11 November 2013 South Africa has pledged a R100-million aid package to help alleviate the effects of drought in Namibia, it was announced after talks last week between President Jacob Zuma and his Namibian counterpart Hifikepunye Pohamba. Zuma was in Windhoek, Namibia for a two-day state visit on Wednesday and Thursday. The semi-arid country has been hard hit by its worst drought in 30 years. South Africa’s president said the package added to international efforts to help Namibia minimise the drought’s impact on food security, according to an SABC report. During their talks, Zuma and Pohamba also reviewed a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues, and reaffirmed their commitment to work together in pursuit of regional economic integration. The presidents said they hoped the newly established Bi-National Commission between the two countries would enhance bilateral economic and political ties. The commission will cover sectors such as education, gender, health, fisheries, land, culture and ICT. South Africa has emphasised that the commission should also contribute to improving regional integration, intra-African trade, and infrastructure development, in order to ease the movement of people and goods across borders. According to official statistics, about 66% of Namibian exports go to South Africa, while South Africa takes up about 80% of total investment in Namibia’s mining, retail, banking and insurance sectors. Source: SAnews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Now that winter is here and upland hunting season is over, many hunters and conservationists like myself are concerned with Ohio’s dwindling population of ring-necked pheasants, and the birds’ ability to survive should we face a harsh winter. Some ask, “Should we be feeding pheasants?” Pheasants Forever, of which I am a card-carrying member, has some answers to that question.The organization’s biologists say the key to carrying pheasants through the winter is quality thermal habitat. While this is no consolation this winter in places where such habitat has not been established, consider that resources spent on establishing high quality winter cover will yield far greater results and the best winter survival rates down the road. The lesson to be learned from a tough winter is the need to plant more high quality thermal cover this spring. Which means it’s time to start habitat planning now.“More than anything, feeding is reactionary to the winter, when the best thing we can do is be proactive about improving quality habitat,” said Rick Young, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Field Operations. “Unfortunately, many well-intentioned people who provide corn and other grains as food sources actually harm pheasants more than they help them.”Why NOT to feed pheasants, according to Pheasants Forever:• The biggest reason to shy away from feeding pheasants is that feeders attract predators and expose pheasants to death by predation. Feeders give predators a focus point similar to a bait pile.• In fact, it is rare for a pheasant to starve, but death by freezing can be common. Poorly-placed feeders may draw the pheasants out and away from their protective winter cover and cause birds to congregate and expend energy competing for food. Instead of saving birds, this actually adds to freezing deaths.To contact a Pheasants Forever representative in your area with your winter habitat or pheasant feeding questions, visit pheasantsforever.org. To order seeds for Ohio planting to benefit pheasants, visit pheasants-forever.myshopify.com/collections/ohio.Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are non-profit conservation organizations dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant, quail, and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education. “The Habitat Organization” has over 125,000 members in 750 local chapters across the continent including 22 here in the Buckeye State.If you want to learn more about promoting pheasant populations in your area, I offer the following local contact information for PF chapters and rep throughout the state.Franklin County: Charles Antonides, email@example.com; (614) 390-4822; greatercolumbuspf.comUnion County: Larry Wright, firstname.lastname@example.org; (614) 565-0117Deer Creek: Andrew Bosworth, email@example.com; deercreekpf.org/Marion County: Joe Schelb, firstname.lastname@example.orgLogan County: Deb Roberts, email@example.com; (937)407-1012Knox County: Christopher Fletcher, firstname.lastname@example.org; (740) 599-6617Wyandot County, Chad Baker, email@example.com; (419) 294-3396Southeastern Ohio: Jessica Milligan, firstname.lastname@example.org; (740) 438-7503seohiopf.orgCrawford County, Eric & Jodi Honaker, email@example.com; (419) 563-0406Hardin County, Tom Kier, firstname.lastname@example.org; (419) 634-0824Miami County: David Garlow, email@example.com; (937) 440-8048; miamicountypf.orgAshland County: Gordon Garling, firstname.lastname@example.org; (567) 203-2879Clinton/Highland County: Maxine Carson, email@example.com; (937) 402-4079Seneca County: Val Gillig, firstname.lastname@example.org; (419) 934-3891;senecacountypheasantsforever.org/Hancock County: Mark Plesec, email@example.com; (419) 722-6771Auglaize County: Mark Langsdon, firstname.lastname@example.org; (419) 394-7486Darke County: James McClurg, email@example.com; (937) 526-8216Mercer County: Constance Stachler, firstname.lastname@example.org; (937) 548-5068Black Swamp: Nick Langhals, email@example.com; (419) 236-3450North Coast: Tim King, firstname.lastname@example.org; (440) 888-9072Erie/Ottawa/Sandusky: Jessica Brough, email@example.com; (419) 277-8483Butler County: Donald L. Streit, firstname.lastname@example.org; (513) 319-3850.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180111_RyanMartinWarm air surges into the state today. But, it’s what is coming after the cold air that has our entire attention this morning. Sure, it will be quite mild today. A good part of the state was in the 50s yesterday knocking on the door of 60, and we should do about 4-6 degrees better today, even in northern Ohio, where snow kept clouds and fog top of mind through the day yesterday. Still, we have some serious weather headed our way.Rains start late this evening and continue through the overnight tonight and into tomorrow morning. Rain totals across Ohio will range from .15” in NW OH to .6” or better in central and southwest parts of the state. Rain coverage will be pushing 70% tonight and early tomorrow. Then, tomorrow morning we see rain change over to snow. Ohio is set up to see the heaviest snows out of this system, while our neighbors to the west deal with some ice that came in overnight. Here, we are looking at 5-10 inches of snow to stretch across the state from southwest to northeast, and we won’t rule out some 12 inch totals in parts of NE OH before all is said and done. Northwest parts of the state will see lesser snows, in the 2 to 5 inch range (Lima should see around 5”, while Edgerton will be closer to 2”). We do not expect any freezing rain here, except off to the northeast…areas around Youngstown may be looking at a few tenths worth of ice accumulation before snows settle in there late morning. Gusty winds are also a part of this storm complex. Today, those winds will be southwest, fueling the warm up. But tomorrow, on the backside of the system, those winds will be strong north and northwest, and will cause our snows to blow and drift. East-west roads will suffer the worst fate, especially if we hit even low to middle part of our snow forecast range. In addition to drifting these winds will trigger wind chills that can run from 6 above to 5 below zero through tomorrow afternoon and into the weekend. While maybe falling short of our initial fears earlier in the week, this storm still qualifies as a nasty little system, and we need to take it seriously. .Behind the system, lake effect snows can hang around over northern and especially northeast parts of Ohio to finish the weekend. We can see minor accumulations along the south shore of the lake, but bigger totals in far NE OH. A fairly strong clipper system moves through the region Monday into early Tuesday that brings a coating to 2 inches to about 50% of the state. Temps will return to cold levels, looking at normal and below normal temps for the entire week. Northern areas will be in the teens and low 20s through out, southern areas should be solidly in the 20s and flirt with the lower 30s from time to time. A strong system comes in out of the southwest again late next week, Friday into Saturday. This can bring snows back, and may favor southwest, south central and central Ohio over other parts of the state.In the extended period, we have a weaker front around the 21st into the 22nd that bring some snows up to 2 inches, and then a stronger system for the 26th and 27th that has some bigger snow potential. Our pattern looks to remain somewhat active through the reminder of January.
Spiritual leader and educationist Dada J.P. Vaswani — the moral force behind the Sadhu Vaswani Mission and a tireless promoter of vegetarianism and animal rights — passed away on Thursday, aged 99, days short of his centenary.Sources at the Sadhu Vaswani Mission said he had been admitted to a private hospital in the city for the past a few days and was discharged on Wednesday night. Dada Vaswani died on the mission premises on Thursday.Born Jashan Pahlajrai Vaswani on August 2, 1918 in the city of Hyderabad in Sindh province (present-day Pakistan), he was a brilliant student in his youth, who matriculated at the tender age of 13 and graduated at 17.His M.Sc. Thesis on the ‘Scattering of X-Rays by solids’ was examined by Nobel Laureate C.V Raman.Acclaimed as a humanitarian and non-sectarian leader, he later gave up a promising academic career to follow in the footsteps of his uncle, Sadhu T.L Vaswani – the legendary Indian educationist who started the Mira Movement in education.In order to propagate Sadhu Vaswani’s ideas and vision, he edited three monthly journals – the Excelsior (which became a popular journal), the India Digest and the East and West series.He also served as one of the earliest Principals of the St. Mira’s College for Girls. Regarded as a philosopher and a modern-day saint by the Sindhi diaspora, he was also an inspiring orator who often exchanged ideas with world spiritual leaders like the Dalai Lama. He was also a prolific author, writing several hundred books on spirituality and communal harmony which have seen translations in a number of world languages. In keeping with his shibboleth that “forgiveness is the golden key to peace,” his birthday on August 2 is celebrated as ‘Global Forgiveness Day’.“Dada J.P. Vaswani lived for society and served the poor and needy with compassion. Blessed with immense wisdom, he was passionate about educating the girl child, cleanliness and furthering peace as well as brotherhood,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, adding that Dada Vaswani had been his “guiding light.”His mortal remains were kept at the Sadhu Vaswani Mission for people to pay their last respects. The final rites will be performed on Friday.
India relied on spinners Baba Aparajith and Harmeet Singh to pull off a thrilling 9-run victory over New Zealand and cruise into the final of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup here on Thursday. SCORE | PHOTOSDefending a modest total of 209, Indian bowlers maintained their consistency throughout as they restricted New Zealand to 200 for nine in their 50 overs to set up a title clash against Australia on Sunday.Needing 18 off last over, medium pacer Sandeep Sharma kept his cool as he gave away only nine runs as India made it to summit clash quite comfortably in the end at the Tony Ireland stadium.Young Tamil Nadu lad Aparajith got his second successive man-of-the-match award for his all-round show as he scored 44 before taking the important wicket of Robert O’Donell.This is India U-19 team’s fourth appearance in the final of the tournament having won the 2000 and 2008 editions while they were runners-up in 2006.A target of 210 was never a tall-order for the Black Caps colts but all-rounder Aparajith (1/29) and the young sardar from Mumbai Harmeet (2/30) stifled the set New Zealand pair of Cam Fletcher (53) and O’Donell (29) in the middle overs to set it up for the Indians.The duo gave away only 59 runs in the 20 overs between them and also shared three wickets. The highlight certainly were the Batting Powerplay overs where two of them gave away only 14 runs in the five overs.While New Zealand lost the first four wickets for 63 runs, Carter-O’Donell duo put on 56 runs for the fifth wicket without much fuss. It looked as if New Zealand were cruising along towards victory before Harmeet-Aparajith applied brakes on scoring. Back to-back maidens in the 34th and 35th overs suddenly increased the pressure on the Kiwis.advertisementAs the pressure mounted, O’Donell closed the face of his bat to an off-break from Aparajith to offer a simple return catch as India made decisive inroads.