The Rhodes Trust, which sponsors the selective Rhodes scholarships at Oxford, has signed a series of agreements to expand reach and access.A £75 million partnership with international limited-life foundation The Atlantic Philanthropies is to open up new scholarships and work with a diverse group of Atlantic Fellows, described in the Rhodes Trust’s press release concerning the extension as “Dynamic, accomplished leaders and thinkers” supporting a common set of values.The expansion of the Trust will also cover new geographic areas thanks to international donations and partnerships with a large number of foundations, with scholarships being opened in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.The donors include the Saïd Foundation and a selection of Oxford colleges. The Cohen Charitable Trust, among others, facilitated the multiplication of scholarships in West Africa particularly, which was announced as the next area of focus for 2017 extensions.The Atlantic Institute, created as the product of the Rhodes Trust and the Atlantic Philanthropies’ partnership, will enable for innovation prizes to be awarded to Fellows or alumni and foster worldwide collaboration between them.Christopher G. Oechsli, President and Chief Executive Oﬃcer of The Atlantic Philanthropies expressed his satisfaction with the partnership, saying “Atlantic’s grant to the Rhodes Trust is one of a series of big bets to create an interconnected set of Atlantic Fellows programmes.”Oechsli added, “The Rhodes Trust’s experience and their vision to amplify the impact of the existing network of Rhodes Scholars make them an ideal partner to connect and strengthen the new Atlantic Fellows programmes and their prospect for impact.”Increasing the total number of Rhodes scholarships awarded each year from 83 to 95, this announcement follows an extension which was made last year and added four scholars from China to the estimated total of 250 studying at Oxford at any one time.Oxford University Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson said she was “absolutely delighted that there will now be Rhodes Scholarships for students from across Israel and the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and more Rhodes Scholarships in West Africa.“Embracing global talent and diverse perspectives is a hallmark of pre-eminent universities and bringing more Rhodes Scholars to the University will enhance Oxford as a truly international community of scholars.”“Scholars receive a fully funded place,” Rhodes Trust spokeswoman Babette Tegldal told Cherwell, “so the Scholarships do facilitate students to attend Oxford who might not otherwise be able to attend – though that is the case with other scholarships to Oxford as well. The Rhodes Scholarship is distinctive in the fact that it looks for not only academic potential but also a commitment to serving others and leadership potential.”Rhodes House, which hosts conferences and alumni reunions, is equally to be expanded in order to increase its capacity to 750 attendees.
Corey Seager of the Dodgers saw some playing time in the 2014 exhibition Freeway Series, but Monday he got his first taste of the real deal when his Dodgers visited Angel Stadium for the first of three games with the Angels.“Yeah, the Freeway Series (in ‘14) was still spring training, so people were still working on everything,” said Seager, one of baseball’s hottest young prospects who made his major-league debut on Thursday in San Diego. “And now it’s the regular season, it’s at the end of the year, it’s in playoff-push times and it’s definitely going to be a different game.”Going from Triple-A Oklahoma City to the big leagues is a different game, too. Seager has so far handled it very well. In 15 at-bats in four games, he was batting .333 (5-for-15) with two doubles and three RBIs before Monday.Seager, just 21, was asked to give himself an early report card. “There’s ups and downs,” he said. “There are ABs I gave away and ABs where I was locked in. So it could go both ways.”Angels manager Mike Scioscia is impressed with what he has seen.“Just in preparing for this series and seeing the limited at-bats that we’ve seen, you see the talent is real and he looks like a very exciting young player,” Scioscia said. “Has a chance to be a special player. So we’ll, hopefully, make some pitches and contain him.”Dodgers manager Don Mattingly also likes the early returns on Seager, a shortstop/third baseman who started at shortstop Monday.“He looks calm, he doesn’t seem to be overwhelmed in any way,” Mattingly said. “He hasn’t had anything totally difficult. But anything that’s been a little out of the ordinary, he seems to have handled pretty easily. His at-bats seem pretty good. Yeah, I think he’s been good.” Scioscia remembers L.A.Scioscia was a catcher for 13 years in the big leagues, all with the Dodgers. Though his loyalty these days rests with the Angels, he has fond memories of his days with the team up the 5 Freeway.“I’m always thankful for the opportunity to play with an organization like the Dodgers,” Scioscia said. “And not just to play at Dodger Stadium, but coming up through it and having access to the best coaches and mentors in the world, guys like Roy Campanella and Del Crandall and Johnny Roseboro from the catching perspective.“And just getting to grow as a young baseball player, I got a great education there and so I’m very, very thankful for that. And you always have those memories. But right now it’s what our team is doing, what the Angels are doing and that’s what we want to focus on.”Grandal taken out of lineupDodgers No. 1 catcher Yasmani Grandal was in the original starting lineup Monday, but was pulled in favor of A.J. Ellis. The reason is a bothersome left shoulder.“Yeah, his shoulder, kind of, as he went to hit today is bothering him again,” Mattingly said. “So, obviously, it crept up on him. So we’re … back to day to day with him.”This first cropped up in August, so when Mattingly was asked how much concern he has, he was forthcoming.“Well, a little more now than before,” he said. “The fact that it kind of bounced back on him, you know, worries me a little.”Mattingly said he expects Grandal will have some tests done.Giavotella improving slightlyAngels second baseman Johnny Giavotella was recently diagnosed with fourth nerve palsy and is on the shelf. He said Monday there is some improvement.“Slowly but surely, it’s getting better,” said Giavotella, who said he’s still experiencing the double vision that comes with the malady. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more
MASON CITY — 19 of the Democrats who’re running for president will converge on Cedar Rapids this Sunday to speak at an Iowa Democratic Party fundraiser. Some have spent little time campaigning here, but two candidates have emerged to lead the pack when it comes to paid staff based in Iowa.Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has already made nine trips to Iowa this year and she has more than 50 paid staffers here. At each event, her staff collects what it calls “Fight Cards” from Iowans in the crowd who pledge to back Warren in 2020. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and his staff put 800 miles on a rented R-V over the Memorial Day weekend, traveling to 10 different campaign stops. Booker has about 45 paid staff in Iowa — and this past week Booker was endorsed by a former Iowa Democratic Party chair. Jerry Crawford advised Bill Clinton in the ’90s, John Kerry’s 2004 campaign and both of Hillary Clinton’s campaigns here.Two of those 19 candidates coming to Iowa will be in Mason City on Saturday afternoon. Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper will be holding a meet and greet at 2 o’clock at Cabin Coffee Company. Former South Bend Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg will make what his campaign is calling a “small business tour” around the downtown area at around 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon. read more
GAA Bingo Every Thursday Evening At 9pm In St Marys Hall Clonmany Everyone Welcome.Match & Win For 11th August, No Jackpot winner last week the jackpot will rise to €1,940 this week, the numbers drawn were: 1,12,14,15the €15 consolation prizes went to: Neil Doherty(J.S)Letter, Damian Harkin Urrismana, Linda Shiels Figart Isle Of Dough, Ann Marie & Gerard Collins c/o Lizzie Shiels Rooskey, Gerard Kane Mountcharles. Donegal v Dublin at Croke Park on 28th August Bus from Straid Contact John Friel 0860523550 or David 0860528537 asap to book.Club Meeting on Tuesday 16th at 9pm in Straid all members try to attend.Quiz In The Square Bar on Friday 19th, teams of four €10 per head starting at 9pm sharp, in aid of Donegal Team Training Fund, the Quiz will be aired on Highland Radio with teams taking part in venues countrywide.Results: U14’s lost by 2 points to Naomh Colmcille,U13’s lost to Malin, Reserves 4-11 Buncrana 0-7, Seniors 0-8 Buncrana 2-5. Fixtures: U13’s home to Moville on Tuesday 16th at 7pm.Minors Championship Division 1 Quarter Final on Friday 19th at 7.30pm, Malin v Urris, in Malin.If you have any items for the GAA notes e mail to [email protected] or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday.GAA: URRIS GAA NOTES was last modified: August 14th, 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:GAA: URRIS GAA NOTES read more
Outlaw kart racing returns to the Redwood Acres Fairground on Saturday for the second time in 2018. This weekend’s event is presented by John’s Used Cars And Wreckers and will be held on the 1/10-mile dirt oval inside the Redwood Acres Raceway paved 3/8-mile paved oval.Gates open at 10 a.m. with racing starting at 3 p.m. For more information, visit Humboldt Outlaw Karts at www.HumboldtOutlawKarts.com Information is also on Facebook, www.facebook.com/HumboldtOutlawKarts.
17 November 2009Standard Bank has launched JSE-listed currency reference warrants, a first for the South African market, in response to the growing popularity of currency trading in the country.A currency reference warrant (CRW) is a derivative – its value is derived from another underlying asset, in this case an exchange rate. More specifically, its value is based on the change in the rand price of one unit of a specified foreign currency.CRWs are also cash settled in rands, which means that there is no transfer or settlement of foreign currency and they do not affect an individual’s R4-million offshore allowance.“CRWs, which are listed on the JSE, enable investors to trade currency as an asset class to protect themselves or take advantage of movements of the South African rand,” Standard Bank derivatives head Brett Duncan said in a statement this week.According to the bank, the JSE is supportive of the product listing.Investing in currencyDuncan explained that CRWs come in both “calls” and “puts”, allowing investors to take advantage of positive and negative views of the future direction of the South African rand, providing investors with leveraged exposure to an exchange rate.Depending on the type of warrant traded, an investor can either buy or sell the performance of the rand against a certain foreign currency, such as the US dollar, at a specific rate and on a specific date.Exchange rates and in particular the dollar/rand are typically understood by South Africans as an independent determinant of a country’s performance.“Individuals are increasingly becoming more and more curious of the earning potential attached to currency price movements and are including currency as an independent asset class in their investment portfolios,” said Standard Bank foreign exchange head Richard de Roos.A CRW’s intrinsic value is determined from the difference between the exchange rate at maturity of the warrant and the strike price or exercise price agreed. The warrants can only be exercised at maturity, at which point investors are paid their intrinsic value. However, CRWs can be bought and sold up until expiry.Traditional equity marketAccording to JSE chief operating officer Leanne Parsons, CRWs extend the exchange’s currency product offerings and will be incorporated amongst the existing warrants traded.“They will be traded on the traditional equity market. The warrant market has grown significantly in recent years.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material read more
15 November 2010Aaron Mokoena, only the second South African to be awarded the Freedom of the City of London, personifies the gains the country made in hosting the 2010 World Cup: pride, confidence, resilience. He is also a symbol of the huge asset SA enjoys in its global citizens abroad.Aaron Mokoena, who led Bafana Bafana with a steady hand and generous spirit during South Africa’s triumphant hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, radiated South African pride and dignity as he read the age-old declaration of honour bestowing on him the Freedom of the City of London.On Wednesday 10 November, standing before the robed Chamberlain’s Clerk, Murray Craig, and a top-hatted orderly with a long red jacket and a distinctly Dickensian air, Aaron Mokoena performed the ancient ritual of obedience to the Queen and the Lord Mayor of the City of London.The Bafana captain, surrounded by tradition stretching back almost 1 000 years in the heart of London’s financial heart known as the “square mile”, was totally comfortable in his own skin while clearly moved by the magnitude of the honour being bestowed on him as his wife and daughter and colleagues looked on.In Mandela’s footstepsMokoena is only the second South African to receive the freedom of the city. The first was Nelson Mandela, back in 1996 while on a state visit to Britain.And as the Clerk pointed out, Mandela was not the first Nelson to receive the honour. England’s own Lord Nelson of Waterloo and Trafalgar fame received the freedom of the city in 1797 and his parchment hangs in the same chamber as that of Mr Mandela.The original purpose was to bestow the freedom to trade, but it has now become a symbolic rather than functional honour for the 1 800 or so who receive it annually. Other famous names to have been award freeman status include Winston Churchill, Benjamin Disraeli, Nehru, Theodore Roosevelt, Florence Nightingale and Margaret Thatcher.Lord Mayor with strong South African linksThe ceremony for Mokoena was held only two days before the first Lord Mayor to have openly declared his strong South African connections, Michael Bear, was sworn in as the 683rd Lord Mayor, to the singing and dancing of a group of Zulu warriors in traditional gear who braved the cold to parade through the streets of London and then sing from a barge in the Thames.Alderman Bear was born in Kenya, studied at Wits University in Johannesburg and worked in South Africa for some years. His wife was born in Klerksdorp.The Mayor of City of London Corporation, which runs the financial centre, is not to be confused with the Mayor of London, who is elected for renewable five-year terms and presides over the City of Westminster – the area that tourists would define as London.The Lord Mayor is elected for a once-only 12-month period by the head of the livery companies of old, which today are all financial services companies. He represents London’s banks and financial institutions in the global economy. During his one-year term he travels abroad about 30 times and makes some 750 speeches.Because he was traditionally elected by the livery companies – and not appointed by the Crown – the Lord Mayor had to make the journey to Westminster to swear allegiance to the reigning Monarch. Anyone awarded the freedom of the City by the Lord Mayor had to do the same.‘A very proud moment’Which brings us back to Aaron Mokoena.The Clerk, who presented Mokoena with a framed parchment scroll proclaiming him a Freeman of the City, then held up a little red book as though presenting an errant football/soccer player with a red card.“This he said you will need to study and follow the rules for leading a righteous life,” he said, pointing out that the current Chamberlain was the 37th in a continuous line going back to 1294.The freeman ceremony goes back to 1237, and the first Lord Mayor was elected in 1189.Mokoena gracefully thanked the clerk on behalf of the Lord Mayor, and the official photographer began a long session to record the magic moment.“London is such a fantastic city, and to be presented with this award as a South African playing football in the UK is a very proud moment for my country, my family and myself,” Mokoena said.Pride, confidence, resilienceOn 11 June 2010, Mokoena carried the hopes and aspirations of millions of South Africans as he led Bafana Bafana onto the field in the Johannesburg stadium for the match against Mexico which produced “the Tshabalala moment” – widely regarded as the goal of the tournament.When it came time for Bafana to bow out of the tournament, Mokoena’s guiding hand was crucial in transforming those aspirations of victory into those of being dignified hosts of a triumphant World Cup.Mokoena reflects in his own stature and dignity the gains that South Africa has made as a country in hosting the 2010 World Cup: national identity, pride, confidence and resilience.In that sense, he symbolises the legacy of the World Cup: reflecting the values of South Africa’s own transition to democracy, gearing for growth, nation-building and forging a modest but crucial space in the global economy as active participant in a changing world.A truly global South AfricanHe is also a symbol of the huge asset South Africa enjoys in its global citizens abroad.Mokoena has played club football/soccer – in recent years for Portsmouth – and has travelled abroad for almost a decade of his life.In that sense, he is a global South African with a contextualised sense of his country’s place in the world and South Africa’s potential to leverage its unique history and transition and the diversity of its people for the good of all its people.Mokoena is mobbed by young autograph hunters wherever he goes in Britain, and the youth look to him as football/soccer hero.But he is clearly far more than a football/soccer icon. He has dedicated himself increasingly in recent years to empowering other, in particular the youth, to excel in the game that has given him so much and made him the magnanimous human being that he is today.Aaron Mokoena FoundationMokoena, whose days as a professional player are likely to come to an end in the next three to four years, has a new passion: reaching out to the youth of his hometown of Boipatong in Sedibeng and the wider Gauteng region – and eventually nationwide – to identify and offer training, coaching and mentoring to talented young players at school level.In so doing, the coaches and mentors will look for the qualities of leadership that will serve the country beyond the football/soccer field.To this end, Mokoena and a group of dedicated colleagues in South Africa and the UK founded the Aaron Mokoena Foundation to establish his academy and a team of coaches and mentors.Mokoena’s teammates at Portsmouth are as enthusiastic as he is about the venture and have vowed to assist him.A new approach to sportHis passion reflects – and is helping forge – a new approach to sport and mega-sporting events globally. It is increasingly about the legacy rather than the victory and conquest which has made football/soccer and Olympic sports the highly competitive multi-billion dollar industry they are today.In a changing world – and one which needs to become more sustainable, inclusive and equal – nurturing the human spirit becomes part of its triumph.It means embracing the generosity of the human spirit as represented by South Africa’s four Nobel Peace Laureates: the late Chief Albert Luthuli, Presidents Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.That spirit has been movingly captured in the String Quartet of Peace, four string instruments crafted by Cape Town luthier Brian Lisus, which will play the beautiful piece Uxolo (reconcialiation in Zulu and Xhosa) composed by the South African-born Eugene Skeef in the UK in various global capitals in the year ahead.It was that spirit the predominated when Aaron Mokoena received his freeman status in what was an extraordinary week for South Africa in London.John Battersby is the UK Country Manager of Brand South Africa. 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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCGenerally I think grain marketing information directed to farmers is often too broad and general to be helpful. I suspect that’s because those discussing the markets don’t want to commit too far in one direction for fear of being wrong.That is understandable and reasonable to a point, but being too general isn’t very helpful either. To minimize general statements or broad ranges there are a few easy questions one can ask that I think provides more focused and helpful information. Be more specific when using the terms “Bullish” and “Bearish”When I hear “I’m bullish today” or ” I’m bearish right now” I don’t know what they mean because the terms are too subjective. One bullish person may think corn will rally 25 cents, while another thinks $1. Both of these thoughts are technically bullish, but they are very different estimates. Instead, a better question would be, “How bullish or bearish are you?” By being more specific, farmers can have a better perspective of potential. What are the chances the market will move to a certain levelRecently an analyst said they thought corn could rally from $4 to $4.50 on the July futures. That would be music to farmer ears; however, given what we know today it might be a long shot. I wish there had been a follow up question: “What are the odds that will happen?” Sure corn could go up to $4.50 by July, or $5 by Christmas, and even $8 by next July, but there are a lot of market variables involved for $5 to happen and even more for $8. The higher the rally, the harder and less likely it becomes.If someone told me there is a 10% chance of $4.50 corn versus a 50% chance, that’s a big difference. I find that unless someone can provide the odds and the reasons of a price point happening, their statement is of little use to me when I’m making marketing decisions.I also find little value when someone tells me they think corn could trade between $4.20 and $4.50 without providing a timeframe. Will corn be between $4.20 and $4.50 by July 4, Labor Day or Thanksgiving? Providing price estimates without time frame doesn’t help me much in planning decisions.Farmers’ profits can range significantly when the market moves from $4.20 to $4.50, so estimating this broad of a range doesn’t help me much. Instead, a tighter range of about 10 cents provides me with more clarity.On the surface some may think this isn’t that big of a deal. But, it’s important when considering what the average farmer is hearing when these ranges are said. Farmers tend to hear the upside of wide ranges instead of the low side. In this example, I hear there is a chance for $4.50, so I’m more likely to disregard the $4.20 level. This may mean I’ll wait longer than I should to start selling some grain.Despite the confidence of anyone with a market opinion, no one knows where prices are going. It’s easy to assume that maybe analysts who study the markets every day have some kind of insider secrets no one else knows, but they don’t because nobody can predict weather, the biggest driver of prices long term. The only information market analysts might have a better handle on, than the average farmer, is knowing how the market variables could affect supply and demand, and therefore price potential. However, they still don’t know how much these variables will affect prices.Because no one knows where prices will go, many prefer to provide grain market information that is as general as possible. I understand and can appreciate that, but maybe using the above questions as a guideline could help farmers be more realistic with their chances for the market. This could potentially lead them to developing a better foundation for their grain marketing plans. I always try to be critical of grain marketing information from any source, whether it’s a farmer, broker, elevator manager or any analysts. In doing so, my grain marketing should improve. 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. 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Most sales managers want to coach late stage opportunities. It’s easy to find your way from a pipeline review to coaching an opportunity without meaning to, especially when you come across opportunities that are high visibility and high value. We want to win these “must win” opportunities so we spend time coaching them. But the problem is that most of the decisions that cause you to win or lose an opportunity happen much earlier in the sales process.Start Coaching Early Stage OpportunitiesIt’s more important to coach opportunities when that coaching can change the outcome of the deal. By focusing on late stage opportunities most of the decisions that you would make and most of the actions you would take are no longer options. It’s too late. Instead, you want to coach opportunities as soon as they enter the pipeline.You want to ensure that the big needs analysis sales call your team makes with their dream client creates value for that prospect and allows them to obtain the commitment and create an opportunity.You want to coach opportunities when consensus is being built, ensuring that you have all the relationships and all the support you need to actually win that opportunity.You want to coach opportunities when they’re in the presentation and proof stage because you want to ensure that the value you create is aligned with what your dream client believes they want and need. When an opportunity is late in the sales process, it’s much more difficult to coach. You can coach negotiation and you can coach closing, but most of the “value capturing” you need in the way of price and margin is going to be based on the value that you created and the agreements that you obtained long before that point.It’s difficult to make a difference coaching opportunities in the later stages. Ensure that your coaching helps your team create and win deals by coaching early in the sales process.QuestionsWhen do you normally coach opportunities? At what stage?How often do you coach very early stage opportunities?Have you ever been frustrated that your coaching doesn’t allow for too many good choices?Why is coaching late stage opportunities more difficult? Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now read more