May 11, 2021 Find out more Referring to his hounding at the hands of the authorities, the journalist said, “I have been arrested five times since 2000. In 2003, I was given an eight-month sentence and this year I had to seek refuge in Mali for seven months. This latest arrest was very unpleasant and all the more so since the charge against me was baseless.” Reporters Without Borders today noted the release from prison of Abdoulaye Tiémogo, editor of the independent weekly Le Canard déchaîné, after his sentence was reduced on appeal. The journalist, who is in poor health, had been held in custody since 1st August. He had been found guilty of “discrediting a judicial decision”.Tiémogo told Reporters Without Borders after his release on 26 October that he was happy to be home. “I now hope to rest with my family and then I will see a doctor to get treatment for my malaria and stomach disorders. After that I will resume work at the newspaper.”He said prison conditions in Ouallam, south-western Niger were appalling. “There were almost 20 of us in cells designed for four of five people”. October 28, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Abdoulaye Tiémogo freed after more than two months in custody Receive email alerts November 27, 2020 Find out more News The conviction of Niger newspaper editor Moussa Aksar is an attack on investigative journalism The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa “We have said from day one that the conviction and imprisonment of Abdoulaye Tiémogo then his transfer from hospital in Niamey to Ouallam jail were unfair and shocking”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“We are naturally relieved that he has been released but we believe this decision could have been made much sooner,” it added.The Niamey appeal court on 26 October reduced Tiémogo’s sentence from three to two months although it upheld his conviction. Since he had already served 86 days in prison, he was released on the same day and was back home by the evening. —————————————————————————————01.09.2009 – Journalist prisoner snatched from his hospital bedReporters Without Borders said today it was shocked to learn that journalist Abdoulaye Tiémogo, who was recently sentenced to three months in jail, was yesterday dragged from his hospital bed and transferred to another prison 100 km north of the capital Niamey.Abdoulaye Tiémogo, publisher of the independent weekly Le Canard déchaîné, who has a bad case of malaria, was removed from his bed against the advice of doctors in the major hospital in the capital, by members of the National Intervention and Security Force (FNIS, formerly the Republican Guard).The worldwide press freedom organisation said it had learned that he was now being held in Ouallam jail, in an area which it is difficult to access.“The Nigerian authorities are now adding cruelty to injustice”, the organisation said. “Not only is Tiémogo innocent, but he is sick and we demand that he receives the treatment he needs. This removal to a provincial prison is outrageous, and even more so since it takes him far from his family”, it added.Tiémogo, who was jailed last month on a charge of “discrediting a judicial decision”, was taken to hospital on 23 August with acute malaria.———————————————————————————–18.08.2009 – Newspaper publisher gets three months in jail for criticising arrest warrantReporters Without Borders condemns the three-month jail sentence which a Niamey court passed today on Abdoulaye Tiémogo, the publisher of the independent weekly Le Canard Déchaîné, on a charge of “discrediting a judicial decision.”“It is the decision to sentence a journalist to imprisonment that discredits Niger’s judicial system,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This comes just two weeks after eight newspaper publishers were detained for questioning. How far are the authorities prepared to go to prevent independent journalists from doing their work?”Tiémogo, who is being held in a Niamey prison, has appealed against the sentence. The trial began on 11 August, six days after he was arrested over an article several weeks earlier about a prosecutor’s decision to issue an international arrest warrant for former Prime Minister Hama Amadou on a charge of corruption.The political situation in Niger is fraught as a result of President Mamadou Tandja’s decision to hold a referendum on a constitutional amendment that would allow him to run for a third term. On 29 June, he dissolved the constitutional court after it rejected his referendum project three times.On 14 August, a new constitutional court endorsed the results of the referendum finally held on 4 August, thereby proclaiming a “6th Republic” and allowing Tandja to remain in power for another three years before running for reelection. NigerAfrica RSF_en Reports to go further NigerAfrica Organisation Niger: Two journalists arrested in disturbing setback for press freedom News Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Niger July 16, 2020 Find out more
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An alert and well-informed citizen makes you less of a target to a criminal. Remember; call the South Pasadena Police Department to report any suspicious activity.Recovered Stolen Vehicle4-23-13, 8 AM, 1900 block of La Fremontia. â€™90, Honda Accord. Vehicle is found parked in driveway, which reveals to be stolen from East LA.Stolen Vehicleâ€¢ 4-21-13, 3 PM to 4-22-13, 8 AM, 1100 block of Maple. â€™97, Honda Accord.â€¢ 4-18-13, 7:50 to 11:06 AM, 800 block of Bank. â€™05, Honda Accord. Recovered on 4-18-13 by LAPD Northeast Division.Residential Burglary4-15-13, 12 PM to 4-23-13, 2 PM, 1800 block of Olive (storage locker). Suspect(s) enter apartment carport area and pries open storage locker lock. Suspect then takes loss. LOSS: (4) bicycles.Assaultsâ€¢ 4-22-13, 3:25 PM, 600 block of Grand. Victim goes to ex-boyfriend residence and suspect (roommate) says ex-boyfriend is not home. Suspect and victim yells at each other and suspect slaps victim across the face. Victim leaves and calls police. SUSPECT Arrested: Â Male, White, 25 years, South Pasadena.â€¢ 4-17-13, 10:48 AM, 400 block of Fair Oaks (Starbucks). Suspect is a customer inside store and listening to music loudly. Employee asks suspect to turn down music and suspect yells at employee. Suspect continues to yell at suspect and throws a cup of water at employee, andÂ attempts to slap employee in the face. Â Suspect Arrested: Female, White, 28 years, Los Angeles.Posses Weapon on School Ground4-17-13, 11 AM, 1400 block of Fremont (South Pasadena High School). School officials discover suspect possessing a knife on school grounds. Suspect Arrested: Male, Juvenile.Possession of Marijuana4-23-13, 8:44 AM, 1000 block of Arroyo. Officer stops suspect who appears to be a juvenile and riding a bicycle towards a vacant lot. Officer believes suspect may be truant from school. Suspect is contacted and found to be in possession of marijuana. Suspect Arrested: Male, Juvenile.Possession of Controlled Substanceâ€¢ 4-21-13. 11:53 PM, Fair Oaks/Huntington. Suspect is riding a bicycle and is stopped for a traffic violation. Suspect is found to be in possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and narcotics paraphernalia. Suspect Arrested: Male, White, 26 years, Oceanside.â€¢ 4-19-13, 4:30 PM, Raymond/Penn, Pasadena. Driver is stopped for a traffic violation and does not have any identification. S1 is a passenger and is contacted. S1 is found to have an outstanding warrant and in possession of methamphetamine. Suspect Arrested: Â Male, Hispanic, 19 years, Pasadena.Drunk in Public4-19-13, 12:51 PM, 100 block of Monterey. Officers respond to a person lying on the street. Officers contact suspect who is found to be intoxicated and unable to care for himself. Suspect Arrested: Male, Hispanic, 48 years, Los Angeles.DUI4-22-13, 7:58 AM, Meridian/Oak. Suspect is stopped for a traffic violation and found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. Suspect Arrested: Male, White, 42 years, Long Beach.Disturding the Peace4-23-13, 9:22 PM to 10:45 PM, 800 block of Oneonta Drive. Officers respond several times to suspectâ€™s residence (S1 and S2), who is making loud noises and disturbing victimâ€™s peace. S1 is found to have two outstanding warrants and victim makes a private personâ€™s arrest on S2. Suspect Arrested: S1 â€“ Male, Other, 20 years, South Pasadena. S2 – Female, Juvenile.Theftâ€¢ 4-22-13, 9 PM to 4-23-13, 5:45 AM, 500 block of Grand. Suspect(s) enters victimâ€™s unlocked vehicle and takes loss. LOSS: ID card and sunglasses.â€¢ 4-19-13, 11:30 AM. 800 block of Fair Oaks (Radio Shack). Suspect enters store and asks to see loss. Employee places loss on counter and suspect asks to see another item. As employee turns away, suspect grabs loss from counter and runs out of store without paying for loss. Employee chases after suspect and sees suspect enter a waiting vehicle. LOSS: Security camera system. Suspect Vehicle: Dark blue, Nissan Altima. Suspect Description: Male, Hispanic, 503, 130, 20-25 years, shaved head, brown eyes, mustache and goatee, wearing a white collared shirt with blue stripes and black pants.â€¢ 4-17-13, 9:20 to 10 AM, 1300 block of Fremont. Victim sees suspects walk through apartment complex and S1 and S2 walk on victimâ€™s porch. Victim tells suspects to leave and suspects exit complex. Victim later discovers loss missing from front porch. LOSS: Cat Figurine. Suspect Description: S1 â€“ Female, Black, 16-17 years, 508, 130, black hair in a bun, brown eyes wearing a blue t-shirt, black pants. S2 â€“ Female, White, 16 years, 504, 140, blond hair, blue eyes, wearing blue dress. S3 â€“ Female, White, 16 years, 504, 160, brown hair, wearing a black dress. S4 â€“ Female, Black, 16 years, 504, 160, black hair, brown eyes, wearing a black dress.Identity Theft/Credit Card/Check Fraudâ€¢ 4-18-13 to 4-22-13, 100 block of Monterey. Suspect(s) gains access to victimâ€™s credit card account and makes an unauthorized charge.â€¢ 4-18-13, 3:50 PM, 1300 block of Fair Oaks (Chase Bank). Suspect enters bank and provides ID in an attempt to cash a check. Employee notices check is forged and attempts to delay suspect. Suspect gets nervous and exits bank, leaving forged check and ID behind. SPPD Detectives later arrest suspect at suspectâ€™s residence. Suspect Arrested: Female, Hispanic, 24 years, Los Angeles.â€¢ 4-15-13 to 4-17-13, 2000 block of Alpha. Suspect(s) gains access to victimâ€™s credit card account and makes several unauthorized charges.â€¢ January 2013 to 4-17-13, 1100 block of Huntington. Suspect(s) uses victimâ€™s social security number to file taxes.â€¢ 1-5-13, 1100 block of Fair Oaks (US Bank). Suspect gains access to victimâ€™s debit card and makes an unauthorized withdrawal from ATM.Vandalism4-19-13, 9 PM to 4-20-13, 8 AM, 1500 block of Diamond. Suspect(s) throws a rock and smashes window to victimâ€™s vehicle.For graffiti removal, call the City of South Pasadena â€œGraffiti Removal Hotlineâ€ at 626-403-7249. This is a 24-hour a day recording. A written release is required prior to removal from private property. Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Subscribe Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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The short version of human history might go something like this: First we were prey, then we were hunter-gatherers, then farmers — and from that came civilization.Not quite, said James Scott, a celebrated Yale political scientist who delivered the first of the season’s Tanner Lectures on Human Values Wednesday (May 4) in Lowell Lecture Hall. In fact, he said, humankind — attached to foraging — embraced the growing of fixed crops only reluctantly, following millennia of halting and hesitation.After all, making the transition from nature to civilization required trading a complex system of diverse nutrition and robust health (foraging) for a more regimented style of living that shortened lives and replaced leisure with drudgery (farming). Borrowing a phrase from an earlier scholar, Scott called early hunter-gatherers “the original affluent society.”But embrace agriculture we did, eventually. It was a step that also made nation-states possible, which in Scott’s view triggered large-scale, authoritarian styles of governance that have — and still do — misguidedly control human enterprise from a central core of power.As a result, history is littered with the utopian failures of states that use central planning to manage activities like farming, said Scott — often with murderous results. (Think of China’s disastrous Great Leap Forward, for instance, or the Soviet Union’s clumsy collectivist farms.)Scott, invited to deliver the Tanner Lectures in their 33rd year, directs the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale and is a student of peasant politics, revolution, class relations, and anarchy.The prestigious Tanner Lectures are delivered by different scholars annually at nine universities in the United States and abroad, the legacy of the late Utah industrialist Obert Tanner. At Harvard, they are sponsored by the Office of the President and by the Mahindra Humanities Center.Scott has devoted decades of scholarship to investigating authoritarian governance and the coercive state projects that result, including those that are merely irritating (taxes and conscription) to those state projects that are tragic (slavery and warfare). Just the titles of his books speak volumes: “The Art of Not Being Governed” (2009), for instance, or “Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed” (1997).A counterpoint to these coercive states, Scott says in his scholarship, are the various “nonstate peoples” that resist dominance — outsiders of every kind, be they Berbers, bedouins or simply the homeless.Scott began his first of two Tanner Lectures with a confession: that his books so far have failed to completely explore the oldest state project of them all — “sedentarization,” the attempt by governments of every stripe, in every age, “to assemble rural people on fixed agricultural fields,” corralling them into political bodies that never seem to quite work.Being corralled this way is an unlikely fate for a species that spent the first 97 percent of its time on Earth as hunter-gatherers, said Scott, a lifestyle in which large-scale governance was impossible. The puzzle is “how we as a species ended up assembled in great clumps,” he said, “growing grain, tending livestock, and governed by the political units we call states and empires.”But the Tanner Lectures were an inspiration to unravel that puzzle, said Scott, though at “breakneck speed” and without the trappings of scholarship. Today’s (May 5) lecture will be more about those states and empires, he said, but the first — on May 4 — laid out the factors that led humankind reluctantly from free, roaming lives to lives of civilization, stasis, and encirclement around the domus — the ever more important home.That transition, over millennia, required three “world-shaping” forms of domestication, said Scott — of fire, plants, and animals. And once those three were tamed and contained, so was the fourth; humankind itself, he said, was the last of “Four Domestications,” the title of the first lecture.Domesticating fire came first and made all the others possible, said Scott. It transformed humans from the object of prey into an emerging dominant species with a source of warmth, light, safety, and cooked food.Cooking was a revolution that allowed Homo sapiens to reduce its gut, grow its brain, and expand its range of food sources.Around 500,000 years ago, fire also became humankind’s “greatest tool for reshaping the natural world,” said Scott — a means of transforming land into a diverse, renewed, and fertilized landscape of berry bushes and other sources of food. Fire-blackened fields were still a long way from the grain fields and the livestock pens of a much later era, he added, but they enabled humankind to “surround itself with its needs close at hand” for the first time.“Fire was our trump card as a species,” said Scott, and made once weak humans into “the world’s most successful invasive.”That domesticating plants was a strategy for species success is a harder argument to make, he said. For millennia, in fact, farming was overshadowed by foraging. But population pressures helped establish the idea of deliberate crops.In the end, farms became the locus of “fully domesticated plants,” favorite grains and fruits that were dependent on human attention, said Scott. Once humankind took “that fatal step” into farming full time, the routines required set the tempo of life itself, reshaped gender roles, and became “the very center of the civilizing process.”Harvard President Drew Faust introduced James Scott, the celebrated Yale political scientist who delivered the first of the season’s Tanner Lectures on Human Values, on May 4.Farming also brought into a tighter sphere all of the natural things humans needed to live: fire, plants, and eventually domesticated animals, which became a sort of penned game as well as renewable sources of calories like milk, cheese, and eggs. In all, farms drew “denser and denser rings around the domus itself,” said Scott, and became a means to “relocate the natural environment” at the very door of a person’s house.The domestication of animals — in place at first about 8,000 years ago in the case of sheep, goats, and pigs — was in part made possible by grain farming. Farm animals also became “servant foragers” of a sort, said Scott, docile beings capable of eating all kinds of inedible plant matter and turning it into calories humans could use.The same animals could “mimic the effects of fire,” he said, by clearing land, after a fashion, and fertilizing fields.But the “Neolithic revolution” of farming came with consequences, said Scott. He outlined a grim narrative that contradicts the one we learn in school, in which the superiority of farming is “underwritten by a powerful mythology.”Part of that pro-agriculture myth was that “no one chose to remain nomadic,” said Scott, but in fact farming for millennia just supplemented foraging, and did not replace it.A permanent move to farming also brought increased mortality rates, smaller bodies, bone and teeth deformities, and iron deficiencies that hit women hardest. Cultivated plants were more reliable, but they were less nutritious too. Gone also were the complex sources of calories obtained by foraging, replaced by a diminished variety of grains.In addition, farms meant greater population density, closer contact with animals, and the attendant “heaps of pests and pathogens,” said Scott — a “perfect epidemiological storm” for humans already weakened by their increasing domestication. In all, he said, civilization’s embrace of farming meant a “slow-motion plunge” from health to disease.But there is a paradox too, said Scott; a rise in birthrates came with the rise of agriculture. The “complex reasons” for that, he promised, would be part of today’s lecture.The second of two Tanner Lectures by James Scott — “The Long Golden Age of Barbarians, a.k.a. Non-State Peoples” — is at 4 p.m. today (May 5) at the Lowell Lecture Hall. Harvard’s Sugata Bose is the respondent, as Veena Das was for the first lecture. A related seminar is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday (May 6) in the Barker Center’s Thompson Room. James Scott will be joined by Partha Chatterjee of Columbia University and by Harvard’s Arthur Kleinman and Lucie White.
Lothian bus in Edinburgh. Credit: Hec Tate, FlickrThe local government scheme also collaborates with other public sector funds, which it said increased complexity and regulatory requirements and therefore the compliance and oversight burden.Having the software system would ensure LPFI had the internal systems and controls required by the regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority.France’s Cavamac seeks euro equity managers Cavamac, the French state pension institution for insurance professionals, is looking to appoint managers to a framework agreement for around €200m of investment in euro-zone equities.It wants to select four asset managers, two of which will be designated as stand-by, to manage two collective investment funds dedicated to Cavamac.It envisages allocating around €200m to the mandates. The framework agreement will be for five years.The deadline for application is 8 December.London’s Tower Hamlets tenders for custodianThe pension fund for the east London borough of Tower Hamlets wants to appoint a global custody provider for a three-year contract, extendable for another two years.The custodian will be required to provide other services such as online reporting performance measurement and passive currency hedging.The £1.4bn local government pension fund has more than 19,000 members.Interested parties have until 28 November to apply.Tower Hamlets Pension Fund is a member of London CIV, the asset pool for the pension funds of 33 London boroughs.Finnish church fund ESG equity mandateKirkon eläkerahasto (KER), the pension fund for the €1.47bn Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, has tendered out a €90m equity mandate with responsible investment requirements. The pension fund has a long-term strategic allocation to equities of 40%. It wants to replace this with “a fully featured trading and portfolio tracking tool”, which it said should help to mitigate risk and improve efficiency. Dealing activity amounts to several hundred million pounds sterling in a typical year, the tender notice said. Annual trading volumes for Lothian’s internal portfolios have typically ranged between 1,000 and 2,000 trades a year for internal equity portfolios, and between 100 and 200 trades a year for internal bond portfolios. Lothian Pension Fund is looking to move from Excel spreadsheets to “fully featured” investment software to manage its equity and bond dealing.It is doing so to meet regulatory requirements and ensure its investment management is efficient.The Scottish pension fund invests around £7bn (€7.9bn) of assets, including the assets of two other pension funds administered by the City of Edinburgh Council. It has a regulated investment management company, LPFI Limited, which was granted authorisation from the UK regulator earlier this year.Currently the equity and bond dealing carried out by its internal portfolio managers is managed using an entirely manual system, according to a tender notice.
Press Association Jose Mourinho insists Fernando Torres is to remain at Chelsea next season as one of the club’s three strikers. When Mourinho was asked if Torres was the player in question when the Portuguese indicated there may be a departure in the transfer window, he told Sky Sports News: “No. “Three strikers is fundamental in a squad and we have three strikers – Fernando, Didier and Diego, so one of them is not (going) for sure.” Torres has been persistently linked with a return to Atletico Madrid this summer after struggling to make an impact at Stamford Bridge since his arrival in 2011. Instead, the Spaniard must battle it out with new signing Diego Costa and Didier Drogba, who rejoined the Blues last week, for the marksman duties.
Hoop players have been busy working on their respective games prior to the High School Basketball season.So are the officials.The West Kootenay Basketball Officials Association is busy gearing up for another season on the hardwood with is inaugural meeting set for Tuesday in Castlegar.The place and time is Twin Rivers Elementary next to Stanley Humphries High School in Castlegar at 6:30 p.m.WKBOA president Dave Brewer will lead the meeting as the officials gear up for another season on the court.The meeting is open to anyone wishing to officiate in basketball in the West Kootenay.The WKBOA is in charge of officiating games from junior to senior from Kaslo in the north to Trail and Grand Forks in the south.For more information on the meeting or joining the WKBOA contact Brewer at 250-367-6369 or email at [email protected]@thenelsondaily.com
28 September 2015It’s a honourable gift [to South Africa] to play your part wherever you are, said Katie Mohamed, a representative of Brand South Africa on Heritage Day during an event to honour women.Owami Women in partnership with Brand South Africa got together on 24 September 2015 in Lonehill, Johannesburg to celebrate women in various sectors who play their part in preserving the country’s heritage.According to Bridget Nkuna, founder of Owami Women’s Deep and Meaningful Conversation, the importance of honouring women stems from the intent that both Owami Women and Play Your Part should award recognition to ordinary people who do their bit to contribute towards a better South Africa. Brand South Africa partnered with Owami Women to award women who play their part in preserving the country’s heritage. (Image: Melissa Javan)“There are many unsung heroes who in their daily lives give of themselves in this country. Owami Women has 2300 members of which them have an area of life towards which they work and contribute,” said Nkuna.“We have many stories and testimonies of excellence amongst our members. The six women that we chose to recognise in this time are women whose contribution we have tracked and therefore have vetted the authenticity of their work.”Guests at the event wore traditional attire to celebrate Heritage Month. (Image: Melissa Javan)Owami Women’s Deep and Meaningful Conversation is an initiative that enables women to share their stories and lend support to one another on a public platform. “It will do more than inspire viewership. It will encourage women to speak up and share their voice,” its website reads.Through its flagship programme ‘Play Your Part’, Brand South Africa recognises and celebrates South Africans who continue to make a positive contribution in their communities. Brand South Africa therefore recognises the positive impact that Owami Women has played in addressing women’s issues in the country ranging from social to business matters.Make a small contribution The key message from Katie Mohamed of Brand South Africa is that people should make a small difference wherever they are. “Ask yourself: ‘What difference can I make at my school, my home or at work?’ (Image: Brand South Africa)Nkuna said the awards “is the start of bigger things to come.”She added that South Africans have the responsibility to play their part. “It’s not good enough to complain.” She also encouraged the guests to adopt a girl. Nkuna said it is important that mentorship is done.Mohamed’s message was that a small positive contribution could be made to make a difference in the country. “Ask yourself: ‘What difference can I make at my school, my home or at work?’ Everyone can play their part in South Africa.”She recalled the story of a grandmother she had met who started a safe haven at her home. “The kids would come to her home from school, eat and do their homework there.”“We need to love each other. Make a difference [in our area],” Mohamed said. Guests at the event, Rebecca McNally, a representative of Miss Earth South Africa, and Bianca Williams of the organisation Campaign for Girls, are also Play Your Part ambassadors. (Image by: Melissa Javan)The award winnersSithembile Ntombela, acting chief marketing officer of Brand South Africa, said: “It’s a great honour to be recognised and acknowledged as one of the women playing their part and I’d like to thank Owami Women for this award.” Katie Mohamed (middle) took the award on behalf of Sithembile Ntombela of Brand South Africa, who unfortunately could not attend the event. On Mohamed’s left is colleague Boitumelo Mpete and Bridget Nkuna (on right) of Owami Women. (Image: Brand South Africa)Nawaal Nolwesi Mdluli, chief executive officer and founding editor of Kwenta Media said she is quite humbled. “It’s quite exciting, being given this recognition.“I have to grow more legs to enable me to keep growing. Our Essays of Africa magazine should keep on moving women. I realise you have to move in a way that you empower and bring change. It’s my responsibility to be an agent of sustainable change,” she said.Motlalepule Mokhine, founder of the financial firm Temogo Consulting, said she had not expected the special recognition. “When you are doing something with passion and purpose, you don’t expect this. We are very excited about it though.“I believe that the world would be a better place if everyone does their part. Collectively we can bring change to our country,” said Mokhine. Nothando Baloyi (middle) of Lady T VIP Protection company is recognised because her business succeeds in a male dominated industry. Here with Baloyi is Boitumelo Mpete of Brand South Africa and Bridget Nkuna (on right) of Owami Women. (Image: Brand South Africa)The other winners were Kearabilwe Modise-Moloto, owner and founder of the non-profitable organisation (npo) Bontlebame that aims to educate girls on education and health issues; Nthabiseng Monareng, author and specialist in family law; and Nothando Baloyi, the managing director of a local VIP Protection company.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Rich Minyo, Allen Geyer, David Lohnes, and Peter ThomisonIn 2018, 192 corn hybrids representing 24 commercial brands were evaluated in the Ohio Corn Performance Test (OCPT). Four tests were established in the Southwestern/West Central/Central (SW/WC/C) region and three tests were established in the Northwestern (NW) and North Central/Northeastern (NC/NE) regions (for a total of ten test sites statewide). Hybrid entries in the regional tests were planted in either an early or a full season maturity trial. These test sites provided a range of growing conditions and production environments.Growing conditions were very favorable for corn production across most of Ohio in 2018. The growing season was characterized by well above average rainfall and heat unit accumulation (growing degree-days). Precipitation and heat unit accumulation were generally greater at OCPT sites in the SW/WC/C region (with rainfall ranging from 23.3 to 26.3 inches and heat unit accumulation ranging from 3270 to 3520 GDDs) than at sites in the NW and NC/NE regions. Moreover, rainfall was generally well distributed at these sites. The impact of dry conditions in July and August on crop performance at the Van Wert and Hoytville sites in NW Ohio and the Wooster and Beloit sites in NE/NC Ohio were mitigated by timely rains in late August and September. Due to the warm, wet conditions, foliar diseases (primarily gray leaf spot) and ear rots (primarily Gibberella and Diplodia ear rots) were present at nearly all test sites. However, the disease severity was highly variable and it was usually most pronounced for a limited number of hybrids. The highest yielding sites were generally associated with foliar fungicide applications at tassel – the major exception being the test site at Bucyrus (the second highest yielding OCPT site in 2018) which exhibited little leaf disease or ear rot. Stalk lodging was evident mostly in the NW and NE/NC test sites but negligible for most of the hybrids evaluated. Warm temperatures in August through mid-October promoted crop maturation and dry down but persistent rains in September through November slowed harvest.In 2018, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates Ohio’s corn yield at 193 bushels per acre, which would be 16 bushels per acre more than last year’s and highest on record if realized. Yields at OCPT test sites paralleled the record yields reported across the state this year. Averaged across hybrid entries in the early and full season tests, yields were 273 bushels per in the Southwestern/West Central/Central region, 238 bushels per acre in the Northwestern region, and 242 bushels per acre in the North Central/Northeastern region. Yields at individual test sites, averaged across hybrid entries in the early and full season tests, ranged from 203 bushels per acre at Beloit to 285 bushels per acre at Greenville. Performance data for Upper Sandusky in the NW region is not presented because excessive rainfall shortly after planting created variable field conditions that resulted in erratic stands, uneven growth and inconsistent yields.Tables 1 and 2 provide an overview of 2018 hybrid performance in the early maturity and full season hybrid trials by region. Averages for grain yield and other measures of agronomic performance are indicated for each region. In addition, the range in regional test site averages is shown in parentheses.As you review 2018 test results, it’s important to keep the following in mind. Confidence in test results increases with the number of years and the number of locations in which the hybrid was tested. Avoid selecting a hybrid based on data from a single test site, especially if the site was characterized by abnormal growing conditions. Look for consistency in a hybrid’s performance across a range of environmental conditions. Consider the table providing a “Combined regional summary of hybrid performance” which indicates the performance of hybrids common to nine statewide test sites and the six tests in western Ohio. Differences in grain moisture percentages among hybrids at harvest can provide a basis for comparing hybrid maturity. Yield, % stalk lodging, grain moisture, and other comparisons should be made between hybrids of similar maturity to determine those best adapted to your farm. Table 1. A regional overview of the early maturity 2018 Ohio Corn Performance Test. Region EntriesGrain Yield(Bu/A)Moisture(%)Lodging(%)Emergence(%)Final Stand(plants/A)Test Wt.(lbs/bu)SW/WC/C69 269(218-302)16.9(15.5-18.3)2(0-17)96(92-99)33400(27000-37100)57.6(54.2-59.8)NW59 235(215-249)17.0(15.7-17.8)3(0-11)94(86-99)32800(25700-36800)58.1(55.6-60.7)NE/NC58 238(218-256)18.6(17.5-19.9)1(0-7)96(86-99)33100(27100-37400)57.2(54.7-59.2) Table 2. A regional overview of the full season 2018 Ohio Corn Performance Test. Region EntriesGrain Yield(Bu/A)Moisture(%)Lodging(%)Emergence(%)Final Stand(plants/A)Test Wt.(lbs/bu)SW/WC/C60277(254-294)18.3(16.3-21.0)2(0-9)97(89-99)33900(27100-37200)57.7(55.2-60.0)NW78 241(220-256)18.0(16.7-19.5)6(0-38)96(89-98)33400(29800-35700)58.0(55.7-60.2)NE/NC62245(226-261)20.2(18.3-22.5)2(0-20)97(90-99)33900(27000-37200)56.5(53.7-58.7)
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