Declining Exports Hurt Liberia

first_imgThe Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has called for policy reforms and programs aimed at widening Liberia’s export base from the enclave mining sector towards non-traditional commodity exports.The Bank has warned that reliance on the enclave mining sector for export earnings will not develop the country.The CBL made the call in its latest 2nd Quarterly ‘Financial & Economic Bulletin.’ The Bank also analyzed that weak global demand for export products from Liberia is affecting the performance of the country’s key export commodities on the world market—iron ore and rubber. In the second quarter of 2014, the situation posed serious problems for the overall export earnings for the country’s key commodities, rubber and iron ore, outweighing the gains recorded from minerals [diamond and gold] and round logs exported during the quarter relative to the preceding quarter. Some of the factors undermining this performance include instability in the Middle East and the Ukrainian conflict,  as well as the slowdown of growth in the Chinese economy. These regions are key export destinations of raw iron ore and rubber from Liberia. This is a serious threat to an economy already hit hardest by the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. Liberia, a post-conflict economy, was still struggling to rebuild itself prior to the Ebola outbreak. The Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has declared that quarterly global iron ore price fell by an average of 15 percent at end-June, 2014, compared to  the preceding quarter.  The Iron ore price also fell by an average 18.2 percent on the world market, compared to the corresponding quarter in 2013. The price of rubber, Liberia’s key export crop, also fell on average by 5.9 percent and 27.1 percent compared to the end of the first quarter of 2014 and end-June 2013, respectively.In its Financial & Economic Bulletin covering April-June, 2014, the CBL noted that “with growth in emerging markets projected to slow further during the remainder of 2014, iron ore and rubber prices are expected to continue the downward spiral.” On the domestic front, the Bank has attributed the declines in iron ore and rubber exports volumes to the rainy season and the replanting in the rubber sector to replace aging rubber trees, which it says affected the performance during the quarter. As iron and rubber were underperforming, minerals [gold &diamond] and logs export earnings were, however, outperforming the levels recorded in the preceding quarter. The CBL reports that diamond export receipts rose by 14.9 percent, while gold export receipts also increased by 62.5 percent. The growth in gold and diamond exports earnings was on the back of increased in domestic production as a result of the discovery of new fields. The temporary lifting of moratorium placed on logging by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf largely led to improvement in round logs exports. Despite the good performance by the minerals [gold &diamond] and logs, the country’s overall merchandise exports earnings fell by 11.1 percent at the end of the second quarter, 2014, which the CBL attributes largely “on account of the 41.7 percent year-on declines in rubber export receipts.” Import payments rose by 5 percent and this was driven by increased import payments on food and other consumables. Import payments on rice, Liberia’s staple food, however, dwindled by 15.7, percent due to the declining price of the commodity on the world market. According to the CBL, import payments on chemicals and related products increased during the quarter due to the Ebola crisis and the heightened public health crisis facing the country.The Bank says it expects increased import payments on commodities in this category for the remainder of the year. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Breaching protection order lands man in prison

first_imgForty-five-year old Rohit Chan was last week remanded to prison by Magistrate Leron Daly after he was charged for breaching a protection order.Chan denied that on March 18 at Lot 34 West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, he came into contact with Seleta Chan in breach of the protection order issued by Magistrate Dylon Bess in September 2018 in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Another charge stated that on the same day at the same location, he made use of threatening language to Victor Luke.The prosecution contended that on March 18, the Virtual Complainants had a party when Rohit Chan went over to the house. According to the prosecution’s case, he asked for a drink but one of the VCs denied the request which angered Chan who then verbally abused the VCs and allegedly threatened to kill them.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh opposed bail on the grounds of the serious nature of the offence. The case will continue on March 26, 2019.last_img read more

Bravos blaze away, Stars somersault and nosedive

first_imgCPL week two round-up:Kieron Pollard torched the second week of CPL 2018 with the bat along with the Bravo brothers, while David Warner blew hot and cold. These are the major highlights from the week gone by…St Lucia Stars trapped in Groundhog DayShimron HetmyerIt took Kieron Pollard’s blistering maiden T20 hundred and a CPL record total of 226 to break St Lucia Stars’ 14-game losing streak and give them their first win since July 2016. Afghanistan teenager Qais Ahmad unleashed a celebratory reverse somersault, captain Pollard and his predecessor Darren Sammy later led the team huddle, David Warner blew a kiss to his wife Candice in the stands, and it seemed like Stars had escaped the loop.However, they were back in it in the very next match, collapsing for 69 in 12.3 overs, in the shortest 20-overs-a-side CPL match ever. After the game against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, when Pollard was asked what went wrong, he replied candidly: “Everything… and we are back to square one”.Kavem Hodge given out caught behind for a duck off Carlos Brathwaite in that game, despite not nicking the ball, and Pollard flinging his hands across in utter shock, has been one of the enduring images of Stars’ season so far.Trinbago Knight Riders’ encoreTKR’s batting line-up is perhaps the cricketing equivalent of the Avengers from the Marvel Universe. No target is too far from the reach of a line-up that reads: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Colin Munro, Brendon McCullum and the Bravo brothers. And they proved it in consecutive matches against Stars and Jamaica Tallawahs.In their last five overs against Stars, TKR needed a whopping 85 off 30 balls, but McCullum and Darren Bravo blazed them home with a ball to spare. The highlight of the assault came when Darren Bravo tonked Pollard for five sixes in a 32-run over – the most expensive in the CPL. While we were still wondering about the breathtaking chase, TKR did it again: mowing down 74 off 36 balls in their next game against Jamaica Tallawahs. Darren Bravo was at it again, but it was his brother Dwayne who had provided the finishing kick with 36 off 11 balls.Batsman of the weekIn week where several TKR batsmen sparkled and Guyana Amazon Warrors’ Shimron Hetmyer, 21, became the youngest CPL centurion, it was Pollard who stood out with the bat. The most experienced T20 player in the world slammed an 18-ball half-century against TKR – the joint-fastest in the league – but it wasn’t enough for Stars.In Stars’ next match against Barbados Tridents, he smashed a 53-ball century, which eventually gave Stars some joy. The innings was filled with his signature lofts and leg-side hoicks, with 87 of his 104 runs coming in the arc between midwicket and long-off. He ended with a strike rate of 192.59 and smart strike-rate of 237.79.Bowler of the weekEighteen-year-old Nepal legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane had a smart economy rate of 4.97 across two matches this week. In the game against Tallawahs, he was bludgeoned for a pair of sixes by opener Kennar Lewis, but he still dared to toss another legbreak up and the reward was the wicket of Lewis for 49 off 24 balls. He then teased Ross Taylor, who touched only one out of four balls from Lamichanne.Then, against Stars, he unfurled the googly, which dipped sharply, creating distance between Warner’s bat and the pitch of the ball and broke away to take the outside edge, which was superbly held by Ben Cutting at deep point. Lamichhane later said he has five or six variations in his repertoire, which Patriots will miss next week when he leaves the tournament for national duty.Smith, Warner watchSteven Smith made a cameo – 28 off 16 balls – against Stars following his match-winning 41 against Amazon Warriors last week. Warner, meanwhile found form against TKR, with an unbeaten 72 off 55 balls, in front of his family at Gros Islet. He pillaged 42 off 24 balls from TKR’s best bowlers Ali Khan and Sunil Narine, helping swell Stars’ total to 212. However, his form has cooled off since, adding to Stars’ misery. (ESPN cricinfo)last_img read more

Crude oil production to reach 5.86 million barrels per day by 2035: CAPP

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers is projecting Canadian crude oil production will increase by 1.27 million barrels per day to 5.86 million by 2035.The association’s latest forecast predicts total production in Western Canada will reach 5.76 million barrels per day in 2035 compared with 4.36 million in 2018.Production in Eastern Canada is forecast to peak at 354,000 barrels per day in 2026 before falling to about 91,000 barrels per day in 2035.- Advertisement -The report noted that capital spending in the oilsands this year is set to fall for a fifth consecutive year to roughly $12 billion.Overall, capital investment across Canada’s oil and natural gas industry is forecast to fall to $37 billion in 2019.The report said pipeline constraints, a lack of market diversity, and inefficient regulations are largely responsible for holding back the oil sector.Advertisementlast_img read more

Video: It’s an ‘A’ Plus for Valeri!

first_imgCheck out this stunning strike from Melbourne Victory star Carl Valeri against Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-Leaguelast_img

VIDEO: WATCH THE MOMENT SKY NEWS REPORTER CONFRONTS TROLL BEHIND McCANN HATE CAMPAIGN

first_imgSKY News has tracked down a woman who is part of an internet hate campaign against Gerry and Kate McCann, the parents of missing Madeleine McCann.Play video to see the moment Sky Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt tracked her down.  VIDEO: WATCH THE MOMENT SKY NEWS REPORTER CONFRONTS TROLL BEHIND McCANN HATE CAMPAIGN was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

High School Scoreboard – 10/21

first_img GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY MISSION VALLEY LEAGUE Leg Lake Course South El Monte 22, El Monte 38 1. Samantha Rodriguez (SEM) 19:24, 2. Esmeralda Delgado (EM) 19:52, 3. Alejandra Zoquiapa (SEM) 20:17, 4. Lisette Pinedo (EM) 20:38, 5. Jessica Hurtado (SEM) 21:06. Records: South El Monte 3-0, 3-0; El Monte 1-2, 1-2. GIRLS TENNIS MONTVIEW LEAGUE Gladstone 11, Sierra Vista 7 At Gladstone Singles: Gladstone — Gabby Oleta 2-1, Jamie Calles 2-1, Vanessa Vasquez 0-3. Sierra Vista — Vanessa Acosta 3-0, Denise Garcia 1-2, Yesenia Guzman 1-2. Doubles: Gladstone –Vanessa Ortiz-Anel Rivera 3-0, Stephanie Perez-Jessica Cabrera 3-0, Darlene Rodriguez-Stephanie Obeso 1-2. Sierra Vista –Christine Do-Rocio Garcia 1-2, Sprinna Tran-Suzanna Lieu 1-2, Amy Lay-Tracy Tran 0-3. Records: Gladstone 11-3, 8-0; Sierra Vista 11-2, 5-2. VALLE VISTA LEAGUE Covina 18, Ganesha 0 At Covina Singles: Covina — Jacqueline Nguyen 3-0, Meg Tiangco 3-0, Benya Pokpongkiat 3-0. Ganesha — Isabel Juarez 0-3, Adalicia Garcia 0-3, Daisy Garcia 0-3. Doubles: Covina –Melissa Salas-Wendy Ojeda 3-0, Grace Liao-Kimee Sarcos 3-0, Rebecca Prelle-Marr Tiangco 1-0, Rebecca Prelle-Jazmyn Lopez 1-0, Jazmyn Lopez-Rebeka Reed 1-0. Ganesha – Itzayana Garcia-Tran Pham 0-3, Xochitl Garcia-Mariela Puentes 0-3, Kendra Pineda-Arlene Rodriguez 0-3. Records: Covina 16-0, 8-0; Ganesha 4-9, 2-6. GIRLS VOLLEYBALL DEL REY LEAGUE At MARY STAR OF THE SEA HS Bishop Amat def. Mary Star 22-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-13. Record (overall, league): Bishop Amat 12-4, 5-0. Notes: Vanessa Alvarez (BA) 15 kills; Juanise Cornell (BA) 15 kills. DEL RIO LEAGUE At Santa Fe HS Santa Fe def. La Serna, 25-27, 25-19, 23-25, 26-24, 15-10. Records (overall, league): La Serna 5-10, 2-4; Santa Fe 12-4, 5-1. Notes: Kelsi McAleese (LS) 12 kills, 4 blocks, Nicole Holmes (LS)12 kills, Chelsey Cook (9 kills, 5 blocks, Courtnie Everidge (SF) 9 kills, Jessica Saenz (SF) 7 kills, 4 aces, Ivana Mendez (SF) 7 kills. MIRAMONTE LEAGUE At Los Altos HS Los Altos def. Charter Oak 25-14, 25-10, 25-23. Records (overall, league): Charter Oak 2-8, 1-4; Los Altos 7-4, 3-2. Notes: Stephanie Olivas (LA) 5 aces. SAN ANTONIO LEAGUE At South Hills South Hills def. Rowland 25-11, 25-19, 25-19. Record: South Hills 17-4, 4-1. Notes: Natalia Gonzalez (SH) 11 kills. SIERRA LEAGUE At Ayala HS St. Lucy’s def Ayala 25-27, 25-20, 25-27, 25-21, 15-7. Records (overall, league): St. Lucy’s 16-3, 6-0; Ayala 4-2 in league. Notes: Allie Macy (SL) 21 kills; Sarah Mandala (SL) 14 kills; Taylor Gray (SL) 10 kills. At Glendora HS Glendora def. Chino Hills 25-10, 25-23, 25-16. Records (overall, league): Chino Hills 1-5; Glendora 4-2. VALLE VISTA LEAGUE At San Dimas HS San Dimas def. Northview 25-18, 17-25, 21-25, 25-19, 15-5. Records (overall, league): Northview 10-4, 4-2; San Dimas 10-7, 4-2. Notes: Jasmine Davis (SD) 12 kills; Madison Hoarsley (SD) 10 kills; Brittni May (SD) 10 kills. NONLEAGUE At Walnut Walnut def. Bonita 25-11, 25-22, 9-25, 20-25, 15-9. Records (overall, league): Bonita 8-4; Walnut 16-3. Notes: Karri Currier (W) 21 kills, Angeline Quiocho (W) 11 kills, 18 digs. TUESDAY RESULT: DEL REY LEAGUE At Bishop Amat HS Bishop Amat def. St. Monica 25-22, 22-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-11. Records (overall, league): St. Monica 3-1; Bishop Amat 4-0. Notes: Alissa Ramirez (BA) 10 kills, 5 aces; Vanessa Alvarez (BA) 28 kills; Juanise Cornell (BA) 19 kills. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FOOTBALL All games at 7 p.m. Miramonte League Bonita at Charter Oak Los Altos at Wilson Mission Valley League Arroyo at Rosemead Gabrielino at El Monte Mountain View at So. El Monte San Antonio League West Covina vs. South Hills, at Covina Dist. Field Rowland at Walnut Mt. Baldy League Diamond Ranch at Colony Valle Vista League Covina at Baldwin Park San Dimas at Ganesha Montview League Bassett at Azusa Duarte at La Puente Gladstone at Sierra Vista Sierra League Glendora at Chino Chino Hills at Ayala Damien at Diamond Bar Baseline League Los Osos at Claremont Serra League Loyola at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m. Nonleague Nogales vs. Garey, at Ganesha HS Saturday’s game Christian League Linfield Chr. vs. Western Chr., at Charter Oak HS, 7 p.m. HED:FOOTBALL VALLE VISTA Northview 41, Pomona 35 Pomona 13 6 16 0 35 Northview 7 7 14 13 41 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY MISSION VALLEY LEAGUE Leg Lake Course South El Monte 22, El Monte 38 1. Samantha Rodriguez (SEM) 19:24, 2. Esmeralda Delgado (EM) 19:52, 3. Alejandra Zoquiapa (SEM) 20:17, 4. Lisette Pinedo (EM) 20:38, 5. Jessica Hurtado (SEM) 21:06. Records: South El Monte 3-0, 3-0; El Monte 1-2, 1-2. GIRLS TENNIS MONTVIEW LEAGUE Gladstone 11, Sierra Vista 7 At Gladstone Singles: Gladstone — Gabby Oleta 2-1, Jamie Calles 2-1, Vanessa Vasquez 0-3. Sierra Vista — Vanessa Acosta 3-0, Denise Garcia 1-2, Yesenia Guzman 1-2. Doubles: Gladstone –Vanessa Ortiz-Anel Rivera 3-0, Stephanie Perez-Jessica Cabrera 3-0, Darlene Rodriguez-Stephanie Obeso 1-2. Sierra Vista –Christine Do-Rocio Garcia 1-2, Sprinna Tran-Suzanna Lieu 1-2, Amy Lay-Tracy Tran 0-3. Records: Gladstone 11-3, 8-0; Sierra Vista 11-2, 5-2. VALLE VISTA LEAGUE Covina 18, Ganesha 0 At Covina Singles: Covina — Jacqueline Nguyen 3-0, Meg Tiangco 3-0, Benya Pokpongkiat 3-0. Ganesha — Isabel Juarez 0-3, Adalicia Garcia 0-3, Daisy Garcia 0-3. Doubles: Covina –Melissa Salas-Wendy Ojeda 3-0, Grace Liao-Kimee Sarcos 3-0, Rebecca Prelle-Marr Tiangco 1-0, Rebecca Prelle-Jazmyn Lopez 1-0, Jazmyn Lopez-Rebeka Reed 1-0. Ganesha – Itzayana Garcia-Tran Pham 0-3, Xochitl Garcia-Mariela Puentes 0-3, Kendra Pineda-Arlene Rodriguez 0-3. Records: Covina 16-0, 8-0; Ganesha 4-9, 2-6. GIRLS VOLLEYBALL DEL REY LEAGUE At MARY STAR OF THE SEA HS Bishop Amat def. Mary Star 22-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-13. Record (overall, league): Bishop Amat 12-4, 5-0. Notes: Vanessa Alvarez (BA) 15 kills; Juanise Cornell (BA) 15 kills. DEL RIO LEAGUE At Santa Fe HS Santa Fe def. La Serna, 25-27, 25-19, 23-25, 26-24, 15-10. Records (overall, league): La Serna 5-10, 2-4; Santa Fe 12-4, 5-1. Notes: Kelsi McAleese (LS) 12 kills, 4 blocks, Nicole Holmes (LS)12 kills, Chelsey Cook (9 kills, 5 blocks, Courtnie Everidge (SF) 9 kills, Jessica Saenz (SF) 7 kills, 4 aces, Ivana Mendez (SF) 7 kills. MIRAMONTE LEAGUE At Los Altos HS Los Altos def. Charter Oak 25-14, 25-10, 25-23. Records (overall, league): Charter Oak 2-8, 1-4; Los Altos 7-4, 3-2. Notes: Stephanie Olivas (LA) 5 aces. SAN ANTONIO LEAGUE At South Hills South Hills def. Rowland 25-11, 25-19, 25-19. Record: South Hills 17-4, 4-1. Notes: Natalia Gonzalez (SH) 11 kills. SIERRA LEAGUE At Ayala HS St. Lucy’s def Ayala 25-27, 25-20, 25-27, 25-21, 15-7. Records (overall, league): St. Lucy’s 16-3, 6-0; Ayala 4-2 in league. Notes: Allie Macy (SL) 21 kills; Sarah Mandala (SL) 14 kills; Taylor Gray (SL) 10 kills. At Glendora HS Glendora def. Chino Hills 25-10, 25-23, 25-16. Records (overall, league): Chino Hills 1-5; Glendora 4-2. VALLE VISTA LEAGUE At San Dimas HS San Dimas def. Northview 25-18, 17-25, 21-25, 25-19, 15-5. Records (overall, league): Northview 10-4, 4-2; San Dimas 10-7, 4-2. Notes: Jasmine Davis (SD) 12 kills; Madison Hoarsley (SD) 10 kills; Brittni May (SD) 10 kills. NONLEAGUE At Walnut Walnut def. Bonita 25-11, 25-22, 9-25, 20-25, 15-9. Records (overall, league): Bonita 8-4; Walnut 16-3. Notes: Karri Currier (W) 21 kills, Angeline Quiocho (W) 11 kills, 18 digs. TUESDAY RESULT: DEL REY LEAGUE At Bishop Amat HS Bishop Amat def. St. Monica 25-22, 22-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-11. Records (overall, league): St. Monica 3-1; Bishop Amat 4-0. Notes: Alissa Ramirez (BA) 10 kills, 5 aces; Vanessa Alvarez (BA) 28 kills; Juanise Cornell (BA) 19 kills. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!,FOOTBALL All games at 7 p.m. Miramonte League Bonita at Charter Oak Los Altos at Wilson Mission Valley League Arroyo at Rosemead Gabrielino at El Monte Mountain View at So. El Monte San Antonio League West Covina vs. South Hills, at Covina Dist. Field Rowland at Walnut Mt. Baldy League Diamond Ranch at Colony Valle Vista League Covina at Baldwin Park San Dimas at Ganesha Montview League Bassett at Azusa Duarte at La Puente Gladstone at Sierra Vista Sierra League Glendora at Chino Chino Hills at Ayala Damien at Diamond Bar Baseline League Los Osos at Claremont Serra League Loyola at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m. Nonleague Nogales vs. Garey, at Ganesha HS Saturday’s game Christian League Linfield Chr. vs. Western Chr., at Charter Oak HS, 7 p.m. HED:FOOTBALL VALLE VISTA Northview 41, Pomona 35 Pomona 13 6 16 0 35 Northview 7 7 14 13 41 P: Rodney Alford 8 run (Ivan Verduzco kick) P: Alford 1 run (Kick failed) N: Damian Jones 6 run (Jeremy Hernandez kick) P: Joe Ivey 32 pass from Kelly Johnson (Conversion failed) N: Jones 62 run (Hernandez kick) P: Alford 8 run (Eddie Acosta run) N: Will Davis 4 run (Hernandez kick) P: Alford 65 run (Michael Reza pass from Johnson) N: Justin Fuentes 10 pass from Jones (Hernandez kick) N: Jones 2 run (Hernandez kick) N: Jones 18 run (Kick failed) Records (overall, league): Pomona 3-2, 1-1; Northview 3-4, 1-1. BOYS CROSS COUNTRY MISSION VALLEY LEAGUE Leg Lake Course South El Monte 18, El Monte 42 1. Jose Vasquez (SEM) 16:45, 2. Daniel Guidero (SEM) 17:16, 3. Ulises Lorenzo (EM) 17:29, 4. Andrew Centeno (SEM) 17:33, 5. Fernando Ojeda (SEM) 17:41. Records: South El Monte 2-1, 2-1; El Monte 0-3, 0-3. P: Rodney Alford 8 run (Ivan Verduzco kick) P: Alford 1 run (Kick failed) N: Damian Jones 6 run (Jeremy Hernandez kick) P: Joe Ivey 32 pass from Kelly Johnson (Conversion failed) N: Jones 62 run (Hernandez kick) P: Alford 8 run (Eddie Acosta run) N: Will Davis 4 run (Hernandez kick) P: Alford 65 run (Michael Reza pass from Johnson) N: Justin Fuentes 10 pass from Jones (Hernandez kick) N: Jones 2 run (Hernandez kick) N: Jones 18 run (Kick failed) Records (overall, league): Pomona 3-2, 1-1; Northview 3-4, 1-1. BOYS CROSS COUNTRY MISSION VALLEY LEAGUE Leg Lake Course South El Monte 18, El Monte 42 1. Jose Vasquez (SEM) 16:45, 2. Daniel Guidero (SEM) 17:16, 3. Ulises Lorenzo (EM) 17:29, 4. Andrew Centeno (SEM) 17:33, 5. Fernando Ojeda (SEM) 17:41. Records: South El Monte 2-1, 2-1; El Monte 0-3, 0-3. last_img read more

Draw our flag

first_imgDraw a rectangle in a proportion of 3 in the length to 2 in the width – 18cm x 12cm is a convenient size.Using a pencil, divide the rectangle into three equal horizontal stripes.Join the four corners with a diagonal cross.On each side of the diagonal cross, which provides the centre line in each case, draw parallel lines. The distance between each set of lines should be one third of the width of the flag. Join the various lines as shown.Within the V-shaped area, which extends from the corners at the flagpost to the outer edge of the fly, draw a series of parallel lines, the distance between which is in each case one-fifth the width of the flag. Join the appropriate lines as indicated and erase the remaining pencil lines.Colour specifications for the flagTextile coloursGreen: CKS 42 c Spectrum greenBlack: CKS 401 c Blue blackWhite: CKS 701 c National flag whiteGold: CKS 724 c Gold yellowRed: CKS 750 c Chilli redBlue: CKS 762 c National flag blueApproximate Pantone equivalentsGreen: 3415 cGold: 1235 cRed: 179 cBlue: reflex blue cHTMLGreen: #00d400Gold: #d4d400Red: #d40000Blue: #0000d4last_img read more

Nestlé expands operations in SA

first_imgNestlé is building two new multimillion-rand factories in South Africa. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) Nestlé is building two new multimillion-rand factories in Babelegi, a small town in the North West province, where it will manufacture some of the products it currently imports. Construction of the cereal and Maggi factories has started in Babelegi, Nestlé South Africa’s corporate affairs director Ravi Pillay confirmed in an interview on 3 February 2011.Contractors started ground work on the 16 000 square metre Cheerios and Milo cereal plant after a sod-turning ceremony on 2 February. Both projects are set for completion by mid-2012.Nestlé is investing R505-million in the new facilities and in the upgrade of a newly acquired soya venture in Potchefstroom, also in the North West. This forms part of its expansion drive in South Africa, where the multinational has been operating for decades.“We will continue to invest in South Africa, in line with our long-term commitment to business sustainability and economic development,” said Sullivan O’Carroll, chairperson and managing director of Nestlé South Africa.The cereal factory has been allocated R244-million. Cheerios and Milo, products that Nestlé currently imports to South Africa, will be produced in Babelegi for the first time when the plant is fully equipped.Some R155-million has been set aside for the factory that will manufacture the Maggi range, including instant soups, stocks, sauces, seasonings and instant noodles. While some of Nestlé’s Maggi products are imported, most are currently produced in factories located in Gauteng and Harrismith in KwaZulu-Natal.The new plant will ensure that all Maggi products are made in South Africa. “New Maggi products will come through,” said Pillay.Nestlé recently bought the Specialised Protein Products (SPP) company in Potchefstroom. The acquisition of this and upgrades will cost R106-million, said Pillay.Through this new venture, Nestlé will be able to increase production of non-dairy creamers and begin making soya-based products.The multinational has retained 120 employees from SSP.Employment opportunitiesA sizeable number of people have already found jobs in Nestlé’s factory in Babelegi, and more opportunities beckon.“There will be many spinoffs to the local economy of Babelegi due to these investments,” Pillay said.The two new factories in the area will result in the creation of at least 230 new permanent jobs, according to the group. Coupled with the 120 employees from SSP, Nestlé will be responsible for 350 new employees following the expansion project.It said 70 new permanent jobs will be created in the cereal products factory, while the construction process will result in at least 100 contractor jobs.Some 160 permanent jobs are expected to become available at the new Maggi plant and about 200 employment opportunities will be created during that factory’s construction.“A number of our employees will go to factories around the world for manufacturing training,” said Pillay.Stimulating the local economyNestlé enjoys a substantial market share in South Africa. The group has factories and distribution centres in six of the country’s nine provinces, including Mpumalanga, the Western and Eastern Cape and Free State.Its popular products include baby formula milk Nido and Nespray, as well as baby foods like Nestum and Cerelac. Nestlé South Africa ventured into mineral water in 1987 and produces a range of ice-creams as well.Producing locally has a direct impact on prices for both customers and the multinational. “Having products closer to our customers is always affordable,” added Pillay.Local farmers will also score big as Nestlé suppliers. “By manufacturing locally we’ll also be stimulating the agricultural sector,” he said.last_img read more

Day 3 of The 2016 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Presented by Ritchie BrothersDay 1 results from the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop TourDay 2 results from the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop TourAlong with us today is a group of investors with JP Morgan Chase. They follow this tour every year, not as scouts, but just to follow along on some of the routes to get a feel for how things will end up this fall. Conversations in the truck are a bit different with investors on this trip.The dynamic of people that take part in the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour and their reasons why are always fascinating to me. For the past two years, Wal-Mart has been on the tour to get a feel of how commodities important to their bakery needs will fair.Here are the final results for the entire eastern leg of this year’s Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour for Illinois.Corn –193.50 bushels to the acre.Soybeans – 1318.09 pods in 3X3 foot square.We are heading north from Bloomington to get our first sample of day 3. This is my view. Might make for a long day (and a muddy one)!Bloomington, IllinoisCedar County, IowaSome issues in this field, including some ear development issues and as we got into the field, many of the stalks have been blown over recently. Our yield count here is 173.Soybeans, or this weed field with some volunteer soybeans in it, was lodging. The population was okay but the pod count per plant was marginal. Our 3 x 3 foot square pod count is 1184.Cedar County, IowaJones County, IowaThis is definitely the roughest looking corn we have seen today. This field may have been planted right before a dry spell as the root system didn’t dig as deep as the fields we checked earlier today. 140 is our yield estimate here.The soybeans were beginning to die down but SDS made it look like it was farther along in that respect than they actually are. Moisture has missed this field for at least a month. 1146 was our pod count here in a 3 by 3 square.Jones County, IowaJones County, IowaJones County, IowaJackson County, IowaThis field was more mature and well on its way to a great harvest. Some tip-back but just enough where population was right on the money. Our calculations for this field is a solid 198 .Once again we are seeing awful population in soybeans in this part of the country. As you can see in the picture, first pods are still up the stalk a ways. This field’s pod count in a 3 x 3 square is 714.Jackson County, Iowa Jackson County, IowaClinton County, IowaWe just crossed into the Hawkeye State and before we hit our first corn field, we showed our out of towners one of the largest ADM facilities in the U.S. They were quite impressed.The corn here was tipped back more than we’ve seen so far today. Ear count wasn’t great and it still has a little way to go. Our number here is 184.More SDS in these soybeans and they had thinned out. Our 3 square feet pod count was 1324.Clinton County, IowaClinton County, IowaWhiteside County, IllinoisThe ears here may look good but there is a reason for that. The population count was some of the lowest I have seen this week. Our estimated yield here is 194.This was the first SDS I have been in this week, but my fellow scouts today told me they saw a few fields in Ohio with it. Every soybean fields we have been in have had the first node develop as far as 5 inches up the plant. Signs of a dry June in this area. Pod counts here were 1347 pods in a 3 x 3 foot square.Whiteside County, IllinoisWhiteside County, IllinoisStark County, IllinoisAll good here as our corn streak continues. Stalks look in great shape with only minor disease on lower leaves. 240 is our number here.Soybeans continue to disappoint. 30 inch rows and good population here but the picture below is of two of our 3 random plants in the measured row. 798 pods in a 3 x 3 foot square.Stark County, IllinoisStark County, IllinoisHenry County, IllinoisThis corn was planted in 30 inch rows and the ears were above our heads. One of our sample ears had some pollination issues as you can see in the picture. Our yield guess here is 168.Finally a decent soybean field here. Although population was a bit low, we finally took more than 20 seconds to count pods with one over 100. A pod count in a 3 foot square is just over 1300.Henry County, IllinoisHenry County, IllinoisPeoria County, IllinoisThe rain has finally let up but I just got a report from a fellow farm broadcaster in this area that they received just shy of an inch of rain here this morning. Another nice corn field here with a yield 232.Soybeans were lodging here too. Harvest may not be too fun for growers here next month. Another 30 inch row but more population here. We counted 1,386 pods in a 3 x 3 square.Peoria County, IllinoisPeoria County, IllinoisMarshall County, IllinoisIt is very wet and we are hoping by heading west we’ll get through the storms faster. Our first two stops were in this county and the corn is phenomenal. The first field came in at 248 and the second at 229.The soybeans are another story. 30 inch rows and low plant counts are hindering here. The first stop was 882 and the second was 996. The rain is taking its toll on these tall beans and I noticed more 2 bean pods than 3.Marshall County, IllinoisMarshall County, IllinoisMarshall County, Illinoislast_img read more