‘Promote Liberian-owned Business’

first_imgThe chief executive officer (CEO) of Rise Incorporated has called on Liberians to take advantage of their own businesses instead of promoting foreign-owned investments in Liberia.Mr. Richmond Yarkpah, trades in computer accessories and stationary materials on Benson Street in Monrovia. He told our business desk recently that every Liberian needs to promote their brothers and sisters in the business arena.According to him, if Liberians can take the lead in promoting businesses in the country, it will create the opportunities for the establishment and expansion of more businesses in the country which will also enhance job creation for everybody.Mr. Yarkpah: “If they should take over the economy and move forward with their businesses, then, the government should also be able to build the capacities of its entrepreneurs.”He noted that at times when bid being advertised in the newspapers for business purposes, Liberian businesses will bid and people will check their business records and everything will be correct, but at the end they will end up  giving it to foreigners for little amount.”“With these kinds of perceptions in our country, we need to redirect ourselves and promote Liberian-owned businesses,” he emphasized.The CEO of Rise Incorporated also explained to our business desk that the economy of this country is in the hands of foreigners, and as such, he feels it is wise to join his colleagues to take over the economy of the country.“I see it good because it is necessary for Liberians to be part of the business activities of this country,” CEO Yarkpah emphasized.Business making in Liberia is highly competitive with foreigners struggling to maintain their inherited status above Liberians.The Liberianization policy which gives exclusive right to Liberians to own certain businesses is not effective despite promise by Commerce Minister, Axel Addy two years ago to enforce it.Mr. Yarkpah said thought his business is profitable, he is facing challenges in terms of customers because Liberians are rushing to foreign businesses.“We have varieties of prices for desktop computers set and laptops ranging from US$200 to $350 based on your choice,” he disclosed.At the same time, the CEO of Rise Incorporated told our Business desk they cannot stand alone and called on banking institutions to empower them through loan that they will invest in their businesses to improve.The CEO of Rise Incorporated holds Bachelor Degree in Computer Science and is practically inclined in solving technical problems on computer.Materials besides computers that are sold include printer, industrial printer, and ink and memory cards.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Beating Man City will ‘send a message’ that Spurs are ready to be champions says former star

first_imgDavid Ginola believes his former club Tottenham will ‘send out a message’ that they are ready to win the Premier League if they beat Manchester City on Sunday.Spurs are currently second in the league, five points behind leaders Leicester City, who play third-placed Arsenal on the same day.And Ginola – who played for Leicester as well as Spurs – insists that Mauricio Pochettino’s side have to ability to surprise everyone and end up as champions.“If there is a season for Spurs it is probably this one,” Ginola told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I am admiring the work of Pochettino. I think this season is probably the season there will be a lot of surprises and Spurs is one of them.“If they win this weekend, there will be a message sent through the Premier League saying ‘we are here to win the league this season’. I have no doubt Spurs have the ability to do so.”last_img read more

Medical advances help patients breathe easier

first_imgWhen they do, the results can be devastating. During an asthma attack, the muscles around the lungs constrict and the lung’s lining becomes inflamed, shrinking airways. More mucus is also produced. “It’s like breathing though a straw,” Krikyan said. But with prevention, these symptoms can be thwarted. Some drugs calm the inflammation of the lungs’ lining, making the person less sensitive to possible triggers. Other medications can be used during an asthma attack to relax the muscles around the lungs. There is also a long-term benefit to managing asthma, Krikyan said. By controlling attacks with medication and avoiding triggers like pollen, smoke, pet dander and mold, asthmatics suffer less permanent damage to their lungs that otherwise makes them even more susceptible to problems and dependent on medication. For more information about the Pasadena Community Asthma Project – which offers free classes in English and Spanish – call (626)397-8637. The American Lung Association also has asthma information and on-staff nurses available at (800) LUNG-USA. elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Every year, more than 400,000 Californians rush to the hospital because of asthma attacks, but many of these trips could have been prevented. In celebration of Asthma Awareness Month, doctors and educators are hoping to spread the word that proper diagnosis and preventative treatment of this dangerous disease could bring sufferers relief from the worst symptoms. Evidence of the benefit of preventative treatment is visible in the success of the Pasadena Community Asthma Program, a Huntington Hospital-led effort to diagnose and educate people about the causes and treatments of this disease. “The hospitalizations and ER visits have decreased since people have been in our program,” said Dawn Krikyan, a registered nurse at Huntington Hospital who is an educator with the program. “We ask patients `Is your asthma better or worse?’ and most say it’s better.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The program leaders have also coordinated with the Pasadena Unified School District to teach children how to avoid asthma attacks and train school health staff in how to respond if the preventative measures don’t work. “Our goal is that no child should miss school because of asthma,” said the PUSD’S health coordinator, Carol Laval. “We used to have a lot more emergency room visits, a lot more paramedic calls. Our percentage of students that are transported \ is much lower than it used to be.” About 80 percent of children with asthma have a genetic predisposition to the disease, said the American Lung Association’s Lynn Devine, and others get it because they are exposed to something that damages their lungs. The destructive irritants include second-hand smoke, the decomposing bodies of cockroaches and the droppings of cockroaches and rats, she said. “Asthma is one of those things that is highly impacted by air quality, both indoor air quality and outdoor air quality,” Devine said. “We know that children that live or go to school closer to main thoroughfares such as freeways are more likely to develop asthma.” last_img

Man United stars pull off Dele Alli’s celebration in dressing room japes

first_imgManchester United superstars have proved they’re no match for the celebration that’s puzzling the world this week.After scoring against Newcastle United, Dele Alli revealed a new celebration by holding his hand up to his eye, as seen below. silverware Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT possible standings Most Popular Premier League News How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings smart causal latest SORRY But to do the trick is harder than it look and players and supporters around the world are struggling to figure out just what the Spurs ace is doing.It now appears Arsenal star Danny Welbeck was one of the main instigators behind the move, along with Jesse Lingard, and the latter has been getting his Red Devils team-mates to try it out.Some did it with ease, while others struggled just as much as many others. You can see how the likes of Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, and Fred did below. revealed Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli shows off his new celebration. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures center_img Andreas Pereira and Fred fail togetherVideo Playerhttps://instagram.fhrk1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/vp/ee89dacb448405be63a9762a7954dd43/5B778E6B/t50.12441-16/39134093_2123401937898121_5808446111877534910_n.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://instagram.fhrk1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/vp/ee89dacb448405be63a9762a7954dd43/5B778E6B/t50.12441-16/39134093_2123401937898121_5808446111877534910_n.mp4?_=800:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But it didn’t take Pereira long to pass the test, unlike Fred…Video Playerhttps://instagram.fhrk1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/vp/9e7bee118d6c7f088870fbab1195b16c/5B7776C7/t50.12441-16/38757036_2185610561510165_3505704962972665383_n.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://instagram.fhrk1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/vp/9e7bee118d6c7f088870fbab1195b16c/5B7776C7/t50.12441-16/38757036_2185610561510165_3505704962972665383_n.mp4?_=900:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But the summer signing did eventually get it right, along with Nemanja MaticVideo Playerhttps://instagram.fhrk1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/vp/84dc8986b2073f406c04d59b96b4b41e/5B776E0B/t50.12441-16/38685992_2133484836975219_1074348278760030495_n.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://instagram.fhrk1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/vp/84dc8986b2073f406c04d59b96b4b41e/5B776E0B/t50.12441-16/38685992_2133484836975219_1074348278760030495_n.mp4?_=1000:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Paul PogbaVideo Playerhttps://instagram.fhrk1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/vp/bfd57376ee8f116c55b07d649b4d50d2/5B77FA16/t50.12441-16/37953228_749061268759384_2298749258921987866_n.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://instagram.fhrk1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/vp/bfd57376ee8f116c55b07d649b4d50d2/5B77FA16/t50.12441-16/37953228_749061268759384_2298749258921987866_n.mp4?_=1100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.England World Cup hero Ashley Young also got into the spiritVideo Playerhttps://instagram.fhrk1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/vp/255e08c20a3994bc5129112cf6cb1c9d/5B77A87E/t50.12441-16/38746603_310819119466334_7901997809997209456_n.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://instagram.fhrk1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/vp/255e08c20a3994bc5129112cf6cb1c9d/5B77A87E/t50.12441-16/38746603_310819119466334_7901997809997209456_n.mp4?_=1200:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.As did fellow summer signing Diogo DalotVideo Playerhttps://instagram.fhrk1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/vp/3943b8f96f4875b365c9b7337ddab88c/5B77B554/t50.12441-16/38616162_1748205521915089_325432785133805738_n.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://instagram.fhrk1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/vp/3943b8f96f4875b365c9b7337ddab88c/5B77B554/t50.12441-16/38616162_1748205521915089_325432785133805738_n.mp4?_=1300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.While Eric Bailly also excelled.Video Playerhttps://instagram.fhrk1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/vp/86262e9039aaadd831f7c616acba6277/5B77734F/t50.12441-16/38803914_225537658123478_8223926582634122525_n.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://instagram.fhrk1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/vp/86262e9039aaadd831f7c616acba6277/5B77734F/t50.12441-16/38803914_225537658123478_8223926582634122525_n.mp4?_=1400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update changes predicted Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? 1 whoops gameday cracker last_img read more

A1 Grand Prix: SA car unveiled

first_img11 November 2004South African motorsport entered a new era this month with the launch of the A1 Grand Prix South African team. President Thabo Mbeki attended the launch and first track test at the Kyalami race track in Johannesburg on 1 November, unveiling the new car in its South African livery.The world of high-performance motor racing is set to be revolutionised by the establishment of A1 Grand Prix, which will oversee the World Cup of Motorsport. South Africa is heavily involved in the new competition, and will host an event in the inaugural six-race season.At the A1 Grand Prix launch in London in September, South Africa’s participation in the unique one-make series was announced along with that of China, Lebanon, Pakistan, Portugal and the UK. Since then, Australia, Canada and Malaysia have joined the A1 Grand Prix grid – with more countries soon to be announced.A1 Grand Prix CEO Sheikh Maktoum presented SA’s seat holder, businessman Tokyo Sexwale, with the car, saying South Africa was “a country that loves all sporting events, and I am certain as a nation it will be one of the most enthusiastic in supporting its A1 Grand Prix team and driver”.Sexwale, who said in London that the car would carry two numbers – Nelson Mandela’s prison number, 46664, and 2010, the year SA will host the Football World Cup – commented: “A1 Grand Prix is effectively the world cup of motor racing. It will create a new patriotic edge to the sport, and add a new dimension to one of the most popular sports in the world.”Sexwale said South Africa believed strongly in “the need to spread motor racing away from its traditional European and North American roots and into the developing world.“Welcome to the world of Motortainment.”Over 20 000 SA motorsport fans got to see the new car in action at Kyalami. After completing a series of demonstration laps around the 4.2 kilometre circuit, driver Alan van der Merwe said it was “incredible to drive this car in my own country and see the support from the fans.“I am very impressed with what the car is capable of, especially in terms of power and downforce … For me the chance to drive the car in the series would be amazing.”A test of driving skillsFormula One has long been the standard setter for ultimate motor racing, but it has been largely European-based. Many would complain that it has also become a battle of finances and technology, not a contest between top drivers competing in equally matched supercars.A1 Grand Prix aims to change all that. It wants to take world-class racing to previously unvisited territories – and the cars used in the competition will all be equal.“Each national team will drive a single type of high-performance car … ensuring a level playing field that will place driver skill at the heart of the competition”, the organisers say.Lola Cars International is building the cars – 30 are already on order – with new 3.4-litre V8 engines developed specifically for the new competition by Zytek Engineering.With the blessing of motorsport’s governing body, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), A1 Grand Prix’s World Cup of Motorsport will take place during Europe’s winter – after the completion of the Formula One season – starting in September 2005.The first season will feature races in Bahrain, Qatar, China, South Africa, Malaysia, and Australia, with the South African leg scheduled for Kyalami in December 2005.Independent research commissioned by A1 Grand Prix suggests it is a concept that could go far – and bring in big money for investors. Estimates are that there are over a quarter of a billion motorsport fans in the 24 countries targeted for the World Cup of Motorsport.New teams announced during the South Africa launch were 1980 F1 World Champion Alan Jones and Formula 3 team boss Alan Docking for Australia; Regent Mercantile Bancorp chairman J Jay Laski for Canada; and Formula 1 and USA Champ Car Series driver Alex Yoong for Malaysia.The identities of two major sporting figures representing Portugal’s seat holders were also revealed during the Johannesburg roadshow: football star Luis Figo and Real Madrid (and former South Africa) coach Carlos Queiros.Mandela’s blessingSheikh Maktoum, a member of Dubai’s Royal Family, is the founder of the series, and one of three men putting up the money for the ambitious project. The other two are South Africans Brian Menell and Tony Teixeira.During his SA trip, Maktoum, along with Menell and Teixeira, paid a visit to Nelson Mandela, who gave the new series his blessing, saying he supported the concept of a South African driver and team being able to compete on equal terms against other nations.“It was a real honour to meet with one of the world’s true iconic and historic figureheads”, Maktoum said. “His support for our championship and acceptance of our level playing field ideals is an endearing stamp of approval from such a symbolic person, which I humbly acknowledge.”The Sheikh hopes that A1 Grand Prix will become a rival to the monolithic empire of Formula One, run by Bernie Ecclestone. “Most of the stars currently in F1 were not well known before”, he commented. “I’m looking to create new stars.“We are going to have probably the first African driver in motorsport in A1 Grand Prix. We are going to have the first Indian driver in a blue-chip event. It’s an opportunity for these nations to shine.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Singapore celebrates 50 years in Australia with increased flights.

first_imgA Singapore Airlines A380. Photo: Steve Creedy Singapore Airlines will follow a bumper 2016 with increased flights to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane as it celebrates 50 years in Australia.Melbourne gets three additional flights a week from July 17, while Sydney will get another two weekly flights from June 4 and Brisbane four more flights a week from August 22.The Australian flights are among a raft of increased frequencies planned for Europe, Southeast Asia and West Asia from next year’s northern summer.The Melbourne services will operate as SQ247/248  on Monday, Friday and Saturday using a 285-seat two- class Airbus A330.Starting January, Melburnians also get a second flight offering four classes, including the airline’s new Premium Economy class, operated by a 264-seat Boeing 777-300ER.Brisbane will see Singapore’s SQ225/266 service move from flying three times a week to daily operations, giving the Queensland capital  28 flights a week.   The service will continue to be operated with a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft offering a fully flat bed in business class.Sydney moves from 31 flights a week to 33 from June 4, but this will temporarily increase to 35 weekly flights, including double daily A380 services,  to cater for peak travel between June and September.SQ251/252 increases from three to five times weekly while SQ231/222 will be operated by a 441-seat, four-class  Airbus A380 throughout the peak winter period.Singapore Airlines regional vice president South West Pacific Tan Tiow Kor said 2016  had been one of the airline’s biggest year in the region for almost three decades and next year’s increased services reinforced the airline’s long-standing commitment to Australia. “We have increased the number of flights to several cities across Australia, opened a new SilverKris Lounge in Brisbane and launched a brand new service to Canberra and Wellington,’’ tan said in a statement. “It has been an exciting and challenging year and I would like to thank all of our customers, partners, stakeholders and of course the trade for their ongoing support. ‘’Other increases in the Singapore global network include an additional two flights per week to Rome, an extra flight to Moscow and two more weekly flights to Ho Chi Minh City.There will also be increased frequencies to the Indian city of Ahmedabad and Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.last_img read more

South African fans’ guide to Rio 2016 – Week 1 (3-12 August)

first_img2 AugustThe Summer Olympic Games begin on 5 August, with South African track star and official flag-bearer Wayde van Niekerk leading the South African team of 137 athletes into the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the opening ceremony.Over two weeks, a worldwide audience of more than 30 million will have to navigate wall-to-wall sport action, and for any patriotic South African sport fan, it’s vital to have the all the details of when athletes from the national team are featured.Here is a guide to important Olympic events featuring participants from Team South Africa at Rio 2016. You can also check out the South African athletes’ social media profiles to stay up to date with their preparations and send them some good luck.Please note the time differences between Rio and South Africa – South Africa is five hours ahead of Brazil. All times in this guide are local South African times.Times and events are subject to change. Consult the official Rio Olympics 2016 website or the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) website for more details about events and participants.Also check your television service provider for detailed schedules.You can follow all the South African Olympic action on Sascoc’s social media platforms:Facebook,Twitter, andYouTube.Week 1Wednesday-Thursday, 3-4 AugustFootballThe Games may not be officially under way yet, but the pool games for men’s and women’s football begin before the opening ceremony.Banyana Banyana play their first game against Sweden at 18:00 on 3 August, while the men’s team play hosts Brazil on 4 August at 12:00.See the dates below for the times of the remaining games.Friday, 5 AugustOpening ceremony – starts at 23:00The good news is that South Africa will feature early in the extended alphabetical team presentation, known traditionally as the Parade of Nations, as it is custom to use the host’s official language to determine the order. South Africa in Brazilian Portuguese is Africa do Sol, so the team will follow Greece – as originators of the Olympic Games – and Afghanistan.Keep a look out for Van Niekerk as the team flag-bearer and what the athletes will be wearing.Saturday, 6 August13:00: RowingThe rowing competition begins today and ends on 13 August. South Africa has qualified five boats for the men’s and women’s pair and four-person rowing categories. Team captains and pair rowers John Smith and James Thompson won gold in London in 2012.Included in the team are London veteran Lee-Ann Persse and newcomers Kate Christowitz, Ursula Grobler and Kirsten McCann.14:30: Men’s road cycling raceFeaturing South Africa’s Daryl Impey and Louis Meintjies. South African-born Chris Froome (the 2016 Tour de France winner) will be racing for Team Great Britain.The part I love most about SA ! pic.twitter.com/TEA9FX59dJ— Daryl Impey (@darylimpey) October 11, 2016Thanks @FuryFord4ways . . Amazing car?? pic.twitter.com/6SeMCDljtU— Louis (@LouisMeintjes) October 20, 2016…when you’ve smashed 2016 & you’re ready to take on 2017 ?? pic.twitter.com/cUyr8zY9j9— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) November 1, 2016 15:00 (throughout the day): Equestrian dressage, featuring Tanya Seymour18:00-21:00: Swimming heats400m freestyle featuring Myles BrownFeeling great! 16 days to go! #Rio2016 Thanks @NUTRITECHFIT #trainlikeapro pic.twitter.com/TYHQifm1va— Devon Myles Brown (@MylesBrown_swim) July 20, 2016400m individual medley featuring Michael Meyer and Sebastien RousseauGoldfish with the SA boys (?: @happy_hollydays) pic.twitter.com/uExolrmjH3— Sébastien Rousseau (@sebdrousseau) October 9, 2016Wildcat Michael Meyer qualified for the Olympics in the 400IM representing South Africa! #RoadToRio #ArizonaElite pic.twitter.com/YqELghNqv6— ArizonaSwimDive (@ArizonaSwimDive) April 14, 2016100m breaststroke heats featuring Cameron van der BurghSunday, 7 August00:00: Women’s football. Captain Janine van Wyk leads South Africa in their second game of the tournament, against ChinaHere is the 2016/17 kit for @Banyana_Banyana and @BafanaBafana . ????? @nikefootballza pic.twitter.com/ASSEOiJkgg— Janine Van Wyk (@Janinevanwyk5) November 2, 201617:00: Women’s road cycling race featuring Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and An-Li Kachelhoffer.Not everyday that you get 3 National Champions on the podium in SA. #SomethingSpecial Well done @KimLeCourt pic.twitter.com/XdqwJY0rTD— An-Li Kachelhoffer (@anli_k) October 16, 2016Overwhelmed by all the lovely messages I’ve received! Grateful for all the love! For sure I will heal fast with all this support ? #ThankYou pic.twitter.com/NhX0i24RU4— Ashleigh Moolman (@ashleighcycling) October 25, 2016 18:00-21:00: SwimmingOlympic, World and Commonwealth Games champion Chad le Clos featuring in the 200m freestyle heats. Myles Brown attempting to qualify for the same event. Christopher Reid is in the 100m backstroke heatMe and @bigbertleclos freshly shaved for @MovemberRSA raising money for men’s health. Sign up and donate here: https://t.co/Z6yyEEnwWX pic.twitter.com/BLEaaAvLPA— Chad Le Clos (@chadleclos) November 2, 2016Alabama Swimming Goes Commando https://t.co/SlGmOjAYjm pic.twitter.com/26rsBgT0QB— SwimSwam (@swimswamnews) October 30, 201620:00-22:00: DivingvJulia Vincent is only the second South African to participate in an Olympic diving event. Vincent features in the 3m springboard competitionHere are the champs!The #Gamecocks earn the program’s 3rd SEC Title and first since 2011. #ForeverToThee pic.twitter.com/m7K8e17tyC— Gamecock W. Soccer (@GamecockWSoccer) October 23, 2016Monday, 8 August00:00: Men’s football. Coach Owen da Gama inspires South Africa in their second game of the tournament, against Denmark.17:00-21:00: Open water canoeing, featuring London 2012 bronze medallist Bridgitte Hartley competing in the Women’s K-1 500m. Hartley was named the best female paddler in the world in 2015, so chances are good she can improve on her London success this year.The 2016 @umpethacanoe winners! Congrats @sbonelokhwela and @for_bridgitte (Photos: Anthony Grote/@GameplanMedia) pic.twitter.com/cdj5jTkDWc— KZNDeptSport&Rec (@KZNDSRSA) November 1, 2016Tuesday, 9 August03:00-05:00: Swimming. Men’s 200m butterfly semi-final, possibly featuring Chad le Clos and the US’s Michael Phelps rematch from London 2012. Also on the cards: the 100m backstroke final and 200m freestyle final; both could feature South African swimmers16:00-22:00: Sevens rugby. Pool matches featuring the Blitzbokke against Spain and France. The team takes on Australia on 10 August at 16:00 to battle for a place in the quarter-finals later in the day and then the final games on 11 August, from 16:00Hard at work again today are the #Blitzboks#bringtheheat@speckmagic11@Seabelo_Senatla@Rio2016_en#teamSArisepic.twitter.com/5OcPdvptjY— Springbok Sevens (@Blitzboks) July 19, 201618:00-20:00: Swimming. 200m breaststroke heats featuring Cameron van der Burgh, and the men’s freestyle relay with South Africa represented by Van Der Burgh, Chad le Clos, Sebastien Rousseau and Christopher ReidWednesday, 10 August02:00: Women’s football. South Africa versus Brazil03:00-06:00: Swimming. A possible Chad le Clos in a 200m butterfly final, plus Cameron van Der Burgh in 200m breaststroke final, and a men’s relay final22:00: Men’s football. South Africa’s third game, against IraqThursday, 11 August13:00-22:00: Badminton. Jacob Maliekal tries to shuttlecock his way through the heats to earn a place in the playoffs later in the day. Heats are from 11-13 August, with the quarter-finals and semis later in the week. The men’s singles final is on 20 August.Congrats @JacobMaliekal on making South Africa so proud! It was an honour having you on #TopBilling! #badminton pic.twitter.com/TZgAVLBN6O— Topbilling (@SABC3Topbilling) August 18, 201612:00-21:00: Golf. The four-day men’s competition starts, with South Africans Brandon Stone and Jaco van Zyl participating. This is first time golf has been included in the Olympic Games since 1904In almost 12hrs my first #FinalSeries begins. Beyond excited I must be honest, not sure how I’m going to sleep tonight ?#TurkishAirlinesOpen pic.twitter.com/vujrMTbBX4— Brandon Stone (@BrandonMStone) November 2, 2016The face says it all #press pic.twitter.com/mJn2qAt0jj— Jaco Van Zyl (@JacoVanZylGolf) November 2, 201618:00-20:30: Swimming. The 50m freestyle heats feature Douglas Erasmus and Brad Tandy, plus Chad le Clos again in action in the 100m butterfly heats{LIVE} 1/2 Finale : 50 freestyle men with @Doug_E4 @Clement_Mignon #govorovandriu and #grechinandrey #mareswim pic.twitter.com/geb7sqRTZw— MareNostrum Swim (@MareNostrumswim) June 5, 2016 @bradtandy02 Best wishes for the Olympics #RoadtoRio #teamSArise ? pic.twitter.com/X1MkLiPZOF— MartiniArtGlass (@MartiniCoetzee) July 23, 2016Friday, 12 AugustWomen’s football. Quarter-finals03:00-06:00: Swimming. Brad Tandy, Douglas Erasmus and Chad le Clos in action in the semi-finals and finals of their respective events14:00-18:00: Athletics gets into full swing today, with South Africans Dominique Scott in the women’s 10km track event and Reinhardt van Rensburg in the 800m heats. Van Rensburg is a 2016 African Championships bronze medallist. Scott is coming off a successful two years in the United States, running for the University of Arkansas. She is the current 5 000m and 10 000m National Collegiate Athletic Association championSince I was a little girl I dreamed of running professionally…Thanks to @adidasrunning that dream is now a reality pic.twitter.com/lGf8zhYgeK— DOM • SCOTT-EFURD (@domscottrunSA) July 9, 201619:30: South African walkers Lebogang Shange and Wayne Snyman participate in the 20km walk race. Shange won gold at the 2015 African GamesCaster Semenya wins 800m #gold in 1:55.28 NR for South Africa.#Rio2016 #Athletics pic.twitter.com/cH5WhXzGGf— IAAF (@iaaforg) August 21, 2016Awesome day yesterday @Skechers_SA range presentation! Falling more in love with their shoes everyday! Thank you for having me! #blessed pic.twitter.com/BlURUUDf5i— Anel Oosthuizen (@anel_oosthuizen) October 29, 2016Source: Official Rio Olympics 2016 websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Strata Allows You to Play Fantasy Football – With Scientists

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#gaming#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout curt hopkinscenter_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App SciVal Strata, a new project from Elsevier, is a web-based modeling tool that allows users to play scientists in teams in much the same way football fans do with players. Call it Madden NSF.Dr. Lisa Colledge, project manager for Strata, identified the problem that gave rise to its creation: “At the end of the day everything comes back to resources.” Whether you’re putting together a team for a research project, applying for a grant, evaluating grant applications or looking to prove your own worth to a project or institution, a modeling tool that can quantify that worth dynamically and justify the expenses involved could be valuable. The tool is a dynamic, customizable modeler that allows a user to add and subtract scientists and specialists to a team and anticipate the change that would make in the team’s efficiency. A set of tabs allow changes to benchmarks, personnel and influence over time (on science in general, not just a specific project). The interface is very recognizable, with drag-and-drop scientists (is this the first time that phrase has ever been written?), which outputs into various charts and graphs. In much the same way that a football player in a fantasy league or video game would be represented by his stats, so is the scientist or specialist in question. According to Dr. Colledge, the scientists are represented by a range of data, from SciVerse Scopus, an abstract and indexing database, articles from all kind of publications and references in those publications, as well as output and citation data which can be customized, and is dynamic and current.What are the chances of those of us at home playing along? (Who wouldn’t want a chance to see how Niels Bohr and Stephen Hawking would effect the development of the steam engine? Or whether Marie Curie or Richard Feynman would be more effective in helping Danny Dunn with his homework machine?) Slight. The tool is sold to universities and other research institutions and users will need to belong to one. If such a tool is even roughly analogous with academic journals, the cost would prove prohibitive for the Average BA-holding Joe. Maybe an academic game company could license the engine and data and give us the Max Planck-Laura Maria Caterina Bassi smackdown for which we have so long waited. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

Lead-Based Paint and Green Remodeling

first_imgThe paint problemLead improved paint’s performance; it made paint more durable, moisture-resistant, and faster-drying. That sounds pretty green. Unfortunately, lead also makes paint a human health hazard, particularly to kids. Not even close to green. Tiny amounts can permanently damage a child’s growing brain, resulting in IQ loss, learning disabilities, and behavioral problems. Contrary to the myth, kids don’t typically eat paint chips; they ingest lead dust from ordinary (and frequent) hand-to-mouth contact.We have not used lead in residential paint since 1978, but an estimated 40% of the existing housing stock in the US contains lead-based paint on exposed surfaces. The older the home, the more likely it is to have lead-based paint. And although lead poisoning in children has dropped dramatically in recent years, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 250,000 children between 1 and 5 years old have elevated blood lead levels.New EPA rule taking effect April 22, 2010It’s called the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule, and it’s final. The rule applies to “target housing” — any residence built on or before December 31, 1977.The rule means:1. Renovation firms must be certified and pay a fee of $300 good for 5 years.2. Renovators must be trained and certified by taking the 8-hour Lead Safety course.3. Non-certified workers must work directly under a certified renovator and receive on-the-job training for work practices.4. Lead-safe work practices (for set-up, prohibited practices, and clean-up) must be employed.5. Renovators must educate homeowners and occupants about potential hazards of lead-based paint exposure (primarily by way of the Renovate Right pamphlet).6. Renovators must document for each job how they complied with the rule and retain those records for three years in case they are audited by the EPA.The first step for a renovation firm is to apply for certification with EPA. This may be done before any staff receive training, although the firm will have to use trained staff starting on 4/22. Firms should apply immediately as it will take several weeks for the EPA to process the application. Each job site that falls under the rule will need a trained individual, known as a certified renovator, assigned to it. A renovator gets certified by taking the one-day EPA/HUD Model Renovator Training Course and passing the same-day exam. The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) posts a calendar of Lead Safety trainings nationwide. EPA lists all accredited trainers. Costs for the training vary but average about $200 – $250. Firms found not to be in compliance with the RRP rule may be subject to fines up to $37,500 per violation.How the HUD rule compares to the new EPA ruleThe HUD Lead Safe Housing Rule (LSHR) covers renovation in federally assisted or owned target housing. The LSHR is tougher than the EPA RRP in the following ways:1. Training – either all workers must be certified or the lead renovator must also be a certified Lead Abatement Supervisor.2. Preparation – Among other items, EPA-recognized lead paint test kits cannot be used; only a certified Lead Inspector can make the determination.3. Prohibited practices – There are three more prohibited practices in addition to the 3 EPA RRP prohibited practices.4. Minimum area threshold – HUD has a smaller affected area for interior work than EPA for minor repair and maintenance.5. Clearance testing – HUD does not accept visual inspection by the certified Renovator (essentially self-clearance) but requires an independent certified clearance.6. Notification – HUD requires pre- and post-work notification to all occupants; the EPA RRP only requires notifications to owners.There is a handy summary table of these differences in Appendix 2 of the Model Certified Renovator Initial Training Course Student Manual and additional information on HUD’s website.The added cost of the new rulesThere is considerable debate about just how much cost the new rules add to renovation work. EPA estimates of added lead-safe costs per job range from just $8 to $167 (excluding exterior work that requires vertical containment), in large part because many renovation contractors already do some of the required work practices. Some remodeling contractors interviewed by Remodeling magazine think that total incremental costs of complying with the RRP rule could be as much as 10 times higher than EPA estimates.Dwight Holmes, a remodeler in Brattleboro, VT who very recently took the Certified Renovator’s training, offered this perspective: “It will take several jobs to see how efficiently I can integrate the new work practices. It’s clear that EPA worked hard to balance cost with benefit with this rule, but I can’t imagine the added costs being anywhere near as low as the EPA estimates.”It’s important to note that there is cost to NOT more carefully managing lead paint dust during renovation: the potential lead poisoning of children, families, and workers. Enforcement of the EPA RRP rule will be an important fairness issue as some renovation firms completely and consistently follow the new rule while others compete unfairly by not fully embracing all of the elements of the new rule.For work within the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, HUD is encouraging the combination of NSP allocations with Lead Hazard Control Grants. In this way, many costs associated with lead-safe activities can be leveraged synergistically. And for those already complying with HUD requirements, the additional burden of EPA’s rules will be minimal.last_img read more