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first_imgJimmy Garoppolo, Kyle Shanahan, and the 49ers have done something rather incredible.Against all odds, and seriously bucking a league-wide trend, the Niners have managed to make the preseason really interesting.It’d be impressive if it wasn’t so concerning.For the past few years, we’ve seen more and more NFL coaches punt the exhibition portion of their schedule: This preseason, in their third game — the so-called “dress rehearsal” — the Packers started a quarterback who threw one touchdown to …last_img read more

first_img4 July 2007South Africa is to spend R22-billion over the next seven years on upgrading and expanding the freeways in its busiest province, Gauteng. Construction is expected to begin in the first half of 2008, following an environmental impact assessment.According to the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral), growth in vehicle ownership in Gauteng has led to heavy congestion, especially on the N1, where over 180 000 vehicles travel between Johannesburg and Pretoria daily.The agency said congestion on main routes has affected the amount of time families spend together, productivity in the workplace, individual levels of frustration and stress on the environment due to excessive emissions.“We hope to finance the whole scheme through tolling. Therefore, all upgraded freeways will be tolled,” said Sanral’s northern region project manager, Alex van Niekerk.Sanral communications manager Priya Pillay told BuaNews that new technologies such as electronic toll collection systems would be used to allow for a smoother flow of traffic“[Its] just like a pillar across the road that bills you automatically when you drive past,” she said, adding: “We are still busy working it out and the price is not yet finalised.”Pillay said the toll would only be implemented after 2010, and the agency was sure there would be discounts for regular usersAccording to Sanral, they are working with the Gauteng provincial government and the three metropolitan municipalities of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane to optimise movement of freight and road-based public transport.“The current priorities [for upgrading] are the N1 from Soweto to the N4 in Pretoria, the N12 between Gillooly’s and Benoni, and the R21 airport road,” Van Niekerk said.Intelligent transport systemsHe added that some routes did not require widening at the moment, such as the N4. However, the freeway would be equipped with intelligent transport devices such as cameras and electronic signs, as seen on the N1 between the Brakfontein and Buccleuch interchanges, as well as more lighting.The project also entails the construction of an interconnected network of inner and outer ring roads around the three metros, extending over 500 kilometres, which are to be completed in time for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Part of the project includes the implementation of inter-modal transport hubs to surface and rail based public transport facilities.Sanral will also promote concepts such as travel demand management through the provision of dedicated, high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes and associated infrastructure.Van Niekerk said, however, that the HOV concept would be different from previous experiments, as when existing lanes between the Buccleuch and Allandale interchanges were converted into HOV lanes.“The lanes added to the freeway will become HOV lanes,” he said.The construction of new freeways such as the PWV 14, PWV 9, PWV 5 and N17 will go ahead after 2010, the agency added.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_img22 January 2014An exceptional 29.6-carat blue diamond has been discovered at the Cullinan mine in South Africa, the mine’s owner, Petra Diamonds, announced on Tuesday.“The stone is an outstanding vivid blue with extraordinary saturation, tone and clarity, and has the potential to yield a polished stone of great value and importance,” the company said in a statement.“Blue diamonds are among the rarest and most highly coveted of all diamonds, and the Cullinan mine is the most important source of blues in the world. This stone is one of the most exceptional stones recovered at Cullinan during Petra’s operation of the mine.”Located at the foothills of the Magaliesberg mountain range, 37 kilometres north-east of Pretoria, the Cullinan mine earned its place in history in 1905 with the discovery of the Cullinan diamond, the largest rough gem diamond ever found at 3 106 carats.This iconic stone was cut into the two most important diamonds that form part of the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London – the First Star of Africa, which is mounted at the top of the Sovereign’s Sceptre and which at 530 carats is the largest flawless cut diamond in the world, and the Second Star of Africa, a 317-carat polished diamond which forms the centrepiece of the Imperial State Crown.According to Petra Diamonds, the Cullinan mine frequently yields diamonds larger than 10 carats, and has produced over 750 stones weighing more than 100 carats, 130 stones weighing more than 200 carats, and around a quarter of all diamonds weighing more than 400 carats.“Cullinan is also renowned as the world’s most important source of blue diamonds, providing the collection of 11 rare blues displayed in 2000 at London’s Millennium Dome alongside the Millennium Star and which included the fancy vivid blue ‘Heart of Eternity’ (27 carats polished),” the company said.Petra Diamonds has interests in five producing mines in South Africa and one in Tanzania, and also maintains an exploration programme in Botswana.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ron Grayson Burns and his family have diversified their farm and are now raising conventional and organic corn, soybeans and wheat in Union County. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins found out more as he visited with Burns, who works at Farm Credit and his brother Austin, who works for JD Equipment, when they’re not in the field. Their dad, Ron and family friend, Steve Wiant were also at the farm running three planters to make up time in this delayed planting season.last_img read more