Mongabay Latam and Semana Sostenible travelled to two of their reserves. The forests of the Serranía del Perijá Regional Nature Park are being burned and indigenous peoples are living in difficult health conditions.They are asking for urgent attention from the state, and amid shortages are also having to deal with the arrival of indigenous Yukpa migrants from Venezuela.This article is a collaboration between Mongabay Latam and Semana Sostenible from Colombia. There is still hope in the innocent eyes of Yukpa children. They play, laugh, and jump about, despite the difficulties their people face. However, the adults’ eyes tell a different story: impotence, anger and pain, caused by the conditions they live in due to lack of land, hunger, deforestation and the diversion of their rivers, but above all, due to the indifference of the state.The indigenous Yukpa past and present have sombre tones. Yukpa children present high rates of malnutrition and lack of schooling; few adults live beyond the age of 65. According to the 2005 Census, there are 4761 Yukpa living in Colombia, divided among six reserves, located in the municipalities of La Paz, Agustín Codazzi and Becerril, in Cesar, the Colombian Caribbean, covering a total area of 34,064 hectares.In these territories, there are several areas of reserves with fragile ecosystems, and most of the Yukpa population live crammed together in the highest part of the Serranía del Perijá, where the land is more arid. The rivers their ancestors used to fish in are contaminated, some almost dry, and fish are scarce due to lack of oxygen. Furthermore, oil palm plantations have diverted the few remaining water sources. Their future looks bleak.Semana Sostenible and Mongabay Latam visited the Iroka and Sokorpa reserves (which cover 8678/25,000 hectares and have over 3000/1362 inhabitants respectively), to see the problems experienced by the Yukpa first-hand. The group spans the border with Venezuela, and is exposed to the same difficulties experienced by many other communities living in border areas forgotten by local, regional and national governments.
Five children from Donegal are still in with the chance of becoming this year’s overall Doodle 4 Google champion!This year, students were asked to design a Doodle on the theme ‘Ireland Is…’ with the winning Doodle appearing on the Google homepage on Easter Monday, 28th March 2016.The following students are among 75 regional finalists in with a chance of winning the competition: Anastazja Kimel, Scoil Colmcille, Kilmacrennan (Group 2)Isabelle Fisher, Ballyraine National School, Letterkenny (Group 3)Maríosa Bryceland, Loreto Community School, Milford (Group 4)Shannon Craig, Royal and Prior Comprehensive School, Raphoe (Group 5)Deirdre McGuinness, St. Catherine’s Vocational School, Killybegs (Group 5)The panel of judges which included the artist Maser, one of Ireland’s leading visual artists working in the urban environment, Aideen Howard, director of The Ark, a Cultural Centre for Children and Tomm Moore, co-founder and Creative Director of Cartoon Saloon, who directed the Oscar nominated film The Secret of Kells and the film Song of the Sea, had the difficult task of selecting the 75 finalists from the thousands of entries that were received. Members of the public can vote from February 7th for their favourite Doodle on www.google.ie/doodle4google. Voting will close at midnight on the 14th of February. The five most popular doodles, one from each age category, will go forward to the grand final where the overall winner will be chosen by the Google Ireland team.Ronan Harris, VP and head of Google in Ireland said, “This year’s Doodle 4 Google competition is very special, as it is part of Google’s 2016 commemoration programme, with the winning doodle featuring on the Google Ireland homepage on Easter Monday, 28th March. Millions of people will have the opportunity to see it, and understand how young people view the modern Ireland of 2016. We’ve seen some amazing doodles this year and it’s now up to the public to vote for their favourite doodle.”The winner will also receive a €5,000 scholarship towards their third-level studies, a Chromebook, and a €10,000 technology grant for their school. Each of the five class group winners and their teachers will also win a Chromebook each.If you have a story form your part of Donegal, please email us at [email protected] FIVE DONEGAL KIDS AIMING TO BE DOODLE 4 GOOGLE CHAMP! was last modified: January 27th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGoogle
@OmarMendez94: What did I do to deserve such hardships?I don’t know, Omar. You seem like a good guy. You’ll get through [email protected]: When will the pass rush arrive?Not sure, man. Arden Key has … Tensions are high among Raider Nation after only two weeks, and understandably so.You guys keep coming with the good questions, though, and that’s what matters most to me.So here are your answers, with the Raiders (0-2) flying cross-country to face the Dolphins (2-0) this week.
A trio of College of the Redwoods softball players were named to All-Golden Valley Conference teams earlier this week. All are freshman — a positive sign going forward for the program.Adriana Chavez and Amy Reyes were named to the GVC first-team while Juliana Ortega-Miranda was named to the GVC second-team.All three spent much of the year running Redwoods’ infield, a group which the team’s head coach Maggie White said was, in her opinion, the best infield in the conference.Chavez began the …
OAKLAND — The Warriors fought to the end.Man, did they fight.They showed unspeakable tenacity, steely resolve, and an unquantifiable amount of heart. But they didn’t have enough soldiers to win the war.Stephen Curry had a chance to win it — a clean-as-you-could-expect look at the rim from behind the 3-point arc, but his shot in the final seconds clanked off the front of the rim. The Warriors had a chance to get the rebound — they scrambled on the floor, finally getting to the …
Janine ErasmusSouth Africa’s allotment of sunshine outstrips that of most other countries, says Eskom. The national electricity supplier has decided that it’s time to put that sunny source of power to good use, and has launched a programme that will incentivise consumers to increase their use of solar power to heat water.The solar radiation that South Africa receives, according to statistics, ranges from around 1450 kWh/m2 to about 1950 kWh/m2 per year (compared to Europe which on average receives 910kWh/m2 per year). This freely available resource is about to be tapped, as Eskom has stepped up its Demand Side Management (DSM) programme – one component of which is the solar water heating programme.The current demand from the whole of South Africa is around 35 000 MW – a demand that often exceeds supply as Eskom battles to keep up. In recent weeks South Africans have been inconvenienced and enraged by a spate of planned power interruptions on a rolling basis that have plunged areas of the country into darkness, affecting traffic lights, restaurants, shops, and even hospitals.In order to address this situation Eskom is currently refurbishing some of its older power stations which were taken out of service – it has also received the green light to build new power production capacity. However, as it takes years to build a power station Eskom is meanwhile promoting other viable alternatives for effective management of available power. One of these is DSM.The prime objective of DSM is efficient use of electricity. This is achieved by monitoring usage of electricity and encouraging consumers to modify their patterns of electricity usage, including the timing and level of electricity demand. If the demand for electricity is less during peak times, the supply will be more consistent. The DSM programme aims to save some 3 000 MW of electricity by 2012 and up to 8 000 MW by 2025.Why solar power?Many reasons have been mooted for the increased use of solar power. The main reasons are environmentally related, as solar power is clean power and does not negatively influence climate change or encourage global warming. Says Dr Steve Lennon, MD of Eskom’s resources and strategy division, “This will not only assist with the capacity situation, but will also reduce environmental impacts and take costs out of the economy.”For homeowners, solar water heaters are cost effective and reliable. For homeowners in South Africa, with its abundance of sun, solar geysers are an extremely effective and reliable form of heating, especially in light of Eskom’s warning that South Africans could face power shortages for the next five years.The goal of the solar water heating programme is to save, in both monetary and energy terms. Switching to solar power will enable consumers to decrease their reliance on coal- or nuclear-generated electricity, as their water will be heated by a renewable energy source (renewable energy is energy obtained from sources that are essentially inexhaustible, such as water, wind or the sun). Energy consultants say that water heating accounts for between 30 percent and 50 percent of household electricity consumption.Consumers will also receive a discount directly from the supplier of the system – provided the product and supplier are registered with Eskom and a registered service provider performs the installation. Once the system is up and running and a certificate of compliance has been issued, the supplier can then claim back the discount from Eskom’s facilitating auditors as a rebate.Eskom’s DSM website provides comprehensive information for those wishing to know where to begin. So far only one supplier is listed but it is expected that more names will be added to the list in coming weeks.Saving by using solar powerThe website gives a figure of approximately R13 000 for a system that will support a family of four. It estimates that solar heating systems will pay for themselves over periods ranging from four to nine years, because solar radiation varies between areas. However, optimal use will reduce this period, and an average annual savings of about R1 000 can be expected.Eskom cites three prime reasons for the implementation of its solar heating programme. The first is that it is mandated by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to implement energy efficiency measures that will optimise usage of available electricity in the country. Thus, in order to meet the growing demand for electricity, Eskom is pursuing energy and demand savings on a large scale to alleviate excessive strain on the country’s electricity supply.Secondly, Eskom is aiming for compliance with the requirements of the South African government’s White Paper on Renewable Energy, which was issued in 2003. The White Paper sets a target of 10 000 gigawatt hours (GWh) of energy to be produced by renewable means by 2013. A study conducted by the Department of Minerals and Energy shows that solar energy could contribute as much as 23% towards this target.The White Paper lists several benefits that will be realised by achieving the target:An extra 1.667MW new renewable energy capacity, with a net impact on gross domestic product as high as R1 071 billion annually;Additional government revenue of R299 million;Additional income that will flow to low-income households by as much as R128 million, creating just over 20 000 new jobs; andContribution to water savings of 16.5 million kilolitres, which translates into a R26.6 million saving.Lastly, Eskom’s efforts in getting the solar power programme up and running will result in reduced emission of greenhouse gases because of a decreased need to burn coal.Quality assuranceWith regard to the suppliers and installers of solar heating systems, selected criteria have been put in place to ensure that both the consumer and the industry are protected and that installations meet quality standards. These checks will take several forms:Valid South African Bureau of Standards test certificates (showing that solar geysers have been checked and meet required standards) must be produced;Suppliers applying for registration will be audited to ensure they are genuine and are not suddenly jumping on the bandwagon;Selected installations will be checked;Eskom will ensure that installations are performed in accordance with the National Building Regulations and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.In addition, products also have to meet a host of strict criteria, some of which are that the system must be high-pressure, it must be installed with a timer or load management device, it must have a comprehensive five-year guarantee, and it must comply with South African national standards for thermal and mechanical performance and safety.Useful links:EskomEskom’s Demand Side Management programmeDepartment of Minerals and EnergyNational Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa)
9 June 2011Dr Math, a mobile-based mathematics tutoring programme developed by South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, has received a Technology in Government in Africa award from the United Nations.The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in collaboration with the government of Finland, selected Dr Math as a winner in the category “ICT in Education”. The award was made in in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 27 May.Through Dr Math, developed by researcher Laurie Butgereit from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Meraka Institute, learners have access to a group of registered tutors who are online on computers to receive their requests for help via MXit, a popular mobile chat service.“Learners put through requests using MXit and receive responses via MXit. A flow management system ensures that requests are distributed to tutors who are available to help. The emphasis is on imparting skills rather than supplying answers,” Butgereit said in a statement last week.Rewarding commitment to e-governmentThe biannual Technology in Government in Africa (TIGA) awards celebrate African governments’ commitment to e-government to ensure digital interactions with citizens or between government agencies.Comments by the TIGA judges attest to the quality of the Dr Math nomination: “I loved the idea of boosting sciences in general and math in particular, especially for under privileged youngsters,” said Anne Rachel Inne, regional liaison for Africa, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).“It should be positioned to strategically work effectively for the region because math is key to future success.”Matti Sinko, a technical adviser at the ECA’s ICT, Science and Technology Division, said Mr Math was “innovative, useful, inclusive, affordable for users … and educative not only to users but to service providers as well”.Sharing best practice with collaboratorsDr Math is part of the HP Catalyst consortium, thereby ensuring that the CSIR shares best practice and learning with national and international collaborators.Funding from the Department of Science and Technology, and collaboration and support from the Department of Basic Education and MXit, has been instrumental to the ongoing success of Dr Math.Dr Math tutors are drawn primarily from the University of Pretoria. Since 2006, students from the Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT) at the University of Pretoria, have been doing Dr Math in fulfilment of a compulsory community-based Project.On a yearly basis, more than 30 students sign up for this project. Their feedback is always very positive, for example: “it was an awesome experience, but requires nerves of steel and a lot of compassion”, and “it was nice to see school students willing to spend time at home and on weekends to finish their work”.Providing valuable teaching experienceTutors also come from the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), a centre for education and research in Cape Town.“AIMS is proud to be associated with Dr Math through the participation of some of our current postgraduate diploma students who volunteered their time to answer pupils’ questions,” said the institute’s Dr Barrie Barnard. “This opportunity provided them with valuable teaching experience as well as introducing them to an innovative use of technology for educational purposes.”Interactions with learners using Dr Math are defined by a code of conduct, and tutors also sign an informed consent before they receive a manual to assist them in carrying out their duties.Questions received from learners range from finding explanations for basic definitions to calls for help on how to solve problems. “We encourage tutors to teach methods, rather than supplying the answer,” said Butgereit.Students can subscribe to Dr Math by sending a MXit contact request to 079 992 3962. If they use Google Talk or any open source Jabber server, the contact details are [email protected] reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Miss Earth SA, Ashanti Mbanga, with fashion designer Sonwabile Ndamase, who created the national costume she will wear at Miss Earth in the Philippines. (image: Generation Earth) Ashanti Mbanga’s eco dress made of old Archie comic books. In Manila, Mbanga will create awareness on rhino poaching and conservation of wetlands in South Africa.(image: Shamin Chibba) MEDIA CONTACTS • Georgina Cost Operations manager: SA Fusion +27 11 680 6650 +27 82 505 0664 RELATED ARTICLES • Climate Reality Project • Cities combat climate change • Green buildings sprouting in SA • How to build a green economy • SANParks teaches conservationShamin ChibbaCurrent Miss Earth South Africa, Ashanti Mbanga, is a people person. She can engage anyone in the room like a veteran socialite. But it is not her friendliness or intelligence that draws people to her; her attractiveness comes from her humility and the respect she shows others.It is perhaps these traits that won her the crown in 2013. For someone who is constantly reminded of her beauty and who, for the last year, has been attending events as a VIP, she remains grounded mainly because of those traits, instilled in her from childhood.Born in the rural town of Butterworth in the Eastern Cape, Mbanga saw how people living in poverty did not have access to clean water and food, and suffered from a lack of housing and healthcare. This experience shaped her views on environmental sustainability and its social impact.Since she won Miss Earth South Africa, the 24-year-old transport economics student has been determined to use her position to improve the lives of the less privileged and make the world aware of South Africa’s environmental problems. And she will start spreading her message at the international leg of Miss Earth to be held in Manila, the Philippines, on 7 December.Mbanga will be in the Southeast Asian country for three weeks, during which she will raise awareness of rhino poaching and challenge misconceptions about rhino horn. Many Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai people believe powdered rhino horn can cure cancer and malaria. And since the theme of this year’s Miss Earth is water cooperation, Mbanga will also propose ways to conserve wetlands, a source of clean water for animals, plants and humans.“I will make people aware that the planet must come before profit,” she said. “Because we are living in a material world we are making profits at the cost of the environment.”In Manila, Mbanga will join 115 other women from around the world who are working to create awareness of the environmental issues affecting their countries. During her stay she will travel throughout the Philippines, visiting schools and communities, and meeting dignitaries and environmental bodies to promote her environmental cause. Causes and advocacyMbanga is passionate about devising efficient ways to move people and freight while reducing the impact of transport and logistics on the environment. In fact, she hopes to implement her solutions as a transport minister someday.“Our wildlife is being affected by transportation,” said Mbanga. “For instance, a wetland doesn’t need to be destroyed for a road to be built. We can build bridges over the wetland instead. And though it may be costlier, we will save in the future because we’ll have better quality water.”A transport economics student at the University of Johannesburg, Mbanga knows her chosen industry is one of the biggest culprits in environmental degradation. Vehicles pollute the air and roads are built over sensitive ecosystems. But Mbanga knows there are solutions that can balance the needs of transport and the environment.Mbanga maintains that many transport companies are looking to adopt sustainable practices. “Transport companies are for the environment,” she said. “They want environmentalists to know they want to help.”When she started studying, Mbanga was unaware of the effects transport had on the environment. But her interest was sparked when she won Miss Earth South Africa.After a few months of work in the sustainability world, she came up with her own approach to tackling environmental issues. She believes people can make a number of small changes that build up to one huge impact. “When I started reading about these issues in the newspapers and engaging with more people, my focus slowly became about all the small changes people can make.” Wearing her heritageFashion designer Sonwabile Ndamase was tasked with designing the national costume Mbanga will wear at the international Miss Earth, and he had just one thought in mind. “When I sat down with her I said she should dress to show where she is coming from, not where she is going to.”Ndamase, who designed the brightly coloured “Madiba shirt” for Nelson Mandela, wanted to create an outfit that would represent both her South African identity and her traditional heritage.Mbanga is from the Eastern Cape, so Ndamase created a traditional Xhosa outfit: a blue and green mbaco (wraparound skirt), a white ncebetha (apron) and a black iqhiya (headdress). “The inspiration for this dress came from me wanting to take my Xhosa tradition with me,” said Mbanga. “I chose the South African colours for the isigcina [beaded necklace]. The green and blue wraparound skirt contains the colours of the Earth.”Mbanga’s second dress was designed by Redhill High School pupil Suzanne Bell. Miss Earth rules stipulate that contestants must wear an eco-dress at the event, made from responsibly sourced, sustainable and upcycled materials.Bell created the dress from recycled Archie comic books she found in her house. To get the desired effect she used a technique called “napkin podge”, which plastered the comic book pages to scrap material. The dress was made as part of a project run by the school’s Generation Earth council, a platform for young volunteers wanting to work on environmental issues. Miss Earth a leadership programmeIn choosing Miss Earth South Africa 2013, judges were looking for a woman with leadership qualities who could also relate to all people, from children to politicians. Mbanga, with her approachable quality and her ideas about sustainable public transport, was the perfect candidate.According to Miss Earth South Africa founder, Ella Bella Constantinides, the initiative is more a leadership programme than a beauty pageant. It aims to empower women and make them ambassadors of environmental sustainability.The South African programme does this through three projects, focused on energy efficiency, water management and food security. “The programme is unique in that for one night it is a beauty pageant and for seven months it’s all hard work,” said Constantinides. “We provide a leadership programme so we are not just taking the face value of the ladies – we are challenging them too.”For Mbanga, the idea of being an ambassador is emphasised by the use of the word “delegates” instead of “contestants”. “Everyone has this misconception that Miss Earth is a beauty pageant when it really isn’t. It is actually a leadership programme.”Her impeccable social skills and her ideas for a cleaner planet may make Mbanga just the right delegate to win Miss Earth in Manila. “We have no doubt Ashanti will do us proud,” said Constantinides. “She knows what it takes to go all the way, to compete for a title that represents everything she believes in.”
12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Revenue for the 9 months ended October 31, 2010 was $90.12 million. That’s an increase over 30.1 million over the same months in 2009. Related Posts Tags:#music#news#NYT#web Subscription revenue was $12.3 million during the first 9 months of 2010. It was $4 million during the first 9 months of 2009. That’s huge growth. Online music recommendation service Pandora has had quite the ride over the last several years. In 2006, ReadWriteWeb named it a runner-up in the yearly Best Little Company round-up and we had high hopes for the company. Four months later, we were writing about how Pandora founder Tim Westergren was appealing for help to “save Internet radio” from licensing fees. A year after that, the headline read “Pandora On the Verge of Closing Shop“.Oh, how things can change. Nowadays, Pandora is everywhere, from computers to mobile phones to integrated car stereo systems. Today, the company has taken it one step further and filed for a $100 million IPO.According to All Things Digital’s Tricia Duryee, Pandora filed with the Securities Exchange Commission today to raise $100 million with Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, Stifel Nicolause Weisel and William Blair & Company as underwriters. In it’s filing, it gave a peek at its future plans.Pandora explained in the document that its service today is primarily a personalized radio station streamed over the Web and mobile phones, but in the future it has aspirations to do much more.It wants to improve the service, develop new advertising products, build out its ad sales force, expand distribution to other consumer electronics and automobiles, and expand internationally. It also wants to add other types of content beyond music, such as radio formats, like talk radio or sports.With the ubiquitous nature of Pandora these days, it’s easy to forget how close to the brink the company once came. It wasn’t until late 2009 – more than two years after we wrote about its near death experience – that it finally reached a deal with music labels. Business Insider’s Nicholas Carlson went through today’s following and came up with a bunch of interesting stats that show off the company’s recent successes. Here is an excerpt: 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Net income in the first 9 months of 2010 was…a loss of $328,000. Pandora lost $18 million during the same months in 2009. During the first nine months of 2010, Pandora ad revenue reached $78 million. That’s up from $29 million during the same period in 2009. That’s huge growth. Pandora has more than 80 million users in the US. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App mike melanson
Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess CALASIAO, Pangasinan—The young turks of the league set the tone for this year’s PBA All-Star weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Juvic cruises to 7-shot win at Riviera Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Google Philippines names new country director Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants LA Tenorio, Paul Lee, Calvin Abueva, Japeth Aguilar and Marcio Lassiter form North’s starting unit versus South’s June Mar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter, James Yap, Mark Barroca and Scottie Thompson.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In what has been billed as a battle for regional pride, ex all-star MVPs like San Miguel Beer’s Arwind Santos and Alex Cabagnot will try to lead the North squad against the South team that features Rain or Shine’s James Yap and the Beermen’s Terrence Romeo.Phoenix Pulse’s Louie Alas (North) and Rain or Shine’s Caloy Garcia (South) will make their all-star coaching debuts.There’ll be room for nostalgia, too.Benjie Paras, Ronnie Magsanoc, Alvin Patrimonio and Jerry Codinera, participants in the inaugural all-star event in 1989, will make an appearance in the main game.Paras and Magsanoc will join Alas and the North team while Patrimonio and Codinera will be with Garcia’s South squad.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Divided into a rookies-sophomore squad and a team made up of third year pros for a remodeled version of a dug-up format from three decades ago, the young stars entertained for three quarters at Calasiao Sports Complex here.“But in the fourth, it got really competitive because everyone wanted to win,” said Columbian’s CJ Perez, who was named MVP of the game where the league’s first- and second-year stars beat the Juniors squad, 141-140, on Friday night.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, logisticsThat game worked itself to a nail-biting ending where Rain or Shine rookie Javee Mocon tipped in Perez’s miss at the buzzer for the win.Now the veterans have a standard to match when the North and South all-stars clash on Sunday. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event