N Cape’s R55m paprika factory

first_img5 March 2003The Northern Cape government launched a R55-million paprika factory in Springbok, Namaqualand on Thursday.The factory’s core business will be the production of paprika spice and paprika oleoresin (concentrated) for export to Europe, the US, Mexico, the Far East and Middle East.The provincial government has invested R17-million (a 25% shareholding) in the factory on behalf of the emerging farmers in the Goodhouse area, while Haymake Investments and Gili Greenworld, who are the project developers and managers, have invested R38-million.“The corporation is made up of 55 small-scale black farmers who have received grants from the Land Redistribution Agricultural Development scheme as well as loans from the Department of Land Affairs and the Land Bank”, said Thabo Mothibi, spokesman for the province’s agriculture department.The raw material for the factory – 2 000 tons of paprika – will be supplied by the emerging Goodhouse Agricultural Corporation.Each beneficiary has been allocated 10 hectares to cultivate paprika, while a total of 550 hectares of irrigational land will be developed for this purpose along the banks of the Orange River.About 78 permanent jobs will be created at the factory, Mothibi said, adding that the small-scale farmers’ shareholding in the factory will help reduce unemployment among the Goodhouse and Steinkopft communities. Welkom’s R1.27m paprika factory  Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Street children find hope in football

first_img23 March 2010Durban may be a host city for the upcoming 2010 Fifa World Cup™, but last week it hosted a football tournament with a difference, with street children from eight countries congregating in the coastal city to battle it out against each other.Vincent Khumalo (16) ran away from home in Johannesburg when he developed a drinking and smoking habit that led him to thieving. After roaming the streets of Durban, he was introduced to the Umthombo Foundation, where he started playing football. Today he plays for the South African street child team, and dreams of becoming an engineer.Vincent is just one of over 100 children from eight countries, including India, Brazil, Tanzania, Ukraine, Nicaragua, Philippines, the UK and South Africa, that took part in the first ever seven-a-side Street Child World Championship at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) in Durban from 15 to 21 March.The week-long tournament, organised by UK Human Rights organisation Amos Trust, followed the groundbreaking work of the Durban-based Umthombo Foundation and was a celebration of the potential of street children, if they’re given a chance.Football changing livesAnd with the World Cup around the corner, it served as an example for South Africa of how football can change lives.The championship has elicited significant attention and support, with former England Captain David Beckham, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko among those who officially endorsed the event as a means to provide a platform for the rights of street children to be heard.According to Tom Hewitt, CEO of Umthombo, the world championship was created as a way of getting the plight of street children into the public arena.“Street children across the globe remains a peripheral issue with regards to development, and we thought that this could be a platform to bring the issue out into the mainstream as a development issue.”Hewitt said that the decision to host the tournament in South Africa came as a result of the country playing host to the Fifa World Cup in South Africa. He added that the Championship is to happen every four years, with the next one to be held in Rio de Janiero in Brazil in 2014.‘Our stories are alike’Vincent Khumalo really enjoyed the tournament experience. “Meeting these other children helps me a lot because our stories are alike,” Khumalo said. “I also think to myself that if I get a second chance, I must go back to school, and not make the same mistakes I made.”Street child Dennis David (15) from Tanzania said that he never imagined there would be street children in other parts of the world. The small lad said the tournament showed people that street children are capable.“People normally look at street children and think they can do nothing … but this tournament will show that we can do amazing things. I want to become a professional footballer and play for Tanzania one day at the World Cup … and win it,” he said with a smile.David ran away from home after suffering abuse from this stepmother, but counsellors have been working to get him to reintegrate with his family, and he is due to rejoin his family after the tournament.Marsh Sylvestres, who coaches the Tanzanian street child team and who also coaches the Tanzanian U17 team, agreed that football helped their shattered confidence.“Now they are able to look at the future and they feel they’re human beings,” Syvestres said.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Govt, business to promote HIV testing

first_imgMotsoaledi met with members of Busa in Johannesburg this week, giving them an overview on how HIV/Aids is affecting South Africans, and urged them to help the government with resources to fight it. He appealed to Busa members for help “in cash or kind” to raise awareness about HIV testing, and also to help with the distribution of condoms. ‘Breath of fresh air’ During his presentation, Motsoaledi focused on the HCT campaign, which was launched in April this year, and aims to test 15-million people by June 2011. He added that there were certain health care companies that have already embarked on assisting with resources to help with the HCT campaign. “The business sector found Motsoaledi’s passion for this issue a breath of fresh air and we are very supportive of him and need to find a consolidated approach to take this issue forward and consult amongst ourselves,” Vilakazi said. Source: BuaNews Raising testing awareness He added that in the coming months the department would be re-launching the campaign, where preliminary results on how many people had got tested since the launch of the campaign would be released. 17 August 2010 “Business could help with funding of gloves, needles and other equipment with an effective advertising campaign that will get the country recommitting to fight the HIV and Aids scourge, which is still on the rise in South Africa,” Motsoaledi said. Busa CEO Jerry Vilakazi commended Motsoaledi for getting SA business re-energised on the issue of HIV/Aids, adding that the minister was “a breath of fresh air” and that they were keen on the partnership. The Department of Health will be partnering with Business Unity South Africa (Busa) to help strengthen the government’s HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) campaign, says Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.last_img read more

Challenging weather to linger throughout April

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The expected cold and wet weather pattern for spring that has been forecast since December continues. There will be some relief this week after a cold start to the week with temperatures 10 degrees below normal we will switch and see temperatures by the end of the week a good 10+ degrees above normal but when average out through Sunday April 15, we will return to about average temperatures for the week. Drying is expected as well through Friday with only minor precipitation events but another rain event is expected this weekend. There is a lot of uncertainty on amounts and placement so confidence is low but there is potential for some heavy rain in parts of Ohio.The week of April 16-22 will return to a colder than normal pattern with temperatures several degrees below normal. Precipitation will be lighter next week after the weekend rain event. Though April 25, rainfall is forecast to average 2-3 inches with isolated 4+ inches across the state of Ohio. This is still above average. See the associated graphic from the NWS Ohio River Forecast Center.Soil temperatures will also continue to be below normal with the risk of some late freezes in late April so early planting risk will remain elevated. Improvement will likely not fully come until May when temperatures may actually be slightly above normal. However, rainfall may continue to be at or above normal so challenges will likely linger this year into May for planting season. The summer growing season still looks to see a switch toward warmer and drier weather but it is not clear whether this will happen in later May, June or early July. We will keep you posted. In summary, thanks in part to La Nina, expect a challenging planting season in Ohio into May. Summer may also offer its own challenges as the pattern switches from the cold and wet period to a warmer and drier period but it is uncertain exactly when that will occur.last_img read more

Hay quality 2019; It’s Déjà vu all over again!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Stan Smith, PA, Fairfield County, Ohio State University ExtensionComing off a year where quality forages for beef cattle were in short supply throughout Ohio, now in mid-2019 we find that inventory remains critically low. With the National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) estimating only 60% of Ohio’s first cutting hay harvest was completed by the first of July, it’s apparent that Ohio cattlemen will again be faced with finding ways to make “feed” from hay that was harvested way past it’s prime.As an example of the hay quality we’re seeing, a recent forage analysis on some Fairfield County mixed grass hay that was mowed on June 25th and baled on June 29 – after also getting lightly rained on once – came back showing 6.85% protein and 38.02% TDN (total digestible nutrients) on a dry matter basis. The ADF (acid detergent fiber) was 51.63% and the NDF (neutral detergent fiber) was 65.51%.I could tell you that’s not good, but perhaps a better way is to compare it to wheat straw. When you look up the “book values” for the feed nutrient content of straw you find that for the most part, this hay is little better than typical wheat straw. With so much first cutting hay being made in late June and beyond this year, as Yogi Berra would have said, “it’s déjà vu all over again!”Feed of the quality referenced in the forage sample analysis above and fed as long stem hay, even when offered in unlimited amounts, simply won’t satisfy the nutritional requirements of a cow at any time during the year, including during her time of least nutritional need when she’s dry during mid-gestation. Without amendment, feeding this quality of forage for very long results in cows with lesser body condition, delayed return to estrus, lower conception rates, lighter weaning weights, lower quality colostrum, and even perhaps weak calves at birth.Processing or chopping mature, long stem, grass hay can increase the rate of forage digestion 30%Considering that a forage supply and quality problem exists across Ohio and extends throughout much of the Midwest, it’s not realistic to expect we can replace all the poor-quality hay being made this year with purchased hay or a properly made second or third cutting. While growing additional forages on Prevented Planting corn and soybean acres for harvest this fall may relieve some of the pressure, it’s apparent it’ll be necessary to find ways to effectively utilize the lesser quality first cutting hay we presently have. There are options available to accomplish just that, and time to create and implement strategies that allows it without cow health suffering.As you consider alternatives for making feed from late made, low digestible forages, and stretching the supply of any high quality forages that might be in inventory, consider this brief checklist:Sample, test and inventory each lot of hay that’s made. Similar qualities of hay should be stored together in order that they can be found and fed at the most opportune times during the hay feeding season. Can bunk feeding cows during the winter months be made an option? This allows for limited supplementation of extra energy and/or protein in the correct amounts at the correct times. Could processing poor quality long stem hay into smaller particle size be made an option? Reducing the large particle size of mature long stem grass hay to two to 6 inches in length can increase the rate of forage digestion enough that it allows cows to consume 25-30% more forage daily. Optimize the quantity and quality of subsequent hay cuttings this year by fertilizing now. At a minimum, applying 35 to 50 units of additional nitrogen will benefit future cuttings this year. As the summer progresses, in this publication we’ll continue to look at forage quality and specific options for supplementing the hay we have in inventory. In the meantime, give serious consideration to how best you can grow additional feed yet this year, and strategically supplement poor quality forages, or process them into feed that’s more digestible.last_img read more

Industry Spotlight: Working as a Production Assistant on Set

first_imgSo you want to break into filmmaking? Working as a production assistant is a great way to get started. So what does that mean?Grunt, gopher, runner, coffee kid — there are many colloquial names for production assistants on set, but despite being the most . . . upwardly mobile positions . . . on a film set, PAs keep filmmaking operations running smoothly.So, today, we’re taking a look at the role of the trusty PA.Image via gnepphoto.The PA is the entry-level position for a filmmaking career. You rarely need any hard-and-fast pre-requisite skills or experience to land a PA gig, which means most new PAs are starting out on relatively equal footing compared to other crew positions. If you want to get started in the film industry, a PA job is your best bet.Because anyone can get the job, PAs are replaceable. If you mess up badly enough, the crew leadership will have absolutely no qualms about replacing you with another candidate from their list. This is a tough fact to face, but few other roles offer the level of access and insight into the ins and outs of a film crew’s operation.PAs may be called upon to assist any member of the crew — from other PAs all the way up to the director and the producers. With the right attitude, preparation, and energy, there are few quicker ways to make an impression on the members of a production with the power to hire you again for a better role in the future.So, what do you need to know to ace your first gig?The PA’s Job ResponsibilitiesImage via gnepphoto.The job description of a production assistant is probably the simplest on the set. PAs do all sorts of things, such as escorting talent, getting water and snacks to crew members, running errands, making coffee, or anything else that would pull a dedicated member of the crew away from their tasks.In short, your job as a PA is to keep the production running without a hitch. Be ready when the PA call goes out, and you’ll be starting off on the best foot possible.All you need to succeed as a PA is the phrase “I’m on it.”Beyond a simple can-do attitude, there are a couple of things I’ve picked up over the years that will put you at the top of the list when the next production rolls around.What Makes a Great PA?Image via Shutterstock.People SkillsEvery member of the crew should be able to communicate with everyone else on set. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. Regardless of the tensions that exist, stay above them and give your fellow crew members the benefit of the doubt. Always ask for clarification if you haven’t understood a request — even if you catch a little heat for not understanding, you’ll be light years better off getting clarification than doing something incorrectly.Communicate ClearlyAlways take a moment to consider your question or response before distracting anyone on the crew. Know what information you need to get and then formulate the fastest way to get it. Take an extra second to make sure you are about to address the correct member of the crew.Stay CloseSets can get crowded quickly, especially when shooting on location. Know the main paths to and from set and position yourself near them. However, don’t stand or set up where people will need to ask you to move in order to do their jobs.Be FirstTrain your ear to the sounds of the assistant directors’ voices because they are usually the ones making calls for PAs. Don’t get competitive, but do everything you can to respond immediately to a call for a PA. If you’re in the middle of something when the call goes out, wait for a break in the action, then ask the person who made the call if they got the help they needed.Eat RightMany low-budget sets will fill their craft services tables with inexpensive, simple carbs. Avoid sugary, carb-heavy foods like the plague because they will dramatically reduce your ability to operate effectively throughout the 12+ hour day. Nutrition advice is always take-it-or-leave-it, but in my personal experience, you should prioritize protein for sustained energy and use fats (and, to a much lesser degree, carbs) for small bursts of energy when you need them.Keep MovingAvoid sitting idle whenever you can. As a PA, you should be relatively free to roam the set while the cameras aren’t rolling. Check in on people as you do to earn some brownie points while you rack in those steps.Pay AttentionIf you’re staying mobile and on task, you will likely be one of the most in-the-know crew members with regards to the “20” (or location) of key members of the crew. If you hear a call for a 20 go unanswered several times, and you know where the person or object in question is, chime in.Know When to WorkSome of the most fascinating people you’re likely to ever meet work on professional film crews. Don’t get so caught up in the work that you forget to make friends and connections with your fellow crew members. Just listen attentively for the “quiet on set” call — the second you hear it, plant your feet and shut your mouth. If others around you aren’t responding to the call, politely inform them that quiet was just called. If they don’t silence themselves, get away from them as quickly as your little feet will take you. Guilt by association is real.Don’t Touch AnythingA good way to think about equipment on set is to assume that any single piece of equipment likely costs more money than you made during the previous year. You don’t want to be responsible for a lost or damaged piece of equipment. If someone needs your assistance with anything, they’ll let you know.Don’t Get Called OutYou want your name attached to attentiveness and your professionalism, not something negative. Goofing off at the wrong time can undermine weeks or months of hard work.Anticipate NeedsStay one step ahead of the production, and think through what the most likely PA requests will be. Make an effort to be prepared. When the call goes out, nothing is more impressive than a PA having already taken care of the need before anyone else has even had the time to respond to the request.Be Patient“Hurry up and wait” is one of the truest axioms in filmmaking. Never lose your cool, even if everything around you is going wrong. When panic sets into a crew, those who can stay calm and operational absolutely get noticed.If you feel frustration building, let a few people know that you’re going to step away for fifteen minutes — and then make sure to work through or isolate the frustration. It’ll be better for you and everyone on set, especially if other people are making a scene.Have a PlanFinally, the most important piece of advice I can give you is to go in with a plan. What aspects of filmmaking interest you most? Have you always dreamed of becoming the next Deakins or Fincher? Then make sure you’re getting to know the camera and directing teams. Be on the spot and attentive — you’ll work your way up the ladder in no time.Production assistants are easily some of the most undervalued members of a great film crew. Never let your frustration build — remember, everyone pays their dues. If you can stay attentive and keep learning, your hard work will pay off down the road.Cover image via Agatha Kadar.Looking for more articles on the film industry? Check out these articles.Industry Trends: The Most Popular Gear Rentals of 2018Going Full-Time vs. Working Freelance: Which Is Best for You?Stop Telling People to Shoot Their Film on an iPhoneIndustry Insights: The Ins and Outs of Real Estate Video ProductionFour Reasons You Should Be Renting Your Gear Out on ShareGridlast_img read more

Former Australian cricketer Gary Gilmour dies aged 62

first_imgGilmour battled health problems for several years and complications escalated after a recent fallSwing bowling allrounder Gary Gilmour, who played 15 cricket tests for Australia between 1973 and 1977 and was one of the stars of the inaugural World Cup in 1975, died Tuesday at the age of 62.Cricket officials said Gilmour battled health problems for several years and complications escalated after a recent fall.The left-armer took figures of 6-14 against England in the 1975 World Cup semifinal. The then 23-year-old also claimed 5-48 in the final, which Australia lost to the West Indies.Gilmour underwent a liver transplant in 2005, when his former captain Ian Chappell led a number of former teammates to raise money for the operation.”He was at the front of the queue when they were handing out talent, but unfortunately he was right at the back of the queue when they handed out health and good luck,” Chappell told Fairfax Media on Tuesday.”He had unbelievable ability and I think that was best summed up by his performance in the World Cup semifinal. We were desperate to win that game, not just because it was England, our great rivals. But they didn’t think we could play one-day cricket. Gus swung the ball all over the place, and then he got us home with the bat.”Gilmour scored 483 runs for an average of 23 in his test career that included one century. He also claimed 54 wickets at an average of 26.Fairfax said Gilmour’s wife, Helen, and their family were also mourning the recent death of their son, Clint, from brain cancer at the age of 33. The couple had two other sons and a daughter.advertisementFormer Australia test cricketer and popular broadcaster Kerry O’Keeffe said in a tweet: “Gus Gilmour has passed away… a sad day…had not an enemy in the game.”last_img read more