World Cup medical team appointed

first_img17 June 2008The South Africa 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) has appointed the team that will co-ordinate the medical strategy at each of the 10 match venues during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Launching the Medical Advisory and Venue Medical Officers team in Johannesburg last week, Dr Victor Ramathesele, the LOC general medical officer, said the team of medical experts would ensure the involvement of the local healthcare industry and help to implement Fifa and the LOC’s Health and Medical Services Plan.The overall medical programme, ranging from injury prevention and nutrition consultation to anti-doping activities before and during the events, will be handled by Fifa’s chief medical officer, Professor Jiri Dvorak, in close collaboration with Ramathesele.Chaired by Martin Schwellnus, a professor at the University of Cape Town and a sports physician at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, the medical advisory team will help formulate policies, protocols and standard operating procedures regarding medical services at various venues and events.The team will also co-ordinate scientific support, medical education and training for the healthcare providers, including 24-hour availability of specialist and sports medicine services for the participating teams.It will be supported by Fifa medical officers appointed to co-ordinate medical activities, research and doping control services at each of the 10 match venues around the country.“These individuals will work in close collaboration with the LOC venue medical officers who are responsible for the management of all medical services at the match venues and host cities, including transfer of patients to accredited hospitals,” said LOC chief executive officer Danny Jordaan.“The LOC takes great pleasure in welcoming 10 accomplished doctors who will be serving in this capacity for both tournaments and related events.”The 10 venue medical officers, chosen for their expertise and experience in the areas of research, emergency medicine, mass gathering medicine and sports medicine, will establish, at each stadium, one medical centre for players and match officials and another for Fifa, the LOC and their guests.In addition, the venue medical officers will work closely with government service providers managing emergency medical posts for spectators and the media in the stadiums. They will also manage the two stretcher teams for the pitch, each comprising a doctor and four paramedics.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

South African innovation sets pace for mining industry

first_img9 February 2015In today’s globalised world, the adoption of technology is increasingly essential for companies to be highly competitive and to prosper.The technological readiness pillar of the South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) measures the agility with which the economy adopts existing technologies to enhance the productivity of its industries. No industry or sector is immune from the growing need to use innovation as a competitive advantage.The mining sector is one of South Africa’s oldest industries. The country’s economic outlook and particularly the outlook for the mining sector comes under the spotlight at the annual Mining Indaba. It is currently under way at the Cape Town Convention Centre, running from 9 to 12 February.Mining accounts for 12% of total investment in the South African economy. When indirect multipliers are considered, the total fixed investment in the South African economy flowing from mining activity reaches a significant 25% of total investment.AdvantagesSouth Africa is ranked as the best Brics economy in terms of availability of the latest technologies, and it is ranked highly in terms of technological readiness. Being proactive in adapting to new technology will help South Africa achieve its economic growth and development goals, and enhances perceptions about its ability to be competitive.AziSAAs hosts of the Mining Indaba, the country must reflect on how technologically savvy we are in terms of the mining industry.The mining industry is the third largest sector in the South African economy, after the agriculture and industrial manufacturing sectors. It accounts for approximately 8% of GDP and creates approximately 1-million jobs (500 000 direct and 500 000 indirect).The development of new technologies benefits every aspect of the mineral industry – exploration, mining, mineral processing, beneficiation, health and safety, as well as environmental issues. Technology development needs to be focused on those areas that are critical to the entire value chain.To address some of the challenges associated with labour-intensive drill-and-blast mining, as conducted on the major South African gold and platinum mines, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed architecture called AziSA, an isiZulu word meaning “to inform”.Drill-and-blast mining is often not tightly managed because of the lack of good information about what is going on underground. As a result, mining operations tend to be dangerous and unhealthy, as well as expensive. A shortage of appropriately skilled workers also leads to human resource challenges.AziSA is intended primarily for the design of systems that will operate in underground mining environments where there is limited power and communications infrastructure.Read more about the CSIR’s AziSA architecture [PDF]Mechanised miningMechanised mining seeks to use machinery to drill and extract minerals and metals. The technology helps to increase South Africa’s competitiveness by increasing productivity and upskilling miners who are trained to operate and maintain highly specialised equipment.Mechanisation is also used to reduce the threat of physical harm to people, as well as create greater access to reserves that would otherwise be too dangerous to explore.While the South African mining industry has had its fair share of challenges recently, it is committed to using technology and innovation to ensure it keeps pace with global industry standards. In some areas, especially robotics and mechanisation, South Africa is setting global industry standards.Menell is a Brand South Africa board memberlast_img read more

Be Found on Twitter: Connecting Our Dots in the Social Graph

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Today, Twitter took the wraps off a new feature of the site. When logging in, it prompts the user to set defaults on being discovered with their email address or mobile phone number. It’s called “Be Found on Twitter”. Our contact at Twitter told us that, like many new features, this will show up for some users today and others soon.Up to this point, Twitter allows people to create a persona for themselves that may not be directly correlated to the real world. You can’t do that on Facebook (assuming that you’re following the terms and conditions). This change in settings – even if it is optional – represents a shift in how the service is working behind the scenes to connect people that already know each other. Personal data is moving in between the social networks and becoming a key part of cloud services.Do You Want Followers? Default Settings Make it a RealitySo far, Twitter hasn’t offered a way to make this kind of connection easy. We believe the reason this service is being offered now is simple: Twitter wants to take your email inbox and turn it into relationships. Below is the screen that popped up for Web client users of Twitter that are being offered this enhancement. (Note: Those are my personal email and mobile phone digits, but I chose to opt-out of the service. In case you want to contact me, email is still an option.) mike kirkwood Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Although Twitter is amazing for finding information about the world in real time, one of the things that Twitter has lacked is stickiness with intimate contacts. Trying to get folks use Twitter to connect to their real friends, people they work with, and family members is a part of the battle for the real-time Web. Facebook has unique features and momentum in this area (e.g. requiring your real name), and Google Buzz made a big move in connecting the inbox for millions of Gmail users to its social service.API Makes it Harder to Create Harmonized Settings for UsersThis is a great example of where Twitter, being so decentralized, has to rely on partners to roll out these types of features. Traditional Web users see these features offered by the company, but others – Seesmic, Tweetdeck, Tweetie – may not ever offer this feature in their client. One thing to watch will be how Twitter evolves the terms of service and default settings as it ramps up its efforts to compete further for mind share in the real-time web.Taking this all into consideration, do you want to be found on Twitter? Thinking a bit into the future, perhaps Twitter will offer to take my email folders and auto-magically create lists of users from the email accounts and phone numbers in them. This all gets interesting in the context that Twitter lists are viewable to the outside world – and inbox settings are not. There still seems like more work to do to make this all make sense, but for now, it seems to be somewhere between Buzz and Facebook’s approach to connecting users to their intimate relationships.The Reverse of Buzz, or, Do Memes have CellphonesWe can see the motivation for Twitter to launch this feature. One of the challenges the service has is also its greatest feature: no rules. Anyone, anything can have an account today: devices, dogs, spacecraft, germs, conferences. All of ’em are out there somewhere and are one button away from being in your feed.Something to think about in this mixed model of accounts, is that although the settings on Twitter are now moving towards discovering email and phone numbers for our contacts, we don’t expect the Cassini Saturn spacecraft to have a mobile phone number. Tags:#Analysis#cloud#cloud computing 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

BJP, IPFT to contest Tripura rural bypolls separately

first_imgThe ruling BJP and its ally Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura will contest the by-elections for the three-tier panchayat separately, fuelling speculation about fissures within the fledgling coalition, which in March ended the 25-year-long Left rule in the State.By-elections on 3,207 seats of gram panchayats, 161 panchayat samitis and 18 zilla parishads will take place on September 30.Large-scale resignationsThe seats fell vacant after large-scale resignations by elected public representatives since the BJP- IPFT government came to power on March 9.Chairman of the panchayat election committee of BJP and Minister for Education Ratan Lal Nath said that the party wanted “to check its strength alone.”“We have spoken with IPFT on this. BJP wants to check its strength alone,” Mr. Nath said as he revealed the list of 3,155 candidates for the polls.Mr. Nath said 2,980 candidates would contest on gram panchayats seats, 157 on panchayat samiti seats and 18 on zilla parishad seats.The candidates for the other seats would be declared later, he added.Meanwhile, both the BJP and the IPFT have started filing of nominations from Friday.IPFT general secretary Mangal Debbarma too announced that his party was contesting the bypolls alone and will field candidates against the BJP.‘No seat-sharing’“There was no discussion between BJP and IPFT on seat-sharing. Before announcing the candidates list, Mr. Nath just talked to our president N.C. Debbarma yesterday,” the IPFT general secretary said on Friday. “So, we are contesting the by-elections separately and will field candidates against each other,” he added.Ever since the coalition was formed in March last year, unease was visible among the two partners who have often taken opposing stands on various issues.The two parties had earlier announced that they will be contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections separately as well. Tripura has two Lok Sabha seats.BJP spokesperson Mrinal Kanti Deb clarified that the BJP’s alliance with IPFT was for the Assembly elections only.“The purpose was to form the government in Tripura. Lok Sabha election is a different issue,” Mr. Deb said.Meanwhile, Opposition Congress said it would contest on all seats of the three-tier panchayat while the CPI(M) too declared that it would try to contest on as many seats as possible.last_img read more

Bihar cane farmers in distress

first_imgThe sugar cane farmers of Bihar are distressed as the government has not yet announced the cane price for mill owners for the current season. The farmers are also agitated with the mill owners over non-payment of their dues.Speaking to The Hindu over phone, sugar cane farmers of West Champaran, the district where most of the sugar mills are located, said five mills in the district alone owe ₹231.98 crore to them. “Sugar cane payment dues for the current season of 2018-19 by the mills of Bagaha, Harinagar, Narkatiaganj, Majhaulia and Lauria have gone up to the tune of ₹231.98 crore. We are in deep distress but there is no one to address our problem,” rued Nandeshwar Pandey, a young farmer from Pathakauli village. Bihar has a total of 12 sugar mills.The farmers of West Champaran further said that they have supplied about 74.75 lakh quintals of sugar cane to these five sugar mills till December 8 this year, spending ₹57.93 crore in the process. “We expected to be paid after a fortnight of the supply as it is mandatory for the sugar mills under the Sugar cane Purchase and Supply Act to make the payment and any delay invites interest at the current bank rate,” said Pramod Singh, another farmer. “However, till date, not a single penny has been paid,” he added.Most of the farmers had taken loan from banks through Kisan Credit Card and now they say they are being chased by the certificate officers of the banks for repayment of the loan.Living in penury“The government at the Centre had announced that farmers’ income would double by 2022, but the sugar cane farmers in Bihar have stopped celebrating social and religious functions due to lack of funds. We are unable to pay even the tuition fees of our children… we are on the verge of starvation,” said Rajan Giri, a farmer. He added that the farmers are not being able to go for the kharif cultivation as “they don’t have money to buy seeds and fertilizers”. The sugar cane farmers of West Champaran had staged a massive protest before the district official in Bagaha on December 10, demanding immediate announcement of sugar cane price. Copies of the memorandum had also been sent to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Chief Secretary, Sugarcane Development Commissioner and the District Magistrate. “The State government is delaying fixing of State Advisory Price for sugarcane in connivance with the mill owners and we are forced to borrow money on higher interest rates from banks for our survival,” alleged sugarcane farmers Umesh Patel, Surendra Baitha, Daya Shankar Singh and Somesh Pandey.The sugar cane farmers of West Champaran particularly angry with State Sugar Cane Development Minister Khurshid alias Firoz Ahmad who represents Sikta Assembly constituency from the same district. “The government is serious on the issue and I have asked the principal secretary of the department to announce the sugarcane price soon. It will be announced in a day or two. The Chief Minister himself had a meeting with officials to address the issue,” the Minister told The Hindu. His assurance, however, has failed to pacify the farmers who burnt his effigy near the Bhimrao Ambedkar statue at Bagaha on December 15.The sugar mill owners, meanwhile, are blaming the State government for the farmers’ distress. “Negotiation between the State government and the mill owners for sugarcane price is going on and hopefully it will be fixed within a week. The sugar mills are not at fault as the responsibility to fix the price lies with the State government, ” said Y.S. Bhatnagar, general manager (personnel) of the sugar mills. The production of sugarcane has gone up this year and demand has come down, he added.last_img read more

Who are the NFL’s version of Man Utd?

first_imgUEFA Champions League NFL teams’ soccer twins: Man City-Eagles, Real Madrid-Patriots & the best football club comparisons Goal Last updated 9 months ago 22:20 1/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) NFL teams as football teams Getty/Goal composite UEFA Champions League Juventus Manchester United PSG Arsenal Manchester City Chelsea Leicester City Real Madrid Barcelona Liverpool With the Super Bowl upon us, we take a look at the top comparisons between franchises from American football and the top European powers It’s Super Bowl Sunday next week!The NFL championship game this year sees the New England Patriots, looking to win thier third title in five years and sixth in the Tom Brady era, taking on the Los Angeles Rams.With the biggest game on the American football schedule set to kickoff in a matter of days, we thought it would be entertaining to draw comparison between NFL teams and the top European football powers.  Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player There’s plenty of room for debate and the similarities are more apples-to-orages than apples-to-apples, but you can draw plenty of comparisons between organizations across the two sports. Without further ado, we bring you Goal’s list of the top 10 comparisons between NFL franchises and your favortie European football clubs.last_img read more