Food industry executives to support African beekeepers

first_imgA group of 14 businesswomen from the UK food industry is today (16 October) travelling to Tanzania to help support female farmers living in the remote Nou Forest.The group – which is led by Sainsbury’s brand director Judith Batchelar and includes Lorraine Hendle, managing director at British Baker publisher William Reed Business Media – is taking part in the Big Beehive Build for the international charity Farm Africa. The activity is sponsored by poultry, meat and fish processors Marel.They are hoping to build 120 Langsroth beehives in the village of Bermi in the Babati District in three days, 30 more than they built in three days when they visited Tanzania two years ago. They also hope to raise £80,000 for Farm Africa.The hives will be used by women from the Bermi beekeeping group to build sustainable honey farming businesses and give them a steady income. The 300 sq km Nou Forest where they live has suffered severe deforestation in recent years.“Tanzania loses around 370,000 hectares of forest a year – that’s 1,000 football fields every day. By helping local communities make money from forest-friendly businesses like honey production, Farm Africa not only helps local communities escape poverty, we help protect the forests for generations to come,” said Farm Africa fundraising head Jenni Bright.Joyce Lali, one of the women who set up a honey production business after receiving beehives built by the challenge group in 2015, said it has given value to their lives.“I send special appreciation for making us women seen,” she added. “Before, we were invisible in the community. You have helped us increase the value of females in the community. Before, we were oppressed by men and we didn’t earn any of our own money. Now, I earn my own money and I can buy the things I need myself.”Between 14 October 2017 and 14 January 2018 donations in support of the Big Beehive Build will go to Farm Africa’s Growing Futures appeal that will help young farmers living in western Kenya develop sustainable horticulture businesses. Gifts from individuals based in the UK will be doubled by the Government through UK Aid Match, meaning gifts will go twice as far.This team taking part in the Big Beehive Build comprises:Catherine Allen, Rowse HoneyJudith Batchelar, Sainsbury’s and Farm Africa TrusteeHelen Brierley, VitacressViv Harris, ABP Food GroupLorraine Hendle, William Reed Business MediaUrsula Lavery, Moy ParkGillian McAuley, Devenish NutritionMarnie Millard, Nichols PLCAnn Savage, MarelJudith Simpson, Rowse HoneyHelen Sisson, GreencoreHannah-Louise Smith, Metro BankAlice Stanton, Devenish NutritionFrances Swallow, Finsbury Foodslast_img read more

CloZee Plays Intimate Performance In New Haven

first_imgLoad remaining images Rising Ethno-fusion/Glitch-hop/Downtempo star CloZee stopped by Stella Blue’s in New Haven to play an intimate show with friends Rasp5 (trip-hop lyricist) and fellow producer Nocturnal Status before catching a plane back to France, capping off a busy and successful two-month tour across the country. Fans in the area were eager to catch show, her last scheduled in the northeast for the time being. Appreciating the intimacy and energy in the small venue, she brought a high energy set awhile also sharing moments with everyone in the crowd around her.CloZee will be playing shows in her native country of France until July 22nd, when she returns to the states for Camp Winnarainbow in CA.last_img

Revisit The Grateful Dead’s Show Featured On ‘Dick’s Picks Vol. 26’, Performed 50 Years Ago Today [Listen]

first_img50 years ago tonight, the Grateful Dead set up shop at the Electric Theater in Chicago, IL for a thrilling two-set performance in “The Windy City.” Parts of the show would ultimately go on to be officially released as the 26th edition of the Dick’s Picks live album series, and after listening to the concert from start to finish, fans will understand why.Related: Grateful Dead Graphic Novel Announced For Spring 2020 ReleaseThe performance that night came just a few months prior to the release of Aoxomoxoa, although the band made sure to include nearly all of the songs from the then-forthcoming album into the two sets, including “Dupree’s Diamond Blues”, “Mountains of the Moon”, “St. Stephen”, “Doin’ That Rag”, “China Cat Sunflower “, and “What’s Become of the Baby”. The first half performance also heard Ron “Pigpen” McKernan throwing in some additional verses into his performance of “It Hurts Me Too”.The show that night also included a mix of tunes which the band regularly performed in the early, “primal-Dead” era of the 1960s. The first set featured some early-Dead favorites, including “The Other One” and “The Eleven”, Pigpen’s trademark blues tune “Turn On Your Love Light”, and “Morning Dew” (although the latter was left off the official Dicks Picks release). The second half of the show also included a drum solo from both Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, an 11:00-minute “Viola Lee Blues”, and a lovely a-cappella version of “And We Bid You Good Night” to close out the show.Fans can relive the performance that night via the fan-recorded audio below.Grateful Dead – Electric Theater – 4/26/1969[Audio: Matthew Vernon]Fans can also head to Spotify to hear a portion of the show’s recordings featuring on Dick’s Picks Vol. 26.last_img read more

Lower Your Lap Bar – VxRail with Network Automation Corkscrews to the VMware Cloud

first_imgWho doesn’t love roller coasters? Soaring above the ground in a feat of engineering, flying forward faster than seems as possible. If 2016 and 2017 witnessed hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) climbing that first big hill of customer adoption, 2018 has the industry racing down the other side. HCI continues to grow at an incredible pace—up 70% YoY*. And thanks to our awesome customers and partners, within that red hot market Dell EMC is riding in the front car—taking the No. 1 position in global hyper-converged systems revenue with continued growth more than double the market pace, not to mention VxRail topping $1 billion in total revenue in just 10 quarters.So here we are, racing together down the hill—but what’s waiting for us around the bend? Plenty! At VMworld Barcelona, we’re excited to announce a slew of new features, functionality, and choices designed to transform HCI networking and make the path to the VMware cloud even simpler.Let’s barrel roll through the highlights:Dell EMC VxRail, with Networking OS10 Enterprise Edition SmartFabric Services, is the first HCI appliance to deliver fully automated network awareness and configuration during set up, cluster expansion and during day-to-day management to help create IT certaintyVxRail with VMware Cloud Foundation will bring automation of VMware Validated Design deployments and hardware/software lifecycle management together with network flexibilityFull day-to-day operational transparency between VxRail Manager and VMware vCenter, will make VxRail even simpler to manage and help our customers accelerate agilityFor edge implementations at scale, 2-node direct connect will make VxRail more accessible for more organizations that can benefit from the simplicity of HCI with smaller deployments at each siteIncrease in customer choice through flexible vSAN licensing options, including the option to purchase VxRail with vSAN Enterprise, Advanced, or Standard editions for various capabilities to better meet customers’ own requirements and budgetsSynchronous releases between VxRail and VMware speed time to value with adoption of latest VMware releases within 30 days, starting with ESXi 6.7U1VxRail P-Series all-flash certified to run SAP HANA on HCI for productionSimple, push-button DRaaS available for VxRail customers through VMware site recovery servicesThat’s a lot! In the rest of this blog, I’ll share why I believe these advancements are game changers for our customers. And I’m not the only one! VxRail Product Technologist, Jeremy Merrill is hosting a webcast specifically designed to help customers take advantage of VxRail’s new capabilities. For another perspective, check out this recent CUBE session with VP of Product Management & Marketing, Chad Dunn discussing these new features and functionality. HCI Networking transformed.First, connectivity problems and poor network performance, including difficulty setting up networks on day 1, are top of mind infrastructure performance issues when considering HCI. Like all HCI appliances, VxRail requires BYO networking. For VxRail customers that choose Dell EMC Networking, SmartFabric Services is making networking simple by reducing network configuration and admin by 98%, providing near zero-touch network deployment and management for VxRail clusters. Not only does this streamline day 1 operations, but because customers are now working within a predictable and repeatable HCI and network fabric experience, the business can further reduce risk associated with standing up a VxRail cluster.VMware cloud simplified.Dell EMC and VMware are working more closely together than ever and continuing to make big investments in this joint offering. First in line, a hot tech preview: VxRail with VMware Cloud Foundation – the only jointly-engineered HCI appliance fully integrated with VMware Cloud Foundation – is coming (very) soon! Bringing the benefits of both the VMware Validated Design on VxRail together with the automation features of VCF, VxRail with VCF will deliver a seamless customer experience with automated deployment of VVD compliant SDDC architectures and LCM of the full end-to-end hardware/software stack along with choice of networking. This is the simplest way to deploy an HCI appliance-based software-defined data center with enterprise-rich features, with less risk.In the meantime, we’re breaking new ground with the level of integration between VxRail and vCenter. VxRail will soon be 100% operationally transparent with vCenter—so if you’re one of the 500,000 vSphere customers that have standardized on vCenter, you will have the ability to access all the VxRail Manager capabilities right from that familiar interface.Better together.The tight integration between Dell EMC and VMware also allows us to deliver a fast and easy consumption path for the latest VMware technologies. For example, we’re delivering synchronous VxRail and VMware software releases. Now, not only is VxRail removing the burden of lifecycle management from the customer, we’re delivering those packaged updates—from one known good state to the next known good state—right in line with when VMware releases the software.Additionally, Project Dimension, powered by VxRail, will represent a new, transformational capability that combines HCI and a fully managed services approach to reduce the costs and complexity of distributed infrastructure. Project Dimension delivers edge and data center infrastructure as-a-service, combining VMware’s leading compute, storage, networking solutions with Dell EMC’s VxRail hyperconverged appliances, managed by VMware.  This VMware Cloud service powered accelerates business innovation, while delivering enterprise-class security and reducing operationally complexity.  It will provide an easy path for businesses with remote sites to accelerate innovation at the edge with zero-touch provisioning, enterprise-class security and easy connectivity from edge to cloud.Our “better together” ride with VMware doesn’t stop at production workloads. We’re also pairing VxRail with VMware Site Recovery Services to offer VxRail customers Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). With VMware Site Recovery Services, VxRail customers will have comprehensive, simple and reliable push button fail-over to VMware Cloud on AWS in the event of a disaster. VxRail customers can get elasticity and cloud simplicity combined with the on-premises simplicity and performance offered by VxRail, all while benefitting from the operational consistency of VMware vSAN that powers both VxRail and VMware Cloud on AWS. VxRail and VMware are better together with tight integration and a fast, easy consumption path for the latest VMware technologies from the core (such as SAP HANA and vSAN), edge (with Project Dimension) to the cloud (like VxRail with VCF).Join this exhilarating ride.So, back to roller coasters.  I’ll leave you with this: if your business is the cart, zipping along through the market’s twists and turns, your infrastructure is the track that enables your journey. For decades, businesses have been content with status quo wooden track that got you where you were going, but left you reaching for a bottle of aspirin when you got there. Dell EMC and VMware’s collaboration on VxRail provides you with the opportunity to upgrade your infrastructure experience to the smooth modern metal ride the industry is queuing up for. If you’re in Barcelona for VMworld, stop by the Dell Technologies booth for details. Or visit us at*Based on IDC Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, September 25, 2018last_img read more

Farm outlook

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaNet farm income should keep rising throughout 2004 and the rest of this decade, according to the 2004 Georgia Farm Outlook and Planning Guide, compiled by the University of Georgia Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.The demand for food and fiber at home and for U.S. farm exports will continue to climb. And supplies are tighter now than in the past.All of that is good news for Georgia farmers, said Don Shurley, the UGA Extension Service economist who edited the outlook.Exports, exportsThe economic health of major Georgia farm commodities like cotton, peanuts and poultry and the future growth of other commodities like vegetables depend greatly on how well they can compete on world markets.”Because we can grow so much of our crops, we generally have more than we can consume in the United States,” Shurley said. “We have to be able to successfully export our commodities.”The continued weakening of the U.S. dollar in international trade markets will make U.S. farm goods easier for other countries to buy in 2004.”When the U.S. dollar weakens,” Shurley said, “farm prices usually respond positively due to increased demand for U.S. exports.”High cotton?Georgia cotton farmers had a great year in 2003. They had a lot of cotton, and the world wanted it. Foreign mills demanded it to make clothes. China, a U.S. cotton competitor, needed it because they had a bad cotton year. And the weaker U.S. dollar helped make it all a little more affordable.These same positive price factors will continue into 2004. But prices probably won’t be as good as in 2003, according to the report.When cotton prices are good in one year, farmers tend to plant more cotton in the next. If they plant more and growing conditions are good, U.S. and world production will likely be high. This will increase the supply and reduce prices.It’s tough to predict, but cotton prices in 2004 will probably be around 60 cents per pound. They got as high as 84 cents in 2003.Powerful peanutsGeorgia peanut farmers can expect better prices in 2004. When prices for other commodities climb, that tends to increase peanut prices, says Nathan Smith, a UGA Extension Service peanut economist.Peanut shellers hope to woo growers into planting peanuts instead of other crops like cotton this spring. They’re contracting peanuts right now for about $400 per ton, $20 higher than 2003 prices.Strong cattleDespite one U.S. case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, in late 2003, Georgia’s cattle outlook is good.U.S. consumers are still demanding beef, and U.S. supplies are relatively tight. This translates into favorable prices for cattlemen, said Curt Lacy, a UGA Extension Service cattle economist.In 2003, a Georgia cattleman could get around 90 cents per pound for a 500-pound steer. He can expect in 2004 to get around 85 cents per pound, still a strong price.According to the outlook, per capita consumption of major Georgia vegetables like bell pepper, tomatoes, sweet corn, onion and cabbage increased by 3 percent to 5 percent in 2003. It’s expected to increase slightly in 2004. Any increase in exports due to the weaker U.S. dollar will help growers, too.Details about these and other Georgia crops can be found in the outlook guide in late January at read more

The August Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is Live!

first_imgThe August issue is live! Pick up your copy or read online today to check out our annual swimming hole round up, learn about the upcoming ‘Great American Eclipse’, plan for the year ahead with our 2018 Bucket List Adventure guide and much more!Quick HitsWater women plan Green River Takeover • 112 attached runners complete a marathon • A.T. hikers protest pipeline • America’s fittest citiesThe DirtWatch the Southeast’s first total solar eclipse in centuries • Virginia towns transform abandoned coal mines into outdoor oasesThe GoodsMultisport must-haves—Joe Moerschbaecher’s favorite adventure gear.Trail MixJimmy Herring unveils new band • Allman tribute Hard Working Americans heads southSouthern Adventure Bucket ListGear up for 2018 and beyond with this year-long calendar of over 100 must-do adventures in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Athletes and experts from across the region provide their favorite picks.Earn Your SplashSave the roadside dips for the tourists and avoid the crowds with these 10 hike-in swimming holes that make you work for your play.Your 1 Million AcresThe Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest belongs to you, and this year, you will decide its future. A new forest plan could bring together hikers and hunters, timber and recreation, rural and urban, locals and newcomers. So far, however, the contentious planning process has only deepened the chasms.last_img read more

Boy Scouts to Start Admitting Girls

first_imgAccording a press release issued by the BSA, the decision comes after years of requests from individuals girls and their families.“This decision is true to the BSA’s mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law. The values of Scouting – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example – are important for both young men and women,” said Michael Surbaugh, the BSA’s Chief Scout Executive.“We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children. We strive to bring what our organization does best – developing character and leadership for young people – to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders.”The effort to allow girls into the Boy Scouts was spearheaded by 16 year-old Sydney Ireland of New York. Sydney has been unofficially participating in the Boy Scouts since she was four and is well on her way to earning the Eagle Scout badge—which, until yesterday would have been unofficial as well.“I cannot change my gender to fit the Boy Scouts’ standards, but the Boy Scouts can change their standards to include me,” wrote Sydney on a petition she crafted in an attempt to persuade the BSA to begin accepting female scouts. “I am determined to be an Eagle Scout. It isn’t just a hobby, it’s access to some of the best leadership training there is. According to the BSA, over half of all astronauts were involved in Scouting and 16.3% of West Point cadets are Eagle Scouts.”The BSA is the largest youth leadership organization in the United States of America, with more than 2.4 million youth participants and nearly one million adult volunteers. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced yesterday that it will begin allowing female participants into its Cub Scout programs via separate boys and girls “Cub Scout Dens”, with plans to admit girls into Boy Scout programs, and ultimately the Eagle Scout program, by 2019.last_img read more

Dutch FARC Rebel Arrives in Cuba for Colombia’s Peace Process

first_img I, too, would like to join up, to defend the rights of your country since the United States wants to invade your country as well as all of South America for its wealth in oil, gas, etc. SINCE THEIR OWN WILL BE DEPLETED IN ABOUT 40 YEARS. At this time I don’t have an email address, I will give you my email address in a few days. Dutch national Tanja Nijmeijer arrived in Havana to join the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) delegation that will start peace talks with the Colombian government this month, according to the Anncol news agency that is close to the rebel organization, on November 5. Nijmeijer was charged by the United States with kidnapping three U.S. contractors in 2003 that were liberated in a Colombian Military operation in 2008, along with Colombian-French former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt. Nijmeijer, age 34, joined the FARC about a decade ago, and was appointed one of the communist guerrillas’ spokes people during the peace negotiations with the government of President Juan Manuel Santos. To allow her entry into Cuba, the Colombian Prosecutor’s Office temporarily suspended two arrest warrants against Nijmeijer; one for rebellion charges, and the second for an extradition request. A technical committee of the Colombian government also traveled to Cuba on November 5 for a meeting with FARC representatives, prior to the peace talks scheduled to start on November 15 in the Cuban capital. Neither the Colombian government, nor the FARC had identified their delegates for the preliminary meeting on November 6. However, the heads of their negotiation teams are former Vice President Humberto de la Calle and Iván Márquez, respectively. Peace talks will be focused on a five-point agenda, including agrarian reform issues, guarantees of political participation for demobilized guerrillas, illicit drugs, disarmament, and victim reparations. The peace process started during a formal ceremony in Oslo on October 18. By Dialogo November 07, 2012last_img read more

Students in China’s virus center Wuhan return to school

first_img“This is the first time that I’m so happy to go back to school, although I have to sit a monthly examination on the 8th.”Teenagers sat at individual desks spaced a meter apart, seeing their teachers in the flesh after months of distance learning.Wednesday’s back-to-school was the latest step in a gradual normalizing of life in Wuhan and surrounding Hubei province, where the coronavirus is believed to have emerged late last year before spreading around the world.Only the province’s oldest students were present — seniors who are due to take the make-or-break university entrance exams. Return dates have not yet been confirmed for junior and middle school students.Officials in Wuhan say students and staff must all have had virus tests before going back to school, and campuses have been disinfected and cleaned.In preparation for reopening, some schools spaced out their desks and organized smaller class sizes, according to local media.Thermal scanners greeted everyone walking through school gates, and anyone with a high temperature was not allowed in.State-run China Daily said some places arranged staggered arrival times for teachers and students.Elsewhere in China, schools that have been closed or online-only since January began gradually reopening last month, with Beijing and Shanghai letting some students return last week.China’s major cities are gradually returning to normal after imposing strict travel restrictions and closing huge swathes of the economy to control the spread of the virus.In recent months infections nationwide have dwindled, and there have been no new cases reported in Hubei province for over a month.Over a five-day holiday at the start of the month, there were 115 million domestic trips, with many tourist sites reopening — although with limited attendance.Shanghai Disneyland will reopen next week, the entertainment giant said Tuesday, with enhanced safety measures including temperature screening and social distancing.However, foreigners are still banned from entering the country as China works to contain infections being brought in from overseas.Chinese nationals returning home must undergo 14 days of quarantine. Topics :center_img Chinese youngsters in the global virus epicenter of Wuhan filed back to class on Wednesday, wearing masks and walking in single file past thermal scanners.Senior school students in 121 institutions were back in front of chalk boards and digital displays for the first time since their city — the ground zero of the coronavirus pandemic — shut down in January.”School is finally reopening!” posted one user of Weibo, China’s Twitter-like short messaging platform. last_img read more

UK regulator hints at mandatory assurance framework for master trusts

first_imgThe UK pensions regulator is pushing for stricter regulation of defined contribution (DC) master trusts, questioning whether a currently voluntary assessment framework should be mandatory.Lesley Titcomb, who joined the Pensions Regulator (TPR) as chief executive from the Financial Conduct Authority in March, said the regulator was in discussions with the government about making the assessment of a master trust’s health mandatory.It will also examine the entry requirements for master trust operators, currently set by HM Revenue & Customs.She noted that the current regulatory hurdles to launching a master trust focused mainly on the ability to administer tax relief. Titcomb told attendees at the National Association of Pension Funds annual conference in Manchester: “Given my objectives, of course I have a rather different set of interests in what those master trusts are doing.”She outlined a number of the regulator’s concerns.“Are [master trusts] going to be able to look after the customer’s assets, administer it well [and] be a well-governed scheme?” she asked.“Are they able – should they not succeed in business for any reason – to […] wind themselves up in an orderly fashion?” Titcomb also expressed regret at the small number of master trusts to have completed the so-called assurance framework, published last year and drawn up in conjunction with the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales.The assessment has to date only been completed by four schemes – The People’s Pension, Now Pensions, the National Employment Savings Trust and the SEI Master Trust – with only the first two listed by TPR as recommended schemes, a step that requires the provider to accept any UK employer wishing to use the scheme for the purposes of auto-enrolment.Titcomb said the regulator’s list was a short one, but she expressed hope that it would grow.She also hinted that the assurance framework could in future be mandatory for schemes wishing to take in members through auto-enrolment.“One of the things we could ask the government to look at is to make master trust assurance compulsory if you’re going to be open to any[one],” she said. “We have to look at the issue of master trusts and the regulatory regime that applies to them. They are fulfilling a hugely important role in auto-enrolment, particularly as we get into the small and micro [company] world.”last_img read more