Map of the Week: The 57,000+ Wind Turbines in the U.S. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Washington Post:California’s Kern County, home to the city of Bakersfield, bills itself as the “Wind Capital of the West.” But a Washington Post analysis of a massive new U.S. Geological Survey database of over 57,000 commercial wind turbines suggests that the county is being overly modest: It is, in fact, the wind capital of the entire country.To create the database, the USGS partnered with the Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the American Wind Energy Association. The organizations merged their individual data sets to create a new database that was more accurate and comprehensive than previous efforts. Once they compiled the new database, researchers attempted to visually verify the precise location of each turbine using satellite imagery. They intend to update it periodically in the coming years as the wind industry grows.The database shows that Kern County is home to some 4,581 wind turbines with a total power-generating capacity of somewhere north of 4,000 megawatts, giving Kern the largest county-level concentration of wind capacity in the nation. Put another way, there are more turbines in Kern County alone than in the entire Northeast region of the United States.California can also boast the No. 2 and No. 3 counties in the nation when it comes to turbine density: Riverside, home to the San Gorgonio Pass wind farm, and Alameda, where the Altamont Pass wind farm is located. Texas’ Nolan County and Oregon’s Gilliam County round out the top five.At the other end of the spectrum, 2,501 counties are tied for dead last, with no commercial wind energy to speak of. There are a number of reasons for this, one of which is simple geography. There’s a lot of variation in average annual wind speeds in the U.S…. The southeast, in particular, is virtually a wind desert relative to the rest of the country. As a result, there are hardly any commercial wind projects to be found in the region.More: Every One Of America’s 57,636 Wind Turbines, Mapped
In 2018, guests from Germany realized 6,6 million overnight stays, or 35% of the total number of overnight stays in Croatian camps, and given the special importance of Germany for our camping tourism, as every year Croatian camps eagerly awaited the presentation of ADAC camp guides for 2019 year. Šibenik camps are the camps that, compared to the previous year, have the highest increase in quality, + 14,3%. At the same time, at the level of the Republic of Croatia, we are looking forward to a significant increase in the quality of the bathing offer, + 59%, but the decline in the quality of leisure and animation content, by as much as -9%, is worrying. Quality of campsites by ADAC (by regions): Šibenik increased by 14,3%, Dubrovnik and Kvarner by 3,6%, Istria 2,4%, Split increased by 2,3%. The quality of the camps in Zadar remained stable at last year’s level. Growth was registered in all elements of evaluation except one (leisure and animation facilities) where a quality decline of -9% was registered). THE FIRST LIFELONG EDUCATION PROGRAM IN CAMPING MANAGEMENT IN CROATIA LAUNCHED There are 717 active camps in Croatia Average grades – upward or downward trend compared to the previous year (%) 10 ADAC Superplatz campsites in 2019 ADAC 2019 / Best camps in Croatia The ADAC guide for 2019 lists a total of 129 Croatian camps, 3 more than the previous year, and for the first time as many as 10 Croatian camps that won the prestigious ADAC Superplatz a label for the extremely high quality of the campsites. The best Croatian camps according to ADAC 2019. According to the ADAC, the average quality of Croatian camps in 2019 increased by 3%. Aminess Maravea Camping Resort The selection of the best leading European camps by ADAC consists of: Aminess Maravea (Novigrad), Lanterna (Tar-Poreč), Valalta and Val Saline (Rovinj), Omišalj, Baška and Krk (island of Krk), Straško and Šimuni (island of Pag) and Zaton (Zaton-Zadar). Average ADAC scores in 2019 by regions and rating elements The ADAC camp guide, in addition to being of general importance to the German-speaking area, but also as a kind of bible for all European campers, is very important in that it uses a special camp rating system that is generally accepted as the most important European camp quality rating system. GOOD ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE NETHERLANDS MARKET, SPECIALS FOR THE CROATIAN CAMPING OFFER In 2018, the camps realized 19.252.215 overnight stays (+ 1,34%), while the average length of stay was 6,6 days (-2%). The annual full occupancy of camps in 2018 is 21% (unchanged compared to 2017). Of the total number of guests, 22% are agency and 78% individual. This year in the ADAC for 2019 they gave up the somewhat confusing grading system they have practiced in recent years, and went back to the old system where each camp is graded in 6 categories: The following is a list of the highest quality stones in the Republic of Croatia, those that have a grade of 4,5 or higher according to the ADAC. “Growing quality and willingness to invest in the last few years have paved the way for tourism development. A significant number of camps in Istria and on the northern Dalmatian coast have facilities that meet the highest requirements and do not lag behind the offer of their competitors in the western Mediterranean.. ”Is stated in the new ADAC guide for 2019. The campsites in Dubrovnik have the lowest average rating, who also received the lowest grade in the element of leisure content and animation. According to data from eVisitor, Croatia has 717 camps, of which 431 “real” camps (of which, 26 camping resorts and 77 campsites), 13 camps in family farms and 273 campsites in the household. Their total accommodation capacity is 253.091 people, and about 40% of the camp capacity is in the 4 * or 5 * category. RELATED NEWS: The Bible for campers being beaten in the camping sector, the ADAC camp guide has just received its new edition for 2019. The campsites of Istria have the highest quality, with an average grade of 4,1. At the same time, out of 5 elements of evaluation, camps in Istria have the best ratings in as many as 3 elements (trade and catering offer, free time and animation and bathing offer). Main category: Number of stars Subcategory: SanitarijeSubcategory: Camp (pitches, reception, parking, equipment and arrangement of the camp)Subcategory: Trade and catering offerSubcategory: Leisure facilities and animation in the campSubcategories: Swimming offer
“We are delighted to welcome Aaron back to Everton,” manager Roberto Martinez told evertonfc.com. “We know we are getting a player our fans know inside-out. “He had a major role in the second half of our season and we’re looking forward to Aaron kicking on and continuing to enjoy his football, as well as being the productive player we know he can be. “He is well-respected in the dressing room, his experience in the Premier League is immense and he will immediately add to our squad and to the ambition we have as a club.” Despite Lennon’s arrival, Everton’s transfer business has left fans distinctly underwhelmed. The arrival earlier in the day of River Plate defender Ramiro Funes Mori filled one of the slots Martinez was targeting, although the fee of £9.5million was £4m more than was touted last week when the 24-year-old Argentinian came to England to finalise the move. However, the Everton manager’s search for a player who could operate in the number 10 role proved fruitless and appears to have left the squad light in terms of options. But Mori’s acquisition at least eases one problem for Martinez, having allowed Sylvain Distin and Antolin Alcaraz to leave at the end of last season. The 28-year-old returns to Goodison Park on a permanent deal after spending the second half of last season on loan. Despite manager Roberto Martinez’s interest in the winger, the move was finalised after the deadline after Everton filed a deal sheet with the Premier League just before 6pm announcing their intention to sign the player, giving them a further two hours to complete the formalities. Everton have completed the signing of Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon on a three-year contract. Press Association “When I heard about Everton’s interest, I didn’t think twice. My agent told me about this opportunity and Everton did everything to bring me over and I wanted to come,” the player, who was at Everton’s home match with Manchester City just over a week ago, told evertontv. “I feel happy because the people here have shown me a lot of love and I’m very happy and comfortable here already. “I saw the people at Goodison Park and I saw they were a family and all cheering the players and obviously I liked that atmosphere. “Hopefully I can fit straight into the group, we can get along and do big things here.” Mori provides Martinez with some much-needed cover for John Stones and Jagielka at centre-back, with youngster Brendan Galloway, currently sidelined with a knee injury which has forced him to withdraw from the England Under-21s squad, offering a fourth option. “I’m delighted for many reasons. Firstly, the player we are welcoming into the dressing room fits the profile we need,” Martinez told evertontv. “He is a left-footed centre-half – a really good defender who is exceptional in the air with good quality. He will give us great balance in the back-four. “Then you have got the personality and character of a winner . He has just won the Copa Libertadores with River Plate, which is the equivalent of the Champions League in South America. “You don’t get that sort of player, at the age of 24 who has just been called up for Argentina, becoming available. “We have made a massive effort and it is a fee that reflects the value and the ambition that we have as a football club to attract such an exciting player for the future.” Everton’s business has been minimal this summer, with young defender Mason Holgate acquired from Barnsley for about £1m and 22-year-old Uruguayan striker Leandro Rodriguez joining from River Plate Montevideo. His biggest challenge was fending off sustained interest from Chelsea and a transfer request from Stones. A third bid in excess of £30m was turned down and chairman Bill Kenwright made a strong public statement insisting the young England international was not for sale, and the club have, at least, managed to hold on to one of their prized assets. Away from transfers, left-back Bryan Oviedo has withdrawn from the Costa Rica squad for friendlies against Brazil and Uruguay because of a knee injury. The 25-year-old will remain on Merseyside for treatment rather than join up with his international team-mates and is expected to be out for around 10 days.
Advertisement himNBA Finals | Brooklyn VshxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9xz2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) vmWould you ever consider trying this?😱rea4Can your students do this? 🌚1Roller skating! Powered by Firework India’s dependable opener Smriti Mandhana is now the the 3rd fastest woman to reach 2000 runs in ODI cricket. The star batter took just 51 innings to go past the 2000 runs mark thereby becoming the 2nd fastest Indian after Shikhar Dhawan (48) to achieve this record. She also helped India win the ODI series with her match-winning fifty against the Windies in Antigua on Wednesday,Advertisement Smriti, who stands at 2025 runs in 51 games with an average of 43.08, reached the milestone faster than Virat Kohli (53), Sourav Ganguly (52), and Navjot Sidhu (52). However, former Aussie, Belinda Clark has reached this feat fastest (45) in women’s cricket. In men’s cricket though, Hashim Amla is the sole record-holder of the fastest to register 2,000-ODI runs. He crossed the landmark in only 40 innings.Advertisement After returning to the ODI side from a toe injury, Smriti performed superbly, finishing the 3rd ODI with 74 runs from 63 balls as India won the match by 6-wickets. She hit 9 boundaries and 3 maximums while chasing down 195 to take home the 3-match series 2-1. Young Jemimah Rodrigues scored 69 from 92 as the duo put on a solid 141-run opening stand.In the first innings of the match, the Indian bowlers restricted West Indies through tight spells from Jhulan Goswami and Poonam Yadav, who picked up 2 wickets each.Advertisement Advertisement
Madeline Holitzki edged into the top ten in 50 meter butterfly (10th) and ninth in 50 meter breaststroke.The up-and-coming swimmer also finished 20th in 50 meter backstroke, to go with a 17th 100 meter individual medley.Samuel Matthew placed 13th 200 meter IM, 18th in 50 meter butterfly, 15th in 100 meter backstroke, 11th in 100 meter breaststrokeMatthew Holitzki checked in with a 21st in 100 meter IM, 20th in 50 meter butterfly, 23rd in 50 meter backstroke and 17th in 50 meter breaststroke.”I have seen so much improvement in all of the swimmers regardless if it was their first year or they have been swimming over five years,” Afford said.”They have been diligent to change their technique — the basis of their propulsion in the water and continuation in the sport to avoid injury. “It was so great to see the older swimmers inspire the younger ones and begin to take a leadership role in the team,” she added. ” It was so great to have the seniors volunteer coach and promoting team spirit.”As the season concluded in Nanaimo, the Neptunes handed out the team awards.Female Aggregate: Sage Cowan Male Aggregate: Samuel MatthewMost Improved Female Swimmer: Jaylen RushtonMost Improved Male Swimmer: Lachlan Bibby-FoxBest New Female: Ohia WintraubBest New Male: Logan WrightMost Sportsmanlike Female Div. 1-3: Devan AndrusakMost Sportsmanlike Male Div. 1-3: Matthew HolitzkiMost Sportsmanlike Female Div. 4-8: Nava SachsJunior Spirit Award: Madeline HolitzkiSenior Spirit Award: Sage CowanExcellence in Mental Strength Female Div. 1-3: Sabien EdneyExcellence in Mental Strength Male Div. 1-3 : Rohan MoolaExcellence in Mental Strength Female Div. 4-8: Katie DeJongCoaches Award Female Div. 1-3: Olivia CowanCoaches Award Male Div. 1-3: Cameron Bibby-FoxCoaches Award Female Div. 4-8: Joanna BlishenCoaches Award Male Div. 4-8: Samuel MatthewLeadership: Emma Borhi and Hannah Sachs A handful of Nelson Neptune swimmers took to the road to see how they stack up against the best in the province at the B.C. Summer Swim Association Championships held recently in Nanaimo.Madeline Holitzki, Samuel Matthew, Matthew Holitzski and Jaylen Rushton were the only Neptunes to attend the provincial meet but still registered very impressive results.”I am happy with the results as it was most of the swimmers’ first provincial meet,” said Neptune skipper Rebecca Affortd.”Almost every race, especially in preliminaries, was a best time with most of them taking off about two or three seconds.Rushton recored the best finish of a Neptune, placing seventh in 50 meter butterfly.Rushton also had a two top-20 results — 11th 50 meter breaststroke and 15th in 100 meter freestyle.
It’s been a month since reports of the Houston Astros’ electronic sign stealing broke. And one Oakland A’s pitcher — a former Houston Astros pitcher — was at the center of the story. Manager Bob Melvin spoke about the incident at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.A’s right-handed pitcher Mike Fiers shared his knowledge of the practice to The Athletic, expressing his fears over the disadvantage sign-stealing might pose for young pitchers and players trying to prove themselves in the league.In …
South Africa’s Paralympic Team has continued to make waves in Beijing following Natalie du Toit’s first gold in the S9 100 metres butterfly on Sunday. By the close of action on day three, the team had won five gold medals and one bronze. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material She still has the free rider section to contest and is looking eagerly forward to it because it is her favourite event. Phillipa Johnson, who won two silver medals four years ago in Athens, captured gold this time around in the equestrian competition on her horse, Benedict. His time was 1.27 seconds faster than the next fastest qualifier and a significant 3.58 ahead of the third placed swimmer. 10 September 2008 Gold medal chanceThe chances of South Africa adding another medal in the swimming pool were enhanced early on day four, 10 September, when Kevin Paul, swimming in the heats of the men’s SB9 100 metres breaststroke, broke the world record in a time of one minute 08.70 seconds. Du Toit is aiming for five gold medals in Beijing; so far, so good… On Monday, Du Toit followed up her victory in the butterfly with a second title in the 100 metres freestyle. Despite a slow start, she was clearly the fastest swimmer in the field and pulled away for a convincing victory in one minute, 1.44 seconds. Oscar PistoriusOn Tuesday, Oscar Pistorius was in action in the final of the men’s T44 100 metres as the fastest qualifier. Also in the line-up was another South African, Arnu Fourie. “It has been a little tough, going from the 10-kilometre to the sprint, and I definitely thought I would have enough time to taper, but it seems that I haven’t quite tapered just enough,” she admitted. He described his victory as “a dream come true”. In track and field events Nicholas Newman appeared to be on course for victory in the men’s F35 javelin event when he threw a world record 42.28 metres. However, that mark was then bettered by Poland’s Pawel Piotrowski and China’s Wei Guo, which left Newman with a bronze medal. World recordCharl Bouwer also won gold in the pool for South Africa. Swimming in the S14 400 metres freestyle, he smashed the previous world record by two seconds to win in four minutes, 14.02 seconds. It was an improvement of 10 seconds over his previous best. ‘The Flying Fish’Du Toit, referred to in the Chinese press as “the Flying Fish”, told East Coast Radio she could have done better and said her finish was not as good as she would have hoped it would be; she had been hoping to break the one-minute barrier. Du Toit said her starts have not been up to scratch and admitted that she hadn’t spent enough time on them because she had been in training for the open water event at the Olympics. She went so far as to describe her starts as “embarrassing”, but said “I am a distance swimmer, so you’ll see me come back more in the second half of a race. A double-amputee, Pistorius was up against single amputees, but he managed to improve on his bronze medal showing of four years earlier by edging out the USA’s Jerome Singleton by just three-hundredths of a second in a thrilling finish. His winning time was 11.17 seconds. The defending champion, Marlon Shirley, who had qualified well behind Pistorius, crashed out at 60 metres, while Brian Frasure, who won silver in Athens, finished third. SA’s Fourie was fourth. Her time was a Paralympic record, but outside her own world record. Pistorius is aiming for a sweep of the 100, 200, and 400 metres and if any event was supposed to be his Achilles heel it was the 100 metres, so the chances of the sweep appear good. He holds the world records at all three distances and his aim, besides winning, is to set a new world record in the 400 metres.
South 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.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the last few weeks temperatures dropped significantly below freezing for many areas within the Seed Consultants’ sales footprint. Temps reached as low as the low 20s Fahrenheit in Kentucky and even down into the teens for more northern growing areas, causing concerns about damage to winter wheat. Extreme cold temp are especially a concern for wheat that has reached the jointing stage of growth (Feekes stage 6). In a recent article published by the University of Kentucky, Carrie Knott wrote: “For winter wheat that has reached the jointing (Feekes 6) growth stage, damage can occur to the developing wheat head, which is above the soil surface at jointing, when temperatures are 24 degrees F or below for at least two hours. For wheat that has not reached jointing, temperatures of 12 degrees F or below for two or more hours can cause damage. For wheat that is at the jointing growth stage in areas that temperatures dipped to or below 24 degrees F for at least two hours damage is likely.” Below are the University of Kentucky recommendations for assessing winter wheat damage according to Knott’s article:1. Wait until high temperatures are at least 40 degrees F for five to seven days. 2. Scout fields and look for yellow, chlorotic growing points and limp leaves. There will likely be yellow leaf tips, but as long as the growing point is not affected, there will likely be minimal to no damage. 3. Heaving is another concern this year for wheat stands and yield potential. The extreme temperature changes we are having this winter could push wheat plants out of the soil. This can result in reduced stands and ultimately affect yield if heaving occurs on a large percentage of the field.If you suspect or know your wheat was at jointing prior this weekend it will be important to assess for freeze damage even for areas that may not have been at or below 24 degrees F for two or more hours. In general, as long are there are 20 healthy plants per square foot 90-95% of your yield potential is achievable; 35 healthy plants per square foot will provide 100% yield potential. When stands are reduced to about 16, 13, or as low as 6 plants per square foot, yield potential will be reduced to only 75, 60, or 40%, respectively.As weather warms up, it will be important for wheat producers to assess damage to their crop in order to make management decisions this spring. To read the full UK article that includes pictures of damage and a temperature chart CLICK HERE. To read an article with pictures of a healthy wheat head at Feekes 6 CLICK HERE.
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