May celebration marks 50 years of Bert Bowes Middle School in Fort St. John

first_img“We’re going to invite any community member that feels they have a connection to the school,” says Principal of Bert Bowes Wade Hart. “It will just be a celebration of 50 years of a pretty special school.”The night is going to be a mix of old and new, with plans to have the current student band and art work displayed alongside newspaper clipping and yearbook photos from years past. There will also be guest speakers, refreshments and possibly a Bert Bowes trivia game.For alumni and former staff who can not make it to the event, there’s also an online option for sharing stories and photos of their time spent at the school.- Advertisement -“That will be part of the evening as well,” says Hart. “We’ll have that on display for people to take a look back.”The celebration is being held Wednesday May 27, 2015 – running 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.A look at the history behind Bert Bowes Middle SchoolAdvertisement Bert Bowes Middle School is named after a pioneer of Fort St. John.Mr. Bowes was the co-owner of Bowes and Herron Garage and was also an early mail carrier – having served in the Second World War. He had also served as a school board trustee.“They had asked to make it [the school] in his name, and I think at first he may have declined that – I think he was quite humble and didn’t necessarily want the extra recognition,” explains Hart. “It was decided after he passed away that the school should be named in his honour.”Bert Bowes Middle School officially opened its doors on November 27th, 1964Advertisementlast_img read more

Understanding how to capture market carry

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This week the USDA report and the markets were uneventful. Farmers aren’t selling and corn export demand is pacing slow. Good weather conditions in South America eroded bean market premium. Understanding how to capture market carryI recently attended a grain marketing conference where the presenter discussed ideas for farmers to be more profitable in the current marketing environment. One suggestion mentioned was to sell the market carry (i.e. when the further future month is higher than the current future month). This is a popular recommendation trending right now, but it’s been something I’ve been advocating for years. It’s a relatively low risk opportunity for farmers to pick up additional premium and add profits to their bottom line. I think all farmers should be doing this.However, this strategy is often casually mentioned as something farmers should be doing with minimal detail and explanation. But in my experience, many farmers don’t really understand how to capture market carry effectively and the upfront planning and logistics required. In short, market carry can generally only be captured if the underlying crop is sold and usually is physically store in a bin on the farm. How does this work?Step 1 — Farmers need to first pick a price and sell their grain using futures.Step 2 — Farmers need to decide WHEN they will want to physically move their grain. This determines the month they will capture the carry from.Step 3 — Farmers need to choose WHERE they will move their stored grain (i.e. the actual location). This will allow them to set their basis.Farmers can use HTA (Hedge To Arrive) contracts, which would cover some of these steps. However. I prefer to keep my options and choices open until the very end on where I’m physically selling my grain. This allows me to not only take advantage of market carry, but also upside opportunities in the basis market too. ExampleLet’s say a farmer wisely sold corn when Dec ’17 futures were $4.15. This farmer could then “roll” that sale from Dec ’17 futures to July ’18 futures and capture 30 cents of market carry (averaged 5 cents per month), ending with $4.45 against July futures and physically selling his grain for delivery in either June or July. What if farmers aren’t 100% sold for their 2017 production?That’s the thing, I haven’t met any farmer with more than 50% sold for that $4.15. Most farmers are at best 20% sold for around $4. The rest is stored unpriced. So, it’s easy to recommend to farmers to add 30 cents to that $4 priced grain, resulting in $4.30 for summer delivery. But, what about the other 80% that is unpriced?Exactly. It’s very difficult to capture market carry effectively on that. The presenter in the meeting suggested that farmers sell July futures for $3.70, which was 30 cents higher than Dec futures that day. But, there aren’t many farmers who want a $3.70 sale against July futures because that’s below many farmer breakeven points. The presenter then suggested farmers should reown that sale by purchasing a July $3.90 call for 15 cents to allow for upside potential. The problem with buying those calls…As always there are three possible directions the market will go (up, down, sideways). So what are the possible outcomes of this trade:• Corn remains sideways or goes lower — The farmer is out the 15 cents to buy the call. So, instead of $3.70, the farmer is sold at $3.55 against July futures ($3.70 futures sale — 15 cents call purchase price). Interestingly, $3.55 was the same price as March futures that day.• Corn rallies 20 cents by May – This was what the presenter expected as the likely scenario. The call would then conceivably be worth 22 cents (a 7 cent net gain), meaning the sale would be $3.77 against July, which is still not above most farmer breakeven points, and this is maybe the best case scenario of this trade.To me this is a lose-lose marketing strategy. Why would farmers want to risk 15 cents to make only 7 cents? But what if prices rally more than 20 cents?Technically the upside is unlimited when buying calls and prices could rally more than 20 cents, but how likely is that? Even during the presentation, the speaker painted a very negative market outlook long-term, prior to recommending that farmers buy calls. If he really thought prices were unlikely to rally, then buying a call doesn’t seem prudent. In fact, if a farmer thought the market was likely to rally higher than 20 cents, it would actually be more profitable to wait and do nothing, than trying to capture the carry and spend any money buying a call. So, what are you doing?My preference recently has been to SELL call options and collect the premium in the short-term, waiting for the market to rally. I still need to price 85% of my ’17 crop, so I can’t afford to lose money on any options if the market stays sideways or worse goes lower. Instead, I’m collecting part of the carry now, by selling the call premium, and I still have the potential to collect more premium down the road. Obviously I don’t have downside protection doing this, but I don’t think I’ll need downside protection on my corn in spring and early summer. Historically, the seasonal trend is for prices to stay steady or rally during these times. Of course past performance is not indicative of future gains so I do have risk. Market ActionI’m hesitant to wait until next summer to collect all of my carry. Therefore, I prefer to spread my risk across multiple trades and months. By doing this I may be able to collect some market carry earlier. Following are two recent trades illustrating this. 2 — New Trades — Selling callsOn 12/1/17 when March corn was near $3.59 and on 12/4/17 when March corn traded to $3.55 I sold the following calls:Feb $3.55 call for 10 cents — expires Jan. 26 on 10% of my ’17 productionMar $3.60 call for 10 cents — expires Feb. 23 on 20% of my ’17 production. What does this mean?If corn is trading below the strike price (the price listed on each line) when these options expire I keep the 10-cent premium and add it to another trade later.If corn is trading above the strike price (the price listed on each line) when these options expire, I have to sell corn for the strike price PLUS I keep the premium, which means, I will have an average price of $3.683 between the two trades ($3.583 + 10 cents option premium). If this happens, I’ll then roll these March futures sales to July futures to pick up an additional 16 cents market carry. Ending with approximately $3.843 total. But what if prices rally? You’ll have missed out!Obviously, I don’t really want to sell any corn for $3.583 Mar futures. BUT if this happens, it means prices rallied, which is a great thing, because I can then sell more of my other unpriced corn at higher levels. And it’s not just 2017 productions’ unpriced grain that will increase, but 2018’s production too.When developing my marketing strategy, I’m not worried about missing out on unforeseeable rallies. I’m much more concerned if prices DON’T rally and I have to sell substantial amounts of my corn at unprofitable levels. That’s why I’m “manufacturing” prices right now that get me to profitable levels.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

Oklahoma State-Kansas Postgame Show

first_imgCarson Cunningham joined me on a postgame show to discuss the Kansas game, why Vincent Taylor is the next Tommie Frazier and who the better coordinator is between Mike Yurcich and Glenn Spencer.Thanks to Carson for joining and to everyone for watching. These have become a lot of fun to do.LIVE on #Periscope: Join our postgame show to talk about #okstate’s 44-20 win over Kansas. https://t.co/G8ePjuVNSL— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 22, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

TCU-Baylor Scheduling Not Working Favorably For Oklahoma State

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Ah, the schedule. It is a wily animal. One week you could be facing Daxx Garman throwing moon balls. The next week you could be staring at a future NFL first-round pick playing his first game. It is a grab bag of absurdity every single year. I can’t complain much about this year’s slate because OSU hasn’t encountered many night road games and has only played once outside the states of Oklahoma and Kansas.But one tweak could have changed the entire structure of the Big 12 title (and national title?) race. What if the TCU game had been back at the end of September and the Baylor game was this week for OSU?Maybe OSU doesn’t beat TCU in September, but it’s certainly an easier task. And OSU would beat Baylor this week in Waco, in Saudi Arabia or on the moon with a freshman QB getting his first start and the Bears in full free fall mode.“[TCU is] healthy again. We’re catching them at a bad time,” Glenn Spencer told the Oklahoman on Monday. “There was a stretch there where they weren’t very healthy. Think about us, you take away our top three playmakers, it’s not good. You’re going to take a hit.”I don’t want to think about James Washington, Justice Hill and Zach Sinor missing any games much less the same one, but Spencer’s point remains. TCU was beat up at the end of September.“They’ve got a couple of guys back,” added OSU safety Jordan Sterns. “They had that week off, but we do a good job of staying fresh. We’ve just got to come out and practice hard and keep doing the same things we’ve been doing. We’ve got to get properly prepared and then just go out there and do what we do.”What TCU has done recently is beat Baylor into oblivion before getting a week to lay low. Bad news for OSU fans: Since joining the Big 12, TCU is 10-3 when coming off a bye week (77%) compared to 50-23 (69%) overall.“There will be a few things that are different,” said head coach Mike Gundy of facing a TCU team coming off its bye. “You just have more time to study and prepare. Health-wise, fortunately for us, we’re in decent shape. We had our bye weeks a couple of weeks ago when we needed a bye week.“I always have concerns when we play a team that has had a bye week if we’re not healthy. I think we’re okay there, but there will be some changes just based on the history of coaches who have time to watch tape and put things in that they can get in during the week. You have a Tuesday practice and a Wednesday practice and that’s pretty much it. The extra practices really help.”You can’t make your own schedule, of course, and maybe it wouldn’t have mattered. But I sure would have liked to have played TCU in September when it was still reeling from its loss to Arkansas, finding its feet with Kenny Trill and not as healthy as it is now.last_img read more

Watch: Broadcasters Praise Oklahoma State Football Program

first_imgMichigan St99-56-064% TeamW-LWin % Florida113-44-072% Boise State132-26-084% TX Christian117-37-076% Wisconsin119-41-074% Texas104-50-068% Oregon119-38-076% Iowa93-61-060% Penn State107-47-070% BYU108-47-070% Missouri100-56-064% Florida St116-44-073% Clemson118-43-073% Whoo boy, I had to take a couple of laps around my neighborhood after watching this video summing up Mike Gundy’s last 12 seasons in Stillwater. ESPN’s Rece Davis and Fox Sports’ Tim Brando were asked for their thoughts about OSU football these days.“It’s a different deal,” said Davis. “The brand is now known. Oklahoma State is a brand name now. They’ve pushed their way into the upper echelon of college football. Now, I think they’re recognized as a perennial contender.”They are. Here is OSU’s record since Gundy took over in 2005. Exactly the same as … Texas. Notre Dame94-58-062% S Carolina93-61-060% W Virginia106-48-069% N Illinois99-60-062% LSU120-36-077% VA Tech113-48-070% Louisville99-53-065% Alabama135-28-083% App State29-19-060% Ohio State133-24-085% USC117-40-075% “The culture now is success,” said Gundy. “That’s what’s happened around here in the last five or six years. We’ve won so many football games. We’ve done so well in the classroom. They players just have success that’s instilled in them. We’re very proud of that. They look forward to competition. People from coast to coast respect Oklahoma State football.”Awesome. And the video is even better. Stanford99-55-064% Nebraska103-55-065% Cincinnati98-55-064% Navy102-54-065% Oklahoma123-36-077% Oklahoma St104-50-068% Georgia112-46-071% Houston103-54-066% Utah103-50-067% Michigan92-60-061% Auburn102-53-066% While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Bringing the Heat

first_imgTouch Football Australia caught up with Tim Wyld, the State Operations Manager for Touch Football South Australia (TFSA) while he was at the X-Blades National Youth Championships at Port Macquarie.We had a chat with Tim to find out more about Touch Football in South Australia.Touch Football Australia (TFA): How is Touch Football going in South Australia?Tim Wyld (TW): It is getting a lot stronger. We’ve increased our participation over the years, which has been really positive at grassroots level. That’s slowly starting to transition into enhanced elite or high performance at nationals.TFA: How many affiliates and registered players are there?TW: We have 17 affiliates and a lot of them are centrally managed by the office [Touch Football South Australia] and registered players we have just over 9000.TFA: When did Touch Football begin in South Australia?TW: The early 80s. Over the last couple of years it has flowed throughout that 20-year period. But we sort of went backwards for a few years there but we have sort of got on the right track now and it is really good, it is growing again.TFA: What kind of challenges have there been to establish the sport in South Australia?TW: I think the whole unitary model challenge sort of shake things up a bit. It was a time of uncertainty at the affiliate level. We are always up against it with some of the larger codes, AFL in particular, but recent years we have been getting into the schools system a lot more and that’s where we are seeing our growth come from school-based participation.TFA: To have that system in place, it’s really important isn’t?TW: Absolutely. We have recently signed four more agreements with the school bodies to integrate that participation at that level, so we have more of an influence and we can do TID [Talent Identification] and or get them into a team at grassroots level.TFA: What benefits does Touch Football South Australia get out from competing at the X-Blades National Youth Championships?TW: First and foremost the participation aspects of it. But we are seeing with our girls program, we are not here to make up the numbers. The girls have had a fantastic tournament, taking it to all the top Queensland and New South Wales teams and they continue to do that, and that is the aim. For the boys, they’re probably back a couple of pegs but it’s about improving their game, and slowly but surely getting them up to speed.Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the X-Blades National Youth Championships action: X-Blades National Youth Championships – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksBringing the Heatlast_img read more

10 months agoFriend admits Morata WANTS to leave Chelsea

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Friend admits Morata WANTS to leave Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlvaro Morata WANTS to leave Chelsea this month.Speaking on Cadena Cope, a member of the striker’s camp revealed the Spaniard has decided to leave Stamford Bridge in January.PSG, Bayern Munich and Atlético Madrid are all being linked with Morata.However, Sevilla are regarded as favourites to land the centre-forward – with a loan arrangement already being discussed.Both Sevilla coach and sports chief Joaquin Caparros have confirmed their interest. last_img

Labour Ministry Takes Position in Growth Drive

first_img Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Collette Roberts-Risden, said this is the philosophy that will guide the Ministry towards the future. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is working to reposition itself as a driver of growth as the Government advances its mandate for increased job creation and development. Mrs. Roberts-Risden was addressing a Productivity Forum on May 17 as part of National Workers’ Week and in recognition of the 80th Anniversary of the Labour Department of Jamaica. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is working to reposition itself as a driver of growth as the Government advances its mandate for increased job creation and development.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Collette Roberts-Risden, said this is the philosophy that will guide the Ministry towards the future.She also noted that this is a key recommendation of the Labour Market Reform Commission (LMRC), established in 2015.Mrs. Roberts-Risden was addressing a Productivity Forum on May 17 as part of National Workers’ Week and in recognition of the 80th Anniversary of the Labour Department of Jamaica.It was hosted under the theme ‘Ramping Up Productivity through Innovation’. The forum was hosted by the Jamaica Productivity Centre.The LMRC has a mandate to ensure that the country’s labour market structure, regulations, policies, programmes and projects become compatible with modern practices in order to improve productivity and economic growth.“Labour is a key component for growth. The modernisation of labour and focusing on productivity is where we are pushing. One of the challenges going forward is how we deal with the changing nature of employment, increasing informality and non-standard forms of contract,” Mrs. Roberts-Risden said.She argued that improvements in productivity in the workplace across all sectors will be the driving factor in the country achieving its growth targets.The Permanent Secretary used her presentation to highlight the journey of the Department since its establishment in 1938, which includes passing and amending a number of critical legislation. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Gracia confident ahead of the match at Old Trafford

first_imgWatford managed to beat Newcastle 2-1 in the previous round and Javi Gracia believes that they can continue in this winning note even in the upcoming game against Manchester United at Old Trafford.The Hornets have nothing to play for but their pride – they are clear from the relegation places but they are far from the top spots as well. And their coach wants them to continue with good results to improve the overall feeling of the season.The Spaniard spoke about his side’s upcoming game as he said, according to watfordfc.com:harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Now after our last game, getting to 41 points, now [the top half] is our new target. We will try to win the last game, try to score a goal away, try to compete in the same level as the last games and try to get a better result in the last away game.”“Now we are one of four teams on 41 points and you never know what will happen, we try to get points and achieve the best position.”last_img read more

Micciche Introduces Bill To Close Schneider Loopholes

first_imgClassify unwanted contact with semen as a sexual crime, which means perpetrators can be required to register as sex offenders for this crime;Require that strangulation to the point of unconsciousness is defined as assault in the first degree, which carries a sentence of 5 to 20 years; andEliminate credit toward time served for electronic monitoring for sexual assault convictions. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen) filed a bill to eliminate the “Schneider Loopholes” in Alaska’s criminal code in sexual assault cases. Micciche says SB 12 will improve our sexual assault laws in three important ways: Sen. Micciche: “In recent years, one outrageous story after another about criminals getting a slap on the wrist has dominated our headlines. The case of Justin Schneider, however, forced us to confront just how badly our criminal justice system has been failing victims and survivors of sexual assault. SB 12 represents an urgently needed fix to a glaring loophole, but it is only the beginning.”center_img Senate Bill 12 was introduced by Senator Micciche after Justin Schneider, a case that gained national attention, after he served no prison time for strangling a woman to the point of unconsciousness and then ejaculating on her. According to Senator Micciche this exposed some serious, long-standing shortcomings in laws dealing with sexual assault in Alaska: “Serious crimes were ignored and an inappropriate plea deal allowed the perpetrator to serve a portion of the sentence of the single conviction at home with his family. In a state number one in the U.S. for sexual assault, we are making the statement that there will be ‘no more free passes’ for perpetrators of such crimes.”last_img read more