The first Annual Top Women Conference is under way at Emperor’s Palace in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg. The two-day conference, taking place today and tomorrow, brings together some of the most powerful and well-known women from various industries.Among the speakers are the executive director of UN Women and the former deputy president of South Africa, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; Thuli Madonsela, the public protector of South Africa; and Susan Shabangu, the minister of women in the presidency.The conference is hosted by Topco Media and it recognises outstanding leadership, inspiration, vision, and innovation in South African organisations.Welcome to the @Dept_of_Women @TopWomenConf 2016 . We cannot wait to welcome keynote speaker @phumzileunwomen— Top Women Conference (@TopWomenConf) August 17, 2016“It will not be another talk shop, motivational workshop, or death-by-PowerPoint presentation event,” reads the Top Women website. “The conference aims to bring together decision makers and thought leaders who are serious about delivering results.”Karla Fletcher, director of Topco, spoke about the debate on 50/50 gender parity by 2030. “What we have noted is that whether it is debated or not, the point is it is not going away and you can choose to positively affect and gain from this process, or alternatively be left behind. We need people who are going to push the gender agenda,” she said.The speakersMlambo-Ngcuka was sworn into the UN in 2013. She has been devoted to human rights, equality and social justice throughout her career.“Not only has she worked in government, civil society and within the private sector, she is also driving the gender equality agenda, an area where progress is being made, but too slowly,” said Fletcher.Before taking up her position at the UN, Mlambo-Ngcuka served as the deputy president of South Africa, minister of minerals and energy, and deputy minister in the department of trade and industry.She started off as a teacher and has her PhD in education and technology from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom.Madonsela has been the public protector since October 2009 following a unanimous vote in parliament. She is the first woman to hold the position. Her term ends in October 2016.“Since Advocate Madonsela took office, the public protector as a constitutional institution has tackled tough questions and has received unprecedented national and international recognition,” reads her profile on the website of the Office of the Public Protector, “which has included her being recognised by Time magazine as one of the world’s most influential people in 2014.”The main job of her office is to investigate abuses of power and maladministration of state affairs, mediate administrative disputes, and advise on possible solutions through recommendations and reports.Shabangu has been the minister of women since 2014. She has a long history in the liberation struggle, and was a member of the group of women who revived the Federation of South African Women during the late 1970s.“She was also a member of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) National Women’s Sub-Committee, working with women’s issues and representing the TGWU at national level,” reads her profile on the ministry website.Shabangu was previously the deputy minister of minerals and energy and the deputy minister of safety and security.Other speakers at the conference include businesswomen such as Jenna Clifford, Wendy Appelbaum and Khanyisile Kweyama.See the Top Women Conference website for more information.SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Lin TanDTN China CorrespondentBEIJING (DTN) — China’s Ministry of Agriculture said last week that African swine fever (ASF) was tentatively under control. But the ag industry believes that the situation is much worse than what the government reported, and the impact of ASF on China’s hog industry may last for a long time.In a national video conference, Ministry of Agriculture Vice Secretary Kangzhen Yu declared tentative control of the virus. He also mentioned that the impact of the virus will last a long time and the government will work even harder to control the situation, and in the meantime, will work to support hog production and increase pork supplies.African swine fever broke out in China almost eight months ago. The first case was found in Liaoning Province, in northeast China, when 47 pigs died. Since then, more than 113 cases have been reported in most hog production areas. However, recently, the number of cases has decreased each month, with only two cases in March, compared to 21 cases in December and 25 cases in November last year.A recent survey by a local company in Qinhuangdao City, Hebei Province, showed that hog farms with more than 200 sows in that county were all infected; about half of the sows in the county were culled. The survey also found that the number of sows in Hunan and Hubei Province, one of the most important hog production areas in south China, is 20 to 30% fewer than the same time last year. Breakouts of ASF keep occurring in the south China region, and more hogs and sows will be culled. This is much worse than what the government and media has reported.“Yes, we were affected,” said Sixu Li, manager of a hog farm in Hebei Province. “The local government did not report our case.”Market rumors said that there was a new outbreak in northeast China again last week.PORK PRICE HIGHERPork prices have been creeping higher since February, as trading companies realized that there is less stock of hogs and market supply will become even less.“(The) pork price increased to 14.55 Yuan (USD$2.17) per kilogram last week, compared to 12.11 Yuan (USD$1.80) two or three weeks ago — (price) increased 20% in two weeks,” said Jun Wang from China Agricultural University.“There are several reasons impacting the hog price,” Wang explained. “Of course, less hogs available to the market is the key reason. After many hogs were culled in the country in the past months, hog stocks decreased about 30%. In the meantime, many regions are blocked after African swine (fever) was found. Hogs in that region cannot be shipped to consumption region. As the profit of hog farms increases with pork price change, some farmers want to keep the hogs in stock for a little longer time to increase the weight of each hog, and wait for an even better price in the future.”IMPACT ON SOYBEAN DEMAND“Feed demand decreased 30 to 40% in many areas (from normal),” said Dongping Lu, a purchasing manager for Yangxiang Stock Co. “Some of the feed companies have to shut down.”Some feed companies in Henan Province had about 10,000 metric tons of feed at the end of last year; now, they can only sell 500 tons. Some of them have to shut down because they cannot cover the operation cost, added Lu.“This is probably not the worst time yet,” said Lu. “We are not only facing a low stock of hogs, but also less piglets available to build up stocks, because there are less sows in the market” because they were culled.Soybean meal price is at its lowest point in China because there is less demand. The May soybean meal contract price was 3,019 Yuan per ton (USD$449.78) on the Dalian Commodity Exchange at the end of March in 2018, but the same contract this year dipped to 2,508 Yuan (USD$373.65). “Do not forget, China imports much less soybeans this year, because of the trade relations between the U.S. and China,” said Wang.Though the government report sounds optimistic about ASF control, the real situation is unknown to the public as any non-authorized testing and reporting of swine fever is illegal.Market rumors said that China may import 300,000 mt of U.S. pork later this year. This may help supply the China pork market.(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
PremiumBeat examines the important role clothes play in film and television in this conversation with fashion designer-turned-costume maven Ginger Martini.Mark Twain once said, “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” Ginger Martini‘s recent credits include Vincenzo Natali’s In the Tall Grass, based on a novella by Stephen King, and Jeremy LaLonde’s nihilistic rom-com, James vs. His Future Self.In the Tall Grass (Netflix).PremiumBeat: In the Tall Grass presented some interesting challenges for you since the characters are in the same clothes for the duration of the film. How did you handle tracking the wear and tear — as well as physical and emotional evolutions that their costumes might reflect?Ginger Martini: Great question! The story has several different timelines as well — once a character is killed, they regenerate, and the cycle starts again for the new timeline. Using a program called Sync on Set, I plotted out — scene by scene — each of the character’s details (falls on the ground, left knee muddy, been wandering in the heat for hours, more sweat under arms and at neckline, etc.).Then, to make sure each character was in the proper level of mud/sweat/blood, I divided the outfits into different “stages” and treated the stages as their own separate outfit. For example, Tobin had “five stages” of breakdown, which means he had five different levels of blood/mud/sweat on his clothing, even though the outfit was technically the same. He also had different-sized clothing to make him look like he’d been trapped in the grass for awhile. In some timelines, his clothes fit a bit looser than when he first enters the grass chasing after Freddie.Sync on Set is fantastic for this. It’s set up so that you can have the reference photo from the fitting and your notes tagged to the scene. The continuity photos from set (the photos taken when the scene actually shoots) are then uploaded and tagged to the scene, as well. This helps us to stay organized and make sure everyone is wearing the proper level of breakdown for the scene we are shooting.Moss Masks for In the Tall Grass (photo by Ginger Martini).PB: What is the pre-production process for you on any given project? Or, is it different depending on the scope and genre?GM: There are some things that are always the same and others that vary, depending on the show. Almost always, it starts out by reading the script, researching the time period and other key visual elements to the story, and then creating sketches or tear sheets into presentation boards to go over with the director and producers.Once I have their feedback, it’s time to start shopping and sewing. I usually have a “show and tell” with the director, producers, cinematographer, and production designer a week before the first fittings so I can show them all the awesome pieces we’ve built and purchased. This makes sure we’re all on the same page with the look of the character before the cast member comes in for their first fitting. Next are the fittings, making any alterations that are needed to get the “perfect for that character” fit, and then off to shoot the movie!Image courtesy of Ginger Martini.PB: How do you typically come up with your designs? Do you start with the script, the director’s input, or perhaps something creative you’ve been dying to explore with color and texture?GM: Always the script. Costumes, for me, are always character-/plot-driven. Director notes, casting choices, and other things always come into play during the process, but there’s nothing like reading a script for the first time and having the characters spring to life in my mind while I’m finding out their path for the first time.James vs. His Future Self (2019) — Front Row Filmed Entertainment.PB: When you work on something as innovative as James vs. his Future Self, where an uptight time-traveling-obsessed young scientist is visited by his nihilistic future self. How do you maintain a consistency so the audience will believe they are the same person, yet include influences of the style of the time and, in this case, an unknown future?GM: Costume design for James vs. His Future Self was an exciting challenge. It was important to visually link James to Future James through their costumes. For most people, dressing in your thirties is quite different from how you’d dress in your sixties. (Thirty years of experiences to change your style!) However, for James, the hoodie remained his staple. He was obsessed with trying to change the past, and it consumed him to the point that it also became his future. He wasn’t having new experiences or growing as a person — he was stuck. Working in the shadows, obtaining clothing that was going to last but also that felt safe and familiar, the last thing on his mind was his appearance or keeping up with trends.Laysla De Oliveira, Avery Whitted, and Ginger Martini of In the Tall Grass. (Courtesy of Ginger Martini.)PB: What is your post-show process? How does a project wrap up for you?GM: I’m obsessed with organizing, so wrap week is always fun for me! I start my days at 9 a.m. (okay, 9:30). If we were on the road, my team and I unload the costume truck into the studio, then start organizing the pieces by character for storage. We make sure everything has been laundered, dry cleaned, and inventoried.Again, Sync on Set is fabulous — we tag each item of clothing, accessories, and footwear to the “closet” of the character in Sync. Once everything has been properly logged in, we bag the clothing, add a piece of tissue paper to keep out any dampness, and a Bounce sheet to keep clothing smelling fresh and to keep any bugs from making a home in there. Footwear goes into bins per character and the bags of clothing go into closet boxes. The bins and boxes are labeled with their contents and numbered. The bin and box numbers are added to the inventory, so I know exactly where to find any piece for any character. The bins and boxes are then moved off to storage and held onto in case there are any reshoots or a sequel — or future season.PB: Any favorite genres? What directors and/or talent do you admire that you would love to collaborate with on a future project because of their particular style?GM: I don’t think I do I have a favorite genre. This month alone I have the features: In the Tall Grass (horror), Brotherhood (1920s period film), James vs. His Future Self (rom-com) all premiering, as well as Season 7 of Letterkenny (comedy).As long as the script is great and the people are nice, I’m happy to be involved!Cover image of In the Tall Grass via Netflix.Want more on costuming and production design? Check these out.Increase Your Production Values with Simple Costume DesignThe Costume Design of Star Trek, House of Cards, and My Big Fat Greek WeddingThe Practical Guide to Independent Costume DesignFrom “True Lies” to “Die Hard”: Simple-Yet-Brilliant Costume DesignsIndustry Interview: CW Costume Designer Catherine Ashton
Three people, including a minor, were killed and three reported missing after incessant rainfall since Wednesday caused landslides and flash floods between Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar and satellite city Naharlagun.Officials of the State’s Disaster Management Department said the incident occurred at Modirijo and Donyi-Polo areas, about six km from Itanagar. Twenty houses were either washed away or partially damaged in the Midorijo area while nine houses were damaged by flood and landslides in the Donyi-Polo area.Many cars and two-wheelers were washed away or buried under debris, particularly between the Potin and Pangin stretch of National Highway 13 where landslides have been reported in several places.Two rescuedTwo people were rescued by a search and rescue team. “Six people were swept away along with 12 houses built very close to a hill stream about 4 a.m. We recovered two bodies while a woman who was rescued alive, succumbed to her injuries in the hospital,” M. Harshvardhan, Superintendent of Police of Capital Complex (comprising Itanagar and Naharlagun), told The Hindu.“Teams of National and State Disaster Response Force have joined the search and rescue operation, but constant heavy rainfall has slowed things down,” he said. Itanagar, on a higher altitude than Naharlagun, and the 15 km stretch in between have several streams that flow into the Dikrong river beyond.Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Prince Dhawan said water supply lines to large parts of the twin cities have been affected.Condoling the death, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu directed the authorities concerned to evacuate people from vulnerable areas close to streams. He also announced immediate release of ex-gratia payment of ₹4 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased.The administration in Lakhimpur district, adjoining the flood-hit areas of Arunachal, has put out a high alert after North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Ltd released water from its Ranganadi dam on Thursday. The hydroelectric project is at Yazali in Arunachal Pradesh.Rising water levelsOfficials said about 20 villages under the Naoboicha revenue circle in Lakhimpur have been inundated by the overflowing Ranganadi. The water levels of Dikrong and Singra are also rising due to heavy rain in the district and Arunachal Pradesh beyond.Railway services between North Lakhimpur and Murkongselek were also disrupted on Friday due to rain-induced damage to the railway track, a Northeast Frontier Railway spokesperson said.
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Each of us need to adapt to the system. We’re okay. With the new additions, I think we can have a better run this conference,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe recent changes in Rain or Shine really hits home for Beau Belga.From coach Yeng Guiao’s departure last season, to trades involving Paul Lee, JR Quiñahan, and now Jeff Chan, the burly big man has been a silent witness as remnants of the old Elasto Painters crew fade away.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Yung feeling, masakit kasi binuo ito ni coach Yeng as a family. Yung isa isang nawawala, parang sa una, mahirap tanggapin,” he said.(It’s a painful feeling seeing players one-by-one go because the team coach Yeng built was a family and it’s really hard to accept at first.)FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSince the team won the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup last season, Rain or Shine has never made it past the quarterfinals, with roster changes abound since Guiao’s departure.But true to the lessons ingrained by their old mentor, Belga said he has no other recourse but to keep doing his job as the Painters hope to finally turn the page for the Elasto Painters and get themselves back to their championship-contending ways. MOST READ PH’s SEA Games campaign gets going Tuesday Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers “Sinabi niya nga sa amin na it’s our job,” he shared. “Di namin alam kung saan kami mapupunta, kung bukas makalawa, di mo alam kung nasa anong team ka na. You have to be prepared sa pinakamalupit na mangyayari.”(He told us that it’s our job. We don’t know where we’ll end up, if tomorrow or the other day, we’ll be in another team. You have to be prepared for the worst that can happen.)Belga is bracing for what’s next for his team, sharing that he’s open on whatever path the Rain or Shine management decides to put him on.“It’s their decision if they think they want to trade me. I can’t do anything there and I have no control over that. The only thing I can control is my game. For that matter, it’s going to be the management’s decision,” he said.Belga added he will do his best to keep the Elasto Painters in contention, especially in the season-ending 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments
IG/drewroc5Coming out of high school, Aaron and Andrew Harrison were known as physical, athletic guards who could dominate most of the competition at the college level. Many analysts don’t believe the twins will have the same advantages as they head to the NBA. Draft Express‘ Andrew Harrison profile says his “athleticism doesn’t leap off the page, as he lacks great quickness or explosiveness.” Apparently Harrison is taking the critique pretty seriously, and he took to Instagram to try to change that reputation. We’re not sure if this will shake up any perceptions about Harrison as an athlete, but it looks like he has pretty impressive ups. Draft Express currently has Harrison going No. 32 to the Houston Rockets.
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – As Alberta prepares to boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour on Monday, October 1, a Fraser Institute study is criticizing the move. The report argues 92 per cent of minimum wage earners in the province do not live in low income households. Senior Policy Analyst Steve Lafleur said the province needs to target more specific anti-poverty measures, instead of putting these blanket policies in place.“You’ll create winners and losers by doing this, so, there will be some people who instead of making $13.60 an hour will make $15 and that’s great for them. The challenge is there are some people who might not get hired at all, because an employer might not be able to pay the extra little bit,” he said. Lafleur said there are likely some people not getting enough help, and others who are that don’t need it as much. The Fraser Institute based its 92 per cent figure off Statistics Canada’s low-income cut-offs: anyone making below these amounts of money is considered to dedicate larger shares of income to food, clothing and housing than the average family. In 2016, in a place with the population of Calgary, a family of four would have to live off less than $39,092 a year to fall under the cut-off. The Alberta government based the hike on the idea of a living wage: an estimate of what workers need to earn to cover the actual costs of living in a specific community.Some organizations say it still falls short and should actually be $18 an hour, or more. In Ontario, Premier Doug Ford has pressed pause on a planned minimum wage hike to $15 an hour and plans to hold more consultations.
The fire is one of a cluster that were sparked by lightning over the weekend. Reynolds explained that crews are currently working on containing two small fires north of the largest fire, both of which are smaller than 10 hectares in size. The rest of the fires are burning inside the boundaries of Northern Rocky Mountains Provincial Park, meaning the Wildfire Service is currently letting nature takes its course with those fires, since they are not threatening property.Reynolds said that once additional crews arrive in Northeast B.C., the Wildfire Service will be looking at whether the 4,000 hectare fire will require a full firefighting attack, a modified attack, or if crews will just monitor the fire. Those crews are expert to arrive in Northeast B.C. later this week. FORT NELSON, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service says that though a wildfire burning in the Fort Nelson area has ballooned in size in the past two days, the fire does not pose a risk to public safety.Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre says that the fire, which is burning east of the Muskwa River roughly 75 kilometres southwest of Fort Nelson, grew from a small fire to over 4,000 hectares overnight, making it the largest fire currently burning in B.C. However, Reynolds says that the fire is far from any property, and is not currently posing a risk to public safety. A map of the wildfires burning southwest of Fort Nelson. Photo by BC Wildfire Service.
NEW DELHI: India’s government sees little hope of a bidder emerging for debt-laden Jet Airways Ltd, two senior finance ministry officials said, even as thousands of employees plead with the government for a rescue. Parties that had initially expressed interest in Jet, which is saddled with roughly $1.2 billion of debt, have so far failed to make firm bids to bail it out, increasing the odds that it could soon face bankruptcy proceedings. “There is little scope in the revival of Jet,” said one official, adding that if a bidder emerged, the government was still willing to return slots to the private airline which have temporarily been given to rivals. A second senior finance ministry official said it was only a matter of time before someone dragged Jet to the National Company Law Tribunal – India’s bankruptcy court – for recovery of dues from Jet. It will most likely be one of Jet’s creditors and not its lenders that do so, said both the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. Unions have been pleading with the government to ensure the airline is rescued. Last week, in a letter to the prime minister seen by Reuters, its pilots union urged the government to intervene and speed up the bid process for the airline and stop the deregistration of its aircraft by its lessors. Jet had a fleet of more than 120 aircraft but more than half have been deregistered and repossessed by lessors. India’s aviation authorities have also been temporarily farming out Jet’s slots to rival carriers as airfares have soared in the wake of Jet’s shutdown. Rival low-cost carriers have also been scooping up aircraft that were formerly operated by Jet from its lessors, and poaching hundreds of its pilots, cabin crew and other staffers. The airline halted operations on April 17 after its lenders refused to provide further funds to keep it afloat. Once India’s largest private carrier, it had more than 16,000 employees and flights to dozens of international destinations. State Bank of India (SBI) said last month that it expected bidders to submit binding bids by April 30, and to complete the sale process this month. However, bankers involved in the process told Reuters last week that no binding bids had emerged. “The banks have been advised to wait for the formation of the next government … before taking any decision on Jet’s fate,” the official told Reuters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently seeking re-election. His government has come under fire from critics and opposition parties for rising unemployment. Despite this, senior government officials have opposed any bailout package for the airline arguing it would increase pressure to support other failed private companies. The government is satisfied with the handling of the Jet crisis by banks and other institutions as it has thus far not become a major election issue, the second ministry official said. Jet’s borrowings are small compared to those of other big defaulters such as Videocon and some steel companies, so lenders likely can wait for some more time before commencing bankruptcy proceedings, the official said. An official at ICICI Bank, which has to recover over 5.4 billion rupees ($78.17 million) from Jet, said the bank sees little chance of any recovery without the government coming up with a rescue plan. “We largely think our money in Jet is gone,” he said.
Ahmedabad: A Gujarat family, to fulfill the wish of their son suffering from learning disabilities, organised a lavish wedding for him, with all the usual fun and frolic, but without a bride. The unique, “bride-less” wedding of Ajay Barot (27) was held on May 10 in Champlanar village near Himmatnagar town of north Gujarat’s Sabarkantha district. The Barot family spent over Rs 2 lakh on the “wedding” so that his “childhood wish” to get married got fulfilled, said family members. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghOn the day of his wedding, Ajay, clad in sherwani with a garland around his neck, led the procession through the village on a horse. “Since Ajay is mentally challenged, we knew that he may never get a bride. But he always used to ask us about when he would get married. He has attended many wedding ceremonies, and used to dance joyously in them. After attending them, he used to ask about his own marriage,” said Ajay’s uncle Kamlesh Barot. Due to his learning disabilities, Ajay never got formal education. Ajay’s father Vishnubhai Barot works as a conductor with Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation. “Just to make Ajay happy, the entire Barot family decided to organise the wedding. Since Vishnubhai’s income is limited, we came together and spent over Rs 2 lakh,” Kamlesh said. “Except for a bride, there was everything. Dance and garba programmes, fine clothes, photographers and all the rituals associated with a proper marriage. We even distributed wedding cards to 800 people and organised a lavish feast,” he added.