South Africa joins UN Security Council

first_imgUN ambassador Baso Sangqu andInternational Relations and CooperationMinister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane willlead the South African delegation as thecountry takes its place in UN SecurityCouncil. (Image: United Nations) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nthabiseng Ramatshela Department of International Relationsand Cooperation +27 82 675 0893 RELATED ARTICLES • South Africa regains UN Security Council seat • SA judge UN Human Rights head • UN, AU strive for peace in Africa • UN resolution supports SA 2010Nosimilo RamelaSouth Africa firmly committed itself to international peacekeeping efforts on 1 January 2011 when it took its place for a second term on the UN Security Council (UNSC).Voted in by 182 member states of the UN General Assembly last year, the country will serve as a non-permanent member for the 2011/12 term.The UNSC is made up of five permanent members – China, France, Russia, the UK and US – and 10 non-permanent members, which currently are Bosnia and Herzegovina; Germany; Portugal; Brazil; India; South Africa; Colombia; Lebanon; Gabon and Nigeria.The council is responsible for maintaining peace and security across the globe, usually by recommending that the parties involved reach an amicable agreement. The UNSC also conducts investigations into areas of conflict and may send in UN peacekeeping forces to help reduce tension.South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) said the country’s UNSC seat would give it the opportunity to forge closer partnerships with other member states.The department added that South Africa is committed to contributing to the work of the UNSC in maintaining international peace and security, particularly in Africa.“South Africa wants to advance the African agenda within the security council,” said the country’s UN ambassador Baso Sangqu.“More than two-thirds of the conflicts and crises that the security council handles are in Africa. It is not something that we should be proud of,” he said.Learning from experienceSouth Africa previously served on the UNSC in 2007 and 2008. “South Africa has learnt important lessons from the first term,” said Sangqu, who will lead the country’s UNSC delegation.Dirco said it has assembled a “crack team” of diplomats and officials to help South Africa serve on the council.“In its actions, South Africa will be guided by the commitment to uphold international law and universal values, and help others protect or achieve their inherent and inalienable rights,” said International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.She added that the country would continue with its efforts to promote and enhance the UNSC’s cooperation with regional organisations, particularly the African Union’s Peace and Security Council.Sangqu said: “Ivory Coast will be an issue we will have to deal with. There is now a standoff with regards to who the leader is. As a council member, South Africa will have to lead from the front on such issues.”South Africa will also advocate for more resources to help resolve the conflict in Somalia, the ambassador added.He said the UNSC should not to let the situation in that country become “a forgotten conflict” like the dispute between Morocco and Western Sahara guerrillas.last_img read more

Did you collect soil samples in our dry fall?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We had an interesting discussion recently about how dry it was collecting soil samples this fall. It was so dry that the folks who sell soil probes are having a run on sales this fall because of the bent and twisted ones used in our hard, overly dry soil.This may have an impact on your soil test results. We learned in graduate soil chemistry class that dry clays can collapse around potassium (K) ions and trap nutrients there and away from crop roots — and away from a soil test. But here in Ohio I would never worry about such concerns before. We are usually wet, and the past several falls it has even been a bit difficult to get harvest finished before Christmas.Some field work always brings clarity to me — not just what happens in a lab. Nearby in Kentucky they had an opportunity to check out this soil sampling concern (http://www2.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/agr/agr189/agr189.pdf). Lloyd Murdock and Dottie Call found that pH and potassium are most affected by dry soils such as we see in the fall. They collected soil samples every two weeks throughout the growing season to track changes. They found that pH can dip as much as half a point in a dry season and may take until late fall to recover as the soil moisture rebuilds. For potassium, the difference can be as much as 50 to 100 pounds per acre reduction from a test in a wet season verses a dry season. And because so much potassium is tied up in residue, until we get fall rains to leach K back out of the residue, levels will be lower. Phosphorus (P) also dropped throughout the growing season as the crop pulled available P out of the soil solution, then recovered in the fall, just not as dramatic a change as for K.Their recommendation for the best way to estimate what your crop nutrients will have for the growing season is to pull soil samples in the spring. If you pulled samples as I did this fall, that’s OK, just be consistent in your sampling timing. And did this fall dry spell affect your results? If yes, then double check these results against past soil tests before you make any major change to your nutrient management plans.last_img read more

Ohio farmland values continue gradual decline

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Due to a swing in commodity prices, there has been a softening of the farmland market in this region. The average prices paid per acre for high quality land in Ohio declined by $500 from June of 2015 to June of 2016.In comparison, during that same time an acre of high quality farmland in Michigan declined $100. The price decline was $500 in Indiana, $600 Illinois and $100 Mississippi. Missouri saw a slight uptick of $200 per acre and Tennessee saw a $150 increase. Prices paid per acre in Kentucky and Arkansas remained steady from last June.“There remained buyers with residual income from those high commodity price years with a continuous need for cropland acres, so the purchasing of land was led by their profitable years,” said Roger Hayworth, area sales manager for Farmers National Company. “Today, there remain buyers, but they’re cautious.”While commodity prices have had a significant impact on land values, location and quality remain major influencers on land values.“When higher quality farmland becomes available, it remains highly sought after and pricing remains pretty stable mostly, while we see mid- to lower-level quality land decline 3% to 8%, depending upon the specifics of the subject property, such as tiling, soils and any  improvements made,” Hayworth said.Hayworth noted that in the past six months, there has been a slowing of properties being put on the market, too.“The uncertainty of commodities, financial markets and maybe the election year have curtailed this market to stabilize and reflect on what may happen for the remainder of 2016. As with most transactions within regions, the local landowner/farmers were the buyers for land acres controlled. As farm income began to squeeze, the transactions overall dropped,” Hayworth said. “No doubt we’ve seen a drop in values of minimum quality land, as much as 3% to 5% from the last time we reported. There were a couple of sales that I felt were fairly strong, but they were really good properties. I just think farmers/landowners are being really cautious with what they’re doing with their land. They’re being less aggressive, but if something comes up in their area that they really want, they will go after if it’s high quality.”There also has been an increase among investor groups adding acres to their respective portfolios, which is good news for landowners.“This leads us to believe that farmland will continue to be viewed as a very favorable/viable investment,” Hayworth said. “Looking ahead, I believe we will continue to see sluggish offerings in this market and overall values swaying a little to stable until the end of the year. If commodity prices move slightly higher during the second half of 2016, expect land prices to remain stable with higher quality, maybe even clicking forward a little.”last_img read more

Pumaren on UE’s Final 4 bid: We’re still here

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion That premise, however, doesn’t deter UE head coach Derrick Pumaren who still foresees a Red Warrior surprise in the semifinals.“We just have to remain positive, we still have a shot, we’re still here,” said Pumaren Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. “But I think we have to do a better effort than what we did today.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUE’s next games are against Final Four teams Ateneo and Far Eastern University with University of Santo Tomas being the lone reprieve.The Blue Eagles are atop the standings with a 10-0 card while the Tamaraws hold the fourth seed with a 5-5 record. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP The Growling Tigers’ 0-10 card had pushed them out of the Final Four picture.“We were walking today and we let La Salle run,” said Pumaren whose team lost control of the game as early as the second quarter when it fell to a 40-24 deficit. “We can’t have that kind of play against Ateneo because that team is more cohesive and passes a lot more compared to La Salle.”All of UE’s remaining games are all must-win contests and the Red Warriors will also rely on teams like FEU and NU to stumble if they hope to barge into the semifinals.And Pumaren knows the first step is scoring a vital victory, potentially, against the Blue Eagles.“We have to focus on Ateneo first,” said Pumaren. “We have to concentrate on Ateneo on Saturday, and hopefully we’ll be able to steal a game from them.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East’s chances for a Final Four spot has slipped to dim levels that it can only be described as “mathematical.”The Red Warriors’ recent 99-78 loss to defending champion De La Salle saw them slip to 3-8 with three games remaining on their schedule.ADVERTISEMENT More than 50k fans attend Ginebra-Meralco Finals Game 6 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Kean Lewis signs contract extension with Bengaluru FC

first_imgBengaluru FC Thursday announced Kean Lewis’ contract renewal, signing a deal that will keep the winger at the club until the end of the 2019-20 campaign.The TATA Football Academy graduate was part of the Mahindra United academy where he played at various youth levels, and signed with Bengaluru ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.Twenty-six-year-old Kean claimed the assist for Erik Paartalu’s winner against ATK at the Fortress, and was instrumental in several appearances off the bench in Bengaluru’s run to the Indian Super League trophy.”I’m very happy to have signed on with Bengaluru FC for another season. I was given the opportunity to play in several positions last season, which shows that the coach has faith in me. It gives me more chances to play, which was a key factor in my decision.”Further to that, the team, the management, and the core of the club is intact, which bodes well for our chances of retaining the title and I’m really looking forward to that,” said Kean, after completing formalities on his one-year deal.UPDATE! Winger @KeanFLewis has signed an extension with the Blues, which will keep him at the club for another season. #MoreOfKean #WeAreBFC pic.twitter.com/u9oUmIHpiEBengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) May 16, 2019Carles Cuadrat, who has signed on with Bengaluru for two more seasons, said that he was happy to see Kean back in the fold.”We’re happy to offer Kean another year because he’s been an important player for us throughout the course of last season. Kean made a difference coming off the bench in crucial moments and whenever we needed him. As a player who understands the philosophy of this club and our style of play, we stand to benefit from having him as part of the squad for another year,” said Cuadrat.advertisementAlso Read | King’s Cup: Igor Stimac names 37 probables for preparatory camplast_img read more

10 months agoInter Milan coach Spalletti frustrated with Nainggolan

first_imgInter Milan coach Spalletti frustrated with Nainggolanby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti is frustrated managing Radja Nainggolan.Spalletti has called on Nainggolan to stop being distracted by matters outside of football.”We love him, he is a sensitive boy and he has all the qualities of the person who behaves correctly. But sometimes even the father grumbles with his son,” Spalletti told reporters.”Radja is attracted to other things and if you put too many things in front of football you do not win.”He has three or four of things he puts in front of football and some of them have to be taken away.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

17 days agoAgent of Marco Silva confident he can be successful at Everton

first_imgAgent of Marco Silva confident he can be successful at Evertonby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Everton boss Marco Silva remains confident he can be successful at Goodison Park.Everton currently occupy a position in the relegation zone following defeat to Burnley on Saturday and Newcastle United’s victory over Manchester United the following day. Carlos Goncalves told Record: “Any coach depends on the results. “We signed a three-year contract and football, with the entry of investors, makes us want immediate success, when success is actually built gradually.”The English coaches, who [managed] 10-15 years at the same club, disappeared.”Goncalves also opened up on Silva’s original move to Hull City in 2017.”Marco always had that ambition and hence took the risk, gambled in January and went to the condemned Hull City,” he added.”The club eventually were relegated but the work he did was unanimously well received. So he had four invitations to stay in the Premier League and moved to Watford.”I think all coaches have this ambition, because it is the most competitive championship in the world and where the best are.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Katharine McPhee Supports Charity Walk For St Jude

first_imgIn 90 communities around the nation, supporters of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are collecting pledges for the 4th annual St. Jude Give thanks. Walk on Nov. 17. to help kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases.Katharine McPhee supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Give thanks. Walk.The theme of this year’s 5K is Walk. Give. To help them live. The locations vary – from Soldier Field in Chicago and Jungle Island in Miami, to National Sylvan Theatre in Washington, D.C., Frisco Square in Dallas and the Atlanta Zoo, among others.Donor dollars help ensure that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital continues its pioneering research and lifesaving treatment while fulfilling its commitment that no patient family will ever pay St. Jude for anything.Among those families is Ashley, a five-year-old St. Jude patient from New York City. She is receiving treatment for a cancerous tumor called brainstem glioma. Ashley loves clothes and is determined to beat this disease, so she can be a professional model one day.“As painful as a cancer diagnosis can be, it is not a child’s only defining moment,” said Rick Shadyac Jr., ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital CEO. “At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a patient’s journey is not just about survival – but surviving to enjoy a long lifetime of celebratory moments that they deserve to share with their families.”For the second year in a row, actress and Columbia recording artist Katharine McPhee is helping raise awareness about the walk. This year’s incentive package for fundraisers includes a trip to New York City with travel and accommodations, to meet McPhee and visit the set of “Smash.” The challenge: those who secure a minimum of 10 new online donations between Nov. 1-16 will be entered into the drawing.“Last year it was heartwarming to witness so many communities across the country come together for the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said McPhee. “Touched by the generosity of these donors, I wanted to do something more this year – something that would leave a lasting memory and inspire more people to give.”Other celebrity guests fundraising and attending this year’s St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. events around the country are actress Josie Loren; “The Client List” actress Elisabeth Rohm; “The Hunger Games” actress, Ford model Kalia Prescott; actress Joey King of “Crazy Stupid Love” and “Oz: The Great and Powerful;” and Sabrina Soto, Target Style Expert for Home, author and HGTV designer and personality.“After walking the halls of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with my own mother, I was inspired by the patients to join the fight against pediatric cancer,” said Soto. “It is a cause that touched me because the amazing discoveries of St. Jude researchers and doctors are literally saving the lives of children around the world.”For children diagnosed with deadly diseases who never step foot on the hospital campus, St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with the global medical community, helping save countless lives.Although St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has helped push overall U.S. survival rates from 20 to 80 percent since it opened 50 years ago, pediatric cancer remains the leading cause of death due to disease among U.S. children older than 1. To further improve survival, more research breakthroughs and innovative treatments are needed.St. Jude Give thanks. Walk serves as the official kick-off event for the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign, which is a retail fundraising campaign throughout the holiday shopping season.For the latest details about specific events, visit givethankswalk.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

The Astros Didnt Play Like A Team Whose Manager Deserved To Be

The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, bringing an end to his two-season tenure with the club.The move would seem to be an easy call, judging from the Astros’ record under Porter. Among those with at least 300 career games managed, only seven managers in the history of Major League Baseball had a lifetime winning percentage worse than Porter’s .367 mark. But Porter also took over during the worst four-season stretch in the Astros’ history. (His predecessor, Brad Mills, also has the 14th-worst career record of any manager with 300-plus games.) The team won fewer than 60 games in each of the two seasons before Porter arrived in Houston, hitting its nadir with 51 wins in Porter’s first year. But Porter’s Astros were greatly improved this season and are on pace to win about 70 games.There’s evidence that coaches and managers are fired not on the basis of absolute performance — rather, their employment depends on whether they beat expectations. And by that standard, Porter did a pretty great job this season. Putting aside that much of a manager’s perceived ability to coax good or bad years out of his players is little more than random variation, a 70-win campaign from this Astros team was fairly unexpected.Before the season, FiveThirtyEight presented projected wins for every MLB team, according to ESPN’s forecasting panel, which uses the wisdom of crowds to make predictions. On average, the panel expected the Astros to win 62.6 games, which was a number in line with sources such as Las Vegas’s over/under win totals. Traditionally, such forecasts have had a standard error of about nine wins in either direction, so the Astros would have only had about a 21 percent chance of winning 70 or more games this year. They essentially had a season in the 79th percentile of all possible expected outcomes, which ranks sixth in all of baseball.There are, of course, other factors that can determine a manager’s continued employment beyond outperforming expectations. ESPN’s David Schoenfield suggests that Porter was always just a placeholder during the Astros’ prolonged rebuilding process, destined to be cast aside when the team was ready to move out of MLB’s basement. (There have also been reports of philosophical differences between Porter and the team’s front office.) But if he is to be judged on what the Astros accomplished this year — both relative to preseason expectations and where the franchise had been over the previous three seasons — Porter should have been commended, not fired.CORRECTION (Sept. 2, 12:24 p.m.): A previous version of this article listed the projected wins for every team based on regressed winning percentages but didn’t take into account “banked” wins that teams had already earned. read more