There is a growing interest for Reggae Boyz left-back Kemar Lawrence, who is said to be on the watch list of English Premier League (EPL) outfit Newcastle United, according to the website SBANATION.com.However, the club’s interest in the player could be derailed by the same work permit requirements that prevent Jamaica senior football team captain Rodolph Austin from taking up a lucrative contract with English Championship side Sheffield Wednesday recently.Although the MLS’ transfer window is already closed, rumour has it that Newcastle are eyeing New York Red Bull’s player and Jamaican international, Lawrence, though securing a deal could be problematic.English Premier League clubs have until September 1 to sign players from outside England. So even though the MLS transfer window shuts on August 6, teams in England can still sign a player from the MLS, as a league transfer window only applies to players coming in, not to those heading out.The main obstacle for the deal is the new work permit laws. The English Football Association recently announced plans to stem the influx of foreign internationals coming into their leagues and Austin became a casualty of the new work permit regulations.The Jamaican has more than 70 international caps, having made his national debut in 2004. He also has more than 100 appearances for Leeds.The new regulation states that only foreign players who have been regularly selected for international teams in FIFA’s top-50 rankings can be granted a work permit. Jamaica hasn’t been in the top 50 for some time, though they climbed 21 places to currently sit at 55.Exception to the lawThe website also states that if Sheffield Wednesday are serious in their effort to sign Lawrence, a case might be open to Newcastle, as there are exceptions (to the work permit law). But, unfortunately, there is no confidence in the appeal process to work any more.Lawrence has been on a hot run of form recently. His performances in the Copa America won praise from influential observers and his contribution to Jamaica’s run to the Gold Cup final earned him a place in several Best XI selections after the tournament (Fox sports and Goal.com, for example).Many suggest Lawrence is the best left back in CONCACAF on current form and if his work in MLS continues to be worthy, chances are he is going to be given the chance to test himself at a higher level than MLS sooner, rather than later.
January 20, 2020
In the girl’s Open 3000 metres, Jamaica’s Britnie dixon (10:57.05) and Monifa Green secured a quinella. Elizabeth Williams of Barbados won bronze. Jamaica also picked up gold in the final individual track event of the day, the boys’ Under-18 3000 metres as defending champion Keenan Lawrence outwitted Dominic Dyer out of The Cayman Islands to win in 9:05.71. Dyer was second in 9:06.33, with third going to Kallique St Jean of Antigua and Barbuda in 9:11.49. In the field events, Zico Campbell took the boys’ Under-18 shot put gold with 17.75 metres, erasing the old mark of 17.56m set in 2015 by Isaiah Taylor of Trinidad and Tobago. Campbell’s teammate, Rasheda Downer, captured silver with 17.57m, as Barbados’ Triston Gibbons took bronze with 16.64m. In the morning session, Jamaica’s Aiko Jones won the Under-18 girls’ discus gold medal with a throw of 46.49m to go along with the bronze in the shot put on Saturday’s opening day. Jamaica won gold and bronze in the girls’ Under-18 long jump as Vere Technical’s Britany Anderson (6.02m) won and Annia Ashley finished third with 5.91m. Guyana’s Chantoba Bright (5.94m) won silver. In the girls’ Open heptathlon, Junelle Fullerton won gold for Jamaica after amassing 4,597 points. Her teammate, Zinadine Russell (4,524), won silver. In the Under-20 200m preliminaries, Jamaica’s Ellis and Reid were disqualified from the boys’ and girls’ events for false-starting. Countrywoman After winning the Under-18 high jump on Saturday, Salmon got the better of teammate Sanique Walker, winning in 59.50 seconds to break the one- year record of 59.55 seconds done by countrywoman Junelle Bromfield in St Kitts. Walker, who finished second a year ago, again copped silver in 59.60 seconds. Gabrielle Gibson of Bahamas finished third in 1:01.16. The quartet of Dazgay Freeman, Shaniel English, Michae Harriott, and Kimone Shaw won the girls’ Under-18 4×100 metres in 45.87 seconds ahead of Bahamas, 46.37, and Trinidad and Tobago, 47.27. The star-studded boys’ team erased the 40.52-second record set by Jamaica last year. The Under-20 girls’ quartet of Kimone Hinds, Patrice Moody, Shanice Reid, and Rushelle Burton won in 44.36, while the boys – Rohan Cole, Nigel Ellis, Raheem Chambers, and Akeem Bloomfield – clocked 39.74 seconds. Bahamas were second in 40.27 seconds, with Barbados third in 40.97. It was three out of four for Jamaica in the Intermediate hurdle events. Timor Barrett, 51.79, stole the spotlight from teammate Jauvaney James, 52.07, in the Under-20 boys event. Barbados Rivaldo Leacock was third in 53.56. Barbados, however, took gold and silver in the Under-18 boys’ event through Rasheema Griffiths (52.22) and Nathan Ferguson (53.36). Jamaica’s Dashinelle Dyer was third in 54.05 seconds. Secured a quinella Jamaica’s Shannon Kallawan broke a 13-year-old mark, while Shian Salmon and the boys’ Under-18 4×100 metres relay team of Michael Stephens, Christopher Taylor, Jhevaughn Matherson, and Dejour Russell were in record-breaking form at the 45th Carifta Games in St George’s, Grenada, yesterday. Jamaica ended at the national Athletics Stadium on the penultimate day with 52 medals – 24 gold, 17 silver, and 11 bronze. Kallawan took the girls’ Under-20 400 metres hurdles in 56.21 seconds, erasing the 56.61 done by Jamaica’s Camille Robinson in 2003. Lakeisha Warner of the British Virgin Island (BVI) finished second in 58.14, while Jamaica’s Nicolee Foster took bronze in 58.34. Jamaica swept the sprint relays, garnished with a record run of 40.40 seconds in the Under-18 boys’ event. Salmon won her second gold medal with a record run in the girls 400m hurdles.
January 19, 2020
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netStanding at 6-foot-8, JP Erram is well aware of the four-inch difference he is giving up to Ginebra behemoth Greg Slaughter.ADVERTISEMENT But what couldn’t be measured was his heart in Blackwater’s 94-77 win on Friday as he took on the Gin Kings’ giants and came out victorious.“It’s really a huge confidence booster for me because Greg and I were teammates before and now that we’re opponents, I was able to get a win over him,” admitted Erram, who posted 22 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkErram, though, had ample support from his fellow undersized yet hardworking frontcourt players like Mac Belo, Raymar Jose, James Sena, and Dave Marcelo which allowed him to deliver the stellar showing.“We just stuck with coach’s system because we couldn’t stop them individually. My teammates helped me in a lot of ways. I was sealing Greg and we were crowding the paint so that Greg and Japeth would have a hard time penetrating,” he said. LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Shock loss prompts Ginebra to ponder on shortcomings Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson For Erram, that’s just the kind of fight everyone should expect from the Elite, saying they may be smaller compared to the powerhouses, but they will remain relentless on the 48 minutes they are on the floor.“We’re the more aggressive team. The young guns are unpredictable and we won’t stop putting in the effort. We have fresh legs and we still can improve on a lot of things,” he said. “This is our chance, and now that we’re given that, we’ll take it because we have nothing to lose here.”Blackwater returns to the court on Wednesday against TNT.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ View comments
January 12, 2020
Photo: MLA Patt Pimm handed announced provincial grant funding for 12 groups in the Peace River North area./Kimberley MolinaSome local community groups got a push with the announcement of provincial government gaming grants.- Advertisement -Pat Pimm announced that $244,423 would be split between 12 groups that serve the Peace River North area.Included within the organizations that received funding are the Stage North Theatre Society, the Peace Passage Skating Club, and the North Peace Gymnastics Association.The MLA for Peace River North says the grant funding focus for this part of the year was given mostly to groups with a focus on arts, culture, and sports but he does not know what other groups may get during the next round of provincial grants.According to Pimm, it is up to the Ministry of Housing and Social Development to review each grant application and determine the amount to be given to each organization.Advertisement The Chances Casino is also a source of additional funding for the City of Fort St. John that could be used towards different programs, he said, but added that although the City does get around 10 per cent of the casino’s revenue, the rest goes to the province to be redistributed.[asset|aid=2975|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8c75578ab3528a0fac798c8b04dfa2f9-Pimm Clip 1_1_Pub.mp3] Although not every group received funding or the amount applied for, Pimm says he hopes to work with these groups, try to address their concerns, and potentially find out the reasoning behind specific decisions made by the ministry. However, Pimm added that groups should not rely solely on this funding.[asset|aid=2976|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8c75578ab3528a0fac798c8b04dfa2f9-Pimm Clip 2_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Pimm says some groups are already not going to receive large amounts of funding. Adult sports and theatre programs are two groups that will see any funding either dramatically reduced or disappear completely.The organizations that received grants are:Fort St. John Metis Society: $2,708Stage North Theatre Society: $6,875North Peace Junior Hockey Club: $8,020.83Fort St. John Recreational & Speed Skating Club: $10,312.50North Peace Historical Society: $10,500Fort St. John Stingray Swim Club: $12,333Peace Passage Skating Club: $14,166.67Northern Dance Theatre Society: $14,583Fort St. John Inconnu Swim Club: $19,833Fort St. John Figure Skating Club: $34,625North Peace Gymnastics Association: $38,883Fort St. John Minor Hockey Association: $71,583
January 6, 2020
0Shares0000Saudi referee Fahad al-Mirdasi has been banned for life for offering to take a bribe to influence the outcome of a match © AFP/File / KARIM JAAFARRIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 16 – The Saudi Football Federation have banned referee Fahad al-Mirdasi for life over bribery and urged FIFA to remove him from the pool of referees for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Mirdasi was suspended for offering to take a bribe to influence the outcome of a match, the federation’s disciplinary and ethics committee said late Tuesday. The 32-year-old is one of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent referees, having earned a FIFA badge in 2011 and officiating at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 and the Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017.Mirdasi was chosen to referee Saudi Arabia’s Kings Cup final between top clubs Al-Faisaly and Al-Ittihad on Saturday but was pulled from the roster just a few hours before the game.In a statement, the disciplinary and ethics committee said Mirdasi had approached the president of Al-Ittihad asking him for a bribe to enable his team to win.“The Ittihad president Hamad Al-Sanayeh called the Saudi Football Federation to state there was evidence that Fahad Al-Mirdasi had reached out via text messages on WhatsApp. He asked for an illegal sum of money in exchange for helping his team win the game,” it said.The case was referred to the Saudi Football Federation, then the General Authority for Sport — the highest sports authority in the kingdom — triggering an administrative investigation.Mirdasi confessed to the charges, according to the statement, and it was decided “to deprive him from participating in any football activity for life”.The committee recommended that Saudi Arabia officially request FIFA to remove Mirdasi from the list of referees participating in the 2018 World Cup and suspend him for life.“Our integrity is above all considerations,” said Turki Al-Sheikh, head of the General Authority for Sport.Mirdasi was one of five Arab referees chosen by FIFA to officiate at the 2018 World Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
December 30, 2019
Leeds’ Championship clash with Derby will be televised as planned after the club “reluctantly” allowed Sky Sports’ cameras into Elland Road.United president Massimo Cellino had intended to ban Sky from broadcasting the game in a bid to make a point about the amount of times his club have been televised this season.Sky staff were unable to enter Elland Road on Monday, as is customary on the eve of a game, and as of 2.30pm on Tuesday, the Italian had not relaxed his position with Sky’s crew and Football League executive Shaun Harvey waiting in a car park.However, just before 3pm, Cellino – currently in Miami – relented, and allowed Sky in, although he signed off on a club statement which voiced unhappiness at the situation.“The Football League regulations are supposed to be there to protect the integrity of the sporting competition, not to be used as a stick to beat the club on behalf of Sky,” it read.“Leeds United season ticket holders have had enough of these fixture changes, the players and staff have had enough, and Leeds United Football Club has had enough.“It is to be noted that the League threaten a disrepute charge against the club. It is the League who are bringing their own competition into disrepute by unfairly prejudicing Leeds (and certain other clubs) by allowing Sky to unfairly disrupt Leeds United for their own commercial purposes.” Elland Road 1
December 30, 2019
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Find marine forecasts at www.weather.gov, and Coast Guard safety equipment requirements at www.uscgboating.org. By City News Service The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday warned boaters to be aware of high winds and seas expected to last through early next week from Point Conception to the Orange County coast. According to the National Weather Service, a strong and unusually long period of gusty winds up to 46 mph is forecast for parts of Southern California’s coastal waters. The strong offshore winds will also affect parts of the Channel Islands, as well as the San Pedro Channel to Santa Catalina Island. Boaters in Avalon Harbor were urged to secure their boats. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
December 29, 2019
Young women are queuing up to become Harvest Fair Queen of Ballyshannon when the event returns this weekend after an 11-year-break.By last night more than 25 were entered for the contest in Dicey Reilly’s bar on Friday evening.Mai Kelly, one of the chief organisers, said: “That’s an outstanding entry, unbelievable.” She said she is extending the closing time for entries to 1 p.m. on Friday in case any other businesses or community groups wants to add to the nominations.The last Harvest Fair Queen, Linda Clarke – now Linda Gallagher – will crown the new queen after selection by a panel of judges headed by Ocean FM’s Paul Scanlon who will also be compere.All prospective queens are expected to be in Dicey’s by 8 pm. and selection will be at 9.30 p.m.As well as presenting the prizes at a glittering function on Saturday to all Harvest Fair winners, including successful people in the arts contest which had a massive entry at local schools, the Queen will also earn her own prize of a weekend with dinner for two at the Diamond Coast Hotel, Enniscrone, sponsored by Failte Ireland and a bouquet of flowers sponsored by Le Fleur. She will also have a beauty voucher from Martina at the Essence of Beauty, and a sash sponsored by Bernie and Martin McGrane.A unique essence of the returned Harvest Fair will be an exhibition of vintage bicycles and other artifacts from John F McGee in the Market Yard on Saturday between 2 pm and 7.30 p.m.An open-air Ceili, also on Saturday at the Bridge End with the Assaroe Cheili Band from 6 pm to 7. 30 pm will, if weather isn’t suitable, be moved into the marquee in the Market yard.On Friday afternoon there will be a special sale of furniture and bric a brac at the Thrift Shop, East Port, between 2pm. and 5 pm with lots of bargains.FANCY DRESS A Fancy Dress competition will be held in the Abbey Centre on Saturday from 2 p.m., with contests separated into one for the over-8s and one for the under-8s. Prizes are sponsored with €500 from Mohan’s Amusements who will be in the Market Yard all weekend. Further details can be had from Pauric Bromley at 087 2887459.ART COMPETITIONIt’s based on a harvest theme and prizes for this will also be sponsored by Mohan’s and entries will be on display in the Abbey Centre and at various places in town.HOME MADE PRODUCE MARKET This will be in the Market Yard marquee and will include baking, jams, vegetables, eggs, flowers, poultry, turf and other interesting home produce. Home-made crafts will be for sale. Participants should contact Billy Grimes at 086 8416476 or Brendan Gallagher at 086 8057947.SPONSORSThey include John Mohan, Failte Ireland NW, Mai Kelly Beauty and Hair Salon, Mr Gs, Frances McGinley, Ann Boyle’s Pharmacy, Ann McGowan, Atlantic View CDP, Nirvanna, Trisha’s Hair Salon, Le Fleur, Bernie and Martin McGrane.ENDITBATTLE AMONGST THE BEAUTIES AT THE BALLYSHANNON HARVEST FAIR was last modified: September 14th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ballyshannon Harvest Fair
December 18, 2019
Australia’s second biggest carrier will delay the delivery of new fuel-efficient Boeing 737 MAX aircraft by a year as it continues to work on its balance sheet after reporting a net loss of $A21.5 million for the first half of the 2017 financial year.Virgin Australia’s statutory loss, down from a $A62.5 net profit in the same period in the previous year, was attributed to weakness in the domestic market as well restructurings costs which include a move to simplify the carrier’s fleet. In terms of the underlying pre-tax result preferred by airlines, the carrier’s profit almost halved to $A42.3m. The decision to move the delivery of the first B737-MAX to the final quarter of the 2019 calendar year will defer more than $A350 million of capital expenditure associated with the airline’s order for 23 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and options on four more. The aircraft, powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines, will boost operational performance at the airline with better maintenance schedules and a 14 per cent boost in fuel efficiency over current single-aisle aircraft.However, the operational pluses were not enough to outweigh the advantages of delaying the capital expenditure in the current environment.Officials told a telephone conference on Friday that they still intended to take delivery of the new planes and they had not cancelled any orders.Virgin group chief executive John Borghetti noted that the average age of the 737 fleet was about seven years and it would still take delivery of five B737-NGs over the next 12 months.“So the fleet will still be very young, it still will be very modern, the product will still be very fresh – in fact we’re planning some things that we’ll talk to you about at another announcement,’’ he said. “So from a customer experience point of view, it’s top quality.’’Asked whether the airline could push the 737 MAX deliveries back further, Mr Borghetti said: “Look if we wanted to, I suspected we could if we talk to Boeing. But at this stage, we’re not thinking down that path.’’Despite the weak half-yearly profit and a slight fall in revenue, Virgin managed to reduce debt by $A938.8m, an improvement of 44.5 per cent on the previous corresponding half, and achieve a record cash balance $1.6 billion, up $A689m.Other good news included a $31.6 million improvement in underlying earnings at the airline’s international unit to see it edge into the black six months ahead of schedule with a profit of $800,000. Tigeair Australia remained profitable, although earnings fell $A7.7 million to $A6.2m, and the Velocity frequent flyer program continued to grow with membership reaching 7 million and revenues rising $A21.6m to $176.4m.The biggest hit was to domestic operations where underlying earnings fell from $A130m in the first half of fiscal 2016 to $A80m in the latest half.Mr Borghetti said both leisure and business travel was softer than the airline believed they should be and fare discounting seemed to having less impact.He said corporate customers had tightened their belts, affecting the yield mix in the cabin, but he was confident Virgin was not losing market share.Asked whether the weak trading conditions would persist, he said: “I hope they turn around tomorrow but I think it’s hard to see a turnaround tomorrow. I think we’re in an environment where it may take a little while. But you know what, I could give you a view and you could ask 10 other people and they’ll give you 10 different views.’’The airline also revealed it had signed a letter of intent to dispose of the its six remaining Embraer 190s and said it would cease flying the type at the end of this calendar year.
December 18, 2019
The speakers at the recent summit were (front, from left) Bafana Mabale, Lefty Mogorosi, Refilwe Thlabanyane, Mojalefa Nale, (back, from left) Miller Matola, Leo Makgamathe and Jaco Viljoen.North West, one of the country’s agricultural and mining powerhouses, was the latest province to host a Brand South Africa stakeholder summit. The event, held on 28 November 2011, showcased local poultry operation Opti Chicks and its innovative business model.Taking place in each of the nine provinces, the summits aim to increase provincial participation in the nation-branding effort and encourage active citizenship – which, in turn, will help position the country as a top investment and tourism destination.Each event presents South Africans who, through their work and community initiatives, are already active ambassadors for the country and epitomise the unique characteristics, or pillars, of the South African brand – ubuntu, diversity, sustainability, possibility and innovation.Seizing opportunity Opti Chicks manager Jaco Viljoen spoke about his company’s contribution to growth and sustainability in the province.Having identified a gap in the market for day-old chicks over three years ago, Opti Chicks has become one of the leading suppliers in the province. It sells the birds to other poultry companies, which then rear the hatchlings for consumption.The North West is the biggest broiler-growing area in South Africa, and Opti Chicks is ideally placed to make the most of opportunities in such a niche segment of the production chain.What adds value to this company and sets it apart from competitors is the fact that it concentrates solely on producing top-quality day-old birds, whereas most other players in the industry are fully integrated.This means they focus on the entire growing cycle, from breeding chickens and processing their meat to distributing and marketing the end product.“Opti Chicks was started in 2008 by NWK, a 102-year-old agriculture-based business in the province with its head office in Lichtenburg. With an initial investment of R150-million (US$18.4-million), the original plan was to produce 350 000 day-old chicks per week,” says manager Jaco Viljoen.“But after we secured a supply agreement with one of the leading role-players in the industry, and they agreed to buy that number from us, we decided to go slightly bigger and produce 500 000 chicks per week. Other stakeholders in North West also needed day-old chicks, so we decided we could sell the difference to them.”Training and development key Opti Chicks produces day-old broilers for the local market. (Images: Nicky Rehbock) With the supply contract in place and the production capacity decided upon, Opti Chicks set about building up the business. They bought a 320ha farm between the towns of Ottosdal and Coligny in the province and began recruiting staff.Some 90% of staff were unskilled and knew little about the business when they started – one of the company’s biggest challenges, according to Viljoen.But thanks to rigorous ongoing training and development, Opti Chicks has rapidly amassed skills and boosted competency and efficiency. So far the company has created 182 jobs and plans to double that and its capacity by 2014.“In the beginning, through innovative thinking and planning, we realised that we were able to use our existing incubation equipment to further increase our capacity from 500 000 to 650 000 chicks per week, which amounts to about 34-million birds per year. Our operation now accounts for 3.3% of the total production in South Africa,” Viljoen adds.Hygiene is one of Opti Chicks’ top priorities, as the business is highly sensitive to poultry diseases.“We have a shower facility at the farm gate for all personnel entering the premises, and require them to wear protective clothing. We need to make sure there is absolutely no contamination from the outside.”Viljoen attributes the success of his operation to good management practices, thorough training, proper implementation of systems and not overcapitalising on staff and infrastructure.“Our contribution to North West includes job creation and economic stability and sustainability, meaning that no chicks have to be brought in from other provinces. All our inputs, such as maize for feed and bedding material, are also all sourced from North West, which means we help support other local businesses as well.”Growing its African footprintOpti Chicks is currently looking to buy another farm to accommodate expected capacity expansion.“We currently export fertilised eggs for broiler operations in Nigeria, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and other states on the continent, and are planning to expand our footprint to the rest of Africa in the next 10 years – we’re now looking for strategic partners for that. We want to be prepared for any growth or new developments when they come our way.”Some 32kg of poultry was consumed per capita in the country in 2010, followed by 17.65kg of beef, 4.58kg of pork and 3.16kg of mutton and goat – indicating that chicken is the biggest protein source for South Africans.In comparison, the per capita poultry consumption in the US in 2010 was 43kg, meaning there’s potential for the local industry to expand by 40% to 50% in the coming years.The challenge here is to ensure that this growth comes from South Africa, as 16% of domestically consumed poultry is now imported – and 73% of this from Brazil.“Because of the strength of the rand and the cost of maize in South Africa, imports increased by 15% between 2009 and 2010. And from January to July 2011, 181 554 tons were imported – this is estimated to increase to 311 235 tons by the end of the year.“If half of that could be produced locally, the potential new jobs in the chicken and feed industry could amount to 10 000,” Viljoen says.