Prelate saying a prayer over the remains of the late Ambassador KarpehThe Minister of Foreign Affairs says the late Ambassador Carlton Alexwyn Karpeh (CAK) will be remembered for his versatility, eloquence, excellent deportment and patriotism.“He was a man of integrity and unusual modesty. He sacrificed his personal pride for the service of his country. These sterling qualities are rarely found in one person.“As we say farewell to Ambassador CAK, we thank God that he lived a full and fruitful life among us and recall that death is not the beginning of a voyage, but the end of one; it is not the start of a mysterious and dangerous journey across an unknown and vast ocean, but the arrival at the safe harbor. Carlton has arrived,” she indicated.A Foreign Ministry release states that Madam Marjon Kamara made the assertion when she delivered a tribute on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Government of Liberia at the funeral of the late Carlton Alexwyn Karpeh at the Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church on Saturday, March 25, 2017.The late Ambassador Karpeh (85), who died in the early morning hours of Tuesday, February 28, 2017, in Paynesville, was former senior Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and earlier former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Liberia to the Republic of Cameroon and countries in the Central African Region and Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps.Before then, he also served as Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism and earlier, Assistant Minister for Public Affairs and Tourism, Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism.Foreign Minister Kamara said the death of Ambassador Karpeh tore off a valuable leaf from a branch of the Liberian national tree and the Government and people of Liberia including his family were thrown into a state of grief.“Indeed the Government, especially the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is deeply saddened by the death of a former colleague who has made numerous and invaluable contribution to the Republic,” she asserted, adding, “We extend gratitude to the Karpeh family for sharing this great mind with us for most of his useful life in the service of his country.”Continuing, Madam Kamara said, “CAK”, as he was called by his friends and admirers, was a patriot and nationalist who lived the truest meaning of those words. “He learned at an early age to devote his energy and work to his country, standing tall and engraving his name indelibly in the records of our Ministry.”Also paying a tribute to the memory of the late Ambassador Karpeh was the Ambassador of the Republic of Cameroon to the Republic of Liberia, His Excellency Beng’yela A. Gang.In his tribute on behalf of the Government and people of Cameroon, Ambassador Gang said, “whether it be from the angle of academic, journalistic, governmental or diplomatic exploits, whether it be from the perspective of his diverse social attachments Amb. Karpeh left an unrivaled image of professionalism and commitment to the fortification of bilateral relations between Liberia and Cameroon during his 16-year tenure as Liberia’s Ambassador to Cameroon.”Ambassador Gang laid two wreaths on the casket bearing the remains of the late Ambassador – one in the name of the Government of Cameroon in grief and respect for a great friend, bridge-builder and diplomat; and the other, on behalf of the Embassy in Monrovia and of the Cameroon community in Liberia in gratitude for his solidarity with them.Others that paid tribute included the House of Representatives and his family, read by his son, Martin C. Alexwyn Karpeh.The late Ambassador Karpeh was laid to rest at the Kaiser Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Brewerville, outside Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn prices continue to dominate the thoughts of producers this winter. They have plenty of 2016 corn yet to sell as shown by the quarterly grain stocks report from last month. This report had Dec. 1, 2016 U.S. corn stocks at 12.6 billion bushels, up 10% from December 2015, a new Dec. 1 record. Corn has been stuck in a trading range of $3.70 to $3.40 since the end of harvest last fall. Producers continue to seek prices closer to $4 to loosen the tightly closed bin doors sealed with a thud last fall. Corn basis levels at ethanol plants across Ohio have fallen 10 to 15 cents from levels seen early last month. You can easily wonder why basis levels had declined in spite of little movement from producers. Commercials were actively selling corn hedged on inbound receipts from last fall. They were capturing basis improvement while coring and emptying bins to add to the bottom line. Producers want a different factor to add to their bottom line. Many producers seem determined to capture higher flat prices even if they have to keep the corn stored in farm bins for the next several months.Producers have to be encouraged by corn price action seen numerous days last month. On multiple occasions corn traded lower almost all day long, only to close unchanged or up two to three cents for the day. Both corn export sales and shipments were often above trade expectations last month. Producers are also encouraged by market sentiment that has taken corn away from the bearish mentality seen much of last fall’s record harvest. The market mentality for both corn and wheat is now: “It can’t really be bearish at $3.50 to $3.60 for corn and $4.00 to $4.10 for wheat.” Keep in mind that “not bearish” does not translate into a bullish scenario.Soybean prices continue to be above expectations of traders and producers alike. Last month, old crop March CBOT soybeans reached $10.80 while new crop November CBOT soybeans reached $10.40. These prices were above those seen for much of December 2016. Producers were very actively selling both old and new crop soybeans last month. Those new crop prices brought 2017 soybeans near or even above the $10 level. Those are prices at which producers can make money. It is no surprise that many producers have already sold 20% to 50% of expected 2017 soybean production.In spite of producers being active sellers for 2017 soybeans, they are tight-fisted selling 2017 corn. They want higher prices than those seen late last month when December CBOT reached $3.95. Instead, they desire prices of $4.10 to $4.25 before loosening their grip and selling new crop corn.At this writing the U.S. is one week into the President Trump administration. He signed numerous executive orders, determined to advance the agenda he vowed to implement if elected. Producers are holding their breath to see if they will be winners or losers with this new President.March CBOT corn reached $3.71 on Jan. 25, only to run out of steam and close six cents lower. Some link that $3.71 peak for corn to the action of President Trump. Two important questions seem to be looming for corn in coming months. Short term, “Does the mention of a 20% import tax on products into the U.S. from Mexico potentially damage U.S. corn exports into Mexico and stall corn prices? Longer term, “Will 2017 be the fourth consecutive year of above trend line U.S. corn yields?” Many producers say “no.” They patiently anticipate a spring price rally from weather concerns.The USDA will be releasing two important reports in the next six weeks. The first will be from their Outlook Conference the third week of February when the 10-year baseline projections are released. Second, USDA will release their March 31 planting intentions report. Corn acres for 2017 could be near 90 million acres, while soybean acres could be 88 to 90 million acres.