More regular rains take Brazil’s soybean planting to 58%

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brazilian farmers had planted 58 percent of their 2019/20 soybean area by Nov 7, according to a weekly survey conducted by AgRural. That represents a progress of 12 percentage points in one week and keeps the new crop planting pace slightly ahead of the five-year average. There is still a delay, however, in comparison to last year.Favorable weather conditions seen last week took the area already planted to 94 percent in top-producer Mato Grosso, where the soybean crop develops well so far. The only issue, for now, is that the state will not have new soybeans entering the market as early as in the 2018/19 season, when some farmers were already harvesting in late December.Mato Grosso grows about 65% of Brazil’s second corn crop, which will be planted right after the soybean harvest, in January and February 2020. That means that a good chunk of the Brazilian corn crop will not be behind schedule or have any significant problem caused by delays in the soybean planting. Corn planting might face some disruptions if it rains too much in early 2020, but that is another story and belongs to the future.In number-two producer Paraná, much-needed rains hit the state last week and farmers were finally able to catch up, after a dry, hot, nervous October. But, since part of the soybean crop was planted after the normal dates, part of the second corn crop will be sown in March, and that is not exactly good for corn yields. The same will happen in parts of Mato Grosso do Sul. Is that a big threat to the corn crop that Brazil will harvest in the second half of 2020? Not exactly. Not yet.In the rest of the country, irregular rains have kept the soybean planting slower than normal, but forecasts look good for the remainder of November. Potential production is seen by AgRural at 121 million metric tons, a new record. Right now, and despite the problems faced since September, there is no reason to believe that that number will not be met. But, of course, the blooming stage is just beginning in areas planted earlier and the best – or the worst – is yet to come.last_img read more

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Geocaching.com Caption Contest 30 – Win a Barely Coveted Prize

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com Caption Contest 33 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeMay 4, 2012In “Community”Geocaching.com Caption Contest 31 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeFebruary 16, 2012In “Community”Geocaching Caption Contest 37 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeJanuary 6, 2013In “Community” WINNING CAPTION: “You must be at least this tall to find this geocache.” Vyp’s wifeGeocaching can often be a search for what’s hidden in plain sight. Share your gift for clever captions in the 30th installment of our Geocaching.com Caption Contest. You could earn a barely coveted prize. What caption would you write for the picture above? The image was originally posted on our Geocaching.com Facebook page by Thorsten Skibba.Submit your caption by clicking on “Comments” below. Please include your geocaching username in all entries. Then, explore the captions other geocachers have posted.Barely Coveted PrizeYou’re encouraged to ‘influence’ the voting process (*nudge*nudge*). “Like” the caption that you think should win. If you think your caption should win, convince your fellow geocachers, your friends, and family to “like” your caption. Lackeys vote from the top finalists to decide the winner of the contest.The winner receives the ‘barely coveted prize’ you see to the left, which may actually be quite coveted. It’s is a vintage ‘100 Years of Scouting’ Trackable.Click the image to see the winner of this caption contestMore than a two dozen Lackeys voted to award the winner of the 29th Geocaching.com Caption Contest a barely coveted prize. Click on the image at right to discover the winning caption from the last Geocaching.com Caption Contest.Explore all the past winning captions by checking out all the Geocaching.com Caption Contests. If you have suggestions for Geocaching.com Caption Contest photos, send a message and the image to [email protected] with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Gladiator Challenger Natasha Haines On Radio

first_imgVictoria’s Gladiator Challenger Natasha Haines went into the SEN (1116AM) den to talk all things Gladiators and Touch Football with Mark Doran and the crew. It made for some great radio and crerated great interest amongst listeners.To listen to the interview click on the files below. Related Files1116sen_-_natasha_part_1-mp31116sen_-_natasha_part_2-mp3last_img

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Mandela the man once branded a terrorist by the US

first_imgIn 2008 just before his 90th birthday, the United States gave Nelson Mandela a special present, striking him from a decades-old terror watch list and ending what US officials called “a rather embarrassing matter.”By then the anti-apartheid icon had long left behind the jail cells where he was incarcerated for 27 years, and was already enjoying retirement and his status as one of the most revered statesmen of the 20th century after becoming South Africa’s first black president.In past years, U.S. officials have beaten a path to his door in his family village hoping some of his almost saint-like aura would rub off on them. On Thursday, when Mandela died at age 95, President Barack Obama hailed him as belonging “to the ages” and ordered that flags on U.S. government buildings be flown at half-mast — a rare tribute to a foreign leader.Yet decades ago many in America did not share in the adulation of Mandela and his African National Congress (ANC), which had been billed a terrorist organization by both South Africa and the United States. His severest right-wing critics painted him as an unrepentant terrorist and a communist sympathizer.It was even reported that the CIA had helped engineer Mandela’s 1962 arrest when an agent inside the ANC supplied South African security officials with a tip-off to track him down.In the 1980s however, late Democratic U.S. senator Ted Kennedy drafted legislation with senator Lowell Weicker that would eventually become one of the global catalysts leading to the collapse of the apartheid system.President Ronald Reagan sought to bury their 1986 anti-apartheid bill aiming to impose economic sanctions on South Africa by imposing his veto, saying he believed it would only lead to more violence and repression for black South Africans.But for the first and only time that century, Congress rebelled and overrode Reagan’s veto on a foreign policy issue, passing legislation that slapped sanctions on Pretoria, snapped direct air links and cut vital aid.Some observers maintain that the story of Mandela’s redemption and the undeniable justness of his cause hold unique lessons for Washington as it grapples with other flagrant abuses of human rights by repressive regimes around the world.Brian Dooley, who worked with Kennedy on the game-changing legislation and is now a director with Human Rights First, chafes at the rationale that the U.S. pursues “constructive engagement” with autocratic regimes for the greater good and to ensure security interests.“The justifications for propping up the apartheid regime are now almost the same as we hear when we talk about why isn’t the U.S. more robust in taking on human rights violations in Saudi Arabia or Bahrain or various other parts of the world,” Dooley told AFP.“Forget the morality if you like for a second, and look at just the national interest, the self-interest. Standing with the bad guys not only looks bad — it is bad. And eventually they fall, and eventually there is dreadful resentment.”The lessons of the apartheid era are still applicable today, Dooley says, as “only the fact that Congress overrode the veto saved the U.S. reputation.”Until five years ago, Mandela and other members of the ANC remained on the U.S. terror watch list because of their armed struggle against the apartheid regime, which yielded to majority rule in the mid-1990s.The designation meant that the U.S. State Department had to issue them with a waiver to enter the country for meetings such as the U.N. General Assembly, something former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice said she found “embarrassing.”When Mandela was finally removed from the list in 2008, then senator and current Secretary of State John Kerry, said: “He had no place on our government’s terror watch list, and I’m pleased to see this bill finally become law.”In a televised address from the White House on Thursday, Obama said Mandela was “a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice.”“A free South Africa, at peace with itself, that’s an example to the world, and that’s Madiba’s legacy to the nation that he loved,” Obama said, referring to Mandela by his clan name.J. Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, called Mandela “one of the rare international statesmen that captured the imagination of Americans across the political spectrum.”“Even those who are not normally interested in Africa found him a very compelling individual,” said Pham, who was awarded the 2008 Nelson Mandela International Prize for African Security and Development.last_img read more

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Football Ryan Day to make 45 million per year over next five

Ohio State head-coach-in-waiting Ryan Day answers questions from the media during a press conference at the Fawcett Center on Dec. 4. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorRyan Day has spent only three games as head coach of Ohio State, but when he takes the reins as the full-time head coach on Jan. 2, 2019, he will immediately become one of the highest paid coaches in college football.Day will be the head coach for five years and will receive an annual pay of $4.5 million, according to his term sheet obtained by The Lantern. His contract will give him a base salary of $850,000, with media, promotions and public relations adding $2.39 million, equipment deals giving him $1.25 million and a Coca-Cola appearance of $10,000.On top of that, Day will receive separate retention payments of $250,000 if he is still the Buckeyes head coach on Jan. 31, 2022, and Jan. 31, 2024.According to a database of college football coaches’ salaries by USA Today, $4.5 million would place Day as the 18th-highest paid coach in college football. The database said Urban Meyer made $7.6 million this year, second only to Alabama’s Nick Saban, who made $8.3 million.Day was named the head coach in waiting after Meyer announced his retirement Tuesday afternoon. Day, formally the offensive coordinator, served as acting head coach when Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the season. He was paid $487,000 for his time at the helm.As offensive coordinator, Day made a base salary of $810,000 that, with incentives, could have reached as high as $1.1 million.The term sheet also lists academic bonuses for his team’s success in the classroom. He would receive $50,000 if his team has a cumulative GPA of 3.0, $100,000 if the team reaches 3.3 and $150,000 if the team averages a 3.5 GPA. The GPAs are based off both fall and spring semesters and he would receive the bonuses on May 30 each year.Of course, Day will also be rewarded for the team’s success on the field. If Ohio State wins the Big Ten East, he will be given a $50,000 bonus. On top of that, he can receive an additional $100,000 if his team wins the conference. Should the Buckeyes make it to a College Football Playoff bowl game, he will be given a $200,000 bonus. If that bowl game is a CFP semi-final game, the bonus is $250,000, however, he would receive a $350,000 if he leads the team to the finals. Should he find personal success, winning Big Ten Coach of the Year, Day would receive $50,000. He could also receive $75,000 if he is named National Coach of the Year.The term sheet also gives him an automobile stipend of $1,200 per month. Day will also be given a chance to enjoy his leisure time, with Ohio State providing Day with a membership to a mutually agreed upon golf course. The university would pay any monthly dues, but Day has to pay any personal expenses with the membership.A private jet will be available for Day to use on any university business, including recruiting visits in time not exceeding 50 hours per year. Day can also use the aircraft for 50 personal hours per year.Day can treat his family and friends to tickets to Ohio State football games with 12 football tickets per home game and five press booth credentials, with the option to buy 20 additional home tickets. Day’s spouse and family will be granted access to a suite for the games. Day will also receive two parking passes per home football game. He also will be given two tickets per home men’s basketball game. read more

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I wanted a new challenge – Iniesta

first_imgAndres Iniesta insists that he was enticed into coming to Japan by the prospect of a new challenge and revealed that he had turned down several offers because of the “interesting” project that Vissel Kobe haveThe Spanish playmaker recently ended his 22-year association with Barcelona and completed his move to the Japanese top-flight side this week.Iniesta, who will reportedly earn about €25m a year in Japan, confirmed that he had received a lot of interest but chose to join Kobe because of the project and the confidence they had shown in him.“It’s a very important day for me, a challenge in my career,” said the 34-year-old, according to Marca.“I trust in this project, Japan is a wonderful country, and I come to play and work with my teammates.“I received several offers from other clubs, but I decided on Vissel Kobe because the project they presented to me was very interesting.Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta credits father for his career Andrew Smyth – August 30, 2019 Andres Iniesta revealed the influence his father has been on his incredible career, which has seen him everything in football for Barcelona and Spain.“They showed confidence in me and I have a lot of respect for Japanese football.”Kobe owner Hiroshi Mikitani,  who is also the founder and CEO of Barcelona’s principal shirt sponsor Rakuten, believes that Iniesta will have a positive impact on the next generation of young players at the club.“His values and ability to influence globally will be an inspiration for the club, for the whole league and Japanese society,” he noted.“The methodology of La Masia and Iniesta himself will be applied to the academy of young footballers here, and we will collaborate in this regard with FC Barcelona.”The former Barcelona captain will be presented at the stadium of his new club in western Japan on Saturday, before returning to the Spanish national squad ahead of this summer’s World Cup.last_img read more

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Hartlage Completes First Round of the Augusta National Womens Amateur Championship

first_imgThe two-time All-ACC selection currently leads the Cardinals with a 72.3 stroke average for the 2018-19 season. Hartlage tallied top 10 showings in three of five tournaments and closed out the fall with a runner-up finish at the Alexa Stirling Intercollegiate. She opened the spring season with a win in the Moon Golf Invitational. Hartlage will begin second round play on Thursday morning on the 10th tee at 10:00 a.m. Print Friendly Version Story Links AUGUSTA, Ga. – University of Louisville junior Lauren Hartlage is tied for 40th after first round play in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship on Wednesday afternoon. The Elizabethtown, Ky. native was able to settle down after the first five holes and par 10 out of the 11 remaining holes.  She eagled the par-4 seventh hole.  She finished just one over on the back nine to move up in the rankings throughout the day.  On the day, Hartlage shot a 76 to finish four over.    The first two rounds, April 3-4 are played on the Island and Bluff nines at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta. The entire field will then play Augusta National for an official practice round April 5. The final 18 holes will take place at Augusta National on April 6 and will feature the top 30 competitors who made the cut.NBC Sports will produce and broadcast three hours of live final-round coverage at Augusta National from Noon – 3 p.m. EDT on April 6, 2019. NBC Sports will also provide pre-event promotion across NBCUniversal’s portfolio, while Golf Channel will deliver highlights, live reports and news coverage throughout the event, including onsite during the first two competitive rounds at Champions Retreat. Additionally, Golf Channel’s “Live From the Masters” will commence on Friday, April 5 from Augusta National and wrap ANWA coverage on Saturday, April 6 and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals on Sunday, April 7.last_img read more

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