Philippi Village builds business

first_imgThe Phillippi Village offers locals job opportunities and means residents will not have to travel long distances in search of work. (Image and Video: Future Cape Town)An old cement factory in Philippi has been turned into a thriving entrepreneurial complex where the region’s start-ups and growing businesses can build a future.Philippi is a predominantly low income township of more than 200 000 people on the outskirts of Cape Town. Only 62% of the labour force aged 15 to 64 is employed, and 78% of households have a monthly income of R3 200 or less. The area also has a very large percentage of young people, with 50% of residents aged 24 or younger.But Philippi Village brings hope to the area. The large entrepreneurial development provides a space where entrepreneurs and businesses can grow and where residents can develop skills and increase their employability.Its primary aim is to provide the infrastructure to house local businesses. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to cluster and collaborate to strengthen their businesses, stimulating local entrepreneurship and creating promising economic futures within Philippi, according to the village.It stands to reason that setting up businesses locally will bring local job opportunities, and mean residents will not have to travel long distances in search of work.The village consists of: The Hub, Village Square, The Container Walk and The Shed.The Hub is the centre of the village. It is a R120-million development that is designed as a creative and dynamic place that provides secure, accessible and affordable infrastructure where people can meet, host events collaborate and, importantly, locate their businesses locally.Watch how Philippi Village works:As its name suggests, the Village Square is an outdoors area designed as a place to spend leisure time, after hours or for small meetings during the day. It is open to recreation, art, music and there is a big screen.The Container Walk uses reclaimed shipping containers as business premises to help grow start-ups and small businesses. This way, it offers cost effective solutions with the added bonus of full business support and mentoring.Philippi Village has taken a phased approach and roll out. The entire project and its revenues are for community benefit and for re-investment into future phases of the development. If you are interested in partnering or becoming a social investor, contact the village.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Monitoring spotted wing drosophila

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A relatively new but already widespread winged pest to Ohio small fruit growers can cause significant crop damage but, if spotted early, can be managed to avoid losses, according to an entomologist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.While spotted wing drosophila may look like a common vinegar fly, it instead has the potential to wipe out entire fruit crops because of its propensity to attack healthy ripening fruit, said Celeste Welty, an Ohio State University Extension entomologist and associate professor of entomology.“The bad news about this pest is that is it widespread and causes significant damage,” said Welty, who also has an appointment with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. “But once you identify it and know it is impacting your crops, it can be managed and beaten back. Early detection is a critical part of managing this pest.”To help growers learn new management tips for spotted wing drosophila and new methods to trap and get rid of the pest, Welty, along with Jim Jasinski, an OSU Extension educator and integrated pest management specialist, will offer a webinar May 6 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.The webinar will teach participants the basics of adult monitoring with traps, cultural controls, how to manage spotted wing drosophila with insecticides once detected, and how to determine if fruit is infested with larvae using a simple salt water test, she said.“The salt water test to determine if the larvae are present in the fruit requires putting the fruit in a plastic zippered storage bag or 1 quart container filled with warm, salty water and waiting 15 minutes,” Welty said. “The bags or container with fruit infestation will show little larvae floating to the top of the salt water.”Spotted wing drosophila is a fly that targets fruit crops, including cherries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, peaches and plums, and sometimes strawberries, pears, apples and cherry tomatoes. The pest causes damage through larval feeding on ripening fruit. Damage starts as a tiny scar on the skin of the fruit, with the skin collapsing in two or three days and mold developing.The pest is known to cause significant losses for fruit growers in several states, including Michigan, where many blueberry, bramble and strawberry growers reported up to 50 percent fruit loss in 2012, according to a report from Michigan State University Extension.In Ohio, spotted wing drosophila was detected in Champaign, Clinton, Warren, Montgomery, Guernsey, Holmes, Wayne, Medina, Wood, Fulton, Fairfield and Meigs counties in 2012, Welty said. And the pest was spotted in 37 Ohio counties in 2013, she said.“Spotted wing drosophila was a huge problem for growers in 2013, but because more growers are learning about the pest, spotted wing drosophila was a smaller issue in 2014,” Welty said. “In 2012, the pest was still new and caught everyone by surprise.”Thanks to training offered by OSU Extension on spotted wing drosophila, more growers were expecting it in 2014 and knew more about what to do about it, she said.“Once you find spotted wing drosophila, it takes rigorous insecticide use to manage it, including spraying weekly using a pesticide that can be applied close to harvest,” Welty said.Some growers who do not want to spray are abandoning the production of berry crops until a biological control tactic can be developed, Welty said.The adult male spotted wing drosophila is distinguished from other fruit flies by spots on its wings that are visible with the naked eye and two dark bands on its front legs that can be viewed with a 40x magnifier. The adult female spotted wing drosophila is distinguished from other fruit flies because of its saw-like, hard ovipositor, which also can be viewed with a 40x magnifier, Welty said.“Growers can determine if spotted wing drosophila is in their crops by setting up traps to monitor any activity,” she said.The webinar will discuss trapping options, including a homemade one that may be more difficult to use or a purchased option that is easer to manage thanks to a new lure that is specialized to attract spotted wing drosophila.“Growers who’d prefer to avoid using pesticides can instead try growing black raspberries or June harvest strawberries, as these two crops don’t seem to as much of a problem with spotted wing drosophila,” Welty said. “There is also a pesticide available to use that is effective and is allowed in organic growing.”Other management tips include:* Do not delay harvesting: Pick as soon as fruit ripen.* Keep harvested fruit cooled as soon as picked.* Sanitation is critical. Collect and destroy unharvested or damaged fruit every two days. Put culls in a clear plastic bag and leave it in the sun for one week, or bury it 2 feet deep.* Netting is a mechanical control option, especially for organic growers.* If any spotted wing drosophila are found in the trap, then the fruit crop needs protection by insecticide, starting when fruits begin to ripen or berries start to turn color, until the final harvest.* Spray every seven days with insecticides that provide seven days residual activity.* Do a salt test weekly to see if the control program is working well: Put a sample of fruit in a bag with warm salty water and wait 15 minutes to see if any larvae are present.The May 6 webinar will also be archived and posted on at ipm.osu.edu and atentomology.osu.edu/welty/fruit_info1/Fruit_info.html. Participants can register for the webinar at www.surveymonkey.com/s/SWDmm2015.last_img read more

FEU didn’t play its best in four-set win over UE, says coach

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City It might have been that middle blocker Celine Domingo used to don the red of the Lady Warriors, but skipper Bernadeth Pons echoed her mentor’s words.Pons admitted what they displayed in their victory over UE, 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-22, wasn’t their best and they vow to do better in the future games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We all know that the way we played wasn’t in the level on what we are capable of,” said Pons in Filipino Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “We weren’t at one hundred percent there, coach said that it was just 60 percent.”The 0-6 Lady Warriors, who played their first game without beleaguered former head coach Francis Vicente, managed to steal the third set to prevent a sweep. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Read Next LATEST STORIES FEU posts 2nd straight win at expense of UE Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “We have to explain to each other that we have to give it all especially in our future games,” added Pons as she finished with 21 points.As for Domingo, putting up 19 points and scoring off six blocks was a testament that she’s happy with her current situation with the Lady Tamaraws as they improved to 3-2 in the standings.“It’s quite challenging because I was thinking that I used to play with these girls in front of me, I was with them two years ago,” said Domingo in Filipino. “So what I did is play, do my part, and show that I am happy here in FEU.”Domingo was vital in the clutch for FEU, first denying Mary Ann Mendrez for the Lady Tamaraws’ 23-19 lead in the fourth before scoring an off-balanced kill for her team’s 24-21 match point.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum View comments Far Eastern University head coach George Pascua said that his players did show a little bit of mercy when they beat University of the East in four sets in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Central Africa says Boris Becker’s diplomatic passport is ‘fake’

first_img\R Bangui (Central African Republic), Jun 20 (AFP) The Central African Republic (CAR) said on Tuesday that a diplomatic passport that tennis star Boris Becker claims entitles him to immunity in bankruptcy proceedings in Britain “is a fake”. “The diplomatic passport that he has is a fake,” foreign ministry chief of staff Cherubin Mologbama told AFP. The document’s serial number corresponded to one of a batch of “new passports that were stolen in 2014,” he said. In addition, the passport — a copy of which has been seen by AFP, and bears the date of March 19, 2018 — does not carry the signature or the stamp of the foreign minister, Charles Armel Doubane, Mologbama said. Becker, responding through a German magazine, insisted that he held genuine diplomatic status. “It’s the truth. It is a fact that I am, today, a diplomat” of the CAR, he said in a filmed interview with Top Magazin Frankfurt. On Friday, lawyers for Germany’s three-time Wimbledon champion lodged a claim in the High Court in Britain saying that he had been appointed a sports attache for the CAR to the European Union (EU) in April. This, they argued, granted him immunity under the 1961 Vienna Diplomatic Convention on Diplomatic Relations from bankruptcy proceedings over failure to pay a long-standing debt. “Becker’s job profile does not exist” in the CAR’s records, Mologbama said.Furthermore, the passport says that Becker’s diplomatic function is “financial charge de mission,” a role that “has nothing to do with sporting questions,” he noted. In April, the 50-year-old former tennis star had tweeted a picture of himself shaking hands with CAR President Faustin-Archange Touadera at a meeting in Brussels.advertisement Becker shook up the tennis world at Wimbledon in 1985 when, as an unseeded player, he became the then youngest-ever male Grand Slam champion at the age of 17, defending the trophy the following year. The German went on to enjoy a glittering career and amassed more than USD 25 million (21.65 million euros) in prize money. – Shadowy reputation – ====================== The CAR is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking at the very bottom of the 188 nations in the UN Development Programme’s 2016 Human Development Index. Landlocked, rich in gold, diamonds, oil and uranium, the country of 4.6 million people has been chronically unstable since it gained independence from France in 1960. Presidents have traditionally been surrounded by “sleazy courtesans” and “dodgy counsellors who talk loud,” French writer Jean-Pierre Tuquoi wrote in a book published last year. Its modern history has been studded with coups, foreign mercenaries, assassination attempts, shadowy business deals and improbable figures, he says. They include Jean-Bedel Bokassa, a former army corporal and fan of Napoleon who became president, then president for life — and finally declared himself emperor before being ousted by France in 1979 after a massacre of school children. One of his successors, Francois Bozize, was named in a law suit filed in France in 2015 by the CAR government, which said that during his tenure, “numerous advisors and relatives… benefitted from passports of convenience” in exchange for money. These including a Kazakh opposition figure, Mukhtar Abiazov, a female advisor to former Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi, and an Israeli businessman, according to the suit filed by the CAR’s attorney, William Bourdon. Bozize was overthrown in 2013 by a mainly Muslim rebel alliance, the Seleka. His elected successor, Faustin-Archange Touadera, has effective rule over only a fraction of the country as most of it is in the hands of militias. Poor governance and a tradition of graft make for a toxic mixture, says Thierry Vircoulon, a CAR specialist at the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI). “Given the authorities’ extreme weakness and corruptibility, crooks and conmen of every stripe always find a way to gain access to the president and make money,” he says. “This country is perfect for business pirates.” (AFP) AHAHlast_img read more