Climate Change Meeting Ends On Positive Note

first_imgClimate Change Meeting Ends On Positive Note Climate ChangeJanuary 20, 2013 RelatedClimate Change Meeting Ends On Positive Note A four-day exploratory meeting aimed at examining idea concepts for Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) projects in Jamaica’s energy Sector that have a climate change mitigation potential, ended with stakeholders feeling empowered.This was disclosed by Dr. Oscar Coto, international consultant with the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) which falls under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change following the final meeting at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston on January 16.The meetings were convened to generate a platform for opportunities on activities in Jamaica’s energy sector and that could have a climate change mitigation potential. NAMA is used by various countries as a vehicle to explore and maintain efforts and commitments under the international framework convention on Climate Change.“The general impression that we received is that there is an interest in the consideration of the NAMA possibilities in Jamaica.  From there, obviously supported by the various technical assistance, the government will take a decision on their priorities,” he said.This was supported by head of the Latin-America Energy Organization (OLADE), sub-regional office in Jamaica, Dr. Conroy Watson who told JIS News that he too was pleased with the outcome of the meetings.“We are heartened by the responses and reactions that we’ve gotten so far. One of the areas of merit is the extent to which financial institutions including the private banks are active in the energy field and that’s a plus because ultimately it means that when the sector is capitalized the benefits are more forthcoming,” he said.Participants included stakeholders from the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ);  the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change; Wigton Wind Farms Limited; The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, as well as representatives from various universities.A workshop is being planned for Februay to further explain and discuss these matters as well as generate greater involvement among stakeholders and participants.He says the details will be worked out and notification given. RelatedClimate Change Meeting Ends On Positive Note RelatedClimate Change Meeting Ends On Positive Notecenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsA four-day exploratory meeting aimed at examining idea concepts for Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) projects in Jamaica’s energy Sector that have a climate change mitigation potential, ended with stakeholders feeling empowered.This was disclosed by Dr. Oscar Coto, international consultant with the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) which falls under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change following the final meeting at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston on January 16.The meetings were convened to generate a platform for opportunities on activities in Jamaica’s energy sector and that could have a climate change mitigation potential. NAMA is used by various countries as a vehicle to explore and maintain efforts and commitments under the international framework convention on Climate Change. Advertisementslast_img read more

Dairy Economic Update: No spring in prices, margin

first_imgDave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave [email protected] Milk prices were lower in March, but quarterly replacement cow prices were steady. The first half of the next Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) pay period shows income margins grew slimmer. This and other U.S. dairy economic news can be found here. U.S. average milk price continues downturnThe U.S. average all-milk price declined again in March, falling to the lowest level since May 2010, according to the USDA/NASS Ag Prices report, released April 29.advertisementadvertisementUSDA estimated the March 2016 U.S. average all-milk price at $15.30 per hundredweight, down $0.40 from February and $1.30 less than March 2015’s average of $16.60 per hundredweight.Through the first quarter of the year, 2016 prices averaged $15.70 per hundredweight, about $1.30 less than the same period a year earlier.Compared to February, month-to-month prices declined at least $0.50 per hundredweight in 11 of the major dairy states surveyed.The highest March 2016 average price was in Florida, at $18.30 per hundredweight, with the lowest average in Arizona at $14.00 per hundredweight (Table 1).advertisementMarch dairy producer margins shrink under MPP-DairySlightly higher U.S. soybean meal and alfalfa hay prices combined with lower milk prices, shrinking U.S. average dairy producers’ income under USDA’s Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) formula.Producers will have to wait another month to see if the tightening margins trigger an indemnity payment for the March-April MPP-Dairy pay period.USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced a March 2016 MPP-Dairy margin of about $7.47 per hundredweight, down about $0.45 from February.Based on current projections by the Program on Dairy Markets and Policy, MPP-Dairy margins could dip to near $6.50 hundredweight for the period of April-July 2016, before trending higher later in the year.March margins tightened due to a $0.40 per hundredweight decline in the U.S. average milk price. While corn prices held steady, alfalfa hay and soybean meal prices rose.March margin factors• Corn: $3.57 per bushel, unchangedadvertisement• Soybean meal: $276.22 per ton, up $2.61• Alfalfa hay: $144 per ton, up $3• Final feed costs: $7.833 per hundredweight, up about 4.7 cents from February.• All-milk price: $15.30 per hundredweight, down $0.40• Milk margin minus feed costs: $7.467 per hundredweight, down $0.447 from February.State differencesUSDA uses national average milk, corn and alfalfa hay prices, along with a central soybean meal price, to calculate the monthly national MPP-Dairy income margin.Selected state margins (Table 2) for March 2016, using the MPP-Dairy formula and state prices for corn, alfalfa hay and milk reported by USDA, range from a high of $9.12 per hundredweight in South Dakota to a low of $6.46 per hundredweight in Michigan, a difference of $2.66, according to Progressive Dairyman calculations.Replacement, cull cow prices holdDespite slumping milk prices, average U.S. dairy herd replacement cow prices are holding their own, based on data in the USDA’s monthly Ag Prices report, released April 29, 2016.Preliminary April 2016 U.S. quarterly replacement dairy cow prices averaged $1,820 per head, just $10 less than January 2016, but about $150 less than April a year ago.April 2016 average prices ranged from a high of $1,950 per head in Arizona and Colorado to lows of $1,660 in Virginia and $1,670 in New York (Table 3).Meanwhile, estimated U.S. March 2016 cull cow prices (beef and dairy combined) averaged $80.00 per hundredweight, the first month-to-month increase since March-April a year ago. The average is up $2.50 from February 2016, but $24 per hundredweight less than March 2015. Through the first quarter of 2016, cull cow prices averaged $77.25 per hundredweight, about $34.75 less then the same period a year earlier.California Class 4a/4b milk pricesCalifornia’s April 2016 Class 4a/4b milk prices were announced April 29. Class 4a saw a small increase, boosted by surprisingly strong butter prices, but Class 4b fell on a declining cheese market.California Class 4a ($ per hundredweight)April 2016 – $12.54March 2016 – $12.41April 2015 – $13.36January-April 2016 – $12.87January-April 2015 – $13.33California Class 4b ($ per hundredweight)April 2016 – $12.71March 2016 – $13.24April 2015 – $14.22January-April 2016 – $13.20January-April 2015 – $13.95Source: California Department of Food and AgricultureApril FMMO prices dipApril 2016 federal milk marketing order (FMMO) Class III and Class IV minimum prices were announced May 4. Both were down slightly from March and below a year earlier.FMMO Class III ($ per hundredweight)April 2016 – $13.63March 2016 – $13.74April 2015 – $15.81January-April 2016 – $13.72January-April 2015 – $15.75FMMO Class IV ($ per hundredweight)April 2016 – $12.68March 2016 – $12.74April 2015 – $13.51January-April 2016 – $13.06January-April 2015 – $13.59Source: USDA Ag Marketing ServiceDairy Margin Watch: April ends weakerDairy margins continued to weaken over the last half of April due to a combination of higher feed costs and lower milk prices, according to the latest CIH Margin Watch report from Commodity & Ingredient Hedging LLC. Margins remain negative through year-end and into 2017, and are well below average from a historical perspective.Continuing strength in both corn and soybean meal prices are attributed to South American weather and crop concerns. Brazil’s second corn crop is likely to be much lower than previous projections due to late-season dryness and hot weather. Excessive moisture in Argentina is cutting soybean yields.Milk prices continue to be pressured by increased production and building stocks. The U.S. cow herd is the largest since December 2008, and dairy cow culling is down. February European Union-28 collections of milk were up 5.5 percent compared to the previous year.Visit the Margin Manager website. PDlast_img read more

Kalas: Fulham better than last season’s Boro side

first_imgTomas Kalas believes Fulham currently have a stronger side than the Middlesbrough one promoted from the Championship.The Czech defender is in the perfect position to judge both squads, having played 30 times for Boro last season while on loan from Chelsea, before moving to Craven Cottage on a similar deal this summer.AdChoices广告Kalas has been an ever-present since joining Fulham, helping them to a five-match unbeaten start to the campaign prior to Saturday’s defeat by Birmingham.Despite that setback, the 23-year-old is confident the Whites have what it takes to emulate Middlesbrough’s step up into the Premier League.“I think we’ve got an even stronger squad than Middlesbrough had,” Kalas said.“We’ve got many offensive players [and] we play very well in a shape defensively.“I don’t want to say that Middlesbrough had bad players, obviously, they had really good players, that’s why they got promoted.“[At Fulham] If you see the names, the quality, I think we should chase promotion. That’s the aim.”Kalas remains unsure over his future at Stamford Bridge – Fulham are the fifth club he’s been farmed out to since 2010, and he has made only four fleeting first-team appearances for the Blues.However he insisted he still harbours a dream of breaking into the Chelsea first-team, and feels Fulham is a good place to learn.He said: “I have had many years to play for Chelsea – I haven’t played.“I don’t want to say that I don’t want to play for them – that’s why I joined Chelsea, with the future that I might be one of the players that could play for them.“I’m trying to find a way to develop and improve myself. I came to Fulham with the vision that I may play as many games as I can and hopefully improve myself this way – it’s the quickest way to improve.” See also:Chelsea’s Kalas rejoins MiddlesbroughDefender Kalas agrees new Chelsea dealChelsea’s Kalas joins Fulham on loanKalas admits Leeds error but praises Fulham’s footballMadl sent off as Fulham lose to BirminghamFulham youngsters see off VillaFulham’s Ayite to miss next few gamesFulham trio to miss Barnsley visit Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

High hopes for South Africa’s low-cost carriers

first_img31 March 2015The arrival of a new budget airline in South Africa promises cheaper domestic fares for travellers, though the increased competition may put pressure on the low-cost carrier segment given weak consumer spending.With Skywise taking to the air on 5 March, the number of domestic low-cost carriers operating in South Africa has risen to four. Other operators include South African Airways subsidiary, Mango, Comair’s Kulula and stand-alone carrier FlySafair, which launched its services in October 2014.The four budget carriers will account for just under half the available seats on domestic flights. Before Skywise was launched, the low-cost carriers between them provided 48% of all capacity in the domestic market, with the split being around 22% for Kulula, 20% for Mango and 6% for FlySafair, respectively, according to data compiled by industry research group CAPA – Centre for Aviation.Unsurprisingly, given the limited demand for domestic aviation elsewhere in Africa, the South African low-cost carrier market remains by far the most congested on the continent, with just five other budget carriers operating in the whole of Africa at present.In a report issued in January, CAPA warned that while consumers might benefit from more aggressive competition, demand in the South African aviation market might be too small to support four budget carriers given that two low-cost carriers, 1time and Velvet Sky, ceased operations in 2012 due in part to overcapacity in the market.Low-cost invasionSkywise, owned by South Africa-based firm PAK Africa Aviation, offers 26 flights a week between Johannesburg and Cape Town, but is looking to increase this number to 52 after it doubles its fleet to four aircraft over the next few months, according to its co- chairperson, Tabassum A Qadir.The airline is confident that there is more than enough demand for another low-cost in the market. “There is still scope to grow demand in this segment, enlarging the pie to attract new fliers rather than just fighting for existing conventional ones,” Qadir said. “More competition should not only drive down prices but shift focus to value addition services.”The new entrant already appears to have had a visible impact on end-user fares. Fares from Johannesburg to Cape Town fell by an average of 18% to R2 083 ($173), while the price of flights from Cape Town to George declined 39% to R1 278 ($106), according to Travelstart, an online company that analyses flight prices for passengers. The research, released at the end of March, compared airfares in January and February against those of previous years.However, while this is making competition tighter, the market continues to attract more interest. In March, Bloomberg reported that Tanzania-based Fastjet was actively seeking South African investors to buy into the company to fund an extension of its route network, including into South Africa. The carrier intends to set up operations in Kenya, South Africa and Zambia as part of its expansion plan, but no timeline has been established.Zimbabwe-headquartered flyafrica also has announced plans to break into the South African market, though its aim is to expand as a regional carrier – competing in the Zambia-South Africa market − rather than provide domestic services.However, Africa poses several challenges to a low-cost carrier looking for expansion across the continent. The cost of establishing a ground presence in several markets is still largely prohibitive to African carriers, due to the increased overheads which would weaken its low-cost ticket proposition, said Elmar Conradie, the chief finance officer for FlySafair.“There is still scope for a pan-African, low-cost carrier to emerge,” Conradie told OBG. “There are higher yields in regional travel, however, sustaining a low-cost model in areas of the continent where online as a distribution channel doesn’t exist is the challenge,” he said.Costs still highWhile carriers across the spectrum will benefit from the decline in oil prices, this gain is largely offset by the depreciation of the rand, which has increased the price of imported fuel.South African carrier Comair said the net effect in the second half of 2014 from these factors was a 2% increase in operational costs. It also acknowledged pressure on tickets prices as consumers struggle financially, adding that the domestic passenger market remained well below the 2008 peak volumes.With high levels of competition and tighter margins, South Africa’s low-cost carriers may be vulnerable to market fluctuations and a weaker domestic economy. The advent of the cooler months will likely impact load factors, with an easing of holiday trade expected, said Conradie.Though bookings on the Johannesburg-Cape Town route remain strong − close to the peaks reached in the fourth quarter of 2014 when the carrier launched − there was some tapering on other routes, such as those serving Port Elizabeth and George, he said.South Africa Year in Review 2014: This information is provided by the Oxford Business Group, the global publishing, research and consultancy firm.last_img read more

Holiday Parties: A Woman’s Guide for What (and What Not) to Wear for Any Holiday Event

first_imgEvery year, the holiday season seems to rapidly approach. With all of the bustling about attending Thanksgiving Day parades, tree lightings around town, commercial holiday shopping, and prepping to host the family, is it any wonder that it seems impossible to dedicate time to finding the perfect outfit for the next holiday event? While it’s easy to throw on a cheesy sweater, typical office wear, or something that may be too revealing, think of stylist, author, and former TV host of What Not to Wear, Stacy London’s words, “While we decorate our trees with ornaments, one might consider the art of holiday style as a slightly more strategic version of ornamentation.”Whether you’re attending a work holiday party, a friends or family gathering, or meeting your significant other’s parents for the first time, here are a six simple styling tips to impress everyone you encounter at your next event.Know the Type of Event You’re AttendingIt’s important to know what kind of event you’re going to. Over the next week, I will attend three events: a gala, my college’s DC Christmas party, and a friend’s holiday party. I guarantee you, I won’t be wearing the same thing to any of them. In fact, they are black tie, cocktail, and festive, respectively. Don’t be afraid to inquire about what type of attire is most appropriate for your next event. Asking about dress attire for an event is the first step in deciding what to wear.It’s Okay Not to Wear Festive ColorsAmidst all of the wrapping, holiday music, and constant advertisements, it may be tempting to throw on that old green and red dress from the mid-2000’s. Rather, opt for red, black, navy, or even ivory. Jewel tones look impeccable on everyone. My favorite color this season? Emerald green.Did you know? Metallics can be treated as neutrals. Try to mix and match them in an outfit, but be careful to wear subtle accessories that will highlight, rather than take away from, the outfit.Watch Out for Items That Can be too RevealingIt’s not ideal to wear an extremely low-cut top, skin tight bodycon dress, or a skirt that is more than eight fingers above your knee to an office or networking holiday party. Find simple, elegant, and modern-fitting pieces that can be layered and dressed up. The general rule of thumb is to pick one location to show a bit more: arms and back, slightly lower cut top, or legs. This can add a modest, yet appealing balance.A Jumpsuit Can Be a Unique ReplacementI recently invested in a simple black, billowy jumpsuit. A well-fitted one-piece anything is a rare find for me as I’m 5’3 and have a short torso. However, jumpsuits are very trendy, do not have to be expensive, and can be dressed up or dressed down. I plan to add a couple fun accessories and sparkly gold heels to my jumpsuit for a cocktail event, but may very well wear it to a family gathering with a pair of velvet black heels, leather jacket, and metallic necklace. So versatile!Conquer Any Event with a Great Pair of HeelsThere is something about a pair of heels that makes me never want to wear flats again. If you are feeling that your holiday wear is too simple, find a bold printed, sparkly, or chunky heel to elevate your outfit. Heels can add a fun, sophisticated flare and bring life to an otherwise seemingly plain outfit. If heels aren’t your thing, find a chic metallic or velvet pair of flats or a flirty pair that compliments and contrasts your bag and jewelry. Although it may seem obvious, if you reside in a commuting city, do not wear your metro or subway flats to an elegant event.Rent the Runway is Your FriendWhen in doubt, or if you don’t want to spend several hundred dollars on a new designer outfit, Rent the Runway will help you find that perfect holiday piece. The company allows you to rent outfits or accessories for four or eight days, and even has a monthly unlimited option. Next time you can’t find something in your closet, consider renting a new piece that will wow your guests and colleagues.Looking for more resources and ways to elevate your personal style? Let me know, and check out other posts on the AFF blog!last_img read more

Two can’t miss webinars: Dan Heath and Guy Kawasaki!

first_imgNetwork for Good has two amazing webinars coming up – and (as usual) they are free with registration.*Nonprofit 911: How to Get More Followers on Social Media w/ Guy KawasakiThursday, March 21 at 1 p.m. EasternWhy isn’t your hashtag everywhere? When’s the best time for a Facebook status update? What does it mean when someone +1’s you on Google +? How come no one liked your picture, story, update, tweet, share, friendship, etc? You might be caught a social media slump!Tune in Thursday, March 21 at 1 p.m. Eastern to hear tech and social media expert Guy Kawasaki lead a free presentation giving nonprofits the insider scoop on garnering support via the most popular social media platforms.Register here.Nonprofit 911: The Decisive Organization: Building a Culture of Better Decision-MakingMonday, March 25 at 1 p.m. EasternBest-selling Switch author Dan Heath’s done it again! Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work hits shelves next week. He’s going to stop by and pre-release the most helpful decision-making practices to the Network for Good audience via a Nonprofit 911 webinar on Monday, the 25th at 1 p.m. Eastern. Join Dan Heath as he makes it easier for your organization to make that sound decision. Bonus: Dan will be giving away a free copy of his new book to 10 lucky nonprofits on the call.Register here.*If you can’t make the date for Guy Kawasaki, sign up anyway. You will get a recording of the webinar afterward! Dan Heath’s session is live only, so we won’t be sending recordings.last_img read more

Colley Reserve 5-a-Side 2009

first_imgPlease be advised that nominations for the 15th Annual Colley Reserve 5-a-Side Championship are now open. The event is occurring on Sunday, 22 February 2009 at Colley and Wrigley Reserves, Glenelg. Touch Football South Australia (TFSA) has increased the number of eligible teams to 30 for the 2009 event with our sponsors having a go this year so Hurry and get your team in fast!!! The 2009 Conditions of Entry and nomination form is attached. This information is also available on our website for future reference. For further information visit the TFSA website – www.touchsa.com.au Thanks to Tim Wyld for providing the article content.Related Filescolley_reserve_coe___nomination_form-pdflast_img read more

Senior infielder on the upswing after subpar session in 09

On April 25, third baseman Cory Rupert belted a pitch off Penn State pitcher Ryan Ignas over the left-field wall for a home run. Rupert’s long ball was one of six runs the Buckeyes scored in the loss, but it was also a snapshot of how Rupert does everything in his power to help his team win.Rupert, one of eight seniors on this year’s baseball team, is putting together his best campaign in his four-year career for the Scarlet and Gray. However, Rupert’s track has not always been easy, as he has weathered many highs and lows while playing for the Buckeyes.As a freshman, the Mansfield, Ohio, native instantly earned playing time at shortstop for the Buckeyes. Starting for a perennial Big Ten power would be nerve racking for any freshman, much less Rupert, who came from a high school with an enrollment of a little more than 800.“It was exciting and nerve racking at the same time, coming here as a freshman and being put at short,” Rupert said. “I just went out there and tried to help the team out as best I could.”Rupert handled the pressure well and had a great freshman season, which led to increased playing time during his sophomore campaign. In his second year in the program, he moved to third, where he made 39 starts for the Buckeyes.As a sophomore, Rupert was one of the Buckeyes’ most productive offensive players.However, as a junior, he was, in a sense, demoted, as his starts were reduced from 48 the previous year to 33. As the season wore on, his playing time continued to diminish, and his offense struggled accordingly.“It was definitely hard on me,” Rupert said. “I started the first 20-some games and after that I was pretty much a role guy from the dugout. It took a while getting used to. I’m not going to say I liked it. It was really tough. But when I got in there I tried to do the best I could.”Like any competitive athlete, Rupert wanted to be on the field helping his team but accepted his role and helped his team as much as possible from the sidelines when he wasn’t playing. He is described by his teammates and coaches as a great team player and a high-quality character. Those traits allowed Rupert to stay positive and fill in wherever needed.“Wherever the coaches want me to play, that’s fine with me. As long as I’m playing, I’m happy,” Rupert said. “I’m just out there to help the team. If I’m not playing that day I’ll be in the dugout cheering on my teammates.”Rupert returned for his senior season with a renewed vigor and has found himself back in the starting lineup for the Buckeyes. This season, the right-hander’s role has been reversed. He has developed into the everyday third baseman for the Buckeyes and has started all 12 conference games.Coach Bob Todd believes Rupert’s experience played a big role in his development.“One of the things for Cory Rupert is he really started to mature,” Todd said. “I think that there have been a lot of things he needed to do to kind of understand how to play the game a little better.”Rupert has certainly learned, as this season is by far his best at the plate. He has the highest on-base percentage on the team and the team’s second highest batting average.The third baseman credits his consistent playing time with his offensive explosion.“Last year I wasn’t in the lineup everyday,” Rupert said. “It’s kind of tough to get on a roll when you’re not playing everyday. And it’s my fourth year. Being a senior, I know what to expect now. Being in the lineup everyday and having the experience definitely helps.”If Rupert continues to be as productive as he has been this season, there’s no question he will be a mainstay for the Buckeyes at third base. He has reached base in all 25 of his starts this season and will look to continue that streak this week against foes Marshall and Michigan.“I’m glad to be back in the lineup everyday,” Rupert said. “I just go out there and do the best I can and hopefully I can stay in the lineup the rest of the year.” read more