). But the next five years look bright for Ingram and his team. The defense has quietly reached elite status with its stiff secondary (they gave up just 197 passing yards per game) and menacing pass rush, which created the fifth-most sacks in the NFL last year. Meanwhile, 36-year-old quarterback Philip Rivers appears to be only getting more prolific with age, throwing for 4,515 yards in 2017 with just 10 interceptions. The Rams have taken over the spotlight for now, but there could be a new leading team in Los Angeles sooner rather than later. One is built to win; the other is built to last. Trevor Denton is a junior majoring in journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “T-Time,” runs every other week.last_img read more

Human Genome “Infinitely More Complex” Than Expected

first_imgTen years after the Human Genome Project was completed, now we know: biology is “orders of magnitude” more complicated than scientists expected.  So wrote Erika Check Hayden in Nature News March 31 and in the April 1 issue of Nature.1    An air of daunting complexity haunts the article.  The Human Genome Project was one of the great scientific investigations of the end of the 20th century.  Some compared it to the Manhattan Project or the Apollo program.  It used to be tedious, painstaking work to read the sequence of DNA letters.  Now, deciphering genomes is a matter of course.  But with the rush of data coming from genomes of everything from yeast to Neanderthals, one thing has become clear: “as sequencing and other new technologies spew forth data, the complexity of biology has seemed to grow by orders of magnitude,” Hayden wrote.    A few things were surprisingly simple.  Geneticists expected to find 100,000 genes in the human genome; the count is more like 21,000.  But with them came a huge surprise in the accessory molecules – transcription factors, small RNAs, regulators – all arranged in dynamic interacting networks that boggle the mind.  Hayden compared them to the Mandelbrot set in fractal geometry that unveils deeper levels of complexity the closer you look. “When we started out, the idea was that signalling pathways were fairly simple and linear,” says Tony Pawson, a cell biologist at the University of Toronto in Ontario.  “Now, we appreciate that the signalling information in cells is organized through networks of information rather than simple discrete pathways.  It’s infinitely more complex.”Hayden acknowledged that the “junk DNA” paradigm has been blown to smithereens.  “Just one decade of post-genome biology has exploded that view,” she said, speaking of the notion that gene regulation was a straightforward, linear process – genes coding for regulator proteins that control transcription.  “Biology’s new glimpse at a universe of non-coding DNA – what used to be called ‘junk’ DNA – has been fascinating and befuddling.”  If it’s junk, why would the human body decode 74% to 93% of it?  The plethora of small RNAs produced by these non-coding regions, and how they interact with each other and with DNA, was completely unexpected when the project began.    These realizations are dissipating some of the early na�vet� of the Human Genome Project.  Planners predicted we would “unravel the mysteries behind everything from evolution to disease origins.”  Cures for cancer were envisioned.  We would trace the path of evolution through the genetic code.  That was so 1990s.  Joshua Plotkin, a mathematical biologist at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, said, “Just the sheer existence of these exotic regulators suggests that our understanding about the most basic things – such as how a cell turns on and off – is incredibly na�ve.”  Leonid Kruglyak, a geneticist at Princeton University in New Jersey, commented on the premature feeling that the data would speak for itself: “There is a certain amount of naivety to the idea that for any process – be it biology or weather prediction or anything else – you can simply take very large amounts of data and run a data-mining program and understand what is going on in a generic way.”    Some are still looking for simple patterns in the complexity.  Top-down approaches try to build models where the data points fall into place:A new discipline – systems biology – was supposed to help scientists make sense of the complexity.  The hope was that by cataloguing all the interactions in the p53 network, or in a cell, or between a group of cells, then plugging them into a computational model, biologists would glean insights about how biological systems behaved.    In the heady post-genome years, systems biologists started a long list of projects built on this strategy, attempting to model pieces of biology such as the yeast cell, E. coli, the liver and even the ‘virtual human’.  So far, all these attempts have run up against the same roadblock: there is no way to gather all the relevant data about each interaction included in the model.The p53 network she spoke of is a good example of unexpected complexity.  Discovered in 1979, the p53 protein was first thought to be a cancer promoter, then a cancer suppressor.  “Few proteins have been studied more than p53,” she said.  “…Yet the p53 story has turned out to be immensely more complex than it seemed at first.”  She gave some details:Researchers now know that p53 binds to thousands of sites in DNA, and some of these sites are thousands of base pairs away from any genes.  It influences cell growth, death and structure and DNA repair.  It also binds to numerous other proteins, which can modify its activity, and these protein�protein interactions can be tuned by the addition of chemical modifiers, such as phosphates and methyl groups.  Through a process known as alternative splicing, p53 can take nine different forms, each of which has its own activities and chemical modifiers.  Biologists are now realizing that p53 is also involved in processes beyond cancer, such as fertility and very early embryonic development.  In fact, it seems wilfully [sic] ignorant to try to understand p53 on its own.  Instead, biologists have shifted to studying the p53 network, as depicted in cartoons containing boxes, circles and arrows meant to symbolize its maze of interactions.Network theory is now a new paradigm that has replaced the one-way linear diagram of gene to RNA to protein.  That used to be called the “Central Dogma” of genetics.  Now, everything is seen to be dynamic, with promoters and blockers and interactomes, feedback loops, feed-forward processes, and “bafflingly complex signal-transduction pathways.”  “The p53 story is just one example of how biologists’ understanding has been reshaped, thanks to genomic-era technologies,” Hayden said.  “….That has expanded the universe of known protein interactions – and has dismantled old ideas about signalling ‘pathways’, in which proteins such as p53 would trigger a defined set of downstream consequences.”    Biologists made a common mistake of assuming that more data would bring more understanding.  Some continue to work from the bottom up, believing that there is an underlying simplicity that will come to light eventually.  “It’s people who complicate things,” remarked one Berkeley researcher.  But one scientist who predicted the yeast genome and its interactions would be solved by 2007 has had to put off his target date for a few decades.  It’s clear that our understanding remains very rudimentary.  Hayden said in conclusion, “the beautiful patterns of biology’s Mandelbrot-like intricacy show few signs of resolving.”    There’s a bright side to the unfolding complexity.  Mina Bissell, a cancer researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, confesses she was “driven to despair by predictions that all the mysteries would be solved” by the Human Genome Project.  “Famous people would get up and say, ‘We will understand everything after this’,” Hayden quoted her saying.  But it turned out for good, in a way: “Biology is complex, and that is part of its beauty.”1.  Erika Check Hayden, “Human genome at ten: Life is complicated,” Nature 464, 664-667 (April 1, 2010) | doi:10.1038/464664a.Who predicted the complexity: the Darwinians or the intelligent design proponents?  You already know the answer.  The Darwinians have been wrong on this matter time and time again.  The origin of life would be simple (the Warm Little Pond of Darwin’s dreams).  Protoplasm would be simple.  Proteins would be simple.  Genetics would be simple (remember Darwin’s pangenes?).  The carrier of genetic information would be simple.  DNA transcription would be simple (the Central Dogma).  The origin of the genetic code would be simple (the RNA World, or Crick’s “frozen accident.”).  Comparative genomics would be simple, and we would be able to trace the evolution of life in the genes.  Life would be littered with the trash of mutations and natural selection (vestigial organs, junk DNA).  Simple, simple, simple.Simple-minded.(Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA whisky wins ‘world’s best grain’ title

first_img Bain’s distillers attribute part of its success to the distillery’s location. “Our whisky showcases South Africa’s ability to produce a premium, specialist whisky of an award-winning international standard while reflecting a unique taste of place,” Bain’s said. “Only the finest South African grain is used to create our elegant premium whisky. “Made from water that flows over 850-million year old sandstone and indigenous fynbos, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky holds a unique and distinctive flavour profile,” the producers said. It has won several awards since its launch, including silver medals at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions of the International Spirits Challenge and gold medals at the 2011 and 2012 editions of the International Wine and Spirits Competition. “By taking the World’s Best Grain Whisky title, we have amply demonstrated that South Africa can make exceptional whiskies,” Green said. “The 2013 title follows last year’s win by Three Ships 5 year old of the WWA’s World’s Best Blended Whisky, [and] puts South Africa as a whisky-producing country squarely on the map.” SAinfo reporter 26 March 2013 Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky secured a first for South Africa when it was named the world’s best grain whisky at Whisky Magazine’s annual World Whisky Awards in London last week. More than 300 whiskies had to make it through three blind tasting rounds – judged by journalists and retailers, with master blenders, distillers and brand ambassadors in the final round – to be crowned best in their categories. “South African whisky featured in the top ranks again this year with Bain’s winning the title of World’s Best Grain Whisky,” the magazine said. “This isn’t just a win for this brand but for South African whisky-making,” Bain’s distiller, Jeff Green, said in a statement. Bain’s was established in 2009 at the James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington in the Western Cape. It became the first single grain whisky to be produced in South Africa.last_img read more

The joy of music reigns in Kinshasa’s veins

first_img“If you listen carefully you can hear the African rhythms in Beethoven,” says Armand Diangienda. (Image: Vincent Boisot)• Maren BorchersFor Artists+49 30 414 78 17 [email protected]• Cementing peace in the DRC • Goema music goes classical • Building bridges with classical music • South African youth orchestra set to wow Europe • Limpopo Orchestra releases albumSulaiman PhilipBeethoven’s 9th Symphony – The Symphony of Joy – is the sound of happiness captured. It is an everlasting moment of bliss. The second chair violins and cellos set the background, the rich sound building hesitantly. Then the first violin breaks free, with the orchestra, building an unstoppable wave as the themes crash into each other, big and loud and unstable.Facing the orchestra, marking the tempo, a look of pure joy on his face, is the conductor, Armand Diangienda. The fourth movement begins, repeating the themes of the first three. Instruments transition to a solo baritone, the lone singer joined by the chorus. Their voices rise, bouncing off the green walls of the courtyard. And then silence, murmurs of irritation as the lights go out and the power dies, and generators are repaired by the light of mobile phones.The 9th is a remarkable and – at the time of its composition – revolutionary ode to hope, joy and brotherhood. Listening to it is inspiring and one of the most rousing musical experiences one can have in a concert hall. But this performance is not in a European concert hall; it is taking place in the courtyard of musical director, composer and conductor Diangienda in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), performed by Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste (OSK). It is the only symphony orchestra in central Africa and the only all-black orchestra in the world. Even though it has been performing for two decades, it was only recently that anyone outside of Kinshasa learned of its existence.An unassuming building, its hallways and courtyard are filled with self-taught classical musicians playing patched-up or made-from-scratch instruments. Instead of the local soukous or ndombolo music, the OSK plays the music of Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelsohn and Stravinsky. “Here in our country, music is listened to so that you can dance. It is very rare that it is listened to just for meditation, but I think classical music takes you really far,” Diangienda told a German documentary crew in 2010.Sounds of the cityIn the bustling cacophony of Kinshasa, even as the sun goes down, the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste competes with the sounds of the city: the blaring hooters, the stamp of feet on the hardened mud, and the voices of pedestrians just on the other side of the wall.For the 200-strong orchestra and choir this nightly ritual of practice is an escape from the grinding poverty of their daily lives. Josephine, raising a son on her own, rises at 4.30am every day to sell omelettes in the local market. In the evening, she turns up religiously for rehearsals that go on for hours. “When I sing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, it takes me far away. When I turn from mother to musician I feel I have left the planet. I am not in the Congo anymore,” she says.“They come because they’re passionate about music,” says Diangienda, the man who founded the OSK 20 years ago. “It gives them something more in terms of confidence, of feeling capable and of being able to contribute to a collective endeavour.”Watch Peter Gabriel perform his song “In Your Eyes” with the OSK:National heroDiangienda comes from a line of men considered heroes of the nation. As a descendant of Simon Kimbangu, the healer and religious leader who died in 1951, he is considered a living god. Imprisoned for sedition by the Belgian colonial government, Kimbangu spent 30 years in jail for founding the Kimbanguist Church, an African interpretation of the dominant Roman Catholic Church. After his death, Simon Kimbangu Kiangani, his son and Diangienda’s father, took the reins of the church and grew it into the largest in the DRC.Colonial Kinshasa was a place of dreams and fascination for Europeans. It was a violent city where European ideas of Africa became real and African dreams of a cultured west fed off each other. Kimbangu’s message and warning that one day “the black man will become white and the white man will become black” earned him a death sentence.In large parts of Africa, classical music is still considered a foreign import, a vestige of colonialism. When he founded the orchestra in 1994 it was the biggest misconception Diangienda had to fight. He argued instead that music was universal, that classical music was an expression of the culture of the DRC. And with his lineage, the former airline pilot found people willing to listen to his argument.For adherents of the church founded by his grandfather, The Church of Jesus Christ on Earth (the Kimbanguist Church), music is a form of spiritual wealth. “My grandfather claimed that to sing was to pray twice. But what inspires me even more is that my grandfather’s message was a universal one, a message of peace, of love, of reaching out for others and bringing people together.”Night-time rehearsalsWith no sheet music and no one trained to play the instruments he did not have, Diangienda recruited 12 members of his father’s church to his project. He found five violins, in need of repair, and began spreading the gospel of classical music in Kinshasa. “We rehearsed at night to accommodate people’s working hours. One person played for 20 minutes, then gave the instrument to the next person for their turn.”In the German documentary, Kinshasa Symphony, a young violinist describes the first time he picked up the instrument. Unsure of what he has in his hands, he says: “It was such joy to touch the instrument. I broke strings. I couldn’t get music out of it.” It is not a challenge from which he shies away. Like the choir which learned German for a performance of Carmina Burana, he embraces the test. In the end, he adds: “I dream of doing great things with my music.”Débrouillardise is a French word that means “making ends meet” or “surviving”; it’s a word Diangienda uses to describe the lives of his musicians –men and women who struggle and hustle daily to make ends meet. But it is a spirit that has helped to grow the orchestra. Instruments that could not be borrowed had to be reverse engineered and built by a self-taught instrument maker. Bicycle brake wire became violin strings. Scores were copied out by hand after being deciphered through hours of listening to CDs. “I couldn’t read music, but driven by my passion, and with help from my friends, I gradually learned. We are like my grandfather who thought the impossible and just did it.”The self-devised techniques to build and repair the orchestras instruments are unorthodox and effective. (Image: Vincent Boisot)Congolese and classical mash upOver 20 years Diangienda has strayed from the path of Brahms and Beethoven. For the 50th anniversary of Congo independence the orchestra mixed Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and Orff’s Carmina Burana with a selection of Congolese folk music in a performance in front of 3 000 appreciative Congolese. Arranged by Diangienda, it sounded like Gershwin with an African beat.“Everything we’re learning by playing classical music allows us to enrich our own music as well and immortalise it by writing it down,” Diangienda says. He and the orchestra’s first violinist, Heritier Malumbi, and bassoonist, Balongi, have already composed several symphonic works full of rich Congolese flavours.Last year was the biggest year for the OSK. The orchestra completed its first international tour, with performances in New York, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. And Diangienda received an honour once bestowed on the composers Brahms, Rossini, Stravinsky and Wagner when he became an honorary member of the Royal Philharmonic Society.He has now broken ground for a musical academy in Kinshasa. He hopes that the children who come after will help spread the DRC’s rich culture through classical music. “That is my dream, to create a musical school where kids and adults will learn how to write music and play instruments. They’ll do symphonies or sonatas which will be classical but completely African.”last_img read more

RED CHERRY Cherry 100% Human Hair Eyelashes #747xs – Nice for Daytime/beginners

first_img Posted on October 8, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Hair ExtensionsTags RED CHERRY Love Them! Nice for Daytime/beginners view our storefront for multi-buy offers! Re-usablecenter_img Thats my second pairi love itvery fast delivery. Love these eyelashes, already putting in my next order. Definitely worth buying again. Wore them for a summer ball and could barely feel them. Light and easy to wear for every day , natural length. You need to wear eyeliner with this product as the knotting is visible when you apply them, but overall they are really good. So brill look the most natural amazing and lasted on for 3 days. Amazed at the quality and i always use duo glue its the best ever for lashes. Had to trim about half the band off because they are huge. But overall perfect for my hooded eyes :). Great lashes Brilliant product definitely reccommend. They are so natural, they look lovely. Bought as a present very good but not real hair. Had expected these to be natural-looking but they scream ‘fake’, alas. I really am loving the red cherry lashes which i can’t seem to find on the high street. I bought the 747xs to try them as i feel too self conscious with very long lashes. Good delivery and good price also. 100% Human Hair I love these lashes so much, i bought several. The is perfect in that i didn’t have to trim the ends and the quality is excellent. Never thought i would ever find false lashes that felt so comfortable to wear even during the daytime as i’ve always thought of these purely for glam nights.The #747xs is perfect for daytime wear and the ‘s’ which is a little longer in length, is ideal for pm and the ‘m’ i’m saving for partying. So during the day, i feel glamorous all the time. Definitely going to stock up on these. Is very natural maybe too natural doesn’t have the wow. Perfect for natural- natural glam look(i have very short eyelashes & very long lashes look ridiculous on me). Love red cherry for their stles and ease of application. These might be slightly short for some tastes though. Lightweight SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-10-08 19:08:47Reviewed Item Red Cherry 100% Human Hair Eyelashes #747xsRating 4.3 / 5  stars, based on  21  reviewslast_img read more

A look at market carry and spreads

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Early last week the market was positive, but it turned negative at the end. Right now corn seems range bound from $3.30 to $3.50. Slow harvest progress has helped keep prices from testing the lows. This week however looks to be a wide open window for harvest to move forward for the entire Corn Belt.As harvest continues, both corn and bean yield reports are increasing. Soon the South American weather will be a focus. Perhaps the USDA report will provide information to move stagnate prices. Market carry and spreadsIn order for farmers to be as profitable as possible, they need to understand how cash prices are derived for their grain. I frequently mention that cash prices combine futures, basis and market carry. Futures are easy to understand and more and more farmers are paying attention to basis. Still, market carry eludes many farmers.Market carry is a function of increasing spread prices between futures contracts. Typically, corn has a “carry” when futures are worth more later than nearby months. Essentially, spreads are how the market “pays” for someone to store grain until its needed. The wider the spreads the more the market is “paying” someone to store grain.Market inverses happen when a future contract is worth less than the previous contract. This happens when the market is demanding grain be moved as soon as possible, rather than storing it. Interestingly for beans, currently there is a carry in the market until July ‘17 and then an inverse from July ’17 until Nov ’17.Corn spreads tend to move slowly, one to two cents per month is typical. Bean spreads move more quickly, it is not uncommon to see five cents per month. Since the amounts are so low, it’s difficult to see spread movements daily (or even weekly). However, those little extras can really add up when margins are tight. Market ActionBeansLast week I moved my beans hedge position, my average sale prices are $9.45, which are in the Nov ’16 futures:70% moved to the Aug ’17 futures for a 22 cent premium30% moved to the Nov ’17 futures for a 5 cent premium. Why did I do this?I won’t be moving any beans at harvest. I will instead be storing them, waiting for basis to increase after harvest probably sometime in 2017.I had other choices for moving my bean hedge instead of Aug (22 cents) or Nov (5 cents):Jan (6 cents)Mar (12 cents)May (17 cents)July (23 cents) So why August?Once harvest is over, I suspect farmers won’t be ready to sell more beans, waiting instead for a run up in futures. Some may be anticipating a repeat of spring 2016 when futures went $3 per bushel higher, this should keep demand tight. Also, beans are frequently affected by South American (and North American) weather scares in the spring and early summer causing short-term market inverses. In fact, this last summer a weather scare caused an 18 cent inverse from Jul to Aug. That’s why I chose August instead of July, if a similar weather scare causes an inverse from July to Aug, I can take advantage of that opportunity (on top of the 22 cent market carry I’m already getting).Even if I don’t hold my beans until Summer I can wait and see if the spread between March and August narrow in from a current 10 cents to maybe even money or a 5 cent premium. If this occurs I can move my beans to market earlier for more than I would have received just rolling my position to March.I analyzed if I did this same trade for the last eight years, and the largest potential loss for this type of trade was about 3 cents but it could be as high as 7 cents. I’m willing to risk losing 3-7 cents to potentially make an additional 18 cents. So why November?The downside risk of the Nov ’17 position would be if there was no South or North America weather scare through next summer. While it’s unlikely that would happen, I will have missed out on 25 cents of market carry. Also, the spread between Jul ’17 and Nov ’17 would likely go from a 20-cent inverse to a 12 cent carry. This would mean a potential 32 cent loss and 25 cent missed opportunity. Since that is a lot of risk, I only exposed 30% of my production. The upside of this trade could be as much as $2 per bushel. Last year we saw $1.80 premium and in the last couple years we have seen over $2 and even $3 per bushel. I’m not expecting anything that large but my upside does look very promising for the added risk. CornEarly last week I sold 5% of my corn production against Dec ’18 corn futures at $4. While I’m not sure which marketing year I will use this sale, I know I want to be a seller of $4 futures with the information I have today. Once I know the spreads next summer, I’ll make the decision to either move this sale back to 2017 or leave it in 2018. Last year this trade would have allowed me to use the futures sale on old crop, new crop or the year after next all at the same level. Again this trade gives me upside potential while giving me floor protection at values I feel are good levels to sell. Market Carry and Storage — corn vs beansWhy do experts suggest storing corn and selling beans?It’s a function of the spreads relative to the value of the grain and the interest to store. Farmers need to look at their operating loan value (typically around 5%). Take this times the value of grain (let’s estimate $3.40 for corn and $9.75 for beans). This would mean it costs 1.4 cents per month to store corn and 4 cents per month for beans.The market is currently paying 24 cents to hold corn until July and its paying 20 cent to hold beans until July. Even if both were paying the same price it’s too expensive in interest to hold beans in the bin. But the price of beans could rally $2 and corn may only rally a $1True, but that is a futures issue not a spread or basis issue. Farmers who store beans hoping for a futures rally are marketing poorly and ineffectively. On the surface it’s easy for farmers and it seems like it works, but there are better ways to capture a market rally.It is almost always most profitable for farmers to have 100% on-farm storage. If this isn’t an option, store all the corn possible on-farm. If there is additional storage available, store beans. If beans aren’t completely priced and the only options is paying for storage, and one wants to continue to wait for upside potential, then a re-ownership plan through futures is a better strategy than paying for commercial storage. 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

MyBlackBerry: RIM Social Network Launches Tomorrow

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair steven walling Tomorrow, RIM will launch MyBlackBerry, community site for device owners to rate and review apps, as well as share tips and tricks. While indy sites like BlackBerry Forums and CrackBerry have long been active spaces for discussion, this will be the first officially-sanctioned online space for BlackBerry fanatics. In the best of all possible worlds (for RIM anyway), MyBlackBerry will serve as a space for customers to provide support for each other. In the worst, MyBlackBerry will languish, as the lack of a vibrant ecosystem around BlackBerry apps becomes more apparent than ever. By all appearances, MyBlackBerry will feature three basic social features:Individual ProfilesPersonal profiles for MyBlackBerry users will apparently center on the device you own, differentiating the experience for those who carry a Storm or a Bold from others who’ve signed up. Beyond that, what level of detail and user profiling is up in the air at this point, though it’s likely to include a record of your personal contributions to the site.App Ratings & ReviewsA key feature to MyBlackBerry will be ratings and reviews of applications, no doubt to try and bolster the excitement around RIM-specific apps, which has lagged behind significantly in comparison to the App Store. Once the site gets going, reviews should become an important outlet for BlackBerry apps developers. Community ForumsIf you watch the demo video, you can clearly see a forum-type function, whereby a threaded conversation can take place among BlackBerry owners for mutual support. In a success scenario for the community, this will become something like a more social version of the WordPress Codex. Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

Facebook Now Powers Comments All Around the Web

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Facebook#NYT#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts center_img This morning, Facebook released its much-feared commenting solution. The idea made big news earlier this year, despite the fact that Facebook has already offered a commenting solution for more than a year, but today the company has announced the feature officially. So what’s new? There are a number of features for both publishers and users, although some of the most exciting features we’ve seen displayed on Facebook late last year don’t appear to be a part of the release. Is Facebook’s massive social graph enough to push it into the default slot for comments, where it already resides for things like social sharing and third-party login?According to a Facebook spokesperson, the new commenting system will be a quick install for publishers, with a single line of code. Sharing comments on Facebook will, of course, be seamless. This is probably the biggest impetus to use the system – comments made on the publisher’s site or on Facebook itself will be displayed in both locations. The new commenting feature will also come with moderation controls so administrators can blacklist certain users and language.On the user end, there’s the obvious benefit of serving as a quickly and easily accessible commenting system. That is, if you want to comment using your Facebook identity. All users commenting will have to be logged in using Facebook, which could present a problem for some who either don’t want to link their real identity with their commenting or who don’t have a Facebook account. Now, more information than ever could be available on third-party sites using the Facebook comment plugin:You can obtain more context about a person by looking at the text next to their name, which will show if you have a mutual friend, the person’s work title, the person’s age, or the place that a person currently lives. This information will always respect the person’s privacy settings and will only show what you can already see on Facebook.Beyond that, most features are as expected – comments are threaded, will rise or drop according to the number of likes they receive, users can help mark comments as spam or abusive and share comments back to Facebook. The feature some will be most excited about, we expect, is the ability to comment as a Facebook Page, rather than just a user. The big question is, where are all the bells and whistles? Remember this?We got a glimpse of this commenting system on Facebook back in October 2010 and it looked like something to really be excited about. It had comment voting, rating counts, and gave individual stats on each commenter and comment. It looks like some of those features have been pulled into the background, as we’re still seeing user networks in the new system, but no more down-voting. What’s a user got to do to get a dislike around here?The feature is launching with four initial partners: Discovery.com, Examiner.com, Sporting News and SBNation.Will this be the feature to put companies like Disqus and Livefyre out of business? Facebook’s 600-plus million strong network is a strong argument as it allows what we imagine to be a simple and easy implementation. The only thing that gives us pause is the continued resistance we’ve seen from users to adopt the idea that they visibly use their Facebook identity – their real, linked name – in other places on the Web. Most other commenting systems offer a variety of options, while Facebook will offer just one – Facebook.Unless, of course, Peter Kafka was correct, but we haven’t seen that functionality mentioned or in use quite yet. According to TechCrunch, the new commenting system will only allow one other identity: Yahoo. Apparently Facebook is working with other parties, but we have yet to see two big players get in the game yet: Twitter and Google. Can these companies work together on this one? Will Facebook be willing to give up control over the one thing it has sought domination over – your online identity? Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification mike melansonlast_img read more