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SA agro-processing ‘needs investment’

first_img6 November 2012 South Africa has a world-class agro-processing sector but its potential is not fully recognised and requires investment, says Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. “South Africa has a world-class agro-processing and marketing infrastructure that provides for local needs as well as limited exports of a range of dairy products – largely to countries on our continent,” Joemat-Pettersson said at the World Dairy Summit in Cape Town on Monday. “We also supply a wide range of dairy equipment from global companies to other countries on the continent.” Despite this, the potential of the country’s sector remained unexploited, she said.‘Addressing unemployment and poverty’ South Africa’s dairy industry is the third-largest livestock sector in the country, with an estimated total turnover of R10-billion at producer level. The total number of milk producers in South Africa is at 2 347. “They produce more than 2.6-billion litres of milk and employ more than 30 000 workers. This important sector assists government in addressing some of our challenges, particularly unemployment and poverty,” she said. The dairy industry plays a critical role in ensuring global food security through the diverse range of its product offerings, including fresh milk, cheese, cream and yoghurt. It also ensures employment and income generation for millions of men and women across the globe. In this way, the sector ensures that basic needs of people are met, and their standard of living is increased.Sharing experiences and best practice The 2012 World Dairy Summit, organised by the South African National Committee of the International Dairy Federation, brings together producers, processors, technical experts and various other stakeholders to deliberate the challenges of the sector, and also to share experiences and best practices. South Africa supports a range of milk farming systems, from intensive total mixed ration to grass-fed and dairy ranching. A group of dairy farmers from Mozambique will soon be attending a course at the agricultural development centre outside George as part of a bilateral cooperation programme between South Africa and Mozambique. This effort has been highly successful, with the Consumer Education Project of Milk SA last year receiving the award for best campaign in the world from the International Dairy Federation and Dairy Standard Agency. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Gilas Pilipinas motivated amid pressure to deliver SEA Games gold

first_img“We’re about 70-80 percent ready,” the soft-spoken mentor said on Thursday during the Chooks-to-Go-hosted sendoff at Edsa Shangri-la. “Hopefully, that 80-percent can get things done for the SEA Games team.”Jong Uichico. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netDespite the short preparation, Gilas Pilipinas is still the  favorite to nab the gold medal in the biennial meet but teams like Thailand, Indonesia, and host country Malaysia are all out to dislodge the Philippines out of its throne.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUichico said the players don’t need reminding on how much it would mean for the country to impose its dominance anew in the hardcourt.“The players are very motivated. Once you don the Philippine colors, or Philippine flag, or Philippine uniform, you should be motivated. There’s no amount of motivation that just wearing that uniform and representing the country. The mere fact that you’re part of the national team should be enough of a motivation,” he said. Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago He continued: “The pressure is there already. Any coach or player that is going to the Southeast Asian Games is supposed to win and they’re supposed to bring home the gold. It doesn’t matter if you have one day or two days of practice. They’re supposed to win.”Gilas Pilipinas opens its SEA Games campaign on Sunday against Thailand, before taking on Myanmar, and Malaysia in the following days to finish its schedule in the group stages. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UFC president believes Ronda Rousey will announce retirement soon Even with less than two weeks to prepare for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, Gilas Pilipinas has put its best foot forward as it flies to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday.Head coach Jong Uichico is hopeful that the team’s preparations will be enough to help the country secure its 18th gold in the regional tiff.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Gilas Pilipinas motivated amid pressure to deliver SEA Games gold2.3K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51last_img read more

Perez leads Heroes side, Bolick heads Saints roster in NCAA All-Stars

first_imgMOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Perez will be joined by his Pirates teammates Mike Nzeusseu and MJ Ayaay, the Chiefs’ Salado, Lervin Flores, and Allen Enriquez, the Generals’ Sidney Onwubere, Francis Munsayac, and Jerome Garcia, the Heavy Bombers’ Tey Teodoro, Ervin Grospe, and Jed Mendoza, and the Cardinals’ Christian Buñag, JB Raflores, and Laurenz Victoria in the Heroes lineup.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBolick, meanwhile, will team up with fellow Red Lions Javee Mocon and Davon Potts, the Knights’ Nambatac, Bong Quinto, and JP Calvo, the Altas’ Gab Dagangon, Prince Eze, and GJ Ylagan, the Blazers’ Gerard Castor, JJ Domingo, and Edward Dixon, and the Golden Stags’ Alvin Baetiong, Kevin Baytan, and Ian Valdez in the Saints roster.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCoach Topex Robinson of the league-leading Lyceum will call the shots for Heroes, while San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez will be the lead bench tactician for the Saints.Aside from the All-Star Game, exciting side events also spice up the mid-season activities. Read Next Also competing are EAC’s Francis Munsayac, St. Benilde’s Unique Naboa, Perpetual’s Keith Pido, Arellano’s Levi dela Cruz, JRU’s Aaron Bordon, Letran’s Jeremiah Taladua, Mapua’s JP Nieles, San Sebastian’s Michael Are, and San Beda’s Radge Tongco.NCAA alumni also return to don their school colors one more time as they forge partnership with marksmen from the seniors’ and juniors’ teams in Shooting Stars.San Beda will be made up of Clint Doliguez, Evan Nelle, and Dan Sara, Arellano will be represented by Zach Nicholls, Kobe Camacho, and Keith Agovida, while JRU will bank on Jed Mendoza, Toby Agustin, and Paolo Pontejos.Mapua will be bannered by Leo Gabo, Clint Escamis, and Randy Alcantara, Perpetual will lean on GJ Ylagan, Jielo Razon, and Gerald Dizon, EAC will be flanked by Jervin Guzman, Maui Cruz, and Dhan Diolanto, St. Benilde to entrust its luck on Edward Dixon, Joshua David, and Karl Santos, and host San Sebastian to be composed of Michael Are, Rustin Rodriguez, and Paul Riguera.Lyceum will be composed of Wilson Baltazar and Mac Guadaña, while Letran will have Daryl Pascual and Neil Guarino for the contest. Both shools have yet to announce the alumni to join in the games. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCJ Perez and Kent Salado will spearhead the team which will clash against the alliance of Robert Bolick and Rey Nambatac in the 2017 NCAA All-Star Game on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.With a new grouping this year, stars from Lyceum, Arellano, JRU, EAC, and Mapua will join forces in the Heroes teamagainst the Saints squad, made up of stalwarts from San Beda, Letran, San Sebastian, Perpetual, and St. Benilde.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Flores banners an intriguing field who are all staking their claim as this season’s king in the Slam Dunk Contest.He will be joined by San Sebastian’s Allyn Bulanadi, San Beda’s Arnaud Noah, EAC’s Rustan Bugarin, Perpetual’s Kervin Lucente, Letran’s Renato Ular, St. Benilde’s Justin Gutang, JRU’s Jefferson Sarmiento, and Lyceum’s Yancy Remulla.AC Soberano, meanwhile, will defend his throne in the Three-Point Shootout as he shoots for back-to-back titles in the competition.Out to take the crown from the Red Lion sniper are EAC’s Sidney Onwubere, San Sebastian’s RK Ilagan, Letran’s Jerrick Balanza, Lyceum’s Wilson Baltazar, JRU’s MJ Dela Virgen, Mapua’s Almel Orquina, Arellano’s Brylle Meca, St. Benilde’s Matt Johnson, and Perpetual’s Jack Hao.Lyceum guard Jaycee Marcelino is also the favorite to win this year’s Skills Challenge, but his path to the crown is shaping up to be a tough one with nine other speedsters out to win the plum.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH’s Dumaan treks rough road to gold in pencak silat SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

AIs challenge to businesses patenting machinecreated intellectual property

first_imgTORONTO – At a time when artificially intelligent music generator Aiva can be officially recognized as a composer by a society of professional French artists, the question of who owns the copyright to machine-generated works is as complex and complicated as understanding the algorithm behind it.Is it the German operators that created the AI in 2016, or is it the deep learning machine itself?That was one of the questions a panel of intellectual property experts grappled with at an AI conference in Toronto hosted by Osgoode Hall Law School last week.As businesses struggle to keep step with the rapid advancement in AI, policies and laws are also being stretched, said lawyer Carole Piovesan of McCarthy Tetrault LLP.“Canada is really at the precipice, as is much of the world, of trying to define what its legal framework is going to look like in the face of AI,” she said.“But with the current pace of AI innovation — it’s happening so quickly and it’s of such a transformative nature — that policy-makers are being forced to anticipate issues that don’t necessarily exist here and now.”Maya Medeiros, a patent and trademark agent with Norton Rose Fulbright, said the current legal regime doesn’t provide clear protection for AI creations, meaning registering patents and allocating copyright protection for AI inventions and works can be problematic.“What often become very important issues from a copyright and patent perspective is ownership, inventorship and authorship — because authorship and inventorship lead to ownership. You need to figure that all out when you’re looking at the chain of title,” she said.“So when you have machine-generated intellectual property, well, who is that author? Is this work even an artistic work? Is there creativity if the machine is generating that? Is this protectable by copyright? Does this protection actually extend to machines and who is ultimately the owner of this?”But all of this isn’t to say there aren’t any protections afforded to AI. Medeiros noted that copyright does protect computer code as a literary work, which is actually a technology product itself, “so that’s a very important aspect for an AI innovator.”Still, she added, the legal landscape around AI and intellectual property is shifting constantly, requiring companies to be savvy about how they practice.Medeiros said one of the ways her firm is helping companies navigate such issues is by bringing a person into the loop as much as possible to help create that link between a human creator and the work.“If the AI can come up with a solution on its own, that might be a more efficient mechanism,” she said. “But if the AI is processing, say, a thousand or million different options and presenting 20 to a human user, and then a human user selects one or two or three of those options, then perhaps that might help strengthen the claim to ownership.”For Piovesan, concerns over AI ownership could be seen as undermining to the founding legal principles behind intellectual property protection that innovation be incentivized through recognition and reward.“Is there any evidence to suggest that AI will be incentivized to create for reward? And if not, then are some of our first principles under IP law being challenged because of the nature of AI?” she asked.As for Aiva — lauded last year by French music society SACEM for its classical studio album Genesis — the jury is still out as to whether the algorithm can legally be considered a composer with its own copyright entitlements, as it has yet to be challenged in court, Medeiros said.“AI is creating music, it’s creating art, it’s writing — so it will be interesting to see how policies adapt and how protections will be granted.”last_img read more

The North Matters touring Northeastern BC in support of natural resources

first_img“We need to do something to get the Minister of Finances’, Bill Morneau’s attention on these steel tariffs because these tariffs are killing us… In the meantime, we need to get this project going to create opportunities for everyone, from the upstream to the downstream, so we can make this project happen from Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, and down to Kitimat. A lot of opportunities are at stake here. We ended up getting 1,500 letters personally signed by people in the community. We put them into a Xerox box and I just mailed them to Bill Morneau’s office.”According to Johnston, his group is taking a proactive and positive approach when it comes to educating people on the need for natural resources and is currently working to build a network with communities to further gain support.In helping with educating and gaining support, the group will be presenting Independent Investigative Researcher Vivian Krause in Taylor on June 14.More information can be found on The North Matters’ Facebook page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A grassroots natural resource support group, The North Matters, is currently touring Northeastern B.C.Group Founder, David Johnston, says the group formed a year-and-a-half-ago and aims to work hard to help end the divisiveness that communities are facing over natural resource developments.Johnston says he, along with many supporters, are looking to get Bill Morneau’s, the Minister of Finances’, attention in removing steel tariffs in order to get the LNG project underway as soon as possible. Johnston has sent a petition of letters to the Minister in order to apply pressure to the situation.last_img read more

JDS seeks to expand base in LS polls by capitalising on it

first_imgBengaluru: Limited to a couple of constituencies in the old Mysuru region in the successive Lok Sabha polls since its formation in 1999, the JD(S) in Karnataka is aiming to break new ground in the coming parliamentary elections capitalising on the party being in power. After the Janata Dal split in 1999, former prime minister H D Deve Gowda’s JD(S) has been winning two to three Lok Sabha seats in the old Mysuru region, largely from party bastions of Hassan and Mandya, dominated by the Vokkaliga community, its solid vote base, as also from Bangalore Rural and Chamarajanagara once. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day The JD(S), the lone surviving active offshoot of the erstwhile Janata Dal in the state, which has seen a revival with it coming to power in Karnataka in alliance with the Congress after the May 2018 assembly polls, wants to use the opportunity to expand its horizons. The party’s presence in the coalition government with the Congress and H D Kumaraswamy’s stature as chief minister will help the party in increasing its tally in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, senior JD(S) leader Y S V Datta told PTI. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty “It is true, if we were not in government and if there was no coalition, then our strength would have been limited to two or three seats in the old Mysuru region, but now that we are in the government and since our leader Kumaraswamy is chief minister, we can capitalise on his stature across the state,” he said. Datta, who is party’s campaign committee chief, said as per the understanding, the Congress will not field its candidates where the JD(S) is contesting, so minorities, backward class and SC/ST votes that were traditionally with the grand old party in those constituencies, will get transferred to the party. However, he also conceded that the JD(S) should have a base in those constituencies, as one cannot bat on a dead pitch. The Congress will contest 20 seats and the JD(S) eight in the Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka under a deal finalised by the two partners of the ruling coalition on Wednesday after weeks of haggling and uncertainty. The Lok Sabha constituencies that the JD(S) will contest in are Uttara Kannada, Chikmagalur, Shimoga, Tumkur, Hassan, Mandya, Bangalore North and Bijapur. However, political analysts don’t see JD(S) gaining much in this election. “It is a bit unlikely… The JD(S) can improve its performance only if the Congress supports it wholeheartedly, which seems unlikely, because the sentiment that both parties should come together to forge an alliance against the BJP is not shared among the party’s rank and file,” Narayana A, a professor at Azim Premji University, told PTI. The kind of signals that have been going out ever since the formation of the coalition government has created some kind of confusion among the workers as to whether they are really in alliance, he said. “So it is unlikely that one can expect the kind of support from the the Congress that the JD(S) needs to win,” he said. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the vote share of the JD(S) in the seven constituencies was — Chikmagalur 1.44 per cent, Shimoga 21.29 per cent, Tumkur 23.47 per cent, Hassan 44.43 per cent, Mandya 43.95 per cent, Bangalore North 6.83 per cent and Bijapur 5.95 per cent. The party had not fielded any candidate from Uttara Kannada. The JD(S) had won the Hassan and Mandya seats in the last general elections. The Congress had bagged nine and the BJP 17 seats. However in the by-polls, the BJP yielded the Bellary seat to the Congress. Among the eight seats that the JD(S) is contesting this time, it has its sitting MPs in two. Tumkuru is with the Congress and the rest five constituencies are represented by the BJP. According to sources, during seat negotiations, the JD(S) got the Tumkur seat, dominated by the Vokkaliga community, after a hard bargain as the Congress had decided not to cede those constituencies to the regional partner where it has a sitting MP. Mysore-Kodagu was another constituency that the JD(S) had demanded from the old Mysuru region, but could not bag it due to opposition from Siddaramaiah, as the seat is in his home turf, sources said. Narayana also feels that despite the JD(S) fielding Deve Gowda’s grandson Nikhil Kumaraswamy in their bastion of Mandya, it will not be a cakewalk for the party this time. “I’m not too sure that the party workers will have the same kind of feelings towards him, as they had towards, Deve Gowda or Kumaraswamy,” he said. He however said, Hassan should not be much of a problem for the JD(S), where Gowda’s other grandson Prajwal Revanna is the candidate, as he has been associated with the party affairs there for some time now. There is opposition to Nikhil Kumaraswamy’s candidature in Mandya, as many who claim to be JD(S) supporters have hit out at the party leadership for sidelining loyal party workers to favour some one from their family, despite not being actively involved in party activities in the district. Nikhil is likely to be pitted against Sumalatha Ambareesh, wife of late actor-turned-politician Ambareesh in Mandya.last_img read more

SpiceJet flight makes emergency landing in Varanasi after Thai national dies on

first_imgA SpiceJet flight made an emergency landing in VaranasiReuters fileA New Delhi-bound flight made an emergency landing in Varanasi on Friday after a Thai national died on board after suffering a massive heart attack, authorities said.The Spice Jet flight took off from Bangkok at 7.40 a.m. with 189 passengers including a 22-member Thai group of tourists of which the deceased, identified as Atabot Thngcusorn (53), was a member.The authorities at the Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport were informed by the plane crew that Atabot suffered a heart attack and they would have to make an emergency landing.Soon after the plane landed the passenger was rushed to a nearby medical facility where he was pronounced dead.Airport Director Anil Kumar Rai said the deceased was accompanied by his wife, sister and seven other family members.All have since deplaned at Varanasi and the Thai Embassy was being notified of the incident.last_img read more

3 Houston Highways Named Most Dangerous in The US
3 Houston Highways Named Most Dangerous in The US

first_img Share Three highways in Harris County made the list of the most dangerous roadways in America. US-59, I-10, and US-290 all made the ranking of the most dangerous highways in the U.S. analysis by ValuePenguin using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System.The portion of I-10 that runs through Texas from New Mexico to Louisiana is the fifth-most dangerous highway rankings. Most fatal crashes occurred on the segment of I-10 running through Harris County. Overall, a reported total of 585 fatal crashes happened on this highway from 2010 through 2016. US-59 had 390, and US-290 had 212.Click HERE to read the report.last_img read more

Full Show Police Officer Shooting Update And Uncovering Who Murdered A CIA
Full Show Police Officer Shooting Update And Uncovering Who Murdered A CIA

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:00 Listen On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Four Houston police officers remain hospitalized after Monday night’s shooting in Southeast Houston. News 88.7’s Florian Martin brings us the latest.And voters go to the polls today to fill the seat in the Texas House vacated when Carol Alvarado was elected to the State Senate. News 88.7’s Andrew Schneider updates us on the race.Also this hour: An upcoming lecture at Rice explores the role religion plays on college campuses. Then, local attorney Michael Pullara discusses his book, The Spy Who Was Left Behind, about the 1993 murder of CIA agent Freddie Woodruff.And we meet members of the traveling acting company, Actors From The London Stage, who will perform King Lear at Rice University.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharecenter_img X last_img read more