3 October 2013 South African public and private companies will be looking to participate in a number of transport infrastructure projects in Senegal following the visit to Dakar this week by President Jacob Zuma and a delegation of local businesspeople. Zuma declared his state visit a success on his return to South Africa on Wednesday, saying: “[A] lot has been accomplished at economic and political levels during this visit. There will be a lot of progress going forward”. According to the Presidency, Zuma and his Senegalese counterpart, Macky Sall, expressed their desire for South Africa and Senegal to work together to make Dakar an air transport hub serving the West African region. They agreed to pursue the establishment of a well-developed aviation maintenance service, and “instructed their ministers responsible for this sector to undertake the necessary steps as soon as possible”, the Presidency said in a statement. Dakar’s new international airport, the Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD), is due to open in the first quarter of 2014. A new 32-kilometre toll highway running through central Dakar and its surrounding areas was opened in August, with an extended section linking to the new airport due to open in late 2014. According to a joint communique issued after Zuma’s meeting with Sall, the Senegalese president “expressed Senegal’s wish for the continued involvement of South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in the realization of the Blaise Diagne International Airport in Diass”. At the same time, Sall “praised the interest expressed by South African public and private companies (IDC, Transnet, Lonrho and TMMF Holdings) to form a consortium and participate in the realization of the Dakar-AIBD-Thies Railway Project”. The planned railway will link Dakar, the new airport and Thies, Senegal’s third-largest city, which lies 72km east of Dakar. Zuma and Sall also agreed on the twinning of Senegal’s Goree Island, which was at the centre of the slave trade, and South Africa’s Robben Island. “Goree Island also has an important history for South Africa, as that is where the then exiled ANC met with Afrikaner intellectuals in 1987,” the Presidency said. Following a visit to Goree Island on Wednesday, Zuma referred to that meeting, saying it was “very important as it served to demystify the ANC and help white South Africans in particular to understand it better. This island therefore has a special place in South African transitional history.” SAinfo reporter
6 November 2013South African scientists are to lead two of the 10 teams involved in the design of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, the international SKA Organisation announced on Monday.The SKA’s global partners have committed €120-million to the three-year design phase, which will involve more than 350 scientists representing 18 nations and drawn from nearly 100 institutions.The SKA project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, to be co-located in South Africa and Australia.SKA South Africa said in a statement on Monday that the telescope’s design had been broken down into various modules called “work packages”. Each of these packages, of which SKA South Africa has been selected to lead two, will be managed by a team of international experts.Dr Richard Lord, of SKA South Africa, will head up the team that deals with the “assembly, integration and verification” element, which involves the planning of activities at the sites needed to incorporate the SKA into existing infrastructure.Tracy Cheetham, also of SKA South Africa, will head up the team charged with all the infrastructure-related work for the telescope.In addition, various South African companies and universities are playing key roles in the design of numerous elements of the other work packages, including dishes, telescope manager, science data processors, central signal processors and signal and data transport.SKA SA general manager for science computing and innovation, Jasper Horrell, told Business Day that seven South African companies and two local universities were involved in the design work at this stage.Professor John Womersley, chairman of the SKA board, said in a statement: “This multi-disciplinary team of experts has three full years to come up with the best technological solutions for the final design of the telescope, so we can start tendering for construction of the first phase in 2017 as planned.”Deploying thousands of radio telescopes, in three unique configurations, the SKA will enable astronomers to monitor the sky in unprecedented detail and survey the entire sky thousands of times faster than any system currently in existence. It will be able to detect very faint radio signals emitted shortly after the Big Bang.The international SKA organisation has 10 member countries: Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK. India is an associate member.SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agricultural producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps private landowners build their business while implementing conservation practices that help ensure the sustainability of their entire operation. NRCS plans to enroll up to 10 million acres in CSP in 2018.While applications for CSP are accepted year-round, applications must be received by March 2, 2018, to be considered for this funding period. Through CSP, agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, ecologically-based pest management, buffer strips, and pollinator and beneficial insect habitat — all while maintaining active agriculture production on their land. CSP also encourages the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and new management techniques such as precision agriculture applications, on-site carbon storage and planting for high carbon sequestration rates, and new soil amendments to improve water quality.Some of the benefits of CSP include:• Improved livestock gains per acre;• Increased crop yields;• Decreased inputs;• Improved wildlife and pollinator habitat• Forest stand improvement for the removal of invasive species; and• Better resilience to weather extremes.NRCS recently made several updates to the program to help producers better evaluate their conservation options and the benefits to their operations and natural resources. New methods and software for evaluating applications help producers see up front why they are or are not meeting stewardship thresholds and allow them to pick practices and enhancements that work for their conservation objectives. These tools also enable producers to see potential payment scenarios for conservation early in the process.Producers interested in CSP are recommended to contact their local USDA service center or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted.
Fabricators in four western states who work with engineered stone to make kitchen and bath countertops are showing increased cases of a potentially fatal illness linked to job site exposure to silica. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 18 workers in four western states were diagnosed with silicosis in a two-year period, including two fatalities. Most of them worked with engineered stone. Engineered stone—sold under brand names such as Caesarstone and Silestone—is made of quartz and a resin binder. Unlike many kinds of natural stone, engineered stone doesn’t need sealing or polishing, making it a popular choice among homeowners. But the material contains much higher levels of silica than does natural stone, the report says—more than 90% silica compared with the 45% or less in granite.RELATED ARTICLESOSHA Announces New Silica RulesIndustry Groups Wants a Review of OSHA Silica RuleManaging Lead Paint HazardsHelping People With Multiple Chemical SensitivityGetting Dangerous Paint Strippers Off the Shelves The material is delivered to fabrication shops in slab form and must then be shaped into counter and vanity tops with cutouts for sinks and edge detailing. All of those operations are potential dust producers, and workers who cut and grind engineered stone may be exposed to high levels of airborne silica. Cases had previously been reported among stone fabricators in other countries, but until now only a single case had been noted in the U.S. fabrication industry. The spike in reported cases in Texas, Colorado, Washington, and California affected mostly Hispanic workers. The sharp increase in reported cases mirrors growing sales of the material; imports between 2010 and 2018 rose by roughly 800%. Silicosis is an incurable disease caused by inhaling crystalline silica. Symptoms are progressive and irreversible and may result in death. Silica exposure also is linked to a number of other health problems, including lung cancer, tuberculosis, emphysema, autoimmune disease, and kidney disease, the CDCP said. Some of the patients identified in the report were in their 30s when they were diagnosed. Silica isn’t a health threat once a countertop has been installed. It’s the cutting and polishing of engineered stone that can release dangerous levels of silica into the air. An estimated 100,000 workers in the U.S. are involved in the industry, according to a National Public Radio report on the CDCP study. They work in some 8,700 fabrication shops, many of them small operations. “The fact that all of our affected workers worked with engineered stone, as did many of the workers reported internationally, is really important,” Dr. Amy Heinzerling, an epidemic intelligence service officer with the CDCP, told NPR. Steps to prevent exposure Silicosis can be prevented by limiting worker exposure to dust. Shops typically approach this problem by keeping the stone wet, or with beefed up ventilation systems plus respiratory protection for individual workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 2016 toughened regulations on workplace exposure. Industry groups, including the National Association of Home Builders, fought the proposal on the grounds that goals were technologically and economically infeasible. The new rules were the first update since the 1970s and OSHA estimated that new limits would save more than 600 lives per year. “Despite availability of exposure controls and recent passage of more stringent silica standards, exposure control and medical surveillance for silicosis in the stone fabrication industry remain challenging,” the CDCP report states. Many of the small shops where the engineered stone is worked are “small-scale operations” with limited awareness of the exposure rules, and limited money to invest in technologies that control exposure. Further, many employees in the industry are Hispanic immigrants with limited job options and reduced access to health care. They also may be fearful of retaliation if they report workplace hazards. The problem is international in scope. Queensland, Australia, began screening all at-risk employees in 2018 and identified 98 cases of silicosis among 799 workers—12% of the total. That suggests there may be many more cases in the U.S. that have not yet been identified. “Silicosis is preventable; the cases reported here highlight the urgent need to identify stone fabrication workers at risk and prevent further excess exposure to silica dust,” the report notes. “Stone fabrication employers should be aware of this serious risk to their employees’ health and ensure that they adequately monitor and control exposures in compliance with the updated silica standards.” NPR reported that a year after the new OSHA limits took effect, the Trump administration canceled a national emphasis program (NEP) on crystalline silica. In issuing the order, OSHA said it would determine “at a later date” whether a revised NEP is necessary. The program was aimed at providing guidance for inspecting worksites where silica exposure was possible. -Scott Gibson is a contributing writer at Green Building Advisor and Fine Homebuilding magazine.
Police have arrested two persons on the charge of beating a one-and-a-half-year-old child to death in a fight that followed an objection by the infant’s father to a child from the accused family urinating in the open at Bagaspur village in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh on October 1. The accused have been identified as Ram Singh and his son Umesh.“As a six-year-old boy was urinating on the road, the child’s father objected to it. And in turn, the boy’s father and grandfather attacked attacked him with lathis. The 18-month-old boy he was holding suffered blows and died on the spot,” Amit Sanghi, Sagar Superintendent of Police, told The Hindu.“There is a running feud between the two tribal families,” he said.A case was registered under Section 302 [punishment for murder] of the Indian Penal Code. The injured father is being treated at a local hospital.The case had no similarities to the Shivpuri case where two children were beaten to death for allegedly defecating in public, Mr. Sanghi stated, adding, “There is confusion. There is no case of open defecation here.”
LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Teammates in a few minutes? @TheSMBeermen #PBADraft2017 pic.twitter.com/HyTRoJmJX2— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) October 29, 2017Fajardo knows the acquisition of Standhardinger makes San Miguel a much more dangerous team but he doesn’t want to get too far ahead of himself and the Beermen have not done anything yet at this point.“It’s not that easy to win. You have to take it one game at a time, one conference at a time. I hope he could really help us win not only games, but also championships,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 NBA: 76ers rookie Fultz out indefinitely MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “We’re glad that we got him. I believe that he could be a huge contributor for us to help us win games and hopefully the championships,” he said.READ: Standhardinger ‘very excited’ to play with Fajardo at SMBFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFajardo, though, admitted that the only concern is how Standhardinger would fit in with the Beermen’s system considering that won’t suit up until midway through the conference due to his commitments with Hong Kong in the Asean Basketball League.“Of course, it’s important to him to adapt to coach’s system. We already have something set with our team and he has to find a way to fit right in,” he said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo may have only played a couple of minutes together with No. 1 overall pick Christian Standhardinger in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, but he’s convinced that his fellow Gilas Pilipinas mainstay will help San Miguel Beer in a lot of ways.“He’ll bring the hustle and energy. He can really help us because you already know what he’s capable of, which is high on rebounding,” Fajardo said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games
The Australian Sports Awards were a night of glitz and glamour, with representatives from the Australian Mens 30’s Touch side holding down a table at the Sydney event last night…if you were up late enough watching the SBS broadcast you would have even seen Tony El Takchi’s television interview in the introduction.Nominated in the Masters Team of the Year Award, the side rubbed shoulders with other award nominees, including Grant Hackett, Liesel Jones, the Sydney Swans and more.Unfortunately for the side, they were beaten for the award by the Australian Mens 55’s athletics relay team, although the recognition of making the final three for the award is still something special.Keep an eye on the website for a full report of the evening from the team, coming soon.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lawrenson can’t see Sheffield Utd stopping Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Mark Lawrenson can’t see Sheffield United stopping the Reds.The Blades host Liverpool today.Writing in his weekly BBC Sport predictions column on, Lawro claimed United would be hard pushed to pick up the three points against the Reds, and stated: “The Blades got a great win over Everton at Goodison Park last time out, but it is asking a lot for them to beat Liverpool too.Offering his opinion on how the Blades could trouble the Reds at the back, the former Liverpool man contended: “I like Chris Wilder’s team a lot, but I don’t really see them causing the Reds many problems – apart from at set-pieces – or keeping them quiet at the other end.”
YouTube/SyracuseThe Syracuse Orange were hit by the NCAA with some rough sanctions this past offseason, but unlike last year, in 2015-2016, the team will be eligible for the NCAA Tournament. Of course, they’ll need to post a better record than 18-13 to make it happen.Friday, ahead of the team’s first game of the season, Syracuse released a hype video titled #CuseMode. It features highlights of the team’s preseason games this year. Check it out:Syracuse returns a number of key contributors from last year’s squad – including Trevor Cooney, Michael Gbinije, Kaleb Joseph and Tyler Roberson. It’ll be interesting to see if they can compete in the ultra-competitive ACC.
“If Mike Trout walked into your neighborhood bar, would you recognize him?” The New Yorker’s Ben McGrath raised that question in a provocative essay last month.I’m reasonably certain that I would recognize the MLB outfielder if he walked into One Star. But McGrath’s point is well-taken. Despite being (as McGrath aptly calls him) a “once-in-a-generation talent,” Trout is relatively anonymous. Based on Google search traffic so far in 2014, Trout is only about as famous as Henrik Lundqvist, the New York Rangers goaltender. He’s one-fifth as famous as Peyton Manning — and one-twentieth as famous as LeBron James or Lionel Messi.Trout’s also much less famous than Derek Jeter, a shortstop who hit .256, with four home runs, this year.That Jeter fellow, as you may have heard, played his last baseball games Sunday. Jeter’s case for being a once-in-a-generation talent is weaker than Trout’s. Jeter never won an MVP (although he probably should have won one in 1999). He rarely led his league in any offensive category. He was one of the best baseball players for a very long time — but he was not clearly the best player at any given time. In that respect, he’s more similar to Pete Rose or Nolan Ryan or Warren Moon or Patrick Ewing or Nicklas Lidstrom — great players all — than generational talents like Peyton Manning or LeBron James or Willie Mays or Ted Williams.Jeter, however, was probably the most famous baseball player of his generation.Google Trends maintains data on Google search traffic since 2004, a period that captures the second half of Jeter’s career. Google searches aren’t a perfect proxy for popularity — as you’ll see, infamy can also get you a lot of Google traffic — but they’re a reasonably objective approximation of it.I looked up the search traffic for Jeter, along with that for every other baseball player to post at least 30 wins above replacement (WAR) from 2004 through 2014. (Jeter’s WAR, controversially, was only 31.4 during this period; about 50 players rated ahead of him.) I also included every MLB MVP winner since 2004 — along with Trout, who might finally win an MVP this year. The chart below lists everyone else’s search traffic relative to Jeter’s.Jeter leads in Google traffic. The only players within 50 percent of him are Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds and Ichiro Suzuki.Rodriguez and Bonds, of course, have made news in recent years, mostly for their use of performance-enhancing drugs. Suzuki is a better comparison, but most of his search traffic is because of his extraordinary popularity in Japan. In the United States, Jeter generated five or six times as much Google interest as Suzuki did.Otherwise, Jeter laps the field. Based on the Google numbers, he’s been about nine times as famous as his Yankee contemporary Mariano Rivera. He’s been about five times as famous as David Ortiz, another legendarily “clutch” performer. He’s been about 30 times as famous as Jimmy Rollins, a fellow East Coast shortstop and one who did win an MVP award.Jeter’s also considerably more famous than today’s best-in-a-generation players. Even in 2013 — when he was hurt and played in only 17 games — Jeter was about as popular as Trout, Clayton Kershaw and Andrew McCutchen combined, at least according to Google.Playing in New York almost certainly had something to do with this. Lots of Yankees and Mets rank high on the Google list. Robinson Cano, the former Yankee, has gotten twice as much search traffic as the Philadelphia Phillies’ Chase Utley though the two are highly similar statistically.But I hope that Trout, Kershaw, McCutchen or Bryce Harper does something extraordinary this postseason and begins to build a legend of his own. It’s not healthy for a sport when its most popular player is 40 years old.