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Equipment to Boost Production of Maize Seedlings
(Business in Cameroon) - The National Seed Fund of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has acquired two machines for the production of maize seedlings and vehicles to boost the activities of the sector.
Handing over the equipment to the beneficiaries on Monday November 18, 2013, Minister Essimi Menye assured that they will boost maize production in the country and in so doing, ensuring food safety and security.
“This is the starting point and we need to master the equipment. We have decided to start with two and next year, we will have additional machines in order to serve the entire nation. We have an agreement with the Institute of Agricultural Research for Development to produce hybrid seedlings” Minister Essimi Menye said.
Batchenga and Santa will be the first beneficiaries of the machines that will help to treat and package about two tons of maize per hour.
Even architect Diébédo Francis Kèrè “thought it was a joke” when he was commissioned to build an opera village in the Burkinabe countryside to host the African parallel of Germany’s famous Bayreuth Festival. Not any more.
It is not the first time Mr Kèrè - born in Gando in Burkina Faso and studying architecture in Berlin - has followed and realised a crazy dream. In 1998, he founded an organisation seeking private German funds for the building of schools in Burkina Faso using local materials. A dozen of schools have already been inaugurated.
Since then, the Burkinabe architect has taken his success abroad, building schools in Yemen and India, and an international debate centre in Fuerteventura, Spain, in addition to office and conference buildings in Ouagadougou, the Burkinabe capital.
But still, when Mr Kèrè met Christoph Schlingensief (1960-2010) in January 2009, he first thought the proposals he was hearing went across the line of the possible. Mr Schlingensief was a famous German film and theatre director, actor and artist who had received a death sentence from his medics due to an advanced lung cancer diagnosis.
Mr Schlingensief had directed the Parsifal opera by Richard Wagner at the Bayreuth Festival from 2004 to 2007, and after receiving his diagnosis in 2008, he decided to create an African Bayreuth as his lasting legacy. Looking at possible location sites in Cameroon and Mozambique, he finally decided on Burkina Faso.
That is when Mr Kèrè ran into the German director and visionary. “When I was first confronted with the question of an opera house for Africa, I initially thought it was a joke. Such a fantasy could only come from somebody who either doesn’t know Africa, or who is so saturated that all he can think up is nonsense,” the Burkinabe architect recalls from his first meeting with Mr Schlingensief.
Of late, scholars have increasingly called into question the utility of the nation-state as the default category for the study of Buddhism. Richard K. Payne, Editor-in-Chief of Oxford Bibliographies in Buddhism, argues that categories have lexical and rhetorical consequences, and should only be used when theoretically relevant.
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Don’t be afraid
One of our regular Creative Mornings Montreal attendees, Charlotte Marchesseault, recently launched the Don’t Be afraid initiative, following the ruthless beating and stabbing of her friend, Scott Jones, on the basis that he was gay. She proudly wore her button at our last event. An act of BRAVERY, which happens to be the CreativeMornings global theme for November. Go and like her page! We have invited Charlotte to participate in our next event on November 29th with Jeff Lee, look out for her wearing a “Don’t be afraid” button.
Photo: Colleen Fraser in Halifax Nova Scotia proudly shared her message with the Don’t be afraid community: “To be afraid of our differences is to shut our eyes and hearts to all the beauty of the world”.
Une de nos participantes assidues, Charlotte Marchesseault, a récemment lancé la page « Don’t Be Afraid», où elle diffuse des photos pour venir en appui à l’affirmation de l’égalité LGBT suite à l’attaque subie par son ami Scott Jones sur la base de son orientation sexuelle. Voilà un geste de BRAVOURE, en phase avec le thème de novembre. Allez aimer sa page! Nous avons invité Charlotte à participer à notre prochain événement le 29 novembre avec Jeff Lee, vous la trouverez porter un macaron « Don’t be afraid ».
Photo : Colleen Fraser à Halifax a fièrement partagé ce message avec la communauté « Don’t be afraid » : « Avoir peur de nos différences, c’est fermer nos yeux et notre coeur a toute la beauté du monde ».