first_imgSouth Africa’s Paralympic Team has continued to make waves in Beijing following Natalie du Toit’s first gold in the S9 100 metres butterfly on Sunday. By the close of action on day three, the team had won five gold medals and one bronze. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material She still has the free rider section to contest and is looking eagerly forward to it because it is her favourite event. Phillipa Johnson, who won two silver medals four years ago in Athens, captured gold this time around in the equestrian competition on her horse, Benedict. His time was 1.27 seconds faster than the next fastest qualifier and a significant 3.58 ahead of the third placed swimmer. 10 September 2008 Gold medal chanceThe chances of South Africa adding another medal in the swimming pool were enhanced early on day four, 10 September, when Kevin Paul, swimming in the heats of the men’s SB9 100 metres breaststroke, broke the world record in a time of one minute 08.70 seconds. Du Toit is aiming for five gold medals in Beijing; so far, so good… On Monday, Du Toit followed up her victory in the butterfly with a second title in the 100 metres freestyle. Despite a slow start, she was clearly the fastest swimmer in the field and pulled away for a convincing victory in one minute, 1.44 seconds. Oscar PistoriusOn Tuesday, Oscar Pistorius was in action in the final of the men’s T44 100 metres as the fastest qualifier. Also in the line-up was another South African, Arnu Fourie. “It has been a little tough, going from the 10-kilometre to the sprint, and I definitely thought I would have enough time to taper, but it seems that I haven’t quite tapered just enough,” she admitted.center_img He described his victory as “a dream come true”. In track and field events Nicholas Newman appeared to be on course for victory in the men’s F35 javelin event when he threw a world record 42.28 metres. However, that mark was then bettered by Poland’s Pawel Piotrowski and China’s Wei Guo, which left Newman with a bronze medal. World recordCharl Bouwer also won gold in the pool for South Africa. Swimming in the S14 400 metres freestyle, he smashed the previous world record by two seconds to win in four minutes, 14.02 seconds. It was an improvement of 10 seconds over his previous best. ‘The Flying Fish’Du Toit, referred to in the Chinese press as “the Flying Fish”, told East Coast Radio she could have done better and said her finish was not as good as she would have hoped it would be; she had been hoping to break the one-minute barrier. Du Toit said her starts have not been up to scratch and admitted that she hadn’t spent enough time on them because she had been in training for the open water event at the Olympics. She went so far as to describe her starts as “embarrassing”, but said “I am a distance swimmer, so you’ll see me come back more in the second half of a race. A double-amputee, Pistorius was up against single amputees, but he managed to improve on his bronze medal showing of four years earlier by edging out the USA’s Jerome Singleton by just three-hundredths of a second in a thrilling finish. His winning time was 11.17 seconds. The defending champion, Marlon Shirley, who had qualified well behind Pistorius, crashed out at 60 metres, while Brian Frasure, who won silver in Athens, finished third. SA’s Fourie was fourth. Her time was a Paralympic record, but outside her own world record. Pistorius is aiming for a sweep of the 100, 200, and 400 metres and if any event was supposed to be his Achilles heel it was the 100 metres, so the chances of the sweep appear good. He holds the world records at all three distances and his aim, besides winning, is to set a new world record in the 400 metres. last_img read more

first_imgAbsa Capital, through working closely with its clients to solution an appropriate delivery vehicle, identified the need for an exchange traded option contract. To this end they worked closely with the JSE to ensure these contracts were listed and tradable. “The JSE realises that in order to be more competitive it needs to offer foreign exchange products that are viable alternatives to those traded in the OTC space,” Geers said. Both new contracts can be triggered anytime by the event. When it comes to fees, both products operate on a competitive sliding scale and will be capped at R39 900 per deal to entice bigger contracts. OTC instruments are not traded on a stock exchange and are typically contracts between an investment bank and a client. “As market participants seek to avoid bilateral counter-party risk and with more regulation being imposed, our new products offer a regulated alternative and compete directly with OTC contracts.” Product innovation On-market instruments require no foreign exchange clearance and are settled in rands. 15 June 2011 The two new options are based on the dollar/rand exchange rate and are “knock-out barrier options up-and-out and down-and-out”. They offer asset manager and hedge fund participants an exchange-traded product similar to what has previously only been available over-the-counter (OTC). “The products will allow investors to create more diversified trading strategies using exchange traded products without taking on any credit risk,” the JSE’s general manager of derivatives trading, Warren Geers, said in a statement this week. These options represent the first currency “can-do” contracts offered by the JSE. Can-do options are a type of product first created by the JSE in June 2006 to offer investors the flexibility of an OTC product with the credibility and transparency of the listed derivative. They offer infinite variety to the professional investor. In a bid to offer currency traders even greater choice and flexibility, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and Absa Capital have listed the first “exotic-style” currency options contracts. No foreign exchange clearance required Product innovation forms part of the JSE’s continued drive to grow the currency derivatives market by introducing new flexibility while ensuring that strict regulation is adhered to. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_img10 June 2013 An early childhood development centre and teacher training facility in Johannesburg, designed and built by US student volunteers in partnership with South African engineers and contractors, has been named “best small project” in Engineering News-Record’s (ENR’s) inaugural Global Best Projects competition. The winners, selected by an independent jury of industry leaders in design and construction, were announced during ENR’s Global Construction Summit in New York on Friday night. Engineering News-Record is a leading construction industry publication owned by US company McGraw Hill Construction. The “Schoolhouse South Africa” project, along with London’s “The Shard” project (winner in the “best large project category”), were singled out by the judges as “particularly innovative examples of global design and construction, excelling in all judging criteria and demonstrating the past year’s best achievement in worldwide project excellence”. Opened in 2011, the schoolhouse has become an integral part of its neighborhood in Cosmo City, Johannesburg, showcasing the use of innovative building systems in low-income communities. The project was led by a group of architecture students from Cornell University, in partnership with Johannesburg-based non-profit organisation Education Africa, whose architecture programme encourages student organisations to design and build low-cost pre-schools within impoverished communities. Student-led organisation Cornell University Sustainable Design took on the project, encouraging its members to work side by side with local community members in Johannesburg. “It was very important to formulate a common vision, because everyone had a stake in it,” said project director Barry Beagen. “That common vision was the same with the suppliers, contractors and our partners as well, because we knew this project wasn’t just about the volunteers coming and going.” The project team included Johannesburg-based engineers and contractors PD Solutions, as well as the City of Johannesburg and South African early childhood development organisation Play-With-A-Purpose. The building’s structure was formed using earth-filled polypropylene bags placed inside EcoBeam frames, an extremely low-cost system which increased the building’s thermal mass while eliminating the need for active heating or cooling systems. “By filling the bags with soil excavated during the foundation-laying process, we reduced waste and transportation while transforming residual matter into a high-performing and resilient wall system,” said Cornell team member Daniel Lu. A reinforced concrete ring beam was placed atop columns integrated into the wall system to increase interior spans and prolong the building’s useful life. Clerestory windows and child-height portal windows eliminated the need for electric lighting. “This project shows us all that beauty doesn’t need to be expensive, and challenges aren’t always led by very experienced professionals,” said one judge. “I am proud of our industry when I see the next generation leading the way.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgTim Paine, possibly excited with a late spell of fierce fast bowling from Pat Cummins, decided to troll Rishabh Pant even as India took firm control of the Boxing Day Test on the third day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.India had declared after scoring 443 for 7 in their first innings before Jasprit Bumrah picked up 6 for 33 to bowl Australia out for 151. India decided not to enforce the follow-on despite taking a 292-run lead.As it happened, Pat Cummins ripped through the Indian top-order to reduce them to 54 for 5 at stumps. However, it really was still India’s day as they finished with a 346-run lead.On a pitch with variable bounce, this is already a huge advantage. However, that did not stop Paine from having a go at Rishabh Pant who came out to bat after Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma.This is what Paine told Pant – “Tell you what big MS is back in the one day squad. Should get this bloke down to Hurricanes.. They need a batter.Fancy that extend you Aussie holiday, beautiful town Hobart too… get him a water front apartment”Have him over for dinner.Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids.”Tim Paine doing some recruiting for the @HurricanesBBL out in the middle of the ‘G… #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/6btRZA3KI7cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 28, 2018Pant is prone to playing rash shots but in the first innings in Melbourne, he showed he was prepared to grind it out. Paine wanted to distract India’s chirpy wicketkeeper and trolled him over MS Dhoni’s return to the ODI side.advertisementDhoni, who was not included in the T20I series against West Indies and Australia, was recalled into the ODI squads for the tours of Australia and New Zealand. Rishabh Pant was left out.Paine sledged Pant over the snub and asked him if he would be interested in playing for Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League. The conversation was caught on stump mic and the Australian commentators felt Paine had better watch out after exchanging words with Pant.Rishabh Pant is not shy of saying a few words either. In the first Test in Adelaide, he sledged Pat Cummins who clearly struggled to play R Aswhin.Tim Paine is now famous for his witty one-liners from behind the stumps. In Perth, after a showdown with Virat Kohli, he asked Murali Vijay if he liked his skipper as a bloke.In the first innings at the MCG, Paine tried to distract Rohit Sharma with some IPL chat he had with Aaron Finch. On Thursday, Finch admitted it was a tactic to force a false shot from Rohit.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah does what Waqar, Wasim and Vaas could not doAlso Read | Rohit Sharma responds to Tim Paine’s IPL banter: If he gets a hundred, we’ll buy himlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: India is capable of dealing with any situation, Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Yesso Naik said on Friday over incidents of drones from Pakistan airdropping weapons in Punjab. The Indian Army has emerged stronger after fighting terrorism, he said on the sidelines of India Defence and Security Expo (IDSE) 2019, held at IIT-Delhi. According to a recent Punjab Police probe, GPS-fitted drones capable of lifting up to 10 kilograms of weight flew in from Pakistan seven to eight times to airdrop several caches of arms, ammunition and fake currency which were seized in Tarn Taran district. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh It indicated the weapons were to be used for terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. Police officials said it is the first time that drones have been used to drop weapons in Punjab from across the border. “India is capable of dealing with it and there is no issue of concern,” Naik said about the incidents of drones airdropping weapons in Punjab and the country’s defence preparedness. Speaking at the inauguration of the two-day IDSE, he stressed on coupling the ‘Make in India’ initiative with ‘buy in India’ to make the government’s flagship programme successful. “I hope the defence industry is able to create holistic capabilities in various identified disciplines to take our nation towards strategic independence,” he said. Naik said the government is looking at the “big picture” of strategic independence and it can be effectively established only if India can reduce its dependence on imports.last_img read more