2010 World Cup: 500 days to go

first_img23 January 2009South Africa’s preparations for the 500-day countdown to the opening of the 2010 Fifa World Cup are well under way, with a wide range of activities taking place across the country, and a main event scheduled for the Mangaung Outdoor Sports Centre in Bloemfontein on Monday.“Monday next week will be exactly 500 days to go to the world’s biggest sporting spectacle, watched by a cumulative audience of more than 26-billion spectators worldwide, and South Africa’s preparations are in overdrive,” the 2010 Local Organising Committee said in a statement this week.Media conferenceA media conference will be held in Johannesburg, and will be attended by Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke, LOC chairman Irvin Khoza and LOC chief executive Danny Jordaan.They will talk about the achievements made since South Africa was awarded the right to host the event five years ago, as well as the remaining milestones leading up to the tournament’s kick-off on 11 June 2010 at the Soccer City Stadium to the south of Johannesburg.Host city postersThe mayors from all nine host cities, as well as Provincial and Local Government Minister Sicelo Shiceka, will be at the sports centre in Bloemfontein, where they will officially unveil their respective host city posters.To kick-off the day’s activities, delegates from the Italian Embassy, together with 2010 ambassadors Mark Fish and Philemon Masinga, will visit two schools in the area as part of the 2010 “Adopt-a-Nation” schools campaign, which will be followed by a mini schools football tournament.Street paradeAhead of the countdown, the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality will mark the day by holding a street parade and a fun walk in the streets of KwaThema, Tsakane and Duduza, before culminating in a massive celebration at the KwaThema Stadium this Sunday.The event is expected to several senior officials, including Gauteng provincial sports minister Barbara Creecy and Ekurhuleni executive mayor Ntombi Mekgwe, as well as local councillors, community leaders, soccer veterans and members of the public in general.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

SA recognised for seal protection

first_img26 August 2011 South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs has been presented with the Shining World Compassion Award from the Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association in recognition of its efforts to protect seals. Receiving the award on behalf of the department and South African government in Pretoria on Thursday, Environmental Affairs Deputy Director-General Fundisile Mketeni said the country’s seal population was growing because of the government’s decision to protect them. Mketeni said government was committed to preserving nature. “We feel it’s our duty and mandate to protect the seal species,” he said adding that the country would continue to do so “until we are comfortable with the numbers”. Mketeni said more support was needed from other countries to support the protection of seals. South Africa harvested seals until the late 1980s, but stopped the practice in 1990. This was done on the best scientific advice and following extensive public participation. A policy decision was taken by government to only use seals for non-consumptive use and to protect seals against natural and anthropogenic threats. The policy aims to minimise threats to seals posed by pollution such as ingestion of plastics and entanglement in discarded material such as plastic or strapping cord used to offload tuna from fishing vessels. There has been a resultant 75 percent increase in the number of breeding colonies in South Africa, from 23 in 1971 to 40 in 2009. Supreme Master Ching Hai International is the corporate entity behind Guanyin Famen/Quan Yin. It is affiliated with World Peace Media, Oceans of Love Entertainment, Supreme Master Television, and several cable television series, all groups and businesses established by Ching Hai. Supreme Master Ching Hai is a world-renowned The Department of Environmental Affairs was today presented with the Shining World Compassion Award from the Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association in recognition of its efforts to protect seals. Receiving the award on behalf of the department and South African government, Environmental Affairs Deputy Director-General, Fundisile Mketeni, said the seal population is growing because of the decision taken by government to protect them. Mketeni said government is committed to preserving nature. “We feel it’s our duty and mandate to protect the seal species,” he said, adding that government believes in the conservation of the environment. He said government is doing enough to protect seals and the environment. “We will continue protecting seals until we are comfortable with the numbers,” he said. Although seals are protected in the country, Mketeni said more support is needed from other countries to support the protection of seals. South Africa harvested seals until the late 1980s but stopped the practice in 1990. This was done on best scientific advice and extensive public participation. A policy decision was taken by government to only use seals for non-consumptive use and to protect seals against natural and anthropogenic threats. The policy aims to minimise threats to seals posed by pollution such as ingestion of plastics and entanglement in discarded material such as plastic or strapping cord used to offload tuna from fishing vessels. There has been a 75 percent increase in the number of breeding colonies from 23 in 1971 to 40 in 2009. Supreme Master Ching Hai International is the corporate entity behind Guanyin Famen/Quan Yin. It is affiliated with World Peace Media, Oceans of Love Entertainment, Supreme Master Television, and several cable television series, all groups and businesses established by spiritual teacher, artist, and humanitarian Ching Hai. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Twist brings stories to stage

first_imgThe theatre groups get the opportunity to work with experts on 10 events every year, such as the Play-Making programme. On this programme, Twist groups work with professionals to develop their own stories that are performed at festivals later in the year. (Image: Twist Theatre Development Projects)Theatre is a powerful, visceral way of telling stories. Twist Theatre Development Projects taps into this power to bring to the fore South Africa’s diverse cultures and its multitude of experiences.Twist projects works to fast-track the development of local theatre groups throughout KwaZulu-Natal, as well as to create sustainable relationships and networks in theatre locally and abroad.By working with established theatre groups, the organisation focuses its efforts on those already committed to theatre and performance arts. It draws on their dedication and passion to help others find their way into the industry.PARTNERS AND PROJECTSThe organisation has worked with a number of promising talents from more than 12 theatre groups in underprivileged communities throughout the province, such as the Izwi Youth Theatre Group in Howick, as well as Sinethemba Arts and Umsindo in Ulundi.Twist projects connects these theatre groups with the professional industry in a number of ways. It builds relationships with mentors who are professionals in the theatre world as well as gets access to events such as festivals and professional performances.The theatre groups get the opportunity to work with experts on 10 events every year, such as the Play-Making programme. On this programme, Twist groups work with professionals to develop their own stories that are performed at festivals later in the year.It is also partnered with established theatrical organisations such as the Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre in KwaMashu and the ASSITEJ Theatre for Youth. These partnerships were forged to align their collective efforts in developing theatre in South Africa and help reach those who would usually not have been exposed to the magic of performance art.Watch a production staged by the groups involved with Twist Theatre Development Projects:TEAM EFFORTTheatre and performance arts allow artistic expression and build team work among the cast and the backstage crew.However, the cost of running theatre productions is a challenge, including as they do the need for equipment such as lighting, props and a space to rehearse and perform. To overcome these challenges, Twist projects calls on corporations and the public for assistance.Any people or organisations looking to play a part in the development of South African theatre at a grassroots level are asked to visit the Twist Theatre Development Projects’ support page for more details on how they can do so.Options regarding how to assist the organisation range from volunteering in business management and advertising to governance, lighting design and improving the computer skills of the facilitators of the programme.Donations of funds as well as infrastructure and equipment such as computers, modems, props, transportation, refreshments and venues for their performances will go a long way in ensuring the sustainability of the projects.Wathc one of the productions staged by groups in early 2015:Watch one of the productions staged in the early stages of the Theatre Development ProjectsPLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in developing South Africa and its citizens? If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Do you know your SCN number?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Field LeaderWhat’s your number? While this question sounds like the latest campaign to monitor your cholesterol or blood pressure, it is actually talking about a different health measurement. The health and yield of future soybean crops will be impacted by the level of soybean cyst nematode (SCN) present in fields.SCN damages soybeans by feeding on roots. This takes nutrients from the plant, and creates wounds for fungi to enter. The past few years the SCN Coalition, funded by the soybean checkoff, has been running the “What’s your number?” campaign to renew attention to the yield robbing pest. Presentations about SCN were common on the agenda of many farm programs in the mid to late 90s. The relative ease of Roundup ready soybean production increased the common practice of no-tilling soybeans back to beans, which created a wonderful environment for SCN populations to grow. In the years following, thanks in part to an increased awareness of SCN associated yield losses and the development of resistant varieties, SCN saw a decline in many Ohio fields.Recently, though, SCN has quietly been overcoming the resistant varieties. Most SCN resistant varieties have the same source of resistance: PI88788. For more than 20 years, more than 95% of all SCN-resistant soybean varieties have contained resistance from the PI 88788 breeding line.The good news has been that the PI8878 resistance is free and worked well for several of those years. The bad news is that now nematodes are becoming resistant to this gene. By definition, a resistance soybean variety will allow less than 10% reproduction by the SCN compared to a susceptible variety. The resistant variety should stop 90% of the SCN in a field from reproducing. Now, after over 20 years of using the same gene, natural selection is occurring and the nematodes seem to be adapting. In some fields surveyed, 50% of the nematodes can reproduce on a resistant variety.According to Horacio Lopez-Nicora, who is a graduate student in the Department of Plant Pathology at The Ohio State University, over 80% of Ohio fields sampled tested positive for SCN. Lopez-Nicora works with soybean nematologist Terry Niblack, and plant pathologist Anne Dorrance at OSU.They have discovered another concerning number: over 60% of growers with those fields that tested positive for SCN were unaware that they had a problem.“SCN can reduce yield without the plants showing symptoms,” Dorrance said. “SCN injury can also easily be confused with other crop production problems such as nutrient deficiencies, injury from herbicides, soil compaction, or other diseases. SCN is the leading cause of soybean yield loss in North America.”When sampling for SCN, it is recommended to pull a soil sample roughly every acre for each 10-20 acres sampled.“A farmer should pull a sample randomly, as they walk in a zigzag pattern across the field. Because SCN feed on roots, they are found in the root zone of the soybean plants. Samples should be taken at least 6 to 8 inches deep. Each composite sample submitted to the lab for analysis should represent 10 to 20 acres, and it will be submitted as a composite sample, which means all the soil pulled will be mixed together. Approximately one pint of soil will be submitted for analysis. Once the soil is collected, it should be placed in a plastic bag and kept in a cool place out of direct sunlight,” Lopez-Nicora said. “Storing the samples in a cooler or box with an ice pack is a easy way to preserve the samples until they are sent to the lab for analysis. Be sure to mark the sample that is being submitted with the farm and field name or identification, location in the field, and collection date as well as anything else that will help you make sense of the results.”Results will be listed as number of eggs per 100 to 200 cc of soil. (approximately half to 1 cup of soil.) Trace amounts are considered 40 to 200 eggs per cup. Low levels are considered 200 to 2,000 eggs per cup. Counts of 2,000 to 5,000 eggs are considered moderate, and over 5,000 levels are considered high. When large SCN populations are found in a field they can be difficult to remove, though the situation can be managed to minimize the negative impact on yields. At low levels, it is recommended to plant SCN resistant varieties and rotate to non-host crops. Levels at or above 2,000 may see some yield losses even on SCN resistant varieties. For moderate levels, the field should be rotated to a non-host crop, and when soybeans do return in the rotation, a SCN resistant variety should be selected.Susceptible varieties in fields with moderate levels have recorded 25% to 50% yield losses in Ohio. Fields with a high level should rotate away from soybeans to a non-host crop (corn, wheat or alfalfa) for 2 to 3 years and then re-sample before introducing soybeans to the rotation again. When soybeans are reintroduced, an SCN resistant variety should be selected.Some farmers have expressed concern about using legume plants as cover crops in case they could be inadvertent hosts for SCN. There are almost 100 different legume species reported in the scientific literature to be hosts supporting reproduction of SCN. Because of this, it is important to control winter annuals such as purple deadnettle that can serve as a host, and also avoid cover crops such as several of the clovers, cowpea and common and hairy vetch.More information can be found on the SCN Coalition website: thescncoalition.comhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQgg-UPQdcs&feature=youtu.behttps://u.osu.edu/ohscn/http://soybeanresearchinfo.com/.last_img read more

$7.5 Million: Wikipedia Reaches Fundraising Goal

first_imgIn what has become a Christmas tradition, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales posted a personal appeal for donations to the Wikimedia Foundation earlier this month. On the first day alone, the nonprofit raised $430,000 from 13,000 people. Today, Wales announced that Wikimedia reached its fundraising goals. In total, the foundation managed to raise $7.5 million. Last year, when Wales posted a similar appeal, the Wikimedia Foundation received $6.2 million from 125,000 donors.Still No Ads Wikipedia and other Wikimedia properties like Wikiquote or Wikibooks could easily find enough advertisers to finance these sites. In order to remain as independent and impartial as possible, however, the Wikimedia Foundation prefers to rely on donations from users.It is worth noting, though, that the Wikipedia does have deals with some other companies like France Telecom’s Orange. These businesses license the site’s content and share advertising revenue with the Wikimedia Foundation.The Wikimedia Foundation has fewer than 35 employees and needs roughly $10 million per year to operate. About 340 million users access Wikipedia per month. According to Wales, this represents “almost a third of the Internet-connected world.” frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#Non-Profits#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: How Hustlers See Further

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now The hustler doesn’t move from where she is to her goal in one step. In fact, the hustler can’t even see what they will ultimately become from where they stand now. The hustler climbs a little higher, and it’s from that new height that they can see further.The hustler starts with the rather humble idea that they can get to the next level. That level might be some entrepreneurial freedom like starting a business, or it might be some financial goal. It doesn’t matter what their goal or vision is, but from where they are now, it is what they can see. This vision is bigger than they are now, and it feels like a stretch.But as the hustler gets closer to that goal, they can see a little further. What used to look a stretch goal is now right in front of them, easily accomplished. Their growth in pursuing their vision or goal has provided them with new eyes. They see further. Things that used to look far away are now squarely in their line of sight.The hustler’s opinion of what is possible for them changes. Their vision and their goals grow exponentially bigger.The hustler looks around at their new, higher level and notices that the people who surround them now are not different. These people want the same things that the hustler wants. They have the same challenges and the same constraints. The hustler notices that some have more talent, but that talent doesn’t seem to make a difference. Some started from a different place, but that hasn’t seemed to stop them from achieving what they’ve achieved.What the hustler notices is that the people who keep seeing further and who keep striving continue to develop a bigger vision of what is possible and the accompanying greater vision of who they can become.From each higher level, the hustler can see further. How far can see from where you are now?How much further could you see if you hustled your way up a little higher?last_img read more