South African heritage gets online home

first_img3 December 2012South Africans are now able to air their views online regarding the protection of their cultural heritage through the South African Heritage Resources Agency’s (SAHRA’s) web-based database portal, launched last week.The South African Heritage Resource Information System is available on www.sahra.org.za/sahris.The portal is an exciting, first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, said SAHRA public relations officer, Berri Samuels.“It takes SA heritage and puts everything into one place; it is accessible by all South Africans, through visiting the website and registering,” she said.“This is an administrative tool that can be used by Heritage Resource Management and other bodies.”Samuels said the website was created in a way that will show all online users how to explore the site and guide them on how to create and submit their applications.“All records created from now on may be recorded, tracked and followed up by users,” she said, adding that the applications include permits for archaeology, sites, heritage objects, graves and wrecks.According to Samuels, decisions about permit applications are recorded and may now be tracked online.“This is great progress for accessibility, transparency, prevention of loss and delays. The public may even use the web portal as a means to submit a nomination site for declaration,” she said.‘Fully digitalised and paperless’Project manager Nick Wiltshire said with the introduction of the web portal, all permit applications are now being submitted and recorded online.“It’s fully digitalised, it’s paperless and it uses a very sophisticated GIS [Geographic Information System] platform and is the first website in the world where people can see a map with all the developments taking place across the country,” he said.“If people think that a particular proposed development in their area will result in the demolition of their heritage site, they can visit the web portal and express their objections or even leave messages of support.”The development of the plan began in January this year using the Drupal Content Management System platform in line with SAHRA’s overall adoption of free open source software.The system has been tested and used by SAHRA’s employees since May this year and it is now being rolled out to all the country’s nine provinces.The system enables the efficient and co-ordinated management of South Africa’s heritage and the maximum benefit to heritage resources by appropriate promotion and use of these resources.The agency has already trained four heritage authorities in Kwazulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Free State. In January, more training will the done in the remaining provinces.SAHRA, which is an agency of the Arts and Culture Department, is an administrative body responsible for the protection of South Africa’s cultural heritage.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Feeding Farmers Week 3 – Davisson Farms, Union County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For the third week of Feeding Farmers in the Field, sponsored by AgriGold Hybrids, Dale Minyo and the crew of the Ohio Ag Net made their way south of Milford Center in Union County to Davisson Farms. Dale Davisson leads the corn and soybean operation.last_img

16 Years Later

first_imgOn March 24, 2009, Jon Stanley (username: Moun10Bike) stood on 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle, WA. He snapped a selfie before walking into the nondescript office across the street. It was Jon’s first day at a new job.Jon’s first day at Geocaching HQ.“I took a selfie — perhaps my first-ever — of me arriving at Groundspeak on my first day working here,” said Jon. “I was told I was employee #28.”Jon had a long history with the game before joining the company behind Geocaching.com, now known as Geocaching HQ. He first met Founder Jeremy Irish in 2000. Over lunch, the two discussed software that Jon had provided for an early version of the website. “The community was small then and I was in the same geographic area,” Jon said. “So it was natural that we would end up getting together.”Jeremy realized that Geocaching.com’s traffic would quickly outgrow the website he’d started as a hobby site. In 2000, he partnered with two co-workers, Elias Alvord and Bryan Roth, to start a new company. With the proceeds from selling 144 geocaching t-shirts, they began to scale the website to keep up with its growing audience. The three founders continued working at their day jobs while managing the website on the side.Cathy Hornback (username: Prying Pandora) first met the founders when they spontaneously showed up at her Cache In, Trash Out® Event. “I almost peed my pants when they just showed up. No warning.” Cathy with Geocaching.com Founder Jeremy Irish in 2006.Today, Cathy wears multiple hats: player (she’s going on 15,000 finds), volunteer reviewer, and Community Volunteer Support Coordinator at Geocaching HQ. “We exist because one guy had a crazy idea to hide a bucket of trinkets for other people to find with their newly accurate GPS receivers. Then another guy (Jeremy) had the gumption to build a website to list them all,” said Cathy. Cathy first met Jon in 2005 while looking for the same geocache. Five years later, she joined him as an employee at Geocaching HQ. “We exist because of our community’s engagement,” Cathy said. “Without them, there would be nothing.”Jon and Cathy were welcomed on their first days at Geocaching HQ by another long-time geocacher, Annie Love (username: Love). “I still pinch myself daily that I get to work here,” Annie said. “Geocaching was my hobby before I started working here and it’s a dream to get to do something I love for work. Sure, I sit at a desk most of the time, but getting to help people with this game for work is pretty awesome.”Annie joined Geocaching HQ on January 29, 2007. “My first job was to work as the receptionist at the front desk, answer phone calls and emails about the game of geocaching.”When Annie started, there were a dozen or so employees and 353,685 active geocaches. Today, Geocaching HQ has 74 employees and the website lists nearly 3 million geocaches hidden all over the world.Annie, now Partner Programs Manager, said, “We really listen to our community. We might not be able to make everything to perfection overnight, but we definitely hear the wants and needs of the community and apply that directly to what we work on.”A company photo taken in June 2007, shortly after Annie and Jenn started.A few months later, Jenn Seva (username: MissJenn) joined Geocaching HQ as employee #17, having previously served as a Community Volunteer Reviewer. “I started as a player of the game in 2001. I’m lucky enough to have combined my hobby and my livelihood without ruining either one of them.” Now Senior Manager of Tourism and Travel, Jenn said, “Geocaching HQ is different than most other companies because we are made up of employees who want to be here. We want to delight our community and encourage people to go play outside. I don’t feel like just an insignificant cog in a giant wheel.”Jon, Cathy and Annie feel similarly. “You only need to talk to the founders or any employee to see that we are passionate about the game and keeping people engaged with a fun and rewarding pastime for years to come,” said Jon. “While we may seem to move slow, it is not because of a lack of desire to improve things, only that we are a lot smaller than people know. I see our purpose to be good custodians of the game and provide the tools and means for people to have and share these experiences and adventures.”A company photo taken last summer.Sixteen years later, Geocaching HQ remains a strong, independent organization on a mission to enable adventure, exploration, and discovery. We are led by our original founders and we have no outside investors or influences who would maximize profits at the expense of the game. Annie said, “The community creates the game. We want to create the best tools to play it.”  Geocaching.com on November 9, 2000. Geocaching.com on January 29, 2007. There were 353,685 active geocaches then. Geocaching.com on April 30, 2007. There were 391,592 geocaches at the time. Geocaching.com on March 26, 2009. There were 755,856 geocaches listed at the time. Geocaching.com on August 13, 2010. There were 1,154,177 geocaches in the world. Geocaching.com on June 20, 2012. There were 1,798,456 geocaches then. Geocaching.com today. There are 2,921,888 active geocaches in the world.Have questions about Geocaching HQ? Post them in the comments below. Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedWhat 2 Million Active Geocaches Means to MeMarch 4, 2013In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 2): Souvenirs, APE cache rediscoveryMay 10, 2018In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 18): Geocaching Map/Search, Adventure Lab app, plus nostalgia!December 20, 2018In “Community”last_img read more

Amit Shah a surprise guest in Nagpur

first_imgBJP president Amit Shah made a surprise visit to Nagpur, and called on the leadership of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh at its headquarters on Monday.The meeting comes in the backdrop of the presidential election to be held in July. The ruling National Democratic Alliance is yet to announce its candidate.The visit raised many eyebrows as it came hardly a couple of days after Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s birthday celebrations in the city for which Mr. Shah was invited but he did not attend.Mr. Shah met party election coordinators and office-bearers at Ravi Bhavan here before heading to the RSS headquarters.‘Courtesy visit’According to BJP media wing head, Chandan Goswami, the BJP president paid a “courtesy visit” to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi. Mr. Shah and Mr. Bhagwat had flown to Nagpur on the same flight in the morning.Mr. Shah did not speak to the media, but Nagpur city BJP president Sudhakar Kohale said the BJP president spoke to the office-bearers, MPs, MLAs and organisational secretaries from the Nagpur area, and asked them about the party’s “booth expansion project”. “He asked us about our preparations regarding this project. He also inquired about Ajivan Sahyog Nidhi,” Mr. Kohale said.last_img read more

Five students run over by truck

first_imgFive school students were killed and four grievously injured when a truck ran over them on NH 16 in Bhadrak district on Thursday.Four of the five victims were girls. The students were returning from Ranital High School when the accident occurred. The injured were taken to Bhadrak district hospital.By the time locals rushed to the spot, the driver and the helper of the truck had already fled. Angry locals set the truck on fire.Expressing grief over the accident, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced an ex gratia of ₹2 lakh each to the family of the deceased.last_img

Meralco cuts off Ginebra

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo 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 City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Acquired at the start of the season as Meralco shored up its roster following a spate of injuries on the likes of Ranidel de Ocampo and Cliff Hodge, Ballesteros finished with seven points and 16 rebounds as the Bolts pulled level with TNT KaTropa and Blackwater with a 4-6 record for ninth spot.More importantly, the Bolts gave themselves a chance of catching the last bus to the quarterfinals with a victory against the same team that handed them a Game 7 loss in the Governors’ Cup finals last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBallesteros was at the right place at the right time for the putback off a Chris Newsome miss with 35 seconds remaining. He stood his ground against Japeth Aguilar and came up with his last rebound before drawing a foul with 17 seconds left.It was Kevin Alas’ turn to shine for NLEX in the other game. MOST READ Ancajas gains foreign fans after explosive US showing Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PBA IMAGESBOCAUE—Returning to the site of one of the most painful losses in the history of its franchise, Meralco got some measure of revenge while staying alive in the playoff race in the PBA Philippine Cup.Journeyman center Jason Ballesteros scored on a putback and split his free throws at crunch time as the Bolts hacked out a thrilling 84-82 victory over the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings at Philippine Arena Sunday night here.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Alas continued his inspired play as NLEX turned back Blackwater, 93-90, for its fourth straight victory that also propelled the Road Warriors to a playoff spot.Alas sizzled in the final period with 16 of his career-best 25 points as the Road Warriors climbed to 6-4 for a tie of fourth spot with Alaska.Rookie Kiefer Ravena also knocked in four triples on his way to 23 points.“Kevin Alas saved the day for us,” coach Yeng Guiao said of the former Letran star.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum View commentslast_img read more

Ceiling collapse at CWG venue is ‘normal’ for AK Mattoo

first_imgCommonwealth Games Organising Committee treasurer A K Mattoo today found the false ceiling collapse incident at the Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium complex “normal” and said there was no need to panic as such things can happen anywhere, anytime.Two-three tiles fell this morning from the ceiling of the stadium where the weightlifting event is scheduled to be held.Although no one received injury in the incident, it caused more embarrassment to the organisers and the government a day after an under-construction foot overbridge collapsed, injuring 27 labourers.”It can happen anywhere, anytime. These are normal. It’s a construction accident and it’s up to the engineers to see and rectify it. There are still 11 days to go before the inauguration of the Games and rectification can be done in less than that time,” Mattoo said.”We are sad that it happened but there is nothing beyond that. I’m confident people will come out in large numbers to witness the Games,” the OC official added.Today’s was the second incident of collapse in the past three days inside the stadium complex. On Monday, a canopy collapsed in which two police personnel, including an Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, suffered minor injuries.In another incident which took place yesterday outside the complex, an under-construction foot overbridge collapsed when labourers were engaged in work.Asked about why Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi is not coming out from the hiding and speaking to the media, Mattoo said, “That you (media) have to check with him, not me.”advertisement”I’m doing my job, you have to check with him and not to ask this to me,” he said.The Centre, the Delhi government and the CWG Organising Committee are under attack for the pace of preparations for the Games.last_img read more

The Queen And The Duchess Of Cornwall Meet Medical Detection Dogs

first_imgIn the presence of The Queen, The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron of Medical Detection Dogs, attended its 10th Anniversary celebration and a demonstration by the charity’s bio detection dogs to showcase their ability to detect the odour of human disease.The Queen and The Duchess Of Cornwall Meet Medical Detection DogsCredit/Copyright: Royal.ukThe Duchess of Cornwall has been the charity’s patron since 2014. She has previously hosted Medical Detection Dogs at a reception in St James’s Palace and she has also paid a visit to their headquarters just outside Milton Keynes.Last December, Her Royal Highness participated in the ICAP charity day to support charities including Medical Detection Dogs and in 2015 donated the proceeds of her limited-edition honey from her private home in Wiltshire to the charity.Medical Detection Dogs is a charity at the forefront of medical research. It aims to transform disease detection by harnessing the extraordinary smelling power of dogs to develop tests for a range of life threatening conditions including cancer. In training trials, the dogs have proved to be 93 percent reliable, significantly higher than many existing tests.The charity’s ground-breaking work is already saving lives by providing a reliable, practical, affordable solution to one of the greatest medical challenges today. It trains assistance dogs for people with long-term, life-threatening conditions, giving them greater independence and improving their lives immeasurably.In most cases, the medical alert assistance dogs help people suffering from type one diabetes, who get no warning signs when a hypoglycaemic or hyperglycaemic attack is about to occur. The dogs are trained to detect changes in their partner’s blood sugar levels and alert them to take insulin or eat sugar.Source:Royal.uklast_img read more