22 March 2013 South African President Jacob Zuma, addressing a national Human Rights Day celebration in Mbekweni near Paarl on Thursday, re-affirmed the government’s commitment to building a police service that respected the rights of all South Africans. Zuma said there had been unfortunate incidents involving the police recently, including the Marikana mining tragedy that took place in North West province in August. While he would not comment on the incident because a commission of inquiry was sitting, Zuma said: “Today we re-affirm our commitment to build a police force service that respects the rights of all South Africans.”Call to support the police A total of 200 000 men and women were working in the South African Police Service, and not all of them should be condemned because of the actions of a few, Zuma said, urging all South Africans to support the police in their work. “We must support them, as well as their efforts to root out rotten apples from their ranks who engage in criminal action, including corruption.” South Africa’s latest crime statistics showed a further decline in serious crimes, Zuma noted. While crimes against women and children remained at unacceptable levels, the perpetrators were being caught and punished. “For example, in the past financial year, police secured over 363 life sentences, with a conviction rate of over 70 percent, for crimes against women and girls.”Socio-economic rights Zuma said that South Africa’s Constitution recognised more than just political and civil rights. “This was based on the understanding that civil and political rights mean little if they were not accompanied by tangible socio-economic rights.” These rights, he said, included housing, health care and the right to favourable working conditions. Because of the deliberate policies of apartheid-era governments, a huge backlog had built up. While this would not be reversed overnight, Zuma pledged that the government would not rest until every household in the country had access to water, electricity, sanitation and other services. On the government’s social assistance programme, Zuma said the Constitution also recognised social security as a socio-economic right. The government had increased the number of people receiving grants from 2.7-million in 1994 to 16-million to date. Among these recipients were 2.9-million older people, while 11.5-million were recipients of the child support grant. “Social grants are government’s most effective poverty alleviation programme.”We must ‘stop talking our country down’ Thursday’s celebrations coincided with International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, proclaimed by the United Nations in 1966 in memory of the 69 people killed when the South African police opened fire on protestors in Sharpeville on 21 March 1960. Marking national days enabled the country to reflect on its unfortunate past, Zuma said, adding: “We reflect and draw lessons to build a better and united future.” Zuma appealed to the nation to work with the government and its social partners to rebuild the country, and in particular to build the economy. “We should all play our role to make our country attractive to both local and international investors so that the economy can grow and create jobs.” He added that people should stop talking the economy and the country down, but rather be ready to highlight and acknowledge the achievements of the country’s democracy when making their assessments. Source: SAnews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have been dry for the last two weeks. We had a sprinkle and that is it. They are calling for a couple of inches through today, tomorrow and Wednesday.The dry conditions are starting to really show in the crops. Beans are starting to turn as they dry up a little bit. The corn is starting to fire up from the bottom, though it is time for it to start changing. The corn is pretty well done.Hopefully this rain will catch some of our later beans and get them filling out a little longer. Some of the beans are too far along, though, for these rains to help.The beans still mostly have a good color to them but they are starting to change on the hills. I think we’ll be running beans before the Farm Science Review.Beans yields are not going to be what they could have been. They will not be what we thought they could be from the way they started growing. They took off and got the rains, but the rains quit and here we sit.Everyone else around here is complaining about short beans. We have a bunch of different varieties and all of ours are tall. The shortest beans we have are about waist high and most of them are around chest high. Beans up at New Paris look pretty good.Our latest corn is 112-day. I think it is about done. If you pull back the ears they look good, big and consistent. Corn yields in general look pretty good. We had that 17 acres we replanted this spring and it is caught up and looks as good as anything.We got the pulling tractor ready and we’ll be pulling in Palestine next Monday.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A frontal boundary finally arrived in the state yesterday afternoon, signaled by showers and strong thunderstorms. The rains will likely linger over a good chunk of the state through the day today, but we will see clearing work in from west and northwest to east and southeast. Additional moisture today should be limited to a quarter to 1″, depending on thunderstorm development through the day. The thunderstorms will be most likely in the central and southern parts of Ohio. If you are in an area that is missing the rain or farther west where rain is already done, we will see partly sunny skies emerge, and those will be in control of the entire state by sunset. Dry the rest of the week, tomorrow through Sunday. Temps today and tomorrow will be in the upper 70s, and then we move into the 80s for Wednesday-Friday, but will slowly get a few degrees warmer in that zone each day. Late week – Saturday and Sunday, we can see temps at least in the upper 80s and we likely have to leave a chance for some temps in the 90s. Humidity values will be low this afternoon and tomorrow but will slowly build through the end of the week and weekend as well. Early next week, the pattern looks like it wants to get more active, but models are struggling with just when rains return. There is a good front off to the north and west to start things off Monday. Models are trying to advance that front in for later Monday into Tuesday, but there is not good agreement on the frontal passage south and east. Right now, we will pencil in showers and thunderstorms Monday afternoon and evening, with rain totals of .25”-1” over 80% of the state. The map at right shows rain potential from tonight through the next 10 days. Now, if the front sweeps through like we expect, that will lead to a drier push again next Tuesday and Wednesday. The concern here will be the front not definitively coming through Monday afternoon, but instead slowing, and putting us in the warm, moist sector for multiple days which would allow for more hit and miss thunderstorm action. This would be similar to what happened last week with the warm/hot air over the region. The extended pattern shows a much more unstable set up. This means we can not rule out scattered pop up showers and thunderstorms from next Thursday through the weekend into early the week after next. Right now, the set up looks like it would only support 30% coverage of these pop up clusters, but we also can’t rule them out anywhere either. This kind of pattern would have high humidity and above normal temps with it as well.
Amid the bickering over the party’s rout in Lok Sabha elections, the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress’s executive committee on Wednesday passed a resolution requesting Rahul Gandhi to continue as the Congress president and authorised him to carry out organisational changes in the party’s State unit, if needed.AICC general secretary in charge of Rajasthan Avinash Pande said after the PCC meeting at the party’s State headquarters here — the first after the declaration of election results in which it lost all the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the State — that the “spirit of struggle and commitment to principles” remained unchanged despite the defeat.“The executive committee has accepted all the challenges, failures and shortcomings which led to this mandate… It is our collective responsibility,” Mr. Pande said, while indicating that there would be no immediate changes in the party’s State leadership.In its hour-long meeting attended by PCC president and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, CM Ashok Gehlot, State Ministers and the party’s election candidates and office-bearers, the PCC endorsed the Congress Working Committee’s resolution passed in New Delhi on May 25, which had asked Mr. Gandhi to continue in office.While the executive committee reposed faith in Mr. Gandhi’s leadership, there was no discussion at the meeting on the factors responsible for the party’s humiliating defeat in the State, where it could not win even a single seat despite its victory in the Assembly polls barely five months ago. PCC vice-president Archana Sharma said the matter would be discussed in other meetings to be convened shortly.No reference was made to the purported resignation of Agriculture Minister Lalchand Kataria and the demand raised by Ministers Udai Lal Anjana and Ramesh Meena for introspection and a detailed analysis of the defeat. Uncertaintly prevailed over Mr. Kataria’s “resignation letter”, which was released to the media on WhatsApp, as he was unreachable.BSP supportMeanwhile, the Bahujan Samaj Party has announced that it will continue to support the Congress government in the State in order to “stop communal and casteist forces”. The six BSP MLAs elected in the 2018 Assembly polls have extended support to the State government.BSP vice-president Ramji Gautam said in a statement that the party chief Mayawati had instructed the MLAs not to go against the party’s ideology or play into the hands of communal forces. Any MLA flouting the instructions would be expelled from the party, he warned.