Ivory sale to fund conservation

first_imgSouth African National Parks says that proceeds from the sale of 51 tons of stockpiled ivory will benefit elephant research, conservation and community development. The sale will also improve conservation through the employment of additional game rangers, obtaining more vehicles, erecting elephant proof fences where needed, purchasing of equipment. “There is no argument that this money will go a long way towards enhancing conservation research, boosting our enforcement capabilities and helping communities who share land with elephants,” he said. “As specified by CITES, the proceeds from this sale must be used for elephant conservation programmes and community development, especially those communities in and around the area of elephant habitation,” said SANParks CEO David Mabunda. The money allocated to the specific programmes and projects within the CITES stipulations will be monitored in accordance with the Public Finance Management Act and National Treasury Regulations. CITES guidelines 28 October 2008 CITES guidelines stipulate that a major portion of the money will be earmarked for elephant related research, conservation, anti-poaching measures, monitoring of herds and land expansion. China and Japan have been accredited by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) standing committee to buy the ivory stockpile from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Community development projects will centre on communities affected by the presence of elephants. Extensive planning Mabunda said conservation agencies had planned extensively to ensure that the proceeds of the sale would be used according to the specifications. South Africa will use the proceeds of the sale of ivory within the specific guidelines which were set out at the 14th Conference of Parties to CITES held in July last year. The sale to CITES will take the form of an auction, but there is no prior indication of what price it will be sold for. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

NetSuite Gives Software Grants to Social Enterprises

first_imgklint finley A small, capable and emerging group that would otherwise be unable to afford organization management software like NetSuite.A for-profit or nonprofit organization.A group focused on automating a single business process like ecommerce.A group that can clearly articulate social impact and offer metrics to measure it.A group that has the organizational capacity to implement NetSuite software and use it to accelerate their social impact, as measured by their metrics. According to the same page, the ideal grantee is: 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… This week NetSuite announced the recipients of the product donation program sponsored by its non-profit organization Netsuite.org. The NetSuite.org Social Enterprise Grant provides free access to NetSuite’s offerings to select social enterprises. In this case, social enterprise doesn’t mean enterprises that use social media. It means companies that are doing something for the social good. Easy Office, United Prosperity, EdTec, Envirofit and Kiva were this week’s recipients.The donation includes NetSuite’s complete software suite, five user access licenses and support. Recipients also received discounts for additional users licenses and options based on the organization’s revenue. Organizations with less than $2 million per year in revenue receive a donation, those with $2-5 million receive an 80% discount and organizations with over $5 million receive a 50% discount. Service is provided by NetSuite employees who volunteer their time. NetSuite’s announcement highlights the ability to track social good as a key performance indicator as primary advantage in using NetSuite. Applications for the program are available. The grants are given out on a rolling basis.According to the guidelines page, NetSuite does not provide grants to: Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts individuals;groups whose primary purpose is religious or political;groups that are primarily a professional or trade association;groups that discriminate on the basis of race, ethnic or national origin, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, physical appearance, language, educational background or veteran status. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#saas last_img read more

No One Cares

first_imgNo one cares what year your company was founded.No one cares about the map of all your locations.No one cares about the clients you serve.No one cares about the awards your company has won.No one cares about what you believe makes you great.No one cares about your product. No one cares about your service. No one cares about your solutions.No one cares about you.Some People Will CarePeople do care that you have a successful business that is stable and doesn’t put them at risk.People do care that you will take care of them and that you are the present when your presence is necessary.People do care that you know how to help them get results and that you have the experience to deal with the issues prevent them from getting the results they need.People do care that your product, your service, or your solution can help them get the better results that they’re struggling to achieve without you.People do care that you’re the kind of person that they can trust with their business.You get to decide whether or not you deliver your value proposition in a way that gives your dream clients a reason to care.last_img read more

Ind vs SL 4th ODI: Kohli, Raina lead India to series win against Sri Lanka

first_imgVirat Kohli’s dream run in ODIs continued as his brilliant century guided India to a comfortable six-wicket victory in the fourth one-dayer against Sri Lanka, thereby clinching the five-match series 3-1, in Colombo on Tuesday.Courtesy’s Kohli’s 119-ball 128 and his partnership of 146 runs with another in-form batsman Suresh Raina (58), India reached the 252-run target in 42.2 overs at the R Premadasa stadium.This is Kohli’s 13th century in his 89th ODI appearance, a feat still unattained by any other batsman in ODI history.The Delhi batsman, on his way to another three-digit figure, also completed quickest 1000 runs in a calender year with a whopping average of 77.15. He has now scored his fifth century in last eight matches.It was Raina who scored the winning run with a hit over extra cover off Tillakaratne Dilshan as India reached 255 for four.Raina’s 51-ball 58 was his 24th half century and eighth against Sri Lanka.Both Kohli and Raina blunted Sri Lanka’s spin attack and batted beautifully. Raina may not be as prolific numbers as Kohli but batting at number 5 and 6, he has more than pulled his weight.India were off to a poor start as pacer Lasith Malinga struck in his first over to bowl out Gautam Gambhir (0).Virender Sehwag along with Kohli put the Indian chase back on track with a 50-run stand for the second wicket but Angelo Mathews got rid of the opener in the 10th over to somewhat derail visitors’ chase.Mathews got Sehwag caught by substitute Senanayake after his fighting knock of 34.advertisementlast_img read more

Government Forges Closer Collaboration With Engineers

first_img Engineers are central to the planning, design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure networks. Engineers can provide the government with advice on the research, information and funding needs. Formal linkages between engineers, scientists and other key stakeholders would promote the sharing of up-to-date information. The Government is seeking closer collaboration with the island’s engineers as it seeks to develop sound implementation strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation.Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill,said engineers have a key role to play in assisting the country to adapt to climate change and the Government would welcome the technical expertise that they provide in this area.“Engineers can provide the government with advice on the research, information and funding needs that (it) requires to safeguard our infrastructure and communities that are vulnerable to the effects of climate change,” the Minister said.He was addressing the opening of the Jamaica Institution of Engineer (JIE) three-day conference at the Knutsford Court hotel in Kingston on September 24.The Minister noted that engineers are central to the planning, design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure networks which support economic activity and protect human health and welfare, and with climate change, major changes to the layout and use of these networks will therefore be required.“This will ensure sufficient resilience to cope with foreseeable climate change impacts including an evaluation of the physical vulnerability of civil infrastructure such as road networks, water and sewerage systems and the energy grid,” he said.The Minister further noted that the creation of formal linkages between engineers, scientists and other key stakeholders which would promote the sharing of up-to-date information on best adaptive practices and regional climate datasets, could also provide input to government for setting research, legislative and expenditure priorities to support its climate change efforts.“Regular and meaningful consultation between the engineering profession and the government on climate change policy is also required and I firmly believe that opportunities must be provided for professional engineers to acquire and upgrade their skills regarding new techniques and practices required to adapt to climate change,” he said.Minister Pickersgill further challenged engineers to seize the opportunities climate change presents to develop new, innovative infrastructure systems and services.“Adaptation to climate change provides opportunities in the new green economy. New opportunities in engineering design and manufacturing will come from the development of low carbon renewable energy technologies including hydro, wind and solar; as will the building of resilience into existing infrastructure and designing new systems that are robust and efficient,” he said.Themed: ‘Engineers Embracing Change’, the event was held as part of activities to mark Engineers’ Week which is being observed from September 22 to 29. Topics being discussed during the conference include the national building code; energy utilisation technology; climate change adaptation; construction and innovative design; manufacturing and industrial engineering; and risk management and disaster reduction. Story Highlightslast_img read more