The baking industry has found it harder to pass on price increases caused by soaring commodity prices compared to other sectors of the food industry, because consumers are more aware of the retail price of bakery products.This is one of the findings from a new report from research company Rabobank, called Challenging Times in Processed Food – Dealing with Agricultural Price Inflation.According to the report, food processors saw their cost base rise by 6% in 2007 and 16% in 2008 (until October), due to the sharp increases in agricultural commodity and energy prices. However, while some parts of the food industry were able to pass on price increases to the multiples, which in turn increased retail prices, food manufacturers producing staples such as bread, found it harder to get price rises through. This was because supermarkets were reluctant to raise the price of products that are well-known to consumers for fear of being perceived as expensive.Bakery products also suffered disproportionately from the rise in commodity prices, because flour makes up such a large percentage of the finished product. said the report.ZZ
Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering has established its first research and innovation alliance by joining forces with Northpond Labs, the research and development-focused affiliate of a leading science and technology-driven venture capital firm, Northpond Ventures. Through the alliance, Northpond Labs will provide $12 million to create a Laboratory for Bioengineering Research and Innovation at the Wyss Institute and to support impactful research with strong translation potential.The vision for the five-year strategic alliance was developed by senior leadership at Northpond Labs and the Wyss Institute, including Wyss Founding Director Donald Ingber and Northpond’s Founder and CEO Michael Rubin. In close partnership with Harvard’s Office of Technology Development (OTD), both groups have finalized the collaboration agreement and the agreement for the first funded research project.As a first translation focus of the alliance, Northpond Labs through the Laboratory for Bioengineering Research and Innovation will sponsor research on the Wyss Institute’s Controlled Enzymatic RNA Synthesis technology to accelerate its development toward commercialization. The novel synthesis approach was created in the institute’s synthetic biology platform and has been funded internally as a translationally focused Wyss Validation Project. The technology leverages a new enzyme-based method of generating synthetic RNA oligonucleotides, which have potential as RNA therapeutics, drug delivery vehicles, and genome engineering tools for a variety of disease applications. By using an engineered enzyme without the need for resource-intensive chemistry, it may provide a more effective and environmentally conscious way to synthesize RNA oligonucleotides than conventional chemical approaches used in industry.The Wyss Institute has developed a new model for innovation, collaboration, and technology translation within academia, breaking historical silos to enable collaborations that cross institutional and disciplinary barriers. The unique translation model spans the full trajectory, from identifying high-value, real-world problems and developing disruptive technology solutions, to refining, optimizing, and validating these technologies so that they are well-positioned for impactful new licensing and start-up opportunities. This novel approach for technology translation within academia, working in collaboration with Harvard OTD, has so far yielded 3,291 patent filings and 75 licensing deals, including 39 new startups.Through a separate arrangement with Harvard and the Wyss Institute, Northpond is providing an additional $3 million in funding to the institute to support discovery efforts and to create and fund the Northpond Director’s Innovation Fund. This fund will bolster the pursuit and growth of Wyss projects that have the potential to solve important unmet problems in the world, even when the path to commercialization remains unclear. In particular, the fund will be used to support early projects in areas including synthetic biology, biomanufacturing, synthesis of DNA and proteins, and clean water. Read Full Story
A long-time captain of Tango from East Sarajevo and current coach of that club, Mirko Čampara, received a new engagement in the futsal national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina.Following the resignation of Ivan Stanković from the position of assistant coach in the technical staff of Ivo Krezo, the FF BH Executive Board confirmed at its 45th session the proposal of the FA RS and appointed Čampara to that position.“I am honoured to have been appointed as the assistant coach in the futsal team. I am grateful to all who have given me confidence. The first thing I noticed upon arriving at the futsal team was the great atmosphere that prevails among the players, the technical staff and other people who work with the futsal team, so I had no difficulties to fit in”, says Čampara.This young expert is pleased with the game of the futsal team in qualifications for the 2022 EURO:“The results in the first two rounds are really impressive, especially considering that the team first came together in this squad. I believe we are well on our way to achieving good results with one rejuvenated team.”Čampara expects 3 points in tomorrow’s match with Switzerland:“The Swiss play worse than last year, when they also participated in the tournament in Zenica. They showed it at a match with Cyprus yesterday, when they were defeated convincingly. Of course, we will not underestimate them. We are maximally entering tomorrow’s match and I believe we will have no problems.”Mirko Čampara looks optimistically at the future of the futsal team:“We will work more on playing the team in the next period. There are more experienced players out of this tournament due to injuries. We all hope that this generation can achieve to qualify for the big competition. We have a long way to go, but we believe we have the quality to achieve our goals.”
Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen puts on a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey with his number on it on the sideline before an NFL football game Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Oct 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)by John PerrottoAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen might be the best player on the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he’s not their chief recruiter.The All-Star center fielder doesn’t plan to make any calls to right-hander A.J. Burnett, right fielder Marlon Byrd or any of Pittsburgh’s other free agents in an attempt to talk them into staying.“That’s out of my jurisdiction,” McCutchen said Thursday before hosting a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. “Those guys have to make their own decisions. I hope they stay but I also know that other free agents will come here. Pittsburgh isn’t a place for players to come when they (don’t) have anywhere to go anymore.”That’s what happens when a team wins.The Pirates ended their streak of 20 consecutive losing seasons, the longest in the history of the four major professional sports, by going 94-68 this year. They also reached the playoffs for the first time since winning a third straight division title in 1992.Pittsburgh beat the Cincinnati Reds in the NL wild-card game before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in a division series that went the full five games.McCutchen acknowledged wondering what might have been as he watched the NL champion Cardinals lose to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.“We took the Cardinals to the limit, gave them everything we had, so it was hard not to think that it could have been us playing the Red Sox,” McCutchen said. “I think we proved in the playoffs that we could play with anyone.“It was a great experience for us and a great experience personally because it was my first time in the playoffs. I tried to savor every minute.”The Pirates’ mission next season will be to prove they were not one-year wonders. Since the day after Pittsburgh clinched its playoff berth in September, general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle have been preaching the importance of sustaining the organization’s success.“We’re not going to rest on what we’ve done,” McCutchen said. “We’re only going to get better as a team and the people upstairs are going to do everything they can to give us the best chance possible.”McCutchen is one of three finalists for the NL MVP award, along with Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. The winner will be announced next Thursday.McCutchen hit .317 with 21 home runs, 84 RBIs and 27 stolen bases in 158 games.“It’ll be interesting because Goldschmidt and Yadi had really good years,” McCutchen said. “There’s nothing more I can do now but wait and see what happens. Obviously, I’d love to win it. I’d definitely find some room in my office for it.”
By Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson DailyThrough eight regular season games each team won four times.Each team won twice in the other team’s rink.So it should come to no one’s surprise that after two Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff games the Castlegar Rebels and Nelson Leafs are knotted up at one game.Jonathon Petrash’s third-period power play goal proved to be the winner as the Leafs, thanks to the stellar netminder of former Rebel Andrew Walton, escaped with a 2-1 KIJHL playoff win Saturday in the Sunflower City.Castlegar opened the best-of-seven series, now tied up at 1-1, with a 5-1 win Friday.“This is big . . . especially on the road because this isn’t an easy building to win in,” said Leaf captain Tyler Parfeniuk from outside the winner’s dressing room.“But we’ll take anything we can get because (Castlegar) is tough team to play against.”Coming off the four-goal loss in a game the Leafs had more jitters than shots, the Green and White once again started slowly.However, in game two the Rebels didn’t get the early goals as Walton stoned the home side despite Nelson being out shot 12-4.“All year we’ve had faith in (Andrew) even if he has one bad game there’s not going to be too many that follow that so we know he’s going to bounce back,” Parfeniuk exclaimed.Walton’s play allowed the Leafs to hang around long enough to get the first goal of the game 39 minutes into the game.The all-Nelson line of Carsen Willans, Dallon Stoddart and Horswill, combined to spring Horswill in the slot and the Nelson Minor Hockey grad made no mistake beating Jordan Gluck for the game’s first goal. Nelson came close to making it 2-0 seconds later on the power play, but Gluck, down and out on the play, got some help from the iron as Matti Jmaeff rang his backhand shot off the post.The miss proved costly as seven minutes into the third period Scott Morriseau, the latest Leafs’ killer, potted his fourth of the series to even the game at 1-1 on the power play.The score remained the same until the 14-minute mark when Rebel captain Erik Alden was whistled for a roughing infraction.Off the ensuring draw, Jmaeff and line mate Colton Malmsten combined to get the puck back to Petrash who drilled a point shot past a screened Gluck.The goal was enough, after more than a few anxious moments, to get the Leafs back even in the series.“I don’t think I played that much different between last night and tonight, I just think we played a lot more team game and were lot better defensively than we were last night,” Walton said after the game.The anxious moments came compliments of a few mental errors by the Leafs as the team was whistled for nine minutes in penalties in the final 11 minutes of the game.“Ya, it was a little bit of a nail-biter at the end,” Walton admitted as his former mates pressed for the equalizer. “We were six-on-four so ya, it was a little crazy.”Nelson’s special teams were put to the test especially after defenceman Eric Spring was whistled for five-minute checking-from-behind penalty on Rebel forward Arthur Andrews.“It was a little demoralizing but you’ve got to work past that,” said Castlegar captain Erik Alden. “You’ve got to keep your head straight and keep your concentration.”“We’re going to regroup and come back Monday (in Nelson),” Alden added.Castlegar out shot the Leafs 37-26 including several shots in the dying minutes as Castlegar, with numerous power plays, surrounded the Nelson net.Games three and four go Monday and Tuesday at the NDCC Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.Game five is scheduled for Thursday in Castlegar.SERIES NOTES: The Leafs are going to lose the services of banging defenceman Eric Spring who was given a game misconduct along with his checking-from-behind penalty. The game misconduct comes with a one-game suspension . . . . Leafs Dallon Stoddart was wearing jersey No. 9 after his regular No. 10 road sweater went missing after a game in Grand Forks . . . . Winger James Sorrey and defenceman J.J. Beitel did not play in the first two games for Nelson . . . . Castlegar’s leading scorer Stuart Walton did not score, but had four assists during the first two games of the series . . . . Rebel sniper Scott Morriseau is tied with Connor Flynn of Sicamous and former Leaf and current Fernie Ghostrider Connor McLaughlin for the goal scoring lead, each has four goals. . . .Max Flanagan scored in overtime to give Beaver Valley a 4-3 victory over Spokane in game two of the Murdoch semi final. The Hawks, winners of game one 6-3, lead the series 2-0. Game three is Monday in Spokane.
The planning process has formally started for the erection of a controversial 30metre telecoms mast in Drumonaghan Wood in Ramelton.But some local residents are fearful about the proposals due to a ‘lack of transparency’ on the impact the mast may have on the locality.Cignal Infrastructure Ltd formally lodged the planning application with Donegal County Council on Friday to seek permission to erect a new 30m multi-user telecommunications support structure. The mast would be located within a security compound in the woods and surrounded by a 2.4m high palisade fence. It comes as independent company Cignal last year revealed that they are investing €25M into building telecoms infrastructure in Ireland to improve broadband and mobile coverage blackspots in rural areas.Cllr Ian McGarvey attempted to bring an emergency motion to the Letterkenny-Milford District meeting yesterday to discuss the proposed mast in Ramelton.However, he was told that the motion could not be discussed.“The motion is in relation to a current planning application that is before the council,” said Liam Ward, Director of Services. “Any discussion could be determined prejudicial to the consideration of the planning application and should not happen.”An online petition is also underway calling on the council to oppose the development.The public has five weeks to make written submissions on the application to the planning authority.Ramelton mast concerns heighten after planning application is lodged was last modified: September 17th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
What happened to a Christian on his journey to a PhD is shocking and shameful, but his situation was far from unique.Corey Miller finally decided to tell his story. On his path to a PhD in philosophy, he was blocked, persecuted, censored and shamed repeatedly. Why? Because he couldn’t fulfill the academic requirements? No. He titles his article in The College Fix, “I was forced out of my PhD program because of my open faith in Jesus Christ. Here’s my story.” Proceeding from undergrad to PhD as a Christian was a continual battle. Here are some of types of censorship and persecution he endured:Told to shut up from sharing his Christian views in a freshman class, and given an F.Received prank calls at 3 in the morning from classmates mocking his faith.Called schizophrenic and delusional by his psychology professor.Dropped by an atheist grad advisor and forbidden to proceed in his PhD studies.As an adjunct professor, was threatened by professors and students.*Forced to go overseas to complete his PhD.“Following these experiences as an undergrad, grad, and professor, I realized how hostile universities can be at all layers of strata if you don’t believe the right doctrines. Higher education has become so thoroughly secularized that an alternate viewpoint is foreign, unwelcome, attacked and pushed out. Ultimately I finished my PhD in philosophical theology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland in 2014.”*He was exonerated from accusations by students and professors with help from the ADF (Alliance Defending Freedom), but the persecution continued.The censors were relentless. When Miller was outspoken about his faith, he was censored. When he was secretive about his faith, he was outed and censored. When he tried the Trojan Horse approach (enter academia and become one of them), he was outed and censored. It had nothing to do with his qualifications. The reason was the intolerant, profoundly anti-Christian bias in academia:Surveys often show the ratio of liberal to conservative professors for those over age 65 preparing to retire is 12:1. For the new scholars coming in under age 36 it is 23:1. In some departments it is literally 70:1. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and it is an oncoming train.Marxists, LGBT activists, and leftists get a free pass to say anything they want on most college campuses. Christians, however, face harassment, persecution and censorship. Given his experience, Miller decided to do something about it.Instead of a Trojan Horse approach, today I fight with a full frontal assault. Shortly after earning my PhD I became president and CEO of Ratio Christi: Campus Apologetics Alliance.Miller sees the situation as a fight, not just for freedom to speak up for Christian faith on college campuses, but to preserve the very existence of a Christian voice there. It’s a fight for our culture and civilization as well, he warns.We believe not only in defending the faith, but also in defending the ability to defend the faith, whether it is speech codes, speech zones, denial of campus funds, or variant all-comers policies where we cannot get clubs approved if we insist on our leaders being Christians.We’ve been involved in at least 17 cases of legal proceedings, won a federal victory at one university and recently won another this month.Slaughtering, Silencing, and Censoring the Darwin SkepticsOne of our contributing writers, Jerry Bergman, alerted the editor of CEH about Miller’s story that was published May 22. Dr Bergman knows a lot about persecution of Christians and creationists in academia. For 30 years, he has gathered case studies similar to Miller’s, and has published them in books and articles. His first major book on this subject, Slaughter of the Dissidents: The Shocking Truth About Killing the Careers of Darwin Doubters (2008, 475 pages), with 45 five-star reviews on Amazon, shocked readers with accounts of more than ten famous persons who suffered the unfairness and censure of Darwinists in academia and the press.As the university goes, so goes the culture. The university is the most influential institution in western civilization. From it come our doctors, lawyers, political leaders, journalists, artists, k-12 educators and even future professors. Stalin once said “ideas are more powerful than weapons. We don’t allow our enemies to have weapons. Why should we let them have ideas?” And Abraham Lincoln said, “the philosophy in the classroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” —Corey MillerBergman’s second book, Silencing the Darwin Skeptics: The War Against Theists (2012, 385 pages) added five more lengthy accounts of additional victims, plus short accounts of 15 more. In addition, this book called out specific institutions for persistent violations of rights of “Darwin skeptics”— a term broader than just Christians, creationists or theists. Darwin skeptics include anyone who doubts the secular consensus that Darwinian evolution is capable of explaining the world and the universe. Bergman also shows why appeals to the typical legal organizations that are supposed to protect our rights (ACLU, NEA, and AAUP) usually fail, because those organizations are just as hostile as the Darwinists in academia, as are the courts. Most interesting in this book are discussions of the tactics these totalitarians use to ridicule and silence those who refuse to bow the knee to St. Darwin. Bergman compares these tactics to those used by the Nazis.“Christians largely founded the university as a prominent feature of western civilization. But today we fight for our right to exist on the campus. The powers of secularism don’t lose any sleep over Christian marginalization. But Christians who sleep rather than fight for our right sacrifice not only our voice, but that of western civilization.” —Corey MillerThe third book in the series, Censoring the Darwin Skeptics: How Belief in Evolution Is Enforced by Eliminating Dissidents (2018, 495 pages), contains all new material, providing a strong capstone to the whole trilogy. Eight new case studies are presented in detail, but before them, Bergman reveals the tactics of the censors. For ten chapters, he describes pervasive censorship against Darwin doubters in our society and how the perpetrators do it everywhere, using tactics both subtle and blatant. For instance, bookstores and libraries hide intelligent design books written by PhD scientists in the religion section, but showcase Darwinist books by atheists like Richard Dawkins in the science section. Reporters grab boilerplate pro-Darwin, anti-creationist text for their stories, and rely on Darwinist talking points whenever discussing views skeptical of Darwinism. Schools give failing grades and even oust students who try to present non-Darwinian material in class. Universities deny grants, research results and internet access to Darwin skeptics. State legislatures deny accreditation to institutions wanting to teach creation or ID. Peer reviewers refuse to publish results critical of Darwin (that tactic and pre-censorship of textbooks ensures that students and researchers never even get exposed to alternate ideas). With all this disturbing documentation, Bergman also asks, “Is theistic evolution a solution?” The answer, surprisingly, is “No.” The Darwin-only dogmatists are just as hostile to compromisers!The author of the New Testament letter to the Hebrews said, “In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood” (Hebrews 12:4). Could it come to that? One of the suspects in the Colorado school shooting May 8 hated Christians and President Trump, WND reported but praised Obama. His accomplice was transitioning from female to male, says the NY Times. This is not the first deadly attack in America motivated by anti-Christian hate, nor will it likely be the last.The wealth of referenced documentation Dr Bergman has provided in these three large volumes should be a call to arms. Our society prides itself on free speech, free expression, and freedom of conscience. Any student or employee who meets the requirements and passes the tests should be respected, but when it comes to evolution, only one view is allowed. Darwinists are rigid totalitarians. Students are not allowed to question Darwinism and the scientific materialism it entails, and if they do, the consequences to their careers and reputations can be dire. Bergman describes how David Coppedge was accused of “harassment” at JPL for merely sharing material on intelligent design with friendly co-workers. For that infraction, he was demoted, threatened and eventually fired despite a 14-year good work record. Defending himself in court, even with ADF’s help, cost him tens of thousands of dollars of his own money, and close to a million dollars in lost income he would have earned before his planned retirement. A liberal judge ruled against him with no explanation, and then ordered Coppedge to pay JPL’s court costs of $51,000. Out of work and facing cancer surgery, he had no choice but to drop his right of appeal in exchange for not having to pay the court costs (as if JPL’s well-paid lawyers and international legal team needed the money). “The Coppedge case illustrates with gut-wrenching clarity,” Bergman writes, “the behind-the-scenes deceit and plotting we have similarly observed while reviewing many of the cases presented in this trilogy” (p. 371).Get these books, especially the most recent one, Censoring the Darwin Skeptics. Know what the Darwin doubters are up against. The same tactics continue today against Darwin skeptics and against our entire cultural history, founded as it was on the self-evident principle that we are “created equal,” and “endowed by our Creator” with unalienable rights. But like the censors in 1984, Darwinians rewrite history in their own terms, blotting out the memory of great scientists opposing Darwinism, and using every shenanigan they can to prevent impressionable students from hearing alternatives. Empowered by unions, lawyers, courts, the press, journals, professors and even the government sometimes, the totalitarian Darwinist empire seems impregnable. The task of speaking out seems daunting. While we have some avenues remaining to fight (like the internet, with CEH as an example), we must take advantage of them. Would that more had Corey Miller’s spirit that this is no longer time for a Trojan Horse approach; it is time for a full frontal assault. 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As the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos begins this week, South Africa will present a positive message of robust growth for the country, including details of the nine-point plan for economic recovery first disclosed in the 2015 State of the Nation address.A nine-point plan for economic recovery in South Africa forms part of the key message to the rest of the world at the WEF in Davos, Switzerland, taking place between 20 and 23 January 2016. (Image: Brand South Africa)In February 2015, in his State of the Nation address for the year, President Jacob Zuma unveiled a nine-point plan for economic recovery and growth in South Africa. During the course of the year, progress reports from the various government departments detailing the development of the plan were presented.Now, these reports will form part of South Africa’s key message to the rest of the world at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. The annual international gathering is taking place between 20 and 23 January this year. The overriding message that South Africa wants to convey to thousands of business, finance and government leaders from around the world is that the country is open for business for manufacturing, investment and trade.The theme in Davos this year is “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, in an atmosphere of an increasingly challenging global economy.South Africa is determined to show the world that the country is serious about meeting those challenges, while sustaining a strong economic relationship with the rest of the world.As a country, it wants to achieve the critical targets set by its National Development Plan (NDP), namely: attaining a real gross domestic product growth of 5%, a crucial reduction of the unemployment rate from 25% to 6%, and the reduction of income inequality. These are all to be achieved by the year 2030.Resolving the energy challengeMuch has been happening in the energy sector. In December 2015, the Department of Energy published a determination on the nuclear programme, whereby 9 600 megawatts (MW) should be generated from nuclear energy.The Medupi Power Station Unit 6 went online in August 2015, producing an additional 794MW to the total installed grid capacity of 45 000MW.The R2-billion Coega Wind Farm project was officially opened in September 2015.Eskom has signed short-term power purchase agreements to secure additional electricity during peak periods, while a further 800MW will be added to the grid through co-generation.Energy-efficiency programmes have resulted in savings of 450MW.Various renewable energy projects under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) currently supply 1 800MW to the grid.In October 2015, the minister of energy announced the 10 preferred bidders in the small projects REIPPPP.The department’s State of Renewable Energy in South Africa report revealed that the renewables sector had attracted R192.6-billion in investment, had contributed more than 109 000 construction jobs and had cut the equivalent of 4.4 million tons of carbon dioxide.Revitalising agriculture and the agro-processing value chainSimilarly, work has been ongoing in agriculture, with 43 agri-park sites identified by August and one agri-park already launched in North West. The programme aims to create 300 000 new small-scale producers and 145 000 new agro-processing jobs by 2020.The number of jobs in agriculture increased by 183 000 between 2014 and 2015, reaching a total of 891 000.Through the Agricultural Policy Action Plan, 24 162 hectares and the commodities on these were acquired, which were allocated to smallholder farmers.Fruit production for the year to date increased by R685-million, adding 1 868 jobs.Aquaculture growth over the last five years resulted in production increasing fivefold, to 20 000 tons. Growth between 2013 and 2014 was 25%, exceeding the average global growth rate of 7%, and contributing almost R3-billion to the national economy.Advancing beneficiation or adding value to our mineral wealthRegarding mining, draft amendments to South Africa’s Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act which would give provisions to stimulate local beneficiation, are currently with Parliament for consideration.The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is developing a Mineral Beneficiation Action Plan, which will be incorporated into the general national Industrial Action Policy Plan (Ipap).In addition, the country’s rich platinum deposits are being used in the development of hydrogen fuel cells.More effective implementation of a higher impact IpapThe seventh iteration of Ipap, which is aimed at raising the impact of government interventions to support industrial development and re-industrialise the country, was launched in May 2015.The DTI has designated 16 sectors, subsectors and products for local procurement, including transformers, power-line hardware and structures, steel conveyance pipes, mining and construction vehicles, and building and construction. In 645 infrastructure projects across the country valued at R3.6-trillion, the state procures these products from local manufacturers.The Black Industrialist Programme, designed to transform the manufacturing sector and unlock the potential of black entrepreneurs, secured initial funding of R1- billion from the DTI for the 2015 financial year. A further R23-billion from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will be made available for the programme over the next three financial years.The IDC established a new industries unit earlier in 2015, focused on supporting and funding the entire value chain of emerging innovative sectors.Rail and ship manufacturing is been revitalised with ships for the South African Navy and locomotives for long-haul rail transport being manufactured in South Africa.Encouraging private sector investmentA DTI investment clearing house was set up in August 2015 to support local and international investment. In addition to identifying process bottlenecks, removing administrative barriers and reducing regulatory inefficiencies, the function of the clearing house is also to set up norms and standards and improve turnaround times, as well as to co-ordinate and fast-track investment enquiries.In the past financial year, the DTI helped to facilitate an investment pipeline of more than R43-billion.As of August 2015, South Africa was handling 116 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects. South Africa registered an FDI inflow of R43.3-billion from January to July 2015, creating 5 037 jobs.Six industrial development zones around the country attracted R10-billion in investment during 2015.Regulations for special economic zones (SEZs) are being finalised. With an SEZ board and supporting secretariat being established and approved, the DTI is close to completing the feasibility studies for eight new SEZs.The Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill that clarifies investor protection and ensures more open foreign investment was tabled in Parliament in 2015.A feasibility study for an initiative aimed at supporting increased investment to meet the needs of the National Development Plan is currently in process.Moderating workplace conflictUnder the leadership of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, a continuous and special dialogue between business and labour is under way to improve labour relations. Specialist research and exploration teams are currently working on the nature of labour disputes and on finding solutions to the issue of wage inequality.A consensus on a working definition of a national minimum wage has been reached at the National Economic Development and Labour Council.Unlocking the potential of SMMEs, co-operatives, and township and rural enterprisesThe Department of Small Business Development continues to pilot its informal sector support policy, including the provision of business training, grants and co- funding. The department’s partnership with municipalities is continuing to revamp factory and business premises infrastructure.The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation has set up a unit to investigate late or non-payment of suppliers. And Minister Jeff Radebe, the minister in The Presidency responsible for planning, monitoring and evaluation, presented a comparative analysis of national departments between 2013 and 2014 that showed – despite delays in payment remaining a major problem – that there had been improvement in the average number of invoices paid within 30 days.Provincial departments for the same period also revealed an improvement of 5% in the average number of invoices paid within 30 days.State reform and boosting the role of state-owned companies; ICT infrastructure or broadband roll-out; water, sanitation; and transport infrastructureICTIn addition, work has been ongoing in getting the country connected. The government rolled out 41 351 kilometres of fibre optic cables for broadband coverage during January to August 2015.Telkom has a whole sale division, Openserve, that is aimed at facilitating the entry of new internet service providers, particularly black-owned companies.In line with stipulations by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s universal service obligations, 623 schools around the country have been connected to the internet.The Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa connectivity project is currently under way in the Vhembe and Gert Sibande districts.WaterIn October 2015, the Department of Water and Sanitation, together with Umgeni Water and the Ugu District Municipality, announced the completion of the Mhlabatshane Dam in Umzumbe in KwaZulu-Natal. It will provide about 100 000 people with potable water.Water was supplied to 19 119 households in the 27 priority district municipalities.In addition, 11 waste water treatment works have been refurbished.More than 75 projects involving the maintenance and upgrading of existing water infrastructure are under construction.The government is intervening to stop water leaks, which cost the country R7- billion a year. The Department of Water and Sanitation is training 15 000 artisans and plumbers to fix water leaks in their communities; the first 3 000 people were recruited during 2015/2016.Operation Phakisa, aimed at growing the ocean economy and other sectorsSmall harbour upgrades are being undertaken in Saldanha Bay, Struisbaai, Gansbaai, Gordon’s Bay and Lamberts Bay, in Western Cape.In addition, nine catalyst projects are in progress, and 10 fish farms have been supported. The industry has invested R305-million and the government R105-million and 521 new jobs have been created.Operation Phakisa has also resulted in decisions to expand the domestic shipbuilding sector and the development of Saldanha Bay as an oil and gas hub.A Mining Phakisa, aimed at replicating the ongoing success of the ocean economy plan in the mineral sector, was launched towards the end of 2015.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
zoomImage Courtesy: Teekay Bahrain Spirit, Teekay LNG’s first Floating Storage Unit (FSU), has been delivered to charterer Bahrain LNG.The vessel was delivered from the Korean Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard at the end of August, before going on hire on September 19, 2018.The vessel will be used to support Bahrain LNG in providing an LNG receiving and regasification terminal in Bahrain.The project is 30% owned by Teekay LNG Partners (TGP) and is expected to commence commercial operation in early 2019. Aside to Teekay, the project is owned and operated through a joint venture, Bahrain LNG W.L.L., owned by Nogaholding (30%), Samsung (20%) and GIC (20%).The project is the first of its kind in the Middle East to be developed on a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.It comprises an FSU, an offshore LNG receiving jetty and breakwater, an adjacent regasification platform, subsea gas pipelines from the platform to shore, an onshore gas receiving facility, and an onshore nitrogen production facility.The project will have a capacity of 800 million standard cubic feet per day and will be owned and operated under a twenty-year agreement commencing on July 15, 2018.Bahrain Spirit was ordered as part of a batch of six LNG carriers.Five of these 173,400 cubic meter M-type, Electronically Controlled, Gas Injection (MEGI) engine LNG newbuildings are under time-charter contracts with Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell).
Michigan arrived in Columbus not the least bit intimidated by the No. 1-ranked, undefeated Ohio State men’s basketball team. The Wolverines stood toe-to-toe with the Buckeyes for most of the game Thursday night, but despite trailing at halftime, OSU showed exactly how it’s managed the second-best start in program history. “Ohio State is really good,” Wolverine coach John Beilein said. “There’s a reason they’re undefeated.” On the shoulders of freshman Jared Sullinger’s 10th double-double of the season, OSU (23-0, 10-0 Big Ten) bested unranked but feisty Michigan (13-10, 3-7 Big Ten), 62-53. Sullinger played all 40 minutes, scoring 19 points and grabbing 15 rebounds to lead the Buckeyes to victory. OSU jumped out to a quick lead, beginning the game with a 7-0 run, but the Wolverines were in no mood to let the Buckeyes blow them out early. A 3-pointer from junior guard Zack Novak tied the game at 14-14 with 11:39 to go in the first half. Four minutes later, a jumper from junior guard Stu Douglass gave the Wolverines their first lead, 20-19. The Buckeyes regained the lead, but back-to-back Michigan buckets to close the half put OSU down, 26-23, at the break. It was just the fourth time all season the Buckeyes have been trailing at halftime, and they entered the locker room with 10 turnovers and shooting just 36 percent from the field. “That’s not Ohio State basketball,” freshman point guard Aaron Craft said of the Buckeyes’ offensive struggles in the first 20 minutes. “That’s not what we’ve been doing all year to get us in the position we’re at.” A basket from redshirt freshman forward Jordan Morgan gave the Wolverines a 30-24 lead early in the second half, but two 3-pointers from junior guard William Buford tied the game, 30-30, and ignited the sellout crowd at the Schottenstein Center. With his first points of the game, senior forward David Lighty gave the Buckeyes a two-point lead with just less than 14 minutes remaining. The Wolverines quickly tied it, but a 7-0 Buckeye run, capped with a Lighty free throw, gave OSU a 44-36 lead with 9:37 to go. Again, however, Michigan answered. Back-to-back 3-pointers from freshmen Evan Smotrycz and Tim Hardaway Jr. cut the Buckeye lead to two. But Sullinger’s eight points over the next five minutes fueled a 10-3 OSU run that gave the Buckeyes a 54-45 lead, their largest of the game to that point, with less than three minutes remaining. “In the second half we took our intensity to another level,” Sullinger said. “We know it’s Michigan, and we know they’re going to give us their best shot. On top of that it’s a rivalry, so we just had to take it to another level.” After struggling through the first half, OSU shot 54 percent from the field in the second, and ended the game on an 18-9 run to earn the nine-point victory. Buford finished with 13 points, including three 3-pointers. Lighty and senior guard Jon Diebler added nine points apiece. The win, despite the seemingly comfortable margin of victory, was yet another game that perhaps could have gone either way down the stretch. The close games, Buford said, are simply what comes with a No. 1 ranking and will only help the Buckeyes in the long run. “We know every team is going to come after us,” Buford said. “We’re the No. 1 team in the country. They’re giving us their best shot, and we’re taking people’s best punches right now so when we get to the tournament we’ll be prepared.” OSU coach Thad Matta is happy as long as his team keeps winning, regardless of how close the games are. “It’s amazing, and I keep saying this just looking across college basketball,” Matta said. “There are great players, there are great coaches and to be sitting here today 23-0 and 10-0 in the Big Ten is something else.” The Buckeyes travel to Minneapolis to play No. 18 Minnesota at 2 p.m. Sunday.