SA communicators call for mobilisation behind 2010 Fifa World Cup™

first_imgMinister of Transport Sibusiso NdebeleThrough the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, we can tell the story of Africa – tell her story because we are proud.At the fourth and final 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ communicators’ conference, hosted today by the National Communications Partnership (NCP), speakers including Minister of Transport, Mr. Sibusiso Ndebele and Dr. Irvin Khoza, Chairperson of the 2010 FIFA Organising Committee called for all South Africans and Africans to come together to ensure that we host an event that will be talked about by generations to come.“As a country and continent, we will need to pull together. The 2010 FIFA World Cup calls for unity of our people because together we can do more,” said Minister Ndebele. Dr. Irvin Khoza said that South Africans must realise the enormity of the opportunities that are being generated through the tournament. The World Cup will be delivered on a far bigger scale than the Confederations Cup.  To date, for example over 14 000 applications have been received for the volunteer programme.Dr Irvin Khoza, chairman of the 2010 FIFAWorld Cup Organising Committee According to Khoza, the psychological readiness of the nation is critical. “There is one show on the road at the moment and a psychological adjustment from all South Africans is needed.”Khoza said that South Africans need to be thinking of the World Cup as a 30 day commercial for the country that will be watched by billions around the globe. “The extent to which the tournament changes lives will be largely determined by the degree to which we use the tournament to build up to 2010.”The 11th June 2010, with the opening of the World Cup is arguably South Africa’s next defining moment. Historically, we have successfully hosted Rugby and Cricket World Cups, continental and global football tournaments, global conferences and four peaceful democratic elections, but never anything on a scale that is arguably larger than the Olympics.Khoza affirmed that the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee has a very good understanding of what is needed for next year’s event. “We must be relentlessly positive,” he said. “As South Africans, we have the tendency to be self critical. We should see everything in perspective and importantly, see the positive stories.” He referred to outstanding progress that has been made by 2010 FIFA Organising Committee over the past five years, through the building of six new stadiums in less than four years and the potential legacy that will be generated in terms of job creation, tourism, trade and investment.“We must be proactive and stay ahead of the story – not merely reacting to everything being said,” he added. The 2010 story is one of a continent that is being redefined in a historic way.“We must be Pan-African,” Khoza concluded. “South Africa 2010 must be pan-African in word and deed, as we stage a tournament that inspires all of Africa.” This tournament must ensure that our African teams feel like they are playing at home, as we celebrate Africa’s home-grown heros.” From Cape to Cairo, Khoza reiterated that Africa must stand together as never before –  to create a sweet chorus singing the same song in perfect harmony.“This World Cup is the real thing. You must feel that there is something happening in this country. The banners you use must be larger than life. Every street corner must be filled. We must feel that this show is in town,” Khoza concluded. About the International Marketing of South Africa (Brand South Africa) The International Marketing Council of South Africa was established in August 2002 to help create a positive and compelling brand image for South Africa. At that time, the world was unsure about what to think of South Africa, with many different messages being sent out by various sources. This did very little to build the country’s brand and it was evident that to attract tourism and investment there was a need to co-ordinate marketing initiatives to make them more effective. This led to the creation of the IMC, whose main objective is the marketing of South Africa through the Brand South Africa campaign.  There are many benefits to having a consolidated brand image, with the most important being that a consistent Brand South Africa message creates strategic advantages in terms of trade and tourism for the country in an increasingly competitive marketplace.About the National Communications Partnership Government Communications (GCIS) and the IMC are the custodians of the NCP. This partnership is aimed at forging alignment of communication among government and private-sector marketing and communication specialists.For further information:Margaret DingaloDirector: Stakeholder RelationsInternational Marketing Council of South AfricaTel: +27 11 483 0122last_img read more

Insects to watch for this summer

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With continued dry weather, spider mites are one of the main pests to remain vigilant about in field crops. They will often show up in field borders first as they move in from other habitats, for example if nearby ditches have been mowed. Spider mites are difficult to see. Look for injury signs — yellow spotting or stippling on the upper side of leaves. In soybean this damage usually begins in the lower canopy and progresses upward as the mite population increases. Heavily infested leaves may also have light webbing similar to spider webs.There are no number-based thresholds available for mites, in part because counting them is not practical in a scouting context. During drought populations can increase rapidly so scouting every four to five days in recommended during drought conditions. Walk a broad pattern in the field and examine at least two plants in each of 20 locations. Use the following scale developed by the University of Minnesota to evaluate spider mite damage in soybean, with treatment recommended at level 3. There are relatively few products available for the treatment of two-spotted spider mites and some pyrethroid insecticides may actually “flare” spider mite populations, making them worse.0. No spider mites of injury observed1. Minor stippling on lower leaves, no premature yellowing observed.2. Stippling common on lower leaves, small areas on scattered plants with yellowing.3. Heavy stippling on lower leaves with some stippling progressing into middle canopy. Mites are present in middle canopy with scattered colonies in upper canopy. Lower leaf yellowing is common and there is some lower leaf loss (spray threshold).4. Lower leaf yellowing readily apparent. Leaf drop common. Stippling, webbing and mites are common in middle canopy with mites and minor stippling present in the upper canopy (economic loss).5. Lower leaf loss common, yellowing or browning moving up plant into middle canopy, stippling and distortion of upper leaves common with mites present in high levels in middle and lower canopy.Common choices for spider mite control in soybeans are products containing chlorpyrifos, dimethoate, bifenthrin though other miticides exist. A product newly available for twospotted spider mite control is Agri-Mek (Syngenta), whose label was recently expanded to include soybean and sweet corn. We have not evaluated the efficacy of this product. Grasshoppers, Japanese beetles and other soybean defoliatorsDry weather encourages grasshoppers. As with spider mites, infestations often begin along field borders. Grasshoppers are much easier to kill when they are small, so timely treatment is helpful. A general defoliation threshold can be used for all leaf-feeding insects in soybean regardless of species. These insects include Japanese beetles, grasshoppers, green cloverworms, and various other caterpillars. If soybeans are in pre-bloom they can tolerate up to 40% defoliation before treatment is advised, and 15% defoliation from bloom to pod-fill. These percentages refer to whole-plant defoliation, not just a few leaves.A word to the wise about treating for defoliators: a good reason to avoid pulling the trigger on a spray too soon, apart from simple economics, is that many pyrethroid products will actually make spider mite problems worse. We often see the most intense spider mite flare-ups in fields that have been treated with a broad-spectrum pyrethroid, particularly when environmental conditions favor them anyway. Western bean cutwormWe have had a fair number of trap catches in early July, which suggests that we are entering a period of intense flight. With the heat, peak flight occurred by in mid-July. Over the next few weeks, corn should be inspected every four to five days for the presence of egg masses. Check 10 corn plants in 10 different locations — if greater than 8% of those have egg masses, treatment may be necessary. Controlling western bean cutworm is more difficult after the larvae enter the ear, so good egg scouting is critical to prevent ear damage.last_img read more

Barges with cargo from Bihar enter Assam via Bangladesh

first_imgAlmost a month after setting sail from Kahalgaon in Bihar, two 1,000-tonne barges carrying 1,233 tonnes of bagged fly ash reached western Assam’s Dhubri via Bangladesh on Wednesday morning.The crossing over of the barges into India at Chilmari border in Dhubri district marked the beginning of a new era for inland water transport.Cargo transport on such a scale had never been tried across two of the country’s largest river systems — Ganga and Brahmaputra.2,085-km tripThe barges carrying fly ash from National Thermal Power Corporation’s Kahalgaon power plant were flagged off on August 30. Officials of the Inland Waterways Authority (IWAI) had estimated that the 2,085-km trip to Pandu port at Guwahati would take 20 days.“On the Ganga, the barges exited the country on the West Bengal border on September 11. They took 15 days to travel on the Padma and Jamuna before sailing into the Brahmaputra. The time taken is more than we had estimated, but the good thing is everything has gone smoothly,” said an IWAI officer.The Ganga flows into Bangladesh as the Padma and meets Jamuna, which is the stretch of Brahmaputra in that country.“The barges should take another three days to traverse the 200-km distance from Dhubri to Pandu,” Bharat Bhushan Dev Choudhury, director of Assam’s Inland Water Transport Department, told The Hindu.Better ferriesSmarting from a series of boat mishaps on the Brahmaputra and its tributaries that killed at least six people in September, the Assam government has started work on a ₹10 crore project to improve the river transport infrastructure.“We have received ₹100 crore from the World Bank for improving the inland water transport system with modern ferries that can carry 200 people and eight heavy trucks,” Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary told the Assembly on Wednesday.last_img read more

After international duties, Raymar Jose takes talents to PBA

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  US misses World Cup for 1st time since 1986 with loss Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Raymar Jose. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRaymar Jose is raring to continue the tradition of Far Eastern U alumni making an impact in the PBA.After honing his craft in the international stage, the 6-foot-4 forward takes on a new challenge as he enters the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENT Those stops were enough to earn him a spot in the Gilas Pilipinas roster for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, helping the Philippines win another gold medal in men’s basketball.Jose was also part of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas crew which competed in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup in Chenzhou, China, where he amassed averages of 5.0 markers and 3.4 boards in 11.7 minutes.What you see is what you get on the 25-year-old’s game, and he’s leaning on his strengths to establish his name in the pro league.“What I can give to the team is my hustle and defense. I’m known for doing whatever the team needs from me, so I’ll just make sure to do the little things for whatever team drafts me,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I focused on Gilas first. But when the Champions Cup was over, I felt that I was ready,” he said.Jose has had a memorable collegiate career, establishing himself as one of the toughest bruisers in the amateur ranks in his time with the Tamaraws.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 shutoutHe averaged 11.1 points and 11.0 rebounds in 27.6 minutes in his final year in Morayta before  joining Kaohsiung Truth in the ASEAN Basketball League, where he netted 10.6 markers and 4.8 boards.Jose would later on sign up with Cignal HD Hawkeyes, averaging 12.27 points and 10.18 rebounds en route to him being named as the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup MVP.last_img read more

Sportscover Sponsorship Fund

first_imgSportscover is currently accepting applications for its 2013 Sportscover Sponsorship Fund (SSF).$750 grants are available and will be handed out over two rounds, with the first round currently open until Monday, 15 July. The grant is available to all amateur sporting clubs, associations and affiliates. Applicants must be able to provide Sportscover with an interview as well as a photo of the grant being used.The second round will run from Thursday, 1 August until Tuesday, 15 October. A number of grants will be awarded throughout both rounds.To apply for the Sportscover Sponsorship Fund or to view more details, visit http://www.sportscover.com/ssf/. Related LinksSportscover Sponsorshiplast_img

10 months agoEmery hopes Arsenal defeat acts as wake-up call

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery hopes Arsenal defeat acts as wake-up callby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery hopes defeat to Southampton was a wake up call.The Saints ended Arsenal’s 22-match unbeaten run and won their first home league game since April thanks to Charlie Austin’s 85th-minute header with Hasenhuttl running on to the pitch to celebrate with his players on the final whistle.In a see-sawing encounter, the hosts took the lead after 20 minutes as Danny Ings muscled home a header from Matt Targett’s cross.Henrikh Mkhitaryan nodded in shortly after for Arsenal, following good work by Alex Iwobi and Nacho Monreal – but Ings struck again just before the break.Nathan Redmond’s floated cross was precise and Ings cushioned a looping effort into the far corner.Arsenal turned the screw in the second half and restored parity as Mkhitaryan’s shot deflected in off Jannik Vestergaard.The Gunners had their chances with Alex McCarthy impressing in the home goal, but Southampton were dangerous on the break and Shane Long had a goal rightly ruled offside before providing a teasing cross for Austin’s winner.Emery stated: “We could have lost at any time and it was today.”If we won’t win like today, we cannot be in the top four.”After 22 matches unbeaten we didn’t lose and we are only fifth position in the table and the reason is because other teams are very well.”Other teams usually they are winning but we need to do our way and continue to build. The objective is therefore top but we know it’s not easy because the other teams are at a high level.”We need to be very, very demanding.” last_img read more

CPI for October up 14 from year ago StatCan

first_imgThe annual pace of inflation slowed in October as increases in the price of gasoline were smaller than in September, Statistics Canada reported Friday.Its consumer price index was up 1.4 per cent in October compared with a year ago, following a 1.6 per cent increase in September. Excluding gasoline, the index was up 1.3 per cent compared with a year ago – more than the 1.1-per-cent increase in September.Prices were up in seven of the eight major categories compared with a year ago with the transportation and shelter categories contributing the most.Transportation prices last month were up 3.0 per cent compared with a year ago following a 3.8 per cent increase in September as gasoline prices were up 6.5 per cent year over year in October compared with 14.1 per cent in September in the aftermath of hurricane Harvey. Shelter costs were up 1.2 per cent.Prices for alcoholic beverages and tobacco products were up 2.7 per cent from a year ago, while food costs were up 1.3 per cent as food bought in restaurants gained 2.9 per cent.Prices for clothing and footwear, the only category to move lower, fell 1.5 per cent compared with a year ago as the cost of women’s clothing fell 4.6 per cent compared with a year ago.The Bank of Canada, which uses a two per cent inflation target in setting monetary policy, raised its key interest rate target twice this year following strong economic growth to start 2017.However, economists expect growth for the second half of the year to come in at a slower pace and the central bank has suggested that while further rate hikes are likely, they will be cautious and pay close attention to the incoming economic data.Of the Bank of Canada’s three preferred measures of core inflation, which seek to look through the noise of more-volatile items, CPI-common increased to 1.6 per cent compared with 1.5 per cent in September, while CP-median slipped to 1.7 per cent from 1.8 per cent. CPI-trim held steady at 1.5 per cent.last_img read more

Avoid comfort food during stress

first_imgIndulging in high-calorie ‘comfort’ foods when you are stressed can lead to more weight gain than usual, scientists say. Researchers from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Australia discovered a molecular pathway in the brain, controlled by insulin, which drives the additional weight gain. Using an animal model, the team showed that a high-calorie diet when combined with stress resulted in more weight gain than the same diet caused in a stress-free environment. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”This study indicates that we have to be much more conscious about what we’re eating when we’re stressed, to avoid a faster development of obesity,” said Herbert Herzog, who led the study. Some individuals eat less when they’re stressed, but most will increase their food intake – and crucially, the intake of calorie-dense food high in sugar and fat. To understand what controls this ‘stress eating’, the team investigated different areas of the brain in mice. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardWhile food intake is mainly controlled by a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, another part of the brain – the amygdala – processes emotional responses, including anxiety. “Our study showed that when stressed over an extended period and high calorie food was available, mice became obese more quickly than those that consumed the same high fat food in a stress-free environment,” said Kenny Chi Kin Ip, lead author of the study published in the journal Cell Metabolism. At the centre of this weight gain, the scientists discovered, was a molecule called NPY, which the brain produces naturally in response to stress to stimulate eating in humans as well as mice. “We discovered that when we switched off the production of NPY in the amygdala weight gain was reduced. Without NPY, the weight gain on a high-fat diet with stress was the same as weight gain in the stress-free environment,” said Ip. “This shows a clear link between stress, obesity and NPY,” he said. To understand what might control the NPY boost under stress, the scientists analysed the nerve cells that produced NPY in the amygdala and found they had receptors, or ‘docking stations’, for insulin – one of the hormones which control our food intake. Under normal conditions, the body produces insulin just after a meal, which helps cells absorb glucose from the blood and sends a ‘stop eating’ signal to the hypothalamus feeding centre of the brain. In the study, the scientists discovered that chronic stress alone raised the blood insulin levels only slightly, but in combination with a high-calorie diet, the insulin levels were 10 times higher than mice that were stress-free and received a normal diet. The study showed that these prolonged, high levels of insulin in the amygdala caused the nerve cells to become desensitised to insulin, which stopped them from detecting insulin altogether. In turn, these desensitised nerve cells boosted their NPY levels, which both promoted eating and reduced the bodies’ normal response to burn energy through heat, the study showed. “Our findings revealed a vicious cycle, where chronic, high insulin levels driven by stress and a high-calorie diet promoted more and more eating.”last_img read more

Commentary Urban Meyer rumors distracted Ohio State during Michigan game

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Urban Meyer isn’t an especially large man, but he casts an especially big shadow. So big, it almost overshadowed the Ohio State-Michigan game. Some say “The Game” is the most important part of the season every year. Toss the records out and forget about last week because it’s a one-game season. I could feel the hatred in Ann Arbor during OSU’s 40-34 loss to Michigan. I could feel the passion. But no matter what the outcome was, the biggest story in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday morning is going to be Meyer becoming OSU’s next football coach. In a way, “The Game” was trumped by Meyer’s impending arrival. Sure, it’s not official yet, but Meyer coming to OSU is the worst kept secret in college football. Even during Michigan week, it’s all anyone wanted to talk about. As much as coach Luke Fickell can talk about his program being in a “bubble” and ignoring the outside world, everyone was listening to the rumors — players and coaches included. I’m sure the university didn’t want the news to break until after the end of the regular season out of respect for Fickell and everyone else on this year’s team, but the fact that it did couldn’t have helped the Buckeyes. As a coach, how can you concentrate on the task at hand when, in all likelihood, you won’t have a job the following week? I’m sure they all wanted to beat Michigan and cared about the players enough to prepare to the best of their ability, but in the back of their minds, they have to be thinking about supporting their family. Any sane person would be at least considering future coaching options. As a player, how likely are you to listen to a coach that you only have to deal with for a couple more games — especially a coach that has already led you to five losses? The bottom line is, the Meyer rumors didn’t just excite the fans. They affected the internal program’s focus and at least partially distracted them from the Michigan game. The defense was porous, giving up a season-high 40 points and junior quarterback Denard Robinson had his way with the Silver Bullets, scoring a total of five touchdowns. Fickell did what he could, but what does it say about “the greatest rivalry in all of sports,” when the focus during game-week isn’t on the game? read more

Ohio State honors veterans with Military Appreciation nights

Ohio State junior defenseman Matt Miller (50) warms up against Minnesota in the Schottenstein Center for Military Appreciation Night on Feb. 15. Ohio State lost 4-3. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternWhile other hockey coaches may have spent their pregame drawing X’s and O’s on a whiteboard, Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik instead presented a $13,000 check to the United Heroes League to provide sports equipment and game tickets to military families across the U.S. and Canada.Instead of looking up to a flag in the rafters during the national anthem, the hockey crowd saluted a 20-by-36-foot garrison flag, unfurled by 41 Ohio State student veterans, military and ROTC members, honoring the military for Ohio State’s Military Appreciation Night.The Buckeyes’ Feb. 15 game against Minnesota was the second year in a row that the hockey team honored the armed forces, which Rohlik said was indicative of the team’s desire to recognize veterans and their sacrifices. “We’re pretty thankful to be able to do what we do because of what they do,” Rohlik said. Honoring the military has become a tradition at Ohio State, according to Mike Carrell, director of the Office of Military and Veteran Services. The first recognitions came at basketball and football games, but is now branching out toward other sports, Carrell said. “With the start of our office in October 2011, we really began to include student veterans much more prominently with athletics,” Carrell said.Carrell said men and women who are serving or have served are invited and recognized for their engagement. The Ohio State Athletics’ Fan Experience and Promotion division sends out an announcement to all military-adjacent students before a sporting event. The Veteran Community Advocate program and Ohio State Athletics Fan Experience arrange all appreciation events, said Devin Zeisset, a veteran community advocate. Ohio State has roughly 2,200 student veterans, military dependents, military and ROTC members, and about 1,400 faculty members who have served in the armed forces. Those who are interested in an event RSVP to receive further information. The coordination is then done through a liaison with Ohio State ROTC. The Veteran Community Advocate program helps promote military participation for these occasions. Carrel said that since 2012, the participation has continued to improve year after year.The importance of honoring service members, especially during a hockey game, was not lost on members of the Ohio State team. Ronnie Hein, a junior forward, said he knows that the work of the armed forces impacts everyone at some level.“Whatever they do over there lets us come out here and play a game,” Hein said.The honor of representing the entire Ohio State veteran population comes from everyday student veterans. Zeissest said these events are meaningful to him. “It’s a humbling experience to have the athletic department manufacture these events for student veterans and military members in which we’re recognized by the fans, coaches and players,” Zeisset said. This past fall when Ohio State took on Nebraska on Nov. 3, 25 student veterans took the goal line after the first quarter to represent and honor the 2,200 student veterans at Ohio State. There will be 14 military appreciation games this fall and spring semesters, according to Chris Oswalt, a student Veteran Community advocate. There are also events called Scarlet and Gray Salutes, which honor military members, veterans and first responders from the community. Oswalt said Ohio State has about 40 Scarlet and Gray Salutes planned for the 2018-19 school year. The military appreciation has caught the attention of the student population as well. Nicolas Moore, a student veteran at Ohio State, said it feels good that veterans get the recognition they deserve. “It gives me a sense of joy to see that the hard work that veterans put in doesn’t go unnoticed by the leaders of Ohio State,” Moore said. “It’s nice to know that as a whole, veterans are appreciated here.” read more