Onyango renews his contract with Mamelodi

first_img Tags: CAF Champions LeagueDenis OnyangoSC VillaSt. GeorgeSuper Sport UnitedTop Mamelodi Sundowns Onyango has been at Mamelodi since 2011 (file photo)Uganda Cranes skipper Denis Masinde Onyango has agreed to renew his contract with PSL side Mamelodi Sundowns on a four and a half year deal.The development was confirmed by the club on their official Twitter account confirming that the best goalkeeper on the continent has extended his stay until 2022.“Mamelodi Sundowns and Denis Onyango agreed on a contract extension of four and a half years. The Ugandan goalkeeper is currently the best goalkeeper in Africa having been named in the Confederation of African Football’s Best XI.” Read the Tweet.The skipper joined the sundowns in 2011 from Super Sport and has since been a key figure at the South African giants helping them win many titles including the CAF Champions League in 2016.Last year, he was named in the best XI for CAF, the only player to make the list while playing in Africa.It should be remembered that this was the second time, the 33 year old shot stopper was making Africa’s best XI.He has previously featured for SC Villa in Uganda, St. George in Ethiopia, super sport and currently Mamelodi.Comments last_img read more

AgTube: Cover Crop Seeding at Harvest

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Developing a marketing strategy approach

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCFor the last 8 years the price of December corn on the last trading day of November has always been lower than the last trading day of October. Corn closed at $3.63 on Halloween.On the other hand, for the last 8 years January beans on the last trading day of November were higher for 3 years, lower for 3 years and the same for 2 years. January beans were $8.52 on Oct. 31. My marketing strategy approachI try to maintain a flexible marketing strategy that maximizes profit potential and minimizes risk. This means that some of my trades are most profitable if the market stays sideways, especially if there is a lot of rationale for minimal price movement in the short or long-term. Like all farmers, I’m most profitable if the market rallies above breakeven price points, and I always want that to happen. Unfortunately, there can be long periods of time where the market doesn’t rally above breakeven points. That’s why being open to alternative trade opportunities can be beneficial. Still, while I’m open to alternative solutions, it’s very important that for each trade I must fully understand any potential outcome and be willing to accept any result.All four trades below were put on when different factors were affecting the market. In the end, I collected 65 cents of premium on 10% of my production, or 6.5 cents on all of my corn. While none of these trades allowed me to get additional sales in place, I’m satisfied with the final outcome.Reader’s note: I believe in being fully transparent with my trade outcomes, which I think provides a better foundation for understanding and considering alternative opportunities. Still, the amount of detail can be overwhelming for those just wanting an overview. For those wanting a more summarized approach, just read the sections titled “What Happened” and “What Does This Mean”. Trade 1: Corn straddlesOn 1/18/18, when Dec corn was $3.85 covering potentially 10% of 2018 production, I sold a $3.70 straddle (where I sell both the put and call for the same price), bought a $3.50 put and collected a total of 38 cents premium for the trade. The options expired on the Friday after ThanksgivingThen on 2/9/18, when Dec corn was $3.93 covering potentially another 10% of 2018 production, I sold a $3.90 straddle, bought another $3.50 put, and collected a total of 44 cents premium to place the trade. The options expired on the Friday after Thanksgiving What does this mean?If corn is below $3.57 on 11/23/18, I won’t sell any corn with these trades. However, I still get to keep some of the premium. At most I’ll make 30 cents of premium, if prices are $3.56. At worst I’ll make 20 cents of premium if prices fall below $3.50, but on only 10% of my production.If corn is above $4.20 on 11/23/18, I have to sell 20% of my 2018 production for $4.20. If corn is $3.57 to $4.20, then I get a value of more than what corn prices were at when I put the second set of options in place. For instance, if futures prices are $3.70, then I would get $4.30 for my corn. If the futures price is $3.90, then I would get $4.50 but on only 10% of production. What happened?Corn was trading at $3.60 on Friday, as the options were about to expire, I bought back the $3.70 and $3.90 puts for 10 cents and 30 cents respectively. I had to buy the options back because otherwise I would have been long corn, which as a producer I didn’t want to have happen. I let both call options and the $3.50 put options all expire worthless.In the end, I collected 42 cents total for both trades on 10% of my production that I will later add to my “pot of premium” on a future trade:28 cents on the 1st trade (i.e. 38 cents collected – 10 cents to buy put back = 28 cents profit)14 cents on the 2nd trade (44 cents collected – 30 cents to buy put back = 14 cents profit).I could have sold corn for the $3.60 Dec futures right before the market closed and with the premium I would have received $4.02 on 10% of my production. But, as mentioned above, historically November prices are the season’s low and market information suggests some upside potential is possible right now. So, I decided to wait to sell. Trade 2: Sold corn callOn 10/2/18 when Dec corn was near $3.68 I sold a Dec $3.70 call for 8 cents expiring 11/23/18 on 10% of my ’18 production. What does that mean?If corn is trading below the strike price when this option expires I keep the 8-cent premium and add it to another trade later. If corn is trading above the strike price when this option expires, I have to sell corn for the strike price PLUS I keep the premium. This means a price of $3.78 on Dec futures. My trade thoughts and rationale on 10/2/18Since I still need to sell some of my remaining ’18 corn, but I don’t want to sell $3.68 Dec futures, this trade allows me to get values higher than where they were on that today. If the market stays sideways, I keep the 8-cent premiums. There isn’t a downside protection with these trades, but that isn’t the goal for this trade. What happened?The market closed below $3.70, so the call expired worthless and I kept the 8 cents to put in my “pot of premium” for a later trade. Trade 3: Sold corn straddleOn 10/2/18 when Dec corn was around $3.68, I sold a Dec $3.65 straddle (selling both a put and call) collecting 20 cents total on 10% of my 2018 production. What does this mean?If Dec corn is $3.65 on 11/23/18 I keep all of the 20 cents. For every penny corn is below $3.65 I get less premium until $3.45. For every penny higher than $3.65 I get less premium until $3.85. At $3.85 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $3.65 against Dec futures, but I still get to keep the 20 cents, so it’s like selling $3.85 At $3.45 or lower, I have to buy corn sales back or simply take a loss on the trade.My Trade Thoughts And Rationale from 10/2/18With current production forecasts I think corn prices will stay sideways, and this trade is most profitable if it does. However, if the market drops significantly I’m not protected from losing money or may have to buy some corn back, but that’s not my goal with this trade. With what I know today, I still want the market to rally and will be happy with a $3.85 sold price, because I have several other trades working that need prices above $3.85. I’m comfortable with any market outcome with this trade. What Happened?On 11/19/18 the market was $3.64. I bought back the put portion of the straddle for 3 cents, but left the call in place hoping for a rally back above $3.65 on Friday and forcing me into a sale. In the end, the market closed under $3.65, so I didn’t make a sale, but I kept 16 cents after commissions from the trade to add to my “pot of premium.” Trade 4: Sold straddleOn 10/18/18 when Dec corn was around $3.70, I sold a December $3.80 straddle (selling both a put and call) and collecting just over 16 cents total on 10% of my 2018 production.What does this mean?If Dec corn is $3.80 on 11/23/18, I keep all of the 16 cents. For every penny corn is below $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.64. For every penny higher than $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.96. At $3.96 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $3.80 against Dec futures, but I still get to keep the 16 cents, so it’s like selling $3.96. At $3.64 or lower I have buy corn sales back or simply take a loss on this trade. My trade thoughts and rationale from 10/18/18This trade is once again most profitable in a sideways market, which I think is the most likely scenario right now. If the market does nothing through 11/23/18, I’ll profit similar to the trade above. With what I know today, I would be happy to sell corn for $3.96, even if prices exceed this amount in a month. I’m a little concerned with the downside risk but, it’s the middle of harvest and historically once harvest is over, and grain is stored, there is usually a modest price recovery. What happened?Like the last 8 years, November prices are trending lower than late October prices. On 11/19/18 when corn was $3.64, I bought back the put for 16 cents and left the call open, not expecting prices to get back to $3.80 by Friday. After commissions, I lost 1 cent, so the trade was basically a wash. Combined results and overviewTrade 1 = +42 cents on 10%
Trade 2 = +8 cents on 10%
Trade 3 = +16 cents on 10%
Trade 4 = -1 cent on 10%
Total profit = 65 cents on 10% of production after commissions.Knowing what I know today, I’m happy I made 65 cents of premium on 10% of my production, or 6.5 cents on ALL of my production. I made some low risk trades that allowed me to profit in a disappointing market. Until October I never risked more than 20% of my ‘18 production in sideways type of trades. Once more was known about the size of the crop I added more sideways type of trades based upon the information I had at the time. This allows me to make a little extra profit until we hit profitable levels again. Or if we don’t, this “pot of premium” might help me get to profitable levels.Once again, considering alternative solutions and including trades in my grain marketing strategy that take into consideration all market scenarios (i.e. up, down and sideways), was a good decision that help reduce my farm operation’s risk while maximizing my profit potential. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more

You hid your first geocache, now what?

first_imgYou did it. You hid the coolest, most creative geocache and followed all the necessary guidelines… right? Well, the work is not over. As a geocache owner, you have a responsibility to maintain and manage your geocache after it is published. The hide itself is just the beginning of your ‘geocache owner’ journey.Note: The cache was screwed into a tree for this photo, but this was not a permanent placement.Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind as a new geocache owner…1. It’s your job to perform maintenance on your geocache. That includes replacing full or wet logbooks, fixing the container as needed, cleaning up trash around the geocache, editing text on the listing page, etc.2. If a trackable is listed online as being in your geocache but is not physically there, mark it missing.3. If your coordinates are off or you need to move your geocache to a new location, update them.4. The “Needs Maintenance” red wrench icon will show on your geocache listing if it has been reported by the community as needing maintenance. Geocachers see this icon as a sign that your geocache may not be in good condition and they may skip trying to find it. Once you have made repairs, post an “Owner Maintenance” log on your geocache page. This log removes the Needs Maintenance icon.5. You can temporarily disable your geocache if needed. Do this if the geocache needs repairs, or if the area is closed for a period of time (construction, hunting, winter closures, etc.). This is meant to be temporary, which means a few weeks, or perhaps a couple of months.6. Don’t log your own geocache. Save the smiley for use when you’ve truly discovered a hidden geocache.7. Use your owner powers wisely. Logs that fail to meet stated requirements (such as ‘Found It’ logs by geocachers who have never found the geocache) or logs that conflict with our Terms of Use Agreement may be deleted. Read more about log deletion.8. Sometimes life happens and you can no longer maintain your geocache. You will want to archive the geocache listing, which will permanently remove it from the geocaching.com website, or adopt the geocache out to someone else. Remember to also remove the physical geocache container if you archive.9. Lastly (and most importantly), have fun! One of the greatest perks to being a geocache owner is reading all the wonderful logs by other geocachers discovering your geocache. SharePrint Related9 Tips for responsible cache maintenanceJune 6, 2017In “Learn”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – September 28, 2011September 28, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Padlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter” Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

NAB 2018: Edelkrone Pushes The Dolly So You Don’t Have To

first_imgEdelkrone is at it again this week at NAB 2018. Meet their latest release, the Dolly Plus — an app-controlled dolly system.Top image via Cinema5D.You may remember last summer when Edelkrone released the Slider Plus, offering a fluid, motorized slider mount for anybody working with time-lapses or interviews. However, like most Edelkrone products, the price was hefty (to say the least). Well, this year at NAB, Edelkrone unveiled their next foray into the tracking game: the Dolly Plus. Let’s take a look at what you can expect to see. Cinema5D brings us an taste of the dolly with an interview and a demo.You control the dolly using an app, which allows you to determine the path and the movement. These movements include straight, curved, circle, and . . . square? The app lets you focus on your subject, and then the dolly will track the subject along whatever path you have selected. The head on the dolly can pan and tilt, and you can focus using the app.This piece of equipment is a must-own for the hundreds of filmmakers who simply refuse to push their dolly two feet forward — so they can breathe easier since they no longer need to exhaust themselves by pushing a dolly. Edelkrone is here to give your muscles a break — while depleting your bank account. The Dolly Plus will debut this summer, so pop an ice-cold La Croix, sit back, and let the Edelkrone app make a film for you.The prices is undetermined right now, but come on . . . it’s Edelkrone.Looking for more NAB 2018 announcements? Check these out.NAB 2018 Announcement: Manfrotto Gear Sets Filmmakers FreeNAB 2018: Aputure Upgrades Their Beloved 120d LEDNAB 2018 Announcement: Meet Sigma’s 14-24mm f/2.8 Art LensNAB 2018: DJI Officially Introduces New Camera Control SystemsNAB 2018: Fujifilm’s X-H1 Camera Gets Put to the Testlast_img read more

Ziff Davis Enterprise Gets 20M in Funding

first_imgB-to-B publisher Ziff Davis Enterprise announced that it has received $20 million in funding from global investment group Bessemer Venture Partners. According to ZDE CEO Steve Weitzner, the funding will “significantly accelerate the pace at which we can innovate and grow to best meet the challenging needs of our subscriber and b-to-b technology marketer client communities.”ZDE hopes to use the money to fuel acquisitions and further develop its initiatives in audience development, social media and contextual content, the company says. Private equity group Insight Venture Partners purchased Ziff Davis Enterprise from Ziff Davis Media last June for $150 million. Weitzner joined ZDE as CEO in January after his transition from CEO to head of international M&A and business development at former CMP Technology late last year.last_img read more

2020 MercedesBenz CLA says so long to entry level with 3000plus price

first_imgNot so entry-level anymore. Mercedes-Benz When the Mercedes-Benz CLA first arrived in the US, it marked a big shift for the German luxury brand. The C-Class was no longer the gateway model and the CLA was priced aggressively to start just around $30,000. That figure is long gone, friends.For 2020, Mercedes-Benz said in a Thursday release that the CLA will cost $37,645 after a $995 destination charge. For starters, that’s almost $7,000 more than what the first CLA cost originally. Secondly, that’s a pretty hefty price bump over the 2019 model. Buyers will fork over $3,550 more for the new model. Add all-wheel drive and buyers will flirt with $40,000 for a base model at $39,645.To be fair, the CLA does differentiate itself from the brand’s new entry-level model, the A-Class. For starters, the CLA comes with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine that musters 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. In contrast, the A-Class’s 2.0-liter turbo-4 makes just 188 hp and 221 pound-feet of torque. The CLA is also larger than before and boasts that swankier coupe-like look that’s all the rage these days.Standard equipment for all CLA models includes 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster and a matching 7-inch touchscreen for infotainment purposes. The brand’s latest infotainment system, MBUX, is also on board with its “Hey Mercedes” command ready to answer your questions and assist. Additional driver assistance packages and premium goodies will increase the CLA’s price well past $40,000 before other fees and taxes.Is all of it too pedestrian, perhaps? There will also be Mercedes-AMG models to heat things up. The CLA35 and CLA45 models will boast 302 hp and nearly 400 hp, respectively.  Prices aren’t available for the sportier of CLAs, but expect healthy premiums over the standard car. Buyers will find the regular CLA arriving at dealers this fall. 0 2019 Cadillac Escalade review: Large, luxurious and long in the tooth More From Roadshow Preview • 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 first drive: Now actually feels like a premium car Post a comment The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is more design-focused than ever Mercedes-Benz Luxury cars Sedans 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560 Coupe review: Still the luxury benchmark 38 Photos 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 review: More luxurious and techy than ever Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Tags 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220: The entry-level luxury sedan… More about 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 6:01 Mercedes-Benzlast_img read more

Robert Pattinson — From a sparkling vampire to a billionaire bat

first_imgRobert Pattinson as BatmanBossLogic (@Bosslogic/Twitter)Robert Pattinson is officially set to star as Bruce Wayne aka Batman in the upcoming Matt Reeves-directed The Batman movie. Twilight fans from around the world are overjoyed with this casting update and some are even stating that now they have a reason to watch DCEU movie featuring a billionaire orphan who turns a vigilante to avenge the murder of his parents.In the upcoming DCEU movie, there a lot of things which are at stake. If we go in the past and check then apart from Aquaman and Wonder Woman, all the recently released superhero flicks have failed to impress the audience. Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Batman in several DC movies was appreciated by fans but the script and screenplay were not up to the mark.When it comes to Batman, everyone (both Marvel and DC fans) talks about Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. In those three films, we got to see how a superhero can actually relate to everyone. Those movies gave the antagonist some ideologies and it is always a tough task to beat the villain if he has his own philosophies, consider Thanos for that matter. Christian Bale breathed life into the character and we keep on talking about his for the generations to come. Hiring Robert Pattinson to play Bruce Wayne is surely a gamble for Warner Bros. who wants to press the reboot button on their superhero movies.Over the years, Robert Pattinson has proved that he is not only an actor with some sharp jaws that can cut throats or someone who had a high romantic endeavor with his former Twilight co-star. After wrapping up Twilight saga, Robert did star in several projects which brushed his acting skills and even enhanced him as a person. A still from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight RisesThe Dark Knight Rises, FacebookIn The Last City of Z, we got to see an extremely different side of Robert Pattinson. The 2016 film starred Charlie Hunnam in the lead role but it was Robert’s portrayal of Henry Costin that won applause. If this was not enough, then Robert amazed everyone with his brilliant performance in science-fiction movie High Life featuring him as a former criminal who is now on a voyage into deep space. The movie was well received by the critics and everyone appreciated Robert Pattinson’s performance.With films like Cloverfield, Let Me In, and Planet of the Apes II & III, Matt Reeves has proved that he knows his art and knows what he has to do to make a great cinema. Even he knows what is at stake here and chances of Robert Pattinson’s Batman movie going south are pretty slim.Robert Pattinson’s The Batman movie is currently under preproduction and as of now, there are other actors to be cast. The upcoming DCEU movie is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 25, 2021. It will be amazing to see how an actor who once played a vampire could actually become a bat.last_img read more

What if Sachin Tendulkar had retired after 2007 World Cup How would

first_imgJORGE FERRARI/AFP/Getty ImagesSome weeks ago, Sachin Tendulkar made a major revelation. He informed the cricket world that after India’s forgettable experience in the 2007 World Cup, he was seriously considering retirement from the game. What stopped him from hanging up his boots was advice from Sir Vivian Richards and his elder brother. What happened afterwards is, as they say, history.But here is an interesting and stimulating question: what if Tendulkar had gone ahead and retired? This bit of counter-factual history is worth exploring. Would he still have been regarded as the greatest Indian batsman of all time? Would he have still been considered among the greatest batsmen in the history of the game? Let’s try and imagine that scenario.If Sachin had called it quits in 2007, his record would have been something like this: 135 Tests, 10668 runs, 54.70 average and 35 centuries. In ODIs, the record would have been: 384 matches, 14847 runs, average of 44.05 and 41 hundreds.Needless to say, the record would still have looked mighty impressive. But cricket isn’t only about numbers and stats. The way a batsman has scored his runs matters as much, if not more, in the game. If Sachin had called it a day in 2007, he would have been seen as a batsman who debuted in 1989, dominated the 1990s, continued his good form in the early years of the new century but started to fade away from 2002. Some of Sachin’s finest moments came after 2007PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty ImagesHe would also have been remembered as a player who could tear the bowling attacks apart but chose to become the team’s sheet anchor and play within himself in later years. Besides, there would have been no first ODI double hundred, no World Cup victory, no century in the final of the tri-series in Australia, no famous hundred at Chennai in the aftermath of the 26/11 attacks, and no high-quality duels with Dale Steyn, etc.What happened after the World Cup was the resurrection of Sachin Tendulkar. He not only regained his appetite but also starting achieving the sort of things which he hadn’t earlier. The post-2007 period also saw the flair returning to the game of the Little Master. He was once again showing that dominant streak that characterised his batting in 1990s and made him a superstar.But if he had retired in 2007, he would have ended his career with much less sheen. Yes, Sachin would still have been a legend and counted among the best, but he wouldn’t have reached those unique heights of success that, to some extent, define his career. As Indians, let us all be grateful to Sir Viv for persuading him to continue playing cricket.last_img read more

Venezuelas military backs Maduro

first_imgDemonstrators clash with police during a protest against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro`s government in Caracas, Venezuela on 23 January 2019. Reuters File PhotoVenezuela’s powerful military threw its weight behind president Nicolas Maduro on Thursday as the US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido pressed a direct challenge to his authority, and the fate of the crisis-wracked country hung in the balance.As the death toll from days of street protests jumped to 26, a defiant Maduro announced the closure of Venezuela’s embassy and consulates in the United States, a day after president Donald Trump’s administration declared his regime “illegitimate.”The oil-rich but economically devastated country was plunged into uncertainty Wednesday when Guaido, the 35-year-old head of the National Assembly, proclaimed himself “acting president” — earning swift endorsement from Washington and a dozen regional powers including Brazil, Argentina and Colombia.Maduro’s re-election last year was contested by the opposition, and criticised internationally — but the socialist leader has until now retained the loyalty of the powerful military, whose response was being keenly watched.Flanked by military top brass, Defence minister Vladimir Padrino, himself a general, declared the 56-year-old Maduro “the legitimate president” — and vowed to defend his authority against an attempted “coup d’etat.”Following Padrino’s lead, eight generals in turn reiterated their “absolute loyalty and subordination” to the socialist leader in messages carried on state television.And the Supreme Court — made up of regime loyalists — doubled down by reaffirming its allegiance to Maduro’s “legitimate authority.””A coup is brewing in Venezuela with the consent of foreign governments,” charged the court’s president Maikel Moreno.’Debate is done’In a Skype interview with Univision, Guaido said he did not rule out including Maduro in an amnesty he is offering for military and civilian officials who lead a transition in Venezuela. But he said such an option would have to be evaluated because, he said, Maduro is responsible for the death of protesters.Analysts at the Eurasia Group consultancy noted that while international recognition of Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president cemented his position as the main opposition leader, he had failed to win over senior elements of the military.In that light, “Maduro’s fall does not appear imminent,” the analysts wrote.In Washington, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo kept up the pressure on the leftist leader, as the United States called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting on the crisis.”The time for debate is done. The regime of former president Nicolas Maduro is illegitimate,” Pompeo said in a speech to the Organization of American States, warning him against the use of force towards demonstrators.A furious Maduro on Wednesday issued US diplomats a 72-hour deadline to leave the country, and on Thursday said he was recalling all Venezuelan diplomats from the United States.The State Department meanwhile ordered its non-emergency staff to leave Venezuela but refused to comply with a full expulsion, saying it would maintain diplomatic ties with “the government of interim president Guaido.”Trump meanwhile has openly mused about military intervention in Venezuela, saying “all options are on the table,” and analysts suggest he could consider further economic sanctions against the country, a third of whose oil production goes to the US.The Republican president has found rare support from the Democratic Party over Venezuela, but one prominent dissenting voice was independent Senator Bernie Sanders.”We must learn the lessons of the past and not be in the business of regime change or supporting coups — as we have in Chile, Guatemala, Brazil and the Dominican Republic,” the 2016 presidential hopeful said in a statement, while also condemning Venezuela’s crackdown on protesters.Outside South America, the United States has been joined by Canada and Britain in recognising Guaido as Venezuela’s interim leader, while France has also rejected Maduro’s legitimacy.Security forces run after a demonstrator during a protest of opposition supporters against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro`s government in Caracas, Venezuela on 23 January 2019. Reuters File PhotoBut both Russia and China and have thrown their weight behind the embattled Maduro.Russian president Vladimir Putin called Maduro to express support, charging that the “crisis has been provoked from the outside.”China, Venezuela’s main creditor, opposed “interference in Venezuelan affairs by external forces.”Maduro has retained the support of Mexico, Cuba and Bolivia, all led by leftist governments.Military support keyMaduro has presided over a deepening economic crisis that has left the country facing shortages of basic necessities such as food and medicine.Some 2.3 million people have fled the country since 2015, according to the United Nations. Inflation is forecast to hit 10 million percent this year.Guaido’s bold move capped three days of high tension that began Monday when a group of soldiers took over a command post in the capital Caracas and rose up against Maduro.That uprising was quickly quashed and officials said 27 people were arrested but it set off a wave of smaller protests that were met by security forces using tear gas and rubber bullets.Wednesday then saw the first mass street protests in Venezuela since a crackdown on anti-government protests between April and July 2017 claimed the lives of 125 people.Leading figures around the world have appealed for calm to avoid a repeat of the bloodshed — as a Caracas-based NGO, the Social Conflict Observatory, said 26 people had been killed since this week’s protests began four days ago.Speaking at the World Youth Day in Panama, Pope Francis’s spokesman said he was “praying for the victims and for all the people of Venezuela.”last_img