23 June 2006Several major accidents on South Africa’s roads have captured the attention of the media recently.At the same time, the scale of road deaths around the world has been exposed by the Commission for Global Road Safety, which released its Robertson Report this month, urging the leaders of developing countries in particular to do more to address road safety.Poorer countries hit hardestThe Robertson Report finds that more than 85% of road traffic deaths and injuries occur in low- and middle-income countries, costing their economies an estimated US$64.5-billion to $100-billion annually. Emphasizing that global road safety is seriously under-resourced, the report urges governments in low- and middle-income countries to adopt their own road casualty reduction targets, which it says should be “ambitious but achievable”.The World Health Organization estimated that almost 1.2-million people around the world died and as many as 50 million were injured in road crashes in 2002 – and forecast that, unless effective action were taken, these figures would double by 2020.Road accidents are a major and growing public health epidemic, a “disease” comparable in its destructive capacity to malaria and tuberculosis – yet one which, in most cases, is known to be preventable.Road ‘accidents’ in South AfricaThe first comprehensive statistical analysis of road accidents in South Africa, published by the Road Traffic Management Corporation in 2005, found that 90% of crashes in South Africa in 2004 were the result of lawlessness – in other words, were foreseeable and preventable and hence not strictly “accidents” at all.Data collected from accident reports for 2004 indicated that most accidents on South Africa’s roads could be attributed to two or more simultaneous offences.“Human factors” – such as non-adherence to traffic rules and aggressive, reckless, negligent or inconsiderate driver behaviour – were the major contributing factors, playing a causal role in 70-80% of all accidents. These included driving too fast for the circumstances, as well as driving under the influence of alcohol.“Vehicle factors” such as poor lights, smooth or damaged tyres and poor brakes contributed to a further 10-15% of accidents.Poor road conditions – which have drawn much media attention lately – only contributed to 5-10% of accidents in 2004.Changing attitudesFrom these statistics it becomes evident that the answers to most road safety questions will depend not only on funding, effective road safety strategies and visible campaigns. They will have to include an attitude change from those who travel and walk South Africa’s roads – one which incorporates respect for the value of human life.Not only will effective enforcement have to remove transgressors from the road, but ordinary citizens will also have to take responsibility for their actions.South African commuters have recently been empowered to report dangerous conditions and driver behaviour to the National Commuter Hotline. It is envisaged that this will enable the country’s transport authorities to address these complaints with those subsidised companies neglecting the safety of commuters.Is it possible to change attitudes towards road safety? The alternative is too scary to consider .Advocate Johan Jonck is the developer of the website www.arrivealive.co.za, a private initiative to complement the efforts of the Department of Transport to enhance awareness of road safety in South Africa.
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistSo I made a trip to Omaha and back in mid-July. I attended the Sustainable Agronomy conference there and drove to the conference. Part of my goal was to do a windshield tour to see what the crops really looked like. Generally, nothing looks as it should. Ohio and eastern Indiana are the worst in many ways, but the total loss of crops due to floods in western Iowa and into Missouri were the most tragic — many losing not just this year’s crop but also last year’s that was still in the bin when floods hit this spring.I drove out and back by two different routes to get a bigger picture of what’s there, on I-80 out and U.S. 36 back for the most part. I rated the crop on a 1-10 scale with 1 being just planted or mostly flooded out to a 10 being perfect — I think I only saw one 10. We made 110 observations doing a check on both sides of the road every 20 minutes. Dark cut off our observation at around Indianapolis on the way back.Rating of corn and soybean crops on a trip from central Ohio to Omaha and back. The scale is 1 to 10, with 1 being just planted to nearly flooded out and 10 being as nice as you would expect in mid-July.OhioIndianaIllinoisIowaMissouriAve corn220.127.116.11.87.0Ave soy3.03.73.35.64.6Unplanted25%30%3%13%39%It really isn’t pretty anywhere. This year you really need a cover cropTypically, I place a cover crop article here now as I think early August is a great time to plant our fall seeded cover crops. It’s after wheat harvest, and this year there are maybe 1.5 million acres of Ohio cropland unplanted — put a cover crop there too. Mark Sulc, our OSU Forage specialist, is great at finding the value of cover crops, I choose his advice over many of the so-called cover crop experts. He created a quick and dirty table to point out some choices for summer to late-summer seedings. In addition to the species to choose from he has timing, seeding rate, and expected yield — this can also indicate the amount of cover for soil erosion protection too. He adds Crude protein and NDF as well so you may see the nutritional value if haying or grazing.Annual Forage Agronomic Guidelines and Characteristics from R. Mark Sulc (firstname.lastname@example.org) on July 8. Yield and nutritive value vary greatly with maturity stage at harvest. If you want additional ideas for cover crops that you do not intend to feed, and there is much overlap, then see the Midwest Cover Crop Council’s website and cover crop calculator: http://mccc.msu.edu/covercroptool/covercroptool.php. Much of my experience is with oat, and winter pea. For peas from the planting date trials I conducted, peas like an August to mid-September planting. With August planting you will get a lot of fall growth, then it will usually winter kill. With a September planting it will most likely not give you much fall growth, but survive the winter and continue growth in the spring. Peas are great to plant into; and have given me the best seed bed I think I have ever had for no-till corn.
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Although United is second in the standings, Manchester City is 12 points in front. United has not won the league since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 after delivering a record-extending 20th English title.“Jose has already achieved a great deal as Manchester United manager and I am delighted that he has agreed to extend his commitment until at least 2020,” vice chairman Ed Woodward said. “His work rate and professionalism are exceptional and he has embraced the club’s desire to promote top quality young players to the first team.“He has brought an energy and a sense of purpose to everything that he does and I am sure that will continue to bring results for the fans and the club.”Mourinho is a two-time Champions League winner, with FC Porto and Inter Milan. He has won eight league titles since 2002 across four countries (Portugal, England, Italy and Spain), three of them coming in the Premier League with Chelsea.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Messi and Suarez strike again as Barcelona advances in Copa FILE – In this Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 file photo, Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho looks on during their Champions League group A soccer match against Benfica, at Old Trafford, in Manchester, England. Jose Mourinho has extended his contract at Manchester United, tying him to the Premier League club until at least 2020. United announced the new deal for its manager on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson, file)Jose Mourinho believes he is laying the foundations for a sustained period of success at Manchester United, and he now plans to stay even longer.The manager, who succeeded Louis van Gaal in 2016 on a three-year deal, signed a new contract on Thursday through 2020.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next “I am delighted they feel and trust that I am the right manager for this great club for the foreseeable future,” said Mourinho, who also has an option to stay for a further year under the terms of the new contract.In his first season in charge, the Portuguese coach won the League Cup, the Europa League and Community Shield.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We have set very high standards — winning three trophies in one season— but those are the standards I expect my teams to aim for,” Mourinho said. “We are creating the conditions for a brilliant and successful future for Manchester United.”United is still in realistic contention for two trophies this campaign — the FA Cup and Champions League — but the next task is to mount a credible Premier League title challenge. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments
Both coming from victories, the Blaze Spikers and the HD Spikers gun for win No. 2 and the early lead of the tournament.Opening day winners Foton and Generika-Ayala collide in the other match slated at 5 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA variety show-type presentation will usher in the conference with pop stars impersonators showcasing their talents with some of the league’s top draws like Rachel Anne Daquis.Tickets are free and games will be shown live on Aksyon TV and Hyper HD and will be livestreamed over at Sports5.ph. What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Patafa reinstates Tabal Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Members of the national table tennis team and some of Ian Lariba’s classmates at La Salle will solicit financial support for the cancer-stricken Olympian.“We hope that this little contribution from the PSL will enable Ian to overcome the biggest challenge in her life. We’re all praying and hoping for her speedy recovery,” said PSL chair Philip Ella Juico.Half of the tickets sales from the last two playing days were also donated to Lariba’s medical funds.Juico said the PSL is also organizing volleyball clinics and will soon establish the PSL Volleyball Academy.“This shows that the PSL is not just about competition,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Petron and Cignal, two squads considered the “Super Teams” in the Philippine Superliga, test each other Saturday as the All Filipino Conference formally holds its opening ceremony at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ View comments
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TORONTO – Cronos Group Inc. is set to become the first Canadian cannabis company to have shares listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market.The Toronto-based firm says it expects common shares will begin trading Tuesday on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “CRON.”Cronos will also retain its listing on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “MJN.”CEO Mike Gorenstein says the company’s listing on Nasdaq reflects the “significant progress” Cronos has made in strengthening its corporate governance and expanding its global footprint.Cronos operates Peace Naturals Project Inc. in Ontario and Original BC Ltd. in British Columbia.The company also has multiple international production and distribution platforms in Israel and Australia, and access to 12,000 German pharmacies.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce hosting a community meeting with Progress Energy to discuss the future economic activity for the City.Recently, Progress Energy has announced that it will be starting its well-drilling operations in the Fort St. John area. On Trev Talks, Lilia Hansen, Executive Director for the Chamber of Commerce, said she is very appreciative that the President and CEO of Progress Energy will be meeting with the chamber.“I’ve got Mark Fitzgerald, President and CEO of Progress Energy coming to Fort St. John, I really appreciate it and, again, it’s building those connections, you know, with industry. With Julie Bourdon, we’ve been trying to work out some dates for some time, and Mark is going to come to Fort St. John”. Instead of speculating about what boost this project may bring to the local economy, Hansen says it will be great to hear what plans Fitzgerald will be presenting.“A lot of times, there’s talk in the coffee shops, you know, this is what’s going to happen to Fort St. John now that we have these positive announcements, we’re going to get it right from the president. This is what Progress Energy is expecting. They have some announcements to make as well, and I’m really glad they are coming to Fort St. John. They’re making Fort St. John a priority to start here”.Progress Energy has made no announcement as to how many holes are to be drilled. Earlier this week, Energeticcity.ca made a request for details from Progress Energy about the project. They have yet to respond to our request.A conversation with Progress Energy will be taking place on November 27 at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre. Everyone is welcomed to attend.To register for this event, you can visit FSJchamber.comTo watch the full discussion, you can view the entire episode of Trev Talks below:
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Registration for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation’s Bluey Day is set to start on March 4, 2019.The Hospital invites individuals to “Be Brave and Shave” to show your support for cancer patients, survivors, and remember those lost to cancer, by participating in the 20th Annual Bluey Day.Participants in this annual event will spend the next few months growing their hair and collecting pledges from the community to have their head/facial hair shaved on Bluey Day. The 20th Annual Bluey Day will be held on May 25, 2019 at the B.C. Ambulance Building on 96th Street.Registration for Bluey Day starts March 4. You can register through the Hospital Foundation’s website or by calling 250-261-7564. The Hospital Foundation invites participants to get creative, to inspire the community, to donate to the campaign. Participants can grow their hair out as long as possible, dye it a crazy colour, put it in a whacky style or even decorate their beards.Hospital Foundation asks Bluey Day participants to raise a minimum of $500.According to the Foundation, donations will be allocated to the Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund. The funds will go towards the purchasing of new equipment to help with the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer.Executive Director, Niki Hedges, says the Foundation is excited to host Bluey Day and that there will be some new additions to this year’s event.“We are excited about hosting the 20th Annual Bluey Day and are planning somenew additions to the event. There will be henna art at the event as well as a beardgrowing competition to be held the evening before Bluey Days at Beard’sBrewing Co.”The Foundation’s first Bluey Day was held in 1998 and through the generosity ofdonors, over $1.8 million has been raised for cancer diagnostic, treatment, careand equipment.
Hyderabad: Jonny Bairstow will be keen to continue his run riot and keep the Sunrisers Hyderabad juggernaut rolling against a Mumbai Indians side that is getting into the groove after an up-and-down start, in their IPL match here on Saturday. Currently holding the top spot in the points table with three back-to-back victories, the confident Sunrisers would not like to spare an inch against Mumbai, lying at sixth place, with two wins and as many losses from four outings. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHowever, Mumbai will take heart from the fact that they defeated defending champions Chennai Super Kings, their first loss in four games, in the last match. In contrast, the Sunrisers, after losing their opening game against Kolkata Knight Riders, went on the win against Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals. The Sunrisers, in fact, were without the services of their captain Kane Williamson during Thursday’s match against Delhi because of an injury, but they did not let that have an impact. Bhuvneshwar Kumar led from the front as the seamer, along with Mohammad Nabi and Siddarth Kaul, chipped in with two wickets each to restrict Delhi to 129 for eight. And with opener Bairstow (48) once again shinning with the bat, the Sunrisers had a cakewalk, cruising to a five-wicket win. Come Saturday, the Sunrisers would again be banking on the English batsmen to deliver the goods, besides Australian David Warner. The marauding pair of Warner and Bairstow have been in scintillating form this season, having shared three century-plus opening stands in four matches.