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first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 16, 2021 JMS-T2000GC Previous articleJEOL: Lançamento do novo cromatógrafo de gás – espectômetro de massa por tempo de voo (time-of-flight) JMS-T2000GC AccuTOF(TM) GC-Alpha – o mais recente GC-MS com desempenho e facilidade de operação superioresNext articleBrown scores 27, Celtics outlast Jokic, Nuggets 112-99 Digital AIM Web Support Twitter TAGS  center_img WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Local NewsBusiness Pinterest JEOL: Lanzamiento del nuevo cromatógrafo de gas —espectómetro de masas de tiempo de vuelo JMS-T2000GC AccuTOF(TM) GC-Alpha— el mejor GC-MS con desempeño superior y facilidad de operaciónlast_img read more

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Government reveals HMO and ‘rogue agent’ crackdown

first_imgHousing minister Alok Sharma is to proceed with plans to significantly widen HMO licensing in the UK, and has also published the range of criminal offences that will soon trigger letting agents and landlords being automatically banned from the sector.The new measures will introduce significant additional responsibilities for landlords, letting agents and property managers, and stiff penalties for those convicted of certain criminal offences.The HMO measures, which apply to England and are to be introduced in April 2018 – assuming parliamentary approval – will see some 160,000 additional properties brought into licensing.The proposals frame these as those housing five or more people from two or more separate ‘family groups’. This significantly widens the range of property types included within HMO regulations, which used to only include properties with three or more storeys. Now, apartments and smaller houses will have to be licensed if they fit the new criteria.Enough is enough and so I’m putting these rogue landlords on notice – shape up or ship out of the rental business.” Alok Sharma, Minister for HousingAlso, bedrooms offered by landlords and letting agents within HMOs will soon have to meet a new minimum size standard of 6.52 sq m if inhabited by one person, 10.22 sq m if lived in by two people and 4.64 sq m for a child of ten years old and under.The government has also published the list of criminal offences that can lead to landlords, letting agents and property managers being banned from the property rental sector.These will include serious offences such as theft, blackmail, handling stolen goods, harassment and stalking.“Every tenant has a right to a safe, secure and decent home,” says Alok Sharma. “But far too many are being exploited by unscrupulous landlords who profit from providing overcrowded, squalid and sometimes dangerous homes.“Through a raft of new powers we are giving councils the further tools they need to crack down these rogue landlords and kick them out of the business for good.” HMO licensing hmo regulation landlord regulation rogue agents Housing Minister Alok Sharma January 2, 2018Grant LeonardWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Government reveals HMO and ‘rogue agent’ crackdown previous nextRegulation & LawGovernment reveals HMO and ‘rogue agent’ crackdownAn extra 160,000 HMO properties are to be licensed under the new proposals, which are likely to go live in April this year.Nigel Lewis2nd January 201801,102 Viewslast_img read more

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Get Fit at Bodymechanics Fit Body Boot Camp

first_imgFacebook33Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Bodymechanics Fit Body Boot CampBodymechanics Fit Body Boot Camp in Tumwater offers fun and challenging boot camp style workouts 6 days a week.  People of all fitness levels, sizes and ages are welcome to try out our classes as each exercise we do is modifiable to all abilities.  Our classes are motivating, effective and challenging for the new member to the most experienced athletic person.The Bodymechanics Fit Body Boot Camp crew feel like family.NASM™ trained personal trainer, Jeremy White says his goals for members are that “they become more fluent in movement and increase their cardio vascular endurance.”One thing that sets Bodymechanics Fit Body Boot Camp apart is our commitment to creating a family-like gym, where members become friends and check in on each other.  Accountability and motivation increase exponentially in group settings and members reach goals faster than those who go it alone.  Improved overall health, improved mental clarity, increased flexibility and feeling more self-confident are outcomes our members experience.Nicole Fernow-Marval, CPT, LMP who leads our very popular Team 620 class says, “My goal is to help members have more sustained energy, to start eating healthier foods and make better food choices.  I love training boot camp classes and see everyone get fit and commit to their health.”As an avid athlete, Nicole certainly walks the walk, and talks the talk.  She has participated in Strong Man (Woman) competitions and run several half-marathons.  Nicole shares her passion for fitness and nutrition with bootcampers every day.Fit Body Boot Camp owner Shari Aldrich helps clients achieve their best and reach their goals.Bodymechanics Fit Body Boot Camp owner Shari Aldrich, who also owns Bodymechanics Boot Camp (Centralia) and Bodymechanics School of Myotherapy & Massage, is passionate about health and fitness. Her personal experience with family health issues led her to opening the bootcamp and lives by the belief that “movement is life, stillness is death.”  Shari has worked to get the right team in place, so that members will get results that isn’t common in a traditional gym setting.Often times we hear that clients who attended other gyms felt they were just a number – not greeted when they walked in the door and felt uncomfortable using equipment and intimidated by others in the gym.  Our gym is different – we check in with members who miss a day, we check in with goals monthly and we motivate daily.  Members are led through the workout by our skilled trainers and are assured they are doing the movements correctly to minimize potential injury.Hard work nets tangible results for Body Fit Boot Camp members.Our goal at Bodymechanics Fit Body Boot camp is designed to engage members and create a family environment that is safe, fun and offering a non-intimidating atmosphere for members.Workouts are designed and led by certified personal trainers in a manner that is created to be fun while challenging members and maximizing fat loss in less time.  We strive to help members deepen their knowledge of fitness and what it really means to be truly fit and live a healthy lifestyle. We start with the basics and dig deeper into more advanced movements and techniques as each client and group progresses.Our convenient class schedule allows those who desire morning or evening classes to come in, have a well designed workout prepared, and then get on with their day.  Shari enjoys training boot camp classes in Tumwater when able and has noticed members enjoying life more – going on hikes, bike rides and running races.  Sedentary lifestyles change, and members make plans to do activities with each other outside of boot camp classes, which speaks to the family atmosphere created in class.  Shari notices the fun that members have engaging and encouraging each other on the group Facebook page.Bodymechanics Fit Body Boot Camp ClassesClasses promote support and encouragement among participants, helping them reach fitness goals.High energy, fun and effective boot camp classes designed for those getting into fitness and those who are looking to increase their fitness level.  Members can count on losing weight, fat and inches while gaining in fitness, strength and endurance utilizing our dynamic exercises with body weight, suspension trainers, medicine balls, dumb bells and kettle bells.We promote unity, lifting each other up.  No one will feel left out and we believe in what we do and that is to help people become better versions of themselves.Our current membership special for people new to our facility is 4 weeks for $67.  After that, membership price is based on member goals and individual needs.  New members will participate in an assessment with our trainer to ensure that the bootcamp is both appropriate for them and that together, we can help members reach realistic goals.For more information on any of our programs, including schedules, please give us a call at (360) 350-0015.last_img read more

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Nasty Comment Inspires 11-Year-Old’s Business

first_imgBy John BurtonEleven-year-old Sarah Milne, right, holds a “Proud Old Bat” car magnet she designed in honor of her grandmother, Pat Walter. With Sarah is her grandmother, Pat Walter.ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Being called an “old bat” would make most people take offense, but for 11-year-old Sarah Milne and her grandmother, it served as inspiration.Sarah used a recent confrontation when her grandmother was called an old bat to design and sell car magnets with a drawing of – what else? – a cartoon-styled elderly bat holding a cane, proclaiming herself a “Proud Old Bat.”With the help of family members, including grandmother Pat Walter, who lives in Middletown, and Sarah’s mother Michele Walter, Sarah designed the magnet, is marketing it and has been selling her creation.The novelty item is designed to be given for birthdays and other milestones, Michele Walter said. So far, they have sold to people giving them to college pals, office co-workers, parents and significant others, “instead of the proverbial over-the-hill,” greeting card or coffee mug.Michele Walter said Sarah has sold about 40 of the items.The novelty magnet was inspired when Pat Walter was driving to a family party not too long ago. When she slowed to allow an ambulance to pass her, another driver – a young man angered by her move – yelled from his car, “you old bat” as he sped away.“When she got to the party she told us all,” Sarah remembered.“I thought it was kind of amusing,” Pat Walter said.Whenever she reaches a milestone, such as becoming eligible to collect from Social Security, Sarah now calls her 65-year-old grandmother “an old bat.”Sarah and her family have established a Facebook page and website for her Proud Old Bat creation, and she had just received notification of her copyright, according to her mother.“I think she’s learning how to run a business,” Michele Walter said of her daughter’s enterprise.“I think it’s kind of cool,” Sarah observed, especially as her effort has begun to attract some attention.Sarah acknowledged some of her friends and classmates are a little bemused by her efforts. “My friends think it’s kind of funny,” she observed. “I don’t think kids my age are interested in running a business.”Her principal at St. James Elementary School in Red Bank bought one. “He said he would stick it on his wife’s car when she’s not looking,” Sarah explained with a giggle.Sarah said she likes to draw and maybe would like to follow this up with the image on clothing items.“She wants to expand on the idea,” Michele Walter said.“She keeps talking to people about it, trying to pick their brains to find out what’s next,” Pat Walter said.And that has Pat happy. “This proud old bat is proud of her granddaughter,” she said with a broad smile.last_img read more

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CLASSY HER EMMYNENCY & UPSTART NANCY FROM NAIROBI BOTH PROMINENT IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA ANA STAKES FOR OLDER FILLIES & MARES AT 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF

first_imgGLORY:  Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, this 4-year-old filly by Tapit pressed the pace and was overwhelmed by Nancy From Nairobi late when second in a one mile turf allowance here on March 4.  Quick early, Glory showed the way in both the Grade III, one mile turf Megahertz Stakes Jan. 18 and the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles turf Robert B. Frankel Stakes Dec. 27, finishing a well beaten seventh and a close third, beaten a neck, respectively.  Owned by Fox Hill Farms, Inc., she has three wins from 11 starts and seeks her first graded win in the Santa Ana. NANCY FROM NAIROBI:  A dazzling one mile turf allowance winner here on March 4, this 5-year-old English-bred mare showed an impressive turn of foot, rallying wide from off the pace with the inner rail set at 30 feet.  Trained by John Sadler and ridden in all four of her stateside starts by Abel Lezcano, Nancy From Nairobi, who was off the board in a pair of Group starts as a three year old in England, will be seeking her third consecutive win in her first North American graded stakes assignment.  A 1 1/8 miles turf allowance winner two starts back on Feb. 5, “Nancy” has a win and a second from two tries at the Santa Ana distance and is 21-4-6-0 overall, with earnings of $151,456. THE GRADE II SANTA ANA STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 5 (of 11)     Approximate post time, 2:35 p.m. PDTHer Emmynency – Joe Talamo – 123Nancy From Nairobi – Abel Lezcano – 118Nashoba’s Gold – Rafael Bejarano – 118Fresh Feline – Alex Solis – 118Glory – Mike Smith – 118Tuttipaesi – Christopher DeCarlo – 123First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. CLASSY HER EMMYNENCY & UPSTART NANCY FROM NAIROBI BOTH PROMINENT IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA ANA STAKES FOR OLDER FILLIES & MARES AT 1 1/8 MILES ON TURFcenter_img ARCADIA, Calif. (March 23, 2016)–Multiple stakes winning Her Emmynency and upstart Nancy From Nairobi both figure prominently among a field of six older fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf. HER EMMYNENCY:  A winner of the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles turf Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes at Keeneland two starts back on Oct. 10, Her Emmynency, in her first start for trainer Kristin Mulhall, was an even fourth here as the 3-1 favorite in the Grade II, one mile turf Buena Vista Stakes on Feb. 20.  A one mile turf minor stakes winner at Santa Anita in October, 2014, this 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Successful Appeal was a close second in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks three starts back on Aug. 15 and has four wins from eight overall starts.  Owned by Ike and Dawn Thrash, she has career earnings of $552,250.last_img read more

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Something Cannot Be Born from Nothing

first_imgExasperated by the lack of evidence for dark matter, some are now wondering if it came before the beginning.Cosmology continues living in unreality. It’s a strange time, when the lack of evidence for something is exceeded by scientists’ confidence that it must be there. They would rather live in confusion than in reality sometimes (26 July 2019).Unless one subscribes to the multiverse pseudoscience, the big bang is supposed to be the beginning of all matter, space, and time. It is for materialists, that is. The big bang, they believe, did not involve any mind or purpose. Nothing banged, and it became everything. It seems illogical to suggest that something else came before the first something even began to exist. Is that not what headlines are announcing today?Dark Matter May Have Existed Before the Big Bang, New Math Suggests (Space.com). If dark matter came from the big bang, one cosmologist groans, we should have detected it by now. So Tommi Tenkanen and others are wondering if they can push dark matter before the singularity, the origin of everything.Cracking the mystery of dark matter is one of the most frustrating quests of physics.One lingering suggestion of how to explain some of the challenges of dark matter is that the strange substance arose before the Big Bang. That moment represents the most popular explanation for how the universe began, in a snapshot singularity that expanded over billions of years into everything that surrounds us. And if dark matter did come first, that changes how scientists should hunt for the substance.Tenkanen and others like him come to this bizarre idea from particle physics and mathematical models. But if nothing existed before the big bang, then particle physics and mathematics did not exist, either. A child cannot give birth to its parents, especially when the parents don’t even exist.Dark matter may be older than the big bang, study suggests (Phys.org). This press release emanating from Johns Hopkins University is a replay of the previous article. It repeats the error that astronomers might know dark matter came first by the distribution of galaxies. But since those distributions are wedded to the theory of dark matter, the reasoning is groundless and circular.Fascinating New Study Claims Dark Matter May Be Older Than The Big Bang (Science Alert). Science reporters will regurgitate anything a “scientist” says, no matter how illogical or fact-free. Here is an example by Michelle Starr. She admits there’s no way of knowing, but as long as a “scientist” entertains a weird idea, it’s worth reporting. In fact, the more bizarre, the more the fun!At this stage we just have no way of knowing. As Harvard-Smithsonian theoretical physicist Avi Loeb said earlier this year, “the current situation for inflation is that it’s such a flexible idea, it cannot be falsified experimentally.” He was talking about whether or not cosmic inflation actually happened (also a matter of debate), but the statement works for the timing of the whoompf, too.…It’s all highly theoretical stuff, but it’s about as good a lead as any on the mysterious matter that’s playing a key role in shaping our Universe. It’ll be fascinating to see how the search for dark matter plays out in the coming decade.In search of signals from the early universe (Phys.org). This article is not about dark matter, but assumes it. Astronomers at the University of Pennsylvania are scouring the cosmic microwave background (CMB) again, evolutionary assumptions guiding the way. With their new toys, one project participant says, “we’re going to be looking at cool stuff, the evolution of the universe over cosmic time,” which he says will be “fun.”Dark energy vs. modified gravity: Which one will prevail? (Phys.org). There are a few astronomers willing to question the existence of dark energy, an equally-mysterious substance to dark matter. A researcher at the Polish Academy of Sciences is toying with the idea of modified gravity. Their project is called GalaxyDance.GalaxyDance will provide a new way to make cosmological tests of gravitational theories a reality. The final results, no matter which theory (dark energy or modified gravity) they favor, will have far-reaching and ground-breaking consequences for our understanding of the Universe on the largest scales.If our tests eventually provide a signature of new physics foreseen in beyond-GR [general relativity] theories, it will shake our current view and understanding of the large-scale evolution of the cosmos. If, on the other hand, our inquiry strengthens general relativity, it will mean that we need to look harder to explain the mystery of dark energy.How long will the belief in mysterious unknown stuff be considered scientific? Never underestimate the time on their hands for idle speculation. Science used to be against that.One article turned up in my Android phone’s News feed today, but the link dropped off the feed, and I can’t find it. It was by an astronomer trying to argue that dark matter is not a myth. He was very adamant that astronomers did not make it up. They have very good reasons for believing in it, he tried to explain, tossing in some abstruse math and big bang diagrams. But if you read such things with a critical eye, as I do, you find that the bluffing outperforms the evidence. All his reasons depended on the big bang theory. It was circular reasoning, and he couldn’t even see it. Basically, his theory needs dark matter, so therefore it exists, and it’s worth spending millions of dollars searching for it, even if we never find it and don’t know what to look for. Such people want to force everyone into their web of belief, equating the web of belief with science. They are not open to alternatives, and they cannot think outside the box. Beware of such people.(Visited 454 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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More broadband for South Africa

first_imgBy the end of this year, all South African universities and public research institutions will have access to internet broadband, at a speed equivalent to that of more developed nations.  (Image: www.cxo.eu.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Christiaan Kuun  Project Manager  SANReN  +27 12 841 2876 • Tendani Tsedu   CSIR  +27 12 841 3417RELATED ARTICLES • SA universities to get fast broadband • Learning through gaming • Africa to get even more broadband • Great astronomy, with or without SKA • African eyes on the universe Emily van RijswijckBy the end of this year, all South African universities and public research institutions will have access to internet broadband, at a speed equivalent to that of more developed nations.South Africa’s Department of Higher Education and Training has announced that the Department of Science and Technology is to invest R886-million (US$117-million) into linking local universities and public research organisations, through a broadband connection with a minimum speed of 10 gigabits per second.The development signals a new era in research and cooperation for South Africa. It places the country on a par with the rest of the developed world for the first time.South Africa’s message to overseas scientists is clear. “Scientists will be able to come to the country, knowing that they can access the same quality ICT services as they are used to in their home countries,” says Christiaan Kuun, project manager for the South African National Research Network (SANReN)SANReN forms part of the government’s goal to expand scientific infrastructure and create a new national research and education network (NREN) in South Africa.The SANReN project, which is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology, kicked off in 2007 to create an enabling information technology environment for students and researchers at tertiary institutions.SANReN for rural areasAccording to the Meraka Institute at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), tertiary institutions in rural areas are the latest to benefit from the SANReN roll-out.The Meraka Institute is in charge of implementation and oversight of the project. The institute focuses on advancement and research in information technology.As part of phase two of the project, infrastructure development is being extended to smaller, rural universities and satellite campuses around the country.The University of Venda and its satellite campuses in the North West province, Limpopo, and the Eastern Cape among others, will later this year connect to SANReN for the first time.This will make it possible to access the internet at a minimum speed of one gigabit per second.Phase one, which was completed late last year, made it possible for 105 tertiary and research councils, among them 23 educational institutions and eight science councils, to connect to SANReN.The South African Large Telescope (Salt) and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) connections were also finalised in the first phase, which now enables local and international scientists to process large quantities of data every day.How it worksThe SANReN national ring network connects all South Africa’s major cities – Durban, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and East London –with each other. This connection offers a speed of 10 gigabits per second.International connectivity is provided through the Seacom undersea cable and a joint collaboration with the Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa and international networks such as GÉANT, a pan-European research and education network.ICT for EducationProf Hlengiwe Mkhize, deputy minister of higher education, says that the network forms part of the government’s desire to fast track research and education abilities through ICT at all tertiary institutions, with priority given to rural based institutions.Mkhize represented the country at the Southern African ICT for Education Summit held at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on 26 and 27 January.Significant investmentGovernment has made considerable investment in various projects and infrastructure, of which SANReN forms a part.Government-owned telecommunications company Sentech is building a national wireless broadband network focussing on rural access.Broadband Infraco, also government owned, is upgrading its network to increase capacity and reach.The government has also invested in submarine cable projects such as the West Africa Cable System (Wacs) and the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy).Wacs is an under-construction submarine communications cable linking South Africa with the United Kingdom along the west coast of Africa.EASSy is an undersea fibre optic cable system connecting countries of eastern Africa to the rest of the world.According to Mkhize, EASSy will offer an additional eight terabits to the country.SA’s global IT rankingThe 2010-2011 Global Information Technology Report of the World Economic Forum ranks South Africa 61st of 138 countries on its networked readiness index.The index assesses a county’s IT readiness in three areas: the regulatory, infrastructure and business environment for IT in the country; the readiness of business, government and individuals (three key groups identified) to use and benefit from IT; and actual ICT usage figures by these groups.For the second consecutive year, Sweden and Singapore were placed first and second respectively. Overall, Nordic and Asian countries lead in the readiness ratings.South Africa has both strengths and weaknesses in this regard. Its regulatory environment is excellent, but its individual readiness and uptake of ICT remains low.The high cost of access to ICT in South Africa is another challenge. However, SANReN is addressing this problem.This lies at the heart of the skills challenge in South Africa, admitted Mkhize.About three-million young people in rural and semi-urban areas have the most pressing educational needs, she says.While government’s investments will go a long way to improve the future of rural students, for ICT investments to be meaningful, a holistic approach is necessary, she added.“Above everything, we have to use centres of higher learning as hubs of technology transfer.”last_img read more

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SA ‘improving investment climate’: Zuma

first_img6 August 2012 South Africa will continue to create an environment that encourages investment in the country’s economy, President Jacob Zuma said in Pretoria on Friday. “We are already doing a lot to achieve this. We are changing regulations to make it easy for the private sector to do business,” Zuma said during a meeting with diplomats stationed in South Africa. More than 120 ambassadors and high commissioners attended the meeting at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House. “Departments have been instructed to grant approvals for licences on time. They must pay suppliers on time and generally remove hassles and make it easier for investors to start their business,” he said. He noted that South Africa was currently investing in a massive infrastructure programme which he said would further attract investors to do business in the country. The National Treasury has allocated more than R77-billion over the next three years to help several infrastructure programmes get off the ground. “While changing the landscape of the country, we also intend to create more job opportunities,” Zuma said, adding that the success of the country’s economy depended on its performance in education. While the government was pleased with some achievements recorded in this sector, more needed to be done to improve education outcomes. “One of our preoccupations currently is to improve the quality of learning and teaching in schools … The role of teachers is critical, and we will continue to invest in producing more teachers who can teach mathematics, science and African languages.” The government had also realised that the target of producing more than 40 000 teachers by 2014 was not sufficient to meet the future demand for teachers, particularly in the foundation phase. To address this, institutions offering foundation teacher education would be increased from 13 to 21 in the next four years. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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As a nation we can achieve our goals – Miller Matola

first_imgThis week South Africa returns to the global stage when we host the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, writes Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola. This follows our success at the World Economic Forum annual meeting Davos, Switzerland, a few weeks ago. Delegates at the 2014 Investing in African Mining Indaba. (Image: Mining Indaba) Brand South Africa CEO Miller MatolaI am confident the message we conveyed to the world in Davos – that South Africa is open for business and remains a reliable and attractive investment destination – will be reinforced at the gathering of the captains of the mining industry.Mining Indaba will be followed by the annual State of the Nation address in the National Assembly in Cape Town on 12 February. This is one of the most important addresses of the year, as it accounts for the past 12 months and the guides us on priorities for the year ahead. It is an opportunity for President Jacob Zuma to take South Africans into his confidence about the state of the country.We can achieve our priorities and goals once we have the necessary economic growth and development. As a nation we need to achieve a set of goals: necessary and enabling legislation and policy, and the will and ability to implement these policies to ensure we achieve the desired outcomes. As a nation we must foster the desire to work together across all sectors because, at the end of the day, we all have a role to play in growing and building our country.Yes, we have challenges. But I remain unwavering in my belief that we– as a nation – have all the qualities necessary to drive our country’s growth and development. We were strangers to each other once, but we have given life to a resilient and agile homeland. We have the perseverance borne of a confidence and pride in our new democracy. I am confident that we will rise to the challenge to play our part and be the active citizens who will take our country to new heights.Join the conversation and follow Team South Africa at Mining Indaba on @Brand_SA via the hashtag #MiningIndaba. Follow the State of the Nation Address on #SONA2015Miller Matola is the CEO of Brand South Africa. Follow him on @MillerMatolaThis article was originally published in the 8 February edition of Sunday Independent.last_img read more

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Smart farming fights climate change

first_imgThe Smart Agriculture for Climate Resilience programme is the first provincial climate change policy for agriculture in South Africa, and specifically focuses on food security. (Image: Darling Tourism Via Media Club South Africa)A collaboration between the University of Cape Town and two provincial government department seeks to develop long-term resistance methods to climate change.Western Cape agriculture plays an important role in South Africa’s economy in terms of job creation and socio-economic development, even while it is vulnerable to climate change.The university and the departments of agriculture, and environmental affairs and development planning recognised that a strategic and co-ordinated approach was needed to develop long-term resilience to climate change. This could be done through climate-smart agriculture and by placing the sector on a clear pathway towards a green economy.Their collaboration has brought about the Smart Agriculture for Climate Resilience programme. It is the first provincial climate change policy for agriculture in South Africa, and specifically focuses on food security. It promotes climate-smart agriculture.SMART AGRICULTUREThe programme is tied to the Western Cape’s five-year provincial strategic plan and the strategic goals of the provincial department of agriculture. One of the key goals is to optimise the sustainable use of water and land resources to increase climate-smart agricultural production.Collaborative planning and action within and between public and private sectors includes players such as organised agriculture and industry associations, farmers, agri-processors and agri-business, labour and civil society, and research and academic institutions.According to the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI), the project has achieved an understanding of expected climate risks as well as effects on and vulnerabilities in agriculture. It has established important linkages between resource sectors, water, energy and agricultural production. It has also shown that vulnerability is high across the sector.The project’s framework to battle the harsh impact of climate change has been its biggest success so far. It has identified regions that have a milder climate and where climate change will not be as dramatic.These may become the future centres of food production.ADAPTING TO A CHANGING CLIMATEThe province has already shown it has the capacity to adapt, with local companies already providing energy-saving low-carbon solutions to farms and agri-businesses. Leading wine estates have installed energy-saving measures and systems for renewable energy generation.The Fruit Look Project is a prime example of how the province is adapting. The project uses satellite images to help fruit farmers increase their irrigation efficiency. These solutions must be harnessed to stimulate innovation and technology transfer for climate change adaptation and mitigation.It takes a strong spatial approach, and has created 23 spatial zones. This is because the risks and effects of climate change differ widely across the province. It is all dependent on climate, soils, vegetation and farming systems.Through this project the western marginal grain zones such as the Rooi Karoo-Aurora, are expected to shift to livestock production. This zone will become hotter and drier. Some zones could benefit from mild warming and wetting, for example the southern GrootBrak-Plett zone.According to the ACDI, the project proposes a focus on four strategic areas, with the aim to:Promote a climate-resilient low-carbon production system that is productive, competitive, equitable and ecologically sustainable.Strengthen effective climate disaster risk-reduction and management for agriculture.Strengthen monitoring, data and knowledge management and sharing, and lead strategic research for climate change and agriculture.Ensure good co-operative governance and joint planning for effective climate change response implementation for agriculture.Public and private partnerships are helping to make South Africa’s food security mission a success. Play your Part too; and send us your story.last_img read more

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