South Africa to export fruit to Thailand

first_img13 June 2012 South African fruit will be exported to Thailand following the establishment of a new market, the Department of Agriculture announced on Monday.The agreement came after 14 years of negotiations, spokeswoman Piwe Mbiko said.“The availability of an additional export market such as this holds economic benefits in terms of the income generated as well as the potential for further growth and job creation,” Mbiko said.Mbiko said citrus fruit destined for the Asian country included sweet orange (citrus sinensis), mandarin (citrus reticulata), lemon (citrus limon) and grapefruit (citrus paradisi).“Fruit types to be exported to the Kingdom of Thailand must be produced in and sourced from commercial orchards that have been registered with and pre-approved by the department,” Mbiko added.Registered orchards participating in the programme will be expected to implement good agricultural practices to ensure that listed quarantine pests of concern to the Thai market are effectively managed.Mbiko said that, as a precautionary measure, mandatory sanitary treatment for false codling moth, Mediterranean fruit fly and Natal fruit fly would be conducted on the produce before it was exported.Sapalast_img read more

South Africa supports gender equality in media

first_img9 December 2015Consensus on how all media, including online, can play a vital role in encouraging more gender equality and understanding not only in the global media but also in promoting general social cohesion by the year 2030, is the aim of the first General Assembly of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s Global Alliance on Media and Gender (Gamag).Gamag is a global movement to promote gender equality in and through the media.The First GAMAG General Assembly will take place on 9 – 10 December in Geneva. @UNESCO #GenderInMedia— GAMAG (@tweet_gamag) November 29, 2015The South African team will be led by the acting director-general of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Johannes Rantete. The team will join other global government media departments, as well as private media organisations, civil society and media academics in Geneva from 8 to 10 December to discuss practical ways to achieve the desired outcomes.South Africa would use the platform to encourage media houses across the world to involve women in the sourcing, production, delivery, analysis and broadcasting of news to create a global media that better reflected the voices and interests of women, said GCIS.The objectives of Gamag align closely with the aims of the National Development Plan’s Vision 2030 to actively encourage gender equality through job creation, education and social and health welfare.The Gamag assembly takes place during 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence.Topics to be discussed in presentations and roundtables include the structure and details for a global development co-operation framework on gender and media. The gathering will also look at the effect and importance of the relationship between emerging online media and youth in achieving the goals of Gamag.Also under discussion will be gender and media as a business and development model, and the strategic link between policy and research on gender and media.An International Development Co-operation meeting will precede the Gamag gathering, hoping to outline and provide useful indicators on the direction of supporting, enabling and financing gender equality in and through the media.Both events will aim to provide a platform for dialogue and establish an International Development Co-operation Framework on Gender and Media.According to Unesco and Gamag, the conference objectives include initiating processes to:Expand the mandate and reach of key stakeholders to promote gender equality through the design of an International Development Co-operation Framework on Gender and Media that can give support to actions at the national, regional and global levels – in particular the activities of the Global Alliance on Media and Gender;Recognise the critical area of concern of the Beijing Declaration, the resolution adopted by the UN in 1995 to promulgate a set of global principles concerning the equality of men and women;Analyse and discuss the declaration’s Platform for Action, as well as the Women and the Media Diagnosis element of the declaration as central to all other critical areas of concern, in order to endorse and build Gamag as a mechanism to accelerate implementation and systematic follow-up; and,Encourage commitment to mainstream or strengthen gender and media objectives in the programmes and budgets of the development partners as well as through their communication strategies of their own media services.Millennium and Sustainable development goalsThe Gamag assembly is an answer to the call for global partnerships as stated in the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal 8. Also, the mission statement of the conference resonates with the proposed Sustainable Development Goals 16 and 17. These are to target 10 concerning measures to promote public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, as well as strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development by the year 2030.Addis Ababa Action AgendaThe Gamag meeting will also seek to advance the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and Action Plan on Transformative Financing for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.Women are underrepresented in media staffing at all levels. This is fact, but we must change it. #GenderInMedia— GAMAG (@tweet_gamag) November 30, 2015Decades of research has shown that despite many advancements in gender equality, there remains much work to be done. “Women remain consistently under- represented in media staffing at all levels, in particular in executive decision- making and technical areas, and [are] often misrepresented in editorial content,” GCIS said in a statement about the meeting.The South African government holds that women are under-represented in media regulatory and professional organisations. It is determined to help the media, traditional and emerging, to promote women’s full participation in the industry. “Media houses and government communications wings have [the] potential to promote editorial policies in favour of gender equality in media content, eliminating stereotypes and portraying a fair representation of men and women.”GCIS highlighted the need to bring more online access to women in general, around the world, allowing them a voice to speak about what mattered most to them, including health issues, human rights promotion and overall gender equality. In addition to allowing them the platforms to speak, the media, GCIS said, should offer women the information needed to promote their participation in every aspect of life and in achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.“Media can give women a voice in news and current affairs, in all types of coverage and in all subject segments, including news on war and peace making, finance, science, technology and politics.”Ultimately, GCIS concluded, the media, working together with governments, the private sector and academia, “must enable time or space for women to express themselves and promote coverage and awareness of gender equality in work, working conditions, and property rights. A high priority [is] the situation of women in conflict zones, as well as violence against women.”Media can give women a voice in news and current affairs, in all types of coverage. #GenderInMedia— GAMAG (@tweet_gamag) December 2, 2015Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

Cova Tancada – GC1ZW11 – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – November 15, 2012

first_imgA cliff, a cave, and a cachePicture this: Clear blue water, a dark cave, and a treasure. It’s a geocacher’s dream. Well, dream no more, because the geocache really exists and it’s called Cova Tancada (GC1ZW11).The difficulty 3, terrain 4 traditional geocache is located on the largest island of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca. Mallorca is not only home to beautiful beaches and rich history, but a very popular cache. Nearly 260 geocachers have logged a smiley and awarded it 129 Favorite Points since it was published by chrismaxx in October of 2009.Anyone who loves to go for a long, scenic hike when geocaching will appreciate the beauty and reward when logging this cache off the coast of Spain.Inside the caveAccording to the bilingual cache page (German and English), the cave “Sa Cova Tancada del Cap de Menorca” was once used by smugglers who built the entrance to the cave to hide their goods. Those smuggled goods were then transported to the neighboring island, Menorca.The island of Menorca is just 33 kilometers (21 miles) from Mallorca. If the weather permits, geocachers can often catch a glimpse of the nearby island on their way to discover the treasure.To embark on this adventure cachers generally set aside 1.5 hours to get to the cache from the parking location. But, once they reach the cache, time loses all meaning. Even though the cave can be intimidating at times, geocachers have reported that “the view from the end location will have you feeling peaceful and serene.”One geocacher who logged this find writes, “You will sweat, you will be full of joy, and most of all, you will feel so calm when you get to this special place. We were surrounded by a great view and a wonderful group of people. The hike up and down the cliff side was somewhat strenuous, but so worth it. I’m so glad there’s a cache here. Thank you for showing us this great place.”Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] path to the caveShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedPunta de N’ Amer – Cova de ses Crestes GC17QRE GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – August 29, 2011August 29, 2011In “Community”Where Bats Dare — Geocache of the WeekMarch 15, 2017In “Community”Summer vacation inspiration — Es Pontas (GC20APF) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 24, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

Three things you thought you knew about life insurance…. But didn’t

first_imgIf I have poor health I will be rejected for life insurance benefits or my premiums will be much higher: In today’s competitive financial landscape insurance companies are catering to every sector of the market including high risk individuals. Whereas high risk life insurance is likely to have higher premiums and more restrictions than a traditional life insurance policy, the benefits of having life insurance far outweigh the costs. This is especially true of veterans and servicemembers who have access to a wide range of life insurance products and packages offered by the VA at a very reasonable cost.Life insurance is sure to benefit individuals in all stages of life regardless of their medical history and is a critical part of becoming financially responsible and independent. Don’t let misconceptions or discomfort deter you from making arrangements for your loved ones to be taken care of after you pass. For more information about life insurance visit us  to learn more about life insurance with Dr. Barbara O’Neill and Ruth Berkheimer. This webinar will focus on basic insurance principles and terminology, who needs life insurance, reasons for buying life insurance, life insurance policy features, the life insurance needs analysis process, tips for buying life insurance, and life insurance needs and policy options for service members and military families, including SGLI, Family SGLI, SGLI disability extension, VGLI and TSGLI. To register visit the event page. By Ayesha Haider, BA, MBA, AFC CandidateVisit the event page to join this webinar or view recordingLife insurance is probably the most dreaded financial product for people to start a conversation about since it forces us to acknowledge our own mortality.A 2013 study by State Farm Insurance found that parents would rather talk to their kids about drugs, alcohol, religion or politics than life insurance. But delaying or foregoing a conversation about life insurance exposes your family members and loved ones to a significant amount of financial risk.According to a 2015 study, cost is the reason most Americans give for not owning life insurance.  However 80% of consumers misjudge the price for term life insurance.In addition to cost, the following are three common misperceptions that people have about life insurance:Life insurance is for people who have dependents: This is a mistaken belief among people who are single or who do not have dependents that are reliant on them for their financial well-being. However, even an unmarried individual’s death is likely to impact those around them both emotionally and financially. There are funeral and other “end-of-life” expenses to cover and, in some cases, your death may result in a loved one being responsible for your debt and other financial obligations. Investing in life insurance as a single adult helps shield relatives and friends from any financial burdens your death may cause. It is also a good way to leave a legacy by donating to a charitable organization that you care about or a relative that you’d like to provide for. If I live past a certain age my life insurance will go to waste anyway: While this is true of term life insurance – which provides coverage up to a certain age – it is not true of whole or permanent life insurance. This alternate type of life insurance has a longer validity than term life insurance and will provide coverage until the policyholder reaches the age of 100. Permanent life insurance usually has a higher premium than term life insurance, but that is because it combines a traditional death benefit with a savings plan that allows you to build up cash value that grows tax deferred.last_img read more

What Women (and Men) Need to Know About Money

first_imgBy Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, [email protected] May 28, 2019, the Military Families Learning Network Personal Finance team is presenting a webinar called Gender and Finances. The webinar will describe research about how women handle money and fare economically versus men with respect to saving, investing, the use of credit, and retirement planning.Why a webinar about women and personal finance? Very simply, women have unique financial challenges:Women live longer than men on averageWomen earn less than men on averageMore women than men have employment gaps that impact future retirement benefits (e.g., Social Security)More women than men are impacted negatively by life events such as widowhood and divorceSome women lack financial knowledge and/or experience or depend on others to provide financial supportAn estimated 85% to 90% of American women will be on their own financially at some point in their lives. Some will never marry. Some will see their marriages end in divorce, and some will outlive their husbands. Perhaps nobody better stated the need for women to become financially independent and financially capable than American suffragist and women’s rights leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1892:No matter how much women prefer to lean, to be protected and supported, nor how much men desire to have them do so, they must make the voyage of life alone, and for safety in an emergency they must know something of the laws of navigation.There are many things that people can learn about personal finance. A good habit to develop is to learn one new thing a day from print, electronic, or social media, family and friends, or other sources. Listed below are 8 key action steps that women (and men) need to take:Set Financial Goals- Include a specific date (e.g., 2023), a specific cost (e.g., $8,000), and an action plan (e.g., I will save $X monthly). Measure your progress periodically.Pay Yourself First- Set up automatic savings plans so part of your income gets saved before you can spend it. Examples include employer retirement plan payroll deductions and checking to savings account transfers.Develop and Maintain Human Capital– Learn new career skills and information on a regular basis and never consider your education finished. In addition, practice good health habits to remain productive.Maintain a Good Credit Rating- Pay credit bills on time, avoid charging more than 50% of your available credit limit, and check your credit report regularly for errors and evidence of identity theft.Manage Credit Wisely– Seek a low interest rate (APR) credit card, seek credit counseling if needed, and (ideally) make credit card bill payments in full or at least pay twice the minimum payment.Practice Tax Avoidance- Take advantage of legal tax-reduction strategies including tax-deferred retirement savings plans, tax deductions and credits, and long-term capital gains tax rates.Calculate Your Net Worth– Total the value of everything you own (assets) and everything you owe (debts). Subtract debts from assets to determine your net worth and update this figure annually.Know Your (Cash) Flow– Track and total monthly income and monthly expenses. Compare the numbers and identify expenses that can be reduced to avoid negative cash flow and free up money to save.last_img read more

London Olympics face twin challenges

first_imgWith less than a fortnight to go for the Olympics, host city London could look like a besieged garrison, thanks to the security system that has been put in place. However, the bigger worry could be Mother Nature, as Britain has faced an incredibly wet summer. Recent pictures of east London residential areas being fitted with missiles and the army positioned in key areas give the impression as if the country is readying for World War III. It is in this newly developed part of east London that most Olympic venues are located.To be sure, Britain never gave the impression all this while that terror would be such a major issue with it. However, with several suspects arrested in the last one month, its apprehensions are out in the open.As for the rain, it has affected county cricket, the Formula One race in Silverstone and even Wimbledon where Roger Federer won his seventh title in an indoor setting. With such a prospect looming over outdoor sporting events, the organisers surely have a job on their hands.last_img read more

UST legend Venus Bernal proud of Sisi Rondina, feels it’s the Tigresses’ year

first_imgChief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss NU stumps FEU for 1-0 lead in UAAP men’s volleyball finals Bernal was the MVP and Best Scorer in Season 69 and she led the Golden Tigresses to the championship when they swept Far Eastern University in two games.Rondina’s MVP award, though, might be followed up next year if Rookie of the Year Eya Laure continues her stellar play.Laure was the second-best scorer in the league with a total of 230 points and she was named as the first Best Outside Hitter of the tournament.Bernal said she wants the MVP trophy to stay in UST but she insisted that the main goal is always the championship.“Of course, I want her (Laure) to win the MVP and I also want UST to win the title,” said Bernal. “Then again, you can’t always say what’s going to happen. They just have to improve and I know the kids can see that they’re doing their best.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Rondina’s exploits earned her the MVP, Best Scorer, and second Best Outside Hitter awards, but those trophies aren’t the only ones the “Cherry Bomb” got.Venus Bernal, the last Golden Tigress to win an MVP, said she’s proud of what Rondina has accomplished and that she’s elated to see her alma mater become the home of the top individual prize in the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Actually, just watching UST play in the finals is an amazing feeling and also Sisi won the MVP,” said Bernal in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “Sisi deserved this.”“Of course, it’s not just Sisi. With the help of her teammates, I feel that this year belongs to UST. I’m happy for Sisi because at least the MVP award is back in España.” View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img UST legend Venus Bernal. Photo by Bong Lozada/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—”Kami naman” has been University of Santo Tomas’ mantra in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament and no other player in that roster embodied that spirit more than Cherry Rondina.The Golden Tigresses’ talisman was a wrecking ball of pure energy finishing as the league’s top scorer amassing a total of 259 points during the eliminations to lead UST to a second-best 10-4 record en route to its first finals series in eight years.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

Serena Williams’ bid for ninth Miami title ends

first_imgSerena Williams’ bid for a ninth Miami Open title came to a shock end when the world number one was beaten 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-2 in the fourth round by 15th-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova on Monday.The loss on the Miami hardcourts was the first since 2012 for Williams, who had swept the last three titles in her unofficial home tournament.”I’m really thrilled,” said Kuznetsova after registering her first win over Williams since 2009. “I’m sorry fans, who are disappointed that Serena’s not going to keep playing, but for sure she’ll be at more events than here.”I’m really happy with my performance. I tried to stay at a good level the whole game. I think I did that pretty well and I’m happy with the way I served today.”It was a day of dramatic upsets at Crandon Park, as Williams stepped onto the Stadium court for her Round of 16 match immediately after third-seeded world number two Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland was tripped up by 19th-seeded Swiss Timea Bacsinszky 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.Radwanska was the winner on the Miami hardcourts in 2012 before Serena Williams embarked on her three title run.The upsets continued into the afternoon with fourth-seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza falling 7-6(6), 7-6(4) to 13th-seeded Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, still in top form following her victory this month at Indian Wells.Second-seeded Angelique Kerber narrowly avoided being another victim as she survived Timea Babos 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in the day’s late match.A tight first set saw both Williams and Kuznetsova register a break but neither player could gain the upper hand, sending the opener to a tie-break which the top-seeded American dominated 7-3 with the help of a pair of thundering aces.advertisementA battling Kuznetsova controlled the second set from the start, breaking the 21-times grand slam winner to go up 3-1 then sweeping the next three games to level the contest at a set apiece.The Russian upped the pressure with a pair of breaks to start the third as she stormed through the opening three games before Williams finally stopped the bleeding with a break of her own at 3-1.The relief was brief, however, as former U.S. and French Open champion Kuznetsova immediately hit back with yet another break and went on to finish off the upset in just over two hours.In other action, fifth-seeded Romanian Simona Halep eased into the quarters with a tidy 6-3, 6-4 decision over British wildcard Heather Watson.Britain, however, will be represented in the last eight as Johanna Konta tamed another Romanian, Monica Niculescu, 6-2, 6-2.last_img read more