South Africa’s CSIR celebrates 70 years of research

first_img13 October 2015The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is celebrating its 70th birthday this year, and at its annual two day conference, held on 8 and 9 October, the focus was on the impact and breakthroughs the organisation has had over the past seven decades.Besides hosting the conference, the CSIR is also educating the public on its work and achievements via radio, print and television broadcasts.The CSIR is one of the leading science and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa. Constituted by an Act of Parliament in 1945 as a science council, the CSIR is committed to supporting innovation in South Africa to improve national competitiveness in the global economy.Advertising campaignPhase two of its advertising campaign started on 12 October, according to Tendani Tsedu, the group’s spokesperson. “This is the first advertising campaign for the CSIR. We wanted to show the public how the work that is being done by the CSIR affects them on a daily basis,” he explained.It falls under the Ideas that Work initiative. In one of the videos, the narrator asks the question: “What if there were people who were quietly working to make your life better, without you even knowing?”Watch one of the advertisements being shown on South African television channels till 10 December:Tsedu said the aim of the advertising was to show the impact of the CSIR’s research on society, industry and other sectors. “Another factor (for the advertising) was to increase the visibility of the CSIR and also to attract young people towards science. We want them to know that science is fun and exciting.”In just one recent innovation, in 2013 CSIR researchers developed the world’s first digital laser. It was regarded as a milestone in laser technology and could spur future laser-related innovations.The team found that laser beams could be digitally controlled from within a laser device. Their findings were published in the prestigious Nature Communications journal, on 2 August 2013.Find out how to make the CSIR your career choice:The conferenceThe CSIR’s 5th conference was attended last week by 1 500 delegates, said Tsedu. Guests included Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor, members of the science and technology portfolio committee, research partners such as Eskom, Transnet and the South African National Defence Force, and university students.Speaking on the first day, Ramaphosa said that continuous investment in research and development was critical for South Africa to achieve the goals of its National Development Plan (NDP).“The NDP says that science and technology must be used to address some of the problems in education, health and economic development, and it must facilitate access to information and knowledge,” said Ramaphosa.Watch the deputy president explain why the government will invest in solution- driven technology:Research out of the labAt the conference, CSIR scientists presented their work to the public. About 20 exhibitions covered energy, health, defence, built environment, ICT, natural environment and industry. Tendani Tsedu of CSIR said during their 5th Conference the scientists had an opportunity to present their work to the public. (Image: Supplied)“They had a chance to take the research out of the lab and discuss it in an open forum,” said Tsedu. “The robust debates and engagement with the industry, government departments, businesses and other science councils were inspiring and constructive.“Those who attended (the conference) now have a better idea of what is the CSIR and how can they use science to solve issues that they are facing,” he added.Another highlight was the launch of a commercial product with Nestle South Africa. The CSIR teamed up with the Agriculture Research Council, Nestle and University of Fort Hare to develop Maggi 2 Minute Noodles with morogo, or African spinach. This product, which is already available in supermarkets, is a good example of what can be achieved if private and public companies work together to address issues such as unemployment and poverty.Delegates tweeted about the sessions:@CSIR Dr Busisiwe Vilakazi is the last Health speaker of the #CSIRConference #CSIR70 All speakers have been excellent pic.twitter.com/RudpOUeHin— Lyndi Jonker (@lyndi_j) October 9, 2015#CSIRConference . Really enjoying hearing about the great research projects CSIR is doing. Makes me a proud South African— Barry Dwolatzky (@BarryDwolatzky) October 8, [email protected] getting ready to demo some of the cool apps entrepreneurs & innovators have built @mlabsa #csirconference pic.twitter.com/pjbcDsKLiD— mLab Southern Africa (@mlabsa) October 8, 2015Interesting sessions“The focus was on the research that the CSIR is doing to find a cure for malaria,” Tsedu explained about the health session. The conference also looked at research on food to be used in school feeding schemes, e-health and “many other exciting work in this field”.Prof Lynn Morris, the head of the HIV virology laboratories in the Centre of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, was a speaker. She gave a keynote address titled “Towards an antibody- based HIV vaccine.”Source: South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

Ohio FFA President welcomes members to State Convention

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 88th Ohio FFA Convention kicks off its two-day run in Columbus on Thursday. Thousands of blue corduroy clad members from around the state will be converging on the Ohio Expo Center to participate in delegate sessions, show their work in competition, listen to motivational speakers, hear updates on the one-of-a-kind organization, and much more.“It’s been an honor and a privilege to be able to travel the state and be able to serve Ohio’s FFA members,” said Matthew Klopfenstein, who will be rounding out his year of service as Ohio FFA state president when the newly elected state officer team is installed Friday evening. “One of the really cool things that I get to do is hear all the different stories and see the students at the beginning of the year and then during the two days of convention, I get to see where they end up. The growth in between is truly phenomenal.”Countless hours go into preparation for the state convention each year, with the 2016 edition being no exception.“The state officer team has been here in Columbus all week. We got here on Sunday and we’ve been running through sessions, practicing and sorting awards, seating — all that good stuff that needs to be put into place. We’ve been working hard and been pulling some late nights,” he said.Klopfenstein, originally from the Wayne Trace FFA Chapter, mentioned that though the two days are busy, it’s nonetheless a time he has been looking forward to all year.“Right now, I’m just sort of going through my checklist making sure everything is in order — that we don’t forget anything — and just really trying to relax and soak it all in because in only two short days there’s going to be a phenomenal convention and we’re going to have some really talented members getting recognized for all of their hard work. I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.The past year has been one of many successes for the state association as well as Ohio’s members.“We’ve had a really successful year as an association. We went over 25,000 members this year. National Convention was a very good success — we had Sydney Snider representing us as a national officer and we had a Star Farmer. We had lots of CDE winners at National Convention,” Klopfenstein said. “Seeing the level of proficiencies and other applications here at State Convention is also really good.”Klopfenstein also noted a major goal set by the officer team at the beginning of their term had been reached.“As far as the state officer team, we’ve had a really successful year with outreach. It was our first year with a team of 11, and I know we had mentioned in a previous interview we were hoping to reach every chapter in the state, and that has happened. So every chapter in the state has had an opportunity for a chapter visit and that’s something we’re really proud of,” he said.When asked what he would tell FFA members preparing for the two days of fellowship and leadership, Klopfenstein had this to say.“We are really looking forward to having you. Bring lots of energy. There are more opportunities here at Convention each year and just take advantage of them because we only have Convention so many times. We’re really looking forward to having everyone here in Columbus.”Follow along with up-to-the-minute updates from the 2016 student reporters throughout Thursday and Friday at www.ocj.com.last_img read more

Physically challenged mountaineer loses chance to address Parliament as sports ministry couldn’t contact her

first_imgA physically challenged mountaineer, who was recently honoured for one of her rare achievements, failed to be a part of a proud moment in her life owing to the Union sports ministrys negligence. Arunima Sinha, who had scaled Mount Chhamser Kangri (21,110 feet) with an amputated leg recently, was included in the list of 10 sportspersons with the likes of Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal, M.C. Marykom and Deepika Kumari, who were to speak on the issue of gender discrimination before a parliamentary committee. The sports ministry said that it did not have the phone number or address of Arunima, whom the ministry had awarded sometime ago, to contact. That meant that she had to miss out on an opportunity of addressing Parliament. Ironically, the sports ministry had given Arunima a cheque of Rs 2 lakh for her treatment after she was badly injured in an incident that took place in her state Uttar Pradesh last year. In fact Sports Minister Ajay Maken had met Arunima in the hospital. The athlete also claimed that the sports minister had even refused to meet her when she visited his office in Delhi recently. The 26-year-old mountaineer was recently presented the 4th TiE-Aspire Young Achiever Awards for her feat. She was a national level player of football and volleyball when she had to undergo amputation of her left lower limb after being thrown off a running train in Bareilly for resisting a chain-snatching attempt.last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal manager Emery surprised by Mourinho news: Not good for coaches

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Arsenal manager Emery surprised by Mourinho news: Not good for coachesby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery says Jose Mourinho’s sacking as Manchester United manager came as a surprise.The Spaniard added that the news did not bode well for other coaches.Speaking before Wednesday’s EFL Cup quarter-final against Tottenham, Emery said: “The only thing I can say to you is that it’s a surprise for me and not good news, because when one coach finishes his work like that, it’s not good for coaches.”My focus is only on our way, our work. We have a lot of work to do to improve and also find a solution in every match with our players. My focus is on the big derby tomorrow, the north London derby, and that’s the focus of the players as well. Only that.” last_img read more

Vladimir Guerreros Best Games Were In Montreal — And No One Saw

Roberto Alomar1997-20012BBAL/CLE26.943,113 Greg Maddux1994-98PATL39.740,169 Rollie Fingers1974-78POAK/SDP13.014,125 Reggie Jackson1971-75RF/CFOAK31.111,883 Jim Palmer1975-79PBAL27.414,463 Tom Glavine1995-99PATL26.639,232 When we think of soon-to-be Hall of Fame inductee Vladimir Guerrero’s outstanding career, we might recall his 2004 American League MVP season with the Anaheim Angels, when he carried his new squad to the postseason with a scorching .363/.424/.726 triple-slash line in September. Or perhaps we’d picture another Angels-era moment, a play that seems to be everyone’s favorite Guerrero highlight: that time he somehow blooped a hit on a pitch that bounced in front of home plate.But many of Guerrero’s top moments came in relative obscurity, as a member of the (late, lamented) Montreal Expos. Although fans of the big-market Atlanta Braves and New York Mets got to see him play on television with some frequency, Guerrero was mostly touted as baseball’s best-kept secret during his peak, routinely playing before microscopic audiences at Stade Olympique. He was baseball’s equivalent of an indie band on the cusp of national discovery — the hipster fan’s alternative to mainstream favorites like Ken Griffey Jr. or Barry Bonds. And while some assorted clips do exist of Guerrero’s feats with his first MLB team, it was also the era right before MLB.TV permanently killed the notion of an underground star. Guerrero might have been the last truly great player to bear that title.Certainly, no recent Hall of Famer was seen by fewer people in person during his best seasons than Guerrero. From 1998 to 2002, Guerrero produced 29.5 wins above replacement (WAR)1Averaging together the versions of WAR found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. for the Expos, marking the top five-year stretch of his career. Over that span, an average of just 10,038 fans came to see each of Guerrero’s home games, according to attendance data from Baseball-Reference.com. That’s the fewest of any HOF member whose career took place during the expansion era (since 1961), including likely 2018 inductees Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman: Phil Niekro1974-78PATL34.910,229 John Smoltz1995-99PATL29.639,226 Gaylord Perry1972-76PCLE/TEX35.811,210 Chipper Jones1998-20023B/LFATL31.837,792 Ivan Rodriguez1996-2000CTEX29.935,120 Mike Piazza1993-97CLAD31.939,857 Includes hitters and pitchers whose entire careers came in the post-expansion era (since 1961).Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs Rod Carew1973-772B/1BMIN36.910,346 Randy Johnson1998-2002PSEA/ARI/ HOU43.135,791 Bert Blyleven1972-76PMIN/TEX36.810,339 Catfish Hunter1971-75POAK/NYY24.612,501 Vladimir Guerrero1998-2002RFMON29.510,038 Ozzie Smith1985-89SSSTL30.734,781 Bottom 10YearsPosTeam(s)WARATT/Game Nolan Ryan1973-77PCAL28.813,455 Jim Thome1995-993B/1BCLE26.341,716 Top 10YearsPosTeam(s)WARAVG. Att/Game The most- and least-watched Hall of Famers in their primesTop and bottom 10 Hall of Famers by team attendance per game in their five best consecutive seasons by wins above replacement, 1961-present That number stands out even more when you consider that Guerrero’s peak straddled the 1990s and 2000s, a consistent period of record-high attendance in the major leagues. All of the other least-watched Hall members on the list above came from the 1970s, when MLB-wide attendance per game had barely budged since the ’50s. By the time Guerrero came along, though, attendance was cresting after two decades of incredible growth. There’s a reason nine of the 10 most-watched HOFers came from the ’90s.But playing in a crumbling, derelict ballpark north of the Canadian border, for a franchise whose roster was gutted after the 1994 strike derailed a season many still believe was destined for a championship, Guerrero was the ultimate under-the-radar superstar. For example, he finished only 13th in MVP voting in 1998 despite producing the second-best season of his career by WAR (and tying fellow likely Chipper Jones for fifth in WAR among NL position players). During his final four seasons in Montreal, Guerrero had three seasons with a quadruple-digit on-base plus slugging (OPS), yet he finished in the top five of MVP voting only once.Of course, in some ways the privacy of Montreal also added to Guerrero’s mystique. In combination with his thrilling style of play — he loved to swing at (and hit) anything in the same area code as the plate, and he rifled down base runners with a cannon of an arm in right field — there was a certain romance to the image of the mega-talented Guerrero toiling away thanklessly for a soon-to-be-relocated shell of a franchise. He helped2Alongside underrated second baseman Jose Vidro and pitchers Javier Vazquez and Tomo Ohka. drag the Expos to surprising respectability in seasons like 2002, when they beat the odds to finish second in the NL East with 83 wins despite owning the league’s lowest payroll. And when Guerrero was finally given the spotlight of a bigger market in 2004, he made the most of it in MVP fashion.It made for a great narrative arc to the career of an all-time great player. However, it’s still a shame more people didn’t get to see Guerrero play during his peak seasons. Nowadays, we take it for granted that we can watch small-market stars whenever we want via the power of streaming. But Guerrero serves as a reminder of a time not so long ago, when brilliant individual performances could still be limited to an extremely small audience of lucky admirers. read more

Mancini Italy have no striker problem

first_imgItaly boss Roberto Mancini believes a lack of attacking options is not the reason behind their current struggles in front of goalSince Mancini’s appointment in May, Italy have scored just twice in three games in Group A3 in the Nations League.With Federico Bernardeschi as a false-nine on Sunday, the Azzurri’s problems in front of goal were plain for everyone to see after missing a host of chances at Poland.While an injury-time goal from Cristiano Biraghi did seal Mancini’s first win in charge of Italy, concerns over their striking options remain for the supporters.“There’s no striker problem,” said Mancini, according to Football-Italia.“There are times where you don’t win and you don’t even know why, then suddenly it all changes. Now the hope is that the lads get to the Portugal game in good physical shape.“The win [against Poland] was important, but the performance even more so. We gave consistency to what we did against Ukraine in Genoa.“The best thing about the win was how happy the lads were, I think they deserved it after a long time.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“But now we still have to improve a lot and give consistency to our results and performances.“We have to be an attacking team, both at home and away. We need time and patience, but that’s our ultimate target.”🎥 #Highlights🇵🇱🇮🇹 #PolandItaly 0️⃣-1️⃣⚽️ 92’ #BIRAGHI🏆 #NationsLeague🏟 #SilesianStadium – #Chorzow#POLITA #VivoAzzurropic.twitter.com/TPVT5hxqIu— Italy (@azzurri) October 16, 2018last_img read more

FA plead for information after cocaine abuse reports

first_imgThe FA has released a statement on Friday reiterating their stance on drug use among footballers after reports alleged cocaine use by an England international.Newspaper reports on Thursday claimed that an England international took cocaine during a pre-Christmas team party, but the identity of the player has been sealed.The FA, however, refused to respond specifically to the claims, but have implored anyone with evidence of allegations of drug use to contact them or the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD).“The FA operates one of the most comprehensive national anti-doping programmes in the world.” An FA spokesperson told Sky Sports.“In partnership with UK Anti-Doping, we have targeted research and intelligence-led programme in place to identify potential doping risks in the game.LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea sprays his team with Champagne following his sides victory in The Emirates FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)Religious leaders are happy after FA’s champagne ban Manuel R. Medina – April 24, 2019 The traditional celebration will change starting this year after the Football Association has abandoned the tradition of awarding the winners with a case of champagne.“Although incidents of doping in English football are very rare, it remains a priority for The FA to find and sanction anyone found taking performance-enhancing or recreational drugs.“We encourage anyone with information about any anti-doping violation in football to report it to The FA, via [email protected], or to UK Anti-Doping by visiting: www.reportdoping.com.”last_img read more