Its music library will have listening posts for CDs and a DVD/video collection which will include South African and African content. Speaking at the official opening of the National Library in Pretoria on Friday, Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan said: “We are trying to make our libraries warm and engaging public spaces thronged by young learners seeking knowledge.” Jordan said an additional R200-million had been made available for building and renovating public libraries all over the country in 2008/09. The book stock will have a similarly strong focus on local content, and will be the only library in the city offering reading material in all 11 official South African languages. Warm, engaging public spaces Jordan said that access to information promoted critical thinking, particularly among young people, helping them to open up to differing, even conflicting, dimensions of the same issue. The aim, he said, was for the country’s libraries to have better staffing, more sensible opening hours, upgraded educational support material and other information resources, facilities promoting children’s literature, and more books in South Africa’s indigenous languages. 4 August 2008 Cape Town’s new central library, now housed in the Old Drill Hall, offers a wider selection of books, free internet access on 40 computers, a professional children’s collection intended for research purposes, an extended Art Library, and a Music and Performance Arts Library. Focus on local content Two state-of-the-art, multi-million rand public libraries opened in South Africa last week: the new National Library, built in Pretoria at a cost of R374-million; and Cape Town’s central libary, refurbished and upgraded to the tune of around R50-million. South Africa’s new National Library, situated at the corner of Proes and Andries Streets, can accommodate up to 1 300 visitors at a time and stocks around two million books, with capacity for another 3.5-million. The facility, which will contribute to the regeneration of Cape Town’s central business district, will also have a coffee shop, bookshop, meeting rooms, seminar rooms and an auditorium. “The power of written word resides in the fact that recording words transforms them into powerful means of communication, not merely between two people, but potentially amongst millions.” The upgrading of Cape Town’s central library was funded by a US$2-million (around R15-million) grant from the US-based Carnegie Corporation and R36.6-million from the City of Cape Town. At last week’s official opening, Carnegie Corporation announced that it would donate a further $2.495-million over the next three years to upgrade the library further. Carnegie Corporation president Vartan Gregorian said that libraries were invaluable to those who were engaged in lifelong learning, and who could not imagine an existence without something new to learn about every day. Source: BuaNews
30 October 2012 The proportion of South Africans with access to electricity, piped water and sanitation increased considerably over the past decade, according to the country’s latest national census. Statistics South Africa released the results of census 2011, the country’s third population count since democratic elections were first held in 1994, in Pretoria on Tuesday. The previous census took place in 2001.Access to electricity According to the census, conducted in October 2011, 84.7% of South African households use electricity for lighting (up from 70.2% in 2001), 73.9% use electricity for cooking (up from 52.2%), and 58.8% use electricity for heating (up from 49.9%). The results also show a significant improvement in access to piped (tap) water in South Africa, with the number of households with no access dropping to 8.8% in 2011 from 15.6% in 2001. Nearly half, or 46.3%, of households have tap water inside their homes (up from 32.3% in 2001), according to census 2011, while 27.1% have tap water inside their yards (down from 29.0%), 11.7% have tap water on their community stand less than 200 metres from their homes (up from 10.7%), and 6.2% have to walk more than 200 metres to reach tap water on their community stand (down from 12.4%).Household sanitation Census 2011 also showed a marked improvement in household sanitation in the country, with 60.1% of households using flush toilets (toilets connected to the public sewerage system) in 2011, up from 51.9% in 2001. The use of chemical toilets (from 1.9% to 2.5%) and pit latrines with ventilation (from 5.7% to 8.8%) were slightly up, while the use of unventilated pit latrines dropped from 22.8% to 19.3%, and of bucket latrines from 4.1% to 2.1%. Municipal waste removal services also improved compared to 2001, according to census 2011, with the number of households enjoying weekly municipal removals increasing from 52.1% to 62.1%.Living standards on the up At the same time, the number of households living in formal dwellings increased, from 68.5% to 77.6%, while the number living in traditional dwellings dropped from 14.8% to 7.9% and the number living in informal dwellings dropped from 16.4% to 13.6%. Compared to 2001, census 2011 also showed big increases in household ownership of mobile phones (from 32% to 88%), television sets (from 53% to 74%), refrigerators (from 51% to 68%) and computers (from 8% to 21%). However, the surge in popularity of mobile phones and television came at the expense of radio ownership (down from 73% to 67%) and landline phone ownership (24% to 14%). SAinfo reporter
The new Protection from Harassment Act will come into effect on 27 April 2013.The new anti-harassment law will enable South Africans to approach the courts for protection from sexual harassment, including harassment via SMS or e-mail. (Image: Pixabay)Brand South Africa reporterThis year’s Freedom Day will not only mark 19 years of democracy, it will also see the new Protection from Harassment Act come into effect, enabling South Africans to approach the courts for protection from sexual harassment – including harassment via SMS or e-mail.Those hiding behind anonymity to send offensive SMSes will be able to be traced because the Act compels service providers to give the addresses and ID numbers of offenders when asked to do so by the courts.Currently, only people involved in a domestic relationship can seek recourse if they are the victims of domestic violence. They can obtain a protection order to ensure protection from the person with whom they are in a relationship.The chairman of Parliament’s portfolio committee on justice and constitutional development, Luwellyn Landers, said this left people not in a domestic relationship unprotected against harassment.“With the new law, they’ll have protection. They can approach a Magistrate’s Court and get an interim protection order, which comes into effect immediately upon being issued. Protection is immediate,” Landers said.The Protection from Harassment Act covers as many types of sexual harassment as possible because “sexual harassment comes in many forms”.“Suppose a woman was standing at a bus stop or taxi rank every day and was being pestered daily by a person, whom she didn’t even know, and who was making funny remarks,” Landers explained.“The victim of this unwanted attention can then go to a Magistrate’s Court to see the Clerk of the Court to persuade him or her that there was a case of harassment.”The clerk will assist the complainant to approach the Magistrate’s Court for an interim protection order, which will be given if the court is satisfied that there is enough substance in the complaint.In cases where the victim does not know the address of the stalker, mobile phone service providers can be approached for these details, as well as ID numbers. The Acts states they have to supply this information to the courts.“This is an order of a Court of Law which takes effect when granted. So the complainant doesn’t have to wait for it to be served and the stalker [to] sign acknowledging receipt of the document before the order comes into operation,” Landers said.“The order must be given to the person doing the stalking. The order must be served by the police, and the onus will be on the Clerk of the Court and not the complainant to see that it’s served on the person concerned.”The person on whom the interim protection order has been served will be given time to respond as to why it should not be made permanent.The complainant will also get a certified copy of the interim protection order to present to the police in case the harassment continues.It is not only victims who can appeal to the courts for help. Adults can ask the court for assistance in the case of minors whose parents fail to seek legal help. Further, people who have obtained an order against domestic violence may also apply for an interim protection order, Landers said.“This is an excellent law as it fills a gap that always existed in our law.”Source: South African Government News Agency.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest R & C Rivers Farms has 850,000 bushels of corn storage capacity at their main operation in Mount Sterling. But for soybeans, they’ve relied on 30 smaller bins at their other farm sites in Pickaway, Fayette and Madison counties.“It wasn’t a very efficient system and made hauling the grain too complex,” said Brent Rivers, the owner. “So, we decided to build a new soybean grain system to be more productive.”Designed and built by local GSI dealer, Sims Construction, the new system is located about a quarter mile away from the main operation. It includes:Two 160,000-bushel capacity dry storage bins with fans to aerate the grain.A grain handling system that includes a conveyor, grain leg and bucket elevator to transfer harvested grain from a dump site to the storage bins at the rate of 12,000 to 14,000 bushels per hour.And a 5,000-bushel capacity overhead hopper tank that can fill a 1,000-bushel semi-truck for grain delivery in just 4 to 5 minutes.“The new GSI system will make this year’s harvest a lot more convenient, especially for our truck drivers,” Rivers said. “It’s actually like adding an extra truck or two because they will be able to dump their grain more quickly and get back to the field faster.”As for the existing soybean bins, he plans to continue using some of them and rent out the others.The soybean system was also designed to allow for future expansion, which Rivers estimates may be necessary in about two years. The layout includes a footprint for two more storage bins, each with 160,000 bushels of capacity, a wet storage bin and a grain dryer.Brent RiversLike many farmers, Rivers has traditionally let his soybeans dry down in the field and relied on aeration fans rather than using a grain dryer. But that trend is changing, as more producers see the benefit of drying their beans.“With the wet weather pattern we’ve had the last year or two, there’s a big advantage in having a dryer,” Rivers said. “It will provide the flexibility to get my soybeans out of the field faster and improve overall harvest efficiency.”Rivers said he’s pleased with how the first phase of the project turned out and how it will make his 2019 harvest season run a lot more smoothly.
Industry news: Canon has recently announced their latest release — the EOS M50, the company’s first 4K mirrorless camera.Image via Canon.Coming in at the low price of $780, Canon’s latest M-series release is the company’s first foray into 4K territory. Canon has employed their new DIGIC 8 image processor, enabling the new camera to capture raw 4K video. However, while this camera is an improvement over the M5, which lacked 4K capabilities, the M50 can only shoot 24p in 4K. Let’s take a look at some of the camera’s other features.Though the 4K capability is nice, there is a 1.6X APS-C crop factor, and the dual-pixel auto-focus is limited to 1080p. Given the previous M-series cameras, one can’t help but ask what the point is? If this is a cheaper, entry-level camera, then what incentive do users have for buying the more expensive M5 and M6 models?With a 24.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, the DIGIC 8 Image Processor and a variety of brilliant interchangeable lens options, the EOS M50 camera can help you get photos and videos with incredible color, sharp and clear details and stunning dynamic range.This camera will appeal to vloggers and daily content creators. There’s built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, and a flippable touch screen perfect for turning the camera on yourself. The M50 also features improved 143 autofocus points — but apparently only 99 autofocus points will work with certain lenses. However, on a brighter note, there is a new eye-detection focusing feature that focuses on your subject’s eyes with a simple tap of the touchscreen.The camera allows you to shoot with EF lenses, but you’ll need the EF-EOS M adapter. Unlike other mirrorless cameras currently on the market, the M50 does not feature in-body optical stabilization.Specs:4K Recording at 24p.Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Face+Tracking AF, Zone AF, 1-point AF).AF Points — 143/99 points.EF-M lens (and EF/EF-S lenses when using Mount Adapter EF-EOS M).Image Format — Approx. 22.3 x 14.9mm (APS-C Size).24.1 Megapixel (APS-C) sensor.12.4 oz. / 351g (body only).Recording Format — EXIF 2.31 (DCF2.0).If you’re interested in what else we might see in 2018, check out our camera rumors coverage.Looking for more information on video gear? Check out these articles.Illuminate Shortcuts with logickeyboard’s Cinema 4D Backlit KeyboardWhy Cinema Lenses Will Improve Your Next Film ProjectWhat’s the Difference Between a Cheap Microphone and an Expensive One?ARRI Delivers a Knockout With Its First Large Format Camera SystemA Look at the ARRI/Zeiss Master and Ultra Prime Lenses
A nine-day-old boy died on Tuesday at a government hospital in Darbhanga district of Bihar allegedly after being bitten by rats. The district administration has ordered a probe.The infant was admitted to the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit of the Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital on Monday. “When we reached the hospital early in the morning, no nurse or doctor was around… we found that rats had bitten the baby’s hands and legs at several places… we immediately informed the authorities who told us that the baby was dead,” Phuran Chaupal, the father told local journalists in Darbhanga. His inconsolable wife Neelam Chaupal too blamed negligent hospital doctors and nurses for the death of her child.The hospital authorities said when the baby was admitted he was in a serious condition. “We admit that the hospital is infested with rats which we cannot control but there were no signs of rat bites on the baby’s body”, said a doctor posted at the hospital. However, the grieving parents later met senior district official Kashi Prasad Mahto and demanded action against the hospital authorities for their ‘negligence.’ Mr. Mahto ordered a probe into the incident.
International Athletes and officials will continue to check in at the Commonwealth Games Village here with over 1300 more expected to arrive today for the October 3-14 event.The largest contingents to arrive today will be from Malaysia and Ghana with participants from sporting disciplines like cycling, aquatics, para-sports, shooting, boxing and athletics.The Cyprus team consists of participants from boxing, table tennis, weightlifting, archery, swimming and wrestling, the Organising Committee said in a statement.Among the other major teams arriving today are those of Canada, Scotland, Barbados, Lesotho, Jamaica and Australia.Apart from these, officials and athletes from Mauritius, England, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, Bahamas, Jamaica, South Africa, Wales, Northern Ireland, Lesotho, Falkland Islands, Guernsey, Zambia, and Cayman Islands are also arriving today.The squash and athletics teams from Australia and the badminton, netball teams from Jamaica will also join their counterparts from other countries at the Village.The Chefs-de-Mission of Bangladesh, Montserrat and Dominica will arrive along with an international media contingent.
Jazz: Host Miami on Wednesday.Thunder: Visit New Orleans on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steven Adams had 22 points in the first meeting since the Jazz downed the Thunder in six games in the first round of last season’s Western Conference playoffs. Oklahoma City overcame a 4-of-18 shooting performance by Russell Westbrook, who nonetheless managed a triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.Oklahoma City has won 15 straight regular-season games at home against Utah, although the Jazz did beat the Thunder in Oklahoma City in Game 2 during their playoff series. The Thunder have gone 17-4 since starting this season 0-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“I’m going to just play hard,” George said about the chants. “If that happens at the end of the year, then so be it. That’s the least of my concerns. Right now, I’m enjoying playing with this group. We’ve got a special group here. We want to win. We want to win big. That’s first and foremost. Anything else after that, it’s appreciated, but that’s not the concern.”Donovan Mitchell battled foul trouble much of the game but led the Jazz with 19 points, while Rudy Gobert recorded his 23rd double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds. It was the second lopsided road loss in two days for Utah, which fell 110-97 on Sunday at San Antonio. The Thunder jumped to a 6-0 lead, causing Jazz coach Quin Snyder to call a timeout just 68 seconds into the game. Oklahoma City gradually built its lead to 17 points before settling for a 57-46 halftime advantage.“We didn’t do enough on the defensive end, collectively, and that impacts everything,” Snyder said. “We usually weren’t efficient offensively — either didn’t get a good shot or turned it over. You put yourself behind the 8-ball and you almost have to be lucky or perfect to get back in the game and we didn’t play well enough.”George, who scored 25 fourth-quarter points during a 47-point outburst in a win at Brooklyn on Wednesday, nearly reprised that performance in the third quarter.George hit his first 3-point attempt 50 seconds before halftime, then hit his next four shots from behind the arc en route to a 17-point third quarter. That helped the Thunder build their lead to 26 points near the end of the period and the Jazz never seriously threatened after that, although they did cut a 29-point deficit to nine in the final minute.“He was real balanced, under control, took open shots, knocked them down,” Westbrook said of George. “He played at his own pace.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Comelec disputes PCIJ report on voter turnout in Lanao del Sur town Marcus Morris leads depleted Celtics past Pelicans LATEST STORIES 3 IS-linked gunmen slain in Maguindanao offensives Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George goes in for a shot in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips)OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George heard the “MVP! MVP!” chants from the sellout crowd at Chesapeake Energy Arena, and while the Oklahoma City star appreciated them, he was happier the Thunder had just beaten the foe that ended their season last spring.George went 5 of 6 from 3-point range and scored 31 points, Dennis Schroder added 23 and the Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 122-113 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Fans are in a frenzy as Netflix reveals that Henry Cavill is coming to Manila Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jae Crowder had 13 points and Derrick Favors had 12 for the Jazz.CLOSING TIMEThe Jazz outscored the Thunder 38-23 in the fourth quarter. Epke Udoh, from nearby Edmond, scored 10 points in nine minutes to spark Utah’s bench.“It’s good to see guys that compete and guys that contribute,” Snyder said. “Any time those guys, regardless of the score or situation, they come in the game, you expect them to play the right way and they did. It was good to see their activity. They really made an effort to get the ball to the rim and as a result they created looks for each other.”For a good chunk of the quarter, Thunder coach Billy Donovan stood on the sideline with a look something between bewilderment and frustration. But except for Westbrook, he didn’t bring his starters back into the game, choosing to let many of his reserves figure it out.“I didn’t think we defended the way we were capable of in the fourth quarter,” Donovan said.TIP-INS:Jazz: Mitchell hit a halfcourt shot at the first-quarter buzzer for his first points of the game, allowing him to avoid a second straight scoreless first quarter . Ricky Rubio, who had averaged 18.8 points during Utah’s previous eight road games, had 10 against the Thunder.Thunder: The Thunder are 14-1 this season against sub-.500 opponents, including the Jazz, who entered the game at 13-14 . 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Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ “We know anything can happen in the playoffs,” Boston guard Kyrie Irving said.The Thunder have shot the ball horribly from the outside, but more than anything else have been doomed by one bad quarter in each of their first two games against the Trail Blazers. In Game 1 (a five-point loss), they lost the first quarter by 14. In Game 2 (a 20-point loss), they lost the third quarter by 16.Oklahoma City is 2-14 this season when shooting 41 percent or less, which includes both of the two games. Despite that, Thunder star Paul George said he has a simple message for teammates.“Keep shooting,” George said. “We’re going to make shots. Keep shooting. We missed shots, so what? Keep shooting.”A look at Friday night’s games:ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated The Orlando Magic bench celebrates during an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)Orlando returned to Florida with home-court advantage.Indiana and Oklahoma City are seeking some home-court magic.ADVERTISEMENT RAPTORS AT MAGICSeries tied, 1-1. Game 3, 7 p.m. EDT, ESPN.NEED TO KNOW: Orlando is playing its first home playoff game since May 5, 2012 and will seek its first home playoff win since April 26, 2011.KEEP AN EYE ON: Magic center Nikola Vucevic has not been much of a factor so far, going a combined 6 for 21 in the first two games. Expect Orlando to run a lot for him early in an effort to get him in rhythm.INJURY WATCH: Toronto may be getting Patrick McCaw (right thumb sprain) back for Game 3, which will bolster the bench. McCaw — who played in 21 playoff games with Golden State over the last two seasons — last played March 28.PRESSURE IS ON: Still Toronto. All the Raptors did in Game 2 — a blowout, no less — was escape a bigger hole. Magic fans have waited nearly a decade for a playoff game. The atmosphere will be intense and Orlando is 13-1 in its last 14 games at home.CELTICS AT PACERSCeltics lead, 2-0. Game 3, 8:30 p.m. EDT, ABC.NEED TO KNOW: Boston is 36-1 all-time in best-of-seven series when it holds a 2-0 lead. The loss? Against Cleveland, in last season’s Eastern Conference finals.KEEP AN EYE ON: The Pacers’ rebounding. They’ve been completely outplayed in that department, one of the reasons why they’re in this 0-2 hole. Boston shot only 58 percent from the line in the first two games, though obviously that didn’t hurt the Celtics. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte STAT QUIRK: Through all teams’ first two games of this year’s playoffs, Boston ranked 15th out of the 16 clubs in points per game. Luckily for the Celtics, Indiana was 16th.PRESSURE IS ON: Myles Turner. The Pacers’ center has 13 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks — not averages, totals — in the first two games, and he’s taken more 3-point tries than 2-point tries. He’s got to come up big in Game 3.TRAIL BLAZERS AT THUNDERTrail Blazers lead, 2-0. Game 3, 9:30 p.m., ESPN.NEED TO KNOW: Since losing in Oklahoma City on Feb. 11, Portland has gone 11-5 on the road. The Thunder didn’t reach the 100-point mark in either of the first two games; the last time they didn’t reach triple digits in consecutive games was back in mid-November.KEEP AN EYE ON: The 3-point line. Oklahoma City is shooting 16.4 percent from beyond the arc in this series; the last time a team shot worse than that in a first-round matchup was 1991, when San Antonio was 3 for 26 (.115) in its 3-1 series loss to Golden State.HEAD TO HEAD: Thunder star Russell Westbrook and Portland star Damian Lillard have gone head-to-head 25 times. Lillard’s team leads, 13-12.PRESSURE IS ON: Westbrook. He took the blame after the Game 2 loss. It will be extremely interesting to see what Westbrook’s floor plan is for Game 3. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew A trio of Game 3s in the NBA on Friday night — Toronto at Orlando, Boston at Indiana and Portland at Oklahoma City — have three very different story lines. The Magic got a split of their first two games with the Raptors, the Pacers are reeling after a late-game collapse in Game 2 left them trailing the Celtics 2-0, and the Thunder have seemed completely out of sorts as they’ve gotten into a 2-0 hole against the Trail Blazers.“I still don’t think we understand how good a team we can be when we play well,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIndiana had a great chance at getting a split slip away late in Game 2 at Boston. The Pacers have now lost 16 of their last 24 games overall, are looking at a fourth consecutive first-round ouster and have never won a series after losing the first two games.Having said all that, the Celtics are leery of a letup. 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