‘Great guy, player’: Balkman congratulates Brownlee on Best Import plum

first_imgLATEST STORIES ADVERTISEMENT It’s been said many times that basketball forms brotherhoods and it cannot be any truer when it comes too Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee and San Miguel’s Renaldo Balkman.Both imports, who have managed to form a strong bond since they both reinforced Alab Pilipinas in their title campaign in the ASEAN Basketball League, were up for the Best Import award Friday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’But Brownlee, after losing twice in a row in the Governors’ Cup voting, did not let this one slip away and one-upped his good pal Balkman for the award.Balkman, who came second in the race, is nothing but proud of what his former teammate achieved. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk “Championships mean a lot to me, not the Best Import,” said Balkman who had 14 points and 11 rebounds in Game 4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Devance looking forward to Game 5 of ‘crazy’ PBA Finals series “Congratulations to him,” said Balkman after his Beermen lost to Brownlee’s Gin Kings 130-100 in Game 4 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “There’s no bad blood between us and he’ll probably say the same thing.”“He’s a great guy, great player, much respect to him. We’re both tough guys and he got it. It’s all good.”Brownlee had a total of 1209 points in the voting that counted in the players’ stats and nods from the PBA, the players, and the media.Balkman accumulated a total of 858 points.And as the series dwindled into a virtual best of three after a 2-2 stalemate in the first four games, Balkman is looking at the bigger trophy.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View commentslast_img read more

Treaty 8 to host First Nations LNG summit February 17-19

first_imgThe event will look at the feedback and findings from previous summits held in Prince Rupert and Prince George last year and provide First Nations with ideas on helping their communities make decisions regarding LNG.A press conference will also be held at the conclusion of the event to talk about the results of the summit and the plans of First Nations going forward.- Advertisement –last_img

Possible 2016 harvest prices for corn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Historical changes between projected and harvest prices are used to derive a distribution of possible harvest prices for corn in 2016. This analysis suggests about a 20% chance of harvest prices less than $3 per bushel. Given the chance of low prices, farmers should maintain high coverage levels when purchasing crop insurance. Arriving at a possible 2016 harvest priceHistorical projected and harvest prices for corn are shown in Table 1 for the years from 1972 to 2015. Projected prices are used to set crop insurance guarantees. For Midwest states, the projected price is the average of settlement prices of the December CME corn contract during the month of February. An indicator of the projected price in 2016 is the current price level of the December 2016 contract. In this first week of January, the price of the December corn contract was near $3.80 per bushel.Harvest prices are used to calculate crop insurance payments. The harvest price for corn in Midwest states is the average of the settlement prices of the December contract during the month of October.If futures markets are efficient, over time the average of harvest prices should equal the average of projected prices. Between 1972 and 2015, the average of projected prices is $3.02 per bushel. The average of the harvest prices is $2.94 per bushel, only 8 cents per bushel lower than the average of the projected price, suggesting that the projected price is a good indicator of the harvest price. Stated alternatively, if you could repeat 2016 many times, the average of the resulting harvest prices would be near the projected price.Of course, the harvest price will differ from the projected price in any given year, with the difference being large in some years. In this article, historical variability is used to provide a range of possible 2016 harvest prices. To do this, the percent change between the projected and harvest price are calculated for each year (see the fourth column of Table 1). The largest positive change is 77%, occurring in 1973 (a $1.39 projected price and a $2.46 harvest price). The largest negative change is -27.6%, occurring in 2004 ($2.83 projected price and $2.05 harvest price).The percentage changes then are applied to the likely projected price for 2016. A $3.80 per bushel is used, close to the current price of the 2016 December CME corn contract. To illustrate, in 1972 the projected and harvest prices are $1.24 and $1.35, respectively (see Table 1). The harvest price is 8.9% higher than the projected price (.089 = 1.35 / 1.24 – 1). And the possible harvest price associated with 1972 is $4.14 ($3.80 x (1 + .089)). Possible harvest prices resulting from the above procedure to all years from 1972 through 2015 are shown in the final column of Table 1.Possible 2016 harvest pricesWhile centered near $3.80, historical changes suggest a large range of possible harvest prices in 2016. They highest resulting price is $6.73 per bushel coming from the 77.0% change occurring in 1973. The lowest resulting price is $2.75 per bushel coming from the -27.6% change occurring in 2004.Figure 1 further summarized the 2016 possible prices by showing a histogram of possible price ranges. As can be seen in Figure 1, 21% of the possible prices fall below $3 per bushel. These historical price changes suggest that there is roughly a 20% chance of prices being below $3.Similarly, there is a chance of higher harvest prices. Four of the historical price changes resulting in 2016 harvest price being above $5, suggesting a roughly 7% chance of prices higher than $5 per bushel. Two of those years are 1988 and 2012, both years of much lower yields due to drought. The other two years with a price over $5 are 2010 and 1973. CommentaryHistory suggests a wide range of possible prices, with a significant chance of the harvest price being below $3. Some farmers may be considering lowering coverage levels on crop insurance in order to lower premium costs. This may not be prudent as history suggests there still is a large risk of low prices.last_img read more

Dairy margins widen to highest since 2017 in positive economic sign

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In welcome news for the dairy economy, the September margin under the Dairy Margin Coverage program rose by $0.56 per cwt. over the August margin to reach $10.41 per cwt, the second consecutive month margins have fallen outside the threshold necessary to trigger a federal payment. The is the highest seen since the beginning of 2017, allowing for the change in the alfalfa hay price in the margin formula’s feed cost calculation. The September all-milk price was $0.40 per cwt. higher than August’s and the DMC calculated feed cost for September was $0.16 per cwt. lower than August’s, mostly due to a drop in the price of corn.As of Nov. 6, USDA’s DMC Decision Tool currently projects DMC margin to remain above $9.50 per cwt. for the remainder of 2019 and during all of 2020. Milk prices are expected to generate most of the monthly changes in the margin forecast, while feed costs are anticipated to remain relatively stable during that time.last_img read more

IRC Lighting Upgrades: Efficient Bulbs and Gasketed Fixtures

first_imgSTEP 3: LIGHTING UPGRADES (Section N1104)The code: Half of all indoor lamps in permanent light fixtures must be high efficacy. Additionally, recessed can lights must meet air leakage standards.What it means to you:Lighting represents about 12% of the energy used in a home. This code change will require at least half of all permanently mounted lightbulbs to be high-efficacy compact fluorescents (CFLs), which are roughly 80% more efficient than incandescent bulbs.The rationale for the 50% standard as opposed to 100% is to allow for circumstances where a high-efficiency bulb would not perform well―when operated by a dimmable switch, for example.The code also demands that all recessed lights in the building envelope meet an ASTM manufacturing tightness standard (ASTM E283) and be sealed with a gasket or caulk between the housing and the interior wall or ceiling covering. Air-leakage testing for these fixtures has been an option for years. Now, the manufacturing community is able to perform uniform standard for air sealing verified through testing.This provision will decrease air leakage for recessed light connections to walls or ceilings and increase standards for the tightness of the fixtures themselves. Essentially, manufacturers will make better, tighter light fixtures because of this code change. It will be your job to install gasket or caulk as an air-sealing measure.The 2009 building codes reflect practices that not only increase energy efficiency, like air sealing measures and increased insulation, but also address sustainable building practices, like moisture control.Other segments of this series:Part 1: Air SealingPart 2: InsulationPart 3: LightingPart 4: Programmable ThermostatsPart 5: Insulating Mass WallsPart 6: Efficient WindowsPart 7: Insulating Mechanical PipesPart 8: Exceeding the Energy CodePart 9: Vapor Retarders 9 Steps to A Greener CodeNew homes built using the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) or International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will be more energy efficient than ever. As a consequence, a builder’s world may become a bit more complex and, in some cases, a bit more expensive. Recent spikes in energy costs have increased the attention on regulatory measures that limit energy waste. last_img read more

Using Improved Groups in DaVinci Resolve 11

first_imgA word of caution when saving stills: the stills will only save out whatever option you have selected. At the end of the session, it’s good practice to save stills for shots you’ve finished graded by right-clicking the monitor and selecting a “Grab All Stills” option. Just make sure you’re on the Clip setting in the grouping to grab where you’ll likely be doing the majority of the work, on the clip level.Have you found any other uses for groups? Let us know in the comments. Use the new group feature in DaVinci Resolve to accelerate your color grading workflow.The Blackmagic team has a knack for implementing features in Resolve that accelerate or simplify the way I work. One of the handy new features in Resolve version 11 is the group feature, which has been retooled and improved in this version of the software. You now have two opportunities to grade inside the group, as well as grade each shot without affecting the rest of the group. The overall timeline grade is also carried over.Once you’re in the Color page, you’ll find the grouping options on the top right corner of the interface, above the node tree. Once you have a group set up there are a couple of options:Group Pre-Clip: You can use this to apply a grade to every shot in a group. This is good for a general grade that will hold for most, if not all, of the clips in your group. If the shots are consistent you may not need to delve into the Clip tab at all.Clip: This is the mode you’d be grading in if groups didn’t exist. Clip by clip, one by one. Easy enough.Group Post-Clip: After you’ve made your initial grade in the Pre-Clip and done some fine tuning in Clip, your client might yell out a change that affects the whole group, like putting a vignette on each clip of a talking-head interview. Making this change could affect keys that you’ve pulled in the Clip tab. Having a global group change in the Post-Clip prevents keys from getting screwed up, and retains your sanity.Timeline: Timeline lets you apply a grade to every clip in your session timeline, grouped or not. I often use Timeline to reduce the blur of Alexa footage by around .03, in effect sharpening the entire timeline just a tiny bit. It’d be a huge pain to apply this to each clip manually.Check out the video for a practical application of groups:last_img read more

How to Improve Your Confidence as a Consultative Salesperson

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Professional salespeople want—and need—to be consultative. The word “consultative” means that one provides advice and recommendations, and it includes the idea that one possess the business acumen and situational knowledge (or experience) to dispense their guidance. Here are a few ideas that will improve your confidence as a consultative salesperson.Increase Your CompetenceA large part of the confidence you need to be a consultative salesperson begins and ends with your competence. A good many salespeople mistakenly believe consultative means they avoid hard sell, high-pressure approaches and ask good questions. While the approach matters, it doesn’t replace the need to be competent.You improve your competence by becoming a subject matter expert in your field. There is no doubt that it takes time to gain the experience you need to be competent here, but the time it takes to gain the insights and ideas can through intentionally working to become a subject matter expert. What was the last book you read on sales? What was the last book or long-form article you read about the state of your industry?As much as you need to work to become a subject matter expert in your field, you also have to become a subject matter expert in the challenges your prospective clients face and how you best resolve them. This is what consultative salespeople do, after all. Are you writing down the problems—especially the systemic ones—your prospects are struggling with now? Are you making careful notes on what works, when it works, and why it works?Competency is found on the other side of this work.Focus on Larger, Strategic OutcomesIt is too easy to look for “pain points” or “dissatisfaction” as an entry point to developing a case for your product or service. It is something altogether different to focus on the more substantial, more strategic outcomes your dream client should pursue and make a more significant case for change.The first chapter in Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away From Your Competition includes a framework outlining the four levels of value a salesperson or sales organization can create. The lowest level of value, while still critically important, is the value in your product. The highest level is the strategic value you create. Your product is not advice, eliminating that as something that makes one consultative. Offering the advice on how better achieve strategic outcomes is at the other end of this continuum, the consultative side.Control the ProcessIt is difficult to be consultative without controlling the process. The contacts you work with often want to skip past the conversations necessary for a good decision, and they just as often try to avoid making some of the commitments they need to make to produce the results they need. Believing your contacts know best what needs to happen and when it needs to happen is to give up a consultative approach.Here we shift back to competence. Who has more experience helping people make the decision your dream client is making? Who has helped more people and companies produce the result your prospective client needs now? How could they possibly know more than you, especially when they buy what you sell so infrequently in contrast to how often you and your company helps your clients with the same outcomes.None of this is to say that your contacts don’t know their company and their situation better than you, but to make the point that your experience with hundreds of clients gives you a different level of experience, and one that can help shape their future experience. If you are consultative, you need to know how to help your client go from opportunity to execution to result.last_img read more

Chot Reyes gets back at old foe

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Photo from Fiba.comSmart Gilas Pilipinas’ 77-71 victory over Japan on Friday wasn’t just any other win for coach Chot Reyes. It also allowed him to get back at one of his past tormentors.The outspoken mentor finally scored a victory at the expense of Japan coach Julio Lamas, the same bench tactician who handled Argentina back in the 2014 Fiba World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LSGH completes improbable climb, upsets Mapua for first crown With Japan down 38-29 at halftime, Lamas made moves that paved way for Japan to fight back from 14 points down using with 12-0 blast that gave them 40-37 lead to set up the close finish.“I think coach Julio made great adjustments to start the third quarter and even took the lead in the third. We had to make our counter adjustments and I think that proved to be important in this ballgame,” he said.Reyes also noted that the coaching landscape in the continent has also improved through the years.“All over Asia, every team have great coaches. It demands you to be at the top of your game and your adjustments, your focus has to be at a very high level because one slip up could mean the ball game,” he said.Reyes will have his hands full again on Monday as he engages on another coaching chess match against Chinese Taipei head coach Chou Chun-san.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City The two coaches first met when Gilas Pilipinas and El Alma Argentina crossed paths in Seville, Spain as the Filipinos gave the Argentinians all they could handle and even threatened a massive upset against the fifth ranked team in the world which featured the likes of Luis Scola, Pablo Prigioni, and Andres Nocioni. Unfortunately for the Philippines, Argentina got its act together late and eked out the 85-81 win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThree years later they met again, with Reyes back in the fray for the Philippines and Lamas now calling the shots for the Akatsuki Five.Reyes welcomed Lamas’ entry to the Asian basketball circuit, saying, “The good thing about playing against good coaches is that it demands you to be at your best.”last_img read more

Injured Rafael Nadal will miss Indian Wells, Miami events

first_imgMOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cyborg steps in vs Kunitskaya to save the show at UFC 222 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving He wrote Friday “the injury I suffered in Acapulco before starting the tournament is the same area as the one suffered in Melbourne.”The second-ranked Spanish star hasn’t played since retiring in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in late January.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLast year, Nadal lost to Roger Federer in the fourth round at Indian Wells and in the final at Miami. FILE – In this Jan. 23, 2018, file photo, Spain’s Rafael Nadal answers questions at a press conference after retiring injured from his quarterfinal against Croatia’s Marin Cilic at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Rafael Nadal will miss the upcoming Indian Wells and Miami tournaments because of a lingering right hip injury. Nadal made the announcement Friday, March 2, 2018, on Facebook. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal will miss the upcoming Indian Wells and Miami tournaments because of a lingering right hip injury.Nadal made the announcement Friday on Facebook. He withdrew from the Mexico Open before his first match on Wednesday, saying he needed more time to recover.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico View commentslast_img read more