Marching troops, bagpipes, lots of hard work in preparations, and high fashion on the red carpet: view a gallery of images from the opening of parliament and State of the Nation Address in Cape Town on 13 February 2014. All photos courtesy GCIS.Read more:Watch the State of the Nation AddressState of the Nation Address 2014: the full textBehind the scenes: State of the Nation Address 2014 On the red carpet: Mandla Mandela, the grandson of Nelson Mandela, in traditional Xhosa dress. At a lunch for special guests invited to attend the State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma helps Rebecca Kotane, wife of late ANC leader Moses Kotane, cut the cake celebrating her 102nd birthday. Workers making final preparations for the ceremony. A worker making final preparations for the ceremony. On the red carpet: Thapelo Chilwani. At a lunch for special guests invited to attend the State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma congratulates Joseph Shabalala, leader of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, on the group winning, in January 2014, their fourth Grammy award. On the red carpet: Speaker of parliament Max Sisulu, Jacob Zuma’s wife Tobeka Zuma, and Mninwa Mahlangu, chair of the National Council of Provinces. South African President Jacob Zuma delivering his State of the Nation Address in parliament on 13 February 2014. On the red carpet: Rachel Tambo. On the red carpet: Rachel and Dali Tambo, the son of late African National Congress leader Oliver Tambo. South African National Defence Force troops rehearse for the ceremony. On the red carpet: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. On the red carpet: Minister of Public Enterprises Malusi Gigaba. Rehearsals for the opening of parliament. On the red carpet: South African statistician-general Pali Lehohla. Rehearsals for the aerial flyby by the South African Airforce. On the red carpet: Khensani Kubayi and Nomalungelo Gina. On the red carpet: Faith Bikani. On the red carpet: Belinda Ngaju and Nomsa Ndaba. South African National Defence Force troops rehearse for the opening of parliament. South African National Defence Force troops rehearse for the opening of parliament on the morning of 13 February. Preparations underway for the opening of parliament and State of the Nation Address. Preparations underway for the opening of parliament and State of the Nation Address. Laying the red carpet.Gallery compiled by Mary Alexander
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Matt HutchesonBy Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.As spring weather warms up and conditions are conducive to field work, Ohio’s growers will have to deal with several challenges in the coming weeks. Prioritization and timely management will be key to success in the spring of 2019.The wet fall of 2018 resulted in an extended harvest and significant delays in field work. For many growers, harvest was not completed until December or later. As a result, very little fall tillage and/or fall herbicide applications were completed across the eastern Corn Belt. With a lack of tillage and herbicide applications, weeds, such as marestail, will be more prevalent in Ohio’s fields this spring. Making timely weed control actions this spring will be a critical part of achieving successful weed control this year. As always, follow herbicide labels, use correct rates, and apply under optimum conditions to effectively control weeds.With additional field work needed to be performed after a wet fall, time management will be an especially important consideration this spring. With the cool, wet weather pattern that has extended into early April, time will be of the essence. Growers should prioritize field operations and focus on what is most critical to producing crops. Minimizing and/or limiting trips across the field may be necessary to avoid significant planting delays. In some cases, growers may need to consider switching more acres to no-till/minimum till to reduce time spent on preparatory field operations.With the potential for delayed planting in 2019, it is important to revisit the discussion of planting date versus field conditions. For much of the Eastern Corn Belt it is widely understood that the optimal planting period is between April 20 and May 10. Research has proven that corn loses yield potential daily when planted after the beginning of May. For the Central Corn Belt, the declines in yield potential due to planting delays vary from about 0.3% per day early in May to about 1% per day by the end of May (Nielsen, 2013). Knowing that this is true, it can be frustrating during a wet spring or when field work is delayed for one reason or another. Planting is a critical component of a successful crop as it sets the stage for the entire growing season. However, it is important to keep in mind that early planting is just one of many factors that contribute to high yield potential. Planting early favors high yields, but it does not guarantee them and growers should not focus entirely on the calendar.Growers don’t have to look very far into the past for confirmation of this fact. According to data collected by the National Agricultural Statistics Service USDA/NASS, only 62% of the 2009 corn crop was planted by the week ending May 17. Despite later planting dates, the national average yield for the 2009 crop was 164.4 bushels per acre. In 2012, 96% of the corn crop was in the ground as of the week ending May 20. The crop was off to a great start, but thanks to the drought, the national average yield was only 123.1 bushels per acre in 2012. Although it is widely understood that planting date is an important management practice influencing corn yields, 2012 proved other factors (such as the drought) can diminish the yield potential of an early planted crop.When determining whether or not to head to the field, keep in mind soil conditions and the weather forecast. Field work performed in wet soil will create compaction that will impact yields for several years. “Mudding-in” seed early to beat a certain date on the calendar will almost always guarantee problems throughout the growing season. To avoid problems such as compaction, poor emergence, poor root development, and replant, growers should only plant early if field and weather conditions are conducive to adequate seed germination and plant growth. The first 24 to 48 hours a seed is in the ground is critical to its survival. Planting should only occur when soil is dry enough to avoid compaction and soil temperatures are 50 degrees F or higher for corn and 54 degrees of higher for soybeans. Avoid planting immediately before a cold rain or severe weather event. This will ensure that the best possible conditions for germination and stand establishment exist.Every spring comes with its own unique set of challenges. Sound agronomic plans and timely decision making with provide Ohio’s farmers with the best opportunities to produce high-yielding crops.
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… taylor hatmaker Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Disclosure: I used to work with Yahoo in my two years as an editor for the website Tecca. While I was never on Yahoo’s payroll, our companies had a close content partnership and some leadership overlap. (It’s complicated.)Yahoo is a strange, many-headed beast. Not often commended for its corporate vision, cohesive net of products… or anything else, really, maybe it’s time to give the Web’s most excited (!) megalith a break. When the company ousted compromised CEO Scott Thompson and poached Google’s Marissa Mayer last year, the Web was heartened – maybe Yahoo gets it, after all these years!By 2012, it seems, the Web’s wary denizens were busy mistrusting Google and Facebook. Yahoo, still a giant by any other gauge, was starting to look like an underdog.As the legend goes, Yahoo was founded in the 1994, a relative dark age of the Web. The company was originally a hierarchical Web directory, not even a search engine, though it quickly added that and other functions to become a full-featured Web portalBut over time, scrappier, savvier upstarts like Google and Facebook became the new online titans. By that time, Yahoo, having already enjoyed its era at the top, could only lumber on toward a social/mobile future it didn’t seem to quite understand.Add a remarkable run of executive-level churn and an ensuing identity crisis to the mix, and you’ve got a snapshot of the challenge Marissa Mayer signed up to tackle. But less than a year after her sparkling indoctrination into the folds of the world’s biggest corporation with a punctuation mark, Yahoo looks more alive than it has since… well, let’s just say it’s been a while.Here are 6 reasons we think that Yahoo could finally be poised for a comeback. 1. Mayer Understands What’s BrokenMayer gets Yahoo’s history – and, as she tells Bloomberg Television, she understands the long game.“You know the first wave really was Yahoo itself, you know the directory, there are these pages out there, how do you organize them? And then the Web got so large that the directory model broke down and gave to search. And then the next wave that came was social, and now I think we’re on the mobile wave. And so if you think about that, that’s all happened in about 15 years. We’ve gone through four major technology shifts in terms of who the main players really are. And so I think there is always opportunity for new disruption.” 2. Yahoo’s Product Draft Is Well UnderwayYahoo just bought Snip.it, a Pinterest-esque Web clipper. Last year it launched Axis, an experimental mobile browser that most people actually liked. And it revamped Yahoo Mail, with apps to boot. Just like Mayer planned, Yahoo is on the prowl to bolster its product roster with companies that fit into Yahoo’s (newly) mobile vision. Look for Yahoo to make more small, interesting acquisitions this year as it continues to quietly build itself back up.3. Mobile And Social: The Missing Puzzle PiecesMobile and social are music to the ears of anyone waiting for Yahoo’s second coming. Mayer put it this way:“I definitely think with the Web becoming so vast – there is a much content and social context and now with mobile, there is so much location and activity context. How do you pull all that together? …It brings Yahoo back to its roots. It used to be that that’s what Yahoo was. It took the Internet and ordered it up.Now it’s so vast that you can’t just categorize it anymore. But could we provide a feed information that is ordered, a Web ordered for you, and is also available on your mobile phone.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 4. The Flickr Case StudyWhen the great Instagram Terms of Service freak out went down late in 2012, Yahoo got lucky. Flickr, still one of its best-loved products, had just released an app update to rave reviews. Defectors wary of Facebook’s hand in the future of their filtered photos were poised to leap into Yahoo’s arms. Suddenly Yahoo had a golden opportunity to prove that it could be agile, mobile and social at once.Call it good timing, but Yahoo didn’t altogether fumble the aftermath, even running a promo for Flickr Pro accounts. Building back a beloved, long-neglected product is a welcome sign that the big Y! is getting back int he game.5. Yahoo Throws Its Doors Wide OpenFacebook and Twitter are throwing punches. Samsung and Apple’s holy war over patents will go down in history. Everyone wants to take down Google, with good reason. But Yahoo? Yahoo just wants to make friends.“Our focus, in addition to technology, but also on media, it means there is an opportunity for strong partnerships. That is what we will be focused on. We work with Apple and Google in terms of the operating system. In terms of social network, we have a strong partnership with Facebook. We’re able to work with some of these players that have a lot of strength in order to bolster our user experience that we offer on the Yahoo site.”6. In Yahoo We Trust (For Some Reason)The most underrated thing that bodes well for Yahoo is that we’re rooting for it. Tired of Apple, Google and Facebook duking it out, many people want to see Yahoo make a comeback. It’s an era of deep distrust of big companies commanding big data for big money, but Yahoo has been down for so long there’s an undercurrent of Web users who inexplicably want to see it get back up. There are plenty of other things to consider. Yahoo pulled in more than $7 billion from selling off a chunk of its stake in Chinese online marketplace Alibaba, and its stock enjoyed a nice run up toward the end of 2012. But Yahoo still faces many challenges – it’s long term success is far from assured. We’ll have more information when Yahoo announces its fourth quarter earnings on January 28. You can find Bloomberg’s full interview with Mayer embedded below.Image via Flickr user Adam Tinworth, interview via Bloomberg Television Tags:#business#mobile#social#Yahoo
Indian Football: MFA and 8one Foundation launch Young Legends’ League Goal Last updated 2 years ago 22:30 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Debabrata Majumder The launch of India’s first structured league for 6 to 12 year-old kids was announced on Tuesday, 29th September.. The Young Legends’ League (YLL), a first of its kind football league, which will provide a platform for children aged below 12 years to play competitive football every weekend, was launched by The Mizoram Football Association (MFA) and 8one Foundation on Tuesday. Paving the way for structured development, the league will also be aided by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).The 5-a-side league will take place in Champhai, the football-obsessed district of Mizoram which has produced several talented players such as Lalthuammawia Ralte, Lalchhawnkima, Lalruatthara and Robert Lalthlamuana. The league will feature over 500 matches, with each team playing more than 30 games over a period of six to eight months, making it the longest football league in India. Every YLL team will have a squad consisting of ten players (including one female player), ensuring they get as much on-field exposure. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Announcing the Young Legends’ League, Lalnghinglova ‘Tetea’ Hmar, Secretary of Mizoram Football Association, commented, “The Young Legends’ League will look to provide competitive football matches to children below 12 years to hone their footballing acumen and skills. We intend to increase the time children spend with the ball so as to inculcate both technical and social skills, which in my opinion, is the best way to ensure holistic development of an individual. MFA believes in giving exposure to young talent, steadily helping develop players by giving them a platform to showcase their skills.” The MFA has signed a 10-year MoU with the 8one Foundation for the Young Legends’ League, which will see both the parties organize YLL in Champhai till 2027. Varun Achreja, Founder, 8one Foundation, said, “Our aim is to leverage YLL as a community mobilizing tool that ensures the involvement of everyone in Champhai to execute this league and contribute to the development of kids through football. The initiative will emphasize on disseminating information related to education, nutrition, health as well as stress on the benefits of working collectively in a team.”The All India Football Federation (AIFF), has lauded the work of MFA and 8one Foundation in strategizing such a concept. “It is encouraging to see that the Mizoram FA, 8one and Football Solutions are the first to work towards a sustainable and organic league that follows our Baby Leagues concept to maximize competitive engagement through the year. The ideal and philosophy for Champhai to now have a long-term, self-sustained and intensive youth calendar will speak for itself 6-8 years from today,” remarked Richard Hood, Head of Player Development at the AIFF. MFA and 8one Foundation have also partnered with ISL club North-East United FC (NEUFC) who have prior experience of scouting in Champhai. The first edition of Young Legends’ League will be held at Chhangphut Ground, Champhai, Mizoram, starting from the 11th November 2017 to 23rd July, 2018. Each match will be played for 40 to 60 minutes with matches taking place on a weekly basis.
PDM sends Commissioner another message: Bring GT Police Officers back Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:crime statistics, james smith, operation dragnet, wayne jones Recommended for you Special Force helping murder cases in TCI Increased Police presence promised, TCI Police Commissioner statement on recent shootings Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Mar 2015 – Cabinet yesterday heard from new Police Commissioner James Smith; who one day after leading his team in giving the Crime Statistics for the past two years was called upon to set out his observations of policing in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the first four weeks of his appointment. During that media debriefing on Wednesday at Police Headquarters in Provo, it was explained that average daily crime calls are down substantially in the past two weeks for Provo. Acting Assistant Commissioner Wayne Jones shared that a new strategy for mapping crime will be introduced; it will give CID officers more scientific analysis of trends in crime. Commissioner Smith explained that in the budget prepared by former Commissioner Colin Farquhar, there is provision for the purchase of special software to support the mapping strategy; they are calling this tactical maneuver ‘Operation Dragnet.’ While crime was very slightly decreased for the country overall when comparing 2013 and 2014; so far for 2015, the reports for January and February are trending upward. The Commissioner will next bring forward his vision and strategy for the development and modernisation of the Force to Cabinet.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 27, 2017 – Providenciales – As the Former Minister of Education and Deputy Premier of the TCI, it is my profound belief that we must return our Children to school sooner rather than later. Having had an opportunity to read the Minister of Education’s press release, like many parents I am concerned that there seems to be no contingency plan communicated to parents for the Country’s public school children. We are greatly concerned that the schools damaged were not assessed and repairs quantified within the week after the passage of Hurricane Irma.While we empathize with the Ministry of Education, we know the patience of our parents is waning, and even our teachers are ready to get back in to the classroom and to some semblance of normalcy as soon as possible. We commend the teachers who attended to their campuses and commenced the clean-up process in their classrooms, and recorded the damage.Special attention must be given to the 4th and 5th Form students across the Islands as the Caribbean Examination Council (“CXC”) has not (that we have seen) issued a notice that they will be suspending January exams in the wake of the storms which have affected many of the Countries that subscribe to the CXC and CVQ exams.The US$4,000,000.00 that is budgeted for in this financial year from the previous PNP Administration’s successful grant from the European Development Fund 11 be renegotiated quickly, to be utilized to repair all primary schools in the TCI which were affected, and in some instances expand them where they can be expanded. It would make very little economic sense to now construct a fourth primary school when there are 10 in serious disarray.Suspend the Grade Six Achievement Test for all Grade 6 students, as it will not capture a true assessment of student success in transitioning to high school in the upcoming academic year. Hurricane Irma and Maria were traumatic experiences and with delays of having students return to school there will be deficiencies in their learning found. Having students repeat Grade 6 because they do not pass the GSAT in this academic year will only compound matters and student placement numbers for the next two academic schools years. Grade 6 teachers should be provided with another mechanism to assess their students’ transition to high-school for the 2018/2019 academic school year.Assessments of all Teachers’ homes must be done. Especially those Teachers who may have suffered severe lost or are displaced be housed quickly, as it would be difficult to ask they provide services to our children when they themselves are displaced.Work closely with Food for Thought Charity, as many students may face nutrition deficiencies when they return to school, and provide assistance to Food For Thought to bring in food items at a no duty rate.We are committed to working with the Ministry of Education to ensure our youngest citizens have a chance to return to their schooling as soon as possible, as institutions are safe places where they can grow, learn and explore. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Gennaro Gattuso has compared Milan new boy Krzysztof Piatek to Danish legend Jon Dahl Tomasson.Piatek who recently joined Milan from Genoa played in the barren draw against Napoli and his manager has seen enough to liken him to former teammate Tomasson.Tomasson was not a regular starter at Milan but scored 35 goals in three seasons, winning a Champions League and earning praise for his battling qualities.“We have to pick up from where we left off in the first 50 minutes, showing the same character,” Gattuso told Milan TV and Cited on Football Italia ahead of his side’s Coppa Italia quarter-final against Napoli on Tuesday.“We stopped dribbling in the last 30 minutes and were stretched, so all of Napoli’s qualities came out.“We must have the desire to play and show our faces, dribbling well. We need experience. We’re a young team and we need games like these.“For us to get back to being competitive, we need consistency in our performances, game and mentality.Piatek is ready to make his debut as a starter with the AC Milan shirt tomorrow night in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals against Napoli once again. Gennaro Gattuso is seriously thinking about it and a final decision will be made between tonight and tomorrow morning. pic.twitter.com/yu9JpVotxtSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….— AC Milan Africa (@africa_milan) January 28, 2019“We’ve shown it at times, but we still have too many ups and downs. Piatek reminds me of Tomasson. He had some very specific characteristics.“Jon never spared himself in training and gave us a huge hand, also when he played from the start.“Piatek has just joined, but I like him already. He’s a curious lad who looks at photos at Milanello: he likes to observe, talk and experience the structure here first hand.“It’s something beautiful. Will he start tomorrow? Him or Cutrone will play. Caldara and Biglia yesterday did some light work with us yesterday.“They’re working to improve their physical level and I think they’ll be available in a week.“We’re very happy with them, they have great desire to return and have shown it through the commitment they’ve been putting in.”
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:50 PM Posted: February 5, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The statewide effort to overturn the 12-cent gas tax took an interesting turn Monday. Former San Diego council member Carl Demiao lured people into signing a petition with really cheap gas.“I came here for the cheap gas, but I also signed the petition,” said Jabulo Carls who drives an Uber and Lyft.The gas station owner agreed to lose money in order to entice people with $1.99 gas.“I’m taking a hit, but it’s ok,” said Les Kourie. “The public is happy, they seem happy. And they get the message, stop this gas tax.”Carl Demaio started this tax recall after a super majority of Democrats in Sacramento approved a 12-cent tax on each gallon gas and a huge increase in the car tax.“Look, the people up there are not accountable,” Demaio said. “They say this money will fix roads and bridges and it’s simply not true.”Demaio is hoping to collect almost 600-thousadn signatures to make the November ballot. He’s already collected about 500,000.While hundreds of people enjoyed filling up their tanks with cheap gas, they also signed the petition.One step closer to the people taking back control from elected officials. Dan Plante, Discounted gas sold in an effort to repeal gas tax Dan Plante February 5, 2018
Hotel Plaza owned by Sahara Chief in New YorkReutersThe Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, has dismissed a report by The Wall Street Journal, which said that he offered the Sahara group $2 billion for Plaza Hotel in New York as well as Dream Hotel and Grosvenor House Hotel in London, a spokesperson said.”Neither His Majesty, the Brunei Investment Agency, nor the government of Brunei are involved in any way in the purchase of the Grosvenor House in London or the Plaza and Dream Downtown hotels in New York,” a spokesman at Bell Pottinger, acting on behalf of the Sultan of Brunei, wrote in an email.The Wall Street Journal mis-reported that an investment firm in Brunei has offered to pay $2 billion for the three hotels, which are currently owned by the Sahara chief Subrata Roy. Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal BolkiahReutersRoy has been dealing with the sale of the luxury hotels from his special high-tech room in Tihar Jail, where he is being held for over five months after failing to repay ₹20,000 crore to investors who were sold outlawed bonds. The court has ordered him to pay ₹10,000 crore to get out on bail.Sahara bought the Plaza Hotel for about $570 million in 2012. Two years earlier, it paid 470 million pounds ($786.5 million) for the 494-room Grosvenor House overlooking Hyde Park near Buckingham Palace. The Sahara group is also looking ahead to sell the Dream Hotel in Manhattan. Subrata Roy arrestedReutersMeanwhile, the Indian tycoon has been trying to sell his properties in order to get out of prison under a deadline set by the Supreme Court. Apart from vast real estate, media enterprises and luxury hotels, Sahara also owns Formula 1 team and even used to sponsor the Indian cricket team.However, Brunei has been criticized by civil rights and gay rights advocacy groups in the United States for becoming the first East Asian country to adopt sharia criminal law, which punishes sodomy, reported Reuters.The harsh laws in Brunei, including death by stoning for homosexuals and adulterers have led to the boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel and Dorchester properties in Europe costing the hotel operator millions of dollars in lost revenue, Dorchester has said.
BSE closes points 122.13 down on Feb 38.2K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 122.13 down on Feb 38.2K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Feb 3 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 122.13 points down to stand at 29,000.14. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 40.85 points down to stand at 8,756.55. VIDEOCON INDUSTRIES LTD. and DHFL were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.90% and 6.15% along with FRL and SSLT with an increase of 6.12% and 5.95% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include JSW ENERGY and PNB with a decrease of 10.14% and 8.44% along PFC and JET AIRWAYS with a decrease of 6.94% and 6.20% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 131.66 points at 19,945.88 while the banking sector is down 593.57 points at 22,188.53 and the reality sector is down 25.88 points at 1,789.80. The Indian currency is down 0.12% at Rs 61.72 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Feb 3 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 122.13 points down to stand at 29,000.14. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 40.85 points down to stand at 8,756.55. VIDEOCON INDUSTRIES LTD. and DHFL were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.90% and 6.15% along with FRL and SSLT with an increase of 6.12% and 5.95% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include JSW ENERGY and PNB with a decrease of 10.14% and 8.44% along PFC and JET AIRWAYS with a decrease of 6.94% and 6.20% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 131.66 points at 19,945.88 while the banking sector is down 593.57 points at 22,188.53 and the reality sector is down 25.88 points at 1,789.80. The Indian currency is down 0.12% at Rs 61.72 per dollar.