30 January 2006South Africa has doubled its direct investment in Mozambique over the past year, confirming its position as the single largest foreign investor in the country.Mozambique Investment Promotion Centre (CPI) director Mahomed Rafique said in Maputo on Thursday that South African investment accounted for 58% of total foreign direct investment into the country over the past year.Just 52 of the larger South African-led infrastructure and construction projects attracted foreign investment of US$93.7-million during 2005.Smaller tourism and small business related projects were not monitored and were therefore not included in the statistics.Total foreign investment climbed to US$164.5-million in 2005, a 34% increase over 2004.Growing investmentRafique said South Africa’s nearest competitor was the United Kingdom, with 15 projects totaling $27.8-million. In 2004, the UK’s investment in Mozambique was just $13.1-million.Zimbabwe rose from seventh position in 2004 to become the third most important investor in its eastern neighbour in 2005, with investments worth $9.1-million.In fourth position was Mozambique’s former colonial master, Portugal, maintaining the same poll position it held in 2004 – though its actual investments increased slightly, from $5.6-million in 2004 to $7.3-million in 2005.The biggest increase in investment was made by China, which jumped up the ranks from 25th position in 2004 to sixth in 2005. Direct Chinese investment in 2005 totaled $5.6-million, against only $292 000 in the previous year.Investment into Mozambique also came from Mauritius, Rwanda, Angola, Swaziland, Botswana, Brazil, the US, Yugoslavia, Belgium, India, France, Uganda, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, Pakistan, Germany and New Zealand.Work permitsThe CPI also reports that 541 South Africans have successfully applied for permits to work in Mozambique in 2005.Rafique said the National Institute of Labour and Professional Training (INEPF) authorised 4 051 foreigners to work in Mozambique in 2005.“The ministry [of labour] says of the 4 051 foreigners who got work permits, 541 are South African and 440 Chinese, [while] others include Portuguese, Cuban and German nationals,” he said.The requests for foreign workers were from companies from different sectors.Mozambique has, in recent years, increasingly been seeking foreign technical and construction experts to service its growing numbers of large investment projects.Source: BuaNews
23 April 2014 After winning the IRB Junior World Championship in 2012 and finishing third in 2013, the Junior Springboks will be one of the favourites to lift the title when the tournament takes place in New Zealand from 2 to 22 June. The squad, announced on Tuesday, includes a number of players with Super Rugby experience, and other players with previous experience of the Junior World Cup. Handre Pollard (Vodacom Bulls), Andre Esterhuizen (Cell C Sharks), Sergeal Petersen and Aidon Davis (Southern Kings), and Malcolm Marx (Lions) have all either played Vodacom Super Rugby or have been part of their respective franchise’s Super Rugby training groups.Win over New Zealand The squad also sees the return of several players who did duty for the South African under-20s in France last year, where they claimed the bronze medal after defeating New Zealand in the playoff for third. Pollard, who also starred in the 2012 tournament, Davis and Jesse Kriel all played for the Junior Boks in 2013. Winger Petersen, who made an impressive Super Rugby debut for the Kings last year by scoring several stunning tries, was also included in the squad but missed the trip to France because of a hamstring injury.Selection South Africa under-20 coach Dawie Theron and the national selectors, Peter Jooste and Ian McIntosh, selected the 28-man squad following an intensive identification and trials process. More than 50 players attended the training camp, which ran for almost three weeks in Stellenbosch and included two trial matches as well as several training games. The Junior World Cup squad returned to their training base in Stellenbosch on Tuesday to continue their preparations for the tournament, which will include a three-match international series against traditional rivals Argentina from 2 to 10 May in the Western Cape.Weather conditions Theron said the weather and playing conditions in New Zealand, as well as a tough pool draw, will contribute to a challenging competition. “Our players are used to dry and fast fields and we will encounter the opposite of these conditions in New Zealand,” he explained in a statement. “These were obvious factors we had to take into account when selecting the squad. “We will now intensify our preparations. The series against Argentina will give us an ideal opportunity to test our game plan, readiness and decision-making against a very competitive team and in real match situations.” Twins There are two sets of twin brothers in the squad, Jean-Luc and Daniel du Preez, the sons of former Springbok scrumhalf Robert du Preez, and Jesse and Dan Kriel. In 2013, the Du Preez’s older brother, Robert, played flyhalf for the SA under-20s. Jean-Luc du Plessis is also the son of a former Springbok. His father is Carel du Plessis, who also served as Springbok coach in 1997.Junior Springboks 2014 JWC fixtures2 June: SA vs Scotland (North Harbour)6 June: SA vs New Zealand (North Harbour)10 June: SA vs Samoa (Pukekohe) 15 June: Playoffs (Tbc)20 June: Finals (Auckland)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dr. Charles Hatcher, the Tennessee State Veterinarian, was at the center of the recent flurry of activity with avian influenza when the H7 strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) was discovered in a commercial facility in the state.“The state of Tennessee benefitted from the previous states going through the outbreak in 2015. The lessons learned there were critical for what we did,” Hatcher said at yesterday’s National Institute for Animal Agriculture meeting in Columbus. “We knew there was a possibility of this happening because the Mississippi Flyway and the Atlantic Coastal Flyway touch Tennessee. Since 2015 we have been planning. The bombshell hit us and once we determined it was HPAI, our pre-determined plans went into place. We had the incident command structure just like you would have going into war. It is like fighting a war because you have all of these battles.”The Tennessee Department of Agriculture announced the discovery of HPAI in early March. A few days later, another Tennessee poultry farm tested positive for a different low pathogenic strain of avian influenza through routine testing. Soon after, Alabama and Kentucky found low path cases as well.The first key with the HPAI is to contain the area and depopulate.“We acted quickly. The key with HPAI is to depopulate the birds as quickly as you can. We had it done in less than 24 hours. We established a control zone and we only had one other commercial location that broke with it and it was relatively close,” Hatcher said. “In our situation we think it was a showering of the virus from migratory waterfowl and we had multifocal introductions. In a matter of 10 days we had two high path cases and one low path. The two high path locations were the only ones that spread laterally. All of the others locations had no connections.”Biosecurity is the best defense and is particularly important in Ohio during migratory season in the Eastern Mississippi Flyway from early March through late May or early June.“Nothing can really prepare you for this but we were reasonably ready. We are nearing the end of this, I hope. The weather is warming up and we have gone through all of our procedures. After another week or 10 days we hope to be wrapping up the hard part of it,” Hatcher said. “The No. 1 thing you need to think about is biosecurity. The months they are at risk are when migratory waterfowl are moving. You need to sit down and have a plan. You want to separate poultry from exposure to migratory waterfowl.”
Remember to mark your calendars for our Military Caregiving webinar series held Wednesday, March 19 at 11:00 a.m. EDT entitled, A Family Member’s Guide to Coping with Traumatic Brain Injury, presented by Timothy Elliott, Ph.D.Since March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, the Military Caregiving concentration team will be hosting a free, one-hour professional development webinar on the many issues family members face living with a veteran or service member with TBI.Dr. Elliott will identify potential problems such as movement, visual impairments, fatigue, memory loss, lack of attention and many more, due to wounded warriors who have experienced TBI. Dr. Elliott will also offer military professionals and families strategies and solutions to these problems so they may begin the journey to ‘creating a new normal.’No registration is required to join the web conference, simply go to A Family Member’s Guide to Coping with TBI to find connection information and related resources. If you are not on an installation, you may need to install security certificates or use one of the other connection methods.For more information on upcoming Military Caregiving webinars or the latest caregiving information, connect with us via Twitter or Facebook.