As San Francisco Giants ponder the future, rotation concerns come into focus

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Amid all the chatter surrounding Madison Bumgarner and Max Muncy’s confrontation in the first inning on Sunday, a key element of Bumgarner’s performance was easily overlooked.There was discussion as to whether Bumgarner shows too much emotion on the field, talk of whether his actions toward Muncy were over the top and per usual, debate over how the left-hander’s outing impacted his trade value.There’s plenty of ongoing dialogue as to where Bumgarner will pitch next and how …last_img

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Help beat HIV – know your status

first_img6 March 2012 When the government made antiretrovirals (ARVs) freely available to people living with HIV/Aids, Grace Seopela grabbed the opportunity. Now an HIV ambassador who has been living with HIV for eight years, Seopela knows first-hand the benefits of taking treatment. Speaking at the launch of the HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) campaign at the construction site of Eskom’s Kusile power station in Mpumalanga on Friday, Seopela urged employees to know their status as this would empower them to make critical decisions about their lives. “If it wasn’t for government, which gives us treatment, maybe I wouldn’t be alive today … When the treatment was made available to us, I grabbed that opportunity and now [I control] HIV,” Seopela said.40 000 employees given access to testing About 80 percent of Eskom employees got tested last year when the campaign was launched at the Medupi power station in Limpopo. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi was at Kusile on Friday to congratulate about 5 000 staff members who got tested during the five-day campaign which started last Tuesday. Eskom Holdings chairperson Zoli Tsotsi said the enthusiasm shown by staff members towards the campaign was encouraging, adding that 91 percent of Eskom employees now knew their HIV status, and that 40 000 employees and contractors had been given access to testing. Motsoaledi said that since the HCT campaign was launched by President Jacob Zuma in April 2010, over 14-million South Africans had taken the test. He also encouraged men to undergo medical male circumcision.‘Men are still in denial’ “Men are still in denial and in hiding,” Motsoaledi said. “When you ask them when they are going to test, they tell you, ‘my wife has tested’. I’ve since asked women to drag their partners when coming for HIV testing. “If you are uncircumcised, please come, we shall help you – but you must always wear a condom every time.” He also urged South Africans to get tested at least once a year. The director-general of the Public Enterprises Department, Tshediso Matona, commended Eskom for its commitment to beating the pandemic. “Eskom is big, and if employees participate in the campaign, the results will be huge and the message will go further to other people,” Matona said. Eskom employee Thulani Mashinini stressed the importance of using the testing facilities. “The campaign is going to be futile if we don’t test,” Mashinini said. “We need to take care of our lives; if we don’t, life will not take care of us.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Growing the Cape’s IT skills

first_imgWhen Luvuyo Rani opened his first internet café in 2006 in the sprawling township of Khayelitsha in Cape Town, he never imagined that his business would be at the forefront of delivering IT skills to poorer communities.Born in 1974 in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape, Rani is the owner and director of Silulo Ulutho Technologies, a one-stop-shop IT company that provides computer access; MICT SETA (Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority)-accredited computer training; computer hardware and software; and computer sales and repairs in the Western and Eastern Cape.“We offer courses which are needed by the communities; such as end-user computing with social media and the element of mobile,” said Rani. “Our prices are affordable for people to attend our classes and they can pay the fees over a six-month period.”Rani believes that technology is critical in the growth and development of any economy.“Everything needs technology and people need to be skilled enough to embrace and use technology. There is a huge gap in many rural areas where people do not even know how to touch a mouse,” said Rani.“We also offer training to the pastors free of charge for them to manage their administration and also give training to the many women who run educare centres,” he said.Rani completed his studies in Bachelor of Technology in business administration with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2002, while teaching at Kwamfundo High School in Khayelitsha.When the government introduced new curriculum standards that required high schools to teach computer skills to pupils, Rani immediately saw an opportunity; he quit his job and applied for a loan to buy second-hand computers from a supplier in Cape Town. He started selling the computers to local teachers. His move surprised colleagues, who thought he was making a mistake, but Rani, who grew up helping his mother in her shebeen, was not about to give up without a fight.The academy now offers courses in basic and advanced computer skills, using email and the internet, and even typing. It also offers advanced courses such as web design, graphic design, office administration and video editing (Images: Silulo Ulutho Facebook page)SILULO’S HUMBLE BEGINNINGSRani says, “I started the business from the boot of the car and I had no offices, and people questioned me about the location of my business. Some even thought I was stealing computers from the schools and selling them back to the teachers.”He encouraged the teachers to start a stokvel (a savings scheme, sometimes with revolving credit) and to contribute R400 a month. Within six months, he says, all of them had computers.But while selling the computers, Rani realised the teachers didn’t know how to use them.“They would buy the computers and display them in their homes and their children would laugh at their ignorance.”He soon started training teachers to use the computers and, by 2006, had saved up enough money to open the first internet café in Khayelitsha. With the help of his brother,Lonwabo, he started off with just 10 computers and dial-up internet access. His business soon grew, with a demand for additional services such as printing business cards and faxing documents. But customers also lacked computer skills.“I started training my customers on how to use a computer in the internet café before opening an academy which changed our business and allowed it to grow,” he says.The academy now offers courses in basic and advanced computer skills, using email and the internet, and even typing. It also offers advanced courses such as web design, graphic design, office administration and video editing.Currently, Silulo has 107 employees and its revenue has grown from less than R50 000 in 2004 to a multi-million rand business in 2013. Rani plans to open more centres in Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and the Eastern Cape.“We want to make sure that we have Silulo in every township in South Africa. We can do that by franchising and also by owning some of our stores.”Rani attributes his success to the skills learnt while helping his mother run a shebeen. “I think that’s where I learnt so much on how to be an entrepreneur,” he says.PLAYING HIS PARTThorough hard work, dedication and perseverance, Rani has shown that there are many opportunities for young South Africans out there also have an option to become entrepreneurs rather than looking for employment elsewhere. He has Played his Part toward building a better South Africa by creating an organisation that not only provides employment for others, but also helps educate people in the communities in which its stores are based by providing them with computer literacy skills.Silulo and Rani have won a number of prestigious awards; in 2007, Rani was awarded the Cape Times/ KPMG Editors Award for Business Excellence and was selected as an Endeavour Global Entrepreneur by Endeavor South Africa in 2011.In 2008, Silulo won the Western Cape regional for South African Breweries’s SAB Kickstart entrepreneur competition, and in 2012, clinched a gold in the Productivity SA National Productivity Awards as an Emerging Sector leader.{loadposition ambas-menu}last_img read more

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UAAP volleyball: Lady Eagles thump Lady Bulldogs, end 1st round at no. 1

first_imgBloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants 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 Bea De Leon was stellar for Ateneo in the fourth set scoring three straight points to give the Lady Eagles a 19-14 lead after NU threatened to cut the deficit with a 6-1 run to get to as close as 15-14.Not done with showing her clutch genes, De Leon scored on another quick kill for the Lady Eagles’ 21-16 lead.An NU error put Ateneo at the 24-17 match point before Deanna Wong tossed over the winning point.Lady Eagles head coach Oliver Almadro said even though they’re atop the standings after the first round he knows that the second round is another landscape.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Eagles ended the first round atop the standings with a 6-1 record while the Lady Bulldogs dropped to 2-5 after losing two of their last three games.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, logistics Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country directorcenter_img Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “The first round is really a tough one for us and we really learned a lot from here and I’m telling the players that going into the second round is a lot tougher,” said Almadro. “It won’t be easy for us going into the second round.”Maddie Madayag led Ateneo’s offense with 17 points with De Leon adding in 13 while Ponggay Gaston and Kat Tolentino pitching in 10 points apiece.Princess Robles had a game-high 18 points for the Lady Bulldogs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—Ateneo shrugged off a first set defeat and recovered to take down National University,  23-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-17 for its sixth straight win in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Rockets survive last-place Suns as James Harden drops 41last_img read more

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Maersk Koole Terminals to Produce 05 Sulphur Fuel

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Maersk Maersk’s subsidiary Maersk Oil Trading has teamed up with liquid bulk storage operator Koole Terminals for the production of IMO 2020-compliant bunker fuel in the Port of Rotterdam.Maersk said the agreed annual production was expected to cover 5-10% of Maersk’s annual fuel demand, allowing the company to expand its bunker supply volumes in Europe.“The fuel manufacturing process allows Maersk to produce compatible low sulphur fuels that complies with the IMO 2020 sulphur cap implementation, reducing the need to rely on 0.1% price-based gasoil and fuel oil outside the ECA zones,” Niels Henrik Lindegaard, Head of Maersk Oil Trading at A.P. Moller – Maersk, said.The IMO 2020 0.5% sulphur fuel cap will be implemented globally as of January 1, 2020. Bunker fuels within the ECA (Emission Control Area) zones will remain at the current cap of 0.1% sulphur. Koole’s Petrochemical Industrial Distillation (PID) unit, located at the company’s Botlek site at the Port of Rotterdam, will allow Maersk to produce such ECA 0.1% sulphur fuel.The deal with Koole Terminals follows Maersk’s agreement with PBF Logistics from February this year, which will allow Maersk to supply IMO 2020-compliant marine fuel to customers on the US East Coast.Additionally, in August 2018 Maersk signed a leasing agreement with Vopak for storage of 2.3 million mt 0.5% compliant fuel at the Vopak Europoort Terminal in Rotterdam.last_img read more

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