Transport Minister calls for thorough investigation following Grayston Drive bridge collapse

first_imgAfter the walkway bridge on Grayston Drive, Johannesburg, collapsed on the afternoon of 14 October that has killed two people and injured 22, transport minister Dipuo Peters called for a thorough investigation into the incident and has passed on her sympathy to the families affected by it.Minister of Transport Dipuo PetersJohannesburg, Thursday 15 October 2015 –The Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters has called on authorities to conduct a thorough investigation following the collapse of the bridge carry structure on Grayston Drive, Sandton yesterday.The structure is part of a walk-way bridge that was being constructed for the estimated 10 000 pedestrians who cross the Grayston off ramp from Alexandra to Sandton and vice versa daily.Minister Peters says there’s a need to unearth the reasons behind the tragic incident which claimed two lives and left others injured, in order to prevent a recurrence in the future.“I wish to convey my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families of the people who sadly perished due to the incident. I equally wish a speedy recovery to those who sustained injuries,” says Minister Peters.The Minister says the construction is an important aspect of the overall development of economic infrastructure currently underway to improve access to Sandton.“Sandton is a critical economic hub not only for South Africa, but the continent and the world at large. It’s for this reason it’s called “the richest square mile in Africa. Seamless accessibility into Sandton is critical for both motorists and pedestrians hence the need for such infrastructure,” says the Minister.She has commended the City of Johannesburg and the Gauteng provincial government for their swift response to the incident. She says their interventions including availing free public transport services to affected people is an act of proactive leadership.The section of the M1 highway affected will remain closed while investigations continue. Minister Peters appeals for calm and patience while the highway remains closed to allow investigations to continue and the subsequent clean up operation.For further enquiries contact Tiyani Rikhotso on 0835701275.last_img read more

Plenty of work ahead for Perdue

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On April 25, George “Sonny” Perdue was sworn in as the 31st Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and he has plenty of work ahead of him.“I am hopeful about USDA. As I meet employees…across USDA it gives me a spirit of optimism that this agency is in good hands and we’ll be well served as we serve not only our producers, our shareholders the taxpayers, but also the consumers who depend on us for a safe food supply,” Perdue said soon after the confirmation. “I am excited to be on the job.”At the top of the agenda is moving forward with the priorities of the Trump Administration.“It has been a great honor and opportunity to work for a president who keeps his promises,” Perdue said. “Rolling back some of the onerous regulations that agriculturalists faced was very important and he’s done that. He’s trying to get a handle on the debt situation as well, really creating a spirit of optimism and hopefulness in this nation that we needed.”Perdue will be facing some tough decisions ahead with a more than 20% budget cut for USDA proposed by the Trump Administration.“I am prepared to defend that budget, although I would prefer it not be that way. But as an American facing a $20 trillion debt with 14 grandchildren, I don’t think it’s my moral responsibility to kick that debt to those 14 grandchildren. So I’m happy. I think that is what [President Trump] talked about in the campaign about fiscal conservatism to get things under control,” Perdue said. “Now a 20% or 21% cut in agriculture, that’s tough, but I governed from 2003 to 2011, which were not the best economic times in America. We devolved about 20% of the budget in that time. We did more with less. That is what we are going to do. We have to get this deficit under control.”Perdue said his policies as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture will be guided by four principles. First, he will maximize the ability of the men and women of America’s agriculture and agribusiness sector to create jobs, to produce and sell the foods and fiber that feed and clothe the world, and to reap the earned reward of their labor.Second, he will prioritize customer service every day for American taxpayers and consumers. Third, as Americans expect a safe and secure food supply, USDA will continue to serve in the critical role of ensuring the food we put on the table to feed our families meets the strict safety standards we’ve established. And fourth, Perdue will always remember that America’s agricultural bounty comes directly from the land.last_img read more

Ohio well-represented in National Soil Judging Contest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Several Ohio FFA chapters had a busy schedule last week with the National Land and Range Judging Contest in Oklahoma where 600 4-H and FFA members gathered.Austin Wood of the Northwestern-Wayne FFA Chapter said it was a busy one, competing in the OK state before quickly flying back for the last day of the 89th Ohio FFA Convention on Friday.“Our team placed fifth at state which qualified us to go out there,” Wood said. “We signed in Tuesday morning and we went out and did six pits. That was really cool. The red dirt is completely different than what we do here in Ohio, but a lot of the textures and stuff are the same. The following day, we went out and did two more pits then Thursday was the actual contest.“We each just went there more as a fun thing for us to do. It was our first year doing this and to me it was just an amazing experience being able to go out and represent our chapter in a national contest.”Other teams from Ohio included the Buckeye Central FFA, taking 4th place overall. Tallawanda placed 19th, Centerville in 38th, Northwestern-Wayne at 46th place, and right behind them the McClain FFA Chapter in 47th.last_img read more

Apple Launches Program to Help Small Businesses Move to Mac, iPad, iPhone

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Although it wasn’t announced on stage yesterday when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad 2, Apple has now officially opened JointVenture, a program aimed at helping support small businesses move to Apple products. Apple describes the program as a way to “help you use Mac, iPhone, and iPad to improve the way your business runs.” The program operates much like the Apple’s “Genius Bars” located inside its retail stores, except that, in this case, the technical support and training is oriented to small businesses installation and usage.The program starts at $499 a year when bought with a new Mac and includes support for up to five systems (although you can add more for $99 a pop). The service includes assistance with installation and data transfer, company training, and support. The latter is key here to making businesses feel comfortable making the switch to Apple products, I’d argue, and the JointVenture service includes access to “Genius” support by phone as well as in-store. Even more compelling is the offer of a loaner computer if yours is in the shop.The popularity of the iPhone and iPad for consumers is already prompting many businesses to explore ways to adopt and support Apple devices in the workplace. By launching the JointVenture program, it’s clear that Apple wants to be able to make a strong play to deliver the businesses the technology – for phones, tablets and personal computers. Tags:#biz#tips Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img audrey watters Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more