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SA tourism growth beats world average

first_img18 April 2013 South Africa stands out as a tourist destination in the world, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said on Tuesday. “Last year we grew at more than double the world average – 10.5% for January to November 2012, compared to a global average growth of four percent,” he said at an awards ceremony in New York. “With growth rates of more than double the world average and quadruple the world average if one takes overseas visitors into account, we can look back very favourably on 2012.” He said tourism remained stable in South Africa in the midst of the 2008/2009 global financial crisis. “South Africa is indeed a unique and varied destination which offers tourist experiences that suit every taste and budget,” Van Schalkwyk said. “Visitors to South Africa stand in awe of how much this country has to offer, which includes the variety of experiences, the value for money, our world-class tourism infrastructure, and of course our culturally-diverse people.” He said 2013 was a special year for South Africa, as it had entered its 20th year of democracy. “Irrespective of what news agencies may tell you, South Africa still remains a story of hope, a story of inspiration, and a story of the future,” Van Schalkwyk said. “That’s why more and more people want to come to our country and see it for themselves. Sapalast_img read more

Registration now open for OEFFA’s Sustainable Food and Farm Conference

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Registration is now open for Ohio’s premier educational and networking event for ecological farmers, backyard growers, and others committed to sustainable agriculture, local food, and green living.The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 40th annual conference, A Climate for Change, will run Thursday, Feb. 13 through Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at the Dayton Convention Center in Dayton. “This year’s event features speakers and sessions dedicated to creating a climate to change agriculture,” said Renee Hunt, OEFFA program director. “Cultivating a resilient, just, and sustainable agricultural system can help farmers mitigate their climate risks, and address our global crisis.”Each year, the conference draws more than 1,100 attendees. Online registration is now open at www.oeffa.org/conference2020.OEFFA’s popular conference will feature keynote speakers including:Friday keynote speaker Laura Lengnick is an award-winning soil scientist who has explored agricultural sustainability for more than 25 years as a researcher, policy-maker, educator, author, consultant, and farmer. She is the author of Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate and founder of Cultivating Resilience.Saturday keynote speaker Eric Holt-Giménez is an agroecologist, political economist, activist, and author. He has worked extensively abroad, helping to start the Campesino a Campesino (Farmer to Farmer) Movement, and is the former Executive Director of Food First. His most recent book is Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It?In addition there will be three full-day Food and Farm School class options on Thursday to provide in-depth learning opportunities:Market gardening 2.0—led Jean-Martin Fortier, farmer and author of The Market GardenerLearning from the numbers: Deepening farm financial awareness — led by author and farmer Jody PadghamWhat the hemp is going on?! A practical guide to hemp farming in Ohio — led by a team of experts on regulation, production, and marketingThis three-day event offers more than 100 hours of workshops, abundant networking opportunities in the Exhibit Hall and beyond, moments to unwind and share a drink with new friends, activities to please the whole family, and more, including:Nearly 80 90-minute workshops on topics including sustainable farming, gardening, homesteading, livestock, business management, and policy, and moreAn expanded three-day trade show featuring dozens of businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies, along with areas for large equipment displayA half day special session, Building Agricultural Resilience to a Changing Climate, with Aaron Wilson, Rafiq Islam, Vinayak Shedaker, and Alan SundermeierThe Contrary Farmers’ Social on Thursday at 2nd Street MarketThe Cream of the Crop Banquet on FridayA free FarmLink Live training and networking session on ThursdayA kids’ conference for children ages 6-12 and a playroom for young childrenLocally-sourced, from-scratch lunches; raffle; book table; book signings, and much more.OEFFA is offering a special registration rate for members who register by Dec. 12. A limited number of scholarships are available to minorities, beginning farmers, and Columbus-area farmers, along with reduced rate volunteer spaces. Online registration will be open until Jan. 27. On-site walk-in registration will also be available for an additional fee. For more information about the conference, or to register, go to www.oeffa.org/conference2020.last_img read more

Money Monday

first_imgBrowse more military personal finance blog posts and webinars by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on October 28, 2013. By Barbara O’NeillCan I set up a military allotment to pay for a non-military debt or obligation?There are two types of allotments: discretionary and non-discretionary. You can have up to six discretionary allotments per month, and any number of non-discretionary allotments as long as the total allotments per month are 15 or less. Your allotment is divided between your two semi-monthly checks and requires a DD 2558 form. Retirees are eligible to continue their allotments as well. For more information, refer to https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx.last_img read more