Green Scorpions in sting operation

first_imgGreen Scorpions are out to ensure major construction projects comply with environmental regulations. Rejoice Mabudafhasi is the deputy ministerof Environmental Affairs.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS • Moses RanditsheniSpokespersonEMI+27 82 448 2450 RELATED ARTICLES • SA marks Year of Biodiversity• Going green for 2010• Greening it up in Cape Town• Clean-up drive along SA bordersBongani NkosiSouth Africa’s Green Scorpions, also called the Environmental Management Inspectorate (EMI), are out in full force to ensure major construction projects comply with environmental regulations.After taking their campaign to the Eastern Cape, they hit Limpopo province on 6 December 2010 for a week-long inspection of Eskom projects. They are examining compliance at Medupi power station and the Spitskop substation.Medupi power station is one of the biggest construction projects currently on the go in the country. Power utility Eskom is building a coal-fired power plant there that must be operational by 2012 to boost much-needed national electricity supply.The inspections are part of the National Environmental Law Compliance Campaign of the Department of Environmental Affairs. The Green Scorpions have already inspected sites in Free State and KwaZulu-Natal as part of the drive.KwaZulu-Natal’s operation took place in October and included an inspection of Transnet’s 555km-long multi-product pipeline that runs from Durban to Jameson Park in Gauteng. The Green Scorpions found the construction to be progressing well in terms of environmental compliance.“The main objectives of the campaign are to monitor adherence to conditions stipulated in environmental authorisations, environmental management plans and waste management licences, as well as to improve the general status of compliance within the regulated community …” said spokesperson Moses Randitsheni in a statement.The Department of Environmental Affairs will take “appropriate enforcement actions in the event of non-compliance”, he said.The installation of Neotel’s fibre-optic cable that runs from Germiston in Gauteng to Cato Ridge in KwaZulu-Natal will also be examined during the week of 6 December. The cable, which runs via Mpumalanga and the Free State provinces, is one of the initiatives to improve broadband coverage in South Africa.Non-compliance bustedThe Eastern Cape leg of the campaign in October and November uncovered environment violations in some projects, although most were found to be compliant.Waste management company EnviroServ was found to have constructed and subsequently operated a storm water dam and a leachate treatment plant at a landfill site without obtaining a required environmental permit. It has also failed to implement recommendations made in an external audit report, according to the department.“All non-compliances detected during the inspections are currently being reviewed and will be met with appropriate enforcement action where necessary,” said Randitsheni.Overall compliance is satisfactory at the deepening of the car terminal berth at Transnet’s East London Port – a project that was completed in November.The Green Scorpions noted, however, that the required water-quality comparison data for the estuary was still outstanding and the management of the dredged materials stockpile on site was inadequate, the department said.No major non-compliances were uncovered at Transnet’s projects at the 11 000ha Coega Industrial Development Zone in Port Elizabeth. The projects include the construction of a port control building, two additional berths at the container terminals and an administrative craft basin.Likewise, there were no major violations at the South African National Biodiversity Institute Working for Wetlands projects in the Eastern Cape, which involve the rehabilitation of degraded wetlands in the Hogsback and Tsitsikamma regions. The projects began recently.“Inspections at other sites found that construction had been completed or is proceeding at generally acceptable standards which are in compliance with the environmental legislations,” Randitsheni said.last_img read more

South Africa to speed up land reform

first_img25 February 2013 With South Africa set to mark the centenary of the notorious 1913 Land Act this year, the government is taking a number of steps to speed up land reform – including a shift from the “willing buyer, willing seller” to the “just and equitable” principle for compensation for land acquired by the state. In his State of the Nation Address to Parliament earlier this month, President Jacob Zuma announced that government would now pursue the “just and equitable” principle set out in the Constitution, instead of the “willing buyer, willing seller” principle which forces the state to pay more for land than its actual value. Zuma also announced proposed amendments to the Restitution of Land Rights Act to provide for the re-opening of the lodgement of restitution claims by people who missed the 31 December 1998 deadline. “Also to be explored are exceptions to the June 1913 cut-off date [i.e., claims for land confiscated before 1913] to accommodate claims by the descendants of the Khoi and San as well as heritage sites and historical landmarks.” Zuma said the government would also need to provide better incentives for commercial farmers that were willing to mentor smallholder farmers.Land redistribution Speaking during the debate on Zuma’s State of the Nation Address in Parliament last week, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said farms transferred to black people through various redistribution programmes, from 1994 until January this year, amounted to 4 813 farms. This translated to 4.123-million hectares, benefiting 230 886 persons. He said a total of 50 440 beneficiaries were women (1.7-million hectares in the hands of women), while 32 563 were young people, and 674 were persons with disability. Nkwinti said the state had spent R12.9-billion on land. Of the 4.123 million hectares acquired, the government had, since 2010, recapitalised 696 farms into full operation, employing 4 982 permanent workers and investing R1.8-billion in infrastructure, inputs and strategic support. Of the 696 recapitalised farms, he said 332 were cropping and 364 were livestock farms. The gross income generated by these farms, as of 31 January 2013, was R126-million.Land restitution “Land acquired by the state for the restitution of land rights, since the inception of the programme [in 1995], amounts to 4 001 land parcels, translating into 1.443-million hectares,” Nkwinti said. “Of these beneficiaries, 136 968 are female-headed households, and 672 persons with disability have benefited. A total of R16-billion has been spent on the programme thus far. This in settling 77 148 claims; R10 billion for land acquisition, and R6 billion for 71 292 financial compensation claims.” Nkwinti said the 5 856 settled claims, translating into 1.443 million hectares, was land restored. He said this clearly illustrated that claimants had chosen financial compensation over land restoration, which was a reflection of poverty and unemployment. Nkwinti said a team of lawyers was working on the re-opening of land claims and addition of claims for land confiscated before 1913. The re-opening of lodgment of claims would take place once amendments to the Restitution of Land Rights Act had been signed into law by President Zuma. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Commercial storage considerations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCOn Monday the USDA will release the stocks report and tell us how much grain is still in the bins. In 7 of the last 14 years the stocks for corn were higher than estimates. The good news is that it has only happened 1 out of the last 4 years. The problem is that when the stocks are higher for corn than the estimates they tend to be pretty far off. When the stocks report is smaller than estimates the difference is usually quite small.The bean stocks report has been erratic and hard to predict. However, with the already large carryout any change up or down is probably not as important as what the yields start to look like as harvest begins this upcoming week.There is snow in Montana and it could work its way east. There are forecasts for cool weather working into the Dakota’s and western Minnesota over the next several days. Farmers in these areas were hoping that it would not freeze until nearly Oct. 1. So, it seems as though most of the corn and beans in these areas will make it to maturity. Should I pay commercial storage?Last week I discussed which crop farmers should store at home, if they don’t have 100% on-farm storage. The next storage questions I’m frequently asked are…. What do I do with my grain in a commercial facility? Do I sell across the scale or pay storage?There are three factors to consider:How much does the commercial facility charge to store grain at harvest?What is the current basis level and how much higher could it go at that facility?How much is the interest on the grain stored at the facility? Why aren’t futures prices on the list?Many farmers choose to store unpriced grain commercially because they think prices will go higher later and they want to sell at higher values. However, in reality futures values don’t matter when deciding if someone should pay for commercial storage. If the farmer doesn’t like the current futures prices, they can buy the futures back in a hedge/brokerage account when they sell the cash grain in the commercial storage facility. Their risk exposure is basically the same as having unpriced grain in storage.(Note, there are many different ways to re-own grain. The purpose of this newsletter is not to discuss those strategies but instead look at the decision of paying commercial storage or not.) How much does the facility charge?Storage costs are probably the most important part of the decision to store commercially. As harvest beings some end users have minimum charges while others have dumping charges included with storage fees for a specific amount of time. While costs vary, I’ve found typically storage fees average 5 cents per bushel per month for corn and beans. Why basis mattersThe difference between basis levels at harvest and where they will likely go is the second most important part of the storage decision. Historically basis values increase 30 to 40 cents on average from harvest to the following spring or summer for both corn and beans. The following shows basis levels near my farm for both crops.  Generally speaking, what I have found is that corn basis values increase 4 to 5 cents per month from harvest to late spring or summer, which is slightly less than paying the average monthly storage cost at a commercial facility. Bean basis values increase slower with the higher basis value being seen in late summer. This means that usually beans will only increase 3 to 4 cents per month on average. Loan interest also needs to be consideredLeaving grain in storage means farmers won’t get paid for the grain while waiting for higher prices and their operating note will continue to collect interest. This monthly cost is figured by multiplying the grain’s cash value and operating note interest rate and dividing by 12 months. If cash corn is $3.50 and my operating note is 5.5% interest, it costs 1.6 cents per month to store the corn. If cash beans are $8.25 and my operating note is 5.5% interest, it costs 3.75 cents per month to store the beans. Why I don’t think storing grain commercially is a wise decisionOn average storing unpriced corn costs about 6.6 cents per month. While storing beans commercially is likely to be closer to 8.75 cents per month.  If we assume average monthly basis value increase of 4 to 5 cents for corn and 3 to 4 cents for beans, paying to store grain at a commercial facility doesn’t make financial sense.If farmers have unpriced grain at harvest and can’t store it on the farm, the better solution would seem to be sell the grain at harvest and consider some type of a re-ownership plan to participate in a futures rally. Please email jon@superiorfeed.com with any questions or to learn more. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results.last_img read more

Jive Software Acquires Analytics Company Proximal Labs

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Today Jive Software announced its acquisition of Proximal Labs, a social network analytics company. Prior to the acquisition, Jive was a customer of Proximal Labs. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Proximal Labs co-founder and CEO David Gutelius is joining Jive as Chief Social Scientist.Jive will use Proximal’s machine learning technology, powered by Apache Hadoop, to help its users apply complex analytics to their enterprise social graphs. Example use cases include locating subject matter experts both inside and outside the firewall or surfacing relevant content within the network. The company is calling the platform “Jive What Matters.”In a statement that sounds consistent with consensus views about where the Web is going, Brian Roddy, senior vice president of engineering at Jive, said “The future of work is personalized. Relevant information should find you, proactively, to improve collaboration and enable faster decision making.”Gutelius founded Proximal after working at SRI on the DARPA-funded Personalized Assistant that Learns (PAL) program. Two companies were spun-out of the PAL program: SIRI, which as acquired by Apple, and TrapIt, which we covered here. Gutelius wasn’t involved in either spin-off.Jive isn’t the only company baking analytics into its social platform. Socialcast has integrated an analytics system for connecting users and surfacing relevant content, and IBM’s Lotus Connections 3.0 has analytics baked in. Other companies are expected to bring analytics to the fore, including Salesforce.com, which is already using analytics to provide bonuses to the most active users of its internal Chatter deployment.Disclosure: IBM is a ReadWriteWeb sponsor. IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img klint finley Tags:#enterprise#news 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

50-0: Floyd Mayweather stops Conor McGregor in 10th round

first_imgBefore a pro-McGregor crowd that roared every time the UFC star landed a punch, Mayweather methodically broke him down after a slow start to score his first real stoppage in nearly a decade. He did it in what he said would be his final fight, against a fighter who had never been in a professional boxing match.McGregor boxed surprisingly well early. But after landing some shots in the first three rounds, his punches seemed to lose their steam, and Mayweather went on the pursuit. McGregor backpedaled most of the way, stopping only to throw an occasional flurry as Mayweather wore him down.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see,” Mayweather said. “I owed them for the (Manny) Pacquiao fight.”McGregor had vowed to knock Mayweather out within two rounds, and he won the early rounds with movement and punches to the head. But the tide of the fight turned in the fourth round as Mayweather seemed to figure out what he had to do and began aggressively stalking McGregor. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 26: (R-L) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a punch at Conor McGregor during their super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPLAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. figured out a 50th opponent, letting Conor McGregor have the early rounds before stalking him late and leaving the mixed martial artist defenseless and exhausted on the ropes.Mayweather battered McGregor around the ring in the later rounds, finally stopping him at 1:05 of the 10th round Saturday night with a flurry of punches that forced referee Robert Byrd to stop the fight.ADVERTISEMENT “I was a little fatigued,” he said. “He was composed in there, that’s what 50 pro fights can give you.”Mayweather ran his record to 50-0, surpassing Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record and giving himself a great parting gift. He repeated afterward that he was not going to fight again.“This is my last fight for sure. 50-0 sounds good, I’m looking forward to going into the Hall of Fame,” Mayweather said. “I picked the best dance partner to do it with.”Irish fans arrived by the thousands in the days before the fight, filling the arena for the weigh-in and boisterously cheering for their man. They even went off in the middle of the night and spray painted an Irish flag and “49-1” on a billboard on Interstate 15 promoting Mayweather’s businesses.The capacity crowd at the arena cheered McGregor on, but they quieted as the fight progressed and Mayweather showed his dominance.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippines falls to Vietnam in bronze medal match Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIEScenter_img Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “I turned him into a Mexican tonight,” McGregor said. “He fought like a Mexican.”In a fight so intriguing that it cost $10,000 for ringside seats, McGregor turned in a respectable performance for someone in his first fight. But Mayweather’s experience and his ring savvy paid off as he executed his game plan to perfection.“Our game plan was to take our time, go to him and take him out in the end,” Mayweather said. “I guaranteed everybody this fight wouldn’t go the distance.”Mayweather was widely criticized for not going after Pacquiao in their megafight, and he didn’t make the same mistake this time. In a fight that could make him $200 million he seemed to stagger McGregor with a series of punches in the ninth round, then came back in the 10th eager to finish it off.McGregor went over and hugged Mayweather. He seemed almost happy in the ring afterward, secure that he had given a good performance even in losing.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Minister Mckenzie Urges Portlanders to Stay Alert

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, is appealing to residents of Portland to be prepared for disasters and to be ready to move to higher ground in case of rising waters.Speaking at a town hall meeting at the Errol Flynn Marina on Wednesday (Nov. 22), the Minister said that while the country has not been hit by a hurricane, the heavy and continuous rainfall affecting the island is having a severe impact on infrastructure and personal property.“This parish has been experiencing severe rainfall since the start of the year, some serious rains. It is expected that we are going to have continuous rains right through until January.  It is therefore in your interest to be on the alert,” he said.“So, when the Meteorological Service (of Jamaica) says within the next 48 hours (your community) is going to be affected, don’t sneer at the warning. We want you to move to higher ground. It is easier to replace the property but impossible to replace lives,” he noted.He said that failure to adhere to the warnings puts first responders at risk during rescue operations.“We’re going to be providing some funds to the municipal corporation to have further community meetings in communities where there are constant problems when it rains.  We want you, the residents of Portland, to be fully aware of what the requirements are,” he added.  “We’re going to be providing some funds to the municipal corporation to have further community meetings in communities where there are constant problems when it rains.  We want you, the residents of Portland, to be fully aware of what the requirements are,” he added.  “This parish has been experiencing severe rainfall since the start of the year, some serious rains. It is expected that we are going to have continuous rains right through until January.  It is therefore in your interest to be on the alert,” he said. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, is appealing to residents of Portland to be prepared for disasters and to be ready to move to higher ground in case of rising waters.last_img read more

Veterans Honored At Suzanne DeLaurentiis Gifting Suite

first_imgProducer, Suzanne DeLaurentiis, hosted a gifting suite on February 27th at Dungarees Boutique in Studio City, CA.Eric Roberts with Sergeant First Class Martha Leone Assistant Inspector General, and Master Sergeant Kieon Womble Assistant Inspector GeneralCredit/Copyright: Misty SchwartzThe suite was held to benefit her Operation Hollywood Program, which trains and employs returning veterans for careers in the entertainment business. Sergeant First Class Martha Leone, Assistant Inspector General, and Master Sergeant Kieon Womble, Assistant Inspector General, were the honored guests at the event, accompanied by Irene Mink, VP of New Day Talk Radio and Media Center.Sergeant First Class Martha Leone Assistant Inspector General, and Master Sergeant Kieon Womble Assistant Inspector General, Louis Gossett Jr., Suzanne DeLaurentiisCredit/Copyright: Misty SchwartzMany VIP and celebrity guests attended the suite to show their support including actor, Eric Roberts, and Lou Gossett Jr.Guests were treated to an array of gifts including tanning, teeth whitening, body scrubs, jewelry and hair care products. Gary Friedman, the owner of Dungarees Boutique, was gracious enough to co-host the event, as well as provide a beautiful venue.Some of the gifting sponsors of the event were Dr. Nader Nikman of the Brentwood Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, Le’ Beach Club Tanning Resorts, D S Laboratories, Vivian’s Boutique, and Erica’s Organics. The bags that guests received were provided by BLVD Couture.For more information on Operation Hollywood, click here.Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more