SA launches climate research centre

first_imgSouth Africa has launched the Africa Centre for Climate and Earth Systems Science, which will provide regional decision-makers with reliable climate information, enabling them to balance developmental needs with responses to threats posed by environmental change. According to the department, Access aims to be an international centre of excellence that draws local and international students to studies of our planet and its management, and that helps to produce the decision-makers of the future. There was a need for reliable climate information so that governments could be better prepared to balance issues such as addressing poverty with responses to threats posed by floods, droughts, the changing demography of disease, and threats to biodiversity and arable land. Advancing scientific knowledge The Africa Centre for Climate and Earth Systems Science (Access) is a consortium of research institutions and agencies that have signed up to contribute to a whole greater than the sum of its parts. In a statement this week, the Department of Science and Technology said that global warming and climate change were now pressing environmental security issues, and the debate on responses to environmental challenges demanded a sound and objective scientific basis for decision-making. Investigating environmental challenges The secretariat will be set up at the Center for High Performance Computing at the CSIR Campus in Rosebank, Johannesburg. These include the Universities of the Witwatersrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, Pretoria, Stellenbosch, KwaZulu-Natal and Rhodes, along with the SA Weather Service, SA Biodiversity Institute, Agricultural Research Council, Geosciences Research Council, SA Environmental Observation Network, and the hosts of the centre, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). “South African science and scientists are making valuable contributions to the scientific understanding of climate and environmental change on the African continent, and there are existing strong programmes and partnerships.” Speaking at the launch event at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town this week, Deputy Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said there was an increasing appreciation “of the catalytic and transformative role of science and technology. Hanekom said Access had been identified as a flagship initiative that would help advance scientific knowledge in South Africa and play a major role in growing a base of new emerging and established researchers – particularly black and women researchers. Development through science Access has already implemented a research programme with several projects focused on a number of earth system issues; a services programme that will develop a series of products for use by service providers; and an educational programme that includes a bursary, winter school and national masters degree programme. 23 August 2010 Collaborations with other regional institutes, agencies and programmes in the continent are being developed, and the programme is initiating international collaboration with several international partners, including the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

2 PDP ministers quit after Cabinet rejig

first_imgJammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is grappling with turmoil in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after two ministers resigned following a Cabinet reshuffle.Syed Basharat Bukhari, a three-time MLA from north Kashmir’s Sangrama constituency, resigned immediately after Ms. Mufti moved him to the Horticulture Ministry from his earlier portfolio as Minister for State for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation. Mr. Bukhari termed the new assignment as “hurting his self-esteem”.According to sources close to Mr Bukhari, who had written to the Chief Minister three weeks ago over sensitive issues pertaining to State land, the PDP leader had developed differences with Ms. Mufti.In his resignation letter on Friday, Mr. Bukhari has referred to the earlier communication and expressed his displeasure for “being sidelined for his stand on the issues”.Another PDP minister Imran Reza Ansari also resigned, with sources saying he was unhappy with the portfolio of Information Technology, Technical Education and Youth Services & Sports. PDP sources said Ms. Mufti was yet to forward the resignation letters to the Raj Bhawan.“There are issues within every party. This too will be resolved. They (the resigned members) are party colleagues,” State Education Minister Altaf Bukhari told The Hindu.PDP general secretary Sartaj Madni refused to comment on the issue saying, “The PDP is doing fine.”Following Mr Bukhari’s resignation, Ms. Mufti hinted at keeping the horticulture portfolio to herself. Speaking at a function in Srinagar, she said, “This [horticulture] is a very important ministry and I am very serious at developing the State’s horticulture sector.”Last year, PDP Member Parliament Tariq Hameed Karra, who represented Srinagar, resigned from the party after unrest in the Valley.Sinha team calls for talks to resolve J&K situationA Delhi team, headed by former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, on Saturday called upon the government for an “immediate dialogue with stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir to resolve the political problem”.Mr. Sinha-led team, which visited the Valley during the summer uprising in 2016, has expressed “deep concerns over the deteriorating situation in the Kashmir valley”.“The loss of lives in the recent incidents was unnecessary and avoidable. The issue of Jammu and Kashmir demands a political solution. This can be achieved only through talks with all the stakeholders,” a statement issued by the Delhi team said.It expressed dismay at the “complete reluctance of those in authority to engage in a dialogue”. The team was able to break the ice with separatists after they refused to meet the all-party delegation, headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the first week of September, 2016. It has come up with two reports on Kashmir’s ground situation.last_img read more

SPORT-STATS-IND

first_imgMirpur, Mar 4 (PTI) Statistical highlights of the Mirpur, Mar 4 (PTI) Statistical highlights of the twenty20 match of the Asia Cup cricket tournament between India and UAE here. # Bhuvneshwar Kumar has recorded his best bowling figures overseas in T20Is – his third best – the best ever are 3 for 9 vs Pakistan at Bangalore on December 25, 2012.# Bhuvneshwar has delivered 2 maiden overs during his excellent figures of 4-2-8-2 and became the third Indian bowler after Harbhajan Singh (vs England at Colombo (RPS) on September 23, 2012) and Jasprit Bumrah (vs Pakistan at Dhaka on February 27, 2016) to achieve the distinction in T20Is.# Bhuvneshwar has recorded an economy rate of 2.00, equalling an Indian record in a four-over spell in T20Is. Ravichandran Ashwin had figures of 4-1-8-4 (eco.rate 2.00) vs Sri Lanka at Visakhapatnam on February 14, 2016. # India have won seven successive matches overseas in T20Is between January 26, 2016 and March 3, 2016, equalling their best sequence in overseas matches. They had recorded seven wins away from home between September 30, 2012 and April 4, 2014. # UAE (81/9) have recorded their second lowest score in T20Is – the lowest being 73 off 16.4 vs Netherlands at ICCA Dubai on February 3, 2016. The said total is the second lowest by any team without being dismissed while facing 20 overs. West Indies had totalled 79 for seven vs Zimbabwe at Port of Spain on February 28, 2010. # In the mandatory powerplay, UAE have scored 21 for the loss of two wickets – the joint-lowest by any team against India in T20Is. Zimbabwe had totalled 21 for the loss of two wickets at Harare on June 13, 2010. # Harbhajan Singh has recorded an Economy rate of 2.75 during his superb bowling figures of 4-1-11-1 vs UAE – his career-best in T20Is, surpassing the 3.00 vs England (4-2-12-4) at Colombo (RPS) on September 23, 2012. # Yuvraj has become the fourth Indian player to represent in 50 or more matches in T20Is, joining Mahendra Singh Dhoni (62), Suresh Raina (56) and Rohit Sharma (54).advertisement# Shaiman Anwar (43) has recorded his second highest score against a Test-playing country in T20Is next only to the 46 vs Pakistan at Dhaka on Feb.29, 2016. # Anwars highest score in T20Is is 54 vs Oman at Abu Dhabi on November 22, 2015.# Rohit Sharma has received his fourth Man of the Match award in T20Is.His first three awards were against South Africa (twice) and Bangladesh. # Rohit, with 137 runs at an average of 34.25 in four matches, is the leading run-getter for India in the present tournament. PTI Cor ATK ATKlast_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen signs new three-year deal

first_imgTottenham Hotspur’s Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen has signed a new contract that runs until 2019, the Premier League club announced on Friday.Vertonghen, who has played 179 games for Spurs since joining in 2012, was in commanding form alongside compatriot Toby Alderweireld at the heart of a defence that conceded just 35 league goals last season. (Also read: Chelsea end unbeaten Tottenham’s start, stay top of league)”We are delighted to announce that Jan Vertonghen has signed a new contract with the Club, which will run until 2019,” Spurs said on their website.The 29-year-old Vertonghen, who has made 17 appearances this season, joins Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Christian Eriksen and Danny Rose in committing his long-term future to the north London club in recent months.Fifth-placed Tottenham, seven points off top spot after 13 games, host second-bottom Swansea City on Saturday having lost their unbeaten league record at Chelsea last weekend.last_img read more

Mets Beat Cubs, Smell Series

first_imgCHICAGO — Daniel Murphy is a contact hitter known for shaky fielding and occasionally getting lost on the bases.This playoff impersonation of Babe Ruth, Roberto Alomar and Derek Jeter all rolled into one, he can’t explain it. Nor can his manager.“Question is, who is this guy?” skipper Terry Collins said.Murphy homered in his record-tying fifth straight postseason game, Jacob deGrom pitched seven strong innings and the New York Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 5-2 the night of Oct. 20 for a 3-0 lead in the NL Championship Series.“I’ve watched a lot of baseball over the years, I don’t think I’ve seen anybody put on this kind of a show on this stage like he has so far,” Collins said. “I mean, even the guys in the dugout, they’re baseball guys, too, and they’re saying the same thing.”A cluster of New York fans gathered in the rain behind their team’s dugout after the final out and chanted “Let’s go, Mets!” And with a win Oct. 21 at Wrigley Field, the Mets will be going to their first World Series in 15 years.Rookie Steven Matz gets the start for New York in Game 4 while Jason Hammel goes for the Cubs.Murphy tied the homer mark set by Houston’s Carlos Beltran in 2004 with his drive off Kyle Hendricks in the third.Murphy’s home run was his sixth of the postseason in his 30th at-bat —he’s hit just 62 in 3,354 at-bats in the regular season. The free agent-to-be second baseman also is making sharp plays in the field and showing heads-up, aggressive instincts running the bases.“I wish I could explain it,” said Murphy, who hit a career-high 14 homers in the regular season. “I would have done it like six years ago. I can’t explain it.”After going 0-7 against the Cubs during the regular season, New York is overpowering them with their arms and bats.Yoenis Cespedes and David Wright each had three hits for the Mets. Cespedes scored the go-ahead run on a two-out wild pitch by Trevor Cahill on a strikeout of Michael Conforto in the sixth inning.DeGrom followed up dominant starts by Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard in New York with one of his own. The NL Rookie of the Year held the Cubs’ big bats to just two runs and four hits. He struck out seven, walked one and retired his final 11 batters.The righty with the flowing hair improved to 3-0 in his first postseason, with all of the wins coming on the road. Jeurys Familia closed for his fifth save of the postseason.Kyle Schwarber had the towel-waving crowd shaking 101-year old Wrigley Field to its foundation in the first inning with his club-record fifth homer of the postseason.Jorge Soler also had them roaring with his solo drive in the fourth. But Manager Joe Maddon’s Cubs have just five runs in this series.Barring an epic comeback, a World Series drought that dates to 1908 will continue. Only one other team has won a playoff series after dropping the first three games.Theo Epstein’s Red Sox came back against the New York Yankees in the 2004 AL Championship Series and ultimately ended one long championship curse.Now, the team he constructed in Chicago, that stirred the imaginations of long-suffering fans, finds itself in a similar spot.“Of course you think about those things, you think about the parallels, think about the fact that that happened against a New York team,” said Maddon, whose team posted the majors’ third best record and came into this series on a 12-1 tear. “We think about all that stuff, but it’s up to us to go out and play and execute.”Cespedes broke a 2-all tie after he led off the sixth with a single against Cahill. He stole third and scored with two out as Conforto swung at a 2-2 pitch in the dirt. The ball rolled to the backstop, allowing the runner to reach first and extending the inning.Conforto was forced to stay at third when Wilmer Flores’ drive rolled to the ivy in right field was called a ground-rule double. That drew a heated argument from Collins, who came back out to protest some more after he returned to the dugout.The Mets added two more runs in the seventh to make it 5-2.Hendricks went four innings for Chicago, allowing two runs and five hits. “This is not the spot where we want to be, but we’re here and we’ve got to face it,” Schwarber said.Never before had the Cubs played this late on the calendar at Wrigley Field, and the place was rocking when Schwarber tied it at 1 with his solo homer to left-center in the first.It wasn’t quite as impressive as the shot he hit to the top of the right-field videoboard that helped knock out St. Louis in Game 4 of the NLDS. That ball got encased by the Cubs where it settled.Still, Schwarber broke the franchise record set by Alex Gonzalez and Aramis Ramirez in 2003.Murphy made it 2-1 in the third with his drive to center off Hendricks. Besides tying Beltran’s record, he also set a Mets mark with his sixth postseason homer.(ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bielsa agent confirms talks with Leeds

first_imgLeeds United Bielsa agent confirms Leeds talks following Heckingbottom sacking Tom Maston & Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 15:06 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marcelo Bielsa Lille Getty Images Leeds United Premier League Championship The former Argentina boss has emerged as the surprise frontrunner to become the fourth manager at Elland Road in just over a year Marcelo Bielsa’s shock appointment as Leeds United’s next manager seems to be moving closer following confirmation from his agent that talks had been held.The Elland Road outfit are looking for their fourth manager in just over a year following the decision to sack Paul Heckingbottom on Friday.Former Argentina, Chile and Marseille manager Bielsa has emerged as a surprise frontrunner to take over the Championship club as they look to return to the Premier League for the first time since relegation in 2003. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now And while the likes of Michael Laudrup and Claudio Ranieri have also been linked with the now vacant post, Bielsa’s agent and brother, Rafael, has confirmed that he is in conversation regarding his client’s future.”Conversations are in progress,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post when asked about reports that Bielsa was in pole position to take the role.Heckingbottom’s tenure was ended after just four months and 16 matches in charge of the club since being plucked from Barnsley to replace Thomas Christiansen in February.He was only able to muster four wins durng his time in charge as the former European Cup finalists ended the season 13th in the Championship table.And managing director Angus Kinnear confirmed that the club is now looking for a more experienced head to lead the team into the 2018-19 campaign.Paul Heckingbottom Leeds United“Paul came to us during a difficult period in the season and has conducted himself in an exemplary manner despite results not going as any of us had hoped,” Kinnear said in a club statement.”Our objective is to bring in a head coach with more experience who can help us reach the goals we have talked about since we became custodians of the club last summer. We are confident of making a quick appointment and we thank our fans for their continued support.”Leeds have endured a difficult 2018, having to give up on plans to introduce a new badge after a poor response from fans, while the club was criticised for embarking on a post-season tour of Myanmar .last_img read more

10 months agoAC Milan striker Cutrone: Higuain great influence for me

first_imgAC Milan striker Cutrone: Higuain great influence for meby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan striker Patrick Cutrone says working with Gonzalo Higuain is crucial for his development.Higuain is on-loan at Milan from Juventus this season.“Definitely having, for example, Higuain with you helps a lot,” Cutrone told Tuttomercatoweb.“I always watch him in training, I try to learn some things and improve every day.“I thank [Gennaro] Gattuso and his staff, I’ll try to improve even more.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The Friday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Friday, June 9———BIBEAU VOWS TO FIGHT FOR MORE FUNDING FOR FEMINIST AID POLICY: International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says she will keep lobbying in cabinet meetings for increased foreign aid funding. She says the government’s new feminist development policy announced Friday is a necessary step toward that. The plan makes no new spending commitments, but does reallocate $150 million of the existing aid budget to women’s organizations in 30 countries over the next five years.———TRUMP ACCUSES COMEY OF BEING UNTRUTHFUL: U.S. President Donald Trump says he’s “100 per cent” willing to testify under oath about his interactions with fired FBI director James Comey. Trump insists that Comey lied in some parts of the testimony he gave Thursday to the Senate intelligence committee. Comey testified under oath. Trump says that he never asked Comey for a pledge of loyalty and never told Comey he hoped the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn would go away.———MNUCHIN MEETS FEDERAL CABINET: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin discussed a number of topics when he met Friday with members of the Trudeau cabinet in Ottawa. They discussed trade, taxes and infrastructure. It was Mnuchin’s fifth meeting with Canadian counterpart Finance Minister Bill Morneau since the former hedge-fund manager was sworn in a few months ago. Several other cabinet ministers joined Morneau at Friday’s meeting, including Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.———CANADA TO KEEP TALKING WITH THE U.S. ON CLIMATE CHANGE: Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says Canada will keep up a dialogue with the Trump administration despite its move to pull out of the Paris accord. McKenna is off to Italy on Sunday for a G7 ministerial meeting where she hopes to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt. McKenna says beyond climate change there are also joint discussions to be had regarding clean water, air pollution, the Great Lakes and renewable energy innovations, all of which require Canada to maintain the lines of communication with Washington.———COSBY MAY TESTIFY AT HIS TRIAL: Bill Cosby’s spokesman is dangling the possibility that the 79-year-old comedian may testify at his sexual assault trial after all. Andrew Wyatt told reporters during a lunch break on Friday that Cosby’s team was still evaluating whether to have him take the stand. Cosby said before the trial that he wouldn’t testify, but Wyatt said that could change now that the prosecution has wrapped up its case. Wyatt says Cosby was listening closely as accuser, Canadian Andrea Constand, testified this week, and that he’s confident his lawyers will show they were in a consensual, romantic relationship.———CANADIAN FIGHTING EXTRADITION TO BE HELD IN CUSTODY: A Canadian facing charges in a massive hack of Yahoo emails will remain behind bars while he fights extradition to the U.S. Karim Baratov’s lawyers say the Ontario’s appeal court rejected their client’s bid to challenge a lower court’s decision. A superior court judge ruled in April that Baratov was too much of a flight risk to be released. The U.S. has indicted Baratov and three others for computer hacking, economic espionage and other crimes.———GOVERNMENT UNVEILS MILITARY SUPPORT UNIT: The federal government is moving to set up a special unit to support members of the military suffering from physical and psychological injuries as they prepare to return to civilian life. Treasury Board President Scott Brison announced Friday in Halifax that the unit will eventually include 400 specialized staff and 800 personnel “whose only mission will be to heal” from their physical and psychological injuries, including PTSD. Nova Scotia was the scene Jan. 3 of a tragic murder suicide where former soldier Lionel Desmond — who was being treated for mental illness — fatally shot his wife, daughter and mother.———MAY SPEAKS ABOUT ELECTION SETBACK: British Prime Minister Theresa May has acknowledged her sadness at the loss of her majority in the general election. In a statement to broadcasters on Friday, a visibly exhausted May said that she obviously “wanted a different result” in Thursday’s vote and that she is “sorry for all those colleagues who lost their seats who didn’t deserve to lose.” May said she’ll reflect on what happened. With 649 of 650 seats in the House of Commons declared, May’s bruised Conservatives had 318 — short of the 326 they needed for an outright majority and well down from the 330 seats they had before the vote.———TENS OF THOUSANDS OF NEW JOBS CREATED IN CANADA: Statistics Canada says there was a surge in full-time positions last month as hiring rose in key areas like the private sector, manufacturing and full-time work. Overall, the country registered a net gain of 54,400 jobs in May. But the overall jobless rate edged up to 6.6 per cent, a rise of 0.1 of a percentage point, as more people entered the job market in search of work.———COP RAP WINS ONLINE PLAUDITS: A Toronto-area police officer did an impromptu rap performance that has gained quite a following online. York Regional police Const. Amy Oliver was working a paid-duty security shift at a car show on Thursday when she stepped up to the mic. The rap includes rhymes about coffee and donuts, being called a pig, arresting drug dealers and being willing to put her life on the line. By Friday afternoon, a video of the performance posted on Instagram had 26,000 views.———last_img read more

Jon Stewart Introduces His First Sanctuary Residents In New Video

first_imgIn an adorable new video starring Jon Stewart, his wife Tracey, and family, narrated by Emily Deschanel, the national farm animal protection organization Farm Sanctuary introduces the world to Anna and Maybelle, the very first residents of their upcoming New Jersey branch (slated to open spring 2017 at the Stewart’s farm).Be prepared to fall in love with these adorable piglets who were rescued on a highway after falling off a transfer truck, and then adopted by Jon and Tracey after they fell in love with them on a family trip to Farm Sanctuary’s New York Shelter in Watkins Glen.The video is part of the launch of The Daily Squeal with Tracey Stewart website, where the Stewarts will share the “many triumphs, challenges, and laughs along the way” as they prepare to open the New Jersey location of Farm Sanctuary. In the first of a series of bi-weekly blog posts, Tracey shares a list of Anna and Maybelle’s “firsts” in celebration of their one year rescue-versary, and after seeing all the fun and moving moments (many captured on video!), it’s no wonder they made Time’s “100 Most Influential Animals of the Year.”You can also check out the Daily Squeal on Facebook.last_img read more