Swain and Jackson County Livestock Producers Reminded to Report Forage Losses by Jan. 30

first_imgSwain/Jackson County U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Becky Williamson reminds livestock producers who suffered grazing losses that occurred throughout 2016 due to drought or wildfire to report their losses and to enroll in the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) by Jan. 30, 2017.LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who suffered grazing losses for covered livestock due to drought on privately-owned or cash-leased land or fire on federally-managed land. Producers in Swain and Jackson  Counties are eligible to apply for 2016 LFP benefits on small grain, native pasture, improved pasture, annual ryegrass or forage sorghum.  Livestock producers are encouraged to contact the Swain/Jackson County FSA Office with any questions regarding specific forage crops that are eligible.“Prolonged drought or wildfire conditions have created a need for livestock disaster assistance programs in Swain and Jackson Counties,” said Williamson. “I encourage all affected livestock producers to contact the Swain/Jackson County FSA Office to schedule an appointment to enroll in the program before the Jan. 30 deadline.”Livestock producers must complete the LFP application and required supporting documentation no later than Jan. 30, 2017, for losses that occurred throughout 2016. Producers who already have appointments scheduled require no additional action to meet the deadline.Eligible livestock includes alpacas, beef cattle, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, poultry, reindeer, sheep or swine that have been or would have been grazing the eligible grazing land or pastureland.Visit www.usda.gov/disaster to learn more about FSA disaster assistance programs or contact the Swain/Jackson County FSA Office at 828-488-2684 Ext.2 or 828-524-3175 Ext.2. To find a local FSA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.In a continuing effort to better serve the public, USDA has partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other disaster-focused organizations to develop the central resource for disaster related materials. This knowledgebase is a collection of disaster-related resources that are powered bylast_img read more

Neotel launches home phone service

first_imgPrice differentiator 23 October 2008 “We believe that we have hit the nail on the head with this product, particularly in light of the current economic conditions,” Neotel Consumer Business Unit head Mukul Sharma said in a statement this week. According to Neotel, a key differentiator of the company’s home phone offering is the call rates. “During the course of 24 months, a usage discount of up to R25 will be given back to the consumer every month,” Sharma said. “This effectively means that consumers could be reimbursed for the full purchase price of the phone.” “This eliminates the risk of losing your service due to copper [cable] theft.” Two packages There is no differentiation between Neotel-to-Neotel peak and off peak rates, which are charged at 17 cents per minute for local calls at all times. Both packages operate on true per-second billing for all calls, from the first second onwards. SAinfo reporter Neotel’s home phone is available in two packages, the first of which allows the consumer to purchase the phone upfront for R599, followed by a monthly service fee of R99. “While the product focuses on providing consumers with high-quality voice, they also have the option of utilising data, sms and e-mail, which is provided as part of the service,” Sharma said, adding that a further benefit of Neotel’s home phone was that the service was delivered via a fixed-wireless product. The second package does not require an upfront payment for the phone, and is charged at R199 per month. “Consumers are feeling the pinch of global and local economic pressures and are continuously looking to save costs, but still stay in touch. “At 34 cents per minute for local peak landline calls, and 17 cents per minute for local off-peak landline calls, communicating will become more affordable for the consumer,” Sharma said. Neotel has launched a home phone service in South Africa’s major metropolitan areas, making use of the company’s fixed-wireless network – with local peak rates to all landlines set at almost half the price consumers are currently paying. “Neotel’s home phone is a home phone that offers impeccable voice quality, delivery within 48 hours of successful order completion and no installation required,” he said. “On this package, users receive 1 000 free Neotel-to-Neotel minutes and 200 free sms within Neotel’s coverage area, [with] the free minutes [being] applicable for local, regional and national calls,” Sharma said. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

CIOs: Focus is Increasingly on Business rather than Technology

first_imgCIOs are saying that increasingly their job is less IT-focused and more focused on the business. Gartner found that CIOs at top-performing organizations say that 56 percent of their time focuses on business outcomes and the remaining 44 percent is allocated to IT delivery. Compared to three years ago, CIOs now dedicate two extra days per month towards business-related and executive-leadership activities.“Digitalization” is part of the reason for changes that are happening to CIO roles in many, especially larger, companies.  Gartner says that CIOs need to become “change leaders” and that they can expect that they will have increased and broader responsibilities in the future. CIOs can be expected to have a bigger role in areas like innovation management and talent development.Within the realm of technology, in the near term, CIOs say that cybersecurity and AI will take up the majority of their time.Andy Rowsell-Jones, VP at Gartner, said that “the CIO’s role must grow and develop as digital business spreads, and disruptive technologies, including intelligent machines and advanced analytics, reach the masses. While delivery is still a part of the job, much greater emphasis is being placed on attaining a far broader set of business objectives.”last_img read more

Virat Kohli fit for No. 3 slot, says Kumble

first_imgFormer captain Anil Kumble reckons that Virat Kohli has the “right game” to fit in at the crucial number 3 slot in the Indian Test team even though it will be impossible for anyone to step into Rahul Dravid’s shoes.”I have followed Virat closely since his India U-19 days and he has matured a lot. I am impressed in the manner he has improved in the past one year in terms of game, discipline and overall fitness”, Kumble said.”He has quickly adapted to rigours of international cricket and for a 23-year-old to do that is phenomenal. He has a Test hundred in Australia and I believe he has the right game to fit in at No 3,” the former Indian captain said on Thursday.”However, there is no one who can replace Rahul Dravid. He has been an achiever for past 16 years and it’s certainly not easy to score 23,000 international runs,” Kumble added.Kumble paid glowing tributes to Sachin Tendulkar for achieving the historic feat of scoring 100 international centuries, saying he could quickly adapt to different conditions which was the hallmark of a great player.”I have been a witness to 80 of those 100 hundreds and atleast on 20 occasions, I have been at the other end. I would invariably arrive when he would be in his 80’s and the second new-ball would be due. My job on each and every occasion was to ensure that I don’t give my wicket easily which would help him to get his hundred.”Tendulkar after completing his 100th ton had recollected a funny incident during his highest Test score of 248 in Bangladesh involving him and Kumble when both had some horrible mix-ups.advertisement”Don’t talk about it. I still get embarrassed when I watch the footages of that match,” he smiled.For Kumble, one memorable incident was Tendulkar’s maiden Test hundred at Old Trafford in 1990 which was incidentally his debut Test.”I was made to stand at the Old Trafford balcony for more than three hours as it was Kiran More’s diktat. Since Sachin was scoring runs and we were playing to save the Test, everyone got superstitious. It was difficult standing there for two hours, but I was instructed by Kiran to stand at the same position for hours. Only during tea break did I get a chance to sit,” he said.”Obviously, the 242 at Sydney was another Herculean effort where he didn’t hit a single cover drive till he reached 200. The 100 against Pakistan and the 155 against Australia (both in Chennai) where Shane Warne was bowling from round the wicket were some of the knocks I would never forget.””The brilliant thing about Sachin is his adaptibility. He could quickly adapt in any given condition. That’s the hallmark of a great player,” Kumble said.For someone, who has close to 1000 international wickets, (619 Tests and 337 in ODIs) the longer version still remains a priority.”If you are able to consistently perform in longer version, that performance would help you do well in T20s and One-days but it’s never the other way round,” he explained.Talking about young leggie Rahul Sharma , who has travelled with the Indian team for last six months having played only five games (3 ODIs and 2 T20s), Kumble said it was a tricky situation.”It’s again the ‘chicken and egg’ theory. You need to bowl lot of overs in matches but again you need to pick your best squad. Ideally, it would have been great had Rahul played a few first-class matches but problem nowadays is lack of tour games. When I went to England in 1990, we had nine first-class tour games apart from 2 ODIs and 3 Tests. Everyone got a chance which is not the case now.”Thankfully, the players during international matches at home are released to play Ranji Trophy. That’s how likes of Ajinkya (Rahane) and Rohit (Sharma) got to play for Mumbai.”Kumble was reluctant to about his brief one-year stint as the chairman of National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. He resigned from the post in December last year.”I don’t want to talk about that phase. I wanted to do a few things but we were not on the same page but NCA has done a lot of good for Indian cricket. It’s because of NCA that we have brilliant fielders like Virat, Suresh Raina, Manoj Tiwary to name a few.”The BCCI wants Ranji Trophy matches to be played at neutral venues but Kumble for one wants cricket to be shifted to smaller centres which will produce good competitive wickets.advertisement”Recently during a one-day match Goa and Karnataka, I entered the stadium at around 11:30 and saw 55 for two on board. I thought match must have started late and then realised it was over. Just because it was a bit more challenging surface, batsmen couldn’t cope with it.”Now if you produce a turning track and match is over within two days, people raise questions. But what about the batsmen’s ability to face quality spinners on turning tracks,” he concluded.last_img read more

Australia’s Steve Smith scored 100 for 4th consecutive time

first_imgOn January 7, 2015, Australian cricket captain Steve Smith scored a fourth consecutive century, matching  the previous records made by Sir Donald Bradman and South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis.Smith achieved the feat during the ongoing test series against India. The 25-year-old, who is playing his debut series as captain, has taken his overall tally to 800 from 26 matches. He is said to be at his best.At the score of 117, Smith has managed a position in the top list of highest scorers along with Jaques Kallis and Sir Donald Bradman.Some other 100’s that he scored were in Adelaide, where he managed an unbeaten score of 162, Brisbane with-133 and Melbourne-192.Yearwise quad of century for Bradman against South Africa was 1931-32, while Kallis’ accomplished the feat against the West Indies in 2003-04, followed by Steve Smith in 2015 against India. Smith has piled up 698 runs in the series so far, averaging an exceptional 139.6. Most runs in the series against India has left him at position 3, after Bradman and Ricky Ponting.last_img read more

Kumar Sangakkara becomes 2nd batsman to go past 14,000 ODI runs

first_imgKumar Sangakkara also smashed his 94th ODI fifty against Australia on SundayKumar Sangakkara joined Sachin Tendulkar in an exclusive club on Sunday, becoming only the second batsman to pass 14,000 career runs in one-day international cricket.The 37-year-old Sangakkara was playing against four-time champion Australia in a World Cup match at the Sydney Cricket Ground when he passed the milestone in his 402nd ODI.He turned Glenn Maxwell for two runs down legside to reach 39. He stroked consecutive boundaries off the subsequent two deliveries and reached his 94th ODI half century from 45 balls.Sangakkara hit unbeaten centuries in his previous two World Cup matches against Bangladesh and England.India great Tendulkar holds the record with 18,426 ODI runs.last_img