Home Indiana Agriculture News Brazilian Digital Ag Leader Bringing High-Tech Farming Solutions to Indiana SHARE A farmer harvesting sugar cane touches an on-board computer screen created by Solinftec, a leading digital ag company based in Brazil. Solinftec connects machines and sensors to give farmers access to real-time information to help improve growing efficiency. (Image provided)Solinftec, a digital agriculture company that grew quickly in Latin America by making sugar cane and row crop operations more efficient, announced Thursday (Nov. 29) that it plans to invest $50.6 million to establish operations at its U.S. headquarters near Purdue University to bring high-tech solutions to American farmers, creating 90 jobs in 2019 and up to 334 high-wage jobs by 2022.“Solinftec has shown a passion for discovering innovative solutions to improve agriculture operations through science, engineering and more recently AI,” said Daniel Padrão, Solinftec’s chief operating officer. “That is why we are excited about the opportunity to work with a renowned research university such as Purdue and its College of Agriculture as we continue to expand our platforms into new geographies.”Solinftec plans to invest $50.6 million in software and computer hardware to expand its innovations to the U.S. and increase its tech-based offerings for U.S. customers in the agriculture industry. Solinftec built its reputation by creating Internet of Things platforms to integrate and digitize all aspects of farming operations. The company has the technology to monitor farming processes and provides real-time actionable insights that increase crop returns by acre.Solinftec’s first virtual assistance technology, called ‘Alice,’ involves installing a smart black box in agricultural equipment and sensors in the field under a user-friendly platform.“Following on the heels of Inari’s decision to locate its Seed Foundry at Purdue, this shows that the Wabash Heartland area, with Purdue as an economic magnet, has a very real chance of becoming a world center of precision agriculture,” Purdue University President Mitch Daniels said.Indiana is a leading center for the agbiosciences, with the sector contributing roughly $16 billion to the state’s gross domestic product a year. Approximately 65,000 jobs in Indiana are supported by agbioscience companies. Indiana is also a leading producer of corn, soybeans and processing tomatoes, which are areas in which Solinftec is looking to expand.“Indiana is at the center of innovation in agtech, and today’s news is yet another example of the collaborative ecosystem we’ve created here,” Gov. Eric J. Holcomb said. “Solinftec choosing to locate its first U.S. operation and its U.S. headquarters in Tippecanoe County will not only create hundreds of high-skilled, high-wage jobs, but it will bolster an industry that is developing new solutions, improving agricultural products consumed around the world, and enabling farmers in Indiana and beyond to grow their operations.”Padrão said a factor in moving to Indiana was to be close to Purdue and its College of Agriculture, which is ranked as ninth best in the world according to QS World Rankings, and its Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, which is ranked as the best in the United States by US News and World Report. Solinftec also used Tom Farms in Huntington County as a trial farm to move into row crops.“The U.S. Midwest is core to our strategy; we recognize its importance in the global food and its ag ecosystem. We are humbled and thrilled to launch our U.S. headquarters out of the state of Indiana. We thank the state government, AgriNovus Indiana, Purdue University and Tom Farms for their vision on supporting this initiative and for everyone’s Hoosier hospitality,” said Renato Hersz, Solinftec’s strategy and corporate development director.Another factor in Solinftec’s decision was the opportunity to work with the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN), a consortium of 10 counties in north-central Indiana working to harness the power of internet-enabled sensors to develop the region into a global epicenter of digital agricultural and next-generation manufacturing. A recent $40 million grant from Lilly Endowment established the network.“Just within the WHIN region in north-central Indiana, there are over 5,000 farms that could benefit from the insights generated by Solinftec’s ability to capture data from various sources and use that data to create predictive analyses,” said Johnny Park, CEO of WHIN. “They are an example of what is possible here and having them as a local leader will help us show others what is possible too. Together we can help our farmers be the best they can be.”Solinftec’s solution is present in more than 16 million acres, and its equipment is monitored in real time by more than 100,000 daily users, according to Hersz. The company serves large international growers such as Raízen, which reports more than 3,000 monitored equipment, the largest telemetry system in the world. Other international companies served by Solinftec include Tereos, Cofco and British Petroleum, all in the field of sugar cane crops, and Amaggi, Bom Futuro e Terra Santa, a grower in row crops.Among the 10 largest companies in the sugar and ethanol sector, eight are customers of the company, and among the five largest producers of grains and fibers three are in its portfolio.Solinftec is working in relevant commercial and technological partnerships with original equipment manufacturers and cooperatives that will be announced in due time to serve the American farmer. Solinftec has also received Series B funding from AgFunder and TPG in their first round of 2018 AgTech investments, where they look to invest in bold and exceptional founders who are committed to building the next generation of agrifood tech companies.As Indiana’s land-grant university, Purdue has Extension offices in all of Indiana’s 92 counties to assist farmers and growers across the state and conducts world-renowned agriculture research that serves the U.S. and the global society. The College of Agriculture also has been home to three World Food Prize laureates, two faculty and one distinguished alumnus.Solinftec’s expansion into the Purdue Research Park was announced Thursday (Nov. 29) during the Agbioscience Innovation Summit put on by AgriNovus Indiana in Indianapolis.“AgriNovus and Solinftec first crossed paths earlier this year at an Ag Tech conference in San Francisco,” said Beth Bechdol, president and CEO of AgriNovus Indiana. “Their commitment to bringing their technology to row crops and to the Midwest was clear, and I’m thrilled that they recognized the depth and diversity of Indiana’s agbioscience assets. It is exciting to see several companies in just a few short months move or expand in Indiana, and we welcome Solinftec to our agbioscience community.”The collaboration aligns with Purdue’s “Giant Leaps” celebrating the university’s global advancements made in health, space, artificial intelligence and sustainability highlights as part of Purdue’s 150th anniversary. Those are the four themes of the yearlong celebration’s Ideas Festival, designed to showcase Purdue as an intellectual center solving real-world issues.Solinftec is the second agriculture-related business this month to announce plans to move into the Purdue Research Park. Inari, a Flagship Pioneering company, announced on Nov. 8 that it was expanding from Cambridge, Massachusetts, as it seeks to reintroduce genetic diversity into the seed industry.“We are so happy to hear of Solinftec’s decision to locate here in West Lafayette. Indiana. Purdue, the Purdue Research Foundation, Tippecanoe County and Greater Lafayette Commerce have been leading the way in making our community one of the best places in the world to focus on technology, agriculture and their convergence. As a person who happily calls West Lafayette home, I know Solinftec will enjoy its new American hometown,” West Lafayette Mayor John R. Dennis said.Source: Purdue News Service Facebook Twitter Brazilian Digital Ag Leader Bringing High-Tech Farming Solutions to Indiana By Hoosier Ag Today – Nov 29, 2018 SHARE Previous articleWilmoth to Lead Indiana Grain Buyers Licensing AgencyNext articleTrump, China’s Xi, To Talk Trade This Weekend Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter
But Peter Crouch levelled three minutes before half-time, and five minutes after the break Stephen Ireland put the hosts ahead. Schurrle quickly equalised with another fine finish and it looked like both sides would have to settle for a point until Assaidi’s brilliant intervention earned victory. Stoke’s last win over Chelsea came in the League Cup in 1995 when Potters manager Mark Hughes was in the Blues side, while their most recent league victory was in 1975. The result ended Chelsea’s three-match winning run and saw them drop below Liverpool into third, while leaders Arsenal now have the chance to open up a seven-point gap on Sunday. Schurrle was one of two changes to the Chelsea side from Wednesday’s win over Sunderland and he was soon into the action, pulling the ball back for Ramires, who shot well over the bar from 10 yards out. The Brazilian should have done much better, but the visitors only had to wait until the 10th minute to take the lead. This time Schurrle did it all himself, picking the ball up in midfield, holding off Ryan Shawcross and Glenn Whelan before shooting across Asmir Begovic and into the bottom corner. It was Schurrle’s second Premier League goal, and Chelsea had plenty of chances to add to their lead. Juan Mata shot straight at Begovic in the 16th minute after a free-kick fell to him on the edge of the box, while the Spain international then failed to pick out Fernando Torres in the centre after Jonathan Walters had given the ball away. Ramires was the man most culpable, the midfielder having three further efforts during the first half but failing to really test Begovic. Stoke had been forced into a change in the 18th minute when Charlie Adam, their main creative force, limped off and was replaced by Ireland. The Potters were showing some decent play in midfield but their final ball was lacking and front man Crouch was isolated. They had their first chance in the 38th minute when Steven N’Zonzi found Marko Arnautovic on the left and his cross picked out Walters at the back post, but the Republic of Ireland man, who last season scored two own goals and missed a penalty in the same fixture, could only nod wide. The equaliser came from a break instigated by Geoff Cameron, who found Walters down the right. His cross was just out of the reach of a diving Ireland but Arnautovic won a corner and his delivery was turned in by Crouch. Chelsea had only themselves to blame, with Mikel leaving Crouch unmarked and Petr Cech opting to come off his line but getting nowhere near the ball. Stoke carried the momentum into the second half and stunned Chelsea by taking the lead in the 50th minute. Walters broke down the right and squared the ball for Ireland, who took one touch to control before curling a precision shot in off the far post. The Britannia roared its approval but Stoke were ahead for just three minutes, and it was Schurrle again. A Mata free-kick was half cleared by Crouch to the German on the edge of the box, who once again produced a clinical finish into the far corner. Schurrle almost completed his hat-trick in the 57th minute but although he beat Begovic again his curling shot bounced off the bar. Both teams were committing men forward, and 10 minutes later it was Stoke’s turn to go close. N’Zonzi crossed for Crouch, who set up Ireland in space eight yards out but this time he could only curl his shot high and wide. Schurrle’s hat-trick hopes were ended as Mourinho sent on Frank Lampard and Samuel Eto’o, and the latter swiftly had a sight of goal but poked his shot just wide. Marc Muniesa gave away a free-kick on the edge of the box for a foul on Demba Ba, but Begovic was safely behind Lampard’s shot, which found its way through a 10-man wall. Walters was booked for shoving John Terry in the chest and was swiftly replaced by Assaidi and his strike handed Mourinho his first ever Premier League defeat in December. Oussama Assaidi stunned Chelsea with a superb 90th-minute winner as Stoke won 3-2 to claim their first league victory over the Blues in 38 years. Press Association The on-loan Liverpool winger came on as a substitute six minutes from time and his first real contribution was to pick the ball up on the left, cut inside and unleash a ferocious shot into the top corner. Jose Mourinho’s first trip to the Britannia Stadium began well as Andre Schurrle gave Chelsea a 10th-minute lead.
Facebook34Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaMusic Out Loud is a project that posthumously honors musicians who have significantly contributed to music growth in the area or made a name for Olympia, through artistic design and music performances in downtown Olympia.The first part of the project, three mosaics in downtown Olympia sidewalks, was recently completed. Designs by three local artists were fabricated and installed by Belarde Company, using a special process called LithoMosaic, which sets the mosaics directly into concrete. The artworks will be dedicated during Arts Walk with a walking tour on Saturday, April 28, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. in downtown Olympia. The tour will begin at 4th Ave. and Chestnut St., and will continue to 5th Ave. and Capitol Way.The second part of the project involves live music. Each of these locations will become a living testament to music in our community, with 9 total acoustic music performances to be scheduled over the summer, in partnership with the Olympia Downtown Alliance.Citizens were invited to submit names of deceased local musicians who were pivotal in the musical growth of the Olympia community and who met certain criteria, such as:Lived for 10+ years in Olympia and had a significant connection with the Olympia area.Contributed to the vitality of Olympia’s music scene.History of musical achievement.Honored by local musicians and aficionados for his/her contribution to the community.With his or her passing, left a lasting legacy that will forever be remembered.14 submissions were received. After deliberation by the Arts Commission and approval by City Council, 3 musicians moved forward in the process: Verne Eke, Steve Munger, and Bert Wilson. Through a separately held public art process, these legacy musicians were matched with artists Nathan Barnes, Michele A. Burton and Jennifer Kuhns.More information about the musicians follow:Steve Munger – Mosaic design by Nathan BarnesLocation: SE Corner of Chestnut St & 4th AveSaxophone player for 30 years, well known and highly regarded among jazz musicians, but also played rock, blues, funk & reggae.A consummate musician at the center of the Olympia music scene since the early 80s. He was the kind of musician that everybody wanted on their recordings because he made everyone around him sound better.Bands he played and recorded with include Harmonic Tremors, Sweatband, Neobop, the Artesian Art Ensemble, Barbara Donald & Unity, Bert Wilson ensemble, various Steve Munger ensembles, Jam Camp, and Sour Owl.Anyone who knew him remembers Steve for his maniacal laugh and generous spirit as well as for his amazing musical skills.Verne Eke – Mosaic design by Jennifer KuhnsLocation: 512 Washington St. SEBrilliant musician and singer, talented orchestra leader and music scholar.Produced and conducted operas and musicals, and co-founded the original Harlequin Productions, where he was music director for over a dozen shows.Founded The Capital Area Association for the Performing Arts (CAPPA) and was pivotal in acquiring the legislation and funds that allowed the building of the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.Bert Wilson – Mosaic design by Michele A. BurtonLocation: NE Corner of 5th Ave & Capitol WayWorld renowned saxophonist and composer with a 7 octave range and over 200 songs to his name.Teacher for many world famous saxophonists to include Lenny Picket of Tower of Power and musical director of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Jeff Coffin of the Dave Mathews Band and Ernie Watts of the NBC orchestra.Stricken by Polio when he was very young and was confined to a wheel chair his entire life. In spite of his disability, he created a concept on saxophone that placed him among the greats of the instrument.Influence on the local music scene was profound. Some of the legends of Jazz would stop by Bert’s home to play and visit with him. Many musicians moved to Olympia to play with and learn from Bert. His group Rebirth, which was filled with Olympia musicians, had international acclaim for its recordings and performances.His music continues to be heard in local venues.
Keagan Jade scored eight points to lead the L.V. Rogers Junior Bombers to a 38-36 West Kootenay Boy’s Basketball win over Boundary Central of Midway Saturday afternoon in Grand Forks.The contest was part of a three-team playday that also featured a team from the host Grand Forks Wolves.LVR was up for most of the game, holding quarter leads of 11-2, 21-12 and 27-19 until Boundary Central staged a late-game rally. Josh Jolicoeur and Curtis Young each had six points for LVR.The Bombers opened the day dropping a 35-33 decision to Grand Forks.LVR started slow trailing 8-2 after one period.Grand Forks led 26-19 in the fourth before LVR started pecking away at the margin, outscoring the Wolves 14-11 in the quarter.Dyllen Dixon all scorers with 15 points while Young added nine.Teiran Dolan had eight and Liam McKinlay 13 for the Wolves.The Junior Bombers, 2-1 on the season, are in Trail to meet the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks Thursday.
The Nelson Leafs continue to be the talk of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition season.Nelson ran its pre-season record to 3-0 following a 2-1 decision over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The Leafs scored twice on the power play in the third period to erase a 1-0 deficit to secure the victory.Nelson concludes the pre-season Sunday in Castlegar. Game time is 2 p.m.The Leafs open the regular season back in Fruitvale Friday against the Nitehawks.Leafs rally past Nitehawks 4-2; run exhibition record to 2-0Nelson Leafs rallied from a 2-0 deficit to edge the Beaver Valley Nitehawks 4-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition action Wednesday night at the NDCC Arena. Sawyer Hunt scored twice to lead the Leafs to back-to-back pre-season wins.Nelson blasted Castlegar 10-2 to open the pre-season at home Tuesday.Beaver Valley scored twice to grab the early lead.However, goals by Hunt, who came to the Leafs in an off-season deal with Kimberley Dynamiters, Jack Karran and Sam Weber rallied the Green and White past the defending Murdoch Division champs.Karran has four goals in two games for Nelson while Hunt has scored twice in the exhibition season.Jay Sandu, another off-season acquisition to come to the Heritage City, played the entire game in goal for Nelson, which outshot the Hawks 30-23 in the contest.The Leafs have peppered the opposition netminders with 75 shots in two games.The teams play a return contest Friday in Fruitvale before Nelson concludes the exhibition season Sunday in Castlegar.Nelson opens the regular season Friday, September 9 against Beaver Valley Nitehawks.First home game is Friday, September 16 against Spokane Braves.
OAKLAND – Before, Warriors fans wondered if Kevin Durant would return next season. Now, they are wondering if he has already played his last game with the Dubs.Durant will not play against the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday at Oracle Arena, marking the ninth consecutive game he will have missed because of a strained right calf. In related news, Warriors fans have asked in our latest mailbag what’s the latest on KD’s progress.First things first for those new to the …
Gender Dysphoria and Darwinismby Dr Jerry BergmanThe belief that some people are born in bodies of the wrong sex was challenged by a recent scientific study claiming this condition amounted to what the researchers termed “rapid onset gender dysphoria.” Dysphoria means “a state of dissatisfaction, anxiety, restlessness, or fidgeting”—a disorder, in other words, implying an unnatural state, as opposed to euphoria, “a state of intense happiness and self-confidence.”The finding would appear to agree with Genesis 1:27 and 2:24, quoted by Jesus, who said, “From the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female. … For this reason a man shall . . . be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” In contrast to this view, many evolutionary theorists accept the idea of gender fluidity, namely the view “that gender is not fixed by biology, but shifts according to social, cultural, and individual preference.”In the image of God He made them; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27 (Credit: AiG Creation Museum)Based on passages similar to the scriptures quoted above, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have always taught the concept of gender complementarity—the view that God designed men and women for different, but corresponding, social roles. Acceptance of Darwinism negates this constraint as shown by the fact that families who hold to Genesis usually don’t have to confront this issue, because they accept the view that God “made them male and female,” and look for other solutions for indications of gender dysphoria.Darwinist, by contrast, evaluate “human male and female behavior and that of animals, which like our own, have evolved over time.” From this, they rationalize gender diversity, concluding that evolution can explain gender fluidity as a particular social, genetic, or environmental consequence of natural or sexual selection. Evolutionist Sally Hines supports the evolutionary view of gender fluidity in detail by analyzing human evolution, asserting that our evolutionary ancestors did not hold to the modern traditional binary male and female gender roles.X and Y chromosomes differ dramatically in size, structure and contentThe Genesis teaching is supported by observational evidence. Both biological and psychological evidence supports the gender-complementarity view of traditional male and female roles. Males and females display biological differences from the zygote stage to birth and also after birth. Except for red blood cells, which are enucleated (lacking a nucleus), every healthy normal human body cell is either male (containing XY chromosomes) or female (XX chromosomes). Given the average human contains 50 trillion cells, depending on his or her weight, each person has over 100 trillion male and female X Y chromosomal differences. So-called gender reassignment cannot change these differences.A Psychological ProblemHistorically, the belief that some men were trapped in a female body and some women were trapped in a male body was seen as a psychological problem—not a biological one. It required psychotherapy or counseling, not surgery. Instead of agreeing with the male’s contention that he was a woman trapped in a male body, the historical approach was counseling – to deal with the dysphoria (mental dissatisfaction) based on a false, non-biological belief or feeling. A ‘transgender male’ feels she actually is a male, and desires body changes to match her self-perception, and vice versa. Before the current LGBT movement, counselors sought to alleviate the dysphoria by helping the person accept and enjoy (euphoria) their biological sex.We’re not talking about biological matters, but rather feelings. The concern here is not a documented genetic problem, such as Pseudo-hermaphroditism, a general term I learned in medical school but which is no longer used. Genetic terms are now preferred because they describe the specific medical condition, such as 5-α-reductase deficiency and androgen insensitivity syndrome. Most cases of Pseudo-hermaphroditism are caused by one or more mutations.Social Science ResearchAnthropological studies have consistently found that “in every sort of society, using every sort of approach—scientists are finding differences in the way men and women organize their verbal and visual-spatial abilities. The studies do not always agree with one other exactly,” allowing for some, but limited, cultural influence.  One of the most detailed studies of male and female differences titled The Great Divide compiled over 2,000 differences between males and females documented by scientists, sociologists, psychologists and government agencies. The differences included biological, psychological, sociological, economic, political and religious.The trendy new practice of “gender reassignment” is so new that very few studies on the problem have been completed. One of the most complete was done by Brown University Professor Lisa Littman, MD. Her peer-reviewed study was approved by a University ethics committee and published in a peer reviewed academic journal. She found that youth peer influence was an important factor leading some teens to believe that they are suffering from gender dysphoria, which in turn can lead them into life-changing cross-sex hormone treatments or even surgery, such as mastectomies, a response which many young people have come to regret.When a young girl comes to believe she is a male trapped in a female body, for example,Many clinicians and therapists oblige—at least with hormones—and they persuade parents to go along by using frightening leverage: They warn the alternative could be suicide. Terrified parents often give in.”The fact is, suicide is a problem both many youth who are gender dysphoric (believe they are in the wrong body) as well as gender-transitioned persons face. The rate of suicide attempts among transgender people is very high, even after they “transition” into the opposite sex.Littman received 256 responses to her request from parents about their teenage children who had no previous signs of gender dysphoria and who, out of the blue, declared they were suffering from gender dysphoria. More than 85 percent of the survey respondents said they support gay marriage, indicating the parents likely weren’t concerned about their child’s declaration of transgenderism for religious reasons. That the concern is not biological is supported by the fact that over 60 percent of the parents noted their “child had been diagnosed with a mental health disorder before claiming gender dysphoria, suggesting the teens needed help, but perhaps for other underlying problems.”Dangers of Gender ReassignmentThe solutions for gender reassignment include hormone therapy, surgery, and counseling, but not necessarily in that order. Except anabolic steroid hormones, little is known in detail about long term use of high doses of powerful male and female hormones. After the transition, stopping the hormones results in a number of problems, such as the reappearance of many traits common to the birth sex. Thus, hormone therapy will likely be a life-long obligation. In the case of anabolic steroid treatment, the results have been tragic and likely the same is true of long-term androgen and estrogen hormone therapy. There are no long-term studies to prove this is necessary, safe, or prudent treatment—but there are many well documented hazards to using these same hormones when treating adults for medical conditions.Once the teenage years begin, “affirmative care” involves giving young people cross-sex hormones regardless what the parents wish. Girls younger than 12 are prescribed testosterone for lifetime usage, while boys are given estrogen. These are serious hormonal treatments that impact brain development, cardiovascular health, and may increase the risk of cancer. Transgender declarations tend to occur in clusters by group suggestion, similar to how groups of teenage girls will suddenly develop eating disorders concurrently.In the next segment, Dr Bergman will discuss additional research findings about gender, and describe how the media and progressives distort the science.References Littman, Lisa. 2018. 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Rapid-onset Gender Dysphoria: This year’s social Contagion infects teenagers and their Doctors. World Magazine.34(3):34-39.Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. 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24 March 2014 Trade between South Africa and Saudi Arabia nearly trebled from R29.7-billion in 2009 to R80.1-billion in 2013, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at the 5th session of the South Africa-Saudi Arabia Joint Economic Commission in Pretoria on Thursday. At the same, South Africa was keen to achieve more balanced trade between the two countries, Davies said, noting that SA’s trade deficit with Saudi Arabia had grown from R62.2-billion in 2012 to R74.8-billion in 2013. In January this year, Saudi Arabia overtook Germany to become South Africa’s second-biggest source of imports, with China being the largest. “There is no doubt that the level of our bilateral trade, especially South Africa’s value-added exports to Saudi Arabia, is far below potential and is also concentrated in a few sectors like oil and gas, raw materials, fruits and vegetables,” Davies said in a statement issued after the meeting. “This points to a need to diversify our basket of goods traded. More value-added and diversified trade will benefit both our countries as it will lead to job creation, which is one of our biggest challenges at present.” Davies and his Saudi counterpart, Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, co-chaired the Joint Economic Commission meeting, which agreed to harness all means to promote further growth between the two regional powerhouses. “We have expressed our desire to collaborate with the Saudi side in the promotion of investments between the two countries,” Davies said. “This can be done through the exchange of company visits. To this end, the South African side will make available its top 10 investment projects to its Saudi counterparts.” He added that the two countries had agreed to promote cooperation in the fields of oil, gas and minerals by setting up meetings between oil and mining companies in both countries, as well as bilateral meetings to discuss joint investment opportunities and possible areas of cooperation. The commission had also agreed to increase cooperation in the field of mineral resources and mineral beneficiation by setting up exchange programmes for professionals working in the field. The meeting of the commission was preceded by a South Africa-Saudi Arabia Business Forum attended by business people from both countries. The forum mandated the South Africa-Saudi Arabia Business Council to identify complementary projects that businesses could collaborate on. SAinfo reporter
UP hopeful Ricafort can still play Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “We were very soft defensively and we conceded easy goals,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic, referring to their performance in the Tajik capital. “But this is football and anything can happen [on Tuesday night].”Spanish central defender Super Herrera returns from suspension, while Martin Steuble looks fit to start at rightback, giving the back line some stability and experience.“My players are ready to give everything,” added Vidakovic.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Busmen, who ruled the Asean zone at the expense of Singapore’s Home United, are unbeaten at home in this year’s AFC Cup, but the match will be their biggest test yet not only because of the strength of the opposition, but also because of the deficit they are facing.Ceres goalkeeper Roland Muller isn’t ruling out a mighty fightback from the Busmen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Coming back from 4-0 is not easy but it’s not impossible,” said Muller. “We know what we did right and what we did wrong in the first leg. We’re playing at home so that should be a big boost for us.”The Busmen yielded twice in each half in Dushanbe as Istiklol capitalized on some poor defending from the Filipino side. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BACOLOD CITY—Southeast Asian zone champion Ceres-Negros tries to pull off the improbable when they host Istiklol of Tajikistan on Tuesday in the second leg of their AFC Cup inter-zone semifinal clash at Panaad Stadium.Beaten 0-4 in Dushanbe three weeks ago by the Tajik champions, the Busmen would need some sort of miracle to stay in the title hunt in the competition.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary