Official website’s inaccessibility raises questions about information transparency

first_img to go further News August 16, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Official website’s inaccessibility raises questions about information transparency Organisation RSF_en May 5, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Russia June 2, 2021 Find out more RussiaEurope – Central Asia News Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruptioncenter_img News Help by sharing this information RussiaEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown May 21, 2021 Find out more News The website of the Russian Centre for the Protection of Forests, also known as Roslesozashchita (, has been inaccessible since 13 August, shortly after it contradicted the government by reporting that forest fires had reached areas that were contaminated by radiation during the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.Roslesozashchita, an agriculture ministry offshoot, reported last week that there were fires on around 4,000 hectares of land that were contaminated, including 300 hectares in the Bryansk areas, which is very close to Chernobyl.The reports posted on the agency’s website contradicted the government’s reassuring comments. The ministry of emergencies insisted that the forest fires sweeping much of the region had not reached any of the areas affected by Chernobyl. Shortly before the site went down on 13 August, emergencies minister Sergei Shoigu criticised “unclear information from an unclear website.”The website’s inaccessibility is highly suspect. Reporters Without Borders wonders whether the Russian authorities simply blocked access because the information it was posting was proving to be very embarrassing.Greenpeace Russia has meanwhile said that the current level of radioactivity poses no health risk.last_img read more

San Marino Congregational Church Bad Weather Shelter Call for Volunteers

first_img More Cool Stuff “Are you with a few extra hours on two Tuesday nights in January? Have you ever made dinner for 100? If you are interested, our church has an amazing opportunity for you. We have been participating in the Pasadena Bad Weather Shelter for the last three years and this year we will be continuing in this effort. All you have to do is meet at our church parking lot on Tuesday evening January 8 and or Tuesday evening January 29 at 5:45 PM. We will gather as a group and drive to the shelter where we will prepare a hot meal for the homeless in our area. Some of us will also participate in preparing bedrolls so that the participants will have a place to sleep for the evening after finishing their meal. Our Open Leadership Team, with support from Trustees has approved our church’s involvement in this most important and meaningful mission work. Special early thanks to Marcia Albrecht, who has stepped up to do the grocery shopping for both evenings.” Pastor Donald ShenkInterested? Please email Susan Jakubowski-Weiner at [email protected] She will in return email you a mandatory form with basic emergency information required for participation this year. Should you have any questions, please contact Susan at (626) 289-7103.Read about last year’s Bad Weather Shelter experience.San Marino Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 2560 Huntington Drive, San Marino, (626) 292-2080 or visit Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Normal To Date Your BFF’s Ex?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Subscribecenter_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Faith & Religion News San Marino Congregational Church Bad Weather Shelter Call for Volunteers Article and Photo courtesy of the SAN MARINO CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH Published on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 | 3:40 pm Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

Tournament of Roses Still Planning on Jan. 1 Game

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  [UPDATED] Tournament of Roses CEO David Eads on Monday told Pasadena Now that plans remain in place to host a College Semifinal Playoff game in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.“We are currently planning for a CFP [College Football Playoff] Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game on January 1. We continue to work with the College Football Playoff, the City of Pasadena and Los Angeles County to adhere to COVID-19 protocol and guidelines,” Eads said in an email.“While we are open to date flexibility at the Rose Bowl Stadium, we are working with the CFP to host one of the two semifinals that are both slated to take place on January 1,” Eads wrote.Last week officials announced that no fans would be allowed in the stadium to view the game, dubbed “The Granddaddy of Them All,” live.Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Rose Parade, which started in 1890, was canceled for the first time since the World War II years of 1942, 1943 and 1945.Pushing the games back came up last month when it was announced that at least two of three CFP games were prepared to push back their scheduled kickoff dates if the COVID-19 pandemic necessitates postponements.Besides the Rose Bowl, the other semifinal game is scheduled to be held in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, also on Friday, Jan. 1.The CFP National Championship is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.Several bowl games will not be played this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, including:Bahamas Bowl (C-USA vs. MAC)Celebration Bowl (MEAC vs. SWAC)Fenway Bowl (AAC vs. ACC)Hawaii Bowl (AAC vs. Mountain West)Holiday Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)Las Vegas Bowl (Pac-12 vs. SEC)Los Angeles Bowl (Pac-12 vs. Mountain West)Pinstripe Bowl (ACC vs. Big Ten)Quick Lane Bowl (ACC, Big Ten, MAC)Redbox Bowl (Big Ten vs. Pac-12)Sun Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)”On Sunday, a new Safer-At-Home went into effect for 21 days, shutting down all non-essential businesses.At least 58 FBS games this season have been postponed or canceled because of COVID-19 issues. With time ticking in the regular season, conferences are running out of dates to reschedule games. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Sports Tournament of Roses Still Planning on Jan. 1 Game Tournament is open to date flexibility due to COVID-19 By DONOVAN MCCRAY Published on Monday, December 7, 2020 | 2:49 pm STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Community News Subscribe Business News 146 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Make a commentlast_img read more

Propylene Glycol Market Procurement Intelligence Report with COVID-19 Impact Analysis | Global Forecasts, 2021-2025…

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleWeber plays 1,000th game; Canadiens beat Canucks 5-3Next articleNo. 19 Wisconsin returns to winning ways over Penn St, 72-56 Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – February 2, 2021 TAGS  Pinterest Twitter Local NewsBusiness Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Propylene Glycol Market Procurement Intelligence Report with COVID-19 Impact Analysis | Global Forecasts, 2021-2025 | SpendEdgelast_img read more

Volunteers Wanted to Help Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

first_imgFacebook8Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of Commissioners Are you looking to help the environment by being more green? Ever wondered how you could do more to help the planet by being active in your own little corner of the community? If you have passion for reducing, re-using, recycling, or composting, then we want you to join the Thurston County Master Recycler Composter volunteer program!The Master Recycler class educates attendees on how to reduce, reuse, and recycle to benefit their community and the earth.The WSU Thurston County Extension and Thurston County Solid Waste division are recruiting for this year’s Master Recycler Composter (MRC) class. MRC volunteers receive in-depth instruction on how to reduce waste, recycle, and compost in Thurston County while encouraging their family, friends, and fellow residents to do the same.Volunteers are also trained to promote the “Waste Less Food” campaign. This campaign provides valuable tips to not only save time and money, but keep precious resources from going to waste. Participants will receive background and hands-on training from local educators and experts. Class topics include waste prevention, recycling processes and markets, home composting, worm composting, repurposing items, a green consumer “how-to”, and much more.What: Master Recycler Composter Volunteer TrainingWhen: Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.September 19September 26October 3October 10October 17October 24Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.September 30October 14Location: Various training rooms in Olympia/Lacey (locations posted upon acceptance)Cost: $25.00, due at first class. This fee covers all training supplies and field trips not subsidized by the Thurston County Solid Waste department or the Thurston County Master Gardener Foundation of Thurston County.Thurston County Solid Waste offers educational opportunities for school age kids and community groups. Photo courtesy Thurston County Solid WasteAfter initial training, MRC course graduates agree to give a minimum of 25 hours of yearly service as they put their new skills to use. They will serve with local organizations, community members, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, or at special events encouraging waste prevention, recycling, and composting. MRCs can design their own projects or work on existing ones. On-going continuing education opportunities will be provided.Complete the online application at The last day to apply is September 12, at 5:00 p.m., and is based on availability. This training is only offered every other year and space is limited. So don’t delay, apply today!Not sure if this program will be a right fit for you?Attend one of our informational nights. Learn about the program and what it means to be a MRC volunteer. This includes program expectations as well as all the benefits you will receive being a MRC. Attend the classes listed below, no fee or preregistration, to see if the MRC program of Thurston County is a right fit for you.Informational classes:Wednesday, August 30, at 6:30 p.m., WSU Extension Office-5033 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia WA 98502Friday, September 8, at 6:30 p.m., WSU Extension Office-5033 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia WA 98502For more information about the Master Recycler Composter program, contact Cori Carlton at [email protected], or call (360) 867-2162.last_img read more

LFA First Division League Enters Match-Day 9

first_imgLPRC players celebrate after breaking LISCR FC’s 26-game unbeaten record. The Liberia Football Association (LFA) national first division league returns today, October 2 with intriguing fixtures taking place at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) and the Kakata Sports Stadium, Margibi County.In Group A, FA Cup semifinalists Monrovia Club Breweries will be hoping to increase their points when they take on ‘points-donors’ Small Town FC in the day’s first encounter at the ATS.Currently positioned at the fourth spot in the group, a win for Breweries will project them atop the group as they await the results of the other group members.On the other hand, Small Town FC, which continue to languish at the bottom of the group after collecting a single point out of six games played, are also going into the match to secure their first win of the season.The first leg between the two sides ended 2-1 in Breweries favor after goalkeeper Simpson Giddings scored the winning goal from the penalty spot.Watanga vs Barrack Young Controllers (BYC)Group A’s second match will be a match to watch when newly appointed coach Matthew Julutweh faces another top side following his 2-1 loss against LISCR FC.Coach Julutweh had a flying start as Watanga’s new coach after securing two wins out of his first two games against Jubilee FC 1-0, and Monrovia Club Breweries, 2-0. The former FC Fassell coach now has the challenge to maintain his unbeaten run against BYC.The ‘Go Blue Boys’ of BYC have kept their outstanding performance in phase two of the league and show no sign of slowing down. The 90 minutes will decide who takes the day.LISCR vs Keitrace FCDefending champions LISCR quest to retain the league title came to an end after they suffered a back-to-back defeat against LPRC Oilers, and Nimba United at the ATS September 16, and September 23, respectively.They will be ending their 2018 league campaign today when they face struggling Keitrace FC. After today’s match, the Shipping Boys will now have to focus on the FA Cup as they await their opponents for the semifinals.However, Keitrace FC will also be looking to recover from their dismal performance when newly appointed head coach Emmanuel Cooper make his debut. LISCR won the first leg 3-1.LISCR is in the third position with 11 points — two points behind group leaders LPRC Oilers and a point behind Nimba United.LPRC Oilers vs NPA AnchorsThe past performance of Group B leaders LPRC Oilers suggests that the ‘Oil Boys’ are optimistic of emerging as champions of the group with two matches left to be played. After a narrow 1-0 win over Nimba United at the North Star Stadium in their previous league game, the Oil Boys will battle NPA Anchors today at the Kakata Sports Stadium.LPRC Oilers won the first leg 2-0 through Stanley Whitfield and Dominic Jlateh’s strikes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgThere will be no holds barred when St. Eunans GAA Club and Letterkenny Rugby Club square up to eachother at this years Lord Of The Rings. The clubs have decided to join up to raise funds for both sports in what is the best night of entertainment in Letterkenny. Each club will have 17 boxers from their perspective clubs lined up to fight each other on the night.Who will win on the night will be a close affair but one thing is for certain the public will be treated to some mouth watering encounters.Some of the names confirmed for the night include Ciaran Brogan County councillor, Jason Black owner of Voodoo nightclub, Chris Peoples the popular ESB man from Milford, Eamonn O’Boyle manager of St. Eunans and Charlie Mulgrew ex county footballer.The night itself is run by from Dublin. Owner of the company Mr. Cathal O’Grady said he is delighted to be back in Letterkenny for the forth year running, “ I travel throughout Ireland organizing white collar boxing events and the event in Letterkenny is certainly up there with the best of them in terms of atmosphere and professionalism. It is certainly a night I look forward too.”Mr Danny Ryan who coaches the boxers said he was delighted to be associated with the event this year again.“The boxers will go through an extensive 7 week training programme and judging from the lineup it certainly going to be a ding dong night.”Boyd Robinson chairperson of the organizing committee said “ Its fantastic to put a new slant on the Lord of the Rings this year. Getting two clubs that need funds for day to day running and development makes fantastic sense in the present economic climate.“Not many towns can bring two sports like rugby and Gaelic together to the one venue for a function and it testament to the wonderful community spirit in Letterkenny that an event such as this can take place.The first 3 years have been sold out and I have no doubt this year will be the same. I am also delighted and would like to thank O’Gorman & Cunningham Solicitors who are our main sponsors for the event for the fourth year running.” The event will take place this year in the Mount Errigal Hotel on the 15th March 2013 and tickets are available for purchase at Charlie Robinson estate agents, Blakes Bar and the Mount Errigal Hotel,CLASH OF THE CODES AS LETTERKENNY PREPARES FOR LORD OF THE RING 4 was last modified: January 24th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUBLord of the Ring 4St Eunanslast_img read more

Friday Funnies: Evo-Comics

first_imgNot every Darwinian explanation is useless. Some of them can function as entertainment.“Human ancestors had tentacles.” Your great-great-….-grandparents were frond-like Ediacaran creatures, says PhysOrg. “By virtue of the fact that there are tentacles among the two main taxons of bilaterally symmetrical animals, it is logical to assume that the common ancestor also had them,” a Muscovite evolutionist says, displaying her grasp of logic. “It means that the common ancestor of chordate animals, including people, also had tentacles.” And the common ancestor of the Millennium Falcon is Lego blocks, too; no intelligence allowed.“Ocean bottom microbes are our long-lost relatives.” Ever traced your family tree with software? Perhaps you didn’t go back far enough, or a single-celled organism on the sea floor would be in it. New Scientist is raving over the thrill of discovering our long-lost relatives. “SO THAT’S where they’ve been hiding. An entirely new group of organisms discovered at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean are our closest simple-celled relatives ever found.” Some of us look just like them, too: round, and transporting little bubble-like vesicles. Reaction to this “truly remarkable, landmark discovery” varies from mild skepticism to “we were really blown away” by it. Speaking of their brains, that may be true. Giving it a name (“Loki”) might help (BBC News). Even the venerable AAAS crashed this party.“Tortoise approach works best—even for evolution.”  PhysOrg starts this comic with silhouetted figures from the Human March of Progress from ape to man. (Didn’t Henry Gee blow that icon away over a decade ago?—see 12/14/02). Speaking of bacteria again, the article begins, “When it comes to winning evolutionary fitness races, the tortoise once again prevails over the hare.” It’s just about which microbes can migrate faster than others, but the authors justify it with profound promises: “Understanding this effect is important, especially for understanding the evolution of disease, reducing the evolution of antibiotic resistance and predicting how populations respond to climate change.” Maybe that last appeal will bring in more funding.“Researchers discover missing link in the evolution of complex cells.” Ah, the “missing link” meme has not outworn its usefulness, even though orthogenesis is long dead as a mode of evolution. We’re just evolved microbes, the article from Uppsala University begins: “The study provides a new understanding of how, billions of years ago, the complex cell types that comprise plants, fungi, but also animals and humans, evolved from simple microbes.”“‘Dino-chickens’ reveal how the beak was born.” It’s a bird; it’s a dinosaur; it’s dino-chicken! Nature joins all the other news outlets (e.g., PhysOrg) that jumped onto an announcement that evolutionists at the U of Chicago created birds with deformed beaks by altering their genes, claiming the result was a throwback to dinosaur days. Beak air-full. “We’re never going back to the actual dino-chicken or whatever it is,” one of the Darwinians admitted. Whatever it was, Casey Luskin responded to this claim in Evolution News & Views.“Watch: Cave-Climbing Fish Found—Is It Evolution in Action?” A catfish that can climb cave walls for a bit is certainly a novelty, but is it evolution? National Geographic teases readers with that possibility. “Evolution is a process that’s constantly at work,” one Darwinian says. The fish may become adapted to the “dark side” of cave life. “It’s an exciting possibility,” he says. Are you excited? Watch! Let’s see if the fish evolves the ability hammer pitons into the rock.“Lower back pain linked to chimpanzee spine shape.” Your inner chimp is responsible for your back pain, the BBC News claims. Apparently, though, not all of us are fully evolved: “Evolution is not perfect, so over many thousands of years humans have not all adapted in the same way.” No one seems to have asked if the chimpanzees have lower back pain, living with that posture all the time.“Malaria continues to select for sickle cell trait in Central Africa.” Here’s the all-powerful force of natural selection, that brought forth humans from the womb of microbes, at work, according to PNAS: “this study shows that P. falciparum malaria continues to exert strong selective pressure in favor of the sickle cell allele.” Perhaps this is how the FBI exerts strong selective pressure in favor of criminals with no fingerprints.“From James Taylor to Taylor Swift: Music evolves like biological organisms.” You may not (or may) realize it, but music is the product of blind, unguided processes of mutation and selection, according to Science Magazine. “In the early 1990s, rap took over the radio: Songs by Snoop Dogg and Jay Z played everywhere,” John Bohannon writes. “Was this a musical revolution or merely the result of a gradual change in tastes over time? Researchers say they’re now able to answer such questions, thanks to the largest data-driven study of pop music ever undertaken. Applying evolutionary theory to this data set, they say, could settle several debates that have raged over pop music for decades.” Your tax dollars at work. Evolutionists treated “the statistical traits shared among songs like biological traits” and found, surprisingly, that music does not evolve by Darwinian gradualism. Bohannon’s ending paragraph is a classic:“This is rigorous,” says Jean-Baptiste Michel, a data scientist at Harvard University and Palantir Technologies, which is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, who was lead author of a 2010 Science paper that kicked off the study of culture through massive data sets. “More researchers need to take this approach.” One of the findings that stands out, he says, is that pop music shows a pattern from biological evolution known as punctuated equilibrium, in which periods of gradual change are separated by explosions of complexity. The most famous example in geological history is the Cambrian explosion, a sudden, massive increase in biodiversity in the fossil record 542 million years ago. “There are differences, of course,” he says, “since biological evolution has the direct parent-offspring relationship, and we don’t know the mechanisms even in biology. So we have to be careful.“Senator Tom Coburn, we need you back! (10/29/14)Refresher course: For those who might be laughing at all this, Live Science just walked in like a stern teacher whacking the ruler on the desk, bringing the students to order. “Despite the wealth of evidence from the fossil record, genetics and other fields of science, some people still question its validity,” Ker Than writes, after telling a whale of a tale about whale evolution. Who could these people possibly be? “Some politicians and religious leaders denounce the theory, invoking a higher being as a designer to explain the complex world of living things, especially humans.” Then his capstone argument is that all scientists agree evolution is true. Say—what’s that the teacher drew on the blackboard? Why, of course; it’s the March of Man, exhibit A as proof of evolution. (Visited 445 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Ah, yes. We hope you laughed yourself silly with the Friday Funnies. Notice a few things. (1) If there was ever any doubt that evolutionists teach microbes-to-man evolution, the evidence is right there in the first four examples. (2) Icons of evolution, like the March of Man, never die, even decades after they are exposed as frauds.  (3) Darwinians can stare falsification (like the Cambrian Explosion) in the face and still say, “It evolved.” (4) The most prestigious universities and scientific institutions, like the National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science are accomplices in this folly.The continued barrage of evolutionary silliness is proof we’re not laughing loud enough. Big Science and Big Media is infected with incompetent, illogical, arrogant Darwinian boobs. Shame would be a good first step in cleaning house.last_img read more

L’agriculture sud-africaine

first_imgCouvrant 1,2 million de kilometres carres de terre, l’Afrique du Sud fait un huitieme des États-Unis et presentent sept regions climatiques, du climat mediterraneen au climat subtropical et au semi-desert.La biodiversite et un littoral de 3000 kilometres de long desservi par sept ports commerciaux favorisent la culture d’une large gamme de produits marins et agricoles, des arbres a feuilles caduques, citrons et fruits subtropicaux jusqu’aux cereales, laine, fleurs coupees, betail et gibier.Les activites agricoles vont d’une production cerealiere intensive et une agriculture mixte dans les regions a hiver ou ete pluvieux a l’elevage de betail dans le bushveld et de moutons dans les regions arides. On cultive surtout le mais, suivi par le ble, l’orge, la canne a sucre et le tournesol.Alors que 13 % des terres sud-africaines peuvent etre utilisees pour la production agricole, seules 22 % sont des terres arables a fort potentiel. Le facteur le plus limitatif est la disponibilite de l’eau. Les precipitations sont distribuees de façon inegale a travers le pays, certaines regions etant propices a la secheresse. Pres de 50 % de l’eau d’Afrique du Sud est utilisee pour l’agriculture avec environ 1,3 million d’hectares irrigues.Aujourd’hui, l’Afrique du Sud est non seulement auto-suffisante pour presque tous les principaux produits agricoles mais c’est aussi un exportateur d’aliments. L’agriculture demeure d’une importance vitale pour l’economie et le developpement de l’Afrique Australe. Depuis 1994, le gouvernement a travaille au developpement de fermes a petite echelle pour favoriser la creation d’emplois.Les exportationsL’Afrique du Sud fait partie des cinq premiers exportateurs mondiaux d’avocats, de pamplemousses, de mandarines, de prunes, de poires et de produits derives des autruches.L’agriculture contribue a 8 % du total des exportations du pays. Les produits qui s’exportent le plus sont le vin, le citron, le sucre, le raisin, le mais, les jus de fruit, la laine et les fruits d’arbres a feuilles caduques comme les pommes, les poires, les peches et les abricots.Les autres produits d’exportation importants sont les avocats, les produits laitiers, les fleurs, les preparations alimentaires, les cuirs et les peaux, la viande, les boissons non alcoolisees, les ananas, les fruits secs et les noix, le sucre et les vins.Un certain nombre de niches du marche a forte croissance emergent comme les tisanes et les fruits de mer onereux.Les avantages concurrentielsEn plus de la biodiversite du pays, les ressources marines, des infrastructures de rang mondial et les tarifs competitifs, l’agriculture et le secteur agricole commercial de l’Afrique du Sud beneficient d’un plus grand acces au marche vers ses partenaires commerciaux principaux, l’UE et les USA, grace a un certain nombre d’accords.L’inversion des saisons en Afrique du Sud par rapport a l’Europe, premier marche des exportations de produits horticoles et floraux, est un autre avantage concurrentiel important. L’Afrique du Sud est le producteur principal de produits horticoles et floraux dans l’hemisphere sud le plus proche de l’Europe et ses delais de livraison sont bien plus courts que ceux de ses rivaux.Derniere mise a jour de l’article : Septembre 2008SAinfo reporter. Sources (sites en langue anglaise) :South Africa YearbookDepartment of AgricultureDepartment of Trade and IndustryAgricultural Research CouncilWines of South Africalast_img read more

OCF Young Cattlemen’s Conference provides industry learning experience

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2019 Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC) hosted 19 cattlemen and women for a three-day leadership development program in central Ohio, Aug. 8-10. The conference was made possible through the support of program sponsors, Farm Credit Mid-America, Ohio Beef Council, Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association, Ohio Soybean Council and the Rick Malir & Bonnie Coley-Malir Beef Leadership Fund.YCC kicked off Thursday evening at the Ronald McDonald House of Columbus where participants were able to tour the house and learn about its mission. Attendees also had the opportunity to network over a beef dinner with members of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s Board of Directors, program sponsor representatives and other industry professionals. Vice President of Wendy’s Protein Procurement and Innovation, Quality Supply Chain Co-op, Inc. (QSSC), Dr. Henry Zerby, served as the guest speaker for the evening and shared his thoughts on the future of the beef industry and some of the challenges it faces moving forward.On day two of YCC, conference attendees participated in a mini-Beef 509 session with Dr. Lyda Garcia, assistant professor of meat science for The Ohio State University’s Department of Animal Sciences. This hands-on experience included learning how meat is graded, the fabrication of wholesale and retail cuts, and other issues that can impact beef quality and pricing. Participants also viewed the champion beef carcasses from the 2019 Ohio State Fair and visited The Ohio State University’s football practice facilities.Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) staff then discussed the value of membership and the role OCA has in legislative and regulatory issues; participants also heard from Executive Director of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Allison Rivera, about the latest federal issues impacting the cattle industry. The afternoon was spent at the Ohio Statehouse where participants met with Representative Darrell Kick (District 70). Representative Kick, who sits on the House Agricultural and Rural Development Committee, spoke about current Ohio legislation affecting the beef cattle industry and answered questions from the group.That evening, participants were hosted at the home of program sponsor, Rick Malir and Bonnie Coley-Malir. While there, attendees were able to network with one another and learn more about the couple’s agricultural roots and their passion for the beef industry and professional development.The final day of the conference was kicked off by Ohio Beef Council (OBC) staff, with a discussion regarding OBC’s role in checkoff collection and beef promotional efforts in Ohio. Attendees also participated in a spokesperson training program coordinated by Director of Grassroots Advocacy and Spokesperson Development for NCBA, Ryan Goodman. Goodman led participants through a media training session that strengthened their communication skills, encouraged attendees to tell their beef production story and helped them become more effective cattle industry leaders.The purpose of YCC is to offer emerging Ohio beef industry leaders and young producers the opportunity to build their own leadership skills as they network with beef industry leaders, government officials, businesses and media. Young beef producers interested in attending the 2020 conference should contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation at 614-873-6736 or email [email protected]last_img read more