IDC boost for goat farming

first_img20 March 2008The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has given the Northern Cape goat farming industry a R15-million capital injection, to help transform local herders into commercial farmers.Unveiling the Goat Commercialisation Programme in Grobblershoop on Tuesday, Northern Cape Premier Dipuo Peters said the joint initiative between the IDC, the Department of Agriculture and the Kalahari Kid Corporation would enable locals to engage more actively in the economy.“Today’s launch is a moment in which we are saying the playing fields for the diversification of the province’s goat farming are being levelled,” Peters said. “Our emergent goat farmers now have the opportunity to capture their share of the spoils in the goat value-chain.”She added that the programme would expand the goat population in the province beyond the current 700 000, helping to develop the live goat market, increase supply of meat to retailers and allow for the further processing of goat meat for exporting and goatskin for leather.The agriculture department, through Kalahari Kid Corporation, has to date procured 2 000 goats for the two production farms and a further 900 goats from individual emerging farmers and cooperatives.Peters explained that Kalahari Kid had in turn partnered with LAW Abattoir, an European Union approved abattoir, for the slaughtering and processing of goats for both national and international markets.“These two entities will ensure that all offshore and local logistics that include traceability of the product are met,” she said.The department also donated a total of 300 female goats and nine bucks to three cooperatives, including Kagisanong Women Dipudi in Kuruman, Britstown Small Farmers and Chevon Youth in Globblershoop.To ensuring that the province meets the required demands of the local and international markets, two farms in Rooisand and Boegoeberg have been acquired at a cost of R19-million to be used as production farms.Since 2003 the department has spent an average of R6-million per year on commercialising goat farming.“The intervention of this programme encapsulates research, training, marketing, traceability and production that speaks into the immediate objectives of Asgi-SA and the provincial growth and development strategy,” she said.Asgi-SA – the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa – seeks to halve unemployment and poverty in the country by 2014, and increase economic growth to 6%.SAinfo reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

How Zimbra Went From Web 2.0 Poster Child to $350M Yahoo! Acquisition, in 2 Years!

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#web Last week Read/WriteWeb editor Richard MacManus interviewed Satish Dharmaraj, Zimbra co-founder and CEO. The result is a 30 minute podcast available on Read/WriteTalk (transcript included). The following post is highlights from the discussion, which focused on Zimbra’s journey from October 2005 Web 2.0 Conference launch to September 2007 acquisition by Yahoo! for $350M.In September 2007 Web Office startup Zimbra was acquired by Yahoo! for $350M. As I noted at the time, it seems like only yesterday that Zimbra was the buzz of the 2005 Web Conference (which incidentally was the first Silicon Valley conference I attended). Yet in just under 2 years from launching, Zimbra went from Web Office poster child (one of them at any rate) to a company worth $350 million. How did it happen? What lessons can aspiring entrepreneurs learn from Zimbra, as they attempt to create a multi-million dollar business too? For me there was only one way to find out: interview Satish Dharmaraj, Zimbra co-founder and CEO.The entire interview is up on our podcast show, Read/WriteWeb. Here are some of my favorite bits:Question: who came up with the idea for Zimbra and when did that happen?Satish: “While we were brainstorming on ideas – and we cycled through a lot of them – we always kept coming back to: What are the big things that people do on a computer? Well, they search and they web browse and they read email. We started believing that people spend more time on email than search or web browsing, and so we said, ‘Man, that’s huge.’ It seems so evident but that was basically the genesis. Well Google is tackling search and, obviously, Firefox and IE are tackling the web browsing issue, and then we have Outlook or Thunderbird or Entourage for email. Well, that seems really broken. […]Then at the same time, we were thinking about technologies and how the web browser is becoming the predominant platform of modern day computing. Do we really need to have a desktop app and can we do everything on the server side? That’s something to break into.”Question: […] What was the initial reaction to the product when you launched in October of 2005?Satish: “Peoples reactions to it was unanimously: ‘I can’t believe this is a web browser. I can’t believe that this can be done all inside of Ajax and all with a server that’s not hosted or with data that resided remotely.’ Our goal was to basically blow the pants away of Outlook or any other client in terms of user interactivity, even though it was inside of a web browser. I think when we launched, we successfully got that kind of a reaction from people who were just totally wowed with it. They were all extremely excited that somebody was putting up such a huge and competitive product in the mail landscape which people had thought had been written off.Then, for us, we knew in our hearts, and we didn’t want to be a web 2.0 company that’s just all hype and glam. We knew that we had planned all of this carefully with our board. We had always wanted to start making money. It has happened. As soon as we launched in October, back before we started making money, before we sold to Yahoo, we were handsomely cash flow positive. So we’re always proud of what we went through as a company: got a lot of bugs, got a great product but at the end of the day, we were making money. That was basically the difference that set us apart.”Question: One thing that web 2.0 critics often derive about the current generation of web apps is that they are features and not businesses. Also, the web 2.0 startups have too large a reliance on M&A as the end goal. This is something we constantly hear from critics of web 2.0. Zimbra was obviously a very successful buyout. Was that your plan from the start or did you start out with the aim of being a viable standalone business? Back in October of 2005, what was your end goal for Zimbra at that point?Satish: “Honestly, I can say this. We set out to build a great company with a real business behind it. That’s what I think people should do when they start a business. They [have] got to think about: How do I make this an independently successful cash flow self-sustaining business? Then, there’ll be very interesting M&A opportunities that will come and knock on the door. If instead we started a company thinking that there is going to be a quick flip, [in] 90% of the cases that does not work out because no one is interested in buying – or they want to buy you off really cheap. We were not thinking of an ideal nor were we thinking of an M&A. We were just thinking: Let’s go and create a compelling product and create some real business in specific markets. That’s what we started out to do and that’s what we did.”Listen to the full podcast for more insight into the growth of Zimbra and some of the tactics they employed to build their ultimately successful web 2.0 business. richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

IndigoVision Launches Control Center v15.0 at ASIS International 2017

first_imgIndigoVision has recently announced the launch of Control Center v15.0 at ASIS International 2017 in Dallas, Texas. This software release reportedly marks a new era of security intelligence with the addition of Control Center Mobile, CyberVigilant®, and Artificial Intelligence powered by BriefCam.IndigoVision’s security management solution, Control Center v15.0, is a fully integrated user interface for managing video, access control and alarms. It puts everything in the users’ territory at their fingertips. Easy to install and intuitive to operate, Control Center gives users vision, sound and oversight of all cameras, from 1 to 100,000. The introduction of Control Center Mobile reportedly allows users’ seamless access to Control Center, even if they are on the move.With the same intelligence as Control Center, Control Center Mobile allows users to connect to their site database with the same permissions, access live video from cameras and to receive, view and acknowledge alarms in real time.- Sponsor – IndigoVision’s cyber security technology, CyberVigilant®, has been released, and it is fully integrated into Control Center v15.0. With knowledge of IP CCTV, site databases and the integrated knowledge of Control Center alarm management, the intelligent device can reportedly detect and monitor system abnormalities to provide a quick response to potential cyber threats. Users receive notifications direct to the Control Center user interface in the event that a cyber attack takes place.IndigoVision’s new Artificial Intelligence powered by BriefCam is a technology partnership that enables users of the IndigoVision solution to quickly and easily review hours of footage in minutes, and identify people and objects of interest by object type, attribute, direction, color or size. BriefCam’s analytics and deep learning capabilities convert raw video into quantitative, actionable insights, supporting a broad set of use-cases across an organization such as uncovering commonly used routes, identifying dwell locations and revealing popular consumer products in a retail setting. Together with real-time, smart alerts, these capabilities can be used to increase security and safety, improve organizational efficiency and enhance the customer experience.“Control Center has long been known for its innovation with Control Center being the world’s first scalable VMS in 2002,” said Marcus Kneen, IndigoVision’s CEO. “We are delighted to be introducing the next wave of security intelligence to this with Control Center v15.0 featuring the addition of Control Center Mobile, support for CyberVigilant®, and Artificial Intelligence powered by BriefCam.“We are very excited to have entered into a technology partnership with BriefCam. The Artificial Intelligence that it brings to the IndigoVision solution is a great step forward in our security intelligence.”This new era of security intelligence within Control Center v15.0 is aligned with IndigoVision’s strategic goal of providing innovative security solutions that keep you safe. Coupled with the Control Center tiered software release this approach is part of a wider commitment by IndigoVision to offer flexible innovative solutions, a stance that is already reflected by their tiered camera and storage offerings.For more information on IndigoVision, Control Center v15.0 featuring Control Center Mobile, CyberVigilant® and Artificial Intelligence powered by BriefCam, visit www.indigovision.com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

This is how we do it

first_imgIt takes more than plain hard work to ace an exam. Toppers on the secret of their success. Pragya Maini, 19LADY SHRI RAM COLLEGE, DELHIB.A. English (Honours) 2014HOW I STUDIED FOR THE EXAMS Preparing for exams at LSR never feels like a Herculean task. An amazing faculty combined with my,It takes more than plain hard work to ace an exam. Toppers on the secret of their success. Pragya Maini, 19LADY SHRI RAM COLLEGE, DELHIB.A. English (Honours) 2014HOW I STUDIED FOR THE EXAMS Preparing for exams at LSR never feels like a Herculean task. An amazing faculty combined with my love for the subject makes it a joy ride. I chose to study English literature because I wanted to take up a subject that I really enjoyed. I make sure I take notes in all the classes and a simple revision of the same before the exam helps a lot. Thorough readings of the critical essays provided by our teachers are also beneficial for the university exams.HOW MY FACULTY HELPED I think I am extremely lucky to be studying at one of the best arts college in India. Apart from the many advantages this brings, the passionate, sincere and highly qualified faculty members are one of them. They go that extra mile to advise us even on things that are not a part of our course. In fact, a few of the senior teachers, I’d say, are a perfect combination of a mother and a friend. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES I WAS INVOLVED IN With over 20 active societies in college, LSR provides a space for everyone to learn and follow their passions outside of the classrooms. I joined the English Public Speaking and Model United Nations societies in my first year at college and have been a part of it ever since. I handled Political Affairs for LSR Model United Nations Conference in 2013. In my second year, I became the Treasurer of the English Department and this helped me develop a lot of new skills like finding sponsors, pitching proposals and getting funds sanctioned. I can now put these skills to use at LSR Model United Nations Conference 2015 where I am heading the department of finance. I am also heading a project called Sandrishti Swavalambhan which caters to the visually impaired students of our college, as a part of the National Service Scheme-LSR initiative. advertisementMY ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS Along with being the Head Girl of my school DAV Gurgaon, I was a scholar badge holder from 2008-12. I was also given the best all-rounder title during graduation.Mehak Nanner, 23SHRI RAM COLLEGE OF COMMERCE, DELHIB.Com (Honours) 2012HOW I STUDIED FOR THE EXAMS When it comes to studies, I usually followed two rules – maintaining balance throughout the year and planning ahead. For practical subjects like accounts and maths, I practised regularly so that the concepts would be clear in advance. This would also avoid stress and information overload immediately before exams. Closer to the exam date, I would follow a more structured work plan with clear targets for each week. This way I could also plan my study schedule around my extra-curricular commitments.HOW MY FACULTY HELPED I feel that any college and faculty are always very supportive as long as you are a sincere student and ask for help in time. SRCC has bi-weekly tutorials where the class size is much smaller so you get more individual attention. Having said that, you never need to wait for a class or tutorial to ask for help, teachers are always approachable and ready to help students.EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES I WAS INVOLVED IN I was actively involved with Enactus during college and served as its President in 2011. Enactus is an international non-profit organisation that enables university students to start social entrepreneurship projects for community development. We undertook three projects that year including Aahar – an effort to provide income to women rescued from trafficking and DU Darshan – a tourism project promoting the heritage sites in North Campus through a rickshaw tour which supplemented income of rickshawpullers. Our team was adjudged second at the Enactus India National Competition out of more than 60 national teams. Apart from that I also conducted interviews for our college magazine Yamuna and participated in exchange programs organised by the University.MY ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS I received the Mitsubishi UFJ Bank Foundation Scholarship for two years in a row in 2010 and 2011 and the Tejpal Aggarwal Gold medal for academic achievementKushagra Gupta, 27INDIAN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, MOHALIPGP Management 2014HOW I STUDIED FOR THE EXAMS The courses at ISB are very fast paced. We completed one subject in five weeks. Therefore there’s absolutely no question of preparing for exams at the last minute. One has to really understand each subject in depth and that comes with regular study. I made sure that I was prepared in advance for each class. In fact, prep work before lectures is one of best study tools. This helps you get familiar with the basic concepts of the subject beforehand and in understanding what’s being taught by the professors in class much better. Also, I read the Harvard Business Review and watched videos of various concepts being implemented in real-world situations on websites such as Youtube.advertisement HOW MY FACULTY HELPED We could book sessions with the professors for clearing doubts and brushing up on certain topics. The faculty pushed us to follow the mantra -‘learning by doing’ which meant we had to be involved in a lot of real world projects. For instance, for accounting, I had to study and analyse the balance sheets of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Manchester United Football Club.EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES I WAS INVOLVED IN I was the Events Coordinator for the ISB Finance Club. For Artha 2013, ISB’s national Capital Markets Conclave, I was the Events Organiser and also the Event Head for ISB’s Stock Pitch Challenge. I was a member of the organising committee of Advaita, ISB’s national-level management fest. I was also the Lead Analyst for iAlpha, ISB’s student mutual fund where we managed assets worth Rs 3.5 lakhs and delivered a return of 15 per cent. Being the team owner of the Punjab Hukkums, a sports franchise in the ISB Sports League which was modeled around the Indian Premier League, we were runners-up and the team owners received a 5 per cent return on investment. At the London Business School, where I completed the final semester of my course, I was the Event Organiser for the India Club.MY ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS At ISB, I was awarded the Scholar of Excellence and Dean’s List holder. I’ve also received many scholarships including the Ratan Tata, JRD Tata and Dorabjee Tata scholarships and the Hindustan Petroleum scholarship.Raaz Dwivedi, 21INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, BOMBAYB.Tech Electrical Engineering 2014HOW I STUDIED FOR THE EXAMS At IIT Bombay, we didn’t just prepare for the exams but developed a steady and organic learning process for each subject. I liked attending classes and enjoyed making and reading my own notes. I seldom kept any doubts to myself and got them cleared immediately. I always took my assignments seriously and read up on various topics from books as well as online lecture notes, besides practicing a lot of questions including the ones which appeared in the exams over the previous years. I also had many good friends and we enjoyed studying and attempting hard problems together. Often their questions and doubts deepened my understanding of the subject. Whenever I didn’t do well in an exam, I analysed the paper only a few days later when my mind was clear and less stressed. I would then re-attempt all problems and figure out where I went wrong. HOW MY FACULTY HELPED The faculty was very kind in giving us extra study materials, organising extra sessions and interacting with us personally to motivate us. The mathematics department was my second home and I found similar affection and care from the maths professors. Time and again, I had approached many professors to seek guidance on various academic and non-academic issues ranging from course selection to internship, to making a career decision and I continue to keep in touch with them.advertisementEXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES I WAS INVOLVED IN At IIT Bombay I got the opportunity to work as a Teaching Assistant (TA) from my second year onwards. Over the next three years, I served as a TA ten times, ranging from freshmen and sophomore courses to intensive program for entrants and QEEE program of MHRD, Govt of India.MY ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS I used to actively participate in science exhibitions, quiz and debate competitions up to the national level. One of the most satisfying accomplishment among these was securing second position at the National Quiz on Mahatma Gandhi at New Delhi. I secured All India Rank 10 in IIT JEE. At IIT Bombay I was conferred with ‘President of India Gold Medal’, ‘Institute Silver Medal’ and ‘Best B. Tech. Project Award’ for my academic performance.Ankit Agarwal, 21FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES, DELHIMBA 2014HOW I STUDIED FOR THE EXAMS I take a very holistic approach to exam preparation, and don’t like to leave any stone unturned. It is good to attend all the classes and be in tune with what’s being taught in the class. Before the exams, always make sure that you cover all the topics that have been taught and don’t leave anything out. Doing your assignments on time is also important. Another good study strategy is to study in groups. I find that, during group studies, we are able to cover a large amount of the course syllabus in a short period of time. This allows you to save a lot of time. To get a sense of the kind of questions which may be asked in the examination, going through the previous year papers helps a lot. An effective exam preparation, in the end, is all about following very simple and basic steps. HOW MY FACULTY HELPED The professors at FMS are very helpful and supportive at all times. They are very approachable and make you feel at home. Everyone makes an extra effort to ensure that students are provided with the best of education at FMS. Here, the faculty members are not only concerned about us getting good grades and passing the examination but they ensure that we understand the subjects being taught thoroughly, which, I believe, is very important in the long run.EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES I WAS INVOLVED IN I am an executive member of the Consulting Club at FMS. The Club is fully managed by the students where we undertake the process of liaising with consulting firms to increase their presence at the campus. Our activities mainly revolve around assisting students who want to pursue a career in consulting or general management and strategy. We organise workshops and other events. Apart from this I also participate in various sports.MY ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS I was the topper in both the first and the second semesters at FMS. I’ve done my graduation in B.Tech in Computer Science from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Jalandhar in 2010 after which I joined Infosys where I worked for close to three years before sitting for the Common Admission test (CAT) and getting admission into FMS in 2013. For CAT, I scored 99.6 percentile.Manjunath Rajagopal, 21INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MADRASB.Tech and M.Tech (Dual Degree) Mechanical Engineering 2010-2015HOW I STUDIED FOR THE EXAMS At IIT Madras, professors choose the subject matter for their courses from a variety of textbooks and journals. Therefore, I make an attempt to pay full attention in each class to understand the content being taught, and take exhaustive notes of the same. A quick revision of a couple of text books supplementing the class notes before the exams is more than sufficient. Being a topper opened up a plethora of opportunities for me through internships and research projects, and this brought several new challenges to the table. However, sustaining your performance is crucial. HOW MY FACULTY HELPED I have always received a positive response from my professors for any kind of assistance I have needed right from clarifying my doubts after class hours to securing internships. There are a number of ongoing research and consultancy projects within the department, and faculty members are always keen to rope in interested students in such projects. I have been working with one of the professors for around two years now, and this has given me a good exposure in an emerging field.EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES I WAS INVOLVED INI was involved in the National Service Scheme during my first two years, and engaged in several voluntary community services. In the following years, I was occupied with coordinating several events for Shaastra ,the technical festival of IIT Madras and for Mechanica, my department festival. I also swim or play badminton during my down time.MY ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS I secured the district first rank in the class X board exams. At IIT Madras, I was selected for DAAD-WISE (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship for a research internship at University of Stuttgart, Germany. My research paper has been selected for publication and I presented the same at a conference held in Chicago, USA.last_img read more

BREAKING: Former Five-star Receiver Transferring to Oklahoma State

first_imgFormer five-star receiver Tyron Johnson, who announced he was transferring from LSU recently, confirmed to The Times-Picayunne Friday that he will be transferring to Oklahoma State. He even made it official on his twitter account:Pistols firing???? pic.twitter.com/xjALO89NLn— 国王 (@_TBJXIII) August 19, 2016After announcing his intent to transfer, Johnson cited a desire to play in ‘a more wide open offense’ as one of his major factors for leaving LSU. And the first school that came to mind during the process? None other than Oklahoma State.“Oklahoma State has a lot to offer me,” Johnson told The Times-Picayunne. “I really like their staff and their offense is exactly what I was looking for. They were the school I initially thought of when I decided that transferring was the best option for me and I’m glad everything worked out.”Being a five-star prospect in the class of 2015, he was sought after by [almost] all relevant college football programs in the country. But of course, in this instance, he only had one week to pick a school rather than going through a typical recruiting process. Here’s what he said about going through a shortened version of it this past week:“It was kind of strange going through this process again,” a relieved Johnson said. “It was tough enough the first time and I had a whole year to focus on it. I only had a week this time and I was still fighting through the emotions of leaving LSU, too. It was tough, but I’m glad I got through it and ended up where I wanted to be.”As a freshman last season for LSU, he hauled in 9 passes for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns. Which is [just slightly] a dip below the 181 receptions for 3,022 yards and 34 touchdowns he tallied during his final 2 years at Warren Easton HS. Now he has the offense and opportunity he’s looking for to get back to those video game numbers he’s accustomed to putting up.Johnson will be forced to sit out the upcoming season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, and will be eligible in 2017, where he will have 3 years of eligibility remaining. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Maersk Wants to Become Carbon Neutral by 2050

first_imgWorld’s largest shipping company Maersk announced that it aims to become a carbon neutral company by 2050.The company said that in order to achieve this goal, carbon neutral vessels must be commercially viable by 2030, and an acceleration in new innovations and adaption of new technology is required.“The only possible way to achieve the so-much-needed decarbonisation in our industry is by fully transforming to new carbon neutral fuels and supply chains,” says Søren Toft, Chief Operating Officer at A.P. Moller – Maersk.According to Toft, given the 20-25-year life time of a vessel, it is now time to join forces and start developing the new type of vessels that will be crossing the seas in 2050.“The next 5-10 years are going to be crucial. We will invest significant resources for innovation and fleet technology to improve the technical and financial viability of decarbonised solutions. Over the last four years, we have invested around USD 1bn and engaged 50+ engineers each year in developing and deploying energy efficient solutions. Going forward we cannot do this alone,” adds Toft.Maersk said that its relative CO2 emissions have been reduced by 46% when compared to 2007 baseline, approximately, 9% more than the industry average. As of next year, the world’s largest container shipping company plans to initiate a dialogue with all interested parties on different ways if tackling climate change.“Maersk hopes to generate a pull towards researchers, technology developers, investors, cargo owners and legislators that will activate strong industry involvement, co-development, and sponsorship of sustainable solutions that we are yet to see in the maritime industry,” the company said.The efforts are in line with the industry’s push to halve the shipping industry’s carbon footprint by 2050 compared to 2008.In October, IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 73) approved the follow-up program for the strategy on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships.The follow-up program  is intended to be used as a planning tool in meeting the timelines identified in the initial IMO strategy, which includes a range of candidate short-, mid- and long term measures yet to be considered.Short-term measures could be finalized and agreed between 2018 and 2023; mid-term measures, between 2023 and 2030; and long-term measures, beyond 2030.Image Courtesy: Maersklast_img read more