– Advertisement -According to Bernier, Alberta is also looking at switching to permanent DST. Given the proximity and business that is done with Alberta, Bernier has a sense that most residents would choose to go with Alberta’s time then being synced with B.C.’s time. Bernier says, in order to decide what time zone the Region wants to be in, a public referendum would have to be held but it would have to wait until Alberta makes a decision on its time zone. One person, in particular, raising that question is Peace River South MLA, Mike Bernier. Since the Peace Region will be on the same time once the rest of the Province permanently springs ahead, Bernier wonders if residents of the Peace Region will want to join the Pacific Time or go with Alberta’s time. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the Province of British Columbia looking to set the time zone to permanent Daylight Saving Time, it raises the question as to what some areas, such as the Peace Region on Mountain Standard Time, will do once the change is enacted. Even if Alberta chooses to make the switch, there would still be an hour difference between the provinces.Advertisement
South African crafters will be celebratedon Heritage Day, 24 September.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mack LeweleDAC director, communications and liaison+27 12 441 3084 or +27 82 450 5076• Jan ScannellBraai4Heritage+27 82 770 3519RELATED ARTICLES• Celebrating heritage with dance • Opening up SA’s heritage• World heritage in South Africa• Sacred lake to be heritage site• The history of South AfricaJanine ErasmusHeritage Day, 24 September, is a South African holiday that celebrates the nation’s rich diversity of cultures and traditions. This year, all around the country festivities will take place under the theme Celebrating South African Craft, Our Heritage.The public holiday is the culmination of the annual Heritage Month campaign, which is overseen by the national Department of Arts and Culture (DAC). The programme is aimed at building national pride and increasing social cohesion through the month-long series of events.On 24 September this year South Africa’s deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe will travel to Moroke, Greater Tubatse municipality, in the north of Limpopo province, to address crowds at the national Heritage Day celebrations.Motlanthe, Arts and Culture Minister Lulama Xingwana, Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale and other government representatives will lend their weight to the day’s proceedings.To start, there will be a traditional cleansing ceremony at the Bapedi heritage site of Tjate in the historical Sekhukhune district. Here, in 1879, the Bapedi (Pedi people) under King Sekhukhune I fought heroically against colonial occupation, taking on a combined British-Boer-Swazi force. Outnumbered and outgunned, they ultimately lost the battle.This ceremony will be followed by the main event in Moroke. A craft exhibition titled Beautiful Things has been arranged as part of the celebrations, where crafters from all nine provinces will be able to sell their wares. Various cultural groups will also perform.While this is the national event, other functions are planned for elsewhere in the country – these include street parades, craft exhibitions and the launch of various Investing in Culture projects.The DAC’s Investing in Culture programme supports craft initiatives around the country, 40% of them in rural areas, through funding and training. Since the programme’s inception in 2005 it has invested about US$40-million (over R300-million) in craft projects.Thriving craft sectorSpeaking at the launch of Heritage Month at the world heritage site of Mapungubwe in Limpopo earlier in September, Xingwana emphasised the craft sector’s important socio-economic impact.About 38 000 people earn a living through an estimated 7 000 small enterprises around the country, and 1.2-million in total support themselves and their families through craft and related enterprises.Moreover, the Department of Trade and Industry estimates that craft contributes $269-million (R2-billion) or 0.14% to South Africa’s GDP annually.“The crafts sector can also be used as a catalyst for rural economic development and for fostering expanded participation in the economy, especially by women,” said Xingwana. South Africa’s crafters are predominantly female.Xingwana deplored the exploitation of rural crafters by intermediaries and unscrupulous retailers, adding that access to reputable markets is an ongoing problem. She also noted the lack of a national body to represent this sector, saying that as individuals, crafters do not have a strong enough voice to negotiate on pricing and often they have to take what they can get.“Paying attention to the crafts industry will help forge a national identity,” she said, “restore respect between the knowledge holders who transmit skills to our youth, and promote Proudly South African products and their economic potential to South Africans”.On the eve of Heritage Day Xingwana will host a gala dinner in Polokwane, Limpopo’s capital. At this event DAC and the Old Mutual Foundation, the social investment arm of financial services group Old Mutual, will sign a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in helping crafters with basic business and leadership training, and better access to markets.Sizzling celebrationNot only is the 24 September a celebration of culture and craft, it’s also designated National Braai Day. This event falls in line with the vision of Heritage Day, and that is to bring people together to enjoy one of the country’s great traditions – the braai (Afrikaans, meaning barbeque).The non-profit, non-political organisation Braai4Heritage is behind Braai Day, encouraging South Africans to celebrate this unique aspect of their heritage, while cooking up a storm.This culinary custom originated in the Afrikaner community, but has since transcended demographics and become popular among all ethnic groups and countries in the Southern African region.The patron of National Braai Day is the esteemed Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. When approached in 2007, Tutu gladly accepted the patronage, saying that the braai is a force for unity.“It’s a fantastic thing, a very simple idea,” enthused the archbishop on the first Braai Day two years ago. “Here is one thing that can unite us irrespective of all of the things that are trying to tear us apart.”The Nobel Peace laureate then reached for an apron and tongs and took his place beside the fire before tucking into a boerewors roll. Boerewors (Afrikaans, meaning farmers’ sausage), a braai essential, is a spiced beef sausage packed into long casings. Popular variations in Southern Africa include flavours such as chilli, garlic and cheese, as well as different meat fillings such as kudu or springbok.Initially the braai idea came under fire from the National Heritage Council due to fears that it would demean Heritage Day, but the meaty organisation later received the blessing of the council and Braai Day has now become a driving force for nation-building.Queries or comments? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected]
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A dozen leading U.S. grower organizations are hailing the collaborative efforts that led to the new AgGateway ADAPT framework for interoperability in precision ag systems – citing the many benefits to farmers, and are calling on Farm Management Information System (FMIS) companies to formally commit to integrating the ADAPT framework into their systems in the near future.The support was expressed in a letter this month to AgGateway Chairman David Black from the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Barley Growers Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council, National Farmers Union, National Sorghum Producers, National Sunflower Association, U.S. Canola Association, U.S. Dry Bean Council, and USA Rice.“Over the last decade, the most consistent concern raised by farmers using precision ag is that ‘different systems won’t work together,’” the letter states. “The farm and commodity groups are pleased that AgGateway member companies worked collectively to solve this problem by creating ADAPT…. As organizations representing producers of all commodities and in all 50 states, we offer our support to encourage FMIS companies to formally commit to integrating the ADAPT framework in the near future.“We are grateful for this truly impressive show of support from grower organizations, and are ready to assist companies — and get their feedback to continually improve ADAPT — as they incorporate this technology into their proprietary systems,” said Mark Stelford, Chairman of AgGateway’s ADAPT Oversight Committee and General Manager of Premier Crop Systems.As AgGateway’s ADAPT is integrated into products, the grower will be much better equipped to manage data across different precision agriculture systems, regardless of the system manufacturer. ADAPT is an open source project, allowing precision ag software providers globally to use the software and to contribute to its continued development. The ADAPT framework is comprised of an Agricultural Application Data Model, a common API (Application Programming Interface), and a combination of open source and proprietary data conversion plug-ins. Developers can access additional information about the ADAPT SDK, as well as access the model, by going to www.ADAPTframework.org.“ADAPT and the accompanying data format enables the interoperability between software systems, service providers and advisors that farmers need to perform their routine operations more efficiently and seamlessly,” said Tarak Reddy, Chair of AgGateway’s ADAPT Technical Committee and Delivery Architect of John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group.Companies that have committed to using ADAPT and releasing plug-ins for many of their proprietary data formats currently include AGCO Corporation, Ag Leader Technology, CLAAS, CNH Industrial, Deere & Company, Praxidyn, Raven Industries, Topcon Precision Agriculture, and Trimble Navigation. The “plug-in” technology allows the ADAPT platform to work with individual, proprietary products.The AgGateway team publicly released the open-source ADAPT — which stands for Agricultural Data Application Programming Toolkit — in February. The timeline for plug-in development will vary by manufacturer this fall and into 2017; some plug-ins are immediately available to FMIS companies, who can check with the manufacturer for availability and licensing details. At the same time, AgGateway members have developed an ISO plug-in to support a broad range of ISO-compatible systems under an open source license.Companies currently participating in AgGateway’s ADAPT Oversight Committee include Ag Connections, Ag Leader, AGCO, Agrian, CNH Industrial, Central Valley Ag Coop, CLAAS, Conservis, Independent Data Management, John Deere, Land O’ Lakes, Monsanto, Premier Crop Systems, ProAg, Raven Industries, Software Solutions Integrated, SST Software, Syngenta, Topcon Precision Agriculture, Trimble, Uptake and ZedX. For more information and to join the work of the committee, contact the committee at [email protected] addition, the ADAPT Oversight Committee met at the AgGateway Annual Conference November 7-10 in Orlando. More details can be found at www.AgGateway.org.
Hashan Tillekaratne, who played 83 Tests and 200 ODIs for Sri Lanka, made the sensational claim while appearing in a TV show.India’s triumph in the ICC World Cup earlier this month has come under the match-fixing cloud after a former Sri Lankan captain’s accusation that the unlawful practice has been rampant in the island nation’s team. Appearing on a TV talk show, cricketer-turned-politician Hashan Tillekaratne raised his doubts about the selection of the Sri Lankan team for the World Cup finals. The Lankan team had made as many as four changes for the vital match against India, held on April 2 in Mumbai. Tillekaratne, who played as many as 83 Tests and 200 ODIs in his 16-year international cricket career, questioned the logic behind making extensive changes for such an important match. Maintaining that he did not think that the final match was fixed, Tillekaratne said that it was unfair to have replaced spinner Ajantha Mendis and all-rounder Chamara Silva. Tillekaratne claimed that match-fixing has been a problem in Sri Lankan cricket since 1992. He said he knew all the people responsible for it and would expose them soon. He alleged that every time the matter of match-fixing was brought up, it was quietly swept under the carpet by corrupt administrators. He alleged that money was exchanged to hush up the issue.Earlier, former captain Arjuna Ranatunga had also raised concerns about the manner in which cricket was being run in his country. A day after the visitors lost to India in the finals, Ranatunga told Headlines Today that “mafia” had got into Sri Lankan cricket and that corrupt administrators were running the game.”When we won the World Cup, we had a very honest, very good cricket precedent. But the business mafia got involved in cricket and they knew that the money is there and all unwanted… some of them were involved in bookies, they come from bookie families, some of them ordinary business people who wanted to get into cricket to create a name,” said Ranatunga, who led his side to win the coveted cup in 1996.”Even now what they do is, they appoint wrong people to run cricket. They enjoy the comfort, they enjoy the money that comes from cricket… and I tell you, lot of money has gone under the carpet. I think government has to be blamed,” he said.advertisement
Kolkata: The narcotics cell of detective department has arrested two persons, including a woman, and seized heroin worth Rs 4 lakh from them at Pragati Maidan area on Friday.Officials claimed that the arrested persons had planned to sell the drug to students from various educational institutions in the city. On Monday, a woman was arrested near a renowned school on AJC Bose Road with 3 kg ganja. According to a source, sleuths of detective department recently got a tip-off that some drug dealers were targeting students of various schools and colleges. Working on the information, they identified Munni Das, who had come to AJC Bose road, to sell ganja to some students on Monday afternoon. She was arrested immediately and sleuths seized 3 kg ganja from her possession. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAfter Das was questioned, sleuths used their sources to search for some more drug dealers who were a part of this racket. On Thursday, police got a tip-off that some drug dealers were going to meet at a place in Pragati Maidan area. Based on the information, members of the narcotics cell of the detective department kept an eye in the area. In the evening, some sleuths spotted a woman. One of them identified the woman as Sabina Bibi a known drug peddler. The other person was identified as Bapi Molla who had come to meet Bibi. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBoth of them were arrested by the police. They were taken to the detective department office at Lalbazar. During search, sleuths found about 4,300 multi-coloured small packets of heroin. About 460 grams of heroin worth more than Rs 4 lakh was seized by the police. During interrogation, the police found that Bibi was the supplier of the drug. Molla used to get commission from her to sell the drug to students of several schools and colleges in Sealdah, Entally and Anandapur areas.