JUDGES NEED TO BE GIVEN SENTENCING GUIDELINES – MacLOCHLAINN

first_imgSINN FEIN TD Padraig MacLochlainn has said judges need to be given sentencing guidelines for rapists and violent criminals.The party’s justice spokesman made the call today at his party’s Ard Fheis in Castlebar.He was speaking amid growing public disquiet at ‘soft’ sentences handed down by many judges in the country. Deputy MacLochlainn also called for a reversal of cuts to Gardai and Garda stations.The Donegal Deputy also signed up to the ‘Turn Off The Red Light’ campaign.His speech in full is below:As you would expect, the motions touch on our party’s objective for an All-Ireland policing service and our determination that in the interim, the PSNI and An Garda Síochána are fully accountable to the communities they serve through the Policing Board and the Policing and Community Safety Partnerships in the Six Counties and the Joint Policing Partnerships in the 26 Counties. 139 garda stations, mainly in rural areas, have been closed in the last 18 months in the face of much opposition from the communities they have served.For the last number of years, gardaí have endured the loss of hundreds of their experienced colleagues with no new recruits to replace them. They are often asked to protect our communities, driving clapped out vehicles that are not replaced due to cutbacks. They have witnessed the closure of garda stations across our cities and villages and cringed when Minister Alan Shatter explains that this is all about “smart policing” and “efficiencies”.The government must examine the re-opening of Garda stations which have been closed and the restoration of full service in these stations.They must provide for the lifting of the embargo to start recruitment of trainee gardaí to replace those retiring over the next number of years.They must halt reductions in Garda numbers, ensure that gardaí have the required number of vehicles and ensure greater emphasis on community policing with resources dedicated to the promotion and support of community alert and neighbourhood watch schemes. EQUALITYEquality is at the heart of everything that our party stands for. Equality is the cornerstone of Irish Republicanism.Sinn Féin stands in solidarity with those across this Island who fight for their rights every day. This last while, we have been truly inspired by the women of the Magdalene Laundries. They must have proper redress with compensation and their full pensions granted.We stand with disability rights campaigners. They inspired us too with their dignity as they protested outside Leinster House in the bitter cold. There are a number of motions on the Clár, soon to be debated, advocating travellers’ rights and marriage equality. I urge you to support them.MOTIONSI also urge you to support the amendments from the Oireachtas Group on motions 159 and 160. While I understand the sentiment behind the motions, I believe that the amendments better outline Sinn Féin’s approach to justice and penal reform.We need a Sentencing Council and new Sentencing Guidelines for the judiciary to ensure accountability and consistency in sentencing, particularly for violent crimes and sexual assaults.We also need to ensure that any remission granted to persons convicted of sexual offences is based on participation in the Prison Service’s Sex Offenders Treatment Programmes and genuine rehabilitation.Finally, I would like to speak in support of motion 162 asking this Ard Fhéis to endorse the “Turn off The Red Light” campaign supported by trade unions and a wide range of civic society organisations.There are as many as 1,000 women and girls for sale for sex in Ireland today. Prostitution is not a real choice for the vast majority of these women.In countries, like Sweden, where the purchase of sex is illegal, there has been a massive decline in prostitution and a significant reduction in sex trafficking and organised crime.The “Turn off The Red Light” campaign argues that the most effective solution is to tackle the demand for paid sex that fuels prostitution and trafficking.There is no perfect panacea to this challenge but I believe that putting the onus of responsibility on the user rather than the woman or sometimes man prostituted is a more humanitarian and I would argue Republican approach. We also need to ensure that those in prostitution are supported to exit this life and make a fresh start by a range of government services working together in an integrated fashion.JUDGES NEED TO BE GIVEN SENTENCING GUIDELINES – MacLOCHLAINN was last modified: April 14th, 2013 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:JUDGES NEED TO BE GIVEN SENTENCING GUIDELINES – MacLOCHLAINNlast_img read more

Week 5 football preview: Corning to host Anderson; Red Bluff travels to Yreka

first_imgCorning >> Friday night will be a monumental test for the Corning High football team. Not only are the Cards battling a top 3 opponent in the Northern Section Division III media poll, but the Anderson Cubs ended Corning’s post season a year ago. The Cubs went into Cardinal Stadium and took down Corning, 14-13 in the opening round of the D-III playoffs last year. Tonight is the rematch and it’s likely to be of contrasting styles, with Anderson (3-1) throwing for nearly 800 yards to seven …last_img

Miss Africa 2016 calls on young people to build a better continent

first_img6 May 2016Rebecca Asamoah, the first Miss Africa Continent, has high hopes for the continent. She believes cooperation between her and the other contestants will help create a united Africa. One that can deliver a better life for all who call it home. Ghanaian Rebecca Asamoah is Miss Africa Continent 2016. Her prize was a grant to study business management at Monash University in Johannesburg. (Image: Facebook)Ghanaian Asamoah was crowned on Saturday 30 April in Johannesburg. Zambian Michelo Malambo was named first princess, and South Africa’s Jemimah Kandemiiri second princess.Asamoah wants each of the contestants to empower youth in their own countries. “There are a lot of things to be fixed in Africa — water, education, environmental issues,” she told the news agency AFP. “My main concern is the empowerment of youths . so we can work hand in hand and put our continent in the best place it should be.”“We are not divided”Asamoah says her aim is to unite the continent. “To say no to xenophobia, and also to alleviate most challenges Africa is facing under health, education, poverty and environment. These are things I am passionate about. I plan to help raise not only the flag of Ghana high, but that of the African continent at large.”The 24-year-old Asamoah told local news channel ANN7 that it was not our differences that mattered. Instead she emphasised that we have a collective responsibility to Africa. “It does not mean we are different people. We are not divided . We are each other’s keeper.”Asamoah said her two princesses would visit projects in Ghana that supported the aged and the combating of diseases such as malaria.“There is a place called Leila and Nabuli camp for the aged, up in the northern part of Ghana. There is this misconception about them, that they are alleged witches. So they have been neglected. No proper food, clothes, footwear and potable water. Under the Miss Ghana foundation we visit them every year to interact with them and also mentor them on personal hygiene before some donations are made to them. This year, by the grace of God, the borehole is under construction to create potable water for them.”The pageantThe Miss Africa Continent pageant is the brainchild of South African film producer Neo Mashishi, who said it was about uplifting young African women. To make the pageant African, the finalists walked barefoot on stage – in their traditional clothes. The swimwear category was dropped; instead, finalists wore a uniform of black T-shirts and shorts.Mashishi told AFP that they did this to go against the norm of Westernised pageants. “The way everything was done was African. We didn’t emulate anything from Miss Universe or Miss World. This is about Africa. We are selling Africa to the world, and we are proud to be African.”According to the Guardian, during the weeks running up to the event, the 12 finalists embarked on a series of pre-pageant activities such as showing off their culinary skills by cooking traditional meals from their home countries.Watch highlights of the pageant:Second princess, South Africa’s Jemimah Kandemiiri, is a law student at the University of Pretoria. She said the pageant taught her that the best gift to yourself is to be you. “With the pressure that comes from the modelling industry and the so called ‘need to be perfect,’ it will consume you.“I learned that we are all from different parts of Africa, very similar in almost everything, but we seldom expose that which makes us authentic. I always say, be you, no-one can do you better than you. When you’re yourself, you will attract things that are like you.”last_img read more

Double call strategy sale

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brazil’s weather has been good recently, some are expecting a record crop.  If this happens, the U.S. export program may slow when the Brazil bean harvest starts in 45 days which could lead to a ceiling on prices.Several weeks ago I mentioned that Nov ’17 bean prices compared to Dec ’17 corn prices are incentivizing farmers to plant more beans in 2017. I’ve noticed recently that some in the trades are now pointing this out as well.  It will soon be debated if beans are correctly priced, with corn being substantially underpriced. Or, are corn values priced appropriately with beans overvalued?In the meantime, beans are one of the few crops showing profits for 2017. I expect this will drive farmers to increase bean acres next year.Market ActionLast week I discussed the importance of tracking the goals and strategies for every trade farmers do.  Then when the market moves significantly later, I can objectively determine the merits of each trade, which helps me in future trades and marketing strategy. On Friday 11/23 my Dec contracts expired, following are the remaining trade details.Double Call Strategy Sale .History — on 8/22/16 I had collected a 20 cent premium on calls I previously sold that expired with no sale (15% production). I wanted to continue to collect premium in the event of a sideways market so I placed the following trade:Trade Details — on 8/22/16 Dec corn was $3.42.  I did the following:Sold 2- $3.30 Oct Call – expires 4th Fri of Sep for 31 cents total (15.5 cents each x 2)Sold 2- $3.40 Nov Call – expires 4th Fri of Oct for 27 cents (13.5 cents each x 2)Sold 2- $3.40 Dec Call – expires 4th Fri of Nov for 31 cents (15.5 cents each x 2)Note: these 3 calls are based upon Dec futures at the time of expiration% Production: 15% (5% each)Goal — I expect prices to trade sideways through harvest and I want to take advantage of thisPotential Benefit — collect additional 30-cent average premium if the market trades sideways or falls without selling anything.  I can combine this with the 20 cents already collect in Aug for a 50 cent total premium.Potential ConcernsIf the market is above the strike price, I have to sell double my intentions at each strike price, or 10% of my production at $3.30, $3.40 and again at $3.40.Since I’m behind on 2016 sales (usually I’m 90% sold by Aug and this year I’m 70%) I can justify these price points when I include the premiums.ResultThe trades didn’t work as I expected. Ultimately it turned out ok, but it got complicated. Trade Detail Summary for the Double Call StrategyNov CallOn Nov 11, when the market fell back to $3.40 I purchased back the futures I had previously sold in the Nov call.No Sale27 Cent premium to apply to previous tradesOct CallThe $3.30 price is still in place.  I had hoped the market would fall back to $3.30, which would allow me to buy it back, but it never happened.  10% of my production sold15.5 cent premium collected and added to $3.30 saleTotal price against Dec futures – $3.455Dec CallThe $3.40 price is still in place. 10% of my production sold15.5 cent premium collected and added to $3.40 saleRolled Position Because sales above are in the Dec they need to be moved forward to collect market carryOn 11/30/16 I bought the dec futures and sold March futures at 10 cents premiumI chose March because I will have to core my bins in the next few monthsThese sales are now at a total price against March futures – $3.555 & $3.6555 respectivelyFinal thoughts —  I am now 90% sold on my 2016 corn crop. The last two trades are not the greatest, but they are certainly ahead of where the market is today. Still, I think there is room for premium on those last two trades. I placed another trade on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.Selling Straddles#1 Trade Detail — I sold a $3.60 Feb straddleWhat does this mean?I sold a $3.60 put and a $3.60 call against March futures for 23 cents.This trade expires on Jan 27th and will be based upon where Mar futures are that dayIf Corn is $3.60 — I keep 23 centsFor every penny away from $3.60 the market is, I lose a penny of the total premium collectedEx. $3.70 or $3.50 — I lose 10 cents from the 23 collected so I still collect 13 centsCorn is <$3.37 — I have to repurchase corn at $3.37 with no premium collectedCorn is $3.83+ — I have to sell more corn at $3.83 with no premium collectedGoal — I think corn will be within 10 cents of $3.60 but as long as it’s between $3.37 and $3.83 in late Jan ‘17 I get to take some profit.Potential Benefit — Collect premium without selling anything that can be added to previous salesPotential Concern I’m fine with having to buy corn at $3.37, because in the double call trades above I had to sell $3.40 anyway but really never intended to. I would still get the profit already collected in the trade above of 22 cents. However, it could mean I would be 80% sold vs 90%.Selling corn at $3.83 in Mar currently seems like a great sale.  If this happens, I would roll it to Dec ’17 and collect the 25 cent market carry. That would mean starting 2017 sales at $4.05, which looks good with what we know today.Bottom Line — this is a sideways trade play. Worse case, I sell some corn for $4.05 for 2017 and I would still have the disappointing 3.30 +.155 +10 = 3.555 against the Mar sold.  Which is above where the market is today.#2 Trade Detail — Same trade as above except:Strike price $3.70 for 30 cents and expiration is 2/24 but still against March futuresRepurchase price — $3.40 and additional sale of grain — $4Potential for 25 cent market carry if additional sale is triggered = $4.25 for 2017Between $3.40-$4 — I add to my $3.655 sale aboveGoal — I’m looking for corn to be within 10 cents of $3.70 in late Feb and I will make another 20 cent premium to be added to a previous trade.This is another sideways trade strategyUltimate StrategyThese trades are extremely confusing and unless you have this position on, you may be lost at this point.  That’s ok.  Even if you don’t fully understand the trades, hopefully you can still understand the strategy of why I’m doing what I’m doing.The point is to show that I am always working to get my 2016 crop sold. I don’t just sit back and wait for the price I want to sell at, because I’m not sure when or if it will come. There is no guarantee. So, I keep working to better my positions increasing my premiums and profits every little bit.And the thing is, even if the price I want eventually comes, I still have the 2017 crop to think about. I always have more crop to sell in the future. That’s why I don’t want to miss out on guarantees like market carry which is currently 25 cents from Dec to July for holding my grain in storage. I need every penny to keep my farm operation profitable. Following is a chart that shows my current 2016 position in the bin. POSITION – CORN2016Corn Sold with Futures90%CBOT Price Average$3.94Market Carry$0.20Basis on Farm($.35) estOptions & spread profits$0.22Cash Price picked up at Farm$4.01 est With the current bids for CASH corn picked up at my farm of $2.97 (as of Friday night’s closing markets) I will have no trouble sleeping at night.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 jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more

Consumers may not recognize costs, consequences of demand for “clean” food

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Eating “clean” is all about avoiding foods with additives, preservatives or other chemicals on the label. Considering the numerous studies linking certain foods with health ailments, clean eating makes sense, right?While it may seem well intentioned, Ruth MacDonald and Ruth Litchfield, professors of food science and human nutrition at Iowa State University, warn of the consequences in terms of food waste, safety and cost. Clean food advocates suggest avoiding foods with ingredients you cannot pronounce. MacDonald says several food manufacturers, restaurants and grocery stores have responded by removing additives to fit the definition of clean.The ISU professors say just because an ingredient or additive has an unfamiliar name does not automatically make it bad for you. The decision to remove additives appears to be driven more by market demand than consideration of the benefits these additives provide and the potential food safety risk, they said. Removing nitrates from deli meats and hot dogs is just one example.MacDonald, who has spent more than 25 years investigating links between diet and cancer, says nitrates play a necessary role in preventing the growth of Clostridium botulinum, a deadly bacterium that causes food poisoning.Therefore, completely removing nitrates would be problematic. MacDonald says food labels boasting “no nitrates” are typically referring to the synthetic version. If the package says “naturally cured” or “uncured” it likely includes celery juice — a natural source of nitrates — as an ingredient. The nitrates in celery juice are not chemically different from synthetic forms, she said.last_img read more

Mayawati hits out at PM for cake remark

first_imgHitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his “size of the cake matters” remark, BSP supremo Mayawati said on Sunday that the PM was talking about cake for people when a majority of them are reeling under the problem of “roti-rozi”. In a tweet, Ms. Mayawati said, “At a time, when a majority of population is reeling under basic problems of inflation, poverty, unemployment, illness, illiteracy and jobs and food (roti-rozi), the Prime Minister is talking about cake for them.Her comments came a day after the Prime Minister dismissed as “professional pessimists” the critics of the Centre’s target to achieve a USD 5-trillion economy within five years.last_img