PORK Academy Coming Up June 6 and 7

first_img Facebook Twitter PORK Academy Coming Up June 6 and 7 SHARE Previous articleStates Putting Ag Protection Bills In PlaceNext articleMonsanto Declare the Decade of the Soybean Andy Eubank SHARE The Pork Checkoff will again sponsor Producers Opportunity for Revenue and Knowledge – PORK – Academy at World Pork Expo. PORK Academy is a series of seminars designed to provide information for pork producers about current industry challenges in a way that can be applied to their own operations. The seminars cover a variety of topics including herd health, exports, economic outlooks and the We Care initiative. Pork Checkoff Producer and State Services Committee Chair Mary Langhorst says every producer attending Expo in Des Moines, Iowa is invited to participate in the PORK Academy seminars. She says they are a wonderful way to get timely and accurate information on topics that are vital to producer’s operations.Some of the titles on the PORK Academy agenda include Doing What’s Right versus Looking for the Camera; PRRS Regional Elimination; Procedures for Taking PRRS Out of the Breeding Herd; Ingredient Availability and Cost; the Threat of Foot and Mouth Disease to the Swine Industry; and Export Issues and World Markets. All sessions will take place in the Varied Industries Building, Room C.For a full look at the schedule as well as other activities at World Pork Expo sponsored by the Pork Checkoff visit www.pork.org/wpx.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News PORK Academy Coming Up June 6 and 7 By Andy Eubank – May 22, 2012 last_img read more

Reporters Without Borders Best of the Blogs 2013 Awards go to Togo and Iran

first_imgNews Togolese authorities urged to lift newspaper’s four-month suspension Follow the news on Togo to go further RSF_en March 11, 2021 Find out more Togo court upholds “baseless and disproportionate” newspaper closures Convicting “petrolgate” journalist of defamation would be disastrous, RSF says News News TogoAfrica center_img The Togolese journalist Fabbi Kouassie has won the Best of the Blogs “Reporters Without Borders Award” 2013 for her blog, Fabbikouassi’s Blog. The prize is awarded within the framework of “The Bobs – Best of Online Activism” contest, held each year since 2005 by Reporters Without Borders and the German radio station Deutsche Welle. It aims to promote the diversity and commitment of the international blogosphere and is awarded to bloggers who demonstrate outstanding commitment in the campaign for freedom of expression on the internet and against all types of censorship.In Fabbikouassi’s Blog (fabbikouassi.wordpress.com/), the young human rights activist Fabbi Kouassi writes about controversial topics that are hushed up in the media of her own country with its autocratic government, and that are also barely discussed in the public spheres of other countries: everyday violence, the dangers journalists face and the constant fear of police brutality and oppression. Only recently, the police in Togo once again showed their violent face to journalists when they used tear gas to prevent them from demonstrating against a new media law. (http://www.ifex.org/togo/2013/03/15/togo_alert_security_forces/). The prize honours her exceptional commitment to freedom of expression in a country which, despite all the abuses and irregularities, is often forgotten – like many other regions in Africa.Fourteen blogs in 14 different contest languages made it to the final of this year’s “Reporters Without Borders Award”. In total there were more than 4,200 entries for “The Bobs”. An international jury composed of 15 members selected the winners last weekend. The winner of the “Best Blog Award” is Li Chengpeng, one of China’s best-known bloggers, authors and social critics. Prizes in other categories went among others to bloggers in Morocco, Bangladesh and also an international collective. The public’s choice for the “Reporters Without Borders Award” is Kambiz Hosseini, who discusses the human rights situation in Iran in a weekly podcast. In total more than 90,000 online votes were cast for the competition.The prizes in the six main categories will be handed to the winners at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn on 18 June 2013. In addition, the Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez will collect her prize at the re:publica internet conference in Berlin today. With her blog Generación Y, Sánchez won both the “Best Blog Award” and the Public’s Prize of the “Reporters Without Borders Award” in 2008, but wasn’t allowed to leave Cuba until last month. Last year the jury selected the Bengali blogger Abu Sufian, who fights against corruption and the arbitrariness of the courts, as the winner of the “Reporters Without Borders Award”. The Public’s Prize went to the blog Invisible Tibet, in which Tsering Woeser reports on human rights abuses in Tibet from Beijing. Help by sharing this information May 8, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders Best of the Blogs 2013 Awards go to Togo and Iran TogoAfrica Receive email alerts March 8, 2021 Find out more News Organisation September 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Registration open for Foundation’s 2020 DE trainings

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit union leaders and emerging leaders can now register for the National Credit Union Foundation’s (the Foundation) 2020 Credit Union Development Education (DE) Trainings taking place in Madison, Wis.DE is a transformative and experiential training that promotes the education and application of credit union business principles and philosophy. The mission of the DE Program is to professionals within the credit union movement understand and leverage credit unions’ unique business model to serve members and communities in new and better ways.Upon completion of the DE Program, individuals receive their CUDE designation and join the ranks of thousands of DEs worldwide committed to changing the world through credit unions. continue reading »last_img read more

Mane credits Klopp with keeping Liverpool spirits high

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Liverpool striker Sadio Mane has praised manager Juergen Klopp for his positivity in the ongoing era of the coronavirus pandemic. The club’s players presently sit idle with the Premier League on hold and the team face the prospect of missing out on a first championship triumph in 30 years. The pandemic has placed the future of the 2019/20 campaign in doubt, with Liverpool holding a remarkable 25-point lead at the top of the table, having won 27 of their 29 matches. The Premier League confirmed last week that the season will only return when the health situation stabilises, leading to some suggestions the campaign could be called null and void. “He (Klopp) is someone who’s really, really positive and right now he’s more positive than ever, which is his strength and which makes him so special,” Mane told Reuters. “He’s always sending messages to the players to talk about things and he’s always positive, always positive, which is incredible for him. “Hopefully this season will be not be made void and Liverpool will become (champions). It has been an unbelievable season for me and my team mates and we are 25 points (ahead in the league), which is incredible.” Mane has welcomed Liverpool’s about-turn on Monday when the club reversed a decision to furlough some of their non-playing staff due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Yes,” the Senegal striker said when asked if he was pleased Liverpool had changed their mind and would continue to pay the staff in full, rather than claiming back 80 percent of their pay up to 2,500 pounds ($3,087.25) per month under the government scheme. “It’s a really, really good club, like a family – the coaches, the staff, the players, everybody. The fans as well, you can see how good they are and how passionate they are behind their team.” Mane has been a benefactor in his home village Bambali in Senegal, recently building a hospital and donating 41,000 pounds towards the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s something I’ve thought about since I was young. In my mind I wanted to do something for my village. “I grew up there and we were not wealthy and it’s a really, really small village and I know the conditions of life are not optimum. “It’s a really tough moment, not just for Senegal but for all the world, and I think what is really important is to stick together and try to do the best to fight against this sickness, which is really bad. And in Senegal it is also growing.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: Jurgen KloppLiverpoolPremier LeagueSadio Manelast_img read more

JFK being Restored to Original Status

first_imgThe Liberian government has said that there are now ongoing efforts to restore the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center (JFKMC) to its “original status” before the civil war, which began on December 24, 1989 and ended in August 2003, when former President Charles Taylor went into exile.The JFK hospital, once Liberia’s major referral health center for nearly three decades, is now more of a primary healthcare provider. It lost its tertiary status due to the years of civil war and neglect by various regimes.At the height of its full capacity in the 1980s, patients flew in from most parts of West Africa to seek medical attention in Liberia.However, all is not lost. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced recently in her State of the Nation Address that efforts are now ongoing to restore the hospital to its original status. If the President’s words are anything to go by, then it would mean restoring all of the medical center’s facilities, including the Catherine Mills Rehabilitation Center, which now lies dormant, a wasteland encroached on by land-grabbers. The President didn’t explain in detail what efforts are ongoing in the restoration drive. However, on Monday, October 13, 2015, the JFK administration, along with authorities of the Ministry of Health, called a gathering to hold discussions on a five-year strategic plan, which is aimed at restoring the hospital to its prewar status. In that meeting, which was held at a local hotel, Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn announced that the hospital would need more than US$180 million to regain that status.Dr. Dahn said they had met in order to “move JFK forward.” For those wondering why now since the nation has been at peace for more than a decade, this was her response: “Over the past 10 years, the Ministry of Health has been working on restoring and strengthening the primary health care services and that is because most of the people will seek health care first at the primary level before they utilize the tertiary level.”The Health Minister stated that in order to make an impact in combating common illnesses, which can most times be easily prevented, they focused their attention on strengthening the primary healthcare level.“Because of that today, Liberia has made some achievements. Liberia was among the first eight countries in sub-Sahara Africa that achieved MDG 4 three years before it ended [in 2015],” she stated. Despite stating that her country has made some improvements in primary health care, she, however, said that the tertiary level now needs attention, adding: “It’s only on our continent Africa that our leaders go to another continent to seek healthcare [when they fall sick].” According to the Minister, this is because some African countries, such as Liberia, can’t afford the kind of health services and investment in the sector.When one considers the paltry US$60 million allocated to the health sector in the National Budget, the Minister is right saying there is less investment in the sector.She indicated that if Liberians want to see JFK where it ought to be, especially those who share the national ‘cake,’ they need to think “differently.”Min. Dahn added that Liberians are not happy with the present look of JFK and so everyone needs to now think differently toward improving the hospital.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Bony will be the new Drogba’: Van der Kraan on the Swansea striker set for Man City

first_imgtalkSPORT’s Dutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan joined Des Kelly and Friends on Wednesday morning to discuss Swansea striker Wilfried Bony’s move to Manchester City.The Ivory Coast forward is on the verge of agreeing a £30million switch to the Etihad, having impressed with the south Wales club for the last 18 months.And Van der Kraan believes the former Vitesse and Sparta Prague can emulate his international team-mate Didier Drogba.Listen again to Marcel van der Kraan’s opinion on Bony above and leave your thoughts below…last_img read more

UCT students win women-only hackathon

first_imgStudents from the University of Cape Town won a trip to an international conference in the US at a women-only hackathon.Bonang Mogatusi, Zainab Mobaad, Thandiwe Nyandeni and Tshegofatso Komane are in the team Techtress. They won third position in the hackathon held by GirlCodeZA in Johannesburg on 6 August 2017. (Images: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanA group of female students from the University of Cape Town won a hackathon on 6 August 2017 and will be attending an international information technology conference for women in the US as their prize.Kungela Mzuku, Fadzai Mupfunya, Lorna Nqodi and Valerie Tshiani, all students, took part in the #GirlCodeHack run by the nonprofit organisation, GirlCodeZA. It is the organisation’s fourth annual women-only hackathon held in Johannesburg.The four women would be exposed to big American companies that had a female developer base, said the organisers. These included Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter.This year’s #GirlCodeHack has been won by a team of ladies from UCT comprised of @lerie_m @KungelaMzuku @Call_Me_Fadzi and Lorna Nqodi pic.twitter.com/UY5u8tV1Jm— Kayla De Jesus (@KaylaBiancs) August 6, 2017Zandile Keebine, Jeanette Theu and Tinyiko Simbine, who all work at tech companies, are the founders of GirlCodeZA. Speaking to Brand South Africa previously, Keebina said she had been to many hackathons where she was either the only female or one of a few to attend. This prompted her to approach her employer to organise a women-only hackathon. GirlCodeZA started in 2014.How the hackathon grewAccording to Keebine, the purpose of the hackathon is for women to connect, network and inspire each other. “We want them to see they are not alone [in the male-dominated industry] and that collaboration is key.“Just from this weekend’s event we can see there are many women in the tech industry.”There were about 20 contestants in the 2016 hackathon; this year there were more than 80. “When we started out, it was just a fun thing to do. However, it seems the contestants are a lot more serious now. They understand that there are opportunities for them to position themselves,” Keebine said.“The women are looking for bursaries and job opportunities. We asked them to send us their curriculum vitaes.”She said the hackathon allowed the contestants to innovate and create solutions for everyday problems. They had 30 hours in which to design their response. “Each team then creates a website or an app or an internet of things solution. It is up to them to decide.”Keebine explained that being able to create a solution showed companies that the developer had the skills needed in the industry.And the winner is… Rubies!!! Congrats team, well deserved! Enjoy your time in the US! #GirlCodeHack 2017 pic.twitter.com/q5PwvBMd4W— Sarah Druce (@sarahkdruce) August 6, 2017Mzuku said: “It will be our first trip to the USA. We are still in shock [that we won].”She and her three teammates are studying information systems in the Commerce Faculty at the University of Cape Town. “Our department told us about the hackathon and sponsored the trip.”They will attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, believed to be the world’s largest gathering of female technologists, in October this year. The event is produced by the Anita Borg Institute.The hackathon experienceThembi Mbatha says it was a struggle to execute their idea at the hackathon, but working together helped to solve it.Thembi Mbatha, a contestant, said it was the first time she had taken part in this hackathon. “I came here knowing no-one. I’m a shy person,” she confessed.“As a woman in the technology industry, an event like this makes you realise you are not the only one. It’s great to see more women are growing in the industry and coming up with solutions.”She learned how to work in a team to create a solution, she said. “[The hackathon] is awesome. We also met mentors who groomed us. I’m also willing to share my skills in the future.”But hackathons should not only take place in cities, Mbatha said. “I feel hackathons should be taken to rural areas as well.”Prudence Netshituka says it was stressful to come up with an idea for the hackathon, but she learned a lot from the experience.Prudence Netshituka is a systems integrator who entered the hackathon as an individual. “It was scary to enter as an individual, and also it being my first time here. I had no idea what to expect. When I arrived here, there were others who had entered as individuals.”They had to form groups and come up with an idea to solve a problem in their community. Each idea had to show how they differentiated themselves from other teams.“It’s important to have such events,” said Netshituka. “It’s important for us to network, share knowledge and to know that we [women in the industry] are not alone.”About the knowledge sharing that took place, she said: “Often when you are in the field, you tend to form a group with people who have the same knowledge as you do and you are limited to that information. Here we learned different types of technologies from each other.”Both Netshituka and Mbatha said they had a lot of fun.The importance of sisterhoodGertruida Maritz has been in the information technology industry since 2010. She says having others around her with the same interests when she started studying information systems as a subject, fuelled her passion for it.Gertruida Maritz, a software engineer, was one of the mentors; she helped the contestants come up with viable business ideas. “It should also fit in with the theme. The method on which each team builds their idea — for example, a website or an app — should be something the women are comfortable working with.”Most of the ideas were related to the medical field, she said. “There was a solution related to the voting system, too, as well as something for business — how to make binding easier.”Maritz was excited to see so many passionate young women in the technology industry. “There are some passionate and very smart ladies I’ve seen here. They have this fire in their chest. It reminds me of the younger version of myself.”Mentorship and women supporting each other was a big deal — she was recently supported by a woman in the accounting department in her workplace. “It can get hard in a male-dominated environment. You have a lot of emotions as a woman, but you push through it.”Whenever she had been in a difficult situation, it had been women who had helped her in her career.Hackathon participants tweeted their experiences:#GirlCodeHack These girls ne… *chokes with pride* Mama Bear is so proud pic.twitter.com/i6V3JO1WVU— BontuNative (@Black_Power_M) August 6, 2017Second team Kgosigadi the app, addressing gender violence amongst other things #WomenNotObject #GirlCodeHack pic.twitter.com/MmVE21ecMo— #GirlCodeHack?? (@GirlCode_za) August 6, 2017Fantastic ideas coming through! So inspiring! @EricssonMENA #GirlCodeHack pic.twitter.com/0nrj4JEcdR— Sheila Isidro (@Shay911) August 5, 2017Sources: GirlCodeZA and Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Portugal

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo and Pepe will be crucial for Portugal at the World CupPortugal has long been admired for producing talented players, and their flair has earned them the tag of “the Brazilians of Europe.”But Portugal heads to the World Cup still looking for its champagne moment after coming up short at past tournaments. The Portuguese lost in the final at the 2004 European Championship and in the semifinals at the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2012.Here are five players to watch:CRISTIANO RONALDOAlong with Lionel Messi and Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the world-class stars expected to light up the tournament.Since his debut at 18 in 2003, Ronaldo has grown into the Portuguese team’s dominant figure. Now 29, he will arguably be at the peak of his international career in Brazil.Ronaldo has been in deadly form in front of goal. This season, he became Portugal’s all-time leading scorer and has also surpassed Real Madrid great Ferenc Puskas’ mark of 242 goals for the Spanish club.PEPEPortugal and Brazil are bound by centuries of history, family ties and a shared language. While Brazilian talent at European clubs is a common sight, Portugal has turned to its one-time colony for the national team, too, as many Brazilian players are entitled to dual nationality.Pepe is one of them, and has made 57 appearances since his 2007 debut. The 31-year-old Real Madrid defender is a mainstay who can also add muscle to the midfield.Before him on the list of Brazilian-born Portugal players were midfielder Deco, who appeared 75 times for Portugal, starting out under Luiz Felipe Scolari – another Brazilian and Portugal’s longest-serving coach, between 2003 and 2008 – and Liedson, a striker who made 15 appearances.advertisementJOAO MOUTINHOMonaco midfielder Joao Moutinho keeps a low profile, but his vision, expert passing and high work rate have made him the focal point of Portugal’s attacking moves.Moutinho has made 66 appearances since 2005, though in Brazil he will be looking to build on his meager two-goal tally.He produced a standout performance in Portugal’s semifinal match at the 2012 European Championship before missing the target in a penalty shootout that gave Spain victory.NANIManchester United winger Nani has had a miserable time over the past year due to injuries and poor form. The World Cup offers him the stage for a comeback.Nani’s peak form at his Premier League club came in the 2010-11 season when his teammates voted him their player of the season. Hopes were high that Portugal had discovered another Cristiano Ronaldo.But since then Nani has faded, and he didn’t find the net for 16 months up to October’s qualifier against Luxembourg when he stood in for Ronaldo as team captain.WILLIAM CARVALHODefensive midfielder William Carvalho is regarded as one of Portugal’s promising newcomers.Carvalho was named the Portuguese league’s player of the month for three straight months between October and December. In November, he made his first two national team appearances, coming on as a substitute in a tense playoff match against Sweden and impressing with his composure.Like Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani, he is a product of Sporting Lisbon’s youth academy.Carvalho, who will be 22 at the World Cup, is highly regarded for his powerful physique and heading skills, impressive reading of the game, and speed at tipping play from defense to attack.last_img read more

Bruce Willis To Perform At A Great Night In Harlem Gala Concert

first_imgThe Jazz Foundation of America’s 16th annual A Great Night In Harlem Gala Concert will take place at the Apollo Theatre in New York on April 20.The event will honor Roberta Flack, and will feature performances by stars such as Bruce Willis, Danny Glover and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes.JFA’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund provides housing assistance, pro bono medical care, disaster relief, and financial support to musicians and their families in times of crisis.Through Jazz and Blues in the Schools and other performance programs, JFA creates purpose and dignified work that bring live music to thousands of public school kids without music programs.JFA now assists in 9,000 cases a year, nationwide, including families still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.For more information, click here.last_img read more