Infographic: what you can do to save water

first_imgSmall changes at home and work can go a long way to minimise the effects of the current drought in South Africa. We’ve collected these easy tips so everyone can contribute to saving water.Saving water can be easy by making tiny changes in lifestyle habits. (Image: Pixabay)Words and research: Priya PitamberDesign and infographic: Sandile KhumaloSouth Africa is experiencing a severe drought but we can all do our bit to save water and learn to use it wisely.The Department of Water and Sanitation has urged people to follow water saving measures strictly as dam levels across the country continue to fall.“If we are to secure enough water for each citizen amidst this very real water crisis, we need to pull together and do every bit we can to save and preserve our water resources in our province,” said MEC for co-operative governance and traditional affairs Paul Mashatile, speaking about Gauteng.Click on the image for a larger view.Source: Department of Water and SanitationWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Fight to the finish line

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Andy WesthovenBy Andy Westhoven, AgriGold Regional AgronomistThe 2019 growing season has certainly been one for the ages (and the record books). It has been both memorable and forgettable. I know many growers who have said this year they had to throw out the rule book. I can empathize with any grower, as I too did some things that made me embarrassed. However, this was, and still is, a year of audibles. We’ve had Plan A, B, C, D, etc. We had to be quick on our feet whenever the slightest window opened for fieldwork. Sure, many times it was questionable at best, but it’s what had to be done. Now if you’re fortunate to have a crop planted and still actively growing, I believe you have to fight to the finish line.There are many factors now out of our control. Many crop roots are average at best, which is a major challenge. It’s critical to first analyze the crop potential in the field, set realistic expectations, and if economically feasible or justifiable, protect the crop. I understand some are willing to write off the year. Others may look at this crop as an opportunity to capitalize.Much of the corn crop is 5 to 6 weeks behind schedule. Unfortunately, the insects and diseases are right on time. Insects such as Japanese beetles are ferocious eaters and have been spotted in several locations. Gray leaf spot is just one disease that is popping up on all sizes of corn. There are others such as northern corn leaf blight, tar spot, etc. that might creep in later. Additional insects may also rear their ugly head. This is not meant to frighten but instead enlighten the opportunity to protect your bushels. There are many factors to consider when weighing the option to spray a pesticide. The first is yield potential. Keep realistic expectations in mind. If a field has 180 to 200 bushel yield potential or more, there is enough incentive to spray and protect that crop. Other than yield, factors such as planting date, hybrid(s) planted and health packages, crop rotation and/or tillage, field history, etc. should also be considered.Lastly on corn, two years ago I conducted a trial planted on June 2 with a 113-day corn hybrid sprayed multiple times with a fungicide. During a field day in August, I questioned if the trial would even reach black layer as that season was experiencing a very cool August. To my surprise, the plot yielded extremely well and reached black layer! The area sprayed with fungicide was over 20 bushels better than where I sprayed nothing. Additionally, the moisture was in the low 20s with exceptional test weight. It was harvested in early November that year. My take home from this story and trial was not to give up on June planted corn – if you feel there is potential.Turning the leaf over to soybeans, their story is similar to that of corn. If you have a good stand and good crop potential then fight to keep and protect those bushels. We all know the soybean story is written in August and September. If we have good weather, then we typically have good yields. Like corn diseases, soybean diseases have also begun their movement into the fields. I have commonly observed 8- to10-bushel gains or more from a fungicide application made between R2 and R4 growth stages. We have certainly experienced the “right” environment for diseases to impact our soybeans. Be sure to give a fair assessment to each field, run through a similar list of factors like variety, planting date, crop rotation, tillage, etc. to help make the best-informed decisions.The planting season is over, but we’re only in the middle of the growing season. This year has been about weathering the storm in so many ways, but it’s worth repeating, if you have a growing crop, fight to the finish line!last_img read more

Pandora Partners With…Clear Channel?

first_imgUpdated at 1pm PST with quote from Pandora founder Tim Westergren below. Updated August 4th with comment from Clear Channel PR.Streaming music service Pandora has entered into an ad sales partnership with a subsidiary of media conglomerate Clear Channel, a move that should help ensure the service’s long-term financial viability but will likely lead to more ads in the stream and criticism of the independent company for getting in bed with the widely disliked mega-firm.AdAge provided in-depth coverage of the partnership in a report this morning. A zoom out to look at the criticism that Clear Channel has faced and how this impacts music fans is worthwhile as well.Criticisms of Clear ChannelClear Channels’ alleged monopolistic practices have long been criticized in a variety of related industries, including billboards, concert venues and radio stations. The company’s image as a faceless corporate bureaucracy dangerous to the well being of local communities is well illustrated by anecdotes like the following, from Project Censored‘s most under-discussed stories of 2004 collection:“In January 2002, a train carrying 10,000 gallons of anhydrous ammonia derailed in the town of Minot, causing a spill and a toxic cloud. Authorities attempted to warn the residents of Minot to stay indoors and to avoid the spill. But when the authorities called six of the seven radio stations in Minot to issue the warning, no one answered the phones. As it turned out, Clear Channel owned all six of the stations and none of the station’s personnel were available at the time. “The company’s extensive ownership of radio stations has also raised concerns about censorship. After September 11th, 2001 the company famously circulated a list of songs to all its stations that it said should only be played after great thought, including Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’,” Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” and the entire Rage Against the Machine discography.Those are but a few of the many criticisms of Clear Channel. Some users will no doubt be concerned that the same culture will now influence Pandora. That deal will only concern ad sales, the company says, but it’s hard to believe the money connection won’t have at least subtle consequences in other parts of the business.Helping Pandora ThriveStreaming music recommendation service Pandora is wildly popular but has been unsure about its own survival for some time because of the high licensing fees it has been forced by the music industry to pay. Last month the situation appeared to have been resolved, though not without controversy.The new deal with Clear Channel will no doubt make it more likely that Pandora can survive and thrive. It will presumably also mean that there will be more ads in the music stream. The company’s ad-free desktop music player does not appear to be selling well, though appearances could be deceiving. We’ve requested comment from Pandora and will update this post when we hear from them.In the meantime, it’s a situation that many music fans will have complicated feelings about. “It’s a conundrum,” prominent music industry blogger Dave Allen told us by phone this morning. “I’m a big believer in being able to access anything from the cloud, but it still seems early days. Clear Channel, though, that’s a tough one for indie music fans to swallow.”Update: Pandora founder Tim Westergren emailed us the following response:The deal is with [Clear Channel subsidiary] Katz, not Clear Channel. It’s really most akin to an ad network deal (think DoubleClick for audio). It has no bearing on a relationship with Clear Channel (just as using DoubleClick has no implications for a relationship with Google), and will have no impact on our longstanding audio ad strategy – which will continue to be short, tasteful and infrequent. It just allows us to take advantage of an established network of sales folks as we ramp our team to keep up with the growth.We’ll leave it to readers to decide whether they buy that.Update: A PR representative from Clear Channel emailed the following response to this post as well. With regards to the situation in Minot, the public-notification failures connected with the Minot train derailment were a direct result of the local authorities’ failure to install their Emergency Alert System equipment. Instead of using the equipment – which would have allowed authorities to automatically break into the broadcast – as specified by the Emergency Alert System and as successfully done locally by the National Weather service MANY times – the local authorities attempted to use phone lines that were jammed with citizens. That is why the government abandoned the phone-based emergency “broadcast” system seven (7) years before the Minot incident happened. When the truth finally came to light, the local authorities privately apologized to local Clear Channel managers for lying to the media and Congress about the incident — a subsequent Congressional inquiry confirmed that local authorities were at fault that night and that Clear Channel Radio employees went above and beyond their professional responsibilities in responding to this serious situation, during and after the incident occurred.Additionally, Clear Channel does not ban songs – and the company has third-party spins data to prove it. There is no truth to that rumor – there was no list issued by the company after 9/11. An email from a local programmer who had just lost his son was sent to a couple of his colleagues who were programming similar formats describing his personal experience with his overwhelming grief. It was not an official list distributed by the company – in no way, shape or form. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#Features#music#news#NYT#web Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout marshall kirkpatrick 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

What the Tweetmeme Toyota Portal Looks Like Under the Hood

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Data Services#news#web Halstead’s company got a big boost from this deal, but Tweetmeme has been cash-flow positive for at least the last 3 months. “I think the more interesting fact,” he says, “is that I started this company for the sole purpose of doing this and companies are now only just starting to recognize the value in this kind of proposition. I think that shows how far social media has grown up. And that you have to stick at what you know is right – even if people ignore it to start with.”No word yet on when this system will be opened up to the public, but used in conjunction with other media types like Toyota has it sure seems like there’s a lot of potential here.Disclosure: FM Publishing, a partner in the Toyota project, is also RWW’s advertising network. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Auto manufacturer Toyota launched a new Twitter-based portal called Toyota Conversations tonight and the site is getting a whole lot of press. Most people are focused on how the site seems to contain more positive Tweets than the world at large, but there are a lot of negative links on the site as well.We got a look at the back-end infrastructure of the Tweetmeme portal system and have screenshots displayed below. These aren’t for the Toyota project in particular, but they are the same tools being put to use in a different campaign. We know you feed and data geeks fantasize about building the ultimate feed moderation system. Check out the one that Toyota put down no small sum to get to use. It’s a nice combination of heavy duty and easy to use, just like you’d expect for a big corporate customer like this. The best news? This system will be opened up to the public soon.No Cover Up HereBelow, an item page for a popular link shared about Toyota. Below is what appears to be the company’s direct response. Thus the name of the site, Conversations.Easy to Use Logic ChainsTweetmeme portal customers set up complex combinations of rules for which tweets to display using what company founder Nick Halstead calls “a mini-programming language – with a drag + drop interface for setting them up. Rules can be based on tweet, text from the story, title, meta data from the story, geo location data, twitter users who are tweeting…almost any data that is associated with twitter and the linked story that we spider as well. Each channel can have a number of chains – each chain can work separately – but be valued differently – i.e. have a confidence factor associated with it.”The Big Dashboard in the SkyThis is what Tweetmeme HQ looks at, standing on top of all the channels. The ten person team calls its big set of rules “the pickle matrix”. Every time someone Tweets a tweet with a new link in it, or a Retweet, that data is thrown against the pickle matrix. That’s the field “access count.” Then an optimized process of rules are matched. “The data isn’t the problem,” Halstead says, “it’s the number of rules we put against it. This is 1,000 times more powerful than Twitter’s Track or search because we can apply tens of thousands of rules to every Tweet we see.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Nagaland’s tourism showpiece attracts record visitors

first_imgThe Hornbill Festival of Nagaland attracted a record 2,43,214 visitors this year, a sharp climb compared to the previous years, a government official said.Toka E. Tuccumi, an officer with the Department of Tourism, said a total of 2,43,214 visitors, including 2,401 foreign tourists, 38,700 domestic and 2,02,113 locals enjoyed the festival during the 10 days. The number of visitors this year was higher than last year’s total of 1,12,604 visitors by 1,30,610, he said.10 days of festivitiesThe 10-day festival, which is the annual showpiece tourism event of the State, was inaugurated on December 1 — coinciding with the 54th Statehood Day celebrations — by President Ram Nath Kovind.The festival concluded at the picturesque Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, on Sunday amid mega bonfires and the tunes of Naga war cry and beats of traditional log drums reverberating in the background.The massive turnout at the festival provided the visitors ample opportunity to take prized photos and getting a lowdown on some of the Naga cultural dances during the “Unity Dance” performed by the 17 tribes of the State.Nagaland Governor P.B. Acharya said, “The Hornbill festival is designed in such a manner that it coincides with Statehood Day celebrations, which gives an opportunity to all the Naga tribes to converge on one location to showcase the best of their tribal costumes, songs and dance.”Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Governor of Odisha S.C. Jamir, Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig. (retd) B.D. Mishra, Manipur CM N. Biren Singh, Arunachal CM Pema Khandu and Director General of Assam Rifles Lt. Gen. Shokin Chauhan were among the several dignitaries gracing the festival.last_img read more

Lady Chiefs complete three-peat, beat Lady Altas in 4 sets

first_imgSan Beda, Lyceum still title favorites for NCAA Season 94 PLAY LIST 03:13San Beda, Lyceum still title favorites for NCAA Season 9400:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 “I have high respect for Perpetual because they really brought the best in us,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier, whose squad came back in the championship series after dropping Game 1, in Filipino.Blood, sweat and tears all worth it for the Lady Chiefs as they celebrate their 3rd NCAA volleyball crown in a row. #NCAAFinals STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) February 12, 2019 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Down 11-13, Arellano scored 11 unanswered points capped off by an Ebuen kill that took the fight out of Perpetual Help.Arocha, who took home the Finals MVP plum for the second consecutive time, fired a game-high 16 points, Princess Bello had 12 points and 18 digs while Ebuen added 11.Cindy Imbo paced the Lady Altas with 12 points in her final collegiate game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “Our loss in Game 1, was big for us because we learned how to recover and realized the things that we still need to do,” Javier added.The Lady Chiefs have now won four titles in five seasons and they did it after going on a blistering run in the fourth set led by Arocha and Ebuen.“All of what we do is for the school. This trophy is for the school,” Javier said.Three-peat for Arellano University Lady Chiefs! #NCAAFinals— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) February 12, 2019ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES View comments Kawhi Leonard banks in winning basket as Raptors edge Nets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University completed a three-peat after rolling past University of Perpetual Help, 22-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-18, in the rubber match of NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball Finals Tuesday before a raucous crowd at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Reigning MVP Nicole Ebuen and Regine Arocha led the way for the Lady Chiefs, who foiled the Lady Altas’ bid to sweep this year’s volleyball tournament after ruling the men’s and juniors’ divisions.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more