Crusaders cruise into NCS quarterfinals


first_imgThe St. Bernard’s boys and girls basketball teams each claimed first-round victories in Wednesday night’s North Coast Section Division-V playoff games. The No. 6 seed St. Bernard’s boys downed visiting No. 11 seed Oakland Military Institute 92-66 on the back of a 29-point performance by Garrison Finck.“They played the smartest game they have all year,” St. Bernard’s boys head coach Steve Thrap said. “No one played selfish, we played team focused basketball.”The No. 2 seed St. Bernard’s girls …last_img read more

South Africans nominated for Innovation Prize for Africa


first_imgFour South African innovations have made it on to this year’s list of 10 nominees for the Innovation Prize for Africa. Its aim is to encourage local solutions to challenges and inspire continued growth on the continent. The winner will be announced in a ceremony in June in Botswana. This year’s Innovation Prize for Africa takes place in June in Botswana. Four South Africans are in the running. (Image: African Press Organisation)• Girls in space! Africa’s first private satellite – designed by schoolgirls• How can digital technology boost growth in Africa?• Busting the myth that Africa doesn’t produce scientific innovators• African scientists make headway in grasping persistent TB bacteria• Robotic gliders boost for ocean research• Meet the global leaders heading WEF Africa 2016 Priya PitamberFour South Africans have been included in the list of 10 nominees announced for the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). Run by the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) and now in its fifth year, this year’s theme is “Made in Africa”. The aim is to create home-grown solutions for Africa to spur growth and prosperity on the continent.“As Africans, we have the talent, potential and clout to solve our own problems with ingenuity too, and IPA is testimony of this,” said IAP director Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl. “In the past five years, I’ve seen innovation grow from a mere buzzword to a sturdy path for African growth in multidisciplinary industries across the continent.”There has been tremendous growth in applications and keen interest from innovators and innovation enablers since the inception of the awards. “IPA 2016 attracted a record 3 600-plus innovators and received 985 successful submissions from 46 African countries,” it said in a statement. To date, it has attracted more than 6 000 innovators from 50 African countries.The nominees and their inventionsThis year, the nominees include breakthrough innovations in malaria and other public health burdens, smart solutions for farmers and dynamic energy initiatives.Tackling malaria and other public health concernsDr Eddy Agbo, Nigeria: Urine Test for MalariaUrine Test for Malaria (UMT) is a rapid non-blood diagnostic medical device that is able diagnose malaria in less than 25 minutes. Africa is still in the process of eradicating malaria. Diagnosis of the disease can take a long time, and if the patient is not treated quickly enough, it can lead to kidney failure, lung fluid build-up, and even death.The technology in the UMT detects malaria parasite proteins in the patient’s urine. The UMT is simple and affordable, and a potential game changer in managing malaria across Africa.Valentin Agon, Benin: Api-PaluApi-Palu is an anti-malaria drug treatment developed out of natural plant extract. It is significantly cheaper than available anti-malarial drugs, and has great inhibitory effects on 3D7 strains of plasmodium falciparum, the causative agent of malaria.The drug is available in tablets, capsules or syrup. It has been approved in Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, and Central Africa Republic because of its therapeutic and non-toxic effects.Dr Imogen Wright, South Africa: ExatypeExatype is a software solution that enables health care workers to determine the responsiveness of HIV-positive patients to antiretroviral (ARV) drug treatment. A growing number of people are increasingly resistant to ARVs. Exatype processes the highly complex data produced by advanced “next-generation” DNA sequencing of the HIV DNA in a patient’s blood. Through a simple report, it detects drugs that are resistant to the patient, then highlights the need to avoid these to ensure successful treatment.It has the potential to contribute towards effectively managing HIV/Aids in Africa, and also holds promise in helping to detect drug resistance for other diseases, such as tuberculosis and malaria.Dr Kit Vaughan, South Africa: AcesoAceso improves breast cancer detection by using imaging technology that is capable of performing full-field digital mammography and automated breast ultrasound at the same time.If diagnosed early enough, the cancer can be treated successfully. However, because 40% of women have dense tissue, their cancers cannot be seen on X-ray. Furthermore, a false negative finding can have devastating consequences. This world first system is protected by international patents and has been successfully tested in two separate clinical trials with 120 women.IF you could do one innovative thing to show your LOVE for #Africa, what would it be? #MadeinAfrica #IPA2016 pic.twitter.com/DwGVy5EkQS— IPA Prize (@IPAprize) May 3, 2016Design architecture and learning platformsDr Youssef Rashed, Egypt: The Plate PackageThe Plate Package (PLPAK) is a software solution that assesses the architecture of building plans or technical drawings, determining structural integrity of the end design. PLPAK applies the boundary element based method to analyse and view practical design of building foundations and slabs.It enables engineers to represent building slabs over sophisticated foundation models easily, building information modelling techniques and eliminating human error. With the rapid growth of African cities, there is increased demand for infrastructural developments to support the growing population.Godwin Benson, Nigeria: TuteriaTuteria is an innovative peer-to-peer learning online platform that allows people who want to learn any skill, whether formal or informal, to connect with anyone else near them who is offering that skill. For instance, a student needing maths skills can connect online with someone in their vicinity offering remedial classes in mathematics.Tutors and learners form an online community that connects them, and once a fit is established, they meet offline for practical exchange. Both tutors and learners are thoroughly vetted to ensure safety, accountability and a quality learning experience.Smart farming solutionsOlufemi Odeleye, Nigeria: the TryctorThe Tryctor is a mini tractor modelled on the motorcycle. By attaching various farming implements, it can carry out similar operations as a conventional tractor, but on a smaller scale.Through inspired alterations to a motorcycle’s engine, gearing system and chassis, this innovation has made it possible to mechanise agriculture in Africa for small-scale farmers in a way that was previously not possible.Additionally, the Tryctor is easy to use and cheaper to maintain as 60% of its parts and components are locally sourced.Samuel Rigu, Kenya: Safi Sarvi OrganicsSafi Sarvi Organics is a low-cost fertiliser made from purely organic products and waste from farm harvests, designed to improve yields for farmers by up to 30%.Safi Sarvi costs the same as traditional fertilisers, can reverse farmers’ soil degradation and lead to improved yield and income. The product uses biochar-based fertiliser that can counteract soil acidity, retaining nutrients and moisture in the soil.The carbon-rich fertiliser also removes carbon from the atmosphere by at least 2.2 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per acre of farm per year. The nominees for this year’s Innovation Prize for come from all over the continent. (Image: IPA, Facebook)Dynamic energy initiativesAndre Nel, South Africa: Green TowerGreen Tower is an off-grid water heating and air conditioning solution based on solar power that uses advanced thermos-dynamics to create up to 90% savings in electricity consumption.The Green Tower improves efficiency of a solar heat pump with solar thermal collectors, low pressure storage tanks and heat exchangers.With Africa’s middle class rapidly growing and demand for energy outstripping supply, this initiative has the potential for large-scale roll out. Green Tower can conserve limited energy resources, diverting them from heating and cooling systems to more productive industries.Johan Theron, South Africa: PowerGuardPowerGuard enables consumers to determine the maximum amount of power supply required for daily operations. Consumers can thus reduce their power demand, especially during peak times, leading to a more efficient power supply, and helping to reduce power cuts.Consumers are able to set their own maximum peak power usage needs. This technology substantially reduces load shedding and power rationing, diverting power to more productive industries.The existence of a smart grid can help to reduce the pressure on existing infrastructure while moving the continent slowly towards renewable energy.The big nightThe winner will be announced at a gala ceremony on 23 June at the Gaborone International Conference Centre in Botswana.Watch this:There is a grand share prize of $150 000 (about R2.3-million).last_img read more

South Africa urged to save electricity


first_img6 March 2014 The Cabinet called on South African households and industry to do more to save electricity on Thursday as heavy rains across the country compelled power utility Eskom to resort to rotational load-shedding for the first time in six years. “The grid has enough capacity, but due to the heavy rains across the country, especially in Mpumalanga, where we source most of our coal, it has left coal stocks wet and this has put unexpected strain on our energy system, which is already close to capacity,” Acting Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Edna Molelwa told a journalists following a Cabinet meeting in Pretoria on Thursday. State-owned supplier Eskom, which produces about 85% of its electricity from coal, started load shedding at 9am on Thursday. This was expected to affect numerous parts of the country up until about 10pm. Eskom had earlier declared a power emergency, asking its industrial customers reduce use by 10%. The utility will publish its load-shedding schedule online at loadshedding.eskom.co.za. “We have not received information that the cuts will have a negative [impact] on the economy,” Molewa said. “The rain will subside and we will return to normality.” The Cabinet thanked South African businesses that had implemented energy-saving initiatives, particularly when the national grid has been under pressure. Tuesday’s power emergency was the fourth one since November 2013, underlining the urgency of a growing energy deficit as economic growth and population expansion put increasing pressure on South Africa’s power supply. While capacity expansion has not kept pace with demand, two new coal-fired power plants – Medupi and Kusile – are nearing completion. Each will add 4 800 MW to South Africa’s grid, making them among the largest power stations in the world. Medupi is expected to be ready in late 2014, followed by Kusile soon after. Alongside the planned long-term expansion in capacity, Eskom has sought to slow demand growth, calling upon both retail and corporate customers to reduce their consumption, especially during peak demand hours. The government has also announced plans to provide tax incentives to companies that initiate measures to reduce consumption. SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Veteran sports journalist Swapan Sarkar passes away


first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 26 (PTI) Veteran sports journalist Swapan Sarkar passed away this morning due to diabetic complications. He was 67 years old and is survived by his wife and daughter. Sarkar worked for a number of dailies and was also the Delhi sports correspondent of Ananda Bazaar Patrika (ABP) from mid 1990’s. He had earlier worked for Kolkata’s english daily Amrita Bazar Patrika and Northern India Patrika. He has briefly worked for Gujarat Samachar. Sarkar was a regular in the Delhi sports circuit having covered events like 1982 Asian Games, 2010 Commonwealth Games along with tournaments like Nehru Cup, Federation Cup, Durand Cup and DCM. He has also covered events like Davis Cup, National Athletics meet. His last rites were performed at the Nigambodh Ghat. PTI KHS SSC KHS SSCSSClast_img read more

Police Investigate Aggravated Burglary and search for missing vehicle


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 10, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives are searching and seeking the assistance of the public in locating a 2008 Silver Nissan Skyline car, Licence plate unknown that was stolen during an Aggravated Burglary incident that occurred on Friday 7th April 2017 in Wheeland Settlement of Providenciales.Police responded to the Belglade Gardens area also known as Phase one where the complainant  was met and told officers that around 8:55PM he was at home when three masked men dressed in dark clothing came into his home with guns and assaulted him. The culprits took his Iphone, Xbox, a Jamaican Passport and the vehicle mentioned above. He describe the men as being slim built 5 feet 8 inches in height, and the other thicker in size.  The victim was taken to the Cheshire Hall Medical for his injuries. Investigations are ongoing.Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or have information that can assist with investigation can contact the Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1- 800 8477 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: www.crimestoppers.tc.Press Release: RTCIPF Related Items:last_img read more

Senate Approves Authorization Bill Early


first_imgThe Senate on Thursday passed a defense authorization bill for the first time in three years, an achievement that should pave the way for Congress to reach agreement on a compromise measure well before the new fiscal year.The Senate’s failure to pass the annual policy bill in each of the two previous years prevented the House and Senate from convening a formal conference committee to hash out a final version of the legislation. Instead, the chairmen and ranking members of the two Armed Services panels held informal talks to reach a compromise.“This is how the Senate should operate — regular order, on time, giving our military the certainty they need to plan and execute their missions,” said Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), reported CQ.The chamber passed its fiscal 2016 authorization bill 71-25, overcoming Democratic opposition to the measure’s use of DOD’s war account to increase the Pentagon’s budget without busting the statutory spending caps. Passage also came with the looming threat of a presidential veto. The White House has objected to the addition of $38 billion to the overseas contingency operations (OCO) account as an end run around the spending caps, as well as the measure’s failure to grant the administration’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017.Senior Armed Services Democrats, including ranking member Jack Reed (R.I), opposed the bill due to its reliance on the OCO account. McCain acknowledged that using the war account was not an ideal solution, but at the same time he stressed the need to bolster the defense budget.“I’m not sure we have a greater obligation than that to do everything possible to [protect] the lives of our men and women serving in uniform,” McCain said. “And to get hung up on the method of funding … which many will use as a rationale for opposing this bill, seems to me an upside-down set of priorities. Badly upside-down,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

A mix of music


first_imgA four-day musical event Raag Rang is being organised in the Capital that kick starts on 28 August at Central Park, Rajiv Chowk. Brought by the Department of Art and Culture, Delhi Government in association with Sahitya Kala Parishad, the festival will be a fine mix of classical, cultural and rock shows. Veteran singers and performers? like Malini Awasthi, Ahmed Hussain, Mohd. Hussain and the band Astitva will be enthralling the audience with their live renditions. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The opening day of the festival (28 August) will feature Anupriya Deotale, Ahmed Hussain and Mohd. Hussain. Ahmed and Mohammed Hussain, the two brothers, are classic ghazal singers from Jaipur. They started their singing career in 1958 as classical and thumri artistes. Their first album Guldasta was released in 1980 and since then they have released about 50 albums. Their recent release was Khwab Basera.The second day of the event (29 August)will see performances by well known sufi singer Indira Naik and the multi genre Hindi band Astitva. The band five member band was formed in 2007. They blend jazz, rock and Hindustani classic with their soulful lyrics written in Hindi and Urdu. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMalini Awasthi and Devand Jha will be taking the stage on the third day (30 August) of the event. Awasthi is the face of folk music in India and is credited in bringing back these traditional forms of music to the national stage. She is acclaimed for her gaayiki and her powerful varsatile performances. Singing the various forms of folk music from Benaras and Awadh like the Dadra, Sohar, Banna, Jhoola, Kajri, Holi, Chaiti, Vivaah, Dhobiya, Nirgun, etc. she showcased these different forms of folk music in her own way. She is one of the leading thumri singers of the Benaras Gharana. The closing day (31 August) will feature Teejan Bai and Sadhna Bhatia. Teejan Bai  is an exponent of Pandavani, a traditional performing art form, from Chhattisgarh, in which she enacts tales from the Mahabharata, with musical accompaniments. She travelled all over the world as a cultural ambassador, to countries like – England, France, Switzerland and Germany.When: 28- 31 AugustWhere: Central Park, Rajiv ChowkTiming: 6.30 pm onwardslast_img read more