26 November 2008South Africa received good publicity once more at this year’s International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), held in London last week, after the Winemaker of the Year trophy was awarded to local vintner Abrie Beeslaar, on behalf of the Kanonkop Wine Estate.This year’s competition featured more than 7 000 entries, with southern hemisphere entries coming in four months later than those from the north, allowing for the judging panel to spend over half the year to assess all the entries.‘Best blended red’In addition to picking up the Dave Hughes trophy for best South African wine producer, the Kanonkop Wine Estate also make history in the competition by winning the Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande trophy for the best blended red wine for the third time.Dave Hughes, a respected local wine expert and commentator, has been in the local wine industry since 1986, and was involved in the formation of the Cape Wine Academy in 1979. He has also written over a dozen books about South African wines and vineyards, as well as travelling through the Cape winelands.“Only a fortnight ago, Madame May de Lancquesaing had joined Dave Hughes and the team at Kanonkop in Stellenbosch for a celebratory tasting and dinner at the winery, in the company of all three cellarmasters that had served Kanonkop so assiduously since 1965 – Jan Boland Coetzee, Beyers Truter and current cellarmaster Abie Beeslaar,” IWSC competition manager Bev Steer said in a statement last week.“There is clearly a great deal more to be celebrating now!”‘New World’ winesAccording to the IWSC, wines from the “New World” continued to outperform, with Australia once again taking pole position with the highest percentage of gold medals against their number of wines entered, at 3.3%.“The stringent judging meant that only 107 gold or gold ‘best in class’ medals were awarded across all wine entries worldwide,” the statement read.South Africa and France came joint second with 19 gold medals each, representing 3.2 and 2% of their entries respectively. New Zealand was the next highest scorer with 11 gold medals.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
The heart of workplace diversity lies with enlightened leadership and a genuine commitment to fairness, rather than numbers-counting to meet legal requirements, or even persuading others that it serves as a competitive advantage. Leading with Your Heart explores inspired leadership across an organization and the use of a positive moral compass to drive a new way of thinking and integrating our nation’s rich diversity. Cari Dominguez and Judith Sotherlund use the term “ganas” (gah-nas) to capture this concept. Ganas speaks to one’s inner desire to succeed. Motivation drives performance. Inspired motivation drives individuals to connect their day-to-day practices with their guiding beliefs, and to do the right things in the face of obstacles. Leading with Your Heart presents anecdotes of inspired inclusion in the workplace, not necessarily to establish best practices models for replication, but to affirm the lasting values of integrity and fairness that result from leading with the heart. HR professionals will find Leading with Your Heart instrumental in bridging the gap between the idealized expectations of the C-suite and the pressing realities of needing to get the job done at the line manager and local levels. For more information on Leading with Your Heart or to visit the SHRM Store, please click here.
SourceForge, the Open Source Repository for more than 230,000 Open Source projects has hit a major milestone with the 4 billionth download of its hosted projects. The service has grown so that it now accomodates 1.8 million daily downloads. On their peak usage day this past January, there were more than 3.9 million downloads totaling more than 30.1terabytes of data.Jon Sobel, SourceForge’s president of Media, commented that “Our technology enthusiast users are not simply ‘clicking through’; SourceForge users are deeply engaged and interested in the entire experience. Not only are they downloading software, applications and tools, they are also regularly giving back by adding more content or providing feedback.”The 4 billionth download was for an application called PortableApps, a tool that lets users run applications on a USB flash or other portable drive.
TORONTO – The Canadian Securities Association says its reconsidering the appropriateness of its disclosure policy for cannabis companies with U.S. operations after the U.S. did away with the Cole Memorandum.In October, the CSA said cannabis companies with U.S. operations were clear to list in Canada so long as they disclosed the risks to investors.It said it would re-examine that stance if the U.S. federal government’s approach changed.Earlier this month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Obama-era memo, which suggested the federal government would not intervene in states where the drug is legal even as marijuana remained illegal under federal law.The CSA says it will communicate more details about its position shortly.The CSA is the umbrella organization for Canada’s provincial and territorial securities regulators.
OTTAWA — Canada’s auditor general says the government hasn’t established a clear national strategy that sets out the costs and timelines for bringing broadband access in rural and remote areas up to the national minimum standard.The auditor general’s fall report says officials in the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development estimated it might cost $6.5 billion to provide all parts of Canada with at least the minimum standard.The report says, among other things, that the lack of a national strategy had hampered the implementation of the Liberal government’s Connect to Innovate program, which allocated $500 million over five years starting in 2016. It says ISED has been slow to inform stakeholders about when backbone network infrastructure funded by the program will be available to them and what they would be charged for access.It adds that only three contracts had been signed under the program as of June 2018, due to delays in the department’s process for completing due diligence on project applications.In its response, ISED said it agreed with the report and began a consultation in June to establish a national digital and data strategy that includes broadband connectivity. The Canadian Press
FORT NELSON, B.C. – An Agreement and Memorandum of Future Understanding was signed between the Fort Nelson First Nation and Chevron Canada Limited.The Agreement related to Chevron’s natural gas exploration, appraisal and development activities on the Fort Nelson First Nations Traditional Territory will be the cooperation of both the First Nations and Chevron. In the spirit of mutual respect, and recognition to support responsible and sustainable economic development in a way that protects the Traditional Territory.“Chevron values the importance of learning from and respecting the cultures of the Fort Nelson First Nation. We are committed to working with Fort Nelson First Nation to develop natural gas resources in their Traditional Territory that provides economic benefits while protecting the environment and culture for future generations.” said the President of Chevron Canada Ltd, Frank Cassulo
Ningbo (China): Indian weightlifters Ajay Singh and Achinta Sheuli finished first and third respectively in easier group B competitions at the Asian Weightlifting Championship here on Monday. Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships bronze medallist Ajay lifted 320kg (142kg+178kg) in the men’s 81kg group B event to be placed at the top of the four-man field. His final standing will be determined on Tuesday after the end of group A proceedings. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhNational champion Achinta finished third with a total lift of 297kg — 137kg in snatch and 160kg in clean and jerk — in the 77kg group B event. The 18-year-old finished behind Indonesia’s Rahmat Erwin Abdullah 312kg (141kg+171kg) and Vietnam’s Pham Tuan Anh 304kg (133kg+171kg). On Sunday, the country’s top weightlifter Mirabai Chanu produced her personal best but missed the podium by a whisker in the 49kg category. In the men’s 67 kg group B competitions, Youth Olympics gold medallist Jeremy Lalrinnunga set three world records. Jhilli Dalabehera is the sole India medallist so far. The Odisha-born weightlifter lifted 162kg (71kg+91kg) to clinch the silver medal in the women’s 45kg event, which though is a non-Olympic category. The Asian Weighlifting Championships is a a gold level qualifying event of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The points gathered from this event will come in handy when the final rankings for the Olympics are made next year.
Sustainable approaches for urban water sanitation have gained firmer voices and more spaces for implementation in recent years. But some issues in our water management systems persist. One of them is the excessive dependence on water supply. Most urban areas have resorted to importing water from further and further away. Many large Indian cities have to source water from long distances, ranging between 50 and 200 kilometres due to exhaustion of remaining sources or pollution in nearby ones. Also Read – A special kind of bondAlong with an increased cost of raw water and losses due to leakage, such methods are ecologically unsustainable. The example of Tehri dam highlights this clearly. Popularised in national imagery as the tallest dam in Asia and as a technological feat, the dam supplies water to Delhi, situated about 300 km away. At 260.5 metres, the structure was built upon the waters of the Bhagirathi and Bhilangana tributaries of the Ganga. The river has been embedded in the cultural cosmology and livelihoods of the local population. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe Tehri jheel (lake), which formed as a result of this dam, submerged nearly 55 square kms of the fertile river valley. In Garhwal, where over 70 per cent population depends on agriculture for livelihood and only 12 per cent land can be used for cultivation, this proved to be calamitous. Even before the dam began functioning in 2006, it had submerged the town of Tehri and affected close to 125 villages. This led to the displacement of over 1 lakh people. But the sequence of such displacements continues due to silting and landslides along the reservoir’s periphery. The region is situated along the highly active Lower Himalayan fault line, where earthquakes with a magnitude of 8.5 or greater are highly probable. A study carried out by the National Geophysical Research Institute in 2012 found smaller earthquakes in a radius of 20 km linked to changes in reservoir levels at the Tehri dam. These added to the already existing menace of landslides which were common in the area due to deforestation and incessant constructions. There are several Tehris in the pipeline. To avoid this we must encourage knowledge which leads away from incessant supply of water. India’s future water needs stand compromised due to overdependence on conventional water supply and consumption frameworks. This demands a renewed focus on an inclusive approach towards urban water management. So, when the water gushes out of our taps next time, let’s be aware of its journey. (Saakshi Joshi is a Senior Research Associate with the Urban Water-Waste Management Unit, CSE. Her current work includes capacity building and policy research for urban water and sanitation management. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Bhubaneswar: The death toll in Cyclone Fani rose to 29 on Sunday, two days after the “extremely severe” storm barrelled through coastal Odisha, causing widespread destruction and leaving hundreds grappling with water shortage and power cuts, an official said.Announcing a relief package for those affected by the calamity, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said all families in Puri and in those parts of Khurda, which had been “extremely severely affected” in the storm, will get 50 kg of rice, Rs 2,000 in cash and polythene sheets, if covered under the Food Security Act (FSA). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkFor the rest of Khurda district – categorised as “severely” affected – the FSA families will get a month’s quota of rice, Rs 1,000 in cash and polythene sheets, he added. Those living in the “moderately-affected” districts of Cuttack, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur will be eligible for a month’s quota of rice and Rs 500 in cash, Patnaik said. The chief minister also announced an assistance of Rs 95,100 for “fully-damaged” houses, Rs 52,000 for “partially-damaged” houses and Rs 3,200 for houses that had suffered minor damage. Talking to reporters here, Patnaik claimed that water supply had been restored in 70 per cent areas of the worst-hit Puri town and 40 per cent of the places in state capital Bhubaneswar. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen”I am hoping that water supply will be fully restored in Bhubaneswar shortly and at least in 90 per cent areas of Puri town by this evening,” the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) chief, who is seeking a fifth term in office, said. “The government has made arrangements to provide cooked food for free over the next 15 days. We will also take up tree plantation on a mission mode,” he added. According to state Chief Secretary A P Padhi, 21 of the 29 deaths were registered in the pilgrim town of Puri, where the storm made landfall on Friday.
New Delhi: India has registered trade deficit in 2018-19 with as many as 11 RCEP member countries – including China, South Korea and Australia – out of the grouping of 16 nations that are negotiating a mega trade pact since November 2012. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) bloc comprises 10 Asean group members (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Laos and Vietnam) and their six FTA partners – India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. According to the provisional trade data, India’s trade deficit – the difference between imports and exports – with three countries (Brunei, Japan, and Malaysia) has in fact increased marginally in 2018-19 as compared to the previous fiscal. The trade gap with Brunei, Japan, and Malaysia has increased to $$0.5 billion, $7.1 billion and $3.8 billion, respectively in the last fiscal. It was $0.4 billion, $6.2 billion and $3.3 billion in 2017-18. However, deficit with Australia, China, Indonesia, Korea, New Zealand and Thailand has narrowed in 2018-19 as compared to the preceding fiscal. With Australia, China, Indonesia, Korea, New Zealand and Thailand, it narrowed to $8.9 billion, $50.2 billion, $10.1 billion, $11 billion, $0.2 billion, and $2.7 billion, respectively, in 2018-19, compared to $10 billion, $63 billion, $12.5 billion, $11.9 billion, $0.3 billion, and $3.5 billion in 2017-18. Interestingly, the trade surplus with Singapore ($2.7 billion) in 2017-18 has turned into deficit of $5.3 billion in 2018-19. India has trade surplus with Cambodia ($0.1 billion), Myanmar ($0.7 billion), and the philippines ($1 billion) in 2018-19. India did not carry out any trade with Laos in the previous fiscal. Experts have mixed views over the impact of increasing trade gap on India’s position in negotiating mega free trade agreement. An industry expert on these negotiations said as this is a comprehensive trade deal, India will get greater market access in other countries not only in goods, but in services also. On the other hand, some experts said that India needs to be cautious while negotiating the pact, as trade deficit is increasing with several of the RCEP member nations, which would impact domestic manufacturers. “Free trade pacts are not about only giving market access, but also getting that access in other countries. Our exports to countries like Singapore, with which India has trade surplus, is not increasing. In 2018-19, we have a trade deficit with Singapore,” said Biswajit Dhar, the professor of economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University. He said that as the strength of the domestic manufacturing is weak, India would not be able to take advantage of such free trade agreements. An official said that India does not have free trade agreement with two of its biggest trading partners – the US and China – but the country has highest positive balance of trade with America, while it has highest deficit with China. RCEP negotiations, which started in Cambodian capital Phnom Penh in November 2012, aims to cover goods, services, investments, economic and technical cooperation, competition and intellectual property rights. Pressure is also mounting on India for early conclusion of the proposed trade pact. Member countries are looking to conclude the talks by end of this year but many issues, including the number of products over which duties will be eliminated, are yet to be finalised. Domestic steel and other metal industries wants these sectors to be kept out of the deal. Under services, India wants greater market access for its professionals in the proposed agreement. India already has a free trade pact with Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Japan and South Korea. It is also negotiating a similar agreement with Australia and New Zealand but has no such plans for China.