Intra-African trade ‘a matter of urgency’

first_img26 August 2011 Supporting intra-Africa trade should be a matter of urgency, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe. “The recently launched agreement for the establishment of the Tripartite Free Trade Area has made it more urgent to promote intra-Africa trade, and that should be at the top of the continent’s economic agenda,” Thabethe said at the South Africa-Ghana Business Forum in Cape Town on Wednesday. The free trade area centres on building Africa’s biggest free trade bloc, merging the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa), East African Community (EAC) and Southern African Development Community (SADC). “Strengthening trade and investment links with the continent is a key policy priority of the government, both to benefit our economy and more importantly, those of our partners on the continent.” Thabethe said African countries had the potential to develop into modern industrialised states that could compete on the world stage, due to their richness in natural resources. The forum, hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry, took place on the second day of the state visit to South Africa by Ghanaian President John Atta Mills, who was accompanied by a strong business delegation. On Wednesday the department, through Trade and Investment South Africa, also signed a memorandum of understanding on trade investment the Ghanaian Investment Authority. Since 2003, bilateral trade between the two countries has been growing, with annual trade statistics indicating South African exports to Ghana to the value of R2.523-billion and imports from Ghana worth R84.275-million. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Ohio 4-H member wins National Tractor Championship

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tanner Inkrott of Leipsic in Putnam County won the Tractor competition at the National Youth Engineering Challenge. The event was hosted by Purdue University, Sept. 27-29, at Lafayette, Ind. TheTanner Inkrott of Putnam County4-H competitors and parents participated in workshops at the Purdue College of Engineering, and toured a Caterpillar plant, which manufactures huge diesel engines.Tanner is a sophomore at Miller City High School where he is taking engineering prep classes and is in FFA. The Inkrott family (Fred and Rhonda) farms 250 acres of wheat, corn and soybeans, and they feed 200 beef cattle and a few hogs.Tanner has been driving tractors since he was eight years old. The farm has two Allis-Chalmers tractors and a couple of New Hollands. His driving skills paid off because with five components in the contest, he had the best scores in maneuvering a two-wheel trailer and a four-wheel wagon.last_img read more

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New Rackspace Cloud iPad App: For System Administrators Who Want to Have a Life

first_imgThe original Rackspace Cloud app came out last year when the iPad launched. Today, the iPad 2 is launching and the app is making a second entrance. This time with capabilities that make it usable for communities far larger than the systems administrator crowd.The new Rackspace Cloud app has new features for the system administrator to better manage cloud infrastructure:Administrators may manage the Rackspace Cloud and customize OpenStack clouds. OpenStack is the open cloud building initiative that Rackspace helped start. The app runs on the iPhone, iTouch and iPad devices.The app now works in the United Kingdom.The app has Chef integration, providing the capability to manage up to ten servers at once.The app uses the API and can do everything the API does. This falls in line with what Programmable Web sees. The Twitter site, for instance, is run by the API. But its features also make the app more universal. It runs on Apple iOS 4.3, connecting audio and video files to the Rackspace cloud infrastructure with the ability to run directly on Apple TV. You may also share from the app through Twitter, for example. Related Posts The ability to use Apple TV and share through Twitter shows how storage is fundamentally becoming abstracted. Storage is becoming more of a conduit to connect devices. In the process, managing a cloud infrastructure can also be in line with using an app to show the video on your Apple TV or sharing it through a social community. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#cloud computing Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… alex williamslast_img read more

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Twitter Chats: A Professional Development Tool

first_imgUse these icons when you are tweeting: This allows you to Tweet at, or respond to, someone directly.This allows you to ReTweet someone else’s tweet; i.e., send it to your Twitter followers.This allows you to Favorite someone’s Tweet; i.e., indicate that you like what they have shared. (Note: This function is now represented by a heart instead of a star.)Happy tweeting! I hope to see you on a personal finance Twitter chat soon. You can then Tweet or Retweet whatever you wish, and the http://www.tchat.io/ application will add the hashtag on for you so that you too can join the conversation! By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®Rutgers Cooperative ExtensionIn early June, as part of the 3-Day Virtual Learning Event (VLE), the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) held a series of three Twitter chats using the hash tag #MFLNchat. The MFLN VLE information page with archived webinars is  located here. The purpose of the Twitter chats was to extend conversations in the “chat” section of the webinars about encouraging positive financial behaviors through motivation, coaching, and counseling.Prior to the three Twitter chats, a “Lite” Twitter Cohort was held to introduce chat participants to the basics of using Twitter. Each day for two weeks, cohort 36 cohort participants received e-mailed messages about using Twitter. Materials for the cohort are available here. Participants used the hashtag #twittercohort to hold asynchronous conversations with one another.Twitter chats, on the other hand, involve synchronous conversations. As the number of Twitter users has grown since its inception in 2006, so has the use of Twitter for financial education. An increasingly outreach method is Twitter chats, which use the hashtag (#) symbol to hold a “conversation” through an organized stream of tweets from people interested in the same topic (e.g., credit).The formatting convention used to organize Twitter chat threads is Q1 for Question 1 and A1 for participant responses to that question, with 8 to 10 different questions per one-hour chat. All users have do is log in to a Twitter application such as Tchat.io or Twubs.com at a designated time and time zone, type in the hashtag for the chat, and start responding to and/or asking questions to engage with others.The MFLN plans future professional development Twitter chats and encourages Personal Financial Management Program (PFMP) staff to participate. Feel free to “lurk” for a while, if you’d like, and then jump in. Another good idea is to observe, and then participate in, these regular personal finance Twitter chats: #creditchat (Experian, 3 p.m. ET on Wednesdays), #wbchat (WiseBread, 3 p.m. ET on Thursdays), #cashchat (@MsMadamMoney, 12 noon ET on Fridays), and #mcchat (Money Crashers, 4 p.m. ET on Fridays).Below are some screen shots that further explain how to navigate a Twitter chat:Go to as http://www.tchat.io/In the top, right corner click on “Sign In”If you are already logged into your Twitter account, this box will prompt you to “Authorize TweetChat…to use your account”. You then click on “Authorize App” For Example:Experian Tweetchat’s hashtag is “#CreditChat”Wisebread Tweetchat’s hashtag is “#WBchat” If not it will ask you to log into your Twitter account. Log in with your Twitter handle and password. Then, in the top left hand corner, type in the hashtag you are following and then press, “Go” You will then be taken to a stream of Tweets, only with the hashtag you typed in during the last step.last_img read more

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Living in fear of the Ganga in Bengal

first_imgSeveral areas of West Bengal’s Nadia and Malda districts are experiencing severe erosion of riverbanks over the last couple of weeks, rendering hundreds of people homeless. Among the severely affected villages, three are in Nadia district while one is in Malda district.Since last week, at least eight houses were swallowed by the mighty Ganga in the Uttar Sarati village in Nadia’s Kalyani block, rendering 40 people homeless. Locals said that during last monsoon also, 16 houses were swallowed by the river as its bank collapsed. However, no casualties have been reported so far.The area residents claim that they go through this ordeal almost every monsoon. About a couple of years ago, an entire village called Durgapur was swallowed up by the Ganga and at least 300 families became homeless. Most of them had then settled in adjoining villages.The situation has caused severe discontent among locals against the State government. “Every day we are living in fear of the Ganga. The river is just 55 metres away from my house and may swallow it any day,” Noor Islam, a resident of Uttar Sarati village, told The Hindu.Mr. Alam also accused the State government of not addressing the issue properly. “We are losing our homes every year and the State government is doing nothing substantial to address the issue. Instead of wasting funds by doing small repairs on the riverbank, the government should take up a comprehensive project to deal with the matter.” About 100 metres away, the residents of Hemnagar village also are living in fear of losing their village. Nearly 50 people have become homeless in the last couple months. Over the last decade, nearly half of the village has been swallowed by the Ganga. Locals said the people of the once-prosperous village have lost most of their farmlands and are now earning their livelihoods doing odd jobs.Residents of Bamangola block in Malda district are also facing a similar situation due to the erosion of banks by the swelling Tangon river. The Tangon is a tributary of Punarbhaba River which originates in the Thakurgaon, a district in north-western Bangladesh. Residents fear for their life and property.State Irrigation Minister Somen Mahapatra admitted that the government does not have any information regarding the number of people affected by the erosion. “I don’t have any data on this. It is the Centre’s responsibility to deal with the issue but they are totally not bothered,” the Minister said.He further alleged that despite being repeatedly urged by the State government to chalk out a master plan to deal with riverbank erosion by conducting a joint survey, the Centre didn’t even bother to respond to the letters by the State government.last_img read more

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