Tributes pour in for Vuyo Mbuli

first_img20 May 2013President Jacob Zuma has joined thousands of South Africans in mourning the sudden passing of radio and television journalist Vuyo Mbuli, who died in a Bloemfontein hospital on Saturday after collapsing while watching a rugby match at Free State Stadium.The SABC reports that the 46-year-old Mbuli, who was famous for this trademark “sharp sharp” sign-off at the end of SABC’s Morning Live show, was treated on the scene before being rushed to hospital.South Africans from all walks of life took to the social networks over the weekend to express their condolences for the versatile presenter, who for decades has been a constant presence in many homes, tackling critical issues with vigour and charm.“The loss of an icon is difficult to accept. Thank you Vuyo Mbuli for being an inspiration to us broadcasters,” wrote one Twitter user.Another tweeted: “Vuyo Mbuli was a brother, a friend and a colleague … death be not proud. Condolences to the family, friends.”Another tweet read: “RIP Vuyo Mbuli. You made sure we started our mornings on the right note. South Africa will miss you.”President Zuma said his loss would be felt across the country.“It is hard to think of a more patriotic and positive person than Vuyo,” Zuma said in a statement on Sunday. “He was always cheerful, and the whole nation will miss his smile and encouraging words.”Government Communication and Information System acting CEO Phumla Williams said Mbuli had “touched the hearts of South Africans through his work”.Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Collins Chabane, said South Africa’s media industry “has lost a giant who used his interviewing skills to get his guests to respond adequately to questions that both his viewers and listeners wanted hear. He conducted his interviews professionally and with great intellect.”Chabane, who is on an official trip in China, said in a statement: “I further call on young and aspiring journalists to strive for excellence as Mr Vuyo Mbuli did; he has left his mark and walked his journey with pride.”SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


Brand South Africa launches 16 Days for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 10 November 2016 – Brand South Africa will this week launch a digital campaign under the banner ”No Excuses’ in support of the annual global 16 Days for No Violence Against Women and Children.Brand South Africa calls on all citizens to support the campaign by wearing a white ribbon during the 16-day period to symbolise their pledge to not commit or condone violence against women or children.Commemorated annually, the 16 Days of No Violence Against Women and Children, aims to raise awareness of the negative impact that violence and abuse have on women and children and the country as a whole.  It further aims to encourage people to stop violence against women and childrenBrand South Africa’s GM for Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntomebla said: “The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign challenges South Africans to declare a truce on violence against women and children – and, ultimately, turn this into 365 days of non-violence against women and children.”The global campaign which runs from 25 November – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Children through to International Human Rights Day on 10 December, is premised on these specific dates to emphasise the links between ending gender-based violence and human rights principles.  This period includes International Aids Day to raise awareness of how HIV and Aids impacts on the lives of women and children.The 16 Days on No Violence against Women and Children finds expression in South Africa’s Constitution and other policies which call on all stakeholders to play their part to create a society characterised by equity and fairness for women, children and other vulnerable groups.“It is the responsibility of government, business, civil society organisations, faith-based organisations, communities and the media to drive to increase awareness of the negative impact of violence and abuse on women and children, and speak out against woman and child abuse,” added Ms Ntombela.The campaign also aims to challenge the perpetrators of violence to change their behaviour, involve men in helping to eradicate violence, as well as provide survivors with information on services and organisations that can help lessen the impact of violence on their lives.For more information on how to participate in the campaign, follow the conversation on #NoExcuses.Notes to the EditorAbout 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. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.last_img read more


American Agri-Women Partners with Ohio Corn & Wheat on ‘Drive Across America’

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest American Agri-Women, the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agri-business women, is celebrating 40 years of advocating for agriculture with its “Drive Across America,” a five-month educational and advocacy tour. Ohio Corn & Wheat, a market development, education and political advocacy group for the state’s grain farmers, is a sponsor of the Drive.Ohio Corn & Wheat works to create opportunities for long-term Ohio corn and small grain grower profitability through two checkoff based organizations and one legislative entity, Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. The Ohio Corn Checkoff and Ohio Small Grains Checkoff work to develop and expand markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and wheat, respectively. Working with its national counterparts, the National Corn Growers Assn. and the National Assn. of Wheat Growers, the state group works to advocate for supportive public policy and engage with consumer audiences at a grassroots level to ensure a climate for grower success.“Grassroots advocacy is among the best ways to influence change because it focuses on personal connections and shared experiences. We appreciate the work of Ohio Corn & Wheat in influencing policies that promote the future of agriculture. We are so pleased to have them as a sponsor of our Drive Across America,” says AAW President Sue McCrum.“Ohio Corn & Wheat is proud to support the American Agri-Women as they continue to advocate for agriculture and help lead our nation’s agricultural industry,” said John Hoffman, chairman of the Ohio Small Grains Checkoff. “We congratulate them on their 40th anniversary and look forward to their visit to Ohio for this weekend’s Preble County Pork Festival.”McCrum and other AAW leaders and members are driving in a specially wrapped pick-up truck, participating in educational, network and advocacy events hosted by AAW’s more than 50 affiliates. The Drive will finish at the 2015 annual convention in Portland, Maine.last_img read more


ARC-CO and PLC payments for this fall likely to decrease

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The tight economics of row crop production in 2017 will have many producers looking for some cash flow from farm bill programs when those payments are released this fall.Higher yields in 2017, however, will likely mean smaller payments in October of 2018 compared to last fall.“We saw yields that were pretty high for corn above trend line for some counties for the fourth year in a row in 2017. So looking forward to October of 2018,  I am expecting smaller to no payments for most counties for corn. A couple of counties in western Ohio may trigger a soybean payment but the payments are expected to be a lot less,” said Ben Brown, Ohio State University Farm Management Program
manager. “If you are counting on the money in October for cash flow, I don’t know that we will see as much. Both farmers and ag lenders need to prepare for that.“In 2017 we saw roughly $50 an acre for corn across the state. The only Ohio county that didn’t receive a corn payment was in Ashtabula County because they had higher yields in 2016. Some counties soybeans triggered substantial payments for 2017. Last October saw a pretty nice return from programs in Ohio. I don’t know that we’re going to see that in 2018.”Most of Ohio’s row-crop acres are enrolled in the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC-CO) Program, with far fewer acres enrolled in the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Program.“At the start of the farm bill in 2014 there was a one-time choice over the life of the farm bill. In Ohio we saw 97% of soybean acres go into ARC-CO. The program has never returned a PLC payment for soybeans. The PLC payment was set lower than we’d expect market prices to be and it wasn’t attractive for soybean growers in the state,” Brown said. “And 98% of corn acres are in ARC-CO in Ohio. For wheat it was 82% in ARC-CO and 18% in PLC. That was different than the national average for wheat that was 60% PLC and 40% ARC-CO. Looking forward to this next farm bill, farmers will probably get to choose and forward thinking about that is going to be important for their cash flow.”It is also important to note, Brown said, that these farm bill programs only offer a safety net, not a path to profitability.“I do want to make the distinction that ARC-CO and PLC programs don’t make you whole,” he said. “They are only on 85% of the acres so the returns you get back are smaller than you would get if the market was high.”While farmers should prepare for lower farm bill payments this fall, that does not mean there will be none. The final payment numbers still have an opportunity to change from Brown’s estimates. ARC-CO and PLC payments are calculated from a formula using Farm Service Agency (FSA) yields and marketing year average prices. The estimations from Brown use National Agricultural Statistic Service yields for 2017, but the adjusted final FSA numbers will be used for the final farm bill payment calculation. Also, the corn and soybean marketing year is Sept. 1 to Aug. 31, so final prices will not be known for several more months. Brown’s estimates were made using World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) average prices from February. Marketing year average prices of $3.30 for corn, $9.30 for soybeans, and $4.60 for wheat were used for the estimates.As the marketing year progresses, it is likely that these estimates will fluctuate with price. Higher prices moving forward will result in smaller 2018 payments than estimated and lower prices will result in larger payments based upon the 2017 program year, Brown said.“More counties are expected to trigger soybean payments this fall. We have also reached a point where the PLC program is returning larger payments than ARC-CO for corn and wheat. Soybeans are not expected to trigger a PLC payment for 2018,” Brown said. “Expectations for program year 2017 corn ARC-CO payments will be smaller and rare across much of Ohio. This is largely because of the formula benchmark lowering each year as a result of lower prices. In previous years the historical five-year revenue included high prices from marketing year average 2011/12 and 2012/13. Those have been worked out of the formula and the probability of triggering a payment has lowered. The 5-year olympic average price in 2016 was $4.79 compared to a price of $3.95 in 2017. Payment variations across counties happen due to variations in yields. Highland County triggers the largest estimated payment at $37 per acre as a result of a 2017 yield of 167 bushels per acre compared to a 2016 yield of 176. The average payment in 2016 was $57 whereas in 2017 it is estimated at $12. Fewer counties are expected to receive a payment with a smaller average payment in comparison from 2016.” Prepared by Ben Brown Prepared by Ben Brown Prepared by Ben Brownlast_img read more


DataMasher: Get Freakonomic On Government Data

first_imgTags:#conferences#crowdsourcing#Graphing Social Patterns#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting If you’re a lobbyist / advocate, conspiracy theorist or Freakonomics fan, then you’ll love DataMasher. The map-based mash up site just took the Sunlight Foundation’s $10,000 grand prize in the Apps for America 2: The Data.gov Challenge. DataMasher offers users with no programming experience a chance to compare government data sets on a state-by-state basis. The tool is just one of the 3rd party mash ups using Data.gov’s federal government information. While the last Apps for America challenge focused on Congressional tracking, this new challenge encouraged participants to use Data.gov’s raw machine-readable data. Developers pulled stats from a slew of Federal agencies including the Bureau of Justice, the Bureau of Transportation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Although this may seem like an easy feat, a number of government and semi-public agencies have been criticized for refusing to standardize public data. This recent Apps for America challenge is meant to encourage government transparency on all levels for the purpose of creating new citizen-driven solutions. Below are the winners of the challenge: First Place: DataMasher: This site offers an easy-to-use interface that allows regular citizens to combine and mix data sets without any programming knowledge. From here, data is displayed on a State-by-State basis in map format. Compare cancer hot spots to CO2 emissions, SAT scores to crime rates and even political contributions to State spending. Second Place: Gov Pulse: This application allows users to browse the Federal Register and create feeds on the most important proposals and information. Users can browse the latest government-related notices, respond to regulatory amendments and comment on everything from endangered species to homeland security. Third Place: This We Know: This application gives you government-related info based on your zip code. It offers information on the number of factories within a 7 mile radius, the number of pounds of pollutants released, violent crime rates, cancer rates and related bills in Congress. This would actually be a great tool for environmental health advocates looking to make the connection between cancer hot spots and chemical pollutants. Best Data Visualization: Quakespotter: This site creates a 3d visualization of earthquakes and matches it to data taken from those areas on Twitter. For a complete list of entries visit the Sunlight Labs contest page. dana oshirocenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more


Amateur boxing president steps aside during IOC inquiry

first_imgFILE – In this Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 file photo, president of the amateur boxing federation Gafur Rakhimov speaks to the media upon becoming the head of AIBA in Moscow, Russia. The president of the international boxing association says he is stepping aside to let an interim leader take charge while the sport is under investigation by the International Olympic Committee. Rakhimov issued a statement Friday March 22, 2019 in which he does not commit to resigning as AIBA president. Nor does he call for new elections. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — With Olympic boxing under investigation by the IOC, the president of the sport’s governing body said on Friday he was stepping aside to let an interim leader take charge.Gafur Rakhimov sai d he was not resigning as AIBA president, however, and did not call for new elections.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Google Philippines names new country director Rakhimov’s status on a U.S. Treasury Department sanctions list as an alleged heroin trafficker is part of an inquiry by an International Olympic Committee-appointed panel.The panel will update the IOC executive board next week in Lausanne, Switzerland. AIBA could be derecognized by IOC members in June.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe IOC halted planning for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic boxing tournaments and blocked AIBA officials from contacting organizers in Japan.“The allegations against me were fabricated and based on politically motivated lies,” Rakhimov said. “I trust that the truth will prevail. Nevertheless, I have always said that I would never put myself above boxing, and as president, I have a duty to do everything in my power to serve our sport and our athletes.” Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Under AIBA statutes, an interim president is picked from among the five vice-presidents, who include several Rakhimov supporters. The executive committee is due to meet by telephone this weekend. The interim leader can serve only a maximum 365 days before fresh elections, however, meaning that arrangement can’t last through to the Tokyo Olympics.When Rakhimov was elected last year, his supporters pushed for a plan to allow the president to step aside while still retaining key influence and being able to return at any time, but that was defeated.It’s not clear if Rakhimov’s departure would be enough to calm the IOC, which has also criticized AIBA over how fights are judged, anti-doping measures, and its debts.The IOC could try to host an Olympic boxing tournament without AIBA, and some national boxing officials have tried to form a group which could help the IOC stage the event.ADVERTISEMENT Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka win opening matches in Miami Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more