Oyama Matomela flies South Africa’s friendly skies

first_imgCatch Oyama Matomela and other inspiring South Africans playing their part to build a strong South Africa in the Play Your Part TV series on Sundays at 9pm on SABC2. Matomela was born in 1991 in Port Elizabeth and it was there, in the friendly city, that her aunt would take her and her cousins to the Port Elizabeth International Airport to watch aircraft take off and land. • Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122 info@brandsouthafrica.com • Ellis uses sport to build a better world • Ginwala helped shape South Africa’s history • Mam’ Khanyi rescues Hillbrow’s forgotten children • Graça Machel is a heroine in her own right • Bassie is a beauty with heartMelissa Jane CookAt just 23 years old Oyama Matomela is flying high as a female pilot in South Africa.Matomela was born in 1991 in Port Elizabeth and it was there, in the friendly city, that her aunt would take her and her cousins to the Port Elizabeth International Airport to watch aircraft take off and land.“These Sunday afternoon visits unveiled an incomparable passion and love for flying at a young age. Research and extensive hard work in my high school years led to me being awarded a bursary by the Department of Roads and Transport of the Eastern Cape to begin my flying training at the renowned 43 Air School [in Port Alfred],” she says.“I chose this career because it’s unlike any other. I’ve had these aspirations from a young age…” she says.The Collegiate Girls School alumnus is the fourth student to have been awarded the provincial department bursary, and the first woman.“The year and eight months I spent training was probably one of the most difficult yet rewarding things I have ever done,” she says. She adds: “The training was challenging and 110% effort was required – which is what I was willing to give to reach my goals at this age.”After passing her Private Pilot Licence (PPL), she later obtained an instrument-rated commercial pilot licence in August 2011. An instrument rating grants her licence to fly across international airspaces.Matomela passed the PPL in just 20 months; the average time to complete the course is between one and five years, depending on how frequently, and what aircraft, students fly, and in what weather.In March 2012 she wrote and passed all the airline transport pilot licence examinations, which then upgraded her licence to a frozen airline transport pilot licence. She commenced training towards a Grade III flight instructor rating in September 2012 and successfully completed the course in December 2012.Oyama Matomela on inspiring new waysMatomela then moved to Johannesburg in June 2013 to begin work as a flight instructor at Superior Pilot Services at Grand Central Airport in Midrand, where cadet pilots from South African Express airline are trained.A few months later she was invited for an interview with South African Express for a junior first officer position. The interview was successful and she joined the team in January 2013. She is currently training to fly the Bombardier Dash Q400 aircraft.Matomela hopes to earn a command on the jet fleet and become a training captain, and says her family, especially her mother, is proud of her accomplishments in such a male-dominated field. She gives special thanks to her mother, who she says “has been with her every step of the way throughout her training, in good and bad days”.last_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau celebrates a century of service to agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Reese and Dale MinyoOhio Farm Bureau is celebrating its 100th annual meeting this week with the theme “Celebrating our Past, Creating our Future.”The event includes a historical museum highlighting a century of Farm Bureau accomplishments in legislation, business development, cultural and social change, economic and environmental sustainability and celebrating Farm Bureau’s successes through grassroots action. For example, the organization played a role in the electrification of rural Ohio, the creation of Nationwide Insurance and the preservation of Ohio’s rural landscape.OFBF President Frank Burkett III was honored to be a part of the centennial event.“I’m excited about the 100th annual meeting. For 100 years farmers have been coming together to create solutions for the agricultural community in three levels of our organization  — their county Farm Bureau, the Ohio Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau. What an accomplishment — less than 1% of U.S. companies make it to their centennial,” he said. “I can’t be more proud of the Ohio Farm Bureau.”The Farm Bureau has been important for Ohio’s past, but also Ohio’s present, Burkett said.“CAUV recently had some adjustments and that was run right through our county Farm Bureau organizations up through our state organization and that is providing tax relief for Ohio’s farmers,” he said. “Our members are also committed to water quality in the state of Ohio. We are going to have a lot of discussion surrounding nutrient management. At the same time we are going to have a lot of fun celebrating where we have been, where we are today and where we are going the next 100 years.”Burkett also pointed out the tremendous success of Ohio’s county Farm Bureau organizations. Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus won eight of the 24 County Activities of Excellence awards presented by the American Farm Bureau.“Our counties are doing some of the best programming across the nation. Eight of our counties are being recognized at American Farm Bureau and there are only 24 recognized nationally,” he said. “That is one third of the national recognition coming back to Ohio counties — that is cutting edge programming that is delivering results and bringing farmers together across Ohio.”Nearly 3,000 Farm Bureau members are expected to attend the meeting and a special centennial celebration event and 356 voting delegates will establish the organization’s policies for the coming year.“I am so proud of the fact that it is a true grassroots process. We have a presence in every one of our 88 counties,” said Yvonne Lesicko, vice president of public policy for Ohio Farm Bureau. “They sit down and talk and have these collective meetings to share their thoughts and say, ‘What is happening here at the local level? What are we concerned about? What is happening at the state level?’ They know their position and what they want to do about it. They vote on it at their county meeting and that sends it up the line to the state policy development committee. That committee weeds through everything to see if we are getting the same concerns from the rest of the state. Then they bring a set of recommendations from that here to the delegate floor. Then our delegates vote on what they want to see as statewide policy.”Topics expected to be addressed include the roles of farmers and government in the protection of water quality, protecting the rights of landowners engaged in various energy projects, and farm economic issues including the farm bill, trade and transportation infrastructure.“A lot of people think that we are just about production agriculture, but our members are also thinking in a much broader spectrum in terms of making better communities,” Lesicko said.In addition, elections will be held for board trustees, and the organization’s president, vice president and treasurer will be chosen. Also at the event, individuals are honored for their lifelong contributions to Ohio agriculture and Farm Bureau. Young Agricultural Professional leaders and award winners are acknowledged, and finalists in the Discussion Meet contest will be selected. A fundraising event for the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation will be held as well. Delegates work on state policy. OFBF President Frank Burkett III The family of the late Al DiVencenzo accepted the 2018 OFBF Agricultural Educator Award. Charles Lausin was presented with the 2018 OFBF Distinguished Service Award. Annie Specht was recognized as the 2018 Discussion Meet winner. Nick and Brandi Anderson, Champaign County, are the 2018 Outstanding Young Farmers OFBF Executive VP Adam Sharp and OFBF President Frank Burkett III Dennis Heyob was presented with the 2018 Distinguished Service Award. Brandi and Wes Montgomery, State YAP Committee Chaircouple Adam and Jess Campbell from Warren County were recognized as the Excellence in Ag winners.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, July 15, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Similar weather today and tomorrow to what we saw this weekend. A large part of Ohio will be dry, but with the heat still around, instability will be here too. That means we have threats for afternoon pop up thunderstorms, just like the past couple of days. Coverage on these will be limited to 30% of the state or less, but we cant rule them out. Moisture potential is up to half an inch, unless we see some really strong action come together, at which point we can blow that upper end of the range out of the water.  The remains of Barry finally make it into the ECB tomorrow night. We do not think we take a direct hit from the system, but the bands of moisture that are rotating around will swing up into parts of Ohio from time to time. Wednesday and Thursday , we are looking for anywhere from .1”-1.5” over about 80% of the state, and an additional 10% may be able to get closer to or above 1”, if strong thunderstorms arrive. The biggest and best rains will be limited to KY and TN, along with the Mississippi river valley. This kind of set up will likely be the best for us, though, as many areas continue to report the need for at least a little rain. Everything should wind down by Thursday midday.  We are mostly dry for Friday, Saturday, although we cant rule out scattered showers and even a thunderstorm in northern and northwest Ohio later Saturday afternoon through midnight Saturday night. The action is limited to those areas the way things look right now, with rain totals up to .75″ and 60% coverage. Sunday that action slides a little farther south, hitting the rest of Ohio with the same 60% coverage. This allows for additional action along the stagnating frontal boundary Monday into Tuesday morning, where we can see an additional half inch of rain or less, with 70% coverage.  The pattern turns drier again for the second half of next week, Wednesday through Friday. But, if the moisture that we are projecting does actually arrive with good coverage…we should be in better shape moving forward. The map below shows rain potential through the 10 day period.last_img read more

Odisha to celebrate Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary for 2 years

first_imgThe Odisha government on Tuesday decided to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi for two years from October 2 this year. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the Secretariat here. He said people belonging to all sections of society will be involved in the anniversary celebrations in the State.Observing that Mahatma Gandhi wanted to develop society on the principles of truth and non-violence, Mr. Patnaik said that he had proposed to include ‘Ahimsa’ in the preamble of the Constitution.Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Narasingha Mishra, former Chief Minister Giridhar Gamang, Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, Gandhian leader Bhabani Charan Patnaik and several MPs and legislators also attended the meeting.Mr. Panda informed that five sub-committees have been constituted for the celebration of the anniversary in a grand manner. Padayatras and memorial meetings will be held across the State during the two-year period, he added.The Minister said that Gandhiji’s birth anniversary would be celebrated in schools, colleges, urban local bodies, blocks and gram panchayats. A new website will be opened to propagate the messages of Gandhiji.In order to commemorating Mahatma Gandhi’s visit to Cuttack, a function will be organised in the city on March 23 next year, Mr. Panda said.Statues of Mahatma Gandhi will be erected at all district headquarters and one major road at the places Gandhiji visited will also be named after him. Gandhiji had visited Odisha eight times and toured different parts of the State.The Odisha government is also considering convening a special session of the Assembly in 2019.last_img read more

After plaguing Congress-NCP, ‘defection fever’ grips smaller parties

first_imgAfter a slew of defections from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress ahead of the Assembly elections, now smaller parties like the Raju Shetti-led Swabhimani Paksha and Prakash Ambedkar’s Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) have started losing key leaders.In a major setback to Mr. Shetti on Thursday, his right-hand man, Ravikant Tupkar, resigned from the Swabhimani Paksha. Mr. Tupkar, a mainstay of the party and one of its rising stars, is said to be joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) soon. His move has prompted the Swabhimani Paksha leadership to urge Mr. Shetti to step into the poll arena himself. Mr. Shetti told The Hindu on Friday, “[Mr. Tupkar] spoke to me yesterday and said he was taking this decision as he saw no future in our party. While his loss is undeniable as he was a good spokesperson who had come up from our farmers’ movement, none of his supporters have left our party.” Mr. Shetti had been resting his hopes on Mr. Tupkar to deliver the goods in Buldhana district, where the latter is said to have a strong following. In fact, prior to the Lok Sabha elections, Mr. Shetti had asked for the Buldhana Lok Sabha seat from the Congress-NCP with the objective of fielding Mr. Tupkar.At the time, NCP chief Sharad Pawar had persuaded Mr. Shetti to settle for another seat (eventually, the Sangli seat) while promising to back Mr. Tupkar for a seat in either house of the State legislature. Since his upset loss in the Lok Sabha elections, Mr. Shetti has focused on rebuilding his party and said he is not interested in contesting the Assembly polls. However, after Mr. Tupkar’s resignation, Mr. Shetti is mulling contesting the polls to rally his crumbling party. “I will announce my decision within two days,” he told The Hindu.Meanwhile, the VBA suffered a jolt after its spokesperson, Gopichand Padalkar, an influential Dhangar leader from Sangli district, recently resigned as the party’s general secretary.Mr. Ambedkar had inducted Mr. Padalkar, a former BJP leader with a deep affiliation to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, into the VBA. The move had raised eyebrows owing to Mr. Padalkar’s close association with Sambhaji Bhide ‘Guruji’, whose name had surfaced in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence.Mr. Padalkar had contested from the Sangli Lok Sabha seat on a VBA ticket, polling three lakh votes and affirming his hold over the Dhangar community. However, he changed his stripes soon after the conclusion of the Lok Sabha polls and is likely to rejoin the BJP.At a recent meeting with his followers, he said, “[The BJP-led government] is the first administration since Independence to attempt to do something for the welfare of the Dhangars. The other parties do not care anything for the needs of our community.”last_img read more