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South Africa moves to stabilise mining

first_img18 June 2013 Key players in South African mining, during a meeting chaired by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe in Pretoria at the weekend, agreed on a draft plan to ensure the long-term sustainability of the sector. In terms of the draft plan, the parties agreed to speed up transformation in the mining sector to ensure that ordinary workers see real change, with the government committed to speed up the process of upgrading human settlements in mining towns and improving infrastructure to support growth in the sector. Mining management committed to managing miners’ issues more constructively, to take measures to protect staff members from violence and intimidation, and to develop protocols for security and law enforcement. And labour committed to manage workplace conflicts by identifying and dealing with root causes, while also educating workers on labour relations and the bargaining process. The meeting was convened amid heighted tensions between rival mining unions with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) over bargaining rights at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in Rustenburg, where 44 people died during labour unrest last year. The government has committed to increasing police visibility after two fatal shootings involving mineworkers were reported in the area recently. After the Marikana tragedy, President Jacob Zuma appointed a judicial commission of inquiry, currently under way in Pretoria, to probe the circumstances that led to the deaths. “The parties recognise that the mining industry is central to South Africa’s economy, job creation as well as the need to strengthening the mining sector in these difficult global conditions,” Motlanthe told reporters after the meeting. With the annual wage talks looming, Montlanthe said that, for the next two weeks, the parties would engage in a consultative process to determine how best to avert potential conflicts. Motlanthe said there was broad commitment from all parties to achieve industrial peace and ensure that the mining sector continued to play a central role in South Africa’s economy. “All parties will work jointly to identify sustainable support measures required by the sector. Government will ensure that legislative and regulatory programmes provide stability and certainty for the industry,” Motlanthe said. The government would undertake an assessment of economic and social conditions in the mines and would take steps to prevent the abuse of workers by unscrupulous micro lenders, including reviewing regulations on garnishee orders. In the draft framework agreement agreed to on Friday, the parties acknowledge that the rule of law has been lacking in the mining industry, leading to some of the conflict which they all said could have been avoided. “The parties commit to restore industrial peace and that where there are disputes, those disputes are resolved through engagement, and with the support of government,” Motlanthe said. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Holidays are a busy time for turkey farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The holiday season ensures a busy time of year for turkey farmers and 2016 has been no exception. Bowman and Landes Turkeys of New Carlisle  have been specializing in free-range gourmet turkeys since 1948 and the tradition continues today.“In our business, we have a lot of focus on the whole turkey market for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is definitely what we would consider our busy season. We hire a bunch of additional employees to help us get through it,” said Drew Bowman, part of the third generation involved in the business. “We have a large focus on providing whole turkeys, breasts, and roasts for the grocers of the world. But we also work with the food service side — restaurants, colleges, catering — so we have a year-round business as well.”With catering to such a niche sector of the market, Bowman commented on the state of their business.“It’s been going well for us,” he said. “We do not raise commodity turkeys per say, we are raising our turkeys free range and they’re never given any antibiotics and they’re raised on an all vegetable fed diet with no animal byproducts. Certainly not the cheapest turkey around, but we think we have the best quality turkey out there. The demand is high for them.”The nature of any animal product meant for the holidays means the business has to get in the holiday spirit a bit earlier than most.“We’re raising a lot of our turkeys starting in the summer months, but when it really starts to pick up here is late October basically through Christmas. That’s absolutely our busiest season,” Bowman said. “That’s when we’re processing the turkeys and doing all of our packaging and distribution. The turkeys take between 16 and 20 weeks to raise, so we’re raising those all throughout the summer and fall and we normally raise some turkeys in the wintertime as well. We definitely stay busy all year around, but predominantly mid-October through December is certainly our busiest time of the year.”Bowman said in their dealings with the whole turkey market, they’ve found customers of theirs surprised by aspects of livestock farming that may seem natural to the more rural-inclined.“Just the care with which we raise our turkeys — not many people these days are raising their turkeys free-range,” Bowman said. “People can come to our farm and see our turkeys being raised in an environment where we raise some completely on our pastureland once they’re old enough, and others are raised in barns with access to go outside. A lot of people in this day and age are really surprised and happy to see that.”last_img read more

Disseminating Building Science Knowledge

first_imgThe utility company recognized that the greatest opportunity for impact was in reducing the base load energy requirements in new construction, and the greatest opportunity to effect that change was through design.The classic change mechanisms are subsidies for energy-saving equipment, or maybe even the lure of a quick plan review if energy efficiency is included in the design. But this is premised on sufficient knowledge on the part of the architects. Thus, the greatest point of impact is in the training of the architects – hence, the job description for my new Turkish friend. He is tasked with providing technical support and training to architects. Very smart. RELATED ARTICLES Embarking on the Building Science Learning CurveCarl and Abe Write a TextbookPassive House Institute U.S. Starts Training BuildersPassive House Training Streamlined RESNET Launches Standards Program for Energy-Audit TrainingLEED Can Change, Part Three: The Education Program The greatest opportunity to effect change is through designI recently met a colleague from Turkey who said he was an architect working for a utility company.“In what context?” I asked.“To learn and to teach” he said.Apparently, this utility company needed to balance electricity demand with generating capacity. Since the number of users keeps rising, the only way to balance the equation is by reducing the per capita consumption — especially on new construction. Each time I meet with the “choir” of sustainable builders or building scientists, I gain more knowledge and solidify the existing knowledge I have. The only problem is that the members of this choir are often fairly constant, and the tune we sing is the same: “How do we teach our song to the masses?”This isn’t a topic that should remain confined among a select few; we need energy savings, resource regeneration, and sustainability in all manners — now! BLOGS BY VERA NOVAK Jobsite Communication: Creating a DialogueShades of Green: the 1970s vs. the Millennial GenerationBe the Change You Want to See in the WorldDesign for DisassemblyThe First National Green Code — or Communism? It’s time to move past experimentationHow else can we disseminate the knowledge? Back when I worked in the ICF industry, our field staff provided training sessions to building officials and architects. Most of the professional trades need some ongoing educational credits, and usually welcome the opportunity to learn about new products and systems.On the educational front, it is long overdue for all the Architectural / Engineering / CAD Technologies programs to include a solid base of information in building science. And it’s time for research to move past the models, the experiments, and the software innovations to concentrate on getting these ideas to market. Do they pencil out? If not, how can we improve our material costs, become more efficient in the delivery, and gain the benefits of volume?It is time to be asking the hard questions. And, like my Turkish colleague, it’s time to rethink the distribution of responsibility for sustainability. Because at this point, sustainability should be part of all of our job descriptions and goals. Dr. Vera Novak was recently awarded a PhD in Construction by Virginia Tech. Her work is dedicated to increased depth and breadth of sustainability in construction, by leveraging the points of greatest potential impact. She is currently working on optimizing corporate sustainability practices to support regenerative design, as well as adapting a lean thinking process for smaller scale projects. She also writes the Eco Build Trends blog.last_img read more

Syama Prasad Mookerjee son of Bengal: Trinamool

first_imgThe death anniversary of Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee on Saturday, triggered a fresh controversy in Kolkata, with attempts by the Trinamool Congress to appropriate the political icon.Two Cabinet Ministers of the Trinamool government, Firhad Hakim and Sovandeb Chatterjee, participated in an event organised by the State government in south Kolkata’s Keoratola crematorium.Not only did the Ministers garland Mookerjee’s bust, but they also called the leader one of the “great sons of Bengal”. “There is no politics in this. This does not make us BJP or the BJP the Trinamool Congress,” Minister of State for Power, Sovandeb Chatterjee, said.State BJP president Dilip Ghosh despite welcoming the move, said that “it had come too late”. BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha was more critical of the ruling party and accused the Trinamool of “using Maoists to vandalise the leader’s bust in March 2018”.last_img read more

Jennifer Nierva still learning to keep emotions in check

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jennifer Nierva. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Jennifer Nierva had herself one heck of a turnaround.National University’s rookie libero was downtrodden when the Lady Bulldogs lost to Far Eastern University, 25-21, 25-19, 25-22, in their previous game in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Nierva tallied 30 excellent digs and 27 successful receptions in the game that ultimately eliminated the Lady Maroons from Final Four contention.NU, which was officially eliminated from the semifinal race several weeks prior, improved to a 4-9 record while the Lady Maroons dropped to 6-7 making way for University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University to lock up the last two Final Four spots.“When you’re a libero, you shouldn’t be emotional, you have to be steady always,” said Nierva. “Your attitude should always be straightforward to your teammates so you can always motivate them.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img View comments Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated PBA fines Christian Standhardinger, Calvin Abueva, Doug Kramer for Game 2 antics Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Nierva tallied just 12 excellent digs and 13 successful receptions and those numbers did not go well with the freshman as she left Filoil Flying V Center in tears.Just three days later, Nierva got back on the UAAP playing floor and completely showed University a defensive masterpiece in NU’s 25-21, 26-24, 17-25, 23-25, 17-15 victory Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNierva said it was unbecoming of her when she broke down after NU’s loss to FEU and that, as the team’s libero, she should always remain composed for her teammates.“I shouldn’t be like that,” said Nierva in Filipino. “As a libero you should always play with consistency especially I’m the only libero in the team. Even if I commit an error or if I did something wrong, I should be composed as possible.”last_img read more

Supporting Salman because he is promoting sports: Salim Khan

first_imgMumbai, Apr 28 (PTI) Scriptwriter Salim Khan has once again defended son Salman Khans appointment as the goodwill ambassador of the Indian Olympic contingent, saying he cannot be called unfair as he did not support the superstar in other controversies.”Winding up. Salman has been in controversy for the last 25 years regularly. Not a single time I supported him. I was known as a fair person.”Now first time I support him on my belief that what he is doing is right. Instead and alcohol or tobacco he is promoting sports,” Salim wrote on Twitter today.Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and sprint legend Milkha Singh had raised eyebrows over IOAs decision to go with the 50-year-old Bollywood superstar over a sportsperson.Salims earlier tweets, where he took potshot at Milkha Singh claiming Bollywood “resurrected” the sports personality from “fading away”, were mocked by social media users.”And I am called unfair, arrogant and asked to apologise. Oh lord forgive them for they know not what they do – Jesus,” Salim wrote. PTI BK BKlast_img read more

Pacer gets NOC needed for British visa, thanks J&K CM

first_imgSrinagar, May 8 (PTI) Pacer Mehjoor Ali Sofi has been given the No Objection Certificate (NOC) needed to get a visa to play in county cricket in the UK after being refused the document following the intervention of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.The 25-year-old cricketer was denied the NOC by Iqbal Shah, General Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) on May 3 because of alleged internal politics in the association.The budding player was given the NOC late last evening after the CM intervened in the matter.An official in the Chief Ministers Office (CMO) said the personal intervention of Mehbooba Mufti led to the cricketer getting the document.”As soon as the Chief Minister came to know about it, she intervened in the matter and ensured that Sofi is not denied an opportunity to further his career in England,” the official said.He said the Chief Minister was keen that the cricketer should play in county cricket and made sure he got the necessary document.”She asked us to help and support Sofi in every possible way to make him realise his dream,” the official said.”I got the NOC from JKCA after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti personally intervened in the matter,” Sofi told PTI here.The cricketer, who has represented Jammu and Kashmir in one Ranji Trophy, four List A and five T20 matches, said he was called by the CMO for a meeting yesterday at her residence in Gupkar area here.”I went there and met her staff. I gave them a full account of what had happened, after which they called up JKCA president and state Sports Minister Imran Reza Ansari. The JKCA President told me to get the letter from the JKCA office.advertisement”I reached the JKCA office along with the Chief Ministers personal assistant who asked the general secretary to issue the NOC without delay, which he did,” Sofi said.He said after receiving the NOC, he had a meeting with the Chief Minister, who also issued a visa recommendation letter addressed to the British High Commission in New Delhi.”The Chief Minister assured me of all help,” Sofi said.The cricketer was invited by Chairman of Easton Tigers Cricket Club to play as an overseas amateur player during the 2016 English season commencing today. It will go on until September 4. (MORE) PTI SSB SRY SC SRYlast_img read more

Kieron Pollard gets birthday cake smeared on his face and then takes revenge

first_imgKieron Pollard almost pulled off a spectacular run chase for Mumbai Indians minutes before his 30th birthday but his 24-ball 50 wasn’t enough as the table toppers finished seven runs short of what would have been the highest ever successful chase in IPL history in a nail-biting thrillier vs Kings XI Punjab .However, that did not stop Mumbai, who are the only team to have booked a berth in the playoffs, from celebrating Pollard’s birthday in style.Pollard has been with the Mumbai Indians since 2010 and knows how his teammates celebrate birthdays. They did not even spare captain Rohit Sharma, who turned 30 on April 30 as the clock ticked during an exhausting Super Over triumph over Gujarat Lions .In the wee hours of Friday, Hardik Pandya smeared cake on Pollard’s face while Nicholas Pooran, also from the West Indies, played a key supporting role, feeding the birthday boy cake at the same time.No one’s safe on their birthday, not even @KieronPollard55! ?????????The big man got his revenge, though. ???#CricketMeriJaan #HappyBirthdayPolly pic.twitter.com/84ZfRibvqK- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 12, 2017Pollard waited silently till the two were done. And then the big, bulky all-rounder beckoned Pooran over as the rest of the MI camp broke into laughter.Pooran tried his best to break the shackles but Pollard was too strong. He eventually had his revenge and smashed some cake on the struggling, much lighter ‘opponent.’In the background, Sachin Tendulkar could be seen laughing. Of course his birthday celebrations at the Wankhede on April 24 happened when the whole stadium sang “Happy Birthday Sachin”.advertisementlast_img read more

Will turn around DTC in 2 yrs, make it world class: Kejriwal

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 31 (PTI) The Delhi government will “turn around” the public transporter DTC and make it a “world class” body in the next two years, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today.Citing his governments “success” in improving schools and “widely appreciated” Mohalla Clinics, Kejriwal said the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) will be developed into the worlds “most modern” transport body and will be a source of pride for the people.”We will develop the DTC into a world class transport organisation with the help of its employees,” he said at the annual road safety award function.Talking about his governments approval to implement 7th Pay Commission recommendations for DTC employees, he raised the issue of full statehood to Delhi.”We complete all the works but it will take time. There are many obstacles and we have to struggle a lot. This is mainly because Delhi lacks full statehood,” he said.Kejriwal assured DTC employees that the issue of Dearness Allowance (DA) will be settled “soon”. He also supported the demand for Travelling Allowance (TA) to the serving, and medical facilities to the retired DTC employees.Speaking ahead of Kejriwal, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot urged him to extend TA and medical benefits to DTC employees. He also thanked Kejriwal for permitting 1,000 new buses and added the decision will be approved by the cabinet next week.He also credited the Chief Minister for his active role in providing 7th Pay Commission benefits to the DTC employees.Gahlot also asked transport department and DTC officials to reorganise depot councils and sports committees for the benefit of employees of the transport body.advertisementA total of 37 DTC drivers were awarded by the Chief Minister for safe bus operations. Fifteen ex-employees were also felicitated.The awardees were selected for safe driving and operational performance.Drivers having following operation records are eligible for the award: those not involved in any fatal accident, those not declared at fault in any major or minor accident, not involved in any traffic violation and having an overall clean record.The public transporter carries around 25 lakh passengers every day in nearly 4,000 buses clocking on average seven lakh kilometers. PTI VIT TIRlast_img read more

Lets get over following just one athlete: Lewis on Usain Bolt

first_imgBy Saumojyoti S Choudhury Taipei City, Aug 23 (PTI) The last decade in world athletics belonged to Usain Bolt but the legendary Carl Lewis is not happy with the singular focus on the Jamaican showman. Considered the greatest athlete of all time, Jamaican Bolt drew curtains on his illustrious career after a disappointing performance at the World Championship in London, where he could only win a bronze in the 100m. “The sport is not just about one person. Nobody is irreplaceable. Track and field survived many civilizations. Jesse Owens, Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson and now Usain Bolt. Men will all come and go but the sport will always remain,” Lewis, who has won nine Olympic gold medals, told PTI in an exclusive interview. With Bolts retirement, Lewis feels that its time to build on the sport now that people will get over their obsession with a singular man. “We need to do more to build on the sport. We dont need to follow that trend that we have been in the last eight years, which was just about following one person (Bolt),” Lewis didnt mince words as he spoke on the sidelines of the 29th Summer Universiade here. “Our job is to fill the void. In the last 10 years, the sport has not grown as the focus was just on one man. The point is we need to build competition. We now have a unique chance to rebuild and grow our sport. Now we have a chance to make a difference, grow our sport and not just grow yourself,” Lewis sarcasm on Bolts cult status was pretty much evident. Lewis, who won Long Jump gold in four successive Olympic Games (1984, 88, 92 and 96), is not at all amused that Brand Bolt became bigger than the sport. “We were just so caught up trying to make one person all about the whole sport and now we have a unique opportunity to spread it across the board and really allow it grow,” said Lewis. Lewis termed World Championship 100m silver medallist Christian Coleman and Rio bronze medallist Canadian Andre de Grasse are the ones to watch out for in the coming years. “Christian Coleman was second (in World Championships) behind Justin Gatlin and he had the fastest time this year. Gatlin is 35 years old and that was probably his last Major championship. I think De Grasse and Coleman are both great athletes and I am really excited about them,” Lewis is confident that they can maintain the standard set by Bolt. Lewis, is in Taiwan as the assistant coach of the US track and field University team and named young Cameron Burrell as the next big thing among American track and field. Young Cameron competes both in 100m and long jump like Lewis and is the son of Lewis former teammate Leroy Burrell (a 1991 World Championship 100m bronze medallist) and Olympic relay champion. Lewis and Burrell Sr also competed together for the famous Santa Monica Track Club. “I was a long jumper who ran sprints. And now Cameron is trying to do that. I would love to see that. He is a great kid and he has the potential to become an Olympic champion,” Lewis opined. With Camerons reference, Lewis took another dig at Bolt. “Thats the great thing about our sport and I think Cameron is going to be an Olympics champion one day and Coleman is also going to be an Olympic champion. “Everyone just wants to talk about the garden centre instead of lumber area or the clothing area. We have a great sport that we need to spread it across and talk about the unique relationships. Dont let people get into the box where it is about just one person.” Lewis however did not like termed the booing of Gatlin after winning the 100m dash at the recent World Championships ahead of Bolt as “childish”. “It was unfair. I am not saying what he has done is right. But it was childish,” he said. PTI SSC KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more