IDC boost for goat farming

first_img20 March 2008The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has given the Northern Cape goat farming industry a R15-million capital injection, to help transform local herders into commercial farmers.Unveiling the Goat Commercialisation Programme in Grobblershoop on Tuesday, Northern Cape Premier Dipuo Peters said the joint initiative between the IDC, the Department of Agriculture and the Kalahari Kid Corporation would enable locals to engage more actively in the economy.“Today’s launch is a moment in which we are saying the playing fields for the diversification of the province’s goat farming are being levelled,” Peters said. “Our emergent goat farmers now have the opportunity to capture their share of the spoils in the goat value-chain.”She added that the programme would expand the goat population in the province beyond the current 700 000, helping to develop the live goat market, increase supply of meat to retailers and allow for the further processing of goat meat for exporting and goatskin for leather.The agriculture department, through Kalahari Kid Corporation, has to date procured 2 000 goats for the two production farms and a further 900 goats from individual emerging farmers and cooperatives.Peters explained that Kalahari Kid had in turn partnered with LAW Abattoir, an European Union approved abattoir, for the slaughtering and processing of goats for both national and international markets.“These two entities will ensure that all offshore and local logistics that include traceability of the product are met,” she said.The department also donated a total of 300 female goats and nine bucks to three cooperatives, including Kagisanong Women Dipudi in Kuruman, Britstown Small Farmers and Chevon Youth in Globblershoop.To ensuring that the province meets the required demands of the local and international markets, two farms in Rooisand and Boegoeberg have been acquired at a cost of R19-million to be used as production farms.Since 2003 the department has spent an average of R6-million per year on commercialising goat farming.“The intervention of this programme encapsulates research, training, marketing, traceability and production that speaks into the immediate objectives of Asgi-SA and the provincial growth and development strategy,” she said.Asgi-SA – the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa – seeks to halve unemployment and poverty in the country by 2014, and increase economic growth to 6%.SAinfo reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

8 Things to Consider When Updating Employee Handbooks for 2017

first_imgFederal and state legal developments over the last year brought a lot of changes that impact workplace policies and procedures, making it critical for companies to review their handbooks for compliance. “2016 was the busiest year I can recall in this regard,” said Elaine Diedrich, an attorney with Littler in Pittsburgh.Workplace rules and regulations may continue to change under President Donald Trump’s administration, but employers should make sure their handbooks are up to date under current laws, she added.  Trump has made overtures that regulations will be pulled back, and if that happens, it could be positive for businesses that have been struggling to keep up with all of the latest changes, said Jason Keck, an attorney with Fisher Phillips in Chicago.In the meantime, employers should take a close look at their policies. From National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decisions to local paid-sick-leave laws, here are some of the important changes to note from the past year.1. NLRB Decisions”At the federal level, we’ve seen a lot from the NLRB,” Keck said. Employers should review their social media policies, keeping in mind the board’s Aug. 18, 2016, decision that found that Chipotle’s social media policy prohibiting employees from “posting incomplete, confidential or inaccurate information” violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).The board said that “in order to lose the act’s protection, more than a false or misleading statement by the employee is required; it must be shown that the employee had a malicious motive.”Employers also should examine and possibly rewrite “any policy that simply tells employees they need to act professionally and in a positive manner or be nice to customers,” Diedrich said.The board’s decision in T-Mobile U.S.A. Inc. (April 29, 2016) found that several workplace rules were unlawful, including a rule about maintaining a positive work environment.The NLRB said employees could reasonably interpret the rule to restrict “potentially controversial or contentious communications and discussions,” including those involving their right to join a union and bargain collectively.Also review policies about recording in the workplace, media inquiries, reference checks and policies that prohibit disparagement of the employer, Diedrich added.Keck noted that the U.S. Supreme Court will eventually weigh in on the NLRB’s position that class-action waivers in arbitration agreements violate an employee’s right to engage in protected, concerted activity.Until then, employers will have to assess whether to have a class-action waiver in their handbook, he said.2. Reporting ViolationsMake sure handbook provisions don’t … To continue reading this article, please click here.last_img read more

Japan eye record gold haul at Tokyo 2020

first_imgJapan’s previous best effort in terms of gold medals was as host of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and at the 2004 Athens Games, when they won 16.Thirty golds would have put them above second-placed Britain’s 27 in Rio, but still a long way behind the table-topping United States, who captured 46.Yamashita was also bullish about Japan’s chances at next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, predicting nine medals overall.The country’s previous best haul at a Winter Games was five gold medals and 10 in total as host of the Nagano Olympics in 1998.ADVERTISEMENT Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MVP favorite Fajardo, Beermen likely to banner Mythical Team LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I reckon we can aim to get 2.5 times the amount we did in Rio,” the former Olympic judo champion told local media, pointing to Japan’s recent success in gymnastics, table tennis and badminton.“That’s just my personal opinion, not that of the technical committee,” added the 60-year-old Yamashita, who was Japan’s deputy chef de mission in Brazil.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We will collect the relevant data and decide (the official target) hopefully by next summer.”Yamashita, who won judo gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, also raised the hope that the host nation’s track athletes could deliver a surprise after a Japanese sprinter, Yoshihide Kiryu, finally broke the 10-second barrier last month after years of trying. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimscenter_img No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges 2020 summer Olympic games host city, Tokyo, is projected on the floor as dancers perform during the closing ceremony in the Maracana stadium at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)A senior Japanese Olympic official has called on the host country’s athletes to win a national-record 30 gold medals at the 2020 Summer Games, local media reported Friday.Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) sports committee chairman Yasuhiro Yamashita backed home-grown competitors to more than double their haul of 12 golds at last year’s Rio Olympics, where Japan finished sixth in the medal table.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

School in St. Mary to Receive Computers

first_img Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, gave a commitment to provide nine of the computers, during a visit to the school on April 18. Trustee of the institution, who is Member of Parliament for Central St. Mary, Dr. Morais Guy, is expected to provide the other computer. Ten desktop computers are to be provided to the St. Cyprian’s Preparatory School in Highgate, St. Mary, before the start of the 2018/19 school term, which begins in September. “We want more students to utilise technology, especially as we move into the Primary Exit Profile (PEP),” Mr. Reid told the students and teachers. Ten desktop computers are to be provided to the St. Cyprian’s Preparatory School in Highgate, St. Mary, before the start of the 2018/19 school term, which begins in September.Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, gave a commitment to provide nine of the computers, during a visit to the school on April 18. Trustee of the institution, who is Member of Parliament for Central St. Mary, Dr. Morais Guy, is expected to provide the other computer.“We want more students to utilise technology, especially as we move into the Primary Exit Profile (PEP),” Mr. Reid told the students and teachers.The PEP will replace the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) in 2019.Senator Reid also underscored his commitment to ensuring that the needs of all students across the island are met, through the special needs policy of the Ministry.“We have to have an inclusive education system that caters to everyone,” he emphasised.The Minister’s comment was in relation to a letter sent to him by one of the students at the institution, Alicia Blake, who was one of seven students in the country to sit the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) in hospital.Senator Reid said he took the time to visit the school following Alicia’s letter written on March 25.In the letter, Alicia, who had been ill with pneumonia, expressed gratitude to the Minister for enabling her to sit the GSAT examination.In a JIS News interview, Alicia’s mother, Maria Bennett-Blake, said her daughter was quite comfortable while sitting the examination in hospital.“She was not worried. She felt comfortable, and she felt special because a nurse was appointed to her,” she said.Alicia received a tablet computer, which was presented to her by Minister Reid. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Torontos Theatre Centre reaches goal with gift from Margaret Norrie McCain

first_img Login/Register With: The Theatre Centre has closed the door on its $6.2-million capital campaign – thanks to a gift of $500,000 from philanthropist Margaret Norrie McCain. That half-a-million dollars gives McCain, the former lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick, the rights to name the mainspace theatre in the Toronto performance hub that opened in 2014 at the former Carnegie Library on Queen Street West.In what is a pleasant change of pace in a city that now has two theatres named after condo developers, McCain chose to name the space not after herself or a company, but the Theatre Centre’s artistic director for the past 13 years – Franco Boni. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Nunavuts Language Commissioner fears proposed changes to Education Act will erode Inuit

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut’s language commissioner is sounding the alarm over changes being made to fix the territory’s ailing school system.Officials in Nunavut has been reviewing the education act with the hope of updating it.But the language czar says the changes are a series of mistakes that could further cripple Inuktitut.APTN’s Kent Driscoll reports.kdriscoll@aptn.caFollow @kentdriscolllast_img