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The Carnival (LSE: CCL) share price has risen by 50% over the last two months. But the world’s largest cruise ship operator is still in hibernation mode. It’s also recently extended the closure period for most of its biggest brands.As a shareholder myself, I’ve averaged down and intend to continue holding for the long term. But this isn’t the safest of stocks at the moment. 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The first is that the company must be sure it can operate cruise ships without any risk of them becoming coronavirus infection clusters. Cruise operators won’t want a repeat of the the bad press they received in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic.The second challenge is that there are still a lot of restrictions on free movement around the world. Carnival has already delayed several cruise restarts as a result of ongoing travel restrictions.The cost of doing nothingCarnival’s share price of around 1,350p may look cheap compared to an estimated net asset value of 2,700p per share. However, this business is losing money fast. Management expect cash costs of about $1bn per month while the group’s fleet of 105 cruise ships is laid up.This suggests to me the $6.5bn of extra cash raised by the firm in April could run out by October.The latest news from the company suggests very few of its ships will be operating by then. For this reason, I think it’s likely Carnival will need to raise funds again later this year, or perhaps early in 2021.If this happens, I can only see two options — a big rights issue, or a debt-for-equity swap. In either case, a large number of new shares would be issued. This would result in significant dilution, reducing the stock’s net asset value per share.Carnival share price: high enough?As I mentioned earlier, I’m holding onto my Carnival shares. I believe the cruise industry will recover and that this company will remain the market leader. But I won’t be buying anymore shares until I’m sure the company is on a sustainable financial footing.We should learn more later this week when the company is due to publish its second-quarter figures. I’ll be watching closely.But for now, I think the Carnival share price is probably high enough. The Carnival share price is up 50%! 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Something from nothingHaving steadily laid down foundations since 2012 – cooperative culture, a solid set piece and iron self-discipline – Lancaster now has 18 months to hone finer points ahead of a home World Cup. One such aspect, which can transform England from plucky pretenders to genuine contenders in 2015, is potency with ball in hand. Structures and collective understanding form a big part of this. However, Lancaster also knows the power of unpredictability.A “something from nothing player” is his term for the talent to conjure a piece of brilliance from outside the box. Injured Christian Wade is the archetype, but Jonny May and Jack Nowell are not far behind at all. May was a constant threat this weekend, stepping and spinning to bamboozle Scottish tacklers with running lines far removed from any coaching manual. Nowell had to graft, but ignited a dull period with an explosive step, brushing off Matt Scott to set up Brown’s score. Confidence in maverick ability is extremely un-English. It’s great that Lancaster is breaking that mould.Better at the breakdown, but a bigger battle aheadIn Paris, Yannick Nyanga turned out the sort of performance that compels punters to spout garbage about how Chris Robshaw is not an international openside. France’s industry on the deck – forcing a few turnovers as support got detached from the carrier – could have been a factor in Scott Johnson handing Chris Fusaro a first cap. Perhaps Scotland thought their England’s ruck-work would be a glaring weakness. It wasn’t. It isn’t.Fusaro did make a very commendable debut and was the game’s top tackler with 16. However, he was not able to influence the breakdown as irritatingly well as he does for Glasgow Warriors. Robshaw and Tom Wood were good around the park and though there were a couple of penalties as England fell off their feet while clearing out, they will welcome Ireland – and their phenomenal jackalling – feeling buoyant. Chris Henry and Peter O’Mahony are nuisance geniuses. They need to be nullified at Twickenham.Drops it like it’s hot: Danny Care drops a goalCare the conductor EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 08: Danny Care of England scores a drop kick goal during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and England at Murrayfield Stadium on February 8, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Up for the Cup: Robshaw and his cohorts took the Calcutta, but will they kick on against Ireland in Round 3?By Charlie MorganThis could and should have been a far more difficult obstacle for England to negotiate. Wet weather, a notoriously stodgy surface and Murrayfield’s raw hostility were meant to unsettle Stuart Lancaster’s intrepid but inexperienced charges – at least enough to make things competitive.As it was, a 20-0 defeat actually flattered Scotland. Besides a couple of Dave Denton charges and some valiant scramble defence, the home crowd had precious little to rally behind. In a game that was painfully dour at times, England’s triumph was never in serious doubt. Still, some valuable pointers emerged. In-form Ireland arrive at Twickenham on February 22. England must be on the money.Leaving points on the pitchWanting more: Brown thinks England can score moreWinning ugly is a valuable trait that Lancaster has instilled very effectively. This was the 15th triumph from 24 matches across his two-year tenure to date. Tenacious tackling and mental resilience have rarely gone missing. Keeping Scotland scoreless for the first time in this fixture since 1978 – no mean feat at all – seemed a routine accomplishment. Defensive standards are taken for granted. Now to polish the other side of the coin.As Man of the Match Mike Brown said at the final whistle, England’s emphasis this Six Nations has been on moulding their attack into a world-class operation. Encouragingly, some of the spark we saw in Paris survived in the Edinburgh mud. Cohesion and skills are improving and the lineout has become a launchpad, as Luther Burrell’s try demonstrated. That said, a ruthless edge needs sharpening.At Murrayfield on Saturday, England made ten clean breaks for 20 points. At Twickenham in November, New Zealand made five for 30. Support play and that final pass are major differences between World Cup contenders and champions. A tally of 65 per cent possession and 76 per cent territory in the second half indicates decent game management, but also inadequate finishing. The next step for this exciting team is to be cold and clinical after locating any sign of weakness.Launchbury and Lawes lock it downGraham Rowntree’s pack was back to somewhere near its best against Scotland and the engine room once more excelled. Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes complement each other fantastically – the former is a relentless workhorse who careers into upwards of 40 rucks each game, the latter an astounding athlete with a healthy hint of menace. Between them, England’s locks made 15 tackles and a turnover in Edinburgh. Lawes ran the lineout supremely, taking 11 of his team’s 22 throws and stealing two more. The Northampton Saint also found time to rack up ten carries.One of an impressive pair: Joe Launchbury takes clean ballSecond rows often don’t peak until their 30s, so Launchbury (22) and Lawes (24) could easily win 100 caps each and drive England on for the best part of a decade. Dynamic and physically domineering, they embody Rowntree’s vision for a versatile set of forwards that is both brawny and try-scoring. Alongside South Africans Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit and Kiwis Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock, this duo rank among the very best prospects on the planet. That is no exaggeration. A little faith can go a long way. When Danny Care was cast out of the England set-up 24 months ago after a drink-driving offence, many coaches would have lost patience. Luckily for the Harlequin, Lancaster knows him inside out and must have had an inkling that exile would have made him hungrier. Now 27 and into his second-wind as a number nine – relying on speed of thought and tactical awareness rather than just lightning pace and impulse – Care has turned out consecutive performances that make you wonder how England ever did without him.Another drop-goal at Murrayfield was superbly audacious, but the weight of box-kicking – most of them contestable for his chasing wingers – was much improved. A running threat will always be there, as evidenced by the direction of Duncan Weir’s shoulders before Burrell’s try, but a new-found maturity is coming. As at lock and full back, England are blessed with scrum-half options. Care had always been considered more skilful than Ben Youngs and Lee Dickson, but less rounded. Those days are over.
View Comments Star Files Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Snuggle Up With Jonathan GroffWinter may be on its way, but HBO is once again giving us the perfect excuse to stay home and snuggle up on the sofa with some of our Great White faves. Girls, with Adam Driver, Andrew Rannells and Zachary Quinto (plus Pan’s Allison Williams!), returns for its 10-episode fourth season on January 11, 2015. On the same night, the second series of Looking, starring the delectable Jonathan Groff, will kick off its second series. Bring on the cold!Kelli O’Hara & Steven Pasquale Reunite With Jason Robert BrownBridges of Madison County stars Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale, along with Carolee Carmello, Betsy Wolfe and more, will celebrate Jason Robert Brown’s appointment as concert venue SubCulture’s 2015 Artist-In-Residence on December 6. The evening will feature for the first time on one stage, original cast members from every one of the composer’s New York productions. Worried you’ll miss it and need a live Brown fix? The three-time Tony winner’s Honeymoon In Vegas begins Broadway previews on November 18.Watch How to Put on Cats MakeupCats will soon prowl into London’s West End and in anticipation, the production has released the below video of Callum Train’s transformation into Munkustrap (Old Deuteronomy’s second in command). Nicole Scherzinger will lead the cast in making the memory live again from December 6 at the London Palladium. Jonathan Groff
Farmers in the African country of Burkina Faso, like many of their American counterparts, grow sorghum, millet and corn. The big difference is that in Burkina Faso, these crops feed humans, not animals.Expert help on the weather “Burkina Faso is landlocked, and it’s one of the poorest countries in the world,” said Hoogenboom, an agricultural engineer with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “And 80 percent of the population there is engaged in subsistence agriculture.” In some areas of Burkina Faso, millet flour is used to make biscuits. “It grows well in these parts of the country because it’s very dry there,” he said. “Millet is also the only grain cereal crop that can grow there because it’s very drought-resistant.” “Crop simulation models can predict local crop growth and development based on weather and soil conditions and crop management scenarios,” Hoogenboom said. “Burkina Faso has dry winters and hot, wet summers. The climate seriously restricts what the farmers can grow.” African farmers are eager for Sanon to complete his work. During a workshop led by UGA CAES anthropologist Carla Roncoli, the farmers said the rainy season is the most critical component of their cropping system. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaGerrit Hoogenboom and Moussa Sanon, two scientists normally separated by the Atlantic Ocean, don’t just talk about the weather. They’re doing something about it, in an effort to help some farmers who need a break. Sanon is a researcher with the National Environmental and Agricultural Research Institute in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He’s using Hoogenboom’s crop modeling software to develop planting options for Burkina Faso farmers.Predicting the weather “Due to the uncertainty of the start of the rainy season, farmers plant a mix of varieties as a type of insurance against crop failure,” Hoogenboom said. “If they plant too early or too late, their crop fails. Having advanced weather and climate information available before the country’s rainy season will be invaluable to them.” U.S. farmers grow these crops primarily as animal feeds and more recently as bioenergy crops. “In my country,” Sanon said, “we rely on sorghum and millet as main crops that are used for food. We use the leaves and stems to feed our animals and build sheds and barns. We use the grains of sorghum, millet and maize plants for flour to make paste, couscous, gruel and cake.” Sanon’s visit to UGA is sponsored by the Fulbright Scholar Program. The Fulbright program has funded development-abroad projects for more than 275,000 university faculty members since 1946. To help these farmers help themselves, Sanon traveled from Africa to the University of Georgia to work with Gerrit Hoogenboom, a world-renowned expert in agrometeorology and crop modeling. Here in America, Sanon is comparing data from three growing seasons in Africa with data from U.S. field trials. He’s testing four millet and eight sorghum varieties.Millet flour and sorghum beer While visiting in the U.S., Sanon misses many of the traditional African dishes he can’t find here. But he’s enjoying eating American foods, too. “We eat a variety of vegetables at home, but they’re much cleaner here,” he said. “In the United States, I’m not afraid that there are parasites on the fresh vegetables I buy.” Sorghum grain is also used to make a local beer, and millet flour is used to make a soft drink called “zoomkoon,” he said.
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