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3 May 2012 The National Treasury has allocated R800-million over the next two years for South Africa’s Green Fund, which aims to provide finance for high-quality, high-impact, job-creating green economy projects around the country. Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa made the announcement in Cape Town on Wednesday ahead of her department’s budget vote in Parliament. Molewa said the money represented a critical mechanism for achieving a just transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and job-creating green economy growth path in South Africa. “The primary objective of the Green Fund is to provide catalytic finance for high-quality, high-impact green economy projects and mainstreaming activities which would not have been implemented without fiscal support,” Molewa said.‘Myth’ that green management hinders development She said it was up to South Africans to debunk the myth that environmental management hindered development, by positioning the sector as a major contributor to job creation and the fight against poverty. “The transformation of our industries towards the building of a green economy has many facets; [it is mainly] about creating new labour-absorbing industries that also mitigate impacts on the environment. “This green economy offers substantial opportunities for job creation and development in the environmental goods and services sector, particularly in biodiversity, waste and natural resource management services.” Last year, the department committed to implementing a green economy plan through local and international partnerships with green investors, supported by funding from the Treasury’s Green Fund, as well as international funding through facilities such as the World Bank Clean Technology Fund and the newly established Green Climate Fund.Biodiversity jobs for 800 graduates, school-leavers Molewa also announced on Wednesday that up to 800 unemployed school leavers and graduates, mostly from rural areas, would be hired in biodiversity jobs for a period of two-and-a-half years. Molewa said the department would manage the placement of the candidates through the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi). “Sanbi’s application to the jobs fund, titled ‘Catalysing access to employment and job creation in ecosystem management’, was approved by the Development Bank of Southern Africa to the tune of R300-million,” Molewa said. Source: BuaNews
The annual World Economic Forum is an opportunity for dialogue, debate and problem solving on a global level between political leaders, business experts, and civil society. Held in Davos, Switzerland, this year’s theme is “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. When Nelson Mandela attended Davos in 1999, he spoke of fostering acceptance and democracy. (Image: WEF, Facebook)Compiled by Priya PitamberThe Swiss village of Davos is once again hosting the annual World Economic Forum (WEF). From 20 to 23 January, it is a platform for global political leaders, business and industry experts, academia and civil society to come together to discuss the world’s economy.Numerous things have been said about Africa and the state of the continent by its leaders and others. We look back on some of the more compelling statements from previous WEFs.Images sourced from: WEF, Facebook
Brand South Africa will be in Davos for the annual World Economic Forum meeting of world leaders. It will be in Switzerland to tell the story of the country’s achievements in the past 20 years of democracy, and to speak about the way forward. Representatives from Brand South Africa will be attending the 44th World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland this year.They’ll be taking the message that South Africa has achieved much in the 20 years since the advent of democracy. The country is a competitive nation on the continent, and globally – it is open for business and now is the time to invest.About WEFThis high-level meeting takes place from 22 to 25 January, with some 2 500 participants, including over 40 presidents and prime ministers. Central to the WEF agenda is finding ways to improve the quality of life for all, globally, involving leaders across the board – from politics to business to social activists.Under the spotlight are the ripple effects of evolving and changing social, economic, political and technological forces across the globe. With a growing need to focus on proactive strategies, rather than reacting to and managing crises, the theme for the 2014 WEF meeting is “The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business”.On the agenda are issues of providing sustainable resources to deal with population growth; finding innovative ways to close an ever-widening gap of economic inequality between the haves and have-nots; looking at ways to embrace and utilise the rapidly changing technological environment; and boosting confidence in government and business leadership through strengthening accountability and transparency.Among those taking part are the secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon; the president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim; the director-general of the World Trade Organization, Roberto Azevedo; the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde; and the chair of the G20, Tony Abbot.Team South Africa at WEFWhile South Africa has achieved much since the advent of democracy in 1994, the country is continually striving to improve. It has several far-reaching strategies:It has foresight in its Vision 2030;It is boosting competitiveness;It is growing the economy and playing a strong role globally through Brics;It is ensuring an innovative approach to science and technology; and,It is forging partnerships in support of an integrated Africa.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Frank Burkett III of Massillon has been elected the 24th president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). Burkett now holds the highest elected OFBF office.Burkett was elected by OFBF’s board of trustees upon the resignation of Steve Hirsch of Chillicothe, who left the OFBF board to stand for election to the Nationwide board of directors. Hirsch served as the organization’s president for five years.Burkett has been OFBF’s first vice president for the past two years. He previously served as treasurer and has been on the state board since 2007. Burkett will continue to serve as the District 9 trustee representing members from Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage and Stark counties.The new president is a long-time member of Stark County Farm Bureau where he was a board trustee, policy development chairman and farm tour chairman. He is a past board member for Ohio Dairy Producers Association and is a member of Rivertree Christian Church. He has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Ohio State University with a major in agricultural systems management and a minor in agricultural economics. Burkett, in partnership with three uncles, co-owns and manages Clardale Farms, Inc., a dairy and crop farm.In addition, James W. (Bill) Patterson of Chesterland has been elected first vice president of OFBF. He assumes the second highest elected office in the organization.Patterson has served as the organization’s treasurer since 2014. He joined OFBF’s board of trustees in 2011. He will continue as the District 4 trustee representing Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake and Trumbull counties. Patterson replaced Burkett.Patterson and his wife, Mindy, farm with his family, raising apples, strawberries and peaches. They also have a farm market and a wholesale cider operation. They are the parents of two sons.A 22-year member of Geauga County Farm Bureau, he served as its president and vice president. He is a member of the Farm Credit Mid-America board of directors and the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association. Patterson received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Ohio State University. He also is a graduate of Ohio’s Leadership Education and Development Program – Class VII.Replacing Patterson is Cy Prettyman of New Bloomington, who has been elected treasurer of the OFBF, the third highest elected office.Prettyman was elected to the board of trustees in 2012 as the trustee for District 7. He will continue to represent members in that district composed of Crawford, Marion, Morrow and Richland counties.Prettyman farms with his family, raising corn, soybeans, and cattle for freezer beef. He also is a sales specialist with Purina Animal Nutrition. A 19-year member of Marion County Farm Bureau, Prettyman has served as its president and has been active with local and state Pork Producers councils and Ohio Cattlemen’s Association.He has a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Ohio State University. He and his wife, Julie, have a daughter and son. They attend Trinity Evangelical UMC in Upper Sandusky.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 8. In the barn and out of troubleIn Clinton County, a new program is giving area youth an opportunity to find something more productive to do than they might otherwise choose. The Juvenile Court System has started a new 4-H group, called Bacon and Bits, and they are giving kids in that club a hog to show at the county fair that provides much more than just a summer project.
SharePrint RelatedYour Path to Platinum EarthCachingFebruary 11, 2015In “Community”The Aare Gorge | Aareschlucht | Gorges de l’Aar – GC1YH51 – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 11, 2012October 11, 2012In “Community”Thank a Volunteer Day is May 22!May 21, 2018In “Community” This past weekend, more than 36,300 people earned their International EarthCache Day souvenir by finding an EarthCache. Many of them decided to photograph their adventures and share them on Instagram. Here are some of the amazing pictures from the International EarthCache Day [email protected] “Another dinosaur footprint.”@_iso61 “Measuring boulder ?.”@kelisabethlb “#EarthCache #Gotland”@arace1985 “#Earthcache today.”@galleytrotter “Happy International Earthcache day! Here’s me and Kiwi checking out some ice age remains.”@geominionmom “The sunshine made this cave/tunnel a truly magnificent sight.”@kaja2105 “#naturelovers #earthcache #familytime.”@le_mur_ko “earthcacheday2015.”@strawberryberry16 “#internationalearthcacheday.”@kacnampr “Fall colors and cloud reflections at Potter’s Marsh Boardwalk on International Earthcache Day! A bit of cache maintenance done while there too!”@thomasanderz “earthcacheday2015”@yeseniapais “#earthcache”@christinamdlt “Love the view on my little adventures. #geocaching #earthcache”Just because International EarthCache Day is over, doesn’t mean the educational fun stops. You can find EC’s all year-round!Which EarthCache did you find yesterday? Share your pics!Share with your Friends:More
Related Posts Tags:#application development#CIO#enterprise#enterprise IT#Evans Data#HTML5#mobile#native The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Matt Asay What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Apparently, native apps have won. We even said so right here on ReadWrite. After all, Facebook apparently likes native more. Unfortunately, CIOs missed the memo, and the dirty little secret is that most of the world’s software, including apps, is written for use, not sale. That means that most of the world’s software is not going to follow what Facebook’s mobile strategy is, but rather what those stodgy enterprises do.Those stodgy enterprises? They’re all in on HTML5.I spent Wednesday afternoon with a who’s who of enterprise CIOs and CTOs in New York City, talking about Big Data, cloud and mobile. With the Facebook Phone in mind, I polled the group on its mobile applications. Every single executive – not one exception – was building hybrid HTML5 apps, meaning the bulk of the app is written in HTML5 with a native wrapper to improve performance, add camera access, etc.Every. Single. One.And not just a few such apps. The bulk of their apps were hybrid HTML5 apps, both for internal employees and for external customers. Going Native?Sure, there were some native apps, though generally not yet written for Android. (“We can’t figure out what to do about Android,” said one executive of a major financial services firm.) But overall, the CIOs I talked to, and there were roughly 100 in the room, were basing their mobile app strategy on hybrid HTML5 apps.The CIO needs are different from Zynga’s, or those of other consumer app developers. Many of the apps they’re building are informational in nature, or have such a stringent need for broad access that these enterprises simply can’t afford to alienate a particular mobile device demographic. They need to support iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, etc. And with the vast majority of mobile OSes now sporting HTML5-compatible browsers, the time is ripe for HTML5 apps.Still Hiring For HTML5The job numbers bear this out. While HTML5 can get pooh-poohed by consumer app developers like Facebook, it remains the hottest technology skill, as measured by jobs, more than holding its own with iOS and Android in absolute number of jobs:And trouncing both iOS and Android in terms of relative job growth:This corroborates Evans Data’s finding in early 2012 that 75% of mobile developers were using or expecting to use HTML5, a number that seems to have moved from aspirational to actual in 2013. Hence, while the media will tend to focus on what it knows best – consumer apps – CIOs are working away on HTML5 strategies. Just ask Accenture. Yes, there are tradeoffs when going HTML5, just as there are tradeoffs when going native. For enterprise CIOs, however, broad, cross-platform access to employees and customers makes HTML5 a winning solution.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement
By BEN HARRISSydney Rebels got win number 34 but only just.The three-time defending mixed open champions were pushed to the edge by ACT Pirates on day two of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour.After racking up consecutive win number 33 by downing North Queensland Tropical Cyclones 9-4, the Rebels had to dig deep to defeat the Pirates 12-11 in round four.Rebels lead Pool A by four points and will meet second-placed Sydney Mets on day three.The Pirates and Cyclones are third and fourth followed by Hunter Western Hornets and Japan.In Pool B, Brisbane City Cobras are five from five and lead the group.South Queensland Sharks were circling the Cobras as the two teams were undefeated, however last year’s runners-up hammered their southern neighbours 12-3 to go it alone on top.Behind the Sharks are Sunshine Coast Pineapples in third and Northern Eagles in fourth. They are followed by Northern Territory, Defence Warriors and Sydney Scorpions.Five Queensland sides dominate the men’s T-League division.South Queensland Sharks (A) lead Pool A and Brisbane City Cobras are in front in Pool B.But closing the gap are Central Queensland Bulls and Sunshine Coast Pineapples – both in Pool A – and South West Queensland Swans in Pool B.Rebels and Scorpions are the only NSW sides putting up a fight to the Queenslanders while the international teams, Japan and Papua New Guinea, continued to impress.It’s tight in Pool A of the women’s T-League division with Hornets, Swans, Cobras, Victoria and Northern Territory all within eight points of each other.It is a little spread out in Pool B with Scorpions and South Australia leading the way.The Sharks remain unbeaten following six matches of the men’s 30s division.They are in front of Pineapples, Hornets and Scorpions.Scorpions have their own problems as ACT and Sydney Mets are on the same points as Scorpions but behind on percentages.Swans finished on top in the women’s 35s and will play the winner of the Hornets-Pirates preliminary final match.Cyclones and Northern Territory play in the other preliminary final with the loser eliminated from the title race.Scorpions and Sharks are equal on points in the men’s 40s but the Sydney side has a game up their sleeve.Defence Warriors are third, and Hornets and Cyclones are in a battle for fourth spot.Scorpions will be hard to beat in the women’s 40s after winning all their round matches.They will meet Hornets or Northern Eagles in a qualifying final tomorrow. Western Tigers take on ACT in the other qualifying final.Men’s 45s seems to be a two-horse race with Scorpions and Hornets undefeated.The men’s 50s is set to go down to the wire with four points separating the top four.Mets, Pineapples, Sharks and Hornets occupy the top four positions in the division.Eagles, Cyclones and Scorpions will be battling each other for the two spots in the men’s 55s.In the senior mixed, Sharks have all but confirmed their spot in the grand final but the Hornets and Cobras are going head-to-head for the last spot.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksNTL results day two