Stabroek Market Wharf partially destroyed by fire

first_img…arson suspectedStall holders who were still operating in the Stabroek Market Wharf, although it was cordoned off to facilitate rehabilitation works were forced to evacuate as the facility caught fire. Although it is suspected that the fire may have been started by a female, who had an argument with another vendor, Mayor Patricia Chase Green, who toured the partially-burnt structure, on Tuesday morning said that City Hall was still assessing the number of stalls that have been destroyed by the blaze.“I received a report a little before 12am from the City Constabulary informing me of a fire at the Stabroek Market Wharf. I came down here (and) the firefighters were already on the scene trying to contain the fire and it was contained,” she explained.Chase Green said that despite the fact that the firefighters managed to put out the blaze, she later received another report indicating that another fire had started, this time in a different area at the wharf, after the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) restored electricity to the area.The Mayor noted that that fire too was contained by the prompt firefighters who she commended for their service.“This here should never have happened, but it has happened and we have got to make sure we put more stringent measures in place to prevent people from getting at the back here, because we would have closed this off many months ago, but as you see people are still actively utilising their stalls in the market,” she related.Speaking with Guyana Times a vendor said that stall holders who operated at the wharf suffered tremendous losses as refrigerators and other appliances were destroyed, along with their stocks of fish, vegetables, and fruits.Meanwhile, A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander Marlon Chapman said on Tuesday afternoon that he was unaware of anyone being in custody for the fire.The scorched back of the Stabroek Market was long overdue for rehabilitation. The area was cordoned off months ago to allow for repair works in September.After the area was barricaded off on September 13, Town Clerk Royston King in an engagement with the media said those vendors would have to spend at least two years at the Grove-Diamond bus park.The drivers there were relocated to Bugle Street to accommodate the vendors. City Hall later removed several other bus parks with similar intention.Several vendors who ply their trade in the Stabroek Wharf area were brought to tears when they were confronted by City Hall staffers cordoning off the entrances to their vending area.This move came approximately two weeks after the M&CC had issued a notice informing the vendors of its plans to remove them from the dilapidated area in order to facilitate rehabilitation works there.The Public Infrastructure Ministry has reportedly undertaken to rehabilitate the Stabroek Market Wharf, which has been in a deplorable state for many years.On Monday, several of the displaced vendors were constructing stalls at their relocated spots at the Route 42 Bus Park.A visit to the area on Monday showed that vendors were being assisted by construction workers to build wooden structures.The section allocated for the relocation was cordoned off and each vendor’s space was demarcated.Many of the stall owners said that they were working assiduously to finish construction before month end, since the busy Christmas shopping season would commence soon.“Christmas coming so we trying to catch all that we miss for since September time. A lot of money we lose…you couldn’t sell how you used to,” a vendor said.The wooden stalls are elevated on concrete blocks so that deconstruction would be easy. There is also a concrete structure in progress which is expected to house restroom facilities.The Council had decided at a previous statutory meeting that the vendors would have to construct their own stalls as one would cost approximately $400,000.It is mandatory that the eight feet by ten feet structure with a maximum height of 13 feet be constructed with wooden materials and six weeks after completion of the stalls, a sum of $85 per square foot per month will be collected for sanitation and other services.last_img read more

Weekley lets victory slip away

first_imgVillegas and Coceres closed with 4-under 66s, while Weekley and Wilson shot 71s. Tripp Isenhour (67), Robert Allenby (68) and Steve Stricker (69) followed at 4-under, and Brett Wetterich and Daniel Chopra (71) were another shot back. It’s the sixth time the Honda has gone to a playoff; most recently, Padraig Harrington beat Vijay Singh and Joe Ogilvie at Mirasol on the second extra hole in 2005. It’s also the tour’s first four-man playoff since the 2004 Reno-Tahoe Open, and the first unscheduled Monday finish since the 2005 PGA Championship. “If it’s my time to win,” Weekley said, “then I’ll win.” PHUKET, Thailand – South Africa’s Anton Haig won the Johnnie Walker Classic for his first European tour title by making a 3-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with compatriot Richard Sterne and England’s Oliver Wilson. The 20-year-old Haig shot a 2-under 70 to match Sterne (72) and Wilson (71) at 13-under 275 on the Blue Canyon Country Club’s Canyon Course. South Africa’s Retief Goosen (70) finished fourth at 10-under, and Canada’s Mike Weir (67) followed at 9 under. The event also was sanctioned by the Asian and Australasian tours. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Only 3 feet separated Boo Weekley from everything he’s spent the last decade chasing. A PGA Tour victory, the big winner’s check and a two-year exemption all were a short putt away. He pulled his putter back in the fading light on the 72nd hole of the Honda Classic, struck the ball and waited for the cheers to rain down. Courtesy of Weekley’s miss on the final hole of regulation, he, Camilo Villegas, Mark Wilson and Jose Coceres – who all finished at 5-under 275 – went into a four-man playoff Sunday, one they couldn’t finish before darkness fell on PGA National. “I was shaking,” Weekley said. “I ain’t going to lie about it. I mean, I was shaking like a leaf. I made a good stroke. I just hit it way too hard.” Play was scheduled to resume today, with the foursome on the par-4 10th hole. “You’ve got to feel for Boo,” Villegas said. “But it’s golf. Those things happen.” Each player made par at the par-5 18th, the first playoff hole. center_img They never came. And he had to wait until today to get a shot at redeeming himself. last_img read more

Man charged with cultivating and selling cannabis

first_imgA Buncrana-based man has been charged with possession of cannabis for purpose of selling and the cultivation of cannabis plants.Przemyslaw Gorski (40), with an address given at 25 Elm Park, appeared before Buncrana District Court. Judge Paul Kelly heard that the accused had been arrested and charged with drug offences early that morning. He made no reply to his caution, the court heard.The accused is charged with possession of cannabis for purpose of selling, and the cultivation of cannabis plants at Elm Park on February 8, 2018.Superintendent Eugene McGovern told the court that the Director of Public Prosecution’s direction was to send the accused forward for trial on indictment.Remanding the accused on continuing bail in his own bond of €250, Judge Kelly adjourned the case to October 23 for service of the book of evidence.Man charged with cultivating and selling cannabis was last modified: October 4th, 2018 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgYOU’VE heard the original ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ by Kilcar man Rory Gallagher. And you’ve probably heard a few other versions you wished you hadn’t.But this is right up there with the original – the Irish version from the students and teachers of Coláiste Ailigh in Letterkenny.It is absolutely superb.We’re sure Rory will approve. Scoláirí agus múinteoirí Choláiste Ailigh, Leitir Ceanainn ag ceol leagan Gaeilge den amhrán ‘Jimmy’s winning matches’. Meán Fómhair 2012. Tír Chonaill Abú!Click to play. TÁ JIMÍ AG BAINT CLUICHÍ LE COLÁISTE AILIGH was last modified: September 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:jimmy’s winning matches Irish versionletterkennyTÁ JIMÍ AG BAINT CLUICHÍ LE COLÁISTE AILIGHlast_img read more

Militants keep up attacks

first_imgGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – The Islamic Jihad militant group rejected a call Tuesday from Mahmoud Abbas to halt rocket attacks on Israeli towns, dealing a new blow to the Palestinian leader and prompting a new round of Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip. In another setback for Abbas, a last-minute dispute within his ruling Fatah Party threatened to divide the movement a day before a key election deadline. The dispute between Fatah veterans and its “young guard” was the latest sign of disarray in the party, which faces a stiff challenge from the Islamic group Hamas in Jan. 25 parliamentary voting. Abbas traveled to Gaza on Tuesday for talks with the militant groups, in part to halt growing violence along Israel’s border with Gaza. Israel has put heavy pressure on Abbas to stop militants from firing rockets. Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, a participant in the meeting, said Abbas urged all Palestinian groups to honor a cease-fire reached with Israel in February. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “We demand everyone be committed to the truce,” Erekat said. “We consider the truce a matter of high national interest.” But Islamic Jihad, which has been responsible for most of the rocket fire, rejected the appeal. Spokesman Khaled Batch accused Israel of violating the cease-fire, and said attacks were the only proper response. “I think the continuation of resistance is what’s better for the Palestinian people,” he said. New rocket fire was reported in southern Israel late Tuesday, and the army quickly responded with an airstrike on a suspected launch site in northern Gaza. There were no reports of injuries. Since Israel’s withdrawal in September from the Gaza Strip, militants have continued to fire homemade rockets into southern Israel. Although the rockets are notoriously inaccurate, more Israeli towns, including the city of Ashkelon, are in rocket range now that Israel is out of Gaza. Israel has responded with numerous airstrikes on suspected launch sites in northern Gaza. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has approved a buffer zone in northern Gaza, although the army said it has not yet implemented the plan, which includes firing on anyone who enters the area. Late Tuesday, the Israeli air force dropped leaflets into northern Gaza, warning residents to stay out of areas used by militants to fire rockets. “Terror organizations continue to launch projectile rockets at Israeli territory from your neighborhoods,” the leaflet said. “Presence in areas used for projectile rocket launching puts your life in danger.” U.S. State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said Israel had responded to attacks on its own territory. “What we would like to see is effective measures against such acts so that the measures Israel is taking are not necessary,” Ereli said. A spike in violence could undermine Abbas as Fatah gears up for the parliamentary election. Adding to his troubles, Fatah has been bitterly divided between party veterans and a young generation of activists demanding a bigger role in party decision-making. Abbas was racing to repair the rift ahead of a deadline today for the party to submit its final list of candidates for the parliamentary election. Two weeks ago, the young guard broke off from the party to protest Fatah’s slate of candidates and submitted its own list. Eager to bring the young guard back, Abbas agreed to redraw the party’s list of candidates, giving top positions to younger activists. A Palestinian court on Monday agreed to reopen the registration period, clearing the way for Abbas to present the new list. The court set today as the new registration deadline. But hours before the deadline, the simmering dispute erupted again. Members of the young guard accused Abbas of caving in to the old-timers and restoring them to top spots on the party list. “We received the final list but we totally disagree with it,” said Ahmed Ghneim, a leader of “Future,” the young guard’s breakaway faction. “Apparently there are parties within the Fatah leadership that don’t want to reach an agreement with Future.” Future officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because of ongoing negotiations, said the faction was considering backing out of its agreement with Abbas. But officials from both sides said negotiations were continuing and they hoped to reach a compromise by today’s deadline. “It’s impossible to go to this election with two lists. There would be nothing worse for Fatah,” said Abbas Zaki, a party veteran and member of Fatah’s powerful central committee. Continued disarray in Fatah could be devastating to the party. A poll released Monday found that Hamas would win the most seats in the election if Fatah remains divided, while a unified Fatah would win the election. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgCllr Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has hit back at a fellow councillor after he called for a boycott of an Irish water briefing session next week.Cllr Mac Giolla EasbuigHe said that the use of the word ‘warped’ in relation to him by Councillor Jack Murray of Sinn Fein was very unfortunateHe said, “I think it is very unfortunate and disappointing that Sinn Féin Councillor Jack Murray has used a word with such strong connotations for mental health and I am sure that given the opportunity he would be willing to apologise. “I understand that regrettable things can be said in the heat of the moment when under pressure, where the implications have not been thought through. I also understand that Jack, like other Sinn Fein councillors, have been coming under huge pressure because of their failure to back what the majority of people, and I believe what a majority of Sinn Fein voters want, which is a complete boycott of Irish Water and their charges.”He added that Sinn Fein’s position cannot have been helped when their party leadership undermined them and declared they were paying water charges.“So I understand that he is feeling the pressure, but rather than lash out in this manner at those who are actively building the boycott, he should instead come and talk to us and better still, support what we are trying to do.”“My position has been completely clear and consistent. I have continued to call for a policy of non-engagement with Irish Water, for people not to return their Application Packs and not going to this briefing session is supporting that policy of non-engagement. In any event, this meeting will be too short and will involve too many councillors from too many areas to be of any practical use. It is simply a piece of PR spin.” “On every platform I have spoken at in recent weeks there has been overwhelming support for the boycott call. The momentum has been building into an unstoppable force as the people have decided that water charges are unfair and they will not pay. I am urging everyone to come on the various protests on November 1st and ensure there is a massive call for a boycott which will be heard in Dublin.”COUNCILLOR Mac GIOLLA EASBUIG HITS BACK AFTER BEING LABELLED ‘WARPED’ was last modified: October 24th, 2014 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Geological Column, Rev. 2004-a

first_imgThe geological column is not “set in stone,” John Whitfield discovered as he investigated the work of the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS), which is releasing a revised column this summer.  “Silurian, Devonian, Triassic: the names seem as solid and permanent as rocks themselves.  But in fact,” he cautions in his report in Nature,1 “like fashions in hair or hem-length, the geological divisions of our planet’s timeline are prone to change.”    Rocks, naturally, do not come with dates or names on them.  The column is largely an artificial construct intended to bring some kind of universal order to the many varied assemblages of rocks and strata, and their fossil contents, around the world.  Just as hair and hem lengths can vary by large margins, the dates and boundaries of the eras, epochs and periods within the column are largely a matter of convention.  Sometimes those conventions fall prey to local disagreements:Over the past 150 years, geologists have struggled to unravel Earth’s history.  To a large extent, they have relied on significant events, such as the appearance of a specific fossil, or a reversal in the planet’s magnetic field, to define the boundary between two time periods.  Having defined these physical boundaries, researchers then attempted to date them.  But geologists in different parts of the world used different rocks as benchmarks, leading to disagreements over the exact definition of each period.    Lately, however, geologists have been trying to nail down some calibration points with “golden spikes.”  Whitfield explains,To resolve the issue, stratigraphers are deploying ‘golden spikes’ – also known as global standard stratotype-section and points (GSSPs).  These are locations where a good example of a worldwide event can be found, nominated by working groups within the ICS and then ratified by the IUGS [International Union of Geological Sciences].  Once a spike is set, that rock remains the boundary of a time period, even if estimates of its age change.There are now 50 golden spike points around the world, and the number is growing.  But what about their dates?  A method growing in popularity is to calibrate them with astronomical events, such as changes in earth’s orbit that led to climate changes on earth.  Geologists gather clues about these changes by measuring oxygen isotope ratios and calcium carbonate concentrations in rock.  Whitfield claims this method is accurate to 65 million years ago and is improving.    Geologists try to refine the dates with radiometric dating.  “But in the past decade,” Whitfield laments, “it has become clear that the results from different techniques and different labs don’t agree.”  The solution?  A global network of laboratories, all using a standard procedure, should be active in about a year.  Maybe then geologists can extend their column to the entire solar system.1John Whitfield, “Geology: Time Lords,” Nature 429, 124 – 125 (13 May 2004); doi:10.1038/429124a.Though he trusts in it, Whitfield treats this whole process something like a game, because it is.  Do you see the flaw?  The geological column has more to do with consensus than fact (see 12/27/2003 editorial).  The geologists are confused because their evolutionary just-so stories don’t agree.  So they are like a group of independent Hollywood producers who want to form a consortium where they can all come to agreement on their screenplay for Planet of the Apes.  And like any game, you have cheering fans.  Whitfield describes how China responded when they won a golden spike: “To Chinese stratigraphers, this was the equivalent of winning a bid to host the Olympics.  They hoisted a six-metre-tall monument on the spot to commemorate the achievement.”  This means no more than getting recognition from the director of a science fiction movie.  It may make them feel good, but does it tell them anything about the real world?    It takes a skeptic to read this kind of literature without being hoodwinked.  There’s plenty of reason to doubt that geologists are really unraveling Earth’s history, and plenty to arouse suspicion they are engaging in self-deception by consensus.  Some examples from this article, in addition to those stated above, remind us of Dewlap’s Laws of Physics, namely: (1) Fact is solidified opinion; (2) Facts may weaken under extreme heat and pressure; and (3) Truth is elastic.  See for yourself:Flexible boundaries:  “The end of the Jurassic period, for instance, has wobbled by more than 30 million years since it was dated in the 1930s.”Babel:  “The new scale will help Earth scientists speak to one another in a common language, and the dates will help to answer questions about what caused various mass extinctions and changes in climate.”Fuzz:  “But despite being the most complete work on dates so far … the new timescale is not definitive.”Flux:  “Its assembly has rekindled a long-standing debate on how to define the earliest geological time periods, and many of those boundaries look set to change in the next few years.”Stretch:  “And as the dates are re-examined, the timescale may even widen to encompass rocks beyond Earth.”Politics:  “In 1999, the IUGS executive called for a concerted effort to find GSSPs, and the past few years have seen a surge of activity.  Political as well as scientific arguments ensued.”Laziness: “In the debate over where to put the spike separating the Permian from the Triassic, the relative inaccessibility of sites in Kashmir and Iran helped to rule them out in favour of one in Zhejiang Province, China.”Everything You Know Is Wrong:  “‘Most people will tell you that a measurement more than five years old is obsolete,’ says Gradstein.”You’re Not Getting Older – You’re Not Getting Better:  Uncertainty over dates is a particular problem for the early life of Earth.  When these time periods were established [by consensus], it was thought that there would be too few benchmarks to define GSSPs: rocks get rarer as they get older, and there are no large fossils from that long ago.  Instead, each period is anchored by round dates rather than golden spikes.  Most of the Precambrian, the first four billion years of Earth’s history, is chopped up in this way.”Armchair Strategy:  “Some Earth scientists have railed against this system ever since the ICS decided on it in the 1980s, complaining that it is inconsistent.  ‘There’s been a ferocious debate between a bunch of field-based mavericks and the committees,’ says geologist Euan Nisbet of Royal Holloway, a college of the University of London in Egham.”Missionary Fervor:  “More ancient spikes are set to come.  The new chairman of the ICS Precambrian subcommission, Wouter Bleeker of the Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, is on a mission to use rock features to divide up the deep past.”Sans Rigor:  “To define such ancient spikes, geologists will need to relax their criteria.  There is no worldwide record of the Ediacaran changes seen in Australia, and this will be true for other spikes in the distant past.”Field geologists do a worthy work, and there is nothing wrong with trying to classify and bring order to a bunch of heterogeneous data.  But the geological column, with its stories about dates and evolutionary epochs, is a script, a framework, a game, an evolving consensus, a prescriptive set of orders, a set of colored glasses, not a fact.  Go out and look at rocks at various locations.  It’s not obvious that this rock is a billion years older than that rock.  It has nothing to do with the color, texture, grain, mineralogy, or hardness of the rock, but rather where it fits in the screenplay.  Evolutionary geologists will claim that even with the uncertainties they are in the ballpark.  But the park is owned by the Darwin Party, and the D.P. sets the rules of the game.  They can’t lose.    There you have it: a bunch of Hollywood scriptwriters building a Tower of Babel for the Planet of the Apes.  If it’s self-consistent (with a little forcing), and if everyone agrees (with a little forcing) how could it be wrong?  (Now read what they did to homology – see 05/05/2004 headline).(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Diski Dance hits streets of Sandton

first_img27 November 2009The team at Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre is gearing itself up for one of the greatest shows on earth, the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, by literally “dancing on the street” and performing for local and international guests visiting the centre in the lead-up to June 2010.“The catchy Diski Dance, launched by South African Tourism earlier this year, is starting to take South Africa by storm in the lead-up to 2010,” Sandton Convention Centre (SCC) executive director Mati Nyazema said in a statement this week.“To show our support, everyone at SCC has taken it upon themselves to learn the steps to this truly South African dance to celebrate our country – and the African continent – as the host of this global spectacular.”On Wednesday morning, the SCC team took to the streets of Sandton to show that “their dancing skills match their professional skills when it comes to hosting events that are of a world-class standard”, Nyazema said.The SCC team got “down and dirty” with the Diski Dance on Maude street in Sandton. A video of the dance will be circulated in-house as well as to clients “to keep the soccer atmosphere alive.“In addition, we are encouraging the rest of the tourism industry, and other businesses in the Sandton area, to join us in getting into step with the spirit of 2010,” Nyazema said.The dance, comprising a series of choreographed soccer moves, takes its inspiration from African football and is a combination of various football moves used by African players that makes their style of playing the beautiful game so unique and flamboyant.The Sandton Convention Centre has pledged to put on a free Diski Dance by its staff for all events hosted at the centre from now until the World Cup kick-off on 11 June 2010, with the first event to benefit being the Soccerex Exhibition scheduled to open on Saturday.“Hosting the Fifa World Cup on African soil for the first time in its history gives all of us as South Africans, and Africans, the opportunity to celebrate our culture and bring a truly African rhythm to the event,” Nyazema said.“Amid the sounds of vuvuzelas blowing, finishing touches to soccer stadiums and all the last-minute preparations that precede us hosting the greatest global event our continent has yet witnessed, we believe the Diski Dance presents yet another opportunity for our nation to come together and ready ourselves to welcome the world in June 2010.“It’s been a long time coming, but all of us at SCC have rehearsed and are ready – in fact, we can hardly wait!”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

BNP Paribas invests in South Africa

first_img5 August 2011French global banking and insurance group BNP Paribas is expanding its local footprint through the acquisition of a majority stake in Cadiz Securities, the derivatives research and brokerage unit of South African financial services group Cadiz Holdings.According to a report by Business Day this week, the size of the stake was 60%, purchased for a sum of R150-million.BNP Paribas is one of the world’s strongest banking groups. Headquartered in Paris, the BNP Paribas group has operations in more than 80 countries and over 200 000 employees across Europe, North America and Asia.“We are particularly happy to make this investment and look forward to welcoming onboard Cadiz Securities staff and expertise,” BNP Paribas Corporate & Investment Banking (CIB) emerging markets head Eric Deudon said in a statement this week. “The deal demonstrates both a commitment to our strategy of developing an offer in emerging markets, and our growth ambitions in derivatives research and brokerage.”Providing global solutionsThe agreement, which is expected to close before the end of the second quarter of the year, will see BNP Paribas Corporate & Investment Banking and Cadiz Securities join forces to develop a combined offering. As such, the new set-up will provide global solutions in cash equities, equity derivatives research and brokerage to both local and international clients.Cadiz Holdings CEO Ram Barkai said the transaction would offer Cadiz global reach to complement the current business in South Africa: “We identified the need to reposition our securities business to gain access to an offshore client base and offshore research.“We also recognised the need to shift our focus to where the main liquidity flows,” Barkai said. “Our credentials in the derivatives market and our research offering have enabled us to attract an international bank of the standing of BNP Paribas.”International presence and market expertiseBy leveraging BNP Paribas’ international presence and market expertise, the agreement is expected to boost Cadiz’s global reach in cash and derivatives to complement its existing business in South Africa.BNP Paribas will meanwhile profit from Cadiz’s local expertise as it makes further strides in growing its existing equities product offering in emerging markets.“We look forward to benefiting from their wealth of international experience and top global derivatives expertise,” said Barkai. “It was also great to have Wesgro assisting us with finding a suitable partner.”Unsurpassed track recordCadiz Securities currently employs more than 40 experienced professionals, working for a strong and diversified local client base active in both stock brokerage and equity derivatives. The firm holds an unsurpassed track record of 15 years as the number one derivatives research house in South Africa.The new business will be branded to reflect the interests of BNP Paribas and Cadiz. Dan Ahern, the managing director of Cadiz Securities, will be appointed as chief executive officer of the business, while Ram Barkai will be the chairman. The business will continue using Cadiz’s existing infrastructure and resources.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

DTN Field Roundup

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — With snow blanketing large swaths of the Midwest, and rains drenching parts of the South, it can be hard to imagine how the country’s frigid, soaked fields will ever be ready for spring planting.But don’t let the still, damp chill of winter fool you. A flurry of farmer activity is underway, as growers finalize seed selections, hash out fertilizer plans, ready sprayers for spring burndown applications and brace for the springtime chaos to come.This marks the season’s first DTN Field Roundup, wherein a trusted group of farmers and ranchers spanning 13 states and one Canadian province help us take the pulse of the countryside and weigh in on fieldwork, livestock care and agricultural issues of the day.WINTER DELUGEWith the exception of Mike Lass, a farmer and rancher from the dry panhandle of Texas, most producers reported far more moisture than they, or their crops, can possibly use.“We had an extremely wet fall and have an extremely wet, mild winter,” explained Charles Williams, a farmer in northeastern Arkansas. The wet fall delayed tillage, and the combination of wet soils and heavy equipment took its toll on some of his cotton, rice, corn and soybean fields.Farther north, many farmers are buried in snow, with little relief in sight. “We have somewhere between eight and 12 dairies that have lost the roofs” to heavy snow and wind, said Jeff Littrell, who farms with his son in southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.The Littrells actually finished their 2018 harvest in January of 2019, due to record rainfalls in the upper Midwest last year. Their operation in Crawford County, Wisconsin, which saw 29 inches of rain in August and September, received 36 inches of snow in February alone.“General field conditions concern me tremendously,” said Jay Magnussen, a producer in northwest Iowa. “Our fields are rutted up to no end, wet spots are everywhere still, and tiles continue to run full stream through the winter.”The snow is particularly hard on livestock owners. In central Minnesota, Justin Honebrink is running out of places to put the white stuff in his cattle yards. “The snow is getting pretty deep, cow yards are filling up, and things are going to be a mess once it starts warming up,” he predicted. With his first calves expected in just two weeks, Honebrink will be busy excavating bales of bedding buried in snowdrifts this week.“We are going to have to buy hay for the first time I know of,” added Bob Birdsell, of northwest Missouri. “We’ve had to feed extra because of all the snow and cold. We’re going to have a minimum of $100 per bale in the hay we buy. No hay left around here with any quality, so have to have it trucked in.”FERTILIZER AND FIELDWORK CRUSH COMINGWhile John Werries of west-central Illinois was one of the lucky few who got most of his fall nutrient and fertilizer applications in, he is expecting a fertilizer traffic jam in his region. “It will be a NH3 mad house around here when it gets fit to go,” he predicted. “Farmers were hoping for a chance to do some work in February or March — that didn’t happen in February and doesn’t look too promising for March.”Magnussen can confirm that things will be hectic on the retailer side. In addition to farming and running cattle, he works as an agronomist for a local co-op in northwest Iowa. “The wet fall in 2018 with little opportunity to apply fertilizer will bleed over into spring 2019,” he said. “This could lead to a very tough spring in terms of having a large enough application window to get everything applied before farmers want to be planting.”Missed fall herbicide applications will also trouble many farmers. Scott Wallis is already watching weeds green up in his southwest Indiana fields. In central Ohio, Keith Peters is bracing for the winter annual weed carpet to unroll, as well. “We didn’t get any fall burndown done, and I’m sure the winter annuals are going to be bad,” he said.Magnussen is also worried about an unusual amount of delays he saw in farmer input decisions this winter, as producers took extra time to analyze razor-thin margins. “Delayed decision-making holds me back from making maps, spread sheets, and variable rate fertilizer and planting recommendations,” he said. “I’m getting nervous that we will be jamming an entire winter’s worth of work into a couple weeks as the skies clear and the weather warms.”SPRING CROP MIX STILL IN FLUXPart of the delays plaguing the input industry are of the seed variety. Between new herbicide-tolerant traits, weak commodity prices and a problematic winter wheat crop, some growers have yet to finalize their spring cropping mix.In many states, the late, wet fall scuttled wheat acres. “We typically have a sizable acreage of wheat but were able to get a little less than half of our intended acreage planted,” said Arkansas’ Williams. Likewise, Keith Peters expects to salvage only one-third of his winter wheat in central Ohio, and Raymond Simpkins predicts heavy winterkill in wheat fields in southern Michigan.Kenny Reinke is sad to see wheat fall by the wayside at his operation in northeast Nebraska. His corn acreage has swelled to replace lost wheat acres this year, but he’s not convinced that’s a permanent solution. “As much as I would like to see wheat in my crop rotation, the recent price action is going to make it very difficult for it pull its weight when it comes to cash flow,” he said. “If it does stay doom and gloom I’ll be forced to increase my bean acres to offset the increase in corn acres due to the failed wheat ground having to go to corn. It’s a fine line with the increased profitability of corn and weighing it against the added cost of putting the crop in as compared to beans.”In Kansas, Kyle Krier’s wheat is surviving, but he has struggled to tend to it. “We are still trying to get in to top dress wheat,” he said. “Frozen ground will be the saving grace on that. However, it’s difficult to do so because of the high potential for loss on that fertilizer going onto wet frozen ground.”Williams is still weighing his soybean seed and herbicide choices carefully in Arkansas, where state pesticide regulators only recently established a cut-off date of May 25 for in-season dicamba applications. “Local retailers and crop consultants are indicating at least 90% adoption of dicamba-tolerant soybeans in our area, up from around 50% adoption in the previous year,” he said. “We are polling our neighbors and evaluating our technology decisions.”In eastern Nebraska, Luke Lauritsen is preparing to plant more corn than soybean acres this year, and Indiana farmer Scott Wallis is tentatively planning to mix up his planting schedule and seed 40% to 50% of his soybeans first this year. “We have much better yields with our mid- to late-Group 3 beans than Group 4,” he explained. “So we are going to try to spread our harvest window with planting dates instead of maturities.”Only Texas producer Mike Lass seemed completely serene about his crop choices and planting plans. “We won’t plant until the last of May, so we’ve got plenty of time,” he noted. “No change in crops here — just cotton and more cotton!”Emily Unglesbee can be reached at her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee.(PSSK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. 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