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Exclusive – Crystal Palace striker rejects £8m Championship switch

first_img1 Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle has turned down the chance to join Championship side Bristol City, talkSPORT understands.The ambitious Robins are willing to spend big to make an impact this season following their return to the second tier, and manager Steve Cotterill is keen to add firepower to his squad and identified Gayle as his main target.City agreed an extraordinary fee of around £8million for the 24-year-old hitman, who has fallen down the pecking order at Selhurst Park following the arrivals of Connor Wickham and Patrick Bamford this summer and was an unused substitute in the opening day win at Norwich.But Gayle, the Eagles’ top scorer last season with ten goals, has rejected a move back down from the Premier League.The former non-league striker joined Palace from League One Peterborough in 2013 for a then club record fee of £6m.There have been reports Gayle will be removed from Palace’s first-team squad and made to train with the Under-21s if he refused to join Bristol City, but the player is refusing to be pushed out.last_img read more

Body Wonders You Didn’t Know About

first_imgHere’s a collection of new findings about the body that should make us all stand in awe of what our Creator has provided.Phenomenal smell sense:  The human nose can detect a trillion odors, Nature says, – and the actual number might be limitless.  The new estimate is “orders of magnitude above the previous estimate of just 10,000 scents.”  The finding was reported in Science.  Articles in New Scientist, PhysOrg and National Geographic provide more information on this stunning announcement.  The researchers from Rockefeller University say, “It demonstrates that the human olfactory system, with its hundreds of different olfactory receptors, far outperforms the other senses in the number of physically different stimuli it can discriminate.”  The nose beats the eyes and ears!Visual compression:  The brain compresses images in the prefrontal cortex before the eye performs its rapid, regular movements (saccades), a paper in Nature reports.  To do this, the neurons in the brain have to converge toward the target space of the movement.  What this means is that the brain predicts where the movement will occur, and prepares for it, so that perception is stable in spite of continual motion of the eyes.Visualizing success:  How does biological vision succeed in the physical world?  A paper in PNAS investigates the subject, a more complex question than first meets the eye.  “Biological visual systems cannot measure the properties that define the physical world,” they note.  Our eyes don’t reach out and measure objects with a ruler, especially when they are in motion, like a baseball flying toward the outfielder’s eyes.  “Nonetheless, visually guided behaviors of humans and other animals are routinely successful.”  How can this be?  It’s a philosophical as well as scientific matter:Most concepts of vision propose, explicitly or implicitly, that visual behavior depends on recovering the sources of stimulus features either directly or by a process of statistical inference. Here we argue that, given the inability of the visual system to access the properties of the world, these conceptual frameworks cannot account for the behavioral success of biological vision. The alternative we present is that the visual system links the frequency of occurrence of biologically determined stimuli to useful perceptual and behavioral responses without recovering real-world properties. The evidence for this interpretation of vision is that the frequency of occurrence of stimulus patterns predicts many basic aspects of what we actually see. This strategy provides a different way of conceiving the relationship between objective reality and subjective experience, and offers a way to understand the operating principles of visual circuitry without invoking feature detection, representation, or probabilistic inference.Fetus Facebook:  Neurons in a developing embryo reach out and touch other neurons, forming an integrated network of friends.  This analogy was described by Science Daily describing research at the Beckman Institute.  (Whether this finding required experimentation with embryonic stem cells is a separate question.)  Individual neurons reach out and connect, forming a mass on which the complex neural networks contribute to the human experience of consciousness and intelligence.Nothing to sneeze at:  God blessed you when you sneezed by giving you a coordinated response to quickly expel dust in the airways.  Live Science says that the sneeze response, technically called sternutation, is nothing to sneeze at.  “This coordinated effort between your respiratory, musculoskeletal and parasympathetic nervous systems results in an impressive feat — the expulsion of air from the body at speeds reaching 93 mph (150 kilometers per hour).Automatic sip alarm:  Your brain knows when to stop drinking water, Science Daily explains.  “Our brains are hardwired to stop us drinking more water than is healthy, according to a new brain imaging study” at University of Melbourne, the article says.  “The study found a ‘stop mechanism’ that determined brain signals telling the individual to stop drinking water when no longer thirsty, and the brain effects of drinking more water than required.”  Without this mechanism, we might reduce the salt concentration in the blood to a point that would cause swelling of the brain, a potentially fatal condition.  Multiple areas of the brain are involved: “The unpleasantness and aversion of overdrinking is associated with activation in the midcingulate cortex, insula, amygdala, and periaqueductal gray,” the authors say in the study published in PNAS.Hercules statue at CornellBone lube:  Why are bones strong yet flexible?  Because they have citrate lubricant, a paper in PNAS says.  Scientists didn’t realize what this 2% citrate was doing in bone.  “The incorporation of citrate between mineral platelets can explain the flat, plate-like morphology of bone mineral platelets and may be important in controlling the crystallinity of bone mineral, which in turn, is highly relevant to the mechanical properties of bone,” they found.  Medical Xpress calls it a “shock-absorbing goo.”  It is “an inbuilt shock absorber in bone that, until now, was unknown.”  You couldn’t live without it.  “Without citrate, all crystals in bone mineral would collapse together, become one big crystal and shatter.”  With the citrate, though, “the crystals stay in flat, plate-like shapes that have the facility to slide with respect to each other.”The reason for P.E.:  PNAS reports that physical activity in children and young people contributes to healthy aging.  Bones are more durable in one’s senior years if they had been exercised in youth; that’s a good motivation for physical education (P.E.) programs in school.  “Here we show at an upper extremity site that half of the benefit in bone size and one-third of the benefit in bone strength obtained from physical activity during youth are maintained throughout life, even though the bone mass benefits are lost,” the abstract says.  There’s something for old people, too:  “When physical activity was continued during aging, some mass and more strength benefits were preserved.”  It’s not too late to get off the sofa.Immunity in the skin:  Certain T-cells (part of the immune system) take up residence in the skin and stay put there, PNAS reported.  “Tissue-resident memory T cells (TRM) form in the skin where they are retained and can protect against subsequent infection.”  TRM‘s were only recently identified.  Studying them, Australian scientists found that they compete for space in this environment.  “Together, these data suggest that skin tissue-resident memory T cells persist within a tightly regulated epidermal T-cell niche.”Cure for jet lag coming?  Scientists at the University of Manchester believe they have found a mechanism for resetting the biological clock, Science Daily reported.  That would be really handy for long-distance travelers.  “The team’s findings reveal that the enzyme casein kinase 1epsilon (CK1epsilon) controls how easily the body’s clockwork can be adjusted or reset by environmental cues such as light and temperature,” the article says.  The team is hopeful: “As this work progresses in clinical terms, we may be able to enhance the clock’s ability to deal with shift work, and importantly understand how maladaptation of the clock contributes to diseases such as diabetes and chronic inflammation.”Suckling science:  Believe it or not, the physiology of breast feeding has been poorly understood.  A paper in PNAS finally solved the “biomechanics of milk extraction during breast feeding,” and yes, it involves a sucking action by the baby.  This is a bigger deal than you might think.  A multi-disciplinary team from Israel and America announced:We have resolved a century-long scientific controversy and demonstrated with a 3D biophysical model that infants suck breast milk by subatmospheric pressures and not by mouthing the nipple–areola complex to induce a peristaltic-like extraction mechanism. Analysis of ultrasound (US) movies demonstrated that the anterior tongue, which is wedged between the nipple–areola complex and the lower lips, moves as a rigid body with the cycling motion of the mandible, while the posterior section of the tongue undulates like a peristaltic wave, which is essential for swallowing. The computational simulations of breast-feeding successfully mimicked the dynamic characteristics observed in US imaging and also predicted the subatmospheric pressure required to draw the nipple–areola complex into the infant mouth during latch-on.Fortunately, the baby doesn’t have to learn the biomechanics of it.  It just does what comes naturally.Newfound wonder:  Viewers’ eyes will moisten at the joyful response of a 39-year-old deaf woman, Joanne Milne, hearing her voice for the first time after receiving cochlear implants.  The short video clip posted on Metro News shows her innocent, spontaneous reaction to a biomechanical wonder most of us take for granted.  “I can’t stop crying and I can already foresee how it’s going to be life-changing” she told reporters.The video clip in that last paragraph provides a glimpse into the joy that the blind, deaf, and lame felt the instant Jesus touched them and healed them.  Jesus always knew exactly what to do, because He is described as the Creator repeatedly in the New Testament (John 1, Colossians 1, Hebrews 1, etc.).  All three persons of the Trinity were involved in the design and implementation of everything in the universe.  The evidence of design is so clear, all men are without excuse.  The rebels who suppress the truth and refuse to give thanks can only blame themselves for the judgment to come (Romans 1).Hopefully we will not have to lose our health before appreciating our physical endowments.  These reports should motivate us to care for them, and to thank our Creator for these intelligent designs and many, many others in the human body.  Such incredible gifts!  How could anyone ascribe these to the chance concourse of atoms?  We vastly underestimate the design in life.  These are but glimpses.  Our Maker thought of everything, so that we could perceive, interact, and love Him.  The scientific findings reported here lead to another conclusion: every human life is sacred.  So many thoughts should rush to our minds as we ponder what we just learned: thankfulness, responsibility, appreciation, wonder – emotions stemming from realities that can profoundly influence our views on politics, ethics, and theology.  Let us bow before our Maker in humble praise, then stand and obey as His grateful servants (Romans 12). 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The Human Evolution Textbook Has to be Rewritten Yet Again!

first_imgby Dr Jerry BergmanA cover story in the May, 2017 issue of Scientific American announces, “The Discovery of 3.3 Million-year-old Stone Tools Overturns Long Standing Views on Human Evolution.” The article reviews the finding of “ancient stone tools from Kenya [that] shatter the classic story of when and how humans became innovators” (p. 28). The find, touted as the “oldest stone tools in the world,” was near the city of Lomekwi in northwestern Kenya. Stone tools are viewed as critical for human evolution because they are “the defining characteristics of the Homo genus and the key to our evolutionary success” (p. 30).When the account is evaluated further, it is not nearly as solid as the headlines imply.The author, Kate Wong, examined the research findings of Sonia Harmand, an archaeologist at Stony Brook University, and her husband Jason Lewis, a paleontologist at Stony Brook. Harmand and their team of 15 workers were searching for evidence of stone tools made by humans. After weeks of looking, and straining tons of dirt, they finally found some brownish-gray stone fragments about the size of a human finger. The fragments were not only claimed to be the oldest human made tools ever found, but they also “challenged a cherished theory of human evolution” which taught that tool making did not occur until millions of years later (p. 30).When the account is evaluated further, it is not nearly as solid as the headlines imply. The only evidence of their being made by humans is they look like small chips of stone made by knapping, the act of striking one rock against another. The few rocks found after sifting through tons of dirt, at best, are not stone tools, but only stone chips produced by making stone tools! Furthermore, the stones themselves could not be dated, but some maps of the area dated the sediment at 2.7 million years old (p. 33) and the team is now in the process of attempting to unearth “more evidence that the tools are as old as they appear” (p. 30). The undated stones could well have been deposited by humans 50 or even 4,000 years ago, or could have been produced by natural processes. The formation of ice in the cracks in rocks can produce similar chips. The concern is not how old the stones are, but when the chips were formed. They could have been formed some months ago, or a few thousand years ago. My guess is a few years ago, but unless we have some eyewitness to testify when they were formed, it will be difficult to determine the date. They appear to be young because the normal extreme heating and cooling of the desert where they were found would surely have softened the stone fragments’ sharp corners, as would animal life inhabiting the ground a few feet below the surface where they were unearthed.One reason why finds like this are said to require re-writing of the textbooks is because so many of the conclusions based on these finds are largely speculation based on very tenuous evidence. As Mark Twain once wrote, the fossil record of evolution is based on a few bone fragments and several pounds of plaster of Paris, plus lots of imagination. A few of many examples of where new finds forced rewriting the textbooks include: National Geographic: “Almost Human: A New Ancestor Shakes Up our Family Tree (October 2016, cover) National Geographic: “The First Pioneer? A New Find Shakes the Human Family Tree” (August 2002, cover)New Scientist: “New Human Species May Rewrite History (January 2, 2016 cover) Newsweek: “The Evolution Revolution: New Science of the Brain and DNA is Rewriting the Story of Human Origins” (from the cover dated March 19, 2007). Maybe they should have rewritten the textbooks without Darwin glasses on so the evidence can be evaluated objectively based purely on the data.(Visited 616 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Building South African Dreamfields

first_imgThe Dreamfields Project, brainchild of journalist John Perlman, aims to use the excitement generated by the 2010 Fifa World Cup to bring soccer fields and equipment – as well as business skills and new social partnerships – to disadvantaged communities across South Africa.The project, which has already attracted some heavyweight corporate backing, will raise money to upgrade existing sports facilities in townships and rural areas, and to build new fields in at least 32 regional soccer centres by the end of 2010.New facilities have already been earmarked for the Cape Flats in Cape Town, Venda in Limpopo province and Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, while feasibility studies are under way on improving facilities in the Northern Cape and the Vaal Triangle.The organisation will also supply communities with “Dream Bags”, each containing 11 footballs and 15 full sets of kit. Groups that donate Dream Bags will be encouraged to deliver them personally – and to play a game of soccer with the community they’re giving to. Find out how you or your organisation can contribute The Dreamfields Project will also work with the government and others to bring coaching and sports management skills programmes to communities.First ‘Dream Event’Dreamfields’ first community event took place at the Chris Hani Sports Complex in Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg, in October 2007.The “Dream Event” showcased how the project will reach beyond the game of soccer. More than 60 locals were hired to run the launch as part of a programme to train them as event organisers and entrepreneurs.Nine Dream Bags were presented to a mix of schools and teams, including a youth team living in a nearby community home.Speaking at the event, BHP Billiton chairman Vincent Maphai – whose company is one of the major sponsors of the project – said Dreamfields was “not only about a material legacy of grass and posts.“It uplifts our soul as a nation by bringing people together and by giving communities an opportunity to bond in a spirit of unity. We believe that Dreamfields can create excitement around the values of unity which are so unique to our country.”Paul Hanratty, MD of Old Mutual South Africa, another major sponsor, described Dreamfields as “an investment in communities that goes beyond just arriving, hanging up a few signs and then packing up.“Each time a field is established it will send a message to the community around it that they are being cared for, and that they are being given the opportunity to succeed if they just grasp it with both hands.”Heavyweight backingThe world’s biggest diversified resources company, BHP Billiton, has invested R6.5-million in the Dreamfields Project, while financial services giant Old Mutual plc has committed R6.2-million.Part of this funding will be used to establish the project and set up an independently functioning administration, thus ensuring that every cent raised from public campaigns goes towards building sports fields, buying equipment and developing community skills programmes.The project’s media partners, the Sunday Times – SA’s biggest selling Sunday newspaper – and its daily counterpart, The Times, will give the initiative a strong voice to tell its story.Further support will come from business strategy company Monitor Group and advertising agency BBDO.‘More than just a game’Getting the story out to the public has not been a problem: the Dreamfields Project was conceived by John Perlman, the highly respected former radio host of SAfm’s Morning Live and current host of Today on Kaya FM.A knowledgeable soccer lover, Perlman once formed an excellent commentary team with Mark Gleeson, covering the sport on television for the SA Broadcasting Corporation. His experiences include covering the European Championships, the African Nations Cup and the World Cup.It was Perlman’s love for the game that inspired him to come up with the idea for the Dreamfields Project.“We believe everything we do has potential stretch, the inherent possibility for bettering our communities, and all future Dream Events will follow this model,” Perlman said at Orange Farm on the weekend.“We work with soccer, yes, but soccer in South Africa is more than just a game. It is a life force, and that life force can spread benefits that go well beyond the four sides of the pitch.”The other members of the four-man team heading up the Dreamfields Project are social entrepreneur Charles Maisel, startup business specialist Graham Bath and technology specialist Adrian Sharpe.Social entrepreneurCharles Maisel’s achievements include pioneering a project that worked with male domestic violence offenders in Cape Town, and creating the “Five in Six” savings scheme that helps women who are financially trapped by their abusers.His biggest success, however, has been with his “Men of the Side of the Road” project, a non-profit organisation that helps unemployed men with skills training and advice and provides a federation for the unemployed.In 2000, Maisel was elected a fellow of Ashoka, an organisation of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. In 2004 he was awarded a two-year fellowship by Echoing Green, a US organisation that rewards individuals “with innovative ideas for tackling social challenges.”Startup, technology specialistsGraham Bath has started seven companies, five of which were consolidated in 1987 and listed on the JSE.His greatest success has been with MySchool, an innovative community support system that raises over R1.5-million a month for schools and charities. MySchool supporters use MySchool cards every time they make a transaction at one of the project’s corporate supporters. A percentage of the transaction is then allocated to the school they wish to support.The fourth member of the Dreamfields team, Adrian Sharpe, technical director of the company Virtual Market Place, was responsible for building MySchool’s technology systems.Article last updated: December 2007 Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA scientists earn global honours

first_imgProfessor Beric Skews, right, receiving his honorary fellowship from Raes past-president, Captain David Rowland. (Image: Flow Research Unit) Dr Hulda Swai has joined the co-ordinating committee of the European Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership. (Image: CSIR) Dr Fisseha Mekuria and Professor Etienne Barnard have found favour with Google. (Image: CSIR)Janine ErasmusFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialA number of South African academics have earned recognition from international organisations in recent months for their outstanding work in their respective fields.Professor Beric Skews of Wits University’s engineering faculty has been awarded an honorary fellowship of the London-based Royal Aeronautical Society.Leading tuberculosis researcher Dr Hulda Swai of South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has been elected to an international advisory committee of African professionals drawn from the fields of HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis.Then, two CSIR researchers were awarded research grants to the value of US$143 000 (R1.2-million) by Google Research.Rare honourAdmittance to the Royal Aeronautical Society as an honorary fellow is a singular honour, and one that is regarded as the ultimate acknowledgement for aerospace engineering. The society has more than 19 600 members worldwide and of this number, only 47 hold honorary fellowships.Skews’s achievement puts him in the same illustrious company as famous American test pilot Charles “Chuck” Yeager (admitted in 2006), Baroness Platt of Writtle, retired president of the Cambridge University Engineers Association (admitted in 1994), and Admiral Sir Raymond Lygo, member of the board of British Aerospace (admitted in 1989), among others.The professor, who specialises in shock waves, gas and fluid dynamics and flow visualisation, is one of the most distinguished members of South Africa’s engineering community. In the 1960s he developed the aeronautical engineering course at Wits University, a qualification which is still the only internationally recognised formal degree offered in South Africa in this field.He is currently the director of the Flow Research Unit at Wits University. His scientific papers, over 200 of them, have been written in collaboration with colleagues from all over the world, including Japan, Russia, Israel, China and Australia.Skews is an esteemed researcher who earned the National Research Foundation’s highest accolade – an “A” research rating. This classes him as an international leading scholar who is unquestionably recognised by his peers for the consistently high quality and influence of his research. South Africa has fewer than 100 A-rated researchers.He edits the scientific journals Shock Waves and the Journal of Engineering Physics and Thermophysics, and holds membership of a number of local and international organisations, including the International Shock Wave Institute.Fighting infectious disease in AfricaDr Hulda Swai of the CSIR has joined a number of her peers on the independent advisory body, the Developing Countries Coordinating Committee of the European Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP).Originally from Tanzania, Swai did her doctoral studies at the University of London. She is the only South African representative on the panel, made up of African scientists working to address the poverty-related diseases of malaria, HIV/Aids, and tuberculosis, and was elected in March 2009.Swai’s expertise lies in the CSIR’s nanotechnology-based tuberculosis drug delivery research programme, and her extensive experience and expertise will be an asset to the advisory group.The cutting-edge programme is currently in the pre-clinical trial phase, which involves in vivo and in vitro testing to gather initial data on efficacy, toxicity and the body’s interaction with the technology. Nanotechnology allows for a more finely targeted drug delivery and nano-particles, being smaller than human cells, can easily move around in the body.The EDCTP was established in 2003 in order to help accelerate the development of new and improved drugs and other strategies against the triple scourges of malaria, tuberculosis and HIV, which affect sub-Saharan Africa more severely than anywhere else. The prevalence of the deadly, yet in many cases preventable, diseases not only causes untold deaths but also contributes to poverty and impedes economic development.Every drug must first be tested extensively in clinical trials, and here the EDCTP’s focus is on phase two and three trials, where drugs in development are tested on larger groups of patients than in earlier phases. Phase two is the make-or-break stage for a drug in terms of efficacy and safety. If a drug or device passes this stage it progresses to phase three, which may involve up to 3 000 subjects and is considered the definitive assessment phase.The coordinating committee facilitates the interaction between the numerous partners of the EDCTP such as governments and international organisations, on matters relating to clinical trials and vaccine development for the thousands of Africans who suffer from infectious diseases.Their strategies include the promotion of programmes for clinical trials in African countries; the creation of an interactive African forum of relevant experts; gathering and sharing of advice between scientists; and liaising with national health authorities, the World Health Organisation, and others.Top echelon of researchersProfessor Etienne Barnard, a scholar in the field of human language technologies, and Dr Fisseha Mekuria, an internationally renowned expert on wireless and mobile communication platforms and systems, have joined an elite group of researchers who can claim to have received Google research grants.Barnard, currently based at North-West University, is developing a voice-based information access system that circumvents the problem posed by indigenous languages using tone to distinguish between words. Voice recognition systems, such as those available via telephone, can only accommodate tonal languages if a pronunciation dictionary is available, the development of which is the subject of Barnard’s project.He plans to use his grant to give a full-time student the opportunity to assist him for two years on the project, and to travel with the student to the US where they will work with researchers there as well as attend conferences.Mekuria, formerly professor of Wireless Communication Systems at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, relocated to South Africa in 2009 to join the CSIR. His area of expertise involves secure mobile computing platforms and systems in the context of information security.Mekuria believes that one of the key factors in economic growth and job creation lies in the establishment of a viable industry providing local mobile content and services. His project addresses the fast-growing mobile sector on the African continent through a study programme for mobile computing and application developers.Once ready for roll-out, the course will be offered at a number of African universities, starting with his alma mater. An associated network of researchers and universities will ensure the sustainability of the project.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesTB vaccine in SA clinical trial SA-Uganda science agreement Google with South African flair Useful linksFlow Research UnitRoyal Aeronautical SocietyNational Research FoundationCSIRTreating tuberculosis with a nano drug delivery systemGoogle Researchlast_img read more

Expect volatile markets ahead

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileDuring the second half of May we observed some Ohio facilities with up to 10 cents wider basis or smaller flat price for June corn compared to May delivery corn. No doubt many producers had unexpected time to move corn to grain facilities in May due to ongoing planting delays thanks to rains which just kept coming. There were indeed logistics issues at river facilities as barge freight experienced vast differences in cost for May compared to June. Corn for May shipment along the Ohio River peaked as the basis was at least 20 cents above the July CBOT price while June delivery corn struggled to see even positive basis levels. Numerous facilities I spoke with were disappointed and surprised at the small amount of corn moving into their facilities during May.The rapid price rally for corn during May no doubt rapidly scaled back producers’ ideas of selling 2018 corn still in their bins, especially since so many were still planting 2019 corn acres. During May, corn was up 64 cents compared to the end of April. The last week of May corn was 22 cents higher than the previous week. During the last few days of May we experienced customers done planting corn while others were just a few days away from completion. Still others had not yet been able to start at all.Most Ohio counties had a June 5 final corn planting date for crop insurance coverage in order to have 100% of their corn guarantee in force. June 25 is the final date to plant corn with reduced coverage levels. Producers will need to notify their crop insurance agent within 72 hours of their decision not to plant corn and utilize the prevent plant coverage for corn acres.To say that price volatility for corn and soybeans rapidly increased in May is a vast understatement. Corn daily ranges were near 20 cents while soybeans approached 30 cents. The 9:30 am restart for CBOT prices following the pause at 8:45 am has often seen huge price differences take place in a span of just 45 minutes.Money flow and headlines continue to be huge price movers. Earlier this year, managed money set multiple records for the huge amount of short corn and short soybean positions they held. Corn moved sharply higher last month with the May high for December CBOT corn at $4.54. It appears corn moved sharply higher in an attempt to prod producers to plant corn knowing they would likely have a reduced yield with that revenue stream probably higher than the prevented planting payment they would have received.U.S. soybean sales to China could be lost forever, especially upon hearing of increased soybean acres for the upcoming production year in Brazil.  Some are already suggesting 2020 soybean production in Brazil could reach 130 million tons. This year it is 117 million tons.Become familiar with the term, “Short crop, long tail” as the price peak could happen much sooner than expected. Short crop refers to lower than earlier expected production. Long tail refers to the price drop (from the highs), which could be months in the making. Some have suggested the corn price peak could occur once 85% of intended corn acres have been planted. Expect huge price volatility the balance of this summer.last_img read more

How Ideas Spread with Howard Bloom – Episode 6

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 45:12 — 21.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSHoward Bloom is a polymath, which is a fancy way of saying he’s into all kinds of things and does extraordinarily well at all of them. He’s a scientist, mathematician, a promoter, and much more. His insights and expertise span over so many areas it’s hard to have a conversation with him and stay on track in your own head. But Howard knows exactly where he’s going. This conversation digs into things like influence, perception, how we make inroads into convincing others to champion our cause, and why personal belief in yourself and your cause are instrumental to success.Lessons in influence from an expert in mass behavior, with Howard BloomClick To TweetWhat are memes and how do they work?That’s the question Anthony asked Howard Bloom and the answer was not what you would expect. Howard pointed out that memes are ideas, passed along from person to person but also went into the biological and psychological reasons that memes and cliches are powerful in human interactions and how they can be used to influence and persuade. This is a fascinating conversation with a man of many talents who has deep insight into the psychology of persuasion, something every salesperson could use more of. Where does personal belief come from?Howard Bloom tells the story of how he began making phone calls to specific influencers about a project he was working on. There were 102 people on his list. Every call from the first until the 98th was a firm “No.” Then came the 99th and he got the response he was looking for. What is it that keeps a person going like that, in spite of rejection? What kind of belief has to exist in order to keep knocking until the answer comes? Howard explores that idea on this episode so be sure you listen.Where does personal belief come from?Click To TweetFrom the mass behavior of quarks to the mass behavior of human beings.When speaking with Howard Bloom about topics like influence you have to be ready for a circuitous ride. Howard is not going to stay on the surface of how conversations work or verbal tricks to lead you to success. He’s going to go deep. Howard has studied mass behavior extensively and believes he’s found common principles that govern the mass behavior of everything from microbes to human beings. He’s got a lot to say about the role salespeople play in the world of persuasion, so be sure you take the time to hear it.Salespeople must believe in what they’re selling.“In order to be successful at anything, you’ve got to believe in it. Why would you be selling a product if you don’t believe in it?” That’s what Howard Bloom says about the importance of belief in the sales arena. His believe that conviction comes before a conversion leads him to talk about the most effective things to do before, during and after a sales call and how your personal level of confidence will impact your success – both negatively and positively.Salespeople must believe in what they’re sellingClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction to Howard Bloom. What are memes and how do they work? Do we choose our infections or do they choose us? How do people pick up the right beliefs to succeed? Why is an optimistic vision vital to success? What makes one person influential to another? The hardest sale Howard had to make when he was representing artists. A lesson Howard learned from reading T.S. Elliot in high school.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.HowardBloom.net08711366430192860925161614551X0374529272The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeWhat are memes and how do they work?Click To TweetFrom the mass behavior of quarks to the mass behavior of human beingsClick To Tweetlast_img read more