San Jose Sharks cut two players prior to preseason finale

first_imgSAN JOSE — The look of the Sharks’ roster for opening night came into greater focus Saturday after the team announced two more cuts, assigning center Antti Suomela and defenseman Jake Middleton to the Barracuda of the AHL.The moves leave the Sharks with 15 forwards, nine defensemen and two goalies in camp, although forward Manuel Wiederer (upper body) and defensemen Radim Simek (knee) and Artemi Kniazev (upper body) are all recovering from injuries.Simek, who had reconstructive knee surgery …last_img read more

DTI revises manufacturing incentives

first_img7 April 2014Revisions to the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) guidelines have been approved by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and were published on Wednesday last week.The MCEP is a key action programme of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP), designed to drive growth and promote competitiveness in the manufacturing sector. It includes a package of incentives specifically designed for established manufacturers, with the aim of promoting competitiveness and retaining jobs.The programme has been implemented by the Department of Trade and Industry since June 2012.By the end of March 2014, 524 applications had been approved, with more than R4- billion committed to support manufacturers and more than 100 000 jobs to be sustained, according to departmental spokesperson Sidwell Medupe in a statement issued on Thursday.Consultation with various stakeholders during the 2013/14 financial year had led to the amendments of the MCEP guidelines. The latest revision were published on Tuesday.Tightening measures“It was learnt that the highest percentage grant benefit of 61% went to larger enterprises, while only about 39% of the grant went to small- and medium-size enterprises, following which it was decided that some tightening measures were required.“These measures are meant to support as many entities as possible and to ensure that the MCEP continues to support the entities targeted by the programme,” said Medupe.Analysis of the total grants approved also indicated that 4% of the total grant commitment went to small entities (with assets below R5-million), while 10% went to those with assets of between R5-million and R30-million, 25% went to entities with assets between R30-million and R200-million, and 61% went to entities with assets above R200-million.Components and focus areas affected by the recent revision are the introduction of total grant limit under capital investment, green technology, enterprise-level competitiveness improvement and resource efficiency, as well as cluster competitiveness improvement, which now has separate guidelines.Registration requirementsFurthermore, clarification has been provided with respect to the registration requirements, bonus grants and the inclusion of manufacturers in the private-sector defence industry.Over and above these amendments, the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) requirement of the MCEP has been amended to align it with B-BBEE policy as well to ensure that applicants meet this requirement within the period of three years.MCEP guidelines were also reviewed in July 2012 , which resulted in the relaxation of minimum requirements on capital investments and provided a clearer definition of total assets.After further comments and inputs were received, version three of the guidelines was published in November 2012.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Corn ear abnormalities

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, Seed Consultants agronomistWhile walking corn plots for fields as they get closer to maturity, it is not uncommon to observe some plant/ear abnormalities. One abnormality observed this time of year is a tassel ear. The picture is a tassel ear I observed recently while taking notes in a corn plot.Corn plants are monecious, having both male (the tassel) and female (the ear) flowering structures. Occasionally, female reproductive structures develop on a tassel, allowing for kernel development. Typically observed on tillers (or suckers) these tassel ears do not develop with a husk covering the kernels and do not produce harvestable grain due to damage from pests and environmental conditions.last_img read more

Dengue claims one more life in Pune

first_imgChandrika Ghosh, a resident of Balaji Nagar in Akurdi, died of dengue on Sunday. Ghosh, who was in her early twenties, was admitted to Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital in Pimpri last Friday after she complained of severe body ache. She had high fever and recurrent bouts of nausea, said doctors. Ghosh tested positive for the NS 1 antigen and died at 3:30 a.m. The Health Department of the Pune Municipal Corporation has recorded 380 cases since January. More than 200 cases have been recorded in July alone with 90 testing positive for dengue. Pune claims a large share of the 470-odd cases of suspected dengue recorded across Maharashtra.Rain aids spread The incessant rain over the past three weeks has led to the spread of dengue, say health experts. Last week, a 32-year-old woman doctor who had just given birth died due to multi-organ failure following dengue fever in the city’s Sahyadri Hospital in Hadapsar. The case drew the attention of the State Health Department which accused the hospital of facilitating the breeding of dengue-transmitting Aedes mosquitoes on its premises. It directed PMC to take action against the hospital and rapped the civic authorities for poor health surveillance. On July 19, a 40-year-old man from Satara district who was undergoing treatment at a city hospital succumbed to a viral co-infection brought on by dengue and swine flu. In February, a minor died in the city’s Karve Nagar area. Notices issuedThe PMC has sent notices to 12 police stations in areas where rivulets of stagnant water have been spotted. The civic body has also issued notices to 11,000 public and private spaces and establishments.last_img read more

Dravid falls prey to debatable umpiring on the current England tour

first_imgRahul Dravid continues to be at the receiving end of controvesial decisions by the  umpires on the current England tour as he was ruled out caught behind on Saturday, despite ‘Hot Spot’ not detecting an edge off his bat. For the third time in this tour that Dravid has fallen to a debatable decision as he was given out twice in the preceding Test series in controversial fashion. However, snicko-meter, which is not part of the UDRS, later suggested that there was a contact between the ball and the bat. Saturday’s decision yet again brought technological shortcomings to the fore under the UDRS system. England paceman Stuart Broad appealed for a catch behind the wicket off his own bowling in the fourth ball of the 18th over but umpire Billy Doctrove ruled not out.Broad opted for a review straight away.Third umpire Marais Erasmus from South Africa took help of ‘Hot Spot’ but even after several replays, the edge could not be established, though a sound was definitely detected.However, much to the astonishment of the fans and the batsman, Erasmus ruled Dravid out. In the third Test, Dravid was ruled caught behind off James Anderson in India’s second innings when his bat actually had hit the shoelace and he hadn’t edged the ball. Then in the fourth Test, he was given out caught behind in India’s second innings. Dravid was ruled not out by the umpire but given out for 13 after referral by England though the snicko-meter apparently showed that there was no contact between the ball and the bat before it landed into home side wicketkeeper Matt Prior’s gloves. Debates and discussions have already started on the decision. Cricketer Aakash Chopra tweeted, “The most reliable tool for DRS is proving the least trustworthy. But I’m more baffled by the quality of umpiring.” “How can d third umpire overturn the on-field umpire’s decision without conclusive evidence to suggest d opposite,” he added.advertisementlast_img read more