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first_imgIT seems a queue is forming to have a go at Donegal GAA.The latest to get into that queue is the Irish Independent’s Vincent Hogan who today launched a savage attack on the county team.He doesn’t mince his words. You can ignore it – or you can read Hogan’s vitriolic attack herehttp://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/vincent-hogan/vincent-hogan-mcguinness-a-leader-of-sheep-2940524.htmlIRISH INDO COLUMNIST IN SAVAGE ATTACK ON DONEGAL TEAM was last modified: November 21st, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal GAAGAAlast_img read more

Irrigation aid ends for season

first_imgSince the growing season for the principle summer crops is coming to an end, this will be the last weekly issue of Evapotranspiration (ET) data for the 2016 irrigation season. This was the 43rd season of providing ET information for the North Valley. The ET data will be made available next spring at the start of the 2017 irrigation season.This information is provided as a joint effort by the California Department of Water Resources’ Northern Region Office, the University of California …last_img read more

Cape Town prepares for Zuma’s address

first_img14 February 2013The Parliamentary Precinct in Cape Town’s city centre is abuzz with activity ahead of South African President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address.The President is expected to outline government’s priorities for the year and officially open Parliament at 7pm on Thursday.The address will be broadcast live on radio and television as well as streamed live on www.parliament.gov.za.Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) has arranged for the address to be broadcast on big screens at a variety of venues in all provinces.Security is being beefed up and media are setting up their booths from where they will broadcast interviews, while parliamentary staff are ensuring the final preparations are wrapped up and that the National Assembly is perfect.The red carpet and platform leading up the National Assembly, where dignitaries will show off their fashion, is being allotted and large screens are being tested.Focus on National Development PlanThe South African Air Force on Tuesday practised the flyover above Parliament, which is scheduled to happen as the President arrives at the steps of the National Assembly.There will also be a national salute by the Ceremonial Guard of the South African National Defence Force and a 21-gun salute.Special State of the Nation Address banners have been erected along the precinct’s roads, many of which will be closed to traffic later today and tomorrow.Some of the invited guests include the country’s top matriculants from last year, businesspeople, diplomats, former President Thabo Mbeki and his wife Zanele, former Deputy Presidents Baleka Mbete and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, former President FW de Klerk and Elita de Klerk, former Chief Justice Pius Langa and former Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Frene Ginwala.In his address, Zuma is not only expected to focus on the National Development Plan, but he will also provide an update on all key programmatic areas, especially the five priorities – education, health, creating decent work, the fight against crime as well as rural development and land reform.He will also outline progress made in the implementation of the New Growth Path, the economic strategy within the NDP.The Presidency has invited members of the public to send their comments on what they would like to see in Zuma’s speech on Facebook at www.facebook.com/presidencyza/ and twitter at @PresidencyZA.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Managing a sideways market with downside protection

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Weather is driving the market right now. As forecasts adjust twice a day, the market can shift direction abruptly. At this point it’s really difficult for the market to fully estimate the actual amount of stress the corn crop has sustained so far and its impact on overall future yields. Contributing to the uncertainty is the significant amount of unpriced old crop corn still in storage by many farmers, which will continue to put resistance on higher prices in the short-term. Market actionUncertain about the market direction going into summer, and with less corn than I desired to have sold for the 2017 crop, I want to make another trade. With what I know today, I expect the market to be trading sideways from here until late in November. New trades I placed:6/12/17 — Trade #1 when Sep corn futures were $3.89Expected market direction — Probably sideways with some downside potential into fallTrade Detail — Sold Sep $3.90 call for 19 centsThis trade amount = 5% of planned productionExpires  8/25/17 after the crop condition is well knownPotential Benefit: If Sep futures close at $3.90 or below on 8/25, I keep all of the 19 cent premiumPotential Concern: no downside protectionFor every penny above $3.90 I get 1 cent less premium until $4.09 and I don’t have to sell any corn. At $4.09 or higher I have to make another corn sale at $3.90 plus the 19 cent premium which would be like a $4.09 sale. Because the sale would be against Sep futures I would have the opportunity to roll the sale forward and against the Dec futures which would likely add 10 cents of profit to the trade. Thus I could have a $4.19 sale in place.6/7/17 – Trade #2 when Dec corn futures were $4Sold 2 Dec 4.00 calls and collected 29 cents each (or 58 cents total)Bought 1 Dec 3.70 put and paid 11 centsNet profit: +45 cents (after paying just under 2 cents of commissions)All trades expire the day after ThanksgivingThis trade amount = 5% of planned production is protected to the downside What does this mean?Basically I have a floor price of $4.15 and a potential price ceiling of $4.45, but the outcome varies depending on the price of Dec corn at option expiration (which is the Friday after Thanksgiving).If Dec corn is near $4.20 at expiration I get about $4.20 for my corn• Every penny corn is below $4.22 to $4.00, 1 additional cent is added on to the $4.20 price (e.g. if it is $4 exactly I take home $4.45)• Every penny corn is below $4.00 to $3.70, 1 cent is subtracted from $4.45 all the way down to $4.15 (if it is at $3.70)• Anywhere under $3.70, and I still get $4.15 (15 cents above where the market was when I placed the trade)If Dec corn is above $4.22 then I have to take $4.22 on the this sale and I have to make another corn sale at $4.22 (even if corn is $4.50 or $5)Here is graph illustrating the results of trade #2Seems like a great trade, why not do more?This trade required me to do something that I normally caution against and that is to risk having to sell two bushels to protect one bushel from downside. So while there is still the potential of doubling up a 2017 sale at $4.22, I don’t want to commitment more than a max of 10% of my anticipated production right now. Trade summaryThe bottom line is this is a sideways market trade play with some downside protection.Market trades sideways = biggest profit (the closer the market is to $4, the better)If the market goes up I get a premium that puts me on my farm’s breakeven points or betterIf the market goes down I have a $4.15 floor priceIf there is a horrible drought I miss out a on a huge price rally, but I have much more of my crop left to sell.As I’ve mentioned before, I plan my grain marketing on what I think might happen based upon what I know today and historical trends. However, I still consider all possible scenarios the market could do. The market can do three things: go up, go down, or go sideways. So when making trades I need to be comfortable with all outcomes. That’s why I always balance potential premiums on each trade against the risk I’m taking if the market goes a different direction.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. 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Sodiumion battery packs a punch

More information: Jianqiu Deng et al. Sodium-Ion Batteries: From Academic Research to Practical Commercialization, Advanced Energy Materials (2017). DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201701428 Jianqiu Deng et al. High Energy Density Sodium-Ion Battery with Industrially Feasible and Air-Stable O3-Type Layered Oxide Cathode, Advanced Energy Materials (2017). DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201701610 Provided by University of Wollongong Despite sodium’s appeal as a low-cost, abundant and environmentally friendly building block for energy storage, it is a relatively new entrant in the field of battery technology research and development.A key issue for sodium-ion batteries is that many of the active materials used in their chemistry are sensitive to air—exposure to even a few molecules of air can degrade the material and reduce battery performance.This has also meant specialised equipment is needed to eliminate air to process the materials, driving up their cost.Powerful and feasibleTackling both the material performance and the industrial feasibility issues, researchers at the University of Wollongong (UOW) Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM) have successfully developed a material based on transition metals that is not sensitive to air and can therefore be mass produced much more easily.The material has the added benefit of excellent cycling stability, increasing its attractiveness to commercial battery manufacturers.”One of the ongoing issues for batteries is cycle life, or how many times it can charge and discharge effectively,” lead researcher Dr. Wenbin Luo said.”We were able to build upon previous research to manufacture proof-of-concept battery cells to show the performance of this material, and it showed fantastic energy density and cycle life.”In addition, we developed the processes to cheaply and easily manufacture this material, which is a big part of making it attractive for commercialisation.”The next step is to optimise the material to get maximum amount of cycles out of the batteries, which will be a key factor in the commercial viability of sodium-ion batteries.”With new materials and processing techniques we can focus on further development that will pave the way for the transition to commercialisation of this exciting and much-needed alternative to lithium-ion batteries.” Making sodium-ion batteries that last Explore further This material, reported recently in the journal Advanced Energy Materials, was developed as a collaboration between researchers from ISEM and Guilin University of Electronic Technology in China and provides a major step forward in the development of sodium-ion batteries for practical applications.From lab to production lineIn a second paper, also published recently in the journal Advanced Energy Materials, researchers from ISEM were invited to review the current state of sodium-ion battery research worldwide, particularly the factors holding back wider commercialisation of the technology.Sodium-ion battery development is a hotly contested research area in energy materials and the review paper provides a thorough understanding of the research and development landscape.Though sodium-ion can’t compete with lithium in personal electronics because of its lower energy density, it is seen as a viable alternative for large-scale storage where the size of the battery is less of an issue.To date, much of the research has focused on fine-tuning the materials for the major components of the battery but little emphasis has been put on the making a complete cell.”Commercial full-cell design includes optimising capacity balancing between the cathode and the anode, finding a stable electrolyte solution, choosing appropriate additives and binders, selecting a separator, as well as the production costs of the active materials for the electrodes and the overall manufacturing cost of the batteries,” Dr. Luo said.”This is not always a straightforward process, as many of these parameters are interdependent, so there is a significant amount of trial-and-error in selecting the best combination of design parameters.”Our review paper shows the depth of research showing optimisation of a single component or material, but also the lack of research bringing all the parts together in concert.”In the review paper, the researchers identify key indicators for commercial feasibility, including stability to air and moisture contact, the cost of materials and fabrication, electrochemical performance, cycle life, anode and cathode compatibility and environmental friendliness.”To a large extent, how the cycling performance, or battery lifespan, satisfies the requirements of large energy storage systems will determine its commercialisation progress,” Dr. Luo said.”For large-scale storage, we need to develop batteries that provide a long life-span to justify the investment.” Journal information: Advanced Energy Materials ISEM research fellow Dr Wenbin Luo (centre) with full-cell sodium-ion battery pouch. Credit: University of Wollongong Citation: Sodium-ion battery packs a punch (2018, April 5) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-sodium-ion-battery.html A new sodium-ion battery chemistry that shows superior performance to existing state-of-the-art sodium-based batteries could be the catalyst to enabling mass-production of the emerging technology for large-scale energy storage, such as in applications including storing solar power for industrial sites. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more