Gold mining returns to Johannesburg

first_imgJames stressed that comprehensive exploration, planning and analysis, as well as black economic empowerment structuring and community interaction had enabled the company to reach the current stage. London and Johannesburg listed Central Rand Gold has received a new order mining right from the Department of Minerals and Energy, enabling the company to transform from an explorer to an active miner. “Receiving our mining right is a major step forward in our overall strategy as we can now focus on implementing the mining plans that will see us becoming a gold producer during 2009,” Central Rand Gold CEO Greg James said in a statement last month. The company will commence trial mining at its Consolidated Main Reef, Langlaagte and Crown Mine tenements in the Central Rand Goldfield, situated to the south of the Johannesburg inner city. SAinfo reporter This is also the first mining right in a series of new order mining rights that the company is seeking to apply for. Central Rand Gold last month received a trial processing plant in Johannesburg, which it has since been commissioned for use. Trial mining has since commenced and full-scale surface mining is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2009. 9 October 2008 The new order mining right entitles Central Rand Gold to perform mining activities on the three tenements to a depth of 900 metres below surface. This application covers approximately 33.67 million tons of the company’s current resource base, and is expected to yield around 4.2 million ounces of gold over a seven year period. “We are grateful to the Department of Minerals and Energy for their professional handling of our application and related submissions,” James said, adding that Central Rand Gold’s immediate goal was to produce gold at an annualised rate of 100 000 ounces by the end of 2009. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Old Mutual invests in township malls

first_img3 February 2012 “We will continue finding ways to contribute to social development projects that benefit the community and townships and we are proud of our contribution to the development of the Kagiso area,” said Old Mutual Property MD Peter Levett. “We look forward to the successful conclusion of this project and the grand opening next year,” he said. Ensuring community involvement In addition, Phumlani Mall in Tembisa on the East Rand in Gauteng, was acquired for R175-million The modern shopping centre was completed in July 2009 and is fully operational. One such investment is the Kagiso Mall, which was demolished and is being redeveloped at a cost R123.5-million, with the mall due to reopen in April this year. Kagiso is a township located to the west of Johannesburg, near Krugersdorp. Old Mutual acquired Phanghami Mall, situated in Thohoyandou in Limpopo province, which boasts a 7 834m² shopping centre complex with an investment amount of R75-million. It opened for business at the end of October 2009. Old Mutual fund manager Hein Smit in a statement this week that the new Kagiso Mall would make “a valuable enhancement to this community’s shopping and social experience.” Old Mutual Property is redeveloping and refurbishing several malls in previously disadvantaged areas as part of its contribution to sustainable community development and township upliftment in South Africa. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Kagiso Mall was originally developed in the 1980s and had become desperately outdated and run-down, with low occupancy rates. The newly developed mall will be 11 700m², with 9 200m² of new-line shops that will house a retail mix of 50 shops. Fast food tenants will be facing the main parking area to enable extended trading hours. Community involvement in the project has been considered through each stage of the project, which is one of the distinguishing factors of the mall. The final design finishes propose to include numerous artworks and contributions from the community to depict images relevant to the local community. Old Mutual Property has carried out other projects to improve retail centres in previously disadvantaged communities before. Project architects KMH were instructed specifically to address the sustainable aspects of the project, which include rainwater harvesting, low energy lighting and improved insulation specifications. They also used local skills and expertise in the development phase.last_img read more

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No substance in what Modi speaks, says Rahul Gandhi

first_imgCongress president Rahul Gandhi Friday said Indians have realised that there is no substance in what Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks, adding the latter is mum on the issues he spoke about before the 2014 elections.Addressing a campaign rally here for the November 28 Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls, Mr. Gandhi said Mr. Modi’s speeches used to be about corruption, farmers and unemployment.“Today, he doesn’t say anything on these issues. People of the country have realised that there is no substance in what Modi speaks. All his assurances are false,” Mr. Gandhi said.“Before 2014, Narendra Modi promised loan waiver, bonus and better price for farmers’ produce; I want to ask him why were the assurances not fulfilled,” he said.When the Congress forms the next government in Madhya Pradesh, the chief minister will work for 18 hours a day to provide employment to youth, Mr. Gandhi said.“Unemployment and farm crisis are rampant in all the poll-bound states,” he said, adding the government has told Parliament that only 450 youth get jobs per day in India, as against 50,000 in China in the same period.Mr. Gandhi promised loan waiver to farmers “within 10 days of coming to power” in Madhya Pradesh and making the state an “agriculture hub” of the country.The Congress leader said the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in the state destroyed the education sector with Vyapam, the entrance examination, admission and recruitment scam unearthed in Madhya Pradesh in 2013.On the Rafale deal, Mr. Gandhi said Mr. Modi gave Rs 30,000 crore benefit to industrialist Anil Ambani by taking away the contract from the state-owned aerospace company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).“Even BJP leaders Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie have said due processes were not followed in the Rafale deal. The CBI director was about to start a probe into the Rafale scam but he was removed from his post at 2 am,” Mr. Gandhi said.“If a probe is carried out, only two names, that of Modi and Anil Ambani, would figure in it,” he said.Mr. Gandhi said,”Modi speaks of surgical strikes. The fighter aircraft used in the strikes were manufactured at HAL, while Ambani doesn’t have any experience of making aircraft“.“Ambani has a debt of Rs 45,000 crore and is yet to repay the money given to him by public sector banks, he said.last_img read more

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I am 27, and I Am a Maternal Health Advocate

first_imgPosted on August 31, 2010June 21, 2017By: Janna Oberdorf, Communications Manager, Women DeliverClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)These are two things I’m very proud of. I’m proud to be young (or at least young-ish) and passionate about women and mothers. I’m proud that when I see images of women giving birth in low-quality health facilities, I want to yell at the world. I’m proud that the first time I learned what fistula is, I wanted to smash my computer screen and say, “Why didn’t I even know about this before?” This is a fight that I’m ready and willing to take – the fight for mothers around the world.But why are there so few young people involved in maternal health, at the research level, at the advocacy level, and at the policy level?Today, at the Global Maternal Health Conference I got to watch five Young Champions of Maternal Health speak with the same passion that I feel.I watched:·      Hellen Kotlolo talk about her project to send SMS text messages to pregnant women and new mothers that give them both health advice, but also loving, empowering messages that increase their self-esteem;·      Zubaida Bai talk (via a video recording) about her project to distribute clean birth kits to communities;·      Egwaoje Ifeyinwa Madu talk about using SisterFriends, a trusted network of women in communities, to share information on maternal health and act as a safe and compassionate resource;·      Carolina Araujo Damasio Santos talk about her project The Art of Being Born which uses music, poetry, and other art forms to humanize the process of pregnancy and birth in Brazil;·      and Seth Cochran talk about Operation OF, a project to reintegrate fistula survivors into communities who have shunned them for their injuries.I couldn’t have been more inspired. But I had to ask the question: How do we get more young people on board? It seems that when it comes to maternal health, it’s hard to reach young people in a way that make them understand this is an issue that affects them. Many young people care about sexual and reproductive health – they want safe sex, contraception, safe abortions. But when you mention maternal health, they think about their mothers.Sitting in front of five Young Champions who certainly inspired this conference of almost 700 people, I hope that one day maternal health will resonate with young people on a bigger, broader level. I hope that one day when we mention maternal health, young people will think of themselves and not just their mothers. And I hope that organizations like the Maternal Health Task Force, Ashoka, and more continue to respect young people’s opinions and innovative ideas, and properly support them with information, guidance, mentoring and funding.Learn more about the Young Champions of Maternal Health program, a partnership between the Maternal Health Task Force and Ashoka.Janna Oberdorf is the Communications Manager at Women Deliver.Stay up to date with the conference happenings! Follow the Maternal Health Task Force and EngenderHealth on Twitter: @MHTF and @EngenderHealth. The conference hashtag is #GMHC2010.For more posts about the Global Maternal Health Conference, click here.For the live stream schedule, click here.Check back soon for the archived videos of today’s presentations.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea wonderkid Hudson-Odoi attracting major Bundesliga interest

first_imgChelsea wonderkid Hudson-Odoi attracting major Bundesliga interestby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea wonderkid Callum Hudson-Odoi is attracting major Bundesliga interest.The Mirror says Bayern Munich have been chasing Hudson-Odoi – and now Borussia Dortmund are in for him too.The German giants believe the 18-year-old has huge potential and are targeting him as the next English youngster to make a switch to the Bundesliga.Jadon Sancho has been a huge hit at Dortmund and Arsenal loanee Reiss Nelson has been in sensational form at Hoffenheim.Bayern are aware that Hudson-Odoi has been frustrated this season at a lack of first team opportunities, having been told last summer he would get games. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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17 days agoBarcelona attacker Lionel Messi: I thought Neymar would join Real Madrid

first_imgBarcelona attacker Lionel Messi: I thought Neymar would join Real Madridby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona attacker Lionel Messi admits he thought Neymar would join Real Madrid this summer.The Brazilian forward made no secret of his desire to leave Paris Saint-Germain and both of Spain’s big two clubs were linked with him.”I really thought Neymar would go to Real Madrid if he didn’t come here,” Messi said in an interview with RAC1.”He really wanted to leave Paris and he’d shown it.”And I thought that Florentino [Perez] and Real Madrid were going to do something to sign him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Study finds link between healthcare utilization practices and relative levels of threat

first_imgOver 20 percent of US adults do not have a regular source of healthcare and the reasons for this shortfall are not fully understood. Lack of adequate insurance coverage is a major deterrent, but the significant percentage of insured adults who do not have a regular medical resource suggests that other factors play a role. Understanding all of the factors that contribute to suboptimal healthcare utilization is therefore key to developing solutions to the problem,”Stephen Ristvedt, Lead Investigator PhD, Department of Anesthesiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 31 2019A new study in the journal Heliyon, published by Elsevier, examines the relationship between the way individuals perceive and respond to threats (threat sensitivity) and where they most frequently seek medical care. The study investigates the association between the healthcare utilization practices of African American men in a low-income urban neighborhood and their relative levels of threat sensitivity, insurance status, and ages. People vary widely in how they perceive and respond to threats. At one end of the spectrum are highly-sensitive individuals who are more prone to anxiety and avoidance of potential harm. At the other end are those who are relatively insensitive to threats and thus more likely to be generally unflustered and may take greater risks with their health and well-being.Investigators found that too little threat sensitivity could lead to neglect of plausible risks (e.g., not having established a regular healthcare source) while too much could lead to heightened sensitivity to risks (e.g., going most often to an emergency room for healthcare).Of the 483 African American men who participated in the study, 67.1 percent said they visited a doctor’s office or clinic when they needed medical care, 18.8 percent frequented the emergency room, and 14.1 percent cited “no place.” Further data analysis indicated that men who were more likely to cite a physician’s office or medical clinic as their most common source of healthcare were higher in threat sensitivity than men who had no usual place for healthcare and lower in threat sensitivity than men who cited the emergency room as their most common healthcare source.The study also found that having insurance, being older, and having comorbid conditions were significantly associated with using a doctor’s office or clinic rather than an emergency room or not seeking care altogether. The combination of high threat sensitivity and the emergence or worsening of symptoms could conceivably prompt a more urgent pursuit of medical attention and trips to the emergency room.Related StoriesHow to get a cheaper prescription before leaving the doctor’s officeMany thyroid cancer patients have no choice about radioactive iodine, study revealsPatients taking opioids for chronic pain could face health care access problems”These findings are important because they lend insight to tailoring health marketing messages to assist in public health efforts to optimize utilization of healthcare resources. Providers in doctors’ offices and clinics are able to monitor and treat chronic diseases on a more regular basis and focus on preventive care, and are more cost effective than the emergency room,” noted Dr. Ristvedt. He cited the success of a number of social media campaigns to motivate certain audiences toward healthier behaviors through targeted messages.The healthcare utilization patterns of African American men, who comprise the study sample, have been shown to be different from those of other US demographic groups. Compared to Caucasians and African American women, African American men are less likely to go to a doctor’s office for their healthcare needs and more likely to go to an emergency room. In previous research this has been attributed to racial discrimination and/or mistrust of healthcare organizations and providers. As a result, the investigators expected to find higher levels of both factors associated with suboptimal healthcare utilization through overreliance on emergency services or underutilization of available services all together. Contrary to this hypothesis, the study demonstrated that these two factors had no impact on healthcare utilization when threat sensitivity, insurance status, and age were taken into account.Further study is needed to determine whether the findings are broadly applicable across demographic groups. In addition, the investigators recommended conducting additional research to further clarify issues of causality, assess unmeasured medical variables, and replicate their findings.Source:ElsevierJournal reference:Ristvedt, S. et al. (2019) Threat sensitivity is associated with the healthcare source used most often: doctor’s office, emergency room, or none at all. Heylion. doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2019.e01685.last_img read more

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A smart car that can read brain signals

Future cars will be both self-driving and manual. “We wanted to harness technology to enhance drivers’ skills without interfering with the enjoyment of being behind the wheel,” explains José del R. Millán, who holds the Defitech Foundation Chair in Brain-Machine Interface (CNBI). As part of a joint project with Nissan researchers based at the CNBI, the team managed to read the brain signals that indicate a driver is about to do something – such as accelerate, brake or change lanes – in order to send that information to the vehicle. With this advance notice of a few hundreds of milliseconds, the smart vehicle can anticipate the driver’s movements and make the ensuing maneuver easier. The car is also equipped with sensors to monitor its environment, which means it can help the driver when traffic conditions are difficult.An easier and more personalized driving experienceThe signals produced in the driver’s frontal motor cortex are detected using a sensor-equipped EEG (electroencephalography) headset. They are then sent to the smart vehicle for processing. By combining that data with the information detected by its own sensors, the car can react to the situation at hand. “If you’re coming to a red light and getting ready to brake, the car will assist you by starting to brake 200–500 milliseconds before you do. But if you approach a red light and your brain shows no intention of slowing the car down, the car will warn you that the light is red to make sure you’ve seen it,” says Millán.We all generate different patterns of brain signals, so the vehicle learns from each driver and customizes its software. It stores each driver’s regular routes, as well as their driving habits and style, using this information to more accurately anticipates what each driver might do at any time. The brain-machine interface not only makes driving easier, it also creates a more personalized experience, as the car will always be in sync with the driver. Even the car’s setting can be transparently adapted to the driver’s preferences. For instance, if the driver has adopted a more relaxed driving style, the interface will detect that the selected sports mode is not appropriate and switch the car to a more comfortable setting.Tech transferIn 2014, after four years of research, scientists from the CNBI delivered the brain-machine interface to their industry partner Nissan. The carmaker then continued the research through a senior innovation research program with support from the CNBI. The resulting technology was integrated into a prototype, creating the interface that enables the vehicle to communicate with the driver. This prototype was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.Since 2015, Nissan and the CNBI researchers have been working on further developing this brain-vehicle technology, mainly by adding an eye tracker function. “Our eyes are always moving and observing what’s going on around us,” says Millán. “But not everything we see is relevant or important. So we are studying ways to detect brain signals that indicate that a certain object or situation has caught our attention and needs to be factored in by the vehicle.”For several years now, Millán’s team has been developing scientific knowledge in detecting and using brain signals to control objects and our environment. They have been focusing on driver-assist technology with Nissan since 2011. In parallel, they have been exploring other applications for their expertise as well, such as helping people with motor disabilities. Provided by Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Explore further Credit: Nissan Citation: A smart car that can read brain signals (2018, March 26) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-smart-car-brain.html Top car tech trends from CES 2018 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. EPFL and Nissan researchers are able to read a driver’s brain signals and send them to a smart vehicle so that it can anticipate the driver’s moves and facilitate the driving process. Nissan recently unveiled this brain-to-vehicle (B2V) technology.  read more

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Invisible structures exposed

Fig.1. Estimated 3D plant branch structure. Credit: Osaka University Provided by Osaka University The results will contribute to the cultivation and management of plants by artificial intelligence (AI) and image analysis. They will be helpful in realizing future cultivation technology to allow for (a) detailed daily management of branch/leaf level process of growing plants in places where cultivators’ vision can’t reach by filming with a drone or robot, (b) coming up with best trimming or pruning methods for plants, and (c) forecasting future growth of plants. Researchers report overnight cycle of water movement in trees Three-dimensional (3-D) reconstruction from multiple images obtained from different viewpoints has been actively examined. However, it was difficult to reconstruct the structure of objects that have hidden portions, such as plants with branch structures hidden under their leaves.By combining the original image-to-image translation approach in a Bayesian deep learning framework and 3-D reconstruction, a group of researchers led by Fumio Okura estimated the existence probability of branches that are hidden under leaves in images. Using these estimated branch positions, they achieved accurate 3-D reconstruction of branch structures, including those hidden under leaves. Specifically, they converted images of leafy plants to images showing branch existence probability, thereby achieving 3-D reconstruction.The results of this study will be presented at the EEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR 2018) to be held from June 18 through June 22, 2018. The paper presented at the conference will be published in Computer Vision Foundation Open Access as part of the conference proceedings on June 4, 2018. Explore further More information: Probabilistic plant modeling via multi-view image-to-image translation. IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (2018) Citation: Invisible structures exposed (2018, May 7) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-invisible-exposed.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Thoroughly understanding the growth of branches and leaves of individual fruit-bearing trees and adequately managing them are important in improving their quality. However, daily observation and advanced knowledge are necessary for proper management and cultivation of trees, so tree management systems using cameras are drawing attention. The automatic 3-D modeling of plant shapes and branch structures from images is an indispensable technology for pursuing both labor-saving cultivation and improvement of product quality. Fig.3. Future cultivation via plant structure estimation. Credit: Osaka University Fig.2. Flow of the proposed approach. Credit: Osaka University read more

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CBI chief Verma shunted out now on graft charges

first_imgCOMMENTS judiciary (system of justice) Supreme Court reinstates Alok Verma as CBI Director File Photo of CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma.   –  PTI SHARE SHARE EMAIL CJI nominates Justice A K Sikri on panel to decide CBI Director Verma’s fate COMMENT CBI vs CBI: Extraordinary situations need extraordinary remedies, CVC tells SCcenter_img SHARE RELATED Published on ‘Verma’s sacking shows that the PM is scared of a probe’ Alok Verma was removed unceremoniously as the CBI director after a high-powered panel led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi found that he had not been functioning with integrity expected of him.Verma, whose fixed tenure of two years was to end on January 31, is the first chief in the 55-years of the CBI’s history to face such action, officials said. He has been posted as Director General Fire Service, Civil Defence and Home Guards, under the Union Home Ministry. The charge of the CBI has been given to Additional Director M Nageshwar Rao, a government order issued on Thursday evening said.The panel which comprised Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Justice AK Sikri, appointed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi as his nominee, had met here Thursday evening after which a decision for Verma, a 1979-batch IPS officer, was taken. Kharge has expressed his dissent to the decision which was taken by a majority of 2:1.Allegations of corruptionThere were eight counts of charges against Verma in the CVC report presented before the panel which included alleged attempts to induct tainted officers, compromising probe in the case related to controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi, IRCTC scam among others, they said. The Central Vigilance Commission claimed that it had found evidence of influencing of probe in the Moin Qureshi case and there were intercepts of RAW, an external snooping agency, that Rs 2 crore had changed hands. The CVC was of the view that his conduct in the case was suspicious and there was a prima facie case against him, and wanted a criminal investigation to be conducted in the case.  In the IRCTC case, the CVC felt that it can be reasonably concluded that Verma deliberately excluded a name from the FIR, for reasons best known to him. The CVC also found instances of wilful non-production of record and fabrication of record.The committee also took note of Verma’s attempts to induct officers of doubtful integrity in the CBI. The CVC said that he had been given ample opportunity to present his case before the CVC, in presence of Justice (retd) Patnaik. The officials said the panel, barring Kharge, felt that investigation, including criminal probe, was necessary, in some cases, and his continuation as CBI Director was not desirable, and he should be transferred. The meeting of the committee was convened Wednesday which lasted nearly 30 minutes.It was convened again on Thursday at the residence of Prime Minister Modi at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg at around 4:30 PM. The meeting continued for nearly two hours with Kharge strongly arguing for giving a chance to Verma to present his case before the committee on the allegations levelled by the CVC against him. However, the Prime Minister and Justice Sikri did not agree with his position making clear his ouster from the agency. Rafale link?Reacting to the development, the Congress said, “By removing Alok Verma from his position without giving him the chance to present his case, PM Modi has shown once again that he’s too afraid of an investigation, either by an independent CBI director or by Parliament via JPC.” A delegation of former ministers Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha along with activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan had met Verma on October 4, 2018 with plea of registering an FIR in the Rafale aircraft purchase deal.Verma was sent on forced leave by the government in a late-night controversial order on October 23, 2018 in the wake of a feud between him and his deputy Special Director Rakesh Asthana which had intensified after Asthana was booked on corruption charges by the CBI on October 15, 2018. He had challenged the order in the Supreme Court which had quashed the government order Tuesday and reinstated him with a condition that the high-powered selection committee will decide his fate in a week.Verma had joined the office Wednesday after 77 days of forced leave set aside by the Supreme Court. The apex court had said any further decision against Verma, who was scheduled to retire on January 31, would be taken by the high-powered committee which selects and appoints the CBI director.The Supreme Court in the Vineet Narayan judgment had fixed a minimum tenure of two years for the CBI director to give him immunity from any political interference. Later, through the Lokpal Act, the process of selecting the CBI director was handed over to a selection committee. January 10, 2019last_img read more

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