31.07.18

Nikoloz Basilashvili

Georgian tennis player Nikoloz Basilashvili, ranked the 81st in the world, has become the first Georgian to win an ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) World Tour title. Winning the title moved Basilashvili up to number 35 in the ATP rankings.

Basilashvili defeated two-time Hamburg titlist Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 on Sunday and won the title.

Basilashvili is the fourth qualifier to triumph on the ATP World Tour this season, joining Daniil Medvedev(Sydney), Mirza Basic (Sofia) and Roberto Carballes Baena (Quito). Marco Cecchinato claimed his maiden title in Budapest as a lucky loser.

“I am sure that every player worked so hard for this, but it’s an unbelievable moment for me,” Basilashvili stated after the victory.

Basilashvili reached a career high combined (singles and doubles) of World No. 59 on January 5, 2009. He ended his junior career with a 35–22 record on singles and 14–17 on doubles.

In 2015, he qualified for his first Grand Slam Tournament – Roland Garros, losing in the first round to Thanasi Kokkinakis. Later in the same year he managed to qualify for Wimbledon, where he beat Facundo Bagnis and the 15th seed Feliciano Lopez, advancing to the third round of a major for the first time in his career. Later that year he managed to qualify for US Open too.

In February 2017 Basilashvili participated in the Sofia event, grabbing victories over Adrian Mannarino, 1st seed Dominic Thiem and 8th seed Martin Klizan, before losing to 3rd seed and eventual winner Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals. Basilashvili continued his good form on Memphis Open, where he defeated 1st seed Ivo Karlovic and went to reach the final, but lost to Ryan Harrison in straight sets.

In June 2017, Basilashvili achieved a career-high singles ranking of 51. He reached three semifinals and one final throughout the year.

At the 2017 French Open, after defeating Gilles Simon and Viktor Troicki,Basilashvili lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the third round, winning just one game across three sets.

In July, 2018 he made it into the main draw of the German Open in Hamburg as a qualifier and went on to win the tournament, defeating Leonardo Mayer in the final.

By Thea Morrison
from GeorgiaToday.ge

30.07.18

Which mixer is better, hand mixing?

Some of you might wonder, why should we consider to mix concrete componets the best way? Because the quality of the brick reaches the maximum of its strength when the mixture is Homogeneous. The possibility of concrete block to be broken at its weakest part is less, when you avoid “the weakest” place of it.
Oh, and yes! Mixtures espetially panmixers are quit expensive. They have some spetial metal circular form that is hard to make for the thickness it owns. Those panmixers have high-cost motors, which work at a high torque for years and years of exoloatation. And yes my dear, how coulf be cheap?
Let me least you alternatives.

Mixing by hand:

Mixing by hand might work well when you plan to make concrite for your personal needs. When the production of concrete block is for commercial purposes it might be a waste of time.

Here are some cons of this method:

  • It is labour depended; adds time and labour force costs to the production costs.
  • This process is so slow that when the brick machine is ready for work the concrete mixture is not yet prepeared.
  • The mixture might not get homogenous in a short time.

The care of the process it to mix several aggregates: sand, grit, crusher dust with a ratio of cement. It usually needs 2-3 people to mix by turn. Clumping may occur during the adding of water & typically the spade is used to pat down the mix to break the coagulated balls before being turned again into the rest of the mix.

26.07.18

ANNOUNCMENT OF THE EXPRESSION OF INTEREST ON DEVELOPMENT OF THE “JONOULI 2 HPP”

The Ministry of Energy of Georgia announced the Expression of Interest on the technical and economic feasibility study, construction, ownership and operation of the “Jonouli 2 HPP” on the river Jonouli in the Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti Region. The Expression of Interest was announced due to Letter of Interest from the company “GEEN GEORGIA”.

The installed capacity of the “Jonouli 2 HPP” is 32.0 MW and annual generation is 129.20  million KW/h. The estimated investment cost of the project is 50,000,000 US Dollars. The interested parties shall submit applications for project development in accordance to the terms and conditions of the Expression of Interest to the Ministry of Energy of Georgia (Sanapiro str. 2) no later than 18:00 on 10  December 2017.

24.07.18

A New Office of the Agency of Nuclear and Radiation Safety was opened in Tbilisi

The First Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Nodar Kereselidze hosted the members of the United Nations Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Delegation.

Nodar Kereselidze thanked the Head of the Delegation, Stephen Burns for his visit and expressed gratitude for technical and financial assistance provided by the United Nations Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to Georgia.

“It should be noted, that the Agency of Nuclear and Radiation Safety was established not long time ago, although through support of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) it is developing rapidly. Within the frame of the memorandum signed between the agencies, effective cooperation is actively underway ” – Nodar Kereselidze said.

Georgia has taken efficient steps towards nuclear and radiation safety and the results achieved in this direction are obvious -was noted by Stephan Burns.

Important steps have been taken to develop legislative initiatives and regulations, which is a fundamental issue to strengthen the effectiveness and improve the efficiency of the Agency -was noted by the Head of LEPL Agency of Nuclear and Radiation Safety, Vasil Gedevanishvili.

Within the frame of the visit, the delegation members visited the office of the Agency of Nuclear and Radiation Security (address: Tsinamdzgvrishvili str. N:  200, Tbilisi).

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Finishing Mold for brick-making-machine Gaziantep Factory

Mussan Group has started getting new orders from Asian and African countries too. That gave us a chance to increase our manufacture speed by gettin an additional factory in Gaziantep city. This city is located in South of Turkey and is popular because of its kitchen culture. But the main reason why we choose it as a location for manufacture is city being one of the reachest factory cities in turkey.

The company had started compliting new orders out of 2000 m2 factory. Just yesterday, out high qualified masters had finished molds for one of the concrete brick making machine. The mold was constructed for 8 brick constructor at once.

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– Press the link below in order to review manual brick making machine which prints 2 bricks simultaneously. –

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The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture holds a Press Conference

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Due to increased public interest, we will provide you with the information and activities against the brown marmorated stink bug, that will be implemented by the Government in 2018. The mobilization of technical means to fight against the Asian stink bug envisaged under the strategy will be held within the specified timeframe, therefore, due to existing challenge, timely provision of necessary care, equipment, supplies and measures for plant protection is essential.  The 2018 Strategy project to fight against the Asian stink bug is already developed, It should be noted, that the strategy is based on the extensive experience gained in 2017 and recommendations taken from international and Georgian experts. Accordingly the strategy includes three main directions: active information campaigns, full-scale monitoring and anti-pest measures (chemical treatment).

    As a result of the massive information campaign, we were able to provide population with the  comprehensive information about the biology and methods of fighting against the invasive pest. The population is fully aware that without their involvement government support will not sufficient for them and we will not be able to achieve positive results. Considering the 2018 Strategy project to fight against the Asian stink bug, in accordance with the December 2017 amendments put into the Law on the State Budget, the Ministry of Finance allocated an additional 35 million gel to undertake measures against the Asian stink bug, including purchase of drugs (pesticides) and appropriate equipment. According to the Public Procurement Act, the National Food Agency carried out above-mentioned procedures prescribed by law, therefore, under the simplified procurement conditions, three suppliers (It should be noted that all drug supplier companies were involved in the process) bought chemical pesticides, for which 15 million has been allocated.

    In addition, under the frame of the above mentioned budget, in 2018 the monitoring on Asian stink bug will be enhanced and carried out throughout the country. The government will purchase more than 100 thousand pheromones which will be spread across the country. The state is planning to apply chemical treatments on million hectares of land to fight against the invasive bug. For this purpose, the use of 360 tons of drugs is considered. Within the allocated budget, 120 special off-road vehicles will be purchased (70 high-speed cars with a thermal fog aggregate, 50 small-size spraying equipment) for which the state will spend 20 million GEL.

    In addition, under the international assistance format, USAID considers to purchase 17 tractor aggregates, 17 pieces of equipment will be bought by the European Union, 37 Off-road cars from China under the technical support. Agriculture throughout the world, including Georgia, often faces a variety of challenges, in this respect, it should be noted, that global climate change likely results in an increased amount of new pests to appear. We have been implementing a state program against the American white butterfly and Italian locust. As a result of the activities carried out over the years, the population of invasive pests is almost controled and economic losses are reduced to a minimum.

Georgia is a new environment for Asian stink bug and its population is not controlled biologically, it means that the invasive pest does not have a natural enemy, therefore, in order to prevent the reproduction, pest control should be implemented through chemical and mechanical means. It is important to note, that the strategy for combating the Asian stink bug envisages a biological laboratory to establish in Georgia, where natural enemies / parasites against the pest will be studied and observed. In 2018, the interagency coordination headquarter will be launched, which will be comprised of representatives of various ministries and departments. The society is aware that Asian stink bug is a dangerous pest, that damages agricultural, forest and decorative crops, unfortunately ,  mobilization of human and technical resources will take years.

 

It is important to note that in 2016-2017, in the process of developing methods and measures to fight against the Asian stink bug in Georgia, the Ministry cooperated with the following organizations and qualified specialists:

  • Director General of the Intergovernmental Organization for Plant Protection of Europe and Mediterranean Countries (EPPO)Martin Ward
  • General Secretary of International Convention on Plant Protection (IPPC)
  • Professor at university in PennsylvaniaGregory Kawchuk

 The company “Agri Georgia” organized a meeting, where leading specialists invited from different countries shared their experience against the invasive pest, The list included:

  • Chairman of the Committee on Research on Nut crops Council,Giuseppe Kalkani
  • Head of Biological Control Laboratory in Switzerland, Tim Hey
  • Entomologist (Canada), Tara Gariepy

The consultation group has been created at the Research Center of the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture, therefore,  in the process of developing methods against the Asian stink bug   the Ministry is ready to cooperate with all parties (including Georgian and foreign scientists).

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Order gets near to complete from MyMarket website

Our Brick Machinery Factory, which constructs brick molding and press machines, had almost finished the order for GEORGIAN customer. The mobile walking brick manufacturer machine, had only painting work left. Main hard work is almost done. Including electrical drive and metal frame assembly. Because of our high quality technicians and engineers we are going well on time, not decreasing the quality of final product.

The Brick manufacturer machine differs from other automatic or manual machines with its ability to relocate. This is not an additional function, but also an obligation for brick manufacturing of this kind. Why would it need to move? – In order to leave the bricks on the floor. That surface has to be smooth enough for machine to mold the right form and strength of the break. This brick manufacturer machine can prepare 6 big sized bricks at once. This product is good for these shapes.

Brick Manufacture Machinery shapes
Brick Manufacture Machinery shapes

You can see the machine in the action in the video above:

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Business confidence in agricultural sector remains positive

SOUTH AFRICA (The Citizen) – Rainfall has had a more than expected impact on business confidence, while the land issue was a big disruptor to confidence.

Business confidence in South Africa’s agricultural industry remained positive for the second quarter of 2018, according to the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz). But it’s barely hanging on to stay in positive territory, and the land policy question must be answered sooner rather than later.

“Subsequent to an up-tick to 58 index points in the first quarter, the Agbiz/Independent Development Corporation (IDC) Agribusiness Confidence Index declined to 54 in the second quarter,” said head of AgriBusiness Research at Agbiz Wandile Sihlobo.

“With the results still above the neutral 50-point mark, albeit having declined marginally, the agribusiness sector is still optimistic about business conditions in South Africa.”

The survey was conducted between June 4 and June 15 and comprised agribusinesses operating in all agricultural sub-sectors throughout the country.

Rainfall in water-scarce South Africa has had more of an impact on business confidence than one would believe, with confidence rising and falling with rainfall patterns.

“The optimism in this particular subindex was underpinned by prospects of above-normal rainfall in the Western Cape within the next three months, which in turn should support winter crops and horticulture fields, as well as favourable drier conditions for harvest activity in summer crop regions,” Sihlobo said.

“When you’re watching your crops or the farm is not doing well and your business, by virtue of that, not doing well, you will see commensurate rises and falls in the confidence index,” Sihlobo told The Citizen.

“You know there’s going to be drought during some years, but you can’t say, ‘I’m fine, I was expecting this’ – it’s just human nature.”

Meanwhile, turnover, net operating income, market share, employment, capital investment, the volume of exports, economic growth, debtor provision for bad debt and financing costs subindices were the key factors underlying the decline in confidence from the previous quarter.

The other disruptor of business confidence was, of course, the land issue.

“The bottom line is everyone is watching what happens with policy development,” Sihlobo said. “It’s a wait-and-see situation. No one is pulling stuff out and running away and no one is coming in aggressively. The story is really to wait and see what happens.”

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Johannesburg recycling initiative begins

SOUTH AFRICA (Al Jazeera) – Authorities hope separation of household waste for recycling will help solve landfill crisis in country’s largest city.

Some waste pickers in Johannesburg have told Eyewitness News, they fear the city’s efforts to make recycling compulsory for residents will impact their business.

From 1 July, people living in the suburbs, townships or in a complex will be supplied with a recycling bag once a week to dispose of items like paper, glass and cans.

But the city has assured the almost 6,000 entrepreneurs who work as waste pickers that the project will in fact make their jobs easier.

As early as 4am and waste pickers in Bryanston begin pushing trolley-loads of recyclable items to a truck owned by an independent contractor that pays for recyclable items.

Jabulani Mhlongo has been working at the Robinson Deep landfill site in Turffontein for over 22 years.

He’s worried there will be nothing left to salvage once the recycling project is in full swing.

“Our complaints as recyclers are that if government wants to take over the recycling, we’ll go hungry.”

Thirty-year-old Maxwell Zungu is also concerned that the city’s new project will have a massive impact on his livelihood.

Waste pickers can earn up to R13,000 a month.

But Pikitup’s general manager, Mzukisi Tshem, has assured waste pickers that their work will not become redundant.