Up to four people involved in supported projects also have the opportunity to qualify for an annual stipend of up to R60 000 for two years. “Technology innovation is a prerequisite for continued success and sustainable growth and development,” Mkhosi said. 3 September 2012 Young South African entrepreneurs now have access to funding and assistance through the Youth Technology Innovation Fund, which was launched by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) in Pretoria last week. “By creating such opportunities for our countries’ future innovation leaders, the fund would be contributing to a brighter and more sustainable economic future for all South Africans.” SAinfo reporter The TIA was formed in 2008 through the merging of seven Science and Technology Department entities tasked with promoting innovation in South Africa. It uses the country’s science and technology base to develop new industries, create jobs and diversify the economy in manufacturing, agriculture, biotechnology, health, mining and energy. “We designed the Youth Technology Innovation Fund to give innovators access to funding, mentorship and business support to enhance their chances of commercial success and increase the contributions they make to technological innovation in the country,” TIA chief executive officer Simphiwe Duma said in a statement. The fund is targeted at people between the ages of 18 and 30 who do not already receive funding from the Technology Innovation Agency. ‘Developing a sustainable pipeline of skills’ Calls for proposals from interested parties were published in December 2011 and to date, 13 projects have been selected to receive support from the fund. TIA announced at the launch that applications for support are still open and proposals would be welcomed, particularly from people in the country’s under-resourced sectors, such as information and communication technology, health, energy and mining. “While funding and support is not exclusively available to projects in these sectors, they are the key focus areas of the Youth Technology Innovation Fund, given the urgent need that exists within them for the development of a sustainable pipeline of skills and talent,” said general manager for special projects at TIA, Margaret Mkhosi. Support includes 160 hours of business coaching and mentoring, South African Bureau of Standards product certification worth up to R100 000, intellectual property protection of up to R150 000, a voucher of up to R250 000 for services at TIA partners, as well as access to business incubation services through TIA partners.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have been catching the rains, but things are looking OK. I definitely think there has been some nitrogen loss in the corn. I have heard that there is some corn leaf disease showing up in Wayne County too.If there are molds and toxins in the plants it can show up in the silage and then you can be dealing with high toxin levels in the feed. The molds that show up in the ear are a problem, but it is hard to determine the cost verses the payback on spraying a fungicide for silage. It takes a ton of silage just to pay for the spraying and to get a return you need to get an extra ton and it is questionable whether that will happen or not.Normally we just wait longer to get the forage drier when the moisture is high, but this year we have mowed and chopped in the same day a couple of times on the haylage because that is all the window we’ve had. We have definitely put up wetter forage than we ever have this year and a good inoculant will help that more than forage chopped at optimal moisture. It has been very difficult to get haylage done. We haven’t had much more than a day or two without rain for the last couple of months, but we have been squeaking it out. All of our second cutting is done, but we haven’t tried to dry bale any of it. A lot of guys in this area have been doing the same thing we have.The beans are looking pretty good. A lot of them are coming around but guys are getting behind on spraying and there is weed pressure. The wheat did well this year. It was coming off around 16% moisture and yielded around 81 bushels per acre. There is still some wheat out there yet, but ours is done. There have been a lot of elevators not taking wheat around here because of the quality issues.
In this month’s MFLN Military Caregiving webinar, the topic at hand was “Respite,” with an emphasis in understanding the value of respite care for family caregivers. As the month of June draws to a close, let’s recap some of the items and key takeaways you can use in your work with clientele from ‘The Value of Respite for Family Caregivers’ training.Respite care is a term used by professionals who work with family caregivers on finding ways to care for themselves. This month’s webinar presenter and caregiver consultant, Mary Brintnall-Peterson, Ph.D. defined respite in her training as essentially “having ME time.” No matter if we are professionals or family caregivers, we can all use a little “me time.” The question is, “Do we really understand the importance of caring for ourselves and alternative care solutions?”If we look back at Dr. Brintnall-Peterson’s presentation, she identified potential benefits to using respite such as, reduce caregiver stress, improve health and well-being, minimize precursors to abuse and neglect, and strengthen marriages and family stability. She also discussed the two types of respite care: (1) home-based respite and (2) out-of-home respite. If we break down the two types of respite care further, examples include:Home-based respite: professional services; sitter companion services; family and friendsOut-of-home respite: Assisted living facilities; residential facilities; camps; retreats, hospital type programsThe June caregiver training also increased awareness of available respite resources for both caregivers of wounded service members and those caring for individuals with special needs. What was so unique about this particular professional development webinar was that the presenter engaged participants with thought-provoking questions and scenarios on how they would respond to their particular clientele using the information they learned in the training. Dr. Brintnall-Peterson left participants with six key takeways to use when reflecting on their caregiver clientele and caseload. Review the image below and think about your own caregiver clientele and how these tips can be helpful as you work through your cases.If you missed this month’s caregiving webinar, The Value of Respite for Family Caregivers, there is still time to watch the recording and receive continuing education credit or a certificate of completion.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on June 26, 2015.