News story: Near miss with track workers at Clapham Junction

first_imgThis item has been moved to the National Archives as RAIB has published its safety digest describing this incident. See safety digest 02/2018.,At around 05:51 hrs on 17 January 2018, an empty coaching stock train was involved in a near miss with three Network Rail workers near Clapham Junction station. Nobody was injured, although the driver and the staff were shaken by the incident.We have undertaken a preliminary examination into the circumstances surrounding this incident. Having assessed the evidence which has been gathered to date, we have decided to publish a safety digest.The safety digest will be made available on our website in the next few weeks.last_img read more

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MoU inked for large-scale investment in Guyana

first_img– Brazilian investors eye Intermediate Savannah as next agricultural hubA Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was recently inked between NF Agriculture Inc. and investors of Lucas do Rio Verde which will see the commencement of an Agricultural Village in Guyana’s Intermediate Savannah.According to a Department of Public Information (DPI) report, the Agreement was signed at the Rio Verde Research Foundation in Moto Grosso.The work which is scheduled to commence the shortly will cater for the construction of bioethanol stations, a state of the art Research Institute, large-scale agricultural production of corn and soybean, banking institutions among others lucrative ventures. Agriculture Minister Noel Holder who let a delegation to the city of Lucas do Rio Verde, Brazil from June 3-9 got a firsthand look at the production base of the private sector within the State.While at the Research Station, the team was met by the Research Institute’s President Marino Franz who showed the work of the institute via a video presentation, highlighting some of the progress the institute has made in the area of research to ensure farmers in Brazil, are exposed only to the best form of seedPresident of NF Agriculture Inc Yucatan Reis (fourth from left) and President of Rio Verde Research Institute Marino Franz after signing the MoU. Also in Photo Agriculture Minister Noel Holdermaterials.The Foundation which was established in 1992, generates its revenues from research done to support agricultural advancement, in conjunction with the State University.“The work of the Institute is diverse in that we not only look for new and innovative ways each day to improve technology, but we work to ensure that all trials are done aimed at improving production and productivity,” Franz said.According to Franz, the institute which works with Corn, Soy Bean, and Rice were successful in the development of size between crops to improve farmer’s production. Crediting this success, to the improvement of soil spacing, genetics and the will-power of the farmer.One hundred per cent of the technology employed in the State of Roraima came from the Research Institute which annually, hosts a demonstrating new and innovative ideas to boot production. According to Franz, this has a generating capital of 100 million.“Our soil type is similar to that of Guyana, so whatever is applied here with this amount of success can be safely adopted in Guyana guaranteeing the said amount of successful returns,” he added.Asked about the challenges the institute has faced over the years, Franz said that while there had been many, mainly due to the variety being that of subtropical, the institute has maintained its high standards and production.“If the farmer has a problem they would come to the foundation and we would go to the specific field to address the issue. Our technical professionals also challenge themselves to identify and new areas of research to be done daily,”“The South of Brazil has very high-quality seeds which the foundation takes and conduct research to ascertain its productive genes in climate and soil type of Moto Grosso, Brazil. It is important for us to get it right the first time; if something is to go wrong, it must occur in the foundation’s farm and not on farmers farm….we take pride in ensuring that our farmers’ investments are protected,” Franz said.Soil improvementEnhanced soil analysis is critical if farmers are to reap the benefits of its production. According to the Research Institute’s president, there are two main ways of improving soil fertility; one is through biological and the other being mechanical.The deeper you break the soil after harvesting through the mechanical method the better your production.“What is needed is for farmers to first plant the Soy Bean, then plant their corn (the inter-cropping method), then dig half-meter deep and break the soil and apply your limestone….This is the method which has been adopted by the foundation over the years and has been successful in each case for our farmers’,” Franz posited.Franz stated that for Guyana’s farmers to boost its production base, the method of the right amount of fertilizers and genetic of plants are key. This approach is what the investors will be bringing to Guyana with the completion of the State of the Art Research Institute, which will be used to train Guyanese.The team was also taken to farms to look at the vast agricultural potential within the region.last_img read more

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South Africa’s treasures on show at intellectual property gathering in Switzerland

first_imgSouth African delegates were in Geneva, Switzerland, for the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) General Assembly where they showcased the country’s cultural and scientific treasures.The event, which ran from 3 October to 11 October, brought together WIPO’s member states to discuss progress in the organsation’s work and possible amendments to intellectual property policies.Running with the theme “Treasures of South Africa”, the South African exhibit showcased the country’s traditional cultures and scientific innovations.Read the full “Treasures of South Africa” brochure below or download it.ForewordSouth Africa is the “Rainbow Nation”: a land of spectacular sights, joyous music and – of course – a vibrantly inspired people.It is also a land of treasure. Not just the treasure of gold and diamonds, but the treasure of the future: intellectual property. Having inspired the whole world through the beacon of hope of Nelson Mandela, the people of South Africa are now energizing to bring their own inspiration, the cultural and scientific wealth of their country, to its full potential.Central to this are the twin IP related goals of bringing South Africa’s traditional culture to a wider global audience, and securing a position at the forefront of scientific innovation. South Africa is one of the leading lights in the ongoing efforts of WIPO to bring rigor to the formal means of dealing with traditional knowledge, and this fine exhibition explains why.Few countries can boast the kind of evocative mastery of artistic crafts that is part of South Africa’s DNA. You will see traditional, and you will see the modern interpretation of traditional by brilliant indigenous designers. Likewise, you will learn about how South Africa works to keep its place at the top table of cutting-edge technology.Ever since the first heart transplant was performed in Cape Town in 1967, South Africa has had a world famous medical tradition. On display here is an even more remarkable product of genius from Cape Town, the CAT scan. You will also find several other internationally acclaimed inventions, such as the Smartlock Safety Syringe. Open the treasure chest, and have a great time.Francis GurryWIPO Director GeneralAbout South AfricaThe southernmost tip of Africa is home to a nation on the rise – a place where a warm-spirited and inventive people, great natural wealth and breathtaking landscapes come together to create fresh opportunities and new ways of doing things.This is South Africa in the 21st century: modern, vibrant and productive, rooted in Africa and a good international citizen.Since the end of apartheid in 1994, the consolidation of democracy in South Africa and creation of institutions that support this, has helped to strengthen the nation building project. Taking local conditions and international best practice into account, the country has launched a range of strategic initiatives to accelerate development and growth that will benefit the entire population by addressing the systemic challenges of poverty, unemployment and underdevelopment. South Africa: IP Gateway to AfricaSouth Africa is a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The country plays an active role in its national capacity and within regional formations, in particular the African Group.While it follows all WIPO committees, the nation pays special attention to The Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC).Intellectual Property Regulatory Body and Legislative Environment in South AfricaThe CIPC, established in May 2011, is mandated to regulate and protect South Africa’s Intellectual Property assets in accordance with the provisions of a range of legislation which is enacted over a number of decades.Creating an enabling environment for Intellectual Property has been the subject of much research and legislative reform. This process will continue to gain momentum in the next few years. The CIPC works closely with WIPO to ensure that global IP standards are implemented in South Africa and that global best practice is reflected in the changing IP legislative and policy environment.An imperative for the CIPC is to attract the registration of IP from African countries, and in particular from countries within SADC.Exhibition Theme: Treasures of South AfricaWith the theme of “Treasures of South Africa”, the Exhibition will showcase how South Africa’s engagement in the affairs of WIPO finds expression in how the country manages its national intellectual property.While reflecting on the South African multi-cultural artefacts from which many arts and culture practitioners make a living, it is an assimilation of the indigenous cultural expressions that have retained their original uniqueness.It is through this that they offer a perfect link to the policy debates on the importance of Protection of Cultural Expressions & Traditional Knowledge Systems, which are currently taking place at WIPO.The South African “Treasures of South Africa” Exhibition consists of three distinct elements, the first being craft products from some of local master crafters who include some living legends as well as items from young people making their mark in this design discipline that includes clay pots, ilala baskets, ceramics, and beaded calabashes.The second element features fashion and design works from premium South African indigenous designers who are increasingly making a name for themselves internationally such as Laduma Ngxokolo from “Maxhosa”, Palesa Mokubung “Mantsho”, Nkhensani Nkosi from “Stoned Cherrie” and more.Thirdly, a collection of visual arts wraps up the distinctive elements that are to be showcased at the exhibition.This presentation provides an artistic sneak peek into street photography. It unlocks a way of sharing the unmediated chance encounters and random incidents that take place in public places within South African townships, depicting various sociopolitical and economic settings.“Treasures of South Africa” asserts arts and culture as ancient crafts that have flourished for many centuries in Africa, together with a long history that has been transmitted verbally from one generation to the next. With growing international interest in the potential of cultural and creative industries, South Africa is increasingly focusing on its cultural and creative industries as potential contributors to economic growth and job creation.Some of South Africa’s ground-breaking inventionsSouth Africa has given expression to its brand of Inspiring New Ways with a number of world-renowned and ground-breaking inventions and innovations.As part of the WIPO General Assembly exhibition, the country will showcase the treasures that have been developed, and continue to be developed, within science and technology. Some of the most renowned inventions to emerge from South Africa include:Speed GunThis invention could only come from a cricket loving country. Henri Johnson invented the Speedball in 1992. The device accurately measures the speed and angles of speeding objects, such as cricket and tennis balls.Smartlock Safety SyringeSmartlock safety syringes provide improved protection against needlestick injury and contamination of the likes of the Ebola virus, Hepatitis and HIV. This invention has saved countless lives.CAT ScanThe Computed Axial Tomography Scan or CAT was developed by Cape Town physicist, Allan Cormack and his associate Godfrey Hounsfield.He provided the mathematical technique for the CAT scan, in which an X-ray source and electronic detectors are rotated about the body, and the resulting data is analysed by a computer to produce a sharp map of the tissues within a cross-section of the body. This resulted in receipt of a Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine.Contact:Companies and Intellectual Property CommissionThe dti Campus(Block F – Entfutfukweni)77 Meintjies Street, SunnysidePretoriaP O Box 429, Pretoria, 0001Tel: +27 12 394 9973Fax: +27 12 394 1015Call Centre: 086 100 2472Website: www.cipc.co.zalast_img read more

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Hi, AleX

first_imgThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Hi, AleX:I know you’re still divided about this whole social networking thing. Like so many professionals making the transition into networking, you’re worried about how these seemingly impersonal tools will erode your face-to-face relationships with your clients.Stop worrying.  In the long run, adopting these new media is going to make life better not only for you but for your clients.Aside from that, understand that the old ways of working and thinking are no longer going to be tenable in the future. That’s because the old communications order was plagued with bandwidth problems — bandwidth meaning the amount of data that can be carried from point to point in a given period of time.Until a few years ago when bandwidth was considerably limited, people looked to you and other formally trained professionals as information brokers —people equipped to provide them with the kinds of knowledge and insights they couldn’t find on their own.  It was pretty much a one-way transmission from you to them.Things are changing.  Millions of people, including many of your clients, are liberating themselves.  Frankly, they’re no longer turning to information brokers such as you for essential information.Looking at it another way, AleX, your clients are no longer clients in any conventional sense of the word. They’re using emerging social networking technologies to find information on their own.  In the process, they’re engaging in all types of discussion, sharing insights and providing valuable feedback.Simply put, they’re collaborating with other former clients to build their own learning environments, and they’re doing it without traditional information brokers.  These social networks are enabling them to contribute to fields that were once the exclusive domains of trained professionals such as you.That’s why, like it or not, you’ve got to get engaged, AleX.  You’ve got to engage because you’re otherwise going to miss out on these discussions.  Because you’re missing out, you’re not being exposed to many of the critical insights being generated by these new networks — insights that will influence your profession for years to come.Here’s another way of looking at it, AleX: You risk becoming a tortoise in a world increasingly occupied and dominated by hares.Not engaging with these networks is like exiting off a six-lane, high-speed Interstate onto a two-lane service road and driving at a snail’s pace.Yes, I know that as a professional, your work has always been built around your clients, working with them face to face day after day, sharing their concerns, establishing your bona fides as a true friend and champion of their interests.That’s not only understandable but also commendable, AleX.  Please understand, though, that this is not a zero sum situation.  Face-to-face networking will continue to comprise an integral and valuable part of your work in this new communications order. Now you can have it both ways.  Communicating with a wider circle of like-minded people around the country will provide you with a deeper understanding of your profession.By engaging with these wider audiences — listening, sharing insights and learning — you will expose yourself to a considerably wider dialogue going on in your professional field. In time, the deeper insights you gain from this new engagement will enhance your traditional face-to-face networking.Other professionals have cited this as one of the most valuable assets they’ve gained from engaging in social networks.While all of this seems a little bewildering right now, AleX, you’ve got a wonderful ride ahead of you.Enjoy every minute of it. In the meantime, listen, discuss and learn — that’s what this whole networking thing is all about.Author: Jim Langcuster This is part of the “Hi, AleX” series — advice to AleX NetLit about enhancing her levels of network literacy through day-to-day personal and professional social networking. AleX Netlit is a fictional persona created by Network Literacy Community of Practice to serve as a guide to Military Families Service professionals, Cooperative Extension educators and others seeking to learn more about using online networks in their work.More about Alex NetLitlast_img read more

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Russian gold medalist disqualified for Sochi Olympics doping

first_imgFILE- In this Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 file photo, Russia’s gold medal winner Alexander Legkov gestures to the crowd during the flower ceremony of the men’s 50K cross-country race at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The International Olympic Committee said Wednesday, Nov. 1st, 2017, cross-country skier Alexander Legkov has been disqualified from all his events at Sochi. Legkov won an individual gold medal and relay silver. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)GENEVA — In a landmark verdict that indicates Russia conspired to run a doping program at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, a cross-country skier who won a gold medal was disqualified by the IOC on Wednesday.All results for Alexander Legkov in Sochi were wiped from the record and he was banned for life from attending another Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH However, McLaren’s investigation said the Russian doping program was enabled by the country’s government, anti-doping agency and testing labs, plus sports governing bodies.The second cross-country skier who was disqualified and banned, Evgeniy Belov, did not win a medal.Lawyers for the two skiers disputed the IOC panel’s ruling while accepting a doping program was in place.“So there is neither Prof. McLaren’s assertion nor proof that individual athletes have really participated in the system that has undoubtedly existed,” German law firm Wieschemann said in a statement.Russia’s sports minister during the Sochi Olympics, Vitaly Mutko, told the Russian state news agency Tass that the IOC ruling “inspires great alarm and bewilderment.”“The correct and just decision is to file an appeal with CAS (the Court of Arbitration for Sport),” said Mutko, who is now a Deputy Prime Minister and heads the organizing committee for soccer’s 2018 World Cup.The two skiers’ cases are the first from Sochi to be judged by the IOC panel created to verify McLaren’s work. The Canadian law professor had himself been appointed by WADA to examine claims by Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of Russia’s WADA-authorized drug-testing laboratories.Rodchenkov, who is now in a witness protection program in the United States, said he switched tainted urine samples for clean ones at the Sochi lab with help from what he believed was the Russian security service.The verdicts announced Wednesday were the first from six cross-country skiers scheduled to have hearings at IOC headquarters this week. They include Maxim Vylegzhanin, who won one of his three silver medals in the Russian sweep of the 50-kilometer event.“Additional decisions from these first hearings will be communicated in the coming days,” the IOC said.Other cases involving Russian athletes in different Winter Olympic sports have also been handed over to the IOC panel, chaired by Swiss lawyer Denis Oswald.“The Oswald Commission has announced that all hearings for active athletes who could qualify for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will be completed by the end of November,” the IOC said. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ A second Russian cross-country skier was also disqualified and banned by the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday, while cases implicating 26 more Russian athletes in a Sochi doping conspiracy arepending.With calls to ban Russia’s team from next year’s Pyeongchang Olympics likely to increase, the IOC’sexecutive board will meet next month to discuss the matter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe IOC disciplinary panel did not have a positive doping test from Legkov but used evidence of cover-ups and tampering of sample bottles that was first gathered last year by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren.“The IOC showed its determination to protect clean athletes from the very beginning of the case,” said the Olympic body, whose board meets Dec. 5-7 in Lausanne, Switzerland. View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Spurs bring back Tony Parker after rehab stint in G-League LATEST STORIEScenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The 34-year-old Legkov also has two medals from the world championships — a silver and a bronze in relay races — plus nine individual victories on the World Cup circuit. He now faces a ban by the International Ski Federation.Skiing’s governing body said its doping panel will wait until the IOC gives all six verdicts, which it expected next week. FIS set a target of Nov. 24 — when the cross-country World Cup season starts — to make progress.Legkov also threatened to file a libel lawsuit against Rodchenkov, the former lab director who is the key witness to the Sochi conspiracy claims.At his news conference last year, Legkov spoke alongside then-Deputy Sports Minister Yuri Nagornykh, who stepped down after he was accused by McLaren of helping to cover up doping.The Russian government says it has never supported drug use by athletes.Russia now risks losing its place atop the Sochi medal tables, with second-place Norway set to be upgraded for medals in each of the men’s cross-country ski events affected by doping. Norwegians Petter Northug and Martin Johnsrud Sundby could each be awarded two medals. The IOC panel did not give details of the evidence Wednesday. McLaren has said that glass sample bottles were scratched when broken into, and in some cases clean urine used to cover up doping was tampered with, revealing unnatural levels of salt and even DNA from the wrong gender.Legkov’s gold medal was a marquee Russian success at the Sochi Olympics, which was a national priority for President Vladimir Putin and cost $51 billion to prepare for and host.The cross-country skier won gold in the individual 50-kilometer freestyle race in a Russian podium sweep on the last day of competition. The Russian trio received their medals in the main Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony. Legkov had earlier taken silver in the 4×10-kilometer relay.Legkov said last year he had never failed a doping test, claiming he was tested so often that he couldn’t have doped without being caught.“You’d have to be a complete kamikaze to do that in Russia if you’re an athlete representing our nation,” Legkov said then.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Steve Smith on track to become greatest batsman of modern era: Ricky Ponting

first_imgFormer Australian skipper Ricky Ponting believes current captain Steve Smith has the potential to finish his career among the modern greats.Ponting’s comments came after Smith notched up his 21st Test century on the third day of the opening Ashes Test against England at the Gabba, Brisbane.Smith’s scorching century in his 57th Test match also left him with a career batting average of 61.23.And Ponting feels that the current Australian captain is completely on track to become the greatest batsman of the modern era.”Twenty-one hundreds in 57 games, he’s well and truly on track to do that. When you look at the way he went about it yesterday, he was just completely unflappable. He didn’t get out of his bubble at all, through the course of that innings, which says a lot about him,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Ponting, as saying.Emphasizing that Smith has already reached halfway of what other great players have achieved by the end of their career, Ponting said the 28-year-old was hungry to lead his team well and that he wanted to be the best player in the world.”He’s got a game now that is standing up to the best attacks in all conditions, all around the world. If he keeps trending the way he is, then absolutely,” Ponting said during an interview to leading Australian radio.”Think about the greats – the Tendulkars and the Kallises and these guys that have scored 15,000 and 13,000 runs, but they played in 150-plus Tests, Tendulkar 200 Tests, to achieve what they achieved. He’s nearly halfway there in just over 50 Test matches,” he added.advertisementPonting, however, revealed the one thing about Smith’s approach which he would like change.”I still wish he’d bowl a few more leggies every now and then as well. Because he can bowl those and bowl those well,” the former skipper concluded.Smith began his career as a legspinning all-rounder, but he made a significant change to his game-adding preliminary movement to his technique — while batting in Perth during the 2013-14 Ashes series.Since then, he has been averaging 72.09 and amassed 5,511 runs in the longest format of the game. Smith will now aim to continue his good form when Australia head into the second Ashes Test against England, beginning December 2 at the Adelaide Oval.last_img read more

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10 months agoCarragher tells Liverpool: Take your medicine and relax

first_imgCarragher tells Liverpool: Take your medicine and relaxby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher insists Jurgen Klopp’s side are still in a “fantastic position” to win the Premier League title.A loss to Manchester City last night means the Reds now hold a four-point lead over Pep Guardiola’s side.But Carragher has urged Liverpool to relax and stay focused on their remaining games.The former Reds defender told Sky Sports: “Going into this game, the talk was ‘Liverpool could go 10 points clear’ – a lot of the talk was Liverpool.”A lot of the talk over the next few days in the press will be Man City – ‘Man City are back in the race and they are now favourites to win the league’.”Liverpool need to just take their medicine, just relax, calm down, play the FA Cup game. Whatever happens, whatever team he picks, it’s then Brighton that Liverpool play next.”Four points clear is still a really good position to be in and the form they have shown, certainly against sides outside the top six, they have got a lot of those games coming.”Liverpool just need to relax, get some wins under their belt, maybe improve that lead if they can over the next month to six weeks, but they’re in a fantastic position.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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ESPN’s Jay Williams: Bulls Are Rumored To Want Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg As Their New Coach

first_imgFred Hoiberg dances in new Infiniti comemrcial.YouTubeOne of the major stories around the sports world currently is the news that Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose needs another knee surgery and is likely to miss the rest of the NBA season. The Bulls are 36-21 and in third place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, but there are already some rumblings that Rose’s injury coupled with a possible early playoff exit could spell the end of Chicago head coach Tom Thibodeau. ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams has heard the Bulls have not only thought about life after Thibodeau, but have also considered who they’d want to replace him. That someone is Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg.Rumors circulating that people within the Bulls organization are interested in Fred Hoiberg of Iowa State as their next head coach.— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) February 25, 2015Hoiberg is an Iowa State alumnus and a 10-year NBA veteran. Four of those professional seasons came with the Bulls. Since taking over as the head coach of his alma mater in 2010, Hoiberg is 110-53 overall and 4-2 in the NCAA Tournament.last_img read more

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