Thursday 17th Aug 2017

Paolo Virtuani - corriere.it - 

Il bilancio della prima domenica estiva di maltempo sul Nord Italia sembra un bollettino di guerra: quattro vittime e due dispersi. Ai quali va aggiunta la donna morta due giorni fa a Cortina trascinata da una frana in un torrente con la sua auto. I temporali hanno flagellato a partire dalla tarda serata di sabato nelle zone alpine centrali e orientali. In Friuli un uomo di 41 anni di nazionalità belga è deceduto nella sua tenda sulla quale è caduto un albero in val Tramontina (Pordenone), mentre partecipava al campeggio di Rainbow Family, comunità pacifista che organizza vacanze «alternative» e che per il secondo anno consecutivo ha portato in Carnia 3 mila persone. Sempre in Friuli, ma in alta val di Torre al confine con la Slovenia, sono state sospese al calar della notte e riprenderanno in mattinata le ricerche, rese molto difficili dal maltempo, di Valter Del Forno, 66 anni, disperso da sabato sera dopo aver partecipato a una festa in un rifugio a passo Tanamea. Alle ricerche partecipano tre squadre del Soccorso alpino e due unità cinofile.

La sagra

Non c’è stato scampo per un 47enne emiliano che stava percorrendo la cresta ovest della Marmolada, al confine tra Veneto e Trentino. Un fulmine l’ha colpito sulla via ferrata, una donna che era con lui è rimasta ferita per la scarica elettrica. L’intervento di recupero delle vittime con l’elicottero è stato molto complesso a causa delle avverse condizioni meteo. L’ondata di maltempo in Veneto ha causato un morto e un disperso. Nel primo pomeriggio un albero è caduto su un tendone dove era in corso una sagra nella frazione Marziai di Lentiai (Belluno), sulle rive del Piave, investendo un uomo. È deceduto poco dopo in ospedale per arresto cardiaco.

Lago di Garda

Sul lago di Garda, tra Navene e Malcesine, una barca a vela di tre metri e mezzo con a bordo due coniugi si è rovesciata a causa del vento (a Torbole e Arco sono state misurate raffiche superiori a 100 chilometri all’ora). La donna è stata recuperata, mentre il marito risulta disperso. Altri cinque ragazzi su una barca a vela sono stati salvati da gommoni di turisti.

Il sentiero

Mentre era in corso un forte temporale stava percorrendo con il fidanzato e un amico il sentiero che sull’Adamello collega il rifugio «Maria e Franco» con il rifugio «Lissone», in provincia di Brescia. Presso il passo Ignaga, Margherita Nardone è scivolata sulla strada bagnata ed è precipitata lungo i ripidi versanti per diversi metri. Per la 24enne romana non c’è stato nulla da fare nonostante i soccorsi.

Lombardia e Alto Adige

In Lombardia una frana ha isolato 80 persone che si trovavano nelle loro baite in val Masino (Sondrio) e un altro smottamento ha interessato la val Malenco rendendo difficile la viabilità locale: chiusa anche la strada per Caspoggio. Una tromba d’aria ha danneggiato un albergo a Selvino, nella Bergamasca. Grazie all’intervento di un elicottero adatto al volo notturno dell’Esercito sono state recuperate cinque pesone che erano disperse in val di Braies (Bolzano), dopo che nella notte un nubifragio aveva interessato l’alta val Pusteria causando danni ingenti anche a Dobbiaco.

Le previsioni

Oggi tempo in miglioramento sulle regioni colpite dai nubifragi, con alcuni rovesci isolati nel Triveneto. Attesi temporali su alto Piemonte e Valle d’Aosta.

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The Democratic Alliance has urged South Africans‚ from all political affiliations to come out in their millions on Tuesday to defend the country’s democracy “against the corrupt and captured”.

The DA’s Phumzile Van Damme said the party’s motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma‚ which will be debated in Parliament on Tuesday‚ is an opportunity for all South Africans to stand up to corruption and get rid of Zuma and his cabinet.

“Under President Zuma the ANC has sold our country to the highest bidders‚ the Gupta family. The longer South Africa remains under ANC‚ the more devastating the damage our institutions and most importantly‚ our people‚” Van Damme said.

“Whilst the individual Members of Parliament must search within themselves to vote for the greater good of our country‚ the ordinary citizens of our nation will be pledging their support to get rid of the Zuma administration.

“The looting of our state resources has gone on for too long‚” Van Damme said.

While the main march #NoConfidence will be held in Cape Town‚ the DA has organised events in all nine provinces for those who are not able to travel to Cape Town‚ she said.

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Simona Marchetti - corriere.it - 

Cantina o frigorifero?
Ad eccezione di formaggi freschi, ricotta e mozzarella, la cantina è il luogo perfetto per conservare il formaggio, perché ha una temperatura ottimale (ovvero compresa fra i 10 e i 15°), una corretta areazione (che lo fa respirare, evitando così che perda aromi e profumi) e la giusta umidità (che impedisce l'essicamento). Visto però che non tutti hanno la fortuna di possedere una cantina, l'alternativa è il frigorifero, a patto di seguire alcune regole d'oro per evitare di rovinare questa prelibatezza gastronomica.

Niente pellicola trasparente
Uno dei primi consigli suggeriti dal «Good Housekeeping Institute» per la corretta conservazione del formaggio raccomanda di non avvolgerlo nella pellicola trasparente, perché questo materiale gli impedisce di respirare, senza contare che gli oli e i grassi potrebbero finire con l'assorbire il sapore della plastica. Per i formaggi stagionati a pasta semidura (come fontina e toma) la scelta giusta è la carta oleata per alimenti, avendo l'accortezza di coprire la parte del taglio con la carta stagnola, mentre per i formaggi freschi o a pasta molle si può usare la carta da forno, riponendoli poi in un contenitore ermetico (la mozzarella va invece lasciata immersa nel suo liquido anche quando è aperta) e bisogna comunque consumarli in tempi brevi. In alternativa, sono ottimi anche dei panni in cotone o lino leggermente inumiditi (soprattutto per Grana Padano, Parmigiano Reggiano e Pecorino Romano).

Il caso del gorgonzola
Come viene spiegato su formaggio.it, il gorgonzola è un alimento «vivo», in continua maturazione. Ecco perché è bene acquistarne piccole quantità, da consumare in tempi brevi, mentre per la conservazione va mantenuto nell'apposita vaschetta oppure avvolto in fogli di alluminio. Un consiglio: asportarne la crosta eviterà che il suo odore caratteristico si diffonda nel frigorifero.

Scegliere la temperatura del frigorifero più adatta
Gli sbalzi di temperatura possono pregiudicare la qualità del formaggio e, in alcuni casi, anche favorire la formazioni di microrganismi patogeni, potenzialmente pericolosi per la salute. Detto ciò, è comunque necessario distinguere fra le diverse tipologie di prodotto: i formaggi freschi devono essere collocati nella zona più fredda del frigorifero (fra 2 e 4°), i formaggi stagionati a pasta cotta in quella meno fredda (10-12°), mentre tutti gli altri vanno tenuti nello scomparto fra 6 e 8°.

Evitare il freezer
Su questo punto gli esperti concordano: mai conservare il formaggio nel congelatore, perché il successivo scongelamento va ad alterare la struttura della pasta, compromettendone le caratteristiche gustative e olfattive.

Il posto giusto in frigorifero
Il formaggio preferisce gli ambienti umidi (ma non troppo), quindi il cassetto della verdura è il posto ideale in frigorifero. Un'avvertenza: anche se sono confezionati, i formaggi non devono comunque entrare in contatto con le verdure non lavate, per evitare possibili contaminazioni batteriche

Comprare il formaggio intero
Il formaggio si conserva meglio intero, il che significa che è sempre preferibile acquistare la forma intera (ovviamente, laddove possibile) e, una volta che è stata tagliata, consumarla rapidamente.

La soluzione «sotto vuoto»
Mettere il formaggio sotto vuoto permetterà di allungarne sensibilmente la durata di conservazione, creando un ambiente privo di ossigeno che impedisca ai microorganismi di riprodursi. Questa soluzione — si legge sempre su formaggio.it — può essere però valida per i formaggi a pasta dura, da consumarsi comunque entro un mese, mentre per le altre tipologie (soprattutto per i formaggi a pasta molle o semidura) non è consigliata perché altera le caratteristiche interne ed esterne del prodotto.

Come servire il formaggio
Perché il formaggio mantenga gusto e sapore è necessario toglierlo dal frigorifero una o due ore prima di consumarlo, così che possa ossigenarsi (nel caso in cui avesse trasudato un po', lo si può asciugare con un panno o con della carta da cucina). Quanto al modo corretto di tagliarlo e servirlo, la cosa importante è evitare che qualcuno si ritrovi con la crosta e qualcun altro con la parte centrale del formaggio, che è di solito la migliore: ecco perché il sito «Woman's Day» suggerisce di tagliare una forma intera di Camembert (o di qualunque altro formaggio rotondo) come se fosse una torta, mentre nel caso in cui si servisse una porzione da un pezzo più grande, va tagliata a triangolo.

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Katharine Child - SowetanLive - 

The Medicines Control Council‚ has issued a statement saying it intends to reschedule one of the chemical components of dagga‚ called cannabidiol‚ as a schedule four medicine down from schedule six making it easier to get a prescription.

Cannabidiol is removed from the plant and does not have any psychoactive and mind alerting properties as it does not contain TNC‚ the chemical in dagga that can give users a high.

It can be taken via oil and is used for chronic pain sufferers‚ patients with untreatable epilepsy and chemotherapy patients may use it to stop nausea.

It was a schedule 6 substance making it hard to prescribe and requiring special circumstances for a doctor to choose such a drug for a patient’s ailment

A schedule four drug is an easier medicine to prescribe‚ but still requires a script and purchase in a pharmacy.

For example‚ a doctor confirmed to The Times that Ritalin and Morphine are schedule six drugs that require an original script for use at a pharmacy each month. The script cannot be faxed to a pharmacy and patients using schedule 6 drugs cannot get a script valid for six-month repeats. Instead‚ they require a new script by the doctor each month.

Schedule 6 drugs are seen as “potentially harmful” and so are very strongly regulated to prevent abuse.

Registrar of the Medicines Control Council Joey Gouws said in a letter that in a meeting last week the council “resolved to down-schedule cannabidiol from Schedule 6 to Schedule 4“

But she said this change had to be signed off by the health minister.

“Please be advised that the office of the Registrar is in the process of drafting an amendment to the published Schedules‚ for consideration by the Minister of Health and publication in the Government Gazette.”

Many proponents of using dagga as a medicine prefer using the seeds‚ rather than removed components‚ as the more than 100 chemical components called cannabinoids are said to work together therapeutically for pain‚ muscle spasm and nausea relief.

Oncologist Donald Abrams‚ Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California San Francisco and Chief of Haematology / Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital‚ told the clinical cannabis convention in Johannesburg on Saturday that the plant chemicals are believed to work together “synergistically“.

Abrams is a conventional doctor but recommends smoking dagga for pain and nausea relief for his cancer patients in San Francisco.

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President Jacob Zuma has concluded his successful Working Visit to the Republic of Zambia, where he officially opened the 91st Agricultural and Commercial Show, as a Guest of Honour, at the invitation of His Excellency, President Edgar Lungu of Zambia.  The President returned to Pretoria yesterday evening, 05 August.

President Zuma said the annual show, held under the theme “The Promotion of a Green Economy”, was of great significance to both South Africa and Zambia and provided an appropriate occasion to promote the agricultural sector mostly the products of the emerging farmers not only from Zambia but the SADC region and the continent as a whole.

“This annual show provided us with a great opportunity for promoting co-operation and economic integration that will benefit the whole Southern African Development Community (SADC) region particularly in the critical sector of agriculture, the primary source of our economies and sustenance. The visit also afforded us a conducive and a sustainable environment for economic exchanges between our two countries as well as for our SADC region,” said President Zuma.

“The show contributes immensely to promoting agriculture in the region. Agriculture is the bedrock of the economy of the SADC region as a whole. The performance of agriculture has a strong influence on food security, economic growth and stability of the SADC region. As such, the focus on Agriculture remains high on the priority list and is of critical importance. We are all encouraged that the food security situation in Southern Africa has shown an overall improvement since the beginning of 2017 as compared to the previous years. This positive result is due to good rainfall experienced towards the end of 2016,” said President Zuma.  

During the visit President Zuma held bilateral talks with President Lungu where the two Heads of State discussed various issues of mutual concern including expanding the areas of cooperation to include the political, economic, security and cultural fields.

South Africa and Zambia continue to have good bilateral political, economic and social relations underpinned by strong historical ties dating back from the years of the liberation struggle.

Earlier in the morning, President Zuma visited the founding President of independent Zambia, His Excellency, Dr Kenneth Kaunda at his home in Lusaka. The 93-year old Zambian statesman was discharged from hospital recently.

"I was pleased to see our father and the icon of the African liberation struggle, President Kenneth Kaunda, in good spirits and shape. I extended, on behalf of Government and the people of South Africa, wishes for good health and many more years of a peaceful and enjoyable retirement,” said the President.

President Zuma was accompanied by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Senzeni Zokwana.

Issued by: The Presidency
Pretoria


Opening Address by His Excellency, President Jacob Zuma, at the 91st Zambian Agricultural and Commercial Show, Lusaka, Zambia

His Excellency Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia,
Her Excellency Mrs Inonge Wina, Vice President of the Republic of Zambia,
Honourable Cabinet Ministers,
The President of the Agricultural and Commercial Society of Zambia,
Farmers and entrepreneurs,
Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
I bring you warm fraternal greetings from South Africa.

It is an honour and privilege to be invited by my dear Brother, President Lungu, to officially open such a prestigious occasion marking the ninety first edition of Zambia’s Agricultural and Commercial Show.  

This show has stood the test of time in the past 90 years of its existence and has earned a good reputation in the region because of its direct positive impact on agriculture, the economy and the lives of the people.

The government and the coordinators of this year’s Show have done a sterling work in organising this important event.

A lot of work has been done to achieve this formidable outcome. I have been most impressed by the stalls set up by the various stakeholders, entrepreneurs and farmers showcasing their products, services and best practices.
 
I would therefore like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone for a job well done.

Mr President,
This event is also of great significance towards promoting co-operation and economic integration not only for Zambia but for our region and the continent at large. It offers a conducive and a sustainable environment for economic exchanges nationally, regionally and internationally.

The show contributes immensely to promoting agriculture in the region. Agriculture is the bedrock of the economy of the SADC region as a whole. About 80% of the people in the region depend on agriculture for income and employment.

The performance of agriculture has a strong influence on food security, economic growth and stability of the SADC region.

As such, the focus on Agriculture remains high on the priority list and is of critical importance.

We are all encouraged that the food security situation in Southern Africa has shown an overall improvement since the beginning of 2017 as compared to the previous years. This positive result is due to good rainfall experienced towards the end of 2016.
 
Mr President,
Considering the annual variations in food production in the region due to changing weather patterns, there is a need to review the work done on the establishment of a Regional Food Reserve Facility.

This would provide SADC with a mechanism for preventing and preparing for adverse impacts and shocks to food security.

This is more important given the negative effects of climate change which poses a serious threat to agriculture and food security in the region.

Climate change affects the three pillars of food security, namely food availability, food access and food safety and nutrition.

Its impact on temperature and the increased frequency of drought and floods are detrimental to the development of the agricultural sector.

To this end, we recognise the important role of research in adaptation to climate change within SADC.
 
Your Excellency,
The theme of this year’s show which is “Promoting a Green Economy” responds positively to the challenges of climate change.

This progressive theme takes into account the interdependence between economic growth, social protection and protecting the natural ecosystem.

Our two countries share the concern and vision on matters of the environment and sustainable growth and should cooperate towards the development of capacity in green technologies and industries.
 
Your Excellency,
Let me also point out that this agricultural show has relevance beyond Zambia given the importance of agriculture on the continent and its alignment with the AU Agenda 2063.

The development of Africa’s agriculture is managed under the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme.

I would like to reiterate that for agriculture to make a meaningful contribution to the achievement of the aspirations of Agenda 2063, a transformed and modernised agriculture, backed by adequate investments and technological support is imperative.

At the regional level, as we assume the leadership of SADC later this month, the theme for South Africa’s Chairship is “Partnering with the Private Sector in developing Industry and Regional Value Chains”.

In this regard, Agro-processing, Agribusiness and green industries are some of the priority areas that we shall be focusing on during our tenure.

Promoting agriculture will thus be a key feature of tenure. We will highly rely on your support and that of the region to achieve these aspirations, Your Excellency.

With regard to our bilateral relations on Agricultural cooperation, our two countries have signed the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of agriculture in December 2009.

It enables the two countries to share agricultural development experiences, capacity building and skills development programmes amongst other areas of cooperation.

The scope of bilateral cooperation between our two countries remains much broader. We have signed numerous bilateral agreements in various sectors and new ones are still under discussion.

In the last meeting of the South Africa-Zambia Joint Commission for Cooperation held last year in December 2016, our two countries exchanged views on measures to further strengthen economic cooperation. We emphasised measures that will support economic growth and industrialisation which will promote job creation and regional economic integration.

We need to utilise the existing platform of cooperation, our JCC, to build even stronger working ties.
 
Mr President,
As the South African government, we have urged our private sector to participate in the economic growth of the region including Zambia.

We are thus pleased that the South African private sector has taken up the opportunity availed by this Agricultural and Commercial Show.

Let me reiterate that while investing in the region, South Africa is also open for business and awaits partnerships from the Zambian and regional private sector.

A number of South African companies continue to operate in Zambia principally in the mining, tourism, agriculture, and retail sectors.
 
Ladies and gentlemen,
Let me sincerely thank President Lungu and the people of Zambia for the warm welcome accorded to me and my delegation since our arrival in Lusaka.

Zambia is our second home. This country evokes a multitude of memories in me and many South Africans who spent many years of their exiled lives fighting the racist colonial apartheid system in South Africa.

Many South African freedom fighters lie buried on Zambian soil, while many innocent Zambians lost their lives in the struggle for a free South Africa.  

Our two countries and peoples continue to be bound together by that shared history of solidarity and friendship during a most difficult time in our lives in South Africa.

This year 2017, marks the centenary celebrations of the life of the former President of the ANC, Mr Oliver Reginald Tambo, who spent over two decades in exile here in Zambia.

I would like to once again thank the government and the people of Zambia for honouring his life by declaring the house he lived in, a National Monument.

This will remain one of the significant reminders of the permanent bonds between our two countries.
 
Mr President,
I thank you once again for inviting me as your guest of honor at the opening ceremony of this august event in a sister country that is so close to our hearts as South Africans.
 
Your Excellencies, distinguished guests,

It is my honour and privilege, to declare the 91st session of the Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show open.


President Zuma visits first President of Zambia Dr Kenneth Kaunda

President Jacob Zuma has visited the first President of the Republic of Zambia after independence, Dr Kenneth Kaunda at his home in Lusaka. The 93-year old Zambian statesman was released from hospital recently.

President Zuma found President Kaunda in good spirits and expressed his wishes for good health and many more years of a peaceful and enjoyable retirement for this highly regarded selfless freedom fighter and humanist who made Zambia the home of thousands of South African exiles during the struggle against apartheid.

President Zuma is on a Working Visit to the Republic of Zambia, where he will officially open the 91st Agricultural and Commercial Show as a Guest of Honour, at the invitation of His Excellency President Edgar Lungu of Zambia.  

This show is organised under the theme 'The Promotion of a Green Economy'.

Issued by: The Presidency
Pretoria

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