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Major heat spikes loom after Aussie cities cleared trees and greenery to cover an area the size of Brisbane

first_imgMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoBrisbane City Council Lord Mayor Graham Quirk trims trees at the announcement of a new policy on street trees and tree felling in 2013.Associate Professor Marco Amati, lead author of the RMIT University report “Where Should All the Trees Go” – produced with CSIRO Data 61 and the University of Western Australia – warned major declines in canopy coverage in the past three years had a direct influence on the urban heat island effect.“As they lose vegetation, urban areas start to act like heat sponges,” Mr Amati said.Tree canopy levels across 139 local governments were assessed and found to be showing a growing green disparity between rich and poor suburbs. Jacarandas like this one in Edward Street bloomed early in Brisbane last spring. Picture: Jono Searle.AUSSIE cities will see major heat spikes this summer, new research warned, after an area the size of Brisbane was cleared of trees – potentially impacting house prices.The study found cities were staring down the barrel of a massive 10 degree heat spike, with the poorest suburbs to bear the brunt of temperature surges. Heritage trees at Eagle Street in Brisbane City. Picture: Philip Norrish.The study’s Vulnerability to Heat, Poor Health, Economic Disadvantage and Access index “found that green spaces and heat concentration in Australia are spread unevenly”.“Our study showed areas identified as less affluent are at risk of having urban hotspots that are more than 10 degrees higher than those found in wealthier areas,” he said.It warned the tree losses did not just influence shade but would impact property’s values as well.“AECOM’s Green Infrastructure Report found that houses on streets with 10 per cent more tree coverage were worth an average of $50,000 more than houses on less leafy streets in the same suburb.”last_img read more

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Education: New era as LYIT launches its Strategic Plan

first_imgLetterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) has launched its new Strategic Plan.The plan entitled “LYIT @ 50 – Delivering for Our Students and Our Region” was officially launched by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh.Minister McHugh said “LYIT is on a tremendous journey since 1971. A rich legacy of education has created a resilience in the whole of the North West. The North West City Region will be further enhanced with Technological University status for LYIT in the not too distant future. Well done to everyone at LYIT; the future of the Institute is very promising”. For LYIT, this Strategic Plan shows the Institute’s commitment to the Northwest, regional engagement and, most importantly, the Institute’s student focus.Six key strategic domains have been laid out within the plan: Teaching, Learning and Assessment; Student Experience; Quality; Research; Education Partnerships and Regional Engagement; and Leadership, Compliance & Resource Utilisation.Paul Hannigan, President of LYIT, was delighted to host this launch. He reflected “This year recognises the 50th anniversary of our Killybegs campus and the Letterkenny campus will be 50 years old in 2021. The Institute must continue to be a leader within our region and this is reflected through our ongoing activity.“Our engagement with industry has seen significant growth with potential for further development to ensure that the North West City Region continues to develop as proposed. Our cross-border activity is of even greater significance now, particularly given the uncertainty around Brexit. We look forward positively to the next period of the Institute’s development.”In his introduction to the plan, Fintan Moloney, LYIT Chairman said LYIT’s trajectory towards Technological University status is progressing and our aspiration is for a successful collaborative union with our partner institutes in GMIT and IT Sligo.He added “After almost 50 years of experience, LYIT is poised and prepared to take its place within a University environment.”The mission for LYIT is to confirm its significant national profile for excellence in higher education through the continued pursuit of an ambitious development agenda informed by public policy, strong regional engagement, and a fundamental commitment to a student-centred ethos.The LYIT Strategic Plan 2019 – 2023 can be viewed at http://www.lyit.ie/About/Policies-Publications/Strategic-Plan Education: New era as LYIT launches its Strategic Plan was last modified: October 9th, 2019 by StephenShare 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)Tags:launchLYITstrategic planlast_img read more

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Sharks’ forward makes his case as trade deadline looms

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio — Pete DeBoer asked Kevin Labanc to ‘prove a point.’ Right now, he’s putting together a case that even his lawyer coach can’t easily dismiss.After the all-star break, DeBoer challenged Labanc to prove that he’s trustworthy enough to warrant a spot in the Sharks lineup down the stretch and into the playoffs. The Sharks coach wants a third line that can create mismatches in the depth of the lineup and Labanc’s penchant for defensive lapses, taking penalties and poor …last_img read more

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GSK buys into Aspen Pharmacare

first_imgUnder the terms of the agreement, GSK and Aspen will collaborate on the commercialisation of their current and future product portfolios in Sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South Africa, where the majority of combined current sales are attributable to GSK. The Bad Oldesloe manufacturing site produces some of the products to be divested and a number of other products previously acquired by Aspen from GSK in June 2008. As part of the agreement and on closure of the transaction, Aspen will appoint a non-executive director, nominated by GSK, to its board of directors. Sub-Saharan Africa “Going forward, the collaboration will build a broader and more diverse portfolio for these countries, with Aspen’s extensive pipeline of new products expected to benefit from greater leverage through GSK’s existing commercial infrastructure,” the company said. UK-based GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced the acquisition of a 16% stake in Aspen Pharmacare, Africa’s largest pharmaceutical company, as part of a deal that will see the two firms combining their commercial activities in sub-Saharan Africa, and several assets being divested to Aspen. “At the same time, GSK will also benefit from investing in one of Africa’s leading healthcare companies with a formidable track record of delivery.” 13 May 2009 “The combination of our commercial activities is highly complementary and will mean that together we can provide more medicines of value to more patients in these countries,” GSK emerging markets president Abbas Hussain said in a statement this week. The products to be divested include Alkeran (excluding US), Kemadrin, Lanvis, Leukeran, Myleran, Purinethol, Septrin and Trandate, which had combined sales of £56-million (about R712.5-million) in 2008. “These divestments reflect GSK’s strategy to simplify its operations and divest certain products which can be more efficiently commercialised by other parties,” the statement read. Aspen will issue GSK with 68.5-million new shares, representing a 16% shareholding in the company, in return for a manufacturing facility in Bad Oldesloe, Germany, as well as eight specialist medicines. GSK said extending the strategic relationship with Aspen supported its strategy to accelerate sales growth in emerging markets. In South Africa, where Aspen has extensive commercial capability, GSK will transfer marketing and distribution rights to Aspen for its pharmaceutical products. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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South Africans embrace social media

first_img26 October 2011South African internet users have embraced social media as a core pillar of their online activity, a new study finds. MXit and Facebook have the most user numbers, while Twitter has seen the most dramatic growth in social networking in the past year.The study, entitled “South African Social Media Landscape 2011”, was released this week by social media monitoring firm Fuseware and researchers World Wide Worx.“The question of how many South Africans use each of the major social networks comes up so often, it became a priority for us to pin down the numbers,” Fuseware MD and report co-author Michal Wronski said in a statement this week.“The data was collected through a combination of Fuseware’s analysis of social network databases, information provided directly by social networks, and World Wide Worx’s consumer market research.”Personalities driving Twitter growthAn analysis of Fuseware’s extensive database of Twitter usage, in conjunction with World Wide Worx’s consumer market research, shows that there were 1.1-million Twitter users in South Africa in mid-2011 – a 20-fold increase in a little more than a year.“One of the drivers of growth of Twitter is the media obsession with the network,” said World Wide Worx MD and report co-author Arthur Goldstuck. “Most radio and TV personalities with large audiences are engaged in intensive campaigns to drive their listeners and viewers to both Twitter and Facebook.“The former, coming off a very low base, is therefore seeing the greatest growth.”As in the global environment, not all Twitter users are active users, with only 40% tweeting, but probably as many simply watching, following and using it as a breaking news service.MXit remains most popularMXit remains the most popular social network in South Africa, with approximately 10-million active users. Its demographic mix runs counter to the popular media image of MXit as a teen-dominated environment, with no less than 76% of the male user base of MXit and 73% of female users aged 18 or over.A surprising finding emerged from analysis of Facebook data, which shows that of approximately 4.2-million Facebook users in South Africa (by August 2011), only 3.2-million had visited the site in the year-to-date.“This is partly a factor of many users moving on once the novelty of the site had worn off, as well as a result of the fickle nature of the youth market,” said Wronski.The study also found BlackBerry Messenger to be the fastest growing network in South Africa in the second half of 2011.“Once BBM picked up significant traction in private schools, for example, many teenagers who had previously flocked to Facebook opted for BBM’s greater immediacy.”Business owners using LinkedInWhile LinkedIn, aimed at professional users, also reached the 1.1-million mark, it came off a far higher base – but still saw 83% growth of South African users from 2010 to 2011. Of these, 112 000 or 10% are business owners.Consumer research analysed in the report revealed that future intention of usage of most social networks is strongly related to age – the younger the user, the greater the intention of usage.“This is only one of many micro-trends shaping social networking,” said Goldstuck. “MXit, Facebook and BBM statistics illustrate, for example, that as social networks become more mainstream, their penetration within all age ranges deepens.“This, in turn, will result in the continual flattening of the age curve as social networks mature.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Cape Town street life makes it the ‘Big Seven’

first_img28 November 2014The City Walk, a new urban attraction in the city bowl, will bring Cape Town’s Big Six tourism attractions – Cape Point, Robben Island, Groot Constantia, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch and the V&A Waterfront – up to seven.“Prioritising the very DNA of Cape Town – its people and street life – the City Walk will see the cultural, economic and social upliftment of the city’s interconnected public space,” says the Cape Town Partnership, which is spearheading the initiative with a number of other stakeholders. It will be rolled out in 2015.Following the pedestrian spine of the city, it starts in the Company’s Garden, proceeds down Government Avenue and St George’s Mall, before turning on to the Fan Walk and ending at the Prestwich Memorial in St Andrew’s Square.It will feature free wifi and the evolution of informative signage to help in peeling back the layers of Cape Town’s hidden stories. “The introduction of more public ablutions, experimental street food offerings, permanent as well as temporary public art, and event activations will form a practical aspect to developing the space as a lively destination.”‘Engaging precinct’Recognised for its safety, liveability and tourism desirability, the Cape Town CBD is steeped in heritage, public art, retail and informal and formal events. The City Walk will thread these elements together across all the layers of the Cape Town CBD story into an informative, engaging precinct to captivate both locals and visitors.More than responding to the growing tourism trend for authentic urban experiences, the partnership says, The City Walk is key to activating Cape Town’s CBD as a 24-hour city.It envisions the route as an extension of the daytime foot traffic in the area, with spin- offs for the surrounding businesses, residents and commuters.“Starting from this point of accessibility, The City Walk will see us diversify the functions of our inner city streets, turning them into a destination for all,” said Cape Town Partnership chief executive, Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana.The narrative of the route would include the voices of formal and informal retailers, cultural and historical landmarks and institutions, and organisations concerned with contemporary development and public life, as well as residents, visitors, students, scholars, artists, entrepreneurs and everyone who finds themselves engaging with the city.‘Inclusivity’The project has been endorsed by the City of Cape Town. “For visitors such a route will immediately provide an accessible and coherent means to experience Cape Town as a city destination.“For locals such a route can open up the city, provide a sense of inclusivity and encourage the sense of Cape Town being ‘a crossroads’ or meeting point across divergent histories, cultures and demographics,” said Tim Harris, the head of the city’s investment directorate.As the commercial hub of the city, 40% of Cape Town’s total business turnover takes place in the CBD. Home to a number of provincial and national government offices, it is also the cultural heart of the metropole. Urban and cultural tourism now accounts for 70% of global tourism, according to the partnership.“In a nutshell, the City Walk will see the Cape Town Partnership reviving the energy of the Fan Walk, which we all remember from 2010 as a great moment of unified civic pride, and spreading it down St George’s Mall and through the Company’s Garden,” said Makalima-Ngewana.The first intervention is the piloting of free wifi at the top end of St George’s Mall; eventually, the entire City Walk will be a free wifi zone.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Farmer anxiety level doesn’t match the calendar

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Double-crop soybeans off to a strong start in southern Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseIt is the time of year where combines are rolling in wheat fields and being closely followed by planters and drills for double-crop soybeans. The heat really pushed the wheat crop in mid-June and provided an earlier than expected start to wheat harvest and a good head start on getting double-crop soybeans in the ground in southern Ohio.The plentiful rains (that led to some later than desired planting and sidedressing and a even a few prevented planting acres) set the stage for potential wheat diseases, but also for a good start for double-crop soybeans, said Keith Summers, an insurance agent with Leist Mercantile in Pickaway County.“There is some wheat coming off now. It turned quick. There is a little down from some of the winds, but it looks pretty good and I think the wheat quality is in pretty good shape,” Summers said. “I think most of the guys who are still planting wheat are double-cropping. The double-crop yields we have had here south of 70 have been phenomenal the last couple of years. It is not unheard of to get 40- and even 50- bushel yields with double-crops.”Further south in Ross County, things were looking good for Greg Ramsey just outside of Clarksburg, who talked with Ty Higgins for a Cab Cam on June 19. Ramsey was planting double-crop soybeans around two weeks earlier than normal.“We have plenty of heat and plenty of moisture that should make these beans pop out of the ground and give us a good second crop. The wheat has done pretty well. We thought we might have some issues with scab but it hasn’t been a big problem, at least not yet. I think the wheat will be a little above average this year,” Ramsey said. “It has been all about missing the rains down here. We have been fortunate. When everyone else has been getting 6 inches we have been getting 1 or 2. We have been getting regular rains, though, so that most of our corn is in that 6-foot range now and we are pretty happy with where we are on June 19.”Ramsey was also able to get a jump on double-crop soybean planting by following barley harvest, which is typically earlier than wheat.“This is our third year producing barley and we are hoping that becomes a mainstay in our operation. Barley provides a chance to get the beans in earlier,” he said. “We went straight from harvesting our barley fields to our wheat fields this year but there is potential to get double-crop beans in earlier after barley from year to year.”When planting double-crop soybeans, relative maturity matters, according to Laura Lindsey, with Ohio State University Extension.“Relative maturity has little effect on yield when soybeans are planted during the first three weeks of May. However, the effect of relative maturity can be larger for later planting dates,” she said. “When planting double crop soybean, the latest maturing variety that will reach physiological maturity before the first killing frost is recommended. This is to allow the soybean plants to grow vegetatively as long as possible to produce nodes where pods can form before vegetative growth is slowed due to flowering and pod formation.”In terms of row spacing, Lindsey said 7.5-inch or 15-inch rows are best for double-crop soybeans.“The later in the growing season soybeans are planted, the greater the yield increase due to narrow rows,” Lindsey said. “Soybeans grown in narrow rows produce more grain because they capture more sunlight energy, which drives photosynthesis.”The harvest population for mid- to late June plantings should be between 130,000 and 150,000 plants per acre. Early July planting should be Harvest population for early July plantings should be greater than 180,000 plants per acre.“Harvest plant population is a function of seeding rate, quality of the planter operation, and seed germination percentage and depends on such things as soil moisture conditions, seed-soil contact, and disease pressure,” Lindsey said. “In our double-crop soybean trials planted in June 2017, 250,000 seeds per acre was required to achieve a harvest population of 143,200 plants per acre due to excessive rainfall after planting. In July 2016, 213,000 seeds per acre was required to achieve a harvest population of 204,000 plants per acre.”For more information on double-crop soybean production, see https://stepupsoy.osu.edu/soybean-production/double-crop-soybean-production-guidelines. Lindsey’s double-crop soybean research was funded by United Soybean Board and Ohio Soybean Council.last_img read more

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Delhi University Admissions 2014: 5 days to go

first_imgThe admission process for various undergraduate courses at Delhi University (DU) for the academic session 2014-2015 is set to begin from June 2, 2014. Students who have cleared their Class 12 board exams and are interested in pursuing UG programmes from the University can obtain the registration forms from the dedicated registration centers till June 16, 2014.There are 77 colleges under Delhi University. These colleges will release five cutoff lists for the general category and the first list will be out on June 24, the day admissions begin. After the declaration of the cut off lists by the University, the students will need to report to the college of their choice within the stipulated period.Candidates can apply for admissions to undergraduate programmes both online and offline. With the introduction of centralised admission process, there will be no sale of forms in individual colleges, except for those candidates applying under sports and extracurricular activities categories.While the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12th Results for all regions are expected to be declared by tomorrow, i.e. May 29, 2014, state boards like Jammu and Kashmir, Uttrakhand, Bihar, and Himachal Pradesh have already declared their Class 12 results. There will be no entrance test for non-professional courses like English and admissions will be based on cutoff.Important Dates:Issue and receipt of registration forms: June 2, 2014 to June 16, 2014 (9 am to 1 pm)Notification of first admission list: June 24, 2014Admission and payment of Fees:  June 24, 2014 to June 26, 2014Notification of second admission list: June 26, 2014Admission and payment of Fees: June 27, 2014 to June 30, 2014advertisementNotification of third admission list: July 1, 2014Admission and payment of fees: July 1, 2014 to July 3, 2014last_img read more

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