Romantic comedy “White Wedding” grossed over R1.1-million on its opening weekend on the South African movie circuit. The film stars Rapulana Seiphemo and Kenneth Nkosi of “Tsotsi” and “Jerusalema” fame. Actor and co-writer Kenneth Nkosi chats about his role in the film and how the storyline came about.Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 1 June 2009.
The garden includes 40 different varietals of vegetables and herbs – aubergine, tomato, spinach, leeks, cabbage, broccoli, beetroot, rosemary, thyme, basil and many more.In 2013 a study by the African Food Security Urban Network found that 12 million South Africans are food insecure. This in a country that is generally food secure.FOOD SECURITYSouth Africa’s Vision 2030, better known as the National Development Plan, identified food security as an important target in meeting the objectives of the NDP.A project in Cape Town funded by Woolworths MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fund is creating food security for a group of pupils in Observatory and Salt River. The edible garden planted at Observatory Junior School will produce 10 kg’s of fresh vegetables daily, allowing the 1 500 pupils at Dryden Primary School, Mary-Kihn Primary and Observatory Junior School to enjoy a healthy fresh meal.Helene Brand, MySchool’s CSI Manager, explained that the Salt River/ Observatory area was home to many households unable to provide a packed lunch. A secondary benefit she pointed out, “The edible garden at Observatory Junior School is our contribution towards giving more learners access to fresh food and a living garden where they can learn how to grow food and take responsibility for the upkeep of the garden.”THE GARDENThe garden at Observatory Primary is 400 square meters and includes 40 different varietals of vegetables and herbs – aubergine, tomato, spinach, leeks, cabbage, broccoli, beetroot, rosemary, thyme, basil and many more.Harvested produce is shared between all three schools, and is the base for the healthy lunch provided to learners every day. All three schools will also use the garden as an educational resource centre, actively involving learners in managing the garden. They will plant and harvest what they’ve grown, giving them a lifelong skill.Andy Clark, head of transformation at Woolworths Financial Services, said: “We’ve worked with all three schools through our participation in the Community of Learning Principals and the Partners for Possibility initiative and wanted to continue supporting them, so they can continue on their journey to be more sustainable and independent. They are run by highly committed staff and are motivated to participate in initiatives that will benefit their learners.“We are hoping to roll out more gardens at schools in the area, contributing to the communities in which we operate.”YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOWMore than half of Urban Harvest, the company that established the garden, 250 edible garden projects are based at schools in the greater Cape Town area. They seed gardens and help maintain and train people until they are self-sustainable.Explaining their philosophy Urban Harvest’s Ben Getz said: “The edible garden teaches learners that ‘you reap what you sow’. In the garden hard work pays off in many ways and the learners gain a greater sense of responsibility.“They also gain a sensitivity to and an appreciation for quiet, meditative, slow time when weeding or feeding the garden. They learn about keeping space neat and organised and a respect for nature and its lessons.”FETSA TLALAIn 2013 the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tina Joemat-Pettersson launched Fetsa Tlala – an initiative aimed at improving household food security and stimulating sustainable job creation in the poorest districts of the country.This initiative ensures that underutilised agricultural land is put under production to increase local access to food.Fetsa Tlala will be financed through, amongst others, the Comprehensive Agriculture Support Programme (CASP). Allocations to provinces will be dedicated to food production, either crop or livestock production. More inclination, however, is towards the production of staple food such as maize, beans, wheat, sunflower, ground nuts and potatoes.CASP is the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries’ premier support programme and is funded through the Division of Revenue Act.
We are pleased to announce that 2 of our Intel AMT Embedded Tools Suite product family have recently been updated in the Embedded Design Center (EDC). The new updates are mainly to support the new Intel AMT 6.0 features, plus usability enhancements based on the feedback from the previous version.Intel Embedded AMT Management Express Console 2.0This is a great evaluation tool for the Embedded Board Manufacturers to demonstrate and test the various Intel AMT usage models. The new usage models supported in this new version included Remote KVM, PC Alarm Clock and UUID Verifications. In addition, there were many usability enhancements since the version 1.0 release. Check out the new tool at: http://edc.intel.com/Link.aspx?id=2350Note that the Management Express Console was developed based on Intel AMT Software Development Kit (SDK) and the Manageability Developer Tool Kit (DTK). For those who are interested in developing your own Intel AMT-enabled management console, please download the tool kits from the links below:SDK: http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/download-the-latest-intel-amt-software-development-kit-sdk/DTK: http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/download-the-latest-version-of-manageability-developer-tool-kit/ Diagram 1: Screenshot of Alarm Clock in Intel Embedded AMT Management Express Console 2.0 Intel AMT Integration Wizard 2.0This latest Integration Wizard has been updated with Intel AMT 6 support for both Q57 and QM57 platforms. The tool also added many flexible time-saving features for the design engineers, e.g. partial programming by BIOS/GbE/ME region, saving of configuration settings and build info, customization of read/write access for different regions and many other user-friendly features. The tool is available at: http://edc.intel.com/Link.aspx?id=2352Diagram 2: Screenshot of Intel AMT Integration Wizard 2.0
Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala urges Inter and Milan to work with the local authorities, as a “reduced capacity Stadio Meazza would be a good solution.” The two clubs presented their ambitious plans to knock down the current Stadio Giuseppe Meazza and construct a new joint arena next to it, essentially where the car park of the stadium now stands. A vote in the local council backed plans to revamp the San Siro area of the city, but shot down attempts to eliminate the Stadio Meazza entirely. “The best solution for San Siro would be a combined solution, so a commercial space for development, but also a reduced capacity arena of use to the city,” declared Mayor Sala. “We need to understand if it is financially viable, but it would be the best thing for the city, seeing as football in Milan isn’t just Serie A, but also women’s football and youth teams. “In that sense, a reduced capacity Stadio Meazza would be a good solution. I don’t know if it’s possible, but I ask the clubs to make a serious effort to find a new life for San Siro.” This doesn’t mean Inter and Milan can’t build a whole new stadium, but the existing Stadio Meazza would need to remain in some way or another. That would force a radical rethink of the architectural plans presented so far. It’d also increase the costs, as knocking down the stadium would be in the region of €45m, whereas repurposing it would cost €200-250m. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
Juventus stopper Wojciech Szczesny is close to renewing his contract to 2024, according to Sky Sport Italia expert Gianluca Di Marzio. The former Arsenal keeper has been with Juve since signing in the summer of 2017 for €14m, following a loan spell at Roma. He signed as a back-up ‘keeper to Gigi Buffon in 2017-18, shadowing the legendary player for a season before taking his position as the veteran left for Paris Saint Germain. Szczesny has been the first choice since then, even with Buffon returning to the club this season. The Pole’s contract expires in June 2021, but Di Marzio reports that his contract will be extended to 2024. He’s made 74 appearances for Juve, and has kept 37 clean sheets. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
OTTAWA – The federal government ran a deficit of $2.7 billion in the first five months of its fiscal year compared with a deficit of $5.4 billion in the same period last year.In its monthly fiscal monitor, the federal Finance Department says the smaller deficit for the year so far came as revenue grew more than spending.Revenues were up $6.3 billion, or 5.3 per cent, as income tax revenues and excise taxes and duties rose, partially offset by lower EI premium revenues and other revenues.Program spending was up $4.2 billion, or 3.7 per cent, due to increases in major transfers to persons and other levels of government and direct program expenses.Public debt charges were down $700 million, or 6.1 per cent.In its fall fiscal update this week, the government said it’s expecting a shortfall of $18.4 billion in 2017-18, compared with a projection of $25.5 billion outlined in the spring budget.
CALGARY – A two-year Calgary police pilot program to help prevent youth radicalization has received full funding from the federal government.The Redirect program was launched in 2015 to help young people deemed vulnerable to radicalization.It has received $1.3 million in funding over five years from the federal Community Resilience Fund.The program looks for at-risk youth and links them with a police officer and a social worker who attempt to steer them from dangerous ideologies.Calgary police Insp. Leah Barber says it is aimed at individuals who may be recruited by terrorist organizations like the Islamic State or criminal gangs looking for new members.She says tips come from parents, communities and schools that may have noticed warning signs of radicalization.
CALGARY – The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development says Canada must review its tax policies to remain competitive with the United States.In a report, the Paris-based group says U.S. tax reform has enhanced the attractiveness of investing there at the expense of investing in Canada.It says U.S. tax cuts have also reinforced the “negative effects” of uncertainty surrounding Canada’s competitiveness as it attempts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and the U.S.Ottawa has come under pressure from corporate Canada to respond to a move late last year by President Donald Trump to dramatically chop the U.S. corporate tax rate.In April, RBC president and CEO Dave McKay said a significant investment exodus to the U.S. is underway, especially in the energy and clean-technology sectors, which could be followed by a loss of skilled workers.The OECD says annual economic growth in Canada is expected to ease from three per cent in 2017 to around two per cent in 2018-19 as private consumption and government spending slow.“The government should review the tax system to ensure that it remains efficient — raising sufficient revenues to fund public spending without imposing effective costs on the economy — equitable and supports the competitiveness of the Canadian economy,” the OECD said in its report.It says business investment has picked up but remains weaker than before commodity prices began falling in 2014, in part because upstream oil and gas investment is being held up by pipeline capacity constraints and regulatory barriers to expansion, resulting in curtailed exports.
VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. government has launched a two-phase review of BC Hydro in an effort to find cost savings and direction for the Crown utility.The first part of the review is expected to examine ways to save money within Hydro, create new revenue streams in an effort to keep rates low and give the corporation the resources it needs to provide electricity.An advisory group that includes staff from government ministries and BC Hydro will conduct the first review. The government says in a news release that it expects recommendations from the first phase of the review to be complete by this fall.It says the second phase of the review will build on new strategies from the first phase and include ways to ensure Hydro can maximize opportunities around the shift in global energy sectors.The expert panel conducting the second phase would aim to deliver its recommendation to the government by the summer or fall of next year.
Categories: Steven Johnson News State Representative Steve Johnson invites local residents to join him during office hours:Monday, March 13thKent CountyKentwood City Hall4900 Breton Road SE5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.Monday, March 27thAllegan CountyWayland City Hall103 S. Main Street5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.“Meeting with people and listening to their ideas and concerns helps me better represent them in the state legislature,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “I am committed to keeping in touch with residents because I genuinely value their input concerning state government.”No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Those unable to attend are encouraged to call Rep. Johnson’s office at 517-373-0840, email StevenJohnson@house.mi.gov or visit his website at www.RepJohnson.com. 22Feb Representative Johnson announces March office hours