Quicker permits for foreigners

first_imgSo far, the department had received 73 407 applications from Zimbabweans wanting to regularise their stay in the country, Apleni said, adding that 20 966 of these applications had been approved and 5 486 rejected, with the rest awaiting adjudication. The Department of Home Affairs said last week that work, study and business permits would now be issued from its headquarters in Pretoria. South Africa has centralised the issuing of study, work and business permits – and is looking at extending the period of their validity – in order to make it easier for foreigners to work and study in the country, and for businesses to import scarce skills. Need for scarce skills Dlamini-Zuma said she also wanted permits to be valid for three to five years, doing away with the need for annual re-applications for permits. To achieve this, the department was looking into introducing changes to its current operating procedures. These backlogs had a negative impact on the operation of businesses that wanted to import scarce skills from abroad, and created hardships for foreigners who had apply for their permits to be re-issued annually. Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Alpeni stressed that the centralisation of the process of issuing permits did not apply to Zimbabwean nationals, who were required to regularise their stay in South Africa following a Cabinet decision. “This is totally unacceptable and has become unbearable for business, students and foreign workers,” said Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.center_img The deadline to document all illegal Zimbabweans by 31 December 2010 had not changed, he added. As a result, South Africa was losing out on critical skills that could contribute to the growth of the economy and the development of the country. For foreign students, delays in receiving their study permits often meant that they lost their positions at academic institutions. 22 November 2010 Zimbabwean nationals excluded Previously, permits were applied for at Home Affairs’ regional offices across the country. These applications were then sent to the department’s headquarters for adjudication and ratification, resulting in huge backlogs. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

26th Cattlemen’s College set to enhance management

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Staying a step ahead in the cattle industry is no small challenge. Cattlemen and women looking to find that extra step will be attending the 2019 Cattlemen’s College in New Orleans, La., Jan. 29-30.More than a thousand producers are expected to attend the event, sponsored by Zoetis and produced by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. It is being presented in conjunction with the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show.A highlight of the event will be a Jan. 29 afternoon session that features Dr. Temple Grandin conducting a cattle handling and facility design presentation. A reception will follow that afternoon, with a full slate of concurrent educational sessions to follow the morning of Jan. 30.Keynote speaker at the Cattlemen’s College Opening General Session Jan. 30 will be Bill Cordingley, managing director and head of the Chicago office of RaboBank Wholesale Banking North America. He will speak on “Greater Expectations, Bigger Opportunities,” touching on the different forces that work together to yield a complex demand story for beef. Beef for the Opening General Session breakfast is being provided by Certified Angus Beef.Eight Cattlemen’s College session tracks will follow, including business, cattle health, genetics, nutrition, reproduction, grazing management, consumer interest, and industry hot topics. Because many sessions run concurrently, attendees will be able to view videos of missed sessions online following the college.For the second year, the college begins with a special Producer’s Choice collection of sessions Jan. 29. An online vote conducted prior to the schedule finalization determined that three educational sessions will be offered for a “first look”: Programming Your Cow Herd for Success, Unraveling Secrets of the Rumen, and Practical Management to Reduce Disease Challenges.Overall, the 2019 Cattlemen’s College will feature an impressive collection of the beef industry’s most talented, experienced people with impressive presentation skills, according to Josh White, NCBA executive director of producer education. He says thought-provoking sessions will also spark discussions that lead to innovation and advancement in what has become a rapidly changing industry.“Thousands of cattlemen and women through the years have benefited from their attendance at Cattlemen’s College,” White. “And, each year we learn a little bit more about what works effectively to get the education delivered. We know our 2019 event will be outstanding; a culmination of a quarter century of providing valuable information that makes the cattle industry the best it can be.”An education package for the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, which includes a ticket to Cattlemen’s College, is $1,025. Tickets for Cattlemen’s College alone are $300 per person, and require a two-day or full convention registration. Tickets for students are available for $150.For more information on the 2019 Cattlemen’s College classes and sessions, go to www.convention.beefusa.org/events-meetings/cattlemens-college.last_img read more

Hyphema

first_imgDefinitionHyphema is blood in the front area (anterior chamber) of the eye. The blood collects behind the cornea and in front of the iris.Causes, incidence, and risk factorsHyphema is usually caused by trauma to the eye. Other causes of bleeding in the front chamber of the eye include:Blood vessel abnormalityCancer of the eyeSevere inflammation of the irisAdvanced diabetesBlooddisorderssuch as sickle cell anemiaSymptomsBleeding in the anterior chamber of the eyeEye painLight sensitivityVision abnormalitiesYou may not be able to see a small hyphema when looking at your eye in the mirror.With a total hyphema, the collection of blood will block the view of the iris and pupil.Signs and testsEye examIntraocular pressure measurement (tonometry)Ultrasound testingTreatmentTreatment may not be needed in mild cases. The blood is absorbed in a few days.If bleeding comes back (usually in 3 – 5 days), the likely outcome ofthe condition will be much worse. The health care provider may recommend the following to cut down the chance that there will be more bleeding:Bed restEye patchingSedating medicinesYou may need to use eye drops to decrease the inflammation or lower the pressure in your eye.The eye doctor may need to remove the blood, especially if pressure in the eye is very highthe blood is slow to absorb again. You may need to stay in a hospital.Expectations (prognosis)The outcome depends upon the amount of injury to the eye. Patients with sickle cell disease are more likely to have eye complications and must be watched closely. People with diabetes will probably need laser treatment for the problem.advertisementSevere vision loss can occur.ComplicationsAcute glaucomaImpaired visionRecurring bleedingCalling your health care providerCall your health care provider if you notice blood in the front of the eye or if you have an eye injury. You will to be examined and treated by an eye doctor right away, especially if you have decreased vision.PreventionMany eye injuries can be prevented by wearing safety goggles or other protective eye wear. Always wear eye protection while playing sports such as racquetball, or contact sports such as basketball.ReferencesCrouch JrER, Crouch ER, Trauma: Ruptures and Bleeding. In: Tasman W, Jaeger EA, eds. Duane’s Ophthalmology. 2012 ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2012:vol 4; chap 61.Fudemberg SJ, Myers JS, Katz LJ, Spaeth GL. Glaucoma Following Trauma. In: Tasman W, Jaeger EA, eds. Duane’s Ophthalmology. 2012 ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2012:vol 3; chap 54C.Tingey DP, Shingleton BJ. Glaucoma associated with ocular trauma. In: Yanoff M, Duker JS, eds. Ophthalmology. 3rd ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby Elsevier; 2008:chap 10.17.Review Date:11/20/2012Reviewed By:Franklin W. Lusby, MD, Ophthalmologist, Lusby Vision Institute, La Jolla, California. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more