Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.com August milk prices riseAugust 2017’s U.S. average milk price of $18 per hundredweight (cwt) was up 70 cents from July and up 80 cents compared to August 2016, according to the USDA’s monthly Ag Prices report. The January-August 2017 average of $17.56 per cwt is $1.96 more than the same period a year earlier.advertisementadvertisementAmong individual major states (Table 1), Minnesota (up $1.20), Oregon, South Dakota and Wisconsin (all up $1.10) and Kansas (up $1) saw the largest increases compared to July.Compared to a year earlier, August 2017 milk prices were up $2.30 in Florida and $2 in Pennsylvania, and $1.30 or more per cwt in Arizona, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Vermont, Virginia and Washington. MPP-Dairy margin improvedCombined with lower feed costs, the higher milk price improved U.S. average income margins for August, at least according to MPP-Dairy calculations.The U.S. average price for corn received by growers was down 22 cents from July, to $3.27 per bushel. At $301.05, soybean meal was down $25 per ton. Alfalfa hay averaged $147 per ton, down $5 from July. The overall feed cost was $7.73 per cwt of milk sold, down 49 cents from July (Table 2) and the lowest since December 2016.advertisementSubtracted from the average milk price, the August MPP-Dairy income margin was $10.27 per cwt, up $1.19 from July.The August MPP-Dairy calculations are the second half of two-month factors used to determine potential payments for the July-August pay period. The July-August margin averaged $9.67 per cwt, well above any MPP-Dairy indemnity payment triggers.Based on milk and feed futures prices as of Sept. 29, the Program on Dairy Markets and Policy projected monthly MPP-Dairy margins to start a steady decline through May 2018, bottoming out at about $8.50 per cwt in April and May. Although conditions may change, those margins are well above MPP-Dairy indemnity payment triggers.Read also: Weekly Digest: MPP-Dairy late filing a ‘black swan’ optionAugust cull cow prices dipWith heavier slaughter rates, U.S. average cull cow prices declined.advertisementAugust 2017 cull cow prices (beef and dairy combined) averaged $76.30 per cwt, down $1 from July and $4.30 per cwt less than August 2016. Year-to-date, the cull cow price average is $71.75 per cwt, down $7.72 from January-August 2016.New global milk price cycle starting in 2018The International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN) held its 15th annual “supporter conference ” to analyze the world dairy market and look ahead to milk price developments for 2018. The short-term outlook isn’t bright.According to a conference summary, the global dairy industry is headed for another “cycle” in 2018, and prices will trend downward unless there’s a strong increase in milk demand.IFCM identified five world price cycles – of different lengths and price impacts – since 2006. After starting at the low end of the global milk price cycle in 2006, prices peaked in late 2007 before declining and bottoming out in much of 2009. Minor price peaks were established intermittently in 2010 and 2011 before hitting another valley in mid-2012. Prices peaked again in 2013-2014 before entering another lengthy slide through mid-2016. A mid-2017 peak was well below previous highs, and prices have been trending downward since then.A key driver in all cycles is how and how long milk supplies react to price changes, according to Łukasz Wyrzykowski, IFCN data analysts. “Overall, it takes 3 to 12 months from a price signal on the world market to a change in milk supply growth,” Wyrzykowski said.“We are living in a complex and fast-changing dairy world,” said IFCN managing director Torsten Hemme. “The milk price will remain volatile, but is not a fully unknown factor. All cycles are following patterns, so does the milk price and with it the delay in supply response. Be ready for the next cycle with its ups and downs.”The conference, held Sept. 19-21 in Switzerland, brought together about 100 representatives from 80 international businesses, primarily dairy processors.In addition to previewing the current and future global dairy situation, attendees also discussed “what makes a dairy region successful?”Participants identified natural, market and political factors as main drivers in the past. In the future, new technology and social issues – especially related to consumer acceptance – will play a bigger role.Visit IFCN for more on global dairy prices. We’re into the fourth quarter of 2017. Looking back to late summer, August might have provided the high point for prices and margins.
[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Gilas bows to Iran in FIBA Asia Champions Cup ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – Chooks-To-Go Gilas Pilipinas lost to Petrochimi of Iran 66-87 in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup on Tuesday night at the Chenzhou Sports Complex in China.Its defeat caused the Philippines to slide to third place in Group A (2-2) and face Group B leader Kashgar team of China – led by Gilas naturalized center Andray Blatche – in a knockout quarterfinal game tonight. Gilas had a solid start in the opening quarter behind Ilonggo Kiefer Ravena, who tallied 7 points that period, and American reinforcement Isaiah Austin only to trail 14-16.Petrochimi widened the lead in the second quarter with American import Willie Warren draining four 3-point baskets for 43-29 at halftime.Gilas tried to make a run early in the third quarter on inside hits by Austin but 3-point conversions from Iran, led by Sajjad Mashayekhi and Behnam Yakhchali, allowed the latter to further widen the lead 61-45.The Philippines showed some life in the fourth as hits by Ravena, Jeron Teng and Norbert Torres cut the deficit 66-56 but a counter-run by Warren and Yakhchali restored a 20-point advantage for the Iranians.Warren, who had stints with Los Angeles Clippers in NBA, finished with 30 points while Mashayekhi and Yakhchali contributed 15 and 12 points, respectively, for Iran.For Gilas, Austin and Ravena finished with 20 points apiece./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]
Petron Blaze Spikers’ Hillary Hurley (center) scores over the defense of Foton Tornadoes’ Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Christine Joy Rosario. TIEBREAKER TIMES [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Petron rallies past Foton in Superliga Grand Prix’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’18’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=” av-medium-font-size-title=” av-small-font-size-title=” av-mini-font-size-title=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]Monday, March 12, 2018[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”] Petron Blaze Spikers’ Hillary Hurley (center) scores over the defense of Foton Tornadoes’ Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Christine Joy Rosario. TIEBREAKER TIMESMANILA – Petron Blaze Spikers recovered from a slow start to score 14-25, 25-16, 22-25, 25-18, 15-13 over Foton Tornadoes in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix on Saturday night at the Santa Rosa Sports Center in Laguna.Hillary Hurley led the way with 21 points, on 19 attacks and two blocks, while fellow import Lindsay Stalzer added 17 markers, on 11 kills, three blocks and three aces, for Blaze Spikers (6-0).Tornadoes were so close to dealing Blaze Spikers its first loss after taking a 2-1 set advantage but the latter turned to Stalzer and Hurley in the fourth frame to force a fifth set.With Stalzer at the firing end, Blaze Spikers raced to an 8-4 advantage in the early stretch of the fifth set, but Brooke Kranda and Tornadoes responded with consecutive points to tie the count at 9.Blaze Spikers moved closer to the win 14-11 on hits by Mary Remy Palma and Rhea Dimaculangan. Tornadoes made its last push 13-14 before Stalzer delivered a beautiful place shot from the right flank to seal the victory for Petron.“I think tonight we did great,” Hurley said. “This is a perfect opportunity for us to learn because we haven’t been to a five-setter and any pressure moment yet so I’m really proud of my team for stepping up.”Brooke Kranda had 17 kills to finish with 18 points while Elizabeth Wendel and Dindin Santiago-Manabat finished with 16 and 15 points, respectively, for Tornadoes, which suffered its third loss in five starts.In a previous game, Serbian reinforcement Sara Klisura waxed hot with 19 points to lead Cocolife Asset Managers to a 25-19, 25-16, 21-25, 25-17 win over Generika-Ayala Lifesavers./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]
Tottenham have no intention of selling Harry Kane to Manchester United or any other Premier League rival, Sky Sports News has been told.Recent reports have suggested Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is willing to sanction Kane’s departure to United for a world-record fee of £200m because of financial worries during the coronavirus crisis.Spurs’ stadium cost around £1bn and the pandemic is set to have grave financial repercussions on all Premier League clubs, with Tottenham moving early to furlough some non-playing staff.Kane, who has been out injured since January with a hamstring problem, has openly spoken about his frustration at so far failing to win trophies with Tottenham – and says he is prepared to leave if the team does not progress.The 26-year-old is recovering from a hamstring injury but opened up to Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp about his ambitions during an Instagram chat last month.Asked whether he would be at Tottenham for the rest of his career, Kane underlined his intent to be one of the world’s best players and said he would not stick with Spurs if he did not feel he could achieve what he wants to at the club.“It’s one of those things, I couldn’t say yes, I couldn’t say no. I love Spurs, I’ll always love Spurs. But it’s one of those things – I’ve always said if I don’t feel we’re progressing as a team or going in the right direction, then I’m not someone to just stay there for the sake of it,” he told Redknapp.“I’m an ambitious player, I want to improve, I want to get better, I want to become one of the top, top players.“It all depends on what happens as a team and how we progress as a team. So it’s not a definite I’m going to stay there forever – but it’s not a no either.”Tottenham lost a Champions League final and a League Cup final under former boss Mauricio Pochettino and Kane said the failure to land silverware has been tough to take – especially given the quality in Spurs’ squad over recent seasons.However, he is optimistic that could change, given the track record of new boss Jose Mourinho.“We’ve been saying that for a couple of years now, we have got a fantastic team but for one reason or another we haven’t been able to get the trophies that, when you look from the outside, we’ve got the team to get,” said Kane.“It’s a hard thing to take as a player. I want to win at everything I do so when we’re coming close and you don’t quite get there it’s hard to take and starts to build up.
FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last September, President Barack Obama visited Seward, Alaska’s Exit Glacier… Obama: “What it indicates, because of the changing patterns of winters, with less snow, longer, hotter summers, is how rapidly the glacier’s receding.” Now, he’s using our state as the face of his newest $4 trillion U.S. budget, literally. The President’s Budget also builds on steps the Administration has taken to improve community resilience to the effects of climate change and conserve our natural resources and outdoor spaces—both in Alaska and across the country. The full list of budget items for Alaska below, as listed by the White House:Accelerating Construction of a New Icebreaker. The President’s Budget meets the Administration’s commitment to fast-track construction of a new polar-class icebreaker by providing $150 million to complete all planning and design activities necessary to begin production activities by 2020. The new, heavy icebreaker will assure year-round accessibility to the Arctic region for Coast Guard missions including protection of Alaska’s maritime environment and resources. Establishing a Coastal Climate Resilience Fund at the Department of the Interior. Approximately $400 million of a $2 billion Coastal Climate Resilience program will be set aside to cover the unique circumstances confronting vulnerable Alaskan communities, including relocation expenses for Alaska Native villages threatened by rising seas, coastal erosion, and storm surges. The program will provide resources over 10 years for at-risk coastal States, local governments, and their communities to prepare for and adapt to climate change. This program would be paid for by redirecting roughly half of the savings achieved by repealing unnecessary and costly offshore oil and gas revenue sharing payments that are set to be paid to a handful of states under current law. The typically mono-color cover of the 2017 budget request depicts a photo of Denali this year. Obama’s budget request also includes part of the funding to establish a Coastal Climate Resilience Fund at the Department of the Interior, along with $100 million for water and waste upgrades for Alaskan villages. Providing Full Funding for Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Programs.The budget supports reliable funding for the LWCF programs to protect and conserve the habitat of threatened and endangered species, secure public access, improve recreational opportunities and preserve ecosystem benefits for local communities. The Budget proposes full funding of $900 million in FY 2017 for LWCF programs in DOI and USDA, an amount equal to the oil and gas receipts deposited in the LWCF each year. This total includes $475 million in discretionary funds and $425 million in mandatory funds. Of this amount, $21 million is for sportsmen and recreational access. With the additional mandatory funds, NPS would be able to acquire six parcels in Denali National Park to protect the historic Denali Park Road, where the majority of tourists experience the park by viewing the mountains and wildlife. Building Capacity and Critical Infrastructure in Alaska Native Villages. The Budget provides over $100 million across several Federal agencies to support planning and infrastructure in high-need Alaska Native Villages, including:· $5 million at the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs to support resilience planning and subsistence activities for Alaska Native communities.· $2 million at the Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the “StrikeForce” Initiative, to provide addition outreach and technical assistance to Alaskan Villages so they are better able to access USDA programs.· $26.8 million is available to obligate through USDA’s Rural Alaska Villages grant program for essential water and waste projects. Priority will be given to applications for projects that employ green infrastructure.· $17 million at the Environmental Protection Agency for water infrastructure grants in Alaska Native villages.· More than $40 million in Arctic-focused investments at the Department of Energy, including $4.5 million through the Tribal Energy Program, which delivers customized, on-site technical expertise to support community energy planning and clean energy projects. Supporting the Denali Commission. The Budget provides the Denali Commission—an independent Federal agency created to facilitate technical assistance and economic development in Alaska—with $19 million, including an additional $4 million above the FY16 enacted level, to coordinate Federal, State, and Tribal assistance to communities to develop and implement solutions to address the impacts of climate change. This follows the President’s announcement this August that the Denali Commission will play a lead coordination role for Federal, State, and Tribal resources to assist communities in developing and implementing both short- and long-term solutions to address the impacts of climate change, including coastal erosion, flooding, and permafrost degradation. The first budget priority listed by the White House is a $150 million commitment to fast-track the construction of new polar-class icebreaker. Alaskan leaders have been waiting the release of Obama’s newest budget request to see how promises he made to Alaskans will be kept by the administration. In addition, today the Administration announced that $8.3 million will be allocated in the U.S. Army Corps 2016 work plan for safety related and other improvements of the harbor in Port Lions, Alaska. That funding will be used for the planning and design activities necessary for the icebreaker that will assure year-round accessibility to Arctic regions for the Coast Guard. Funding the National Park Centennial Initiative. To continue to care for our national parks and to mark the 100-year anniversary of the founding of the National Parks Service (NPS), the Budget includes an increase of $206 million in discretionary funds in FY 2017 and $500 million a year for three years in mandatory funds to restore facilities and enhance visitor services at some of our greatest historical, cultural, and natural treasures. For example, the President’s 2017 Budget includes $4.7 million to provide safe public access to the historic Kennecott Mine in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, making this a promising tourist destination.
The initiative has the aim of helping clubs local to the South West through coaching advice, developing the internal infrastructure of the club and helping those clubs to create a sustainable platform for women and girls from the local area to play rugby for the foreseeable future. As well as the Bristol Bears Women players and coaches visiting the clubs involved, throughout the season the Sister Clubs will be invited to attend training sessions and games to gain an insight into the elite level of the women’s game in England and pick up practices that can transferred back to their own clubs.The five clubs involved in the Sister Club programme are; Clevedon Ladies RFC, Chipping Sodbury Ladies RFC, Hornettes Ladies RFC, Winscombe Ladies RFC and St Mary’s Ladies RFC. Bristol Bears Women CEO, Heidi Chapman-Mercer said: “The programme is designed to work with clubs in the local area to help them develop and improve as a club on the whole.“Clubs will be invited to come to our sessions and do some coach shadowing, which allow the clubs to come in and see how coaching at the elite level can be transferred to the training pitch at their club. Coaches and senior players will also be visiting all of the clubs throughout the season to help deliver sessions. “We’re in a very fortunate position to have a high calibre player base as well as fantastic coaching staff and volunteers that help run the club, who can all help and assist clubs in the local area to really develop themselves through various means. “As a club we want to give the knowledge and skills we have back into the community because it can help to grow, excite and inspire women’s and girls’ rugby in the local area.”
Held every four years, the World Cup hasn’t been in the Americas since 1994, when the United States played host. After Brazil, the games go to the other side of the globe, to Russia and then Qatar. For many, this is a once in a lifetime chance to cheer their national teams in person.Cristian Uribarri and four friends are traveling from Chile in a wood-framed, aluminum-sided trailer he built from scratch.“Going to Brazil is such a unique opportunity,” said Uribarri, 35. “Russia would be impossible. Besides, it’s too cold. And Qatar is one of the most expensive places on Earth. My wife is putting up with all of this because it’s my only chance.”The shiny contraption they call their “Lunar Vehicle” has air conditioning, a stove, an LCD TV, a Playstation and a queen-sized mattress. The group pooled $3,200 in savings between them, and will take turns driving the pick-up that pulls the trailer. Using the mini-home on wheels will save them on lodging and meals. Everything else will be charged on their credit cards.Some travelers hope they don’t bust their budget before they even reach the games in Brazil.Juan Luis Sube, an environmental engineer from Mexico, is making his way south by bicycle, having left Guadalajara with two friends in early December.“We left home carrying $3,500 dollars each and we’re already running out of money,” the 29-year-old Sube said as he pedaled near the majestic Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil.Sube, Angel Martinez, 26, and Hector Lujan, 25, quit their jobs to make the 5,900-mile (9,500-kilometer) journey through 14 countries. They’re hoping to reach Sao Paulo to pick up some donated tickets, and then make it to Recife in time to see Mexico play Croatia.“We’re driven by the desire to be a part of this ‘fiesta futbolera’ and by our pride in our Mexico team,” Sube said. “We want to show that Mexicans can do great things.”Edwis Perez of Colombia says his journey to the World Cup will allow him to check off two of the 100 items he put on a bucket list some 20 years ago.“In that list I had: ‘Attend a World Cup’ and ‘Get to see the Amazon jungle.’ I’m doing both now,” said Perez, a 40-year-old engineer. He plans to fly to the Colombian city of Leticia, take boats to the riverside host city of Manaus, and then catch another plane to Belo Horizonte to watch Colombia play Greece on June 14.Brazilian fans are claiming the most tickets to the monthlong tournament, scoring more than a million in FIFA’s allocation. U.S. fans are next with 187,063 tickets, followed by Germany with 56,885 and England at 56,219. Argentina comes in fifth with 55,524 treasured tickets.Many Argentines complained their country, neighboring Brazil, deserved a larger share. But even without tickets, tens of thousands of Argentines are expected to journey to Rio de Janeiro to either find tickets on site or, at least, join other fans before a big TV screen on Copacabana Beach.One Argentine family, the Bianchis of Buenos Aires province, will squeeze into a 1971 convertible Mercedes motorhome, covered with large white and blue national flags and an image of their beloved Argentine pope. Whether or not they find tickets is beside the point.“Obviously the tournament is very important, but sometimes the pre-party and everything that goes along with uniting so many countries can be much more important still,” said Fabian Bianchi, 50, a public administrator traveling with his brother and three children. “I’m really excited, even more so because we’re doing it as a family.”A caravan of at least 3,000 Chilean football fans is crossing the Andes mountain range to follow their team during the World Cup.Dubbed the “Santiago Caravan-Brazil 2014,” organizers say about 800 cars, vans and trailers packed with cheering fans departed from Chile’s capital of Santiago on Friday. The caravan is expected to cross the north of Chile and Argentina before reaching Cuiaba, Brazil, where Chile faces Australia in their first World Cup match.The World Cup transcends all ages, nationalities and cultural and geographical barriers. For Chilean Cecilia Aguilar, a 64-year-old human resources specialist, it’s a way to honor her son, who died in a car accident two years ago.“My son was a huge fan of ‘La Roja,’ (Chile’s national team). And I want to be there for him,” said Aguilar, who jumped at the chance to travel with her colleagues in a rented recreational vehicle. “I’m going to Brazil and my son’s soul is coming with me.”“I know my son is in heaven having a great laugh at this crazy old woman,” she added. “And it gives me a huge boost. I feel young and full of energy for this adventure.”__Associated Press writers Ricardo Zuniga in New York, Gonzalo Solano in Ecuador, Jairo Anchique in Colombia and Vicente Panetta and Paul Byrne in Argentina, contributed to this report.__Henao on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LuisAndresHenaoVergara on Twitter: https://twitter.com/evergaraap
Magazine 31 minutes ago A lady in a California bakery made a hard-to-believe argument as to why it is useless to wear a veil. According to her theory, it is useless, because when she suffers from bloating, the winds can be smelled through her pants, so according to her, the textile does not work as a filter. In addition, she started intentionally blowing on other customers, who at first asked her politely to wear a mask. In the end, the woman became wise and left the bakery.
Russian professional boxer Alexander Povetkin knocked out Dillian White in the fifth round of the fight between them, which took place in Brentwood. Thus, White lost his status as a mandatory contender for the heavyweight title in the World Boxing Council (WBC) version. The loss was his first since 2015, when he lost to Anthony Joshua. So far, he has recorded 11 consecutive victories.Called the “Russian Knight”, Povetkin could face the winner directly between Tyson Fury and Diontay Wilder, who are due to fight on December 19th. This was Povetkin’s first match in 2020. He last entered the ring in December 2019 in Saudi Arabia, when he drew with Michael Hunter. Then White, who defeated the Pole Mariusz Bach, fought in the same place. With his success, Povetkin has already won 36 of 39 matches, knocking out in 25 of them.After the introductory first round, the two boxers “bit in the middle of the second when they exchanged serious blows, and in the end White protected himself from Povetkin’s dangerous right. During the break, White was advised not to force events while Povetkin was instructed to leave. He could have paid for his courage at the end of the round when he got a direct hit to the head, but stayed on his feet.White went boldly in the fourth and knocked Povetkin down early, who fell to one knee but stood up. At the end of these three minutes, the Russian fell into a knockdown again, but gathered strength and continued. promoter Eddie Hearn immediately announced that there would be a rematch, which would be fair against the background of the unexpected outcome of the match. Follow us anywhere and anytime with the mobile application of Gong.bg. You can download it from Google Play, App Store and AppGallery.
A look at some of the top stories making the news today, October 15, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.Following a surge of recent school shootings across the nation, the Miami Dade Public School board has approved two gun violence prevention programs. Behavior training programs Rachel Challenge and Sandy Hook Promise, both inspired by victims of mass school shootings, will be implemented throughout the district.The 2015 Miami Broward One Carnival competition results have been finally released, with One Island copping Band of the Year for their designs inspired by popular fiction. Jean Pierre De Grannes was crowned King of Carnival, playing Picoca the Circus Ringmaster for Mascots International, and Shelia Boy was crowned Queen as Nani Yehi for Island Gems Mas.As part of their community outreach, the Metropolitan Baptist Church and Jamaican charity Reclaimed Territory is hosting a Benevolent Concert, on Saturday, October 17th, starting 6:30 pm at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Hollywood. Proceeds will go to the locally disadvantage and to young people incarcerated in Jamaica.Jamaica Football Federation boss Captain Horace Burrell has blasted the Reggae Boyz for lack of effort following their 3-0 loss against South Korea in Seoul on Tuesday. Burrell argued that though the team was struggling from injuries, the replacements of fringe and local-based players were not up to standard.What’s trending:Novelist Marlon James becomes the first Jamaican author to win the prestigious British literary award, the Man Booker Prize.For more on what’s trending, follow us on Facebook and Instagram at Caribbean National Weekly, and on Twitter at National Weekly.For Today’s Weather Forecast:Mostly Cloudy in Broward County with a high of 87 and a low of 76. For Miami-Dade, scattered showers with a high of 86 and a low of 75.For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com.