PHOTO CAPTIONS:(Above) Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, Calif., 1944. Photograph by Ansel Adams. Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. On loan from Lynn and Page Stegner.Edward Burtynsky, (b. 1955), Tailings #30, Sudbury, Ontario, 1996. Image copyright Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Hasted Hunt Kraeutler, New York / Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto. On loan from the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.Source: Shelburne Museum Vermont. 6.7.2010 Burtynsky (b. 1955), who is Canadian, has traveled the globe photographing quarries, oil fields, rail cuts, extraction mines, recycling plants, shipbuilding yards and ship-breaking areas.All the photographs featured in Constructed Landscapes are on loan from museums, galleries, and private collections throughout the U.S. and Canada. Several have never before been publicly exhibited, including scenes of granite quarries in Barre, Vermont, which Burtynsky photographed in the early 1990s.About Shelburne Museum: Shelburne Museum is one of the finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art, design and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the museum grounds. The museum’s collection includes works by the great Impressionists Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas as well as a prized collection of folk art including trade signs, weathervanes and quilts. The museum is open daily through October 24. A new exhibit at Shelburne Museum features the legendary American wilderness photography of Ansel Adams contrasted with Edward Burtynsky’s contemporary images of global industrialization. Ansel Adams and Edward Burtynsky: Constructed Landscapes includes over 60 extraordinary photographs and is the museum’s first exhibit of photography. The exhibit opens on Saturday, June 19.“Constructed Landscapes offers visitors two powerful artistic perspectives of the landscape. Ansel Adams’ iconic 20th-century work presents seemingly undisturbed nature in black and white. Edward Burtynsky’s photographs capture the industrialized world in striking color. Both are beautiful and provocative — in dramatically different ways. Both offer a timely reminder of the consequence of human impact on the planet,” Jost said.Ansel Adams (1902-1984) helped define the North American landscape for the public during his long and productive career. Born and raised in San Francisco, he is best known for his work in Yosemite National Park and California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. He was an active leader of the Sierra Club, an advocate for the cause of conservation and knew many of the great artists of his day.
The cost of offshore oil and gas infrastructure decommissioning in the UK North Sea is continuing to fall, the UK Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has said.Illustration: Allseas’ heavy lift vessel Pioneering Spirit has recently completed the single-piece removal of the 25,000 t Brent Bravo topsides from the UK North Sea.The latest analysis shows strong progress towards the shared objective of industry and government to reduce decommissioning costs by at least 35%, OGA said in a report last week.According to 2019 decommissioning cost estimate, presented by OGA last week, estimated (P50) decommissioning costs have reduced to £51 billion in 2019, compared to £59.7 billion in 2017, despite including more assets and infrastructure than in the 2017 inventory.The OGA said the cost reduction has been primarily driven by continued improvement in planning and execution practices.This has led to reductions in the estimated cost of well plug and abandonment (P&A) in the Northern North Sea (NNS) and Central North Sea (CNS); Platform running costs in the NNS; Platform and subsea infrastructure removals in the NNS and CNS; and reduced contingency associated with improved estimating definition.OGA’s Head of Decommissioning, Nils Cohrs said: “It’s really good news that industry is now half-way towards the collective target in just two years. Better capability and experience is providing greater certainty of actual UK decommissioning costs with several operators already achieving significant cost savings through adopting different approaches, learning and sharing with others, and challenging previous norms. The supply chain is also bringing new solutions to the market in terms of pricing structures, business models and technology.”
MILWAUKEE — As Cactus League play drew to an end and the Giants prepared to travel north to round out their exhibition schedule, they hadn’t settled on a starting center fielder for 2018.Back in March, the Giants had practically penciled in their Opening Day center fielder for 2019, but the team’s top decision-makers struggled to determine whether Steven Duggar was ready to play in the major leagues right away.Days before the season began, Duggar learned he would open the year at Triple-A …
Changes in today’s global landscape require emerging markets to consider how they must shape their own future, writes Brand South Africa CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela. Many countries in the developed world have focused their efforts and resources inwards as a result of challenging economic times.Africa’s ability to trade and do business with itself is one of, if not the greatest opportunity for economic growth. (Image: Priya Pitamber)There is a danger that a shift away from emerging markets will negatively impact the global economy’s future ability to grow.This is especially critical for Africa, given its growing integration into the global economy in recent years. In order to mitigate this, Africa must take steps to secure its own share of global economic growth. And we must be able to sustain the economic growth of Africa ourselves.Yet the greatest opportunity to realise its growth potential is often overlooked, despite lying within the continent – Africa’s ability to trade and do business with itself. What is required is an inward and outward strategy acting in tandem; outwardly cementing Africa’s place in the global economy through foreign investment and improved trading links; while internally driving regional trade integration.It is no coincidence that Africa’s recent growth, epitomised by the “Africa rising” label was in part realised due to increased levels of foreign direct investment. Improvements in fiscal policies, governance and regulatory frameworks, along with a move to diversify economies away from Africa’s traditional commodities-biased economies presented greater opportunities to foreign investors.If Africa is going to capitalise on this base, it needs to work together to collaborate on its shared future. Africa’s development must be underpinned by further regional integration and trade liberalisation.While the rest of the world becomes increasing fractured and disparate, it is time for Africa to create ways to better integrate its fragmented markets which have long constrained growth and provided barriers to trade.World Bank statistics put intra-African trade at just 11% of the continent’s total trade between 2007 and 2011. In 2015, intra-Africa trade was worth just USD 170-million, according to the same institution’s figures when the potential stands at trillions of dollars.To collectively succeed, individual governments must work towards a regional imperative if Africa’s economies are to be impacted in a way that drives sustainable and inclusive growth for the continent as a whole. These regional trading corridors cannot work in isolation but must be scalable to improve connectivity across the African continent.This approach has been championed by such initiatives as the African Union’s Continental Free Trade Area. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) estimates that implementation of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) will nearly double intra-Africa trade by early next decade.We are seeing positive results from some regional trading corridors such as Southern African Development Community (SADC), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and East African Community (EAC), but for Africa to be greater than the sum of its parts, we must learn to work together. This includes harmonising development and economic policies, regulation, market structure and governance, along with their implementation.Any regional initiative will need to be accompanied by huge investments in cross-border infrastructure. The African Development Bank estimates the continent would need to spend an additional USD 40-billion a year on infrastructure to turn around its current deficits and keep pace with economic growth.The rising trend of urbanisation is only serving to put pressure on an already inadequate infrastructure and demonstrate the urgent need for greater investment if living standards for Africa’s growing population are to rise. Conversely, the benefit of Africa’s growing population could help facilitate regional trade growth. A customer base of nearly one billion people provides the opportunity for not only regional opportunities, but access to the broader African market if only the continent’s industrial development plans can serve to improve productivity capacity.If we are looking to the rest of the world to show faith in the African growth story, then as Africans ourselves, we must demonstrate our own commitment. A collaborative approach to Africa’s own growth story driven by the continent itself will make it a stronger contender globally.South Africa is in the unique position of holding membership to several multilateral fora. As we take over the BRICS presidency for 2018 and as the only permanent African member of the G20, it is our responsibility to champion the case for Africa and its agenda by being at the nexus of discussions with our international counterparts. Moreover, Africa’s significance to our own economic future cannot be underestimated.We can reap the rewards of Africa’s tandem approach to growth. South Africa’s track record in doing international business makes its natural access point into Africa for the rest of the world. But we must have a clear strategy in our approach to Africa to ensure we also become part of the continent’s growth story. South Africa must continue to cultivate its role in facilitating positively impacts for Africa as this is where our own long-term economic success should lie.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.This article was first published on the World Economic Forum website.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages people and groups wanting to protect critical wetlands, agricultural lands and grasslands to consider enrolling their property into conservation easements. This year, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest $250 million nationally in technical and financial assistance to help private landowners, tribes, land trusts, and other groups protect these valuable lands.The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) focuses on restoring and protecting wetlands as well as conserving productive agricultural lands and grasslands. Landowners are compensated for enrolling their land in easements.“Protecting these lands preserves Ohio’s heritage, natural resources and open space,” said Terry Cosby, NRCS State Conservationist in Ohio. “Easements are an important tool for people who are trying to improve the management of their land.”Applications for ACEP are taken on a continuous basis, and they are ranked and considered for funding several times per year. The next Ohio deadline is Jan. 19, 2018.The 2014 Farm Bill created ACEP, merging together several easement programs into one. In the last year, easements have protected 5,132 acres in Ohio and nearly 300,000 acres nationwide. Wetland Reserve EasementsThrough ACEP wetland reserve easements, NRCS helps landowners restore and protect wetland ecosystems. Wetlands are one of nature’s most productive ecosystems providing many ecological, societal and economic benefits.In the 1700s, wetlands covered 5 million acres of Ohio, primarily in the northwestern part of the State, referred to as the “Great Black Swamp.” Competing land uses resulted in a 90 percent loss of wetlands by the late 1900s. Since 2005, NRCS has assisted landowners in restoring more than 25,000 acres of wetlands in Ohio.“Wetlands provide many benefits, including critical habitat for a wide array of wildlife species. They also store floodwaters, clean and recharge groundwater, sequester carbon, trap sediment, and filter pollutants for clean water,” Cosby said. “Seventy-five percent of the nation’s wetlands are situated on private and tribal lands.”Last year, Ohio landowners restored 2,985 acres of wetlands through ACEP. Landowners can choose either a permanent or 30-year wetland conservation easement.Eligible lands include farmed or converted wetlands that can successfully be restored, croplands or grasslands subject to flooding, and riparian areas that link protected wetland areas. As part of the easement, NRCS and the landowner work together to develop a plan for the restoration and maintenance of the wetland. Agricultural land easementsThrough ACEP agricultural land easements, NRCS provides funds to conservation partners to purchase conservation easements on private working lands. This program helps keep working lands working, especially in areas experiencing development pressure.Partners include State or local agencies, non-profits and tribes. Landowners continue to own their property, but voluntarily enter into a legal agreement with a cooperating entity to purchase an easement. The cooperating entity applies for matching funds from NRCS for the purchase of an easement from the landowner, permanently protecting its agricultural use and conservation values. Landowners do not apply directly to NRCS for funding under this program. Easements are permanent. Eligible lands include privately owned cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland, and forestlands.
Alexander Kerzhakov and Roman Shirokov will play a key role for Russia at the World CupAlthough Russia is a team with plenty of veterans, only one of them has seen World Cup action.Alexander Kerzhakov came on as a substitute the last time Russia qualified for the World Cup in 2002, and he’ll be in Brazil this year looking for more.With Kerzhakov up front, Roman Shirokov will likely be the one to control the tempo of the game. And behind them they have Igor Akinfeev, a goalkeeper who has been a mainstay in the team for a decade.Here are five players to watch:IGOR AKINFEEVCSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev made his debut for Russia when he was only 18 years old – the youngest newcomer to the national squad. He has been Russia’s top goalkeeper since 2005.Akinfeev’s father brought him to the CSKA football school when he was 4 and he has never switched to another club after making his professional debut in 2003.SERGEI IGNASHEVICHA stalwart of the Russia and CSKA Moscow defense, Sergei Ignashevich made his national team debut in 2002 against Sweden.Ignashevich missed the 2004 European Championship because of injury but played in four of the five matches at Euro 2008, when Russia made the semifinals.He played in all 10 qualifying matches for the World Cup in Brazil.VASILIY BEREZUTSKIYVasiliy Berezutskiy joined CKSA Moscow from Torpedo-ZIL in 2002 and made his debut for Russia in 2003. His twin brother Alexei is also a CSKA Moscow and Russia defender.ROMAN SHIROKOVadvertisementFabio Capello’s key playmaker, Roman Shirokov was called up by former Russia coach Guus Hiddink in 2008 but then dropped during qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.Shirokov was back in the national team under Dick Advocaat and played in all 10 World Cup qualifying match under Capello, scoring three goals.ALEXANDER KERZHAKOVAlexander Kerzhakov is the only player on the current national team who played at the World Cup in 2002, coming on as a late substitute for Valery Karpin.After joining Zenit St. Petersburg in 2001, Kerzhakov signed with Spanish club Sevilla in 2006 and won the Copa del Rey and UEFA Cup. But he was back in Russia in 2008 with Dynamo Moscow and then with Zenit in January 2010.Kerzakov scored six goals in qualifying for Euro 2008, but former coach Guus Hiddink dropped him from the final squad because of poor form.