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first_imgMangoes and passion fruit produced bysmall-scale farmers in Kenya andUganda will now be used to makefruit juice for Coca-Cola. MEDIA CONTACTS • Norah OdwessoThe Coca-Cola CompanyEast & Central Africa Business Unit+00 254 207 3390 0350Bongani NkosiSmall-scale fruit farmers in Uganda and Kenya will soon be able to start making good money from their produce, thanks to a multimillion-dollar deal that will see them supply Coca-Cola.The beverage giant has joined NGO TechnoServe and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to form a partnership that will help more than 50 000 small farmers in Uganda and Kenya increase their output and generate a sizeable income.The three organisations have invested a combined amount of R87.5-million (US$11.5-million) to sustain the initiative over the next four years. The new partnership was launched in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, on 20 January.Coca-Cola will use mango and passion fruit from the two East African countries to make new fruit juice products for local markets. “This partnership is a great example of sustainability,” Coca-Cola’s East and Central Africa business unit president Nathan Kalumbu said in a statement.“By partnering with tens of thousands of local farmers we can help increase their incomes while meeting our needs for locally sourced fruit, benefiting both the community and our business,” Kalumbu added.Coca-Cola plans to replicate the project in other parts of the world to grow its fruit juice range. One such product in the range, Minute Maid, has already become a global hit. The company, together with one of its bottling partners, invested about R30.4-million ($4-million) in the scheme.Growing fruit juice demandThe beverage company said there’s an increasing demand for fruit juice both in East Africa and across the world, and therefore a critical need to increase production. As part of the deal the small farmers will be supplied with tools to help them increase their productivity.TechnoServe, one of the leading NGOs that help communities grow their own enterprises, will work closely with the governments of Kenya and Uganda as a hands-on partner in the implementation phase.It will also teach the farmers how to increase yields and improve quality, and help them gain access to the donor funds.“We are honoured to be a part of this innovative collaboration as it represents a significant step forward for private sector development in Africa,” said TechnoServe president and CEO Bruce McNamer.“This investment will drive momentum toward reducing poverty across Africa by helping entrepreneurial farmers connect to markets and get the support they need.”The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which donated R57-million ($7.5-million), said the initiative is very important in the global drive to reduce poverty among poor communities.“Empowering small farmers to increase productivity, improve crop quality and access reliable markets is critical to addressing global hunger and poverty,” said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the foundation’s Global Development Program.“Partnerships like this provide farmers with the tools and resources that can help revitalise African agriculture and increase opportunities for small farmers so they build better lives for themselves and their families,” Burwell said.The foundation, formed by Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates and his wife Melinda, has channelled more than R10.6-billion ($1.4-billion) into to agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, Burwell said. The grants are aimed at strengthening the entire agricultural value chain – from seeds and soil to farm management and market access – to sustain long-term hunger and poverty initiatives.last_img read more

first_imgMoussa Dembele firming as Man Utd January favouriteby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are ready to launch a January bid for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.Le 10 Sport says United have had Dembele watched consistently this season – with scouts present since the campaign kicked off.While it’s been a bad start to the season for OL, who are winless after six games, Moussa Dembele has impressed. He has six goals (having scored 15 last season) and has been displaying career best form.Signed for €22m last year from Celtic, the 23 year-old is now valued at almost double that price. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

first_imgBarack Obama filling out NCAA Tournament bracket.For the seventh straight year, President of the United States Barack Obama has joined ESPN’s Andy Katz to unveil his March Madness picks. “Baracketology”, as it’s now known, hasn’t been all that successful, but it has been entertaining.This year, Obama went mostly chalk. While he has a number of interesting upsets in the first round, he has seeds ranked 1-4 for 15 of his 16 Sweet Sixteen slots. Davidson, a 10-seed, is the only squad he thinks will wind up pulling two upsets.All the President’s picks: Check out his NCAA Tournament Bracket → http://t.co/ENqqesV08s #Baracketology pic.twitter.com/gYREANLa6P— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 18, 2015Obama has Kentucky over Villanova in the final. He thinks that UK is going to finish the season 40-0. Here’s his entire bracket, via ESPN.Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 9.45.19 AM What do you think of the President’s picks?last_img read more

first_imgart brilesTwitter/@McClain_on_NFL Last week, Baylor fired head coach Art Briles following the release of the Pepper Hamilton Report, which detailed the school’s failure to address the multiple instances of sexual assault within the Bears football program. According to the report, Baylor coaches failed to establish a “culture of accountability for misconduct,” and denied complainants true investigations into their accusations.For the first time since his dismissal, Art Briles released a statement on the matter.Art Briles releases statement pic.twitter.com/O0lsbiwyWN— Jeremie Poplin (@jeremiepoplin) June 2, 2016Former Ohio and Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe has been hired as the program’s interim head coach.last_img

first_imgzoom The outlook for dry bulk shipping remains positive as the gap between supply and demand is set to continue shrinking over the next five years, while charter rates are expected to improve gradually, shipping consultancy Drewry informed.With high demolition activity and low deliveries the fleet would grow at a slow annual rate of 1% over the five-year period, while tonne mile demand will grow at a faster pace of around 3% per annum.The Chinese government’s stimulus package in 2015 supported steel production last year and is likely to aid the steel industry over the next two years. The relative cheapness of imported coal (cfr) over domestic coal makes room for increased coal imports, supporting the rally in rates for the rest of the year.However, the declining cost of producing energy from renewable sources and the general acceptance that COP21 may reduce the use of coal as a major energy source are threatening the dry bulk shipping trade. Although the share of renewables in total energy production is quite low for most major economies, any shift away from coal could hamper the dry bulk trade over the medium term, Drewry said.Looking at demand, Drewry has identified three concerns that might impact dry bulk shipping rates in the near future. First, the National Energy Administration of China plans to increase coal consumption by only 0.7% annually over the next four years, and plans to meet its energy production targets by making coal use more efficient.China also plans to cut down on excess steel capacity by 100 million tonnes over the next five years by shutting down illegal, sub-standard, steel-making units. The combined efforts of China and India to increase the share of renewables in their energy mix could bring down the dry bulk market to an era of negative growth in the short to medium term.Additionally, India plans to increase its thermal coal power generation to 236 GW in 2022 from the current 186 GW, a rise of 4% annually. To produce 236 GW thermal coal power in 2022, India will require 159 million tonnes of imported coal, meaning an annual fall of 1.8% in imports.“The rationale for using demand to create scenarios finds its logic in the fact that the dry bulk market has become more demand-dependent than ever before,” Rahul Sharan, Drewry’s lead analyst for dry bulk shipping, said.“However, for the time being the impact of renewables on coal trade is not likely to be significant as its share of the global energy market remains very low,” Sharan said, adding that Drewry expects its base case to prevail which will see the dry bulk shipping market continue to improve, “albeit at a moderate pace.”last_img read more

OSU men’s basketball senior guard Aaron Craft (at podium) speaks at the OSU Scholar-Athletes dinner in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union April 14.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerAfter being recognized for what they did on the field of play, it was time for some exceptional Ohio State student-athletes to be recognized for what they did off it.A total of 511 student-athletes were honored as Ohio State Scholar-Athletes at the 47th Annual Scholar-Athlete Dinner in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union Monday.The dinner recognized those student-athletes who maintained a 3.0 GPA during the 2013-14 school year, as well as other notable academic achievements.The Big Ten Medal of Honor, a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship given annually for the past 100 years to graduating student-athletes who have showed high academic and athletic proficiency was given to senior rowing team member Allison Elber and senior men’s basketball player Aaron Craft.“I feel very humbled and blessed to be in this situation,” Craft said, addressing the audience.There were eight finalists for the award: tennis player Peter Kobelt, gymnast Michael Newburger, lacrosse player Logan Schuss, track and field athlete Korbin Smith, synchronized swimmer Chelsea Aton, swimmer Alex Norris, field hockey player Berta Queralt and gymnast Melanie Shaffer.Fifteen student-athletes received honors for a having 4.0 cumulative GPA.“I’m very, very honored by it,” Norris said, who received the Leann Grimes-Davidage Award, given to a female athlete with academic and community involvement.“It’s huge, Leann had so many accomplishments and just to hear her stories of what she did and what she accomplished and what her whole family accomplished is really impressive,” Norris said.Jane Lankes, a third-year in sociology and psychology on the rifle team, said she valued the time OSU took to take a step back and see what her and others did in the classroom as well as in the field of play.“We’re always recognized for our athletic achievement, I think pretty regularly, so I think it’s kind of nice to have recognition of academics too,” Lankes said.For some OSU students performing well academically is already difficult without the added pressures of playing a collegiate sport, but playing a sport can help them move forward in their classes.“The busier you get the more you learn how to manage your time … the more you have on your plate the better you get at time management and strategies and studying smart as opposed to studying everything,” said Megan Polonsky, a third-year in medical laboratory science on the rifle team.Others said one’s ability to perform well in academics and sports come down to prioritization.“I get work done first before I can play,” said freshman wrestler Blake Riley-Hawkins.In his speech at the dinner, OSU Interim President Joseph Alutto said the student-athletes were being honored not purely for their scholastic or academic achievement but for their yearn for knowledge.“You’re here because you know one of the things you want from university is an education … you understand what’s happening around you, you understand the dynamics of society,” Alutto said. “That ability to see beyond what you’re doing today makes all of you successful and is the reason why all of us take such tremendous pride in you guys as individuals, as well as, representatives of the Buckeye Nation.” read more

Ohio State redshirt junior wide receiver K.J. Hill (14) catches a pass in the second quarter of the game against TCU on Sept. 15. Ohio State won 40-28. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State had some things to prove in its first game against a ranked opponent. It had to prove whether it could get past a TCU offensive line that did not allow a sack through the first two games, allowing sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson to utilize both his legs and his arm equally.The Buckeyes also had to prove redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins would continue his momentum he had built at quarterback over the first two games against a highly-touted defense. Even with what Ohio State acting head coach and offensive coordinator Ryan Day called “ebbs and flows” during the game, the Buckeyes defeated TCU 40-28, bringing the team to a perfect 3-0 record just before head coach Urban Meyer returns to the sideline against Tulane on Saturday. Here are three takeaways from Saturday’s win that Ohio State can take with it back to Ohio Stadium against the Green Wave. Dwayne Haskins can run … if he wants toOver the first three games of the season, Haskins has shown what he can do with his arm, throwing for 344 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s 12-point win over TCU. What he has failed to show is something that Ohio State lost when quarterback J.T. Barrett ended his collegiate career last year: his running ability.Through this, Haskins has still been running similar sets, lining up in shotgun formations, running run-pass option offenses, giving opposing defenses that potential look if he keeps it and carries it.In the fourth quarter, with Ohio State leading 33-28, Haskins utilized his running ability. He held out the ball to sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins, eventually pulling it away and running it in himself from five yards out for his first career rushing touchdown.Haskins said, after the game, the play call on that run was actually a traditional read, where many of the offensive plays prior were designed runs made to look like an option.Day said Haskins has the ability to use his legs, saying it’s not the main part of his offense, but it’s something he can utilize.With a successful tuck and run by the redshirt sophomore quarterback, Haskins might feel more comfortable in future games running the ball on the option than passing or handing it off to either Dobbins or redshirt junior back Mike Weber. K.J. Hill stays consistentWhile junior wide receiver Austin Mack struggled to keep the ball in his hands, recording four drops in Ohio State’s win against TCU, redshirt junior wide receiver K.J. Hill continued to be one of the more consistent options for Haskins and the Buckeye offense on Saturday.Hill led the team in receptions, hauling in six catches for a team-leading 94 yards. He also brought in his first touchdown of the year, a 24-yard pass from Haskins in the third quarter to give Ohio State a 33-21 lead.Hill has been one of Haskins’ main connections through the first three games, recording at least five receptions in each of his first three games, with six catches against both Oregon State and TCU. With his short-yardage approach and speed in the open field, Hill provides a different look than Mack or redshirt senior receiver Terry McLaurin give in the passing game. With the combination of Hill and redshirt senior receiver Parris Campbell, the short-yardage, quick speed, tempo passing game has become a weapon for Haskins early on this season. Ohio State still has work to do in its rush defense TCU junior running back Darius Anderson found a way to beat the Ohio State defense much like Oregon State running back Artavis Pierce did in the season opener: beating the second-level of the defense. With a better offensive line than anything Ohio State had faced this season, TCU provided ample amounts of room for Anderson to run through. When he got to the second-level of the defense, the Richmond, Texas, native beat the Buckeye defense with his feet. Anderson, after bursting through the left side of the offensive line, beat the Ohio State secondary, out-stepping them in the open field as he scored one of two touchdowns on the day on a 93-yard run. The 93-yard run was the longest play from scrimmage in TCU history, beating out 89-yard runs by former Horned Frog running back LaDainian Tomlinson. However, for Ohio State, it was the longest run every allowed in school history by the Ohio State defense. With a continued rotation at safety and middle linebacker, Ohio State showed it can be beat with the lack of stability it has in those positions. If the defensive line is not working, especially if junior defensive end Nick Bosa is out with an injury for a significant amount of time, the second-level of the Ohio State defense will have to step up in all facets of the game. read more

first_imgFormer Napoli and Atalanta director Pierpaolo Marino believes that Paul Pogba’s return to Juventus is a definite possibility.Over the last couple of weeks, Pogba’s row with Jose Mourinho and reports of a likely departure from Old Trafford has died down a little.However, Pogba’s embrace of his former teammates and fans in Turin for the Champions League game left the door open.“Watch out, seeing Pogba back in the Juventus jersey is a definite possibility,” ex-Napoli and Atalanta director of sports Marino told Football Italia via Rai Sport .Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“It looks genuinely possible to see Pogba wearing the Bianconeri shirt once more. There are various declarations that do intersect, but the timing might be an issue for January.“I do see a clear opening. As of today, I can say fairly confidently that Pogba will not see out his career in Manchester.”The French man was a notable absentee in the Manchester derby loss after missing out due to injury.last_img read more

first_img KUSI Newsroom, San Diego Unified School District Data Breach could impact 500,000 students Updated: 6:28 PM Posted: December 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom center_img December 21, 2018 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 San Diego Unified School District said they have alerted employees and families to an incident involving the security of their personal data on the district’s information systems.According to the district they have reason to believe some employee and student personal data may have been compromised through the access or use by an unauthorized individual.Roughly 50 staff members whose accounts were compromised had the security on their accounts reset immediately upon discovery. Families of students whose data may have been accessed have been contacted by the district. The breach is believed to date back to January 2018 and could impact as many as 500,000 students who were enrolled in the district between the 2008-09 and 2018-19 school years, according to district officials.“Data security has become an increasing concern for public agencies, corporations and private citizens nationwide,” said Toren Allen executive director of San Diego Unified’s Integrated Technology Department. “We are constantly reviewing our practices and systems in an effort to find efficiencies and to identify potential vulnerabilities.”For more information, families and employees have been directed to visit www.sandiegounified.org/datasafety Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more