Rangers pounce on Athletics pitcher, new dad Brett Anderson

first_imgOAKLAND — A new dad couldn’t make a 3-0 lead stand up and the Oakland A’s offense went cold in an 11-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.Home after a tough seven-game road trip against division leaders Minnesota and Houston, the A’s figured to have the edge against a Rangers team that had dropped nine of 10.They staked Brett Anderson to a three-run lead in the first and he held Texas scoreless for four innings.But three days after his wife delivered their first child, Anderson ran …last_img

Play Your Part episode 12: get involved

first_imgHere’s how you can get involved the guests on episode 12 of the Play Your Part TV series, Silindile Makhathini, Thato Mokhothu and Catharien Saayman.With the tagline “Your self-care is our number one priority” Silindile Makhathini’s company, Zinakenjalo Hygiene, makes hygiene products at affordable prices. She is one of the guests on episode 12 of Play Your Part. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterSilindile Makhathini and Aseema Kazi are founders of the 100% black female-owned manufacturing company, Zinakenjalo Hygiene, which makes and distributes hygiene products.Makhathini is one of the guests on episode 12 of the Play Your Part TV series, to be broadcast on SABC 2 on Saturday, 2 December 2017 at 18:00.Here’s how you can get involved with Makhathini and other guests on this episode:Silindile MakhathiniThe empowerment of women and education are key to Makhathini’s company, Zinakenjalo Hygiene. Company representatives give menstrual hygiene educational tips and entrepreneurial talks at schools when the sanitary pads the company makes, are delivered.Contact detailsTwitter: @sliemak and @AuthenticareSAWebsite: zkkhygiene.co.zaThato MokhothuThato MokhothuMokhothu’s non-profit organisation, Phenomenal Women, is a network that allows women to share information and business opportunities. It also undertakes various charity events, such as working with an orphanage in Heidedal, in the Free State.Contact detailsTwitter: @mokhothu_thato and LinkedInInstagram: thatomokhothuEmail: [email protected]: 051 444 0702Facebook: Thato MokhothuCatharien SaaymanCatharien SaaymanSaayman is the principal of Abraham Kriel Child and Youth Care Centre in Potchefstroom. The children are sent to the centre by the children’s court because they were exposed to various traumas. The centre also does community outreach programmes leading to emotional upliftment, poverty alleviation and development.Contact detailsWebsite: www.akpotch.org and FacebookPlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Twenty years of diplomatic relations between China and South Africa a major contributor to local economic and social transformation

first_imgTwenty years of diplomatic relations between China and South Africa a major contributor to local economic and social transformation. South Africa-China Economic and Trade Association (SACETA) on Thursday hosted Chinese and South African delegates for the official release of the 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report of Chinese-Funded Enterprises in South Africa.At the launch event, Chairman of the Association and General Manager of China Construction Bank Corporation, Zhang Jinguo shared that the report depicts the on-going cohesion between China and South Africa, which entails job creation, social responsibility, local manufacturing, and the preservation of wildlife and natural reserve protection.Publishing a report of this nature for the first time in South Africa is a massive achievement for the 130 Chinese-funded enterprises that contributes to economic development and livelihood in South African communities. The report highlights how much has been done and also sparks creativity for further bilateral trade and corporate social responsibility. “The report is a window. When you open the book, you open the window. It serves as a good model for SACETA members,” Jinguao said.Chinese Ambassador in South Africa, HE Lin Songtian, said that the 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report of Chinese-Funded Enterprises in South Africa is a showcase of how Chinese enterprises implement the common values of friendship and justice that exists between the two countries. China has been SA’s biggest trade partner for 9 years and bilateral trade for the first quarter of 2018 amounted to 33.2 billion USD.There are many factors that point to a mutually beneficial commitment. The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) took place in Beijing this year, while South Africa hosted the 10th annual BRICS Summit. Furthermore, China’s top 5 financial institutions have branches in South Africa.Songtian believes that the two countries are in a season of embracing new historic opportunities, with special consideration of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s vision for South Africa to attract domestic and foreign investment. The Chinese sentiment maintains that this is indeed a win-win cooperation.Going forward, Dr Miriam Altman, Commissioner of National Planning Commission believes that the National Development Plan 2030 (NDP) relies heavily on the existing Africa-China relationship. “We need to seek more balanced trade, increase tourism prospects, and give fair attention to education and skills training, not forsaking deeper cooperation in innovation,” Altman concluded.last_img read more

Climate change and no-till

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Randall Reeder, Ohio State University Extension Agricultural Engineer (retired)The federal government released a report on global climate change that predicts, among other disastrous results, that American farmers are doomed to failure. Drought, heavy rain, floods, and hot summers will destroy crop yields.Farmers aren’t stupid. They know how to adapt to changing conditions. For example, there is a lot more acres of corn grown in Canada and our Northern Plains than 50 years ago.Good news for the climate. If all cropland in the Midwest and Great Plains switched to continuous no-till (with cover crops) the rate of global warming would be SLOWED because carbon from the air would be sequestered in the soil as organic matter.Crop yields for corn, soybeans and wheat (and whatever replaces them in localities) might increase despite dry summers and less groundwater for irrigation. The extra organic matter means soils would hold more water, reducing the impact of dry periods. Organic matter is a buffer that moderates soil temperature, regulates pH and stores nutrients.With no-till, diesel fuel use is cut because of fewer tractor hours.Having the soil covered with residue reduces evaporation, which reduces the amount of irrigation needed, which reduces the fuel needed to pump the water. Precisely injecting fertilizer means less is needed. And what is the main ingredient in anhydrous ammonia? Natural gas.The November/December issue of the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation has three articles related to global warming and carbon sequestration. OSU Professor Rattan Lal and 14 co-authors studied “terrestrial ecosystems” and concluded that “conservation agriculture (no-till) is our best current bet for effective C sequestration.” Another article on cover crops points out an important issue where the payoff is long term: tenants, not the owner, farm about half of the U.S. prime farmland. A third article identifies an effect of “warming” in the Great Plains: winter wheat yields are decreasing in Texas and increasing in the Northern Plains states. (Maybe Texas wheat producers will switch to no-till cotton.) A shift to continuous no-till has major immediate costs which may include fertilizer injection equipment, cover crop seed, and a better planter.Since the general population is a primary beneficiary (cleaner water, less dust, reduced algae in Lake Erie and less nitrogen in the Mississippi River watershed), perhaps tax dollars should cover part of that extra cost. A big chunk of that funding could come from redirecting support farmers currently receive.Of course, global climate change means “global.” These no-till practices can be adopted in China, India, Ukraine, Africa and other regions to be a major factor in slowing or eliminating human-caused climate change.last_img read more

Three killed in helicopter crash in rain-hit Uttarkashi

first_imgA helicopter engaged in relief and rescue operations in rain-ravaged Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand crashed on Wednesday, an official said.Three persons on board the helicopter are killed in the crash, an official said.The private helicopter belonging to Heritage Aviation crashed near Moldi while returning after distributing relief material among the affected people, Uttarkashi Disaster Management officer Devendra Patwal told PTI over phone. He said those on board included the pilot, co-pilot and a local.In a tweet, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat expressed grief over the deaths and prayed for strength to the family members of the deceased.Torrential rains in Mori area of the district have left 16 people dead.last_img