Aids: Mandela calls for leadership

first_img16 July 2004Just days short of his 86th birthday on 18 July, Nelson Mandela made an urgent call for strong leadership, from all countries and from all sectors of society, to turn the tide of the Aids pandemic.Addressing delegates at the 15th International Aids Conference in Bangkok on 15 July, Mandela said the world had to meet four main challenges in fighting HIV/Aids: increasing funding; harmonising funding efforts; developing more comprehensive national treatment programmes; and, as a matter of urgency, providing strong leadership.“And I speak not only of political leaders”, Mandela said, “but also of leaders from every sector of society.”Leadership, Mandela said, involved both personal commitment and concrete actions. Leaders had to lead the response to HIV/Aids “with clear vision and imaginative action.“They must dare to be different, and they must be prepared for the course to be difficult. They will be faced with tough decisions, and they must come up with bold and innovative responses. This is what leaders are for, and the Aids epidemic will test their leadership skills to the limits.”Prisoner number 46664Mandela’s address followed a screening of a one-hour special on 46664 Cape Town, an all-star concert that took place in South Africa on 29 November 2003 as part of an ongoing music-led campaign to raise global awareness about HIV/Aids and to raise funds for fighting the epidemic in South Africa.The former Robben Island prisoner number 46664 said that during his incarceration, he and his fellow inmates “were kept alive by our strong sense of hope and the firm knowledge that the world would not forget us … Despite the efforts of the apartheid regime to reduce us to prison numbers and so reduce our humanity, the world did not forget.“Today, I call upon all of you – every global citizen – not to forget. We must seize this opportunity to demonstrate that we share a common humanity … We must never reduce the issue to statistics.”The 46664 campaign, Mandela said, would continue to create global awareness of HIV/Aids, to advocate for and support HIV/Aids care, treatment and prevention, and to raise the funds urgently needed to fight the epidemic.It would also continue to pressurise governments and other agencies to meet their responsibilities, Mandela said, but added: “We cannot leave this matter only to governments and others. We must ask ourselves the question: What can I do as a global citizen?“The more we create awareness, the more we advocate for more resources, the more we remind others of their responsibilities, the more we must never forget our own responsibilities.”Mandela had high praise for the “extraordinary example of leadership” by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, who announced on the same day an additional US$50-million donation to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB and Malaria,He added, however, that it was going to take “much more than the resources of the Gates Foundation to achieve the scale-up required to fund the fight against Aids, TB and Malaria. We need to build the public-private partnership that is the vision of the Global Fund. We challenge everyone to help fund the Fund now.”Mandela concluded: “In a world that is divided along many lines, we now have a unique opportunity to bring us all together around a common challenge. In ensuring that the millions of people who are infected and affected by HIV and Aids are not forgotten, we will not only make a difference to their lives, we will also make a difference to our lives as well. We owe this at least to humanity.“Give one minute of your life to Aids. Support the 46664 campaign.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Interim expansion strategy offers option to meet grain storage challenges

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many farmers who have experienced large grain harvests in recent seasons now realize they need more grain storage capacity as they look ahead to anticipated production for 2017.Installing a completely new grain storage system is a good long-term solution for expanding capacity and improving efficiency. However, for farmers who may be facing budget or time constraints this season, another option is an interim expansion strategy to help meet 2017 grain storage needs, according to GSI (Grain Systems, Inc.).Gary Woodruff, GSI conditioning applications manager, said there are cost-effective strategies to add more capacity for this season in a way that also enables new grain handling/storage equipment to be incorporated into a future new system on adjacent land.“A short-term, interim expansion this year can meet anticipated grain storage needs for 2017 more quickly and at a significantly lower cost than planning and installing a completely new grain storage system, yet still provide the components of a future new system,” Woodruff said.With careful planning and strategic choices in grain handling equipment, Woodruff says a storage or drying expansion now may become part of a later, larger system next to today’s outdated installation.Noting there are products that lend themselves to this type of expansion, following are Woodruff’s recommendations to meet 2017 storage needs:More bin capacity — If the site allows, farmers can add one or more storage bins next to their existing storage operation and later those new bins and a new driveway on the other side can be the start to a new, more efficient storage system. The extra storage will also allow the capture of extra income from the basis and carry by holding grain until spring or late summer. Generally, a single larger bin has a lower cost per bushel than multiple smaller bins. However, smaller bins might be required if different crops need to be stored separately.Grain handling — A new conveyor system may be needed to move grain into the new bin or bins. Conventional augers have the lowest cost, but are low capacity and higher in maintenance. Chain drag conveyor systems are a great option, but they are the most expensive. In comparison, a much lower-cost, more versatile alternative is a tube chain conveyor, such as GSI’s VersaLoop, which can span large distances without a support structure, doesn’t require a catwalk, offers high grain-moving capacity and efficiency and is easily expanded later. In some cases, a pneumatic air system can be used to move grain past the reach of the existing grain leg and be moved and utilized in the future system.New dryer — A stackable portable dryer may be a good option because it can increase drying capacity today and be expanded by 30% to 85% or more in the future with additional modules.Woodruff notes that the cost of an interim expansion project will vary by farm, depending on current and future capacity needs.“However, this two-step approach provides a much lower upfront cost, and is an investment that will support a future new system,” he said.For more information, farmers can contact their GSI dealer or visit www.grainsystems.com.last_img read more