27 August 2007Cape Town has set aside over R1-million to upgrade South Africa’s oldest public garden, the Company’s Garden, which was laid out by Jan van Riebeeck on behalf of the Dutch East India Company in the 1650s.The Garden, which is both a public park and a botanical garden, was originally laid out to provide a fresh supply of vegetables to sea-faring colonists.Situated in the central business district, the city’s “green heart” is frequented by an estimated 700 000 visitors a year.Mayoral committee member in charge of amenities and sport, Grant Haskin, said the revamp would include the restoration of “the Bothy” – the old farm labourers’ quarters, used in the 1850s by the Botanical Gardens Committee as a meeting venue – into a cafe, coffee shop or take-ways kiosk.Besides the abundant vegetation, the garden offers features such as ponds, an aviary, a sundial, and the historic Victorian restrooms. The park is also popular for educational, cultural, entertainment and recreational events, as well as for wedding photographs.Sections within the Paddock area, where the majority of events take place, will be enhanced with the introduction of paved surfaces, street furniture and litter bins. The old Director’s House will be developed into a mixed-use facility or possibly a restaurant.Security enhancements over the past year included the installation of bollard lighting throughout the gardens, new security cameras, increased guards, as well as the appointment of a social worker to deal with homeless people in the vicinity.“To complement these investments, the Central City Improvement District has helped with graffiti removal and the cleansing of the area, especially at events, together with the non-profit NGO Straatwerk,” Haskin said.A BBC film crew will be filming the garden as part of a series on historical gardens of the world.“This will place The Company’s Garden on the international stage and raise its profile as one of the most extraordinary gardens in the world,” he said.Source: BuaNews
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseIn 2005, Rick Crawford harvested the last tobacco crop from his family’s Adams County farm. His ancestors had grown tobacco on that land since at least the late 1800s. Tobacco was a part of Crawford Farms’ heritage, culture and, most importantly, its profitability.“Tobacco used to be the main cash crop on this farm for many years. There is not very much of this ground that is tillable. Tobacco is a tremendous amount of hand labor but we made it work. We needed about six people extra to get the tobacco in the barn in the fall and we had to hire nine to make sure we had six. It was always a challenge,” Crawford said. “With tobacco, if everything goes right, you can net $1,000 an acre but it takes a tremendous amount of labor and there are about four times a year where the weather can take everything. Tobacco is a risky crop.”The big change for tobacco production in Ohio happened in 2004 with the mandatory buyout ending the quota system that had been in place since the 1930s.“The quota program went out the window and there was a buyout. The companies were wanting bigger producers. We were growing 7 to 11 acres and that would produce 20,000 to 24,000 pounds of tobacco,” Crawford said. “I was wanting to downsize and they wanted me to raise more.”Crawford knew it was time to be done with tobacco production on the farm, but he did not know what to do to replace the valuable piece of his economic puzzle.“After we quit tobacco, I ran into a guy in town and he was leasing out rights for deer hunting,” Crawford said.Leasing hunting rights was a new concept for Crawford at the time, but he was well aware of the plentiful deer population on and around the farm. He’d been battling with them for years. Finding a way to benefit from the local deer population with a growing reputation for producing big trophy bucks seemed to make sense.“Big bucks like the habitat found in our area. It is not uncommon to observe and have a shot opportunity at 140+ class bucks on the farm. Much bigger bucks also make our farm part of their core area,” Crawford said on the farm’s website. “Because of the type of terrain and the amount of food and cover available, hunters need to bring their best hunting strategies. The trophy buck of a lifetime could step out at any minute.”Now the farm hosts six-day archery hunts on 1,000 acres to provide a stable source of income.“We sell six-day hunts and provide the lodging. This is a fair chase hunt using state rules. There are no high fences. That is what our guys want and we only do archery. The insurance is cheaper too,” Crawford said. “We are an LLC that leases property from me. They have to sign a waiver.”The peak rut season commands a $1,850 per hunter fee for the six-day hunt. The farm hosts hunters through most of the Ohio deer archery season from Sept. 29 to through early January. Outside of the hunting season, there is plenty to do to prepare during the rest of the year.This deer was harvested on the farm this year.“It is more than just cashing checks,” Crawford said. “We plant food plots all summer. The permanent plots are alfalfa or clover. We plant late plots too that include brassicas and forage oats that overwinter. That keeps food here clear through January in addition to the deer’s natural food. This year we put in a new camera system that transfers pictures from one place to another and they can be accessed by the hunters to help them decide where they want to hunt. In February and March we do maintenance on the tree stands we provide. We encourage guys to bring their own stands, too. Then in the spring we have maintenance of food plots with mowing.”The most popular hunting dates are typically in November, though there are strong hunting opportunities all season on the farm.“Even though the most requested hunt dates are in November, we have learned that our hunt property may actually provide better opportunities during the early and late hunts due to the amount and variety of feeding opportunities,” Crawford said. “There are many different types of terrain on the farm and therefore different types of hunting situations. Even though each hunter may find a ‘favorite’ spot on the farm, our past experiences have proven there is no ‘best’ place to hunt.”Unlike tobacco, Crawford gets half the money up front, with no risk from weather or a lack of results.“With the deer hunting we get half the money up front. We have no guarantees. They sign a contract that they realize they may not even see a deer. With the cameras we have set up, though, I can give them a pretty good idea,” he said. “We are open for archery season and we run up to 10 hunts a year. We schedule specific dates a year in advance.”The farm includes a processing facility complete with a walk-in cooler, freezer, electric hoist, and processing table for hunters to use. The farm also has a nice mobile home that will sleep six hunters. It has an enclosed outside porch area to store hunting clothing and equipment, satellite TV, a full kitchen, and two bathrooms. Optional food for the hunters can be provided. The farm also provides three utility vehicles for the hunters to use on the property.“We have a lot of return hunters. They are pretty much all from out of state,” Crawford said. “Approximately 70% of our clients in 2018 are returning for at least their third year, with some returning for their 13th season.”For more information, visit crawfordfarmshunting.com.
The critics of the word “hustle” make several excellent points about what the word has come to mean in the age of the internet. Many of them talk about hustling as a measurement of the number of hours one works, which contains a small truth about hustling. These critics worry that people are going lessen the quality of their lives by focusing too heavily on their work.Others use the word to denote a second source of income, commonly described as a “side hustle,” which many of us recognize as part-time work. The critics of the side hustle don’t believe it is worth most people’s time, especially since most try to make money in e-commerce and fail, also a fair criticism.The way these critics define “hustle” and “success” is not accurate. Neither of these words is limited to work alone, and they have less to do with the number of hours one works (a poor indicator of hustle or success) than some believe. If you hate these words, allow me to offer you another view.A Better Definition of HustleYou might deconstruct hustle into four parts.The first part of hustle is effort. The word hustle has long been used to describe people who take action and exert themselves in some result. Note that the result is not limited to their work, and we’ll have more to say about this later. People who hustle seem to have a greater capacity for effort over extended periods.The second component is how important the result is to the person who is hustling and seeking success. Some people go to work but do very little work. Others spend time at home without achieving the results they want in their personal lives. Doing things that don’t matter is not hustling, regardless of the time spent. Your priorities matter.The third part you can call outcomes or results. People who hustle and those who find success have always produced results. It isn’t enough to put forth the effort and do what is meaningful if you don’t produce the outcome you are pursuing.The fourth and final factor is the speed at which people work and the rate at which they produce those results. People who hustle generally pull results forward in time by exerting themselves in what matters to produce a result faster than people whom you might accuse of not hustling.What It Takes to HustleThis post is a full-throated defense of the words “hustle” and “success” as I have defined above, a more traditional definition, and one that is more accurate for those who pursue success in life. There is much about the word and idea to commend hustling.It is the impetus for growth: When their goals and dreams drive people, they eventually recognize the need to improve in different areas of their lives. They educate themselves and dedicate themselves to continuous improvement. If you want to have more, you start by becoming a person who could acquire the things you want. Growth is as necessary for success at work as it is for success in, say, being a great parent or spouse.It creates a greater capacity to produce more: As you improve yourself, you improve your ability to produce better results. There are little rewards for mediocre results, decent rewards for excellence, and incredible rewards for exceptional results. There is nothing about this truth that limits this to your work life.It provides a vision of a better future and a path forward: You get to decide what kind of life you have. The idea of “hustle” and “success” is that you can have the life you want if you are intentional and if you take massive action. Those who exert effort in having more end up with a better quality of life and more and better choices. What shows up as abundance shows up outside of work.It provides a more exceptional ability to contribute: While it is true that abundance allows you to contribute more, those who hustle tend to create enough to add to others. Part of this contribution is doing purposeful, meaningful work that helps others. Many find that their definition of success is creating more value for more people.Some mistakenly believe that hustle is a sort of brand, a personality of some kind when it is not. There may be no bigger hustlers than people like Warren Buffet, Charlie Munger, and Bill Gates, three people you would hardly accuse of being personality brands. The three are well-recognized for being voracious readers and draw very little attention to themselves.Unfounded Fear about HustleMuch of the criticism of the word “hustle” is around people working themselves to death. The same is true for the word “success,” which some resist because it connotes a poor work-life balance.There is no risk of a significant number of people working too hard on the critical things in their lives to the detriment of their health. There is, however, no end of people who are doing far less than they should, less than they are capable of, and who would improve their lives dramatically by hustling. They would do better to exert themselves doing what is most important in every area of their life, pursuing the life they want instead of the default life they have now, and making their contribution.If You Still Hate the Word HustleIf you hate the word “hustle” or the word “success,” then let me give you a couple of alternatives. Swap “hustle” for “work ethic” and “priorities.” If you hate the word “success,” try “happiness” and “achieving my goals.”Words are important, and we use certain words that can have a negative connotation not intended. I err on the side of choosing the word that gives the highest clarity to the idea, but I also recognize some respond negatively to the best word. However, the ideas here are more important than the words, and if you have an aversion, choose a word you prefer—but don’t avoid the central ideas here.
OTTAWA — Canada’s parliamentary budget watchdog says a higher price on carbon will be needed if Canada is to meet its Paris Agreement targets for greenhouse-gas emissions.A Parliamentary Budget Office report today says an extra price on carbon will be needed past 2023 to meet Canada’s targets, starting at $6 a tonne and rising to $52 by 2030.Combined with the current federal fuel charge, that would add up to $102 per tonne.Under current projections, Canada will reduce its emissions to 592 megatonnes of carbon dioxide by 2030, but the target is 513 megatonnes — a gap of 79 megatonnes.The PBO estimated an additional price on carbon after 2023 would cut emissions more and at a lower cost to the economy than the current fuel charge.The office notes that the estimates were made based on existing policies, and Environment and Climate Change Canada has said the effects of some new clean technologies have not yet been modelled.The Canadian Press
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