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first_imgThere’s a new shark getting a lot of attention near SAP Center, and this one doesn’t even play hockey. The stunning new mural in progress, towering over the Whole Foods parking lot on two walls of the Modera apartment building on The Alameda, has been drawing a crowd for the past week.Created by internationally famous urban artist Nychos — known for his work featuring cross-sections and deconstructions — the eye-popping artwork, titled “Bleed Teal,” is expected to be finished in time for …last_img read more

first_img28 October 2009A sound fiscal position has allowed the South African government to sustain public service delivery while increasing spending on fixed capital investment to boost economic growth and create employment, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.Presenting his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, Gordhan said that low levels of public debt had also enabled a rapid increase in infrastructure spending, much of it supported by government-guaranteed borrowing by the country’s state-owned enterprises.Supporting economic recoveryGordhan said state investment in capital infrastructure had increased from 5.9% of South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter of 2007 to 9.4% in the second quarter of 2009.While South Africa’s GDP was expected to decline by 1.9% overall for 2009, the economy was expected to move back into growth in the last quarter of the year. GDP growth of 1.5% is forecast for 2010, rising to 3.2% by 2012.According to Gordhan, the government has taken a number steps to support the country’s economic recovery, including:sustaining public spending and government employment programmes;helping state-owned enterprises to increase their investments;bolstering municipal capital spending through development finance institutions;maintaining expansionary fiscal and monetary policies only for as long as necessary; andreinforcing South Africa’s state social security net.Job creationYet the country’s biggest challenge remains job creation. Employment levels fell by 3.4% in the first half of this year, with the highest ratio of jobs lost in the agriculture, domestic work and informal sector.Only 42% of the population between 15 and 64 years old are in some form of employment. In the former apartheid “homelands”, only 30% of adults have jobs.This compares unfavourably with fellow emerging economies Brazil and China, where about two-thirds of the adult population have work. South Africa’s labour absorption rate is also lower than Ghana, South Korea, Brazil, China and India.“If the country does not find a way to resolve this problem, there will be catastrophic implications for social stability and future growth,” Gordhan said.ProductivityThe country also requires a higher productivity, and the government plans to take steps to raise employment and lower the costs of production to boost South Africa’s competitiveness, he said.The volatility of the rand has also drawn some attention, because it affects exports. Since 1994, nominal exchange rates have depreciated by 60%, making the rand far more competitive today than it was 15 years ago.With this in mind, the government is to relax exchange controls to lower the cost of doing business and promote investment. The inflation rate will also be kept in check to ensure that it is not higher than that of South Africa’s trade partners, as this would undercut the country’s competitiveness.Cost-cuttingOver the next three years, the government will also clamp down on wasteful public spending, in three phases, in a bid to develop a more effective public service.Gordhan said state tax revenue had fallen by about 3.2% of GDP, with the biggest declines in VAT receipts, company taxes and trade taxes. To widen the tax base, the government is considering improving tax compliance and introducing new taxes, such as environmental levies.A budget deficit of 7.6% is projected for 2009/10, from a deficit of one percent in 2008/09, while revenue projection is expected to recover over the next three years.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Every growing season, agronomists play a vital role in providing expertise and support for farmers. Once again this season, farmers can show their appreciation for their agronomic support teams during Agronomy Week to be celebrated April 2-6.Launched last year by the DEKALB, Asgrow and Deltapine brands, the annual event takes place the first week of April to help farmers recognize the contributions of their agronomists, seed dealers and crop consultants who help them get the most out of every acre.Pete Uitenbroek, DEKALB, Asgrow and Deltapine brand lead, notes that Agronomy Week was created as an industry-wide celebration.“We’re proud to promote recognition for agronomic team members throughout our industry,” he said. “These dedicated professionals work closely with farmers throughout the growing season, guiding key decision-making and monitoring crop performance to help them maximize their success.”During Agronomy Week, farmers, regardless of seed brand, can pay tribute to their agronomic team by nominating up to three individuals. U.S. farmers who submit nominations will be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a daily prize as well as the grand prize — tickets to a NASCAR race for one farmer and up to three members of their agronomic support team.Farmers can nominate their agronomic professionals and enter the sweepstakes at AgronomyWeek.com or by posting the professionals’ names on the DEKALB Asgrow Facebook page or Twitter with #AgronomyWeek and #contest.Returning this season to help encourage farmer participation in Agronomy Week will be NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer, who spoke with farmers about the event at the recent Commodity Classic show in Anaheim, California.“Growing up in Kansas, I have a great appreciation for farmers,” Bowyer said. “I’m honored to support such a worthy industry and excited to be part of Agronomy Week again.”Uitenbroek notes that in farming, like racing, an experienced support crew is essential for a strong start and winning performance. “We encourage all farmers to participate in Agronomy Week and help establish this celebration as a strong tradition throughout our industry.”last_img read more

first_imgAt an ‘Internet kiosk’ in South Kashmir, 24-year-old Mohammad Ubair has been trying to download admit card for the past 30 minutes. Mr. Ubair, a postgraduate in zoology had applied for an online test conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) for a government job. He travelled 10 km from his village to the deputy commissioner’s office in Shopian to download the admit card. “It is frustrating, as the server is slow. It takes almost an hour to fill one form. I missed the CBI exam as there was no Internet for more than a month anywhere in the vicinity and I could not apply on time,” said Mr. Ubair clutching a plastic folder containing the requisite documents.He said he was shortlisted for the post of security assistant in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) but couldn’t appear for the tests as he didn’t have access to the Internet.‘Malicious’ postsThe Kashmir Valley has been put under unprecedented communication blockade since August 5 when Home Minister Amit Shah moved two Bills to revoke J&K’s special status under Article 370 and bifurcate and the downgrade the State into two Union Territories.Mobile phone connectivity and Internet services have remained snapped for more than 50 days now amid fears that Pakistan might fuel unrest in the region through “malicious” posts on social media and other messaging platforms.To help students, the administration has set up Internet kiosks in the offices of deputy commissioner in all the ten districts of Kashmir division. Mobile Internet has been snapped in Jammu region also, but broadband Internet services are available. An official claimed that at least 45 Internet-enabled computers were active in Srinagar and around 200 in the rest of the Valley.Most Internet kiosks have access to only government approved websites. The National Informatics Centre (NIC) in Jammu approves the list of websites that can be accessed on the computers installed at the DC office.Safety precautionsAt a kiosk in Shopian, search engine Google could be accessed only on three computers run by government officials and that was not available to the general public. “The Jammu office monitors all the websites and tracks the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses that are being accessed from computers here. Firewalls are in place and adequate precautions are taken so that Internet is not used for any nefarious purposes,” an official explained.Principal Secretary Planning (J&K) Rohit Kansal said resources have been dedicated for use by the public. “A large number of students are using these [kiosks] for educational activities like downloading admit cards, accessing scholarship portals and filling forms, among other things,” he told The Hindu.Shabbir Mushtaq (24), a B.Tech from National Institute of Technology (NIT), Srinagar, has visited the DC office twice in the past two days. “The first day I came to check if Internet was working, I applied online for an exam. Since there is no mobile connectivity here, I could not get the One-Time Password on my phone. I had to call a friend in Delhi and share his number in the form to pay the fee. It takes almost an hour to load a website, speed is extremely slow,” said Mr. Mushtaq, who had come from Herman village, 14 km away.A senior J&K government official said in the wake of physical limitations, the available resources have to be distributed among a large number of people.last_img read more

first_imgWill it be safe for athletes and officials to go to Delhi? The Delhi Police’s security blueprint for the Commonwealth Games is sure to quell fears raised by a spate of reports in the foreign media that suggested athletes from several countries are considering pulling out of the event, fearing for their safety.Paramilitary personnel guard the Thyagaraj stadium.In terms of manpower and planning, the Game security plan surpasses the arrangements during the Independence Day and Republic Day celebrations in the Capital. More than 80,000 Delhi Police personnel, 17,500 paramilitary personnel, 3,000 commandos, 100 anti-sabotage teams, over 200 dogs and 15 bomb disposal squads will work day and night to ensure the safety of the more than 10,000 athletes and one-lakh foreign visitors expected in the city during the event.If a medal is what the athletes will aim for, the biggest achievement for Delhi Police officers will be an incident-free Games. Athletes, officials, dignitaries and foreign heads of states arriving in the Capital will be covered by a four-tier security cordon from the moment they step out of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA).AIRPORT The parking lots around IGIA will be sanitised days before the Games and slots reserved for vehicles that will ferry athletes, officials and dignitaries to hotels.Each of these vehicles will be assigned an RFID (radio frequency identification tag) and their drivers issued with unique IDs. Anti-sabotage, commando and sniper teams will be deployed in and around the airport. A team of commandos will escort buses ferrying officials and athletes.advertisementBetween the airport and the Games Village, the Delhi Police will set up 15 posts. Armed guards stationed there will be ready to act in case of an eventuality.HOTELSCorridors and rooms of hotels that will host athletes and visitors will be sanitised and only verified hotel staff carrying ID cards provided by the Delhi Police will be allowed access. The hotels will have watch towers and access control. Even the food and water for athletes and officials will be first tasted by security personnel and food experts.VENUES The “impregnable security” plans of the Delhi Police get tested here. All persons except for state guests will get ‘park and ride’ facility at the first tier with only designated, pretagged vehicles allowed inside the outermost cordon manned by the traffic police.In the next cordon, spectators will be guided to their designated entry gates leading to seating galleries.The galleries will be under electronic surveillance with officers moving around in plainclothes.Snipers will be positioned on the rooftop of the stands.In the next cordon, security personnel will screen the barcode of tickets being carried by spectators, and keep photocopies of spectators’ ID and photos for record. VIP vehicles entering this zone will be checked for their special RFID tags and I-cards of the drivers verified. For the first time, licence plate scanners will be in use. There will be separate entry gates for athletes, Games officials, dignitaries and spectators.The entry gates where the RFID tags and vehicles will be checked will have boom barriers, tyre-killers and road blockers in place. In case any vehicle doesn’t comply with the mandatory RFID and other checks at the entry gates, all these gadgets will automatically activate.The exclusion zone, within 30m radius of the stadium, comes next. Here, even athletes will have to get off their vehicles and go through doorframe metal detectors, hand- held detectors and manual frisking. Baggage will be put through X-ray scanners.The X-ray scanners will have a memory back-up, saving images of 250 items last scanned.The zone will be CCTV-secured.Vehicle-mounted scanners called ‘mobile cargo container inspection equipment’ have also been hired to inspect cargo without opening containers. “This gadget can scan 20 containers in an hour,” a police officer said.GAMES VILLAGEThe Games village will have unprecedented security. “In fact, the steps beat the Parliamentary session arrangements in terms of checks and counterchecks put in place,” a police officer said. The place has a 3m-high perimeter wall with a 1.5m-high iron grill running over it. “But once inside athletes will feel free to move around,” the officer added.Only RFID-tagged vehicles driven by drivers with valid IDs will be allowed in. Tyre-busters and boom barriers will be installed at the entry gates. This apart, commandos, anti-sabotage teams and intelligence officials will be deployed in and around the complex.Each of the 574 vehicles assigned to ferry athletes to venues will undergo mechanical and anti-sabotage checks every morning.When athletes and officials staying at any of the nine designated hotels or Games Village venture outside the dedicated lanes, they will get a helicopter escort.advertisementOPEN EVENTSThe trickiest part of the security plan is to provide security for events such as marathon, cycling and walkathon, which passes through busy markets and residential areas. “We will not only put restrictions on movement of vehicles but even open telephone and electricity boxes and windows will be sealed for the duration of the event,” a police officer said. Snipers will be deployed along the route along with commandos.last_img read more