SA paint market set to grow

first_img21 August 2007The South African building paints market earned revenues of US$630-million (about R4.4-billion) in 2006, with future revenue set to grow as construction activity increases and expendable household income rises, a report by global growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan has found.The report, which was released last week, adds that South Africa is a suitable base for expansion into Southern Africa, with earnings in the industry by 2013 estimated at $947-million (about R6.6-billion).Frost & Sullivan expects growth of 6 to 10% in the building paints market between 2007 and 2010, and states that heightened customer awareness about products will lead to intense competition.“The 2010 World Cup coupled with rising economic growth and a general increase in building maintenance has led to surging demand for building paints,” Frost & Sullivan research analyst Cornelis van der Waal notes.“In addition, fierce local competition is keeping prices stable, making paint more affordable for end users. As a result, paint manufacturers now have an exceptional opportunity to boost market share and revenues.”This enhanced demand will however taper off over the long-term and market entrants will have to move swiftly to capitalise on existing opportunities.The company states that manufacturers who want to launch operations in South Africa will have to consider increased price competitiveness, improved production processes and compliance with local and national health and safety standards.Meanwhile, existing manufacturers “will have to creatively solve issues centred on health and safety as well as ensure black economic empowerment compliance in a market where the government is a major end user,” the report states.The report points out that at present, many paint companies are unable to expand at the rate of current demand primarily due to legislative changes, growing customer awareness about health hazards as well as a reduction in skills in the local market.In addition, competition is intensifying with the entry of small participants into a market that has been long dominated by a few big players, while manufacturers also have to take an environmental stand.“South African customers, though not as aware as their European counterparts, are increasingly conscious that lead in paint is dangerous,” states Van der Waal.“In addition, there has been increased demand for low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, particularly in the expanding DIY (do-it-yourself) category.”Frost & Sullivan expects this trend to continue and manufacturers with “older technology” will have to invest in newer production methods in order to maintain and expand market reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Continue to watch for ear rots

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, Seed Consultants, Inc.In the past few weeks while making yield estimates and walking corn fields, it has become apparent that ear rots will be a concern this fall. Corn ear rots reduce corn yield, affect grain quality, and can lead to the development of mycotoxins in grain.Below are symptoms and toxin concerns for ear rots that may be present in corn fields this fall:• Aspergillus ear rot: Symptoms appear as an olive-green mold on corn kernels that usually occurs at the tip of the ear. Aspergillus ear rot produces aflatoxin which is toxic to livestock and considered a carcinogen as well.• Fusarium ear rot: Symptoms include white to pink colored mold on kernels. This mold can infect small areas of kernels on the ear or be scattered in a random patter across the ear. Fusarium ear rot sometimes occurs where insects have damaged kernels the ear. Fusarium ear rot produces mycotoxins which create a toxicity concern for both human and livestock consumption.• Gibberella ear rot: Symptoms include a pink mold that usually begins at the ear tip. Fusarium ear rot produces two toxins, including DON which is also referred to as vomitoxin. DON is toxic to livestock, especially hogs.• Diploidia ear rot: Symptoms include a thick white or gray colored mold that begins at the base of the corn ear.It is critical for corn growers to scout fields and determine if ear rots are present. Infected fields should be harvested and dried early, then segregated from grain not affected by ear rots. Adjust combines so lighter, damaged kernels will be sorted out and left in the field. Drying grain to below 15% moisture will prevent further development of ear rots.last_img read more

Fifteen Podcasts You Must Listen to in 2019

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Follow the Puck How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Related Posts Radio “just ain’t” what it used to be. In the olden days, you’d turn the dial, try to avoid the whistles and pops, then land on a station that plays Hotel California every half an hour. Today, you can build your own music playlists, and you can also line up a stream of talk-radio-style podcasts that cover every topic you can imagine. Here are ten of the best to listen to this year:Freakonomics RadioIf you liked the Freakonomics books, you’ll love Stephen Dubner’s podcast which is full of interviews and analyses that make you go, “huh.” It’s a solid mix of economics, social studies, and stuff that makes you think.Motley Fool MoneyIf you want to understand what’s happening in the world of business and finance, Motley Fool has always been the place to turn. Its money-based podcast airs on the radio every week in many major cities, but you can also subscribe to its take of business news on iTunes and Stitcher.Bad Crypto PodcastOne of the most significant innovations in money recently has been the growth of cryptocurrencies. If all the talk of Bitcoin and virtual coins has given you a real headache, then the Bad Crypto Podcast is your aspirin. It’s fun and down-to-earth, but it’s also a useful and clear guide through the world of digital currencies and ICOs.Random but MemorableFeel like you need to be a computer expert to stay safe online? 1Password are on a mission to change that with their security podcast, Random but Memorable. Join some of the industry’s leading voices as they navigate the often murky waters of cybersecurity. Expect friendly advice, expert interviews, and answers to your burning security questions — all delivered with a side-helping of good-natured banter.The Dave Ramsey ShowSometimes, you want your financial advice to feel personal and focused on family issues. Dave Ramsay is a financial coach who has been successful, been broke, and learned the lessons. He now brings those lessons to others. His podcasts offer common sense, life and money tips.CrimetownCrime is big on podcasts. Crimetown looks at criminal activity in a different city each season. Lately, it’s been digging up dirt on Detroit. Even if you’re not from the city, it’s interesting — and a warning to everyone. It’s only on Spotify.This American LifeIf you haven’t been listening to This American Life, you haven’t really been listening to podcasts. This is the podcast that set the standard, with true stories covering a smorgasbord of life in America. It’s always surprising and always worth hearing.UndisclosedSerial isn’t only about the failures of the justice system, but that’s precisely what Undisclosed places its focus. Each episode takes one case and explores the investigation, the trial, and the result of difficult cases. It’s frustrating and challenging, but it’s also fascinating and essential.RevealIf investigative reporting is your thing, then Reveal should be on your listening list. The topics range from national security and criminal justice to history and science. It’s like a great news magazine landing in your ears every few days.How Did This Get Made?There’s nothing like sitting down in front of a movie with a group of friends and a bucket of popcorn — and ripping shreds off the mess on the screen. How Did This Get Made? brings together a group of mates to watch very poor movies and say rude things about them. It’s hilarious.Revisionist HistoryMalcolm Gladwell is best known for his books The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. His Revisionist History podcast takes a second look at an event, a person or an idea from the past. It’s an excellent opportunity to think again about something you thought you knew.The Curious Cases of Rutherford and FryIf science is your bag, then you really should listen to The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry. Made by the BBC and presented by geneticist Mark Rutherford and mathematician Hannah Fry, the pair answer scientific questions every week in a show filled with insight and humor.In Our TimeAnd if you really feel like expanding your mind, then the BBC’s In Our Time is like a series of university courses. Each week a group of academics come together to explain a topic from the worlds of culture, history, science, philosophy, and religion. It can be a tough listen, but it’s always an enlightening one.What’s NextThis podcast, with host Tiffani Bova, is like listening in on two friends talking over coffee. With her eclectic guest lineup including leading thinkers, Best Selling Authors, an Olympic Athlete, an NFL Coach, and a Grammy Nominated Artist all sharing what they have learned along the way, and What’s Next for companies and individuals as they look to innovate and grow both their business and themselves. Tags:#education#learning#legal#Podcasts Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

What to Do After A Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

first_imgImage via ponsulak.Many elements can tank a project, whether it’s funded a not. We see feature films that live in development hell for eternity, and we even see films that are halfway through production or post-production, and then they suddenly stop and never get picked back up again. One of our setbacks was that a primary exterior location was literally demolished and turned into a housing estate (ironically, our set designer now lives in one of those houses). We could reshoot the earlier scenes in a different location, but one of the actors had wrapped and moved not only to a different country but also to a different continent. Things happen that you sometimes can’t control. But, there are a few post-crowdfunding tips you can follow to nail your post-campaign experience and minimize the chance of failure.Get Perks in FirstImage via Pavel L Photo and Video.Perks are the most recognizable elements of crowdfunding — and also the most distressing and confusing. Crowdfunding, when you strip away the glamor, is a charitable donation. It’s neither a financial investment nor a purchase. However, the exchange of money for the promise of a T-shirt or some other reward makes it hard for backers to feel like they’re not buying something.There will be some perks that you can only deliver after you’ve completed the film, such as a DVDs or digital downloads of the film itself. For everything else (T-shirts, posters, stickers, and so on), get them printed or made as soon as you get the campaign money, before you start making the film. When you jump head first into production and then finish a grueling edit, the last thing you want to remember is that you now have to sort the production of the perks.If your film, for whatever reason, fails, your backers are going to be understandably disappointed. Perks can mitigate the severity of this disappointment, in case something goes awry, by proving that you didn’t waste your campaign earnings.Make Sure Everyone Wants Your PerksImage via Charlie Sperring.It’s 2018, but not everyone is adept at using computers and the internet. When you’re crowdfunding, you’re more than likely going to have a family member who’ll be more than happy to pledge. They may pledge an amount that qualifies them for a perk, but they have no intention of collecting it — they just wanted to contribute. (This happens a lot.) Both Kickstarter and IndieGoGo have updated their contribution system to accommodate this, but mistakes can still happen, and this will lead to a surplus of unwanted perks. (To this day, I still have 20+ posters sitting on the top of my wardrobe.) You can send reward surveys and messages from your campaign dashboard — it’s beneficial to do this as soon as possible, as you could save yourself a few extra dollars that could go toward your production costs.Don’t Forget About PostageImage via Sergey Lavrentev.While we weren’t able to complete the web series and deliver DVDs of the final product, we did have everything else finished: T-shirts, posters, badges, stickers, and so on. Not many of the backers wanted the perks without the finished project, which was completely understandable. As a result, we were able to give unwanted perks to other backers, and we donated the T-shirts. A curveball, however, was the postage.When we began our campaign, we factored postage into our overall campaign costs. However, when we sent the perks out to the international backers, the postage cost more than the pledge itself. The major platforms have since implemented a section that helps you account for international postage rates, but online postage charts are flimsy at best. The best option is to take a sample package of perks to the post office before the campaign starts to get an exact quote. Remember, the cost of postage also needs to include packaging materials.Create a Crowdfunding AccountImage via N. Sritawat.There’s no huge write-up for this point. The subtitle is self-evident. Open a new bank account for the crowdfunding cash. You should already have a budget identifying where the funding is going, but if you have a set amount put aside for estimated expenses, such as fuel for travel and food for the cast and crew, it’s going to be helpful to see how much of your budget goes to these estimated expenses. Bookkeeping will get tricky if you buy fuel from the same station for both personal and film use.Many banks now also offer an e-savings account online. Therefore, if you don’t want to go through the rigmarole of opening a brand new account, you can open an e-saver and transfer when needed — while making a note of what the transfer was for.Stick to Your BudgetImage via locrifa.Perhaps the most obvious tip on the list is to limit your purchases to what’s in the budget. In my campaign, we spent an extra $40 on larger containers of fake blood, and an additional $50 on a pack of four atmospheric fog spray cans rather than just buying the two we budgeted for. While we pushed past our initial goal by an extra 20%, which allowed us to make these additional purchases, it still caused an initial headache with our accounting.Stick to a ScheduleImage via gnepphoto.DIY and no-budget filmmaking is hectic, for sure, but if there’s a positive aspect to having no budget, it’s that you also have no deadline. There’s no outside urgency to complete the film; you can make it at whatever pace you like.When you crowdfund a film, however, the dynamic is different. Yes, there’s still no producer counting days and waiting for delivery, but the longer you wait to complete the project, the faster you will lose momentum and excitement. Your team’s interest will wane, and your supporters will wonder what’s taking so long. So you both do and don’t have a deadline. Create a schedule, stick to it, deliver the goods, and then get started on another.Looking for more production tips? We’ve got you covered.Video Tutorial: How to Build a $25 Overhead Camera RigVideo Tutorial: The Secrets Behind Lighting a Shot with FireDIY Filmmaking: How to Build Your Own Dolly for $50What to Include When Submitting Your Film to FestivalsLearning How to Edit While You Shoot You successfully crowdfunded your next film or video project. Congratulations! So what, exactly, are you supposed to do now?Cover image via GoodStudio.Since the turn of the decade, crowdfunding has become a new and exciting way to take your film concept from dream to reality. There are no panels of professional financiers to impress, no constrained funding formats or guidelines to adhere to; it’s just you and the internet. Crowdfunding isn’t a new concept, but platforms like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo have certainly streamlined the process.However, for every 50 successful campaigns, there’s one that gets terrible press and shrouds the platform with skepticism. We’ve all heard stories of games that never come out, or composers taking several years longer than anticipated to create a symphony — and often these failures overshadow the success stories. For example, the reason I’m so versed in crowdfunding failures is that in 2012, I raised $19,200 for a web series, which then crashed and burned through two production attempts in 2013 and in 2014. What should have been a four-hour web series, is now a few TBs worth of scrambled media, and a garage filled with moldy props and costumes.There are dozens, if not hundreds, of articles full of advice on how to complete a crowdfunding campaign. Most contain reliable information, and with enough elbow grease, you’ve got a good shot at hitting your goal. However, what they don’t tell you is what to do after. If you’re a professional filmmaker, this article might not be for you. However, if you’ve been making films for a few years and think you’re ready to tackle your first crowdfunding campaign, read on.last_img read more

PH netball squad gets bamboozled by Thailand

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Under Armour PH ambassador Mark Striegl makes dominant return to URCC cage Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul The Thais, the bronze medalists two years ago in Singapore, opened with a 46-1 lead at halftime and went on cruise control from then on.By third period, the Filipinos tried to make a big push but just couldn’t get through Thailand’s tough defense, trailing behind 64-3 entering the fourth period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIt was a big heartbreak for the Philippines which is hoping to improve from a lackluster debut in Singapore 2015. Back then, the Thais downed the Filipinos (62-22) in the preliminaries.They will play Brunei at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines dropped an 86-3 decision to Thailand Tuesday at the start of women’s netball competitions at Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara Sports Complex.Coming here to gain a much-needed exposure for a sport that is trying to gain ground in the country, the Filipinos failed to get a grip of the game amid a well-oiled Thais side.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Gameslast_img read more

a month ago​Van Dijk full of praise for Liverpool teammate Matip

first_img​Van Dijk full of praise for Liverpool teammate Matipby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk singled out his Reds colleague Joel Matip for praise.The Netherlands and Reds centre-back was up for the FIFA Best Player award.Despite losing out to Lionel Messi, Van Dijk was honoured to be among the final three.And he believes that playing next to a player of Matip’s quality certainly helps him show his best qualities.He said to his club’s official website: “We call him Matop because he was that good yesterday!”We need everyone, that’s the message everyone knows in the team. Yesterday he was outstanding, as were all the players. It was a massive win. We do it all together.”In this vote, the country plays a part as well and I’m very proud that things have been going well at Liverpool and in our country things have been going in the right direction too.”We have to all keep it going, that’s the only way forward.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Minister Samuda Expresses Optimism for Sugar Industry

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF), Hon. Karl Samuda, is expressing optimism for the sugar industry.Addressing the 80th Annual Conference of the Jamaica Association of Sugar Technologists (JAST), at RIU Ocho Rios resort, in St. Ann on Thursday (November 2), Mr. Samuda implored the stakeholders to press ahead with their cultivation, as it has been a ‘tried, tested and proven’ agricultural commodity.He said the advantages of cultivating sugarcane outweighs any associated negatives, especially due to its resilience to various climatic conditions, which has enabled it to thrive for centuries.“What is better than to plant something that is almost impervious to praedial larceny? Even flooding (it) will affect the quality of the sugar, but it is very temporary; as soon as it gets dry, it just springs up back again,” Mr. Samuda argued.The Minister, in underscoring the importance of the sugar industry to Jamaica’s economy, said the sector is extraordinary, as it serves some 200,000 Jamaicans indirectly and another 50,000 directly, and most importantly, unlike some other crops, has a guaranteed market.Mr. Samuda encouraged the stakeholders to address areas for potential partnerships with the MICAF, and urged them to devise new methods of production which will increase the level of output.This, he said, will ensure greater efficiency and enhance strategies aimed at including non-agricultural investors, to become participants in the industry.“So my plea to you today is, don’t feel discouraged even for a moment. You will be faced with challenges…don’t for a moment, allow yourselves to entertain any negative thoughts about your industry. Let’s move forward in confidence that this industry is going to rise again… I think we can do it; I am sure we can do it,” Mr. Samuda said. The Minister, in underscoring the importance of the sugar industry to Jamaica’s economy, said the sector is extraordinary, as it serves some 200,000 Jamaicans indirectly and another 50,000 directly, and most importantly, unlike some other crops, has a guaranteed market. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF), Hon. Karl Samuda, is expressing optimism for the sugar industry. Addressing the 80th Annual Conference of the Jamaica Association of Sugar Technologists (JAST), at RIU Ocho Rios resort, in St. Ann on Thursday (November 2), Mr. Samuda implored the stakeholders to press ahead with their cultivation, as it has been a ‘tried, tested and proven’ agricultural commodity. last_img read more

Trudeau taps veteran Jeremy Broadhurst to run Liberal reelection campaign

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned to veteran Liberal Jeremy Broadhurst to run the governing party’s bid for re-election this fall.Broadhurst, who is currently serving as chief of staff to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, is to take on new duties as national campaign director by May 13.The appointment signals an attempt to reach out to long-time Liberals, some of whom have privately grumbled that their experience has not been tapped or valued by the Trudeau team.Broadhurst is a Team Trudeau insider but he’s also got a long history with the party.He has served in senior positions with every Liberal leader, permanent and interim, since 2006, including a stint as Trudeau’s deputy chief of staff.He ran the Liberals’ war room during the 2011 campaign and, as national director of the party, played a key role in its 2015 election victory.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Reggie Waynes Knee Injury Will End His Season

The Colts’ Reggie Wayne will miss the rest of the season after suffering an ACL injury during Sunday night’s win over the Denver Broncos.Wayne went down in the fourth quarter when he tried to come back and catch a low pass. He wasn’t hit on the play but couldn’t get up after planting his right foot into the turf.Wayne is a big time receiver, so this is bad for the Colts. Last week, he became the ninth member of the league’s 1,000-catch club. The pro-bowler had started 189 consecutive games, which is the longest streak among all active receivers in the league.Coach Chuck Pagano didn’t answer the media questions on whether they would sign another receiver to replace Wayne.