R8.3m boost for sustainable agriculture

first_img19 November 2012 Nedbank has invested R8.3-million in conservation group WWF South Africa’s Sustainable Agriculture Programme, which aims to tackle food security challenges as well as protect natural resources in the country. “A recent United Nations report titled ‘Food and Agriculture: The future of sustainability’ stresses the urgent need for the world’s farmers to be empowered to produce more food per unit of land, water and agrochemicals, while confronting widespread physical resource scarcity, a changing climate, and rapidly increasing input costs,” WWF-SA’s senior manager for sustainable agriculture, Inge Kotze, said at the launch in Cape Town last week. “These challenges overlaid with the degradation of our natural eco-systems and biodiversity make modern day agriculture more precarious than ever.”Collective and collaborative partnerships Collective and collaborative partnerships have an important role to play in enabling sustainable agriculture which contributes to the reduction of environmental and natural resource impacts, said Nedbank Agriculture’s John Hudson. “No single individual or organisation has the capacity to deliver the level of change required to make a real and lasting contribution to the sustainability of our country’s agriculture,’ he said. “[This] is why this partnership with WWF-SA is designed to unlock the full power of collective, public-private partnerships, collaborative investment, and support and recognition for those that demonstrate commitment and innovation in meeting the agricultural challenges facing South Africa and the world in the 21st century.” Only 13% of the South African landscape is suitable for arable or permanent cropland, and two-thirds of the country’s surface freshwater resources are currently utilised for irrigated agriculture, according to WWF-SA.Supporting a vibrant agricultural sector “There is an urgent need to redefine and refocus our vision in terms of the future of food and the role of agriculture in reaching that future,” Kotze said. “This is why the Sustainable Agriculture Programme is aimed at enabling better production, rather than merely focusing on increased output alone. “By promoting and supporting a vibrant and profitable agricultural sector in this way, we can all help to address potential food security challenges, while at the same time protecting the country’s/the planet’s natural resources, and unique biodiversity,” she said. Hudson said Nedbank aimed to promote and reward agricultural best practice and innovation. “By 2050, conservative estimates are that there will be around 9-billion people living on Earth. “If our country is going to overcome the significant environmental, social and economic challenges involved in feeding our population at this time, it is the responsibility of every one of us to start thinking and acting more sustainably right now,” he said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

What to know while battling palmer amaranth, waterhemp, more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At the recent Seed Consultants field day, agronomist Bill McDonald talked with Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo about identifying the different types of weeds in Ohio fields. Differences between waterhemp and palmer amaranth is explained as is the need to take care of the weeds quickly and completely.last_img

Criminal harassment finding upheld over sexually degrading Yahoo forum

first_imgTORONTO – A man who set up a private online forum devoted to trashing and sexually degrading a former friend had his criminal harassment conviction upheld on Wednesday.In its ruling, Ontario’s top court rejected an attempt by Darrin Sim to have the conviction quashed, saying the trial judge made no mistakes in finding him guilty.“By any standard, Sim’s conduct was morally reprehensible,” the Appeal Court said.Court records show that Sim and the woman, who cannot be identified, were friends for several years starting in 2001 when he was 29 years old. He developed unrequited romantic feelings toward her and both eventually married other people and started families, the records show.They later began emailing updates on their lives and, in 2009, he asked her for photographs of herself, which she sent.In November 2010, court heard, Sim set up a Yahoo group forum and recruited about 150 members. The topic of the online group focused on the “degradation” of the woman, court documents show. She knew nothing about it.Evidence was that Sim posted extensive biographical details and photos of the woman. He also wrote “false, degrading, vile, and grotesque sexualized commentary” about her, according to the court. He urged group members to post their own ugly comments, share crude sexual fantasies involving her, and to upload altered photographs of her in a sexually degrading way.The aim, he posted on the forum, was to make the woman look like the “little slut she is.”Someone alerted her in April 2013 to the group, which by that time had more than 1,500 members, court records indicate. Through a co-worker, she was able to gain full access to the site and gather screenshots that included multiple perverted and sexual message strings about her.Among photographs on the website was one from her wedding alongside a sexually lewd caption. Posted details included her name, age, weight, height, bra size, underwear size, hobbies, education, occupation, and the number of children she had.The woman was “shocked and frightened by what she saw,” the Appeal Court said. She went to police, who charged Sim with criminal harassment and publishing defamatory libel.In October last year, Ontario court Judge Mitch Hoffman convicted Sim of criminal harassment but acquitted him of the libel charge.“The accused’s threatening conduct towards the complainant was done while he was at least reckless as to whether she was harassed,” Hoffman said.On appeal, Sim argued no proof existed that he meant to threaten her.In dismissing the appeal, the higher court noted Sim’s conviction fell under a section of the Criminal Code that bars “threatening conduct directed at a person.” Sim’s notion that criminal harassment requires specific intent to “instill fear” simply doesn’t square with the law, the Appeal Court said.The key question is would a reasonable person feel threatened by the impugned conduct, not what the accused was thinking, the court said.“The objective assessment must consider the circumstances in which the conduct took place, and the effects that the conduct actually had on the complainant,” the Appeal Court said in upholding the guilty finding.last_img read more

Nassau population swells New Constituency proposed

first_img Recommended for you American tourist claims #MeToo after alleged sexual assault in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 10, 2017 – The proposal is for The Bahamas to now have 39 constituencies, no loner 38 and that is partly due to the fact that the population in Nassau has swelled by a huge 6.9% in just five years.Of the 39 seats, Nassau will now have 24, Freeport remains with five and the Family Islands with 10.  The new constituency is called St Barnabas and takes 11 polling stations from surrounding areas including Ft. Charlotte, Centerville and Englerston.  It includes Wulff Road, East Street, Thompson Boulevard, Lightbourne Avenue, Maxwell Avenue and Haven Avenue.The  Revision of Boundaries and Re-Distribution of Seats Order 2017 which was tabled in the House on Thursday, also offers that the constituency we know as Montagu in Nassau should be changed to Freetown.#MagnetiMediaNews Multi-millionaire Barbados businessmen arrested in $3m drug bust, yacht suspected in drug trafficking Sint Maarten to close Kim Sha Marketplace to make way for future construction Related Items:#magnetimedianewslast_img read more

Two migrant landings suspected in Provo since Sunday

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp57 illegal migrants captured in Nassau, Bahamas yesterday.#TurksandCaicos, December 12, 2017 – Providenciales – TCI law enforcers have managed to capture only one illegal Haitian after a landing last night in North West Providenciales.   The peculiar thing about the Monday landing is that there is no vessel yet found, Magnetic Media is told.   It is believed that 60 illegals managed to make it to shore in the breach last night.   There is no information on the suspected landing on Sunday.Nearby Bahamas made an interception early Monday in Nassau where 57 illegals were caught.  Three were children.   On Sunday, in Inagua, a huge haul of cocaine was found on a Haitian boat; five Haitians, including the captain were arrested.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force was due to brief media today on the influx from Haiti; revealing that so far in 2017 1,100 illegal migrants have been apprehended with the help of Royal Bahamas Police, Bahamas Immigration and the US Coast Guard.#MagneticMediaNews#suspectedslooplandinginProvoHeader photo: NW Point beach Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

T Magazine Trusted Media Brands Staff Up People on the Move —

first_imgT: The New York Times Style Magazine announced a series of hires and promotions:•  Thessaly La Force has been named features director. She most recently worked as editor in chief of Garage Magazine.•  Kurt Soller has been appointed articles editor. He joins the publication from Bon Appétit, where he was most recently features editor.•  Senior online editor Isabel Wilkinson has been promoted to digital director.•  Malina Joseph Gilchrist, most recently the magazine’s market director, has been promoted to women’s style director.•  Former features editor Alexa Brazilian has been promoted to fashion features director.“T‘s Fall Women’s Fashion issue represents the best of what our audience has come to expect from the magazine: a vibrant mix of design, culture, travel and high fashion. We’re thrilled to welcome several new brands to our pages at a time when T readers are engaging more and more with our journalism,” said Elizabeth Webbe Lunny, vice president of luxury and publisher of T, in a statement. “With the introduction of new voices and fresh perspective to its pages, T will continue to elevate the magazine experience for brands, in print and digitally.”Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… Jonathan Tepperman has been appointed editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy, a global magazine centered on news, politics and economics, starting his new role next month. Tepperman most recently worked as managing editor at Foreign Affairs.Refinery29 has named Laia Garcia (pictured) senior fashion editor, where she will contribute to the expansion of the brand’s influencer network, fashion content and special projects. She was formerly deputy editor at Lenny.Ogden Publications has hired Nancy Heeney as an online editorial assistant, where she will work across the company’s brands, building articles and assisting with video initiatives and digital editions.Mia Libby has been named chief revenue officer of The Daily Beast, starting in October. Libby formerly worked as SVP, agency sales at Fusion/Gizmodo Media Group and formerly at Gawker Media.Wired has hired Erin Griffith as senior writer. She joins the publication from Fortune, where she worked as senior writer, covering technology, startups, and venture capital.Trusted Media Brands Inc. announced a series of additions to its digital team:Alexandra Rosario Kelly has been named digital editor of ReadersDigest.com. She formerly worked as the executive digital editor at Today Media and as a senior editor at The Huffington Post.Chantal Waldholz has been appointed as the organization’s first social media director. Waldholz previously served as the VP of social media at Wetpaint.Danny Debold was hired as senior product manager, advertising technology. He formerly worked as commercial product manager for Vice Media.Sally Jones is now editorial director for ReadersDigest.com. She formerly served as a data-driven content consultant at Brit + Co.Cara Cassens joins the organization as its new email newsletter product manager, formerly serving as the email marketing coordinator at Kohl’s.FamilyHandyman.com has named Well Leighton video producer.Alex Levin has been hired as SEO director. He formerly worked as SEO manager at Horizon Media.Luxe Interiors + Design magazine has named Katie Brockman group publisher and chief revenue officer. She most recently served as associate publisher of Verdana.Starting in early September, Eugene Scott joins Washington Post’s The Fix, as a reporter on the identity politics beat. He joins the publication from CNN Politics Digital, where he worked as a political reporter.HuffPost has added two new hires. Tommy Craggs joins the publication as senior enterprise editor, while Luke O’Brien joins as a reporter, also working as contributing editor for Highline, a magazine section at the publication.Karine Jean-Pierre has been named contributing editor for Bustle. Jean-Pierre is a political strategist, who works for MoveOn.org as its senior advisor and national spokesperson.Tronc has named Ross Levinsohn as the new publisher and CEO of the LA Times. Levinsohn previously worked at Fox and most recently served as interim chief of Yahoo.last_img read more

Tech Tools for Entrepreneurs

first_img How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. All In One: Data protection and system maintenance are two important goals of Symantec’s Norton SystemWorks 2006. A dashboard-style interface makes sure that any computer user will feel comfortable with the program and not have to face a steep learning curve to get the most out it. The package includes Norton GoBack, a program that can roll your system back to before a problem installation or an unwanted program took its toll. Norton CleanUp helps you get rid of unwanted files, and Norton AntiVirus and a system optimization solution come bundled as well. SystemWorks 2006 costs under $70, and a Premier version with even more features is available for just under $100. Visit www.symantec.comfor more information.Flat Out Worth It: Flat-panel monitors are more affordable than ever. Case in point: Hewlett-Packard’s L1706. For $319, you get a clean, silver design with a wide 140-degree viewing angle, 1,280 x 1,024 resolution, a range of tilt settings and a detachable base. There’s no pivot capability, but that’s to be expected in this price range. If you want, you can add an attachable USB speaker bar for $35. The three-year warranty with on-site service is a nice benefit that will help keep you working with mini-mal interruptions should anything happen. A 48-hour exchange is also available under the warranty. For more details, stop by www.hp.com.The Upper Hand: The Palm TX has just about everything you might need in a Palm-powered PDA, all for less than $300. Here’s the list: a high-resolution 320 x 480 color screen, 128MB memory, a 312MHz processor and an expansion card slot that can accommodate Multi-MediaCard, SD and SDIO formats. Best of all, it comes with built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to make it a truly flexible wireless device. The Palm TX weighs 5.25 ounces and includes the Documents to Go software suite. That lets you take your Excel, PowerPoint and Word files with you on the road. Some of the Mac functionality is a little limited, but Windows users can take full advantage of the many software features. Stop by www.palm.comfor complete details and an in-depth product tour of the TX. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read March 20, 2006 Listen Nowlast_img read more

James Bonds Next Aston Martin Might be Electric

first_imgMarch 19, 2019 Enroll Now for Free This story originally appeared on Engadget 2 min read James Bond movies tend to be a reflection of the cultural zeitgeist, and that might be reflected in his choice of whip next time around. The Sun sources have claimed that the director of the next Bond movie, Cary Joji Fukanaga, wants 007 to drive Aston Martin’s electric Rapide E (above) instead of one of its gas-powered coupes. It may seem like blasphemy for Bond’s flashiest vehicle to be a sedan, but Fukanaga, lead actor Daniel Craig and the producers reportedly believed “the time was right” for the secret agent to use an emissions-free ride.There’s no guarantee this will happen. If it does, though, it’ll represent a milestone for the spy thriller series as the first actual environmentally-friendly Bond car. While the agent was supposed to be driving a hydrogen fuel cell Ford Edge in Quantum of Solace, that was just a conventional model gussied up as the then-unavailable Edge HySeries. Here, Bond could drive the real deal.It’d be up to the job, too. The Rapide E’s dual motors will make it getaway-ready with the equivalent output of 602 horsepower and a top speed of 155 mph, and it should stay cool enough at speed to last for a entire chase scene. Let’s just hope Bond doesn’t need to drive too far. The Rapide E does have an estimated 200-mile-plus range and a very fast charging system, but it wouldn’t be much fun to watch Bond twiddling his thumbs at a charging station. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

Kubeflow 03 released with simpler setup and improved machine learning development

first_imgEarly this week, the Kubeflow project launched its latest version- Kubeflow 0.3, just 3 months after version 0.2 was out. This release comes with easier deployment and customization of components along with better multi-framework support. Kubeflow is the machine learning toolkit for Kubernetes. It is an open source project dedicated to making deployments of machine learning (ML) workflows on Kubernetes simple, portable and scalable. Users are provided with a easy to use ML stack anywhere that Kubernetes is already running, and this stack can self configure based on the cluster it deploys into. Features of Kubeflow 0.3 1. Declarative and Extensible Deployment Kubeflow 0.3 comes with a deployment command line script; kfctl.sh. This tool allows consistent configuration and deployment of Kubernetes resources and non-K8s resources (e.g. clusters, filesystems, etc. Minikube deployment provides a single command shell script based deployment. Users can also use MicroK8s to easily run Kubeflow on their laptop. 2. Better Inference Capabilities Version 0.3 makes it possible to do batch inference with GPUs (but non distributed) for TensorFlow using Apache Beam.  Batch and streaming data processing jobs that run on a variety of execution engines can be easily written with Apache Beam. Running TFServing in production is now easier because of the Liveness probe added and using fluentd to log request and responses to enable model retraining. It also takes advantage of the NVIDIA TensorRT Inference Server to offer more options for online prediction using both CPUs and GPUs. This Server is a containerized, production-ready AI inference server which maximizes utilization of GPU servers. It does this by running multiple models concurrently on the GPU and supports all the top AI frameworks. 3. Hyperparameter tuning Kubeflow 0.3 introduces a new K8s custom controller, StudyJob, which allows a hyperparameter search to be defined using YAML thus making it easy to use hyperparameter tuning without writing any code. 4. Miscellaneous updates The upgrade includes a release of a K8s custom controller for Chainer (docs). Cisco has created a v1alpha2 API for PyTorch that brings parity and consistency with the TFJob operator. It is easier to handle production workloads for PyTorch and TFJob because of the new features added to them. There is also support provided for gang-scheduling using Kube Arbitrator to avoid stranding resources and deadlocking in clusters under heavy load. The 0.3 Kubeflow Jupyter images ship with TF Data-Validation. TF Data-Validation is a library used to explore and validate machine learning data. You can check the examples added by the team to understand how to leverage Kubeflow. The XGBoost example indicates how to use non-DL frameworks with Kubeflow The object detection example illustrates leveraging GPUs for online and batch inference. The financial time series prediction example shows how to leverage Kubeflow for time series analysis The team has said that the next major release:  0.4, will be coming by the end of this year. They will focus on ease of use to perform common ML tasks without having to learn Kubernetes. They also plan to make it easier to track models by providing a simple API and database for tracking models. Finally, they intend to upgrade the PyTorch and TFJob operators to beta. For a complete list of updates, visit the 0.3 Change Log on GitHub. Read Next Platform9 announces a new release of Fission.io, the open source, Kubernetes-native Serverless frameworkIntroducing Alpha Support for Volume Snapshotting in Kubernetes 1.12‘AWS Service Operator’ for Kubernetes now available allowing the creation of AWS resources using kubectllast_img read more