A construction foreman was on Tuesday electrocuted while working at a site at C Field Sophia, Georgetown.Dead: Elroy Haynes also called ‘Biggist’Reports are that the foreman was killed after a dragline came into contact with a high-powered wire.Dead is 59-year-old Elroy Haynes also called “Biggist” of Kiltairn Village, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). At the time of the incident, he was employed with Annirude Ramcharitar Construction Company of Friendship Village, also on the Corentyne.They were constructing a bridge for the Central Housing and Planning Authority under the International Development Bank, Adequate Housing and Urban Accessibility Programme.Speaking with Guyana Times, Annirude Ramcharitar said he received a telephone call at about 13:00h on Tuesday informing him of the incident.He said Haynes had been a very careful foreman and had supervised four other bridges in the same area which were constructed under the high-powered lines which belong to the Guyana Power and Light.According to Ramcharitar, if the dragline had come into contact with the line then the operator would have been “roasted”.The dead man’s sister, Michelle, said she spoke with one of the workers, who was on site and he gave a different version of what happened.“The person who had the phone said he was one of the workers on the worksite and one of them who took him to the hospital. He said to me that they were doing work in C Field and they had a crane moving piles from one place and placing them at another area and the boom of the crane came into contact with a live wire. My brother was below the machine, not inside holding a wire, and he fell and the guy that was next to him was pitched away.”Haynes was picked up and taken to the Georgetown Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The other worker was treated and sent away.A post-mortem performed on the body by Government Pathologist Dr Nehal Singh gave the cause of death as electrocution.Meanwhile, in a statement, the Central Housing and Planning Authority said the agency will be launching an internal investigation to see whether any safety standards were breached. The incident, the statement said, will be reported to the Labour Department of the Social Protection Ministry.At the time of the incident, Hayes along with other workers were moving construction piles from one location to another when a part of the crane which was being used to move the piles came into contact with a high voltage electric line resulting in the unfortunate incident, the Central Housing and Planning Authority said.Haynes was the third of eight siblings and the first to have passed away. He leaves to mourn a wife, four children and six siblings.
SABT cast dancing in Coppelia, an acclaimed French romance ballet. (Image: SABT) SABT dancers Yolandi Olckers and Patrick Mngeni at a rehearsal. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) Teenagers from Alexandra township honing their skills at SABT studios in Braamfontein. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Fiona Budd Co-director South African Ballet Theatre +27 11 877 6898 RELATED ARTICLES • South African theatre • Soweto’s state-of-the-art theatre • Celebrating heritage with dance • Robyn Orlin – dancing up a stormBongani NkosiThe South African Ballet Theatre (SABT) may be limping from the economic downturn, but it’s not letting that tarnish its reputation as the country’s most treasured and prolific classical dance company.The global recession is largely to blame for the company’s financial crisis, said SABT co-founder and director Fiona Budd. The theatre survives on funding, but the recession has led to a number of benefactors pulling out.Some of the former funders have resorted to supporting community establishments such as orphanages due to “social pressure”, and sponsorships of the 2010 Fifa World Cup “have also impacted us”, Budd added.Although the SABT is debt-free, it recently announced that it is facing threatening financial challenges and desperately needs funding. Due to this it’s had to put all activities on hold, including an exchange programme to Cairo, Egypt.The company launched an appeal for sponsorship in November and a number of generous individuals and companies have already responded, giving it a boost of R1.3-million (US$172 211). But this is just a fraction of the SABT’s annual budget of R12-million ($1.6-million), which includes monthly salaries of its dancers and management staff. It relies on funding for two-thirds of its budget.“If everyone gives a little we can do a lot,” said Budd.What’s even more encouraging, according to Budd, is that some donors have contributed far more than the asking sum of R2 000 ($264). Standard Bank made a donation of R10 000 ($1 325). Other companies that have responded to the call include South African Breweries, Air France, Sappi, First National Bank and Absa.Scores of individuals have also made significant contributions, including Constitutional Court Judge Edwin Cameron, world-renowned artist William Kentridge and many others. The South African public is also being urged to participate by sending a mobile text message with the letters “SABT” to 39969. Fifteen rand (about $2) will be donated to the company for every message received.“The campaign is promising. We hope that companies will inspire each other,” Budd said. “A number of people are phoning in offering their help.”One business owner, who SABT wishes to keep anonymous, donated R1-million ($132 469).As a gesture of appreciation the theatre will give all contributing companies a 20% discount on tickets for its 2010 seasons.Making ballet productions more accessibleThe SABT has become increasingly reliant on outside funding because it has cut ticket prices to make productions more accessible to local audiences. “If we were to charge what we are supposed to charge no one would come to our seasons,” Budd said.Attendance has been impressive over the years, with each season attracting between 10 000 and 15 000 people. But revenue from ticket sales covers just a quarter of the SABT’s budget.“People [tend to] think that because the ballet company is glamorous it has a lot of money, which is not the case,” Budd said.The company is also appealing to government for funding. “We are a national asset. [The company] is a platform that is used to showcase South Africa’s talent and something that the government can be proud of.”Irrespective of the funding campaign’s outcome, the company won’t give up. “We are determined that we will never let it die. We are prepared to do whatever to keep it going.”“It’s better if we go through difficult times now and then pick up again,” Budd said.No stranger to adversityThe company has become a force to be reckoned with in South Africa’s dance industry since its establishment eight years ago. It was set up after the State Theatre Ballet in Pretoria closed down in 2000, and all the country’s top ballet dancers were retrenched.Their fervent passion for South African dance meant that early retirement or emigration weren’t options, so they came up with creative strategies to form a new, independent ballet company.The more experienced dancers – Angela Malan, Dirk Badenhorst, Karen Beukes, Iain MacDonald, Kimbrian Bergh and Budd – formed the steering committee of the new company, which came into being in January 2001. “We just jumped into the deep end,” said Budd. “It was a sacrifice.”Their first plan was to assemble a team of danseurs and ballerinas to stage a production at the State Theatre as soon as was possible. The theatre paid them in advance, ensuring that the team had an income.In March 2001 the SABT staged the timeless classic Giselle, which was hugely popular with attendance as high as 94%. “After that funding and sponsorships started coming in,” Budd said.Giselle was followed by “a very well-received” tour to the cities of Port Elizabeth, East London, Welkom and Bloemfontein.During their first few months the SABT also staged productions in established theatres such as the Playhouse in Durban and the Joburg Theatre. Their 2001 season of Swan Lake sold out completely.The company continued to grow over the years, and in 2004 it moved into its new studios in Braamfontein at the Joburg Theatre. It has a contract with the theatre to use the facilities until 2012. “For a start we had our own facilities. We’re fortunate to be located here,” Budd said.“The theatre is accessible. It has rejuvenated the whole area,” said SABT spokesperson Samantha Saevitzon.The SABT has wooed audiences at home and abroad, rating its 2006 performance in Moscow, Russia, as “the most memorable”.“We had a standing ovation – that was incredible,” Budd said.Its impressive reputation means it often attracts top international dancers. Humberto Montero – one of SABT’s seven soloists – is from Mexico, while fellow soloist Roberto Curti is from Italy. Senior Corps de Ballet members Guy Wheatstone and Hyun Kyung Cho are from the UK and Korea respectively.“We get applications from almost every country in the world, Cuba, China, India and many others … We’re recognised internationally for our work, people know that there is this ballet company sitting at the bottom tip of Africa,” Budd said.Developing talentSince its inception the SABT has worked hard at grooming potential stars, setting up the Graduates Programme in 2001 to for this purpose.The programme is a full-time, year-long course. The students, who have to have completed high school, are selected through auditions and trained by senior principal dancer Angela Malan and Russian-born ballet master Alexei Ilin.The SABT has selected 13 aspiring dancers for its 2010 programme. The annual auditions attract young dancers from all over South Africa, Saevitzon said.As part of the programme the SABT gives its student dancers supporting roles in productions and offers various dance-related subjects to study. Those who shine throughout the course are employed as members of the Corps de Ballet and have a chance to grow in the company.“That’s our aim, we want to have more home-grown talent,” Budd said.The SABT has a strong social conscience and offers free ballet classes to 300 Johannesburg youngsters in the disadvantaged areas of Alexandra, Soweto, Katlehong and Sophiatown; and in Pretoria’s Mamelodi and Eesterus townships. It also offers free lessons in Melville and various other areas around Johannesburg.For its efforts the company received the 2007 Proudly South African Nation Builder of the Year award.The goal of the SABT’s outreach programme is to train young dancers so that they can go on to join the company or become professionals in other theatres. Budd said that some of them, being teenagers of around 14 and 15 years, will be ready to become junior professionals by the time they finish high school.Promising dancers in the outreach programme are offered free extra lessons at the SABT’s Braamfontein studios. At least twice a week a group of 12 are bused in from Alexandra to get special training with Ilin.“Definitely, the most talented will join our company. In Alexandra there are these two boys who are extremely talented,” said Budd.Passion for classical balletBuilding on its initial success with Swan Lake and Giselle, the SABT has grown fond of staging all-time favourites, which also include Coppelia, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. “Our audiences love the classics,” Budd said.Because these productions bring in the numbers, the company has stopped doing new productions – they are just not financially viable. “If we do Swan Lake, for instance, we sell 15 000 tickets.”“We are very good at performing the classics. Our dancers love them because they are very challenging [to perform],” Saevitzon added.Despite its financial constraints, the SABT will stage two seasons next year at the Joburg Theatre. Swan Lake will be performed in March and the ballet adaptation of Carmen will run in August.
18 November 2014 President Jacob Zuma flanked by international relations minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and finance minister Nhlanhla Nene during the informal BRICS meeting. (Image: GCIS)An interim board of directors has been set up by BRICS to lead the next phase to establish the National Development Bank (NDB), an institution similar to the International Monetary Fund that will support the five emerging national economies.This was announced by BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) during an informal meeting on the first day of the G20 Leaders’ Summit held in Brisbane, Australia from 15 to 16 November, according to a statement from the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).Appointment of NDB presidentThe leaders of BRICS also recommended their finance ministers to appoint an NDB president and vice-president well in advance of the next BRICS Summit to be held in the Russian city of Ufa in 2015.The bank, which will be headquartered in Shanghai, China, will focus on BRICS infrastructure projects, but will be also open to new members from the United Nations. Each BRICS country will contribute US$2-billion to the bank’s funds from their budgets over the next seven years. The bank’s authorized capital will be set at US$100 billion.BRICS cooperation at new levelBRICS leaders underscored that the signing of the agreements establishing the NDB and the Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) brought BRICS cooperation “to a fundamentally new level with the creation of instruments to contribute to the stability of the international financial system’, according to DIRCO.“The Leaders asked their Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors to ensure that, by the next BRICS Summit, the CRA Working Group concludes the procedural rules and operational guidelines of the Governing Council and the Standing Committee of the CRA. They also asked their Central Bank Governors to ensure that the Inter-Central Bank Agreement foreseen in the CRA be concluded by the Summit in Russia.’On the G20 Leaders’ Summit, BRICS leaders discussed some of the issues on the agenda, which include measures to promote growth and job creation; investment and infrastructure; trade; and cooperation on tax matters.Global economySix years after the international financial crisis, BRICS leaders noted that a full recovery is yet to be experienced by member countries. However, emerging market economies have been contributing to global economic activity by sustaining high growth rates, despite adverse circumstances and spill-overs from policies of major advanced economies, especially monetary policies.“The Leaders noted the G20 efforts, but underscored that more needs to be done to support global demand in the short-run, especially by advanced economies, and to promote an increase in investment and long-run growth potential. They underscored that investment and economic reforms are critically important to boosting demand and lifting long-term growth. Emerging market economies remain in general well prepared to face external shocks,’ said DIRCO.The BRICS leaders also noted their concern at the non-implementation of the 2010 International Monetary Fund reforms, and its impact on the Fund’s legitimacy and credibility. They said in the event that the United States fails to ratify the 2010 reforms by the end of 2014, they called on the G20 to schedule a discussion of the options for next steps that the IMF has committed to present in January 2015.EbolaThe Ebola epidemic is of concern and has severe economic and social impact, the BRICS leaders noted. They also expressed their commitment to work with the international community in the response to this epidemic and supported efforts made by the United Nations and its agencies, including the World Health Organization, as well as other institutions.In addition, BRICS leaders reaffirmed their commitment to reinforce full-fledged intra-BRICS cooperation as agreed at the Fortaleza Summit in Brazil earlier this year. They said they look forward to the formulation of a long-term economic cooperation framework to forge closer BRICS partnership.SAinfo reporter
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Crowded Market For App Development ToolsDecluttering the back end of app development is a mission on everybody’s mind. Built.io joins a crowded market, including services like Parse (just acquired by Facebook), Kinvey and Cocoafish. But here’s what makes Built.io different, for better or for worse: anybody can use it.(See also The Rise Of Mobile Cloud Services: BaaS Startups Grow Up.)Creating new apps requires a developer’s assistance. But “once the app is built and available, [employees] can log into the [content management system] and upload additional photos, press releases, anything they need to do to update the app without running to their developer or IT department,” Sampat says. The easy-to-use, what-you-see-is-what-you-get visual design is intended to make app upkeep less of a headache for developers. But developers have also historically been gatekeepers. When everyone and everyone at a company can make updates to the company app, what’s to keep the company app from becoming a huge, cluttered mess?Developers In ChargeTo avoid that, Built.io keeps developers in charge. A Built.io feature lets them assign roles and privileges to specific users. For a conference app, for example, the developer might give the organizer permission to update event names and times, but not to alter the structure of an app. Built.io has the potential to make developing a company app so fast and so easy (the beta is free) that everybody in the office may want to create apps for every purpose they can think of. The question yet to be answered is whether non-developers will use their newfound powers for good – or end up helping to churn out useless apps on a weekly basis, adding to the existing glut of unwanted and unused mobile apps.Photo and screenshot via Raw Engineering How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#app development#Backend Development#mobile apps#startups lauren orsini Why You Love Online Quizzes As programming tools become increasingly accessible, it’s not the actual building of a mobile app that’s difficult. It’s the time it takes — and the risk nobody will ever use it. Studies estimates that 26% of mobile apps are used just once, and more than 60% never get downloaded at all.We are well into the age of the disposable mobile app. Now, according to Raw Engineering, the makers of Built.io, we have the fast, easy to use app-development technology to match. Temporary, Disposable AppsToday, many businesses create apps for a variety of occasions, including one-time events like conferences and product announcements. But for most businesses, building these apps is a process that can take several months. At Demo Mobile 2013, Raw Engineering CEO Neha Sampat showcased an app her team built in a week. “The life of an app used by enterprises is sometimes as short as a month,” said Sampat. “If it takes you three to four months to build an app you’re only going to use for a month leading up to an event or a conference or an announcement, there’s no [return on investment] there.” Leveraging Built.io, Sampat said, app development can be almost “plug and play.”“We provide the back end, the building blocks, the basics of the app ready to go – and they can spend their time working on user experience and the app itself.” Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid
India-Pakistan encounters have always been keenly awaited. And for good reason too. The arch-rivals have played a number of memorable matches over the years, especially in 50-overs cricket. Here are a few reminders.1985, Sharjah – India won by 38 runsAfter India were bowled out for 125, it seemed a lost cause. However, led by the ever-reliable Kapil Dev (3-17), the Indians dismissed Pakistan for just 87 to clinch a low-scoring thriller.1986, Sharjah – Pakistan won by 1 wicketThis is perhaps the most memorable moment in the history of India-Pakistan encounters, as well as one of the best in the history of the one-day game. With Pakistan needing four runs to win from the last ball, Javed Miandad scripted a dramatic turnaround with a six off Chetan Sharma.1987, Kolkata – Pakistan won by 2 wicketsThe wounds of Sharjah barely a year old when India met Pakistan again, this time on home turf. Javen Miandad couldn’t repeat his heroics this time, but Saleem Malik trumped India with a 72 from 36 balls.1987, Hyderabad – Tied game, India declared winnersBoth teams finished with a score of 212 after playing out their quota of 50 overs. However, India, who had lost six wickets in getting to that total in the first innings, won the match by the virtue of losing one wicket less than Pakistan.1991, Sharjah – Pakistan won by 72 runsThe game witnessed one of the best spells of fast bowling ever recorded in one-day cricket history. Aaqib Javed ran through the Indian batting with figures of 7-37, including a hat-trick.1996, Bangalore – India won by 29 runsOne of the great batting displays in World Cup matches came from Ajay Jadeja in this game. Waqar Younis, the quickest of his time, was struck for taken to the cleaners, giving India the crucial edge that eventually secured their victory.advertisement1997, Chennai – Pakistan won by 35 runsPakistani players usually reserve their best for India, and Saeed Anwar was no different. The opener hammered a then-record 194 off just 146 balls in the match to flatten the Indian team under a mountain of runs.2003, Centurion – India won by 6 wicketsAnother memorable match, made special by Sachin Tendulkar’s assault on Pakistan’s bowlers, especially Shoaib Akhtar. A target of 273 runs was made to look rather pedestrian thanks to a brilliant display by India’s batsmen.2004, Lahore – India won by 5 wicketsIndia’s hopes were reduced to a flicker by Inzamam-ul-Haq’s brilliant 123 in this must-win game. But a strong middle order performance, especially by Mohammad Kaif and Rahul Dravid saw India through to a victory. The most memorable moment of the match is perhaps Kaif’s daring walk down the pitch to the Shoaib Akhtar. The move surprised fans, but more importantly, completely unsettled the Rawalpindi Express.2005, Visakhapatnam – India won by 58 runsThis was a rather comfortable victory for India that marked the arrival of MS Dhoni on the international scene. The keeper-bat’s 148 pulverised Pakistan and set-up a dominant triumph.2011, Mohali – India won by 29 runsThe crunch World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan was a see-saw battle. Nerves were jangling across the stadium during this game and everyone from the dignitaries, fans and players were feeling the tension. In the end, India closed out the game rather easily and went on to win the tournament.