first_imgSAN DIEGO — Every December, a sprawling hotel lobby transforms into a rumor mill that’s kept churning by baseball industry insiders hungry for information.The lobby at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego isn’t where the Yankees signed Gerrit Cole or where the Nationals met with Stephen Strasburg, but it is where agents, executives and reporters came together to discuss the offseason’s biggest deals and their ripple effect on the sport.When news like Cole’s record-setting, nine-year, …last_img read more

first_img29 October 2004Foreign businesses operating in South Africa have given the thumbs up to the country’s economy – though there are still concerns about Zimbabwe and HIV/Aids.A survey conducted by the Bilateral Chamber Consultative Committee (BCCC), involving 252 of its member companies, found a sharp increase in business confidence compared to 2002, with the majority of respondents very positive about the country’s economy and future prospects.The BCCC is an informal grouping of business chambers representing about 3 000 foreign companies, with a total membership investment in South Africa of more than R360-billion.According to the BCCC, British business in the country represents about R280-billion worth of investment, German business about R22-billion, the Netherlands R11-billion, and France and Italy about R3-billion and R1-billion respectively.In the survey, conducted from May to June 2004, 78% of respondents found the economy to be “satisfactory to excellent”, compared with 31% in a similar survey conducted in 2002. 95% expected the economy to remain the same or improve, Business Day reports.Levels of confidence in the government have strengthened considerably, with 53% of survey respondents expressing increased confidence, compared with only 32% in 2002. 60% of respondents expect investment to increase, and 47% said they had created new jobs.Relative confidence was expressed in the future of a market-driven economy (70% confident or better); balanced taxation (53%); democracy (46%); political leadership (34%); and equal opportunities for foreign business (32%), Business Day reports.Positive economic features in South Africa include a competitive marketplace, reasonable return on investment, and cheap electricity.According to Business Day, while 14% of respondents indicated a wish to disinvest, this was not due to dissatisfaction with the economy, but was seen as a natural process resulting from globalisation.While respondents accepted black economic empowerment, some were concerned that current empowerment measures would not achieve the desired outcome.Sticking points for foreign businesses include Zimbabwe – which is a key trading issue for many companies – and HIV/Aids. 79% of respondents rated the government’s HIV/Aids policy as “bad to very bad”, while 59% said developments in Zimbabwe had negatively affected their businesses.Other problems raised include corruption, the competence of the civil service, inflexible labour regulations, and crime and violence.Business Day reports that there was also strong pessimism about the accountability of trade unions, labour productivity, investment incentives, and the free transfer of funds out of South Africa. Respondents also noted that the rand’s volatility was a cause for concern.Members of the Bilateral Chamber Consultative Committee are:Africa-Asia SocietyAmerican ChamberAngolan ChamberAustralian Business AssociationAustrian Business CircleBelgian ChamberBritish Chamber in SACanada/South Africa Chamber of BusinessDanish Business ClubFinnish/South Africa Trade GuildFrench/South Africa ChamberGerman/South Africa ChamberHellenic ChamberIndian chamber of IndustriesSA-Ireland Business AssociationIsrael/SA ChamberItalian/SA ChamberJapanese ChamberKorean Company AssociationNetherlands/SA ChamberPolish ChamberSri Lankan ChamberSwedish Business AssociationSwiss ChamberSouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

first_imgClick on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Development contact sheet (625KB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: Murals at theentrance to town. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: An HIV/Aidsawareness billboard. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: An HIV/Aidsawareness billboard. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: An HIV/Aidseducation billboard. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: An HIV/Aidseducation billboard. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: The LoveLifecentre offers sex educationand family planning andpromotes HIV/Aidsawareness. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: An HIV/Aidseducation mural at Bavariafarm. The farm has anactive HIV/Aids awareness programme, supportingoutreach initiatives inthe area. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: HIV/Aids educationon Bavaria farm. The farm hasan active HIV/Aids awareness programme, supportingoutreach initiatives in thearea. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: HIV/Aids educationon Bavaria farm. The farm hasan active HIV/Aids awareness programme, supportingoutreach initiatives in thearea. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageDEVELOPMENT 5: {loadposition dev}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library?Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have a very active pattern over the state this week, starting today. We have rain and snow from I-70 southward, with the moisture slowly lifting northward through the day. By midday to early afternoon, action should be approaching US 30, and by sunset we should see light precipitation all the way up to US 20. Meanwhile, the rains will continue pretty much all day south of I-70, meaning the heaviest totals will end up down there. Moisture over the southern half of the state will be from .25”-.6” with coverage at 100% of the region, while we expect a few hundredths to .25” between US 20 and I-70 with 75% coverage. By tomorrow morning we have rain over a majority of the state, with only some wet snow in NW Ohio. Even that snow quickly transitions to rain statewide by mid-morning to midday, and then rain continues through sunset. Heavy rains will be working into SW Ohio tomorrow morning and will spread northeast. After sunset tomorrow, we would not be surprised to have rain change back over to snow before ending mid morning Wednesday. Most of the state will see only minor accumulations after that switch over, but in north central and northeast parts of the state, along with east central Ohio, there can be a lot more. All told, we think tomorrow we have potential for half to 1.5” liquid equivalent precipitation totals, and we wont rule out the potential for some localized 2 inch totals for tomorrow. Some of that comes as a coating to 2 inches of snow to start the day in far NW Ohio, and then some more as another coating to 2 inches of snow overnight tomorrow night into early Wednesday. Now, north central, northeast and east central Ohio will see bigger snow potential, with 2-6 inches possible with lake enhancement. Generally speaking, this is most easily summed up as “a mess”. The map at right shows potential cumulative precipitation through Wednesday morning. Flurries and light patchy snow continues for the balance of Wednesday behind this event, although we should see an attempt at some clearing from west to east. Strong NW winds mean we will see a much colder push, and some lower wind chills, but we are not as concerned about cold air now, like we were in our forecasts for this period last week.  Temps likely end up near normal for midweek, and we see partly sunny skies for Thursday. Friday has become much more problematic. We have a significant low moving across the eastern corn belt. Right now, the low looks like it wants to move northeast across Indiana, and really miss us. That would put most of Ohio in the warm sector with moderate to heavy rain potential. We would have to watch the overnight and early Saturday part of the event closely, as the arrival of cold air would allow precipitation to perhaps end as snow. However, right now, the track of the low is very important, and would make all the difference between all rain for us, and something much worse. Right now, we have some concern that Indiana to the west sees Rain, ice (freezing rain) and heavy snow…all three of the biggies!. But, track could easily put us in the firing line too. So, for right now, we are not stepping out in any specific direction on this event. It looks formidable in any form, but what we get and where we get it depends entirely on track, and it is too far out to really get a good idea on that at the moment. Stay tuned! Windy and colder for Friday, so any snow that would fall on Friday would be subject to blowing and drifting through the day Saturday. Temps will be well below normal and we will see wind chills as a problem again. We stay cold for the balance of the weekend through Monday, with partly sunny skies. Some sub zero lows are likely for the morning of Presidents day. Tuesday the 19th we have minor snows moving through, bringing a coating to 2 inches with 70% coverage. Then we turn partly sunny and colder again for Wednesday the 20th. While we are keeping our forecast relatively conservative for those days, other models are trying to bring a much more interesting solution to the table, with snow in far southern areas, near the Ohio River for Tuesday, and then rain south of I-70 on Wednesday and snow north. We think that is overdone and will stay with a more subdued outlook at this time. For the extended period, we have flurries for Thursday the 21st, then partly to mostly sunny skies for Friday the 22nd through Sunday the 24th. Colder air with another snow event arrives for Monday the 25th and goes through Tuesday the 26th. Accumulations are likely.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Don “Doc” SandersYou may remember that I’ve written a few times in this column about false claims made against Roundup — namely, that it causes cancer. In my most recent column on the topic, I wrote about how several respected health and environmental organizations have cleared the popular herbicide of these charges, like the Environmental Protection Agency, Health Canada, the European Food Safety Authority and the German consumer health agency BfR.Now I want to share with you a news report I recently ran across about how a New Mexico dairy operation is being threatened by cancer-causing nonagricultural chemicals that have contaminated the groundwater.The chemicals in question are perfluoroakyl and polyfluoroakyl substances, a group of manmade chemicals that I’ll refer to by their acronym, PFAS. Since 1940 PFAS chemicals have been incorporated into products used all over the world. Some compounds in this group are familiar, such as Teflon, which keeps food from sticking to frying pans. Other PFAS compounds are used in fabrics. Still others, to make carpet waterproof and stain resistant. Some of these substances have been used in food packaging to stop grease absorption.A couple of PFAS chemicals are used in firefighting, as fire retardants, and for fire prevention. There’s particular concern over the adverse human health effects caused by this subset of PFAS compounds. These are the types of chemicals that are putting the dairy farm I mentioned in grave danger.When humans and animals consume certain PFAS in their food, or by coming into contact with them through water, the chemicals accumulate in their bodies over time. Animal studies demonstrate that specific fire retardant PFAS can cause cancer. Human studies demonstrate that PFAS also raise blood cholesterol.There’s a potential goldmine here for the attorneys of Moose & Moose, as PFAS lawsuits have far more merit than legal cases against Roundup. So, don’t be surprised if Moose & Moose starts interrupting more of your favorite TV shows to sign up with them over new cancer alarms.Now, here’s the rest of the story about the dairy farm in New Mexico. The dairy farm is just a couple of miles from Cannon Air Force Base where PFAS fire retardants were used in training firefighters to extinguish aircraft fires, using mock or junk planes. Apparently, this was standard procedure for many years. Consequently, groundwater used by the dairy was contaminated by these PFAS chemicals.A cows’ digestive system protects it somewhat from PFAS. The microflora in the rumen neutralizes some PFAS contamination, which reduces the resulting toxicity of milk and tissue. Yet, PFAS residue has been detected in the milk and tissue of this farm’s cows.The dairyman and his wife also have been tested for PFAs. They have 10 times the considered safe level of PFAs in their bodies.The cows’ milk has been declared unmarketable — as it should be. And the cows are in quarantine with the recommendation that they be euthanized. Can you imagine being in this dairyman’s place? You’ve given your life to your herd and now you’re being ordered to shoot all of them.One of the quandaries is where to dispose the cows, as no one has a clue about the long-term implications of PFAS residues in animal carcasses. I would recommend Yucca Mountain in Nevada as a disposal site. That’s a site designated for disposal of spent nuclear rods and associated radiation waste.And by the way, Congress was mandated to establish rules for Yucca Mountain’s use more than 10 years ago. And guess what? The rules haven’t been written! Until Congress establishes rules for nuclear waste disposal, it has cost taxpayers $24 billion in additional hidden fees over the past 10 years. This does not show up in the budget that Congress fights over every year because Congress doesn’t want to ‘fess up.If the cows were buried in Yucca Mountain, no one would ever know the mountain also contained some dead cows. Certainly, Congress would never admit to it.In the meantime, the government pays damages to the dairyman for his discarded milk. And the dairyman continues to await the government’s final resolution of this sad state of affairs – to euthanize the cows and close the dairy.Dairy farmers are a unique group of people. They’re animal lovers, just like pet owners. Their cows are their mission in life and their source of survival and inner peace.I truly feel for this dairyman and what he and his wife are going through.last_img read more

first_imgTags:#New Media#web Related Posts Media market watcher paidContent put the subscription number into context. The Times of London instituted a paywall last year and after eight months had 79,000 subscribers. But overall, it lost 90% of its online readership according to The Guardian. The Financial Times instituted a paywall in June, 2010 and has 224,000 paid digital subscribers.So, for being a month in, 100,000 subscribers does not look that bad for The New York Times. Revenue on those subscribers could reach as high as $20 million, depending on the type of subscription an individual signed up for. Considering the newspaper spent between $25 million and $40 million (depending on who you believe) on creating the paywall, it looks like a decent return on investment in the early going.“In mid-March, we introduced Times digital subscription packages in Canada and globally at the beginning of the second quarter, and we are pleased with the number of subscribers we have acquired to date, as initial volume has meaningfully exceeded our expectations,” said said Janet L. Robinson, president and CEO, according to Yahoo Finance.As paidContent points out, there are still a number of variables to consider when looking at the number of paid Times subscribers. What happens when the promotional period ends and rates go up? What about plans on different devices? There are a variety of plans users can subscribe to such as iPad-only or Web-only. We might not know the answers to those questions until later this year when we see more subscription numbers from the Times.Disclaimer: ReadWriteWeb and The New York Times are syndication partners. dan rowinski Since instituting its metered paywall in late March, The New York Times has 100,000 paid subscribers to it website, according to a Times’ article on its own earnings statement.The number does not include print subscribers, who get access to unlimited articles on the website, or promotional launch offers, according to a tweet from Times’ senior VP of corporate communications, Robert Christie. The article states, “For the first time, the Times Company provided information on how digital subscriptions were faring. The company said that since it started limiting the number of articles readers could read on NYTimes.com for free, it has signed up more than 100,000 subscribers. While it said the program was still too young to judge a success, ‘early indicators are encouraging.’”Currently, Times readers can access 20 stories a month for free on NYTimes.com before hitting the paywall. There are exceptions to what counts as a “click”; stories accessed through Facebook, for example, are not counted as a clicked story. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

first_imgIn a country with the world’s largest youth population and a passionate following for the English Premier League, every young footballer wants to get a feel of how the game is played at that level.But for someone coming from a country languishing at the bottom half of the world rankings, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train under the best in the business.Dilsher Singh Sandhu is the lucky footballer getting a fully paid scholarship to train at the Brooke House Football Academy for a year after excelling in the trials organised by Sport Espirit Academy in the Capital at the Thyagaraj Stadium.The 16-year-old, who idolises Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas, was delighted after winning the prize.”It’s unbelievable. I’m on top of the world after bagging this prize and also glad that my hard work has paid off. This is a great opportunity for me and I will try to imbibe the training methods so that I can become a better footballer,” Dilsher said.Dilsher is a student of Air Force Bal Bharati School and is also a midfielder like his idol Fabregas.The trials, which began on June 16, saw around 3,000 footballers participating and 17 were selected for the final round.The participants were put through their paces and tested by coaches in various aspects of the game such as dribbling, first touch and ball control.”We want to encourage young and talented football players and transform their dreams into reality. We are looking forward to visit India every year and select one child for this scholarship,” said Anish Khinda, head of international football development of Sport Esprit Academy.advertisementsoumalya. [email protected]last_img read more