Mo Ibrahim in dialogue with SA youth

first_imgJohannesburg, 18 August 2013 –Active citizenship and building social cohesion was the topic of discussion at a youth dialogue with Dr Mo Ibrahim, at Johannesburg’s Maboneng Precinct on Sunday, 18 August. Brand South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, as part of the Nelson Mandela Lecture Dialogue Series, hosted a youth discussion around active citizenship. Dr Ibrahim together with youth leaders Luvuyo Mandela, Zengeziwe Msimang, Neliswa Fente and Thulani Madondo made up the panel.Speaking at Maboneng Precinct, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said, “Our role is to build South Africa’s reputation and to contribute to its competitiveness. However, we understand that to do so, we need all South Africans to play their part. The youth’s involvement in this dialogue is integral to ‘playing your part’. We hope that as the youth of our country, as people who will be leading the National Development Plan, that that you will be able to come up with actionable insights. We need to help push that vision forward because as we always say, what is required is not more policies, but rather action and implementation.”The discussion explored how young people can actively contribute towards the future of South Africa, through the implementation of the National Development Plan. The panel and audience members shared ideas as to how, by playing their part, they could contribute towards making South African a country of vision into reality.The following major points were raised during the discussion:• Shared values upon which societies are built on. The point was made that there needs to be a restoration of a common set of values and principles for shared existence and coexistence as Africans. • Active citizenship. It is the responsibility of each citizen to be a custodian and vanguard of our shared values and above all, respect each other’s roles. • Government accountability. Leaders must be accountable to citizens and there must be transparency in government.• Respect for human rights and dignity. Dignity is essential for the growth and development of Africans. Xenophobia should not be tolerated on any grounds throughout the African continent.• Basic access to education and economic resources. Without a basic education, young people cannot build their futures. It was stated that a lack of education creates a divide in society and a divide among all people.Dr Ibrahim said, “We can only have social cohesion when all sectors of society feel that they have justice, feel that they have a stake in their society, they have a role to play, they are respected and they have dignity.” About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Enquiries: Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more

What path will you choose for this cattle cycle?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By John F. Grimes, Ohio State University Extension Beef CoordinatorBased on reports from USDA and industry analysts such as Cattle Fax, it appears that the aggressive expansion of the U.S. beef cowherd will peak in 2019 and level off in the early part of the next decade. From the time the most recent herd expansion began in 2014, producers will have added over 3 million beef cows to the nation’s herd. Our primary protein competitors, pork and poultry, have also been in expansion mode recently which adds more competition for the consumer’s food dollars.For all of my adult life, I have heard agricultural economists talk about the “cattle cycle”. The cycle is often reported in approximately 10-year increments and a wide variety of economic, environmental, and political effects can greatly influence each cycle. Current and future cattle cycles will face increasingly varied and complex factors that affect the economic health of the beef industry. The next cattle cycle will be impacted by factors such as drought, trade policies, domestic and foreign economies, competition from pork and poultry, sustainability concerns, and the development of meat substitutes.What does all of this mean for you as a cattleman? I believe there is no time like the present to position yourself for success during the next cattle cycle. Maybe you are satisfied with the economic performance of your cattle enterprise and do not expect to make any changes to your operation. However, doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result does not seem to be a sound strategy. The path you chose to follow with your cattle enterprise will determine how successful it will be during the next cattle cycle.Quite possibly your operation is at or near its maximum capacity for herd size for your available resources. Are you operating at maximum reproductive efficiency? Females that do not become pregnant during a targeted breeding season should be culled and replaced with a bred female. Attempting to rebreed the open female will result in the accumulation of another approximately 18 months of expenses before she can provide a feeder calf available for sale to generate income for the herd. A relatively small investment in pregnancy diagnosis methods such as palpation, ultrasound, or blood testing can help you identify the females that need to be removed from the feed bill.If you are looking to add replacement females to your herd to maintain or expand its current size, consider the purchase of bred heifers or young bred cows as opposed to raising your own replacements. The typical cowherd in Ohio typically numbers less than 20 cows. Industry surveys show that the typical annual replacement rate is 15 to 20%. This would result in the typical Ohio producer keeping back three or four heifers annually as replacements. It is my observation that these heifers can be difficult to manage for the average producer due to the lack of extra facilities or space to manage them separately from the mature cows. The purchase of bred heifers removes nearly one year’s worth of management considerations in the production process for the typical herd.The market is currently sending a clear message that buyers are demanding more for their feeder calf purchasing dollars. Significant discounts are occurring in the market place for feeder calves that are not weaned 45 to 60 days, castrated and healed, dehorned, and given two rounds of a modified live vaccine for the shipping fever complex. Historically, producers have felt that they were not financially rewarded for the extra management practices. However, the attitudes of feeder calf buyers are changing. Stocker and feedlot operators are becoming more reluctant to take greater financial risks with calves without extra health protection. This reluctance may be expressed in some cases as premiums or other times as discounts.Ohio is blessed with many acres of grasslands and typically adequate amounts of rainfall. Cow-calf enterprises commonly consume the vast majority of these grassland acres. However, other enterprises offer significant potential uses for grasslands. Backgrounding or stockering feeder calves to put on extra weight prior to entering the finishing phase can be an effective use of forages. High quality forages can be utilized to finish beef for grass-fed beef programs. There are opportunities for producers to raise replacement heifers and make them available to cow-calf producers throughout the region. Each of these enterprises can generate additional income but will require extra marketing skill by the producer to maximize the profit potential.It is my opinion that the “rules of engagement” to be involved in the beef cattle business are rapidly changing. Regardless if you are a part-time producer that works off the farm, a producer where cattle are a part of a larger, diversified farming operation, or the owner of a full-time beef enterprise, the continuation of your current business model should be re-evaluated. While history can teach us some valuable economic lessons, we must recognize that the beef industry will be impacted in the future by unique economic and social changes. Will you choose a path that increases your chances for success?last_img read more

Sunrise Cooperative announces special program with Ohio FFA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest George Secor, president and CEO of Sunrise Cooperative, talks with Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo about an exciting program offering a year’s use of a truck to the newly-elected Ohio FFA State President. After that year, the truck will go to a high school graduate set to become an employee of Sunrise Cooperative immediately after graduation.last_img

Baton has passed from me: Milkha

first_imgLegendary athlete Milkha Singh on Monday said the baton of Indian athletics has now passed from him to the “young Indian achievers” after Krishna Poonia won a gold in women’s discus throw to win the country’s first Commonwealth Games gold medal after his feat in 1958 Cardiff Games.”The baton has now passed from me to these young achievers. I have been known as the face of athletics in India but now I am happy that young people have come up and take my place.”I cannot express my happiness in words. It is a proud moment for the country and what they did was an amazing feat — winning all the three medals. Congratulation to all the three girls,” he told PTI moments after India swept all the women’s discus throw medals.Milkha, who was the lone Indian before today to win a Commonwealth Games gold when he achieved the feat in the then 440 yards race 52 years ago, said Poonia’s gold could be the turning point of Indian athletics.”Winning a gold after 52 years is something all the Indians should be proud of. A Milkha has done his part and now it will Poonia who will inspire millions of young Indians to take to athletics.”I hope today’s feat becomes the turning point of Indian athletics. I must say that Indian athletics had been lagging behind for long but after today I think a new chapter will be opened,” he said.Milkha, who hugged Poonia by coming down at the tracks while she was running a victory lap, said he fought tears when she was carrying the tri-colour.advertisement”I became emotional and I was fighting tears when I hugged her. I congratulated her and told her to continue bringing laurels for the country and inspire the youth,” said the ‘Flying Sikh’.”The other two girls also deserved to be applauded. They have brought joy to the country and the world will now know that India can also do well in athletics,” he added.last_img read more

Nokia Lumia 610 an affordable Windows device

first_imgNokia Lumia 610, which hit Indian shores in July, is the most affordable Windows device from the Finnish handset maker. The Lumia 610 looks and feels just like the 710 with similar dimensions.According to reports, the device has tinted chrome edges giving a metallic illusion but is plasticky. It fits comfortably in the hands, and has its power button on the right along with the volume rocker and a dedicated shutter button. The top of the phone houses the headphones jack and the Micro-USB port, while its back features a 5MP camera with LED Flash situated on the top along with the loudspeaker grill at the bottom. The Lumia 610, which is powered by an 800MHz processor hosting 256MB RAM, comes with 8GB internal storage with no option for external expansion. Among other features, Lumia 610 is equipped with a 5MP camera with LED flash, and runs on Windows Phone 7.5. It may be noted that messaging application on the Lumia 610 has some interesting options. Social network integration allows for easy swapping between messages, Facebook chat or any other chat clients on your phone.  The attraction for the Lumia 610 is its price. For an entry level Windows phone, the Nokia device is a tempting device.last_img read more