Foster spent two seasons on loan at Watford from Manchester United West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster is set to join Watford in a £2.5million deal, according to reports.Foster, 35, has been linked with a return to the Premier League since the Baggies fell out the top flight at the end of last season, and it appears he is closing in on a move to Vicarage Road. The former England international helped the Hornets win promotion to the Premier League via the Championship play-offs in 2005/06, and he was then named the club’s Player of the Season award the following campaign despite their relegation from the top flight. According to The Telegraph, Foster will undergo a medical at Watford’s London Colney training ground later this week, with a fee almost agreed between the Hornets and West Brom.Foster will leave the Hawthorns just days after refusing to travel to Portugal for West Brom’s pre-season training camp, amid the interest from Watford.Foster will return to Vicarage Road after an 11-year absence, having spent two seasons with the Hertfordshire club on loan from Manchester United. 2 Foster looks set to leave West Brom after 11 years 2
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Producers have been active with fertilizer applications and any tillage preparations ahead of planting. You can’t help but feel that this planting season is different from those of the past. Gone are the positive returns per acre for corn and soybeans seen in previous years. At one conference I attended in January, Illinois customers were advised to give up rented acres if cash rents were greater than $225 per acre. It is no wonder Ohio Extension personnel suggested flexible rents several years ago, which can be adjusted lower when grain prices moved lower.The USDA March 31 Planting Intentions Report, along with the quarterly stocks report, are now history. A big question continues to be, “Will producers plant more soybeans than expected?” Last year it was thought that soybean acres could be as much as two million acres more than those expected with the March intentions report. That did not happen. In the past we have seen a tendency for the March acres intentions report to be somewhat larger than those seen with the annual USDA outlook conference in February. Then as the year progressed we have seen startling differences at times with final acres for corn and soybeans.The March USDA supply and demand report was pretty boring with few changes taking place. USDA did decrease domestic soybean crush by 10 million bushels. That was not a surprise as crush margins are considerably below those seen in past years at this time of year. Ending stocks increased 10 million bushels to 450 million bushels. USDA did increase soybean imports into China by 1.5 million tons, now estimated to be 82 million tons.Early last month May CBOT soybeans had declined to $8.56, matching to the tick the 2016 low seen in January. But prices did not continue lower. Instead they marched higher. With all of the negative news and market sentiment for months, that price event is very significant. First, it illustrates that the funds who have been sellers for months have lost momentum. Second, and more importantly, is that May CBOT soybeans reached a new contract low in late November 2015 the weekend of the election of new Argentina president Maurico Macri. There has been plenty of negative news since then, and yet soybeans have not made new contact lows.The Commitment of Traders Report released March 4 indicated that funds held short positions in corn, soybeans, and wheat. No surprise there. However, funds were considerably shorter than expected for corn, soybeans, and wheat. In fact, funds at that time had record or near record short positions in at least two of those grains. That was the surprise. Couple that with the funds having lost the selling momentum for soybeans. Now you have a market ripe for a rally. An axiom observed years ago is that if negative news does not yield negative price activity the event can be negated.For months, there have been articles about the negative cash flow for U.S. corn and soybeans. Typically when an industry is losing money, it has the option to cut production in order to reduce supply, reduce loses, and hopefully be around when the bottom line again turns positive. However, farming is profoundly unique as producers buy inputs on a retail basis, yet sell products on a wholesale basis. With plenty of corn and soybeans in the world, cutting production and or acres is one way to reduce supply. Don’t look for production cuts without a significant change in U.S. policy. Currently, that is not in the cards.Now that major USDA reports are behind us until June 30, look for weather and planting progress to be major factors in the markets. With plenty of grain around the world along with plentiful ending stocks, it will take weather events to move grains higher. Already in mid-March two week weather forecasts in the western Corn Belt suggested below normal rainfalls. Is that a one-time event or the precursor of a bigger and longer weather event? Thought for the day. “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” — Wayne Gretzky.
The steel-sculpted link bridge overlooks Abu Dhabi’s official F1 trackInspired, whimsical, ethereal; possibly nothing melds nature and culture in a more evocative statement than architecture. It is mortar’s leap toward immortality. Spice cuts through the concrete jungle to summon such architectural gems that don’t merely qualify as landmarks but contextualise,The steel-sculpted link bridge overlooks Abu Dhabi’s official F1 trackInspired, whimsical, ethereal; possibly nothing melds nature and culture in a more evocative statement than architecture. It is mortar’s leap toward immortality. Spice cuts through the concrete jungle to summon such architectural gems that don’t merely qualify as landmarks but contextualise new metaphors of choreographed comfort and designer aesthetics. Here’s exploring some concept hotels that transcend the quintessential parameters of hospitality and service to imbue imagination with pure panache: from a grid shell studded with 5,800 LED colour changing glass panels that overlook a F-1 race track to a free-spirited design that simulates the feathers worn by Brazilian dancers during the Rio Carnival, these are ‘inhabited sculptures’. Here indulgence is karma and opulence, it’s behoving consort.Thousands of blue LED lights breathe life into the grid-shell of the Yas by nightYas Hotel, Abu DhabiIn the hierarchy of avant-garde and overwhelming constructions, the UAE has managed to establish itself as a status group.This concept hotel, designed by New York City-based Asymptote Architecture, bears testimony to the tall claim. What sets it apart is its 217mt long sweeping curvilinear grid shell. This grid shell is studded with 5,800 pivoted diamondshaped LED colour changing glass panels. The pixelated lighting design, created in collaboration with London’s Arup Lighting, features a smooth flow of colours through its double curved surface and is a veritable visual treat, especially at night. Resembling the shape of an atmospheric veil looming above, the shell fuses two towers and a link bridge. The steel sculpted link bridge even overlooks a Formula 1 race track that snakes its way through the building complex. A luxe altar for sports and style, the hotel is a wondrous exercise in imagery.A deliberate use of glass on the exterior plays out the beauty of Kameha Grand’s surroundingsKameha Grand, BonnSituated on the most strategic trade route of the world wars-Rhineland; the location is its leitmotif. The hotel is surrounded by the Rhine on one side and the picturesque Siebengebirge mountains on the other. In fact, the silhouette cuts into soft curves at the edges, towards the river on one side and the valley on the other. Aiming to embrace its picturesque surroundings, German architect Karl-heinz-Schommer’s design features an exterior skin that has been kept transparent through the extensive use of glass. The 21-mt high dome draws upon the idioms and tone of the open beam roof of Winchester’s Great Hall and the straight hallways are inspired by 19th century English shopping passages. Contemporary art adorning a junior suite bathThe curvy shape and huge glass facade cocoon the quirky interiors conceived by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. Interestingly, the building is one of the largest geothermal facilities in Europe and has the capacity to store summer heat for winter and winter breeze for summer. The Kameha is a refreshing getaway from the usual mandated cleverness-it takes the familiar by surprise.Grand Lisboa’s gaming area is studded with crystals and gold leavesGrand Lisboa, MacauWhen Hong Kong based architect Dennis Lau wanted a motif for free-spiritedness, he looked no further than the Rio Carnival. The concept is inspired by the feathers in a Brazilian dancer’s headdress. The structure made of glass, iron and steel arches out 21mt from the waist to the tip of the feather, making each room slightly different in size and shape. The 213mt high tower sits atop a dome inspired by the Lotus, which is Macau’s national flower. Striking enough during the day, the hotel morphs into an ‘Ode to Enchanted Light’ during the night bathed with one million LEDs. The tower’s feathers swathed in daylightWhat’s more, the over-whelming waterfalls, chandeliers, Turkish baths, and the Swarovski studded lobby ensure that the interiors pay as much homage to the cult of excess as the facade. Its bold design may run contrary to the conventional, but courting controversy is the mark of the maverick.The walkway entrance of the Mandarin OrientalMandarin Oriental, BarcelonaNovelty in architecture isn’t merely restricted to fabulous facades; the interior structure and design plays just as vital a role. Carving a niche in a world of couture constructs, Barcelonabased OAB Architects’ design takes material objects and elevates them to the sublime. No mean task. This building opens to a light-drenched foyer set in pristine white-furnished with large windows and skylights-that offers unbroken views of all nine floors of the hotel from the foyer itself. A bird-cage white suspension envelops the lounge area at the MOPossibly the most spectacular design element in the hotel is an enormous, rectangular, metallic grid, suspended over its restaurant’s tables, allowing for greater privacy. Above this structure, a surprising ‘hanging garden’ effect has been created by the addition of a number of plants. Another interesting element is the floating catwalk from the pavement to the main entrance, which literally affords a feeling of walking on air.Divine by designHotels to watch out for in 2011.The pool at Ritz Carlton, the world’s tallest hotel, sits on the 118th floorRitz Carlton, Hong KongIf you thought, taller, bigger, better was the classic American syndrome, check out it’s Asian variant: the Ritz carlton. Perched atop Hong Kong’s tallest building-the International Commerce Centre-the hotel is the world’s highest hotel at 488 mts. Besides the obvious panoramic views of the Victoria harbour, traditional Chinese fittings and art-inspired interiors, the lobby shines vibrant with Palissandro blue marble stretches and orange onyx walls. The rooms are done up in oriental accents played out by flowery patterns in the carpets and vibrant tangerine silk interiors of the closets which resemble Chinese jewel boxes. Another stunner is the diamond ballroom, which is an eye-popping display of sparkling chandeliers and crystals.Missoni, KuwaitOverlooking the Arabian Gulf and set amid Kuwait’s bustling shopping centre, Rosita Missoni’s 18 floor design baby is all set to become the epitome of choreographed couture. Drawing inspiration from the land and sea of Kuwait, she blends gold, beige and turquoise in her signature mosaic urns which embellish the entrance. Everything, from the walls to the furniture and upholstery is bathed in vibrant patterns and bold colours. While the rooms use linens from the designer’s home range, the amenities draw on her signature fragrances. Now that’s what you call haute on call and cool by design.W London, Leicester SquareIf bling is your thing, this is where you need to check in! While the lift lobbies are done up in chic purple, the rooms flaunt random and eclectic lamps, union jack cushions and golden floating beds. Interestingly, the facade of this rectangular shaped soft-curved building turns into a dazzling light show by night. It is mounted with eight cameras which span pictures of adjacent buildings and a custom software which compresses them into a two minute film. The film is then recreated on the exterior through 600 lights diffused through fritted glass. Mirroring the future, we say.Palazzo Versace’s interiors draw on Italian designPalazzo Versace, DubaiOverlooking the waters of Dubai Creek is this classic palatial complex that houses private residences and hotel suites stylised by Versace. The structure evokes Middle Eastern culture through its exterior cornices, stonemasons, sculptures, giant pillars and capitals. The historic palatial interiors are an ideal backdrop for the bespoke mosaic artwork, reminiscent of Italian craftsmanship. The landscaping features grand fountains, lagoons and reflection pools. Classic Italian dandy.advertisementadvertisement
Jamaica’s signing of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, represents a culmination of the Government’s effort in ensuring migration’s indispensable role in the country’s social and economic development. Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. (right), converses with Head of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Jamaica Office, Keisha Livermore, during Tuesday’s (December 18) local launch of the IOM’s publication, ‘Migration and the 2030 Agenda’, at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston. The event, jointly staged with the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), formed part of activities marking International Migrants Day on December 18, under the theme: ‘Migration with Dignity’. The other activities were the screening of a documentary, titled ‘Bushfallers – A Journey of Chasing Dreams’, and a panel discussion. This was noted by Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade State Minister, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., at the local launch of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) publication, ‘Migration and the 2030 Agenda’, and film festival, at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston, Tuesday (December 18). The launch of the IOM publication; the film festival, which featured the screening of a documentary, titled ‘Bushfallers: A Journey of Chasing Dreams’, that chronicles African nationals’ pursuit of a better life in Europe; and a panel discussion formed activities for Jamaica’s commemoration of International Migrants Day on December 18, under the theme ‘Migration with Dignity’.The event was hosted by the local Chapter of the IOM, in collaboration with the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ). The Compact, which was signed by just over 160 UN member countries in Marrakesh, Morocco, on December 10, is a voluntary framework reinforcing nation state sovereignty on migration matters, while underscoring the human rights of migrants as well as the importance of stakeholder cooperation. Story Highlights Jamaica’s signing of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, represents a culmination of the Government’s effort in ensuring migration’s indispensable role in the country’s social and economic development.This was noted by Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade State Minister, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., at the local launch of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) publication, ‘Migration and the 2030 Agenda’, and film festival, at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston, Tuesday (December 18).The Compact, which was signed by just over 160 UN member countries in Marrakesh, Morocco, on December 10, is a voluntary framework reinforcing nation state sovereignty on migration matters, while underscoring the human rights of migrants as well as the importance of stakeholder cooperation.The signing was symbolic, as it coincided with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.Senator Charles Jr. said Jamaica’s signing of the Compact, coupled with the Government’s development of a Migration Profile, National Policy on International Migration, and complementary five-year implementation plan, indicates that the Government is collectively “trying to have a strategic approach to utilizing aspects of our Diaspora and Migration Profile”.“Also, in recognition of the role played by migrants, there has been a sustained effort to ensure that human mobility is reflected in our National Development Strategy, as we approach what we have defined as Vision 2030 [Jamaica – National Development Plan],” the State Minister added.Senator Charles noted that several of Vision 2030 Jamaica’s core goals are aligned with the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s draft Diaspora Policy, which forms the framework for the partnership between Jamaica and the diaspora.Additionally, he said the expertise, knowledge and impact of Jamaica’s diaspora, which has a membership that doubles the approximately 2.7 million persons residing locally, “is one that is felt and well-known across the world”.“It is within the context of being a country of origin, transit and destination that Jamaica treats the phenomenon of migration as indispensable to our economic growth trajectory and a dynamic tool for the development of our own human capital,” the State Minister said.He emphasized that the partnerships forged by persons from various geographical and social backgrounds have provided “fertile soil for the germination of ideas and iconic concepts that continue to enrich our senses”.Meanwhile, Senator Charles Jr. said the partnership forged between Jamaica and the IOM will form the foundation for “robust initiatives” aimed at increasing the engagement and participation of Jamaicans overseas in the country’s international development planning process.
Highlights from the news file for Friday, May 19———SASK TEEN GUNMAN WANTED TO MARK ANNIVERSARY OF LA LOCHE SHOOTING: The teen who has admitted to killing four people in La Loche, Sask., last year wanted a gift to mark the first anniversary of the shootings. The courts are trying to determine if the teen, who can’t be named under youth offender laws, should be sentenced as an adult or a juvenile. A pre-sentence report tabled in court Friday details how the teen asked staff at a Saskatoon youth detention facility whether they would buy him a present on the anniversary of the shooting. The hearing will resume in June when the defence presents its case.———CANADA’S POT REFORMS GAINING INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION — MCLELLAN: The head of a federal government task force on legalizing marijuana is being watched around the world. Anne McLellan, a former Liberal cabinet minister, says other countries want to see how successful Canada is at developing a legal market for cannabis, how it addresses organized crime and how it deals with drug-impaired driving. Once it happens, Canada will become the first G7 country to legalize marijuana.———TRANSPORT MINISTER MEETS WITH AIRLINES ABOUT PASSENGER RIGHTS: Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau is calling for Canada’s airlines to live up to the spirit of the federal government’s passenger bill of rights, even though the legislation does not come into force until next year. Garneau met with some 30 airline, airport and tourism officials in Ottawa on Friday. He says he sensed a “constructive approach” from the airlines. New federal rules will set minimum levels of compensation for people who voluntarily agree to be bumped from a flight and force airlines to establish clear standards of treatment and compensation for circumstances such as lost or damaged luggage.———SOFTWOOD BAILOUT DELAYED: A federal aid package to help softwood lumber producers deal with the effect of U.S. duties won’t go before cabinet until the end of the month. Cabinet discussed a package of options for up to $1 billion in aid for the softwood industry earlier this week, but negotiations with industry and provincial governments aren’t done. A source with knowledge of the negotiations says Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr had hoped to have the plan ready to present publicly by the end of this week, but things didn’t quite come together in time.———PM WEIGHS IN ON BOEING-BOMBARDIER TRADE SPAT: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is blasting the U.S. government for taking up Boeing’s complaint against rival Bombardier. Trudeau says he’ll always defend Canadian companies. But Trudeau refused to elaborate on the government’s suggestion that it might abandon plans to buy 18 of Boeing’s Super Hornet fighter jets if the aerospace giant pursues claims that Bombardier gets unfair subsidies.———TRUMP STARTS FIRST FOREIGN TRIP: U.S. President Donald Trump has departed for his maiden overseas trip as president amid the controversy surrounding investigations into whether his campaign associates collaborated with Russia to sway the election. Air Force One departed Friday with the president, first lady Melania Trump, his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as a group of his top advisers and journalists covering the trip.———TRUMP REPORTEDLY CALLED FORMER FBI DIRECTOR ‘NUT JOB’: The New York Times is reporting that U.S. President Donald Trump told Russian diplomats that firing “nut job” FBI director James Comey had relieved “great pressure” on him. The newspaper report cites the White House’s official written account of the Oval Office meeting. The Washington Post is separately reporting that the FBI investigation into possible co-ordination between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign was moving closer to the White House. Law enforcement officials now consider a senior Trump adviser a “person of interest” in the probe, the Post reported.———OTTAWA BEING ACCUSED OF PUTTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS IN DANGER: The NDP says the federal government is asking some women fleeing domestic violence to get their abuser to sign a form in order to get a child benefit. B.C. New Democrat Wayne Stetski says constituents have been coming forward with letters from the Canada Revenue Agency, asking them to verify that they are eligible for the monthly allowance. Stetski says the requirement puts the victim in danger and needs to be corrected. The government is promising to look into the issue as quickly as possible.———OPP LOOK AT THROWING DARTS AT FLEEING VEHICLES: Ontario Provincial Police say they’ve launched a pilot project that will test the use of laser-aimed darts armed with GPS technology to help track fleeing cars. OPP Const. Kerry Schmidt says when a motorist fails to stop or accelerates away after being stopped, Schmidt says a projectile can be fired at the vehicle where it sticks and emits a GPS signal that can be tracked. Schmidt says this will allow officers to be constantly updated on the whereabouts of the suspect vehicle and safely move in and make an arrest.———ONTARIO TEACHER SENTENCED ON SEXUAL EXPLOITATION CHARGES: An eastern Ontario teacher who had sexual encounters with several students and traded nude photos with them has been sentenced to two years in prison. Jaclyn McLaren pleaded guilty in March to two counts of sexual exploitation, two counts of luring, possession of child pornography and making explicit material available to people under 18 and people under 16. Police originally laid 42 charges against McLaren, 37, who taught French at a school near Belleville.———