9 June 2003The Kruger National Park is to use a R10-million poverty relief grant from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism to create more jobs, step up its skills training projects, and extend existing social ecology programmes to neighbouring communities.Speaking at Mopani in the Kruger National Park at the official launch of the poverty relief project on Friday, acting park director Josias Chabani said some of the poorest communities in the country lived just a few metres from the boundaries of the wildlife sanctuary.“This programme is important because it confronts the problems of inadequate staff accommodation and unemployment in these communities,” Chabani said.Blake Schraader, head of the park’s contractor development programme, said the tenders for the building of new staff housing would be awarded to emerging local contractors trained by the park’s technical staff and that labourers would be recruited from nearby villages.He said ongoing training would be given to the contractors, in order to help establish their businesses, where they could employ their own workers as part of a multiplying job-creation process. Among the skills that the contractors are being trained in are masonry, carpentry, plumbing and road drainage.Schraader said he believed the contractors would successfully transfer these skills to other people in rural communities adjoining the park.Piet du Plessis of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism said the R10-million grant was proof of the government’s commitment to the alleviation of poverty.“The department would especially like to see women and disabled residents of the area benefitting from this job-creation programme,” said Du Plessis. “It’s exciting to see how the park’s management has grasped this opportunity, and entered into the spirit of community development.”Source:BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorTANGARA, Brazil (DTN) — A tour bus full of Americans bounces like a carnival ride traveling downhill, coming off a plateau on a narrow clay, unsurfaced and seemingly unmaintained road in the middle of a steady downpour while maneuvering around semi-trucks likely loaded with soybeans going the opposite direction.It’s just another afternoon during harvest in Mato Grosso in Brazil.Mato Grosso has some farming advantages, such as its vast acreage — the state is the size of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio combined (with room to squeeze in Delaware and Rhode Island). Also, Mato Grosso farmers can grow soybeans in the rainy season, then plant a summer crop like corn, cotton or sunflowers.Agriculture, after all, makes up 75% of the economy of Mato Grosso.Nevertheless, the Achilles heel in Mato Grosso is infrastructure for all those crops and livestock. And, for all its size, Mato Grosso lacks people and overall tax base with a population of just 3.4 million, of which more than 600,000 live in and around the city of Cuiaba.The Institute for Mato Grosso Economics of Agriculture (IMEA) projects it costs $80.51 a ton to get most soybeans and grains to port for farmers in the state. That equals roughly $2.20 for each bushel of beans.Mato Grosso farmers take significant basis discounts because roughly 60% of Mato Grosso’s soybeans, more than 700 million bushels, go direct to export at ports that can be 1,800 kilometers (1,118 miles) away. With the wait time at port, it’s a seven-day round trip for each semi-load of beans, typically two 25-metric-ton trailers of beans, or roughly 1,836 bushels each trip.FREIGHT CHALLENGE“Freight is a challenge every year, and it takes up to 30% of our prices compared to the price at the port,” said Ricardo Silva, a farmer near Tangara in south-central Mato Grosso.Trucks hauling beans dominate the roadways. That gave truckers enough influence last year to halt traffic throughout the country last May and early June as truckers demanded higher pay to go along with higher diesel prices. Just as Brazilian farmers were getting more for their beans because the U.S-China dispute was heating up, the trucker strike took some of that away. While truckers are still waiting for legislation to confirm their gains from the successful strike, some of the largest commodity haulers such as Amaggi Group, Cargill and others started buying trucks and increasing company-owned trucking fleets. Amaggi ordered 300 new trucks in December.Mato Grosso has one railroad that runs from Rondonopolis in the southeast corner of the state to the Santos Port at Sao Paulo. There are always discussions about carving out other major rail lines, and “planned” expansions show other future links to a major north-south rail line east of Mato Grosso owned by the mining company Vale SA, which runs to ports in both the Amazon to the north and in southern Brazil. Vale SA had been looking to run a rail line through Mato Grosso, but those plans are now likely derailed after a mining dam accident in December that will likely be costly for the mining company financially.The Brazilian government also has been working for years to build a 1,100-km (683-mile) railroad, Ferrograo, which would run from Mato Grosso to the Miritituba Port in Para State on the Tapajos River. Both a group of U.S. and Brazilian agribusinesses were bidding for the project, estimated to cost $4.3 billion, as were state-owned Chinese firms. Reuters reported last month that the Brazilian government wants to have the Ferrograo railroad bid out late this year or early 2020. It will take at least 10 years to build.DISAPPOINTMENT IN GOVERNMENTAntonio Cesar Brolio, president of the Rural Syndicate, a Farm Bureau-type organization in Brazil, in Campo Novo de Parecis expressed disappointment in the Mato Grosso state government over its lack of action on infrastructure. The state implemented a tax on farmers specifically for infrastructure improvement, but then the state government diverts roughly 30% of the revenues to deal with other funding issues outside of infrastructure. The tax revenue also goes up with higher production.“We would like to see the money we are paying the tax used for infrastructure as was promised in the beginning,” Brolio said.Silva added, “We have some anger at the state government but (are) confident the federal government will focus on infrastructure.”BR 163 is the main north-south highway splitting Mato Grosso, but even it has areas that need completing to connect the state’s trucking system. Earlier this month, the new minister of infrastructure emphasized that the new government under President Jair Bolsonaro will finish a 50-km (31-mile) stretch of Highway BR 163 from Sinop, Mato Grosso, to Miritituba Port, by the Tapajos River. It is sometimes called the Itaituba Port, a city on the other side of the Tapajos River, but it is the same port.“Last week, the new minister of infrastructure — he’s a guy we know from Mato Grosso and he knows what he’s doing — he rode in a truck and said he would have the army pave the last 50 km this year,” Silva said. “That is the promise of this new government and we are very confident.”Farmers in other parts of Brazil may not have the scale of production they do in Mato Grosso, but they do not bear as much of the transportation cost. Domingos Trevisan, who manages a 1,768-hectare (4,367-acre) farm near Itaipulandia in Parana state, told DTN that buyers come to his farm to pick up soybeans and corn that typically goes to port about 700 km away. His basis, though, is narrower, normally running about 10% to 15% under the prices on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for the front month. Parana, with a larger population base and tourism, also has a more modern overall road system than much of Mato Grosso.“We don’t have the kind of road issues they have in Mato Grosso,” Trevisan said.Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Iowa-based Soybean Transportation Coalition, noted Brazil has a long track record of intentions not becoming outcomes. But it’s apparent if Brazil wants to give a shot of economic boost to the rural areas of their country, the odds of success with infrastructure are high if Mato Grosso farmers can be linked to more ports.“All they have to do is make progress and our competitive advantage starts to erode,” Steenhoek said.Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
Mobile versions of websites are so 2009.You know those clunky, stripped-down versions of sites with addresses that tack an “m.” onto the beginning, and serve up a dumbed-down, limited version of their content? If Google has its way, those sites are headed for the dustbin of history.At I/O, Google’s developer conference held this week in San Francisco, executives Sundar Pichai and Linus Upson showed off examples of websites that traveled smoothly from desktops to tablets to smartphones. A website for the upcoming second installment of the Hobbit movie franchise let you soar above Middle Earth on many devices. And a racing game had cars leaping from smartphone to tablet to laptop.The vehicle of this, of course, is Google’s Chrome Web browser, which is now available across all those platforms (including, as of last year’s edition of the I/O conference, Apple’s iPhone and iPad).The point of the demonstrations: You should be able to build your website once and have it adapt to different computing environments, a notion called “responsive design.” Rather than force the creator of a website to design for specific screen sizes and interfaces – like keyboards versus touch screens, say – or force users to go through contortions to use websites optimized for the limitations of the wrong device, websites should just sense what computing device is being used and reconfigure themselves accordingly.Just a few years ago, that sounded like a pipe dream – hence, the proliferation of mobile-optimized websites standing alongside full desktop versions.At ReadWrite, we haven’t just been writing about responsive design. Since last October, when we launched a major redesign of our site, we’ve been living it. So we’re naturally biased in favor of this concept.It will take time and effort to rearchitect websites for this reality. And there will always be those holdouts- particularly within large, slow-moving businesses – who insist on designing for older versions of Web browsers or mobile devices. Legacy technologies which haven’t made the cross-platform leap, like Adobe’s fading Flash, need to be winnowed out. But those problem areas will increasingly be the exception, not rule.Let’s just have one Web. That seems easier.Photo by Nick Statt for ReadWrite owen thomas The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Tags:#Google Chrome#Google IO13#io13#mobile Web#Responsive Design
Amid much fervour and gaiety, Giriraj Singh, Minister of States (Independent Charge) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) inaugurated the exclusive Khadi Pavilion of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) at the 37th edition of India International Trade Fair (IITF) at Pragati Maidan on Tuesday. The theme of this one of the largest trade fairs for this edition is ‘Start-up India: Stand up India’.KVIC has set up over 100 stalls, in which various Khadi and Village Industries institutions from nearly all the states of the country are showcasing the most exquisite products created by the genuine fingers of rural artisans. This iconic annual event of India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) would give a proper platform to the rural artisans to showcase their skills in the national Capital. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfExpressing happiness and enthusiasm, after formally inaugurating the pavilion, the MSME minister said that the commitment and zeal shown by the artisans and entrepreneurs indicate that the whole nation has taken the appeal and observation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Only with this degree of dedication, we can follow our PM’s doctrine of ‘Earlier Khadi for the nation, then Khadi for fashion and finally Khadi for transformation’. Ministry has already chalked out some plans to brighten and enhance the artisans associated with Khadi and Village Industries,” he said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCorroborating similar views, KVIC Chairman Vinai K Saxena said that with such an enthusiastic approach of artisans and entrepreneurs, Khadi and Village industries are all set to catch the show. “KVIC as a team will always try to yield the best results with its social commitment,” he said, adding, “We always try to stand as per the expectations and love of our PM for Khadi and village industries.”Secretary, MSME, Dr Arun Kumar Panda and noted fashion designer Ritu Beri were also present on this occasion. The much awaited, 37th India International trade fair (IITF) kick-started on November 14 with a participation of approximately 21 countries and 3000 companies. The ‘business days’ for the mega fair fall is from November 14 to 17 whereas, for the general public, the fair will be open from November 18 to 27. From November 18, the fair will be open to all visitors with a ticket price of Rs 60 for adults and Rs 40 for children. However, on Saturday and Sunday as well as any holiday between November 18 and 27, the ticket price for adults will be Rs 120 and Rs 60 for children.
May 22, 2013 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read After a wave of high-profile Twitter accounts were hacked, the microblogging service has taken its security up a notch — or two. Starting today, users will be able to add two-factor log-in authentication to their accounts, Twitter announced on its official blog.Usually, when you sign in to twitter.com, you have to enter your Twitter handle or email, and a password. With two-factor authentication, you’ll also have to enter a six-digit code that Twitter will text to your phone each time you sign in.Twitter has come under fire in recent months after the accounts of big-name brands like Burger King and Jeep were hacked and errant tweets were sent. For business owners, having a social media account taken over by hackers can result in a PR headache.Most recently, the Associated Press’s Twitter was hacked and tweets were sent reporting explosions at the White House and that President Barack Obama had been injured. The fake news tweets sent the U.S. stock market sliding by more than 140 points. To set up two-factor log-in authentication for your business, go to your account settings page, and then click on “Require a verification code when I sign in.” After providing your email address and a verified phone number, Twitter says it will send a test text to confirm that your phone is able to receive the messages.Related: 10 Tips for Using Twitter Like a Pro Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »
April 24, 2019 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. In this video, CEO of Loom Analytics Mona Datt talks with Entrepreneur Network partner Mars Discovery District about the changing nature of the company’s product. Loom Analytics is a Canadian-based company that helps lawyers and insurance companies pinpoint trends in the law like judge rulings and lawyers’ court performance.Datt speaks about how Loom initially planned to position itself as a research company, but over time realized it would serve a greater customer base by offering a more interactive experience. Datt says one of the main pieces of feedback the company received was how companies could integrate Loom into their daily routines. This encouraged Datt and her team to make adjustments in the user experience and interface of Loom’s website.Click the video to hear more from Mars Discovery District and Mona Datt. Related: Want to Turn Your Side Project Into a Full-Time Business? Here’s How This Man Did It.Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively monetize video and audio content distributed across all digital platforms for the business genre.EN is partnered with hundreds of top YouTube channels in the business vertical. Watch video from our network partners on demand on Roku, Apple TV and the Entrepreneur App available on iOS and Android devices.Click here to become a part of this growing video network. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »