Media to experience the competitiveness of the province of Limpopo

first_imgThe Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies officially launches the upgraded Seshego Industrial Park in Polokwane on 28 July 2016. (Image: The DTI, Twitter)Johannesburg, Monday 29 August 2016 – Brand South Africa, in partnership with the Departments of Trade and Industry, Home Affairs, the Industrial Development Corporation and the National Research Foundation will host media in Polokwane, Limpopo where elements of the province’s competitiveness will be showcased. The visit is scheduled from Tuesday 30 August – Thursday 1 September 2016.This comes within the context of Brand South Africa’s mandate to positively position South Africa’s competitiveness. Provincial and city brands are the building blocks of the Nation Brand. Competitive strengths of provinces and cities therefore impact positively on the South African Nation Brand.In this regard, the following sectors will be profiled in Polokwane: investment, manufacturing, agriculture, research as well as science and technology.Media will visit the Seshego Industrial Park recently re-launched by Minister Davies; the Seshego Hospital to experience early registration of birth to communicate how this will contribute to the integrity, credibility and reliability of the national population register; Kay T’s Green Tea – a South African company in the business of processing Kombucha Green Tea on a commercial basis for 8 years; the University of Limpopo where some scientific innovations will be showcased as well as attend the annual Awards function hosted by Minister Pandor and the National Research Foundation.Participate in the conversation on #ExperienceSA #SANationBrandlast_img read more

Determining optimal planting rates for maximum profit potential

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Elusive spring temperatures may have some farmers rethinking their 2018 planting game plan a bit. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with DEKALB Asgrow Technical Agronomist Roy Ulrich about the effects of the cold spring weather, determining optimal planting rates as the days go by and about making a plan for replanting.last_img

Key accused in Akshardham temple attack held

first_imgMore than 15 years after the attack on Akshardam temple in Gandhinagar, the Ahmedabad crime branch on Saturday arrested key accused Ajmeri Abdul Rashid, who had allegedly hatched the conspiracy and fled to Riyadh after the attack.Acquitted by SCRashid is one of the 28 absconding accused in the case and was arrested by the Crime Branch from the city airport as he was returning from Riyadh. His brother Adam Ajmeri was also a key accused. Rashid was awarded the death sentence by the trial court, but the Supreme Court acquitted him along with a few others.In 2014, the Supreme Court had acquitted all six accused who were convicted by the trial court for the terror attack in September 2002. Over 30 pilgrims were gunned down by two terrorists who were subsequently killed by the National Security Guards (NSG) commandos specially flown in from the national capital. Of those six accused, three were awarded the death sentence by the special trial court in 2006 and the Gujarat High Court had confirmed it in 2010.The Supreme Court had slammed the Gujarat police for shoddy investigation in the sensational terror attack case.Interestingly, Ajmeri’s arrest comes two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the Akshardham temple’s silver jubilee celebrations on Wednesday in Gandhinagar.last_img read more

CWG: India’s image dented, says Jairam

first_imgUnion Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has criticised the organisers of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) and said that the poor state of preparedness has dented India’s image severely. Jairman, who is in New York along with External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna for the United Nations General Assembly session, hoped that the CWG controversy would end soon. “It is pretty depressing to read such things in the international media. India’s image has taken a beating,” Jairman told Headlines Today. “I hope we come out of this soon.” “We are among the fastest growing economies. We could have done without this embarrassment,” he said.  Krishna, on the other hand, said he would do all he could to reassure leaders of Commonwealth nations about the CWG.”If there are any misgivings, we will certainly try to set it right,” Krishna said.last_img read more

Newly-appointed ICC vice-president promises to end corruption from cricket

first_imgMoments after being appointed the vice president of the International Cricket Council (ICC ), AHM Mustafa Kamal on Tuesday made it clear that eradicating corruption in the gentleman’s game was one of his main aims in the near future.Initially, Kamal was set to be appointed during ICC’s Annual General Meeting in Kuala Lumpur in June, but his nomination was delayed and only the position of ICC president was filled, with Alan Isaac taking over from Sharad Pawar.In the wake of the recent controversy, where an Indian channel has exposed umpires’ willingness to fix games and pass vital information to bookies in exchange for money, Kamal said that no stone would be left unturned to ensure the game is not only played in the true spirit, but also adjudicated in an impartial manner. Speaking to Mail Today from Colombo, Kamal said: “The ICC maintains a zero-tolerance policy against corruption and now, with startling revelations about umpires too being involved in fixing, the noose has to be tightened further to ensure there is no scope to even think about crossing the line of fair play.”The ACSU (Anti-Corruption and Security Unit) of the ICC has been doing its best to ensure that fixing is wiped out from the system and every person involved with the game has been given strict instructions about what amounts to dishonesty and bringing the game to disrepute. I will personally join hands with them to ensure a corruption-free game.”Kamal further felt that if the umpires – often considered the ultimate authority on the field – have indeed stooped down to bribery and corruption, things will only get more difficult. He believes this needs to be nipped in the bud.”Players are sometimes lured because they are young and wish to live a flamboyant life way beyond their names. But if umpires too go that way, the situation worsens further. If the guardians of the game themselves falter, it sets a very negative example for the others. But first we need to investigate and see if they are guilty,” he said. Coming to his own appointment, Kamal said that it is a huge day not only for him, but also for Bangladesh cricket. “I am overwhelmed at being considered fit to hold such an important position. I feel this is not only an honour for me, but also Bangladesh cricket and the people of our country. It shows that we are taken just as seriously as the other top nations playing the game. I wish to bring repute to the nation through this appointment,” he said. Kamal also said that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is looking to finalise a fullfledged tour of India next year. Although India participated in the first Test Bangladesh ever played, the eastern neighbour has never toured India.”The BCB is in talks with its Indian counterpart to ensure that Bangladesh plays in India next year. We feel that Bangladesh has come to a level where they can provide enough of a fight to tough opponents like India. When Bangladesh held its maiden Test in Dhaka against India, it was more a case of making the game more popular in our country and also to earn revenue. But now it’s strictly a cricketing decision and we are looking to finalise things on Wednesday,” said the man who will now need to vacate his position as BCB president.advertisementlast_img read more