Time to Prioritize Fields for Harvest

first_img Previous articleWhy Placing Tariffs on Morocco, Russia’s Phosphate Imports Puts U.S. Farmers at a DisadvantageNext articleTime to Prioritize Fields for Harvest on the HAT Tuesday Podcast Eric Pfeiffer Time to Prioritize Fields for Harvest SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Time to Prioritize Fields for Harvest Harvest is upon us! Some have already started while many in northern Indiana will start in the next week or so, that according to Beck’s Field Sales Agronomist Travis Burnett. He says now is the time to start prioritizing fields for harvest.“So, this is the time of year that I encourage guys to get out and do some push tests or pinch tests evaluating stalk quality. It got really dry in certain portions of the state there in the month of August and there’s been a lot of cannibalization going on. There are some questionable stalks out there.”Burnett adds that prioritizing fields will help avoid a catastrophe should we have a major wind event rip through the area.“And a lot of times, it’s not always based off of planting date. There are certain hybrids in certain fields that probably need to be prioritized from a harvest timing standpoint instead of just looking at moisture.”Many areas are dealing with drought stress, and Burnett says there are some things you’ll have to manage around. In those fields where we have issues with premature death, Burnett says,“There’s going to be some wide fluctuations or variation of harvest moisture. Unfortunately, a whole field doesn’t always die down at the same time. A lot of times you’ll have corn that prematurely black layered because of that premature death. In that same time, we have portions of that field, typically lower lying areas of that field, that had enough moisture to go ahead and finish naturally. That’s going to be a lot higher moisture corn, so make sure that we get that corn good and dry going in the bin if you’re going to store on the farm will be a big thing to pay attention to as well.”Beck’s is dedicated to serving a community of farmers who love what they do and are proud to be farmers at heart. Learn more at beckshybrids.com. Facebook Twitter By Eric Pfeiffer – Sep 21, 2020 SHARElast_img read more

Somalia: Already 20 journalists arrested in the first half of 2020

first_imgNews The latest victim is Jabir Said Duale, a journalist also known as “Bulshawi,” who works for privately-owned Horyaal24 TV in northwestern Somalia’s self-proclaimed independent republic of Somaliland. He was released on 28 June under a pardon issued by Somaliland’s president after being held for seven days in the city of Erigavo. He was arrested twice, on 16 and 22 June, for filming an allegedly illegal protest in Erigavo about the failure to include civil society representatives in the historic peace talks that the presidents of Somalia and Somaliland have just held in an attempt to solve problems resulting from Somaliland’s decision to break away in 1991.Among the other Somali journalists arrested or summoned by the police in June was Bishar Ibrahin Adan, a local radio journalist who was arrested on 10 June in Burdhubo, a town in southern Somalia’s Gedo region, and was released without charge three days later. Abdishakur Mohamed Hassan, a reporter for privately-owned SAAB TV, was briefly detained on 12 June for covering a demonstration in Beledweyne, the capital of the central province of Hiraan. Somali Broadcasting Corporation’s Khadar Mohamed Tarabi and Universal TV’s Khadar Farah Rigah were arrested for covering a demonstration on 16 June in Las Anod, in Somaliland, and were held for 24 hours on the provincial governor’s orders.“Whether judicial detention, police arrests or just summonses for questioning, the level of abuses against Somali journalists continues to be very high,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “Only strong, ambitious measures will succeed in ending these practices, which amount to systematic intimidation. We reiterate our appeal to Somalia’s federal authorities and Somaliland’s local authorities to decree a moratorium on arrests of journalists pending a reform of media legislation that abolishes imprisonment for media offences.”During a meeting in Paris in November 2019 with Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre, RSF urged the rapid adoption of a national mechanism to protect and secure journalists. Somalia continues to be Africa’s deadliest country for journalists, with more than 50 killed in the past ten years. But efforts have nonetheless been made to combat impunity in recent years. A police officer who shot a journalist dead at a checkpoint was convicted in absentia and given a prison sentence. Two soldiers were discharged from the army for mistreating reporters. And, in response to a request from the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), a court has just ordered the attorney-general’s office to investigate the more than 50 murders of journalist that remain unpunished. February 24, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RF) calls on the Somali federal authorities to quickly declare a moratorium on arrests of journalists, which have surged in recent weeks. The steps taken to combat impunity for violence against journalists need to be accompanied by strong measures to reduce the number of arrests, RSF said. Follow the news on Somalia RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists RSF_en January 8, 2021 Find out more News March 2, 2021 Find out more SomaliaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment July 3, 2020 Somalia: Already 20 journalists arrested in the first half of 2020 Help by sharing this information center_img RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region News Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia Somalia is ranked 163rd out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. SomaliaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Organisation Journalists at a press conference addressed by the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia. Mogadishu, March 15, 2016. AMISOM Photo / Ilyas Ahmed Receive email alerts News With 20 arrests of journalists since the start of the year, including five in June alone, Somalia arrests more reporters than almost any other country in sub-Saharan Africa. Only the Democratic Republic of Congo has conducted more arrests of journalists in the past six months. to go furtherlast_img read more

Costa Rica Hosts CICAD Seminar on Tackling Region’s Drug Problem

first_imgBy Dialogo December 10, 2012 SAN JOSÉ — Costa Rica’s presidential vice minister and anti-drug commissioner, Mauricio Boraschi Hernández, was named president of the Inter-American Drug Control Commission [Comisión Interamericana para el Control del Abuso de Drogas, or CICAD] at the group’s 52nd annual session in Heredia, just outside San José. CICAD’s goal: to take a fresh look at regional approaches to fighting drug trafficking and organized crime. “This is a new opportunity for us to speak from the heart and to determine the reality of each of our countries in order to know the truth about where we are, how we are and what is the future of this struggle,” said Edgar Ugalde Álvarez, Costa Rica’s envoy to the Organization of American States, which oversees CICAD. This year’s agenda focused on several areas. These included revising CICAD’s evaluation program, analyzing new trends in drug politics, creating new systems for reducing drug dependency, brainstorming ways to fight corruption, presenting the major criminal groups involved in the drug trade and exploring alternatives to the treatment of criminals involved in the drug trade. Boraschi said his selection as chief of CICAD means that more focus is now being put on Central America as a major drug trafficking center. He pointed out that while Costa Rica is small, its geographic location plays a major role in the drug trade — and that with his appointment, Costa Rica will now also have a much bigger role in formulating policies to fight that trade internationally. Costa Rica assumes presidency of CICAD “This appointment is a recognition of the seriousness with which Costa Rica has addressed the drug issue,” Boraschi said. “It is also a testament to our National Drug Plan which takes a comprehensive, inclusive and universal approach to the phenomenon of drugs in order to fight this problem. This is how we have earned hemispheric respect.” He added: “International cooperation is essential to combat this scourge. Together our countries have sufficient resources for this fight.” The OAS created CICAD in 1998 at the 2nd Summit of the Americas in Santiago, Chile. With the new organization came the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism [Mecanismo de Evaluación Multilateral, or MEM]. MEM’s main objective, according to the CICAD action plan, is to create a dialogue and increase mutual trust and cooperation among member countries. That directive has led to the creation of anti-drug programs throughout the hemisphere, and has shaped a system through which countries can request assistance in fighting narcotics-related crime. “ The new proposal is a re-launch of the MEM,” said CICAD General Coordinator Juan Gabriel Morales. “We want to move to a model of objective assessment, with a more dynamic approach.” A new MEM action plan The new plan seeks to link 27 CICAD-approved recommendations from the Hemispheric Drug Strategy of 2010 with aspects from the 2011-15 Action Plan. Both plans are divided into five focus areas for countries to create or update their own drug action plans, and both emphasize reducing demand through anti-drug education programs, as well as measures aimed at monitoring the drug trade. Other focuses include institutional strengthening, supply reduction and international cooperation. The MEM’s sixth round of evaluations starts in 2013 and will measure each country’s progress based on these new criteria. Boraschi said the evaluation process will also serve as a means of developing new ways to fight narcotics trafficking across borders. During a news conference following the session’s opening, Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla announced her intention to pass more legislation pertaining to drug trafficking and organized crime. “We need to send a clear message to criminals,” Chinchilla said. “None of these criminals are angels. We are beginning to see people in this country who need to be brought to international justice.” In her speech Chinchilla outlined several proposals that would require amending the Costa Rican constitution and penal code, as well as petitioning internationally for change. • The first is to change the privacy laws in Article 24 of Costa Rica’s Constitution. Judges are now only allowed to listen to phone conversations tapped for investigations; judges then share any information they believe to be pertinent among investigators. Costa Rica is the only country in the world with such a law, Boraschi said. As a result, many investigations are held up because of time restraints on judges. The change would still require a judge’s approval for the actual wiretapping, but would allow investigators to do the listening. • Chinchilla also said she intends to change Article 32 of the Constitution by allowing Costa Rican nationals to be extradited overseas to face charges of drug trafficking or organized crime. She also proposed increased penalties for people charged with drug-related offenses or racketeering, without naming specifics. The president didn’t give a timetable for implementing these new laws, but Chinchilla said constitutional amendments can take as much as two years to clear Congress. • The Costa Rican government also is seeking assistance beyond its borders. Chinchilla mentioned two documents currently being drafted for passage by Congress. The first is a treaty from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs asking every country in Central America, along with Colombia and Mexico, to jointly patrol the region’s waters for drug smugglers. All nations involved currently allow joint patrols with the United States. This agreement would still allow for U.S. patrols, but let other countries participate. Boraschi said following the press conference that this is meant to serve as a starting point for global legislation designed to fight a borderless crime. “Narcotics trafficking is one of the most dangerous manifestations of crime,” he said. “It does not stop at one country, and it requires legislation that works internationally. This is a problem and a task that all nations have a different, but shared, responsibility to tackle.” The president also urged the United Nations to put drug trafficking and organized crime on the same level as terrorism. Such a status change would dedicate more resources to fighting the narcotics trade and make it so that drug lords would be “hunted the same as terrorists are,” Chinchilla said. “From our countries’ point of view, narcotics trafficking and organized crime should be considered like terrorism because these criminals behave similarly to terrorists,” Chinchilla said. “We want the Security Council to recognize that these crimes are a threat to international peace and security.”last_img read more

In Somalia, women defy strict rules to play football

first_imgPhoto by @goldengirlsTSCMogadishu, Somalia | AFP | Shortly after sunrise, a group of young women arrives at a football pitch in Mogadishu, where they shrug off their hijabs — some changing underneath the billowing veil — to reveal their team kit.Young Somali men stand nearby, some disapproving but all watching closely, as the women jog up and down, dribble a worn-out ball between colourful cones and do sit-ups, less than 200 metres (656 feet) from a heavily guarded security checkpoint.The sight of young women playing football is highly unusual in Somalia, due to societal pressures as well as fear of Al-Shabaab.The Al-Qaeda linked Islamist group launches regular attacks in Mogadishu and considers forms of entertainment, such as football, to be evil, worse still if women are involved.“It is obvious that we are scared despite the fact that we put on heavy clothes over our shorts and T-shirts (until) we get to the pitch. It is very difficult to walk normally with sports clothes — we never wear sports clothing in society,” said Hibaq Abdukadir, 20, one of the footballers.She is among 60 girls, who have signed up to train at the Golden Girls Centre in Mogadishu, Somalia’s first female soccer club.– ‘Think differently’ – Mohamed Abukar Ali, the 28-year-old co-founder of the centre, said he was inspired to create the club after he realised that Somalia had no female footballers.“We are… trying to make these girls the first Somali female football professionals,” he said.However this is not an easy task.“When the girls have to attend training sessions, we have to organise to pick them up and bring them here and back home after the session because they are girls and we think about their security,” said Ali.“There are so many challenges, from security to lack of resources… but that will not deter our ambition to establish female football clubs in this country,” he said. “We believe it is the right time and we should have the courage to think differently.” – ‘They look naked’ –Many of the girls who have joined the club said they had always wanted to try playing football but never had the opportunity.“I have been playing football for seven months, but my family has only known about it for two months,” said Sohad Mohamed, 19.“I used to dodge my mother about where I was going because she would not allow me to play football, but at least my mum is okay with it now, even though the rest of my family is not happy.”In Somalia, it is taboo for women to appear in public dressed in shorts, trousers or T-shirts, with Islamic scholars saying sports clothing is not appropriate Islamic dress for women.The players wear tights underneath their baggy shorts, and cover their hair, but still face criticism for their dress.“I come to watch them train but frankly speaking, I would not be happy to see my sister doing it, this is not good in society’s eyes because they look naked,” said Yusuf Abdirahman, who lives near the football field.Mohamed Yahye, another onlooker, is happy to see women playing football but is also concerned about how they are dressed.“I think there is nothing wrong with women playing football, the only thing they should change is the dress code, they need to wear something that is not slim-fitting. But as long as their body is not seen, they are in line with the Islamic dress codes,” he said.However the Golden Girls are not fazed.“My ambition is so high that I aim for the same progress as those female footballers who play for Barcelona,” said Abdukadir.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Rose Ladies Series: Sammy’s back and Full of confidence

first_img Samantha Fuller spotted her name on the Rose Ladies Series leaderboard – and promptly chipped in for another birdie.The professionals were meant to dominate Thursday’s event at Moor Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire, but amateur ace Fuller had other ideas.Instead of nerves, the 21-year-old showed a new level of confidence and, having holed from off the green at the 14th, found herself just one shot adrift of LET star Meg MacLaren with birdie opportunities ahead.MacLaren dug deep to fend off the threat from Fuller and carded a score of 69 to eventually win by two shots from the amateur and Liz Young.But Fuller’s form was a highlight of the day and a real fillip for her as she continues a curtailed season.“I knew I was playing well going into the event, but I didn’t have any expectations and was just there to have fun,” reflected Fuller after a one under par round of 71.“I didn’t think I’d be up there contending coming into the final few holes.“I didn’t realise where I was on the leaderboard until I spotted my name coming down 14 – the next thing I did was chip in!“It’s hard to describe how I was feeling at that point, but my boyfriend Tom was caddying and did a good job.“I really enjoyed the whole experience of competing again and this has given me a real boost.“I had lost a lot of confidence in my game after being ill for a bit so to come into an event like this and finish under par is a great lift.”Fuller was one of four amateurs in the field for the second of eight Rose Ladies Series events.The Surrey golfer joined younger sister Annabell, Caley McGinty (pictured above) and Rebecca Earl in representing the amateur game alongside 47 women professionals.Just as on the first week of the series when Mimi Rhodes showcased the level of the amateur game with a tied seventh finish at Brokenhurst Manor, both Fuller sisters were able to go head-to-head with the pros and move inside the top ten.With Samantha joint runner-up, Annabell (pictured below)  finished in a tie for seventh following a one over par score of 73.Now both women are looking to kick on and build towards competing in one of England Golf’s flagship events – the English Women’s Amateur Championship at Woodhall Spa from 28 July-1 August.“I’d only played three events in America prior to coming back home from college in March,” admitted Fuller who is going into her senior year at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.“But it was great to be involved in this one and catch up with players who I had known from England squad days.“Annabell Dimmock and Gabriella Cowley were team-mates and my mum joked that it was good to have the old gang back together again.“I’m looking to play in the English Women’s Amateur, but I will then probably head back to America as there are quarantine rules in place and I need to be back in time for my senior year starting.“I’m doing communications and sports studies and while I’d obviously like to give my golf career a go, I would also like to try out sports broadcasting.“I took part in the promotional video for the Augusta Women’s National event in 2019 and that was a great insight.”To check out all the scores from Moor Park, click on the full and final leaderboard.The next event in the Rose Ladies Series takes place on Thursday at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club with another crop of England’s top amateurs due to take their place in the field.For details on future events, keep up to date via the England Golf Twitter feed.Photograph credit: Getty Images Tags: Annabell Fuller, Caley McGinty, Meghan MacLaren, Rebecca Earl, Rose Ladies Series, Samantha Fuller 26 Jun 2020 Rose Ladies Series: Sammy’s back and Full of confidence last_img read more

Routine Exercise at Naval Weapons Station Earle Running Through Feb. 14

first_imgThe article originally appeared in the February 6-12, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2020 is being conducted by U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Navy Installations Command on all Navy installations in the continental U.S., according to a press release. But the “see something, say something,” rule still applies, even during exercises, according to the release. “Everyone should report suspicious activity if they witness something. Advanced coordination has taken place with local law enforcement and first responders.” “Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain is an important training opportunity designed to ensure our personnel and security forces are at peak readiness to deter and respond to potential security threats,” Rear Adm. Charles Rock, the commander of the Navy’s Mid-Atlantic Region, said in the release. “We test ourselves against an array of realistic scenarios and we conduct the exercise in coordination with our community partners.” By Allison Perrine | [email protected] For more information about potential impacts from the exercise, visit facebook.com/nwsearlenj or twitter.com/nwsearlenj.  NWSE’s main side is in Colts Neck and its waterfront is in the Leonardo section of Middletown Township. The two areas are connected by private and federally owned roadways, according to the NWSE website. Area neighbors may experience increased traffic or delays around the bases throughout the exercise, or they may hear or see security activities associated with the exercise. Measures have been taken to try to minimize the number of disruptions to nearby neighbors and to normal base operations. COLTS NECK – Naval Weapons Station Earle (NWSE) is currently participating in an annual force protection exercise from Feb. 3 through 14, the base announced.  The exercise is designed “to enhance the readiness of Navy security forces and ensure seamless interoperability among the commands, other services and agency partners,” according to the release. The exercise is not being performed in response to any specific threats; it is a regularly scheduled exercise.last_img read more

Rough night at the office for Huskies in 8-4 loss

first_imgThe Fort St. John Huskies took to the ice last night at the North Peace Arena for their home opener against the Sexsmith Vipers. Offence wasn’t a problem for the team as they registered four goals and fired 45 shots on net, but the same can’t be said for the play in their own zone.After dropping the game 8-4 Huskies head coach Gary Alexander said despite being in control of the flow of the game most of the night, turnovers and not being able to escape from those mistakes did the team in.“We had the majority of the play all night I thought. We just made those few little mistakes and it cost us every time. It wasn’t that we weren’t working and weren’t doing some things right but we just coughed it up at the wrong time and it cost us,” he said.- Advertisement -The Huskies surrendered three powerplay goals against, and up until the final stages of the third period it seemed whenever they would close to within a goal, the Vipers would also net one of their own shortly thereafter.Going along with poor defensive play was some less than ideal goaltending from Logan Edwards as the Vipers at one point had five goals on 20 shots, and an overall total of eight goals on 28 shots.“I think you could probably say that certainly. I don’t think he was real strong on it. He didn’t seem to see the puck at times. That’s all a part of your defensive game. You get shots that he isn’t expecting to get from an area and they go in,” Alexander said.Advertisement On the bright said for the team, they did get some quality production on the score sheet from some rookies in the lineup. Three of the four goals were scored by first year players.Finding the back of the net on the night were Nolan Legace, Kody Disher, Ryan McDonald, and Adam Bowie.The Huskies will be back in action tonight when they head to Clairmont to skate with the County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings.last_img read more

Over 100 homes without power outside Letterkenny

first_imgOver 100 homes and properties have been left without electricity this morning following a fault in the Cullion area outside Letterkenny.A power outage occurred at 6.26am following a fault in the area.119 homes and properties are affected by the outage. ESB crews are currently working to repair the fault and estimate that supply will be restored by 3.30pm today.Over 100 homes without power outside Letterkenny was last modified: August 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

PH cyclists Aquino, Salamat fall short

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Mangrobang can finally get good night’s sleep after gold medal win Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gamescenter_img Aquino fell short to finish fourth in the men’s side, behind Mohd Harrif Saleh of Malaysia (59:34.77), Tanawut Sanikwhati of Thailand (59:34.79) and Mohd Zamri Saleh of Malaysia (59:34.88). SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses FILE PHOTO – Cyclist Marella Vania Salamat holds up the flag after winning a gold medal. RAFFY LERMAKUALA LUMPUR — Marella Vania Salamat tried to close in with tough, European-trained Thai rider but it backfired badly as she got pinned down in the mad dash to the finish out of the podium Monday in cycling criterium race.The last Southeast Asian Games champion in individual time trial was part of the 11-woman lead pack that charged to the finishing at Dataran Putrajaya all at the same time, one hour, two minutes and nine seconds.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games But it was Vietnam’s Thi Tat Nguyen, who took the gold, Ju Pha Som of Malaysia silver and Julatip Maneephan — the rider on Salamat’s crosshairs — bronze. Salamat was fourth.“The Thai rider is a very good sprinter,” Salamat said. “Unfortunately, my tactic of closely guarding her didn’t work as other riders saw it as an opportunity to attack.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutShe will still see action in the individual mass start on Wednesday. There is no ITT this SEA Games.Filipino rider Jerry Aquino also bombed out in the men’s action. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Netflix sinking deeper into debt to fuel subscriber growth

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Netflix is sinking deeper into debt in its relentless pursuit of more viewers, leaving the company little margin for error as it tries to build the world’s biggest video subscription service.The big burden that Netflix is shouldering hasn’t been a major concern on Wall Street so far, as CEO Reed Hastings’ strategy has been paying off.The billions of dollars that Netflix has borrowed to pay for exclusive series such as “House of Cards,” ”Stranger Things,” and “The Crown” has helped its service more than triple its global audience during the past four years — leaving it with 109 million subscribers worldwide through September.That figure includes 5.3 million subscribers added during the July-September period, according to Netflix’s quarterly earnings report released Monday. The growth exceeded management forecasts and analyst projections. Netflix’s stock rose 1 per cent in extended trading, putting it on track to touch new highs Tuesday. The shares have increased by about five-fold during the past four years.If the subscribers keep coming at the current pace, Netflix may surpass its role model — HBO — within the next few years. HBO started this year with 134 million subscribers worldwide.“We are running around 100 miles an hour doing our thing around the world,” Hastings said during a review of the third-quarter results.But Netflix’s subscriber growth could slow if it can’t continue to win programming rights to hit TV series and movies, now that there are more competitors, including Apple , Amazon, Hulu and YouTube.If that happens, there will be more attention on Netflix’s huge programming bills, and “then we could see an investor backlash,” CFRA Research analyst Tuna Amobi says. “But Netflix has been delivering great subscriber growth so far.”Netflix’s long-term debt and other obligations totalled $21.9 billion as of Sept. 30, up from $16.8 billion at the same time last year. That includes $17 billion for video programming, up from $14.4 billion a year ago. Most of the programming payments are due within the next five years. Netflix expects to spend $7 billion to $8 billion on programming next year, up from $6 billion this year.The Los Gatos, California, company has to borrow to pay for most of its programming expenses because it doesn’t generate enough cash on its own. Netflix burned through another $465 million in the most recent quarter, which is known as “negative cash flow” in accounting parlance.For all of this year, Netflix has warned that its negative cash flow might be as high as $2.5 billion, a trend that management expects will continue for at least the next several years as it tries to diversify its video library to appeal to divergent tastes in about 190 countries.Nonetheless, Netflix has remained profitable, under U.S. accounting rules. The company earned $130 million on $3 billion in revenue in its latest quarter.And management appears to be trying to ease the financial drain with price increases of $1 and $2 a month for most of its 53 million subscribers in the U.S. before the end of the year. The higher prices are likely to increase Netflix’s revenue by about $650 million next year, RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Mahaney predicted.But the price increases could backfire if it provokes an unusually high number of subscribers to cancel, something Netflix faced when it raised rates in the past. Most analysts believe that’s unlikely to happen this time, and Netflix supported that thesis with its growth forecast. Management expects to add 6.3 million subscribers during the October-December period, slightly more than what analysts are anticipating, according to FactSet.Netflix has long argued its borrowing makes sense to gain a huge advantage over rivals as people increasingly watch programming on internet-connected devices. Plus, management points out that its total debt is small compared with its market value of nearly $90 billion.With such a valuable stock, Netflix theoretically could sell more shares to raise money — similar to how homeowners sometimes use the equity accrued in their houses to pay big bills.But that would be more difficult to do if Netflix’s stock price plummets amid concerns about its debt.Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter also questions the long-term value of Netflix’s programming line-up.“What is something like Season One of ‘House of Cards’ worth to you if you already have watched it? It’s probably only worth something to someone who hasn’t been subscribing to Netflix for the past five years,” Pachter says. “So that means Netflix has to keep reinventing itself virtually every year, and that costs money.”last_img read more