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Naledi Pandor awarded Germany’s Grand Cross of Merit

first_img10 May 2016Germany has awarded South African Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor with the Grand Cross of Merit.“With the Grand Cross of Merit we recognise Naledi Pandor’s continuous efforts to deepen cooperation between our two countries,” said German Ambassador to South Africa, Walter Lindner, at a ceremony last month.“Pandor is for us a symbol of the new South Africa: modern, innovative, dedicated to scientific progress and also outstanding female leadership,” he said.The minister said she was humbled and honoured by the privilege.“In particular I am pleased that we have been able to benefit from very strong relations with the science community from Germany,” she said.Over 100 guests came to @AmbLindner‘s residence to honor Min #Pandor @CSIR @SKA_Africa pic.twitter.com/XA9rpApr82— German Embassy SA (@GermanEmbassySA) April 22, 2016Mutually beneficialAccording to the German embassy in South Africa, the minister has been actively promoting the bilateral partnership between the two countries. She was key in the design and orientation of the German-South African Year of Science.“Together we launched the 2012/13 German-South African Year of Science to celebrate the scientific collaboration and partnership between our countries,” Pandor said in her speech.“During the year-long series of events, joint ventures between institutions in our countries were expanded, science and technology among the young people of German and South Africa popularised, and South Africa and Germany were promoted as key locations for strong research-based companies.”Science and AfricaPandor said that while South Africa was a leader in research on the continent, more investment in science and technology was needed so that African scientists would not have to pursue their work in high-income countries.“The International Organisation for Migration estimates that some 300 000 professionals from the African continent live and work in Europe and North America,” Pandor said. “There are policies that developing countries can adopt to combat this one-way migration, and we look to the success of other countries in fostering return migration or circular migration.”About the awardTheodor Heuss, the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany, introduced the Federal Cross of Merit in 1951 to “visibly express recognition and gratitude to deserving men and women of the German people and of foreign countries”, the embassy said.It is given for achievements which serves to improve the country in the political, socioeconomic and intellectual fields – “an award to all those whose work contributes to the peaceful rise of the Federal Republic of Germany”. Sources: Department of Science and Technology and the German Embassy in South Africalast_img read more

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To till or not to till

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field LeaderFor the last several years, many farmers have been adopting practices to improve the “soil health” of their fields. Often this includes no-till or reduced tillage, and the introduction of cover crops. While the basic soil health concept is relatively uniform, the way the practices are implemented is often very different from operation to operation.Every farm and field is unique, and so is the management approach taken by each farmer. Systems that manage no-till combined with cover crops have been found to have the greatest benefit to overall soil health.“It takes commitment and a systems approach,” said Jim Hoorman, owner of Hoorman Soil Health Services in Jenera, Ohio.Unfortunately, the wet harvest last fall and continued saturated soil conditions this past spring in many parts of the state created a scenario that left many farmers scratching their heads: “To till or not to till…that is the question.” Last year’s harvest caused obvious compaction issues from equipment traffic. While long time no-till fields typically held up better than conventional tilled fields, the resulting damage to the soil was not kind in many cases.“Heavy farm machinery can create subsoil compaction, even for no-till fields,” Hoorman said. “What farmers really want to know is how to heal the soil. Looking at the current situation for a lot the fields, it’s not good.”According to research by Don Reicosky, a retired UDSA-ARS soil scientist, upwards of 80% of the benefits of continuous no-till can be lost with a single tillage pass. The degree of the benefits lost due to tillage depends on a number of factors, Hoorman said. Those factors include shallow vertical tillage or lightly tilling 2 to 4 inches deep to level small ruts and relieve shallow compaction, versus deep ripping a field 12 to 18 inches and then working the soil back down with several tillage passes to level it and prepare a seed bed.Deep tillage such as subsoiling has been used to break-up subsoil compaction issues. The idea behind the deep tillage (running rippers at a foot to a foot and a half deep) is to loosen the subsoil, break compaction, and increase water infiltration and aeration.“While some no-till fields never need to be subsoiled, for other no-till fields, deep tillage has increased yields, especially if equipment traffic occurred over a large portion of the field while soils were wet,” Hoorman said. “The problem with using tillage to break up compaction is that a new hardpan forms under the lowest point of the last tillage pass. Subsoiling just lowers the hardpan.”When subsoiling is done, a break occurs in the soil profile. The tilled soil above the break is aerated and oxygen is introduced (aerobic). Below the new hardpan however, an anerobic condition exists (lack of oxygen). Tillage cannot eliminate the hardpan.“Cover crops have been effective at restoring the soil over time,” Hoorman said. “Restoring soil health takes time. Cover crop roots restore porosity to the soil. Grass cover crops with fibrous root systems work to eliminate shallow compaction, while deep rooted cover crops like tillage radish reduce the deeper compaction.”As the radish decays, it mellows the soil. Cover crops also enhance the environment needed to promote earthworm growth. The earthworms benefit from a soil that has sufficient organic matter, as well as oxygen and water movement. The decomposing plant residue provides organic matter as a food source to the worms.“The more food they have, the bigger they get and the quicker they will reproduce,” Hoorman said.The biological processes earthworms perform enhances the soil quality. As the organic matter is digested, the castings the earthworm releases as waste contain many nutrients useful to plants. In addition, as the earthworms tunnel, they aerate the soil. These tunnels allow air, water and nutrients to move deeper in the soil profile and, ultimately, move soil health in a positive direction.Ohio Field Leader is a project of the Ohio Soybean Council. For more, visit ohiofieldleader.com.last_img read more

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Punjab gearing up to check stubble burning

first_imgPunjab is gearing up to curtail stubble burning during the ensuing paddy harvesting season. The State government has asked its officials to ensure timely supply of subsidised farm equipment to the farmers or face disciplinary action. Punjab’s Agriculture Secretary Kahan Singh Pannu has instructed that agriculture equipments must be delivered to the farmers before the harvesting season begins, which is usually around September-end.Pointing out that the equipment manufacturers had already signed a MOU with the Centre to provide these implements to the farmers on time, he said “if these agencies fail to honour their commitment, then they could be blacklisted”.last_img read more

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Get Back to the Basics of Health – Dr. Tufton

first_img Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is calling on Jamaicans to “get back to the basics of health” by practising a healthy lifestyle and reducing risks of accidents and injuries. Dr. Tufton said that there is significant demand on the public health system, with hospital and health centre visits reaching 1.2 million and 1.9 million, respectively, in 2017. There were 187,000 hospital admissions last year. He said that the responsibility for health and wellness begins with each individual, and with “how we live in the environment, interact with each other, how we treat ourselves and a recognition that health and wellness starts at the community level”. Story Highlights Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is calling on Jamaicans to “get back to the basics of health” by practising a healthy lifestyle and reducing risks of accidents and injuries.He argued that “as a consequence of our own actions, we have impacted our state of public health and the demand on the system”.He said that the responsibility for health and wellness begins with each individual, and with “how we live in the environment, interact with each other, how we treat ourselves and a recognition that health and wellness starts at the community level”.“Many of the demands for more and better healthcare would not have been there if, at the community level, people were practising some very basic healthy behaviour,” he stressed.The country, he said, has lost its way in that regard and needs to “get back to basics”.“Public health is not just about the number of hospitals we have or surgeries we can perform. Those represent the manifestation of a society that has missed the core fundamentals and principles of sustainable health and wellness,” Dr. Tufton said. “Jamaicans must get back to the basics of promoting and living a life in the interest of our community – that is, the practise of preventative healthcare. These habits would lead to less pressure on the system,” the Minister contended.He was speaking at a ceremony last Thursday (May 3) to officially open the newly expanded Portsea Health Centre in St. Elizabeth.Dr. Tufton said that there is significant demand on the public health system, with hospital and health centre visits reaching 1.2 million and 1.9 million, respectively, in 2017. There were 187,000 hospital admissions last year.The Minister estimates that 70 per cent of visits to accident and emergency departments were for injuries related to traffic accidents and crime and violence.“Statistics of road accidents in Jamaica show that human error, breaches of the road code, drinking and driving, faulty tyres, improper overtaking all combine to create a demand on the accident and emergency ward. Trauma cases related to domestic violence also fill the accident and emergency wards daily,” he said.Dr. Tufton noted that lifestyle conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease were also putting a strain on the health system. He said that seven out of every 10 deaths in Jamaica were linked to preventable lifestyle illnesses.“Could these have been prevented given our consumption of salt, sugar, fat, alcohol and smoking?” Dr. Tufton asked, highlighting the need for moderation in consumption habits.Three treatment rooms were added to the Portsea Health Centre at a cost of $5 million.The facility, which was built in the 1950s, provides child/maternal care, antenatal/postnatal care, nutrition advice, curative services, disease control and much more, five days per week. It serves 4,000 residents with about 300 visits monthly.last_img read more

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TCI National Honours published National Song writer Tourism lecturer among 37 named

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBlythe Clare#TurksandCaicos, October 18, 2017 – Providenciales – Click on the following link to see the recipients and recommended conferment in accordance with the National Honors and Awards Ordinance 2014.  The criteria for selection and recipient profiles are appended.Natl Honours & Awards list 2017http://magneticmediatv.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Natl-Honours-Awards-list-2017.pdf Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Vimeo Becomes Latest Service to Remove Infowars Accounts

first_img Popular on Variety IAC-owned video hosting service Vimeo removed two accounts belonging to Infowars.com for violating its terms of service over the weekend. This latest removal means that Infowars and its founder Alex Jones have now been kicked off three video hosting services.The removal comes after Infowars had uploaded a number of videos this past Friday that had previously been removed from other sites and services. Infowars was also using Vimeo to stream its live programming. Business Insider was first to report the removal.Alex Jones and Infowars have been on the defensive ever since Apple removed the show from its podcast directory a little over a week ago. Facebook and YouTube followed suit soon after, deleting channels and pages associated with the site. Spotify, Stitcher and others also removed the site’s podcasts from their services. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Infowars is known to peddle in untrue conspiracy theories, with Jones among other things repeatedly telling his audience that the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting was staged.The only major service that hasn’t taken any steps against Infowars yet is Twitter, with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey arguing last week that Jones hadn’t violated any of his company’s rules. Twitter went on to ban the accounts of the far right group Proud Boys and its founder Gavin McInnes at the end of last week.last_img read more

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Hulu Sponsors Instagrams World Record Egg for Super Bowl Reveal

first_imgThe World Record Egg on Jan. 4 made its first post on Instagram, urging users to push its likes past the then-record holder, Kylie Jenner, for her baby-announcement post from nearly a year earlier. On Jan. 13, the anonymous egg broke Instagram’s record for likes, and at this writing has nearly 52 million.Given its viral burst into the internet zeitgeist, the World Record Egg’s first sponsorship would be worth at least $10 million, Nik Sharma of digital ad agency VaynerMedia told The Atlantic — and what’s more, he said, he would advise marketers “to spend on the egg instead of the Super Bowl.” Hulu appears to have done both.The World Record Egg account holder has not shared their identity. The person behind it has told media outlets only that she is a woman and is unaffiliated with any company or organization.Less than three hours after the Hulu-plugging football egg was posted on the Instagram account, it had more than 1.5 million likes. Popular on Variety Hulu is apparently the first marketer to, ahem, crack a sponsorship deal with the World Record Egg — the Instagram account that has drawn internet fame for having the most-liked post on the service in a matter of days last month.On Friday, the @world_record_egg account posted an image of an egg bedecked with football laces and cracks in the shell. “The wait is over,” the message says. “All will be revealed this Sunday following the Super Bowl. Watch it first, only on @hulu.”Meanwhile, the bio of Hulu’s Instagram account now says, “Get crackin’” followed by an egg emoji. Hulu’s Twitter account also is part of campaign, with a tweet that says “#EggGang.”Reached Friday, a Hulu rep said that right now the company isn’t commenting or providing info on the World Record Egg deal. The big tease with the World Record Egg may be related to Hulu’s purchase of a 30-second ad in CBS’s Super Bowl LIII broadcast. The streaming service hasn’t revealed any details about the TV commercial.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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