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Let’s get on with it …

first_imgKhanyi MagubaneFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialThe elections have come and gone, and we now call Jacob Zuma Mr President.I am now, officially, living under the leadership of a man who came under intense pressure from a public trial and a test of character at the hand of South African media and civil society, most recently through a new communication medium – blogs.I find myself obsessively following the blogs of online news publications, so as to tap into the mindset of South Africans.The blog’s discussions are fascinating, not least because of the way users, with their identities hidden, unleash torrents of abuse against each other. With racial slurs and put-downs, users try to out-do each other with their profound insights into politics and the functions of government.Some comments are witty and quite clever, but for the most part I have found the general sentiment coming out of blogs is a desperate need for healing.The blogs have an uncanny way of revealing unresolved resentment that many still harbour after 15 years of democracy. And this resentment isn’t going away by itself.As toxic as they may be, these blogs may be just what we need. They allow many South Africans to get their negativity out of their systems and into the open, hopefully making space for something geared towards a positive outlook on this country.South Africans are forgetting that we actually have a stable country right now, in the midst of a global recession. And now we have a new president, whether we like him or not, let’s just get on with it – let’s resolve the serious issues we have as a people.Recently, the Gauteng provincial government narrowly managed to avert what would have been South Africa’s biggest industrial action to date, with about 54 000 municipal workers having planned a solidarity strike in support of bus drivers, who had been striking for six weeks.The doctors and nurse’s strike, which still needs to be resolved, involves similarly routine issues: increased wages and better working conditions.These are things we all expect from our jobs. And they are entrenched in Section 10 of the constitutional Bill of Rights: “Everyone has inherent dignity and the right to have their dignity respected and protected.”This new strike season can’t come as a shock to the new government. South Africans voted to improve their lives and, when this doesn’t happen, they take to the streets to protest.   The sooner we get on with the business of running the country, the better chance we have of showing the world what we are capable of – performing miracles where none are expected.At this time, when sceptics are predicting that the country will fall apart, South Africans must work to prove them wrong.The time to tear each other up is certainly not now, nor do I ever foresee a time that will be right for destructive engagement, which doesn’t further the collective cause of each and every South African.As South Africans we want to be safe in our homes, on the streets and in our cars. We want job security, an efficient health system, and a quality education for our children. We want a place we can call home, that’s not leaking when it rains, and that’s not a furnace when it’s hot and a mortuary when it’s cold.The government is under pressure to deliver on its promises. But we can play a part by not only maintaining that pressure, but also by simply getting on with the work that needs to be done.Khanyi Magubane is a journalist, published poet, radio broadcaster and fiction writer. She writes for MediaClubSouth Africa, and brings with her an eclectic mix of media experience. She’s worked as a radio journalist for stations including Talk Radio &702 and the youth station YFM, where she was also a news anchor. She’s been a contributing features writer in a number of magazines titles including O magazine and Y mag. She’s also a book reviewer and literary essayist, published in the literary journal Wordsetc. Magubane is also a radio presenter at SAfm, where she hosts a Sunday show. She’s currently also in the process of completing the manuscript of her first novel, an extract of which has been published in Wordsetc.last_img read more

Day 1 of The 2016 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Presented by Ritchie BrothersDay 2 results on the 2016 Midwest Pro Farmer Crop TourImagine Christmas morning every day for a week in August. That sums up the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour for me. Once a novice at hopping in and out of a pickup truck every 20 miles to disappear into endless corn fields and wade through rows and rows of soybeans, I know am considered a veteran when it comes to finding out just how friendly, or downright cruel, Mother Nature has been to farmers and their yearly effort to make a living in the Corn Belt.For the second straight year, it looks as through the trend we will see this week on tour are the crops getting better with every mile we head west, not boding well for growers in my home state of Ohio as their yield numbers decline as prices do the same.I hope my journey gives you some insights as to what things will look like as harvest approaches. Keep following along throughout the week to see what I am seeing as the eastern leg of the tour checks out Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota.Here are the final results for the entire eastern leg of this year’s Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour for Ohio.Corn –148.96 bushels to the acre. Soybeans – 1055.05 pods in 3X3 foot square. Hamilton County, IndianaThis corn at our last stop was in full dent and easily the most mature corn of the day. The stalk integrity was still in tact. Some light mold was noticed as the ears outgrew the husk here. Our yield number is a solid 185 bushels to the acre.Soybeans were tall but pods were scarce. These beans were beginning to turn as well. Our 3 x 3 foot square pod count is 1408 here.Hamilton County, IndianaHamilton County, IndianaHamilton County, IndianaHamilton County, IndianaMadison County, IndianaWe met the farmer of these fields and he was eager to find out what he might have here. Needless to say he is glad he stuck around as we got our highest yield estimate yet of 206.Soybeans we tall and viney. I am told they will be even harder to get through as we go further west. Our pod count here is 1291.Madison County, IndianaGrant County, IndianaGot into a tall corn field here and ears were about head high. The field was really green, but did have some diseases on the lower leaves. Once we peeled back the husk these ears looked a lot better than most of ears we’ve pulled today. Our yield estimate here is 182.The beans were also pretty impressive with a very high pod count and a very high stand. These were the most mature beans we have seen today. Our pod count is 1408.Grant County, IndianaGrant County, IndianaGrant County, IndianaBlackford County, IndianaWhen we first pulled up to this field it looked a whole lot worse than it actually ended up being. Stalks in the first 5 rows were short and almost all yellow, but the paces past the end rows turned out to be healthy. Population will not help this yield number of 157.Soybeans were 15 inch rows and were still blooming. Population really suffered here and our pod count was 604 in a 3 foot square.Blackford County, IndianaBlackford County, IndianaWells County, IndianaAlthough it looked as though there was some N left, but the only way kernel size and test weight will be put on is with some more rain. One of our ears measuring 3 inches is a testament to the lack of rain during pollination. Our yield guess here is 186.Everything that could munch on soybeans were doing just that here. Stinkbugs, bean leaf beetle and grasshoppers were noted. The pods didn’t take long to count here. Our 3 foot square total was 634.Our second stop in this county really shows some differences with the corn only clocking in at 128 bushels and the bean pods added up to 1728 in a 3 x 3 square.Wells County, IndianaWells County, IndianaWells County, IndianaAllen County, IndianaAs we cross into Indiana, this was, by far, the highest population corn we have seen today and the highest yield too. Despite our random small ear, our big ears pulled their weight. Our yield check here is 195 bushels per acre. Good start for the Hoosier State.On the other side of the road was another story with a very low pop count. The field was about as even as it could be and plants were healthy. Our 3 x 3 pod count was 897.Allen County, IndianaAllen County, IndianaAllen County, IndianaAllen County, IndianaPaulding County, OhioOne word here…dry. You can still see the knife marks in the soil of the corn field and you didn’t have to peel back to husk. You could feel the ear full, or lack there off, in you hand. Our yield number here is 144.Soybeans were the weediest we have seen. We are sure that applications were made here but with no moisture there isn’t much hope for success. We counted 1177 pods in a 3 foot square.Paulding County, OhioPaulding County, OhioPaulding County, OhioPaulding County, OhioVan Wert County, Ohio (Stop 2)This corn pollinated alright but it is tipped back considerably. These stalks have tried to hold on, but it was overmatched by the hot dry weather. Our yield guess is 157.This 18 inch row bean field had great root development and for a smaller height was podded nicely. Our pod count for a 3 x 3 square is1206.Van Wert County, OhioVan Wert County, OhioVan Wert County, OhioFor this field pollination wasn’t the issue, but it looks like the crop simply ran out of water to fill the ear. This is the driest soils we have seen so far today. Our yield calc here is 147.Soybeans was also hard to pull due to dry conditions and pod counts per plant were low here. Our calculations show 950 pods in a 3 foot square.Van Wert County, OhioVan Wert County, OhioAllen County, OhioThe evidence of drought was in this corn field will cracks in the dirt and disease on the lower leaves. Like our last field, this corn has some development time left. One 20 around ear will help this yield figure, which was still an unimpressive 156, but the late rains will help here too.Soybeans were very clean and thick. They were podded nicely from an inch up and still had some blooms. Our pod count in a 3 x 3 foot square was1622.Allen County, OhioAllen County, OhioAllen County, OhioAllen County, OhioAuglaize County, OhioWe have heard over the past 2 weeks that these recent rains won’t do much for the corn crop, but this corn still has a ways to go and is looking pretty good. Population was low due to skips, but no signs of poor pollination or early tip back. Our yield estimate is 179.The soybeans had just had an application recently but that might have been for nothing as these beans were very poorly podded and thin to walk through. The 3 x 3 pod count here is 772.Auglaize County, OhioAuglaize County, OhioAuglaize County, OhioAuglaize County, Ohio Logan County, Ohio (Stop 2)A little further up the road we made a stop in northern Logan County. These fields were also very well saturated and the corn was very healthy with plenty of green left on the stalk. Leaves showed no disease and the ears here had a little bit more to them than our first 2 stops. Yield estimate here is 166.Soybeans were tall, but so was the marestail. Pod counts were high and there were no more blooms left in this field. Our pod count here is 1125 in a 3 x 3 square.Logan County Stop 2Logan County Stop 2Logan County Stop 2Logan County Stop 2Logan County, OhioBoth corn and soybean fields had quite a bit of standing water from the recent heavy rains over the weekend. You can see that water ha been laying here early in the growing season too. The corn was short here and this crop was not as far along as our previous stop. Our corn yield guess 141.Soybean were very bushy and it took some time to count these pods. Population was sporadic, but no sign of disease or pest here. Our 3 foot square pod count is 1432.Logan County, Ohio4Logan County, OhioLogan County, OhioLogan County, OhioUnion County, OhioOur route takes us up State Route 33 westbound and our first stop is in Union County. As we will see throughout the day, the hot, dry weather really put it to the corn crop in Ohio. What looks like a great field from the road, is not what you find 50 yards in. Our yield estimate here is 137 bushels to the acre.The soybeans were short here and I was able to show our foreign riders some bean leaf beetles feeding in this field. With short beans, some would expect a decent pod count. Our number of pods in a 3 x 3 square is 1017.Union County, OhioUnion County, OhioUnion County, OhioUnion County, Ohiolast_img read more

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Carl Demaio holds Yes on 6 rally at DMV

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The final push is on to kill the twelve-and-a-half cent increase in the gas tax that we’ve been paying since last November 1st. This was imposed by Sacramento, and the voters never had a say.Carl Demaio of Reform California released an analysis from the state’s legislative analyst, saying 1.1 billion dollars in car registration fees are being diverted from roads by the DMV and deposited in the state general fund for use outside of roads.He also says the ballot language for Yes on 6 was changed by the state from Proposition 6 is the gas tax and car tax repeal initiative, to repeal road repairs.He says it’s very important for voters to understand a Yes on 6 vote means the gas and car taxes go away. Carl Demaio holds Yes on 6 rally at DMV Steve Bosh, Posted: October 1, 2018 October 1, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitter Steve Bosh last_img read more

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Privatized Housing Survey Report Reveals More Details

first_img ADC AUTHOR A military family advocacy group has reported more details from the nation’s military families on the condition of privatized military housing, according to Military.com.The Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) surveyed more than 16,000 military family members across the country who responded with various reports of dirty and unsafe conditions on more than 160 military bases, the advocacy group said.The latest survey details revealed that 84% reported “very negative, negative or neutral” base housing experiences.Nearly 57% of survey respondents reported problems with maintenance and repairs, nearly 30% reported problems with mold and 25% reported filth as an issue, according to MFAN.A preliminary report in February had highlighted problems including maintenance issues and poor responsiveness and unsatisfactory living conditions such as mold, lead-based paint issues, pest infestations and faulty wiring, as On Base reported.The highest privatized housing satisfaction rate was at Naval Base San Diego, Calif.Air Force photo by Carole Chiles Fullerlast_img read more

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