La Salle snaps skid, rolls past UE

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ernestine Tiamzon scored 10 points for La Salle which also got inspired performances from rookie Jolina Dela Cruz and and May Luna in the absence of injured leader Desiree Cheng.The Lady Warriors took a 10-3 lead in the second frame but soon found the Lady Spikers hitting their marks and with a spate of errors yield the set and the momentum. They slumped deeper in the standings with a 1-5 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Mike Krzyzewski: Zion Williamson ‘doubtful’ for Duke’s game at UNC Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chiefcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title De La Salle Lady Spikers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRegaining some of the sharpness it lost the past matches, La Salle snapped a rare two-game losing streak by beating University of the East, 25-18, 25-20, 25-18, Saturday in the UAAP women’s volleyball at FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The three-time defending champion Lady Spikers, smarting from defeats at the hands of University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas, jumped back into the top spot with four wins in six matches.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View commentslast_img read more

Who Is an Educated Person?

first_imgThe focus of this second article of the series on the indispensable role of education in national recovery and development is on the question, “What is education?” Or, “Who is an educated person?” The question of who is an educated person is an important one because there are all kinds of ideas as to what education is and who is an educated person. Therefore this article will seek to answer, as succinctly as possible the question, “Who is an educated person?” The introductory article on national independence and the role of education in it observed the following key points:What is independence? The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines independence  as “freedom from political control by other countries,” This definition is about political freedom or national independence whereby a country declares itself independent of other countries or freed from political control by other countries. It is achieved when a country or a group of people can manage their own affairs (political, economic and social) without interference from others. That is what Liberian gained in 1847.Since Liberia declared herself independent in 1847, she has been slow in actualizing the dreams and aspirations of her founding fathers, to be the beckon of light to the then “dark” continent of Africa by converting the African peoples to the Christian faith. She has neither done much evangelism nor has she led the way for socio-economic advancement for other African countries to follow; rather she been lacking behind in these areas though she contributed immensely towards the political emancipation of other African countries.The civil war (1989-2003) exacerbated the slow progress to human resource, economic, social and infrastructural development of Liberia. In fact she lost much of the already little and slow progress made.One of the said things that have happened to our educational system as a society is the invasion of corruption. Over decades corruption has come in, grown and taken deep roots and will take concerted efforts and years to defeat and marginalize it. All Liberian sectors are to blame to a lesser or greater degree for this national failure.The well known visionary and innovative scholar, Nicholas Negroponte has noted: “No matter what global problem you are dreading… the solutions will always include education, never is it without an education component and sometimes cannot be done without education.”The question “who is an educated person” implies the purpose of education. The word education has all sorts of meanings and connotations. Its origin, educare, means to lead out. Education occurs when, knowledge, skills and habits are formed, through teaching, training and research, usually transferred from one person or generation to another. It always involves both teaching and learning. Another definition of education is any experience that has a formative influence on a person is a form of education.Education can be formal. Formal education is usually well structured and involves learning lots of theories and formulae. It can be informal like the poro or sandi societies or apprenticeship by observing and doing (practical).Whatever form it takes the overall purpose or objective of education is to cultivate competence, efficiency, and to build character.Martin Luther King, Jr. sees the purpose of education as two-fold: (1) utility—to make people useful and to be able to contribute to the wellbeing of society; and (2) character—to instill lasting values in people. Lasting values include putting God first, integrity (honesty, fairness to self and others), hard work, sharing the good things of life (God’s blessings) with others, and respecting the feelings, opinions and rights of others. Competence and efficiency without character or morals could be dangerous. A trained mind without morals could be the worst criminal! That person could use his/her well developed mind for dishonorable purposes! For example, some of the IT gurus are Cyber criminals (rogues)! Education is not learning everything but learning how to learn. So a sound education aims at competence, efficiency, creativity, initiative, and possessing lasting values of a divine-influenced and directed life, and seeking the welfare of others and society in general. A well educated person is one who is equipped to live a better life and to help others live better lives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LEDFC Gets New US$20M Fund for Support to SMEs

first_imgDr. Papa Kwesi Ndoum (5th from left) joins LEDFC, GN Bank representatives in calling on Liberian SMEs to be hopefulThe Liberian Enterprise Development Finance Company (LEDFC) has received another boost in its efforts to support small and medium enterprises in the country through a loan of US$20 million.The signing ceremony of the loan agreement was chaired by Groupe Ndoum, a Ghanian finance company operating in partnership with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).OPIC is a self-sustaining U.S. government agency that helps American business invest in emerging markets.The Liberian Enterprise Development Finance Company (LEDFC), following a performance assessment of its operations by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), has won a chance, for the second time in row to receive US$20 million for lending. The announcement was made by Dr. Papa Kwesi Ndoum, President and chief executive officer (CEO) of Groupe Ndoum, parent company of LEDFC.According to Dr. Ndoum, the money will be used to lend to Liberian-owned small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and it is hoped that an additional US$16 million will come from other sources (not named) to increase the lending pot to US$36 million.Dr. Ndoum added that the signing ceremony was to announce the availability of the second US$20 million so as to provide the space for qualified Liberian SMEs to apply for funding from the LEDFC.LEDFC is the only Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) licensed development finance company in Liberia and is a member of Groupe Ndoum, a multinational company that has investments in Liberia.“It is because of OPIC the first US$20 million came. This second US$20 million demonstrates, on the part of OPIC, not just a common support to the SMEs, but commitment to the revival of the Liberian economy,” Dr. Ndoum said.OPIC was established in 1971 and, since then, it has and continues to provide businesses the needed tools to manage the risks associated with foreign direct investment, fosters economic development in emerging market countries, and advances the United Staes foreign policy and national security priorities.“OPIC helps American businesses gain footholds in new markets, catalyzes new revenues and contributes to jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad,” Ndoum said. He added that OPIC also fulfills its mission by providing businesses with financing, political risk insurance, advocacy and by partnering with private equity investment fund managers.Dr. Papa Kwesi Ndoum affixes his signature to the US$20 million OPIC loan to LEDFC for onward lending to SMEs.For those seeking loans from the LEDFC, the general manager, Ambrose Houphouet, said an applicant must be a Liberian and running a business through which a few or some other Liberians are earning their daily bread and improving their lives through the acquisition of skills in order for them to provide help for others in need.Houphouet said every applicant must be willing to pay back the full amount given him or her.“The interest rate ranges between 11 percent to 15 percent per annum and it is the uncompromising expectation of LEDFC that applicants pay according to the interest rate agreed upon, so as to enable his company return the money to the companies that provide it. Other people, too, need the same money to expand and improve their businesses,” he said.He said applicants, depending on each one’s business case, are encouraged to apply for at least US$10,000 or even up to US$1 million.“LEDFC was founded in 2007 and as of that time, over 500 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have benefited from the loan program and over 5000 jobs have also been created in the Liberian struggling economy,” Houphouet said. According to him, the initial money for the LEDFC to begin administering its loans was provided by the Robert L. Johnson (RLJ) Foundation.“LEDFC has financial inclusion as a priority and, for this fact, three additional offices of LEDFC are now operating outside of Monrovia,” he noted.He pointed out that in 2013 there were concerns that LEDFC could not have survived the tough business conditions in the Liberian economy but, having interest in ensuring that Liberian businesses keep up and running, his company got in touch with Groupe Ndoum for assistance and advice.“Due to Groupe Ndoum’s in-depth experience and knowledge in financial matters in the sub-region, LEDFC accepted that it (Groupe Ndoum) take over the management of our company. This was in 2011,” he said.Houphouet explained further that given Groupe Ndoum’s successful management of LEDFC, GN Bank went ahead to acquire the entity for an ownership transfer consideration of US$2,000. GN Bank also assumed the existing OPIC loan liability of US$20 million.“GN quickly restructured LEDFC’s management and operations. It is significant to note that GN kept all employees of LEDFC as members of its employees. I mean, this was after it took over LEDFC,” he said.He said the SMEs will soon be informed of when the disbursement of loans will begin at LEDFC for the second US$20 million.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt signs another loan agreement

first_imgFinance Minister Winston Jordan and World Bank Country Director for the Caribbean, Tahseen Khan…to provide technical assistance to oil & gas sectorThe Government of Guyana has inked another loan agreement, this time with the World Bank, which will be providing funds and support for Guyana to build its framework for overseeing the oil and gas sector.According to a statement from the Finance Ministry, the loan agreement was signed by Finance Minister Winston Jordan on Thursday with World Bank Country Director for the Caribbean, Tahseen Khan.“Minister Jordan noted the timely nature of the loan agreement as it sought to provide much-needed technical assistance to the emerging oil and gas sector,” the statement observed, adding that the money would build human resource capacity and strengthen institutional frameworks in the oil and gas sector.“Ms Khan said that the loan agreement will aid in building the capacity of key institutions, such as the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Ministry of Finance, for prudent management of the oil revenues.”Jordan was accompanied by Governor of the Bank of Guyana, Dr Gobind Ganga, Guyana’s Ambassador to USA Dr Riyad Insanally and Jason Fields from the Embassy of Guyana.Last year, a total of $333.2 million in capital funds was allocated by the Government for petroleum and energy management. The 2019 Budget estimates also detailed that current expenditure.This amount, among other things, which will go towards employment and other recurrent costs was $90.9 million. Specifically, wages and salaries were expected to cost the Treasury $20.5 million.With little over a year to go before first oil, Government has been criticised for the slow pace of preparation. For instance, critical measures like a national oil spill strategy; a constitutional agency to regulate the sector; a national oil company, a local content policy and a Sovereign Wealth Fund are either still in the planning stages or have only been discussed.This does not include several worrying fiscal indicators which have caused audit firm Ram and McRae to project reduced earnings from first oil for Guyana if these trends are allowed to continue.One such trend is the Government’s fiscal deficit, a case where monies are sourced more from loans than from revenue. According to the firm in its Budget Focus, Guyana risks less money going towards the Natural Resources Fund and more going towards making up for the deficit.When it comes to debt, it was only in February that Government announced it had signed two new loans with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), totalling US$31 million; monies that Government said will go towards areas of trade and energy.This was revealed by Minister of State Joseph Harmon during a press conference. Harmon revealed that Finance Minister Jordan signed the agreements on February 11.Part of the monies includes financing for a single window trade system which is meant to simplify transactions. Monies will also go towards improving service from the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) and other energy-related expenses.As of 2017, Guyana had a total public debt of $344.9 billion. According to the 2017 edition of the Public Debt Annual Report, this was an increase of 4.4 per cent in one year.Even though Guyana’s indebtedness to external creditors has increased, so has debt servicing (repayments). According to the Bank of Guyana Quarterly Report and Statistical Bulletin released last year, repayment of external debt grew by some US$24.3 million to US$85.3 million. This is a rate of 59.1 per cent when compared to the corresponding period of 2017.last_img read more

PPP crafts manifesto, “bi-partisan” management of oil and gas sector promised

first_img– industry will not be used as political football – Opposition LeaderAs plans are moving apace to complete and ultimately presents its manifesto for the upcoming elections in Guyana, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) already has major plans for the oil and gas sector.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, at his weekly press briefing on Thursday explained that the PPP, as part of ensuring efficiency and effectiveness in the operations of the country’s oil and gas sector, will guarantee that members of other political parties be a part of its management once the party gets back into office.“So we have been looking at the oil industry and the oil and gas sector and we have been exploring models as to how this sector will be transparently managed. In fact, we would like to see the sector, even with a PPP Government in office, managed in a bi-partisan way where it rises above politics. That is the oil and gas industry and that the resources are used to benefit all Guyanese.”According to Jagdeo, the PPP has been exploring various models for the oil and gas industry that it will be implementing, should that party be returned to Government following the upcoming general elections that are to be held in the country.He noted that despite whatever advice it would receive from persons outside of the country with regard to the operations, management, and best practices for the future of Guyana’s oil and gas sector, the buck stops with Guyanese managing it.“We are not slaves to consultants who often work for the oil companies. We have been exploring ourselves, in house, using and studying a lot the experience of various countries, of course seeking technical advice and we will seek advice but the final decision will be made by the Government of Guyana. A decision that is appropriate for our country and that would benefit our people and not something that any consultant will come in, cut and paste, and hand over to us.”He stated that more often than not, in such situations the advice by consultants reflect the interests more in the favour of foreign companies than citizens of that country so the PPP will ensure that this does not occur in Guyana.The Opposition Leader also pointed out that his party has been working extensively on preparing several features of a local content policy in relation to the oil and gas industry that can be implemented once it is returned to power.“Benefits must be felt by all people wherever they live. Benefits should not be just for a few folks or for those who are wealthy but should benefit everyone from every sector… every ethnic group, every class,” he added.Presently, a Department of Energy is being established at the Ministry of the Presidency to handle the pending oil and has sector. The department is being overseen by Dr Mark Bynoe who in turn reports to his superiors, including Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and President David Granger.Come 2020, ExxonMobil is expected to pump millions of barrels of oil from the Stabroek Block – a phenomenon that can make Guyana one of the richest oil nations in the work.But since the announcement of the find, there have been concerns with respect to the management of the country’s wealth with the recommendation of setting up the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) to manage its impending revenues.last_img read more

DONEGAL WOMAN SCARRED BY BREAST SURGERY LOSES BID TO SUE POLISH FIRM IN IRELAND

first_imgA COUNTY Donegal woman left scarred by breast reduction surgery has been told she can’t sue the Polish surgeon here in Ireland.Mary Rose Harkin, from Cranford, underwent unsuccessful breast reduction surgery performed by Dr Towpik at Klinika Latros in July 2009.The 32-year-old special needs assistant had her case struck out at the High Court in Dublin after a judge ruled that the court had no jurisdiction over the claim. The operation had been advertised on a UK website and the operation had been carried out in Poland.Ms Harkin had also signed the consent forms in Poland.She planned to sue plastic surgeon Edward Towpik, the Warsaw-based cosmetic clinic, Klinika Latros, and its alleged UK based agent, Denise Bird.She claimed she could do this as an EU citizen and the operation had been carried out in an EU country.But Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns struck out the case, saying there was no evidence that the clinic or the UK agent had directed their services towards the Irish market.Ms Harkin will now have to take a case in England or Poland, or both.DONEGAL WOMAN SCARRED BY BREAST SURGERY LOSES BID TO SUE POLISH FIRM IN IRELAND was last modified: July 23rd, 2013 by John2Share 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:CranfordDONEGAL WOMAN SCARRED BY BREAST SURGERY LOSES BID TO SUE POLISH FIRM IN IRELANDharkinKlinika LatrosWarsawlast_img read more

Better planning needed following impact of Storm Emma in the North West – TD

first_imgFianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Marc Mac Sharry has called for better planning due to the impact that a Red Alert weather warning from the ‘Beast from the East’ had on the North West.Despite many areas of the region not seeing snow or extreme weather, a Status Red warning affected food supplies, schools and workplaces in the region.Deputy Mac Sharry has called for more detailed preparatory procedures and resource provision to deal with Red Alerts in all regions. He said: “The increase in the frequency of extreme weather events over recent years with Storm Ophelia, Storm Emma and the recent snow storms has highlighted the need for a more comprehensive procedure to deal with these events.“Clearly the North West did not suffer to the same extent as other parts of the country; however the region was still issued with a status red weather warning.  I understand that given the size of this country and the lack of absolute predictability in weather forecasting it is impossible to be area specific.  However, this weather warning had a huge impact on the supply chain in the region.“The growing dependency on multiple supermarkets and the centralised supply of perishable food, groceries and other products at just a handful of locations, mainly in the east of the country, left many stores, and consequently families, without certain products.  Local family-run grocery stores were also affected by this centralised model.“Measures must be put in place to ensure that when future weather events are forecast, all regions have access to adequate supplies rather than having to rely on a centralised distribution system. “Equally, the closure of schools, Government Departments and State Agencies must be streamlined to permit areas which may be unaffected to have the discretion to continue as normal if conditions allow.“Employers too, private and public must be issued with clear guidelines in this regard in consultation with worker representative groups.  We had confusion during Storm Emma when a HSE memo was issued that employees would have to use annual leave days if they couldn’t make it into work – this direction was later retracted but this situation must be avoided into the future and a proper procedure must be negotiated around such matters.“There can be no doubt our emergency services and community spirit put in a heroic display in the worst hit areas and all deserve great credit.  The policy of ‘hoping for the best but planning for the worst’ is prudent but we should be able to put a more workable solution in place.“As Spring takes hold I am calling on the Taoiseach to design and agree clear procedures so that we are better prepared and can show more agility on a community by community basis ahead of the next weather event”.Better planning needed following impact of Storm Emma in the North West – TD was last modified: March 13th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Marc MacSharry TDstorm emmaweather warningslast_img read more

Art infects the Mother City

first_imgInfecting the City 2013 runs from 11 to 16 March, with events taking place between 8am and 10pm every day. The idea of the festival is to stage innovative art events at unexpected places around Cape Town.(Images: Infecting The City 2013)MEDIA CONTACTS • Stefanie ElliottMANGO-OMC+27 83 760 4110 or +27 21 447 8048Lorraine KearneyCape Town’s artists are coming out to play again, and bringing with them friends from other cities in South Africa and abroad. It’s time for Infecting The City 2013, the annual free public arts festival that invites ordinary folk to interrogate their city and interact with artists in unusual urban settings.This year, expect performances and visual art in the station, the squares, the museums, the gardens and the streets of the Mother City’s vibrant city bowl. Infecting the City runs from 11 to 16 March, from 8am to 10pm every day.The website explains the concept: “Infecting The City places exciting new artworks in unexpected spaces in the middle of the city, challenging Cape Town’s ideas of art and public space. The festival is designed as a series of routes through the city. Each day has either one or two routes in the afternoon and evening.”The programme is available online, allowing you to pick your day, time and route. You can either download the entire programme, click on the day that suits your schedule or search for the art piece you want to see. It’s a clever design: turn up at the start of Programme A, for example, at 6pm in The Company’s Garden, for the first performance and take part.Ushers will lead you on a merry dance through the city, from venue to venue, from performance to performance. Each day ends at 10pm in Church Square. At the Festival Centre at 6 Spin Street, opposite the square, you can buy lunch packs for the day programmes, or wine for the evening’s events, or get earphones for The Uncommercial Traveller.A truly global festivalFestival curator Jay Pather launched the programme at The Taj Hotel on a sweltering Monday afternoon – the city temperature reached 38˚C under a scorching sun – offering some tantalising glimpses into what to expect throughout the week. “Art is an expression of humanity; art is life” was the philosophy resonating through Pather, his audience and indeed, the festival as a whole.The application pool for participation trebled this year, he pointed out, with 320 submissions received. The artists come from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, Maputo, Nairobi, Berlin, London, Paris, Amsterdam and various cities in the US. It is a truly global festival, a reflection of Cape Town’s cosmopolitan nature.They are bringing with them dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multi-disciplinary arts, and a light symphony. There is also “restaging, or repositioning classic works to bring new interpretations and understandings”.“The works interrogate the city. The nature of the festival makes the art accessible to a range of people – other artists and ordinary people who may not usually go to view art,” Pather says.It opens up a whole world of debate on how the city is perceived, how residents interact with the city, its architecture, its structure, its public spaces and open places. “For the artist, it is very daunting to be so exposed, creating outside his comfort zone of his studio.”Pather points out that this year, there is no overarching theme. The idea is simply to have a conversation with the city and its inhabitants. While there are performances in places as diverse as Thibault Square, The Company’s Garden, the station, and the District 6 Museum, “these works talk to each other”. And audience participation is encouraged to get the dialogue going.There is plenty on offer. Try out Emeka Ogboh’s installation Verbal Mapping II, for example. The artist will be replanting taxi calls from Lagos in busy Adderley Street. There will be flash mobs by Unima Puppets and Shaun Acker will be performing In/Apt: A Contemporary Public Hanging, on a slack rope over Government Avenue.In possibly the most logistically complex item, Sk8 Collective’s Beyond the Skatepark, 300 skateboarders will skate down the length of Long Street – against the flow of traffic, it must be said – ending in Thibault Square, where a skate performance will retell the history of the fringe sport.The best place to view the downhill run will be at the bottom of Long Street, so you can watch the mass come down the hill and enter the square at the bottom.Some highlightsCity Lights Orchestra, taking place in Church Square, may be the work of Antoine Schmitt, but the performers are the public. People are invited to visit the symphony page on the website, and download it. At the programmed time and place, they will then play the light symphony from their smartphones, laptops or other devices.“Windows flicker, sending a staccato signal to anyone watching. When looking at a façade of a building or those buildings surrounding an inner city square, the illuminated windows (and tuned in smartphones) blink, pulsate, beat, fade in and out, each according to its own score, but in rhythm with all the others. The windows – be they office or residential, occupied or deserted – come alive and are connected.”Thoriso le Morusu by Neo Muyanga is inspired by and based on Antjie Krog’s poem Country of Grief and Grace, which reads like an intimate and harrowingly candid conversation between two people about the pain they have caused one another. The performance was originally commissioned by the Southern African Music Rights Organisation and has been rearranged for the festival.It is played in five movements – prayer, confession, mantra, manifesto and catharsis – and is sung in Sesotho, Afrikaans and English by Muyanga with the Siyaya Chorus, accompanied by Sylvain Baloubeta and Texito Langa. The venue is St George’s Cathedral, the beautiful seat of the Anglican Church in South Africa.In Please Be My Witness, artist Ben Winfield speaks of the terrible, silent problem of child trafficking. Small sculptures will be placed throughout Cape Town’s public spaces. They are designed to slowly and quietly disappear from sight. There are an estimated 247 000 children working in exploitive labour in South Africa, including an estimated 30 000 child prostitutes.Mamela Nyamza’s thought-provoking dance Okuya Phantsi Kwempumlo takes place in the Whale Well at the Iziko South African Museum; Aeneas Wilder’s Under Construction at the District Six Museum involves the meticulous construction and spectacular public destruction of a complex wooden structure to ask poignant questions around what it means to be a resident in the city.If it’s music you’re after, catch Mike Rossi and Ulrich Suesse’s Trespassing Permitted in Church Square, a crossover performance featuring acclaimed musician Feya Faku on trumpet and dancers Nicola Elliott, Alan Parker and Richard Antrobus.Platform_18_28 at Cape Town Station includes paintings, sculptures and photographs produced by students from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, with the themes of movement and transit.In the Cape Consort’s Shades of Grey at Slave Church on Long Street, old and new converge in an exploration of early vocal repertoire, featuring late medieval European and 19th century colonial culture in historically informed interpretation. The music will be interspersed with music from the time of former Cape Colony governor George Grey.Punchdrunk and Arcola Theatre present The Uncommercial Traveller. The project involves a series of workshops with post-graduate students and theatre practitioners to devise and write reflective audio tours around Cape Town, using Charles Dickens’s approach of seeking out forgotten places and uncovering hidden stories. Festival audiences will be able to download the tours from the website, get earphones from the Festival Centre, and then walk them. The Uncommercial Traveller has travelled to Karachi, Melbourne, Penang, Singapore and Portsmouth.A parallel conference, Thinking the City, will run at the Festival Centre each morning from 10.30am to 12 noon, Tuesday to Friday. Respected artists and academics will lead the discussions, which will seek “to strengthen thinking and practice at the intersection of culture and public space, particularly in Cape Town” and unpack “a series of examples and contested territories related to cultural practice in the city, in order to foster a more critical dialogue about creative practice in public space”.Education tooAnd finally, there is Arts Aweh!, the educational component. It has two legs, firstly, the Africa Centre and Inyanda Youth Network collaboration, in which youth from the Philippi, Dunoon and Mfuleni communities participated in 10 weeks of performing arts workshops culminating in a series of local performances and one collective flash mob performance called Shadows in Infecting The City.Secondly, up to 500 pupils from grades 10 to 12 from various Cape Town schools will receive a facilitated festival experience. In groups of 20, the participants will experience and discuss the works with a seasoned artist. Up to 60 of them will be invited back to the final day to participate in the Arts Aweh! flashmob.Everything on the programme is free, except the lunch and wine.Infecting the City is produced by Africa Centre, in collaboration with Gipca , the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts at the University of Cape Town, and various organisations, embassies and cultural attachés. Africa Centre is a “social innovator that provides a platform for exploring contemporary Pan-African cultural practice and intellectual pursuit as a catalyst for social change”. Pather is the director of Gipca.last_img read more

Infographic: Know your copyrights on World Book and Copyright Day

first_imgTo celebrate Unesco’s International World Book and Copyright Day on 23 April, an annual event that promotes reading and highlights the importance of creative ownership, we bring you an infographic on the basic concepts of copyright.In a digital age, when original ideas can move rapidly around the world within seconds, it is important that creators in all forms of media – music, film, art and books – understand the intricacies of controlling how their intellectual property is used, and making sure they are properly compensated for their original ideas.Illegal downloading and digital piracy are just some of the more notable ways that copyright can be violated. Plagiarism, unlawful appropriation and the illegal selling of media is a significant problem, in not only a technological sense, but also at a very real, grassroots level, particularly in South Africa and the rest of the continent.last_img read more

My first cutting is just “cow hay” — now what?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jimmy Henning, Forage Extension Specialist, University of KentuckyLate cut hay is a fact of life in Kentucky. There are worse things. Drought, for example. It is no failure if some first cuttings of hay are late, or rain damaged for that matter. The list of things that have to get done in May never ends for the part-time, diversified farmers that form the bulk of the beef cattle producers.Farmers face a never-ending set of “what to do first” decisions. Something has to be second, or third. So late cuttings of hay happen. The real mistake is to let a less-than-perfect first cutting stop the conversation hay management because a farmer thinks we in Extension are disappointed. Next steps if you think your first cutting is just “cow hay”The first thing to do is to get a representative core sample and send it to a certified lab for analysis. It is best but not absolutely necessary if it goes through the sweat before taking the sample. Next, store the hay inside if possible, but at least get it off the ground (on rock, pallets and so on). If you are going to have more than one cutting or hay from other fields, store so this lot of hay can be accessed and fed as needed.Once the results are back, do some planning with the UK Beef Cow Supplementation Tool (http://forage-supplement-tool.ca.uky.edu/). This very simple tool will let you determine what you need to feed with your ‘cow hay’ to meet nutritional needs. Knowing your needs early can let you work with your supplier to secure best pricing.This supplement tool calculates an intake figure from the total fiber in the hay, but you need to make sure actual consumption matches or exceeds the estimates from the tool. You may need to get some current weights for hay bales so you can back calculate intake from hay disappearance. Don’t forget to take into account the waste that happens, even if this is only a guess.The tool also cannot take into account changing energy needs with weather. As a guide, every 10-degree drop below the thermo-neutral temperature increases energy needs by 5%. And the thermo-neutral temperature is greatly affected by whether the hair on the cow is wet. The thermo-neutral temperature for cows with dry hair coats is 18 F, but 55 F when that hair is wet. So the energy needs for cows when it is 35 F and raining is 10% higher than that predicted by the tool (55 – 35 is 20 and each 10 degree change means 5% more energy). Thinking back, we had a lot of 35 F and rainy days last winter, and cows lost a lot of condition.Another thing to remember is that the summer is far from over, and other cuttings may be more timely. Hope springs eternal in a farmer. It has too.Another idea – Make some serious plans to stockpile tall fescue. A well-managed (not overgrazed) field of tall fescue that is rested from mid-summer into the fall and fertilized with 60 pounds of N in mid-August can provide better quality feed for cattle than any hay you will likely produce this summer. Grazing stockpiled fescue will lessen days where hay is necessary. Strip grazing the stockpiled fescue with make this high quality forage last longer (due to less waste) and quite possibly reduce mud caused from bale feeding later in the winter.Remember, just because you made “cow hay” does not mean the forage conversation is over. Not by a long shot.Happy foraging.last_img read more