BRICS Summit: all eyes on Durban

first_img26 March 2013All eyes will be on Durban on Tuesday as the much-anticipated 5th BRICS Summit gets under way at the city’s International Convention Centre.The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and China will join South African President Jacob Zuma in hammering out far-reaching finance issues for the bloc, the possible formation of a new development bank targeting BRICS and other emerging markets.Security has been tightened around the Convention Centre, with 3 000 law enforcement officers deployed in Durban for the duration of the event.More than 5 000 delegates are expected to attend the summit, which South Africa is hosting for the first time since joining the group of influential emerging economies in 2010.Observers have said the summit will give South Africa the opportunity to flex its diplomatic muscle and seal its position within the grouping.Other issues on the agenda include the role of BRICS as a partner in helping the continent in its infrastructure development and industrialisation drive. At the 2011 BRICS summit in Sanya, China, the leaders pledged their commitment to Africa’s industrialisation.There will also be the launch of a BRICS Business Council to promote increased trade within the bloc.At a briefing in Pretoria on Tuesday, President Zuma said the country’s BRICS membership fitted well with its National Development Plan (NDP), a policy blueprint for creating jobs and tackling poverty and inequality through development.The two-day summit is expected to inject more than R100-million into Durban’s economy.Source: read more

Ohio Farm Bureau, partners purchase Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a Comment The Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions livestock auction, held Sunday afternoon Aug. 5 in the WCOL Celeste Center, showcased Ohio’s premium livestock, premier junior fair exhibitors and generous supporters. On the sale bill were grand champion and reserve champion of many species, including market beef, market barrows, market lambs and market chickens, as well as the grand champion market goat, market turkey and a block of Swiss cheese to represent the seven dairy champions. In full, the livestock was auctioned for a total of $255,000.Ohio Farm Bureau and Bob Evans Farms, Kale Marketing, Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association, Event Marketing Strategies and Huffman’s Market purchased the Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow for $33,000, setting a new state fair record with the purchase.“We wouldn’t have such a successful Sale of Champions if it weren’t for our talented and dedicated youth and our incredibly supportive buyers. Our Youth Reserve Program is very impactful to not just those in the Sale of Champions but for everyone involved in the youth organization. It is such an honor to reward everyone involved,” explained General Manager Virgil Strickler. “We are exceptionally pleased with the $167,000 raised for the Youth Reserve Program at today’s Sale of Champions.”While these Junior Fair exhibitors take great pride in raising a quality animal, the ultimate goal each year is to be awarded a grand champion ribbon. Grand or reserve champion is an immense honor for the exhibitor; and with the Youth Reserve Program and generous buyers, it is rewarding for the entire Junior Fair program. This year’s sale broke two records: Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow, which sold for $33,000, and Grand Champion Swiss Cheese, which sold for $28,000.Established in 1995, the Youth Reserve Program’s was developed to reward junior exhibitors who participate in the Ohio State Fair. Funds for the program come from the dollars received over a cap that is placed on the amount an exhibitor can receive from the Sale of Champions. The funds from the program are distributed among carcass contests, scholarships, outstanding market exhibitor program, outstanding breeding exhibitor program, showmanship, skillathons, 4-H and FFA. The Youth Reserve Program has awarded $3,366,815 to approximately 40,000 youth exhibitors since its inception.The 2018 Sale of Champions results are as follows:Grand Champion Market Beef Exhibited by: Caden Jones, Allen CountyPurchased by: Steve R. Rauch, Inc.Price: $41,500Cap: $22,000Reserve Grand Champion Market Beef Exhibited by: Carver Gostomsky, Darke CountyPurchased by: The Kroger CompanyPrice: $20,000Cap: $11,000Grand Champion Market Barrow Exhibited by: Matthew Butterfield, Butler CountyPurchased by: MeijerPrice: $48,000Cap: $10,000*Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow Exhibited by: Grant Adams, Mercer CountyPurchased by: Bob Evans Farms, Kale Marketing, Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association, Ohio Farm Bureau, Event Marketing Strategies and Huffman’s MarketPrice: $33,000*Cap: $7,000Grand Champion Meat Chickens Exhibited by: Allison Davis, Carroll CountyPurchased by: The Kroger Company, Gerber PoultryPrice: $14,000Cap: $6,000Reserve Champion Meat Chickens Exhibited by: Meghan O’Reilly, Geauga CountyPurchased by: The Kroger Company, Gerber PoultryPrice: $10,000Cap: $4,000Grand Champion Market Lamb Exhibited by: Grant Johnson, Wayne CountyPurchased by: The Kroger CompanyPrice: $21,000Cap: $10,000Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb Exhibited by: Bailee Amstutz, Union CountyPurchased by: Steve R. Rauch, Inc.Price: $14,000Cap: $7,000Grand Champion Market Goat Exhibited by: Ava Shroyer, Logan CountyPurchased by: The Kroger CompanyPrice: $11,000Cap: $5,000Grand Champion Market Turkey Exhibited by: Myah Jones, Clinton CountyPurchased by: Kale Marketing, Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association, Cooper Farms, and RD Jones ExcavatingPrice: $14,500Cap: $3,000*Grand Champion Swiss Cheese, produced by Pearl Valley Cheese Co., representing the seven dairy champions and supreme dairy showmenExhibited by:Grand Champion Ayrshire: Marissa Topp, Auglaize CountyGrand Champion Brown Swiss: Keaton Topp, Shelby CountyGrand Champion Guernsey: Abigayle Dicke, Mercer CountyGrand Champion Holstein: Kristopher Ackley, Logan CountyGrand Champion Jersey: Drake Tompkins, Morgan CountyGrand Champion Red and White: Madeline Topp, Auglaize CountyGrand Champion Milking Shorthorn: Aubree Topp, Shelby CountySupreme Showman, Week 1 – Exhibited by: Madelin Topp, Auglaize CountySupreme Showman, Week 2 – Exhibited by: Kinley Topp, Shelby CountyPurchased by: AG Boogher and Sons, S&S Volvo and GMC TrucksPrice: $28,000*Cap: $3,0002018 total sale: $255,0002018 amount earned for Youth Reserve Program: $167,000*Denotes new record  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Ag pushing for USMCA passage

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. agriculture is making a big push to encourage Congress to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).Adopted to upgrade the North American Free Trade Agreement, USMCA was signed on Nov. 30, 2018. Mexico’s Senate ratified the trade deal in June, but legislation for USMCA has not been introduced in the United States Congress or in Canada. On Sept. 12, Farmers for Free Trade, Farm Bureau, American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers, US Apple Association, National Milk Producers Federation, U.S. Dairy Export Council, Corn Refiners Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. and other American agriculture leaders joined with bipartisan members of Congress to rally for USMCA passage that is viewed as essential by much of agriculture.“We need Congress to pass the USMCA trade agreement to bring certainty to our already-positive trade relationship with our closest neighbors and build on that relationship with new opportunities and commitments. The benefits of the USMCA are clear. Estimates indicate we will gain more than $2 billion in additional farm exports and $65 billion in gross domestic product once the agreement is in place,” said Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation president, at the rally for passage of USMCA. “The farm economy is reeling from the trade war combined with weather challenges and six years of lower farm income. Farmers want and need a better trade outlook and passing USMCA is a great step forward. Thank you to the members of the House Agriculture Committee, including Chairman Peterson and Ranking Member Conaway, for their support and their participation in today’s Rally for USMCA. We look forward to working with them and others in Congress to get the deal passed.”Tom Vilsack, president and CEO of USDEC, addressed the rally and touted the improvements USMCA makes to NAFTA. In addition to other agriculture sector benefits in the agreement, USMCA includes several provisions that will greatly benefit the U.S. dairy industry. USMCA secures the valuable relationship U.S. dairy shares with Mexico while establishing new protections for common cheese names and makes important changes to Canada’s trade-distorting dairy policies, while also opening new opportunities for U.S. dairy exports to Canada.“USMCA provides a much-needed upgrade to the trade rules, securing a brighter future for the export of American-made food and agricultural products to our North American neighbors,” Vilsack said. “The positive impacts of this trade deal will be felt throughout the economy, as increased exports help drive jobs tied to food and agriculture production across the heartland.”The push from agriculture is coming from several fronts as Trump administration officials, trade groups and businesses also took to social media to convince House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to bring USMCA to a vote. Agriculture as an industry has been among the biggest advocates for USMCA passage, as 950 groups and businesses signed a letter in May calling on Congress to ratify the deal.In addition, more than 120 pork producers from across the country expressed USMCA support on Capitol Hill during NPPC’s Fall Legislative Action Conference (LAC).“Last year, Canada and Mexico took over 40% of the pork that was exported from the U.S. and they are expected to be a large percentage this year as well,” said David Herring, NPPC president. “USMCA will strengthen our strong economic ties with our North American neighbors. Preserving zero-tariff pork trade in North American market is especially important as U.S. pork producers are struggling as a result of retaliatory tariffs in China. We asked our representatives to do all they can to push for swift ratification of USMCA.”last_img read more

Inspiration! Best Motion Design Reels 2012

first_imgWe’ve rounded up the best 2012 motion design reels!  See work from some of the world’s best designers and motion artists.From commercial agency work to creative freelancers, these reels represent some of the best motion design work being done in 2012.  These videos represent a variety of unique themes and techniques made using pro motion design tools like Maya, Blender and After Effects.  Awesome samples of tv spots, broadcast identities, program titles and animation – check out who made the list!2012 REEL from leftchannelCOSMO RAY 2012 REEL from Cosmo RaySHOWREEL 2012 from Sergio CalderonDRASTIC MOTION 2012 REEL from Drastic Motion2012 REEL from BuckSYNDROME 2012 REEl from Syndrome StudioBEN IN MOTION 2012 REEL from Benjamin Nichols2012 MOGRAPH REEL from Maha MohtasebALEX MAPAR – 2012 REEL from Alex Mapar2012 LOICA REEL from LOICARG MOTION – DEMO REEL 2012 from Rodrigo GusmãoDo you have an awesome motion design reel?Share it in the comments!last_img read more

10 months ago​Blackpool target Newcastle whizkid Sorensen

first_img​Blackpool target Newcastle whizkid Sorensenby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBlackpool are chasing after Newcastle United youngster Elias Sorensen.The Danish under-21 international could go out on loan for the rest of the season.The 19-year-old has penned a new contract with the Magpies, but his first team opportunities are limited for this term.Chronicle Live suggests that a loan to Blackpool would help them boost their chances of making the playoffs.When asked about a loan for Sorensen, Newcastle coach Ben Dawson is quoted by Chronicle Live as saying: “It has to be the right place to go on loan – you saw tonight some of the strengths he has and some of the areas where he has to develop.”He needs to play every week and the best place for him to go on loan is somewhere where there’s an experienced striker for him to learn from.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Utah Fan Tries To Make Fun Of Cal’s Academics, Makes Grammatical Error

first_imgUtah fan makes fun of Cal saying "if Marshawn Lynch can get into Cal than anyone can".marshawn lynch cal utah fan spelling errorESPN’s College GameDay is at Utah this week, and Utes fans have come up with some pretty clever signs ahead of their big Pac-12 contest against Cal Saturday night. The one you’ll see below is not one of them.A Utah fan, attempting to make fun of Cal’s academics and question former running back Marshawn Lynch’s intelligence, made a grammatical error. Check it out:SIGN RULE NO. 1: If you’re going to make fun of the other school’s academics, check your grammar.— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 10, 2015Marshawn knows the difference between “than” and “then” #gameday— GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) October 10, 2015For the record, Cal is also one of the best public schools in the country. Major fail all around here.last_img read more

Yukon to apply ice BandAid to cross river reach stranded residents minister

first_imgDAWSON CITY, Yn – The Yukon government plans to apply an “ice Band-Aid” to the Yukon River outside Dawson City after the channel failed to freeze sufficiently for the second year in a row, leaving hundreds of residents stranded over the winter.Highways Minister Richard Mostyn said work on an ice bridge to the community of West Dawson will begin January and should take about three weeks to complete.“This has never been tried before in the territory. It’s a situation that I’d prefer not to have to do, but we’ve got conditions in the Klondike these days that are abnormal,” he said.“Last year, the river didn’t freeze. This year, it’s not looking like it’s going to freeze again. So we’re going to take some action.”The Yukon River usually freezes over within a few weeks after the summer ferry stops operating, allowing crossings to be made initially on foot, by snowmobile and eventually in a vehicle.Public works crews usually flood, smooth and widen the route after a few more weeks to create an ice highway.Mostyn had promised West Dawson residents after the river failed to freeze last year that the government would take action if the same thing happened this year.An ice bridge would reconnect about 200 people to the main part of town.An alternate crossing point does exist, but accessing it involves a 10 to 15 kilometre journey south of town on foot, by dog team, on skis or with a snowmobile.Mostyn said the typical recipe for building an ice bridge is to spray ice water over a river to encourage it to freeze.He said he is unsure if the equipment is available for the spraying technique, but the government is also considering other methods, which he described as old fashioned and less efficient.The “manufactured ice formation” project will cost about $100,000 to build and maintain, plus an extra $100,000 for one-time engineering costs, Mostyn said.He said he and his team are “fairly confident” the bridge can be built, though there are no guarantees.“The climate is not what it once was, and so we’re going to have to be innovative,” Mostyn said. “This is one of the projects we’re going to start with.”The strategy is a way of helping the Mother Nature, which he described as a “fickle mistress.”Wayne Potoroka, the mayor of Dawson city, said he was glad to hear news of what he called an “almost surreal” plan.“I think it’s worth a shot,” he added, saying that Yukon is feeling the effects of climate change. “This is what adaptation looks like.”Mostyn ruled out the possibility of a permanent bridge being built in the near future to West Dawson.(Whitehorse Star)last_img read more

Greenpeace in standoff over Greenland Arctic drilling

first_imgAPTN National NewsGreenpeace says two of its ships tracking an oil rig on the Greenland side of Baffin Bay are being warned off by the Danish Navy.The environmental group wants to stop all drilling in the Arctic.And for once, Greenpeace and Nunavut are, for at least for the time being, on the same side.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has this story from Iqaluit.last_img

Smoking and drinking during pregnancy – stigma drives women to secrecy

first_imgFurther Reading Source: By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDFeb 12 2019A new study has found that because of the stigma around smoking and drinking during pregnancy, many women are doing these in private.Researchers from the University of Cardiff have noted that pregnant women are “irritated and alienated” by the perceived notions regarding the harmful effects of smoking and drinking during pregnancy. Recent figures have shown that one in five women from Wales smoke during their first pregnancy.This new study published in the journal Women and Birth reveals that women feel they receive health advice in a “judgemental tone” from their antenatal healthcare providers and midwives that make them reluctant to open up for advice and support during pregnancy regarding smoking and drinking. Some of the pregnant also reported feeling judged by their non-smoking partners. A significant number of women who were smokers or non-smokers agreed that smoking during pregnancy is acceptable if in private. They however condoned smoking in public. They felt that pregnant women who smoke in public receive a lot of negative judgement and criticism from those around them. E-cigarette smokers too felt judged, the study found.For this study the team of researchers interviewed 10 low income pregnant women belonging to deprived areas of south Wales. They were provided visual questionnaires and clues like timelines, collages and thought bubbles related activities. Image Credit: Napocska / Shutterstock Dr Aimee Grant, from Cardiff University’s Centre for Trials Research, in a statement said, “Moral judgements are commonly directed towards mothers through reference to health behaviour in pregnancy, and working-class mothers are particularly subject to this criticism, ignoring the challenges of living on a low income. Our study shows that these looks and comments – including by members of the public – irritate and alienate pregnant women, making them less likely to seek help. No one wants to be judged and shamed.” The authors of this study called for more “empathy” than judgement.The health advocates worldwide advice pregnant women to abstain from alcohol and smoking tobacco. There are over 4,000 chemicals present in cigarette smoke that can harm the unborn baby and also reduce the oxygen supply. The Chief Medical Officers for the UK makes similar recommendations for pregnant women. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) also added that there are no safe alcohol consumption limits during pregnancy.Dr Dunla Gallagher, one of the co-authors of the study says that smoking could be a “coping strategy” for some of the low-income, pregnant mothers. She said in a statement, “Rather than stigma, women need empathy and a recognition of the challenges that pregnancy can bring in terms of women’s independent choices.” Smoking and Pregnancy Effects of Passive Smoking on Children’s Health Carcinogens in Cigarette Smoke Everything You Need to Know About Giving Up Cigaretteslast_img read more

Study finds substantial volume overload in kidney failure patients initiating peritoneal dialysis

first_imgWe intended to associate practices of peritoneal dialysis use of hypertonic exchanges, use of automated peritoneal dialysis vs. continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis, use of icodextrin, and use of diuretics with technique failure. Our main finding is that the association between technique failure and fluid overload is dependent upon center size and thus presumably experience within the treating center.”Wim Van Biesen, MD, PhD, University Hospital Ghent, Belgium Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 24 2019A new study published in CJASN found substantial volume overload, or too much fluid in the body, in patients with kidney failure who initiated peritoneal dialysis. Volume overload tended to improve over time after starting dialysis, but was at all times was higher in males vs. females and in patients with diabetes vs. those without. The study also revealed variations in practice of care across different geographic regions. This variation was associated with differences in degree of volume overload.Individuals with kidney failure who are undergoing hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis often experience fluid overload. To examine the implications of this condition, Wim Van Biesen, MD, PhD (University Hospital Ghent, in Belgium) and his colleagues designed a study to assess patients’ health and fluid volume over time after initiating peritoneal dialysis. It’s thought that actively managing volume overload may reduce the risk of technique failure (transfer from peritoneal dialysis to hemodialysis) and prolong patient survival.In the study of 1,054 patients from 28 countries who were examined every 3 months, volume overload before the start of dialysis amounted to an average of 1.9 L and decreased to 1.2 L during the first year. After 3 years of follow-up, the average relative volume overload in patients was lower than at the start in participants from all regions except those of Latin American, where it increased. The investigators concluded that volume overload is already present before the start of dialysis, and it tends to improve over the first 6 months and stabilize afterwards.At all time points, males and participants with diabetes were at a higher risk of experiencing volume overload. Also, volume overload was associated with a higher risk of premature death. The study revealed different treatment practices to address volume overload across dialysis centers and regions. Related StoriesResearchers identify trends in use of transcatheter dialysis conduit procedures over 15 yearsRapid fluid removal from patients with failing kidneys linked to increased risk of deathOne-fifth of U.S. surgeons still ‘overusing’ riskier method to create kidney dialysis access, study findsIn an accompanying Patient Voice editorial, Shari Gilford shared her experience of peritoneal dialysis, both ambulatory and automated, for 7 years. She also questioned why patients in Latin America had a different outcome than those from other regions.”If there are factors other than dialysate type, dialysate concentrate, or diet which make it more difficult for patients to control their volume overload, patients need to be made aware of this,” she wrote. “Based on my own experience [in hot vs. cold seasons], I wonder if the year-round hotter climate of Latin America, as opposed to most other regions in the study which have cold seasons, could have been a factor for fluid overload leading to increased mortality. Continued study of this variable might improve outcomes for peritoneal dialysis patients who live in warmer climes.”Source:American Society of NephrologyJournal reference:Biesen, W.V. et al. (2019) Evolution Over Time of Volume Status and PD-Related Practice Patterns in an Incident Peritoneal Dialysis Cohort. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. read more