She also said the donation of the vehicles is part of OSIWA and FORD’s Ebola response. The OSIWA Country Officer expressed the hope that the vehicles would be used for the intended purpose during the Ebola crisis for contact tracing, transportation and other Ebola-activities being carry out by the Ministry of Health and the Ebola Task Force. The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and the FORD Foundation on Tuesday, September 09, donated three brand new Ford Express pickups to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to help with the fight against the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. Value at about US$105,000, the three vehicles were hand delivered to Liberia’s Health Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale at the MOHSW in Congo Town. Presenting the keys to Dr. Gwenigalie, the OSIWA-Liberia country officer, Madam Massa S. S. Crayton, said the donation was the FORD Foundation and OSIWA’s way of answering a national call to kick Ebola out of Liberia. “It is our hope that these vehicles will be used for the intended purpose in order to save the lives of people infected by the deadly Ebola virus,” said Madam Crayton.Receiving the keys for the vehicles from Madam Crayton, Health Minister Dr. Gwenigale said he is overjoyed for the donation by OSIWA and the FORD Foundation. “Part of the challenges we have in dealing with this Ebola crisis is the lack of adequate logistics. We have limited transportation to move materials and people from one place to another and these pickups are coming in at the time when all of the counties are asking us for transport,” he said.“I extend thanks and appreciation, on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to the representatives of FORD Foundation and the OSIWA family for this timely gesture.” Minister Gwenigalie instructed that though it was the Ministry of Health that signed the grant agreement with the FORD Foundation and OSIWA, the vehicles are for Ebola response and they must be used for that purpose. The Health Minister also instructed his Assistant Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah, to work with General Services Agency (GSA) Director General Madam Mary Broh to ensure that the vehicles are registered as government property. “And it must be noted that we have received these items and they must be used for the purpose for which they are intended.” The Health Minister immediately turned the keys over to Assistant Minister Tolbert Nyenswah who in turn thanked OSIWA and the FORD Foundation for the timely gesture. “We thank OSIWA and FORD Foundation and wish to note here that we are strategically putting all mechanisms into place in the various counties to deal with this Ebola crisis.I am happy that you have made this donation this morning because it will help ease some of the logistical challenges facing the Ministry of Health and the Ebola Task Force, including the government,” said Minister Nyenswah. He observed that there is mounting pressure on the Ministry of Health from the various counties for vehicles and other suppliers. “The request for supplies is enormous because we have people taking care of the treatment unit, ambulance crew, community awareness crew and those taking care of the dead, amongst many others,” Nyenswah added.Present at the ceremony was Deputy Health Minister Matthew T. K. Flomo and the Coordinator of the Ebola Task Force, Mr. Dorbor Jallah. Also present was Deputy Police Director for Operations Col. Abraham Kromah, while on the OSIWA team was the Program Coordinator Madam Jackie M. Eastman, Administrative and Finance Associate Mr. Rufus Ballah and the driver Mr. Julius Ke-Leay. The deadly Ebola virus has already killed over 1,089 people in Liberia alone, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. It said that the virus has killed over 2,100 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria and infected over 4,000 people in West Africa. Ebola has no known cure, but the US-made experimental Zmapp drug is being tested on patients and showing positive signs, health experts said.OSIWA is part of the larger Open Society Foundations global network and one of four foundations in Africa. The Foundation is a grant-giving and advocacy foundation that works in ten countries in the region (Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone).OSIWA focuses on three programmatic areas — political governance, economic governance, law, justice and human rights. Its goals are to help improve government institutions by making them stronger and more accountable to their citizens; to help ensure public service delivery and an equitable distribution and transparent management of natural resources ; and to help promote respect for human rights and rule of law.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Former Chelsea man Kevin De Bruyne will reject the advances of Bayern Munich after enduring a miserable time at Stamford Bridge, according to Wolfsburg teammate Marcel Schafer.The Belgian midfielder was signed by Jose Mourinho’s side from Genk in January 2012 for around £6m and spent the 2012-13 season on loan in Germany with Werder Bremen.His chance at Chelsea finally came last season but he was publicly criticised by Mourinho for his performance in a League Cup match against Swindon and subsequently dropped to train with the under-21 squad.Wolfsburg paid £18m for the playmaker in the summer and he has repaid them by helping them to second in the Bundesliga and the quarter-finals of the Europa League.Bayern have take note and are considering a summer move for the 23-year-old but Schafer says his team-mate is wary of moving to another massive club so soon.“I think that our chances Kevin are really good,” he said. “He has already experienced not getting so much time on the field at Chelsea, which is a top club in Europe.“And that is why I think the best thing for him would be to stay for a minimum one more year at Wolfsburg.“Next year he could play Champions League here and win titles with us. If you want to win titles you need extraordinary players and you really have to say that Kevin De Bruyne is at the moment the best player in the Bundesliga and not only because of his stats.“You can see that in every single game. And we’re really, really happy to have him and to keep him till the next season or maybe a little bit longer.” Former Chelsea man Kevin De Bruyne will reject the advances of Bayern Munich after enduring a miserable time at Stamford Bridge, according to Wolfsburg teammate Marcel Schafer 1
DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University football head coach Rick Fox announced Monday, Dec. 10, that he is stepping down from his position at Drake University.”My wife, Julie, and I felt that this is the right time for us as a family and the right time for Drake football for me to step away from being the head coach at Drake University,” Fox said. “The 11 years here, including the last five as head coach, have been incredibly rewarding. To be a part of a football program and culture that builds Impact Men in the pursuit of football excellence is rare in college football. These impact men make a difference in their community on a daily basis. They also are difference makers on the field as everyone saw on the field in our most recent game at Iowa State.” “Our family is eager to make a similar impact in new endeavors outside of Drake football. We know that Drake football will continue to produce tremendous young men of character who will make an impact while at Drake and for years afterward. We are grateful to the leadership of Brian Hardin and the Drake University administration for the trust and support in allowing a Division I program that creates Impact Men through football.”Fox, who recently completed his fifth season as the Bulldogs’ head coach, had a 33-22 record at Drake following the team’s near upset of No. 24 Iowa State Dec. 1. During his tenure, the Bulldogs finished fourth or higher in the Pioneer Football League standings each year and were second in the league three times. Drake’s 28-12 PFL record over the past five seasons was better than all but two league schools during that stretch.His teams collected a total of 84 All-PFL awards, 35 Academic All-PFL honors, eight CoSIDA Academic All-District selections and three CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. Tight end Eric Saubert was drafted in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons.”I am so grateful for the time I had with Rick and Julie over the last year,” Drake director of athletics Brian Hardin said. “They are wonderful, faith-driven individuals that feel they are being called to impact people beyond the Drake football family. I am happy they can make that journey together.” “Hundreds of football student-athletes competed for the Bulldogs during Rick’s time on our sideline. We enjoyed great team success and celebrated many individual accolades while Rick was our coach. However, his legacy will be the many Impact Men he coached that are now – or will soon become – Drake alumni. We thank Rick for the incredible impact he had on our program.”Hardin appointed current defensive coordinator Todd Stepsis as acting head coach and announced that a national search for Fox’s replacement will begin immediately. Print Friendly Version
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week the Argentina government allowed the peso to float versus the dollar and other world currency, causing the value to fall nearly 40%. This meant Argentinian farmers saw their stored beans increase substantially in value overnight. Eventually these farmers should be big sellers, as they are sitting on a large portion of the worlds’ bean supply. But when? It’s unlikely they will sell right away. Many farmers will wait to understand how the devaluation will affect inputs next year against current prices. Long-term, I expect this devaluation to limit upside potential in the bean market.On a the flip-side of the market, there are some dry weather concerns creeping into Brazil. Precipitation forecasts are varied, which may cause volatility in the market. Combine this with speculators evening out their positions at the end of the year, there may be opportunities for farmers to catch up on sales in the next two weeks.Have you told Santa what soybean prices you want for Christmas? Be sure he knows your orders and have them in place. If you’ve been good all year, they might get filled. The market can move very fast up and down right now and savvy farmers have their plans in place. Storage and casinosThis week I drove from Minneapolis to Lincoln. There was little to look at with harvest over, but I did notice all the grain bins along the way. It made me wonder what all those farmers’ market strategies were, especially in the newer looking ones. These bins actually reminded me of casinos in a way. Visually they look shiny on the outside, twinkle in as the sun reflects off of them, plus they have no windows. Then there is the gamble many farmers are likely taking on with the unpriced grain sitting inside.Estimates indicate that most farmers are only about 30% priced against 2015 corn production (some still have 2014 to price). So, it’s safe to say many of the bins I saw had unpriced grain in them. Unfortunately, many farmers don’t realize how much they are gambling by doing this. Instead, I recommend farmers use a long-term marketing strategy that guarantees profits every year.To reduce the gamble and risk for farmers, I recommend they learn how the market works and use it to their advantage. For instance, many farmers miss out on the market carry premium. I suspect many farmers are hesitant for two reasons. One, they are uncomfortable being 100% priced of APH or even just insured APH yields by harvest, worrying about production issues. Two, is the optimistic belief that “the market just has to go up.” Neither reason is really justifiable to not take advantage of market carry. Sales can be adjusted if production issues happen, and no one ever knows if the market will go up. However, in 8 of the last 8 years, there has been some kind of a market carry premium available in the market, not to mention the addition of basis appreciation from harvest until spring. I like those odds better than basically worrying and hoping.I try to never store unpriced grain on our farm. I use market carry and basis appreciation to almost guarantee an “edge” every year with my storage. This edge pays for my new bin payments and generates a small profit each year. This strategy is completely opposite of what 90% of farmers do with their storage. Most farmers store grain at home waiting to get higher prices later, you know, gambling.Don’t have on-farm storage? Commercial storage can also be like a casino. Paying for commercial storage while waiting for prices to increase is a losing game. The house will always win in the long run with their monthly storage fees. Savvy farmers without storage price their grain ahead of time or sell the balance at harvest to avoid storage fees. Even if the farmer isn’t priced at harvest, it’s more profitable to sell at harvest and then buy back their grain on paper, if the farmer wants to wait for higher prices. This cuts out those monthly storage fees, which drains profits away from the farm operation.I urge all farmers to learn more about how the market works for them so they can reduce risk and increase profits. Farmers need to learn to be the casino owner, not the gambler at the tables. Occasionally gamblers can beat the odds and win big, but long-term gamblers will always lose. The casino’s edge will guarantee their owners profits over the long run. If you want to gamble, go to Vegas. It will probably be cheaper and you’ll get a vacation out of it.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. 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