One of the last weeks of summer will be ending on a high as temperatures rise over the next few days.It’s good news if you are planning to attend some of the many events in Donegal this weekend.Whether it’s A Taste of Donegal Food Festival, the Letterkenny Folk Festival or the many Heritage Week events in towns across Donegal, people can look forward to highs of 20-24C, some sunshine and just some patches of rain (don’t forget the umbrella). The warm weather will rise to highs of 24C this Friday 23rd August, with sunshine expected in areas.Today will be dry, according to Met Eireann, with moderate winds. It will feel cooler tonight as temperates fall to between 11-13C.Saturday will be cloudier with patchy rain in the west of Ireland, according to forecasters. Expect warm conditions again, with highs of 20-24 during the day.Sunday is due to be one of the best days of the week, as dry weather and sunny spells are forecast. Temperates will range between 18-22C. The outlook for next week is warm again on Monday, with a mix of rain and clouds returning by Tuesday. Hot weather on the way for Donegal events this weekend was last modified: August 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
1 August 2007Trevor Phillips has completed his second stint as CEO of the Premier Soccer League, with his successor Norwegian Kjetil Siem set to take arrive in South Africa on either 8 or 9 August. As he did after his first spell, Phillips leaves the league in a far better condition that when he took up the post.The PSL, under Phillips, has been turned from an organization heavily in debt to one that now consistently reports a healthy profit. When he assumed office, the PSL was R60-million in debt. Its annual profit is now around R20-million.Recently, the PSL signed a television deal with SuperSport. Worth R1.6-billion, it is the biggest sporting deal in the history of South Africa, and it took the PSL into the top 15 ranked leagues in the world in terms of commercial broadcast deals.CredibilityWithout the credibility Phillips has brought to the league, the big money deal would not have been possible.He explained what it would mean for the PSL’s teams, saying he estimates that an average club would earn about R13-million this season. In 2002, the monthly grant from the PSL to clubs was a mere R100 000.There was initially a big outcry from fans, who thought that the deal with satellite service provider SuperSport would mean that people in lower income brackets – which includes the majority of SA’s football fans – would not be able to afford to watch the sport any longer because they wouldn’t be able to afford the satellite decoders required for DSTV, which includes SuperSport.Deal between SuperSport and SABCShortly afterwards, however, a deal was struck between SuperSport and the SABC, which will see the public broadcaster screening 143 PSL matches, which includes giving the SABC exclusive rights to 110 games.SuperSport and the SABC will screen 33 matches together. In addition, SuperSport will exclusively screen over 100 games.The deal means that South African soccer, the PSL, and especially its fans, are the winners. The number of PSL matches to be screened will be more than double that previously shown.For the man in charge of the PSL, Trevor Phillips, it was yet another success for the game in South Africa.SponsorshipDespite having officially completed his time as CEO, he has one more task to complete. Phillips has been in talks with the PSL’s main sponsors, South African Breweries (SAB), about Castle Lager’s title sponsorship, which is up for renewal.Considering the massively expanded television deal, one would think that SAB would be enthusiastic to continue to sponsor the league. On top of that, South Africa will be hosting the World Cup in 2010, and the eyes of the world have already started shifting towards the game in the Rainbow Nation.Whether the SAB continues to sponsor the PSL or not, Phillips is confident the league will find a sponsor. Considering his record, there no reason to doubt his word.Some aims not realisedPhillips admits there are some plans that he didn’t see come to fruition, including that every PSL club should have its own home ground. However, he says, with the World Cup coming to South Africa in 2010, it is encouraging to see new stadiums being built, and only stadiums being upgraded.Although he will be stepping down from his position as CEO of the PSL, Phillips will not be lost to South African football. In fact, he will not be lost to South Africa either.He recently bought a house in Morningside, Johannesburg and owns a game farm near Bela Bela in Limpopo province.Working for SafaHe will also continue to serve on the board of the South African Football Association’s (Safa’s) commercial wing. With his long record of commercial and marketing success, it would be foolhardy not to make use of his expertise as South Africa prepares to become the first African nation to host the World Cup.There have been suggestions that Phillips will take over as CEO of Safa’s commercial wing, but he has denied them.A football man through and through, one who sees the players as the prize asset of the game, Phillips says he would prefer to get involved in the development of soccer in South Africa.The PSL before Phillips’ returnLooking back at the situation he faced when he took up the post of CEO, Phillips has overseen a turnaround that borders on the miraculous.He took over as CEO on 1 November 2002, having previously left the post in 1998. During his absence, the PSL underwent a series of embarrassing incidents. They included his successor, Joe Ndlela, being accused of corruption in his previous post as head of transport parastatal Transnet.Ndlela was subsequently fired by the PSL after he failed to get proper authorization for spending which reportedly included R700 000 on designer suits for players.TragedyRobin Peterson succeeded Ndlela, but his time in charge didn’t last long. It was blighted by the tragedy that occurred at Ellis Park on 11 April 2001 in a match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs. At an overcrowded stadium, 43 people lost their lives and 158 others were injured.Fingers were pointed in all directions as to who was responsible for the disaster, and Peterson clearly suffered greatly under the weight of this burden. Distrust on the PSL executive built up, and eventually he resigned.For almost a year the PSL functioned without a CEO. Instead, Mandla Mchunu, the former head of the Independent Electoral Commission, was appointed non-executive chairman of the league and tasked with putting mechanisms in place for its functioning.However, Mchunu’s time in charge was hampered by the amount of time he spent away from the job overseeing elections in Nigeria, and by unhappiness from various quarters over the findings of a Mchunu-appointed team designed to improve the running of the league.ResignationMchunu resigned in September 2002, having been absent from his office since May, when he took leave to oversee the Nigerian elections, and amid unproven allegations that his expenses were costing the league R500 000 a month.After Mchunu’s departure, Orlando Pirates boss Irvin Khoza was appointed interim PSL chairman.The effect of the absence of strong leadership on the PSL could not be clearer. On 15 October 2002, the PSL league standings revealed that two teams had played seven matches, two had played six matches, four had played five matches, five had played four matches, two had played three matches, and one team, Orlando Pirates, had played not a single match.DeteriorationIn short, since the time when Phillips had been in charge, the PSL had deteriorated, costing the league both fans and sponsors.Realistically, there was only one man to turn to, the obvious solution being to get Trevor Phillips to return to the post of CEO and help pull the PSL out of its downswing. Thankfully, he accepted the challenge.Shortly before taking over, Phillips expressed his no-nonsense attitude when he told the Sunday Times (13 October 2002) what he saw as his job: “I will not worry myself about Safa and the international teams. I am not interested in the politics either. I just want to do my job, with a direct and applied approach.”No-nonsenseHe thus made it clear that he would not allow the internal politics that have so often bedevilled South African soccer to get in the way of his job, saying he would not have returned if he had been granted only limited control of the running of the league.The re-appointment of the former commercial director of the English Football Association was also good news for South Africa’s professional footballers. In his first stint as CEO, Phillips had lent his support to the formation of a players’ union, and he also introduced a minimum wage.He also made it clear that the players were number one on his list. “It’s not even a question that players are the prime assets of the sport,” he told the Sunday Times. “Fans do not pay to see Phillips, Kaizer [Motaung], Irvin [Khoza] or Natasia [Tshiclas]. They just want to enjoy the performances of their favourite players.”It’s that attitude that has restored credibility to the PSL and made it more accessible to more people than ever before. And it’s that attitude that has made Trevor Phillips and South African football winners. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material read more
BP’s brand new South African fuel lab willhelp ensure that local consumers continueto benefit from the latest technology.(Image: BP)MEDIA CONTACTS • Glenda ZvenyikaBP marketing communications manager+27 11 488 5397Janine ErasmusGlobal fuel giant BP launched a cutting-edge fuels laboratory in Johannesburg towards the end of 2010. The facility is one of only four around the world belonging to BP, and is expected to help the company bring a more diverse range of fuels to the local market.Although the company’s image was internationally tarnished in 2010 with the 87-day Deepwater Horizon oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico, in South Africa the brand is still the most popular among consumers, as shown in the Sunday Times’s annual survey of top brands.BP has topped its category on the poll for the past decade, and is also the only fuel brand recommended by the Automobile Association of South Africa. The company employs about 2 000 people across the country, many of them in its network of some 600 service stations.The Fuels Technology Centre in Kyalami, north of Johannesburg, is further evidence of BP’s commitment to long-term investment into South Africa.The company views South Africa as a key growth market and to date has invested millions into infrastructure, refining and fuel delivery capacity.In 2010 alone, BP’s investment totalled over R500-million (US$72-million). The new facility was built at a cost of around R40-million ($5.8-million), and houses a fuel-quality testing laboratory and customer engagement and staff training resources.BP’s best for consumersBP Africa’s CEO Sipho Maseko said at the launch that the company intends to make its best available fuel technology and highest possible fuel quality available to South African consumers – a goal that will be realised with the opening of the hi-tech centre.“It will also help bring capable fuel scientists and technologists to work in this highly specialised field,” said Maseko, “and provides unique opportunities for industry to work closer with academic institutions and motoring bodies, such as the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa”.More than just a centre that employs “very smart people”, said Maseko, the laboratory is also open to schools and universities.The company hopes that its position as South Africa’s most popular brand of fuel will be further entrenched by the facility’s establishment, as it will be able to maintain its quality standards and develop new fuels specifically for the local market. It will also be able to play a strong role in helping to drive the government’s cleaner fuels agenda.Continued confidence in South AfricaSouth Africa’s Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters was also present at the launch and expressed her appreciation of BP’s continued confidence in South Africa, as well as the company’s commitment to educating and training its employees through the new state-of-the-art facility.“I hope that BP will use this as a springboard for other investments and technologies in this part of the world,” she said.According to Tufan Erginbilgic, BP’s UK-based COO for refining and marketing, such a facility would be regarded as a major investment in any country.“The South African centre will operate under a similar model as those in Germany and the US,” he said, “focusing on quality assurance, technical service and marketing support for the local market”.Erginbilgic added that the quality of BP’s scientific and technological knowledge, as well as access to expertise around the world, will enable the company to keep developing hi-tech fuels for the region.“This is one of our best-performing markets and we predict continued growth,” he said. “Next year we will spend about R624-million ($90-million), mostly in South Africa.” Media:Glenda ZvenyikaBP Marketing Communications Manager011 488 5397 read more
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest James Jacobs, a farmer from Bloomingburg, Ohio, came in 1st Place in the AA No-Till/Strip Till Non-Irrigated category for Ohio in the 2015 National Corn Growers Association Corn Yield Contest. He visits with Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about his strategies that scored him 276.98 bushels to the acre and what methods he used on the winning field that he may work into his whole farm strategy in 2016.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Pork Producers Council joined 225 other agricultural and food organizations in expressing support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and in urging congressional lawmakers to back the deal.The TPP, negotiations on which concluded last October, is a regional trade deal that includes the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, which account for nearly 40% of global GDP.“If faithfully implemented, TPP will help level the playing field for U.S. exports and create new opportunities for us in the highly competitive Asia-Pacific region,” said the agricultural and food groups in a letter to Senate and House leaders.NPPC believes the deal could be the “biggest commercial opportunity ever for U.S. pork producers.” Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes estimates the agreement will exponentially increase U.S. pork exports to Pacific Rim countries and help create more than 10,000 U.S. jobs tied to those exports.“While U.S. pork producers support the TPP, it is imperative to make sure other countries do not artificially stimulate pork production through support programs in a way that will undermine the concessions they made in the TPP negotiations,” said NPPC President John Weber, a pork producer from Dysart, Iowa. “We appreciate the strong support we are receiving from both the Obama administration and Congress to ensure that U.S. pork producers receive the full benefit of the TPP deal. There are still some critically important issues that need to be worked through, but I’m confident they will be resolved well before Congress votes on the deal.”In addition to removing export barriers, the TPP agreement includes high-standard rules that will encourage market-driven and science-based terms of trade that will help the U.S. food and agriculture industry compete in the Asia-Pacific region, the agricultural and food groups pointed out in their letter. read more
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio FFA Alumni Association will be holding its Annual Meeting on Saturday Feb. 18 2017 and it will be held at the Embassy Suites 2700 Corporate Exchange Dr. Columbus. Registration will be from 8:30 to 9:15 and we will break for a buffet style lunch around noon. Our goal is to have the meeting complete by 5 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Leah Dorman.Please RSVP to [email protected] by Feb. 8. The registration form, information and mailing address can be found on our website at ohioffaalumni.org, under the “News” tab.
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