Cold weather doesn’t deter fans from Mountcharles Opera Festival

first_imgThe inclement weather didn’t deter the stalwart fans who turned out to The Mountcharles Opera Festival on Friday to hear some wonderful music performed by Deborah Cunningham, Paul Martin, Evan McGarrigle and The Bluestack Chorale.The first half brought the audience on a journey that went from the warm Italian countryside to swing-time America stopping off for The Pearl Fishers Duet and Hansel & Gretel’s evening prayer along the way. Drama is always on the bill when Deborah, Paul and Evan take the stage and there was certainly plenty this year as they sang through the Angels and Demons themed second half, ending with the powerful finale from Gounod’s Faust.For the hardy souls who might want to venture into the gardens before the show, there were lots of umbrellas on hand, or for some, they preferred to take their seat and enjoy their glass of wine in the garden rooms before the performance. Either way, it was definitely an evening not to be missed.Cold weather doesn’t deter fans from Mountcharles Opera Festival was last modified: July 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Huddersfield v Brentford line-ups: Bees signings start, defender ruled out, Chelsea loanee in Terriers squad

first_imgBrentford boss Dean Smith has given debuts to all four of his summer signings for the visit to Huddersfield.Dan Bentley starts in goals, John Egan partners captain Harlee Dean in defence, Leicester loanee Callum Elder is at left-back and Romaine Sawyers is part of the four-man attack.Maxime Colin is ruled out with a calf injury, so Josh Clarke steps in at full-back, while Lewis Macleod makes his first league start for the Bees, more than 18 months after signing for the club.Huddersfield are without last season’s top scorer Nahki Wells (knee), as well as Philip Billing (ankle) and Harry Bunn (hamstring).They have six debutants in their starting line-up, with Chelsea loanee Kasey Palmer among the substitutes.Huddersfield: Ward; Lowe, Hudson, Schindler, Smith; Mooy, Hogg; Van La Parra, Payne, Lolley; Kachunga.Subs: Coleman, Cranie, Paurevic, Hefele, Stankovic, Palmer, Scannell.Brentford: Bentley; Clarke, Egan, Dean, Elder; McEachran, Woods; Sawyers, Kerschbaumer, Macleod; Hogan.Subs from: Bonham, Yennaris, Field, Holldack, McCormack, Saunders, Hofmann.See also:Huddersfield v Brentford: match preview, team news, facts and figuresFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Shipping emissions ‘must be curbed’

first_img29 November 2011 Shipping emissions are rising fast and must be tackled immediately to have a chance of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, says Oxfam International’s policy adviser on climate change, Tim Gore. Emissions from the shipping and aviation industries are still uncapped despite the fact that ships are already responsible for three percent of global emissions – more than Germany and twice that of Australia, Gore said on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban on Tuesday. In an interview with BuaNews, Gore explained that a fair carbon charge applied to all ships could be used as an incentive to get the industry to reduce emissions. But just as importantly, the funds can then be filtered through to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) – therefore making this a double dividend for climate change.‘$25bn a year could be raised by 2020’ It is envisaged that, based on a moderate US$25/ton carbon price, $25-billion per year could be raised by 2020. Gore said that, to ensure consistency with UNFCCC principles like common but differentiated responsibilities, developing countries should be directly compensated from these revenues. At least $10-billion per year from remaining revenues should be allocated to the GCF. This option has received the backing of countries like France and Germany, as well as Bill Gates, Kofi Annan and the report of the World Bank, IMF to the G20, and is up for discussion at COP 17 in Durban.Call for clear guidance on shipping emissions At the Durban talks, Oxfam, WWF and the International Chamber of Shipping will call on delegates to give the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) clear guidance on continuing its work on reducing shipping emissions. “We welcome the constructive engagement of the shipping industry in the search for solution to the climate crisis,” said Gore. “Industry and civil society actors agree that shipping emissions can be regulated in a way which is fair to developing countries and could help generate the resources they need to tackle climate change.” International Chamber of Shipping secretary-general Peter Hinchliffe said: “If governments decide that shipping should contribute to the UNFCCC Green Climate Fund, the industry can probably support in principle as long as the details are agreed at the IMO, with the industry’s clear preference for a market based mechanism being a compensation fund linked to the fuel consumption of ships, rather than an emissions trading scheme.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Corn Stocks Galore

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Alan BruglerDTN Contributing AnalystThe stars for Friday’s USDA reports were clearly the Planting Intentions for 2019 corn and soybeans, with large corn stocks (as of March 1) getting the award for best supporting actor in a bear costume. USDA showed intentions for 92.792 million acres (ma) of corn in 2019, with soybeans at 84.617 ma. The former was up 3.66 ma from last year, while soybeans were down 4.579 ma. Traders, analysts and even random guys at coffee shops were expecting some shift to soybeans and corn, but the degree of shifting caught some by surprise. I’ll also argue that the data showed a big implied increase in unplanted acres. Let’s deal with that one first.The top table shows what USDA calls Principal Crop Acres for 2019 based on the Planting Intentions report. Please note, that hay is only shown by USDA as a harvested number, and there was no number for rye, so I used a plug number. I combined several types of edible beans on one line, and caught things like potatoes in the Miscellaneous category.Note that primary crops totaled 315.352 ma, which is 4.226 ma below last year. Either folks were sandbagging in the surveys or they were literally sandbagging and expecting that nothing would be planted in their fields this year.A small part of the difference may be double-crop soybean intentions, which create acres out of thin air and subtract them the same way. With lower winter wheat plantings and lower soy prices you tend to get fewer double-crop beans. That said, prevented planting “plans” or “suspicions” likely account for much of the shortfall.If we plug in 5.5 million prevented planting (PP) acres, our bottom line total for planted, CRP and PP is within 617,000 ma of last year and 2 ma plus from 2017. Is 5.5 ma realistic?My second table shows only 1.9 ma were prevented in 2018, but 6.6 ma were on the sidelines in 2015 and 8.3 ma in 2013. There is a price to pay for claiming prevented planting. The check you get isn’t large compared to what you can make on a good crop, and claims in any kind of insurance tend to raise future premiums. You do it because you have to. If it stays wet, the 5.5 ma for PP could be conservative.Now back to the corn and soybeans. The main questions I got following the acreage report went something like this, “Isn’t that corn number too high? Isn’t it likely to shrink due to prevented planting or switching to soybeans?”Perhaps a little, but not a lot.Here are my reasons:1. The survey was focused on the first 10 days of March, but data was taken up to March 19. If you were in the Western Corn Belt, that period was about as bleak as it gets. You were already being flooded, or you were staring at 20 inches or more of snow that had been there seemingly forever. You weren’t likely to overstate your corn intentions. The soy-to-corn ratio says to grow more corn. Anything below 2.3:1, which we had last fall, says to grow a lot more corn. Ratios below 2.5:1 still suggest a little creep toward corn and away from beans. The market has spent much of 2019 in the 2.3 to 2.4 range.2. A peek at corn planting intentions by state versus a year ago shows higher planned acreage for the entire Corn Belt (except Missouri and Ohio) and also in the Southeast and the Northern Plains. Those with more favorable moisture profiles are also planning to plant more corn. Therefore, Friday’s numbers were fundamentally bearish for corn, but probably not as much as the price movement would have you believe. The low acreage for soybeans wasn’t particularly supportive, because cutting 4.579 ma at 50 bushels per acre only cuts 229 ma from the total supply. Current old-crop ending stocks are expected to be 900 ma. There is plenty of fat there. Yes, a China purchase deal could change that fairly quickly, but the deal isn’t signed yet. As my grandma always said, don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched.Alan Brugler may be reached at [email protected](BE/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

“A Record Breaking 10-10-10” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found Video

first_imgWatch this video to see geocachers from around the world united on 10-10-10 for a record-breaking day.  More geocaching accounts logged caches on 10-10-10 than any other day in geocaching history.  The previous record of 56,654, set on April 18, 2010, was shattered by more than 15,000.  Geocachers recorded video of their adventures and posted the videos on the official Geocaching.com Facebook page.  Join them and Lackeys as they celebrate ten years of geocaching and ten years of Groundspeak on 10-10-10 by getting outside, geocaching and breaking a record.The official final count for accounts logging a cache on 10-10-10 is 78,313.Geocaching on 10-10-10Explore even more geocaching adventures in the Geocaching.com Lost & Found video gallery.  Go along on a SCUBA cache, see a haunted cache in Texas and find out why a U.S. Army bomb disposal technician says geocaching kept him safe in Iraq.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related10/10/10 – Be Part of a Worldwide Geocaching Record AttemptOctober 6, 2010In “Community””Mother says geocaching helps her autistic child” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found VideoOctober 19, 2010In “Community””The Geocaching Year in Review” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found VideoDecember 28, 2010In “Lost & Found Stories”last_img read more