Five takeaways from Raiders OTAs

first_imgFive takeaways from the first Week of Raiders organized team activities (which included one day of media access):1. Darren Waller gets his shotThe Raiders’ biggest offseason loss was tight end Jared Cook, who signed with the New Orleans Saints in free agency. Cook caught 68 passes, tying Jalen Richard for the club lead, and led the Raiders with 896 receiving yards. Yet the Raiders made almost no effort to bring back Cook at age 32.Waller, 26, was a waiver claim last Nov. 27 season from the …last_img read more

Berg dam nears completion

first_img27 October 2005The first water from the Berg Water Project near Franschhoek will flow through Cape Town’s taps in two years’ time, 18 years after the project was first mooted.The project will yield about 81-million cubic metres annually by the end of 2007, an 18% increase in the yield of the Western Cape water system. The gross storage capacity of the dam will be 130-million cubic metres.Highest dam wall in South AfricaThe structure, currently about 30% complete, will boast the highest concrete-faced, rock-filled dam wall in South Africa. The dam wall, including its foundation, will be 70 metres high and 990 metres long.It is a unique project, says Mike Killick, the city of Cape Town’s head of bulk water resource and infrastructure planning.The debt raised to finance the project will be repaid by the implementing and funding agent, TCTA, through income from the sale of water to the city of Cape Town.In today’s terms the project will cost between R1.4-billion and R1.5-billion.Water savingsHowever, there is one condition: Capetonians will have to achieve a 20% water saving by 2010, a target that is well on track, says Killick.The project comprises a dam on the farm Skuifraam, about 6 kilometres outside Franschhoek, and a pumping scheme about 9 kilometres away. The project involves the erection of a dam wall on the Berg River and a supplement scheme, also on the Berg River, but downstream of the confluence of the Dwars River.The supplementary scheme includes pump stations and about 10 kilometres of pipelines to transfer water from the abstraction works in the Berg River to the dam and into the Western Cape water system.The process began in 1989, when the Department of Water Affairs and the city council initiated the Western Cape systems analysis, which looked at water available to the city, other local authorities and agriculture.The project is a good example of intergovernmental co-operation between the City of Cape Town, the national Department of Water Affairs and TCTA.Source: CITYWORKS Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

President Zuma plays his part for education in the Eastern Cape

first_imgJohannesburg, Saturday 5 October 2013 – President Jacob Zuma played his part in supporting education in the Eastern Cape when he handed over the Ethridge Junior Secondary School to the community in Mbizana earlier today. This comes on the day that the world commemorates World Teacher’s Day.Speaking in the Eastern Cape, President Zuma described the noble role of teachers as one where they hold “the future of our country in your hands. The children you mould should be able to lead this country forward to prosperity.”Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola, welcoming President Zuma’s commitment to quality education, said “The building of this school by Anglo American Platinum, supported by the Department of Mineral Resources is a further example of a nation committed to the long term development of its people. Education is one of the greatest enablers of development and a nation’s competitiveness.”“It is a further example of South Africa’s commitment to improving competitiveness by investing in infrastructure that contributes to the lives of the people of this country. Schools which will nurture young minds of our country’s future leaders are critical in building the intellectual infrastructure of our society.”“This has even greater significance since we have just hosted the 2013 One Young World Summit in Johannesburg which brought together approximately 1500 young people from over 180 countries around the world,” concluded Mr Matola.This project is evidence of how stakeholders, working together, can make a positive difference to the people of this country, while also putting communities on a path to sustainable development.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement. Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more

File vision document for protection of Taj Mahal: SC to UP govt

first_imgIndia’s cleaning quandary: How to scale the Taj Mahal dome?  Meanwhile, the state government filed a separate application for cutting 234 trees for laying pipelines for water supply in Agra city.The bench, however, directed the state to apprise it as how many tress have already been planted in the TTZ and posted the matter for hearing after four weeks.The top court had earlier said that “ad hoc” measures were not enough to preserve the Taj Mahal for “a few hundred years” and directed the state government to prepare a document with a futuristic vision to protect the historic 17th century mausoleum for future generations.Environmentalist M.C. Mehta, who had filed a plea seeking protection of the Taj from the ill-effects of polluting gases and deforestation in and around the area, had earlier told the bench that the TTZ was an “ecologically sensitive area” and the government should have come out with a comprehensive policy for preservation and protection of the Taj.The apex court, which is dealing with Mr. Mehta’s petition, has been monitoring development in the area to protect the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal in 1631. The mausoleum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Supreme Court today directed the Uttar Pradesh government to file within four weeks a vision document for protection and preservation of the Taj Mahal.The apex court also directed the state government to explain why there was a sudden flurry of activities in and around the Taj Mahal and the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) and why leather industries and hotels were coming up there.TTZ is an area of about 10,400 sq kms spread over the districts of Agra, Firozabad, Mathura, Hathras and Etah in Uttar Pradesh and Bharatpur in Rajasthan.“You file the vision document within four weeks,” a bench comprising Justices M.B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta said.“There is sudden flurry of activities in TTZ. Is there any particular reason for that? Leather industries and hotels are coming up there. Why?” the bench asked Additional Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta, who was appearing for the state.Mr. Mehta told the top court that he would get instructions on this issue and get back to it.Also Readlast_img read more

Who is Yeddyurappa?

first_imgFrom a rice mill clerk and a farmers’ leader to heading the first BJP government in the south, B.S. Yeddyurappa has been a master survivor emerging unscathed through much turbulence in his three years in office before the Lokayukta report on illegal mining scam did him in.Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yeddyurappa (68), who completed three years and two months in office as the first saffron party chief minister of Karnataka, ushered in a bumper harvest for the BJP in the state during the 2008 Assembly Elections.Always sporting his trademark white safari suit, he was also briefly the chief minister in November 2007 before the coalition government with JD(S) collapsed following what he called “betrayal” by its leader and his predecessor H D Kumaraswamy.Yeddyurappa, who had to juggle with one crisis or the other, has shown his skills as a political survivor, overcoming adversities emanating from within his own party and the combined Congress-JD(S) onslaught to oust him over alleged land scams.Learning initial steps of leadership, development of mass base and human resource management from the RSS, it has been a fascinating journey dotted with many struggles for the devout Lingayat who believed that the gods are on his side.He went on to apply these pragmatic lessons in action when he decided to lead various mass movements in the state, highlighting the problems faced by landless farmers and bonded labourers.Yeddyurappa never misses an opportunity to visit temples when he is confronted by crisis but he was not lucky this time after he was severely indicted by Lokayukta Santosh Hegde on corruption charges. He was named after presiding deity of a Shaivite temple built by the saint Siddalingeshwar at Yedeyur, in Tumkur district.advertisementOn a couple of occasions before his fate was almost sealed but Yeddyurappa had the last laugh as he battled a spate of allegations of multi-crore land scams, nepotism and open violation of rules to favour his kith and kin.Yeddyurappa managed to rally round his party MPs and loyalists after remaining defiant and keeping the top brass guessing on his moves when he was once asked to resign by the BJP leadership.Yeddyurappa, whose end as chief minister once seemed almost certain, with a smug opposition and his detractors within the party triumphant over delivering what they believed were deadly blows, has managed to carry the day with the party asking him to stay on.A graduate in arts, Yeddyurappa once warned the central leadership that his exit would mean the end of the party government as well, a threat which made the senior leaders to do a rethink on their decision before to ask him to quit.Sometimes. he also brought out an ace up his sleeve, the Lingayat caste card.He belongs to the Lingayat community which constitute nearly a fifth of the population in Karnataka and also a strong support base for the BJP. He also managed to rally influential seers around him, and got them to support him.In November 2010, Yeddyurappa was alleged to have used his position as chief minister to unfairly favour his sons in the allotment of prime land in Bangalore triggering another round of crisis. On February 5, 2011, Yeddyurappa publicly declared his assets, and then challenged the opposition and the Congress to find any “black money”.Yeddyurappa, who began his rule on sticky wicket in May 2008 falling short of a majority in the Assembly, cobbled up a slender majority by luring opposition MLAs and independents who were made to resign and contest bypolls.His gambit called ‘Operation Lotus’ paid off in enabling the BJP to secure the majority in the 224-member House.But the troubles did not seem to die down with the powerful Reddy brothers, ministers and mining magnates – Janardhana and Karunakara – launching a campaign for his removal.The BJP high command’s intervention ensured his survival before another wave of dissidence engulfed his government.As many as 11 BJP rebel MLAS and five independents withdrew support to his government, pushing it to a precipice.This too he survived, winning the trust vote twice – the first one, carried by voice vote, called unconstitutional by Governor H R Bhardwaj forcing him to face another floor test which he won by 106-100 votes.Yeddyurappa, who was often at loggerheads with Bhardwaj, went down in the Indian legislative history to be the only chief minister to survive two trust motions in a week’s time.Just as he seemed to have surmounted the crisis with the high court verdict upholding the disqualification of 11 rebel MLAs coming as a shot in the arm, trouble erupted again as the JDS levelled a series of allegations about land scams involving his family.advertisementHe rose to prominence when he helped JD(S)’ Kumaraswamy to bring down the coalition government of Dharam Singh of Congress. Kumaraswamy formed the government with the help of the BJP headed by Yeddyurappa.A deal was struck between the JD(S) and BJP, which specified that Kumaraswamy would be the chief minister for the first 20 months, after which Yeddyurappa would succeed him for the remaining 20 months of the tenure of the legislature.Yeddyurappa was nominated as the deputy chief minister as well as the finance minister in Kumaraswamy’s government.However, in October 2007, when Yeddyurappa’s turn of becoming the chief minister was supposed to start, Kumaraswamy refused to resign from his post.This forced Yeddyurappa and all of the ministers from his party to resign and on October 5, he met the governor and formally withdrew the BJP’s support from the government.Karnataka was put under President’s rule which was revoked on November 7.During the period of the President’s rule, the JD(S) and the BJP decided to bury their differences and this paved the way for Yeddyurappa to become the chief minister.Yeddyurappa was sworn in on November 12, 2007. However, JDS refused to support his government over disagreement on sharing of ministries which made him resign from his post on November 19, 2007.Born to Siddalingappa and Puttathayamma in Bookanakere in Mandya district in the state on February 27, 1943, the BJP leader lost his mother when he was just four-years-old.However, his determination to rise above all odds saw him overcoming the personal tragedy and move on in life.Yeddyurappa, was elected as President, Shikaripura Taluk Jana Sangha in 1972, marking his debut in public life.His leadership skills got an early start when he became the secretary of the Janata Party in 1977.His forte in taking up peoples’ issues, was amply illustrated when he spearheaded a team of 1,700 bonded labourers to Shimoga Deputy Commissioner’s Office demanding the release and rehabilitation of such labourers.A farmer himself, it was under his leadership that the movement for upholding the rights of ryots who were cultivating on government land unauthorisedly gained momentum.This missionary zeal brought some sufferings too. He was imprisoned during emergency in India between 1975 and 1977 and spent his days in Bellary and Shimoga jails.In 1965, he got a job of a first-division clerk in the social welfare department but instead shifted to Shikaripur where he joined as a clerk at his relative’s rice mill. In 1967, Yeddyurappa married Mythradevi, the daughter of the owner of the rice mill Veerabhadra Shastri. He later set up a hardware shop in Shimoga.Yeddyurappa’s true political career began when in 1983 he was first elected to the Assembly and he has represented Shikaripur constituency from then on for five times.His leadership skills were recognised by the central leadership of BJP and he was made the president of the state unit twice. He was also the national secretary in 1992.advertisementThe “yatri” in him is always at work. To improve the lives of marginalized, poor and gullible farmers, Yeddyurappa has taken up many yatras through the entire length and breadth of the state.Born on February 27, 1943 Yeddyurappa has two sons and three daughters. In 2004, his wife died after falling into and drowning in a nearby well under mysterious circumstances. No case was registered.-With PTI inputslast_img read more