Russia: Construction of Muchke Bay Terminal Begins

first_imgThe construction of a dedicated coal terminal started on the coast of the Tatar Strait in the far east on December 11, 2013.The builders of the SK MOST Group of Companies have excavated about 700,000 cubic meters of soil as part of the area grading for building a dedicated coal terminal in the Muchke Bay near the town of Vanino.The project customer is LLC Sakhtrans, and OJSC USK MOST is the contractor. The preparatory work as part of the first phase of the construction project aimed at building a dedicated coal terminal in the Muchke Bay, Vanino District of the Khabarovsk Region started in July this year.Currently, the work sites and access roads were put in place on the coast of the Tatar Strait; rock and crushed stone were placed in the motorway bed; a view point was paved with concrete, and grading of the area with a footprint of about 200 hectares is underway.The construction of a dedicated modern coal and iron ore concentrate transshipment terminal on the Pacific coast of Russia is scheduled for the years 2013-2016. The projected annual capacity of the terminal is 10-12 million metric tons, with an expansion potential to 27 million metric tons.[mappress]Press Release, December 23, 2013last_img read more

Dairy Margin Coverage: Updates, outlooks and more

first_imgThe USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) continues to update 2019 Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) enrollment numbers, and dairy producers have about seven more weeks to sign up for 2020 participation. As of Oct. 21, 22,873 dairy operations had signed up for 2019. That number represents about 81.5% of dairy operations with established milk production history and 82.1% of annual milk production (about 175.4 million pounds).advertisementadvertisementTotal DMC 2019 indemnity payments for those enrolled as of Oct. 21 were estimated at about $305.8 million, averaging $13,369 per operation.The deadline to enroll in DMC for 2020 is Dec. 13, 2019, at local USDA FSA offices. All producers who want 2020 coverage – even those who took advantage of the 25% premium discount by locking in the coverage level for five years of margin protection coverage – are required to visit the office during this sign-up period to pay the annual administrative fee.Dairy operations participating in the 2019 program who had an intergenerational transfer between 2014 and 2019 have until Dec. 6, 2019, to take advantage of a one-time opportunity to increase their established production history during the 2019 and 2020 annual coverage election periods. Retroactive payments based on the increased production history will apply for 2019 and not prior years.The USDA recently provided guidance to state and county FSA offices administering DMC contracts involving dairy farms enrolled in the program which go out of business.Under DMC, dairy operations selecting coverage for the entire five-year length of the program (Jan. 1, 2019, through Dec. 21, 2023) and receiving the 25% premium discount are required to participate for the full five-year period.advertisementThe notice provides partial-year contract guidance on dairy operations dissolved due to a death or disaster, and those dissolved less or greater than 30 days after enrollment.Under the guidance, dairy operations enrolled in 2019 DMC with lock-in coverage and a dissolution that occurred after enrollment because of death or a disaster event that occurred and prevented the operation from functioning remain eligible for the 25% discount from the dates the dairy operation commercially marketed milk, regardless of the number of calendar days between enrollment and date of dissolution.For more information on enrolling in DMC and taking advantage of an online dairy decision tool that assists producers in selecting coverage for 2020, visit the DMC webpage.A recent National Milk Producers Federation Dairy Defined podcast also provides some information for producers making DMC enrollment decisions.Dairy margins start October strongerWith the weather-related uncertainty regarding the 2019 corn harvest and questions still lingering over the potential soybean price impacts of trade agreements, markets are in a state of flux.Markets can and probably will change, but current conditions indicate dairy income margins could remain above the highest DMC payment trigger level ($9.50 per hundredweight [cwt]) for the foreseeable future.advertisementThe September 2019 DMC national average margin (and any potential indemnity payments) will be announced Oct. 31. As of Oct. 21, milk futures and feed price estimates show margins calculated using the DMC formula will surpass $10 per cwt in September, peak above $11 per cwt in October-December and then fall back to $9.50 to $10 per cwt through the first half of 2020.According to Commodity & Ingredient Hedging LLC, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Class III milk futures were mostly higher in the first half of October. Combined with steady feed costs, margins in the fourth quarter of 2019 are approaching the 95th percentile of historical profitability within the last decade; margins in the first and second quarter of 2020 are above the 85th percentiles.In his monthly “Protecting Your Profits” conference call, Oct. 23, Zach Myers, risk education manager with Pennsylvania’s Center for Dairy Excellence, noted current October 2019-September 2020 Class III milk futures prices average about $17.55 per cwt, nearly $2 higher than the five-year average. October 2019-September 2020 Class IV milk futures prices average $17.26 per cwt, about $2.40 higher than the five-year average.   Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairyEmail Dave [email protected]last_img read more

Kipchoge, Bekele fight to stay fit as London Marathon remains in limbo

first_imgLONDON, (Reuters) – Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele should have spent this week finalising their preparations for the London Marathon but the two best distance runners in history are instead out alone on the trails of East Africa not knowing when they will race again. Sunday’s planned showdown between the only two men to have gone under two hours, two minutes for the classic distance was an early victim of the coronavirus pandemic.Eliud KipchogeAlthough the race has been rescheduled for Oct. 4, it is far from certain if it will take place, in what form and whether the two superstars will be on the start line if it does.“It would have been our 40th race and we think it would have been an incredible day,” London Marathon race director Hugh Brasher told a teleconference on Friday. “We hope we can welcome them back in October but at this stage we just don’t know what is going to happen.“We have to look at it in totality, with three quarters of a million spectators, the medical side, the charities — we are looking at probably 10 scenarios, and they are changing all the time,” said Brasher.He added that staging an “elite-only” race, as run in Tokyo last month, was one of those options. September’s Berlin Marathon has been cancelled and Brasher said, without revealing details, that he was in regular discussions with other major race directors where some “radical ideas” were being evaluated.Brasher said last year’s London Marathon raised over 66 million pounds ($81.34 million) for charity.In an attempt to help plug an estimated four billion pounds hole in charity fundraising across all events this year, it has helped set up the 2.6 Challenge where athletes, celebrities and the public are doing their own fundraising activities. BEST RACEFor athletics fans, however, it is the absence of what Kipchoge said “could have been the best race ever” that will be leaving them feeling particularly hollow this Sunday morning.Kenya’s Kipchoge, the first man to run a sub-two hour marathon, in an unofficial race, is the defending champion and would have been chasing a record fifth London title. Bekele, from Ethiopia, still holds the world records over 5,000 and 10,000 metres and last year got within two seconds of Kipchoge’s 2:01:39 official marathon best.Now, instead of being the focus of the world’s sporting attention when “something special might have happened” according to Bekele, they, like millions of others, are doing their best to stay fit and keep their spirits up during lockdown.“Training alone affects my physical and mental state,” Kipchoge told the teleconference from his home in Eldoret. “Physically I’m training to make sure I’m fit but with a team you train to be in your best-ever shape.“Mentally, running alone, thinking alone, for an hour you can start feeling tired. I have been with a team for the last 15 years and this is really crazy for me and not comfortable at all.” Bekele agreed. “It’s not nice to run alone and it’s not possible to run together here in Ethiopia so it’s really difficult to prepare well,” he said. “I’m praying this will be all over soon.”In the wake of another Kenyan doping case last week, when 2017 London Marathon winner Daniel Wanjiru was provisionally suspended, there has been concern that the coronavirus lockdown, would present a “window of opportunity” for potential dopers in a country with a wretched recent record.Kipchoge, however, said he had confidence in the agencies involved. “Two weeks ago I was tested at home – following social distancing rules,” he said. “The testers have passes to allow them to move around so I don’t think it will be a problem.”last_img read more

Mike Tyson explains to Deontay Wilder what he needs to do to beat Tyson Fury in trilogy bout

first_img DayZ Amazing Mods ~ More Cars, More Guns, More Gore! Best caption wins🏆 Credit @4×4 Football player touch female referee s breast! Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uk Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 MIKE TYSON has told Deontay Wilder how to beat Tyson Fury in their trilogy clash.The Gypsy King battered the Bronze Bomber in their February bout leaving many wondering why Wilder is bothering with fight number three.Mike Tyson has told Denotay Wilder how to beat Tyson Fury in their trilogy fightWilder was battered by Fury in their February bout but Iron Mike has not written him off just yetBut Iron Mike is convinced the Alabama power puncher still has a chance.Speaking in an Instagram interview with rapper Fat Joe, Tyson said: “Listen, he didn’t fight the same fight he fought the first fight.“The first fight he fought with confidence like he could win. The second fight he fought like he didn’t have no zest, no life in him.“I just don’t think he was the same fighter after the first fight. He couldn’t rise to that occasion again.”Pressed on whether he expected another walk over from Fury, Tyson replied: “No there’s always a chance. Everyone always has a chance.The Gypsy King won by TKO in the seventh round in February“It just depends on how much they want to give in to it. If he wants to dedicate his life to really winning this fight, anything can happen. “Wilder can still make a lot of money. He shouldn’t feel sad or discouraged. He should continue to go out there and fight with a lot of zest and confidence.“He’s feeling like he’s given up, ‘Oh my life is over, I made £72million so far but my life is over, oh lord, oh God, I wanna die’.“Grow up man, let’s just keep going through this until it’s really over.”Tyson Fury’s first name was inspired by Iron Mike and asked for his thoughts on his namesake, the elder Tyson added: “His father named him after me.“How the fact somebody can name someone after you and this guy becomes heavyweight champion.“He just wanted to name him to be a tough guy.“He’s really different, 6ft 10in but really elusive, he’s a boxer and, man, I just wish him the best of luck.”Earlier this year, Mike Tyson revealed his sick past of paying for orgies and having sex with “everybody”.And he also said his dream fight would have been against Floyd Mayweather Jr who he would have “fought dirty” against. center_img Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Animals are so funny that you can die of laughterlast_img read more

Robbie Neilson hits back at critics accusing Hearts of diving

first_imgHearts boss Robbie Neilson has hit back at suggestions his team are diving in games – saying the accusations are only because of their strong form in the league.Tony Watt was booked for simulation against Hamilton, while Sam Nicholson was accused of conning referee Craig Thomson to win a second half penalty in the same match.Those incidents came after Jamie Walker was retrospectively banned for two games for diving against Celtic on the opening weekend of the season.But Neilson denies Hearts are gaining a reputation for going down too easily, saying the number of penalty box incidents are down to his team’s attacking intent. He said: “We are a team, especially at Tynecastle, who dominates possession and, with the style of football we play, we have more shots and more penalty-box entries than anyone else in the Premiership.“So we are going to get in situations where we’re one v one with players and opposition players are going to make mistakes with their tackles, so there will be penalties in the games we play.“We just hope the referees aren’t looking back and seeing instances in the past.“We believe we have a good team here – an entertaining team – who are going to go by players in the box.” Asked to explain why he felt Hearts had gathered such attention, Neilson said: “When you win games people are always going to have a nibble at you.“We’ve gone in the space of two or three weeks from being called big physical, aggressive players to now being lightweight and falling down in the box.“So which are we?“That’s what happens when you win football matches.“People ask, ‘Why are they beating us? Why are they sitting second in the league?’“The reason is that we’ve got a good team with good players who get themselves in positions to put people under pressure.”last_img read more