British Royals touch down in SA

first_img3 November 2011The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Rosemary, arrived in South Africa on Wednesday afternoon for a four-day visit at the personal invitation of President Jacob Zuma.The Prince was greeted by a military guard of honour – and a stunning amber sunset – as he touched down under blue skies at Waterkloof Air Force Base near Pretoria on Wednesday.His Royal Highness was met on arrival by British High Commissioner in South Africa Nicola Brewer, who introduced him to South African Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and South Africa’s Chief of State Protocol Vusi Bruce KolwaneThe Duchess arrived separately in Johannesburg on Wednesday morning. Together, the royal couple will attend engagements in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Kwazulu-Natal and Cape Town before leaving after a church service on Sunday.The royal tour will go to townships, community programmes, a nature reserve and sustainability projects, giving special attention to sustainability issues in the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Durban from 28 November.It will also focus on the issues of trade and investment, jobs and development, education and disadvantaged youth, and shared heritage and conservation of traditional livelihoods and wildlife, particularly the work of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Prince Charles recently became president of WWF UK.The Prince will not be meeting President Jacob Zuma, who is attending the G20 Summit in Cannes, France.The Prince of Wales visited South Africa in 1997 when he introduced his son, Prince Harry, to southern Africa. His last official visit to Tanzania was in 1984.This is the Duchess of Cornwall’s first official visit to southern Africa, though she has visited privately. She has never visited Tanzania.SAinfo reporter BuaNewslast_img read more

Rain, rain, go away

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nearly every USDA NASS rainfall checkpoint in the state of Ohio is in the plus category for rainfall totals since April 1, and the rains keep coming. Van Wert is leading the state in rainfall totals with a staggering 28.24 inches of rain since April 1 which puts the location more than 15 inches of rain above normal. Those totals were compiled before another series of heavy rains early this week.Darke County flooding after 5.1 inches of rain by Scott LabigThe most recent round of rains put down in excess of five inches in some areas following an ominous orange-looking sky and severe thunderstorms. A Fairfield County farmer reported three inches of rain falling in less than a half hour from the downpour. Some areas experienced strong winds and hail as well from the strong front that turned daylight into night as it moved through on Monday.The big rains once again swamped soggy crop fields, flooded roadways and thwarted any attempts to make hay. Temperatures have also been cool and sunlight has been scarce around Ohio.Jim Noel, with the NOAA, expects these weather trends to change in the second half of July.“Overall, weather, climate and hydrology conditions will improve in Ohio after the start of this week into the end of July,” he said in this week’s CORN Newsletter. “After a wet start to this week we expect a drier Wednesday and Thursday. However more showers and storms will return Friday into the weekend. But the pattern looks to be heading toward amore summer-like pattern where the rainfall pattern becomes more scattered and typical after this week.“At the same time, temperatures will become warmer than normal. With all the moisture in the ground, we continue to see daytime temperatures kept down some and nighttime temperatures elevated and this will continue with the overall tendency toward slightly warmer than normal temperatures.”Moving forward Noel’s forecast is for slightly above normal temperatures (mostly from overnight lows) with highs mostly in the 80s and lows in the 60s. Rainfall is predicted to be more normal and scattered with two to four inches over the next three weeks. August temperatures are predicted to beWind damaged corn east of Greenville. Photo by Thomas Shawnormal and slightly above normal rainfall.Beyond that, Noel is warning farmers of the potential for a strong El Nino.“El Nino is in full swing in the equatorial Pacific Ocean and is likely to strengthen in a significant El Nino for fall and winter. El Nino will likely persist into spring growing season next year and will play havoc with our weather, climate and hydrology patterns in Ohio,” he said. “Our research shows during El Nino events crops are stressed in Ohio from significant changes in our weather patterns. Impacts are greatest to wheat and corn and to a lesser extent soybeans.”Photo of ominous skies by North Star Hardware & Implement Co. in Darke Countylast_img read more

Parties gear up for post-poll scenarios

first_imgWith polling for Lok Sabha 2019 ending on Sunday, political parties in Maharashtra have called all their MLAs, sitting MPs and candidates for meetings on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the possible scenarios that may emerge afterresults are announced on May 23. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) core committee will meet on Monday, while all its MLAs, MPs and candidates in Maharashtra will meet in Mumbai the following day. Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil said, “This is a regular meeting. We have called the elected representatives on Tuesday. We are confident of a majority; there is no question of us getting panicky.” He reiterated that BJP-Shiv Sena combine will win up to 45 of the 48 seats in Maharashtra. Sena leaders, on the other hand, have been asked to remain in their constituencies. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is currently on a holiday in Europe and is likely to return within a day or two. Congress meetingNationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar will in Delhi from Tuesday and will be joined by senior party leaders like Praful Patel. According to party sources, Mr. Pawar will remain in Delhi till there is some clarity on who will form the next government. Meanwhile, the Congress will hold a meeting of all its MLAs and leaders on Monday, chaired by its Maharashtra in-charge Mallikarjun Kharge. State unit Congress president Ashok Chavan said the party will discuss a new group leader in the Assembly, since Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil has resigned from the post and as Leader of Opposition. The Congress will also discuss reports from its candidates about local leaders who worked against the official party candidate. Five Congress MLAs — Mr. Vikhe-Patil, Jaikumar Gore, Nitesh Rane, Abdul Sattar and Kalidas Kolambkar — are under the scanner for anti-party activities during elections.last_img read more

McMichael Canadian Art Collection bets big on past for 50th anniversary

first_img Login/Register With: A 50th anniversary is a big deal for a cultural institution. There’s enough history to celebrate, consider and, in some instances, reconsider. There’s the opportunity to refresh the institution’s profile and evaluate its position within contemporary art discourse. It’s an occasion, too, to strategize, to wonder, “Now what? Sure, we’ve made it this far – but what needs to be done to ensure another half-century?”The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is in the midst of just such a rumination – an exercise brought into even sharper focus last week when the famous woodsy gallery here, 40 kilometres northwest of Toronto, named British museum professional Ian Dejardin as its new director and chief executive officer. Lest we forget, it was 50 years ago this summer that the McMichael first opened its doors to the public as a Crown corporation of the province of Ontario. The deal that, on paper at least, transformed the McMichael from the fiefdom of founders Robert and Signe McMichael into a public trust had been reached in November, 1965. However, extensive and expensive renovations to the site meant that its roughly 200 artworks weren’t ready for their close-up until July.Alexander Young Jackson, October Morning, Algoma, 1920. (Toni Hafkenscheid/ University of Toronto Purchased by the Hart House Art Committee 1931/32) Advertisement Facebook Called, initially, the McMichael Conservation Collection of Art, the “collection” referenced in the moniker was unashamedly Canadian. Or at least unashamedly Canuck in its devotion to art of a particular ilk, namely oil sketches, drawings and paintings by the Group of Seven, Emily Carr and their contemporaries and followers, plus work by First Nations artists. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more