Photo library: South Africa at work 11

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download South Africa at Work contact sheet (1.5MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Welkom, Free State province: Repairs being made to underground equipment at the workshop at Harmony Gold Mine. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: CAD draftsperson Elma Senekal at work at Harmony Gold Mine. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free Stateprovince: Underground plan details being added at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Management and surveyors discuss developments at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo:Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Management and surveyors discuss developments at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme Williams MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Working underground at a mine owned by Sasol, South Africa’s petrochemicals giant. Photo: Sasol » Download high-res image Workers at a plant owned by Sasol, South Africa’s petrochemicals giant. Photo: Sasol » Download high-res image Workers at a plant owned by Sasol, South Africa’s petrochemicals giant. Photo: Sasol » Download high-res image Workers at a plant owned by Sasol, South Africa’s petrochemicals giant. Photo: Sasol » Download high-res image SOUTH AFRICA AT WORK 11: {loadposition saatwork}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

How to use Media Club South Africa’s free photo library

first_imgAll you need to know about locating and downloading high-resolution images from Media Club South Africa’s free photo library.One of Media Club South Africa’s offerings is a free photo library containing over 3 000 images of people and places across South Africa.The photos are available in low resolution (50KB to 200KB in size) and in high, print-ready resolution (1MB to over 10MB in size) – free of any charge.The photos are organised into 12 categories. PeopleCitiesInfrastructureBusiness and industrySouth Africa at workArts and cultureTourism and leisureNatureCountrysideDevelopmentBuildings and structuresSoccer fans and stadiumsTo download the high-resolution version, right-click on “Download high-res image” below the thumbnail and select “Save … as” (wording varies by browser) to save a copy of the photo onto your computer. If you republish the photos on the web or in print you are obliged to credit both the photographer and Media Club South Africa.On the web, this credit must include a link to Media Club South Africa.See also:Photo library terms and conditions of usePhoto library previewIf you have any further queries, or need help, email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Louis Oosthuizen captures Africa Open

first_imgOosthuizen birdied the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat England’s Chris Wood and Spain’s Manuel Quiros to the title, which is his third on the European Tour and signalled a welcome return to top form after he struggled with an injury towards the end of 2010. “The whole day was a struggle actually. It was one of those tournaments where the putter was very cold. But my caddie Zack told me to just be patient and the putts will drop,” said Oosthuizen. Charl Schwartzel put on a good show in defence of his title and posted a 70 to finish alongside Jaco van Zyl and Steven O’Hara on 15-under-par 277, only one shot behind the leading trio. Oosthuizen now leaves South Africa for a few tournaments on the European Tour before joining the PGA Tour, and admits he’s excited about this new chapter in his life. ‘Ecstatic’“It’s a great way to start the season. This is my first European Tour title in South Africa and I’m quite ecstatic about that,” said Oosthuizen, whose winner’s cheque of €158 500 (almost R1.4-million) helped lift him to the top of the Race to Dubai standings. “I’m looking forward to the whole year, playing half in America and Europe. I’m looking forward to contending on both money lists.” “It was a terrible tee shot, but it worked out well because I had a flat lie and could hit a full sand wedge, so I knew with a bit of spin I could get it close,” said Oosthuizen, who went on to hit his second shot to five metres from the hole. LEADERBOARD Quiros found his own putting form with three birdies in the final three holes to also make the playoff. Louis Oosthuizen (-16) 70, 67, 69, 70, 276 Chris Wood (-16) 72, 69, 67, 68, 276 Manuel Quiros (-16) 71, 68, 68, 69, 276 Steven O’Hara (-15) 72, 71, 68, 66, 277 Jaco van Zyl (-15) 67, 70, 70, 70, 277 Charl Schwartzel (-15) 69, 70, 68, 70, 277 Robert Dinwiddie (-14) 69, 74, 66, 69, 278Shaun Norris (-13) 70, 73, 70, 66, 279 Eirik Tage Johansen (-13) 71, 71, 70, 67, 279 Branden Grace (-13) 67, 69, 72, 71, 279 Miles Tunnicliff (-13) 67, 69, 72, 71, 279 Jbe Kruger (-13) 68, 72, 67, 72, 279 Markus Brier (-13) 70, 66, 70, 73, 279 Matthew Nixon (-12) 71, 74, 68, 67, 280 Oliver Bekker (-12) 69, 71, 69, 71, 280 Carlos Del Moral (-12) 70, 70, 69, 71, 280 Thomas Aiken (-12) 69, 72, 68, 71, 280 The Open champion closed with a 70, Wood a 68, and Quiros a 69 to see them all tied on 16-under-par. That putt finally arrived on the par-five 15th green, where Oosthuizen holed out for eagle from about 12 metres to share the lead with Wood on 15-under. But he was denied the sole lead when his birdie putt on 16 lipped out.center_img “I wasn’t expecting much having not practiced much with all the snow at home. But when you’re in a position to win, it’s disappointing not to do it. I didn’t do much wrong and can’t really fault myself, but it just didn’t happen for me.” Louis Oosthuizen added another Open to his list of victories when he won the Africa Open after a three-man playoff at the East London Golf Club on Sunday. DisappointmentFor rising English star Chris Wood, there was disappointment at not following through to claim a maiden victory on the European Tour. Oosthuizen, meanwhile, kept at it and tied for the lead on the 15th with an eagle. He needed a birdie on one of the three remaining holes to take victory, but managed only pars to set up the playoff. Luckily for him, he found the birdie he needed at the first extra hole. SAinfo reporter The South African had been tied for the third round lead with Markus Brier, but the Austrian made a storming start, with three consecutive birdies to take the sole lead. However, a lost ball on the sixth saw Brier slip back and he never recovered. Birdie for victoryWood hit his approach to about 10 metres, while Quiros went just over the back of the green. Both Quiros and Wood parred the hole, leaving Oosthuizen to make his putt for birdie and the win. 10 January 2011 Teeing off first in the playoff on the par-four 18th, Oosthuizen didn’t hit the best of tee shots and came close to out of bounds before it kicked right and rolled onto the fairway. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa’s stem cell milestone

first_imgA microscopic view of brain cells generated from induced pluripotent stem cells in the laboratory of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Image: Su-Chun Zhang/Baoyang Hu, UW-Madison) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tendani Tsedu   CSIR Media Relations Manager  +27 12 841 3417 RELATED ARTICLES • Yes, it is rocket science • Digital drum boosts computer literacy • Hi-tech solution to fix roads • SA plant scientist reaps top award Wilma den HartighA group of researchers at South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have become the first in Africa to make a breakthrough in biomedical stem cell technology, making it possible to find cures to some of the continent’s most significant diseases.The CSIR’s gene expression and biophysics group, headed by Dr Musa Mhlanga, have generated the first induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) in Africa.These cells are artificial, non-embryonic and iPSC technology makes it possible to transform adult cells, such as those found in the skin, into stem cells.As part of the research, Dr Janine Scholefield, one of the key researchers involved in generating iPSCs, recently demonstrated – using recorded video footage of rhythmically beating cells through a microscope in the laboratory – just how remarkable these cells are.In the video, the beating pattern is easily recognisable as heart muscle cells, but these cells did not come from a heart. They were transformed into heart cells from those taken from adult skin.This is the basis of iPSC technology: Early stem cells can be programmed to become any type of adult cell such as skin, heart, brain and blood cells.The CSIR simulated techniques devised by Japanese scientists in 2006 and 2007, that showed how an adult cell, such as a skin cell, could be induced it to become a stem cell.“This was a remarkable piece of scientific research,” says Scholefield.Part of the novelty of this technology lies in the fact that stem cells can be made from almost any individual with just about any disease, by simply taking a skin sample from that person.Benefits for AfricaThe capacity to grow such stem cells in South Africa is a major breakthrough for medical science as it is changing the way in which researchers are able to investigate, understand and find cures for diseases.“With iPSC technology established in South Africa, we can study diseases relevant to Africa,” says Scholefield.The development of iPSC technology also creates new possibilities for international investment in this particular research field.Says Scholefield: “South Africa and Africa have the most diverse and oldest genetic population, which means that we should study health, development and disease in our specific genetic backgrounds more vigorously.”The research team hopes that pharmaceutical companies would come on board to perform drug screening with African-derived samples, focused on diseases that affect people who live in Africa.According to Mhlanga, it is important to ensure that such medical advances are used in the developing world to find solutions to Africa’s high disease burden.Important for regenerative medicineThe medical possibilities of iPSCs are far reaching. Scientists can grow new tissue that can restore sight by replacing defective tissue in the eye; transplant new heart muscle cells into people with heart disease and give people with anaemia new healthy blood cells. It is also possible to treat disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.“Our genetics play a tremendous part in our susceptibility to disease, both in terms of inherited and acquired diseases,” Scholefield explains.Mutations in genes make some people more susceptible to Parkinson’s disease than others. Some people are also more vulnerable to infectious diseases such as Tuberculosis.“If we could study their cells, with a full complement of their genetic background in those cells in the laboratory, we’d potentially be able to uncover clues as to why they are able to hold off disease,” she says.Another way to utilise the technology is to create what is known as ‘disease in a dish’ models. This technique allows for testing of possible cures, or understanding a disease, without having to subject a patient to invasive surgery or untested trial medication.Complex technologySouth Africa is one of few countries that can use iPSC technology. The ability to grow stem cells is considered a complex skill that is only used by a handful of institutions in Japan, the United States, Europe and Australia.Scholefield explains that using the technology requires expertise in a number of different techniques that have to be performed perfectly.“To give you an idea of the difficulty, if you started with 100 000 skin cells, on average, only one of those will become a stem cell,” she says.“One needs to identify the shape change in skin cells, which requires weeks of patience and careful technique to identify the stem cells that arise.”In South Africa, only one other group headed by professors Susan Kidson and Jacquie Greenberg at the University of Cape Town is attempting to establish iPSC technology from human cells.Ethical issuesAnother benefit of using iPSCs is that they bypass the ethical controversy surrounding classical stem cells, which must be taken from embryos.As iPSCs are generated from adult skin, they bypass the ethical issues of embryonic stem cells (ESCs), while retaining most of ESCs abilities,” says Scholefield.“The only ethical consideration here is in the informed consent of the person donating the skin cells.”last_img read more

In Pursuit of the Crown: Play Your Part Ambassador set to Compete at Mrs. Globe 2019

first_imgBy Phindi MadunaOn 25 November to 8 December 2019, businesswoman and philanthropist, Mrs. Lucia Ochan will represent Africa during the Mrs. Globe 2019 pageant in that will be held in Shenzhen, China.In addition to being the Mrs. Mpumalanga 2017 second runner-up, Mrs. Ochan is also the reigning Mrs. Africa Globe 2019. She was also recently awarded the ‘Inspirational Woman of the Year’ award at the 4th Annual Sunrise Women Award 2019 which took place in her home province of Mpumalanga.She uses these esteemed platforms to raise worldwide awareness on work  being done  to advance the rights of the elderly, women and children.Addressing issues around the education, leadership, health, safety and security of the elderly, women and children, especially young girls, is close to Mrs Ochan’s heart. She is committed to making change that allows for  exercising the values enshrined in the South African Constitution.It is noteworthy that her participation in the pageant coincides with the period when South African will be observing the 16 Days of Activism of Violence against Women and Children Campaign between 25 November to 10 December 2019. South Africa has over the years dedicated this period to draw attention to issues on violence against women and children and finding meaningful ways to address it.Brand South Africa wishes Mrs. Ochan well in her endeavor to fly the flag and amplify the voice of the country’s people. This is how she continues to Play her Part.last_img read more

Elon Musk’s OpenAI bot dominates DoTA 2 professionals

first_imgElon Musk’s OpenAI previewed the power of its own artificial intelligence at Valve’s yearly DoTA 2 tournament. The AI agent dominated several DoTA 2 professionals in 1 vs 1, showing the early capabilities of AI inside the MOBA.For those that don’t follow DoTA 2, it is multiplayer online battle arena, primarily played in a 5 vs 5 format. The aim for each team is to destroy towers to reach the opposing team’s base.See Also: Chinese government wants country to be AI leader by 2030OpenAI spent two weeks training the bot inside the game, constantly running through simulations against itself. It amassed “lifetimes” of gameplay, learning intricate tactics to beat its opponent. The bot learned how to creep block, zone, and bait, considered key skills for DoTA 2 players, which surprised most of the professionals.At the International, DoTA 2 pro Danylo “Dendi” Ishutin was defeated twice by the bot.OpenAI first ever to defeat world’s best players in competitive eSports. Vastly more complex than traditional board games like chess & Go.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 12, 2017It should be noted that the 1 vs 1 was extremely limited compared to a normal game of DoTA 2. Bottle, runes, neutrals, raindrops, shrines, and soul rings were not allowed, limiting the scope of the game.That said, OpenAI is looking to have a full bot team for the International next year, which may compete with some of the teams that make it to the tournament.It is not the first AI agent to show proficiency in video games. DeepMind, owned by Google, has perfected Atari Breakout, beat the number one player in Go, and is working on an agent to compete in Blizzard’s Starcraft 2.Musk, the founder of OpenAI, has said that AI is an existential threat to humanity, and last week on Twitter he called it “vastly more risky than North Korea”. He asked governments to actively regulate the sector, to the annoyance of some AI experts and Mark Zuckerberg. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage David Curry A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#DoTA2#Elon Musk#Machine Learning#MOBA#OpenAI#Valve#video games center_img China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Related Posts AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Themlast_img read more

Liquor smugglers on the wrong track in dry Bihar

first_imgIn dry Bihar, liquor has found a new route for tipplers: the railways. Drivers, attendants and employees have been caught in the recent past with liquor bottles in trains despite regular announcements that consumption, sale and trade of liquor in the State is illegal. On Thursday, a coach attendant of the Patna-Delhi Rajdhani Express was arrested by the Government Railway Police (GRP) for smuggling liquor in violation of provisions of the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act 2016. Acting on a tip-off, a GRP team searched coach B-9 of the Patna Rajdhani express train and seized 15 bottles of Indian-made foreign liquor from a bag reportedly belonging to the coach attendant, Rambali Paswan, who was immediately taken into custody and later sent to jail.Earlier on Tuesday four employees, including the driver of the Ahmedabad-Patna Express train, were arrested after 24 bottles of IMFL (Indian Made Foreign Liquor) and 64,650 liters of countrymade liquor stuffed in a bag was seized from the driver’s cabin. Driver Mohammad Shashuddin was taken into custody after the train reached Patna Junction.Confirming the arrests, Patna superintendent of railway police Ashok Kumar Singh said the four persons have been arrested for smuggling liquor in the train. Half of the consignment was delivered to a bootlegger at Ara railway station in Bhojpur, said the police. “An FIR was lodged with the Danapur GRP against all the four railway employees who were produced in the railway court and later sent to judicial custody for 14-days,” said Mr. Singh. “Authorities have stepped up vigil on long-distance trains following intelligence inputs that liquor was being smuggled in them to the State.” More than 1.2 lakh people have been arrested and over 6 lakh litres of liquor have been seized ever since the new State Excise Act was enforced.last_img read more

Durham says Bolts ‘didn’t play like ourselves’ in upset loss to Elite

first_imgElite topple No. 1 Bolts in thriller, force decider for semis spot Read Next “A little bit [tired], but not as much as like not doing what we’re needed to do on the defensive end. We left a lot of wide-open shots, and that team is filled with shooters and if you do that they’re gonna knock it down.”Durham nearly won it for Meralco after giving his team a 91-90 lead with 15.8 seconds left before Allein Maliksi put Blackwater ahead for good on a mid-range jumper six seconds later.“Like I said, as a team collectively, we played pretty bad on defense and for myself, I gotta be more aggressive on offense. I gotta do more. I’ll pick it up on Thursday and hopefully, come out with the win,” said Durham.Durham collected 18 points, 21 rebounds and seven assists, but he was still outplayed by Henry Walker, who put up 30 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, 18 rebounds and six assists to lead Blackwater.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Import Allen Durham said the Bolts didn’t play defense the way they had been defending in the elimination round where they wound up at the helm in a tight race for the top spot.And Meralco’s poor defense resulted to a stunning loss to No. 8 Blackwater, which took a 92-91 win on a game-winner to setup a do-or-die game for a semifinals slot on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re out of it just the whole game. We’re doing a lot of dumb stuff on defense. We just weren’t playing like ourselves,” said the reigning Best Import.The Bolts played in their second game in three days, but Durham said it’s no excuse to play as badly as they did defensively. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentscenter_img MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Meralco was the No. 1 team coming into the playoffs but played nothing like it, at least on the defensive end on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad last_img read more

23 things everyone who has played Touch Football will relate to!

first_imgPopular news and list website, Buzzfeed has featured Touch Football this week, creating a post titled ’23 things everyone who has played Touch Football will relate to’. The post lists plenty of relatable scenarios to anyone who has taken the Touch Football field, from slipping over, attempting to score a touchdown on the wrong line and making lifelong friends. To read the story, please click on the link below: http://www.buzzfeed.com/tahliapritchard/23-things-all-aussie-kids-who-played-touch-football-growing#.qdQgDJv5Qj Is there anything you’d add to this post? Let us know on our social media channels:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksBuzzfeed storylast_img read more

Two Torontoarea men charged with human trafficking in Nova Scotia

first_imgHALIFAX – Two Toronto-area men have been charged in an 18-month, seven-province investigation into a human trafficking ring that allegedly forced ”numerous” Nova Scotia women into the sex trade across Canada.The arrests of Malachi Almonzo Downey, 31, and Sanderico Rekel Beals, 29, follow earlier charges against Lorenzo Trevor Thomas, and police say all three are associated with a Halifax-area street gang known as North Preston’s Finest.“The investigation started as a result of information received that men who were originally from Nova Scotia were in Ontario and were trafficking in women also from Nova Scotia, trafficking and exploiting them across country in the sex trade,” RCMP Supt. Alfredo Bangloy said.“We’ve identified a number of victims, and the investigation remains fluid and it’s our hope that additional victims or their families and loved ones will come forward with information.”The probe, dubbed Operation Hellbender, saw Nova Scotia Mounties travel “across the country in an effort to locate victims of human trafficking from Nova Scotia.”Downey, who lives in Vaughan, Ont., was arrested in Upper Onslow, N.S., on Friday, while Beals, of Scarborough, Ont., was arrested Sunday in Dartmouth.They are charged with human trafficking, laundering crime proceeds and receiving material benefits from sexual services and human trafficking.Bangloy said the busts are a big deal for the Mounties: “There’s been human trafficking charges in the past here in Nova Scotia but none of those investigations were of the scale that this has been,” he said.“The investigation is ongoing and there may be further charges.”Thomas, 31, was arrested by police in Niagara Falls, Ont., on March 27. He’s facing 17 charges, including trafficking in persons, assault, advertising sexual services and receiving a material benefit from sexual services.RCMP officers worked with their provincial counterparts in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as with Halifax Regional Police.RCMP said they have set up a tip line for other victims: 902-449-2425.“Our goal is to get victims to safety and link them with resources and support to break the cycle of violence,” Bangloy said.last_img read more