first_img Miami lawyer can’t ignore the ‘forgotten children’ Associate EditorMiami lawyer O. Frank Valladares thought he’d casually tag along with his future wife on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, take a little vacation from the stresses of work, maybe do a little scuba diving. But what he encountered when he stepped inside an orphanage in 1999 shocked him, changed his life, and inspired him to do everything he could to rescue what he calls “the forgotten children.” “I had never experienced such deplorable conditions in my life. The first thing that hit me as I walked into the orphanage was the stench of human excrement and urine, which permeated all of my clothing and even my skin, and made breathing an arduous task,” 45-year-old Valladares recalled. The facility itself, he said, “was in a state of ruin” – no running water, no air-conditioning, no working toilets, exposed electrical wiring, broken windows, deteriorating walls, and leaky ceilings. Here, 70 children with severe disabilities and special needs, most abandoned at birth, were warehoused. The 11 people in the mission group who volunteered to help included two doctors, two nurses, two preschool teachers, a massage therapist, a beauty salon receptionist, a youth minister, a pastor, and one lawyer. “I could envision the roles that would be played out by the doctors, the nurses, and the teachers. But what possible purpose could be served by having a lawyer on this journey?” Valladares wondered. He soon found out as he focused his attention on one 8-year-old boy they nicknamed Cappuccino. Naked, the boy was keep in a 3-foot-by-4-foot cage, with little food and water, because he was hyperactive, the orphanage staff explained. “This sight just broke my heart, and I have not been the same since then,” Valladares said. “Many of the children were kept in cages and literally treated like animals, and all of them were malnourished. My day-to-day life problems now seem to be high-class problems, and I’m grateful for having them.” Together with his wife, Lourdes Valladares, a third-grade teacher, they have created a nonprofit Christian organization called Project ChildHelp, whose purpose is to provide humanitarian aid in the form of food and medical care to the orphans in Santo Domingo and Nagua. The Spanish translation is Proyecto Ayuda al Ninos, whose acronym is PAN, or “bread.” “Frank has gone on every single trip,” said his wife, who helps organize the missions. “We don’t take vacations. Our honeymoon was a mission trip in February 2000. His whole heart is in it. We come home and have family time. And after we put our two girls to sleep, that’s what we do: Make calls for Project ChildHelp.” The Valladares are planning their fourth mission trip for January, 2, 2002 – busily organizing garage sales; sorting, washing, and repairing donated clothes; picking up donated formula from pediatricians; acquiring frequent-flyer miles from donors for travel; distributing 900 plastic bottles to businesses, homes, and churches for collecting loose change. “We literally count our pennies every month in our efforts to meet payroll,” Frank Valladares explains. Their volunteer medical teams are local pediatricians and nurses, mostly from Miami’s Children’s Hospital. They have hired five workers whom they pay directly to care for the children in the orphanages. “We have to be very careful because the corruption is rampant,” Frank Valladares said. “We don’t want to give money to the administration of the orphanages. We have selected people we trust.” The top priority now is to make sure the children are fed and bathed every day, something that was not happening before. “One of the first things we did on the first trip was bring a stereo and speakers,” Frank Valladares said. “The moment we turned it on, their faces lit up. These children don’t have human contact. In our trips, we always take a medical group and a youth group from churches. They ask: ‘What should we do?’ And we say: ‘Just lay your hands on the children.’” What keeps them going, said Lourdes Valladares, is envisioning their ultimate goal of buying land and building a true home for the children. “It will be a place where the children live in a home environment, where they are loved, where there is plenty of laughter, and lots of room for them to play outside,” Lourdes Valladares said, emotion filling her voice. “Now, they are stuck on the third floor and never see the light of day. This place will have a few acres, with a big green space, and horses and flowers and a beautiful atrium where they will all congregate every day after meals. They will play and laugh together in their own world.” As Frank Valladares explains: “God grabbed our hearts. That’s where he called us. We really believe in that. Some of my friends tell me I’m crazy because my vacations I spend at the orphanage. Unless you actually go through it and actually touch these children up close, you can’t see how you can make a difference. But we can make a difference. No money in the world can satisfy that. “I’ve had colleagues say: ‘Why go way down there? Kids are needy here.’ And I’ve come across the attitude in the Dominican Republic: ‘Why bother with these kids? These kids are too damaged.’ But who are we to say that? These are God’s children. They are here for a reason. A lot may never walk or speak, but they are still God’s children.” For more information about Project ChildHelp, call Frank and Lourdes Valladares at (305) 271-0467, write to them at 66 W. Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130, or e-mail them at [email protected] October 1, 2001 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Miami lawyer can’t ignore the ‘forgotten children’last_img read more

first_imgNZHerald 7 November 2013The way to address night time alcohol-related crime and violence is to reduce the opening hours for licensed premises, a visiting Australian researcher says.Associate Professor Peter Miller of Australia’s Deakin University presented the findings of two major studies at a research seminar in Auckland.The research compared six Australian cities over three years and involved talking to more than 11,000 patrons.“The studies looked at the effectiveness of interventions for reducing alcohol-related offending and injuries,” Professor Miller said.“When we looked at the findings from the cities of Newcastle and Geelong, for example, we found the most effective intervention was a reduction in trading hours.”In Newcastle, where trading hour restrictions and a number of other interventions were imposed on licensed premises, there were significant improvements in alcohol-related injuries and offending, he said.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11153244last_img read more

first_imgBarbara A. Dobson Cutter, 69, of Dillsboro, Indiana, passed away Friday, January 27, 2017 in Dillsboro, Indiana.She was born November 8, 1947 in Sassafras, KY, daughter of Alma Dobson and the late Ardith Dobson.Barbara was a beautician for several years and was the owner/operator of Perfect Touch Beauty Salon. She enjoyed exercising, traveling and working in the salon. Barbara was an avid UK Basketball fan, which sometimes made it a hard decision between watching the games or spending that time with her grandchildren. However, she loved her family and she did enjoy time spent with her grandchildren.Surviving are her mother, Alma Ritchie Dobson of Dillsboro, IN., husband, Billy Cutter of Dillsboro, IN.; children, Darrin (Cassie) Cutter, Deena (Denny) Owens; siblings, Ardell Dobson of Middletown, OH, Ronnie (Jean) Dobson of Lawrenceburg, IN, Darrell (Andrea) Dobson of Dillsboro, IN, Lisa (Troy) Johnson of Aurora, IN.; grandchildren, Logan & Katie Cutter, Tucker & Parker Owens.She was preceded in death by her father, Ardith “Art” Dobson.Friends will be received Monday, January 30, 2017, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at Funeral Home 2:00 pm with Pastor Tom Fehrman officiating.Interment will follow in the Oakdale Cemetery, Dillsboro, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Dearborn County Home Health & Hospice or Dillsboro High School Alumni. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

first_imgShare SBC Events has reacted to the huge success of last month’s Betting on Football conference by scaling up the exhibition space to drive innovation and product display at Betting on Sports 2017 (13-15 September).The Olympia Conference Centre in Kensington in London will now be hosting up to 50 exhibitors across the first two days of #boscon2017, which will include operators, suppliers, service providers, sports clubs, media companies, affiliates, payment providers and regulators.Betting on Sports 2017 is the second incarnation of the largest international sports and betting trade conference, which is focused on everything related to sports and betting, including esports, tennis, rugby, basketball, and golf.Featuring 35 sessions and eight conference tracks across three conference rooms, the event is expected to attract more than 1,000 senior executives and up to 135 leading industry speakers. The half price early bird ticket promotion will expire in two weeks time, so people are encouraged to book now for the best value conference pass in the industry. Click here to pick up your Betting on Sports 2017 ticket.Rasmus Sojmark, SBC Founder & CEO, commented: “We’ve had such a good response to Betting on Football that it made sense to widen the opportunities for companies wanting to exhibit at Betting on Sports. It gives us the chance to help showcase an even wider variety of product and services to the leaders of the global betting industry.”Just last month, a survey carried out by SBC Events found that no less than 100% of the Betting on Football 2017 exhibitors that responded were interested in returning for Betting on Sports, while 97.4% said they would recommend the event to a colleague. Operators and suppliers were unified in their praise of the event, which will be replicated on an even bigger level for Betting on Sports.Sergey Portnov, CEO of Parimatch, said: “This type of event from SBC plays an inherent part in industry life, and can change the destiny of your company.”Niels Erik Folmann, CEO of Danske Spil, commented: “I had two amazing days at Stamford Bridge. The event offered the perfect mix of great sessions and relevant business meetings. It’s probably the best industry event I’ve attended to date.”Jesper Kärrbrink, CEO of Mr Green, added: “SBC Events are driving innovation and the development of an industry like ours.”Martin Wachter, CEO of Golden Race, concluded: “We have had some very interesting meetings, and now we are moving forward with the biggest players in the industry. I can’t wait for Betting on Sports.”Click here to pick up your Betting on Sports 2017 ticket. The early bird 50% off discount is available until 15 June.If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at #boscon2017, please contact us on [email protected] Share StumbleUpon Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 Submit Danish FA backs Danske Spil’s Safe Play campaign August 24, 2020 Parimatch hails top talent of inaugural ‘Universal Sports & Games Hackathon’ August 14, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: Reuters/Goal/ZimbioAdvertisement i40uNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vscxn1Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E229( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2qreWould you ever consider trying this?😱uCan your students do this? 🌚q06Roller skating! Powered by Firework Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the greatest footballers ever to grace the game, turns 35 today. From a promising youth rising up the ranks in Sporting CP to marking his territory in the most elite European clubs like Manchester United, Real Madrid and now Juventus FC- the Portuguese veteran is still going strong at this age when most decide to hang up their boots. On this felicitous day, lets take a look back at Cristiano Ronaldo’s decorated career.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Reuters/Goal/ZimbioRonaldo’s arrival at Manchester United:Under the guidance of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, Ronaldo arrived at Old Trafford from Lisbon in 2003. On 16th August 2003, the young winger made his English Premier League debut against Bolton Wanderers, coming off as a substitute for Nicky Butt. Soon becoming a favourite amongst the Red Devils supporters, he went onto win three EPL titles and one UEFA Champions League with them, before joining Spanish Giants Real Madrid in 2009.A young Cristiano Ronaldo making his Manchester United debut on 16/08/2003 (Image Courtesy: Action Images)Winning his fifth UEFA Champions League title with Real Madrid:For a world record transfer fee of £80 million, Ronaldo swapped sides with Los Blancos in 2009. The La Liga is when the renowned rivalry against Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi started. Ronaldo lifted two La Liga trophies, and won the UEFA CL title for an astounding four times, becoming the first footballer to win five Champions League trophies in the 2017-18 season.Advertisement Defeating Liverpool in the 2017-18 UCL final, Ronaldo became the first footballer to win the title five times. (Image Courtesy: UEFA)Portugal’s first UEFA European Championship in 2016:Ronaldo’s achievements weren’t only limited to club football. The national team skipper lifted the team to the final of the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, defeating France 1-0 to win Portugal’s maiden Euro Cup trophy. Ronaldo is also the highest goalscorer for the national team, with 99 goals from 164 appearances across all international competitions.Ronaldo and the Portugal national football team with the 2016 Euro Cup trophy. (Image Courtesy: Sky Sports)Winning the Ballon d’Or award for a record five times:Ronaldo showed his class with Real Madrid, with back to back Ballon d’Or wins in 2013 and 2014. In 2017, Ronaldo became the second player after Messi to win the prestigious Ballon d”Or award for the fifth time in 2017, equalling the Argentine superstar for having the highest tally of the award in the history of football.Advertisement Ronaldo holding his fifth Ballon d’Or in 2017. (Image Courtesy: AP)Becoming Real Madrid’s top goalscorer:Ronaldo became the ultimate goal machine for the Galacticos during his 9 seasons at Santiago Bernabéu. The only footballer in the world with more number of goals than the number of appearances, Ronaldo has scored a monumental 426 goals in 421 appearances. He became the La Liga giants’ top scorer in 2015, after surpassing the club legend Raul’s record 323 strikes for the club, and was honoured by Real Madrid for the historical achievement.Cristiano Ronaldo with the award for becoming Real Madrid’s all time top goalscorer in 2015. (Image Courtesy: Getty)The Portuguese champion’s decorated career is filled with iconic moments such as these. Even at an age of 35, Ronaldo has been in tremendous form with Juventus. Since his arrival in Italy in 2018, the striker is setting a new benchmark for the veterans who decide to retire by this age. With still many more yards to run, iconic moments like these will keep coming for Cristiano Ronaldo.On his 35th birthday, Ronaldo posted a video on his official Instagram, saying that he has a ‘gift’ for his fans. The caption reads: “For my 35th birthday, i will have a very special gift…for you. Follow @cr7cristianoronaldo and stay tuned!” Check it out here- Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgPhotos by Patrick Olivero |MIDDLETOWN – The Monmouth County Park System celebrated Thompson Park Day in Lincroft Oct. 14. Families came out in the cool fall weather to enjoy a multitude of activities, including inflatable bounce houses, kids’ races, carnival rides, bungee trampoline, various arts and crafts, and much more. Silly characters such as a T-Rex and a pirate on stilts provided roaming entertainment for the little ones. A highlight was the pie-eating contests held for both kids and adults. Kids were served up small, personal pies. But adults had to conquer a full-sized pumpkin pie in order to claim a trophy.last_img read more

first_imgSTAYS IN VEGAS: Idle since running a close second in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Starlet at Los Alamitos Dec. 12, Stays in Vegas is a four-time minor stakes winner who is two for two at a flat mile on turf. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the Kentucky-bred daughter of City Zip has one local work for her return, with the rest of her breezes coming at Hollendorfer’s Northern California base, Golden Gate Fields. Owned by Jim and Janet Rome’s Jungle Racing, LLC, or KMN Racing, LLC, or LNJ Foxwoods, Stays in Vegas has good tactical speed and will be ridden for the fourth consecutive time by Alex Solis. A first-out maiden winner of the 5 ½ Juan Gonzalez Stakes on July 4 at Pleasanton, Stays in Vegas can be expected come with her “A-race” in the Senorita. Race 9 (of 11)  THE GRADE III SENORITA STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS                                                            Fourth Watch–Joe Talamo–120Mirage–Alonso Quinonez–122Decked Out–Edwin Maldonado–124Kiss N Scat–Martin Garcia–122Sheeza Milky Way–Santiago Gonzalez–120Swift Lady–Rafael Bejarano–120Be Mine–Tyler Baze–120Compel–Brice Blanc–120Stays in Vegas–Alex Solis–122First live race post time on Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day, is at 12 noon. Admission gates open early on Saturday for simulcast wagering at 7:15 a.m. Approximate post time for the Kentucky Derby is at 3:40 p.m. PDT. SWIFT LADY: Aptly named, this Florida-bred will try two turns for the first time as she comes off an authoritative 2 ¼ length win in the Sweet Life Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course Feb. 14. By the Awesome Again stallion Awesome of Course, she’s trained by Bob Baffert and although she was ridden to three consecutive wins by Martin Garcia, will be handled for the first time by Rafael Bejarano. Owned by Baoma Corporation, Swift Lady bids for her fourth consecutive win and is clearly the speed of the field.THE GRADE III SENORITA STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS ARCADIA, Calif. (May 5, 2016)–Recent stakes winners Decked Out and Swift Lady, along with classy comebacker Stays In Vegas, head a wide open field of nine sophomore fillies going one mile on turf in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Senorita Stakes at Santa Anita. DECKED OUT: Dead last early in a field of nine, Decked Out came running late to post an impressive 2 ¾ length victory in the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles turf Providencia Stakes here on April 9. Ridden by Kent Desormeaux and trained by his brother, Keith, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Street Boss will cut back in distance a furlong and be handled for the first time by Edwin Maldonado, as “Team Desormeaux” is away in Kentucky to contest the Run for the Roses with Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator. Third to Swift Lady three starts back in the Sweet Life Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, Decked Out will hope for a fast pace and clear sailing. Owned by Voss or Big Chief Racing, LLC, Decked Out closed good ground to be fifth, beaten one length in her only try at one mile on turf, the China Doll Stakes, here on March 12.last_img read more

first_imgSouth African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan speaking at the Financial Times Future and Legacy Dinner hosted by BrandSouth Africa at Soccer City in Johannesburg on 22 July. (Image: Nosimilo Ramela) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jabulani Sikhakhane Treasury Communications Unit +27 12 315 5944 or +27 72 625 7283 [email protected] • Kershia Singh Treasury Communications Unit +27 12 315 5819 or +27 72 623 4608 [email protected] • Brand South Africa +27 11 483-0122 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • From Football Fridays to Fly the Flag • Top marks for South Africa’s World Cup • Out of Africa, something new • A legacy of harmony and pride • World Cup: 97% of SA ‘more proud’“Our hosting of the World Cup was, and has been, about the creation of new realities and the destruction of old myths and pessimism about South Africa,” Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said at the Financial Times Future and Legacy Dinner hosted by Brand South Africa on 22 July. Read the full speech.We gather this evening less than two weeks after the final match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. We also meet four days after Nelson Mandela celebrated his 92nd year on this planet, 67 of which he has selflessly dedicated to bringing about a free South Africa, and since 1994, the creation of a better life for the majority of South Africans.Both the life of Mr Mandela and the hosting of the World Cup share one a common thread: the destruction of old myths and the creation of new realities and possibilities.A careful reading of Mandela’s life story shows him to be a destroyer of myths and a creator of new realities. When Mandela was sent to jail 48 years ago, he arrived on Robben Island a man who posed a serious threat to the political powers of the time. Prison guards treated Madiba and his fellow prisoners as enemies of the state. Over time, Mandela and his colleagues managed to destroy this myth and helped some of the prison guards to see a new reality, a reality that their prisoners were just as human as themselves and that they were fighting for a just cause.Because he is not bound to old myths and he is not blind to new realities, Madiba saw – much earlier than most activists – an opportunity to bring an end to apartheid through talks, which he initiated from the confines of his prison cell in 1985 when he wrote to the then Justice Minister Kobie Coetsee.Mandela would later explain, “I chose to tell no one what I was about to do. There are times when a leader must move ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people in the right direction.”And since his release from prison 20 years ago, Madiba has vanquished many more myths and created many more new realities and possibilities, including that of the World Cup.In essence, our hosting of the World Cup was, and has been, about the creation of new realities and the destruction of old myths and pessimism about South Africa, and indeed, the rest of Africa.The euphoria we experienced in the past month isn’t going to last forever, but the momentum that it created, I believe, will last for many years to come. There existed a big gap between the old myth of a backward continent where lions roamed freely, and the reality of a country that is as capable as Germany in hosting a World Cup tournament.One economist was quoted recently as saying that the benefits to South Africa, and the rest of Africa of the World Cup, weren’t so much about the new infrastructure, the tourist and credit-card spending, but more about changing perceptions about South Africa and, indeed, the rest Africa.One would certainly hope that our success in hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup has helped our sceptics catch-up with reality – the reality that we, as a nation, can rise to any challenge, if we so decide.The narrative about South Africa in the international media during the tournament suggests that we did close that gap. Reporting on South Africa has been the most positive since our successful transition to democracy in 1994. Importantly, for once, South Africans were more optimistic than anyone else in the world, more confident about their abilities than anyone else in the world, and more united about the experience they were creating for both the world and themselves.Just to recap – it took six years of meticulous planning, commitment, and the use of appropriate delivery models to build the required infrastructure: from stadiums, rail, buses and rapid-transport systems, the upgrading of existing airports, the construction of a new airport, the Gautrain, to the improvements to our roads, freeways, and broadcast and telecommunication systems.We must acknowledge the role of the tens of thousands of people who participated, directly and indirectly, in this construction and enabled, at very different levels from high-level technologically skilled people to lower skilled workers, who worked together to create this “miracle” we’ve just experienced.National government put in some R33-billion (US$4.5-billion) into preparations for the World Cup, investment that we saw as part of the long-term development plan for the country, rather than funding a once-off event. We must also remind ourselves that what government was able to put into this project came from the taxpayers of this country, both in the business sector and as individuals, and it is to them also that the credit must go. Hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup acted as a catalyst for expanding our infrastructure base, skills development, employment creation and economic growth.More than 3-million soccer fans, both local and foreign, attended the 64 games and enjoyed the experience in our stadiums. There were over 3 000 hours of broadcast feed that included images of our extraordinary country in all its diversity. This was transmitted through fibre-optic cables and satellites to television sets in 217 countries and territories and with live content, for the first time, using 3D technology. The hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup has opened the eyes of the world to who we are as South Africa and what we are capable of.We had forecast that the 2010 Fifa World Cup would add 0.5 percentage points to annual growth this year. When we take account of the spending on stadiums and infrastructure since 2006, we find that the level of GDP is about one percent higher than it would have otherwise been.The hosting of the World Cup had other benefits which are not easily quantifiable and that will be realised over time. These include a boost to our national pride that comes with the realisation that “We can do it”.The tournament undoubtedly boosted our country’s standing internationally, showcasing its capabilities in delivering world-class infrastructure on time and without imposing a financial burden on the national fiscus.Now that the event is over, having been delivered with distinction, it is time look at the lessons learnt and our future infrastructure investments.There are three key lessons we have learnt from the delivery of 2010 Fifa World Cup projects.Firstly, complex challenges should be disaggregated into a number of clearly defined undertakings with budgets and cash flow. The complex 2010 Fifa World Cup project was disaggregated into a mere 24 projects. This enabled all institutions involved to focus on what was required to deliver on time and ultimately ensure a successful event.Secondly, using clearly defined projects, we need to develop a “roles and responsibility matrix” that indicates which organisation does what work, and by when. The roles and responsibility matrix apportioned accountability and responsibility in delivering the 2010 Fifa World Cup projects. This was a highly effective instrument for delivering the infrastructure on schedule.Thirdly, the 2010 Fifa World Cup had an immovable deadline that all parties had to work towards and therefore an overall program with individual project schedules, targets and deadlines was prepared. This kept the overall project tight with little room to manoeuvre and miss deadlines.These lessons will be taken forward in our public sector infrastructure program, where R846-billion ($115-billion) has been committed over the next three years.We have budgeted that R261-billion ($35-billion) will be spent this financial year, increasing to R300-billion ($40.7-billion) in financial year 2013.More than 45% of these funds are committed to the electricity, freight rail and ports sectors. Investing significant resources in these sectors will ensure security of supply of electricity, improved quality of freight and shipping services and therefore growth in our exports, specifically mining and the manufacturing base.The transport sector plays an important role in connecting our economic nodes to markets and households. As the economy grows, the capacity on the primary road network, the rail network and the container terminals at Ngqura, Cape Town and Durban Harbours will be increased. Along with this investment, operational efficiency must improve.There is intensive work taking place presently to formulate a long-term infrastructure investment plan. Similarly, we are working at different funding options for both social and economic infrastructure. Once completed, this plan will ensure that South Africa has a sustained and sustainable infrastructure delivery plan.President John F Kennedy once said, “It is not the wealth of the nation that builds roads, but the roads that build the wealth of a nation”. This applies particularly to rural areas, where improved transport infrastructure often makes a big improvement.Well-developed and maintained infrastructure is essential for a nation’s productivity and, ultimately for economic growth and job creation. The infrastructure development process itself leads to job creation and boosts demand for certain goods.But the indirect benefits of infrastructure improvements on economic activity are probably more important: ensuring that the lights remain on, that there is clean drinking water in the taps, and that people and goods can move around the country efficiently and be shipped abroad quickly and at reasonable cost are crucial to support new investment, raise the productivity of workers and increase exports.All of society benefits when goods and services can be accessed more easily and are more widely distributed throughout the country; something that is not possible if facilitating infrastructure is absent or not functioning properly.It is for this reason that infrastructure development is a key priority, not only in South Africa but in most emerging market countries today. It is for this reason also that the developed world is taking a second look at emerging markets, because there are many more new possibilities in these markets that don’t exist in the developed world itself today, or for the foreseeable future.The significant resources we committed before the World Cup to strengthen our regional and international integration, by improving infrastructure at our air and land ports of entry and increasing the flow of visitors through our borders will stand the country in good stead for attracting investors and tourists.But the most important legacy of the World Cup is the renewed confidence in us as a nation that the hosting of the tournament has brought about. The conversation in South Africa today is how to build on this to tackle our most pressing social challenges: public education, health, and unemployment.Confidence is a key ingredient in any successful endeavour. Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School, wrote that confidence is made up of positive expectations for favourable outcomes.“Confidence influences the willingness to invest – to commit money, time, reputation, emotional energy, or other resources – or to withhold or hedge investment. This investment, or its absence, shapes the ability to perform. In that sense, confidence lies at the heart of civilization. Everything about an economy, a society, an organisation, or a team depends on it.“Every step we take, every investment we make, is based on whether we feel we can count on ourselves and others to accomplish what has been promised. Confidence determines whether our steps – individually or collectively – are tiny and tentative or big and bold.”We took one big, bold step in 1994; we took another one in 2010. The question for us as South Africans is when will we take the next big one? It is big and bold steps that we, as a country, must take if we are to put an end to poverty and unemployment.President Zuma said earlier today, when briefing the media on the outcomes of the Cabinet Lekgotla, that government will soon meet business and labour to discuss how best to improve the quality of life of our people. Those meetings should lay the basis for an agenda that all South Africans should rally around, as they did for the World Cup – an agenda of how best to position South Africa to benefit from the new reality and new possibilities – the new reality of a world with multiple poles of growth.Developing countries such as South Africa have abundant, profitable investment opportunities for industrial development and projects that can improve the efficiency of their infrastructure. South Africa and the rest of Africa can be another source of global growth.Through the delivery of the infrastructure and successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, we have created a new reality and opened up new possibilities for South African and the African continent, as a destination for long-term investment.The challenge for us, as it was for the soccer teams in the final match, is how to operate well as a team. The group of players that operated as the better team came out as victors at the end, and I am sure we will be able to do the same as we take on our next set of challenges as South Africans.last_img read more

first_img6 November 2013The Volvo Golf Champions, to be hosted by South Africa’s Durban Country Club in January, on Tuesday announced a 50 percent increase in its prize fund to US$4-million. Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen also confirmed his participation in the event.The exclusive, limited-field event serves as the European Tour’s “Tournament of Champions”.Only players who have won on the Tour in the previous year, or current Tour players who have won 10 or more Tour titles in their careers qualify for the prestigious tournament.Winner’s chequeThe winner will walk away with a cheque for $700 000 (approximately R7.17-million). However, thanks to the event’s elite status, every player will be richly rewarded for qualifying for the tournament. Contesting it will also give those players a head start in the Race to Dubai standings.Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen said in a statement: “It is fantastic for South Africa to get to host the European Tour’s ‘Tournament of Champions’ again.“It is an impressive boost to the prize fund and I am delighted to be defending my title at the Durban Country Club. I love the course and enjoy the advantage of playing in front of my home crowd. I look forward to opening my season there very much.”Per Ericsson, the President of Volvo Event Management, said: “We are thrilled to make this announcement underlining the prestige of our Championship and its key position on the European Tour schedule.“As this event is a very important sales and marketing platform for the Volvo brand, we will soon be revealing some amazing Hole-in-One prizes, which will continue our innovative approach from last year.”‘A must-play’Thomas Bjorn, the Chairman of the European Tour Player Committee and speaking on behalf of the players said: “The players are very grateful to Volvo for all they have contributed to our Tour and I believe that this increase in prize money will make this year opening event a ‘must-play’ for those players hoping to qualify for the European Ryder Cup team.“The Volvo Golf Champions is a very prestigious event on our schedule and one that everyone wants to qualify for.”Guy Kinnings, the Global Head of Golf for IMG, the tournament’s co-owners, commented: “This is a very exciting announcement for the Volvo Golf Champions and it’s clear that players qualifying for the Tournament have a great opportunity to get their season off to a flying start.Good feedback“We have had such good feedback from the players about their experiences in KwaZulu-Natal during the Volvo Golf Champions in January, I know that all the players qualifying will be absolutely delighted by this announcement and is yet more evidence of Volvo’s tremendous support of the European Tour.”The Championship is being supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Department for Economic Develop and Tourism.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) officially dedicated its newest greenhouse addition this past week, noting the top-of-the-line features and opportunities it looks to offer students and researchers.New and returning administrators, faculty, and all-around supporters of the Wooster campus turned out to welcome the long-awaited structure. Officials said it replaces hoop structures from a bygone era with features that keep ATI competitive in nursery management and other related majors.“It’s so important for us to provide these experiences to our students because then they go into industry so they need to be working with these state-of-the-art facilities,” said newly installed ATI Director Kristina Boone. “In addition, we have a new landscape construction building as well. One of the other things we’ve launched is we have a new greenhouse engineering technologies program. We have also just recently launched a bio-based, bioenergy program that’s also a two-year program and that will be accepting students this fall.Dean Cathann Kress, alongside students, cuts the ribbon at ATI greenhouse dedication ceremony.“I hope to grow even more. I think we have so many great opportunities, as we progress with our facilities, to look at more engineering, health and safety, environmental programs, as well as these wonderful hands-on opportunities.”The new greenhouse unit is made up of three chambers connected by a hallway with each having a unique focus. The first zone is known as a blackout house, having unique shading mechanisms that allow further custom control of the growth environment. Light regulation is important for certain plants, such as Poinsettias, which require a specific amount of sun to bring them into bloom.The second zone is a propagation house and the third area is mainly focused on hydroponics.Greenhouse manager Nathan Donley is particularly excited about the new mist system being employed.“Our environmental control system, Wadsworth Seeds, has settings that allow me to run my mist based on solar radiation,” Donley said. “So I can go in there and I can tell it that I want it to run a mist event every tenth of a mole. And then that will go in and it will cumulate it from the weather station we have on the corner of the greenhouse. Every time we hit that tenth of a mole, it will go through and create a mist event out in the greenhouse. Where that benefits me is that in Ohio, we can be sunny one minute, we can be cloudy the next minute, we could have snow the next minute, and then it could rain. With that running off of solar and not just solely time-based, it will make those adjustments automatically and I don’t have to be standing at the computer all the time putting in new time intervals.”Listen to the full interview with Donley.Nathan Donley, OSU ATI Greenhouse Manager 5-9-17Donley and Boone weren’t the only Buckeyes singing the praises of the greenhouse. The new Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Cathann Kress, also spoke on the event. It’s been a busy couple of weeks to the start of Kress’ involvement at Ohio State, having officially started the job on May 1 and since then, attended two graduations and numerous other college activities.“The research being done both here at Wooster and down in Columbus are incredibly important to not only agriculture, but the peripheral and related industries,” Kress said. “So we really need to stay at the forefront of that work.“This greenhouse is very important. One because of the state-of-the-art technology that it brings. And in our portfolio of offerings that we have for our students, we always want to be at the forefront making sure that students are going to get the cutting edge and that when they leave us, they’re going to be able to step into the workplace and really be able to bring to that workplace the most technological savviness that is possible. So having a greenhouse like this is very important so that those students will have had hands-on experience getting to use this type of greenhouse, getting able to participate in the types of propagation that are and other things that are happening here.“We want to make sure our students have the hands-on experiences with that so when they walk out the door, they really are going to be able to bring to the workplace that level.”last_img read more