The ‘Honey Badger’ will be the Bachelor for season six of the TV series in Australia. Cummins’s nickname is the ‘Honey Badger’, a title he gave himself after seeing a documentary on the animal.“I saw the honey badger, and became fascinated,” he said. “It is just so aggressive and will never say die. One of the stories which inspired me is that it is documented that a honey badger killed a male lion in a one-on-one battle.“What happened was that he clawed the canastas off the big fella, going the old one-two. The big fella walked around the corner and fell over. The honey badger got up, shook himself, and just trotted off. For me, that was outstanding.”Because of quotes like the one above, Cummins has become a fan favourite across the globe. In fact the winger has become famous for his funny quotes, and you can watch a selection of the best below. Network Ten executive producer of The Bachelor Australia, Hilary Innes, said: “We are delighted that Nick has agreed to be Australia’s next Bachelor.“He will bring a refreshing, honest and cheeky energy to season six. On top of all his incredible achievements, he is both loveable and surprising. I know he will be a phenomenal Bachelor.”In a statement, Cummins said: “I’m really looking forward to throwing everything at this opportunity to finding the one.“The past ten or so years has been on the road playing rugby or working on my projects, so I’m very excited to be part of a show that is centred around love and good times.” No question, he is going to bring some comedy to the love-related role.Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter. Nick Cummins ‘The Bachelor’ Series Up And Running In AustraliaThe 15-Test former Wallaby Nick Cummins has ben announced as The Bachelor in the latest TV-series in Australia.The series is currently in full swing as it started on the 15th of August and there have already been some funny moments including Cummins’ reaction to the first kiss of the series. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
Today, The Who announced their plans for a new studio album, along with a symphonic U.S. Arena Tour in 2019. The 31-date tour will kick-off in April accompanied by local symphony orchestras, though the dates have yet to be announced. The album has also yet to be recorded.According to guitarist/singer/songwriter Pete Townshend, he initially refused the offer to tour with The Who unless there was an album paired with it. “I said I was not going to sign any contracts unless we have new material,” Townshend told Rolling Stone in an extended feature about their 2019 plans. “This has nothing to do with wanting a hit album. It has nothing to do with the fact that The Who need a new album. It’s purely personal. It’s about my pride, my sense of self-worth and self-dignity as a writer.”Marking The Who’s first release since 2006’s Endless Wire, the new material is only in demo form—as Townshend hopes Roger Daltrey will record vocals later this year to meet the goal of a 2019 release. Townshend described the new material as “dark ballads, heavy rock stuff, experimental electronica, sampled stuff and cliched Who-ish tunes that began with a guitar that goes yanga-dang”, though the new songs were met with silence from Roger, who told RS: “They’re all great songs…. But sometimes I hear them and I think, ‘I can’t add anything to this to make my job as singer worthy of doing anything better than what Pete has already done.’ There’s at least five or six I can lay into and I’m sure they’ll come out incredible.” Daltrey continues, “Now that I’m healed up, I’m going to spend time getting into them. Okay, so I didn’t get back to him quickly at first. It doesn’t mean anything! I was deaf for about three weeks. It wasn’t even possible for me to bloody hear what was in them!”As for the symphonic tour, Daltrey was inspired after spending the summer of 2018 playing Tommy with orchestras. “I’ll be 75 years old in March and this feels like a dignified way to go and do music,” he explained. “That’s all we’re really left with. We’re old men now. We’ve lost the looks. We’ve lost the glamour. What we’re left with is the music and we’re going to present it in a way which is as fresh and powerful as ever.”The Who have not yet shared the official tour dates, but Townshend revealed that the tour will kick off at NYC’s Madison Square Garden in April and will move through the Northeast alongside Chicago and Detroit during the initial leg, which will be fourteen shows. The second leg will resume in September and October and will hit the west coast, along with Canada. Most of the shows are at arenas, though Townshend mentioned the possibility of a stadium or two. European tour dates are also a possibility.As for the upcoming 50th anniversary celebration of Woodstock, Townshend and Daltrey both confirmed that they will not be making a return to the event. “What would be the point? I can’t work outside in the heat anymore like that in August. It’ll kill me. I got really big problems with heat now due to my meningitis. But I think they should do it with young bands. I don’t see why they should have us there… And they couldn’t afford us anyway!”The Who bandmates also want to make sure that fans understand that the tour isn’t being billed as a “farewell”, though Daltrey goes on to say that this will possibly be his “last tour”. He continues, “I’m just being realistic about going through the 75th year of my life. I have to be realistic that this is the age I am and voices start to go after a while. I don’t want to be not as good as I was two years ago.”Townshend and Daltrey have both admitted their problems in communicating with each other, which is seemingly already making the process of planning a tour and recording an album difficult. Deciding what material to play, agreeing on new songs, and working with a timeline for a Father’s Day release are just a few of the problems they have cited.“If they can’t get it by Father’s Day, they don’t care when they’re getting it,” Townshend explained. “And so it might wind up being September or October.” As for Daltrey, he’s less amused. “If it takes us until next fuckin’ Father’s Day, so be it,” he said. “I loathe that part of the business. I just hate it. That’s why they’re working in an office and we’re on the stage.” Read the full feature on The Who’s upcoming tour and album here.[H/T Rolling Stone]
LONDON: Rampant Liverpool moved 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League after Roberto Firmino struck twice in an emphatic 4-0 win at second-placed Leicester City. The victory was inspired in large part by attacking right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold who created three goals and scored one himself.With Firmino deadly in front of goal and Liverpool in total control throughout, it was a performance that suggested the title race is all but over at the half-way stage.Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has been vocal in his criticism of his team’s intense schedule but the European champions showed no signs of any adverse influence from their trip to Qatar, where they won the Club World Cup.Liverpool have 52 points from 18 games; Leicester are on 39 points from 19 matches and Manchester City are 14 points behind the leaders before their game at Wolves on Sunday.Also Read: Liverpool reach Club World Cup finalAlso Watch: Mime Artist & Cotton University Student Ebraham Khalil staged protest against CAA in Guwahati
…also charged for firearm possessionRonaldo Persaud, a miner of 19 Miles, Rockstone, Essequibo River, on Wednesday appeared before Magistrate Clive Nurse for the offences of engaging in sexual activity with a child family member, possession of firearm, and two break and entry and larceny charges.The 19-year-old appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court to answer to the charges. It is alleged that he engaged in sexual activity with a child family memberRonaldo Persaudbetween October 25 and 26, 2016, at 20 Miles Anarika, Essequibo River. It is also alleged that he had a firearm in his possession without licence and that he broke and entered the dwelling house of Ameer Bacchus as well as the Hururu Forest Station. Persaud pleaded guilty to the firearm possession and break and enter and larceny charges, but denied engaging in sexual activity with a child family member.A probation report was ordered by the Magistrate, and the matter was adjourned until May 18, 2018. He was remanded to prison. The other matters were transferred to the Kwakwani Magistrate’s Court and adjourned to May 20, 2018 for sentencing.
A Donegal chef at a Belfast hospital has added his restaurant-quality dishes to a coveted healthy eating cookbook.Jim Farren from Greencastle is the Head Chef at Kingsbridge Private Hospital in Belfast. A hospital isn’t the first place you’d think of getting award-winning local cuisine but at Kingsbridge, that’s just how Jim likes to do things. As well as excellent medical care, the hospital’s catering department also plays an instrumental role in helping patients make a speedy recovery.Chef Farren’s recipes were so tasty and nutritious that they have now created a cookery book based on the hospital menu called ‘Kingsbridge Kitchen’.“The inspiration for the book came after countless requests from patients asking our catering staff to write down the ingredients and method for certain dishes. We selected the recipes that were simple to make and the most popular. Healthy food doesn’t have to be bland or boring and if it is, it isn’t doing its job,” Chef Farren said. Chef Jim FarrenWith a background in the restaurant industry, Chef Farren enjoys using fresh local ingredients.“People forget what an impact food can have especially when you are ill or recuperating after a procedure. I firmly believe good hospital food is vital to our health and helps patients convalesce sooner,” he said.Dishes from ‘Kingsbridge Kitchen’ CookbookDishes from ‘Kingsbridge Kitchen’ CookbookEach inpatient gets a copy of the new glossy hardback book as a gift from Kingsbridge when they are discharged. Inside there are dozens of mouth-watering meal ideas along with some nutritional benefits, hints, and tips to make cooking easy and delicious, so patients enjoy making healthy dishes before putting their feet up for essential recuperation. Top hospital chef launches cookbook for patients was last modified: June 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:chef jim farren
Citing a tweet by a Spanish journalist, the Express say Arsenal look set to beat Chelsea as well as Manchester United and Liverpool to the signing of Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.It is claimed that the Blues want Cavani, who has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge many times. Arsenal are apparently willing to pay £51m for him.Chelsea are again linked with Real Madrid’s Germany star Sami Khedira – again by the Express.The midfielder, who played under Jose Mourinho at Real, has been tipped to move to the Bridge or Arsenal after being left out for this week’s Uefa Super Cup game against Sevilla.Chelsea will tell Petr Cech to find a new club, according to Goal.com.There has been speculation about the 32-year-old’s future, with Thibaut Courtois widely expected to be installed as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper.Real Madrid, PSG and Monaco are all said to be monitoring the situation.And Chelsea youngster Victorien Angban is set to join French club SC Bastia on loan, according to reports in the midfielder’s native Ivory Coast.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The St. Bernard’s girls withstood a late comeback and rode a stellar night from the free-throw line to advance to the elite eight of the Division-IV NorCals on Wednesday night.Jasa Sisemore and Emily Gardner were both outstanding for the Crusaders throughout, as St. Bernard’s held off a physical and stubborn Kimball team for a 52-50 victory in Eureka.If defensive intensity has been the story so far for the St. Bernard’s girls in what has been a memorable postseason run, it was the team’s …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The market is unsure if bean tariffs will mean anything. Even if China starts buying all of their beans from South America, the rest of the world could still buy U.S. beans. This week the Brazil bean cash offers skyrocketed off the tariff news, but when the futures came down 50 cents other world buyers started buying U.S. beans, as they were the cheapest globally. This is likely why the markets dipped and then recovered shortly after.Reduced Argentina production is bullish, while U.S. bean stock levels are bearish. It’s still uncertain how many acres U.S. farmers will plant. I expect a roller coaster ride ahead for the bean market.If corn demand continues to stay steady or increase, prices likely will be strong and have upside potential. If demand were to decrease, so will prices. Weather will start to be an issue in three weeks and could help determine if additional acres will be planted from the USDA estimates. Are options the answer?Last year caught many farmers off guard, because it was the first time in a while that average farmers didn’t have an opportunity to sell an average crop at profitable levels. Many farmers are fearing 2018 will be the same. Therefore, some farmers want to consider alternative solutions (like options) to increase their profit potential, but don’t know how. While I don’t think options are a cure all strategy, if used in moderation and as long as farmers understand all of the risks, they can help farmers take advantage of more opportunities and increase flexibility in their marketing plans.For the first time in the last 10 years I had more than 35% of my production tied up in options trades in 2017. But, 2017 was also the first time in 10 years that corn didn’t trade over $4.30 before harvest. Sometimes market conditions force me to consider alternative strategies to maintain profitability for my farm operationGrain marketing with good risk management practices is a very complex process. The best marketing plans need to constantly adapt to market variances. With more flexibility and trade choices (including options), farmers can maximize profit potential. Conditions affecting prices change every year, so marketing plans need to adjust too.Too often farmers have the market strategy “I want to get the most I can.” This “plan” isn’t a plan. It assumes one can predict the top of the market every year, which is impossible. Instead, I prefer setting price goals I’m willing to accept that meet my farm operation’s profitability objectives.Below I’ve provided some examples of different options that I’ve used or considered in the past and the pros/cons of implementing them into my marketing plan. Selling call optionsSelling calls gives the right to someone else to buy my grain from me at a certain price. When selling calls I get a premium regardless of how the trade turns out. If the price at expiration is the same or higher than the strike price of the call, I have to sell grain for the strike price, but I also keep the premium. If the price is below the strike price at expiration, no sale is made, but I get to keep the premium to add to a later trade.Since grain producers ALWAYS have more grain to sell, selling calls is a natural hedge trade for farmers. It doesn’t allow for much upside price potential and provides limited downside protection, but it can be very useful during sideways markets. In the last year selling calls has allowed me to pick up added premium on some of my grain, while prices remained at unprofitable levels. Selling put optionsSelling puts gives away the right to someone else to give me grain at a certain price.This type of trade is extremely risky for grain producers because it places them in a position of potentially being forced to buy grain at higher prices when they always need to be selling their grain. There are few cases where this type of trade by itself would make sense for a grain producer and I think should be avoided. Selling straddle optionsSelling straddles are when I sell both a call and a put at the same strike price and collect both premiums. Generally, this type of trade is most profitable in sustained sideways markets. While I usually avoid selling puts, the one exception is when I sell a call at the same price (i.e. selling a straddle).While I have had considerable success with straddles over the last 16 months, I had never even placed a straddle in the previous 8 years. Back then I couldn’t justify the potential risk of having to buy grain back if the market fell far enough for the potential premium I would get if the market remained stagnant.To sell a straddle, I select a price I think corn will be at on a specific date in the future. If futures prices are at that price on the selected date, I keep the total premium generated from the trade. The further the actual futures price is from the strike price I picked on the last trading day of the straddle, the less premium I collect until it the straddle hits certain price points in either direction. Those points are derived from the strike price and the total amount collected for selling the straddle. From there, I’ll either have to remove a sale (i.e. buy grain back) or make an additional grain sale.In the last year I could justify this trade to myself and my banker because I first sold some grain at levels that were below the cost of production, so not very good sales to begin with. I didn’t think prices would likely go much lower and there was a reasonably high chance prices would go nowhere, or maybe higher. That initial grain sale provided a “security blanket” to place the straddle trade. If I didn’t really want to make a sale in the first place at the price I did, then the straddle would enable me to buy back the grain at lower prices. If I was going to sit with unpriced grain in the bin anyway, why not be willing to make money regardless of what happens. I discussed the trade with my banker prior to placing it, and he could also see the reason why I would do this type of trade on a few bushels.While there are some advantages to straddles, there are some disadvantages. I wouldn’t commit a large percent of my production to this strategy because it first requires selling some bushels at unattractive prices to minimize my risk exposure. That means if the market ultimately rallies significantly, I get to double my sale at better portions because of the sold call portion of the straddle trade, but I still have the unattractive sale that minimized my risk exposure. Even if I wait to make the first sale at an attractive price level then I open myself up to potential downside in the market should the market drop significantly So, straddles have some draw backs and are certainly not a perfect trade.While straddles can be profitable in certain market conditions, I need to be very cautious when placing them. Following are some best practices that I personally use when placing straddles to limit my risk exposure.I never place a straddle trade without knowing every possible outcome that could happen and be willing to accept any potential scenario.I almost never buy back either side of the straddle before they are within days of expiring. I have a strategy/plan in place and I was willing to accept all possible scenarios when I initially placed the trade, so changing in the middle could affect my profits and the outcome of other trades I have built around them.Since these types of trades are generally more profitable in a sideways market, I go into the mindset of each trade hoping I made the wrong choice and prices go up, so I can sell more grain at higher prices.I always have a sale already in place to protect me from the market dropping and having to reown some of my grain. This is why in the past I haven’t put straddle trades on because I don’t want to buy back profitable sales. Straddles, to this point, have only been a strategy I have used when prices were below the cost of production. Buying putsBuying puts means buying the right to sell grain at a specific price. I’m usually not a fan unless the strike price, less the cost of the put, is still above my breakeven costs. Even then it usually makes more sense to me to just sell the futures outright and guarantee my profit instead of hoping for higher futures prices.For example, let’s say I buy a $4 put for 20 cents. This would mean my true floor price is $3.80. If my production cost is $4.20, then this trade guarantees I won’t be breaking even unless corn trades above $4.40. So, why even buy the put in the first place? I could just sell corn if it is anywhere above $4.20 and guarantee I’m going to have a profit.Now, some would suggest rolling the puts up in a rally and back down in a decline to minimize this issue and add profits to the trade. But that adds costs on rallies, making break evens higher. Plus, if the market drops and farmers roll down the puts, it exposes farmers to more downside loss potential too. In theory these trades can be successful, but in sideways markets they tend to miss opportunity or lose money. Buying puts worked best during extreme volatility like 2010, 2011 and 2012. Over the past five years buying puts has provided a producer a floor price, but that doesn’t mean that the farmer was still profitable with the trade. Buying callsBuying calls means buying the right to buy grain at a specified price. I’ve never been a fan. Whenever I’ve done the math on buying call options, I find they are rarely, if ever, profitable for me. For buying calls to be profitable, it requires a lot of market movement to the upside. The thing is, I ALWAYS need the market to go higher for any unpriced grain I have left for this year or the next year’s crop, so I don’t need to double down on what I need the market to do anyway. This type of trade is too speculative for me when I’m trying to limit my risk exposure.There are some who like to sell futures and buy calls. This is really just buying a synthetic put option, which I just described above.Buying calls tends to sound best to those fearing they will miss out on a big futures rally. This type of trade is basically betting on a long shot. Yes, it has occasionally worked well like 2010, 2011 and 2012, but since 2013 it likely hasn’t been profitable. What about options in the bean market?I usually just focus my option strategy on the corn market and not beans, for the following reasons:Beans have a lot of market volatility and uncertainty with South America growing 60% of the world’s beans. This means potentially two or three weather scares per year that can dramatically affect the market. Comparatively, about 75% of the world’s corn is grown in the northern hemisphere once per year (which greatly reduces market volatility potential).Buying bean options, puts or calls, usually involves a large upfront fee. If I’m already profitable, I don’t see a reason to risk taking a loss hoping for better values. If the market does nothing but go down after buying the option I’m going to miss some opportunity as well.Selling bean call options exposes me to huge price swings and doesn’t allow for me to sell if the market does rally even if I think the market is likely to fall down the road. Which means I don’t get much coverage to the downside.I probably would rather buy beans options over selling them. The reason is because each crop trades differently. What works for corn doesn’t usually work for beans and vice versa. It’s incredibly hard to predict bean market movements and selling option strategies are usually less effective because of market inverses, while the initial upfront cost to purchase them can be a deterrent.I also tend to use my bean crop as a hedge against my corn crop. If I can sell my beans for a guaranteed profit then all I have to worry about is weather my corn will make money. I want to know exactly where I am with my beans instead of wondering or hoping. A balanced approachI strive for a balanced marketing strategy that takes into consideration the market could go up, down or sideways. I want to take advantage of all opportunities available regardless of where the market goes, because it doesn’t always go up. I don’t fear missing out on a rally, because hitting the top isn’t my marketing goal. The fear of striking out and losses motivates me more than the thrill of hitting the very top of the market. I want to be in the upper end of the market trading range, but I need my farm operation to consistently be profitable and I’ll consider any opportunity that allows me to maximize profit potential while minimizing my risk. Using options prudently is one of many ways I can do this. 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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Have you seen this?! Freeze video in 3D space with a camera array system. In this post we showcase a few of the better examples of this cool video production technique.A camera array is created when multiple cameras are lined up and are all rolling at the same time. The result, when actions takes place in the frame, is that the cameras can be cut together to create a super slick action sequence that gives the appearnce that the action is frozen in time…but in 3 dimensional space.The look is reminsecent of the trademark Matrix time freezing effect, except that its done entirely in-camera. In the past, some photographers have experimented with this technique using still cameras that fire sequential shots that are then assembled in a video editing application. Here’s one such example that was created using a ring of Nikon DSLRs:Now the GoPro video camera has spawned a new crop of creative pros looking to use the cam to create similar effects. GoPros are compact, provide decent video quality and are realtively inexpensive. They seem like a natural fit for making a video camera array.This surfing video was one of the first to utilize this production technique with the GoPro and made quite a splash when it was released in the fall of 2011. A camera array of 48 GoPros were used to create the look.This next video shows that it doesn’t take a lot of money (or a ton of GoPros) to pull of this look. With only 15 GoPros in this video camera array the team at Permagrin Films was able to create some Matrix style 360 freeze effects.Parkour to the extreme! Chilean video production company Aerolabs ran some tests on their GoPro array and came away with some pretty slick looking shots.Have you seen this camera array technique utilized in other videos?Share links and your thoughts in the comments below!