The 59-year-old survived calls for his sacking as the Hammers struggled for form during periods of the 2013-14 season, with fans unfurling banners and jeering the players off following an unconvincing home win over Hull. A chronic injury list, including club-record signing Andy Carroll missing over half of the season, did not help Allardyce’s position as he guided West Ham to 13th after flirting with relegation at the turn of the year. Sam Allardyce has put the trials and tribulations of last year behind him as he targets a top-10 Barclays Premier League finish this campaign. Allardyce’s belief in a strong showing comes on the back of a busy summer of transfer activity, with the signings of Enner Valencia, Cheikhou Kouyate, Aaron Cresswell, Carl Jenkinson, Mauro Zarate and Diego Poyet pleasing the manager. He said: “I think overall we have gone out and shopped very wisely – from my point of view it is about the age of the players as well as the talent. “All our signings, the average age comes out at 23, that is good for now and good for the future. That means they should be here a long time at West Ham and not just a short-term stopover like you have to do in your first season or two in the Premier League just to get you through. “We have moved on to not only improve the squad for now but also for a number of years to come hopefully and they will only get better when they play with us.” Pre-season could have run more smoothly for the club, with Ravel Morrison charged with assault and the Hammers being accused by French side Metz of altering the conditions on a deal to sign forward Diafra Sakho. With a bid for Sunderland’s Connor Wickham also rejected, Allardyce remains determined to add more fire-power to his squad, even if it comes too late for Saturday’s season opener at home to London rivals Tottenham. “We are still waiting for another front-line player who can score a few goals,” he added. “That has been very difficult to acquire because of the injury to Andy but we are still pursuing that avenue as quickly as we possibly we can. “We will definitely get something done but it is the quality of the player that is the most important thing, he has to come in and be almost available to be used immediately. “It may not be the case to be going straight in, there may be a settling in period because it looks more like that player will come from abroad now – we are still searching high and wide.” Press Association Co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold opted to stick with the former Newcastle, Blackburn and Bolton boss after a number of post-season meetings and now Allardyce is keen to move forward. “They are all behind me,” he said when asked about last season’s problems. “I don’t think about it too much. I’m still here and still using the experience and the abilities I have as a manager in all areas of the football club to try and achieve more than last season – I’m hoping the lads will go and do the talking on the field starting on Saturday.” With Allardyce having led the club back into the Premier League at the first time of asking, West Ham finished the 2012-13 campaign in an impressive 10th place. Although Carroll is once again sidelined for up to four months, Allardyce wants to replicate that achievement this time around. “I would take 10th or better – I think we have got to aim at least at that position,” he said. “If we score more goals than last season then it is achievable for us. If we can do the same as last season from a defensive point of view, with 14 clean sheets, then 50 goals will be enough for us. “We scored 40 goals last year, 46 the year before, so if we can hit the 50-goal mark I think that will be enough to take us into the top 10 or better.”
The founder of Famram Solutions has been recognised for her work in keeping rural girls and young women in schools, by the Centre for Economic and Leadership Development. She is driven by the belief that “education transforms women into inspirational leaders”.“Everyone has it within themselves to change the lives of less fortunate South Africans,” said Shamila Ramjawan, founder and CEO of Famram Solutions and the Famram Foundation. (Image: Supplied)For Shamila Ramjawan, receiving a Global Female Leadership Impact Award is an opportunity to spread the word of her work to a larger, more global audience. The Centre for Economic and Leadership Development (Celd) award ceremony will take place in Dubai this month. Ramjawan will not only be recognised for her work in uplifting South African women, but will also sit on a panel – “Transformational CEOs Discussion Panel” – with women from around the world who are driving economic growth.Female business and community leaders from 100 countries will gather in the Gulf nation to celebrate the impact of women on their communities. “What a great way to begin a new year,” Ramjawan says without pretence. “As a change agent, I am looking forward to meeting and networking with high profile people from various parts of the world as I am passionate about making a global impact. This award will contribute immensely to more exposure and visibility. Furthermore, I will be featured in a double page spread in the Amazon Watch Special Edition Magazine, which will be published in January 2018.”Girls and young women still in school often miss up to seven days of schooling every month. Shamila Ramjawan’s solution, the PrincessD Menstrual Cup, has not only changed the lives of these young women but has also created work across southern Africa.Ramjawan, the founder and CEO of Famram Solutions and the Famram Foundation, will be inducted into Celd’s Hall of Fame in the Emerging Economies Top 100 Most Influential Women in the World category. “It all feels surreal and I am excited to represent South Africa as an ambassador for Brand South Africa as this award is essentially the Academy Awards of Business Leaders making impactful contributions in society on a global scale.”Everyone has it within themselves to change the lives of less fortunate South Africans, she says. Through her communication and marketing work for corporates and the government, she came to realise the need for a sustainable solution for the menstrual needs of women, especially in rural areas.Girls and young women still in school often miss up to seven days of schooling every month. Her solution, the PrincessD Menstrual Cup, has not only changed the lives of these young women but has also created work across southern Africa. “Most corporates provide technology, science and maths resources and we advise them that if girls do not have sanitary products they will not benefit from those resources because they won’t be able to attend school for five to seven days a month. Instead, we send out requests to corporate and government departments to work with us in keeping girls in school with a sustainable ten-year product.”Ramjawan’s company motto is “Be the princess that you are. Period”. She holds that women can make an impact on their communities and the world if they are given opportunities. She has expanded the menstrual cup project to 15 countries in Africa, the USA, Canada and to the Philippines.The PrincessD Menstrual Cup – named for Ramjawan’s daughter, Daksha – project is more than just an initiative to keep girls in school. “We don’t give a girl a box and tell them to use it. We take them through the education around menstruation – how to use their cup, insert, remove and sterilise. We include empowerment of girls, telling our stories, inviting ambassadors and role models when we do handovers. We are growing the training and development project in 2018; we will be offering life skills and career guidance, and then will introduce the PrincessD Menstrual Cup under women’s health and menstruation matters.”“Education transforms women into inspirational leaders and we have to bestow a basic need on our school girls by providing them with a sustainable menstrual product so that we can keep our girls in school during menstruation as they are our future leaders,” said Shamila Ramjawan.In 2016, Ramjawan was nominated in the Unsung Heroine Special Category in Miss SA 2005 Joan Madibeng’s Women: Real Architect of Society Awards as was athlete Caster Semenya, who then decided to partner and become a co-owner in Famram Solutions.. Together they have started a green campus initiative with the University of Pretoria. The eco-friendly menstrual cup admits them to programmes designed to make universities more green.Famram has been invited to participate in the university’s health and wellness programmes under which the PrincessD Menstrual Cup is available at reduced rates for students. The university’s teaching staff have embraced the project and are buying cups for students whose budgets do not stretch far enough,” she says.It is further proof to Ramjawan that people are willing to do all they can to help others when given a chance. They believe as she does in the power of an educated girl. “Education transforms women into inspirational leaders and we have to bestow a basic need on our school girls by providing them with a sustainable menstrual product so that we can keep our girls in school during menstruation as they are our future leaders. Therefore, people can play their part by encouraging their organisations to partner with us so that we can, as champions of change, collaborate and change lives together.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dave Scheiderer, founder, Integrated Ag Services (IAS) of Milford Center, has been named 2015 Precision Ag Crop Adviser/Entrepreneur award winner by the PrecisionAg Institute through its annual PrecisionAg Awards of Excellence.The international recognition is presented to one individual or team who have established a demonstrable expertise in precision technologies and practices by devising a new tool/concept/procedure, or who have used their expertise to the benefit of their grower-customers. The award recognizes excellence in four areas: innovation, leadership/professionalism, stewardship, and overall impact on precision farming.“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the entire IAS team,” Scheiderer said. “This recognition is a direct result of their hard work and commitment to our customers — the farmers we work with every day. The IAS team is the most knowledgeable, service oriented, committed group of people I have ever had the privilege of working with — and I am simply representing them in accepting this award.”Scheiderer was nominated by Dain Bruns of Marysville. IAS was established in 1990, offering agronomic advice and services to farmers throughout the Midwest, with a concentrated base in western Ohio. Over the last 25 years, IAS has established expertise in a variety of areas, including automated precision soil sampling, NDVI high resolution imagery, RTK network services, Precision Ag hardware and software sales and service, and independent corn and soybean yield trials for farmers in Ohio and surrounding states.Starting with one employee — Scheiderer — 25 years ago, IAS now has a team of nine full-time employees, including six Certified Crop Advisers. Among the firm’s innovative offerings is the IAS Precision Soil Sampling — which provides higher quality and more dense soil sampling at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods — and the IAS Profit Calculator —which consolidates weather, soil sampling and marketing technologies; crop consulting and real-time reporting to track crop development, yield potential and estimated profit.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseThere is no doubt about it: 2018 was wet. It was the third wettest year on record and farmers should prepare for more soggy situations moving forward. At the recent Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in Ada, Ohio State University climate specialist Aaron Wilson said temperatures are also on the rise and more rain is not coincidental. The warmer conditions lead to a greater amount of water vapor in the atmosphere and increased rainfall potential. Farmers are acutely aware of the situation; so are politicians.This week in Washington, D.C. there was also plenty of talk about the changing climate as legislators considered the Green New Deal resolution spearheaded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). The much-discussed Green New Deal brought “cow farts” into the national political debate and strives for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and the creation of jobs. Estimates suggest the Green New Deal could cost anywhere from around $50 trillion to over $90 trillion between 2020 and 2029 in addition to a wide array of potential societal costs.Ohio’s two Senators weighed in with their thoughts on how to address the changing climate with the Ohio Farm Bureau county presidents this week, who were lobbying in Washington, D.C.“There are absolutely things we can do to reduce emissions. We should and we can do it in a way that is pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-farmer — it doesn’t have to be either or. That is one thing that gets lost in lot of the coverage I have seen,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). “People say Republicans are deniers and Democrats want to do something about it. Republicans like me want to do something about it too. And we’ve done things about it. We actually have a reduction in CO2 emissions in this country at a time when other countries are increasing their emissions. We have done it through a lot of different ways through having more alternative fuel vehicles out there — including using ethanol — and through energy conservation and efficiency.”Sen. Rob Portman spoke with the OFBF county presidents this week in Washington, D.C.Portman co-authored the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act introduced in 2017 that passed the Senate with 82 votes and seeks to implement energy efficiency measure and incentives to reduce the carbon emissions equivalent of 15 million vehicles over the next 10 years.“We can do better in terms of energy efficiency and that is a great way to reduce emissions but also to add more jobs. We should be able to use technology and innovation better and we are starting to do that. I support legislation to give our power companies incentives to be able to capture carbon and sequester it and start a carbon market. Finally I will say that people who are really serious about climate change ought to look at nuclear power. There are advanced nuclear power technologies out there. It is emissions free,” Portman said. “There are ways we can make sure we have the base power we need. We have solar and wind. We have it in Ohio and we like it, but sometimes the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow. You need to have that base power also. We have two nuclear plants in Ohio and they are both aging. We need newer, safer, more innovative plants that are much more efficient. There are lots of things that can and should be done and we are doing some of them, but to take up the Green New Deal and put that on the American people and the American farmer would be disastrous. It would increase everyone’s costs of electricity dramatically.”Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is not supporting the Green New Deal being pushed by many in his party, but does want to take an aggressive approach to addressing climate change.“It is not really a political thing. It is a fact thing. It is fact or it is not fact,” Brown said. “I just don’t think there are two sides to the issue of climate change. That is what the oil industry wants you to think, that is what Fox News wants people to think, and that is what right wing politicians want you to think, that there are two sides. The facts are facts and climate change is real and climate change is in part being caused by human beings. Every day we delay we make the problem more expensive and more dangerous. We have a president who continues to deny climate change.”Talking about the climate with Ohio Senators inevitably leads to talking about Lake Erie.“You can’t ever pin one weather issue on climate change but you can certainly see patterns. It is hard to believe that what is happening in Lake Erie with algae blooms isn’t related to climate,” Brown said. “The people that continue to deny climate change should be embarrassed. They are dishonest or they don’t want to face the truth.”Brown also talked about President Trump’s proposed budget that makes significant cuts to agricultural programs and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GRLI). Brown said the 90% — $270 million — proposed cut would devastate the GLRI that has successfully jumpstarted restoration efforts to protect, maintain, and restore the chemical, biological, and physical integrity of the Great Lakes, including Lake Erie.“Ohioans rely on Lake Erie for jobs, clean drinking water, and a place to enjoy with their families. Instead of investing in Ohio communities so they can grow and create jobs, President Trump is asking Ohioans to pay for tax cuts for millionaires by gutting Great Lakes programs and eliminating economic development efforts,” Brown said. “Senator Portman and I have always fought to ensure the GLRI is at full strength as communities work to keep Lake Erie clean. I will continue fighting for Ohio priorities throughout this budget process.”