‘A Jurisdiction Of Suspicion’: Kerala High Court Lays Down Guidelines For Detention Under Preventive Detention Laws

first_imgNews Updates’A Jurisdiction Of Suspicion’: Kerala High Court Lays Down Guidelines For Detention Under Preventive Detention Laws Lydia Suzanne Thomas26 April 2021 7:15 AMShare This – x”…if there is a breach of any such provision, the rule of law requires that the detenu must be set at liberty, however wicked or mischievous he may be.”In a detailed judgment, the Kerala High Court recently prescribed safeguards against arbitrary and unjustified invasion of personal liberty in cases of preventive detention. The judgment, pronounced by a Division Bench of Justices AK Jayasankaran Nambiar and Gopinath P, stresses, “…if the detaining authority wants to preventively detain a smuggler, it can certainly do so, but only in accordance with the provisions of the constitution and the law, and if there is a breach of any such provision, the rule of law requires that the detenu must be set at liberty, however wicked or mischievous he may be.” The Bench interpreted the safeguards against preventive detention provided in the constitution when confronted with three habeas corpus petitions challenging detentions under the Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities Act (COFEPOSA). Explaining how the procedural safeguards against preventive detention prescribed by the Constitution were to be interpreted by the High Court in matters relating to preventive detention, the bench remarks, “It is therefore that when an application for a writ of Habeas corpus is filed before us, we feel duty bound to satisfy ourselves that all the safeguards provided by the law have been scrupulously observed, and the citizen is not deprived of his personal liberty otherwise than in accordance with law. While considering such applications, our courts do not follow strict rules of pleading, and often relax the rigour of the evidentiary rules governing burden of proof. The detaining authority, on the other hand, is called upon to place all materials before the court to show that the detention is legal and in conformity with the mandatory provisions of the law authorizing such detention.” Safeguarding liberty against preventive detention law’s jurisdiction of suspicion – How the Court interprets Clauses 4 to 7 of Article 22 At the outset of its judgment, the Bench emphasises that the Constitution has conceded the power of preventive detention under Article 22 of the Constitution. However, Clauses 4 to 7 of the Article provide procedural safeguards against arbitrary and unjustified invasion of personal liberty, it is pointed out. The Court therefore, reads from Clause 4 to highlight that preventive detention law cannot authorise the detention of a person for a period longer than 3 months unless an Advisory Board constituted finds sufficient cause for detention over this period. Another situation drawn by the Court is where the statute concerned expressly provides for a prolonged detention without obtaining the opinion of the Advisory Board. The ‘barest minimum’ safeguard- communicating the grounds of detention to the detenu Describing the communication of the grounds of detention to the detenu as ‘the barest minimum safeguard before detention’, the Court underscores the duty cast upon a detaining authority by Article 22(5) to communicate the grounds of detention to the detenu so as to allow him to make representation against the order. The COFEPOSA mandates communicating the grounds within five days, or fifteen days in ‘exceptional’ circumstances. Laying emphasis on the content of the communication, the judgment urges that the purpose of the communication is to allow the detenu to make representation against the detaining order. The judgment reckons the following as necessary for a communication for preventive detention – The grounds of detention must be furnished in their entiretyAll relevant material relied upon such as documents and statements must be communicated since they form part of the ‘grounds of detention’The detaining authority’s train of thought, starting with the consideration of the offence(s), the opinion that the detenu ought to be detained, the reasons for the opinion The Court explains that the right to be supplied copies of relevant documents flows as a corollary to the right to make a representation against the detention. “If the grounds of detention, as above, were not furnished to the detenu within the time permitted under the law, the continued detention of the detenu would be illegal and void”, the Court says in this respect. Relying on the Supreme Court’s dictum in Amratlal Prajivandas, the Court points out that the gravity and nature of the detenu’s act can be understood only after the detaining authority applies his mind. This application of mind is evidenced by the reasons furnished, the Court goes on to say. “That though ordinarily one act may not be held sufficient to sustain an order of detention, one act may sustain an order of detention if the act is of such a nature as to indicate that it is an organized act or manifestation of organized activity. The gravity and nature of the act is also relevant and the test is whether the act is such that it gives rise to an inference that the person would continue to indulge in similar prejudicial activity. That inference by the detaining authority can be arrived at only after an application of mind as to the nature of the act, which exercise must be apparent from the reasons furnished by him for his decision.” The ‘subjective satisfaction’ of the detaining authority cannot be absolute – has to be backed by reasons and is amenable to judicial reveiew On the question of subjective satisfaction, the judgment reads, “While the statute may express the confidence of the legislature in an authority entrusted with the power to detain a citizen, the principles integral to the rule of law that inform the exercise of judicial review recognise that the subjective satisfaction of the detaining authority cannot be absolute.” Again, while noting that a detaining authority was required to record satisfaction of reasons available to detain a person, the Court lays stress on the reasons that have to be furnished in support of the ‘satisfaction’ so as to legitimise the detention order. “The detaining authority cannot merely state that he is satisfied that the person is required to be detained; he must go further and state the reasons why he came to be so satisfied on the basis of the material available and scrutinized by him. The supply of reasons is what clothes his ‘subjective satisfaction’ with the legitimacy that is required of action designed to deprive a person of his/her fundamental right to personal liberty. In its absence, the detenu does not get an effective right of representation against the detention, or an opportunity to show that there were no valid reasons to support the same”, the Bench elaborates. As an offshoot of this, the Bench holds that the subjective satisfaction of the detaining authority was amenable to judicial review in a habeas corpus petition. When not based on relevant material or not based on reason, the detention order can be set aside, the Court stated. For this the Court would ascertain the existence of relevant material, whether such material was considered, and reasons for subjective satisfaction, and compliance with safeguards against detention. “This (judicial review) is not to say that the court would substitute its opinion for that of the detaining authority or objectively assess the material considered by the said authority. The court would only ascertain as to whether any relevant material existed, on the basis of which the detaining authority could have arrived at his subjective satisfaction through a proper application of mind to the said material”, the Court states. The effect of delay on the detention order An unexplained delay at any stage, the Court explains, vitiates the detention order and entitles a detenu to immediate release. The delays at any stage, be it at the time the detention order is passed, executed or even when the detenu’s representations against the order is presented and considered, would vitiate the detention order. It is therefore for the authority concerned to explain the delay, if any, in disposing the representation, the judgment emphasizes. In that process, it is not enough to say that the delay was very short, the Court states. The test is not the duration of delay, but how it is explained by the authority concerned that is of importance, it was added. At this juncture, the Court inserted a rider stating that a detenu could not use ‘delay’ to challenge the detention order when he/she contributed to the delay by evading arrest. How is a representation against preventive detention is to be made Laying emphasis upon the proposition that the constitutional right to make a representation under Article 22 (5) guarantees the constitutional right to a proper consideration of the representation. The detaining authority, the appropriate government as well as the advisory board are to independently consider the representation of the detenu, the Court said. Distinguishing how the government and the advisory board was to consider any representation against a detention order the Court posited, Government considers whether the detention order is in conformity with the power under the law. The board, considers the representation and the case of the detenu to examine whether there is sufficient cause for the detention. “In that sense, the consideration by the board is an additional safeguard and not a substitute for consideration of the representation by the Government,” the Court explained. Following a discussion of the principles, the Court applied these to the facts of the habeas corpus pleas before it. The lead case was dismissed with the Court holding that the detenu’s act contributed to delay in executing the detention order. The other two connected petitions were allowed on the ground that sufficient reasons for the detention were not provided. Prior to closing its pronouncement, the Court recordS its appreciation to the counsel for their assistance. CASE: Wahida Ashraf v. Union of India and allied cases COUNSEL: Advocate P.A. Augustian, Advocate M.Ajay for the petitioners, Central Government Counsel Jaishankar V. Nair, Suvin R. Menon, Daya Sindhu Sreehari, Government Pleader K.A. Anas, Advocate S. Manu for the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence Click here to download the judgmentTagsCOFEPOSA Preventive Detention Law Justice AK Jayasankaran Nambiar Justice P Gopinath Next Storylast_img read more

Frequentis lands MQ-25 mission control system contract

first_img View post tag: MD-5 Communication and information solutions provider Frequentis has secured a US Navy contract for work on the system that will be in charge of allowing operators to control unmanned aerial systems from aircraft carriers.More specifically, Frequentis has been tapped to provide the IP-based voice communications system for Unmanned Carrier Aviation Mission Control System (UMCS) MD-5 control station.The awarded contract is in support of the MQ-25A program that will develop the US Navy’s first carrier-based unmanned aerial refueling aircraft.UMCS is the system-of-systems required to control the MQ-25A air vehicle. In 2018, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) became the first US Navy aircraft carrier to be fitted with a carrier-based Unmanned Aviation Warfare Center (UAWC) that features the MD-5 control station.“The Frequentis ICS-C2 solution provides integration into an IP infrastructure and meets both security and safety requirements for mission-critical tactical and operational command and control,” said John Wherry, Frequentis Vice President Defense Solutions.The company is expected to be complete work on the contract in March 2021. View post tag: US Navy Photo: US Navy file photo of an MQ-25 View post tag: UMCS View post tag: Frequentis Share this articlelast_img read more

In my world

first_imgJo Fairley is co-owner of Judges organic bakery and grocery shop in Hastings and co-founded and sold Green & Black’s chocolate firm, with hubby Craig SamsWhatever your politics, there can hardly have been a small business in the land that didn’t give three cheers upon hearing that the new Con-Dem government plans to do away with a lot of the red tape we all have to endure at the moment. Quite how they’ll manage it, none of us is certain but I’m sure I’m not alone in hoping that the form-filling and constant checks that need to be carried out in the course of an average day are dramatically reduced.I do agree, of course, that customer safety is of paramount importance. But red tape seems to have taken over where common sense left off. Let’s look at the checks we have to do, for instance, on our freezers and our chiller cabinets. Judges is also a one-stop shop selling everything from milk to lettuces via wine and cheese. So, in the shop, we have four fridges and two deep freezes. ’Backstage’, we have five freezers and six chiller cabinets our sourdoughs are space-hungry while they take their 24 hours to riseOur local Environmental Health Officer a very pleasant chap, as it happens, and a customer, too insists that we take a temperature measurement of every single one of these chillers. Not once a day, not twice, but three times, with the temperatures noted on a chart. This takes one of my staff around 20 minutes, morning, noon and early evening before we shut up shop. At £6 an hour, I’m paying £42 a week, or £2,184 a year for that task alone and that’s the tip of the (carefully temperature-monitored) iceberg.We have HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Path) analyses to do, with flow-charts to produce accordingly. We have fire alarm checks, health and safety inspections and whole ring binders full of record-keeping, not to mention a requirement to send everyone to retake a Food Hygiene exam every three years. That’s another day out of the business all so that someone who has been safely working with food day-in and day-out for 36 months can renew their piece of paper. Wouldn’t it make more sense and cost the government a lot less money if they could self-certify, after that three-year period?Of course I don’t want to poison anyone, or injure them. I never forget a chilling story a friend told me when I announced we were taking over the bakery an incident many years beforehand which had put her off shopping there. Upon getting a custard tart home from the shop, my friend found a paperclip in it. Returning it to the bakery, the sales assistant took one look and commented: “Well, it can’t have happened here. We don’t use paperclips.”Obviously there have been some strides made on customer service at Judges since then, not to mention a major tightening-up of what is and isn’t allowed in the bakery area no glass, no paperclips, no un-netted hair in order to ensure that nothing like that ever happens again.Actually, what annoys me is that a lot of the red tape we face at the ’front end’ in baking and retail is to make up for the bad practices that go on with meat production, for instance, or the dairy industry think listeria, salmonella, etc. We have to make sure that what we’re doing eliminates the risk of contaminated food harming the public, because we’re the final interface with the customer, even if those pathogens were introduced way back in the food chain. A lot of the rest of the red tape, however, is simply because we’ve had too many bureaucrats sitting around in Whitehall, apparently with nothing better to do than make it almost impossible for bakers and shopkeepers to cut through that tape and get on with what we’re good at: feeding the nation, not filling in endless forms and charts.Dave ’n’ Nick, we’re all ears.last_img read more

First ‘Covid-19-free’ Lufthansa flight takes off in Germany | News

first_imgAll passengers onboard had previously tested negative for Covid-19. Once the test was completed, customers received their test results via push message and e-mail. All test results on the second daily flight, LH2059 from Hamburg to Munich, were also negative.- Advertisement – Alternatively, passengers can present a negative PCR test taken no later than 48 hours prior to departure. Lufthansa takes care of the complete rapid test procedure. There are no extra costs for the passenger. All they have to do is register in advance and allow a little more time before departure.Ola Hansson, chief executive of Lufthansa Hub Munich, explained “We want to again expand the worldwide travel options for our customers while maintaining the highest hygiene and safety standards. “Successful testing of entire flights can be an important key to this. “With the test flights we have successfully launched today, we are gaining important knowledge and experience in handling rapid tests.” In close cooperation with the Munich and Hamburg airports as well as with the biotech companies Centogene and the Medicover Group’s medical care centre, MVZ Martinsried, the airline offers its customers the opportunity to be tested for Covid-19 free of charge before departure of the two daily flights. Passengers who do not wish to be tested will be transferred to an alternative flight at no additional cost. Only if the result is negative, the boarding pass will be activated and access to the gate will be granted. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – NewerMilestone Hotel launches new Royal Afternoon Tea The first ‘negative only’ Lufthansa flight has taken off for Hamburg headed for Munich. LH2058, which left Munich at 09:10, marked the start of Covid-19 antigen rapid testing on two daily flights between the two German cities. – Advertisement – OlderQatar Airways adds new destinations to global networklast_img read more

Battleship New Jersey Announces Appointment of Azzolina Jr. to Board

first_imgThe board of the Home Port Alliance (HPA) for the USS New Jersey, America’s most decorated battleship, appointed Joseph Azzolina Jr. to its board of trustees.“Today is truly a historic day for the Home Port Alliance and the Battleship New Jersey,” said Rodney Sadler, chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Battleship. “We have added an outstanding trustee, who will carry on the legacy of his father, captain Joseph Azzolina, former state senator/assemblyman who served on the New Jersey and was a key player in the effort to bring her back to her home state. Joe wants to continue the preservation and maintenance of the Battleship New Jersey as a legacy to his father’s relentless efforts on her behalf.”Azzolina said, “To follow in the footsteps of my father on the board of trustees for this great battleship is truly an honor. I look forward to continue the work that the board, staff and volunteers of the battleship have accomplished and to further expand the mission of this museum and memorial.”Azzolina, currently vice president of Food Circus Super Markets, based in Middletown, formerly served as a board member of the USS Battleship New Jersey Foundation.“Joe brings strong business and strategic planning experience, strengthens our relationship with the state, and opens some important doors for partners and supporters in Central and Northern New Jersey,” said Phil Rowan, executive director of the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial, who made the announcement.Opened to the public as a floating museum in October 2001, the Battleship New Jersey has undergone extensive restoration efforts, bringing history to life for visitors during daily guided tours of the Iowa-class ship ­– one of the largest battleships ever built – throughout its nine decks. A living testament to all of the brave men and women who have fought, and still fight for American freedom, The Battleship New Jersey has become an integral part of the revitalization of the Camden waterfront.The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial offers guided and audio tours daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day. Families can spend a unique overnight adventure aboard the battleship. The award-winning Overnight Encampment Program offers families, Scouts, and youth organizations the chance to experience a night on board the ship. Guests enjoy dinner and breakfast served from the crew’s galley, a ride on the 4D Flight Simulator, a tour of the ship and the chance to sleep in the bunks once used by the crew of the USS New Jersey.Additional information about the ship is available by calling 866-877-6262 or 856-966-1652 or by visiting www.battleshipnewjersey.org.last_img read more

Bombers heading on back to Provincial Girl’s Soccer Championships

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers are heading back to take another crack at a provincial title.The Bombers dumped David Thompson Lakers of Invermere 3-0 in the final of the Kootenay Zone AA Girl’s Soccer Championships Thursday afternoon in Creston. LVR now travels to Vancouver to represent the Kootenay zone at the BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships May 27-30. The tournament is hosted by Crofton House.LVR put the game away minutes into the contest, surprising the East Kootenay squad with three goals.Sniper Naomi Perkins scored twice while Abbie Bourchier-Willans added a single to give the Bombers the commanding lead.Keeper Hanna Quinn was solid between the pipes to register the shutout. The clean sheet was the second time in as many games Quinn kept the opposition off the scoresheet.Wednesday, in semi final action against J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail, Quinn posted a 2-0 shutout behind a pair of goals by Perkins.LVR returns to the provincials after finishing ninth during the 2014 campaign.last_img read more

IRL down to its lone engine?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Indy Racing League might be making its final appearance at California Speedway on Sunday. The Fontana track, site of the IRL season finale the past two years, was not included on the 2006 schedule. If and when the IRL does come back to California Speedway, there’s a good possibility Honda might be the only engine manufacturer in the series. It’s a scenario Robert Clarke, president of Honda Performance Development, is reluctantly anticipating. Chevrolet is leaving the series at the conclusion of the 2005 season. Toyota will be leaving after the 2006 season. Both engine manufacturers have highly competitive NASCAR engine programs. Part of their reasons for leaving the IRL is to concentrate on NASCAR. That would leave Honda as the lone engine provider for perhaps as many as 25 drivers in the IRL. It could be as many as 33 drivers for the Indianapolis 500, the highest-profile race in the series. “For all we know right now, we will be the sole supplier,” said Clarke, who oversees the operations of the research and development facility in Santa Clarita for all of the Honda-powered teams. “Moving forward, we feel it’s very important because the series from our point of view is actually showing some improvement in popularity with Danica Patrick. It’s definitely getting more exposure than it has during the three years we’ve been involved with the series. For them to leave right when it’s doing particularly well, it’s very unfortunate because it kind of puts a negative spin on many things.” Clarke would rather see Toyota or Chevrolet stay. Not so much to share the success the IRL has recently discovered with Patrick, the only woman in the series who drives for the Honda-powered Rahal Letterman Racing team. Clarke said Honda would like to have at least one other engine manufacturer with which to compete. “We’re not looking to leave or we’re not looking for any excuse or reason to leave,” Clarke said. “Many of the objectives we have for being involved in racing are centered around competition. The fact that we may not have competition is something that’s concerning to us and something we will have to ultimately come to grips with as we want to proceed.” Although unlikely, lack of competition could also drive Honda away from the IRL, Clarke said. One of those directions is to NASCAR, following Toyota, which made its debut this year in the Craftsman Truck Series and will join the ranks of the Nextel Cup Series in 2008. “We look at anything and everything all the time,” Clarke said. “It’s kind of an ongoing process to keep an eye on all the racing series and what they’re doing.” Clarke did not say Honda is looking specifically to move into NASCAR, but he did say branching out into another racing series is a possibility. “From the beginning of HPD, we’ve always been focused on one singular program,” Clarke said. “First that was CART. Now it’s the IRL. But going forward, with the resources that we have, we’re looking at diversifying into more than just one series.” Before that day comes, though, Clarke would like to see another engine manufacturer join the IRL. Apparently in an uncharacteristic move, the IRL has openly solicited engine manufacturers to join. Even though the IRL has only been around since 1996, it has never had to ask engine suppliers to join the league. “In the past, it just happened,” Clarke said. “They have not solicited or recruited manufacturers. They just come. I know that was in our case. But I also know that recently the IRL has sent out solicitation letters to manufacturers trying to get their interest in coming to the series to participate.” And the invitation was not well received. “They either didn’t get a response or the response was no,” Clarke said. The future is very uncertain for Honda and the IRL. At a time when the IRL is generating a new-found audience, it’s losing two of its strongest supporters: Toyota and Chevrolet. Plus, it’s putting a tremendous burden of one of its strongest assets: Honda. Clarke said given time, Honda will have the resources and the capability to provide the IRL with as many engines as it needs. It looks like Honda has decided to remain committed to the IRL even under the most adverse of circumstances. “We’re in it already,” Clarke said. “All I can say, it’s being strongly considered that we do stay and that we do our best to help the series, to help it grow and make it better so ultimately more manufacturers are lured to it.” Tim Haddock covers motor sports for the Daily News. He can be reached at (818) 713-3715 or [email protected] INDY RACING LEAGUE Toyota Indy 400 Site: Fontana. Schedule: Saturday, qualifying, 3 p.m.; Sunday, race (ESPN, 12:30 p.m.). Track: California Speedway (D-shaped oval, 2 miles, 14 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 400 miles, 200 laps. On the Net: www.indyracingleague.com NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES UAW-GM Quality 500 Site: Concord, N.C. Schedule: Today, qualifying (Speed Channel, 47 p.m.); Saturday, race (NBC, 4 p.m.). Track: Lowe’s Motor Speedway (quad-oval, 1.5 miles, 24 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 500 miles, 334 laps. Next race: Subway 500, Oct. 23, Martinsville, Va. On the Net: www.nascar.com NASCAR BUSCH SERIES Dollar General 300 Site: Concord, N.C. Schedule: Friday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 11:30 a.m.), race (TNT, 5 p.m.). Track: Lowe’s Motor Speedway (quad-oval, 1.5 miles, 24 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 300 miles, 200 laps. Next race: Sam’s Town 250, Oct. 22, Memphis, Tenn. FORMULA ONE Chinese Grand Prix Site: Shanghai. Schedule: Friday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 10 p.m.); Saturday, race (Speed Channel, 10:30 p.m.). Track: Shanghai International Circuit (road course, 3.387 miles, 16 turns). Race distance: 189.672 miles, 56 laps. On the Net: www.formula1.com 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

Dragonfly Inspires Hi-Tech Hovercraft for Mars

first_imgExclusive  Dragonflies possess not only compound eyes like other insects, but additional “simple” eyes called ocelli (sing., ocellum) with full-field retinas like mammalian eyes.  These function as a “horizon sensor/attitude reference system,” according to an engineer trying to copy it.  In an engineering project supported by the military and aerospace, Dr. Jaavan Chahla and an Australian team have built mechanical ocelli that allow small drone planes and helicopters to mimic the dragonfly’s ability to achieve low-altitude flight without hitting obstacles.  In a presentation at JPL August 13, he showed film clips of flight tests that apply the dragonfly’s processing of “optical flow”, the information that comes from a shifting angles of light as you move.  Since this is not dependent on heavy inertial guidance systems, magnetic compasses or other flight technologies, it permits the development of low-mass flight hardware suitable for Mars, which has no useful magnetic field.    Commenting on the dragonfly’s abilities, Chahla stated that it (and other insects) are able to process huge amounts of data with 8-19 millisecond response – a volume of data man-made sensors have trouble managing.  Yet they do it with a tiny brain with 0.01% the neurons in a human brain.  All insects rely on optical flow sensing, he said.  It’s a useful sense, because as a passive response system, it does not depend on echoes or transmissions, as with radar, and also is independent of wind motion.  Another inherent problem with horizon sensors is failure when the sun falls into the field of view.  The dragonfly has overcome this failure mode using multispectral processing in the green and UV bands.    Insects also have rapid ability to “self-bootstrap” or respond quickly to new information, for instance when released into the open from a dark enclosure.  This has been a challenge for humans to emulate.  Another challenge has been hovering in place.  Optical flow sensing is easier in a moving environment, but more difficult when the horizon is stationary.  Chahla showed a film clip of a dragonfly hovering next to a blade of grass moving in the wind.  The dragonfly’s motion tracked the movement of the grass almost instantaneously.  Having worked with model helicopters, Chahla seemed particularly impressed with that ability.    An abstract of an earlier paper by Chahla et al. is available on Journal of Robotic Systems.  A diagram (PDF format) of a dragonfly head with ocelli can be found at University of California Press.The simplest, ordinary things in the garden or out on a nature walk are really extraordinary when you look at them in detail.  No one respects nature’s abilities more than a human engineer who has tried to figure it out and reverse engineer them.  When our brightest designers can barely keep up with the observed specifications in the insect world, are we to honestly believe that blind, undirected natural laws achieved these natural abilities without a Designing intelligence?(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Report bullish, traders shocked

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Report day before the 31st, really? What happened?Corn and soybean acres are both bullish and less than expected with soybeans starting with “8.” Corn was 88.0 million acres and soybeans 88.9 million acres. Traders were most surprised as corn was up 11 cents, soybeans up 24 cents and wheat up 4 cents shortly after the report. Corn and soybean stocks were above expected with wheat stocks neutral.Today’s reports may not be on the minds of all producers today. It’s not that some are forgetting about the planting or grain stocks reports. Today is March 29. Many think of March 31 as a big day with the Planting Intentions Report. This year March 31 is a Saturday and the markets are not trading on March 30 with the Good Friday holiday. So here we are, ready or not.This report reveals U.S. 2018 planting intentions for major crops and U.S. grain stocks. It is not about production outside the U.S. or ending stocks. Implications will be quickly scratched out using projected acres and trend line yields to get a grasp of potential production in 2018.Today USDA estimated corn at 88.0 million acres, soybeans 88.9 million acres, all wheat 47.3   million acres, spring wheat 12.6 million acres, and cotton 13.4 million acres. Corn stocks were 8.888 billion bushels, soybean stocks were 2.107 billion bushels, and wheat stocks at 1.494 billion bushels.Prior to the report corn was up 1 cent, soybeans down 4 cents, and wheat was down 3 cents.This week trader estimates had corn acres at 89.4 million acres, soybean acres 91.0 million acres, all wheat 46.3 million acres, winter wheat 32.5 million acres, other spring wheat 11.4 million acres, and cotton at 13.2 million acres. Realizing other spring wheat and cotton are at the bottom of the list in raw numbers is easily misleading. These last two while at the bottom of the list could have a big bearing on keeping the soybean acres below what some had expected. Cotton acres will be above that of last year, it is just a matter of how much. The range for soybean acres is 89.9 to 92.6 million acres. For perspective, last year the U.S. had 90.16 million acres, soybeans 90.14 million acres, with cotton at 12.6 million acres.The Midwest is not seeing any kind of major planting taking place with the weather conditions seen the past three weeks. Southern Illinois is wet with the two week forecast showing rain every three days. Bearish soybean numbers from the report day have been noted this past week.The market will quickly return to weather and planting conditions. While there has been plenty of talk about China and their retaliatory efforts, early talks point out that soybeans are off their list of actions against the U.S. Keep your eye on the ball!last_img read more

Double duty for water polo stars: Canete, Anota fielded in open water swim

first_imgGilas Pilipinas motivated amid pressure to deliver SEA Games gold LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Photo from Kuala Lumpur SEA Games Website.KUALA LUMPUR—The country’s bets in the men’s open water swimming happen to be water polo players, too.Teodoro Roy Canete and Mico Anota will comprise the men’s team to the 10-kilometer competition to be held Friday morning at Water Sports Complex in Presint 6, Putrajaya.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Read Next Swimming in Philippine women’s side in the competition to be held in the famed river are Melissa Gray Courtney and Erica Kristy Lukang.Canete and Anota are top scorers for the water polo team which will have a break from competition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more