Mars appears to be coming out of an ice age and into an era of global warming, reports Space.Com. Whether the Kyoto treaty can be extended to the red planet remains to be seen. Environmentalists are not sure if human influence is to blame; the closest thing to an SUV on Mars is the leftover Pathfinder Rover.OK, OK, we won’t press the point.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
7 July 2009The Business Confidence Index (BCI) for June increased by 1.3 points to 83.1, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) announced on Monday.“There was a swing towards positive territory in June as reflected in the improved BCI level,” SACCI said in a statement on Monday. “The SACCI BCI increased by 1.3 points to 83.1 in June 2009 and is 4.2 points higher than the low of 78.9 recorded in March 2009.”Business ‘stabilising’According to SACCI, the latest economic data and financial market movements indicate that business is stabilising in South Africa, although companies and consumers remain hesitant.“Although still broadly depressed, a number of economic indicators suggest that the decline of the economy has bottomed out and that some economic activities may even have turned. However, the pace of recovery remains tentative and still fragile,” it said.The slowdown of imported merchandise and the increase in the volumes of merchandise exported between January and May this year suggests lessening pressure on the country’s current account deficit.“Notwithstanding the positive trend since the beginning of the year, export volumes are still about 30% down on the high export levels reached in September [and] October 2008,” SACCI said.It added that the National Regulator of South Africa’s decision to grant Eskom a tariff increment would “no doubt contribute to higher inflationary expectations and risks”.“Domestic and foreign demand for South African goods and services is strained, and this has negative consequences for the supply side factors of production, namely labour, capital and operating overheads,” SACCI said.Restraint requiredCaution and restraint were required in charting an economic policy path through the economic woes that threaten South Africa, the organisation said.“The fragility that underpins the promise of stability makes it vulnerable to suffocation if not supported by the appropriate economic policies.”Source: BuaNews
3 September 2010 Future expansion possible The company also offers high-quality, affordable, generic anti-retroviral medicines to needy patients in Africa, supporting African governments in their efforts to control the HIV/Aids epidemic. The design of the new facility is determined by the current tablet and capsule production requirements, and the plant is capable of producing approximately 1.75-billion units and packaging of two-billion units, annually. Possible expansion could bring about the addition of new products. The facility was opened this week by Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma, Indian High Commissioner to SA Virendra Gupta and representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry. “The opening of this new manufacturing facility further emphasises our commitment towards the African continent and South Africa in particular.” Ranbaxy Laboratories is India’s largest pharmaceutical company, and is majority-owned by Japanese global pharmaceutical major Daiichi Sankyo Group. The facility, Ranbaxy’s second in SA and third in Africa, will manufacture analgesics, cold, cough and flu preparations, as well as a comprehensive range of over-the-counter medication. Ranbaxy South Africa, headquartered in Centurion, is engaged in the sale and distribution of generic prescription products in the South African healthcare system. “The capacity to manufacture locally will meet the South African government’s intention to strengthen the local pharmaceutical manufacturing industry and is expected to further the company’s aim of becoming a more significant provider of pharmaceuticals to the state,” said Ranbaxy South Africa CEO Saxen van Coller. Affordable generic medicines Indian pharmaceutical firm Ranbaxy Laboratories has opened a US$30-million (about R215-million) state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, the Be-Tabs Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing Plant, in Roodeport to the west of Johannesburg. “Ranbaxy has a long-standing relationship with Africa. We were the first Indian pharmaceutical company to set up a manufacturing facility in Nigeria, in the late 1970s,” Ranbaxy MD Arun Sawhney said at the launch. “Over the years, we have established a strong presence in 43 of the 54 African countries with the aim of providing quality medicines and improving access. The new facility is equipped with the latest technology and meets international specifications. It is designed to meet local regulatory requirements and also World Health Organisation standards. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Jump into a car and you’ll discover one of the world’s most remarkable coastal stretches: South Africa’s Garden Route.The Garden Route – the name given to the stretch of forested, coastal area between Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth – is the bright red cherry on this southern slice of Africa. (Image: South African Tourism)If you can bear to tear yourself away from Cape Town, there’s another local jewel worth of your attention, especially in the summer months. Jump into a car and head east – and you’ll discover one of the world’s most remarkable coastal stretches: South Africa’s Garden Route.Leaving Cape TownThe N2 highway carves and meanders for 800km between Cape Town in the Western Cape province and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The Garden Route – the name given to the stretch of forested, coastal area between Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth – is the bright red cherry on this southern slice of Africa.SwellendamAbout halfway between Cape Town and Mossel Bay, Swellendam is a good stopping point. More than 250 years old, Swellendam is preserved in small town charm with wide streets, neatly preserved Cape Dutch and Victorian buildings, and excellent places to enjoy some South African food.Swellendam Tourism: www.swellendamtourism.co.zaMossel BayConsidered by many as the official westernmost point of the Garden Route, Mossel Bay has a mild year-round climate, good beaches and friendly locals. Golf has become a big attraction here, thanks to the course at Pinnacle Point Golf Estate and Golf Resort. The course is perched atop a cliff and offers spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.Read more: Golf courses in South AfricaMossel Bay Tourism: www.visitmosselbay.co.zaPinnacle Point Golf Estate: www.pinnaclepointestate.co.zaYet it’s not all leisurely walks and casual golf in Mossel Bay. The town is one of the only two places in South Africa from which visitors can go cage diving with great white sharks – something to think about when you slice your ball off the cliff at Pinnacle Point!Read more: South Africa: adventure heaven!Detour to OudtshoornSlightly north-east of Mossel Bay is George, an important link in South Africa’s road network, and a crossroads for both coastal explorers and those traveling inland.For a uniquely South African experience, be sure to head north of George for a quick visit to Oudtshoorn, South Africa’s ostrich capital.Although it’s located just a few miles inland, the Oudtshoorn landscape is a dusty contrast to the thickly forested coastline of the Garden Route. Visit one of the Ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn and experience the frenetic, somewhat crazed madness that ensues from getting mixed up with these bald, chubby birds.It’s not all ostriches in Oudtshoorn, though; the area is also famous for Cango Caves. Believed to have been formed more than 65-million years ago, the caves are regarded as one of Africa’s most important natural wonders. It’s a good idea to phone ahead and book in advance.And if the caves don’t impress, the nearby Cango Wildlife Ranch surely will. The centre is one of the world’s foremost cheetah breeding projects and also boasts rare white lions, Bengal tigers and crocodiles.Greater Oudtshoorn Tourism: www.oudtshoorn.comCango Caves: www.cango-caves.co.zaCango Wildlife Ranch: www.cango.co.zaWelcome to WildernessLeaving George behind, Wilderness is undoubtedly where you will next want to stop for a day or two. With an impressive collection of long, secluded beaches, lakes and rivers, the small intimate town is the perfect place to enjoy a secluded getaway.The magic of KnysnaFrom the moment you approach Knysna, driving alongside the massive lagoon, it’s all too obvious why this town is the unofficial capital of the Garden Route. Try not to swerve off the road when you first notice the impressive Knysna Heads – the two large sandstone cliffs that stand guard on either side of the estuary mouth.In Knysna, visitors can just as easily explore the lagoon, forests and rivers as the bustling town centre. As the Oyster capital of South Africa, Knysna is a place where people love to eat. The culmination of the town’s oyster obsession is the annual Knysna Oyster festival, which takes place from late June to early July.Knysna Tourism: visitknysna.co.zaPlettenberg BayPacked with marine life, lined with long beaches and buzzing with daytime activities and nightlife, it’s easy to see why many South Africans spend their summer in Plettenberg Bay. There are also a variety of special places located just outside Plettenberg that must be visited. These include the Elephant Sanctuary, Monkeyland and Birds of Eden, the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world.Plettenberg Bay Tourism: www.plettenbergbay.co.zaElephant Sanctuary: www.elephantsanctuary.co.zaMonkeyland: www.monkeyland.co.zaBirds of Eden: www.birdsofeden.co.zaTsitsikammaHeading east once again, it’s time to tame your fears in Tsitsikamma. Some 80km of rocky coastline comprise the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park, a place of deep, heavily scarred gorges, cliffs, tidal pools and thick evergreen forests. There are walking trails that range from comfortable day-long hikes too much longer treks.For a less strenuous experience, take a canopy tour. Standing almost 100 feet in the air, surrounded by 100-year-old hardwood trees, visitors slide along cables, zipping from platform to platform in the treetops.Not to be outdone by the heights of Tsitsikamma, the nearby Bloukrans Bridge offers a heady rush of a different kind. At 708 feet, Bloukrans is the highest commercial bungy bridge jump in the world.SANParks – Garden Route National Park: www.sanparks.org/parks/garden_routeBloukans Bungy, operated by Face Adrenalin: www.faceadrenalin.comPort ElizabethArriving in Port Elizabeth, you may have reached the end of your Garden Route journey east, but the coastal fun is far from over. PE is the gateway to the game reserves of the Eastern Cape, a malaria-free safari region that offers some incredible wildlife experiences.The most famous of the Eastern Cape reserves are Shamwari, Kwandwe Private Reserve and the Addo Elephant Park, but there are many other remarkable reserves in this region, all of which are a comfortable drive from South Africa’s “Friendly City”.Read more: The Big Seven and more at AddoNelson Mandela Bay Tourism: www.nmbt.co.zaSANParks – Addo Elephant National Park: www.sanparks.org/parks/addoShamwari: www.shamwari.comThis is an edited version of an article first published by Fifa.comWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
7 November 2013African and East Asian wildlife experts gathered for a workshop in South Africa on Monday to be trained in the identification of rhinoceros horns, DNA sampling of horns and wildlife crime scene investigation.Law enforcement officers from South African National Parks, all 11 African rhino range countries, as well as from China, Thailand and Vietnam participated in the two-day workshop in Limpopo province.The workshop was hosted by Department of Environmental Affairs and the University of Pretoria’s Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, in collaboration with the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC).The workshop included training in specific investigative techniques and use of forensics, specifically for follow-up actions when seizures are made, crime scenes investigated, information gathered or evidence presented in court. Participants were taught how to collect samples from animals that had already been poached.Also introduced at the workshop was the recently developed eRhODIS mobile application, which will provide the information technology backbone to support the Rhino DNA Index System (RhODIS).RhODIS was developed by University of Pretoria’s Veterinary Genetics Laboratory to help tackle rhino poaching and horn smuggling by creating a database of DNA samples of all live and poached rhinoceros across the country, as well as of all stockpiled horns.The database presently includes over 10 000 samples from black and white rhino collected over the last three years from all over Africa. According to the RhODIS project website, these have provided forensic evidence leading to a number of successful prosecutions.Workshop participants were also taught how to use the ICCWC’s analytic toolkit, a technical resource in the fight against illegal trade in wildlife, to enhance their investigation capabilities.The deputy director-general of biodiversity and conservation in the Department of Environmental Affairs, Fundisile Mketeni, said that South Africa welcomed the hosting of workshop, since the country was most seriously affected by rhino poaching.“This workshop supports the decision by Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora at the 16th Conference of Parties in Thailand in March 2013 that all range states, transit and consumer states should strengthen compliance and enforcement,” said Mketeni.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hesston by Massey Ferguson, the industry’s leading hay equipment brand of AGCO Corporation who introduced the self-propelled windrower to the agricultural harvesting world more than 60 years ago — will complete the production of its 100,000th windrower in March 2016 in Hesston, Kan. The 70-year-old Hesston by Massey Ferguson brand is a leading manufacturer of agricultural machinery, most famous for its high quality haymaking equipment since 1947. The landmark achievement will be celebrated in Hesston on Tuesday, March 29, 2016.“When Hesston’s founder, Lyle Yost, introduced the first self-propelled windrower back in 1955, he not only shared this unique invention but he would ultimately be a leader in the revolution of the hay business,” explained Kyle Kitt, marketing manager for hay cutting, preparation and forage at AGCO. “Over the course of the last 60 years, our skilled engineers have worked to innovate and improve upon this harvesting machine, such as with the recent addition of rear-wheel steering, known as RearSteer. This is our effort to listen and respond to the needs of farmers not just here in North America, but across the world.”The 100,000th windrower is a vast improvement from the first model of 1955. Today’s WR9800 Series of self-propelled windrowers are fuel-efficient and offer superior operator convenience. The WR9800 Series are powered by reliable AGCO Power™ engines, led by the AP66-4F, a 6.6-liter engine in the WR9870. This model is ideal for Hesston’s disc header, and offers 225 horsepower and the muscle to operate in heavy crop conditions such as winter forage, wet silage hay and hilly or rough terrain. The WR9860 is designed to perform toe-to-toe with any six-cylinder windrower with its AP49-4F — a 4.9L four-cylinder QuadBoost™ engine — which boasts 195 HP and is an increase over the previous model. This additional power provides a higher field speed of 17.5 mph, plus a maximum road speed of 24.5 mph for quicker moves between fields, when equipped with RearSteer.If time and change shaped Hesston over the course of its 70-year history, innovation has defined it. “Hesston is committed to creating machinery that brings added value to the agriculture industry by delivering higher Relative Feed Value and better quality small grains,” Kitt said. As a result of this innovation, its team of engineers has been enhancing the windrower since it was introduced. Whether it be the addition of hydrostatic power in 1967 (renamed Hydro-Static 600), or the addition of RearSteer in 2016, the Hesston Windrower continues to be a leader. In 1955, the first commercially-available Hesston Windrower was sold and in 1956, it came off the production line — a self-propelled windrower known as the Model 100. A groundbreaking advancement in the agricultural harvesting business, the Model 100 provided much greater versatility when harvesting both hay and grain crops and brought a new level of maneuverability.“Today’s Hesston WR9800 Series windrowers have seen such success in allowing hay and grain producers to develop quality end-product faster and more efficiently with an enhanced level of precision,” continued Kitt. “After 70 years of making innovative farm equipment, Hesston is proud to still lead the industry.”
Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Xiong’s relentless striking prompted referee Olivier Coste to stop the fight 2:17 into the fourth round.“I am happy to represent China and I take a lot of pride in that, I feel great and overwhelmed,” said Xiong. “I feel great and overwhelmed and this is a message to all the women across the world, you can achieve anything. This win is dedicated to my grandmother and grandfather who passed away recently.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the co-main event, Indonesian flyweight Stefer Rahardian (7-0) drew energy from the hometown crowd as he dominated Pakistani fighter Muhammad Imran (5-2).Rahardian repeatedly took the fight to the ground where he rained down on Imran with punches and continuous submission attempts en route to a decision victory. Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Hot-shooting Rosario leads TNT past struggling Meralco Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments In a matchup between former World champions, former lightweight titlist Shinya Aoki submitted former featherweight king Marat Gafurov with a rear-naked choke in the card’s Grappling Super-Match.Russian bantamweight Yusup Saadulaev spoiled Japanese veteran Masakazu Imanari’s return to ONE after scoring a unanimous decision win in a technical showcase.Saadulaev (17-4) controlled the fight from the ground where he negated much of Imanari’s (36-17), who last fought in the promotion in 2012, offense.Victorio Senduk (3-0) made a triumphant return to ONE Championship after almost six years and taking a TKO victory over fellow Indonesian Yohan Mulia (8-7) 57 seconds into the second round.Indonesian Priscilla Hertati Lumbangaol (1-2) snapped her 0-2 career start with a resounding first round TKO win over Malaysian Audreylaura Boniface (0-3) 3:23 into the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Riski Umar (2-0) opened up the fight card in his home country with a powerful TKO win over countryman Eka Aprilianto (0-1) 4:20 into round one. Photo from ONE ChampionshipXiong Jing Nan made history on Saturday when she became ONE Championship’s first women’s strawweight champion after stopping Tiffany Teo at Jakarta Convention Center in IndonesiaRelying on her pinpoint accuracy, Xiong (11-1) repeatedly tagged Teo (7-1) with overhand rights and left hooks that the Singaporean struggled to counter.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
This donation was made possible through part proceeds from the staging of the 2017 Guardsman Games, an obstacle course race hosted by the Group, in partnership with the Jamaica National Group. The Bustamante Hospital for Children, in Kingston, is expected to save $28 million in energy costs over the next 20 years, through the installation of a solar energy system.The system, which was donated by the Guardsman Group to power the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), is a pilot project facilitated by Future Energy Corporation.This donation was made possible through part proceeds from the staging of the 2017 Guardsman Games, an obstacle course race hosted by the Group, in partnership with the Jamaica National Group.The system, which has already been installed, was officially handed over during a ceremony at the Arthur Wint Drive location of the hospital on Monday (August 20).Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, thanked Executive Chairman of the Guardsman Group, Kenneth Benjamin, for conceptualising the Guardsman Games, noting that he is pleased that the proceeds “go back to doing good.”“He has ensured that the ICU is benefiting from this solar system which will create savings for us and, by extension, help us to carry out our functions in the environment of limited resources. So, we are always looking for partnerships. We are always looking for the opportunity to benefit in a very constructive way as we seek to advance good public health in our country,” he said.Managing Director of the Guardsman Group, Vinay Walia, pointed out that the solar system will continue to provide green energy for up to 40 years and more.He noted that the system will result in significant savings that can be directed towards the purchase of necessary equipment and infrastructure.“The solar system is expandable and, one of the aims of Guardsman Games, going forward, is to challenge corporate entities and individuals to contribute towards the expansion of this system, so that we can provide reduced energy for other areas of the hospital and, ultimately, continue to improve care given to our nation’s future – its children,” he said.In the meantime, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Bustamante Hospital for Children, Karlene Taylor McKenzie, expressed appreciation for the donation of the solar system.“We are looking forward to the energy savings…as a result of implementation of this system. This will help us to reduce our energy costs as we strive to continue to offer first-class patient care to Jamaica’s most valuable assets – our children,” she said. Story Highlights The system, which was donated by the Guardsman Group to power the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), is a pilot project facilitated by Future Energy Corporation. The Bustamante Hospital for Children, in Kingston, is expected to save $28 million in energy costs over the next 20 years, through the installation of a solar energy system.
OTTAWA – The federal government’s bug-addled public service pay system saw a fresh spike in problems last month, the result of new labour contracts and summer hiring, officials said Friday.Public Services and Procurement Canada managed to stabilize the backlog of pay change files that were being dealt with in March and April, deputy minister Marie Lemay told a teleconference.But the backlog surged by about 10 per cent last month when the Phoenix system was inundated with new pay requests, she said.The system was jammed by pay changes made to accommodate new collective agreements coming into force for roughly 24,000 government employees working as financial managers, auditors, scientists and patent examiners, among others.In addition, about 5,000 summer students were hired.There are roughly 345,000 pay change transactions currently in the system, about 265,000 more than the system’s average monthly capacity of about 80,000, officials said.“All this means the number of transactions awaiting processing has grown,” said Lemay.At least one union representing civil servants predicted the backlog could grow larger still as new collective agreements come into force.“The government should have foreseen this challenge months ago,” said Steve Hindle, vice-president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada.“The number of pay transactions resulting from implementation of new collective agreements is only going to increase over the coming months.”The government said last month it was hoping to enlist 200 temporary workers on top of the 300 hired to date to deal with the Phoenix issues, which initially left tens of thousands of public servants underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all.Lemay said Friday she expected up to 230 new pay system employees could be hired over the next two years, 90 of them at the government pay centre in Miramichi, N.B.“We need the capacity,” said Lemay. “It absolutely will help us get through that queue.”How long it will take to tame the backlog will depend on how quickly the department can hire — and train — new compensation advisers, said Lemay, noting that intensive “boot camp” training sessions were underway for the latest new hires.The government said it will spend $142 million in hopes of bringing the Phoenix system to what it calls a “steady state.”The Liberals blamed the expense on the Conservatives, who they said axed hundreds of workers who handled pay claims before Phoenix was brought on line.“The previous government eliminated over 700 compensation jobs in departments, resulting in a shortage of capacity to implement a new pay system,” said Steven MacKinnon, the parliamentary secretary to Public Service and Procurement Minister Judy Foote.“We inherited this mess, but we are committed to fixing it.”Had those jobs not been eliminated, the pay system problems could have been significantly reduced, Lemay suggested.“As part of the consolidation of compensation advisers in Miramichi, we lost experienced experts before Phoenix was launched,” she said.“We can now clearly see that this caused a critical gap during our transition to the new pay system. Having that expertise available during the implementation would have been a game changer.”The Conservatives, however, argued the Liberals knew of the pay system problems before deciding to launch Phoenix, and certainly had time to beef up staffing levels to cope with recent changes in civil service contracts.“It’s stunning that the deputy minister said her department was unprepared for things like summer students and new collective agreements, even though these factors had been anticipated for over a year,” said Conservative public service deputy critic Kelly McCauley.“The Liberals have mismanaged the Phoenix pay fiasco from Day 1 and taxpayers are going to be forced to pay for their mistakes.”— Follow @tpedwell on Twitter
When leaving, staff say a warning shot was fired into the air to scare off any potential followers. They were seen getting into a waiting car in the parking lot with two others inside. Police did arrive, however, the group of thieve managed to escape. An ambulance also arrived, but was not needed since no injuries were reported. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The robbery happened at the Coppel store in Plaza Villas de Sol on Friday evening. Staff of the store reported two armed men entering and demanding cash from the registers, cleaning out both levels of the store. Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Two armed men who robbed a Playa del Carmen Coppel store got away before police arrived.