Warning over predicted petrol and heating oil price hikes

first_imgMotorists and homeowners are being advised to prepare for an expected rise in petrol, diesel and home heating oil prices after an attack on Saudi oil facilities.The cost of a barrel of oil surged following the weekend’s drone strikes and are expected to impact consumers in the coming weeks.AA Roadwatch warns that diesel and petrol prices for drivers could jump by 6 or 8 cent per litre. An 8c increase per litre could mean the average cost of filling a car would rise by €4. AA Roadwatch’s director of consumer affairs Conor Faughnan told RTE News that the market movement is not yet known, but if there are significant price increases then Irish consumers will be hit by the hikes in 4-5 weeks’ time.Warning over predicted petrol and heating oil price hikes was last modified: September 17th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘All systems go’ for Afcon 2013

first_img11 January 2013South Africa is ready to host a successful 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), the local organising committee (LOC) assured the continent on Friday.With just eight days to go before the opening match between South Africa and Cape Verde at National Stadium, the LOC says it has put in place plans that will ensure that every team and visitor to South Africa will be provided with an environment to enjoy the tournament and compete equally.LOC chairman Mwelo Nonkonyana told at a New Age breakfast briefing in Johannesburg on Friday that it was all systems go for the continent’s showpiece sporting event.The ‘Beat at Africa’s Feet’“The Orange Afcon 2013 awaits us. We will receive a multitude of people on our shores. Let them feel the ‘Beat at Africa’s Feet’. Let us receive them with the spirit of ubuntu as we celebrate Africa,” Nonkonyana said.South Africa took over the hosting of the tournament from Libya, which withdrew following the political turmoil during the Arab Spring.Having hosted a spectacular 2010 Fifa World Cup, with the highest standard sporting facilities and infrastructure, South Africa was the logical choice to take over from Libya at such short notice.The tournament will be played in five cities – Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Nelspruit and Rustenburg. All of them have upgraded or newly built stadiums.Ticket salesThe LOC has set a ticket sale target of 500 000 tickets. Sales currently stand at around 320 000, with a collective stadium capacity of over 800 000 seats.The slow tickets sales have been blamed on a lack of marketing of the tournament.LOC CEO Mvuzo Mbebe said it had been difficult to market the tournament properly because of financial constraints. “But we did the bit that we could with the limited resources we had,” he said, adding that marketing would be increased in the coming week.Afcon funding should not be compared with the Fifa World Cup marketing, which was driven by sponsors, he added.Mbebe said the hosting of the tournament was going to benefit the country in many ways, with 40 000 visitors expected to come from outside the country, 10 000 temporary jobs set to be created, and 2.3-billion global viewers are expected to follow the tournament on television.“The most important thing is to make sure that the all the stadiums are full,” said Mbebe, adding that he did not think the long distances between host cities would affect the numbers.Moving the fansThe committee has been working with the Department of Home Affairs and the SA Police Service to ensure that the tournament is a success.Home Affairs has planned for the large numbers of visitors and beefed up its staff at the country’s entry points. The department’s director-general, Mkuseli Apleni, said their slogan for Afcon was: “Embrace peace and diversity”.The department will grant visa waivers to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) delegation as well as national teams, as not all African countries are exempt from visa requirements to enter the country.Public viewing areasThe public broadcaster, which has the broadcasting rights, has also promised to broadcast all the games. SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng said they would have the best quality pictures.The Department of Sport and Recreation said it would set up public viewing areas in Orange Farm, Diepkloof, Sedibeng, Tshwane, Diepsloot and Ivory Park, among others.Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbabula encouraged South Africans to rise to the occasion and welcome visitors from other countries, as well as fill the stadiums and support the national team.Although South Africa lost 1-0 to Norway in a friendly warm-up match this week, Mbabula was confident the national team would do well.“The team is looking good. They have the backing of the whole of South Africa … We can’t hold back, we need to go out and win for the whole country,” he said, calling on South Africans to get their tickets.For the opening match between Bafana Bafana and Cape Verde at Johannesburg’s National Stadium on 19 January, category 1 and 2 tickets (at R100 and R200 respectively) had been sold out, with only category 3 (R50) tickets available.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Oxford and UCT: oldest universities working together for new solutions

first_imgThe Universities of Cape Town and Oxford, each the oldest universities in their countries, have long been partners in research to find innovative solutions to the problems of today, and the future. This was highlighted during a recent visit to UCT by a high-level delegation from the prestigious English university. An aerial view of Oxford University in the UK. South Africa’s University of Cape Town collaborates more with Oxford than with any other British university. (Image: Oxford University) • Long walk to university reaps the reward • Bokoko literacy project brings books and libraries to Africa • South Africa’s Smart Schools showcased on Brand South Africa media tour • New technologies stand to benefit poorer countries • Clinton fund invests in Africa’s girls Staff writerEffective collaboration between universities cannot be imposed from the top down: it must be led by research. This was the message Oxford University vice-chancellor Andrew Hamilton and his senior researchers brought to South Africa’s University of Cape Town last week.The two are the oldest universities in their countries. There is evidence of education at Oxford going back to 1096, nearly 1 000 years ago, making it the oldest functioning university in the English-speaking world and the third-oldest on the planet, after Morocco’s University of Karueein and Italy’s University of Bologna. UCT was founded in 1829 and is not only the oldest university in South Africa but the second-oldest in Africa.The close relationship between the two institutions has created a range of research projects with the potential for tremendous social impact, UCT vice-chancellor Max Price said during the visit. These include research partnerships in malaria drug resistance, new tuberculosis vaccines, food security, and constitutional and customary law in Africa.Oxford’s Hamilton said South Africa was a good place to look into topical global problems. “Collaborations thrive when there is mutual need, and South Africa offers a unique environment to study some of the greatest challenges facing us today,” he said. “We need now to encourage collaboration where it does not yet exist.”UCT works and publishes with Oxford more than with any other British university. Their partnership in neurosciences is one of the most fruitful.“We are particularly pleased that the launch of UCT’s Neurosciences Initiative coincides with this week’s visit by the University of Oxford,” Price said.UCT’s Neurosciences Initiative at the Groote Schuur academic hospital brings together clinicians and researchers from a range of specialities, fostering collaboration in the treatment of a neurological disorders such as stroke, central nervous system infection and trauma.The initiative is led by Prof Graham Fieggen, UCT’s head of neurosurgery. “The majority of people suffering from common neurological disorders live in low and middle-income countries,” he said. “There is a need to understand these disorders within the context of our own continent. We cannot simply import models from the global North.”Oxford professor of neuroscience and co-director of the university’s Centre for Neuromuscular Science, Matthew Wood, who is also a UCT graduate and honorary professor, said neuroscience is central to society.“Neurosciences are much broader than simply understanding the brain or understanding neurological disease,” he said. “Essentially it goes to the heart of who we are as human beings, and to many of the challenges that exist in society.”Oxford vice-chancellor Andrew Hamilton and UCT vice-chancellor Max Price during the former’s visit to South Africa last week. (Image: UCT)Managing chronic diseases over the phoneOne of the projects showcased during the Oxford visit was the development of mobile phone technology allowing people in Africa to manage chronic diseases such as high blood pressure by themselves. Named the SMS-text Adherence Support, or Star, trial, it is part of mobile health development in Africa, and a collaboration between Oxford’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Primary Care Health Sciences and UCT’s Chronic Diseases Initiative for Africa (CDIA) project.Mobile phones are highly effective in reaching patients across Africa. In a recent trial of an intervention to improve blood pressure control, over 95% of patients getting educational and supportive SMSes remained in contact with the project over one year.The collaboration involved Oxford professor of general practice Andrew Farmer, professor of electrical engineering Lionel Tarassenko and David Springer of the Oxford Institute of Biomedical Engineering. UCT researchers included head of medicine Prof Bongani Mayosi, as well as head of the diabetic medicine and endocrinology Prof Naomi Levitt, director of UCT’s Chronic Diseases Initiative for Africa, and the CDIA’s Dr Kirsty Bobrow.Largest community-based study among HIV-positive teenagersAnother project looks for insights into the behaviour of South Africa’s 1.2-million HIV-positive teenagers, to understand why their adherence to anti-retroviral treatment is low, and their use of contraceptives inconsistent.The project, called Mzantsi Wakho, aims to get HIV-positive adolescents to adhere to antiretroviral treatment and access sexual and reproductive health services. It is the largest community-based study of HIV-positive teenagers ever conducted. From preliminary results, stigma still plays a powerful role in stopping teenagers from disclosing their HIV status to their partners.Mzantsi Wakho is led by UCT’s Dr Rebecca Hodes, the director of the Aids and Society Research Unit at the Centre for Social Science Research and an honorary research fellow at UCT’s Department of Historical Studies, and Lucie Cluver, an associate professor of evidence-based social intervention at Oxford and honorary lecturer in UCT’s Division of Neuropsychiatry. The Departments of Health, Social Development, Basic Education and Women, Children and People with Disabilities were consulted on the project’s research design.Controversy over Cecil John Rhodes statueDuring the visit, Oxford vice-chancellor Hamilton added his voice to the debate on removing the statue of arch-colonialist and English mining magnate Cecil John Rhodes from the grounds of UCT.“It’s a debate that should take place,” he told Primedia radio’s Kieno Kammies on Cape Talk. “It’s a debate for the students and faculty of the University of Cape Town – and South Africa in general – to go through, to work out for yourselves what place this figure who did many really quite terrible things during his lifetime.”Oxford University administers the Rhodes Trust, a scholarship programme Rhodes set up to allow promising students from the former British Empire to study at his alma mater.University of Cape Town students protesting for the removal of the statue of Cecil John Rhodes from its prominent position on the university’s grounds. (Image: UCT)“Universities are an ideal place – they are an appropriate place – for that debate to take place,” Hamilton said. “Universities should be about the free flow of ideas, of strong, robust, even sometimes contentious debate about the interpretation of history, about the role of history in the development of modern society.”But, Harrison added, “it’s not for me to comment on the place of Rhodes in contemporary South Africa”.While his Oxford counterpart stayed neutral on the issue, UCT vice chancellor Price said the statue should be removed, as he felt the anguish it caused black students.“I feel the need to apologise on behalf of the university for the kind of pain they’re experiencing for that frustration,” he told Eyewitness News.Edited by Mary Alexanderlast_img read more

An update on nitrogen recommendations for wheat

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Do we have any wheat left in Ohio? I would like to see more acres. It makes our other two crops better and reduces weed, insect and disease problems for them, too. The new Ohio Agronomy Guide has just a bit of an update on spring nitrogen (N) recommendations for wheat in Ohio.We still suggest following the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations for N rates in wheat, with an update on the discussion of why. We do rely on yield potential of a field to make the recommendation. Once you have set a realistic yield goal, the recommendation may be based on the following table. These recommendations are for mineral soils with adequate drainage and 1% to 5% organic matter.Nitrogen rate for wheat by yield potential.Yield potentialTotal N ratebu/Alb/A60607075809090110100130 We do not give any credit for the previous soybean or cover crop, since we do not know if that organic N source will be mineralized for the wheat crop. The recommendation does suggest that you subtract from the total (spring N) any fall applied N up to 20 pounds of N per A.last_img read more

New Record: US Internet Users Watched 21.4 Billion Videos in July

first_imgfrederic lardinois July turned out to be the biggest month for watching Internet video yet. According to comScore, Internet users in the US watched 21.4 billion videos in July, up 88% from last year. Google’s YouTube streamed 9 billion of these videos, followed by video sites from Viacom and Microsoft. In terms of unique users, YouTube gets only twice as many visitors as Microsoft’s video sites. On YouTube, however, people watched an average of 74 videos in July, while they watched only around 10 videos on Microsoft’s sites and 19 on Viacom’s online video properties.Online video has come a long way since the days of postage stamp-sized clips in a RealPlayer embed. In July, the average online video viewer watched 8.3 hours of video, up from 7.6 hours in June. Overall, 81% of the US Internet audience watched online video last month.In total, the average viewer watched about 135 video clips. While full-length shows are becoming more popular, it is still important to note that the average video is only 3.7 minutes long. Hulu, which focuses on full-length TV shows, also recorded its best month yet, with 457 million views.Another Record-Breaking MonthJune, according to comScore, already broke most records, but at that time, the company credited the surge to the large number of high-profile events (including the death of Michael Jackson and the elections in Iran). ComScore argues that TV viewers are turning to the Internet right now because most of the shows on TV are currently on summer hiatus. While this probably plays some role in this current growth in interest in online video, we would also argue that a lot of viewers are simply changing their viewing habits and have moved away from watching shows on traditional TV and cable networks. Instead, they are watching popular clips on YouTube and full-length shows on Hulu. Related Posts Tags:#NYT#Video Services#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Quick Tip: How To Save All PDF Pages As Images

first_imgIf you need to turn a client PDF into a series of still images to put into your edit, this this little workflow tip could save you a ton of time!I was editing at a conference recently where we had to turn around all the videoed presentations, complete with PowerPoint slides edited in, in a short space of time. Most of the speakers duly uploaded their slides in PowerPoint format to a shared folder. Some however handed over their presentations as a PDF. The problem with using OSX Preview to export images is that (as far as I could figure out) it saves the images one at a time.Using a quick Automator workflow, I was able to quickly export out a 30-40 page PDF was exported as a series of JPEGs. Download my Automator PDF to JPG preset here for free.Note: This workflow is for Mac only.Saving PowerPoint Presentations as ImagesSaving a PowerPoint presentation as a series of images is exceptionally easy and fast. In Powerpoint for Mac hit File > Save as Pictures. From a dialogue box that pops up, you can set the format, size and resolution in a jiffy. Plus it’s pretty quick to export the stills to a named folder in numerical order.Saving a PDF as a Series of ImagesAfter a not-so-quick Google search I found this post on an Apple discussion board detailing this really helpful Automator workflow, that will turn a PDF into a series of images. As I mentioned above, you can download the free Automator workflow here. Unzip the file, double click on it and then press the Run button to run the workflow. It will open a dialogue box asking you for the PDF you want to convert and then spit out a series of JPG files on the desktop.If you want to create the Automator workflow from scratch for yourself, simply do the following:1. Open Automator from your Applications folder.2. Choose workflow from the first box that appears.3. Type into the Actions search box to find the three actions you need (as show in the image above) and simply drag them in order to the workflow editor box on the right-hand side. If you want to change the properties of the type of images created – such as their color space, format or resolution, do so before you run the workflow.4. Save your workflow to the desktop (or some where convenient) and you’re done.This PDF to JPG conversion is especially handy for anyone doing corporate video work or working with live presentations to video. Got your own hacks to share? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

5K job for FortisTCI to repair pole damaged in car accident man

first_img Driver Slams into Power Pole in Leeward Highway Related Items:car accident, Devon Cox, pole fortis tci Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 27 Au 2015 – FortisTCI said it took a seven man team and ten hours to restore power after that Monday morning traffic accident on Leeward Highway. The 55ft power pole was severely damaged by the crash, which left the 55 year old driver in critical condition. Devon Cox, VP of Transmission and Distribution said that pole was holding a 35kv transmission top which powers Blue Hills and a 12.5kv distribution underbuilt feeder which takes care of Leeward Highway West. Only a gold Ford F-150 was involved in the serious accident which sent a Kew Town resident to hospital. The pole repair was put at $5,000. FortisTCI reminds motorists to drive carefully. Recommended for you 19 year old Beaches worker airlifted to Jamaica after serious accident Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp MINOR MISHAP A MERRY MIRACLElast_img read more