Zuma’s birthday gift for Mandela

first_img19 July 2011South African President Jacob Zuma paid a special visit to Nelson Mandela at his home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Monday, presenting him with an architect’s model of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Bridge as a gift for his 93rd birthday.The Nelson Mandela Legacy Bridge will be constructed across the Mbashe River between Mvezo village, Nelson Mandela’s birthplace, in the King Sabata Dalindyebo municipality, and Ndondolo village in the Mbashe municipality.The bridge, and a new road linking Mvezo village to the N2, will reduce the travelling distance to Idutywa by nearly 50 kilometres. The bridge will also reduce the travel time between Mvezo and the N2 by about an hour and 30 minutes.The bridge will also provide improved access for about 20 000 people living in 21 villages in the surrounding area.“The bridge will improve the lives of people living in and around Madiba’s village and is one of the key contributions to keeping alive the Mandela legacy of a better life for all,” the Presidency said in a statement on Monday.‘He laid our foundations’Zuma, in his birthday message to Mandela, said on Monday: “From the moment Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela strode out of prison on the 11th of February 1990, we knew that South Africa would be a different place …“He showed us that despite the divisive racial oppression and hardships that this nation had gone through, it is not only possible, but necessary to embrace one another and to reconcile the South African people.”Mandela, Zuma said, had “laid the foundation for a solid constitutional democracy where the rights of citizens are supreme and protected. He laid the foundation for all of us to work tirelessly to improve the quality of life of all our people.“We have achieved a lot, but we must still work further to eradicate poverty and improve especially the lives of children, because Madiba loves them so much.“Most importantly, we must spread love, ubuntu, humility and selflessness around us.“Happy birthday, Madiba! We love you!”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Ben Klick, March 27

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I am a fifth generation farmer with Windy Way farms near Massilon. I work full time on the farm with my dad and grandfather. We are a grain and beef operation. It is a half rural half metropolitan area. We feed beef cattle and raise corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay.When I got out of high school we wanted to expand the diversity and we had two bank barns and retrofitted them to make them suitable for feeding more cattle. Last year we built new monoslope barns to feed Holstein cattle and some colored cattle. We enjoy feeding cattle and we think we have a sustainable market for them. We raise our own crops and bedding and mix our own feed so we can be self-sufficient. It is easier to build a barn and feed cattle than it is to pick up farm ground.With as many cows as we are feeding, we are planting more corn to feed them. We feed around 50,000 bushels of our own corn a year. We grow a lot of wheat for bedding that we need. We fall seed hay after wheat too.We sell soybeans as a cash crop. We have four semis that run up north to the processors and we haul commodities for a couple local feed mills and dairy farms. We have our hands in a little bit of everything. In this day and age you have to either have an off farm job or you have to be diversified.We have some sand and gravel bottom ground that we no-till but a lot of our heavier soils we are more conventional till. We have a lot of manure to deal with and we still have the chisel plow to incorporate that.last_img read more

Consider Corn Challenge shines a light on corn’s growing potential in bio-economy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Six new technologies, that are poised to change the way the public perceives our country’s most abundant crop, were highlighted today in Anaheim, Calif. as winners of the inaugural Consider Corn Challenge, an open innovation contest hosted by the National Corn Growers Association. The diverse range of science unveiled shows that corn is squarely situated on the cutting-edge of technology, ready to support a wave of growth sweeping through the renewable products industry.More than 30 scientists and start-up companies answered the global call to bring forth their best ideas focused on the conversion of corn into bio-renewable chemicals. Contest entries reinforced that corn can improve the environmental footprint of many products used by consumers, including plastic bottles, acrylics, solvents, fibers, packaging, and coolants.  Many of the submissions included bio-advantaged molecules, with the ability to deliver performance and value that exceeds petrochemicals.The six winners of the competition are:Lygos — The Berkley, CA company is producing Bio-Malonic acid (Bio-MA) from renewable sugars using cutting edge biotechnology. It is used today in diverse markets, including high-tech composites and coatings, electronics, flavors & fragrances, and pharmaceuticals. Traditionally Malonic Acid is currently made in China from petroleum, through an expensive process that employs hazardous chemicals.  Lygos’ system uses non-toxic chemicals and mild conditions resulting in an environmentally friendly process with superior economics that can be deployed in the U.S. Annikki — Technology to produce FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid), a replacement for petroleum derived terephthalic acid for plastic bottles, fibers, and nylons was the winning entry from the Chicago, Ill. company. FDCA is a versatile bio-advantaged molecule with the potential to replace 100 million tons of petrochemicals. FDCA is not only 100% renewable, it also provides superior performance properties.  This allows plastic soda bottles to be lighter, use less energy in manufacturing and extend the shelf life for carbonated products.Iowa Corn Promotion Board — This technology developed by Iowa corn farmers, is for the production of MEG (monoethylene glycol). MEG has a range of diverse applications from coolants and heat transfer fluid to packaging material. Today, many major consumer products groups are searching for ways to reduce their packaging’s environmental footprint and Iowa Corn’s bio-renewable MEG may be the answer. Millions of tons are produced annually with a value estimated to be more than $25 billion.Vertimass — Vertimass of Irvine, CA, is seeking to produce aromatic chemicals using renewable corn ethanol to replace petrochemicals. The markets they are targeting are very large: 10’s of millions of tons, and a value in excess of $100 billion annually. This process represents a potentially very large new market, diversifying opportunities for ethanol plants and increasing corn utilization.Sasya — Sasya, of Maple Grove, Minn, is producing methylmalonic acid which can compete in methyl methacrylate markets for making acrylic glass, and adhesives. The methyl methacrylate market is estimated to be 5 million metric tons and is worth more than $7 billion.South Dakotas State University — SDSU’s efforts are focused using renewable precursors such as glycerol and lactic acid to make unsaturated polyester resins (UPRs).  Today, UPRs are used to make large plastic tanks, as a binder in fiber glass sheets and other reinforced plastics.“The renewables industry is already an important driver for the U.S. economy generating billions of dollars in revenue but the additional potential in the emerging bio-economy remains largely untapped,” said Bruce Peterson, chairman of NCGA’s Feed Food and Industrial Action Team. “NCGA is proud to showcase these great technologies. Continued improvements in sustainable corn production underscore corn’s ability to significantly improve the environmental footprint of many common household products.”This year’s six winning projects were previewed at the 2018 Commodity Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center on Wednesday. Each winner will receive a U.S.$25,000 cash prize.  NCGA will also explore additional opportunities to support contest entries throughout their development and/or commercialization. The contest generated 33 submissions from eight countries along with nearly 4,500 website visits from 82 countries.“According to a USDA study from 2016, the U.S. bio-based products industry currently creates 4.2 million jobs and generates $393 billion in value added contributions to our economy, but there are many exciting market segments yet to be explored,” NCGA Director of Market Development Jim Bauman said.“Today’s winners exemplify the potential for corn to play an ever-expanding role within the bio-economy.  The ability to produce economically competitive, bio-advantaged molecules, compared to traditional petrochemicals, is driving many companies to review how corn can play a larger role in their future procurement strategy.”Being immersed in the latest ideas and technology related to machinery, crop inputs and agronomic practices is expected at the annual Commodity Classic, Peterson noted, but it is especially meaningful to make this announcement of new, high potential corn uses at a time when farmers are facing another year of low prices.“This challenge is geared to inspire new concepts, approaches and technologies that will help drive innovation and corn’s value. The growing productive capacity of corn farmers makes it essential that we continue to find innovative new ways to use this versatile crop,” said Peterson. “The Consider Corn Challenge will bring positive attention to our winners and help them move closer to commercialization. Likewise, our expectation is this Open Innovation competition will raise awareness of the capabilities and benefits of corn throughout the scientific community.”NCGA and state corn associations actively support innovation in research, development and commercialization.last_img read more

‘Will take lesser time than Beijing to fix Delhi air’

first_imgEnvironment Minister Prakash Javadekar told the Lok Sabha on Friday that China’s capital took 15 years to improve its air quality but India will do the same in Delhi in much lesser time.“It took Beijing 15 years (to fight air pollution). We will take lesser time,” said Mr. Javadekar while replying to a debate on air pollution and climate change, especially with reference to the national capital.A mass movement is needed to curb pollution and arrest the adverse impact of climate change, he said.Measures in DelhiRound-the-clock monitoring, a ban on the use of furnace oil and stricter emission norms for industries have also been put in place in the Capital, he said. Noting that India’s green cover is increasing, the Minister claimed that five times the number of trees that were cut during the construction of Delhi Metro have been planted.The Minister read out the Air Quality Index of Delhi and its surrounding areas that was in the ‘very poor’ category and compared it with places such as Coimbatore and Thiruvananthapuram where it was below 50.“The solution to the problem will come only when we recognise the problem,” he said, claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the one who introduced AQI.“Someone sent me some calculation and said we need about seven trees for the oxygen we breathe in our lifetime. If each one of us pledges to plant seven trees, an oxygen bank will automatically be created,” he said.‘Climate-smart economy’Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said there has to be a concerted effort to deal with the problem and the Centre and the State governments should work together.“We need a climate-smart economy… you should introduce climate literacy,” he said, alleging that the Environment and Forest Ministry under the NDA government seemed to be pro-business rather than pro-conservation.The Congress leader also strongly pitched for the use of jute bags as packing material and as carry bags to replace plastic bags.Earlier, during Question Hour, Mr. Javadekar informed that the government will convene a meeting of Environment Ministers of all States to discuss the problem of single-use plastic and solid waste management.He said 25-30 tonnes of plastic waste is generated daily in the country and just two-thirds of it is collected. The rest not only litter roads, clog drains and beaches but also threaten aquatic life.The Minister also informed that around 30 crore mobile phones become redundant every year and their safe disposal, including recycling, is an issue.Apart from enlisting the various steps taken by the Central government on pollution and climate change, Mr. Javadekar set an ambitious target of meeting 40% of India’s total power needs through renewable energy sources before 2030.last_img read more

PDM not to blame for country problems says Astwood

first_img TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:edwin astwood, Pdm, problem, salem baptist church Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Jun 2015 – The People’s Democratic Movement engine is revved up and ready to go now, with the two leaders solidified in a weekend convention by the party held in its birthplace, Grand Turk. The Grand Turk South & Salt Cay, Member of Parliament said if you do not like how things are going in the country, the PDM is not to blame.“So all the problems that you have been facing in a decade, it’s nothing to do with the PDM, it’s all PNP. A whole decade of problems nothing to do with the PDM, nothing that is wrong in the country right now you can point at the PDM. We haven’t been here, we haven’t been messing up. We have a government here messing up for some 12, 13, 14 years; it is time to get rid of them, it is time for PDM and its PDM time and we are gonna take the next election… thank you.”Hon Edwin Astwood there… the party on Sunday morning joined Salem Baptist Church for worship. TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Recommended for youlast_img read more