Noah’s Ark Goes Dutch

first_imgNoah’s ark has landed in the Netherlands.  Johan Huibers, a Dutch contractor built the model to showcase the Biblical story and renew interest in Christianity in a country that has lost its faith.  Fox News, USA Today, the BBC News, the Christian Post, CBN and many other news sources carried versions of the Associated Press story.    Visitors were stunned by the size of the model.  One visitor described it is “past comprehension.”  She said, “I knew the story of Noah, but I had no idea the boat would have been so big.”  She might be more stunned to learn that Huibers’ model is only one-half the original as described in Genesis (see for measurements and artists’ reconstructions).    The AP story quipped that this might help people concerned about rising sea levels from global warming.  Nowhere did the reports claim that Huibers expected his model to be seaworthy, though.  It’s more a museum.  It will have a 50-seat theater, “ancient tools and old-fashioned barrels, exotic stuffed animals, and a wax model of an exhausted Noah reclining on a chair in the forecastle.”  Huibers only looked half as exhausted.This is certainly better than the cartoony representations of Noah in a floating bathtub with elephant and giraffe heads sticking out the top.  The true Ark’s dimensions ranked with those of large ocean liners.  Anything that helps elucidate the actual story instead of mocking it like the BBC show in 2003 (03/10/2003) might help a jaded, secularized public think about Bible history more seriously.  Maybe this limited project will inspire someone to build a full-size model.  That would be a real stunner.  Better start soon; it might take 100 years. (Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Italian boost for SME mentors

first_imgSAinfo reporter Competitiveness Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material A result of collaboration between the Italian Trade Commission, the Italian Ministry for Economic Development, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Business Unity South Africa, the programme is based on an Italian SME model that has been operating successfully for over 30 years. This stage includes a visit from international specialists that will include case studies of successful businesses, focusing on the model of Italian “industrial districts” and cooperatives for production and distribution. European, international partnerships The first stage is a training course in South Africa covering the Italian model of industrial development, based on SMEs and the promotion of their competitiveness in the international marketplace. “Particular attention will be dedicated to procedures and marketing techniques to successfully export agro-food products to the European markets,” the DTI said.center_img The initiative also aims to enhance SMEs’ internationalisation by creating European and international partnerships, with an analysis of public-private collaboration focusing on Italy’s technology parks, their business models and management. 26 May 2009 Training will also entail specific modules dedicated to the Italian mechanical machinery manufacturing excellence and to successful export techniques for SMEs. In the second stage, South African lecturers will complete a one-week study tour to Italy, with lectures and visits to institutions, consortia, cooperatives and industrial districts. The Italian and South African governments have launched an exchange programme for officers of small and medium enterprise (SME) support agencies, involving a five-week course locally followed by a visit to successful SME businesses and projects in Italy. “It aims to improve knowledge sharing between Italian experts in the field of SME training and South African SME trainees who have been selected from both private and public entities,” the DTI said in a statement earlier this month.last_img read more

Oprah ‘to inspire, be inspired’ in South Africa

Brand South Africa has saluted US media personality Oprah Winfrey, who will address an O You! event in Johannesburg on Monday, for “playing her part to empower and inspire South African women”.Brand South Africa said that Oprah, who has often described former president Nelson Mandela as her personal icon, “embodies the values of the South African spirit” (Image: University of the Free State)“As an international brand ambassador, Ms Winfrey has played her part to improve the lives of others around the world,” Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said in a statement on Friday.“In South Africa, she has provided a platform for aspirational leaders by opening a leadership academy for girls in Gauteng. The school is home to aspiring young female leaders who have excelled academically and who display great ability.“We salute Ms Winfrey for playing her part internationally to empower and inspire girl children, so that they know they are equal citizens of the world, deserving of equal opportunities,” Matola said.Brand South Africa said that Oprah, who has often described former president Nelson Mandela as her personal icon, “embodies the values of the South African spirit”.“Through her various platforms as a media entrepreneur, she has encouraged individuals to propel their personal development, and in so doing, play their part in building their communities around the world.”A number of experts and guest speakers will also address attendees at the O You! event, which is being hosted by O, The Oprah Magazine at Johannesburg’s Gallagher Estate. read more

EPA rule exempts farms from emissions reporting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule exempting livestock farmers from reporting to state and local authorities the routine emissions from their farms.“The rule announced today is the final piece in the implementation of the FARM Act, which passed Congress earlier this year and which eliminated the need for livestock farmers to estimate and report to the federal government emissions from the natural breakdown of manure,” said Jim Heimerl, president of the National Pork Producers Council, a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio. “That bipartisan measure was approved because it was unnecessary and impractical for farmers to waste their time and resources alerting government agencies that there are livestock on farms.”The Fair Agricultural Reporting Method, or FARM, Act fixed a problem created last April when a U.S. Court of Appeals rejected a 2008 EPA rule that exempted farmers from reporting routine farm emissions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). Commonly known as the “Superfund Law,” CERCLA is used primarily to clean hazardous waste sites but also includes a mandatory federal reporting component.The appeals court ruling would have forced tens of thousands of livestock farmers to “guesstimate” and report the emissions from manure on their farms to the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Response Center and subjected them to citizen lawsuits from activist groups.EPA’s latest proposed rule would exempt farmers from reporting to state and local first responders under the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) — an adjunct to CERCLA — that they have “hazardous” emissions on their farms.“The pork industry wants regulations that are practical and effective, but applying CERCLA and EPCRA to livestock farms would be neither,” Heimerl said. “Pork producers are very strong stewards of the environment and have taken many actions over the years to protect it.”As evidence: The pork industry and other livestock sectors are working closely with state and local emergency response agencies to ensure they receive information about farms that is useful, and yesterday Smithfield Foods announced new projects to help the company reach its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2025.The world’s largest pork producer and hog processor is expanding its “Smithfield Renewables” platform — its industry-leading carbon reduction and renewable energy efforts — to help meet that goal. It will implement over the next 10 years, for example, manure-to-energy projects at 90% of its hog finishing spaces in North Carolina and Utah and at nearly all finishing spaces in Missouri and convert existing anaerobic lagoons to covered digesters, or construct new covered digesters, to capture biogas.last_img read more

Jadeja to replace Gambhir for England ODI series

first_imgAll-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who has not played a one-dayer for more than six months, on Wednesday replaced opener Gautam Gambhir in India’s injury-ravaged cricket squad for the upcoming ODI series against England starting September 2.Gambhir, who is nursing a mild concussion which has left his vision blurred, was ruled out of the five-match series on Tuesday.Gambhir hurt himself when he fell backwards and banged his head against the ground while fielding in the final Test against England at the Oval.”He was diagnosed of mild concussion by the attending sports physician and neurologist. He was sent for a precautionary CT and MRI scan of his head and neck which was reported as normal. He has been resting since and his symptoms have improved.”However, he still complains of some visual disturbance and inability to focus on an object for long. The ophthalmologist (eye specialist) has reported Gautam’s eyes as perfectly normal and the symptoms have been put down to the mild concussion,” BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement.”Gautam has been advised to take rest and is expected to recover spontaneously without any further medical intervention. He will be returning to India shortly. Ravindra Jadeja has been chosen as his replacement,” he added.Gambhir has been replaced as the vice-captain of the side by Suresh Raina.”Suresh Raina has been nominated as Vice-Captain for the ODI series,” the release said.In what is turning out to be a mightmare of a tour, Jadeja goes into the ODI series more than six months after his last ODI appearance for India (against New Zealand at Vadodara).advertisementIndia were whitewashed 0-4 in the Test series after a string of injuries ruled out key players such as pace spearhead Zaheer Khan and opener Virender Sehwag.The 22-year-old all-rounder has played 35 ODIs in all, making 535 runs at an average of 31.47. He has 29 wickets under his belt.last_img read more