Convicted drug mule Sarfraz Jalaladeenless than a day after Sarfraz Jalaladeen, 30, of Riverview, Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was busted at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport with almost 12 pounds of cocaine in milk powder packets, he was sentenced to serve four years in prison and fined $16.3 million.Jalaladeen made his court appearance on Friday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate,Ann Mc Lennon, where he pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him.Reports are that Jalaladeen, who is a welder, and was travelling for the first time to the United States via a Caribbean Airlines flight, was intercepted by members of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) on Thursday evening when they became suspicious after noticing several packets of what appeared to be powdered milk in the man’s suitcases.A closer examination revealed that the milk packets were resealed and a further check was undertaken. It was then that the ranks realised that the contents of the packets were cocaine. He was arrested and taken to CANU headquarters where the illegal substance was weighed and proved to be just over 6kg.Jalaladeen provided a statement to CANU agents and was charged. He also provided additional information to the ranks as they continue their investigations.He reportedly told CANU ranks that he was promised US$7000 to traffic the illegal substance to New York but did not say if he is was paid an advance. Head of CANU, James Singh when contacted told Guyana Times that the drug enforcement unit will continue to hunt cocaine mules as the Anti-Narcotics Unit continued to crack down on the trafficking of narcotics.Singh noted that they have beefed up their operations at the two main ports of entry and it has been yielding results.
“Granger remains aloof of policies and decisions of State”Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has rejected outright, the latest offer of conciliation across the aisle by Head of State President David Granger, saying he is not only aloof and out of touch with reality, but is in fact not serious about.“The President does not mean it, he just says these things that sound good,” declared Jagdeo, who was at the time weighing in on the President’s offer of an ‘olive branch’ minutes after he would have launched a scathing attack on the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) while in office.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo addressing the mediaGranger was at the time addressing the National Assembly on Thursday, as the House reconvened following its annual two-month recess.Jagdeo suggested that Granger’s offer of a renewed conciliatory approach in building bridges between government and opposition was, “an almost after thought.”He lamented the fact that Granger used his address to Parliament to label the PPP/C as criminals and responsible for many of the current economic and social woes being experienced but still, “thinks there is room for us to work; he has said this many time, it’s all rhetoric.”Explaining his party’s decision to boycott the President’s address to the House, Jagdeo told the media that this course of action was a principled one in retaliation to Granger’s decision to abuse his Executive Power when he suspended Carvil Duncan—the holder of a number of Constitutionally protected offices.According to Jagdeo, the PPP/C thought it necessary to send a strong signal to the President that Constitutional protection must not be treated with lightly and, “we believe the whole affair surrounding Carvil Duncan has been treated in a cavalier manner by Government.”In fact, he called the development “ominous for future of our democracy.”Executive interferenceHe accused the President of interference when he first called on Duncan to resign with the inducement of a monetary package and when this was refused, he suspended him.The former President questioned if this was the fate that befell Duncan who was endowed with constitutional protection, what obtains with the ordinary citizen employed as a waitress or a farmer placed in a similar position.“This is direct interference by the Executive in trying to get a constitutional post holder to succumb to their will,” said Jagdeo.With regard to the PPP/C sticking firm to its decision to walk out on the President ahead of his presentation, Jagdeo said had his party stayed, it would have eventually still opted to boycott the President’s speech given its content.”The President cannot be doing this and come to this Chamber, the birthplace of our laws and clothe himself in democratic garb which he sought to do today… it runs counter to everything they have spoken about in the past,” according to Jagdeo.Desecrate ParliamentAccording to Jagdeo, what the President did through his speech was to desecrate the hallowed chambers of ParliamentJagdeo, following the President’s address, met with members of the local media corps in the Parliamentary Committee room to rubbish the presentation by the President calling some of his proposals not only ominous but downright dangerous.He pointed to the legislative agenda outlined by the President and singled out the proposed amendments to the Immigration Laws and another to make provision for a National Registration Bill.Jagdeo said the two Bills on the face of it were cause for immediate concern. He drew reference to the PPP/C’s imputations of a sinister move afoot with regard to the possible rigging of any future national and regional elections.“This could have a huge impact on elections in the future,” Jagdeo said, as he noted that fresh in the minds of some were the administration of the People’s National Congress and its management of General Elections locally.“Those days are still fresh in the minds of some people,” Jagdeo said.He recalled, too, a recent announcement by Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix, about the need to import some 300,000 birth registration forms.Sinister thingOn the matter of the National Registration Amendment Bill to include greater use of biometrics, Jagdeo said this is supposed to be a function of the independent Guyana Elections Commission (Gecom) adding, “this is a very sinister thing”Turning his attention to the substantive attacks launched by Granger, the Opposition Leader sought to point out that it was illustrative of how “aloof the President is…He comes routinely and speaks about all sorts of issue that have very little relevance to people life.”Describing Granger as out of touch with reality, the former President observed that his presentation began with a hostile attack on the PPP/C, referring to its time in office as the decade of trouble.The troubles, according to Jagdeo, were laid squarely at the feet of the PPP/C and not at the feet of the ‘drug dealers’ the ‘insurgents’ or ‘freedom fighters’ that had laid siege to Buxton, East Coast Demerara.These groups, he said, were randomly killing citizens and members of the disciplined services but this was not acknowledged by Granger.Jagdeo recalled too that there was not a single word of condemnation from the PNC at the time—the party now headed by Granger.Jagdeo also used the occasion to take to task Granger’s suggestion that during that period there was the uninvestigated murder of a sitting Minister of Government—the late Agriculture Minister, Satyadeow ‘Sash’ Sawh.The former President dismissed this assertion by the President as “not true” saying that a person was in fact charged and placed before the courts with the murder of Minister Sawh. “The police have a full file,” said Jagdeo.Colonial stoogeThe President in his addressed also lambasted the then PPP/C government for its abandonment of the British-funded security sector reform project.Jagdeo was adamant that the abandonment of this project was in the interest of the nation and that Guyana was no longer going to be a stooge of colonial powers.“I said once I am president that is not going to happen so there was a reason for this, we not going to trade our sovereignty for this colonial power to put conditions that may harm our community or create problem with neighbour.”He was making reference to the British Government’s then insistence on staging a live fire exercise close to the border with Venezuela.Jagdeo also sought to lash out at President Granger’s talk of inheriting a parlous and grizzly economy and pointed to the fact that Guyana has not only enjoyed sustained growth over the past 10 years but would have also significantly reduced its debt to GDP ratio—to the third lowest in the hemisphere. The President’s assertions according to Jagdeo, aptly demonstrates how out of touch with reality he is and suggested his belief that Granger himself may not be in agreement with much of what he espouses.He questioned how President Granger could on one hand bemoan the state of the economy then on the other speak of many of the initiatives instituted by his administration such as increases in public servants’ wages and salaries, among other benefits such as old age pension.According to the former President, now Opposition Leader, many of the proposals that have been touted by the current President are in fact projects that would have been borne out of the PPP/C administration.He drew reference to the president’s adumbration of ICT and environmental projects, all of which were started under the PPP/C but now adopted as its own by the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government.“How could a President not know that his entire government is operating in a manner on policy that are so opposed to the broad statements that he made…. Maybe he does know but this is part of the show to dupe the people,” Jagdeo concluded.
-says there was no move to prevent “contract from hell”Former Agriculture Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy has placed the blame for the current fiasco involving the Parking Meter Project and the Georgetown City Council, at the feet of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) administration.Ramsammy said while the project has stirred outrage and resistance from the people, and while the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has been rightfully and deservedly pilloried for corruption, Government is even guiltier of one of the mostDr Leslie Ramsammycorrupt deals ever in our history.“People have been understandably suspicious, but their suspicions of corruption might be worse than imagined given the information that is presently circulating. Information has reached the public that the real distribution of revenues is not what is stated in the contract, but as follows: 50 per cent for the parking meter company, 20 per cent M&CC, 20 per cent PNC and 10 per cent for individuals,” Ramsammy said in a statement.He said as the call intensifies for the complete rescinding of the Parking Meter Contract and for people to be held accountable, questions are being asked relating to how Cush, a former felon in the United States, established a company called National Parking Systems (NPS), how this company was able to displace a previous company that was engaged by the M&CC and who linked Cush and the M&CC. Questions abound since people are aware that Cush has friends in the People’s National Congress (PNC).“From the beginning, suspicions were rife since APN/AFC actively facilitated the M&CC to implement the Parking Meter Contract in spite of being totally privy to the reprehensible “terror” clauses. These suspicions intensified as people saw APNU/AFC tenaciously persisting with its complicity, even though they knew that by any standard “the contract from hell” was indefensible and even though they saw unprecedented public resistance.” According to Ramsammy, even now that the M&CC is in contempt of the court which has ordered the Council to stand down and place the parking meter system on abeyance, APNU/AFC is doing nothing to stop the M&CC and stop the “contract from hell”.“APNU/AFC’s vile efforts with sporadic individual statements and feigned consternation meant to obfuscate the issue cannot extricate them from total complicity in the “contract from hell” because each of them that might have reluctantly issued a condemnatory statement is also part of the APNU/AFC Cabinet that has made the implementation of the “contract from hell” possible.”He continued, “Frankly, APNU/AFC’s scorecard on the “contract from hell” spells GUILTY on all counts.Granger and APNU/AFC knew of the Contract from the beginning. Harmon last year announced a Cabinet review of the Contract and their own Ministry of Finance and the Attorney General Office did reviews in July/August 2016 which concluded that the Parking Meter Contract signed by representatives of APNU/AFC on the M&CC was a “contract from hell” with several “terror” clauses.” He said in spite of this, Government, through Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan, reviewed and approved the Parking Meter By-laws in January and gazetted it on February 3. Without the Parking Meter By-laws, the Contract could not be implemented. This scorecard is a recipe that smells of corruption.“From the start public outrage was driven by the suspicion that this was a deal to enrich individuals and certain organisations. There has always been the nauseating suspicion that the national space in Georgetown is being used as a cash cow, not to fund development in Georgetown, but filling people’s pockets. Now comes information that, in fact, the “terror” contract clause that provides 80 per cent to the parking meter company (Smart City Solutions/National Parking Systems) and 20 per cent to the M&CC is just a paper provision and that the real distribution of the earnings from the “green monsters” is really 50 per cent to SCS/NPS, 20 per cent to the M&CC, 20 per cent to the People’s National Congress and 10 per cent to individuals”.He said this information explains why APNU/AFC is so complicit in the execution of one of the worst examples of corruption in Guyana’s history.“The parking meters themselves are now enshrined in our history as the “horrible green monsters”. Those of us who have been vocal in our opposition, resistance and boycott of the “horrible green monsters” and the “contract from hell”, are convinced that a crime has been perpetuated on the Guyanese people,” Ramsammy said.
0Shares0000Mesut Ozil (left) talks to Arsene Wenger after joining Arsenal from Real Madrid in September 2013LONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 14 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remains optimistic that star playmaker Mesut Ozil will sign a new contract with the club, but admits that talks have not progressed.The Germany international has less than a year left on his current contract, which means he can leave for free next year, but Wenger hasn’t given up hope that he will re-sign. “Of course [I am hopeful],” Wenger said, as quoted by Four Four Two.“The contract talks have slowed down a little bit since August 31, because we need a little breather and to focus on the competition. But we will slowly get back into that.”The 28-year-old has been frustrated of late due to criticism levelled at him in the wake of a few disappointing Arsenal performances, most notably the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool, and he is thought to be unsettled at the club.Ozil joined the Gunners in 2013 from Real Madrid and has since made 165 appearances, scoring 37 goals and providing 57 assists.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
PASADENA – The new president on “The West Wing” will be a real short-timer: NBC announced Sunday it was pulling the plug on the Emmy-winning political drama in May after seven seasons. NBC, struggling to regain its footing after the worst season in its history, also outlined several midseason schedule changes – including the moves of popular dramas “Law & Order” and “Las Vegas.” The “West Wing” announcement wasn’t much of a surprise. Although this season’s story line with a presidential campaign involving a Democrat played by Jimmy Smits and Republican portrayed by Alan Alda has been strong critically, ratings have sunk with its move to Sunday nights. The decision to cancel it was made before actor John Spencer, who played former presidential chief of staff Leo McGarry, died of a heart attack Dec. 16, said Kevin Reilly, NBC entertainment president. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “There’s a point when you look at the ratings and say, it feels like it’s time,” Reilly said. The series will end May 14 with the inauguration of the successor of the fictional Josiah Bartlet as president. “As the (ratings) numbers started declining, we started thinking this would be a natural way to end the series,” said John Wells, executive producer. The election winner will be revealed in April. Producers Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme, who created the show and guided it through its early years, will not be involved in the finale, Reilly said. Rob Lowe, an early series star who left when his role diminished, is in negotiations to return, Wells said. Martin Sheen, who portrayed Bartlet, said that while “The West Wing” was a fantasy, he hoped it provided a service to the country. “We can be very cynical about the people that lead us,” he said. “If we managed in that sense to make people realize that being a public servant is an honor,” then the series did some good, he said. “The West Wing” won four Emmy Awards for best television drama in a row for its tales of political intrigue. At its prime, it also offered NBC two valuable benefits: critical acclaim and the most upscale audience on television, an important drawing point for advertisers. NBC’s revamped schedule offered veteran “Law & Order” producer Dick Wolf good and bad news. NBC is putting Wolf’s new drama “Conviction,” about young prosecutors in New York, on Friday’s schedule starting March 3. But it is moving “Law & Order” up an hour to Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET – competing directly with ABC’s blockbuster “Lost.” Wolf, who has had at least one show on NBC’s schedule for 21 years, shrugged when asked about the move. “It’s like a long-term marriage,” he said. “There are stresses and strains intermittently, but we are kind of stuck with each other.” NBC is also moving “Las Vegas” from Monday to Friday starting in March. Donald Trump is changing addresses again, with “The Apprentice” moving to Monday where it will be preceded by the Howie Mandel-hosted game show “Deal or No Deal.” The network has two more midseason shows: “Heist,” a cops-and-robbers drama from the director of “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” and “Teachers,” a comedy about a high school English teacher. “The Office” will go off the air at the end of March so star Steve Carell can film a movie, Reilly said. He said he also hasn’t figured out what to do with the ill-fated “Friends” spinoff “Joey,” which has 12 new episodes done but no place on the schedule. “NBC is stable and our vital signs are encouraging,” Reilly said. “Most predictions were that we were going to go from bad to worse this year, and that hasn’t happened.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Gairmscoil Chú Uladh has won a prestigious Sky Sports community award.The Ballinamore school was named Sky Sports best project in Ireland – open to every secondary school in the country.The Sky Sports For Living programme recognises groups and schools which contribute to the health and sport of their community. *******Gradam Spóirt Uile Éireann bainte ag Gairmscoil Chú Uladh!Comhghairdeas le ‘Coiste Sláinte Ghairmscoil Chú Uladh 2014/2015’ a bhí ainmnithe inniú mar bhuaiteoirí Éireannach den ‘Tionscnamh ‘Sky Sports’ is Fearr sa tír’.Is clár fiúntach é seo atá oscailte d’achan mhéanscoil sa tír. Mar sin is éacht ollmhór é seo do Ghairmscoil Chú Uladh. D’éirigh leis an choiste (2014/2015) a lán imeachtaí a eagrú chun an gradam seo a bhaint amach. I measc na himeachtaí bhí aonach aclaíochta, Rás 5k, Seachtain Gníomhach Scoile, an ‘Brat Sláinte’ agus an ‘Brat Gníomhach’.Bronnfar an gradam ar an choiste go luath nuair a thagann méantóir ón Chlár chun na scoile! Maith sibh uilig! GAIRMSCOIL CHÚ ULADH WINS ALL-IRELAND SKY SPORTS AWARD was last modified: April 7th, 2016 by John2Share 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) Tags:Gairmscoil Chú UladhSky Sports For Living Award
Frank McBrearty , Donegal Mayor and Teacher Laura McGettigan toss around a few ideas at the Donegal County Council and Finn Harps Schools Road Safety Arts Competition launch last year. Seated from left are Rachel Mitchelle, Kevin McColgan, Corey McGettigan and Roisin Brennan Back from left are Kevin McHugh, Chantelle Grant, Seamus Neeley, County Manager, Joey O’Leary, Finn Harps Chairman, Eamonn Browne, Donegal Road Safety Officer and John Campbell, Finn Harps. Pic: Clive WassonThe Finn Harps/Donegal County Council road safety campaign ‘Putting Road Safety in the Picture’ has been hailed as a huge success.The winning entry to be unveiled at half time during the Finn Harps v Shamrock Rovers match in Finn Park this Friday night.The art competition was open to all Primary Schools in the county and attracted over 500 entries. The category winners are –Kayla McDermott, Scoil Íosagáin, St.Mary’s Road, BuncranaCarla McDermott, Scoil Naomh Fiachra, IllistrinShane McCaul, Clonmany N.S. Carley Sweeney, St.Bernadette’s School, LetterkennyMikaela McConnon, Scoil an Linbh Íosa, Killymard, Donegal TownNiamh Ni Chleirigh, Scoil Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin, Leitir CeanainnThe overall winner will be unveiled at half time during the Finn Harps v Shamrock Rovers match in Finn Park on Friday 2nd May 2014.The winning piece will feature as an advertising hoarding promoting Road Safety in Finn Park for the current season. The Mayor of Donegal County Council , Councillor Ian McGarvey, praised all the schools for their participation in the competition.He said, “I wish to congratulate all the winners and I would like to thank all the schools for getting behind this initiative. We had over 500 entries and it is fantastic to see our schools involved in promoting Road Safety with our young people. Do make our roads safe by looking out for each other, drive safely and let’s make our contribution.”Finn Harps John Campbell stated “Finn Harps Football Club are delighted to be associated with the Donegal Road Safety Campaign through this unique competition. Harps are delighted to have the group winners as their guests at the Shamrock Rovers match. We also look forward to unveiling the overall winner on the night. As in other years the winning overall entry will be on display at Finn Park for the coming season as an 8 x 4 display.”HARPS AND COUNCIL HAVE ROAD SAFETY DOWN TO “A FINE ART” was last modified: April 30th, 2014 by StephenShare 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)Tags:Art competitionDonegal County Councilfinn harps
US carriers continue to dominate the world’s airlines when it comes to the number of seats available but Chinese and low-cost carriers are making their presence felt.American Airlines had the most seats available in the 12 months to February this year, a whopping 250,762,625. This more than five times as many seats as Russia’s Aeroflot, the airline ranked last in the top 20 of a list compiled by route and schedule specialists OAG.The US megacarrier was followed by Delta Air Lines (223,949,810 seats), Southwest Airlines (195,875,573) and United Airlines (177,028,403), according to the OAG analysis.But Chinese carriers China Southern (115,763,222 seats) and China Eastern (109,950,331 ) were not far behind in sixth and seventh spots with low-cost carrier Ryanair (126,503,181 ) sandwiched between the US and Chinese airlines in fifth position.Another low-cost carrier, EasyJet (82,644,804), ranked ninth after Turkish Airlines (84,318,540) in eighth spot.German carrier Lufthansa (82,636,538 seats) rounded out the top 10 followed by Air China (80,370,497) and South America’s LATAM (80,610,826).The only entry in the top 20 by the Gulf states was Emirates (75,957,082 seats) at 13, followed by Japan’s All Nippon Airways (73,274,937) at 14 and British Airways at 15 (61,978,149).Air Canada (58,144,941 seats) ranked 16th, with Air France (57,751,069), Japan Airlines (50,992,135), Indonesia’s Lion Air (48,557,485) and Russia’s Aeroflot (47,060,867) closing out the top 20.Of course, statistics can be sliced and diced in a number of ways and the rankings changed when it came to passenger numbers.United carried more passengers than Southwest over the 12 months and EasyJet outpaced Turkish Airlines.Similarly, LATAM outpaced Air China, BA carried more passengers than ANA while both Aeroflot and Lion Air both beat Japan Airlines.An explanation for this could be seen in another statistic, the average bookings load factor, which essentially divides bookings by the number of seats to give an indication of how full airlines fly their planes.The LLCs unsurprisingly topped the field with Ryanair recording an average bookings load factor of 91 per cent and EasyJet at 85 percent.United topped the legacy carriers at 84 per cent but American, Delta, Aeroflot and Air Canada all recorded load factors of 80 per cent or above.The other airlines were in the seventies, with the exception of ANA at 64 per cent.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We’re about finished with beans. I think we have about 60 acres left and it just started raining about 15 minutes ago. We had two tenths on Sunday two weeks ago and we got back in the next day.We ran about 100 acres of corn while we were waiting on some beans and then we switched back over to beans. We are very happy with the bean crop. It turned out to be pretty decent and over all of our acres it is averaging around 61 or 62 bushels. We were not expecting that. The beans in New Paris were terrific and they were later and the last rain really helped them a lot. Our best beans, though, were the earliest beans and they were 69 and 70 bushels.Once we got off of the fencerows, the fields were a lot cleaner than we thought they would be when we got back in them. The field we finished yesterday is usually a really bad horseweed farm and there were only a few right up by the road. We sprayed twice and got them under control this year.We’re going to try and get some more corn run here around home and cross our fingers and hope we can get the last beans in the next week. Today they are calling for an inch of rain but the radar looks like we might get more than that. There is a lot of yellow coming. There is a good chance of rain through Thursday so that would take care of getting much done this week. Hopefully some of the rain holds off.We are getting ready to work on the auger tractor and our grain cart tractor needs work too. Other than that, the combine is running well.It would be nice to get another couple weeks of warmer weather to dry the corn. Our earliest corn is at 21% and we have a later corn that is two points drier. I guess it all depends on what it had to go through.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Even if the mere idea of visiting Brazil has never crossed your mind, you probably have listened to a song called “The Girl From Ipanema”, maybe in Frank Sinatra’s voice. And what does that song have to do with agricultural markets?Nothing. But one of its composers, Brazilian Tom Jobim (who sings the song with Sinatra), once said that Brazil is not for beginners. That sentence became a famous and useful way to describe how difficult it is to understand Brazil’s peculiarities. And its corn market is one of them.As you probably know, Brazil grows two corn crops a year. Well, since last October, it is officially three, but I will write about that third crop another time. For now, let’s stick to the two traditional crops. The first one is planted from September to December and competes for area with soybeans.Considering that Brazil is now a soybean powerhouse, it is not a surprise that the first corn crop has lost millions of acres over the last two decades. Twenty years ago, the first crop was grown in 24 million acres and represented 88% of Brazil’s total corn production; now, it’s only 10 million acres and 26%.The first corn crop still has higher yields than the second, but now it is focused on the domestic market and planted only in regions where weather conditions prevent farmers from growing corn as a second crop, which is sown in January and February, right after the soybean harvest. You probably know it as “safrinha,” Portuguese for “little crop.”That “little crop” represents now more than 70% of Brazil’s total corn production and makes up the bulk of Brazilian corn exports. This second crop is the result of many years of investment in research and development of better seed varieties and agronomic practices.It is also the result of having weather conditions that allow a second crop after the soybean harvest. It is equally an outcome of the courage of farmers who are brave enough to grow corn in places like Mato Grosso, a state located 1,300 miles from the main ports and linked to them by terrible roads.And last but not least, it is the result of a bit of luck as well. Yes, luck. In 2019, for example, Brazil harvested its largest corn production ever, hitting the 100 million metric tons figure for the first time. And that on top of its highest beginning stocks on record. But this year luck has knocked on Brazil’s corn door at least twice.The first stroke of luck was (and has been) a weakening currency against the dollar, which makes corn prices in Brazilian reais much more interesting for farmers. The second one was the complicated planting season in the United States. The prospect of a crop failure made American farmers hold on to their corn and sent importers to other exporting countries.From January to October 2019, Brazil exported 34.7 million metric tons of corn. That is more than it has ever shipped in an entire year, easily beating the previous record — the 29.2 million metric tons exported in 2017 — two months before the end of 2019.Even with quite a bit of corn yet to be sold, Brazilian corn prices have kept rising amid a dispute between domestic buyers, who need corn to feed a thriving meat industry, and exporters, who are still trying to complete their 2019 programs. Common sense would say that Brazil could never be a big player in the global corn market. But, as explained before, understanding Brazil is not for beginners.