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Soyabean and corn planting surges in US

Thursday, June 30th, 2016:

A spring grain rally has prompted US farmers to plant more corn and soyabeans, raising the prospect of a supply deluge at the end of the year. A record 83.7m acres (33.9m hectares) of soyabeans will be planted this year, with farmers seeding the most ever in states such as Minnesota, North Dakota and Ohio, the government said on Thursday. Corn acreage will total 94.1m acres, up 7 per cent from last year and the fourth highest in US history. More On this topic IN Commodities The planting spree comes despite relatively low grain prices that have pinched farmers’ incomes. […] Read More →

Philippine mining set for bumpy ride under Duterte administration

Thursday, June 30th, 2016:

MANILA: After the Philippines became the top supplier of nickel ore to China in the last two years, its struggling mining industry may have felt like it was turning a corner. But hope in the industry of getting an easier ride exploiting minerals in a country with a strong anti-mining lobby now looks misplaced with the new administration of President Rodrigo Duterte sending tough messages on mining. Duterte has warned that he could cancel mining projects causing environmental harm, though he told business leaders last week that he was not against mining per se. “But in making money out of […] Read More →

Review: Bruce Conner’s Darkness That Defies Authority

Thursday, June 30th, 2016:

None of this is subtle, but it is fast-moving and riveting. Conner would set a more rapid pace in the brilliantly edited “Breakaway” (1966), an amphetamine-fueled music-video precursor that focuses on the dancing and singing of Toni Basil. At the other extreme is the majestic “Crossroads,” a 37-minute film from 1976, set to musical compositions by Patrick Gleeson and Terry Riley. It consists mainly of declassified government footage of the 1946 Bikini Atoll nuclear test (a lavishly documented event that involved 700 cameras and 500 camera operators). Conner’s hypnotic rendition suspends the viewer between pleasure and horror. Photo “Inkblot Drawing” […] Read More →

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