Get your sneak peek of episode nine of the Play Your Part television series, here:Lufefe Nomjana, known as the Spinach King, is one of the guests featured on episode nine of Play Your Part, broadcast on 4 November. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporter Lufefe Nomjana was a volunteer at a community garden when he spotted a business opportunity. Using the vegetable spinach, he went on to build his company. He tells his story of how he became known as the Spinach King in this week’s Play Your Part.The episode, which is hosted by musician Kabelo Mabalane, airs on Saturday, 4 November 2017, at 18:00. It is part of a 26-episode series.Here’s more on the other two guests on this week’s episode:Avril SnymanAvril SnymanSnyman and her team talk about the growth of Lebone Village outside Bloemfontein. The village consists of five centres and benefits vulnerable children, youth and their families. Most of the children are affected by HIV and Aids.Matona Ntshona-SakupwanyaMatona Ntshona-SakupwanyaNtshona-Sakupwanya is the general manager of the marketing and communications department at The Innovation Hub, Gauteng’s innovation agency. She talks about how The Innovation Hub creates a platform to bring tech entrepreneurs, industry, academics, researchers and venture capitalists together.Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that starting Sept. 1, 2017, dairy producers can enroll for 2018 coverage in the Margin Protection Program (MPP-Dairy). Secretary Sonny Perdue has utilized additional flexibility this year by providing dairy producers the option of opting out of the program for 2018.“Secretary Perdue is using his authority to allow producers to withdraw from the MPP Dairy Program and not pay the annual administrative fee for 2018,” said Rob Johansson, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “The decision is in response to requests by the dairy industry and a number of MPP-Dairy program participants.”To opt out, a producer should not sign up during the annual registration period. By opting out, a producer would not receive any MPP-Dairy benefits if payments are triggered for 2018. Full details will be included in a subsequent Federal Register Notice. The decision would be for 2018 only and is not retroactive.The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating dairy producers when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and feed costs — falls below the coverage level selected by the producer.MPP-Dairy gives participating dairy producers the flexibility to select coverage levels best suited for their operation. Enrollment ends on Dec. 15, 2017, for coverage in calendar year 2018. Participating farmers will remain in the program through Dec. 31, 2018, and pay a minimum $100 administrative fee for 2018 coverage. Producers have the option of selecting a different coverage level from the previous coverage year during open enrollment.Dairy operations enrolling in the program must meet conservation compliance provisions and cannot participate in the Livestock Gross Margin Dairy Insurance Program. Producers can mail the appropriate form to the producer’s administrative county FSA office, along with applicable fees, without necessitating a trip to the local FSA office. If electing higher coverage for 2018, dairy producers can either pay the premium in full at the time of enrollment or pay 100 percent of the premium by Sept. 1, 2018. Premium fees may be paid directly to FSA or producers can work with their milk handlers to remit premiums on their behalf.USDA has a web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage under the MPP-Dairy that will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions. The online resource, available at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool, allows dairy farmers to quickly and easily combine unique operation data and other key variables to calculate their coverage needs based on price projections. Producers can also review historical data or estimate future coverage based on data projections. The secure site can be accessed via computer, Smartphone, tablet or any other platform, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.For more information, visit FSA online at www.fsa.usda.gov/dairy or stop by a local FSA office to learn more about the MPP-Dairy.
Barcelona No Ballon d’Or but Messi & Barcelona are the best in La Liga right now Ben Hayward Spanish Football Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:20 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(80) Jose Jordan Barcelona Primera División Villarreal v Barcelona Villarreal Lionel Messi Opinion The Argentine helped the Blaugrana to another vital victory, this time at Villarreal, as the Catalans continue to dominate in the Primera Division The Ballon d’Or has hogged the sports headlines over the past few days. Cristiano Ronaldo won the prestigious prize on Thursday and presented his five golden balls to the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday ahead of Real Madrid’s 5-0 win over Sevilla.Los Blancos were the best team in Spain and also in Europe last season, led by their prolific Portuguese, who netted 10 goals from the quarter-finals onwards to help Zinedine Zidane’s retain the Champions League.Real flew out to Abu Dhabi on Sunday for the Club World Cup and are big favourites to claim a trophy that will crown them officially as world champions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Right now, however, they are not the best team in Spain. In fact, if La Liga is anything to go by, they are only the fourth best, although that is likely to change. What looks unlikely to change, though, is Barca’s status at the top of the table. After back-to-back draws against Valencia and Celta Vigo, Ernesto Valverde’s side faced another tough test on Sunday with the trip to Villarreal and the Catalans could not afford to drop more points as Valencia, Atletico and Madrid had all previously won this weekend.In the pre-match press conference, Valverde was asked about the Ballon d’Or and said: “They can state it publicly or not if they don’t like to, but for me the best players are here at Barcelona, starting with Lionel Messi and followed by everyone else.”Always diplomatic and respectful, Valverde gave his honest opinion and it is difficult to argue with his assessment. In La Liga, Barca are out on their own (five points clear of Valencia), led from the front by Messi, and with Madrid away at the Club World Cup, the Catalans could open up an 11-point gap on their rivals (albeit having played one more game) by the time the Clasico comes around on December 23.After an indifferent first 45 minutes against Villarreal in which Marc-Andre ter Stegen made two fine saves, Barca took control of this game in the second half – although Raba’s red card for a violent tackle on Sergio Busquets gave the visitors more space to cause damage.Messi started a marvellous move for the first goal, which was culminated as Luis Suarez rounded returning goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo (back in the Villarreal goal after recovering from his fourth cruciate ligament injury).And the Argentine made sure of all three points by beating Asenjo in the closing stages, leaving two defenders on the turf in the process after a fine ball by Busquets. That strike also saw the 30-year-old draw level with Gerd Muller on 525 goals for a single club in the top European leagues.There will be many more to come and with another clean sheet kept, Thomas Vermaelen impressive again, Paco Alcacer producing another great cameo and Suarez scoring, there was plenty to celebrate for the league leaders here.So, while there were may have been no Ballons d’Or this week for the Catalan club, Messi and Barca are the best in La Liga right now. The rest are playing catch-up.
The National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) for Jamaica, which is being prepared by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), is expected to be ready by mid-2019.The National Strategy will provide a more coordinated approach in producing and disseminating data and is intended to facilitate greater harmonisation among agencies that produce statistics, reducing duplication, and enabling the national statistical system to better respond to the increased demand for information.“So, the plan is to create a coordinated framework with harmonised concepts, definitions, methodologies, standards and classifications,” Director General at STATIN, Carol Coy, told JIS News.She said the coordinated approach will improve production and dissemination of quality data in a timely manner, making information more readily available.The NSDS will contain a detailed action plan for the production and dissemination of statistics over a five- to 10-year period, including capacity development needs and required institutional and infrastructure improvements.It will provide the country with a vision for the development of statistics consistent with Vision 2030 Jamaica – the National Development Plan.STATIN is receiving technical assistance from the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) in preparing the NSDS.PARIS21 is a global partnership of national, regional and international statistics experts and policymakers seeking to improve evidence-based decision-making in developing countries.“One of its (PARIS21) core programmes is to support developing countries in the design, implementation and monitoring of statistics, and this will allow developing countries like Jamaica to better respond to the increased demand for data,” Miss Coy told JIS News.The Director General informed that already, representatives from PARIS21 have partnered with STATIN to facilitate two workshops with ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of Government involved in the production and dissemination of statistics.The workshops, which also included persons from academia, the private sector and other major users of statistics, were aimed at discussing matters and concerns regarding preparation of the NSDS for Jamaica.“So, we are building a framework for action as we create this blueprint for the development of statistics in Jamaica, and once we have developed this (document), then we have to get the buy-in from other data producers and users before we move forward in carrying it to Cabinet,” Miss Coy indicated.She added that “coming out of this, we can move forward in the production of statistics, so that Jamaicans can have more information in order to make more decisions based on data and not on judgement”.
TORONTO — There was no winning ticket for the $12.5 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on May 15 will be approximately $15 million.The Canadian Press
The #Road2FarmAid, announced last week, is one of many ways that Farm Aid is connecting with fans as it gears up for its annual benefit concert on Sept. 21 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.Join the #Road2FarmAidThe #Road2FarmAid, which officially launched Aug. 28 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, invites stories from people who are attending the Farm Aid 2013 concert and anyone wanting to share their own vision for strong farm and food communities.Participants who tag their photos and videos on social media sites will be eligible to win a grand prize of two front-row tickets to Farm Aid 2013, which sold out after just four days. Details about photo and video contest eligibility are available at farmaid.org/contest.“Everybody has a role to play in the Good Food Movement — each one of us can take action to support family farmers with our food choices and at the ballot box,” said Jennifer Fahy, a spokesperson for Farm Aid. “The #Road2FarmAid is an invitation to engage in a conversation about family farmers and the good food they produce. It’s a celebration of family farm agriculture with an added bonus: people can win some cool prizes!”Farm Aid also announced that Jamey Johnson, Sasha Dobson, Jesse Lenat, Insects vs. Robots and The Blackwood Quartet have joined the already star-studded Farm Aid 2013 lineup, which includes Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, Jack Johnson and Amos Lee, among others.Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp set up Farm Aid in 1985.A webcast from Farm Aid 2013 will air Saturday, Sept. 21, from 5 to 11 p.m. EDT at farmaid.org. The webcast will feature artist performances and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Farm Aid 2013, including interviews with artists, farmers and fans; demonstrations from the HOMEGROWN Village, where concertgoers engage in interactive exhibits about farming and food; a look at Farm Aid’s signature HOMEGROWN Concessions®, which brings family farm food to concertgoers; and a peek into the production side of things, showcasing what it takes to produce this major music, food and farming festival.The Farm Aid 2013 concert will also be broadcast live on Willie Nelson’s SiriusXM channel, Willie’s Roadhouse (56) and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com, on Sept. 21, beginning at 2 p.m. EDT. The live broadcast will also include behind-the-scenes coverage and backstage interviews with host Dallas Wayne.In addition, for the first time, concertgoers will be able to access the entire Farm Aid experience in the palm of their hands with the official Farm Aid 2013 mobile app, which will be available soon for iPhone and Android devices. Fans will be able to view the entire Farm Aid 2013 schedule and add artists, workshops and artist briefings to make their own personalized schedule for the day.Farm Aid 2013 is sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill, Amy’s Kitchen, Farm Family Insurance, Horizon Organic, American Harvest, Rudi’s Bakery, Organic Valley, Applegate, Greener Fields Together, EcoScraps, PLOTSAVER and Taste NY.For more information about joining the #Road2FarmAid, visit farmaid.org/Road2FarmAid.For concert updates and other Farm Aid 2013 announcements, follow Farm Aid on Twitter (@farmaid) and on Facebook (facebook.com/farmaid) and visit farmaid.org/concert.Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food.Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $43 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.Source:PR Newswire