PUMA today announced it has signed an endorsement deal with Jamaican hurdler Kaliese Spencer. The 28 year-old 400m hurdles standout will join PUMA’s roster of athletes as they prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Kaliese joins the Global Sport brand’s growing female portfolio that includes 2015 US NCAA 100m Champion, Jenna Prandini and Australian sprint hurdler, Michelle Jenneke. Kaliese has been at the top of the game for years, with an impressive and lengthy list of personal achievements. Her 400m hurdles career highlights include gold at the World Junior Championships in 2006 and fourth place at the 2012 Olympics Games in London six years later. As the fastest performer in the world coming out of 2014, Spencer is only getting started; and will push for gold this summer. Talking about the signing, Kaliese Spencer said, “I have known PUMA for many years throughout their partnership with the JAAA, I like them and their people; they are great support to have around, more like a family really! I am excited to be a part of PUMA as it increases its focus on women, and I hope that involving female athletes in the campaign will inspire young girls to hit the track. I look forward to doing great things with my new PUMA family.” Pascal Rolling, Head of Sports Marketing, Running at PUMA added, “Kaliese is another great addition to PUMA as she embodies the brand’s distinctive attitude, especially through her determination to succeed. She has been competing internationally for 10 years now and is at the top of her game. This combined with her likeable nature and personality make her a perfect fit for PUMA.”
DONEGAL fan Elaine Amoroso kept on smiling after our county’s loss to Kerry on Sunday.And she thought she’d cheer us all up….insisting we’ll be back.So here’s her snaps. We hope it cheers your day! KEEP ‘ER LIT JIMMY! ONE DONEGAL FAN’S DEFIANCE AFTER THAT FINAL was last modified: September 25th, 2014 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)
Dermot Molloy has quit the Donegal panel ahead of the forthcoming 2015 campaign.Donegal manager Rory Gallagher has suffered a blow tonight following the announcement that Dermot Molloy has left the panel.Molloy found game time hard to come by in recent seasons under McGuinness.However, Molloy did play in this year’s All-Ireland Final and scored a fine point when he was introduced as a second-half substitute for Rory Kavanagh. Molloy also appeared as a late substitute in Donegal’s All-Ireland win against Mayo in 2012.Molloy didn’t start a game for Donegal in the championship since their win over Antrim in 2011.He was used regularly from the bench but has grown increasingly frustrated at having to play a bit-part role.He did feature for Donegal in the Dr McKenna Cup competition and played in the victory over Fermanagh. However, Molloy doesn’t feel he’ll get more game time this season under Rory Gallagher and has taken the decision to quit the panel.Molloy will now focus his attentions on club duties with Naomh Conaill who’s season will get underway next month. SHOCK AS DERMOT ‘THE BRICK’ MOLLOY DEPARTS FROM THE DONEGAL SENIOR SQUAD was last modified: January 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DepartureDermot MolloydonegalNaomh ConaillnewsquitRory GallagherSport
Tags: HarlequinRhinosScot Oluoch Oluoch left has been at Rhinos (Photo by Harlequin Media)NAIROBI – Uganda Rugby Cranes back-row, Scot Oluoch has been confirmed as a Harlequin player.Oluoch who has been at Rhinos was announced alongside James McGreevy, via the Kenyan side’s official Twitter account.“Quins new signings! Read the post“18 year old Center and Kenya U20 international James McGreevy.Back row George Scott Oluoch from Uganda.Oluoch leaves Rhinos fourth from the bottom of the premiership table with just 2 wins from seven games played.He becomes the fifth Ugandan to join the Quins. Jasper Onen, Aaron Ofoyrwoth, Daudi Semwami and Solomon Okia are the other Ugandans at Kenya Harlequin.Quins sit fourth on the Kenya Cup table after five games, with three wins and a couple of losses. They face Top Fry Nakuru on Saturday, January 12 when the league returns after a four-week break.The other Ugandans who turnout for Kenyan clubs are Elphaz Emong, Asuman Mugerwa and Philip Wokorach all at Kabras Sugar RFC.Comments
Mike Mutebi claims all the teams have been operating at 50% (file photo)BOMBO – KCCA FC were on Tuesday, February 23rd, crowned the StarTimes Uganda Premier League champions following a 1-1 draw away to Ndejje University.Anwar Ntege put Ndejje ahead three minutes to the break but Saddam Juma drew the Kasasiros level in the second half, to ensure the game ends in a stalemate.The point earned on the day, saw KCCA move onto 60 points for the season, 7 ahead of second-placed Vipers SC who defeated Police FC 2-1 on the same day.With only two games to play, Vipers cannot catch up with Mike Mutebi’s side as there are only six points to play for.After the game, Mutebi came out and suggested that one of the reasons his side triumphed with two games to spare, was that every team in the league was operating at 50%.“The teams in the league have been operating at 50%, said Mutebi in his post-match interview.“This is because when u look at the players, most of whom who were supposed to carry their teams, have all been operating at an average level (50%).“I cannot say that the league has not been competitive because it has, but only due to everyone operating at an average level.Asked about KCCA’s season in general, the former SC Villa and Uganda Cranes head coach had this to say;“We have had a better season as compared to the last two in which we won the League.“When you look at the other two, you will realize that this season, we have managed more points and goals which statistically proves this one has been slightly better. So I think there was a slight improvement in this campaign.“Winning it while operating at 50% gives me hope that if we go to 55% next season, we will win it again, win the Uganda Cup and get into the CAF Champions League group stages.Unlike the rest of the KCCA FC staff who were all smiles and jubilating upon the sound of the final whistle, in Bombo, Mutebi remained calm without any over-exaggerated celebrations.When approached about his lack of excitement, the three-time league winner was quick to note that the season was not yet done.“I will celebrate after the last match against Maroons because it is then that league will close.“Of course I am happy because we have won it but my joy will come after the last game.“We still have a lot to do because our competitors have not been operating at full capacity.“The good thing is that most of the players who have won the League for us have come from the development side so they will not be subjected to any sort of pressure in future.“We have not played well against Ndejje because of complacency, the players were a bit reluctant but that happens especially when you know you are going to win in the end.KCCA FC sealed the 2018/19 title on Tuesday. (file photo)KCCA FC still have two more games to play in the season, they are away to Nyamityobora and then take on Maroons in their last home game.The Kasasiros have defeated all but one of the teams this Campaign. The only team they have failed to beat was Mbarara City with whom they drew 0-0 in both fixtures.This year’s crown is KCCA’s 13th in history and a third in 4 years. Their maiden triumph dates back to 1976.Comments Tags: Anwar NtegeCAF Champions LeagueKCCA FCndejje universitysaddam jumaStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguetopvipers sc
SAN FRANCISCO — Another day, another recall of a player eager to make his major league debut after years in the minor leagues.Before Sunday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Giants brought up right-hander reliever Sam Coonrod, 26, from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned starter Andrew Suarez.One day after bringing up Mike Yastrzemski, who had spent seven years in the minor leagues before he made his major league debut Saturday, the Giants, in need of bullpen reinforcements, …
Creamy feta cheese at the 2008 SouthAfrican Cheese Festival. A cheese and dried pear stack Cheese with choice Cape cherriesand wine Blue Rock cheese(Images: Agri-Expo)Khanyi MagubaneThe often pungent, sometimes subtle, but ever-enticing taste of cheese is bound to tantalise the taste buds of cheese lovers who descend on the Bien Donné farm nestled in the Paarl countryside for the 6th annual South African Cheese Festival to be held from 25 – 28 April 2008.Visitors to the cheese festival will enjoy a large selection of well-known cheeses as well as discovering new varieties. Top chefs will also be sharing their expertise in cooking up great dishes using cheese as a main ingredient.France and Switzerland have also been invited to exhibit their top cheese varieties at the festival. The Department of Agriculture from Burgundy (France) will be showcasing their cheese and wine products, while the Swiss will also be bringing some of their top cheeses to be sampled by visitors.But cheese never travels alone. The country market setting of the festival will allow those attending to enjoy the cheese with delicacies such as olives and freshly baked bread, and of course the many wines made from grapes grown in the region.Since the annual festival started six years ago, more than 130 000 people have attended this increasingly popular event. The festival has been of such high quality that in November 2007 it received the prestigious Best Exhibition of the Year Award for Southern Africa – in the trade and consumer category for exhibitions larger than 12 000m² from the Exhibition & Event Association of Southern Africa.Dedicated to cheeseMariana Rabie, marketing manager of Agri-Expo, which organises the event, says the festival is so popular because they haven’t deviated from a winning formula.“ I think there are two things that make the festival special. The first one is that we have always stayed with the main feature of the event being cheese and have never diverted from that,” she says. “Seventy percent of the floor space has been dedicated to cheese, while the other 30% has been allocated to companion foods like bread and olives, as well as wine.”Secondly, Rabie says, the event makes for great family outings, as there is plenty to do for the entire family. She says it isn’t just a cheese tasting, but an entire experience.The different exhibition stands the public can attend include, the Checkers Cheese Emporium, the Absa Cheese & Wine Route, Cheese Market and Fair Cape Market Square, The Mall, Gourmet Lane and Ladismith Cheese Music Gazebo. Parents attending with children, call always send them to the Wilde Fruit Juices Kiddies Corner and Snack Food Lane.Growing cheese cultureAccording to South African Cheese, the governing body regulating the cheese industry, the popularity of cheese has grown significantly, due to the improved quality, wider variety and consumer education. Cheddar, mozzarella and feta in particular are still the most popular cheeses in stores countrywide but the organisation says demand is also increasing for new and exciting types of cheeses.Although the local market is still in its infancy, the quality of South African cheese is improving and the world is curious about our produce. South African cheeses entered in international competitions in the US and UK regularly return with bronze, silver and gold medals.Organisations such as Agri-Expo have already taken up invitations to organise tasting sessions of South African cheeses in Beijing, China and Manila in the Philippines. “We are invited to the major [international] cheese competitions more regularly and every time when we win gold and silver medals, people are curious where the cheese comes from,” says Rabie.Recognising excellenceIn South Africa, the Qualitè Award recognises dairy manufacturers who have achieved outstanding quality in their products and have also made their products visible to clients in the industry. The award is described by South African cheese as a “symbol of outstanding quality for dairy products and is only awarded to South African dairy champions, which have obtained a specific minimum point on the international scorecard”.Other awards given in the diary industry include the South African Dairy Product of the Year. Currently, the 2007 reigning product of the year is the Round Gouda manufactured by Clover South Africa. Its described by the judging panel as a “humble everyday cheese but of outstanding quality”.Useful links2008 South African Cheese FestivalSouth African Cheese Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at firstname.lastname@example.org
President Jacob Zuma gets into the spiritof the occasion, at the handing overof 85 new tractors to small-scale farmers in Mpumalanga province (Image: The Presidency) MEDIA CONTACTS • Noncedo VutulaDept Agriculture, Chief director, communication and information+27 12 319 7348 or +27 82 523 4904RELATED ARTICLES • Congo welcomes SA farmers • Food production up in Africa • Farming in the heart of Joburg • Bumper maize crop for SAJanine ErasmusThe first handover of hi-tech equipment to black farmers, under the R500-million (US$65.3-million) government-driven Masibuyele Emasimini programme, took place in mid-June in Mpumalanga province.Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Tina Joemat-Pettersson and President Jacob Zuma were on hand to witness a number of small-scale farmers of Marapyane village taking delivery of 85 new tractors.The vehicles were distributed to all three districts of the province – Ehlanzeni, Gert Sibande and Nkangala.Mpumalanga MEC for Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Administration, Meshack Malinga, was also in attendance.The Masibuyele Emasimini tractor mechanisation programme is a four-year initiative aimed at addressing the ongoing problem of food security and sustainable livelihoods – but instead of providing mere garden implements the department has decided to make a more substantial investment. An initial allotment of R100-million ($13.1-million) is to be followed by an amount of R50-million ($6.5-million) to each of the country’s nine provinces.Through the scheme, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries aims to encourage black citizens back into the agricultural sector. At least 10 500 farmers are expected to benefit.Improving food securityAbout 14-million South African households face uncertain futures because of food insecurity, and more than 2-million others have already felt the effects. With the new equipment, small-scale and subsistence farmers will increase their output and ensure their families’ wellbeing. They will also be more competitive in the domestic and, hopefully, the international market.The National African Farmers’ Union has been calling for government to take this step for many years, but with no luck, until now.Zuma has endorsed the programme, which will be implemented in the provinces of Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal within the next two years and will then roll out to the rest of the country.“The issue of rural development and land reform is very high up on government’s agenda,” said Joemat-Pettersen, “as there are some real opportunities in the way of decent jobs and entrepreneurship. The state is committed to affording all players in this sector sufficient support and infrastructure.”She added that transformation was an ongoing priority, and that her department was supporting black farmers and encouraging their development into key players in the sector – although the experience and importance of white farmers, who have traditionally been the county’s agricultural mainstay, will not be overlooked. They too will receive governmental support.Joemat-Pettersen said that the Masibuyele Emasimini initiative was aligned with government’s goal of improving service delivery during 2010, and helping communities to achieve a better standard of living.Millennium Development GoalsChair of the Parliamentary committee on agriculture, forestry and fisheries Mlungisi Johnson said the initiative also fell into line with the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, which aimed to halve worldwide poverty by 2014, among other ambitions.According to Buanews, the government’s news service, various private sector companies have expressed interest in contributing to the scheme.US department store chain Walmart would like to develop a mentorship programme and a model for market access to its outlets, and South Africa’s Old Mutual has pledged R10-million ($1.3-million). Major bank Nedbank has set up an agricultural fund to the tune of R6-million to support local farming projects.Joemat-Pettersen said that private-public partnerships would be of tremendous benefit to South Africa as it works to develop its agricultural sector.
12 July 2013 South Africa’s financial intelligence head, Murray Michell, has been appointed to chair the Egmont Group, an international organisation tasked with combating unlawful financial activities. Michell, who heads the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC), was announced as the new chairman during the 21st Egmont Plenary meeting held at Sun City in South Africa’s North West province last week. The FIC collects and analyses data sourced from reports submitted by accountable and reporting institutions and provides the analysis to law enforcement authorities and the South African Revenue Service to follow up. The Egmont Group was formed in 1995 to provide a platform for Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) to improve the coordination and exchange of financial intelligence and support to national anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing programmes.‘Protecting financial system integrity’ “I am honoured to be elected as the chair of the Egmont Group and shall work to honour the trust you have placed in me,” Michell said. “There is a huge amount of work to do. But the Egmont Group has built a wonderful platform on which to work. It is important for us to show the relevance of financial intelligence in solving crime and protecting the integrity of the financial system.” The plenary drew 380 representatives of FIUs from 107 jurisdictions, along with 15 international organisations, including the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, Interpol, the UNODC, Wolfsberg Group and others. The heads of FIU meeting brings together Egmont member-FIUs and observers for in-depth discussions and training sessions.Developing financial intelligence The representatives discussed ways to meet the challenges faced by FIUs in combating money laundering and terrorist financing, especially in the areas of international co-operation, information sharing and the improved development of financial intelligence. Addressing the opening of the plenary, Michell highlighted the important role of the Egmont Group in developing greater understanding of the threats and problems faced within different regional and country contexts, and enhancing the group’s capacity to better address these. “Rhino poaching is an example of high importance to us. Greater cooperation and information exchange between Financial Intelligence Units can help to bring this scourge to a halt,” he said. The plenary co-chair Boudewijn Verhelst, the Belgian FIU deputy director, said South Africa had been an active and respected member of the Egmont Group since it joined the organisation in 2003. “The hosting of the Egmont Plenary, as well as South Africa’s involvement and leadership in many other prestigious international bodies, signals the strong commitment of South Africa in preventing and combating money laundering and terrorist financing not only in this beautiful country, but also in the region,” he said. Source: SANews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorDES MOINES, Iowa (DTN) — As Democratic presidential candidates traipse through Iowa talking about their plans to address climate change, a mixed group of farmers and biofuel advocates are stressing the role agriculture can play as a solution.Matt Russell, executive director of Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, also operates Coyote Run Farm with his husband near Lacona, Iowa, where they raise produce and grass-fed beef. Russel also has become one of the more vocal advocates among farmers in Iowa getting the message in front of candidates to incentivize farmers to sequester carbon. Russell’s profile was raised in May when he testified before a House Select Committee on Climate Crisis.Russell said he thinks farmers should be leaders in climate discussions.“Farmers are so well positioned,” Russell told DTN. “Nobody is as well positioned to do this as American agriculture. And it is ours to lose. As a person of faith, that is a great moral failure to have all of those gifts in our wheelhouse to be able to help solve the most pressing problem potentially in the history of humanity, to have the ability to have such a potential impact on an equitable, science-based democratic solution.”Russell is engaging with Democratic presidential candidates, including bringing former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke to his farm. During the first Democratic debates in late June, candidates were asked about climate change. Both O’Rourke and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg highlighted farmers as “part of the solution” to climate change.“First of all, rural America can be part of the solution instead of being told they are part of the problem,” Buttigieg said during the debate. “With the right type of soil management and other investments, rural America could be a huge part of how we get this done.”Russell noted, “We have farmers starting to talk about it and candidates starting to talk about it.”Through Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, Russell holds meetings around the state about the role of faith in acting on climate change. He’s also actively recruiting other farmers to talk about climate change and consider the value opportunity in getting paid to sequester carbon in the soil.“We’re going to monetize carbon, and when we do that, there is going to be billions and billions of dollars in play,” Russell said. “What I don’t know is if that is going to be a carbon market or carbon taxes. I don’t know how that is going to look, but I’m pretty sure in the next five years it is going to be worked out, and in the next decade it is going to be as developed as the ethanol market is.”Conversations about carbon sequestration are picking up in different circles. In the Southern Plains, the Noble Foundation is working on a carbon sequestration protocol. Indigo Ag, a company focusing on microbiology and digital agriculture, launched the “terraton initiative” in June to remove 1 trillion metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through soil sequestration.Ethanol supporters are also tying into the Democratic focus on climate change, looking to heighten understanding compared to the 2016 election. A focus with candidates this time is to demonstrate how much Iowa has invested in advanced biofuels, but also pointing to the positive aspects of corn ethanol as well.“Four years ago, we could not get Hillary Clinton to say the word ‘ethanol.’ We sure as heck could not get her to say ‘corn ethanol,’” said Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. “All she would say in her talking points was ‘advanced biofuels.’ And it was concerning, to be honest with you, because Iowa makes a lot of corn ethanol.”A USDA study on ethanol (https://www.usda.gov/…) released at the end of the Obama administration, “A Life-Cycle Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Corn-Based Ethanol,” showed corn-based ethanol has 43% lower greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline, based on an energy equivalent basis.The study looks at two views of the future, including a continuation of current trends, which would achieve that 50% reduction. A more ideal case looks at the most efficient ethanol plants and universal adoption of soil-health practices and nutrient management plans. That idealistic outlook could push ethanol to a 76% reduction of greenhouse emissions compared to gasoline.A coalition of groups has created Biofuels Vision 2020 to gauge and track candidate positions on ethanol and other biofuels.Shaw was concerned leading into this year that Democrats wouldn’t view the value of biofuels in a low-carbon energy future. Instead, most major candidates have embraced the message.“It has been a lot easier this year to get these candidates coming to Iowa to see that and to embrace it,” Shaw said. “I actually feel like we’re miles ahead of where we were at this point four years ago.”Shaw noted Democrats recognize they need to bridge the conversation with rural America, where President Donald Trump won his presidency in 2016.“They (Democrats) need to do better there and they want to do better there, and biofuels is a perfect way to start that conversation because it’s about jobs, it’s about economic opportunity, it’s about income — all of the things rural America needs on that side,” Shaw said.President Trump’s administration has a mixed record on ethanol. The president championed year-round E15 sales, and the Environmental Protection Agency got that rule approved this spring. Yet, since the Trump administration began, EPA also has granted refineries exemptions for roughly 2.6 billion gallons of ethanol, which has been a thorn in the side of biofuel advocates. EPA right now has 39 such applications from refiners seeking to receive exemptions from 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard obligations.Iowa State Sen. Rob Hogg, a Democrat and a co-chairman for Biofuels Vision 2020, has talked with Russell about candidates better connecting agriculture and climate solutions. That’s a different attitude and shifts the conversation away from trying to blame agriculture for its emissions.“I think everybody recognizes farmers are a big part of the solution, not just in renewable energy production in terms of biofuels or wind power or solar power, but in terms of land management practices that build the carbon content of the soil and retain nutrients, and making sure that farmers are getting compensated for the conservation practices that provide ecological solutions,” Hogg said.Hogg represents Cedar Rapids, which suffered $5 billion in damages from flooding in 2008 and losses in a 2016 flood as well.On Thursday, Hogg hosted New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand who rolled out her 10-year, $10 trillion climate change “moonshot” to try to boost her lagging campaign. Gillibrand’s plan would tax carbon emissions at $52 a ton and invest $200 million in renewable energy.“Biofuels is a huge economic opportunity, not just for Iowa, but for the whole country,” Gillibrand said. “We want to make sure we invest in our biofuel producers, giving them money for research and development so they can do next-generation biofuels.”Laura Krouse, a vegetable farmer who owns Abbe Hills Farm and is a Linn County Soil and Water Conservation commissioner, told Gillibrand some farmers have slowly changed their perspective on how and why climate change is happening. Farmers are not only dealing with more extreme weather events, but also warmer summer nights and humidity, which have led to more pests and diseases, as well, she said.“Farmers, like many people, resist change,” Krouse said. “But we have got to have some cultural change real fast and technology change real fast. And the way to make that change happen is to incentivize the things that will work to accumulate carbon in the soil and help rural communities survive.”Though she is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Gillibrand also criticized the farm bill, and in particular crop insurance, calling it a “disgrace” that crop insurance companies are guaranteed a 12% profit margin in the farm bill. Crop insurance drives farmers to grow commodity crops rather than fruits and vegetables, she said.Gillibrand said more investment is needed in areas such as soil health and more diverse crops.“I think most farmers are very well aware how severe weather has harmed their industry, and I don’t think they are climate [change] deniers,” Gillibrand said. “They may not know the cause of it, but they know the flooding that has drenched their cropland and covered it with sewage and fuels and made it unproduceable, they know that was caused by flooding.”Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.