TV picks for Thursday, Dec. 13WATCH THIS:“Thursday Night Football” (5:20 p.m., Fox, NFL Network and Amazon Prime): The Thursday-night schedule wraps up with a big game between Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs and Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers, in KC. Joe Buck and analyst Troy Aikman, along with reporters Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink, call the action from Arrowhead Stadium.“Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year Awards” (6 p.m. PT, NBCSN): All hail the Golden …
19 January 2012The National Institute for the Deaf (NID) has called for sign language to be recognised as one of South Africa’s official languages.According to the NID, sign language is the fifth most used language in the country, with more people using it, for example, than those who speak SiSwati, IsiNdebele and TshiVhenda.The NID said that about four-million South Africans had hearing difficulty, while 1.5-million were “profoundly deaf”, with 93 percent of the deaf being unemployed.This was revealed during public hearings on the South African Language Bill hosted by Parliament’s portfolio committee on arts and culture in Cape Town on Tuesday.Several organisations and individuals were set to add their input into the Bill. These include the Pan South African Language Board, the Law Society of SA, Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuur Vereniging, Vriende van Afrikaans, and FW De Klerk Foundation.Ernest Kleinschmidt, one of the board directors at the NID, was one of those invited to add his voice to the Bill. He made a compelling appeal for the recognition of sign language.“I’m a deaf person. I’m proud of the language I use,” Kleinschmidt told the house, asking if there were people who did not use sign language in their daily life. He said people used sign language to express themselves, adding that “without communication, we are all deaf and dumb”.Avoidable sufferingHe asked that the Bill be crafted to include sign language as one of the official languages in the country.The NID said many deaf children suffered both at school and at home as they were not understood.Committee chairperson Thandile Sunduza said the South African Constitution had to be amended to accommodate the language.Among other things, the South African Language Bill seeks to provide for the “regulation and monitoring of the use of official languages by national government for government purposes”. It calls for the adoption of language policies by national government departments, national public entities and national enterprises.It also proposes the identification of at least two official languages that “a national department, national public entity or public enterprise will use for government purposes”.Indigenous languagesDuring his submissions, Dr Neville Alexander of the Xhosa Africa Network called for government and non-profit organisations to preserve indigenous languages.“If we are serious about democracy, we should take indigenous languages seriously,” Alexander said, indicating that democracy depended on people being able to communicate with each other.He said the government should review the “language dispensation in this country”.“Languages can cause conflict, but they can also reconcile people,” he said, cautioning that the language debate should not be a racial one.He said languages such as Afrikaans, IsiZulu and IsiXhosa were equal, and called for each province to have a Language Act. Currently, only the Western Cape and Limpopo had legislative pieces governing languages.Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Weather features will dominate U.S. grain markets for at least the next 60 days. Those weather features will be in both North America and South America. As the U.S. began the winter weather season last month, several items stood out. First, the Plains and the hard red winter wheat grown in that area went into dormancy among the latest dates in history. That late dormancy was a result of one of the warmest and driest record fall periods. The same dry and warm conditions seen in the U.S. Plains were also dominant in the Midwest. Harvest in Ohio took place with very few rain delays this fall. Second, the southern half of the U.S. will see relatively warm and dry conditions. It will bring concerns of potential winter kill for U.S. wheat if the winter lacks sufficient snow cover to protect the wheat plant. Third, the northern half of the U.S. will see colder than normal conditions. The central and eastern portions of the U.S. likely will see several bouts of transportation headaches compounded by colder than normal temperatures taking place at the same time as heavy snowfalls.What is different this year? The Polar Vortex that Ohio suddenly came to know several years ago is once again upon us. Digging further into weather patterns, the Polar Vortex can either be stable or unstable. The past two winters it was in a stable pattern. That pattern trapped the cold air from Siberia further north up into Canada, giving Ohio warmer than normal winters with snow amounts below normal. This year the nature of an unstable Polar Vortex will bring the cold air from Siberia further south into the U.S. bringing those cold weather patterns into the northern half of the U.S. This winter Ohio can expect two to three weeks of below normal temperatures followed by a warming pattern only to be repeated in a short period of time. Lather, rinse, repeat.Weather patterns from South America will greatly influence grain prices for the next three months. Last year a big reason for the corn and soybean rally from January to April was due to dry conditions in Argentina and southern Brazil. Northern Brazil at that same time was getting plenty of rainfall. Earlier this fall that pattern seemed like it could easily be repeated this year. Now with mid-December rains coming to Argentina along with forecasts calling for a normal rainfall pattern, that likelihood seems less certain. In addition, dry conditions seem to be becoming more pronounced in northern Brazil.For many weeks, U.S. soybean sales in October and November reached unheard of levels of 90 to 100 million bushels. Mid-December U.S. soybean sales were just 73 million bushels as soybean sales begin to see significantly more pressure from Brazil and Argentina. This shift in the origin of sales can produce price spikes and dips. It is not unusual for prices to move up and down, in a very choppy fashion — sometimes quickly and dramatically. What has been so unusual for the last several months has been the price rally in spite of record U.S. soybean production when so many had expected soybean prices to be much lower than they currently are. Many would call soybean prices overvalued. It has brought much excitement in November and December as producers have been anxious sellers of new crop 2017 soybeans with the November 2017 CBOT soybeans moving over the $10 mark.The reasons for price movement falling and rising can be broken down into two factors — demand and supply. When the market has focused on record U.S. soybean supply, prices have moved lower. Conversely when the focus shifts to record demand, prices have moved higher.China continues to focus on price and value when buying soybeans. Mid-December they bought at least 20 cargoes of U.S. soybeans in one week. This is in spite of the huge rally to the U.S. dollar since early November. Why the focus on U.S. soybeans? China’s currency is at several year lows, which has to be a huge factor.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseThis fall most farmers in Ohio will be grinning at the numbers they see on their yield monitors and scowling at the numbers they see in the markets as combines roll through crop fields.The USDA’s September supply and demand estimates did not help matters. The September Crop Production Report had an Ohio corn yield of 188 bushels per acre and an Ohio soybean yield of 58 bushels per acre. Multiplied by expected harvested acreage, this would be Ohio’s second largest corn crop and largest soybean crop in terms of production. Total U.S. yields were 181.3 bushels per acre for corn and 52.8 bushels per acre for soybeans. The high yield estimates, compounded by demand concerns, did not improve the outlook for prices.“As far as commodity prices received to producers, this was another WASDE to burn. However, producers will have to shake it off because while complaining about prices might make one feel better, it historically hasn’t changed the result,” said Ben Brown with the Ohio State University Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. “The yield forecast confirmed early reports by the Pro-Farmer Tour and Ohio Ag Net that this had the potential to be a record crop. The Pro-Farmer Tour had results of 177 bushels per acre for corn and 53 bushels per acre for soybeans for a national average. Ohio yields in the Pro-Farmer tour were 184 bushels acre for corn and 60 bushels acre for soybeans. Both would be new yield records for Ohio beating previous records of 177 bushels per acre for corn in 2017 and 54.5 bushels per acre for soybeans in 2016.”With a big supply of corn and soybeans in Ohio and around the country, there are also concerns about demand.“Export numbers for soybeans would suggest there is some bad blood in the water between the United States and China,” Brown said. “Trade theory would suggest that the U.S. price will either be bid lower on excess supply and weakened demand or the rest of the world price — mainly large exporters like Brazil — will be bid higher on stronger demand for their product until the U.S. price plus the tariff is equal to the Brazilian price. With an additional 25% Chinese tariff on U.S. soybeans, that would mean that the U.S. soybean price will would need to be 80% of the rest of the world price (i.e. Brazil) for the two prices to be substitutable to Chinese buyers. That wedge as of today sits at 83%, meaning that the Brazil price is still not high enough or the U.S. price has not hit its floor yet. Sorry for the bad news.”To compound the problem, world production may increase as well due to the stronger world prices.“Due to the higher world price, Chinese, Brazilian and European producers are getting the signal to produce more product. Similarly, Chinese consumers are getting the signal to consume less. This creates a decrease in the amount of soybean imports for China, holding everything else constant,” Brown said. “Looking at the May WASDE, which in this case represents the before-tariff estimates and the September WADE, which represents post-tariff estimates we can draw conclusions about use. Chinese soybean production in the September WASDE is increased from the May WASDE by 6%, and their imports of soybeans are decreased by 9 million metric tons or 8.7%.”Brown pointed out, though, the lower prices in the U.S. will increase domestic consumption, which offers some good news.“As expected, a lower commodity price will spur domestic use. Corn ethanol production is up 50 million metric tons compared to a year ago and finally we are seeing increases in the feed and residual use value — up 125 million bushels from 2017. This value was also increased 50 million bushels from the August report. Exports for the 2018 crop are still down from 2017, but raised from the August report on strong growth in sales to Egypt, Columbia, and Mexico,” Brown said. “Soybean use shows a 15 million bushel increase in crush, driven by profit margin of soybean oil. Biodiesel is increased 800 million pounds on the resulting increase in soybean oil.”With a huge supply and the demand challenges, though, the price outlook for harvest looks grim. Brown said the season marketing average from Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2019 for corn is now projected at $3.50 per bushel and for soybeans at $8.60 per bushel.With these crop price levels, a continued decline in total net farm income is expected in Ohio. Brown co-authored a recent article with Ana Claudia Sant’Anna and Ani Katchova in OSU’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics on the subject. Ohio net farm income showed an increase in 2017 of about three times over 2016 after large declines since 2013, though Ohio net farm income will likely see a decrease in 2018 with respect to 2017.“Net farm income for Ohio dating back to 1949 shows that the Ohio farm sector is not doing as well as it was 5 years ago,” they wrote. “Although the drop in net farm income witnessed in 2016 was not as low as that during the 80s farm crisis, it is still the lowest since the 1980s in real terms. In fact, since 2014 Ohio net farm income has been below the 69-year average of $2 billion in 2018 dollars. The length of time which Ohio net farm income remains below its long‐term average is concerning. In the twenty first century, Ohio net farm income remained below the 69-year average a couple of periods, but the longest duration was for four years (2005 to 2008). Current statistics, though, point to 2018 possibly being the fifth consecutive year that Ohio net farm income is below the long‐term average. Greater emphasis should be placed on the length of the downturn rather than the fact that net farm income in Ohio is not as low as it was during the farm crisis.”
Seven companies of the Tata Group would focus on Myanmar and Vietnam as viable markets to expand its business. Growing economies, expanding middle class and tax incentives have made these two countries as important destinations for firms looking to expand their global operations in the South East Asia region.Tata companies such as Tata Power, Tata Projects, Tata Chemical, Titan and Tata Motors, among others, are on the lookout for opportunities in Vietnam and Myanmar. For the giant business group, Singapore is the related country for Asean markets, which includes a $2 trillion economy, The Economic Times reported on Feb. 9.Asean countries include Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.”The demographics and the economic development stage of these countries represent a market for several products and services from the Tata Group,” a Tata Sons spokesperson told the publication.India’s oldest business conglomerate has an understanding each in Vietnam and Myanmar for power projects. It is now planning to strengthen its engagement with a strategic point of view.”The region has recorded more than 5% GDP growth on average since the year 2000 and, when combined, Asean nations would represent the world’s seventh-largest economy. The region, is therefore, regarded by many as the third pillar of economic growth within Asia, after China and India,” Shashank Tripathi, partner and strategy leader at PwC was quoted as saying by the publication.Vietnam reportedly signed a free trade agreement with the European Union on Dec. 2, 2015. The country, which is set to become global trade partner for the US, the EU and China in exports, makes it important strategic partner for India.A joint statement by India and Myanmar on the first meeting of the India-Myanmar Joint consultative commission held in July 2015 stated that both sides of the concerned ministries would work towards expeditious signing of the MoU on capacity building between the RBI of India and the Central Bank of Myanmar. The MoU took note of the proposal the Indian government had put forward of granting license to an Indian Bank to open its branch in Myanmar.
A child was killed and ten others injured as a bus collided head-on with a truck in Buraburi area on the Panchagarh-Tetulia highway on Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Limon, son of Belal Hossain resident of Khutaganj village of Shalbahan union. He was only three and half years of old.Among the injured, freedom fighter Hasan Ali Mia, 75, Khalek, 28, bus driver Reza, 38, truck driver Saddam, 30, Ripon, 20, Zakir, 35, and Khabirul, 40 were rushed to Rangpur Medical College Hospital.The accident took place when a Panchagarh-bound bus of
FORT LAUDERDALE — Renovations are on the way for the soon-to-be-rebranded Dreams La Romana and that means closures to certain sections of the resort, however the enhancements will be phased in over time and by section to ensure minimum disruptions for guests.Dreams La Romana will get its new name, Hilton La Romana, an All-Inclusive Resort on Nov. 20.In a deal announced last week and reported on Travelweek.ca, the strategic alliance between Hilton and Playa Hotels & Resorts will introduce Hilton La Romana, an All-inclusive Resort, and Hilton Playa del Carmen, an All-inclusive Resort, adding 1,269 new Hilton guest rooms to its existing global portfolioAs part of the transaction Playa Hotels & Resorts is taking over management of Dreams La Romana. Playa Hotels & Resorts has been the owner of Dreams La Romana while it was managed by AMResorts.Also part of the deal, The Royal Playa del Carmen will become Hilton Playa del Carmen, an All-inclusive Resort.The agreement between Playa Hotels and Hilton also includes the potential for the conversion and management of 8 additional resorts by 2025.Following the rebranding Dreams La Romana will undergo a soft goods room renovation, says Froemming.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe first phase of renovations will close the adult-only section on Dec. 1, 2018 and scheduled to reopen on May 1, 2019.On May 1, 2019, the family section will close with expected reopening date of Dec. 1, 2019.“While certain elements will be closed during the renovation, we will maintain a variety of sophisticated and casual outlets and cuisines. Throughout the change in management, the majority of the staff that you have come to know, and love will also remain. The concept of Preferred Club accommodations will also remain,” says Kevin Froemming, Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer, Playa Hotel & Resorts.Upon completion on Dec. 1, 2019, the resort will consist of an age restricted section for guests 18 and over and a family friendly section designed for guests of all ages.Here are details regarding future bookings:Guests who have booked stays before Dec. 1, 2018 will not be impacted.Guests booked in the Adult-Only section from Dec. 1, 2018 to April 30, 3019 can be accommodated in the all ages section or have the option to relocate to another Playa Hotels & Resorts adult-only resort/section including Dreams Punta Cana; Dreams Palm Beach; Jewel Paradise Cove; Jewel Dunn’s RiverFamilies booked in the All Ages section from May 1, 2019 to Dec. 1, 2019 can be accommodated at a Playa Hotels & Resorts family friendly resort including Dreams Punta Cana; Dreams Palm Beach; Jewel Runaway Bay; Panama Jack Resorts Cancun; and Panama Jack Resorts Playa del CarmenAdult guests booked in the family sections from May 1, 2019 to Dec. 1, 2019 will be accommodated in the adults only section or have the option to relocate to another Playa Hotels & Resorts adult-only resort/section including Dreams Punta Cana; Dreams Palm Beach; Jewel Paradise Cove; and Jewel Dunn’s River.Guests also have the option to cancel their booking and reschedule once the resort reopens should they choose to do so.Existing wedding and group bookings will be honored as is.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Agents who have any additional questions regarding rebooking are asked to contact their Playa sales representative or email@example.com. Monday, September 24, 2018 Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Are your clients impacted by Dreams La Romana closures? Here’s the list of reno dates Tags: Dreams Resorts & Spas, Hilton, Openings & Renovations Travelweek Group