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Ivoirian cotton sector resurges

first_imgMuch of the Ivoirian cotton industry is located in the north of the country, which was taken over by insurgents during the 10-year conflict. (Image: Alexis Adele, Irin) MEDIA CONTACTS • Obinna Anyadike  Editor-in-Chief, Irin  +254 20 7622 1343 RELATED ARTICLES • R104m leg-up for Zim cotton farmers • Malian women fight poverty with textiles • SA farming skills are sought-after • Rice farming to take root in SA • Adding some Shine to farming lifeSource: Irin NewsCôte d’Ivoire’s cotton industry is regaining momentum after being nearly decimated by a decade of political chaos and conflict. Farmers in the cotton-growing northern regions, which came under insurgent rule, are hopeful of returning to economic stability.Before the 2002 crisis, Côte d’Ivoire was among West Africa’s main cotton producers, with an output of 400 000 tons per year. Up to 50% of cultivated land in the north and parts of the central region was for cotton growing, according to the National Centre for Research in Agronomy.Some three-million people depend directly or indirectly on cotton in the region. But during the crisis production slumped to 120 000 tons per year and only 18 000 farmers, down almost half from 35 000, cultivated it.“Nobody was interested any more in cotton cultivation. Many farmers opted for other activities they deemed more profitable, such as shea butter or cashew nut production and livestock keeping,” said Bertin Kouakou Kouamé, an agricultural engineer in the Boundiali area of northern Côte d’Ivoire.“But since the end of the crisis, we have seen people slowly resuming cotton farming. We now hope that the authorities will take more interest, especially given that prices are rising. Cotton farming is a very difficult activity. It requires huge manpower,” Kouamé told Irin.The government has fixed prices since the 2011-2012 season, setting the price of first-grade cotton at 50 US cents (R4.30) per kilo and 48 cents (R4.11) for second-grade cotton.“Prices of cotton sometimes fell to 16 cents a kilo. That really dented our morale, yet cotton farming is what we depend on to raise our families. So, few of us continued with cotton farming,” said Kanigui Coulibaly, a cotton farmer from Dikodougou area in the north of the country.“We now want this resumption [of cultivation] to benefit farmers so that they can forget the nightmare.”In the 1990s, Coulibaly was among the major cotton producers in northern Côte d’Ivoire, earning some $16 000 (R137 200) from an annual production of 40 tons.“With the war, everything crumbled around me with the fall in cotton prices. My cousins and nieces decided to leave for the south of the country to do other businesses,” he told Irin. Cotton yields on the rise“I had abandoned cotton farming because the crisis made us miserable. I could not pay school fees for my four children. But as things have improved, I resumed farming last year. Although I cannot make up for what my children have forgone, I can help them in other initiatives,” said Lambert Gohi Bi, a farmer in Côte d’Ivoire’s south-central region.Bi said he earned about $800 (R6 700) in the 2011-2012 season, harvesting 1.5 tons of cotton. He hopes to earn double that in the next season.The Ivoirian Textile Development Company, in charge of the cotton sector in parts of the country’s central regions, estimates that the 2012-2013 season will yield 35 000 tons, more than twice the 15 000 tons of the previous season. The Ivoirian Cotton Company (COIC), in charge of cotton production in parts of the northern region, said 115 000 hectares have been put under cotton cultivation from which it estimates an output of 120 000 tons during the current season.“The last season earned farmers $27.2-million (R233-billion]. Farmers are expected to earn more from the current season’s sales. This is proof that cotton production is slowly recovering,” said COIC director Adama Silué.The government has injected more than $14.1-million (R121-billion) into subsidies for the cotton industry, bringing down the cost of fertilizer by 25%.“Although it may not be sufficient, it’s a huge support for producers. Now the government should support phytosanitary standards so that the cotton sector can definitively take off,” said farmer Coulibaly.last_img read more

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YouTube’s Promoted Videos are Branching Out and Coming to a Website Near You

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Google#Video Services#web frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting YouTube’s Promoted Videos – the video ads that often appear to the right of the currently playing video in YouTube and next to search results – are now coming to regular websites as well. Starting today, Promoted Videos will appear in AdSense units through the Google Content Network and will compete with text and image ads in AdSense’s ad auctions. Interestingly, AdSense already offers video ads, though it classifies them as ‘image ads.’ These two video ad units will now run side by side. The YouTube Promoted Video ad units consist of a thumbnail on the left and three lines of text on the right. Clicking on one of these ads will take users to the YouTube page or channel with the video. Any user can promote ads on YouTube for just a few dollars a day, though most of the promotions on the site are run by larger organizations.For the time being, these ads are only available in the U.S. and in English, though Google plans to launch them in other regions and languages as well.Google has obviously struggled to turn YouTube into a profitable business unit. Taking YouTube ads out of the YouTube silo could help Google to win over more advertisers and give current advertisers more reasons to buy ads on YouTube. Related Posts last_img read more

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Excel Is An Art Form: These Beautiful Images Are Proof

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Feel free to check out Horiuchi’s methods by downloading one of his actual Excel files.   Tags:#art#Excel#microsft Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Shortly before his retirement roughly 13 years ago, Horiuchi bought himself a copy of Excel because he figured he could draw with it and it was far cheaper than design-oriented software from companies like Adobe. Using autoshapes, a tool in Excel that lets users connect and color custom shapes, Horiuchi builds massively complex images that push the limits of spreadsheet software. And because Excel isn’t really an image-creation program, his work is even more impressive than the creations of artists using Microsoft’s Paint software to make masterful drawings, for example.  Tatsuo Horiuchi, a 73-year-old Japanese artist, creates amazingly vibrant landscapes using a digital tool most people try to avoid at all costs: Microsoft Excel.  nick statt After entering a Excel autoshape art contest in 2006, in which Horiuchi blew the other contestants out of the water, he has seen his art gain international recognition and be featured in a number of exhibitions. last_img read more

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Brownlee misses free throws but Gins hold on to win

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Brownlee, however, uncharacteristically came up empty at the line.“Sometimes it happens, of course I tried to make them, but I’m not perfect,” said Brownlee after the Gin Kings held on against the Bolts at Ynares Sports Center here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I’m glad our team defense really came through, also I’ll give a lot of credit to Meralco because they came out and played incredible defense. I’m just glad we could pull a win tonight.” With the win, Ginebra now shares the top spot with Star with both teams holding 8-2 records. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Gin Kings on top Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Ginebra import Justin Brownlee had a chance to ultimately seal the win for his team Sunday against Meralco in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.All he had to do was hit his two free throws to give his team a three-point lead with six seconds remaining with the Gin Kings up, 90-89.ADVERTISEMENT Brownlee’s moment of reprieve came just seconds after he missed his charities when Meralco forward Chris Newsome overthrew his full-court pass to Cliff Hodge and the ball went out of bounds.“It seemed like he was pretty open, and I think Newsome just overthrew it just a little bit,” said Brownlee, who finished with 22 points and nine rebounds. “We were just fortunate on that play because if they connected on that play, that would put them in a great position to win the game.”“I’m just happy he turned the ball over that time.”ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Skiff That Attacked Galicia Spirit Carried Explosives

first_imgzoom The skiff that engaged in an attack on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Galicia Spirit was carrying “a substantial amount of explosives,” according to shipowner Teekay.Following the attack on the 79,166 dwt tanker, which occurred on October 25 off the coast of Yemen near Bab al-Mandab Strait, the shipowner conducted an investigation of the incident with the assistance of security experts.“While the intentions of the attackers and the use of the explosives is unknown, the investigation findings indicate that the explosives would have been sufficient to have caused significant damage to the vessel,” Teekay said.The company added that it appears that the explosives detonated when the skiff was some 20 meters from the 2004-built vessel, destroying the skiff and ending the attack.Galicia Spirit suffered only minor damage from the incident and none of the crew were injured. The investigations are on-going, Teekay said.last_img read more

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TNPA KCT Sign Deal for New Cruise Terminal in Durban

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: TNPA South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has signed a deal with KwaZulu Cruise Terminal (KCT) that will see the delivery of a new cruise facility in the Port of Durban by October 2020.Under the agreement, signed between the parties on April 16, 2018, the KwaZulu Cruise Terminal would finance, construct, operate, maintain and transfer the ZAR 200 million (USD 16.6 million) project.“We are delighted to have concluded terms that will bring benefits to all parties, but most importantly to the City of Durban and South Africa as a growing cruise destination. In doing so, we will truly be positioning Durban as a ‘Smart Port City’ and a world-class cruise capital,” Shulami Qalinge, TNPA Chief Executive, said.KCT, a joint venture between MSC Cruises SA and Africa Armada Consortium, was chosen as the preferred bidder for the 25-year concession project in mid-2017.The detailed design phase will commence in April and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. This will be followed by an 18-month construction phase from January 2019 to July 2020 and the cruise terminal is expected to commence operations in October 2020 kicking off the 2020/2021 cruise season.Looking at the cruise industry’s potential growth, with the construction of the new terminal KCT expects cruise calls to Durban to increase from 60 to 150+ calls by 2040, and passenger numbers to grow from 200,000 to more than 700,000 by the same year.last_img read more

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Permanent Secretary of Border Control and Labour awarded an OBE in New

first_img Related Items:clara gardiner, donhue gardiner, governor peter beckingham, ministry of border control and labour Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PDM Chairman says North & Middle Caicos MP ignorant of law, fails to remove voters More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Jan 2015 – The Governor’s Office is pleased to announce that Mrs Clara Gardiner, the Permanent Secretary of Border Control and Labour, received an OBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Year Honours this month. The Award was for Mrs Gardiner’s services to immigration issues in the Overseas Territories, and Turks and Caicos in particular.Speaking about the Award HE The Governor Peter Beckingham said this week: “ I was delighted to read in the New Year’s Awards that Clara Gardiner was honoured with an OBE. I have seen a good deal of Clara’s work, not least when there have been the threats of illegal immigration from chartered sloops arriving in TCI. She is evidently a dedicated and resourceful member of the Public Service. Her Award is a tremendous recognition of the work that she, and many members of the Immigration service, do for Turks and Caicos”.The Minister of Border Control and Labour, The Hon Don Hue Gardiner, joined the Governor in welcoming this Award. The Minister said: “I am thrilled that my Permanent Secretary has received this distinction . It is a great honour to her, the Department and TCI, and a mark of her hard work and perseverance in a challenging environment.”Mrs Gardiner will be invited later this year to Buckingham Palace to receive the Award from Her Majesty or another member of the Royal Family.The Governor and Jill Beckingham received a private Audience with Her Majesty The Queen last December. Immigration Officer Deandra Dames Receives Star Awardlast_img read more

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Public ServiceNIB Minister Tours Grand Bahama

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 1, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Minister for the Public Service and National Insurance, the Hon. Brensil Rolle made an official visit to Grand Bahama on Wednesday.   The Minister was eyeing accommodations for government workers on Grand Bahama and also took the opportunity to greet workers at the National Insurance Board’s Freeport Office.In addition, he visited construction of the new Government Complex in Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama.   On his visit to NIB Minister Rolle said, “we are trying to turn the page and improve quality of service delivery to our customers.”Following his walkabout and talking with a number of staffers, he acknowledged there were problems that needed to be addressed, and that they would seek to address them.Nevertheless he felt satisfied that the NIB facility was one Bahamians could be proud of, and he was pleased at the personalized, customer service.The Minister explained his visit was not especially for staff meetings but to look at facilities and accommodations for Ministry of Public Service agencies on Grand Bahama.   He would return with the Director and Chairman for meeting purposes.   In the meantime, issues of computer system and telephone service improvement would receive attention.Overall, government workers in Grand Bahama appeared to have good facilities.Regarding his visit to the multi-million-dollar Government Complex under construction in Eight Mile Rock, Minister Rolle said it was mainly to see the progress being made to this NIB investment project.   When completed, the complex will provide needed government services outside of Freeport.Story by: Simon LewisCUSTOMER SERVICE – Minister for the Public Service and National Insurance, the Hon. Brensil Rolle, centre, chats with Mrs. Ruby Outten, assistant manager, Customer Service at the National Insurance Board in Freeport. The Minister has a keen desire to upgrade customer services, and services offered to senior citizens. He was on Wednesday on an official visit to Grand Bahama.  Also pictured is Dwight Grant, manager Inspectorate Department.(BIS Photo)last_img read more

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Pixel 4 XL leaked photo reveals two back cameras and holepunch screen

first_img Tags Comments Preview • Pixel and Pixel XL unveiled: Google’s post-Nexus phones come out swinging (hands-on) Mentioned Above Google Pixel (32GB, Quite Black) How To • How to transfer your data from an iPhone to Android phone Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice $219 Compare these Pixel 3 and iPhone XS photos News • Google Pixel 3A: Where is AT&T? Google Pixel 6:39 iPhone XR vs. Pixel 3 camera comparison CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Every version of the Pixel to date has had a single rear camera. However, it is rumored that the next Pixel XL model will get two. Angela Lang/CNET The next Google Pixel might be getting more cameras and a sleek design overhaul. According to a leaked photo posted on the site SlashLeaks on Wednesday, the Pixel 4 XL will have two cameras on the back instead of the single one found on the Pixel 2 XL and 3 XL. Famously Google has had only a single rear camera on every Pixel model large and small. The company embraced using AI and machine learning to create photos that rival phones with two rear cameras like the iPhone XS or three back cameras like the Huawei P20 Pro. A second camera could be used for something other than photography like perhaps AR.pixel-4-xl-drawing-from-slashleaksThis drawing posted on SlashLeaks purportedly shows the Pixel 4 XL with dual rear and front facing cameras. SlashLeaks The drawings of the unreleased 4 XL also show an oval hole-punch display for two selfie cameras like on the new Galaxy S10 Plus. Famously, the Pixel 3 lacks a notch while the Pixel 3 XL has one of the largest found on any phone.Curious enough the drawing doesn’t show a fingerprint reader on the back. This omission could indicate that the next Pixel phone will have an in-screen fingerprint reader like the OnePlus 6T and Galaxy S10.Of course, the drawing hasn’t been verified so it should be taken with a grain of salt. That said, it’s still fun to think about.Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. See it 21 24 Photos Review • Our Google Pixel review: Pure Android at its absolute best Phones Google Huawei OnePluslast_img read more

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Gold Monetisation Scheme Govt mobilises 900 kg liberalises norms

first_imgThe Modi government on Sunday relaxed gold monetisation scheme (GMS) norms that would benefit depositors and banks, apparently enthused by over 900 kg mobilised under the scheme.”Gold Monetisation Scheme: More than 900 kgs gold mobilised so far. Scheme making steady progress. Expected to pick up in coming months,” tweeted Shaktikanta Das, economic affairs secretary, union finance ministry.To make the GMS more attractive to depositors, the Central government on Sunday modified the guidelines on premature redemption.Now, medium-term depositors can withdraw after three years and long term, after five years. Earlier, the government had stipulated the limit as five to seven years for medium-term depositors and 12 to 15 years for long term depositors.”These will be subject to a reduction in the interest payable,” said the union finance ministry on Sunday.Depositors get up to 2.5% interest per annum on these deposits.As for banks, they would earn a commission of 2.5% for their services including purity testing charges, refining, storage and transportation charges, reported BusinessLine.Another move that would make the GMS get better response is the encouragement to bulk deposits, who now can deposit gold directly to the refiners, in addition to the collection and purity testing centres (CPTC).The GMS was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 5 November, 2015 to unlock the estimated 20,000 tonnes of gold lying with households and institutions in India, thereby bringing down gold imports.It would also help the world’s fastest-growing economy conserve its foreign exchange reserves, which stood at about USD347 billion as on 15 January.The success would also mark a paradigm shift in India. “There is a great fascination for gold in our country,” R Rangarajan, former RBI governor once said. That could diminish in the future.last_img read more

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