AECI sells unit to management, workers

first_img14 AprilSouth African chemicals, explosives and property group AECI has announced that it will sell the nylon light decitex (NLD) business of SANS Fibres to a consortium comprising of the management of SANS, a workers’ trust and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).The sale entails the entire fibres business situated at Bellville in the Western Cape and at Stoneville, North Carolina, USA, which have a combined annual turnover of about R600-million and employ 600 people in total.The purchase will be financed largely by the IDC, which will provide debt and equity finance and will hold a 15% direct shareholding in the company, as the corporation sees the investment as a good financial prospect that also promotes black economic empowerment, while also maintaining jobs.“Importantly, in excess of 25% of the company’s equity will be beneficially-owned by BEE shareholders,” said SANS Fibres MD Brad Page in a company statement last week.Page said the transaction would result in the company having empowered status in terms of the Department of Trade and Industry’s codes of practice on broad-based BEE, as all employees in the South African nylon LDI business would now have a stake in the company.AECI chief executive Graham Edwards also hailed the transaction, as the group had originally planned to shut down the LDI business, with the view that it did not fit with the group’s long-term strategy of becoming a supplier of speciality products and services to the mining and manufacturing sectors.“We are pleased that, via Page and his consortium, jobs will be saved and customers will continue to be supplied with quality product nylon LDI from a business that is recognised as a world leader in sewing thread and other niche weaving markets,” Edwards said.The sale is subject to a number of conditions precedent including detailed due diligence, the conclusion of acceptable binding funding agreements with the IDC, board approvals, relevant regulatory approvals, the conclusion of a sale agreement and the ability to satisfactorily separate the LDI business from the other business at Bellville.“Because of management’s involvement, it is likely that the sale will be deemed a ‘small related party transaction’ in terms of the JSE listings requirements and is subject to a fair opinion from an independent expert,” AECI said. “The full terms of the sale and the independent opinion will be announced in due course.” Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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EPA to Revisit Chlorpyrifos Petition

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — The EPA has until July 18 to address objections to its 2007 decision to reject a petition asking the agency to ban chlorpyrifos, as a result of an order issued on Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco.The order came after a hearing before all of the judges of the Ninth Circuit on March 26, 2019. That hearing was requested by the EPA, after a smaller panel by the court last year ordered the cancellation of all chlorpyrifos registrations.According to the order handed down on Friday, the agency indicated during oral arguments it could consider and have a decision within 90 days on objections filed by the League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC.The EPA denied a petition filed by environmental groups on March 30, 2017, to ban the pesticide outright. The agency said in a statement at the time that farmers need chlorpyrifos, and “sound science” when making decisions.The LULAC objected to the decision and the agency did not respond to those objections.The agency’s rejection of the 2007 petition was a surprising reversal from the stance of the EPA under the Obama administration, which had indicated as recently as fall 2016 that it was prepared to issue a full ban on the pesticide. The Ninth Circuit last year decided the EPA had been ignoring its own science that showed chlorpyrifos is allegedly a danger to children.In August 2018, the EPA asked for an “en banc” hearing before all non-recused judges in the Ninth Circuit. En banc hearings are reserved for cases that are particularly complex.On Aug. 9, 2018, a three-judge panel on the court ordered EPA to cancel all chlorpyrifos registrations in 60 days. The court ruled the agency was not justified in maintaining the insecticide’s registration “in the face of scientific evidence that its residue on food causes neurodevelopmental damage to children.” Chlorpyrifos’ registration was set to end on Oct. 9, 2018.Chlorpyrifos is the main ingredient in Dow AgroScience’s Lorsban insecticide, which targets pests such as soybean aphids, spider mites and corn rootworm.Attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice argued in EPA’s petition that the law requires the court to allow the EPA to reconsider the insecticide’s registration.The petition argued the court’s revocation of the registration was in conflict with cancellation requirements laid out in the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, or FIFRA.The legal pursuit began in 2007 when the Pesticide Action Network North America and the Natural Resources Defense Council petitioned EPA to cancel chlorpyrifos registrations.Following the court’s August 2018 decision, an EPA spokesman told DTN the decision was based on data that was not accessible to the agency.A Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health study has been widely used as support for the ban, despite divergent scientific views among EPA scientific review panels, and former President Barack Obama’s administration’s USDA questioning the study and its data.A 2016 EPA scientific advisory panel indicated some members of that panel said they had difficulty assessing the study, because the raw data from the study was not made available.On July 30, 2018, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation released a scientific assessment that concluded that chlorpyrifos should be listed as a toxic air contaminant in the state based on evidence of its neurological effects and exposure risks.Todd Neeley can be reached at todd.neeley@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(CCSK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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What to Consider When Leveraging File Sharing

first_imgFile sharing with your team, partners, vendors, and customers has raised productivity and efficiency levels to new heights. However, it’s also led to some challenges that must be addressed in order to continue leveraging the benefits of the process of file sharing. In the early days of file and folder management technique, teams were happy to collaborate on a level that didn’t involve sending endless email attachments after every document revision. Instead, they only had to access to one master document and one gallery for visuals that could be accessed from any device. Now, there are larger security issues. Greater use of temporary freelance talent, the availability of sensitive data and proprietary information, file sharing has become a more complex process. Data can now involve many decisions before ever leaving it’s owner. Before you share a file or folder, ask yourself these questions:What is the individual’s role?First, is this person internal staff or an external add-on, like a freelancer, customer, or vendor? Knowing what they do for the company will dictate what level of files and folders they should be able to access. Not only does this vetting protect critical information, but it also ensures nothing is inadvertently deleted or changed. For example, if the individual’s role is to produce content, then they would only be provided access to one folder where they could share their work. However, they might also be provided access to a photo or graphics folder to enhance their content.  How will they be using the files or folders you share?The purpose of accessing files is also important. Think about who will need to review, comment, edit, and approve what is in a particular file before sharing it. The answers to this question will guide the type of access you give. You may set a file to “view only” when that individual only needs to read a file versus editing access on piece. Even in view-only mode, you can still allow them to make comments; they just can’t edit any information out or add-in the piece. Be aware that not granting editing access can also hang you up on getting the work delivered if the editor or others have to sit around and wait for your permissions. If you put out a view only copy of something, stay attentive to the document so you can add in the recommended edits and changes that will be suggested. There may be other situations where view only means online access only. You can disable an individuals download capability. This ensures none of the information is copied or taken for some other purpose.If the individual needs to use a folder that is full of photos, memes, or video footage, then you can create a subfolder with only those files relevant to their project rather than access to the entire gallery. Alternatively, you can choose to share one or more image files — or have a separate individual with higher credentials add in these details. What length of time will the individual work with your company?Since many projects involve a freelancer, it’s important to limit the amount of time each person has access to certain files and folders. One of the latest features available that addresses access time is a tool that lets you set an expiration date for file sharing. Once you set the expiration date, you won’t have to remind yourself to change access and passwords when the project is finished and the freelancer is no longer involved. If you determine that a freelancer will remain onboard with your company, you can remove the expiration date, giving them the ongoing access you grant a regular employee. Does the individual have a specific clearance level?With growing security concerns faced by many companies, it’s critical to consider clearance level as a parameter for file sharing decisions. For example, government organizations or companies that are contracted to do work for governments must undergo security checks for each person involved. From there, individuals on the team are provided with a clearance level that dictates what they can read or work on. Consider that all of the “Wiki-leaks” situation would likely not have been an issue if this individual had not been a sub-contractor. Stats confirm that your regular  employees are less likely to try to  hurt your company. Align file sharing accessibility with your company’s security framework. This helps to ensure no information is left vulnerable within a subfolder or stray file. What information about the project do you need to track?When projects involve numerous team members, all of whom may be adding comments or edits, it’s critical to determine how many “chefs” you want in the file “kitchen” and how you can track what they do while there. This is where using the edit “post-its” out to the side of the doc are quite valuable. For example, you may want to see who has looked at the file to ensure everyone is staying current on their responsibilities. If there is an issue related to the changes, it helps to see a version history so you know who made what changes and when in order to resolve those disputes. Or, you can make sure that all contributors add “side” suggestions and only have one person as a “doc admin” with permission to make final changes.  Which individuals in your company should receive notification for a particular project? Not everyone assigned to a project needs to get alerts about edits or document changes. This article will guide how to set the notification filters.  Your company’s overall process of file sharing.File sharing delivers convenience, collaboration, and productivity. However, to get the most out of it while maintaining data security, you need a thoughtful approach for file and folder management. That means considering each person’s role, project involvement, security level, and length of time with the company — or length of time with access to this particular doc. These few quick considerations will help you determine filters and access levels for everyone on your team. Have an email that explains your company doc process in plain language that can be quickly sent to those who need to know; this includes your freelancers. By formalizing the file sharing process, a standard can be established for consistent actions and results. Everyone from the existing team to your new hires and future freelancers will know how your file sharing process works. This is a sponsored post for Dropbox. All opinions are my own. Dropbox is not affiliated with nor does it endorse any products or services mentioned. Tags:#contingency workers#Dropbox#Dropbox for Business#File Sharing#Freelance AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts last_img read more

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9 Informative Adobe Encore DVD Authoring Tutorials

first_imgOne product in the Adobe Production Suite that often gets overlooked is the powerful Encore DVD authoring application.  Here are 9 tutorials that will get you up to speed on Encore in no time!Creative Cow contributor and Premiumbeat blogger Andrew Devis recently completed a 9 video tutorial series on creating and authoring DVDs in Adobe Encore.  Although video pros are dealing less and less with DVDs, for many clients and consumers it’s still the medium of choice.  Knowing how to create and deliver quality (and often complex) DVDs is still essential for post production professionals.  In addition to standard DVDs, Encore provides the tools necessary to author Blu-Rays.In this 9 part video series for Creative Cow, Andrew walks you through all stages of Adobe Encore DVD creation, from importing video sequences to creating complex menus and buttons.  3 videos are dedicated to creating Slideshows using Encore – a robust use of that application.Naturally, the more complex the DVD project the more room there is for error.  Andrew walks you through how to check your DVD for quality and insure it’s free from common oversights and errors.  The last thing you want is to deliver a DVD to a client with tracks disconnected or playback errors – ouch!Adobe Encore is a good solution if you’re looking for a DVD solution in your post production pipeline, especially if you’re already an Adobe diehard or Premiere Pro editor.Check out the first few Adobe Encore tutorial videos below (the full series is on Creative Cow).What do YOU use for your DVD authoring?Are your clients still asking for DVDs?  Blu-Rays?Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

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NIA-police team fired at in U.P.

first_imgA mob fired at a joint team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Uttar Pradesh police which were carrying out searches at Pilakhua, near Ghaziabad, on Sunday in connection with the killing of an RSS leader in Punjab. The mob threw stones at the team injuring a policeman, the NIA said.An NIA spokesperson said that during the investigation into the killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain in Ludhiana, investigators came across the names of certain suspected arms smugglers who had supplied firearms to the accused in Punjab. The NIA said that Sikh extremist elements were suspected to be involved in Gosain’s killing.An NIA team, with the assistance of the State police, conducted searches to apprehend the suspected arms suppliers in Meerut district during the intervening night of December 2 and 3, the spokesperson said in a statement.Constable injuredOn getting more leads, further raids were conducted at the residence of the suspect Malook at Nahali village in Ghaziabad on Sunday. A large crowd tried to obstruct the team, and some people opened fire on them, resulting in injury to Uttar Pradesh police constable Tahjib Khan, besides damage to official vehicles, the spokesperson said.The mob staged multiple road blockades to obstruct the officials in the discharge of their duties. In self-defence, the U.P. police and NIA personnel also fired in the air, the spokesperson said. Two being questionedTwo suspects are currently being questioned regarding their alleged involvement in the case. Efforts are being made to locate Malook who is wanted in connection with the supply of arms and ammunition used in the killing in Punjab.On November 30, the NIA registered a case to investigate the killing of Gosain, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.Gosain, the ‘Mukhya Shikshak’ of the Mohan shakha of the RSS, was shot dead outside his residence in Ludhiana’s Gagandeep Colony on October 17 by two unidentified assailants on a motorbike.The Punjab police, which was earlier probing the case, arrested Ramandeep Singh and Hardeep Singh a few days after the incident.last_img read more

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Saurav qualifies British Super Series quarter-finals

first_imgSaurav Ghosal is on a high. The country’s leading squash player is going through the best phase of his international career. The 24-year-old reached the quarter-finals of the British Super Series this month, in the process becoming the first Indian to do. Not only that, he stretched reigning world champion Amr Shabana to five games in the Hong Kong Open in July.Saurav Ghosal is going through best phase of his career.Speaking to Mail Today, after his first practice session at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in the Capital, Ghoshal said he was happy with the conditions.”It is the first time that I have stepped on to these courts. It was a very good feeling. In terms of lighting and other factors, these courts are comparable to the best in the world. The ASB courts, which are used on the Professional Squash Association ( PSA) circuit are also being used in this competition,” he said.At the same time, Saurav cautioned that there were minor things that needed to be done.”Well they are some minor glitches which can be sorted out. These glitches occur in most tournaments so it is nothing surprising,” he said.About the level of competition at the Games, Saurav said it was going to be a tough one. “We have the likes of Nick Mathews ( world No. 3), James Willtstrop (No. 6) and Peter Barker (No. 7). It is going to be a very formidable one,” he said.Speaking about his performance this year, Saurav, who’s ranked 26th – his best ever so far – said that his good showing was due to his self- belief and conviction.advertisement”When you have the belief that you can beat the top players then it becomes that much easier for you to win against the leading players,” he said.He came up with a couple of sterling performances this year. In May, he stretched former world champion and current world No. 3 Amr Shabana to five games at the Hong Kong Open. “That was one of the best matches I have played this year. Initially, I had some blues playing against Amr. He is my idol and here I was up against him,” he conceded.But once he got over the blues, Saurav matched the Egyptian shot for shot. ” In the end, what separated him from me was just a couple of crucial points which he won,” he said.Thereafter, Saurav came up with his terrific performance at the British Super Series event – one of the top ranked events on the PSA circuit in September. The Indian made it to the quarterfinals where he lost to Englishman James Willstrop.”I was extremely satisfied with my performance at this event in Manchester. It was the first time I made such a progress in a tournament of such a magnitude,” he said.Saurav feels his decision to base abroad – in Leeds, England – has got him the desired results.”Initially, I had some hesitation.But then five years down the line, I am convinced that I made the right decision. The competition in England is very tough. In fact, I am practicing with Willstrop almost on a daily basis,” he said.SAVOURS ASIAD BRONZESaurav has very vivid memories of the bronze medal won at the Asian Games in 2006. ” I have very fond memories of Doha. The most unfortunate part was that my opponent in the quarter- finals happened to be my good friend Ritwik ( Bhattacharya). It ( the bronze) was my first major medal at the international level and I will treasure it for the rest of my career,” he said.Meanwhile, national coach Cyrus Poncha was satisfied with the way his wards shaped up during the two practice sessions.”They arrived from Chennai only on Saturday afternoon and got a feel of the courts today. I am happy with the way they were hitting the ball,” he said.last_img read more

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