Research and job creation focus at agro-processing gathering

first_imgA variety of speakers shared their experiences in the sector at a two-day Technology and Human Research for Industry (THRIP) agro-processing symposium. Some highlighted how government funding helped their businesses grow.Speakers at the Technology and Human Research for Industry agro-processing symposium on 24 and 25 October 2017 include Sammy Phalane, Dr Yonela Njisane, Bongani Ndimba, Elisabeth Goyvaerts and Luvuyo Simakuhle. (Image: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanMore than 450 villages are producing and selling nuts to the company Everpix, an African Oil partner. This company is a beneficiary of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Technology and Human Research for Industry (THRIP) funding programmes.At a THRIP agro-processing symposium, Elisabeth Goyvaerts, founder of Everpix, spoke about how the company had grown with the help of the department.The two-day symposium was held on 24 and 25 October 2017. Its aim was to create a conducive environment in which government-funded research was showcased to the relevant industries for possible exploitation and industrialisation, as well as to discuss critical issues in the agriculture and agro-processing value chain.A highlight was 12-year-old Zaria Rule explaining how she conducted research on her dog by using Rooibos tea to treat his diabetes condition.Another highlight was Luvuyo Simekuhle of Woodlands Dairy, which was supplied by 75 commercial farmers. The company is in Humansdorp and supplies not only milk but milk powder.Creating sustainable jobsSipho Zikode, the deputy director-general responsible for special economic zones and economic transformation in the Department of Trade and Industry, said programmes such as THRIP could be used to strengthen public-private partnership (PPP) initiatives.“As you know, THRIP brings together the government, industries, universities and science councils focusing on innovation, technology and scientific development.“This is what we call a PPP initiative, and with this THRIP symposium we are targeting the agro-processing sector, which is one of our Industrial Policy priority sectors that we have to develop and promote for reasons of beneficiating our produce and ensuring that we create sustainable jobs in South Africa,” said Zikode.“We also need to ensure we bring in and support other science and innovation institutions, universities, technical colleges and students in the rural and poor areas.”EverpixIn 2008, Goyvaerts began researching the resources impoverished communities had, and how to use these to benefit those communities, such as the marula tree.In 2010, she started oil pressing and by November 2011 the company was making two tons of oil in Pietermaritzburg.Applying for funding through the department in 2012 was “the best thing that happened to me”. After getting the money in 2013, she was able to buy an automatic stirring pot.“I did more than a ton of oil after getting the [department’s] pre-payments [funding money].”In 2013, a customer paid 50% upfront so that she could create refined oil. Although it was her first foray into refined oil, she sold 330kg of it.Shortly after receiving the funding, she got an order from the US worth R1-million. “I didn’t have premises, so everybody was helping out. I would store here and there, not paying for storage.”She said that sustaining a business was a path that could not be done alone. “We got help from everyone.” The company also invested heavily in the villages from which it bought the raw resources.Other beneficiariesStudents at the University of Fort Hare also received funding from the department for their research into animal welfare and meat science.Dr Yonela Njisane, one of the students, spoke about the effects stress had on animals. “Stress affects the pH in the animal. That is the darkness in the meat colour.”One of the things that caused stress in animals was travelling long distances.The productivity of an animal could also affect your production, she said. A way to measure whether an animal was stressed or had low production levels was to monitor its behaviour.Source: Department of Trade and IndustryWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Cleveland rocked: Indians’ season comes to stunning halt

first_imgMOST READ Ace right-hander Corey Kluber pitched poorly. All-Stars Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez didn’t hit, and the Indians committed seven errors in the final two games when they didn’t look anything like a team thatwon 102 games or was favored to take home the championship coming into October.“It actually stinks,” closer Cody Allen said in a subdued clubhouse. “They just flat-out played better than us the last three days.”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 shutoutUnable to finish off a young Yankees team fighting for its manager, the Indians became the first team in history to blow a two-game series lead in consecutive postseasons.It wasn’t supposed to be like this. 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This was supposed to be their year.Instead, it’s just another heartbreaker for a Cleveland team that appeared unstoppable and had Kluber on the mound at home for the biggest game this season.“It’s disappointing,” manager Terry Francona said. “We felt good about ourselves. We came down the stretch playing very good baseball, and we did some things in this series that I don’t think were characteristic of our team. We made some errors, kicked the ball around a little bit.“Sometimes you don’t swing the bat. That’s part of it. But we made it harder to win in some cases, especially the last two games.”But the presumptive Cy Young Award winner wasn’t himself in two starts, posting a 12.79 ERA and looking ordinary. Following Game 5, Francona hinted that Kluber may have been bothered by a back injury — and other health issues — that put him on the disabled list earlier this season.ADVERTISEMENT Cleveland Indians’ Jason Kipnis throws his bat after striking out against New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman during the eighth inning of Game 5 of a baseball American League Division Series, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil Long)CLEVELAND — The end came quickly, painfully and with little warning.When the final out was made, and Cleveland’s season crashed way before it ever imagined with a 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees, the Indians retreated to their clubhouse to try to figure out what went wrong.The list was long.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president ESPN, TV5 join forces for rebranded ‘ESPN 5’ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “I don’t think we need to get into details of that,” Kluber said when asked about the injury. “I was healthy enough to go out there and try to pitch. I don’t think anybody is 100 percent at this point of the year, but good enough to go out there and try to compete.”Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius homered twice off Kluber in the first three innings, staking the Yankees to a 3-0 lead.“I made two mistakes to Didi,” Kluber said. “He’s a good hitter and he hit two home runs. I felt like I threw the ball better than I did the other day, but ultimately it wasn’t good enough.”When they left for New York on Friday with a 2-0 lead, the Indians seemed to be in the driver’s seat.But a team that won 22 straight games — the longest streak in AL history — couldn’t prevent its first three-game losing streak since July 30 to Aug. 1.Outfielder Jay Bruce, who was so clutch after coming over in an August trade from the New York Mets, was stunned by the Indians’ unexpected slide.“It’s a missed opportunity for us,” said Bruce, eligible for free agency this winter. “I’m still very proud of the way we played this year, but obviously it doesn’t mean much when you get to the postseason and can’t do the job.“I don’t have any explanation for it. I don’t know if there’s an exact science for closing out a series. We couldn’t get it done. We got beat. They played better. That’s the bottom line.”Jason Kipnis, who moved from second base to center field late in the season, was having trouble accepting Cleveland’s fate.“They deserved to win, but I’m not going to tell you the better team is going on,” he said. “I still think we’re the better team, but they played better than we did the last three games.“When you have that good of a season, over 100 wins, it makes it that more disheartening when you don’t finish the job. Everyone in here knows we had higher hopes than this, but that’s baseball. This game is tough. It just didn’t work out.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

Balloon seller stabbed to death in CP

first_imgA balloon seller was stabbed to death in Connaught Place on Wednesday night in what police claimed was a result of rivalry between drug addicts. The victim’s family though refused to buy the claim.The deceased Tatia (22) was the cousin of Rahul, who shot to the limelight after helping the police locate the bomb that was dumped in a dustbin near Regal cinema during the 2008 serial blasts that ripped the Capital.At the time of the incident the deceased was sleeping on the footpath near Hanuman Mandir in Connaught Place. His 20-year-old wife Laachi, their newborn baby and another teenage relative were sleeping nearby.Police said that on Wednesday night five people came looking for Rahul’s elder brother. A scuffle ensued in which Tatia got stabbed. He died on the way to the hospital. His wife too sustained injuries.The five were high on drugs and were arrested from the spot by the patrolling police officials.The police claimed it was a drug deal which had gone wrong that had resulted in the murder.”This case has got nothing to do with Rahul. The deceased was a small time drug peddler and had supplied smack to some person. The five people had come looking for him as the drug which he had sold to them was actually white chalk powder. When they confronted Tatia, a heated debate ensued which turned violent and he was stabbed. We managed to arrest all the accused from the spot,” K. C. Dwivedi, additional commissioner of police (New Delhi), said.advertisementThe accused have been identified as Rohit alias Nanhe, Vijay alias Viju, Dhanjeet, Vinod and Bobby. All of them are drug addicts and live in the locality.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

De Ligt Not Fazed by Price Tag After Juventus Move (Videos)

first_imgIf you can’t beat them, buy them. That appears to be Juventus’ philosophy as it continues its quest for the Champions League title.In 2018, Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Real Madrid against Juventus to eliminate the Serie A champion from Europe’s premier club competition. A few months later Juventus signed him.This year Matthijs de Ligt scored the goal that eliminated Juventus from the Champions League in April as he captained Ajax to the semifinals. On Thursday, Juventus signed the Netherlands defender. Juventus is an overwhelming favorite to win a record-extending ninth straight Serie A title but it is desperate to end its long wait for European success.Since Juventus’ last title in 1996, it has finished runner-up five times in the Champions League.“We want to win them all: this is the mentality of Juventus,” said De Ligt at his first news conference as a Juventus player on Friday. “I’m 19, I can still improve and I want to do that. It’s important to work hard every day and to learn, and I hope to become a better player.”Newly hired Juventus soccer team defender Matthijs de Ligt shows the thumbs up sign upon his arrival at the Juventus Medical Center in Turin, Italy, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Matthijis de Ligt is undergoing medical exams with Juventus ahead of an expected 70 million euros ($80 million) transfer from Ajax. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA Via AP)De Ligt became the most expensive defender in Serie A history when he completed a 75 million euro ($85 million) transfer from Ajax.But the teen is not fazed at the price tag.“Of course, when a club buys you for a big amount of money, there’s a lot of pressure, but pressure is normal in football,” De Ligt said. “I think pressure is the most important thing and if you want to be a good player, you have to deal with it.“It’s not a big deal for me. I’ll just play my game, work hard and show it on the pitch. In the end, everyone will see how I deal with it, but it’s not going to be a problem.”A photo emerged during the week of De Ligt wearing a Juventus shirt as a child and he admitted he grew up idolizing Juventus defender Fabio Cannavaro, who captained Italy to World Cup success in 2006.“The photo of me in a Juventus shirt was taken when I was about six or seven, at that time Fabio Cannavaro was a defender that I admired,” he said. “I always had a good feeling about Juventus and I’ve always been a fan.”Another reason De Ligt chose Juventus was because of new coach Maurizio Sarri, who replaced Massimiliano Allegri at the end of the season.“I spoke to Sarri on the phone before coming, just to get to know each other,” De Ligt said. “He was one of the reasons that I wanted to join here, I’ve heard a lot of good things about him and I like his footballing philosophy and how he prepares his defense.”By: Daniella Matar, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Justice Facilities to Be Upgraded

first_imgStory Highlights A number of justice facilities across the island are to be expanded and rehabilitated in the new fiscal year at a cost of more than $1.3 billion.The Government has provided $954 million in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure to retrofit an existing building to accommodate a family court in Spanish Town, St. Catherine; establish four justice centres islandwide; and rehabilitate and upgrade Public Building West (Offices of the Director of Public Prosecution and the Court of Appeal).The work will be done under the Justice Sector Reform Programme in the National Security Ministry.Meanwhile, $267 million has been allocated towards the construction and improvement under the courthouses project.The initiative seeks to provide improved court facilities, which are conducive to the delivery of the services being provided by the justice sector.Under this initiative, the Government aims to continue the rehabilitation and upgrading of Public East Building.In addition, some $99.6 million has been set aside in the budget to facilitate the procurement of eight vehicles for judges and two mobile witness rooms. Meanwhile, $267 million has been allocated towards the construction and improvement under the courthouses project. A number of justice facilities across the island are to be expanded and rehabilitated in the new fiscal year at a cost of more than $1.3 billion. The Government has provided $954 million in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure to retrofit an existing building to accommodate a family court in Spanish Town, St. Catherine; establish four justice centres islandwide; and rehabilitate and upgrade Public Building West (Offices of the Director of Public Prosecution and the Court of Appeal).last_img read more

Call to the hall 11 former Buckeyes inducted into OSU Athletics Hall

The Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame welcomed a new, 11-member class, which included two Super Bowl champions and four total football players, during two separate ceremonies Friday evening at the Ohio Union. Headlining the list of inductees was Bobby Watkins, the first black football recruit in OSU history and a running back from 1952 to 1954. Watkins, who split time during interviews by sharing stories of his time as a Buckeye playing under late, former coach Woody Hayes and reciting Robert Burns poetry, was visibly emotional as he discussed his days at OSU. “I thought I was a very, very fortunate young man to be able to play at Ohio State,” Watkins said. “(Ohio State) said ‘We’d like to have you,’ and of course, I was elated. And the rest was history.” The football contingent of hall of fame inductees was rounded out by offensive lineman Orlando Pace and safety Mike Doss who donned the Scarlet and Gray from 1994 to 1996 and 1999 to 2002, respectively. “I was sitting at home and they called me out of the blue,” said Pace, a member of the 199 Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams. “I was excited. I really enjoyed those three years (at OSU) and being a part of this great university.” Doss, a member of both the 2002 consensus national champion Buckeyes and Super Bowl XLI champion Indianapolis Colts teams, agreed. “It’s truly a blessing,” he said. “I feel humbled. I feel elated. I’m enjoying this and it is something that I will always cherish.” The late Leo Raskowski was also honored on Friday. Raskowski played tackle for the Buckeyes from 1926 to 1928 and passed away in 1952 after losing his battle with a lung illness. Other male inductees included gymnast Raj Bhavsar and wrestler Mitch Clark, who attended OSU from 2000 to 2003 and 1994 to 1998, respectively. The female induction ceremony saw golfer Kristen White, rower Didi Albrecht, softball’s Stacy Roth, track and field hammer-thrower Katy Craig and pistol team member Jessica Marshall honored as well. White led OSU women’s golf from 2002 to 2005 and was a two-time Big Ten player of the year. Albrecht helped the Buckeyes to a fourth-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Championships while rowing for the university from 2002 to 2005. Albrecht is currently an assistant coach for OSU’s rowing team. Roth played softball for the Buckeyes from 1999 to 2002 and was a two-time MVP for OSU. Craig was a three-time All-American and a four-time Big Ten champion during her stay in Columbus from 1999 to 2002. Marshall was a 12-time All-American for OSU’s pistol team and helped the team to the 2004 women’s national championship. The 2011 hall of fame class will be introduced at halftime of OSU football’s game against Toledo on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse hoping to bounce back against Massachusetts

Junior attackman Reegan Comeault (8) looks for an open teammate during a game against Robert Morris Feb. 1 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternLooking to rebound from a triple overtime loss to Johns Hopkins, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is set to travel to Everbank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday to take on the Massachusetts Minutemen in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic.Playing at Homewood Field for the first time since 2001, OSU was unable to come away with the win against Johns Hopkins after senior attackman Brandon Benn scored 59 seconds into the third overtime to help the Blue Jays escape with the victory.OSU coach Nick Myers said despite the loss, he liked the resiliency his players showed, which is something the team can build upon moving forward.“Our men fought hard,” Myers said Wednesday. “When that enthusiasm, that fight and energy is there, that is something we can look at and say is going to carry us until we get the schemes and the play to where we want it to be.”Coming off a 7-8 record in 2013, UMass got its season underway last weekend when it traveled to Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., to take on Army.Led by a pair of two-goal performances from junior attackman Grant Whiteway and freshman attackman Nick Mariano, the Minutemen were able to hold off the Black Knights and walk away victorious, 6-5.OSU senior defenseman Joe Meurer, who caused one turnover in the loss to Johns Hopkins, said as far as defensively, OSU is not worried about who is on the other side of the field, but it is more focused on playing its own game and growing together as a unit.“We’re continuing to build chemistry with our defense,” Meurer said. “It all goes back to our approaches on guys, playing loud, and playing with our sticks up to generate a lot of turnovers.”Offensively, the Buckeyes are likely to search for more weapons alongside junior midfielder Jesse King, who led the team in scoring against Johns Hopkins with a career-high five goals and also added an assist.However, OSU will have to do that against a UMass defense that has been ranked in the top 25 for three consecutive years.Myers said one of the things that has to improve for the Buckeyes if they are going to find that production this week is their extra-man opportunities, where OSU went 0-4 last Sunday.“We haven’t proven that we can score on a routine basis without Jesse in that group,” Myers said. “It’s something that we’ve focused on this week in practice and are expecting to see more of this weekend. It’s an area of focus for us.”Senior defenseman Dominic Imbordino said if the Buckeyes stick to their schemes, they can come away this weekend with the win.“It’s more about us right now,” Imbordino said. “If we play the way we know we can … if we keep building the foundation, we are going to be OK.”Game time is set for Sunday at 9 p.m. read more

James Rodriguez may return to Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid are understood to be reconsidering whether to allow James Rodriguez to leave on a permanent deal to Bayern Munich this summer after he suggested that he may be returningThe Colombia international left the Santiago Bernabeu last summer for the Bundesliga after failing to break into the team at Real.Under former coach Zinedine Zidane, the playmaker found his opportunities restricted due to the fact that he just did not fit into the Frenchman’s tactics.In light of that, Rodriguez moved to Bayern in a two-year loan deal and thrived under Jupp Heynckes after the firing of former Real boss Carlo Ancelotti in September last year.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.And now the Colombian has been rumoured to be on the verge of making his stay at Munich a permanent one.But now, due to the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and the appointment of Julen Lopetegui as their new manager, Los Blancos are now considering taking back Rodriguez after his impressive season Allianz Arena as Bayern secured a sixth successive league crown.The Spanish news outlet Marca have since reported that both Real and Bayern are currently locked in negotiations on bringing the 27-year-old back to the Spanish capital.last_img read more