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Independent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area Presents: Bloom Time…

first_imgHome Industry News Releases Independent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area Presents: Bloom Time UpdatesIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessIndependent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area Presents: Bloom Time UpdatesBy Press Release – May 7, 2018 103 0 TAGSIGGPRAIndependent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area Pinterest Share ReddIt Facebook Linkedin AdvertisementJoin us on May 16 to learn important updates on groundwater, pesticide use and safety, SIP certification methods and petiole sampling procedures and applicationsPASO ROBLES, CA, May 7, 2018– Bloom Time Updates – Don’t miss session three of the 2018 eight-part Practical Wine Grape Growing Series. It features many important updates on groundwater, pesticide use and safety, SIP certification methods and petiole sampling procedures and applications. It will be held May 16, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines located at 6169 Airport Road in Paso Robles, Calif.Featured topics and speakers include:Pesticide Use and Safety (1 CEU APPROVED) – Laura Ramage, Inspector-Biologist, San Luis Obispo County Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures. Ramage will give an update on pesticide use and safety regulations, and explain how to decipher label use and safety information and request a “dry run” compliance inspection.Groundwater Update – Ray Dienzo, Supervising Water Resources Engineer, San Luis Obispo County Public Works Department. Groundwater programs in SLO County continue to evolve and monitoring is one of the key topics at the SLO County Public Works Department. In order to stay in compliance, growers need to keep up-to-date with the issues and programs.  Dienzo will give an update on the evolving groundwater monitoring programs and an overview of how to comply with California regulations. He will also discuss monitoring options and their costs, as well as what information growers will need to provide to the county about specific water level and usage.SIP (Sustainability in Practice) Certification – Beth Vukmanic Lopez, SIP Certified Manager, Vineyard Team. The SIP certification process is a series of questions and practices that will help you sustainably farm your vineyard. Post Bloom Petiole and Blade Analyses – Lowell J. Zelinski, Ph.D., President, Precision Ag Consulting. Petiole sampling during bloom time is an important process to accurately determine the vineyard’s nutrient requirements. Zelinski will discuss accurate sampling methods, where to send them and what to do with the results.The cost is free for IGGPRA members and $30/pp for non-members.REGISTER HERE.ABOUT IGGPRAThe Independent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area (IGGPRA) is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to the advancement of superior wine grape growing in the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area. IGGPRA is committed to providing its members with farming resources, continued education, hands-on training seminars, and opportunities to network through the seminar series and social mixer events with other grape growers, buyers, vintners and vineyard suppliers. For more information, visit iggpra.com.Advertisement Twitter Email Previous articleMartini & Rossi Appoints Fabio Raffaelli as First North American Brand AmbassadorNext articleAfternoon Brief, May 7 Press Releaselast_img read more

HEART TRUST/NTA Partners with JEF

first_imgRelatedEducation Minister Satisfied With Start of New School Year The Jamaica Employers Federation (JEF) and the HEART Trust/NTA have renewed their partnership agreement to develop training programmes to benefit the Jamaican workforce and companies.Speaking with JIS News, following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and the official launch of National Employers’ Month celebrations, at the JEF’s headquarters, in Kingston, on September 5, Chief Executive Officer of the JEF, Brenda Cuthbert, said the agreement, which will last for two years, deals with cooperation and collaboration.“We want to make sure that the whole business of certification is underscored. We want to make sure that we have a workforce which is ready and employees who are certified and ready for work,” she emphasised.She informed that the JEF will provide the HEART Trust/NTA with the names of companies that need assistance regarding certification and training.For his part, Executive Director, HEART Trust/NTA, Dr. Wayne Wesley, said the partnership will assist in advancing the mission and vision of the HEART Trust.“This partnership is critical to the Trust, given the fact that the Trust Fund is maintained through the loyal three per cent contribution of our employers. We cannot underestimate your commitment in that regard, and in turn we are making training available. Let us know what your training needs are, so we can respond accordingly,” he urged.Dr. Wesley emphasised that on-the-job training through apprenticeship, internship and industry work experience is crucial to the HEART Trust/NTA.He added that his agency is committed to nation building and economic development, through the provision of an internationally recognised certified and competent workforce.The HEART Trust/NTA serves as a model in developing and implementing competency-based skill standards and qualifications in the Caribbean.The mission of the JEF is to remain the premiere employers’ organization in the region, by continuously providing valuable services to their members, thereby assisting them in achieving global competitiveness.In the meantime, National Employers’ Month, which was officially launched during the function, will be celebrated this month.Activities for the month include a church service at the Tarrant Baptist Church on Sunday, September 7; members’ forum on Monday, September 8; members meeting on Thursday, September 11, and seminars.National Employers’ Month is being observed under the theme: ‘Our Agenda…Growth, Development, Partnership for Prosperity’. HEART TRUST/NTA Partners with JEF EducationSeptember 8, 2014Written by: Chris Patterson FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes (seated left), looks on as Executive Director, HEART Trust/NTA, Dr. Wayne Wesley (seated centre) and 2nd Vice President, Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF), Raymond Eytle (seated right), sign a Memorandum of Understanding at the JEF’s headquarters in Kingston, on September 5. Others (standing from left) are: Senior Director, Workforce Development and Employment at HEART Trust/NTA, Denworth Finnikin; Chief Executive Officer, JEF, Brenda Cuthbert; and Senior Manager, Learning, HRD and Workplace Solutions, Yvonne Davis. The signing signals the renewal of a partnership between the HEART Trust/NTA and the JEF, which will, among other things, develop programmes to benefit the Jamaican workforce. HEART TRUST/NTA Partners with JEFJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaycenter_img RelatedNeed For Greater Balance Between Skills And Academics – Education Minister Advertisements RelatedMount Olivet Boys Decked Out for Back-to-School Story HighlightsThe Jamaica Employers Federation (JEF) and the HEART Trust/NTA have renewed their partnership agreement to develop training programmes to benefit the Jamaican workforce and companies.Chief Executive Officer of the JEF, Brenda Cuthbert, said the agreement, which will last for two years, deals with cooperation and collaboration.She informed that the JEF will provide the HEART Trust/NTA with the names of companies that need assistance regarding certification and training.last_img read more

Stereotypical Montanans

first_imgDespite living in a country that is perhaps more connected than ever before, there are still gross misconceptions about Montana and the rural Mountain West in general. And part of the difficulty in overcoming them is that mainstream pop culture continues to present absurd stereotypes to an impressionable audience of consumers. Last week, a producer with the television station VH1, called our office and asked: “I know this is a weird question, but I’m looking for someone who might own a baby bear in your area. Do you know of anyone?”Apparently there is a perception out East that we keep cuddly baby bears as household pets. The conversation then continued, maintaining its insanity.You see, VH1 has unveiled its new fall lineup and one of the shows it will begin airing is called “Real & Chance: Legend Hunters,” which sounds like a winner. The premise is a little convoluted, but a description on VH1’s official blog reads as follows:“Man has always been fascinated with Nature’s Animal Tales. Some are real: the man-eating Catfish of the Kali River, the Mega Shark, Hogzilla, Super Crocs, and the Giant Squid. Some may be only myth: Bigfoot, the chupacabra, the Loch Ness Monster and the Yeti. But two men believe in the stories and they intend to find them all.”Those two men, of course, are Real and Chance, who first gained notoriety on the reality television series “I Love New York,” and expanded on it with their own spinoff “Real Chance of Love,” which has now been spun off into this bizarre outdoors show (if you’re curious, it premieres on Sept. 19). It suffices to say these two are not exactly wildlife biologists.Since we were unable to come up with any baby bear owners, the producer then asked if we knew of anyone who had been attacked or approached by a bear. Each summer locals encounter bears in Montana, we explained, and with a simple online search even VH1 should be able to find one of them. But I doubt any of those Montanans would be eager to spill their guts to Real and Chance.Finally, the producer asked if we knew of any “attractive” photographers to accompany Real and Chance into the backcountry. This is, after all, a reality show where even those behind the lens must be pretty. We weren’t about to recommend any local photographers who would be asked to wander into the backcountry with two men that have no business being there. The conversation ended. And apparently we weren’t much help.The phone call reminded me of a terrible movie I watched recently, in which actors Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker, who played two successful New York businesspeople, are sent to a Wyoming ranch as part of a witness-protection program.“Did You Here About the Morgans?” was actually filmed in New Mexico, but that’s not the only reason it’s a total sham. The screenwriter assumes all rural inhabitants are simple-minded, shoot tin cans, hate outsiders and their politics, square dance, milk cows and consider bingo the most fun someone has all week.I tend to agree with film critic A.O. Scott, who said: “There’s a scene where Hugh Grant confronts a grizzly bear and I’ve never rooted so hard for a predatory animal.”Before moving to Montana, I attended a small junior college in rural Wyoming. That was 13 years ago, but the town of just more than 5,000 people had book stores and coffee shops and even – I know, it’s crazy – Internet access. The Flathead, like elsewhere in the Mountain West, is home to artists, engineers, loggers, entrepreneurs, investors, farmers, retirees, students and even actors. And none of them, that I know of, own a baby bear. All of them know better than to wander into the backcountry looking for one. And for someone to assume otherwise better explains their culture than they could ever explain ours. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

Call for applications: Conference „Erasmus+ opening door“

first_img Similar Stories Regional Response Team Leader for Save the Children Reddit Regional Design Competition: Young Balkan Designers 2016 Balkans Leaders Congress in Skopje +1 Deadline: 5 September 2018Open to: representatives of youth organizations from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo (According to UN Resolution 1244), Macedonia and Serbia who are actively involved in using the Erasmus+ ProgrammeVenue: 18-20 October 2018, SerbiaDescriptionConference „Erasmus+ opening door“ is a part of the three-years project that is being realized by the Environment Engineering Group, within the program “Novi Sad-European Youth Capital for 2019”.It will gather representatives of youth organizations from six Balkan countries and decision makers in European Union that have certain impact on youth programs, aiming to establish structuring dialogue, networking and synergistic influence on improving the position and opportunities of the youth in Balkan countries.During the working day of the Conference, participants will attend one of the three panels dedicated to discussions about the Erasmus+ Programme’s key actions:Key action 1: Learning Mobility of IndividualsKey action 2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practicesKey action 3: Support for policy reformAfterwards, suggestions and recommendations will be discussed altogether and announced for the public hearing via platform www.diajlog.rs in order to finalize needed requests, as well as published in a brochure in Serbian, English and Albanian language.EligibilityRepresentatives of youth organizations from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo (According to UN Resolution 1244), Macedonia and Serbia who are actively involved in using the Erasmus+ Programme.BenefitsAccommodation and food are fully covered by the organizer;Travel expenses will be reimbursed to the amount of the return bus ticket from the place where a participant come from to Novi Sad.How to apply?In order to apply, please fill the application form.For more information, please visit the official web page. ← PKU-IIASA International Postdoctoral Fellowship Program LinkedIn 0 Tweet Pocket August 27, 2018 Published by sanja Share 0 Call for applications: Conference „Erasmus+ opening door“ ASEAN Impact Challenge-Tech Forward: Innovations for a Digital Economy →last_img read more

Singapore: Jaya Reports Quarterly Profit of $7.2 M

first_imgThe Group’s revenue for the quarter under review was US$33.0 million. Excluding vessel sales, the quarter’s revenue was 31% higher than the previous corresponding quarter. This was due to improved charter utilisation of 83% compared to 80% charter utilisation in the previous corresponding quarter.As the Group’s vessels engage in more complex operations, they also command higher charter day rates. During the quarter, one of the Group’s Platform Supply Vessels (“PSVs”) began deep-water survey operations offshore Mozambique whilst the other PSV began mobilisation to Tanzania for another customer. The Group’s fleet size was at 28 vessels as at 31 December 2013 as compared to 27 vessels a year ago.For the 1H FY2014, the Group’s revenue was US$62.6 million. Excluding vessel sales, the Group’s revenue for 1H FY2014 was 21% higher than the previous corresponding period. The Group’s net profit for 2Q FY2014 was US$7.2 million, 11% higher than the previous corresponding quarter. Excluding the one-time charges and gains from vessel sales, the Group’s net profit for 2Q FY2014 was 16% higher than 2Q FY2013.The Offshore Support Services Division recorded a net profit of US$10.2 million in the quarter under review compared to US$8.3 million in the previous corresponding quarter. The increase in net profit was attributable to improved charter utilisation of 83% vs. 80% and improved charter day rates on higher fleet value.The Offshore Engineering Services Division recorded a net loss of US$2.7m during the quarter as there were only five vessels under construction compared to eight vessels under construction during the previous corresponding quarter.For the 1H FY2014, the Group recorded a net profit of US$14.9 million against US$16.6 million in 1H FY2013. Excluding the one-time charges and gains from vessel sales, the Net Profit was 16% higher than that of the previous corresponding period.Commenting on the results, CEO Venkatraman Sheshashayee said, “Our shift in focus to long-term charters of our fleet, delivering high quality, customised services to our clients haspaid off and we are pleased to report another quarter of healthy charter utilisation. Jaya has also successfully expanded its footprint to new markets to East Africa, with the first full quarter of operations for Jaya Vigilant in Mozambique,”   Sheshashayee added, “The offshore oilfield services market continues to be robust in many of the target markets in which we are operating. While seasonal factors in South EastAsia have had their usual impact, Jaya has successfully signed long-term contracts for three of our vessels to work in Saudi Arabia, increasing our presence in the Middle East. Charter utilisation for 3Q FY2014 is expected to be healthy. Our chartering order book has grown to US$327 million, including options to extend, from US$180 million a year ago and is expected to provide a strong recurring and sustaining stream of revenue for the Group.”[mappress]Press Release, January 21, 2014 A Singapore-based offshore energy services provider, Jaya Holdings Limited has reported consolidated revenue of US$33.0 million and net profit of US$7.2 million for the second financial quarter ended 31 December 2013.last_img read more

Zimbabwe to start paying white farmers compensation after April

first_imgZimbabwe President and candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa stands after casting his ballot at Sherwood Primary School in Kwekwe on July 30 2018, during Zimbabwe’s 2018 general elections to elect the president and members of Parliament. (Photo by Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP) Zimbabwe is to start paying compensation this year to thousands of white farmers who lost land under former president Robert Mugabe’s land reform nearly two decades ago, the government said, as it seeks to bring closure to a highly divisive issue.Two decades ago Mugabe’s government carried out at times violent evictions of 4,500 white farmers and redistributed the land to around 300,000 black families, arguing it was redressing imbalances from the colonial era.But land reform still divides public opinion as opponents see it as a partisan process that left the country struggling to feed itself.President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government sees the paying of compensation to white farmers as key to mend ties with the West, and set aside $17.5 million in this year’s budget to that end. The initial payments will target those in financial distress, while full compensation will be paid later.“The registration process and list of farmers should be completed by the end of April 2019, after which the interim advance payments will be paid directly to former farm owners,” Zimbabwe’s ministries of finance and agriculture said in a joint statement on Monday.They said the process to identify and register farmers for compensation was being undertaken the Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) and a committee representing the farmers.A committee comprising government officials and former farm owners is currently valuing improvements made on the farms. That process should end next month and will determine the full amount due to the farmers.The government, which maintains it will only pay compensation for infrastructure and improvements on farms and not for the land, is talking to international financial institutions on options to raise the full amount to pay farmers.Colonialists seized some of the best agricultural land and much of it remained in the hands of white farmers after independence in 1980, while many blacks were landless.Related Zimbabwe considers compensation tribunal for former white farmers Zimbabwe’s government plans to compensate white farmers Zimbabwe’s white farmers optimistic about land compensation pledgelast_img read more

Batkov with emotional words for Levski, Sirakov and the “blue” fans…

first_imgThe former owner of Levski Todor Batkov spoke before the start of the procession about the 106th anniversary of Levski. Batkov was adamant that the difficult times for the “blues” have only strengthened the general love for the club on the part of the supporters.The lawyer did not fail to stand firmly behind the choice of Nasko Sirakov, who is expected to take the shares of the club from Vasil Bozhkov.“This is a moment to unite and all stand behind the leadership. The decision for Sirakov is very good, as he will unite the” blue “public. Let’s work together at this moment with joint efforts,” the former owner of Levski began.“For me Levski is a way of life, not just an idea. So it is with my children. A tribute to all who give what they can for the cause. We must continue in the same way, now we must attract sponsors. I hope the shares will be transferred this week. ”“Obviously, serious organizational and financial reform needs to be done. Sports and technical we must also do everything possible to present ourselves at the level by the end of the championship. However, there is no crisis, but rather there is a rise in love for the club. Happy double holiday, it is no coincidence that Levski was created on this great Bulgarian holiday. The club is a symbol of the revival of the Bulgarian spirit “, concluded Batkov.last_img read more

Usain Bolt stars in own documentary ‘I Am Bolt’

first_imgShanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes MOST READ Senators to proceed with review of VFA EDITORS’ PICK Jamaica’s Usain Bolt wins the men’s 100-meter final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. APKINGSTON, Jamaica — Usain Bolt is now a movie star. He refuses to say he’s an actor.Such a distinction is important for the Jamaican sprinting great and nine-time Olympic champion. Until his competitive career ends next year, Bolt will continue playing only one role — that of the world’s fastest man, someone who beat the odds to acquire immense fame and fortune on his way to becoming one of the biggest stars in global sport.ADVERTISEMENT There are also some moments where that megawatt smile isn’t present. Yes, even Usain Bolt can have a tough day.“You have to ask yourself, why am I doing this? I’ve done everything. I’ve done it many times,” Bolt said. “I have nothing else to prove.”Not now, he doesn’t.The triple-triple was the capper to a storied Olympic career. He’s the world-record-holder in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and anchored the fastest 4×100-meter relay in world history as well. But without those three golds from Rio de Janeiro, Bolt would have felt somewhat unfulfilled.“I wanted to be one of the greatest,” Bolt said. “I wanted to be among the greats. Without this Olympics, I would be great, yes. But I don’t think I would be in the bracket of Muhammad Ali, Pele and the great footballers. That’s what I want.”Bolt’s plan is for the world championships next year in London to be his final meet.From there, who knows.He’s already well set-up as a businessman, with endorsement deals around the globe and other investments — such as a restaurant not far from Jamaica’s National Stadium in Kingston, an eatery where a two-lane track is stenciled on the floor around the bar. He’ll consider dabbling with other sports, and he has a clear desire to play soccer. He might coach. He will not be a politician.And he’s already been approached about acting. For the record, Bolt says the actor who could play him best is Denzel Washington, and he counts “2 Guns” as one of his favorite movies.“People always say it was ‘Training Day,’” Bolt said. “But I loved ‘2 Guns’ because it was different.” We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Irving’s 39, James’ triple-double lead Cavs past 76ers Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 View comments Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports And then he could finally exhale, knowing this film would have the perfect ending.“Oh my God, you have no idea the pressure that I was under,” Bolt said in a recent interview with The Associated Press, as the production was winding down. “But I live for these moments. I love the pressure. And I have all the confidence in myself and my coach and the team I have that it would come true for me. The pressure was there, but the confidence was always there — which made it much easier.”Bolt agreed to make this film after realizing that he would be able to convince both his fans and his detractors that what they see on the track — a free-spirited showman who tries to be stoic and serious only when absolutely necessary — is what they would get if they tagged along with him on a typical day.He shows off some of the spoils of his life, whether it’s the party scene or traveling or enjoying luxury. He also shows how all that is possible, with 5:30 a.m. workouts that he groaned through and the rigors of what’s needed to keep an elite athlete in top physical condition.“I live a simple life, you know what I mean?” Bolt said. “One of the things that made me really want to do this was people always saying: ‘Aw, this is not really who he is. He’s not always laughing. It’s not always fun for him.’ This is who I am. I really wanted to show people this is who I am. I like to have fun. I like to chill. I like to go out. That’s just a part of me. The part that people don’t see, that’s the part I want to show people behind the scenes, the hard work.”ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise He wanted this movie to be different as well.“I tried to talk about what I’m feeling, what I’m thinking,” Bolt said. “That’s what I really try to portray. I never try to be unoriginal.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH among economies most vulnerable to virus As such, it’s not a made-for-Hollywood version of himself that takes center stage in the documentary “I Am Bolt,” which is being released Monday. As the title wants viewers to believe, the Bolt who is in the film is the very same one that his friends, family and other members of his close-knit inner sanctum have seen for as long as they’ve known him.“I wasn’t an actor,” Bolt said. “I wasn’t trying to push a different person forward.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliThis is Bolt, a behind-the-scenes view of the superstar that took about two years to make and has him holding the camera at times. The idea in large part surrounds Bolt’s quest for the so-called triple-triple — three gold medals in three events at three consecutive Olympics, something no sprinter in the history of the sport had ever accomplished.He pulled it off, to little surprise, at the Rio Games.last_img read more

Pixar Pier to Open This Summer at Disney California Adventure

first_imgAs a reminder, the first land will be the Incredicoaster, themed after The Incredibles. (Which is currently California Screamin’.) The Incredicoaster will feature new character moments, new scenes and special effects, and an exciting musical score will connect the attraction’s story to the upcoming The Incredibles 2. The coaster will open on June 23, as well.The second neighborhood will be inspired by Toy Story and it will be developed around the popular Toy Story Mania! attraction. The third neighborhood will be based around Inside Out and it will debut a new family-friendly attraction.A fourth new neighborhood will celebrate other favorite Pixar stories. Mickey’s Fun Wheel will be themed with a new look and each of the gondolas will showcase a different Pixar character; the iconic face of Mickey Mouse will continue to appear though. At the Games of the Boardwalk, Guests will find that all the midway games will be inspired by Pixar characters and there will be new games that will include characters from A Bug’s Life, La Luna and WALL·E, as well as the current game, Bullseye Stallion Stampede,.No official word on if the other neighborhoods will open on June 23, but I’ll be sure to keep you posted when I learn more! Share This!The D23 Expo Japan took place this evening and we got a few new details about Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure. The main thing is its opening date, which is June 23.©Disney This reimagined land will feature four whimsical neighborhoods representing beloved Pixar stories with newly themed attractions, foods and merchandise. Guests will enter Pixar Pier through a new marquee, pictured above, which will be topped by the iconic Pixar lamp later in the year.©Disneylast_img read more

Itlhabolole: beauty from waste

first_img MediaClubSouthAfrica Free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. Itlhabolole was started in 2000 by a group of 21 people, mostly women. In 2005 the group received their biggest funding, to the tune of US$51 200 (R387 700), from the National Lotteries Board. Also in 2005, it was a recipient of a $2 640 (R20 000) donation from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its Khula Enterprise, which facilitates access to funding for small and medium businesses. The Small Enterprise Development Agency also gave Itlhabolole $6 600 (R50 000) in that year. “This is a project that shows that women are an economic power in rural areas and are determined to fight poverty,” said then DTI deputy minister Elizabeth Thabethe at the South African Women Entrepreneurs Network imbizo in 2005. The funds catapulted Itlhabolole to a prolific and stable organisation that is able to generate income for its members. Today the cooperative consists of 18 people, 14 of whom are women and two are youth. “We sell our products and we also do exhibitions across the country. We try to boost our families,” said Khambule. “The project is not exactly big; we are just trying to sustain it.” The DTI’s support for the group has been quite commendable, said Khambule. The National Development Agency (NDA), which is mandated by the government to fund community projects, has been funding Itlhabolole for the past two years. “The DTI and NDA are helping us a lot.”Growth and success Within just a year of its launch in 2000 the women were able to build their project’s headquarters in their village. The cooperative continues to enjoy its success and growth. Its impressive showing at Decorex Joburg, an expo that took place in the city in August, secured Itlhabolele a deal to showcase its products to Germany in an exhibition in 2010, and a chance to get its products into German markets. The annual Decorex event, a convergence of local and international designers, showcased chic indoor and outdoor designs. Itlhabolole received an overwhelming response at Decorex and its products were sold out within two days. The project took home a silver medal in the Best Product category. “This recognition is not only for the work that this organisation is doing, it also confirms for the women of Itlhabolole Waste Management that life is what you make of it,” said Potlako Ntlatleng, NDA North West provincial manager. “In a time when concern over the environment is gaining much attention, a small village in a corner of South Africa is creating wealth out of the waste that litters our streets,” Ntlatleng said. The group has established a strong client base in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kimberley and Botswana. “We also trained groups of people on recycling in Kimberley and Botswana,” said Khambule.More than just a business Itlhabolole is more than just a business project; it is also an NGO. As part of its community work the group embarked on a cleaning campaign in Ikopeleng village in October 2009. Khambule said the campaign, which was also supported by their local municipality, was quite a success. She said they are on a drive to convince the government to lead clean-ups in villages. “We want to encourage the government to take part in these campaigns.” Khambule added that they were looking ahead to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, when millions of visitors are expected to flock to South Africa. “The country must be beautiful,” she said.Environmental responsibility Teaching school-going youth about the necessity of a clean environment has also become the group’s work. They visit schools to drive a clean environment message. “It must ring in their heads that we need a clean environment,” said Khambule. Farming could also become Itlhabolole’s next major success. The group has recently received a piece of land in their village and plan to use it to grow their gardening business. At present, they sell their vegetables in surrounding villages in North West province. But the ultimate dream is to be able to supply major markets. “I dream about the farm becoming big, if we could just have a bigger market,” said Khambule. She said they continue to receive support from other government ministries, such as the Departments of Agriculture as well as Arts and Culture. The latter department recently provided art and administration learnerships for Itlhabolole.First published on 28 October 2009 by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. 8 January 2010 A band of motivated women from Ikopeleng village in South Africa’s North West province are leading a groundbreaking project that turns bin-destined waste into stylish clothing and indoor designs. Itlhabolole Waste Management (Ithlabolole is Setswana for “develop yourself”) produces trendy ladies’ bags, traditional Tswana clothing, shoes, plastic wreaths, dustbins, peg holders, mats and placemats from plastic. “We collect dirty plastics to create beautiful artefacts,” says founding member Margaret Khambule. “The people we work with are very passionate about the project.”last_img read more