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first_img Tags: 2018 Pearl of Africa RallyShell V-PowerVivo Energy Ronald Ssebuguzi was one of the driver that also got a boost at the launch of the Pearl of Africa Rally (Photo by Agencies)The 2018 Pearl of Africa Rally has gained momentum ahead of the much anticipated event.The event which if fifth on the African Rally Championship received a 110 million shillings boost from Shell V-Power during its launche at Shell Bugolobi on Tuesday afternoon.Vivo Energy Managing Director Gilbert Assi expressed his delight for their continued partnership with the Pearl of Africa Rally during the launch.“Vivo Energy is delighted to continue supporting the Shell V-Power Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally, said Assi.“Shell is commitment to innovation through Motorsport is an integral part of the extensive research and development programmes.“Safety for both fans and drivers will our priority too,” said Assi.FMU president Dusman Okee promised a much better event this year from the ones in the past.“I would like to first appreciate Shell for the continued support extended to the Pearl of Africa Rally, said Okee.“My team especially the safety officials have everything in control to have a safe event.“Our fans should expect the best this time round.Vivo Energy has also extended it’s support worth Shs.175m to four rally drivers; Ronald Sebuguzi, Arthur Blick, Omar Mayanja and Umar Kakyama.Current Africa Rally Championship leader Manvir Baryan from Kenya is yet again expected to be the man to beat at this year’s event with his Skoda Fabia.The event will be run on two days with a Super Special Stage at the Motorsports arena Busiika.Comments last_img read more

first_imgMartin Jol wants to pip Bolton to the signing of Stoke City striker Cameron Jerome, according to The Sun.It is claimed Jol is competing with Wanderers in an effort to capture the former England Under-21 international, who has scored seven goals this season and is apparently rated at £4m.Terry is nursing an injury.The Guardian report that Chelsea’s interim boss Roberto Di Matteo may be forced to risk John Terry despite doubts over the defender’s fitness.Terry is struggling with a rib injury but with some vital matches approaching, Di Matteo is desperate to include him.The Italian said: “It all depends on how quick he can heal and the pain level he can sustain. As soon as that is possible to do he will train.”Meanwhile, The Sun declare that Di Matteo believes he needs to achieve a top-four finish and win the Champions League to be considered a success.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_img9 July 2009 The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is investing US$30-million (about R243-million) in South Africa’s Sasfin, enabling the financial services group to increase lending to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that often struggle to obtain funds from large commercial banks. The IFC’s investment will consist of up to $10-million in equity, a loan of $10-million, and up to $10-million in trade finance guarantees. The IFC’s investment will provide Sasfin with long-term capital, which has become increasingly expensive and scarce as many institutions cut back credit lines amid the global financial crisis. Sasfin will use the funds to increase the products it offers to smaller businesses, strengthen its environmental and social lending practices, and boost foreign trade by South African companies. The IFC will also support Sasfin as it expands operations across South Africa and potentially to other parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, including Malawi, Botswana and Ghana. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material By increasing financial services for smaller businesses, the partnership will also help create jobs and boost economic growth.center_img Creating jobs, boosting growth “IFC is committed to working with partners such as Sasfin to create more opportunities for South African businesses.” “An inclusive financial sector is crucial for developing a vibrant private sector that promotes economic development and helps reduce poverty,” said IFC Global Financial Markets director James Scriven. “The partnership with [the] IFC will strengthen Sasfin’s capital position during these volatile economic times and help expand lending to smaller businesses, an underserved segment of South African society,” Sasfin CEO Roland Sassoon said in an IFC statement this week. “Increased financing for small and medium enterprises is crucial for the sustainable development of South Africa’s private sector.” Increased lending, African expansionlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180322_RyanMartinDry and chilly today and tomorrow. However, we should see ore sunshine statewide, and temps may moderate just a touch for tomorrow.Our next system noses into SW Ohio Saturday around midday. This system is diving southeast, and will end up missing a large chunk of Ohio. At this time, we think rain finishes the day from I-70 southward to the tune of .25”-1”. North of I-70, we see nothing. The map at right shows cumulative precipitation by Sunday midday. Cold air blasts into the state overnight Saturday night and Sunday morning. That means there is a very real chance that the precipitation will end as some sloppy wet snow. Again the better chances for accumulation will be in southern Ohio, where the liquid is moving through, but even there, you see the best precipitation be outside of the coldest air. Still, we have to leave the door open to minor accumulations of a coating to an inch over about 30% of the southern part of the state.Dry for Monday of next week, but then we see a very complicated mess for the Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday time frame. We kick things off with a front for Monday overnight through Tuesday. This event can bring .05”-.5” precipitation to 70% of the state. From there, we see additional chances for showers Tuesday and Wednesday that can bring another few hundredths to few tenths. If you combine all three days together, you end up with .25”-.6” rain totals over about 60% of the state. It will be a wet period, but not overly excessive moisture. Temps climb for Monday on south winds ahead of this mess, but then pull back to near normal and slightly below normal levels for midweek. We shift back to a dry pattern briefly for next Friday.Easter weekend looks wet still, but we are shifting our storm system back about 12-18 hours. Rains now likely develop Saturday evening, the 31st, and then really ramp up for Easter Sunday, the 1st. This is mostly due to the low splitting, and the first wave pushing farther south and east. This will set up similar to what we saw with the events over the past 24 hours, and a strong storm could move up the coast again. So, with this change in arrival and track, we are pulling our range back to .5”-1.5”, and the upper end of the range may develop over southern Indiana. From there, we are dry for the 2nd through the 4th, and a strong storm complex moves through around the 5th. This front will look to bring rains from .25”-.5”, but may raise the specter of a few thunderstorms as well. Strong high pressure will move in for the 6th forward.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistWe are monitoring wheat disease in an effort led by OSU Extension wheat specialist, Pierce Paul.We follow growth stages of wheat to know when to apply herbicides safely but also to know when, or if, we should apply fungicides. Growers who rely on the height of the crop as an indicator of crop development may miss Feekes Growth Stage 6, a critical growth stage for herbicide application, and Feekes GS 8, a critical stage for managing foliar diseases with fungicides. Do not rely on the height of the plants or calendar dates alone (especially this year) to make your management decisions. Walk fields, pull tillers from multiple places, remove the lower leaves, and examine these tillers for the presence of nodes and the emergence of the flag leaf. At Feekes GS 8 the tip of the flag leaf, the fourth leaf above the first node, is visible. Plants of different heights and sizes may all be at the same growth stage. Feekes 8 marks the beginning of the period during which we recommend that fields be scouted to determine which disease is present and at what level.Results from university studies have shown that the greatest benefits from foliar fungicide applications were obtained when applications were made between Feekes 8 and 10. This is largely because most of our major foliar diseases usually develop and reach the flag leaf after Feekes 8-9. For Head scab, we need to protect the plant at flowering so closer to Feekes 10.5 — that will be later in May. Septoria and Powdery MildewSeptoria develops best under cool, wet conditions with frequent rainfall, whereas powdery mildew likes cool, humid conditions.Scout for powdery mildew and Septoria on the lower leaves. Unlike head scab, fungicide applications for these and other foliar disease do not have to be made at one specific growth stage. Instead, applications are based on disease thresholds, weather conditions, and variety susceptibility.For instance, if it stays cool and wet and a few lesions are observed on the leaves below the flag leaf, a fungicide should be applied to protect the flag leaf if the variety is susceptible.On the other hand, if it stops raining and warms up, you may want to save your fungicide application for head scab and late-season diseases like Stagonospora and rust, as warm weather usually prevents both powdery mildew and Septoria from spreading up the plant.If you still plan to apply a fungicide to control early-season diseases, choose one like Propiconazole or Tebuconazole that are cheap, but effective. Rarely are two fungicide applications necessary or economically beneficial in Ohio, but, if an inexpensive fungicide is applied early in the season, then it may be feasible to make a second application at flowering to manage scab and late-season diseases. Stagonospora and rustsStagonospora is very similar to Septoria in that it develops best under wet, rainy conditions, but unlike Septoria, it likes warm instead of cool weather condition. So, although Stagonospora can affect the crop at any growth stage, it tends to be most severe late in the growing season. In fact, conditions that are favorable for head scab are also favorable for Stagonospora leaf and glume blotch. It therefore means that a single application at flowering is often effective against both head scab and Stagonospora.This is also true for the rust diseases. Since the rust fungi cannot overwinter in Ohio, spores have to be blown up from the south, and this usually occurs during the latter half of the season. In most years, the first symptoms of rust are observed between the boot and flowering growth stages, making a fungicide application at flowering also effective against these diseases. However, it is not uncommon for rust to develop early in the season, particularly in the southern half of the state. Head scab on wheatIt is still too early to apply a fungicide to manage head scab. Use the scab forecast system (http://www.wheatscab.psu.edu/) to monitor concerns. If you plan to spray for head scab, Prosaro or Caramba should be your fungicides of choice. The new fungicide, Miravis Ace, which seems to be just as effective as Prosaro and Caramba, based on a limited number of trials, may not yet be available. Stay away from the strobilurins when it comes to head scab management — these fungicides tend to increase rather than reduce vomitoxin contamination.I know that the idea of “protecting the crop” with a “preventative treatment” seems to suggest that the fungicide has to be applied before the crop reaches the critical growth state — flowering in the case of wheat. But results from more than 20 years of scab research show that you are better off applying a few days “late” rather than a few days “early.” Remember, with head scab you are also trying to reduce grain contamination with vomitoxin, and fungicides are certainly more effective against this toxin when applied at or 4 to 6 days after flowering for wheat.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s a dark and stormy night. Thunder crashes, lightning strikes! Through the crags of an old eastern European village, the flash of light illuminates a medieval chapel. As the mist clears, it becomes apparent that the chapel is entirely decorated in bones…human bones. If that sounds like the beginning of a horror film it’s not—it’s just the Geocache of the Week.Photo by raduz_CZThe first stage of this Mystery Cache takes you to the spooktacular Sedlec Ossuary, about an hour outside of Prague in the shadow of the Sedlec Abbey. This not-very-humorous geocache is located in a medieval Catholic chapel decorated with over 40,000 individual human skeletons. Photo by akula.czMany were unfortunate victims of the Black Plague in the Middle Ages. The skeletons were partially exhumed to make way for the more recently dead in the 1500s. Eventually, in 1870, they were arranged into the eerie art and decoration seen today. The artist, František Rint’s, unique signature. Photo by Mr. ErikuszThe boo-tiful, if somewhat macabre decorations make this chapel one of Czechia’s most visited tourist attractions. This makes avoiding detection while finding the posted coordinates a bit vampiric—or, a real pain in the neck! Don’t lose your head searching for ground zero! Photo by KarmansboThe final is located in the less-visited (and also less terrifying) area surrounding the chapel (no spoilers!). So even if you’re a little squeamish, you can still join in the skele-fun at the final.GZ! Photo by one.womanNo bones about it, this is a geocache you certainly won’t want to miss. Share with your Friends:More Location:Středočeský kraj, CzechiaN 49° 57.709′ E 015° 17.295′ Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. SharePrint RelatedGeocaching country focus: CzechiaDecember 11, 2018In “Community”By the light of the silvery moon (GC1BT32) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 13, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”DieMuggels – Genesis (A rough night) – Geocache of the WeekJanuary 24, 2018In “Community” MysteryGCP0JTby Dryjak Difficulty:2Terrain:1.5last_img read more

first_imgTrelbyTrelby has built a strong following over the years as being a cheap and easy free alternative to Final Draft. While not as collaborative and accessible anywhere as its newer counterparts, it does provide a solid structure and a developed interface built for usability. Unfortunately, it’s also not on Mac yet – but if you’re looking for that Linux-friendly scriptwriting software, Trelby might just be for you. WriterDuetCreated mostly for those looking to collaborate with other writers at the same time, WriteDuet is another strong option to explore. The major meat of the app comes in the upgraded monthly payment package ($7.99/mo. for Pro, $89/yr. for “Screencraft” edition). However, used as a free option, it serves admirably as is. Looking to pen your next screenplay but don’t want to invest in an expensive scriptwriting program? Here are six free scriptwriting resources for you to check out!Top image via ShutterstockIn film and video production, the script is often the backbone of a project. While detailed shot lists and call sheets help with specific scenes, the script is needed to give context to the whole (with just enough details to guide production).As such, there is a need for scripts to follow a certain format that is recognizable and pragmatic in its style and information. There are several standard programs and softwares used in the industry, all of which with their own quirks and nuances.Final Draft happens to be my favorite, but it’s also the one I started on and have developed a comfort with. However, at its core it’s no different than any of the options below. So, if you’re looking to try your first software or find a cheaper alternative to your paid program, check out one of the free options below.CeltxCeltx is actually much more than a scriptwriting software. If you’re interested, Celtx offers a full package of storyboards, catalogs and viewing models. However, for purposes of this review, let’s focus on the screenplay edition, which is free to create an account and use online.Celtx requires an account to access, which is fine as it allows you to access your account on any computer or device and edit or share your project from anywhere. It can be a little buggy at times, but the word processing is solid and intuitive to help with speed and formatting. You can also work offline by downloading the file as a .txt.Cost: Free (or $15 a month for full package)Platform: WebCloud Availability: YesCollaborative: YesWebsite: celtx.com Cost: FreePlatform: Windows/LinuxCloud Availability: NoCollaborative: NoWebsite: trelby.org Adobe StoryAdobe’s recent addition to their cloud-based services, Story is a great free alternative with its friendly functionality and familiar Adobe aesthetics. If you’re already on the Creative Cloud, the premium is a good option and great for any cross integration you may need. However, if you’d like to keep the commitment one way, the app works fine without the premium but will lack some of the cloud and collaborative options.Cost: Free ($9.99/mo. for Creative Cloud premium)Platform: WebCloud Availability: With premiumCollaborative: YesWebsite: story.adobe.com Amazon Story WriterLike Adobe’s Story, Amazon Story Writer is a new addition to the field by a major brand looking to lock up what is a very brand-fickle community. Amazon’s Story Writer is actually a really great program that is probably the cleanest app for those looking for a simple aesthetic. You can access the app on Chrome so you can use it on any computer online or off. It also syncs up with different computers for collaborative sharing.  The auto-formating is on par with any Fountain-based software and is easy to get rolling with shortcuts and back-and-forths.Cost: FreePlatform: WebCloud Availability: YesCollaborative: YesWebsite: storywriter.amazon.com Cost: Free ($7.99/mo. for offline and other features)Platform: WebCloud Availability: YesCollaborative: YesWebsite: writerduet.com PlotBotTo its credit, PlotBot is probably the simplest option available for those looking to jump into their next screenplay. Its in-browser software allows for collaborative sharing through an HTML link. You can also make it backwards compatible with other script writing softwares by just copy and pasting into their format.The downsides with plotbot are similar to other web-based programs. Inconsistent saving can result in lost work here and there. Its workflow isn’t as advanced as other higher-end options which can result in grinding at a slower rate over a long period of time.Cost: Free (or $15 a month for full package)Platform: WebCloud Availability: YesCollaborative: YesWebsite: plotbot.com Have any other script writing resources you’d like to share? Let us know how these work out!last_img read more

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