Villa Kavel 01 / Studioninedots

first_img Collaborators:Wouter Hermanns, Max MeijerTechnical Engineering:Jean-Marc SaurerConsultancy Lighting:Beda Elektro, VeenendaalConsultancy Construction:ABT, Stephan ToonenConsultancy Installations:Installatiebedrijf Bouman, VeenendaalFurniture:Pajaco Interieurbouw, VeenendaalArchitects In Charge:Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut en Metin van Zijl.City:AmsterdamCountry:The NetherlandsMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Peter CuypersRecommended ProductsWindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 82 ADWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWoodSculptformTimber Click-on Battens Save this picture!© Peter CuypersOn the tip of an island near Amsterdam lies a mysterious black box. This is the house that Studioninedots built for a young family – a house full of surprises and contrasts. A house with dynamic spatial and material qualities: from an unlimited space with panoramic views of nature to private rooms hidden behind a veil of shutters, from sleek custom furniture against a raw concrete structure to warm timber paired with cold steel. Light and views were key elements of this design. The house was completed in January 2014. Save this picture!Floor Plan 1Situated directly on the waterfront with unobstructed views of the opposite park, Kavel 01 (meaning Lot 01) is what you could call a dream site. But one that posed a tough challenge: how do we build a spacious, liveable home on a sharp diamond-shaped plot on this most beautiful part on the islandSave this picture!© Peter CuypersIt seemed impractical to combine a simple rectangular volume with an angular plot with sharp angles of 51 degrees – and also did little justice to its unique form – so we based the design of the house on the shape of a diamond. On the north side, the volume is pushed towards the tip of the island thereby extending the south-west elevation; this maximises sun into the house and views over the park emphasising the relationship between inside and outside. As the glazing on the facade moves inwards from the western corner, this accentuates the feeling of openness on the ground floor. At the same time, this creates a covered terrace, which is protected from the wind. Lastly, the layout of the garden was optimised to accommodate different private terraces and a separate car park.Save this picture!© Peter CuypersDue to height restrictions, the house is partly built underground. This ‘secret’ domain contains the guest room, bathroom, storage, study, and children’s games room and cinema. Along the south facade, the ground is carved out to permit sunlight into the basement; from below, this opens up views over the garden. This intervention transforms the appearance of the volume dramatically: from here the house seems to float above the ground. A set of stairs provides separate access to this part of the house from the outside.Save this picture!© Peter CuypersIn contrast with the openness of the living room on the ground floor, the first floor feels intentionally more closed and private. The three bedrooms are wrapped behind black veils made from 33 shutters of perforated steel. Thanks to the code-like composition of square perforations, lively shadow patterns are cast by the sun on the floors and walls while the shutters unfold like harmonicas with the push of a button – then voilà, the balconies magically appear. With the sliding glass facade doors open, it’s easy to imagine yourself in the middle of nature while lying in bed or in the bath.

Save this picture!© Peter CuypersAlthough Kavel 01 is very defined in shape the building itself offers a wealth of spatial qualities. With its sharp angles and high elevations, the building’s appearance changes as you walk around it, from slim and slender to wide and robust. Inside, the atmosphere varies between light and airy to dark and intimate as in a nightclub.
It was possible to create a largely open plan interior thanks to the load-bearing concrete facades and the structural central stair shaft. On the ground floor, all the cabinets, the fireplace, audio system, and television are concealed inside a series of freestanding custom-made furniture units, strategically positioned to create a set of flowing spaces. As minimal volumes finished in dark timber, they form a striking contrast with the raw concrete. Designing a private residence provides an excellent opportunity to experiment with new materials and forms. The sprayed-concrete facade and steel shutters were specially developed for this project as well as the illuminated black intercom column beside the entrance that resembles a miniature version of the house. Details have been meticulously resolved from the stainless steel door handle and 4mm-thick stainless steel kitchen bench to the sink elements and shower drain. This has not only given us immense design pleasure but has also resulted in a sleek and unified aesthetic that evokes a sense of calm and serenity. Project gallerySee allShow lessRenovation and Extension At St Monica’s College / Branch Studio ArchitectsSelected ProjectsEmerging Architects Austin+Mergold Win Folly 2014Architecture News Share Projects Contractor: Valleibouw, Veenendaal Architects: Studioninedots Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ArchDaily Villa Kavel 01 / Studioninedots Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyAbout this officeStudioninedotsOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAmsterdamHousesThe NetherlandsPublished on April 04, 2014Cite: “Villa Kavel 01 / Studioninedots” 04 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassCompositesMitrexPhotovoltaic Solar Cladding – BIPV CladdingPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemArmchairsUniForArmchair – ParigiLouvers / ShuttersBruagShading Screens – Perforated Facade PanelsAluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Façade BladesCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemWire MeshJakobWebnet in a Gymnasium in GurmelsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Pocket Door | MareaPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WLouversReynaers AluminiumSolar ShadingHandlesFormaniFitting Collection – ARCMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream CopyHouses•Amsterdam, The Netherlands Save this picture!© Peter Cuypers+ 43 Sharecenter_img Interior Design: Area:  379 m² Area:  379 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project The Netherlands “COPY” 2014 Year:  Houses Studioninedots Villa Kavel 01 / StudioninedotsSave this projectSaveVilla Kavel 01 / Studioninedots 2014 Photographs photographs:  Peter CuypersPhotographs:  Peter Cuyperslast_img read more

Indiana Tech Law School Graduates Under Pressure To Be Exemplary Attorneys

first_imgby Marilyn Odendahl for www.theindianalawyer.comIndiana Tech Law School graduates under pressure to be exemplary attorneys Class of 20 is first to graduate from Indiana Tech Law School Bicentennial class takes oath to become lawyersIndiana law schools prepare for pomp and circumstance Recent bar passage results ‘stunning’The 20 graduates who walked across the commencement stage May 14 and received their J.D. degrees were part of a historic day for Indiana Tech Law School as they were the first to graduate from the state’s fifth law school.But faculty and graduates acknowledged that the graduation, while a significant milestone, is not the end of their work.Eighteen of the 20 graduates of the first class of Indiana Tech Law School before their graduation ceremony May 14. Coming from a school that still raises doubts, the members of the charter class know they have more pressure on them than most law school graduates. Their credibility and the reputation of the Fort Wayne school relies on the graduates passing the bar exam and becoming exemplary attorneys.“They’ve got to go out and be great,” associate dean for admissions and student affairs andré douglas pond cummings said. “…They’ve got to be really smart about how they represent clients, how they are ethically, how they engage in interactions with other lawyers. They’ve got to be better than just good lawyers.”Bar exam preparation courses were scheduled to begin just days after graduation and the class has set a goal to have a 100 percent passage rate. Despite the task ahead, the graduates took time to celebrate their commencement.Before the morning ceremony at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum began, members of the charter class assembled for a group photo in front of the graduation stage.Afterward, many returned to the law school with their families for a reception. During the light lunch, cummings recounted the triumphs and adversities of the past three years and the class presented the school with a grandfather clock as a gift. Several graduates thanked their professors and some even shed a few tears, underscoring the particularly close bond between the charter class and the faculty.Graduate Amy Thompson said the tight relationship bolstered the school’s curriculum that focuses on producing lawyers who are ready to practice. The law professors kept their office doors open so students could walk in anytime for help, and the classmates developed close friendships that trumped feelings of competitiveness and insecurity.“Knowing that we were a small school, I did expect that we would probably build relationships,” she said. “Never did I expect to build them as closely as we have.”Twenty-seven students started classes at Indiana Tech Law School in August 2013.The next three years brought trials neither the charter class nor the faculty anticipated. Peter Alexander, the founding dean, departed suddenly without explanation, and the law school initially failed to get provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association. This threw the students’ futures in doubt because Indiana, along with many states, requires individuals who take the bar exam to have graduated from an accredited law school.Then acting as interim dean, cummings went to each student individually and told them to explore their options. He believed the law school would gain ABA approval because the problems cited in the denial were fixable with just small improvements. Indiana Tech did gain provisional accreditation in March.One class member, Shawn Good, did opt to leave, transferring to Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho. He said he was confident Indiana Tech would get accredited but staying was too risky, so he made what he described as a “safety move.”Good completed his third-year coursework at Concordia but then transferred his credits back to newly accredited Indiana Tech to graduate as a member of the charter class.The law school welcomed Good back, but cummings has special affection for the students who stayed.“My hat is off to them for having that kind of belief and fortunately we rewarded that kind of faith by doing everything in our power to show the ABA that we are the wave of the future. We are what law schools should look like,” he said.Indiana Tech touts its curriculum as being heavily experientially based. As an example, cummings recalled the contracts classes he took in law school. He read about contracts and learned how they were breached but never drafted one. Indiana Tech students, by contrast, draft contracts, complaints and articles of incorporation in addition to practicing other skills like interviewing clients.“I’ve visited other law schools, I’ve taught at other law schools,” cummings said. “The entrenched faculty at other law schools don’t want to do the hard work that is required to put experiential exercises into every class and to integrate it across the curriculum and to give the students real genuine litigation and corporate practice while they are in law school.”The curriculum was praised in a paper published in the April edition of the Wisconsin Law Review. Richard Redding, vice chancellor for graduate education at Chapman University, examines the offerings in law schools designed to provide the skills training so the students can immediately step into practice.Noting clinics often fall short of making graduates practice ready, Redding highlighted Indiana Tech Law School as “perhaps one of the best models for skills integration throughout the curriculum.”Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, who attended the graduation reception, adjusted his syllabus when he taught an Indiana constitutional law class at Indiana Tech during the fall semester of 2015. Teaching at other law schools, he said, he was always encouraged to stick to the academic aspects of the subject, supplemented with stories from his own experience. But in Fort Wayne, he had the students draft amicus briefs and based the exam on a case from his office.“I think they were every bit as good as any of the students I ever taught in constitutional law,” Zoeller said of his Indiana Tech class.The curriculum attracted Charles Cercone who was appointed dean of Indiana Tech Law School in January 2015. Looking ahead, he said the faculty will have to follow the ABA’s suggestion from the accreditation process and improve the academic profile of the incoming classes. Already the school takes a holistic approach, looking at each applicant’s undergraduate grades, LSAT score, work experience and whether he or she overcame any significant disadvantages.Next year the law school will have to say goodbye to its strongest supporter. Indiana Tech president Arthur Snyder has announced his plans to retire in 2017.“This was his vision,” Cercone said. “But I have to say the rest of the university and particularly the board of trustees have indicated to me and the rest of the law school community that they are very supportive and big champions of the law school.”Cum laude graduate David Felts said in working at law firms around Fort Wayne, he found many of the skills he was taught in the classroom translated into real life. He is hoping to join a firm in the community but first he is focused on the bar exam.“If we can pass the bar at a higher rate than average, that will prove to the legal community and all the naysayers out there that we’re a viable institution and that we’ll be around for many years to come,” he said.Felts’ father, Allen Circuit Judge Tom Felts, credited the law school with breathing new life into the local legal community. He said the city will benefit from the “hardworking, brave, very well-trained lawyers” coming from Indiana Tech.As the faculty and students become more active across the state and word gets out about the school, more attention will be focused on Fort Wayne.“I think the energy the school is going to generate, it’s going to take a little while, but three to five years and Indiana Tech is going to be on par with the rest of the schools in the state,” Judge Felts said.Once she gets through with the bar exam, Thompson plans to devote more energy to looking for a position in private practice, but if nothing materializes, she is prepared to create her own opportunity. She and a law school colleague have been exploring the possibility of working in the area of consumer protection and debtors’ rights. Other attorneys, she said, have already offered to mentor them.Good has a desk waiting for him at his father’s law firm in the Chicago area. He will take the Illinois bar then join his dad in practicing in the areas of Social Security disability, family law and estate planning.Zoeller, who has hired a number of Indiana Tech law students as clerks and interns in his office, said the charter class will be the best advertisement for the school.“A student who’s bold enough to come when it was not accredited, who stayed the course when everyone else was challenging and criticizing and being skeptical, that’s the kind of bold attorney I like to hire in the office of the attorney general,” he said. “These students are the definition of bold.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Colombia Gives FARC One Year for Peace Deal

first_img Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos warned the country’s Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels on December 2 that they have until November 2013 to strike a peace deal under recently opened talks. “This has to be a process of months, rather than years. In other words, this should not last any longer than November next year at the latest,” the president said at an event in the Caribbean resort city of Cartagena. “But it is important to be patient, and not demand immediate results, because it is a negotiating table with some very complicated issues being discussed,” Santos stressed. The FARC formally started talks with Bogotá on October 18 in neutral Norway. The talks moved to Havana on November 19 and will resume this week. It is a conflict that has dragged on for almost a half century, with some 600,000 dead, 15,000 missing and four million people domestically displaced. Last November 29, Colombian government and rebel negotiators reported progress in the first peace talks in a decade to attempt bringing Latin America’s longest running guerrilla insurgency to an end. Talks resume on December 5, and continue to focus on land reform, the first point on the agenda, the parties said in a joint statement. Iván Márquez, the FARC’s number two negotiator, said that an agreement reached to hold a public forum in Bogotá next month on agrarian development —unequal land distribution is a longstanding problem at the root of the conflict— was the best sign the process is moving forward. Previous attempts at peace have failed. In the last effort, which lasted from 1999 to 2002, the government ended talks after concluding the FARC were using a vast demilitarized zone to regroup. The rebels have suffered a string of military defeats in recent years, and several of their top commanders have been captured or killed. FARC ranks have also been severely depleted from its peak in the 1990s. Aside from reaching a deal on land ownership, both sides must also agree on a mechanism to end hostilities, incorporating the FARC into political life, curbing drug trafficking, and compensating victims of the conflict. By Dialogo December 04, 2012last_img read more

Retailers in Italy could be hit hard by new law

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ESB Pre-Qualifying for Ecological Consultancy Tender

first_imgElectricity Supply Board (ESB), Ireland’s state owned electricity company, has issued a pre-qualification call for the provision of renewable energy ecological consultancy services related to offshore wind farms.ESB plans to develop or acquire the offshore wind farms commencing in 2018, through a pipeline of projects which are currently going through the consenting process.The size of the projects is expected to range between 200 and 500MW, although some might be larger.The location of the wind farms is expected to be in the Irish Sea.The tender is divided into two lots. The high level scope of Lot 1 services includes, but is not limited to, terrestrial and aquatic ecology consultancy services; terrestrial ecology, habit, botanical and invasive species surveys; bird, bat, large mammal and invertebrate surveys, as well as freshwater aquatic ecology surveys.The high level scope of services for Lot 2 includes marine ecology surveys; intertidal and subtidal surveys; marine benthic flora and fauna surveys; fisheries and shellfish surveys; marine invertebrate sampling and identification; seabird surveys and collision risk assessment; marine mammal survey, monitoring and collision risk assessment; marine habitat identification, classification and mapping, as well as marine water quality.Both Lot 1 and Lot 2 include ecological reporting; Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA); Appropriate Assessment (AA) Reports and Habitats Regulation Assessment; ecological management plans; invasive species management plans; consultation with stakeholders; site supervision and ecological and environmental clerk of works; expert witness evidence at oral hearings, as well as other ecology services and advice as required by the ESB Group.The services are related to offshore wind farms acquired, developed or built during the framework, including joint venture or subsidiary developments.The duration of the contract is 8 years, and it is not subject to renewal.The deadline for applications is 12 October 2017.At the beginning of September, ESB invited a tender for the for the provision of renewable energy marine services related to offshore wind farms.The tender will remain open until 02 October 2017.last_img read more

New figures reinforce stabilisation in golf participation

first_img Golf participation appears to be continuing to stabilise after the latest Active People Survey figures from Sport England. The encouraging news comes from the results for the year to October 2015, which have just been released. They consolidate the previous year’s results which had indicated that the downward trend was slowing. The results give cause for optimism that the focus on creating more players, more members and stronger clubs is having a positive impact.  The survey shows: Overall 740,100 people, aged 16-plus, play golf in England for at least 30 minutes once a week. That’s up slightly on the previous year (730,300) and this is the first, small, increase in participation since October 2012. The growth is among young people, with 50,400 aged between 16 and 25 now involved in weekly golf, compared to 38,400 a year ago. Other encouraging signs include a slight increase in the number of male golfers; among black and minority ethnic (BME) groups; and in club membership. Sandy Jones, Chief Executive of the PGA, said: “It is heartening to see these results and especially to see the recovery in the numbers of young people who are playing golf. But there is still much more to be done to consolidate these results and to grow the game. That is why there is ever closer collaboration across the industry to ensure our collective efforts are focused on the right priorities for the future.” David Joy, Chief Executive of England Golf, said: “A great deal of hard and coordinated work is taking place at club, county and national levels, to recruit and retain more players and members, to provide the right coaching opportunities and to show that golf really is a game for all. These results will encourage all who are involved in this work to continue their efforts and to keep moving in the same direction.” Initiatives include: County action plans which attracted over 92,000 people to try golf in the six months to September. Over 36,000 took structured coaching courses with PGA professionals and 40% went on to play once a week. Increased capacity for the network of County Development Officers who work closely with the PGA and the Golf Foundation to support clubs. The Get into golf campaign was opened up to all clubs in 2015 and over 760 promoted coaching opportunities for beginners and improvers. Trials of new approaches to make the sport more accessible, such as Golf Express which promotes nine-hole golf. A pilot project involving 100 clubs to attract more women and girl members. Increased club support and education, including Business Growth Forums and a new guide to all resources available. The launch of the #ThisGirlGolfs video campaign which challenges perceptions and inspires participation. For more information on the Active People Survey click here Image © Leaderboard Photography 11 Dec 2015 New figures reinforce stabilisation in golf participation last_img read more

AP source: Derek Fisher agrees to coach the Knicks

first_imgIn this file photo from June 16, 2010, then Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, left, directs Derek Fisher during NBA basketball practice in Los Angeles. The New York Knicks have scheduled a news conference for Tuesday, June 10, 2014, amid reports that Fisher has agreed to become the team’s basketball head coach. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Derek Fisher has agreed to become the next coach of the New York Knicks and will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday morning, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.The Knicks did not confirm the hiring, other than saying they were planning a “major announcement.”The person who confirmed the deal to AP spoke on condition of anonymity because neither side authorized the public disclosure of any information related to the deal.The 39-year-old Fisher just completed his 18th season, finishing his career with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He played under Knicks President Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers, and helped that franchise win five NBA titles.Fisher would have been an unrestricted free agent this summer, though it was widely known that this season would be his last as a player. And once the Knicks failed to close a deal with Steve Kerr — who wound up accepting an offer from Golden State — Fisher was believed to be the next target on Jackson’s list.Jackson was fined $25,000 for the league last week for a tampering violation involving Fisher. He was still under contract with the Thunder when Jackson told New York reporters that Fisher was “on my list of guys that could be very good candidates” to replace Mike Woodson on the Knicks’ sideline.Fisher surely could still play. He has just suspected for a while that his time has come to do something else.“Coaching allows for you to positively impact other people’s lives,” Fisher told reporters during his exit interview after Oklahoma City’s season ended. “To help a group of people find success, whether they have or haven’t before, you’re all working together for a common goal.”Fisher’s hiring means that next season, both teams in New York will have former point guards barely removed from playing days at the helms.It worked for the Brooklyn Nets, who made the Eastern Conference semifinals this season with first-year coach Jason Kidd, and now the Knicks will hope that Fisher can have the same success.His hiring is the first significant step in what’s expected to be a broad makeover of the team by Jackson, who was hired late in the regular season to turn around the fortunes of a franchise that has won just one playoff series in the past 14 years.Over that 14-year span, the Knicks have won a mere 10 playoff games. Fisher played in 134 playoff wins during that stretch.___AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami contributed to this report.last_img read more

UPDATE: Leafs lead Rebels by two points heading into KIJHL stretch run

first_imgThe dreaded KIJHL website came back to bite The Nelson Daily prior to the posting of Sunday’s Nelson Leafs weekend wrap.Following Sunday’s 4-0 loss to Revelstoke, talk in the tunnel outside the Nelson dressing room had Spokane posting a 3-2 defeat of the Rebels in the Lilac City allowing the Leafs to continue to lead Castlegar by two points in the standings.However, the KIJHL site, which is sometimes manned by gremlins, had the Braves and Rebels posting a 3-3 overtime tie.Once the gremlin was scared off, the correct score was posted, with Spokane winning 3-2 and Nelson reclaiming its two-point advantage in Murdoch standings heading into the crucial part of the season, beginning Friday in Fruitvale against the third-place Hawks.In February Nelson faces both Beaver Valley and Castlegar twice, both home and away.The Leafs also travel to Sicamous and Revelstoke to complete its regular season.Leafs hit speedbump as Revelstoke Grizzlies post 4-0 shutout victoryTo coin a Meat Loaf lyric, “Two out of three ain’t bad”.But Mr. Loaf wasn’t in a tight Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff run with two teams in hot pursuit.Which is why Sunday’s 4-0 home loss at the hands of the Revelstoke Grizzlies was especially tough to stomach for the Nelson Leafs.“It slipped away from us but I think we played well, they just got a couple of breaks and scored a couple of goals,” Leaf head coach Frank Maida said after the Grizzlies skated to the shutout victory, thanks mostly to the 30 save performance of netminder Aaron Brandoli.The loss, the first in five games for Nelson, gives the Leafs a slim one-point lead over the hard-charging Castlegar Rebels in the run for the Murdoch Division title.Nelson, posting wins over Spokane (8-3) Friday and Grand Forks (4-2) Saturday, maintained its advantage in the division thanks to the Braves holding the Rebels to a 3-3-overtime tie Sunday in the Washington State City.Back at the NDCC Arena, rookie Jordan Holloway scored the only goal the Grizz would need in the first period as the Alberta native beat Leaf starter Brett Soles.Holloway would net his second of the game less than five minutes later. Maida tried shift the momentum by replacing Soles with backup Marcus Beesley. But the change couldn’t turn shots into goals for the Green and White.“I made the change to try to spark the guys,” Maida explained when asked about the goalie switch.“I just tried to get the guys going. It’s the first time we’ve made a change that quick this year.”Dylan Ossman, in the second and a power play marker by Brayden Beckley in the third, was all the scoring the Grizzlies would need.Nelson once again dominated on the shot-counter, 30-14.The Leafs finished the month of January with a 7-3 record.Bruins no easy points for the Murdoch heavyweightsA goal by Colton Schell two minutes into the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and sparked Nelson to a 4-2 win over the pesky Grand Forks Border Bruins.James Sorrey, into an empty net, Dustin Reimer and Damin Devlin on the power play, also scored for the Leafs.Jacob Jeske and Jackson Purvis replied for the Bruins.Nelson out shot the Bruins 40-19, including a 19-5 count in the third period.Brett Soles earned the win in goal for the Leafs.Grand Forks, which only lost to Castlegar 2-1 after being blasted 11-0 earlier in January, came into the game on a high after defeating Revelstoke 7-4 Friday.Purvis and Nelson Minor Hockey grad Coleton Dawson each scored twice for the Bruins.Dakota Kittle had four points while Purvis finished the game with three.Leafs overcome slow start to rout BravesNelson allowed visiting Spokane to build a 3-0 lead before scoring eight unanswered goals en route to the 8-3 victory at the NDCC Arena Friday.Aaron Dunlap scored twice to lead the Leafs with Dustin Reimer, James Sorrey, Linden Horswill, J.J. Beitel, Dallon Stoddart and Seth Schmidt adding singles.After scoring twice in a 30 second span, Nelson turned a one-goal deficit into a 5-3 advantage with three goals in 100 seconds.Captain Colton Schell and Connor Gross each chipped in with three assists.last_img read more

PGA’s Lifetime award for Gary Player

first_imgHe won the 1959 British Open at Muirfield for his first major, made the 1961 Masters his second and the 1962 PGA at Aronimink his third. At the 1965 US Open at Bellerive, Player defeated Kel Nagle in an 18-hole playoff to complete the modern Grand Slam by the age of 29. The PGA Tour has announced that South Africa’s Gary Player, the winner of nine majors, the modern Grand Slam and 165 tournament titles around the world, will be the 10th recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award. The Foundation, which has raised more than US$50-million in its time, has expanded efforts in all corners of the globe, raising funds for impoverished children through four Gary Player Invitational events – in Europe, China, the United States and South Africa. $50-million raised The next year, he won the Kentucky Derby Open and finished second at the US Open. From there, Player was off – in his trademark all-black outfits (inspired by one of his favorite American TV characters, Paladin, from the show “Have Gun Will Travel”); fit and trim physique (from a weight-lifting programme and vegetarian diet that were both 30 years ahead of their time); and bunker game (considered one of the greatest ever developed). ‘Most deserving’PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem commented: “As one of the most accomplished – not to mention most-traveled – players in all of sports, Gary Player’s love of golf and his desire to use his talents to help everyone he comes in contact with make him most deserving of the PGA Tour’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “You would be hard pressed to find an aspect of the game or corner of the world that hasn’t been influenced by Gary and his positive attitude over the past 50-plus years. He epitomizes the phrase ‘lifetime achievement’, and it will be an honor to recognize him for all of his accomplishments at The Players in May.” “When I first arrived in America, I was not sure how I would be received as a foreign-born player, but the PGA Tour and the American fans were absolutely fantastic and made me feel like one of their own,” Player said. “It is difficult to put into words what that meant to me and my family, and I will always be thankful for the love and support I have received from this great country.” As an international ambassador of the game, Player has spent more than three years of his life in airplanes and traveled more than 15-million miles. Player was born 1 November 1935 in Johannesburg, the third of three children to Harry and Muriel Player. His father was a captain in a gold mine. His mother was a well-educated woman, who died of cancer when Gary was eight. Player wrote that her loss “has been a means for me, as it were, to settle some unfathomable debt”. ‘A great honour’“This is a great honour,” Player said in a statement this week. “Golf has allowed me to live a truly blessed life, and I have tried my best to give something back to the sport. Player will receive the award at The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida on 9 May. Player joins a distinguished list of past recipients of the award: Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead,Jack Burke Jr., Pete Dye, Deane Beman, Jack Nicklaus, and former US president George Bush. 13 South African Open wins Grand Slamcenter_img Founded in 1984, The Player Foundation built the Blair Athol Schools in Johannesburg, with educational facilities for more than 500 students from kindergarten through grade eight. “Being recognised with true gentlemen of the sport like Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson and Jack Nicklaus is humbling, and I will continue to help promote and support this wonderful game until the day I die. 29 March 2012 He earned the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 for his dedication to charity and the Order of Ikhamanga (in gold) from President Nelson Mandela for excellence in golf and contribution to non-racial sport in his home country. In 2006, the PGA Tour honoured Player with the Payne Stewart Award, in recognition of philanthropic achievements and the exemplary manner in which he has conducted himself on and off the golf course. He first visted the United States in 1957 and, on seeing how far the game’s best professionals hit the ball, the 5-foot-7, 160-pound Player intensified his exercise regimen, weakened his strong grip, which encouraged a hook, and set about learning how to carry the ball further. Turned professionalHe chose to try to pay it back as a golfer, although he didn’t take up the game until he was 14. He turned professional four years later, in 1953, and quickly won several times in Africa, Europe and Australia. In each year from 1955 to 1982, Player won at least one sanctioned international tournament, an unequalled 27-year streak. Created in 1996, the Lifetime Achievement Award honours individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Tour over an extended period of time through their actions on and off the course. SAinfo reporter His other majors included the 1972 PGA Championship, the 1968 and 1974 British Opens and the 1974 and 1978 Masters. The last is perhaps Player’s proudest victory. He began the final round seven strokes out of the lead. But at age 42, he birdied seven of the final 10 holes to shoot a 64 and win by a stroke. Player is also a renowned golf course architect, with more than 300 design projects throughout the world, including The Links at Fancourt in South Africa, the site of The Presidents Cup 2003. Player served as International Team captain at that event, as well as in 2005 and 2007. Player was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of St Andrews in 1995, and was named South African Sportsman of the Century in 2000. He won the World Match Play title five times, the Australian Open seven times and the South African Open 13 times. In winning the 1974 Brazilian Open, he shot the only 59 ever in a national open.last_img read more

Marketing plans for the big crop looming

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCThe upcoming corn and soybean harvest is expected to generate the largest crop ever. Combine that with one of the largest carryouts ever and it’s panicking both farmers and end-users without enough storage. As a result, basis levels are at mid-harvest levels before we even begin, suggesting end-users are overwhelmed with grain arriving on their doorstep as farmers clear out space to make room for the crop that will be arriving in a few weeks. The market is paying to store any part of this crop for a while, which may spur some creative storage solutions.On a positive note, corn futures seemed to bounce off the bottom by 10 cents this week, which may suggest this year’s corn low has arrived. If this turns out to be the case it would be the third year in a row for that to have happened at the end of August.However, last year harvest was slow and as a result the market was able to consume quite a bit of the excess grain. This helped keep prices from dropping and basis from being even lower. This year the harvest looks like it could be early which is putting added pressure on the logistics for the entire grain complex, which is already overloaded. Prices could still find their way heading lower as harvest begins.Any beans futures rally seems like a gift at this point. Basis levels are lower than last year’s harvest. In the Dakotas for example, some cash value bids are in the $6s. Cash beans don’t really have an export home because of the trade issues with the world’s largest bean buyer. Beans seem to have more downside risk than upside potential for the next 45 days. Plus, recent comments from the White House suggest relations with China are far from being fixed. Without a trade resolution, bean prices may find it difficult to rally until after harvest. What I’m doing with my remaining ’17 corn?I priced my remaining ’17 corn with futures by exercising some $3.60 Sep puts. That corn is physically stored in my bins and I fully intend to hold it until after the ’18 crop is harvested. These bushels represent about 35% of my ’17 crop and I have plenty of on-farm space to store this corn and all of my 2018 crop.I’m choosing to make this marketing decision because the basis is already at the lowest level I have seen in two years. However, because my futures sales are against the Sep futures which are now in the delivery process, I had to move them forward to another futures contract. Thus, I had to “roll” my futures positions forward to capture carry and look for a better basis opportunity down the road. What does “rolling” my futures position forward mean?Rolling futures is also the process by which I collect market carry. I had an options position that turned into a short Sep futures position or a sale. This means that I have to deliver my grain immediately, unless I moved this sale forward. So, I bought back those Sep futures and immediately sold Dec futures, which were trading 15 cents higher than the Sep futures on 8/30/18. This meant I collected an additional 15 cents that can be added to the value of my corn.Note, the value of the Sep and Dec futures at the time of the trade don’t matter, only the spread value between the two futures contracts matters (i.e. the 15 cents). That spread value is the profit of the market carry. Why not just sell the corn for cash?Mathematically it’s a lot more profitable to store the grain longer, since I have enough on-farm storage. The following illustrates why. Price and profit if I sold corn for cash nowFriday’s Closing Futures Value: $3.52Basis Value Today Near My Farm: -$.43Cash Value I Would Receive: $3.09Farm Operating Note Interest: 5.5%If I take the 5.5% interest rate on the $3.09 cash corn value, which is my cost to not physically move, sell and collect a check on the corn in the bin and pay down my operating loan, the corn costs me 1.4 cents/month to continue to hold it in storage. (The math I used: $3.09 x 5.5% = 17 cents for a year / 12 months = 1.4 cents per month) Price and profit if I sold corn in DecMarket carry profit (detailed in trade above): 15 cents profitBasis value in December (if locked in today) near my farm: -$.18 (25 cents more than today)Operating note Interest (3 months): -4 centsTotal profit for holding my corn until December, if I locked the basis in today would be a guaranteed 36 cents per bushel better price.If I raised the national average yield of 177 bushels per acre last year I could guarantee myself more than $63 per acre of additional income.I had the opportunity to set the basis at -.21 the Sep instead of the -.43 the Dec that is posted today. However if we apply the value of the spread at 15 cents to the Sep basis we find that -.21 the Sep is/was actually -.36 the Dec. So really all I have seen is a drop in basis of 7 cents from the best value this summer. Either way, it’s remained a better decision to hold the grain until after harvest. Why didn’t you lock in the basis today?I didn’t lock the basis in today because I might want to hold the corn until March pending what the basis levels and the market carry show in the futures. There could be even more opportunity down the road but I will want to see how the corn looks in the bin after harvest as well. I have some risk the basis might not be as strong in the future, but there is a carry in the futures market until summer so I think I’m ok in waiting.I have grain quality risks, but I have been practicing the past couple years on holding small amounts of grain and I think I have figured out how to mitigate this risk in my bins. The market tells me what to doWith the large carry and huge basis improvement until after harvest the market is begging someone to store grain. That’s why I’ve been building bins on my farm the past couple of years and experimenting with longer term storage. This is not the first time that the market has wanted someone to store corn until well after harvest. Values almost this good have been present the last several years in the corn market.I can take advantage of these opportunities to get more profit on my corn. This is especially needed when the market remains unprofitable for long periods of time, like it has the past 18 months. This is just another example of why considering alternative solutions to increase profits and being prepared to take advantage of opportunities can help farmers during tough market times. 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 [email protected]last_img read more