Statement by White House Spokesperson Jen Psaki on Visit of President Moon Jae-in of Republic of Korea

first_imgStatement by White House Spokesperson Jen Psaki on Visit of President Moon Jae-in of Republic of Korea The White HousePresident Biden looks forward to welcoming Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in to the White House on May 21, 2021. President Moon’s visit will highlight the ironclad alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea, and the broad and deep ties between our governments, people, and economies. President Biden looks forward to working with President Moon to further strengthen our alliance and expand our close cooperation. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Government, house, Moon, President, United States, visit, White Houselast_img read more

One month, 5,600 speed camera tickets: Hamilton, Ontario means business

first_img The cameras have since been moved to Glancaster Road, between Rymal and Twenty roads. RELATED TAGSFlexNew VehiclesFlexHamiltonHamilton (Ontario)Ontario Trending Videos Trending in Canada With a set speed limit of 50 km/h, the average speed of offenders was 14 km/h over. The worst was a driver doing 96 km/h — 46 over, which would have net the offender a $682 fine for their troubles. Average fines are $103. Cameras are being introduced in communities in many parts of Ontario, initially in school and community zones. (The Stone Church Road catchment, for example, where one of the cameras resided, is a community safety zone featuring a bowling centre, a mosque, and a banquet centre.)The hours between 6pm and midnight saw the highest proportion of speeders, though the city’s manager of transportation operations was pleased to see a downward trajectory in speeding over the course of the four weeks the cameras were installed, to “46 km/h in late October, compared to pre-camera average speeds between 50 and 55 km/h.”If nothing else, this should start to answer the question of where Hamilton is setting the floor for snapping a ticket: people are now driving under the speed limit, which means you might as well give up the thinking of being only a few kilometres over the posted limit will provide any comfort. See More Videos ‹ Previous Next › Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 A photo radar speed camera in Hamilton, Ontario installed October 2020 City of Hamilton / Twitter advertisement The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Two speed cameras, one stretch of road, one month — it all adds up to 5,600 tickets issued to speeders.Hamilton, Ontario’s latest experimentwith photo-radar speed cameras is by most accounts off to a blistering success, unless you’re someone who got a surprise in your mailbox a week after making a trip you’ve probably done incident-free in the past. Seem high for Hamilton’s circa 575,000 residents? “In Toronto – a city of 3 million people – 50 cameras caught 22,000 speedersover the first month of its photo radar experiment.” Yeah, it’s high. last_img read more

Consultation to Prepare Jamaica for Climate Change Conference

first_imgPhoto: JIS PhotographerPermanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Dr. Alwin Hales (right), in conversation with United Nations Resident Co-ordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme, Dr Arun Kashyap, at a consultation to prepare Jamaica for the 19th Conference of Parties, at the Alhambra Inn, in Kingston on October 31. Advertisements RelatedGreater Environmental Protection Stewardship Urged Consultation to Prepare Jamaica for Climate Change Conference EnvironmentNovember 1, 2013Written by: Latonya Linton The Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme, hosted a national consultation on Thursday, October 31, to prepare Jamaica for the 19th Conference of Parties, at the Alhambra Inn, in Kingston.The United Nations Climate Change Conferences are held annually and they serve as the formal meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to assess the progress in dealing with the issue.The nineteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) will be held from November 11-22, 2013, in Warsaw, Poland.Addressing the consultation, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Dr. Alwin Hales, said that climate change is a complex problem, which has consequences for all spheres of existence on the planet.“It either impacts on, or is impacted by global issues, including poverty, economic development, population growth, sustainable development and resource management,” Dr. Hales said.He noted that the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, in 2011, was a turning point in climate change negotiations, with governments recognising the need to draw up the blueprint for a fresh universal, legal agreement to deal with climate change beyond 2020, where all countries would play their part to the best of their ability, in order to reap success.Dr. Hales said that governments committed in Durban to a comprehensive plan that would come closer, over time, to delivering the objective of stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous interference with the climate system, and at the same time will preserve the right to sustainable development.“The challenge, then and now, is to push climate action forward as rapidly as possible, both inside and outside the climate change negotiations,” he explained.Dr. Hales argued that a looming gap remains between current national and international actions and intentions to reduce emissions as well as the actual level required to keep average global temperatures rising no more than two degrees above their pre-industrial level, above which science shows that there is a much higher risk of very serious climate impacts.“Moreover, even if the two-degree scenario is met, developing countries, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, will still need much more support to adapt to the change that is already embedded in the global climate system,” the Permanent Secretary said.Dr. Hales welcomed the consultation, noting that it will “foster the exchange of ideas that will enable us to strengthen our negotiating position and leverage the kind of actions we need from the developed countries on issues, such as Climate Financing and others, that are so crucial to developing countries and in particular Small Island Developing States (SIDS), like Jamaica.”Meanwhile, United Nations Resident Co-ordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme, Dr. Arun Kashyap, said the consultation is an opportunity to share knowledge and experience, so as to negotiate and influence the decisions on important issues, such as climate financing, adaptation mechanisms and significant emission reductions. Consultation to Prepare Jamaica for Climate Change ConferenceJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaycenter_img Story HighlightsUnited Nations Climate Change Conferences assess the progress in dealing with the issue.Climate change is a complex problem, which has consequences for all spheres of existence on the planet.The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, in 2011, was a turning point in climate change negotiations. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedNEPA Investigating Reports of Crocodiles Being Eaten RelatedFocus on Environmental Issues Affecting Land and Ocean at Global Conferencelast_img read more

In Indonesia, a flawed certification scheme lets illegal loggers raze away

first_imgArticle published by Hans Nicholas Jong Banner image: A coast in Nechiebe village of Ravenirara district, Papua province. Photo by Christopel Paino/Mongabay-Indonesia. The seizure of more than 400 containers of illegally logged timber in a series of busts since last December has shone a spotlight on Indonesia’s mechanism for certifying legal timber.Some of the wood has been traced back to companies certified under the country’s SVLK scheme. That’s the same scheme that the EU relies on to ensure that its imports of Indonesian timber are legally harvested.The seizures and findings by activists highlight increased illegal logging in the relatively pristine eastern Indonesian regions of Maluku and Papua.Companies engaged in illegal logging exploit a variety of methods, from cutting in abandoned concessions to using farmers’ groups and indigenous communities as fronts for harvesting in areas that would otherwise be off-limits for commercial logging. JAKARTA — A massive series of seizures of timber from rare tree species has thrown into question the effectiveness of Indonesia’s existing mechanisms to tackle illegal logging.Officials have in recent months confiscated 422 containers packed with illegally harvested timber from the eastern regions of Papua and Maluku. The latest seizure, in February, comprised 38 containers filled with highly prized merbau, also known as Borneo teak and Moluccan ironwood, from the Aru Islands of Maluku province.Prior to that, officials seized 384 containers loaded with timber from Papua worth an estimated 105 billion rupiah ($7.2 million) in four separate sting operations since last December.None of the shipments carried valid documentation, said Rasio Ridho Sani, the head of law enforcement at the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry, which coordinated the seizures.“This brings the total number of containers we’ve seized to 422. This is a huge number,” Rasio told reporters in Jakarta.Illegal logging cost Indonesia 170 trillion rupiah ($11.7 billion) between 2004 and 2010, according to a study by the NGO Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW). Historically the illegal timber trade has targeted the precious hardwoods of Borneo, Sumatra and Java, in particular teak. But as the forest cover on those islands fast diminishes, illegal loggers are increasingly turning to the less-developed eastern regions of Maluku and Papua.Mufti Barri, a campaign manager with the NGO Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI), says the recent seizures signal an increasing trend of illegal logging in those regions.“Illegal logging in Papua and Maluku isn’t something new. In North Maluku, illegal timber has been sent out of the islands since 2014,” he told Mongabay. “But in terms of quantity, there’s indeed been an increase in the past few months.”Rasio confirmed a similar trend out of Papua. “We handled around 21 cases [of illegal logging] in Papua in the past three years, but they were small in terms of quantity, usually just three to four containers at a time,” he said. “The recent ones were big.”Working with prosecutors, the ministry has charged at least 21 individuals from various companies in connection with the illegally logged timber.Forest in West Papua. Image by Rhett A. Butler/MongabayCertification shortcomingsThese cases provide strong evidence that Indonesia’s timber legality certification system, or SVLK, approved for timber exports to the European Union, isn’t working, says Syahrul Fitra, a legal researcher with the environmental NGO Auriga Nusantara.The SVLK system aims to track the chain of custody of timber products and ensure that timber is harvested in compliance with Indonesian law. Introduced a decade ago, it’s been criticized for its apparent shortcomings since then. In 2013, Auriga and a coalition of forestry NGOs identified what they said were a host of loopholes in the certification system.“We found some industrial plantation companies in Riau [province, in Sumatra] which were implicated in corruption to be certified [under the SVLK system],” Syahrul said. “There were also problematic companies in West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan [in Indonesian Borneo] which got certification. That means their timber is perceived as legal.”Since then, the NGOs have been pushing for the government to improve the system to prevent illegal logging.When the EU approved of the SVLK in 2016 as the basis for importing timber into its market, after years of intense negotiation, the NGOs monitoring the implementation of the scheme expressed hope that there would be an improvement in the system.“But to date, the system has never been revised,” Syahrul said. “And the loopholes are huge. Illegal logging keeps happening and there’s no change at all. Maybe now the SVLK system is perceived to be more stringent because it has already been approved by the EU, but in reality there’s no change.”One of the loopholes is the lack of what’s known as chain of custody verification. This means that sawmills that are SVLK certified aren’t required to source their timber exclusively from similarly certified logging concessions.This allows ostensibly certified companies to essentially launder products from uncertified operations through their certified concessions, making it likely that illegally logged wood is being shipped abroad as legal exports.An official in the environment ministry’s sustainable forest product department said separately that his office had found evidence of this loophole being exploited by at least three logging companies.Map of Papua province (bright green). Photo courtesy of Bwmodular/Wikimedia Commons.Farming out certificatesAuriga’s Syahrul also questioned the credibility of the certification agencies responsible for issuing SVLK certificates to timber companies. He said investigations by Auriga and other NGOs between October 2017 and December 2018 had found timber firms involved in illegal logging were still being certified.In March this year, Auriga reported five such timber companies operating in the Papua region; two of them were among those whose shipments were caught up in the recent seizures. Even so, their SVLK certification hasn’t been revoked, according to Syahrul.He said the fact that such companies continued to be certified despite all the evidence of their illegal activity pointed to a serious flaw in the way the certification agencies worked. He cited the case of PT Ayamaru Sertifikasi, a company that was ordered in January by the environment ministry to carry out an audit of 15 certificates it had issued to eight logging companies.Some of the audited companies, such as PT Sijax Express Unit 2, were found to be repeat offenders, Syahrul said. Sijax was previously audited by Ayamaru after a coalition of NGOs found indications that the company had received illegally logged timber. Based on findings of that earlier audit, Ayamaru froze Sijax’s certificate between January and March 2018. Following the freeze, Sijax applied for another certificate, which Ayamaru duly approved.Sijax was later among the companies implicated in the recent seizures of illegal timber.“That means that when the company was reassessed [by Ayamaru], no improvement had been made on the ground,” Syahrul said. “So the reassessment wasn’t comprehensive because the illegal practice was repeated. So how does Ayamaru certify companies? How did something like this go undetected? It’s obvious that the quality of the certification agencies is subpar.”After Ayamaru audited the 15 certificates as ordered by the ministry, it suspended 14 of them.Syahrul said that in many of the cases, the SVLK certificates should have been revoked outright. With a simple suspension, the logging companies can reapply indefinitely for another certificate. Some continue to operate regardless of their certificates being operating even though their certificates have been frozen.“That’s one of the weaknesses of the SVLK system,” Syahrul said, adding that the certification agencies were paid by the companies to certify them, effectively making them beholden to issuing the SVLK papers.He also said the certification process was flawed because it only checked for the validity and completeness of companies’ documents, instead of being an actual verification of the timber processed by the applicant company.“These agencies only certify the companies, not the product,” Syahrul said.Limestone mountains in Papua. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Farmers as a frontThe blind spot in monitoring the legality of Indonesia’s timber is in that initial stage of logging, says Mufti of Forest Watch Indonesia.“Most of the logs coming out of Maluku are disguised as timber owned by locals,” he said. “But in reality, there are cukong [brokers] behind them.”The trend emerging in Maluku is of these well-connected brokers using farmers as a front to log trees outside designated forest areas.Under Indonesian law, commercial logging is only permitted on land designated as forest area. But not all forest area holds sufficient tree cover to make logging commercially feasible, while plenty of non-forest areas contain large numbers of commercially valuable timber trees — the case for much of the Malukus.Logging in non-forest areas is allowed for individuals under what’s known as a timber utilization permit, or IPK.“A lot of timber outside forest areas in Maluku is extracted using the IPK permit scheme,” Mufti said.Businesses looking to log such areas on a large scale typically put together a farmers’ association, which is then entitled to apply for an IPK. Mufti said such associations were merely fronts, with the farmers not benefiting from the scheme.“If these businesses apply for the permit under their own names, there will be resistance from the locals,” he said. “That’s why they hide behind the farmers’ groups. They also enjoy lower taxes.”Mufti said it was unlikely the farmers would establish their own groups to apply for permits without a business pulling the strings.“There’s no way these farmers could draw up the timber utilization maps” needed to apply for the permit, he said. “When we did some digging, we found that all of the administrative work is done by the businesses behind these farmers.”Activists have even unearthed a case in North Maluku where a farmers’ group was established on the basis of falsified signatures, according to Mufti. He added the activists had reported the matter to the local police.The Aru Islands in eastern Indonesia. Image by M.Minderhoud/Wikimedia Commons.Irregular originsAnother ploy commonly used by loggers in Papua is to exploit abandoned logging concessions. A lot of timber continues to be generated from concessions that have been neglected by their permit holders for years, according to Auriga’s Syahrul.There were at least 56,000 square kilometers (21,600 square miles) of selective logging concessions in the Papua region in 2017, according to environment ministry data. A seventh of that area is classed as inactive.Syahrul said no one was really monitoring these concessions, and that as a result, companies were going in and logging there. He said these companies typically paid off local communities to cover for the logged wood until it could be taken to a sawmill.“So if there’s a security checkpoint on the road, these indigenous peoples will say that the timber is theirs,” Syahrul said, adding that they were typically paid about $10 per cubic meter (30 cents per cubic foot) of merbau.The market price for merbau timber is between $200 and $350 per cubic meter, or $5.70 to $10 per cubic foot.Illegal logs in Papua also come from customary forests managed by indigenous communities. An investigative report by the Indonesian magazine Tempo found a steady stream of logs going from one such forest, in Angkasa Dua village, to the timber company PT Mansiman Global Mandiri (MGM) in 2018.This flow of wood wasn’t recorded in an official document called the Industrial Material Fulfillment Plan (RPBBI), a part of the SVLK system that’s supposed to identify timber sourced from natural forests. Instead, the document stated only that MGM got the wood from another company, PT Hanurata Unit Jayapura.Asked by Tempo about the findings, MGM director Daniel Garden acknowledged that his company sourced its timber from Angkasa Dua’s customary forest. He said there wasn’t enough timber from commercial logging concessions in Papua to meet demand from Java, which was why he bought timber from local communities.“Other companies also [do] the same [thing], taking timber from locals,” he told Tempo.“Did we steal anything? We paid the porters. We also paid [for other things] during the transportation. We didn’t harm anyone. If [the government] wants to catch [me], then all have to be arrested as well.”Daniel was among the 21 people charged by the environment ministry in connection with the recent timber seizures. He was one of four suspects who sought to have the charges dismissed in a pretrial motion that was ultimately quashed.Syahrul said this boded well for the anticipated spate of trials. “The ministry won the pretrial motions, so they have a pretty solid case,” he said. He added it was important that the ministry prosecute each suspect to the fullest extent of the law.A jungle river in Indonesian Papua. Image by Rhett A. Butler.Shoring up the systemSimply confiscating shipments of illegally logged timber isn’t a solution unless the government addresses the root causes of illegal logging, activists say.Concessions in places like Papua need to be closely monitored, and if they were found to be abandoned, the permits revoked immediately to prevent logging taking place under the radar, Syahrul said.“The government has to make sure that the logging concessions are truly operated [by the permit holders] and monitor them strictly,” he said. “And if there are inactive concessions, then the government should revoke the permits. If not, then cases like this will repeat.”He also called on the government to provide access to local communities in Papua to selectively log trees in their surrounding forests in a sustainable manner. He said this would make them less likely to be exploited by illegal logging companies while at the same time improve their livelihood.“That’s the ideal solution,” Syahrul said. “A logging concession managed by indigenous communities means that it’s clear who’s managing the forest. On top of that, the indigenous people will protect the forest as well, they won’t cut down trees carelessly.”A scheme that allows indigenous peoples in Papua to manage their forests as logging concessions is already in place, known as customary forest concessions. It was introduced by the local government in 2008, aimed at promoting the sustainable management of forests in Papua as well as the protection and management of natural resources by the region’s indigenous peoples.To date, however, the Papua provincial government has issued just 18 permits for customary forest concessions, covering a combined 780 square kilometers (300 square miles) of forest. Applications for another four permits are being considered.None of the indigenous communities that received a permit has been able to use it. The local government says they’ll have to wait until the national government, in this case the environment ministry, recognizes the scheme first. The ministry says guidelines need to be drawn up before the scheme can get up and running.Another thing the government can do is address the weaknesses in the current SVLK system and improve the quality of certification agencies, Syahrul said. This includes the environment ministry conducting its own audits of timber firms suspected of involvement in illegal logging, and following up on audits carried out by certification agencies.“The ministry could use the certification agencies’ findings as a basis for further audit or to freeze or revoke SVLK certificates,” Syahrul said.He added there was also a need to hold certification agencies accountable for their work.“What hasn’t been done is a verification of the certification agencies. How can they issue certificates when the sources of the timber are unclear, like the cases in Papua?” he said. Deforestation, Environment, Forestry, Forests, Illegal Logging, Indigenous Peoples, Law Enforcement, Logging, Plantations, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Forests Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

The South Africa you want to live in

first_imgOver the next two weeks, South Africans can phone their views to 083 900 WITHU (94848) or sms WITH U to 32310 or log into www.itstartswithyou.co.za to leave comments. Other phases of the campaign will be unveiled in due course.The IMC will then collate the myriad of feedback and views that South Africans are expected to express. It will then divide the citizens’ wishes into different categories before feeding it back to the nation through an extended advertising campaign – the overall aim being to inspire South Africans to take action to make this vision a reality.Moeketsi Mosola, IMC acting CEO, says that “the campaign is about social conversations, difficult or easy. This is the beginning of a journey for the country”.Mosola hopes that the campaign will inspire the nation to begin to make positive change towards the future we all want to create as South Africans. He added that the campaign starts with each of us making a small change in our lives. “We should all not buy stolen goods, not bribe policemen, we should vote, pay taxes, be good hosts when tourists come to our country – so that we can all begin to be the drivers of change.”Whilst this campaign is a stand-alone, it also feeds into the broader ‘Movement for Good…It starts with you’, which is countrywide network of organisations that have come together to inspire and mobilise South Africans to become active citizens for good. The IMC is partnering with various organisations all of whom have the common goal of creating a better South Africa (Movement for Good). South Africans can join the movement by sms-ing “Good” and their name to 32197 or by logging into www.itstartswithyou.co.za.Sophie Masipa, IMC Marketing Manager explains: “Our campaign aims to inspire citizens to take a collective view around what we see as a South Africa we want to live in, achieving this reality will mean each one of us must participate. It is also to say that no matter how insignificant you think you or your actions may be, every little bit makes a difference, and if we can mobilise the collective, we can make a substantial difference”.The IMC is already instilling a sense of pride and galvanising patriotism by showcasing 90 minutes snippets on eTV’s sunrise programme during Wednesdays and Thursdays. Through these inspirational pieces of work the IMC is demonstrating that individuals efforts can collectively began to change our country in alignment with people’s wishes of a South Africa they want to live in. Details of the community radio stations involvement, which will allow for a free toll-free for expression of an envisaged future, will be revealed during the week.EndsIssued by Meropa Communications on behalf of the International Marketing Council, custodian of Brand South Africa.For more information contact:Mr Gosebo MathopeSenior Manager: Media RelationsInternational Marketing CouncilTel: 011 482 0122Email: [email protected] Candi MataveleMeropa CommunicationsTel: 011 772 1000Email: [email protected]last_img read more

Death By Smartphone: How Mobile Photography Helped Kill Kodak

first_imgIn Kodak’s heyday, photography was still a somewhat specialized hobby, even if it had extended beyond professionals and made its way into the lives of everyday consumers. A few decades ago, if one owned a film camera of some kind, they were typically reserved for special occasions and were subject to to inherent limitations of film: a set number of exposures, a fixed film speed and the inability to preview images on the spot. Today, toddlers instinctively ask to see the photo you just snapped of them, which was probably one of several thousand taken since their birth. Even the more artistic, less special event-driven kind of photography that used to be reserved for hobbyists is now democratized by photo-sharing apps like Instagram and Hipstamatic, the latter of which even mimics vintage lenses and film types, but lacks the need to stop by the one-hour photo processing center. As popular as they are, it’s not these trendy photo apps that have delivered the death blow to the likes of Kodak and retailers like Penn Camera. They’re simply symbolic of the ubiquity of mobile photography. Indeed, Kodak’s troubles were already well underway by the time camera phones got really good. Prior to the advent of high-resolution, camera-equipped smartphones, people could buy top-notch digital point-and-shoot cameras that could hold hundreds, if not thousands, of images and fit easily into a pocket or purse. Kodak was able to enter that market with some success, but with way more competition that it saw in its film days. Now Everyone is a Photographer Yet even stand-alone digital cameras were something you had to make an explicit choice to bring along. What used to be reserved for family weddings and kid’s birthday parties was suddenly a fixture of any night out on the town. Then came the smartphone. Now, most of us are walking around with high-quality, Internet connected point-and-shoot cameras, complete with an array of photo-editing and filtering apps and social media integration for instant sharing. These gadgets are not something we choose to bring out for special occasions. They’re on our person at all times. The ubiquity of digital and mobile photography didn’t single-handedly drive Kodak into bankruptcy, but it may well have delivered the final blow. Even the company’s attempts to get into the digital photography market with its EasyShare line of point-and-shoots couldn’t keep up with the explosion of the smartphone, nor was its printer business successful enough to make up for its losses from the death of film. For some time, the company, which counts the invention of digital photography among its innovations, used patent litigation as a way to make up for years of revenue declines. Today, they’re looking at selling off those patents. To be fair, Kodak isn’t necessarily done for yet. They haven’t yet filed for bankruptcy protection, let alone come out of it. It’s conceivable they could turn things around and survive. Even so, it’s hard to imagine them ever returning to the days of massive profits and the type of world famous innovation they were once known for. After years of struggling, photographic services giant Kodak is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the Wall Street Journal reported. The company, which was long known for selling film and other photography-related products, had tried everything from branching out into more modern offerings to using its trove of patents to sue others. Alas, the times have caught up with Kodak.The news comes almost exactly one year after the last roll of Kodachrome film was developed and at a time when the most widely-used camera on Flickr isn’t even one of the many digital point-and-shoots or SLR’s that had already chipped away at Kodak’s dominance; It’s the iPhone 4. Tags:#business#mobile#news#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … john paul titlow Related Posts last_img read more

650 Million Reasons Why Data Center Efficiency Matters

first_imgStrategy Facility ComputeNetworkStorageVideo Tours Inside four of our data centersExplore these resources and I hope you find it half as interesting as I do.Chris <!– /* Font Definitions */ @font-face t{font-family:”Cambria Math”; tpanose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; tmso-font-charset:1; tmso-generic-font-family:roman; tmso-font-format:other; tmso-font-pitch:variable; tmso-font-signature:0 0 0 0 0 0;} @font-face t{font-family:Calibri; tpanose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; tmso-font-charset:0; tmso-generic-font-family:swiss; tmso-font-pitch:variable; tmso-font-signature:-1610611985 1073750139 0 0 159 0;} @font-face t{font-family:Verdana; tpanose-1:2 11 6 4 3 5 4 4 2 4; tmso-font-charset:0; tmso-generic-font-family:swiss; tmso-font-pitch:variable; tmso-font-signature:536871559 0 0 0 415 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal t{mso-style-unhide:no; tmso-style-qformat:yes; tmso-style-parent:””; tmargin:0in; tmargin-bottom:.0001pt; tmso-pagination:widow-orphan; tfont-size:11.0pt; tfont-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”; tmso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; tmso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; tmso-bidi-font-family:”Times New Roman”;} .MsoChpDefault t{mso-style-type:export-only; tmso-default-props:yes; tfont-size:10.0pt; tmso-ansi-font-size:10.0pt; tmso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;} @page Section1 t{size:8.5in 11.0in; tmargin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in; tmso-header-margin:.5in; tmso-footer-margin:.5in; tmso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 t{page:Section1;} –>Intel’s Data Center Strategy is on track to create $650 million of value for Intel’s business by year 2014. By adopting the latest generation of Intel® Xeon® processors, and deploying advanced storage, networking and facilities innovations, we have realized 35 percent of those savings already.After working in Intel’s Server Group for many years as a end user product marketing manager with IT customers to understand how they use technology to create business value, it was cool to be able to take the plunge into the world of [email protected] With over 100,000 servers to manage across 97 data centers the complexity inside Intel IT is pretty dramatic. However, once the purpose of the data centers is understood (Intel IT has four general business areas that data centers support: Design, Office, Manufacturing, Enterprise), it is clear that a top line strategy is required to balance investment, streamline operations to maximize efficiency. Because technology, business needs and economic times change (often very rapidly), that strategy has to be dynamic as well.This video series produced by the IT experts who were willing to tell the story behind the key elements of the Intel IT Data Center Solutions:last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer puts Darmian on notice for Newcastle clash

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer puts Darmian on notice for Newcastle clashby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits they go to Newcastle United well short of numbers.Matteo Darmian will provide cover with Phil Jones likely to start alongside Victor Lindelof, after coming off the bench in the 4-1 victory over Bournemouth. Chris Smalling, who might return in time for the game against Tottenham Hotspur on 13 January, and Marcos Rojo are still sidelined.When asked if he will only have two centre-backs available for the trip to Tyneside, Solskjaer replied: “That’s enough isn’t it? It should be enough with two! We’ll have to look at it, of course, but we’ve got Darmian, who can definitely play centre-back. “I don’t think Rojo will make it so it will probably be Darmian as back-up centre-back.” last_img read more

4 days agoLiverpool ace Sadio Mane assures fans: I won’t stop with this

first_imgLiverpool ace Sadio Mane assures fans: I won’t stop with thisby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Sadio Mane insists he’s capable of much more in a Reds shirt.Before the international break, Mane reached 50 goals in 100 games for the club.But he told Teledakar: “It’s not bad, I know I can do better. “I’m happy with what I just realized, I’m proud to have scored 50 goals with Liverpool. “I will not stop there, I will continue to work to score more goals in club as in selection.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Province set to increase high risk driver penalities

first_imgThe penalty effects both the Driver Risk Premium program and the Driver Penalty Point program. The DRP and DPP are insurance penalties paid to ICBC, as well as the original fine for the violation. Drivers are charged one program each year which is the higher penalty.The penalty increase is to take effect on November 1, 2018. Penalties will increase by 20% again on Nov. 1, 2019, to keep in line with previous increases in basic premiums.For more information on the penalty increase, you can visit icbc.com VICTORIA, B.C. – The province of B.C. will be increasing the penalties for high-risk drivers by 20 percent.A high-risk driver is one that put others at risk by excessive speeding, impaired driving and distracted driving.“Reckless drivers put others at risk, and they’re contributing to the rise in crashes we’re seeing on our roads,” said David Eby, Attorney General. “To help make our roads safer and hold people accountable, we’re bringing in higher penalties for drivers who engage in dangerous behaviour behind the wheel.”last_img read more