49ers’ injured guards questionable to play vs. Detroit Lions

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first_imgSANTA CLARA — Joshua Garnett has a dislocated toe and Mike Person is recovering from a foot strain, putting the availability of both right guards for the 49ers’ home opener this Sunday against the Detroit Lions in doubt.49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday he did not know how long Garnett or Person will be out, but added that neither player has anything broken or will need to be put on injured reserve. Both Person and Garnett were injured during the 49ers’ 24-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings …last_img


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first_img10 December 2010 South Africa’s new national space agency will coordinate the country’s major space projects, promote space science research, develop related engineering and technological capacity, and devise and implement a national space programme. South Africa has some of the best space infrastructure in Africa, and is already heading some notable space projects, including Africa’s bid to host the Square Kilometre Array, the Southern African Large Telescope, and the SumbandilaSat satellite. The South African Space Agency (Sansa) will become the umbrella body that coordinates all these projects, while integrating the country’s existing science and technology institutions, such as the Satellite Applications Centre run by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research at Hartebeesthoek, west of Pretoria.Space industry ‘big business’ Speaking at the launch of the agency and the National Space Strategy in Johannesburg on Thursday, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said the space industry had enormous potential for growth. Space science and technology were significant contributors to sustainable development on the African continent, and the South African Space Agency had a crucial role to play in this, Pandor said. Growing South Africa’s space capabilities would not only be of huge value to the scientific community in the southern African region, but would also help in addressing the challenges of health care provision, water resources, agricultural mapping, and urban planning and communications. The South African Space Agency would help develop a formal space programme over the next five years, Pandor said. It will promote research in the areas of astronomy, earth observation, communications, navigation and space physics, while growing scientific, engineering and technological competencies through human capital development and outreach programmes.Boosting South Africa’s international profile The agency will also promote cooperation on space-related projects between South Africa and the international community, with an eye to fast-tracking South Africa’s role in international space activities. At Thursday’s launch, Sansa signed memorandums of understanding relating to data access with Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research and the China Centre for Resources Satellite Data and Application. According to the International Astronautical Federation, there are about 74 companies that trade in the aerospace and defence sector in South Africa. The federation will hold its 62nd International Astronautical Congress in Cape Town in October 2011 – the first time the event will take place on African soil. In September, the South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town was chosen to host the International Astronomical Union’s Office for Astronomy Development, which will play a key role in taking astronomy to the developing world. South Africa beat about 20 countries in its bid to host the office, which will play a central role in coordinating and managing International Astronomical Union educational activities, as well as in recruiting and mobilising volunteers. SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more


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first_img2 December 2014Portia Modise is the first African player to reach the elusive 100-goal mark in international football; the Banyana Banyana striker was named the 2014 South Africa Sports Star of the Year at the South African Sports Awards.The nation’s sporting royalty came out to celebrate excellence in the various sporting codes at the awards, handed out at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, on Sunday.“To all our athletes, I want to say to you that this is your occasion. Never again will our athletes go around not [being] recognised for all they put in for this country,” said Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula. The awards were hosted by the Department of Sport and Recreation.“Today we will honour our pride and our heritage of the South African sporting [fraternity] for what they have achieved throughout the year and we will equally remember those who passed on,” Mbalula said at the event, held on Sunday evening.They would not be forgotten for having made the country proud. He was referring to the deaths in October of world champion middle distance runner Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, Bafana Bafana captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, and boxer Phindile Mwelase.Mbalula also spoke about women in sport, saying to applause: “May this night usher in a new era in sport for women. Women in sport have never been recognised. All women [participate] in amateur sport; there’s no premier league of women, except for the Netball Premier League.”Rewarding excellenceThere were over 12 categories of awards on Sunday night ranging from Sportswoman and man of the Year to Coach of the Year and Sportswoman and man of the Year with a Disability, as well as Federation of the Year.Coach of the Year went to Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba, who was appointed to the top post in July. His award came as South Africa thrashed Ivory Coast 2-0 at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, on Sunday afternoon.“To South Africans, we didn’t only see your support, we felt it,” Mashaba said, also thanking his family.Sportsman of the Year was swimmer Chad le Clos, who was not at the event to collect his award, while Sportswoman of the Year was cyclist Ashleigh Moolman Pasio. Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability was Paralympic hand-cyclist Justine Asher, while Sportsman of the Year with a Disability was wheelchair racer and hand-cyclist Ernst Francois Van Dyk.Cricketer AB De Villiers received an excellence award. Former Springbok Joost van der Westhuizen, who suffers from motor neuron disease, was also honoured.Western Cape’s minister of cultural affairs and sport, Nomafrench Mbombo, said: “The crucial role that sport plays in our communities is undeniable. It is through the different sport codes that thousands of young people are kept occupied, healthy and away from harmful behaviours.”Youth Olympics gold medallist Gezelle Magermann was named Newcomer of the Year. She won South Africa’s first medal of the Youth Olympic Games in August in Nanjing, China, taking gold in the women’s 400m hurdles. The Oudtshoorn School of Skills was named Developing School Team of the Year. Van Dyk, Magermann and the school are all in Western Cape.“Exceptional milestones like this one mean that young people have local sporting role models to look up to,” said Mbombo.SAinfo reporter and SANewslast_img read more


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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency earlier this month entered into a consent decree agreeing to a court-enforced timeline for establishing the Renewable Volume Obligation numbers for 2014 and 2015 for the Renewable Fuel Standard, the delayed timeline — especially for 2014 — were a reflection of the problems the EPA set up for itself by numerous delays.“Congress created the Renewable Fuel Standard to help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and to provide cleaner domestic fuel choices for consumers,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “And the EPA has finally provided additional clarity about their timeline for announcing the 2014 through 2016 renewable fuel requirements. We have expressed our concerns about the continued delays to the EPA, and we will be taking them at their word that they will adhere to this new deadline. NCGA will continue to work with the EPA to ensure the numbers are consistent with the statute passed by Congress and put the RFS back on track.”Under the consent decree and other commitments, the EPA will follow the following timeline:By June 1, the agency will propose volume requirements for 2015 and 2016 and will re-propose volume requirements for 2014, by June 1, that reflect the volumes of renewable fuel that were actually used in 2014.By November 30, EPA will finalize volume requirements for 2014, 2015 and 2016, and resolve a pending waiver petition for 2014.With regard to the RFS and biomass-based diesel volume requirement for 2017, EPA will propose and finalize a volume on the same schedule.What makes the RVO such a major concern for corn growers? In November 2013, the EPA proposed to reduce the baseline 2014 renewable volume obligation for corn ethanol in the RFS from 14.4 billion gallons to 13 billion gallons — a 10% cut. They proposed this after a record corn crop in 2013, which was then followed by a second record crop in 2014, with the price of corn falling to below the cost of production in many areas.If the RVO reduction took place as proposed by the EPA, estimates were for the price of corn to fall by as much as an additional $1.10. With corn stocks high and prices low well into 2015’s planting season, NCGA and its growers will continue to track progress on these deadlines and hold EPA accountable.When the EPA announced its lower volume for 2014, NCGA activated its grassroots membership in a number of ways, and saw the largest response ever seen for a call to action. When the time came for our growers to speak up, they did so — loudly and forcefully. NCGA’s growers and allies sent the EPA a clear signal when this proposal was first issued, with nearly 200,000 people responding to the public comment opportunity in opposition to the reduction. Nearly 10,000 farmers called the White House directly.last_img read more