By Dialogo March 03, 2011 The UN International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has removed Colombia from its list of countries meriting “special observation” for drug production and trafficking, as a “word of encouragement” for its efforts in that field, the organization announced on 1 March. “Colombia is coming off the special observation list in 2011,” Camilo Uribe, a member of the board and its rapporteur, declared at a press conference in Bogotá. “It’s a word of encouragement from the board, so that this country continues to fight,” the board member added, before specifying that Colombia nonetheless continues “to be the world’s largest producer of cocaine up to now.” “This doesn’t mean that cultivation, trafficking, and consumption have disappeared; it means that state institutions have been strengthened, that the judicial system has been empowered,” he maintained. According to United Nations data, Colombia produced around 410 tons of cocaine in 2009, making it the world’s leading producer of that drug. Nevertheless, it fell out of first place in the production of coca leaf, a place now occupied, according to the most recent data from 2009, by Peru, which had not been in that position since 1997. Uribe specified that the decision was taken at the INCB’s most recent meeting, which ended on 4 February and at which it was decided “to evaluate the countries that have stayed on the list.” “Being on that list is not a sanction of any kind, to make that clear,” he added. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos expressed his delight that his country has come off the INCB list, on which, he said, “we were for very many years,” unfortunately. “It’s not only the number of tons of cocaine seized by the police or the Army or the National Navy; it’s the drastic, phenomenal change that’s been seen” in the fall in coca production, Santos said during a public event in Vistahermosa, in the central department of Meta. In his turn, Interior and Justice Minister Germán Vargas received the news “with pleasure.” “We continue confronting the challenge of reducing supply and demand. Day after day, for decades, Colombia has been working (against drug trafficking). No other country has sacrificed so much in the fight against drugs,” he emphasized. The UN agency’s annual report on drugs was released on 2 March. The expert explained that although Colombia launched an aggressive eradication policy in 2002, a reduction in estimated cocaine production, which has gone from around 670 tons a year to less than 500, was only seen beginning in 2008. Before that date, he explained, traffickers succeeded in “tripling” coca-leaf productivity. Colombia has also reduced the cultivation of poppies, the base for heroin production, going from around 7,000 hectares in 2002 to around 267 hectares in 2010. Finally, Uribe warned about the situation of Peru and Bolivia, countries he invited to strengthen their “measures to reduce supply,” in order to prevent a “balloon effect,” the migration of production and trafficking from one country to another when repression increases. That effect resulted in cultivation “moving from Peru to Colombia at the end of the 1970s, and now we don’t want it to return to Peru or to any other country in the region,” he concluded.
West Ham’s summer signing André Ayew could be facing a spell on the sidelines after suffering an injury during their 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.Ayew went off in the first half at Stamford Bridge after appearing to sustain a thigh injury as he chased Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.He will undergo a scan in the next 24 hours.“We will have to wait for the scan to tell us how long he will be out,” said Hammers boss Slaven Bilic.The visitors looked set for a point after James Collins’ equaliser cancelled out Hazard’s penalty.But Diego Costa fired home an 89th-minute winner for the Blues – and Bilic admitted they deserved their win.“Of course when you concede so late in the first game it makes you disappointed,” he said.“It’s a big frustration for us because we were so close against a top side on their ground.“But they deserve it. Let’s be honest, apart from the first 15 minutes and when we equalised – in that middle period which was about 60 minutes – they were better than us.“They were more aggressive, winning second balls, and if you add on top of that players like Eden Hazard then you have to admit they were better than us.“Chelsea were very energetic and compact. I wasn’t happy with the way we played.”See also:Chelsea 2 West Ham 1 – as it happenedLate Costa goal gives Chelsea dramatic victoryChelsea v West Ham player ratingsConte plays down Fabregas’ omissionConte thanks fans after Chelsea winFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Some Aussies are trying to scoop the Mars prize, it seems from a headline in the down-under Daily Telegraph. While two American rovers are busily sniffing about for evidence of water (as a prerequisite for life) on opposite sides of the surface of Mars, the Australians are saying, “No worries, mate,” they already found Martian life, right here on Earth. (Initial results of the search for water from Spirit in Gusev Crater, by the way, appear negative; scientists announced today that Mossbauer spectrometer data from the rock “Adirondack” show a strong signature of olivine. This mineral, characteristic of volcanic basalt lava, could not endure much weathering by water. Stay tuned.) The Martian meteorite story has been a teeter-totter since its flamboyant announcement to the world press in 1996. Just when everyone had pretty much concluded it was a dead rock (see 03/18/2002), the Australian team of Tony Taylor and J.C. Barry has announced in the Journal of Microscopy1 that they have found “conclusive proof” the magnetite structures in Martian meteorite ALH 84001 were formed by living bacteria. The story gets stranger. According to a report in the English edition of the Islamic news service Aljazeera, the credit for the discovery seems to go to Tony’s dog, Tamarind. Apparently, the dog, trained to sniff sewage, found in some Queensland mud a type of earthly bacteria that produces structures identical to those in the Martian meteorite. The structures matched according to 11 criteria they used. The photo caption says, therefore, “Australian dog: been there, done that.” There’s another strange twist. Since the meteorite is supposed to be 4 billion years old, it predates the assumed date for the origin of life on earth. That can only mean one thing. Life on earth came from Mars. The bacteria still might be on Mars, but the Aussies suspect it would be deep down where the rovers couldn’t find it. Aljazeera seems pleased at the American defeat: “Two US-backed rovers are now exploring the red planet and transmitting unprecedented images of the barren landscape, but may achieve little else.”1A. P. Taylor and J. C. Barry, “Magnetosomal matrix: ultrafine structure may template biomineralization of megnetosomes,” Journal of Microscopy 213:2 (Feb 2004), p. 80, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2828.2004.01287.x.Evolutionists are funny because they are so serious. Dog discovers origin of life. Americans lose spirit over lost opportunity to be first. Muslims snicker, “G’day, mate.”(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Football fans are now able to get thelatest on everything relating to the WorldCup, such as information about theMbombela stadium in Nelspruit.(Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. For morefree photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa media officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 471• Delia Fischer, Fifa media officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 2524• Jermaine Craig, media managerLocal Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 0121• Tyrone SealeGCIS 2010 Project Management Unit+27 83 575 7440Source: GCISThe Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) has launched its 2010 Fifa World Cup website on a mobile platform, allowing fans access to football information from their mobile phones.The official government 2010 mobisite is a handy mobile service that gives fans access to host city and stadium information, Park and Ride/Walk locations, tourist information, Fifa Fan Fests and public viewing areas.It also includes the match schedule together with updates on match results and news.Government spokesman Themba Maseko said the mobisite can also be accessed by sending an SMS with the keyword 2010 to the number 34747.Alternatively people can simply type the address – http://m.sa2010.gov.za – into their mobile browsers.“By extending the sa2010.gov.za website onto a mobisite, fans both locally and internationally can access a host of information about the World Cup directly from their mobiles, from wherever they are,” he said.The mobile site is continually updated, said Maseko, ensuring that fans are kept up to date with all the latest World Cup news. They can also explore government’s involvement in the first Fifa World Cup on African soil.“Those with mobiles that cannot access the mobile web, can still access essential information through dialling *120*12010# from anywhere in South Africa,” said Maseko.“The mobisite is packaged into three easy-to-use sections: SA 2010 Fan Guide, Information and SA communities.“The site facilitates two-way communication between government and the people using the service, and aims to supply interesting content, along with useful location-relevant information for wherever they are in South Africa.”While use of the site is free, data charges do apply. It costs 20 cents (3 US cents) for 20 seconds on the USSD menu with the SMS service costing R2 (US$2.6).http://www.sa2010.gov.za
25 May 2012Marsha Marescia will captain the best prepared South African women’s Olympic squad yet at the London Olympic Games. Now aged 29, she has been a member of the national team since 2001.She made her debut in October of that year at the age of 18. Almost 11 years later, when she participates at the London Olympics, she will bring with her an impressive CV that includes attending two Olympic Games and two World Cups.However, only in recent times, thanks to a sponsorship by Investec, has the South African women’s team been given the kind of backing to enable it to compete with the world’s leading teams. It has resulted in a growing maturity in the side and that has begun to translate into results on the field.Qualified in styleThe South African women’s hockey team qualified for the Olympic Games as African champions, but were required to also win an Olympic qualifying tournament in New Delhi, which they did in style, going through the event unbeaten and defeating hosts, India, 3-1 in the final.Reflecting on the qualification of the team for the Games, Marescia told BuaNews: “The Olympic qualifier was a tough tournament for the Investec ladies’ hockey team. We had an intense preparation period with a number of international games, which paid off in the end as we entered the final being the most prepared team for the event.“It was tough because psychologically each player knows that we would only get one chance to qualify. But once we had done it, we were thrilled.‘We deserve to be in London’“We feel that we deserve to be in London and our results prove it, and now that we have the chance to participate in London, we are looking forward to another tough tournament, but hope to do better than we have done at past Olympic Games.”The opportunities created by Investec’s sponsorship, which have allowed for far more international participation than ever before is invaluable, Marescia said.“The experience definitely helps us to focus on the job at hand. While we spend a lot of time focusing on ourselves, we also spend hours analysing the opposition and their structure, the style and their key players and set pieces.”FIH All StarMarescia, who plays her trade for Rotterdam in the elite Dutch league, is a player that leads from the front, setting an example for her team-mates to follow. That standard is a high one, which is underlined by her selection to the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) All Star team in 2007, 2009 and 2010.“On the field, I just want to play and make a difference,” she said. “Sometimes making the difference means being the supporter of the others when they are playing well and sometimes it means standing up and making the difference myself.“Playing for South Africa is extremely special,” Marescia added. “It is something that I treasure and I will always work hard to ensure that I never miss out on the opportunity to put on the green and gold and sing our national anthem with pride.”What drives South Africa’s captain? In the Mail and Guardian’s Book of Women, Marescia revealed her personal motto: “Deep within you lies a seed of greatness waiting to be germinated.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
The retail group Foschini is one of the companies that helps PinkDrive keep its educational and clinical trucks on the road. These trucks’ services include women’s health education.It costs R10-million to build one truck. PinkDrive’s monthly running costs are R700,000. PinkDrive’s services include free education on women’s health, mammograms and clinical breast examinations. (Image: Supplied)Melissa JavanHenrietta van Kramberg says she should have given up on life when her child died but she didn’t. Instead, following a diagnosis of breast cancer in 2010, she decided to fight back.The 43-year-old is one of 11 women who are sharing their stories during the Courage to Conquer campaign, taking place in the Breast Cancer Awareness Month of October. The campaign is an initiative by retail group Foschini. It is to build awareness and to fundraise for the organisation, PinkDrive.She kicked cancer’s butt in six-inch heels, Van Kramberg says. “Giving up is not an option. As a mum if you survive the passing of your child, there’s not much that can get you down.”Watch Van Kramberg talk about how she motivated herself in her battle against cancer:Watch Lizelle Knott explain how her son became her motivation to fight cancer:Lizelle Knott, a 36-year-old, says early detection made a huge difference. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. “If you have a positive attitude, anything can be an adventure,” she says of her journey.PinkDrivePinkDrive is known as South Africa’s “breast cancer community carer”, the non-profit organisation says on its website.It has mobile units which cross three provinces, visiting urban and semi-urban areas, to give people access to mammographies and gynaecological services.Besides free education on women’s health, the mobile clinics offer free pap smears and clinical examinations, as well as information on how to do breast self-examinations.Since its launch in 2011, PinkDrive has taught more than 260,000 women about breast health.Courage to conquerNaeema Cassimjee, Foschini brand manager, says that in previous years the clothing retailer has partnered with PinkDrive to raise breast cancer awareness and to keep the mammography and educational units of PinkDrive on the road.“The campaign this year is unique in the sense that we have provided a platform for women from different backgrounds from all over South Africa to share their stories. [They talk about] how they found the courage to conquer breast cancer,” she says.“The campaign takes a positive approach where we aim to highlight the courage and strength that women have within them.”The partners approached cancer organisations Look Good, Feel Better; Reach for Recovery; and Cancervive, to ask for volunteers, Cassimjee explains. These volunteers are survivors of breast cancer, and were willing to share their stories with others.“We received a lot of interest but unfortunately had to eventually cut it down to 11 women.”She says to support PinkDrive through Courage to Conquer, people can buy breast cancer awareness key rings and Playtex or Foschini branded bras. A portion of the funds raised is donated to PinkDrive.“A donation to the PinkDrive has also been made by the photographer who shot the Breast Cancer campaign,” Cassimjee says.To watch the videos of the other cancer survivors telling their stories, visit the Foschini South Africa YouTube channel.Corporates playing a roleFebe Meyer, PinkDrive spokesperson, says the organisation works with numerous brands, individuals and companies throughout the year to make PinkDrive successful.“Our major sponsors are the financial contributors Pick n Pay, MTN Foundation, the Bidvest Group and Bridgestone.“As PinkDrive does not receive any government funding, we are grateful for any corporate or individual that assist the PinkDrive in raising funds. The impact of any amount raised assists PinkDrive to keep our existing mobile units on the road,” she says.“It also enables us to provide free services to all the medically uninsured people in South Africa.”One of the fundraising initiatives was the Cell C SA Lingerie Fashion Show held on 6 October 2016 at Canal Walk shopping centre in Cape Town. The aim of the event was to distribute 100 care packs to cancer patients at hospitals in the city.The first mobile screening unit of PinkDrive launched in the Western Cape in 2011. It operated through local clinics, community health centres and hospitals. (Image: Supplied)Meyer says the current PinkDrive fleet consists of three mobile mammography units, one educational truck and five educational vehicles.Since the organisation’s inception in 2011, more than 10,600 mammograms and more than 102,000 clinical breast examinations have been done.“It should be noted that currently one unit is doing 20 public sector hospitals’ work in a month! This is a direct ‘report’ of what PinkDrive is doing with all the funding received,” says Meyer.PinkDrive travels to urban and semi-urban areas throughout South Africa. “We have representation in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Deere & Company and DN2K have agreed to form SageInsights – a joint venture to initially serve the agriculture industry with further development of DN2K’s existing cloud software platform, MyAgCentral, for agricultural retailers and others who provide consulting services to growers.“Through this nitiative, John Deere expands its products and services for precision agriculture,” said John May, President, Agricultural Solutions and Chief Information Officer at Deere. “DN2K is uniquely positioned to help advisers and consultants use information from multiple sources to better serve growers.”DN2K, Greenwood Village, Colorado, developed the MyAgCentral platform to help agriculture advisers collect, organize, and analyze machine-to-machine information and use it along with insights from other resources to help improve decision-making. Deere & Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of agricultural equipment and a leader in precision agriculture.“The agriculture industry has significant opportunities to increase productivity by understanding and leveraging the operational intelligence that is already available,” said Susan Lambert, President and CEO of DN2K. “Creating SageInsights allows us to serve a broader range of the agricultural community.”The two companies will integrate DN2K’s MyAgCentral with the John Deere Operations Center utilizing the available Deere API. This connection will make the data management tools of both platforms available to producers and their trusted advisers and enhance their capability to make business decisions with expanded knowledge of crucial information.“John Deere customers are faced with the challenge of feeding an increasing world population,” said May. “This joint venture aligns with our efforts to connect people, equipment, technology and insights to help farmers meet that challenge.” The creation of SageInsights, he added, allows for a nimble response to market needs and a continuation of DN2K’s innovative spirit in developing customer solutions.In the future, SageInsights could also explore applications in the construction equipment industry while the DN2K parent company will explore potential platform opportunities in other industries such as energy, oil and gas, and healthcare. Deere is a majority owner of the joint venture. Other details of the transaction are not being made public.About John DeereDeere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at www.JohnDeere.com. About DN2KFounded in 2011, the DN2K team has over 12 years’ experience in developing software-based systems that can remotely monitor, display and control important assets. DN2K brings visibility and control to a new level by offering a secure M2M Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution that performs real-time aggregation of data from global SCADA systems, sensors and probes from different manufacturers into single view. DN2K takes large amounts of data from sources throughout your business and turns that data into a highly visual information display accessible from laptops, smart phones and tablets, regardless of platform, and can be shared with others in real-time. DN2K is unique by offering intelligent gateway devices located at a monitored site, performing business rules and setting alarm trigger conditions for superior automation and reduced network bandwidth requirements.
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We all know of the feats of Australia’s swimming golden girls, we’ve seen the image of Kerryn McCann fighting off the Kenyan runner in the marathon, while our cyclists and shooters are celebrating their most successful Commonwealth Games of all time. But while all of this is taking place in sports-crazy Melbourne, Touch is making the most of the influx of visitors to Victoria’s capital city.As part of the Commonwealth Games festivities, Touch Football Victoria assisted with a one hour Touch exhibition and coaching session last Saturday at the ‘Nestle Peters Beach Games’, just outside Melbourne’s Arts Centre and Concert Hall.In keeping with the Commonwealth Games theme, players who represented Australia and New Zealand in last year’s Victorian Trans Tasman Challenge were on hand to help out.Activities that kids love, such as ‘touchdown chase’, 2 v 1 Shootout, relay skills races and finally a game were enjoyed by the kids and their families who were watching. With enthusiastic volunteers showing off their skills in demonstration games, it was a great way to promote Touch Footy in front of the general sports-loving public of Melbourne, Australia and the world.For TFA Game Development Officer Carly Goodrich, being hooked up to a microphone to run the coaching session, a halftime interview with the ‘Beach Host’, and the live action being displayed on the big screen were some of the highlights for the day.Watching the kids and volunteers diving to score and stop Touchdowns was the centre of most participants’ focus, especially on the soft sandy surface – no pain but plenty of sand to be emptied from clothing for the rest of the day!Touch footy will be back at the Commonwealth Games, on the sand tomorrow (Thursday March 23) for another demonstration and coaching session, from 12.45-1.45pm outside the Melbourne Arts Centre and Concert Hall.So, if you’re in Melbourne for the Games, or know someone else who is, get them to drop in to the event and support the Touch Football Victoria volunteers promoting the sport in Melbourne.
WASHINGTON – Disgruntled conservatives threatened late Tuesday to scuttle Republican leaders’ plans to prevent a weekend government shutdown, saying GOP leaders now lack the votes to push their proposal through the House. The setback came as a deal between President Donald Trump and Congress to protect young immigrants from deportation also remained distant.The intransigence by the House Freedom Caucus came as Republican leaders raced against a Friday deadline for pushing a short-term spending bill through Congress. If they fail, federal agencies would start shutting their doors over the weekend — an election-year debacle that GOP leaders and many Democrats are eager to avoid for fear of alienating voters.The leader of the hard-right Freedom Caucus emerged from a Tuesday night meeting to say its members — and other GOP lawmakers as well — want a short-term bill keeping federal agencies open to contain added money for the military.“There’s not enough support to pass it with GOP-only votes in the House,” the group’s leader, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told reporters. He said he planned to discuss their concerns with Republican leaders.The GOP focus on keeping government open comes as it’s become certain there’s no time to cut a deal by Friday on protecting young immigrants.Those talks were soured by Trump’s incendiary remarks about “shithole” countries in Africa last week. Democratic leaders said they would not promise to vote to keep the government open past Friday without a plan to preserve a program that protects the young immigrants known as “Dreamers.”“We don’t want to shut down the government. … We want to keep the government open,” Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters. “But we’re not going to be held hostage to do things that we think are going to be contrary to the best interests of the American people.”House Republican leaders tried to win over wary conservatives with a promise to repeal unpopular taxes as part of the bill preventing a shutdown.They sweetened the plan with a two-year delay on implementation of unpopular taxes on medical devices and generous employer-subsidized health care plans. The taxes, also unpopular with many Democrats, are part of former President Barack Obama’s marquee health law.The temporary funding bill would also include a long-delayed, six-year renewal of a popular health insurance program for children of low-income families. It would fund the government through Feb. 16.House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., unveiled the plan at a Tuesday evening GOP meeting. Lawmakers and aides initially said it was received well, raising hopes that a potential shutdown would be sidestepped with relative ease. A Ryan spokeswoman declined later to comment on the Freedom Caucus’ opposition.Many Democrats said they’re still unlikely to support the measure without an agreement on immigration. The prospects for such a deal were complicated as Democrats appeared to see scant reason to bargain with a president many in their party view as holding racist views.“There’s no trust there,” said Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.Negotiations on immigration were to resume Wednesday but Marc Short, a top White House aide, said an agreement was very unlikely to come this week. “We’re optimistic that we’ll get a deal,” Short said. “I think this week would be fairly Herculean.”Even if they succeed in the House, Republicans would still need at least nine Democratic votes to push a spending package through the Senate, which the GOP controls 51-49. Democrats seeking leverage are forcing that bill to require 60 votes for passage.When the Senate approved a similar short-term spending bill in December, 17 Democrats plus Maine independent Angus King voted to keep the government open. Seven of those Democrats face re-election in November in Trump-won states — including West Virginia, North Dakota and Montana, which have small numbers of minority voters.Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, said Tuesday he’ll vote for a short-term spending bill without a plan to assist the immigrants facing possible deportation. Other red- and swing-state Democrats did not commit.“I think everyone has the empathy and compassion to want to help these young people who are stranded and we’re trying to find that, but shutting down the government isn’t going to help them,” Manchin said.Democrats voting against that December bill included some senators — such as Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California — who might seek the presidency in 2020 and would love support from their party’s liberal voters.On the left, liberal groups are ramping up pressure on Democrats to resist any spending plan. Groups like MoveOn, United We Dream and CREDO shifted their focus from Republicans to Democrats earlier in the month, threatening primary challenges and public ridicule for Democrats unwilling to risk a government shutdown to save the program for young immigrants.Meanwhile, the bipartisan group of senators continued work to build support for a plan to protect the “Dreamers” and toughen border security, including funds to start building Trump’s long-promised border wall.Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, late last year but gave Congress until March 5 to pass legislation extending the initiative created by President Barack Obama. It has protected around 800,000 young immigrants from deportation.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sought to highlight the later deadline, suggesting there was more time to work out a deal. A shutdown now would be “a manufactured crisis,” he argued.___Associated Press writers Kevin Freking, Marcy Gordon and Steve Peoples contributed to this report.