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Africa’s longest suspension bridge

first_imgThe Maputo-Catembe Bridge project, set to be completed at the end of 2017, will replace the current ferry system and various fragmented road systems.Construction of the bridge began in 2014. It is a joint construction and management project between the Mozambique and Chinese governments. (Image: Wikipedia)Brand South Africa ReporterMaputo Bay is an inlet of the Indian Ocean on the Mozambique coast, with the capital Maputo on one side and the town of Catembe on the opposite side. The bay is over 90 kilometres long and 32 kilometres wide.The Maputo-Catembe Bridge project, set to be completed at the end of 2017, will replace the current ferry system and various fragmented road systems that transport goods and tourists from South Africa and Swaziland into Mozambique.Currently, for tourists, driving is the best way to see Mozambique. But routes into the country are long and arduous, with much of the road system accessible only by 4×4 vehicles. If you do not take the ferry, trips from South Africa to the capital can take up to nine hours to complete.The 3km-long Maputo-Catembe Bridge – Africa’s longest suspension bridge – will cut the driving time down to four hours. With a width of 680 metres, it will be able to carry high volumes of traffic comfortably in both directions.Construction of the bridge began in 2014. It is a joint construction and management project between the Mozambique and Chinese governments. On completion, it is expected to become a significant gateway between South Africa and the rest of the Southern African Development Community. According tourism and business stakeholders, this will bring a major boost in trade and tourism.Completion of the bridge would open up the region for tourism, claimed Natalie Tenzer-Silva, director at Dana Tours, in a recent Tourism Update interview. The region around the bridge, she said, “is spectacular and tourists will finally be able to combine . magnificent sites within easy reach of each other”.Tenzer-Silva anticipated a surge in the self-drive market, and not just for the usual off-road enthusiasts who had made the destination popular. The distance from Ponta do Ouro, on the border with South Africa, to Maputo is almost 120 kilometres long and usually takes three hours or more to complete. But Tenzer-Silva said the bridge would allow visitors to reduce that time by a third.Maputo- Catembe bridge in Mozambique scheduled for completion in December 2017 https://t.co/VWIB2SGjc6 pic.twitter.com/zatjeThvfK— Further Africa (@FurtherAfrica) December 1, 2015The only direct access to Maputo by vehicle from South Africa is via the border post of Kosi Bay in northern KwaZulu-Natal, according to Traveller24. The southern Golela border post via Swaziland is an option; there are longer, more demanding routes through the Komatipoort, Lebombo, and Giriyondo border posts in the north to other parts of Mozambique. The bridge will offer one direct route, on suitable roads, linking Kosi Bay and Swaziland to Maputo and the rest of Mozambique.The bridge and linking roads will have a great impact on tourism, says Ndabo Khoza, chief executive of KZN Tourism. Hundreds of thousands of people travel between the two countries through border gates every month, often taking up to 12 hours to navigate the 90 kilometres to Maputo on often hazardous and unmaintained roads. The bridge will change everything about the journey.“This is truly one of the tangible legacy projects of the East3Route,” says Khoza. “It will make it possible for one to have breakfast in Durban, lunch in Mbabane (Swaziland) and dinner in Maputo.”Maputo- Catembe bridge close to 40 nears completion https://t.co/zQefvpqPzG pic.twitter.com/C9GvzXMskz— Gregory Cabrol (@galclearing) October 20, 2015The bridge is considered to be the most important public works project in Mozambique since the country’s independence from Portugal in 1975. It is one phase in the three-phase 209km Maputo-Ponta do Ouro road project; the 35km Maputo- Catembe section around the bridge is the first phase to be completed.It will create 1 500 jobs for Mozambicans over the next two years, says Basilio Nzunga, a civil and structural engineer with the project.The second phase will be to revamp and repair the 109 kilometre road that connects Catembe and Bela Vista to the South African border. The third section – the Bela Vista-Boane road – will connect the Boane farming and industry district to wider markets.The full project, estimated to cost more than $700-million (R11.2-billion), will include revamping the border posts between South Africa and Mozambique.Source: AFKInsiderWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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USAs threetime cycling world champ Catlin commits suicide

first_imgWASHINGTON DC: American cyclist Kelly Catlin, a three-time world champion and 2016 Rio Olympic runner-up in team pursuit, has died at age 23, USA Cycling confirmed Sunday. Catlin was part of the US team pursuit squads that captured world titles in 2016, 2017 and 2018 but she withdrew from the American team that failed to defend the title February 27-28 at the 2019 worlds in Poland. “The US cycling community suffered a devastating loss with the passing of Kelly Catlin,” USA Cycling president Rob DeMartini said in a statement. “Kelly was more than an athlete to us and she will always be part of the USA Cycling family. “The entire cycling community is mourning this immense loss… We are deeply saddened by Kelly’s passing, and we will all miss her dearly.” A report in VeloNews on Sunday said Catlin committed suicide on Thursday night, citing an e-mail from her father Mark and Facebook posting from her brother Colin. A statement by Stanford University, where Catlin was working on a graduate degree in Computational and Mathematical Engineering, said an unnamed student was found dead in her on-campus residence by her roommate Thursday with no signs of foul play. Catlin, who also took bronze in individual pursuit at the 2017 and 2018 worlds, was also mourned by her professional team, Rally UHC Cycling. “The news of Kelly’s passing has hit the team hard,” the team said in a Twitter posting. “Losing an incredible person at such a young age is very difficult. “Kelly was our friend and teammate. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family and those who were fortunate enough to know her best.” Last month on Velo News, Catlin wrote about balancing her athletic and academic career. “Being a graduate student, track cyclist, and professional road cyclist can instead feel like I need to time-travel to get everything done. And things still slip through the cracks,” she wrote. “This is probably the point when you’ll expect me to say something cliché like, ‘Time management is everything.’ Or perhaps you’re expecting a nice, encouraging slogan like, ‘Being a student only makes me a better athlete!’ After all, I somehow make everything work, right? Sure. Yeah, that’s somewhat accurate. “But the truth is that most of the time, I don’t make everything work.”last_img read more

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Hakim urges Lighting dept DG to maintain coordination with CESC

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim directed the Director General (DG) of the Lighting department and DG (Civil) to maintain coordination with CESC, so that there is no revenue loss of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation when it comes to charging them for taking up work on land belonging to the civic body.The matter came up for discussion at the monthly meeting of the KMC on Monday, when Congress councillor Prakash Upadhyay proposed that the KMC would levy hefty charges on CESC for laying cables or fixing light posts for the purpose of electricity connection on KMC land. “The CESC charges a monthly bill of Rs 30 crore from the KMC, which amounts to a whopping Rs 360 crore in a year. But when CESC uses KMC land for their purpose, they do not pay the KMC enough,” Upadhyay said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersResponding to his proposal, Hakim said the civic body is bound by some provisions of Indian Telegraph Act 1885 and Electricity Act 2003, under which it levies charges on the power utility. “The concerned officials should remain alert and ensure that charges are levied upon CESC as per provisions of the two Acts,” he maintained. The Mayor instructed the DG of the Lighting department and DG (Civil) to address the issue in a proper manner and maintain liaison with CESC to prevent any revenue loss for the civic body in this connection.last_img read more

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Court summons Union minister Shripad Naik in cheating case

first_imgPanaji: A Goa court on Wednesday issued summons against Union minister and North Goa MP Shripad Naik directing him to depose as a witnesses in a cheating case registered against his former staffer last year. Panaji Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Vijayalaxmi Shivolkar directed Naik to appear in person by June 3. The JMFC also asked Naik to testify and bring material evidence, if any, on what he knows about the case. The former staffer in question, Vinod Desai, was booked last year under section 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for allegedly demanding Rs six lakh from one Mervin Fernandes under the pretext of providing him a job in the Goa government. Desai had allegedly taken an advance payment of Rs two lakh from Fernandes. As Desai failed to keep his promise, Fernandes demanded refund of his money. However, the cheque of Rs one lakh issued by Desai bounced, following which Fernandes approached Old Goa police on September 20, 2018.last_img read more

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9 seniors to lead Ohio State womens lacrosse into the 2016 season

With its home opener on Feb. 13 approaching, the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team is looking to enter the 2016 season with the strong leadership and influence from nine seniors guiding the way.Alexis Venechanos, the sixth-year coach of the Buckeyes, said she looks to use this leadership for optimal success in the upcoming season.“This senior class was my first full recruiting class, and they are bringing their leadership out in so many different ways,” Venechanos said. “We’ve been giving our seniors control of the practices, where they’re in charge of working on our energy and giving feedback to our players, giving them a voice on the field.”Senior attackman Olivia DiCarlantonio said the senior class is a special one because each player is proud to be a Buckeye.“As a grade, we try to live up to the girls older than us, so we make a lot of decisions based on what we were taught as underclassmen,” DiCarlantonio said. “Our grade wants to build a legacy of Buckeyes to come, so we felt that if we prepared the younger girls and helped them realize what an honor it is to being playing for Ohio State, then we will be a successful team.”Senior defender Katie Keefe said the senior class has skills that, when brought together, help the team as a whole.“The feelings of just coming and getting the job done are out the window,” Keefe said. “They’re replaced with the idea that there is no next year for us, so we give it our all and go out with a bang.”The Buckeyes enjoyed a degree of success in 2015, going 13-8, including a trip to the Big Ten tournament championship. Their trip to the NCAA tournament was not a long one, however, as a 13-11 loss to Notre Dame sent the Scarlet and Gray home looking forward to the next year.The next year is now upon them, and, despite graduating several playmakers, DiCarlantonio said the team has an improved amount of talent and depth, giving it high aspirations to make a longer run than its brief taste of tournament play a season ago.“As a team, the goal is to always go all the way,” she said. “(Venechanos) has us focusing on positive energy and really being locked into the moment and that’s allowing everyone to improve individually and as a team.”OSU women’s lacrosse members celebrate a win over Maryland on May 1. Credit: Courtesy of Ben SolomanKeefe said now that a good amount of the team’s starters have graduated, it has given other players the challenge of filling those spots.“It’s our job to show the rest of the lacrosse community that the Buckeyes can still be a powerful team and end with another successful season,” Keefe said. “This idea reminds us that we all have a common goal we will work for as a team, and the only way to get there is to keep our energy high and our attitudes tough.”Venechanos said the team is looking forward to finishing up the preseason and getting on the field against an opponent.“We think we’re in the best lacrosse conference in the country,” Venechanos said. “We have Northwestern and Maryland, the two dynasties of women’s lacrosse, in our backyard, so if we do well in the Big Ten Conference, we will continue to make a name for ourselves nationally.”OSU is set to kick off its 2016 season on Feb. 13 with its home opener against Detroit. Faceoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU then-junior attacker Rainey Hodgson (6) during a game against Maryland on May 1. Credit: Courtesy of Ben Soloman Correction 1/27: An earlier version of this story said the women’s lacrosse team’s home opener is set to be played at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, when in fact it is to be played at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

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Official Copa Libertadores final postponed

Official Copa Libertadores final postponed

first_imgThe Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate has been postponed to Sunday after torrential rains in Buenos Aires left the pitch unplayable.According to AS English, the match officials carried out a pitch inspection at 19:15 CEST and confirmed the first leg of the final of the Copa Libertadores could not be played today.Tournament organisers Conmebol have confirmed the game will be played tomorrow, Sunday, at 20:00 CEST (16:00 local time)🏆 ¡A esperar un día más para la gran final de la #CONMEBOLLibertadores! 🔜 @BocaJrsOficial y @CARPoficial jugarán este domingo. pic.twitter.com/xbAfQUQ9iDRiver Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).— CONMEBOL Libertadores (@Libertadores) November 10, 2018Sources at Boca Juniors had previously told some sources that there was “no chance of the game being played”, and despite the pitch draining well continuous rain saw the game forced to be postponed.Considering the attention of the world will be focused on the first leg of the Copa Libertadores this Saturday, Boca’s ground staff had been working throughout to week to have the pitch in optimal conditions.AS’ Boca sources equally confirmed a special drainage system is in place at the Alberto J. Armando stadium to deal with the heavy rain, but the level of precipitation proved to be too much even for the up to date technology.last_img read more

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AOL Outlines How New AOL Advertisingcom Group Will Serve Publishers

first_imgBrody says that almost all of these publishers only buy one product or service from AOL at this point, and he’s hoping this new group will offer cross-platform (video, content, surveys, etc.) solutions to publishers presently working with the aforementioned companies.Revenue is modeled differently for each branch of the group, “On the ad network side, we buy inventory for publishers; we pay them, and then we resell it to advertisers, essentially,” Brody says. “On the Pictela model and ADTECH side, we get a serving fee.”Since AOL is now looking to combine businesses and services, in many cases, ad serving will be free, if a publisher allows AOL to monetize a “significant portion of a site’s inventory through Advertising.com.”In addition to giving publishers larger (premium) ad sizes, ways to monetize video and offering custom content production (through Seed, StudioNow and AOL Answers), AOL can also syndicate HuffPo content.The Advertising.com Group created a transparent ad network model so that advertisers know exactly where they are buying inventory. Dubbed “super channels,” advertisers will know what publishers they are working with, as bundles like “travel” are offered for purchase. In time, the Group will offer integrated product suites, but its initial focus is cross-selling the company’s abilities on multiple platforms. Earlier this month, AOL launched the AOL Advertising.com Group, a b-to-b advertising division focused on serving publishers. In hopes of bringing premium advertising to the online sector, AOL has harnessed several of its companies (Advertising.com, ADTECH, Pictela, Goviral, 5min Media, StudioNow, Seed and AOL Answers) to create a one-stop advertising solution for publishers.Ned Brody, who was the founder and CEO of ARPU and former CFO of LookSmart, is acting as president and head of AOL Advertising.com Group. He says bringing premium brands to the Web has been one of the biggest problems in online advertising. “There is still a tremendous amount of advertising dollars sitting on the fence from traditional TV and print, as there have been no good scalable solution for brand advertisers on the Web. The average inventory sell-through is somewhere around 30 percent.”Currently, the AOL ad network works with about 5,000 publishers; European-based video service Goviral deals with 25,000 publishers; and video service 5min Media works with another 1,000 publishers. ADTECH works with upwards of 700 partners. last_img read more

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Community Attempts to Raise Profile of Ohio Manufacturing Facility

first_imgAfter the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in northwestern Ohio was ignored in a report from a state commission outlining ways to boost federal and military jobs in Ohio, officials in Lima are looking at ways to get the attention of state leaders.The strategic plan released in April by the Ohio Federal and Military Jobs Commission primarily focused on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and other installations in the state, reported limaohio.com.  “The JSMC didn’t figure prominently into that,” Lima Mayor David Berger said at a meeting Monday of Task Force LIMA, the local support organization for the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, a government-owned, contractor-operated tank and military vehicle production facility.It’s not clear how the group should connect with state leaders, he said. “How we got ignored in this initial report is not very explainable at this point. We just have to continue to pursue this relationship,” Berger said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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JayZ Nina Simone Cyndi Lauper Among National Recording Registry Inductees

JayZ Nina Simone Cyndi Lauper Among National Recording Registry Inductees

first_imgThe Library of Congress has revealed this year’s class of recordings to be preserved for their “cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s recorded sound heritage”Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Mar 20, 2019 – 12:44 pm What do Curtis Mayfield, Nina Simone, Cab Calloway, Cyndi Lauper, Ritchie Valens, Neil Diamond and Jay-Z all have in common? These artists are all among this year’s class of inductees to the Library Of Congress’ National Recording Registry, an honor bestowed upon 25 recordings each year deemed to “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Twitter Jay-Z, Nina Simone, Cyndi Lauper Among National Recording Registry Inductees From Valens’ groundbreaking and GRAMMY-nominated 1958 hit “La Bamba” to Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1978 groove classic “September” to Jay-Z’s 2001 hip-hop masterpiece album The Blueprint, this year’s selections span multiple eras and genres. In addition to the musical selections, spoken-word recording such as Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 speech on the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., are also represented.Other highlights include the1931 single “Minnie the Moocher” by Calloway, who was honored with the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, Simone’s 1964 single “Mississippi Goddam,” Diamond’s 1969 single “Sweet Caroline,” Mayfield’s 1972 soundtrack album Super Fly, which was nominated for the GRAMMY for Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special, and Lauper’s 1983 album She’s So Unusual, which was nominated for Album Of The Year.”I’m really honored that ‘She’s So Unusual’ is being recognized as being one of the nation’s audio treasures worthy of lifetime preservation,” Lauper said in a statement. “I was really determined to make a cohesive collection of songs and really determined to make sure all typed of women were represented in the ‘Girls…’ video. I had this very strong vision of how I wanted to put the music together. If this is going to be my thing, and if this is the only time I ever get to open my mouth and sing, I want it to be great.”The diverse group of inductees also includes a 1952 episode of the western radio drama “Gunsmoke,” Lefty Frizzell’s 1959 recording of “Long Black Veil,” the original Broadway cast recording of “Hair” from 1968, and the 1996-released “Schoolhouse Rock!: The Box Set,” and more.  Recordings must be at least 10 years old to be eligible, and selections are made advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board. The registry now holds a total of 525 titles dating back to the instatement of the National Recording Preservation act of 2000.”The National Recording Registry honors the music that enriches our souls, the voices that tell our stories and the sounds that mirror our lives” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “The influence of recorded sound over its nearly 160-year history has been profound and technology has increased its reach and significance exponentially. The Library of Congress and its many collaborators are working to preserve these sounds and moments in time, which reflect our past, present and future.”Recordings representing Native-American and African-American cultures were also among the selections. Melville Jacobs collection of recordings of Native Americans of the American Northwest (1929-1939) documented 23 different separate tribal languages and have been used to revive these vanishing native dialects.   Details on the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board, including a full list of the 25 recording inducted, information on how to nominate for the 2019 Recording Registry and even how to listen to registry titles, is available at the NRPB’s website.Jenny Lewis Raises Money For Women’s Center During Live Album Listening PartyRead more Facebook Email https://twitter.com/librarycongress/status/1108269552893349888 News Jay-Z Among National Recording Registry Inductees jay-z-nina-simone-cyndi-lauper-among-national-recording-registry-inducteeslast_img read more

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ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests Issue 2 Summonses

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests Issue 2 Summonses

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between September 27, 2018 and October 3, 2018:Thursday, September 27Arthur S. Boulas (28, Woburn) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Suspended or Revoked Registration, Uninsured Motor Vehicle, and No/Expired Inspection Sticker.Friday, September 28Eric Creekmore (36, Wilmington) was arrested on 2 warrants and for Possession of a Class A Drug. (8:53am)Saturday, September 29NoneSunday, September 30NoneMonday, October 1James L. Colozzi (50, Wilmington) was arrested on a warrant.Yusef H. Bhatti (27, Wilmington) was issued a summons for Uninsured Motor Vehicle and Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Revoked Or Suspended Registration. (8:03pm)Tuesday, October 2NoneWednesday, October 3None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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