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NAFCU gains insights on housing finance reform, reg relief

first_imgNAFCU Director of Regulatory Affairs Ann Kossachev attended an event Wednesday with Andrew Olmem, special assistant to the president for financial policy, during which he shared updates on a number of issues including the economy, housing finance reform, regulatory relief and consumer privacy.On housing finance reform, Olmem indicated that the Treasury Department and Department of Housing and Urban Development are currently working on plans as directed by the memo issued by President Donald Trump last month to initiate housing finance reform. Olmem indicated that the administration expects to see reports from both agencies completed within a few weeks. NAFCU has led efforts to ensure credit unions’ unfettered access to the secondary mortgage market in any housing finance reform, and has urged the Trump administration and Congress to work together on a comprehensive solution.Olmem also said that the administration is concerned about regulatory burdens placed on financial institutions in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis; many new regulations have been implemented without having a big impact on the safety and soundness of the financial system. He said the administration is encouraging regulators to implement provisions of S. 2155 in a timely manner; see NAFCU’s summary guide on provisions related to credit unions here. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Exciting Education Opportunities at The Washington Center

first_imgFacebook8Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe Washington Center for the Performing Arts has big opportunities for local singers and dancers wanting to learn from top performers visiting Olympia. The 2018-19 Season is our most exciting and highly anticipated line-up of performances to date. The Center is committed to finding creative and unique opportunities for our community as we partner with top touring performers to bring educational programming as a feature to our season.Olympia native Shoshana Bean, a vocal powerhouse known for her roles on Broadway and her chart-topping albums, will be kicking off the 2018-19 season at the Washington Center Main Stage on October 4th. From performing as Elphaba in Wicked, to touring the world as a solo artist, she has had ample opportunity to learn the secrets to vocal health. Through the process of breaking down and analyzing lyrics, Shoshana will lead a master class on Wednesday, October 3rd at the Washington Center. She will guide students through a series of questions and exercises in order to custom fit the song to the singer in the most personal way, highlighting their individual strengths and helping them to find an honest, authentic and powerful connection to the music.Partnering with Olympia Youth Chorus, 16 emerging singers have been selected for this class The public is invited to audit the class for a suggested donation of $5.Shoshana Bean Master ClassDate:  Wednesday, October 3, 2018Time:  5-9 PMCost to Audit Master Class:  Suggested donation $5Location:  Washington Center for the Performing ArtsBodyVox, innovative dance company from Portland Oregon, returns to the Washington Center on Thursday October 25, for an evening performance of BlodyVox on the Main Stage! A hint of Hitchcock, a healthy dose of ghosts and zombies that draw from cinema, folklore and our collective nightmares to bring All Hallows’ Eve to life. This delightfully creepy show is a must see for the entire family!BodyVox will offer a special master class for emerging dancers ages 12 and up (limited to 60 students), on Wedneday October 24th. BodyVox has established itself as an exciting presence in the West Coast dance scene as they combine movement, theatre, and film to create unforgettable experiences in the visual arts. In this master class, young dancers will have the chance to practice their craft under the instruction of BodyVox company members – dancers who are shaping the future of performing arts.BodyVox Master ClassDate:  Wednesday, October 24, 2018Time:  3:30 – 5:00 PMTarget:  Emerging dancers, ages 12 + (Limited to 60 students)Cost:  $15Location:  Johansen Olympia Dance CenterFor more information about upcoming events please visit www.washingtoncenter.org or call the Box Office at 360-753-8586.last_img read more

New Zealand vs India 2nd Test Day 2 Review: Shami and Bumrah’s efforts go…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Twitter (@BLACKCAPS)Advertisement qz6NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4l3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4mr4s( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7hkiWould you ever consider trying this?😱8thmCan your students do this? 🌚cxliRoller skating! Powered by Firework Day 2 of the second Test between India and New Zealand has come to closure, and at stumps, India are on the lead with 97 runs. Following the bundle of the Kiwis batting squad by 153 runs, India have taken the lead, but are struggling with six wickets down at a score of 97 in Christchurch.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Twitter (@BLACKCAPS)New Zealand opener Tom Lathan landed a sweet score of 52, before losing his wicket to Mohammed Shami, the star of India’s bowling squad today. The 29 year old pacer started his four wicket haul today with Latham’s clean bowled dismissal in the 44th Over.Henry Nicholls and Neil Wagner also faced quick dismissals from Shami, as both of them were sent to the pavilion on scores of 14 and 21 respecrtively.Advertisement Shami also picked up Kyle Jamieson, the Kiwi youngster who missed his maiden Test half century just just one run. His stunning 49 came off including seven boundaries.New Zealand’s first innings also saw the superstar Jasprit Bumrah regaining his form. The 26 year old secured three wickets, including the hosts skipper Kane Williamson, who was unimpressive today at Hagley Oval, with only scoring 3. Jadeja picked two, and the injured Ishant Sharma’a substitute Umesh Yadav secured the wicket of Kiwi opener TOm Blundell on 30.Advertisement However, the Black Caps bowling squad shined again, led by Trent Boult, who picked up the wickets of Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara and Umesh Yadav.Starting the second innings, both of the Men in Blue openers were lacklustre on the pitch. The in form Agarwal had to leave on the second over after just scoring 3 runs, followed by Prithvi Shaw, who marvellously stroke a fifty in the first innings, lost his wicket on 14 against Tim Southee.Virat Kohli’s drought of runs in the series continues, as the captain failed to open up a big score again, after getting lbwed by Colin de Gramdhomme on just 14 runs. Rahane was bowled on 9 runs by Neil Wagner.The young Hanuma Vihari is now on strike alongside Rishabh Pant at the end of day’s play.Also read-Read VVS Laxman’s advice to Prithvi Shaw: You’re better off playing like this in New Zealand! Advertisementlast_img read more

BREEDERS’ CUP ANNOUNCES TWO COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS AHEAD OF 33rd BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgAbout Breeders’ CupThe Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 (grade I) races and purses totalling $26 million, will be held Nov. 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Arcadia Night and Pasadena Fan Fest are part of Breeders’ Cup’s long-term growth strategy to solidify the event as a preeminent lifestyle and entertainment brand offering an unparalleled experience that combines the best horses, jockeys and purses in the sports with world-class hospitality, high-end fashion and luxury entertainment event throughout the Breeders’ Cup World Championship week. “Arcadia Night and Pasadena Fan Fest will be great ways to kick off Breeders’ Cup weekend with the local communities as well as fans who have traveled in for the event,” said Stefanie Palmieri, Vice President of Events at Breeders’ Cup.  “We are constantly looking for new ways to provide our fans with the best hospitality and entertainment and we thank Pasadena, Arcadia and all of our partners for providing such unique experiences for our guests.” On Friday, November 4, Breeders’ Cup and the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau will host Pasadena Fan Fest on the plaza of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The Spazmatics, a four-piece 80’s cover band, will perform fan favorites, while guests enjoy snacks provided by local food trucks and sip on signature cocktails by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Maker’s Mark®. Official milliner Christine Moore will be on-site selling fascinators and offering styling tips for guests looking to elevate their look for the final day of racing. Tickets for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Pasadena Fan Fest are available now and are limited to the first 1,000 purchasers. General admission tickets are $45 each and include two drink tickets. For more information and to buy tickets now visit the Pasadena Fan Fest website. “Breeders’ Cup is a truly special weekend for the Arcadia community, and we can’t wait to start the weekend off with Arcadia Night,” said Arcadia Mayor Tom Beck.  “Thanks to our wonderful partners, we look forward to celebrating Breeders’ Cup weekend in true Southern California style with the best food, drink, and music.” The festivities begin on Wednesday, November 2 at Arcadia Night near the Gold Line Plaza (First Ave and Huntington Drive). Kicking off at 5:00 PM, the evening will include live music by Ghost in the Machine, the four-man Sting cover band; signature dishes from some of Los Angeles’ most iconic food trucks including Meat the Greek, Ragin Cajun, Slammin’ Sliders, The Greasy Wiener and Paradise Fine Cookies and Ice Cream; and a cash bar featuring refreshing cocktails provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Maker’s Mark®. The celebration will conclude with the honoring of iconic racehorse Zenyatta with a dedicated star on the Walk of Champions. Additionally, distribution of the 2016 limited-edition Maker’s Mark® Commemorative bottle  featuring Zenyatta will take place during the event. This year, all proceeds will go to Old Friends, an organization that provides dignified retirement to Thoroughbreds whose racing and breeding careers have come to an end. Arcadia Night is a free event and open to the public. Arcadia Night; A Salute to Zenyatta and Pasadena Fan Fest to Feature Live Music, Food Trucks and a Tribute to Zenyatta ### Parking for the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and Pasadena Convention Center is $12 per day for up to 16 hours or $18 per day for in and out privileges. Additional structure and street parking is available surrounding the convention center. “We are thrilled to welcome the Breeders’ Cup to Pasadena this November,” said Michael Ross of the Pasadena Center Operating Company.  “The Pasadena Fan Fest will be a great way to bring the local community together ahead of the races, and we’re looking forward to showcasing the best that Pasadena has to offer.” PASADENA, Calif. (September 14, 2016) – Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, today announced that it will host two community celebrations – Arcadia Night; A Salute to Zenyatta and Pasadena Fan Fest –  during the week leading up to the 33rd Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park.  Set to take place on Wednesday, November 2 and Friday, November 4, respectively, the two events will kick-off Breeders’ Cup 2016 with live entertainment, food trucks, cash bars and more. The Arcadia Night celebration will also include a special commemorative celebration of Zenyatta, one of the greatest female horses of all time.last_img read more

Here’s how the Warriors can make opening night a success

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device The Warriors will feel those emotions well … OAKLAND – The Warriors will proclaim themselves champions on ring night. But then can they play like one?Even the Warriors do not feel fully confident answering that question because of the festivities before Tuesday’s season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena.“It’s a huge night and an emotional night,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr observed.last_img

Five things to know about new SF Giants general manager Scott Harris

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants left their general manager position vacant during president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi’s first season in San Francisco, but the job has now been filled.The team announced Sunday that Chicago Cubs assistant general manager Scott Harris has been hired as the 10th general manager in franchise history.Harris will officially be introduced on Monday at Oracle Park, but in the meantime, there’s plenty to learn about a new figure tasked with helping turn the Giants …last_img

South Africa, China sign trade and industry deals

first_imgSouth African President Jacob Zuma hosted his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping, who is in South Africa on a State Visit, during which the two will host the Forum for China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) summit.The heads of state evaluated the progress achieved by the bilateral relationship following the conclusion of the Five to Ten Year Strategic Programme for Co- operation adopted at the end of 2014, during Zuma’s visit to the People’s Republic of China.A progress report outlined the goals achieved in the implementation of the strategic programme with specific reference to the six priority areas identified for 2015, including:Alignment of industries to accelerate South Africa’s industrialisation processEnhancement of co-operation in special economic zones (SEZs)Enhancement of marine co-operationInfrastructure developmentHuman resources co-operationFinancial co-operationFollowing the progress made in these areas, a number of new and renewed agreements were signed today, including:Action Plan on the Strengthening of the Joint Working Group between China and South AfricaTo accelerate bilateral co-operation on major projects, both sides agreed to further strengthen the Joint Working Group through the action plan to emphasise the following aspects: locomotive procurement, civilian nuclear energy project, investment in renewable energy, investment co-operation in industrial parks, trade promotion, specifically focused on South African product expos and Chinese trade missions, promoting the export of South African products to China and co-operation in Black Industrialists Programmes; visa facilitation, financial cooperation and the upgrading of national electricity transmission and distribution system.Memorandum of Understanding on Jointly Building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk RoadSouth Africa and China are committed to jointly promote the building of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (the Belt and Road) through this memorandum of understanding (MOU). China proposed the Belt and Road Initiative in an endeavour to uphold the spirit of the Silk Road, which includes peace, co-operation, openness, inclusiveness, mutual learning, mutual benefit and win-win results and to enrich its meaning with the characteristics of the new era.The memorandum also aims at creating opportunities for mutual learning, realising better exchange and integration of goods, technology, capital and personnel and promoting the co-ordinated development and common progress of countries concerned in the fields of economy, society, environment and culture, thereby facilitating dialogues and integration of different civilisations. South Africa and China have agreed to jointly explore the converging points between the Belt and Road Initiative and national development of South Africa, to enhance policy co- ordination and pragmatic co-operation, promote win-win co-operation and mutual learning so as to realise peaceful development and common prosperity for both countries.Pres Zuma & HE Pres Xi Jinping addressed a joint press conference. Pres Xi Jinping on a state visit to SA pic.twitter.com/jN8T870jW5— ANC Info Feed (@MyANC_) December 2, 2015Agreement between the Department of Environmental Affairs and the NDRC on Strengthening Co-operation in the Oceans EconomyThe objective of the Agreement on Strengthening Co-operation in the Oceans Economy is to create co-operation and a consultation platform and to promote co- operation on the oceans economy between the two countries and related organisations and enterprises.The agreement outlines broad areas of co-operation in the following areas: maritime transport; offshore petroleum resources development; ocean drilling platform building; aquaculture and processing of fish products; port development/construction and operation; port industrial park development; skills development and capacity building; research, technology innovation and technology transfer; oceans environment conservation and management; and other areas of mutual interest as agreed by the parties.Agreement on the Waiver of Visa Requirements for Diplomatic and Official Passport HoldersThe Agreement on the Waiver of Visa Requirements for Diplomatic and Official Passport Holders allows for those citizens from South Africa and China, who hold valid diplomatic or service passports, to enter into, exit from, transit through, or stay in the country of the other party for a period not exceeding 30 days to be exempt from the requirement of having to obtain a visa for the duration of that period. Accredited diplomatic and consular staff, as well as members of their families, shall not be required to obtain a visa for the duration of their accreditation. The agreement shall replace the existing agreement regarding the Waiver of Visa Requirements for Holders of Diplomatic Passports, signed on 24 August 2010.Memorandum of Understanding on Co-operation in Health and Medical Sciences between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of South AfricaThe objective of the MOU in health and medical sciences between South Africa and China is to expand exchanges in the fields of public health, health care delivery systems and biomedical sciences, as well as establish regular co-operation between health institutions.Areas of co-operation include: public health services and biomedical research, medical research; primary health care, including family medicine; quality assurance in health care and standards practice; education and training in, and research of, traditional medicine; healthy lifestyles; regulation of medicine, including traditional medicine; pre-hospital emergency medicine; HIV and Aids and TB and MDR-TB treatment; recruitment of health professionals; and human resource development.“We are pleased to Host President Xi Jinping and his delegation,” South African President Jacob Zuma pic.twitter.com/hWekCLy9gq— CCTV Africa (@cctvnewsafrica) December 2, 2015Memorandum of Understanding on Co-operation and Development of Science ParksFollowing the Agreement on Science and Technology Co-operation concluded between South Africa and China on 30 March 1999, the Five to Ten Year Strategic Framework for Co-operation between South Africa and China (2015-2024) signed on 4 December 2014; and the China-Africa Science and Technology Partnership Programme that was launched in November 2011, the two countries have committed to continue to expand co-operation in the field of science parks on the basis of equality and mutual benefit in order to enhance bilateral research and development partnerships and innovation activities.The MOU on science park co-operation highlights cooperation between the two countries in business incubation, high-end skills development and ICT research and development investment.Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of South Africa on the Establishment of a China Cultural Centre in the Republic of South AfricaThe government of the People’s Republic of China and the government of the Republic of South Africa wish to promote the cultural and exchanges expertise and co-operation between the two countries and strengthen the mutual understanding and friendship.China will establish a China Cultural Centre in South Africa that will provide quality and publicly accessible cultural programmes through friendly collaboration with its partners.Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Public Enterprises, Republic of South Africa, and the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, the People’s Republic of ChinaThe MOU between South Africa’s Department of Public Enterprises and China’s State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission intends to facilitate strengthening co-operation in terms of infrastructure construction projects; information communications, as well as co-operation between Chinese and South African energy related companies.The agreement will create a legal framework for South African and Chinese state-owned enterprises within their oversight control to conduct exchanges and co- operation in the areas of common interests, and as well as to share information and expertise in their respective enterprises.“President Zuma and I look forward to renewing our friendships with all other FOCAC leaders,” President Xi Jinping pic.twitter.com/3WefpVObTr— CCTV Africa (@cctvnewsafrica) December 2, 2015Memorandum of Understanding on Anti-Monopoly Co-operation between the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and the Economic Development Department of South AfricaThe purpose of the MOU is to enhance the partnership of Chinese Ministry of Commerce and South Africa’s Economic Development Department by providing a sound mechanism for their communication and co-operation in the fields of competition law and policy, including enforcement.It will allow exchanging information regarding developments in their respective competition legislation, enforcement and policy; providing comments on drafts of each other’s competition law, regulations and other legal or guidance documents; exchanging information on issues including, but not limited to, definition of relevant markets, theories of harm, the competitive impact assessment and the design of remedies; sharing competition law enforcement experience; sharing practice and experience with respect to law enforcement capacity building; and exchanging views on issues relating to international co-operation on competition law and policy.Memorandum of Co-operation between the South African Revenue Service of the Republic of South Africa and the Great Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of ChinaThe memorandum of co-operation between the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and China’s Great Administration of Customs (GAC) intends to strengthen co-operation in the field of administrative assistance in customs matters with the focus on improving mutual understanding of the participants’ custom practices.The agreement will create a legal framework for SARS and the GAC to promote communication and co-operation in customs administration; technology application, the formulation and implementation of laws and regulations; capacity building; and trade statistics.The memorandum will also pave the way for the participants to enhance co- operation by developing their capabilities through particular activities, projects and arrangements as well as facilitate co-operation in specific areas, namely the exchange of trade statistics; trade facilitation and identifying and controlling trade risks; improving the existing collaboration in terms of anti-smuggling; exchanging customs valuation methodologies; capacity building as well as exchanging views in areas applicable to multilateral contexts.#ChinaInSA President Jacob Zuma accompanied by President Xi Jinping greets Chinese dignitaries pic.twitter.com/FE6ICflMOv— POWER987 News (@POWER987News) December 2, 2015Action Plan on Co-operation in Human Resource Development between the Department of Higher Education and Training of the Republic of South Africa and the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of ChinaThe government of China is offering 2 000 training opportunities to South Africa for the period of 2015 to 2020. South Africa’s Department of Higher Education and Training and China’s Ministry of Commerce drafted an action plan on co- operation in human resource development as part of the implementation programme for these training offers.The action plan will also assist in strengthening the promotion of personnel exchanges, as well as in enhancing mutual friendship between the two countries. It is part of the Five to Ten Year Strategic Programme for Co-operation between the Republic of South Africa and the People’s Republic of China 2015-2024.Report on the Statistical Discrepancies of Merchandise Trade between the Republic of South Africa and the People’s Republic of ChinaIn recent years, the bilateral merchandise trade between South Africa and China has grown rapidly. From 2004 to 2014, the total bilateral trade value increased 28.4% (compound annual growth) according to Chinese statistics and 20.4% according to South African statistics.The discrepancies between the trade data of the two countries have been a concern and have had an effect on the objective of understanding and evaluating bilateral trade. Consequently, a joint working group on trade statistics analysis between South Africa and China was established in November 2010, comprised of the Department of Trade and Industry, SARS and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.The working group conducted a co-operative study on the cause of the statistical discrepancy in the 2004 to 2009 bilateral merchandise trade data and focused on critically analysing the trade data of 2007 and 2009.State owned enterprises agreementsMemorandum of Understanding on Strategic Co-Operation entered into between Eskom Holdings and State Corporation of ChinaThe MOU between Eskom and State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) intends facilitating the strengthening of co-operation between South Africa and China in the field of energy.The agreement will create a legal framework for Eskom and the SGCC to establish a strategic relationship in order to deepen their co-operation in international business and to exchange experience in technical, managerial and financial fields.The MOU will also allow the parties to pursue commercial opportunities and exchange information on projects in geographic regions of mutual interest in the fields of transmission and distribution projects, renewable energy projects, off-grid rural electrification programmes.Loan Agreement between the China Development Bank Corporation and EskomEskom and the China Development Bank will conclude a loan agreement to facilitate South Africa-China investment and trade co-operation and to further support Eskom’s infrastructure construction. The loan facility is to the value of $500-million (R7.2-trillion at today’s exchange rate).Framework Co-operation Agreement between the China Export Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure) and TransnetTransnet and Sinosure will conclude a framework agreement of co-operation. Sinosure is willing to provide insurance support to Transnet with respect to the financing activities with a total amount of no more than $2.5-billion (the “quota”) in the first phase of co-operation with Transnet, in relation to the procurement by Transnet of mechanical and electrical products and whole-set equipment from Chinese enterprises, and projects contracted by Chinese enterprises in South Africa, as well as operation, maintenance and other related services.The quota will be preferably used for projects in South Africa, for example railway, ports and pipeline,, and other projects recognised by both parties.Strategic Co-operation Agreement to Fund Infrastructure and Industrial Development Projects in South Africa and the Rest of Africa between China Construction Bank Corporation and Industrial Corporation of South Africa LimitedThe parties will fund infrastructure and industrial development projects, directly and indirectly in South Africa and the rest of Africa, subject to their internal funding processes. The parties will, inter alia, fund project opportunities in South Africa and the rest of Africa, with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) taking underlying project risk and China Construction Bank taking project risk at the IDC level.This would involve debt funding. Sectors to be considered for funding include industrial infrastructure, which encompasses energy renewable and conventional; agro-processing; manufacturing and mining beneficiation; among others.Memorandum of Understanding between the Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) and the IDCIt is the mutual intention of the parties to co-operate with each other by establishing motor vehicle manufacturing facilities in South Africa at a coastal city – either Durban or East London. The manufacturing facility is intended to create jobs and sell motor vehicles in South Africa and the rest of the African continent in accordance with the terms of reference referred to in this MOU to make reasonable profit.Co-operation Framework Agreement between the Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) and the China Communications Construction CompanyThe purpose of this agreement is to assist in establishing and developing a long-term friendly co-operation relationship between the parties in order to fund and implement new projects in the water and sanitation sector in South Africa.Agreement on the Final Acceptance for CBERS-04 Satellite Ground System in South Africa between the South African National Space Agency and the China Aerospace, Science and Technology CorporationWith the support of the China-Africa Science and Technology Partnership Program (Castep) launched by Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology in 2009, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has appointed the China Center for Earth Resource Satellite Data & Application (Cresda) to execute the task of CBERS-04 Satellite Ground System in South Africa for the South Africa National Space Agency (Sansa).In October, 2015, Cresda completed installation, integration, and training of the CBERS-04 Satellite Ground System in South Africa. From 17 October to 31 November 2015, Sansa successfully completed a test run of the CBERS-04 Satellite Ground System in South Africa.On 2 December 2015, Cresda and Sansa signed a final acceptance agreement for the CBERS-04 Satellite Ground System in South Africa to certify that the CBERS- 04 Satellite Ground System in South Africa is accepted by Sansa and is formally handed over to it.Project Management Co-operation Agreement for CAP1400 Project between State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation and the South Africa Nuclear CorporationThe agreement will allow for State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC )and the South Africa Nuclear Corporation to enhance bilateral co-operation in the field of nuclear power. China and South Africa have enormous potential in the peaceful use of nuclear energy.The SNPTC owns the CAP1400 Project, a nuclear power plant, operated by its subsidiary, State Nuclear Power Demonstration Plant Company. Through this agreement, SNPTC agrees to provide an opportunity for Necsa’s personnel to participate in the construction management of the CAP1400 Project Site. Private sector agreementsCollaboration and Framework Agreement between Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and Standard Bank-South AfricaThe agreement between Standard Bank South Africa and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China will facilitate the raising of rand-denominated funding for the Chinese bank, which will be made available to strengthen the various sectors of the South African economy, with a particular focus on power and infrastructure. The agreement is worth up to R10-billion over the next five years.Co-operation Agreement between Investec and the Export-Import Bank of ChinaOn 2 December 2015, South Africa’s Investec Bank and the China Export-Import Bank concluded a strategic co-operation agreement aimed at strengthening and enhancing trade and economic co-operation between the two countries and industrial development.The agreement establishes a framework for developing a long-term business relationship between the two banks aimed at promoting co-operation in the areas of export finance, project finance, the internationalisation of the Chinese yuan renminbi and its use as a settlement currency in trade, and other finance fields. The two banks will further place special emphasis on co-operation in projects to enhance trade between China and South Africa in mechanical and electronic products, complete sets of equipment, high and new-technology products, energy, raw materials, agricultural products and other products consistent with the economic and industrial development goals of the governments of China and South Africa; energy and infrastructure projects located in China, South Africa or third countries in sub-Saharan Africa to be invested or developed by Chinese and/or South African enterprises, among other fields.Co-operation Agreement between the China State Council Information Office and the Naspers Group SAThe cooperation agreement between the China State Council Information Office and the Naspers Group SA will promote and create a legal framework to improve co-operation between South Africa and China to actively promote communication between their media practitioners through mutual visits and exposure to local media operations as well as co-produce or promote the co-production of media products, exchange or promote the exchange of content of media products based on a variety of media.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

Could driverless cars save lives during a hurricane?

first_imgA recent CityLab report suggests that driverless car technology for evacuations might be a good solution for minimizing loss of life and the amount of destruction that occurs during hurricane season.Referencing the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, the article points out that the level of destruction was much larger in the very poor neighborhoods.  It also discusses how the residents living in the more poverty stricken areas of New Orleans did not have access to transportation before Hurricane Katrina attacked the area.John Renne, director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University, states that evacuation plans are nonexistent for 35 of the nation’s biggest cities; this is a problem.See Also: Will autonomous vehicles cruise the factories of tomorrow?According to the report, Matthew’s floodwaters rendered roads useless, and lethal in some instances, which caused traffic to back up for miles on highways. It questioned whether or not people may have been saved if they had reliable transportation and did not have to drive themselves.The U.S. Department of Transportation is currently in the process of researching how car-to-car communications, an important part of the possible self-driving future, might assist evacuation procedures. Cars could potentially speak to one another, along with traffic lights and cameras.These vehicles could then monitor road conditions, and offer alternate routes as needed during times of crisis.How smart can autonomous vehicles be?The founding director of the Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency at Louisiana State University, Brian Wolshon, says that even partly self-driving vehicles can help traffic flow, if enough of them are on the road.“Here in Louisiana, we’re affected by a lot more than just named storms,” Kali Rapp Roy, executive director of Evacuteer, explains. “If we had self-driving city buses, that would be huge.”Perhaps one day soon, this idea will be a reality and will help rescue many people from dangerous situations. Related Posts Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img Amanda Razani For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#autonomous vehicles#CityLab#driverless cars#featured#hurricanes#top last_img read more

Photos/Videos: SMU Had To Push Bus Out Of Snow To Make It To Practice In Philadelphia

first_imgSMU players push bus after it gets stuck in snow.Instagram/sterlingbrown3 Duquesne isn’t the only college basketball program to run into some serious blizzard-related bus problems in Pennsylvania. Undefeated SMU is in Philadelphia for tomorrow’s game against Temple, and the team had to push its bus out of the snow in order to make it to practice this afternoon. #PhliiyChroniclesA video posted by SB (@sterlingbrown3) on Jan 23, 2016 at 8:55am PST Our Bus got stuck. pic.twitter.com/yyswmZkE6E— Ben Moore (@JaminTheFiend) January 23, 2016Things aren’t nearly as dire for the Mustangs as they are for the Dukes, however. SMU was able to make it to the gym.Oh the weather outside is frightful But the gym is so delightful And since we’ve no place to go Let It Snow #PonyUp pic.twitter.com/DalyoNsdjY— SMU Basketball (@SMUBasketball) January 23, 2016Not even a blizzard can beat SMU. Bus stuck until players helped push. Practicing now. SMU-Temple 11am CT ESPN2 https://t.co/jUFr0Ixdzp— Ted Emrich (@tedemrich) January 23, 2016“We’re talking about PRACTICE?!” … Not even #blizzard2016 can stop us! SMU vs Temple – Noon Sunday #ESPN2 #PonyUp pic.twitter.com/qfV9K5041s— Jay Duncan (@JayDunks) January 23, 201618-0 SMU faces Temple at noon tomorrow.last_img read more