22 Jan 2015 England Golf announce Order of Merit schedules for 2015 England Golf has announced a revised schedule of tournaments and championships to form the basis of the Orders of Merit for 2015.There are six tables: the Orders of Merit for girls, women and senior women are sponsored by Ascot Golf, while the boys, men and senior men contest their respective England Golf Orders of Merit.In addition to the new-look schedules, a consistent system of awarding points across all six tables will be introduced.Also for the first time, the senior men’s Order of Merit will be used for some automatic selections for teams for the European Team Championships and the Home Internationals. A similar system was successfully adopted two years ago for the senior women who, in 2014, won both their European Team Championship and Home Internationals.For both the senior men’s and senior women’s teams, the top four players will automatically qualify for the European Team Championships and the top five players for the Home Internationals, at the date of selection. The remaining two places on each team will be filled by the appropriate selection committee.England Golf Performance Director Nigel Edwards commented: “2015 promises to be another competitive year across the board in amateur golf.“In addition to the European Team Championships and Home Internationals for our England teams at all levels, the men also have the incentive to strive to make the GB&I team for the Walker Cup at Royal Lytham and St Anne’s in September.”Ashley Chesters, the 2014 winner of the England Golf Men’s Order of Merit (Image © Leaderboard Photography), has the opportunity to defend his title as he enters another year of amateur golf. He is already 20,000 points ahead of all his rivals courtesy of qualifying for the 2015 Open Championship at St Andrews.Sarah-Jane Boyd, who won the 2014 Ascot Golf Women’s Order of Merit will be looking to build on her successes in the paid ranks, having turned professional at the close of last season.Previous Order of Merit winners include a host of successful tournament professionals including Charley Hull and Holly Clyburn in the women’s game and Tom Lewis, Chris Wood and Gary Wolstenholme MBE in the men’s. All have won professional titles since graduating from the amateur ranks over the last few years.
Submitted by City of OlympiaGrab your guide to the 2014 Spring Arts Walk in downtown Olympia – April 25 & 26! Arts Walk maps are available at participating downtown businesses, The Olympia Center (222 Columbia St NW), and City Hall (601 4th Ave E). Digital maps and the new interactive mobile app can also be found at www.olympiawa.gov/artswalk.The spring Arts Walk also includes the spectacular Procession of the Species, an artistic and environmental celebration presented by Earthbound Productions, www.procession.org. The Procession begins at 4:30pm on Saturday. Due to the popularity of the Procession, it is extremely important for individuals to pay close attention to street closures and tow away zones.As part of your planning for festival-going, consider your transportation options. Area residents have the option to bus, bike, or walk to the event. Transit information as well as individualized trip planning for bus, bike and walk routes is available at www.intercitytransit.com.Arts Walk is sponsored by the City of Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Department and Olympia Arts Commission, with support provided by Art House Designs, Capitol City Press, Heritage Bank, InterCity Transit and MIXX 96fm.For more information, contact Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation at 360.753.8380. Facebook86Tweet0Pin0
NAPA — Jon Gruden told slot cornerback Lamarcus Joyner during offseason workouts that his pet project was rookie receiver Hunter Renfrow.And while the 5-foot-8, 185-pound Joyner and the 5-10, 185-pound Renfrow isn’t a training camp matchup to move mountains on the order of 730 pounds worth of Trent Brown (380) vs. Justin Ellis (350), the daily battles could go a long way toward bringing out the best in both men and benefit both sides of the ball.Renfrow, a fifth-round draft pick from …
30 April 2014The National Treasury has called for public comment on a set of proposals for a carbon offset scheme aimed at enabling South African businesses to lower their carbon tax liability and make investments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.The Carbon Offsets Paper, published on Tuesday, is part of a set of measures to address climate change. According to the Treasury, “a carbon offset is a measurable avoidance, reduction, or sequestration of carbon dioxide or other GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions.”South Africa has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 34 percent by 2020 and 42 percent by 2025.“To ensure a relatively smooth transition to a low-carbon economy, the carbon tax design incorporates a number of relief measures and a gradual phased-in approach to protect households and the international competiveness of local businesses,” the Treasury said.The proposed carbon tax policy includes a basic tax-free threshold of 60 percent below which the tax will initially not be payable; a factor formula to adjust basic tax-free threshold to reward companies that have taken voluntary actions to reduce their emissions before the introduction of the carbon tax; and additional tax-free allowances for sectors with limited potential for emissions reduction, such as industrial process emissions.The draft policy also proposes additional graduated relief for trade-exposed and emissions-intensive sectors, and carbon offsets that businesses can use to reduce their carbon tax liability. The overall maximum tax-free threshold is limited to 90 percent.“Carbon offsets will enable firms to cost-effectively lower their carbon tax liability,” the Treasury said. “They will also incentivise investment in least-cost mitigation options in the country, driving investment in greenhouse gas-mitigation projects that deliver carbon emissions reduction at a cost lower than the carbon tax.“Such projects can generate considerable sustainable development benefits in South Africa, including channelling capital to rural development projects, creating employment, restoring landscapes, reducing land degradation, protecting biodiversity, and encouraging energy efficiency and low carbon growth.”According to the proposed policy, a number of requirements must be met for a project to be awarded a tradeable emissions reduction credit under a specific standard.The principles of “additionality”, “permanence” and “real” will be used to ensure the credibility of carbon offset projects: “additionality” meaning greenhouse gas emission reductions would not have occurred under a “business as usual” scenario; “permanence” meaning emissions are unlikely to be reversed, and “real” meaning emission offsets originate within physical projects, with proof that they have occurred or will occur at a specific point in time.To be eligible, projects that generate carbon offset credits must occur outside the scope of activities of the entity subject to the carbon tax. Only South African based credits will be eligible for use within the carbon offset scheme, and carbon offset projects registered and/or implemented before the introduction of the carbon tax regime will be accepted subject to certain conditions and within a specific timeframe.However, specific carbon offset project types should be excluded from the scheme to avoid the potential for double counting of financial benefits from greenhouse gas mitigation. Projects benefiting from other government incentives will also be excluded.According to the Treasury, disallowed projects would include energy efficiency in company-owned or controlled operations that are covered by the carbon tax, including energy efficiency for projects that benefit from the Energy Efficiency Tax Incentive and renewable energy projects developed under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme.Projects under four different carbon offset standards have been developed in South Africa, including the Clean Development Mechanism, the Verified Carbon Standard, the Gold Standard, and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard.In order to facilitate the introduction of the carbon offset scheme, it is proposed that carbon offsets developed under these standards will be considered for eligibility if they fulfill specific criteria.According to the Treasury, the initial focus is expected to be on projects approved along the lines of the Clean Development Mechanism.The deadline for public comment is 30 June 2014.Source: SAnews.gov
Johannesburg, Thursday 22 March 2018 – Findings from the 2017 City Brand Index (CBI), which measures the relative global reputation of three South African cities, indicates that of all the South African cities, Durban achieves the most success in improving its image this year, as it moves up two positions since 2015, with an overall CBI 2017 rank of 46th place. The announcement comes at a time when the city is celebrating Tuesday’s announcement that Durban for the fourth consecutive year have been ranked the South African City with the highest quality of life. Commenting on this achievement, EThekwini Municipality Mayor – Zandile Gumede said: “The city of Durban has positioned itself to be world city and over the years, we have deliberately implemented numerous measures in order to improve our image to be most competitive not only through marketing but also through ensuring that we reach our target that we have set for ourselves in all experts.” The 2017 CBI reveals that South African cities are continuing to maintain or improve their positions, as global citizens have displayed increasing appreciation for the South African cities. According to Brand South Africa, this means that what cities offer residents and the world is a key determinant factor in shaping the reputation and competitiveness of the country as a whole. Brand South Africa’s CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said: “The implication of these dynamics is that the economic, cultural/identity, and political outlook of the country can under no circumstances ignore the critical role urban areas, cities, and metros play in shaping the fate of the nation and the Nation Brand. “There is a dynamic inter-relationship between the global profile, positioning and reputation of city- and the Nation Brand. The global profile, reputation, and positioning of the South African Nation Brand is directly influenced by the dynamics of urbanisation, its cities, and metropolitan areas.” Brand South Africa’s research team has analysed the state of South Africa’s major cities (Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban) and notes that, not only is the fate of nearly 65% of the population tied to the success of urban areas, cities and metros but also observed that at a global level the improved reputation, visibility, and successes of cities and metros directly impacts on the profile and reputation of the Nation Brand. The 2017 CBI reveals that since 2015, Durban’s rank has improved by one position in the Presence, Place, and Prerequisites Indices, by two in the Pulse Index, by three in the Potential Index, and by four in the People Index. Durban ranks 49th in Presence, 42nd in Place, 41st in Prerequisite, 40th in People, 47th in Pulse, and 39th in Potential. Cape Town secures an overall CBI rank of 43rd place, same as in 2015. Cape Town is most admired for its climate (23rd). Johannesburg continues to rank 44th in CBI 2017, a position it has held since 2013, with a modest overall score increase this year (+0.76 points, versus the average score gain of +0.91 points). This year, Johannesburg experiences a three position rank improvement in the Place Index, as well as a one position rank advancement in the Presence, Pulse, and Potential Indices. Notes to the Editor About Brand South Africa Brand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship. About Play Your Part Play Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone. Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Now that our corn is in the ground, it’s time to focus on the management and nutrition of our crop. Often times, when we consider what nutrients our corn needs between the V4 and V8 time frame, we think of nitrogen (N). Another nutrient that is essential to corn production, but is often forgotten or taken for granted is sulfur (S). When it comes to nutrition, a corn plant’s S needs rank only behind N, phosphorous (P), and potassium (K).S is critical to ensuring balanced nutrition in our corn crop. In the plant, S helps ensure that the plants efficiently convert N into protein. While supplying an adequate amount of N alone is good, supplying it with an ample supply of S along with that N is essential for a high-performing, efficient crop that produces maximum yields. When I think about S in corn, I compare it to maintaining a balanced diet. Our bodies can function well if we consume only two to three of the four major food groups. However, we perform much better if we keep a good blend of meat, fruit and vegetables, dairy, and bread in our diet. A corn plant is no different.Many of you may be thinking, “I’ve never applied S in the past and I’ve raised good corn, so why do I need to now?” In the past, S fertility hasn’t been a major concern due to the fact that we received “free” S from several sources such as atmospheric deposition, manure sources, and mineralization of soil organic matter. However, as we’ve improved air quality, we now have less acres receiving manure applications and have simultaneously increased our corn yields. This has resulted in S deficiencies when it’s not supplemented in a fertility program.To date, we still receive a little S from the atmosphere and some by way of organic matter breakdown or mineralization. Determining how much S that corn extracts from the atmosphere and the rate of mineralization is very difficult and can vary significantly due to weather, soil temperature, and soil moisture. Quantifying S levels in our soil can also be challenging due to the accuracy of measuring very small quantities. Also, since sulfate S is highly mobile, a soil test value is only accurate for the specific time in which the sample was pulled. One method to determine your need for S is through tissue testing. A leaf tissue analysis pulled in close proximity to the time in which you intend to make a potential S application is the best method to accurately determine your overall S level and need.A corn plant requires 0.1 to 0.12 pound of S per bushel. Corn takes up S in the sulfate form, which is highly mobile in the soil and subject to loss due to leaching. Due to this potential for leaching and loss, it’s important to apply fertilizers containing the sulfate form of S as close to the point of plant uptake as possible. As you can see in the images below, S uptake aligns similarly to that of N. Its similarity to N, and because of the potential for leaching, means that applying your S in conjunction with N between the V4 to V8 growth stage is a very good practice to feed your corn when it needs it most.Because S is considered a secondary macronutrient, it is required in smaller quantities than N, P, and K. However, this does not make it any less important, as it is still one of the 16 essential nutrients to production, and is critical to overall crop yield and development.For more Agronomic News from Luke Schulte, please visit his Agronomy Page.
We’re a few weeks away from the unveiling of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones from Samsung, if it does happen at CES 2018 that is. We’ve already seen a bunch of leaked images in recent weeks that give us a pretty good idea of what to expect from the upcoming flagships. Another new render of the Galaxy S9 comes by way of mobile accessories manufacturer Ghostek, which seems to confirm the design language of the phone including the placement of the fingerprint sensor.The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are, of course, expected to carry forward the edge-to-edge design of their predecessors. This time around, you can expect even slimmer bezels to make room for a slightly larger Infinity Display on both the smartphones. The render listed by Ghostek indeed shows narrower bezels up front. While this was expected to be the case going into 2018, the rear panel has something new to offer, particularly the placement of the fingerprint sensor. This year’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ devices were met with middling reviews regarding the fingerprint sensor which was placed right next to the camera sensor, which many felt was a bit inconvenient. The latest render along with recent leaks seem to confirm Samsung will move the sensor to the bottom of the camera module.Speaking of the camera, it also looks like Samsung will go against industry trend of sporting dual camera systems and will continue to stick with a single sensor on the back. Much like Google did with the Pixel 2 series, the Galaxy S9 series may depend on software to create depth-of-field shots or bokeh. To recall, there were rumours back in October that the Galaxy S8 would get a Portrait Mode through a software update. Of course, one should take all of this with a pinch of salt, as it is possible that the Galaxy S9 could feature a dual rear camera setup like the Galaxy Note 8.advertisementAlso Read: Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ rumour roundup: 18.5:9 aspect ratio, Snapdragon 845, dual rear cameras and moreBased on everything we’ve heard so far, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are expected to sport a 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch displays, respectively, with both featuring Infinity Displays with 18:5:9 aspect ratios. Both the phones are expected to be powered by the latest Snapdragon 845 processors. The smaller flagship could be offered with 4GB of RAM while the larger phone could come with 6GB of RAM. The flagships are expected to run on Android Oreo out-of-the-box. The Galaxy S9 series are expected to be unveiled at CES in January and will go on sale in March.