South Africa: ENGIE acquires 40% stake in 100MW Xina Solar One

first_img“With the acquisition of this project, ENGIE is pursuing its low carbon strategy. Xina augments the country’s installed peaking power and reduces its dependence on coal-fired electricity. The 100MW CSP plant also contributes to ENGIE’s geographic rationalisation by expanding its footprint in South Africa, where it is the leading Independent Power Producer with 1,320MW of installed capacity,” says Sébastien Arbola, CEO of ENGIE MESCATA. BRICS Co-shareholders on Xina Solar One include Public Investment Corporation, a pension fund manager and a shareholder on ENGIE’s Kathu project (20%); Industrial Development Corporation, a development finance institution wholly- owned by the South African Government (20%); and Xina Community Trust, funded by the IDC (20%). Xina Solar One, which started commercial operation in August 2017, was built by Abengoa.Completion of the transaction is subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions including merger control clearance from relevant competition authorities. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Finance and Policy TAGSCSPENGIEsolar powerSouth Africa Previous articleRenewable energy market’s perspective on SA’s budget speech 2021Next articleLPG market growth as Petredec acquires Quest Petroleum in South Africa Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. The plant is equipped with parabolic trough technology and a molten salt storage system that allows for 5.5 hours of energy storage to provide reliable electricity during peak demand. Power is contracted through a 20 years Power Purchase Agreement with South Africa’s electricity public utility, Eskom. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter ENGIE announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire from Abengoa a 40% equity stake in Xina Solar One, a 100MW concentrated solar plant (CSP), as well as 46% of the Operations & Maintenance company. Mohamed Hoosen, CEO of ENGIE Southern Africa: “ENGIE is valued as a highly skilled IPP and a long-term player in the South African power industry. We are adding an innovative high-performing plant and are increasing our CSP capacity. This investment will create value over the longer term while accelerating impact on the energy transition of our customers.” The plant is located in the Northern Cape of South Africa, which is also the location of ENGIE’s 100MW Kathu CSP plant. News from our archives:CSP plant breaks African record for around the clock operation AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Generation Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Xina Solar One is supplying clean energy to more than 95,000 South African households and prevents the emission into the atmosphere of approximately 348,000 tons of CO2 each year. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

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Executive Coaching: Guide for the HR Professionals

first_imgUnlike fields of psychiatry and social work, coaching industry even today remains largely unregulated. Anyone can call oneself an executive coach.Even after 10+ years of executive coaching with 5000+ coaching hours, I am still amazed by how many organizations neglect to ask some of the most crucial and fundamental questions when engaging an executive coach for their leaders.Investment, duration of the coaching engagement and years of coaching experience are all important considerations during the evaluation process, however, the genuine evaluation of a coach’s ability lies much deeper. Below are a few essential factors that separate quality coaches from others.Experience: To effectively support a leader in the role and goals, a coach must have both corporate leadership experience and executive coaching experience. Someone who has spent considerable time in a leadership position will better understand the structure, politics and environment in which the leadership teams operate. With a number of coaching years, a number of leaders coached should also be asked.Knowledge of Psychology provides a coach with a deeper understanding of human behaviour. Drawing on this knowledge coach can help the leader better understand their leadership style, how their actions and demeanour affect others, and how to develop new behaviours that produce improved business results.Methodology: Ask the coach to explain the methodology adopted. The best methodologies are developed over time and through experience. Prior to being engaged, the coach must be willing to invest some time to understand the organization’s desired results from the coaching engagement. The coach should also be able to explain the likely new skills and behaviours the leader will develop through coaching, and how they will be applying them at work.Philosophy: During a pre-engagement conversation with the coach, listen for clues that their philosophy aligns well with the Organization’s goals, values and culture. Look for clear signs that the coach is a good match, such as a commitment to ethical coaching practices, and goals that the leader is inspired to work toward.Metrics: Organizations measure what matters and the same holds true in coaching. The best metrics to evaluate the impact of coaching to focus on shifting others’ perception of the leader. When change happens, the leader demonstrates this change before it registers with others. Therefore, others’ acknowledgement of improvement is the ultimate endorsement.Organizations must ensure that the investment is not done on Executive coaching but the improved business results.last_img read more

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India’s new science policy considers the needs of people with disabilities

first_imgAll public policies should take into consideration the needs of the most vulnerable sections of society. Persons living with disabilities (PwDs) represent one such section of society who are often ignored in the most policy-making process. A disability is defined as a condition or function that is significantly impaired relative to the usual standard of an individual or group. As per the 2011 Census, PwDs accounted for 2.21% of the total population in India. They generally have poorer health, lower education levels, fewer economic opportunities, and higher rates of poverty than the general population. This is mainly due to many obstacles they face in their everyday life and due to a lack of services catering to them. Thus, a stand-alone policy or law meant to serve the basic needs of the PwDs won’t be enough to achieve multidimensional progress in the ecosystem.In India, with the government’s nationwide ‘Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan)’, there has been a push to integrate PwDs in society by achieving universal accessibility. Technology can play an important role in providing convenience in day-to-day activities and ensuring safety for PwDs and can facilitate in making them independent and more productive. Additionally, PwDs are underrepresented in STEM today because they have minimal access to facilities, programs, and equipment and are often unaccepted by educators, employers, and co-workers.The draft of the 5th national Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP 2020) is the first science policy in India that has exclusively mentioned about inclusion and equal participation of PwDs in the science ecosystem of the country. The policy rightly addresses the issues of inequitable participation of various groups in STEM and also acknowledges the absence of an inclusive culture in the practice of science, including inadequate incentives and institutional arrangements. However, unlike previous policies, it does not limit its inclusion theory to gender and socio-economic groups only, rather it is more broad-based and clearly addresses the issue of inclusivity of people with disabilities.“………….the STI Policy aims to address discriminations and inequities based on gender, caste, religion, disability, geography, and language for the advancement of STI.”It also mentions some policy interventions that are required to bring about structural and institutional transformations for the participation, promotion, retention, and incentivization of such excluded and marginalized, and vulnerable groups. Some of the interventions are tailored specifically to the need of PwDs such as :“………Differently-abled individuals, including Divyangjans, will be given special attention. Institutions are to be mandated to make structural and cultural changes for supporting such excluded groups, in order to pursue and practice STI.”“…………National research and innovation program on Assistive Technologies and Learning Resources to be created. The program will promote the use of technology to create interactive personalized learning environments, for students with specific learning disabilities at school as well as in Higher Education.”Whereas, there are other interventions that are more general but would also have some positive impacts on these communities. The policy has the vision of providing special provisions in changing institutional mechanisms to enable a better and more inclusive ecosystem while removing barriers as it mentions:“….It will remove barriers to participation, promotion, and incentivization and ensure the recruitment, retention, and effective engagements of the excluded groups and marginalized communities. The given mechanism will also take into account the following aspects:i. Provisions will be made for sensitization, orientation, counseling with regard to gender, sexuality, ethnicity, language, and disability, prior to initiation of training, education, recruitment, and/or funding. Ethical training on sensitivities of various biases-invisible or otherwise- must be imparted to all.ii. Regulatory provisions are to be strengthened for ensuring examination and inquiry of complaints about discrimination, biases and harassment. It will be followed by disciplinary action proportionate to the severity of the offense, as is done for other forms of ethical misconduct.”“……Statistics will be collected on drop-out rates of women, Divyangjan community,…….. in science education and research.”Further emphasis has been laid on strengthening distance learning programs with appropriate technological means, in order to improve their quality and reach. Such provisions will help PwDs to get access to quality education from the comfort of their home.In terms of capacity building, clear policy directions have been laid out for the inclusion of PwDs and promoting such social order through special schemes, scholarships, need-based training, and orientation programs. A special initiative has been mentioned about creating a National research and innovation program on Assistive Technologies and Learning Resources. Such programs are important to promote the use of technology to create interactive personalized learning environments, for students with specific learning disabilities at school as well as in Higher Education.The recently released National Education policy also raised concern about some of the issues faced by PwDs. As such these policies set out a very good example of being inclusive in its essence towards more vulnerable groups of the society in terms of physical ability. However, it is important that these policies clearly define the spectrum of disability that they aim to target as that would be important to decide the implementation strategies of the policy directives. Disability is a broad term and usually, only those conditions that include physical and mobility impairments are considered a disability. However, the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) defines disability as an umbrella term for impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. Impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations. It is important to take these into consideration as in many cases including in some of the rare diseases disability might not be visible in body parts but such medical conditions often severely impair the functioning and participation of the affected individuals.Disability is now understood to be a human rights issue. People are not just disabled by their bodies but by society at large. These barriers can be overcome if governments, non-governmental organizations, professionals, and PwDs and their families work together. There is a need to work towards mitigating the effect of disability on a person’s life by enabling equal opportunities, accessible infrastructure, and understanding from society. This can be achieved only if the public policies of the country are inclusive of the needs of PwDs.last_img read more

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Flash flooding closes Florida airport overnight on busy travel day

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — As flooding and gusty winds slam the Southeast, Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport temporarily closed Monday morning because of severe weather. The airport closed shortly before 4 a.m. due to severe rain and flooding, stopping travelers in their tracks as they rushed to reach their holiday destinations. Sections of the airport were not accessible and flights weren’t operational, airport officials said. Parts of the Fort Lauderdale area have been soaked with more than 1 foot of rain since Sunday.Flights were resuming by 6:30 am, though six flights were canceled and over 100 were delayed, according to the airport.That storm will slowly move through the Carolinas by Monday evening with drier conditions expected for Florida. Up to 5 inches of rain is possible in South Carolina through the next 24 hours.A rainy Christmas for CaliforniaA western storm is bringing very heavy rain to Southern California on Monday morning, including Los Angeles and San Diego, with some flooding possible.A flood advisory was issued overnight for the region.In the mountains of Southern California, some areas could see up to a foot of snow. In the Los Angeles area and San Diego, as much as 1 to 2 inches of rain is possible. Heavy rain will also spread into Arizona later on Monday and into the nighttime hours, with some areas seeing up to 1 inch of rainfall. Snow will spread into the southern Rockies from Utah to Colorado, where locally some areas could see more than a foot in the next 36 hours.Christmas thawOutside of the two travel trouble spots in the Southwest and Southeast, it will be a very mild, spring-like Christmas for most of the eastern U.S. Temperatures will reach the 50s close to Chicago and the 40s into the Great Lakes and the Northeast.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Gives Denver A Lightning “Lowdown” At Intimate Denver Finale [Photos/Video]

first_imgLoad remaining images Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Globe Hall | Denver, CO | 11/17/2019 | Photos: Gary Sheer Load remaining imagescenter_img Last night, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong reminded us to never miss a Sunday show, especially when it’s an intimate, 200-person VIPPPP show at Denver’s Globe Hall following sold-out shows at the Ogden Theatre. PPPP isn’t new to the intimate Mile High City venue, having played a last-minute show in May 2017 after their Red Rocks show with moe. got postponed. This time was different.Unlike Friday and Saturday night’s sold-out shows at the much-larger Ogden Theatre with lespecial and Yak Attack, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s Sunday evening engagement included a meet-and-greet mixer at the hole-in-the-wall, 100-year old venue nestled in North Denver. Nearly 200 VIPPPP Flockers arrived at 7 p.m. for an hour-long happy hour with Greg Ormont, Alex Petropulos, Ben Carrey, Jeremy Schon, and Manny Newman taking photos and catching up with the guys as they continue on their nationwide touring journey.Starting up at 8:30 p.m., the band took to the smaller-than-usual stage feeling warm and fuzzy and jumped into the wavy tune, “Ocean Flows”. Carrey fashioned the top of his bass guitar neck with his porcupine puppet pet, and took the low end to even lower depths as he lead the group into “Condenser”.The band cooked up some chicken parmesan next with “Landing”, and transitioned right into the slow, edgy “White Night”. The unfinished take led the bunch into a progressive jam which slipped into a cover of the Doobie Brothers’ “Long Train Running”, Schon in full-fledged rock mode as Ormont led the ending of the song to a soulful vocal conclusion. Next, the band went into their funk instrumental, “Totally”. Ormont added “coo”s to the upbeat melody break before Carrey whipped out his slide whistle for a short intro into an extended jam on “Skipjack”.The venue was radiating with unmatched energy from the VIPPPP fans as the band moved into the debut of a new original song, “Lowdown”. Schon started into the upbeat tune as Ormont sang the verses:“This is the lowdownJust want to keep it friendlyCause I don’t want to fightSo try not to offend meA basic throwdownDon’t wanna get too gnarlyCause I don’t wanna fightSo don’t enlist my army”Schon and Carrey added backing vocals on the first take of the chorus over the light and bouncy melody, getting the Flock more excited for their announced forthcoming album, Presto, at the top of the decade. A funky “Whoopie” marked the ending of the first night’s set, giving fans one more chance to ruffle their tail feathers before setbreak.“Lowdown” debut[Video: swin_dle]Pigeons Playing Ping Pong returned to the stage for set two primed and ready to get weird. Petropulos got things started by launching them into jam vehicle “Funk E Zekiel”, and Ormont indeed succeeded in getting weird with it, adding some flubbering improv vocals to the melody.Lighting designer Manny Newman showed off the powers of his rig on “Fade Fast”, sending the venue off into the flashing sonic realms of space. A Flocker in the crowd provoked the band to make their best “water dripping” noise before they went into the looping instrumental, “Whirled”, before moving into “F.U.” Pigeons welcomed Envy Alo saxophonist Kevin Supina onstage for added jazzy grooves during “F.U.”, as Schon took the groovy song into the astral plains before hopping into the long-awaited return of “Indiglo”. Ormont took a fun spin on their usual lyrics, switching it up as a nod to the fan-sung “we’re on the toad again.”“Pop Off” popped off next before the night’s grand finale arrived with a striking “Lightning” sequence. Ormont sang the first verse of “Lightning” before Schon cut up the melody with help from Petropulos who broke down the beat to smoothly strut into “Moonwalk”. “Zydeko” flowed in from there, and as if it couldn’t get any better, the psychedelic jam found its way back into “Lightning” giving Flockers an old-school Pigeons melody sequence to finish the special night.After returning for their encore, the guys took requests from the intimate from the crowd. First, they landed on rarely played Brazilian Girls cover, “Pussy Pussy Pussy Marijuana”, marking the first performance of the comical song since the band’s 2018 4/20 celebration at Charleston Pour House in 2018. Being in Colorado, it was only fair to keep up the green-friendly vibe, and the guys ended with a smokey “Cliffs” to complete their three-night Denver run.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s lengthy fall tour continues on Wednesday, November 20th at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, AR. For a full list of tour dates, visit the band’s website.Below, you can view galleries of the VIPPPP Denver Pigeons show courtesy of photographers Gary Sheer and Kendall McCargo.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Globe Hall | Denver, CO | 11/17/2019Set One: Ocean Flows, Condenser, Landing > White Night > Long Train Running, Totally, Skipjack, Lowdown, WhoopieSet Two: Funk E Zekiel, Fade Fast, Whirled > F.U.%, Indiglo, Pop Off, Lightning > Moonwalk > Zydeko > LightningEncore: Pussy, Cliffs% with Kevin Supina (Envy Alo)Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Globe Hall | Denver, CO | 11/17/2019 | Photos: Kendall McCargolast_img read more

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Rapha teases new Pro Team Road Shoes, First MTB Line in 2021, more to…

first_imgAt this point, you’ve likely seen the wild new EF Pro Cycling kit from Rapha. It’s very pink, blue, and should really stand out on different circuits around the world. But it seems that Rapha a little a lot more in store for the year to come – including all new Pro Team Road Shoes that will apparently drop in February.Thanks to an open letter from Rapha’s CEO, Simon Mottram, we get a sneak peek at the newest shoe which clearly includes Boa dials instead of laces. Apparently, the shoe will use a one piece woven upper using Rapha’s Proprietary Powerweave fabric. Perhaps more interesting is that this same technology will also be bound in the new Pro Team Attack Bib shorts and promises a “complete departure from existing race bibs with all new fabrics and construction.”The letter goes onto drop some other big news including Rapha’s plans to launch their first MTB clothing line in 2021. While it doesn’t say where, they hint at a new office in a “mountain biking mecca, to take the brand somewhere entirely new.”Needless, to say, it sounds like Rapha has no plans of slowing down anytime soon, but rather expand into new markets with plenty of exciting new products. Check out the full letter from Simon below!Press Release:An Open RoadSince this January marked the beginning not only of a new year but of a new decade, I thought it only right that I take a little longer to take stock. Ten years is a long time but looking back, it’s the same values that underpin everything we do, day in and day out. It’s the same behaviours that transform mad ideas into incredible projects, initial prototypes into finished products, and raw ambition into reality. Our first film of the new decade celebrates those values and reaffirms what we stand for as we begin the next chapter in our story. It served as a reminder to me personally that Rapha has only just scratched the surface of a sport that still has so much to offer. If you have a little time to spare, you can watch the film here before looking forward to all that lies ahead this year.All photos c. RaphaFollowing the huge success of last season’s EF Pro Cycling team kit, this year’s iteration was met with universal acclaim at last week’s Tour Down Under. Though EF riders still stand out from their rivals, the cosmic kit we have designed for the CANYON//SRAM team has to be the most striking in either professional peloton. Our designers worked closely with the team’s riders and a renowned comic artist on the collection, which will be available to fans of the team – men and women – from next month.Close collaboration with our teams has been key to this season’s biggest launches, the first of which will be the highly anticipated Pro Team Shoes in February. The brief from our pro riders was to create a shoe that stands up to the rigours of racing without compromise on comfort. And their involvement didn’t stop there.Feedback from Lachlan Morton has been instrumental in the development of a shoe built around a one piece woven upper made of our new, proprietary Power weave fabric. The same technology, which provides a better fit at a lower weight, is used in our brand new Pro Team Attack Bib Shorts, developed with EF road captain Mitch Docker. The new model is a complete departure from our existing race bibs with all-new fabrics and construction; look out for the launch in June immediately after a limited edition kit switch-out for the EF team at the Giro d’Italia.It’s not just the Grand Tours and the Classics that EF will be riding this season. After the knock-out success of last year’s alternative calendar, the Gone Racing team will be covering eight events from around the world to bring you the best of bike racing. Starting in March with two familiar friends at the world’s most gruelling mountain bike stage race, we’ll be heading to new races with a cast of fresh faces not only from the EF team but also from CANYON//SRAM and Legion of Los Angeles. I for one cannot wait to watch.Led by Justin Williams, Legion will be one of many teams around the world riding in Rapha Custom. Here too, there are exciting new developments. For this year, we have more products than ever – with new additions from our Classic, Core and Pro Team collections – as well as dedicated design support from our team of world-class designers who’ll help you create the kit of your dreams. It’s not just teams riding in Custom, with some of the toughest events around – from Scottish sportives to Midwestern gravel grinders – designing special edition jerseys with us. Look out for them on the road this year.Within the four walls of our head office, perhaps the most hotly anticipated launch of all is our collaboration with Outdoor Voices in April. For those unfamiliar with the brand, OV creates beautiful technical clothing for a broad range of recreational athletes from cyclists to runners in pursuit of their aim to get the world moving. With a unique approach to design and a brand mission so closely aligned to our own, working with OV was an obvious choice and we are excited to present a collection for women quite unlike any other we’ve made so far. Finally, in June, we’ll celebrate the launch of our completely overhauled eyewear offering, which includes two race-ready Pro Team frames and a gravel-specific Explore frame.Much further up the road, there’s a launch that’s been coming for a long time. Back in 2004, Rapha started out with a small exhibition in East London where every photograph was taken on the tarmac. Since then, we have grown into something much greater with a mission to support cycling in all its forms. Though the cycling world seems at times to be divided into tribes, we believe we can have a legitimate place in each of them. In 2021, Rapha will launch its first collection of mountain bike clothing, making the most of our design expertise and a new office in a mountain biking mecca, to take the brand somewhere entirely new. More specific details will follow over the course of the year before this exciting new chapter gets fully underway in 2021.It goes without saying that all the aforementioned releases will be available first to the Rapha Cycling Club whose members have another busy year of riding and new benefits to look forward to. This year, we are redoubling our efforts to have ride leaders and partner cafés in locations without a Clubhouse so that you can make the most of membership wherever you live. As well as early access to main range products, RCC members will also have access to exclusive collaborations including a bike bag by Scicon, a new Giro helmet and a special Annual Jersey.Though RCC membership is more compelling and affordable than ever, there are plenty of ways for everyone to ride with Rapha. Our Clubhouses are more focused than ever on keeping their calendars full with regular rides and all of our best-loved events return for 2020. We kick off in April with our ode to Paris-Roubaix, A Day in Hell, for which we have a new look collection and events around the world. In July, we’re back at the most prestigious event of them all – the Etape du Tour – as official apparel provider before signing off the summer with the Women’s 100 in September. Our partnership with Grinduro also goes from strength to strength as we continue as their apparel partner. For me, the Etape is always a highlight and I hope to see you there.That’s the year ahead but, to sign off, I’ll share an update on a couple of initiatives whose impact I hope will last for many years to come. The Rapha Foundation enters its second year in 2020 and will issue funds to a second round of grantees. We’ve already heard exciting updates from our existing grantees and I can’t wait to see what difference we can make working with new beneficiaries. Last but by no means least is sustainability. If there’s one word to define the next decade, this is it. Whilst cycling is a fundamental force for good and inherently sustainable, the cycling industry must do more to minimise its impact on the environment. As such, we have published a full breakdown of the materials we use, the impact they have and how we intend to reduce that impact on our Sustainability Hub. While we are well aware that sustainability is a long-term objective for us, having a plan in place gives me the confidence that we can get to where we want to be soon.It gives me a sense of great satisfaction that cycling’s future’s so bright. I am looking forward to riding throughout the year and meeting many of you along the way.Simon Mottramrapha.cclast_img read more

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Orlando Bloom to Lead Tracy Letts’ Killer Joe in the West End

first_img View Comments Stage-and-screen star Orlando Bloom will return to the West End this spring, taking on the central role of Joe Cooper in a new production of Tony and Pulitzer winner Tracy Letts’ dark comedy Killer Joe. Directed by Simon Evans, the production will begin preview performances at Trafalgar Studio 1 on May 18 with an opening scheduled for June 4.Orlando Bloom said, “I’m always looking for an opportunity to get back on stage, especially in London, the heart of my home. Tracy Letts’ Killer Joe is an incredible, adrenaline-fueled piece of writing, with a dark and gritty character to play. It’s an interesting comment on a disenfranchised view of the American dream.”In Killer Joe, the Smith family hatches a plan to murder their estranged matriarch for her insurance money. They hire Joe Cooper (Bloom), a police detective and part-time contract killer, to do the job. But once he enters their trailer home and comes face to face with their innocent daughter, the plan spirals out of control.Orlando Bloom made his West End stage debut in In Celebration and his Broadway debut in Romeo and Juliet. His screen credits include Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.Additional casting for Killer Joe will be announced at a later date. The play will run for a limited 13-week engagement through August 18. Orlando Bloom(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser)last_img read more

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Minnesota takes down Purdue to start win streak

first_imgA Purdue pin of Chris Pfarr at 174 pounds made things interesting again, but redshirt freshman Bobby Steveson shut the door with a decision at 184 for a seven-point Gophers lead with their two best wrestlers on deck to finish the dual.Steveson, who is originally from Indiana, had not won a match in a dual meet since Dec. 11 at Michigan.“I think it was a good win for myself, coming in with a few losses,” Steveson said. “Finally getting a win boosts the confidence and shows that the game plan I’ve been going with, and everything else, is coming together.”No. 2 Brett Pfarr and No. 8 Michael Kroells took care of business at 197 and heavyweight, respectively, marking the second straight match that the pair, along with Lizak, have earned technical falls.“It takes a lot of pressure off everybody else … having those guys anchor us down at the end there is a huge key to our success,” Wanzek said.The Gophers’ 29 team points were the most they’ve put up in a dual this season.Looming next on Minnesota’s schedule is a date with No. 3 Iowa, another Big Ten rivalry that looks to be a tough matchup for the Gophers. “Iowa’s a great team,” Eggum said. “We’re going to need some guys to step up and do some great things if we want to win that dual.” Minnesota takes down Purdue to start win streakThe Gophers have now won two consecutive duals.Chris Dang / Minnesota DailySophomore Ethan Lizak takes on Nebraska’s Tim Lambeth at the Sports Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 20. The Gophers would lose to the University of Nebraska Kyle SteinbergJanuary 30, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThanks to three technical falls and two major decisions, the Gophers wrestling team defeated Purdue 29-12 on Sunday in West Lafayette, Indiana.No. 12 Minnesota (6-3, 5-2 Big Ten) got off to a quick start in the first match of the day, as redshirt sophomore and No. 6 Ethan Lizak earned a technical fall at 125 pounds. The early five point lead got the Gophers rolling, said head coach Brandon Eggum.“It was a great start,” he said. “Lizak’s dangerous, especially from the top, and he did a really good job.”The Boilermakers (8-5, 3-4 Big Ten) refused to go quietly, however, and earned decisions at 133 and 149 pounds to trim the Minnesota lead to just two. With one match remaining before the half, the dual was up for grabs — enter Jake Short.The redshirt junior earned a major decision at 157 pounds to put Minnesota ahead by six going into the break. The Gophers capitalized on the momentum following halftime when No. 15 Nick Wanzek earned Minnesota’s second consecutive major decision at 165 pounds, which gave the Gophers a 10-point lead with just four matches — and two of Minnesota’s best wrestlers — remaining.“It’s always nice to get a couple extra points [from major decisions],” Wanzek said. “At the end, you never know what the score is going to turn out to be … those bonus points are a huge deal.”last_img read more

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NEWS SCAN: Cantaloupe Listeria outbreak over, flour suspected in cookie dough outbreak, H5N1 risk perceptions

first_imgDec 9, 2011 Hong Kong residents, poultry workers see low avian flu riskHong Kong poultry workers and consumers see the risk of avian flu as being fairly low, even though Hong Kong consumers are less likely to buy poultry from live markets, according to two surveys published in the current issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID). In the first study, scientists from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the UK’s University of Oxford found that fairly low percentages of surveyed poultry workers in 2009 knew the H5N1 avian flu virus could infect live poultry (60%), humans (50%), and domesticated birds (45%). Rates of correctly identifying risk factors varied widely: consuming undercooked poultry (69%), touching bird feces (60%), slaughtering poultry (29%) ,and eating undercooked eggs (14%). More than one fourth of respondents were unsure whether human cases had been confirmed in Hong Kong. The survey involved 360 workers, which represented a 68% response rate.December EID reportThe second study, published as a letter from University of Hong Kong researchers, reported on 461 adults who completed phone surveys in 2005-06 and again in 2010, which was 26% of the original 1,760 adults recruited. China began placing restrictions on Hong Kong poultry in 2006. The investigators found that the proportion of respondents who bought live poultry dropped from 73% in 2005-06 to 41% in 2010, and the percentage of those who bought such birds at least monthly dropped from 50% to 15%. At the same time, the respondents worried less about contracting avian flu from live birds, as the percentage of those who somewhat agreed, agreed, or strongly agreed that buying live poultry involves a risk dropped from 42% in 2005-06 to 31% in 2010.December EID letter Flour tagged as ‘prime suspect’ in 2009 cookie dough outbreakThe cause of the 2009 Escherichia coli outbreak in Nestle raw cookie dough has not been definitely identified, but investigators call raw flour a “prime suspect” in a thorough report published today in Clinical Infectious Diseases. The authors, from the CDC and four state health departments, recommend reformulating products to make them as safe as ready-to-eat foods and call for better consumer education about eating unbaked goods designed to be baked. The outbreak involved 77 confirmed E coli infections in 30 states, including 35 hospitalizations and 10 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can be deadly. The researchers write that a single batch of contaminated flour might have been used in multiple lots and varieties of dough over time, which fits the various products implicated. Flour does not typically undergo a “kill step” for pathogens, unlike other ingredients in the dough, like pasteurized eggs, molasses, sugar, baking soda, and margarine. Chocolate was also ruled out, as it was not strongly associated with the cases. The authors say that several cookie dough manufacturers reported having implemented the use of heat-treated flour, but they urge all companies to take that step. They also say the practice of eating raw cookie dough appears to be common, especially in girls and young women. Several outbreak patients said they had no intention of baking the dough before they ate it.Dec 9 Clin Infect Dis abstractDec 9 EurekAlert press release on the studycenter_img CDC declares cantaloupe Listeria outbreak over after 146 cases, 30 deathsA Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to cantaloupes from Colorado appears to be over after 146 illnesses and 30 deaths in 28 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced late yesterday. The totals include 7 more cases and 1 more death since the last CDC update on Nov 2. Investigators determined that cantaloupes grown at Jensen Farms of Granada, Colo., were the source of the outbreak. Illness onset dates ranged from Jul 31 to Oct 27. Most of the patients were older than 60, and the median age of those who died was 82.5, the CDC said. Of 144 patients for whom information was available, 142 were hospitalized. Colorado had the most cases (40) and deaths (8). The CDC said seven of the illnesses were related to pregnancy, with three in newborns and four in pregnant women. One woman had a miscarriage. A report published today in Food Safety News said the 30 deaths represent the worst death toll in a US foodborne outbreak since 1911, when 48 people in Boston died after drinking contaminated raw milk.Dec 8 CDC updateDec 9 Food Safety News storylast_img read more

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British Land announces results on the back of major sale

first_imgGerman open-ended fund manager KanAm has agreed to buy the 12-storey office and retail scheme from the UK’s second-largest REIT. The 384,362 sq ft building is the headquarters of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The bank has around 15 years left on its lease. The deal will complete in June and is part of British Land’s ‘strategy of recycling capital into further development at Broadgate’. It has also announced that it will press ahead with the construction of its £234m 47-storey Leadenhall Building. Demolition of the site has begun and it is due to complete in 2011. It is part of the company’s £4bn development programme, which includes the new 35-storey Broadgate Tower and 201 Bishopsgate developments in the city. In its results it reported a 4.5% rise in net asset value a share for the fourth quarter driven by strong rental growth. Its net asset value per share rose to 1682p at the end of the fourth quarter, from 1610p at the end of the third quarter. It had a 6.9% rise in rental growth for the year and capital returns of 10.9% outperforming the Investment Property Databank’s Benchmark of 4.3% and 10.7%.Its portfolio valuation increased by 9.7% for the year. Stephen Hester, chief executive at British Land, said the coming year would be an ‘active year’ as it repositioned its portfolio following the change to REIT status but warned: ‘The investment market is likely to be more challenging than last year, underlining the importance of value creation from rental growth.’DTZ acted for British Land. Jones Lang LaSalle acted for KanAm.last_img read more

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