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SA’s top global firms 2003

first_img22 October 2003Oil exploration group Energy Africa and furniture manufacturer Steinhoff International have been named joint winners of the 2003 SA Top Companies Global Awards.The awards – sponsored by Business Report, Barloworld and PricewaterhouseCoopers, and presented by Finance Minister Trevor Manuel – reflect the “transnationality” of listed South African companies. There were 41 entrants for this year’s awards, 19 more than in 2002.The criteria used to select the winners were percentage of foreign turnover, foreign assets and foreign employees. The data was collated and audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers.Energy Africa and Steinhoff were judged joint winners after receiving a ranking of 73 percent each, marginally ahead of third-placed Sappi with 69 percent.Energy Africa managing director Rhidwaan Gasant told Business Report: “We are pleased to be minnows among the titans. We are honoured to be in their company … It is a bonus to celebrate the success of South African companies, and it shows that we can compete on the international front.”Steinhoff International group managing director Danie van der Merwe told the newspaper that it was a “great honour” for a company that has only been listed for five years to “be among these giants”.Previously, the award called for entries from any company, regardless of size. This year the award changed to a ranking system of the top 100 companies by market capitalisation on the JSE Securities Exchange. Companies that are a subsidiary of another listed company, or have their primary listing overseas, were excluded.Because of the importance of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) and the South African government’s attempts to promote opportunities in Africa, a category was created this year to find the listed company that has most successfully expanded into Africa.The inaugural award went to Illovo Sugar, with a ranking of 53 percent. Shoprite Checkers took second spot with 50 percent.Most Global Index Top 25Energy AfricaSteinhoff InternationalSappiMetro Cash & CarryIllovo SugarAlexander ForbesBarloworldInvestecNampakAvis Southern AfricaImpala PlatinumNortham PlatinumMTN GroupAssoreAnglovaal MiningNaspersSasolMurray & RobertsVenFinStandard Bank GroupAnglovaal IndustriesShoprite HoldingsUnitransAECIHarmony GoldSouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Porvoo GeoTour of Finland, GT7E

first_imgPGT 2020 – Tulevaisuus BonusMystery Cache | GC6P3B9 | D2.5 / T 2.5PGT 2020 – Tulevaisuus Bonus, GC6P3B9To obtain the coordinates for this “Bonus” cache you must solve a special puzzle poster that is located outside of Porvoo’s city center. Your final location is delightfully tucked within an out-of-the-way industrial area featuring mind-expanding graffiti art. Speaking of geocaching, just before the summer solstice, the Midnight Sun Geocaching 2019 Mega-Event will occur on June 15th. And, if you happen to be in the neighborhood even earlier, head over to Norway and attend the Vikingevent 2019 Mega on June 8th. So plan your visit well, geocachers!Special thanks to MegsKBrown for her on-location help with this blog post! Share with your Friends:More Porvoo GeoTour of Finland, GT7EFinland is known as “the land of a thousand lakes” and should also be known as “the land of thousands of geocaches” since it currently hosts 60,000 active geocaches, justifying their ranking as the happiest country in the world. 🙂But something else bumps up Finland’s geo-happiness rating, and that’s the Porvoo GeoTour, GT7E. The country’s only official GeoTour is comprised of thirteen geocaches, each highlighting a different decade in the history of Finnish independence. There’s even a cache dedicated to the future!One of the oldest cities in Finland, Porvoo was founded some 800 years ago. This idyllic small city retains much of its traditional nature, including the older buildings and cobblestone streets. Historically a center of trade due to its connection to the Gulf of Finland by the Porvoonjoki River, this area now inspires and is home for several Finnish artists.So grab your passport, always bring a pen, and let’s adventure to the Porvoo GeoTour! PGT 1950 – Mannerheiminkadunsilta 1957Traditional | GC6P3EG | D1.5 / T1PGT 1950 – Mannerheiminkadunsilta 1957, GC6P3EGThe history of the bridge in a nutshell: There used to only be one bridge, located on the eastern side of the city. The river was crossed daily on the other side of the city in rowboats. In 1948, a local company arranged a ferry for workers to the Haikka gilded frame factory and the Mekaniska Verstad machine shop. The ferry made 70 to 80 trips daily. PGT Virtual Reward – Valtiopäivätriptyykki 2009Virtual Cache | GC7BA74 | D1.5 / T1PGT Virtual Reward – Valtiopäivätriptyykki 2009, GC7BA74A rare find indeed. This is one of the few Virtual Rewards to be found on any GeoTour in the entire world. The Triptych is designed by the Porvoo artists Kirsi Kaulanen and Ylva Holländer. The piece features rich, ornamental designs full of folk art and heraldry and is divided into three sections. The northernmost wall depicts Finland, the westernmost represents Sweden, and the easternmost, Russia. SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 15): GeoToursJune 18, 2018In “Community”Kiilopään huippu – Aslakin Taigametsä 4 — Geocache of the WeekDecember 13, 2017In “Community”The Berea Chamber of Commerce GeoTour in Kentucky, USA (GT78)November 20, 2017In “Community”last_img read more

Climate-Specific Air Conditioners

first_imgIf you live in a humid climate (for example, in Florida), you need an air conditioner that does a good job of dehumidification. But if you live in a dry climate (for example, in Nevada), dehumidification is almost irrelevant, because the outdoor air is so dry. In Nevada, all you need is an air conditioner that lowers the temperature of the air in an energy-efficient way.In theory, air conditioner manufacturers could tweak the design of their equipment to focus mainly on lowering the indoor air temperature (a process known as sensible heat removal), or they could produce equipment that devotes a lot of energy to dehumidification (a process known as latent heat removal). Unfortunately, though, air conditioner manufacturers don’t offer special equipment designed for dry climates. Instead, they sell the same equipment in Nevada that they do in Florida.Most residential air conditioners sold in the U.S. are designed to operate at a sensible heat ratio between 0.75 or 0.80. (The sum of the sensible load and the latent load is the total load; the sensible heat ratio is the sensible load divided by the total load.) If you live in a very humid climate, this sensible heat ratio might be too high. If you live in a very dry climate, this sensible heat ratio is definitely too low.John Proctor is the president of Proctor Engineering Group in San Rafael, California, and a nationally known expert on residential cooling. Proctor has always been irked by the failure of air conditioner manufacturers to address regional needs. “Air conditioners are designed and installed the same for Florida and Arizona,” says Proctor. “It makes no sense, since Florida and the Southwest have different climates and different cooling needs.”To improve the efficiency of air conditioners in dry Southwestern states, Proctor has… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Artificial sweeteners toxic for gut microbes: Study

first_imgJerusalem, Oct 2 (PTI) Artificial sweeteners and sport supplements may be toxic to digestive gut microbes, a study warns.The study, published in the journal Molecules, indicated relative toxicity of six artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharine, neotame, advantame, and acesulfame potassium-k) and 10 sport supplements containing these artificial sweeteners.The bacteria found in the digestive system became toxic when exposed to concentrations of only one milligramme/millilitre of the artificial sweeteners.”We modified bioluminescent E coli bacteria, which luminesce when they detect toxicants and act as a sensing model representative of the complex microbial system,” said Ariel Kushmaro of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel. “This is further evidence that consumption of artificial sweeteners adversely affects gut microbial activity which can cause a wide range of health issues,” said Kushmaro.Artificial sweeteners are used in countless food products and soft drinks with reduced sugar content. Many people consume this added ingredient without their knowledge. Moreover, artificial sweeteners have been identified as emerging environmental pollutants, and can be found in drinking and surface water, and groundwater aquifers.”The results of this study might help in understanding the relative toxicity of artificial sweeteners and the potential of negative effects on the gut microbial community as well as the environment,” said Kushmaro.The tested bioluminescent bacterial panel can potentially be used for detecting artificial sweeteners in the environment,” he said. PTI MHNMHNlast_img read more

Three More Approvals Needed for Hamburg Süd Deal Closure

first_imgzoom Maersk Line has received clearance for its acquisition of German liner company Hamburg Süd in 18 jurisdictions, with three more approvals remaining to be secured, Søren Skou, CEO of Maersk Group said.Describing the acquisition as “well-timed”, Skou said that in the best case scenario the remaining approvals would be obtained by the end of this month.As informed, the company is going through motions with the relevant authorities from the remaining three geographies on clearing the deal.The liner major confirmed its previous expectations on launching the integration of Hamburg Süd in the fourth quarter of 2017.To remind, South Africa’s and Brazil‘s regulatory authorities gave their green lights to Maersk Line’s proposed acquisition of Hamburg Süd in October and September respectively.Danish container shipping company said it would acquire Hamburg Süd for USD 4 billion on a cash and debt-free basis, which it plans to fully finance through an already secured syndicated loan facility.Once the acquisition is completed, Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd will have a total container capacity of around 3.9 million TEU (3.3 million TEU) and an 18.7% (16%) global capacity share. The combined fleet will consist of 743 container vessels.Estimated cost synergies are expected to range between USD 350-400 million by 2019 as earlier announced.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Mary Robinson Appointed United Nations Special Envoy For Climate Change

first_imgUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed former Irish President Mary Robinson as his Special Envoy for Climate Change to mobilize political will and action ahead of the climate summit that the United Nations chief will convene in September.Mrs. Robinson, who will continue to serve as President of the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice, will work closely with Special Envoys John Kufuor and Michael Bloomberg in her new role.“Building on her work on climate justice she will engage Heads of State and Government around the world in order to mobilize political will and action, and raise ambition in advance of the 2014 Climate Summit that the Secretary-General is hosting in New York on 23 September 2014,” said the announcement from Ban Ki-moon’s office.“The Summit will be an important milestone to mobilize political commitment for the conclusion of a global agreement by 2015, as well as to spur enhanced action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build climate resilient communities.”In asking Mrs. Robinson to take on this mandate, the Secretary-General commended her for her work as Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, in particular for her efforts in bringing cohesion and international awareness to the challenges in the region.He particularly noted her ability to galvanize the international community to support the efforts of the Great Lakes region in conflict resolution, socio-economic development and mainstreaming of marginalized groups, including women.Mrs. Robinson also served as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002.last_img read more

Where are all the jobs promised for the Muskrat Falls project

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhen the Muskrat Falls Project announced it was declared Aboriginal peoples would be a priority in terms of hiring, followed by other Labradorians and then Newfoundlanders.However, many Labradorians say this is not the case.MP Yvonne Jones says she’s been fielding endless calls from workers looking for work.APTN’s Ossie Michelin has the story.last_img

Ohio State baseball tears up the base paths in pursuit of postseason

The Ohio State baseball team (24-20, 8-10 Big Ten) is making a run for the Big Ten tournament – literally. OSU was eighth in the Big Ten as of Wednesday and one-and-a-half games behind Nebraska, Michigan State, Penn State and Illinois, all tied for fourth place in the Big Ten. The eighth-place Buckeyes are trying to steal their way back into the race for sixth place and qualify for the Big Ten tournament. The Buckeyes have been tearing up and down the base paths so far in 2012, and were third in the Big Ten in stolen bases as of Wednesday, according to bigten.org. OSU, with 17 stolen bases, is just seven behind Big Ten leader, Illinois. The Buckeyes have blown past their base-stealing pace from last season, in which OSU tallied 35 total steals in all competitions. Players and coaches alike said stealing bases is important to a team’s offense and has multiple benefits. “Stolen bases help us out a lot as hitters,” said sophomore center fielder Tim Wetzel. “It gives us RBI chances and the whole point of the game is to score runs. And as a defense, when a team runs on you, you can’t be as loose because you have guys running around. It just helps the flow of the game and helps the offense perform.” OSU coach Greg Beals said stolen bases can influence a game and throw off an opposing defense. “As a catcher, I have a great understanding of what (a stolen base) does to an opponent’s defense,” Beals said. “What it does to pitch calling and what it does on the field, taking away from double play opportunities. It does a lot for you offensively and affects their defense quite a bit.” Beals said he likes having the ability to steal bases, but a team needs the right personnel to do so. Of the team’s 68 overall steals, 23 have come from junior infielder Kirby Pellant, a transfer in his first year with OSU. “You have to take advantage of every little opportunity to steal a base” said Pellant, the starting shortstop. “Stolen bases are a big part of the game. If you hit a single and steal a bag, it becomes a double. When you can get one to start an inning it gets the whole team going.” Wetzel, who has 10 stolen bases in 2012, said it’s important for a team to be in sync before a steal. “We talk about it a lot if we think we have a good read on a (pitcher),” Wetzel said. “Second time through, we’ll talk it out and say, ‘First pitch I’m going,’ so we’ll just know to take and let him steal a bag.” OSU’s next game is Friday at home at 7 p.m. at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium against Northwestern, the first game of a three-game weekend series with the Big Ten opponent. read more

Salah sets target of League and European Cup double

first_imgLiverpool forward Mohamed Salah believes they have the quality to win both the Premier League and Champions League this season.Klopp’s men stuttered last season on the League front in their run to the final of the competition in the previous campaign, thereby settling for a fourth spot in the English top flight.However, Salah is confident about Liverpool’s ability to handle both European and domestic commitments over the next few months.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Last season we knocked out Manchester City, then Roma, who had just beaten Barca in the quarter-finals. Each time, they were incredible games,” he told France Football ahead of his side’s Group C opener against Paris Saint-Germain.“We played against teams challenging for the title, and we still managed to reach the final, so of course we can do it again. I’m sure of it. We can even win both, the Champions League and the Premier League. I don’t want us to put pressure on ourselves, but yes, everything is possible.“It’s a good draw with some good teams. PSG have some very good individuals and a great team. I’m looking forward to playing them. I’m looking forward to a very enjoyable and intense encounter.”last_img read more