Drew Remenda on the Sharks: How to win Game 3

first_imgThe good news? The Sharks have been here before. They’ve gone on the road tied 1-1 before — twice before, in fact.They have shown that they have the resiliency and the smarts to bounce back after losing Game 2 at home, and this is no different. Game 3, bring it on.A few adjustments. Better defensive awareness and communication. Get your forecheck and cycle on. Donʼt take five penalties. Bring that close-quick support that was a key in the series opening win.Nothing major or daunting for Game …last_img

SA chemist wins spot at Nobel meeting

first_img3 July 2013 South African chemist Banothile Makhubela, from the University of Cape Town, is one of 625 leading young scientists from 78 countries selected to participate in the Nobel Laureate meeting on chemistry currently under way in Lindau, Germany. The meeting gives Makhubela “the opportunity to pick some of the most brilliant scientific minds in her field”, the university said in a statement last week. It began on 30 June and will run until 5 July and features 35 Nobel Laureates who will meet and exchange ideas with the next generation of scientists and researchers. The Lindau Nobel Laureate meetings were established in 1951 to act as a platform for inter-generational dialogue between scientists. Green chemistry and biochemical processes are the focus of the 63rd meeting, and Makhubela’s area of interest is organometallic chemistry, which interfaces inorganic and organic chemistry and has applications in biomedicines, catalysis and green chemistry. Her highlight of being selected to participate in the meeting was the opportunity to engage with Robert Grubbs, who was one of the 2005 chemistry prize winners and whose research area was bio-inorganic chemistry, like her own. She is hoping the mentorship provided through the meeting will result in the development of “scientific tools to meet the developmental challenges in Africa”. Makhubela comes from Mzinti, a rural town in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province, and found her interest in chemistry grow because it was “more understandable than any of [her] other subjects at school”. “This later on developed into an interest in inorganic chemistry, specifically reactions involving transition metals in organic species,” she said. She pursued the subject at tertiary level and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Zululand in KwaZulu-Natal. She moved to the University of Cape Town for her postgraduate studies. Makhubela has also been selected to take part in the 2013 SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry programme in the US in September. This will provide insight into the largest database of chemistry and related science information, as well as the opportunity to help shape chemical inofrmation. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Facebook: A leader in ICT, business and economic development

first_imgHeaded up by Ms Nunu Ntshingila, Facebook Africa stands firmly behind the growth of small women-owned businesses, and has availed its space for robust marketing opportunities, as well as first-hand connectivity to customers. Ahead of the ITU Telecom World taking place in South Africa for the first time this week, we sit down with the tech giant to discuss ICT and the role of business in the development of economies and societies.*Answers courtesy of Emilar Gandhi, Facebook Africa Public Policy Manager for SADC region.Matalane Ngobeni: Since 1994, great strides have been made to ensure women enjoy the same rights as their male counterparts in relation to education, employment, property, inheritance and justice. More however still needs to be done to ensure the full participation of women in the economy. What are the initiatives that Facebook has undertaken to promote gender equality and women empowerment in the workspace?Emilar Gandhi: Helping women to start and grow prosperous companies is a powerful way in which we can transform our society and create equal opportunities for all.Tools & TrainingsWe are always exploring ways that we can support women SMBs across Africa. This includes free training, which explores everything from building a business plan, through to using social media to market your products and services, as well as learning how to create engaging marketing campaigns etc. We have free business tools that are focused on helping to grow your business and have seen more than 80 million small businesses use Facebook to grow and create jobs. In South Africa for example, more than 57 million people from around the world are connected to a business in the country. This creates huge opportunity for Small to Medium Businesses (SMBs) to export their locally produced products to the world.MentorshipWe recently announced South Africa as one of the five countries in which we’re expanding Mentorship to Facebook Groups, making it easier for people who want help achieving their goals to connect with others in their community with the experience or expertise. Last year we piloted Mentorship, a product that connects people who may need support or advice, with the people who have the expertise or experience to help. We’re starting with selected groups focused on parenting, professional and personal development, with plans to expand to more categories in the coming months.More than 200 million people on Facebook are members of groups they consider meaningful. They turn to groups to build and foster supportive communities around topics that matter most to them. Now, Mentorship makes it easier for people in groups to connect and build even stronger one-on-one relationships through a guided program. Group administrators can now choose and create an online mentoring program, let members sign up and match mentor/mentee pairs.Matalane Ngobeni: Women are underrepresented in the ICT space. What role can businesses and government play in bridging the digital gender divide? How do we remove barriers, change norms and attitudes to create a more encouraging and enabling environment for women in the technology sector?Emilar Gandhi: To achieve full gender parity in Africa, countries need to address structural barriers that discriminate against women and girls in accessing education, employment and finance. In a study conducted by Development Economics on behalf of Facebook, it is estimated that businesses set up by women in South Africa over the next five years (by 2022), hold the key to unlocking over R175 billion a year for the economy, whilst creating 972,000 jobs. We know that helping women to start and grow prosperous companies is a powerful way to transform our society and create equal opportunities for all. Matalane Ngobeni: What are the current or ongoing initiatives supported by Facebook (in South Africa/Africa) to develop young people who have an interest in tech?Emilar Gandhi: Facebook invests in partnerships and initiatives with communities across South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa as a whole, including start-ups, SMBs, developers etc. to create opportunities and drive economic impact. Examples include:Loeries Creative Week (South Africa)Our partnership with Loeries reinforces our commitment in nurturing young, creative and diverse talent. For the third year running, Facebook sponsored the annual Facebook Challenge as part of the Student Category at The Loerie Awards 2018. For this year’s student challenge, Facebook partnered with the International Federation of Red Cross where students were tasked with creating a mobile-first campaign, while our Creative Shop team was on hand to mentor and provide advice.Youth Online Safety Training (Sub-Saharan Africa)We work with NGO’s and youth groups such as JOX Africa and J Initiative across the continent to provide them with collateral focused on youth safetyIn South Africa we recently launched a Youth Online Safety Programme (Ilizwe Lam – a Xhosa word for My World) in partnership with Digify Africa. Aiming to train 1 000 South African young people between the ages of 13 to 18 across high schools and youth groups nationwide, the programme explores cyber security, provides practical tips and guides and created a number of youth ambassadors. NG_Hub in partnership with CC Hub (Nigeria)Launched in Nigeria in May 2018, this multi-faceted psychical space connects developers, start-ups and the wider community to collaborate, learn and exchange ideas. We also announced an initiative to train 50,000 people in vital digital skills across multiple cities and states in Nigeria in 2018, which includes:Digify Pro Nigeria – a two-month intensive boot camp, where aspiring digital professionals will find out what it takes to have a career in digital marketing. The programme is designed to fit the specific needs of the industry, covering a range of topics including community management, content and e-mail marketing, brand online reputation management, UX design and more.Boost Your Business – Made especially for micro, small and medium-sized business owners, the Boost Your Business training programme teaches digital marketing for business growth.#SheMeansBusiness – #SheMeansBusiness is a one-day training workshop and networking experience for female entrepreneurs, offering a mix of business and digital marketing training for female-led businesses, along with additional opportunities to network with fellow female entrepreneurs.FbStart Accelerator programme – a research and mentorship-driven programme aimed at empowering start-ups and students with technical & business support and funding to optimise their product for growth – focused on those building solutions using advanced technology, with a focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)Developer Circles (Sub-Saharan Africa)A community-driven initiative by Facebook that members join for free, allowing them to connect, share ideas, learn, and collaborate. Each circle is led by a volunteer who arranges offline meetups and discussions, and also manages their own dedicated Facebook Group where members can continue the conversation between meetups, share code and deepen their knowledge on topics like React and Bots in Messenger.Since its launch in 2017, there are now 30 Developer Circles and a growing community of over 37,000 members across 16 countries in Sub Saharan Africa.Partnership with AIMS (Sub-Saharan Africa)Facebook partnered with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and Google to launch of a one-year intensive African Master’s in Machine Intelligence (AMMI).last_img read more

A Cloudy Future for Coal

first_imgThe largest bank in the U.S., JP Morgan Chase, says that it will stop financing new coal-fired power generating plants in this country, putting more pressure on the industry and pointing to what one analyst calls a “downward shift that is permanent.” The New York Times reports that JP Morgan’s announcement follows similar statements from the Bank of America, Citigroup, and Morgan Stanley that they also are backing away from coal.Chiza Vitta, a metals and mining analyst with the credit rating firm Standard & Poor, told the newspaper: “There are always going to be periods of boom and bust, but what is happening in coal is a downward shift that is permanent.”Coal remains an important source of energy, especially outside the U.S., so JPMorgan’s decision on coal-fired power plants here won’t stop the bank from lending for plans in the developing world. But in the U.S., tougher environmental regulations aimed at limiting carbon emissions, along with cheaper natural gas and other the rise of other energy sources, are making coal look like an increasingly bad bet for financiers.Three of the country’s big coal companies have filed for bankruptcy protection, and last week Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private-sector coal company, said that it also might have to do the same, The Times reported. Peabody had been trying to sell mines in Colorado and New Mexico, but the deals apparently have foundered over the buyer’s difficulties in lining up financing. Coal is still an important source of powerDespite growing troubles in the industry, coal still generates more power than any other single energy source in the U.S., according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, amounting to 39% of the U.S. electricity supply in 2014. Natural gas was a relatively distant second at 27%. (Wind and solar together were less than 5%.)U.S. financial institutions may be backing away from King Coal, but the move won’t happen overnight. An abrupt retreat would not only threaten the financing that coal companies need to keep their thousands of workers employed, but it could also threaten the industry’s ability to pay for mine reclamation in the future, The Times said.That helps explain why financial institutions are backing away gradually. Deutsche Bank, for example, is signaling an end to financial support for mining that involves the removal of mountaintops, but isn’t giving up on the industry altogether.Dialing back financial support also can be difficult for U.S. bankers who have been serving the coal industry for years.“It put them in a difficult position to say to the companies they have worked with for years, ‘We are pulling back,’ ” Bank of America’s James Mahoney told The Times. “It runs counter to everything we do as a client-focused company.” Move away from coal is a ‘structural shift’According to the Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI), which describes itself as a nonprofit think tank, the decline of coal is part of a fundamental shift in U.S. power generation.In a report published last year, the organization said that power generation remained the same between 2005 and 2013 even as the mix of energy sources underwent significant change. Over that eight-year span, the amount of energy from gas-power plants rose 8.7% and renewables were up 4.1%. Energy from coal-fired sources, however, dropped 10.5% and electricity derived from oil was down 2.3%. Even in China, coal showed a 2.9% drop in consumption in 2014.“The Dow Jones Total Market Coal Sector Index is down 76% over the last five years, compared to the Dow Jones Industrial Average that is up 69% over the same period,” the report said.At the time the report was written, more than two dozen coal companies had gone into bankruptcy.One problem in the coal industry, CTI said, was that company executives were unrealistically betting on an upswing in prices and demand that never happened.The report noted: “The largest coal producer in the U.S., Peabody Energy, appears to treat the signals that have led to such huge financial pain as an aberration, rather than the new normal. In their quarterly report for 2014, Peabody reveals their expectation that in the U.S., ‘utility coal usage is projected to increase 10 to 30 million tons over 2014 levels.’ Furthermore, Peabody expects ‘global coal demand to rise 500 million tonnes by 2017… [with] an estimated 8 to 10% increase in seaborne thermal coal demand.’ There are few signs that suggest that either forecast will come close to fruition.”The prediction seems to have been borne out with an announcement last week from Peabody that its ability to operate as a “going concern” was in doubt, Bloomberg reported.Peabody shares have lost 97% of their value in the last year.last_img read more

Dream team! Best of the lot after World Cup group stage

first_imgLionel Messi has been in scintillating form for Argentina in the tournament Imagine having World Cup standouts Lionel Messi, Neymar, James Rodriguez and Arjen Robben all in the same team.After two weeks and 48 group-stage games in what is widely considered the best World Cup in a generation, there are already some players who have shone above the rest.Below is a composite team of the tournament so far, in the heavily favored 4-3-3 formation:GOALKEEPER: Guillermo Ochoa(Mexico)Briefly punctured the euphoria in an expectant host nation by producing a series of stunning saves to secure Mexico a 0-0 draw against Brazil. One particular save, from Neymar’s header, will go down in World Cup folklore. The only goal he conceded was a late consolation by Croatia in the final group game. Is currently a free agent and will surely get snapped up after the tournament.RIGHT BACK: Didier Aurier(Ivory Coast)One of the few positives in an otherwise disappointing campaign for Ivory Coast, Aurier has stood out for his marauding thrusts down the right flank and his crossing ability that set up goals for Wilfried Bony and Gervinho in the 2-1 win over Japan. Expected to seal a move to a big club from Toulouse this summer on the back of his displays in Brazil.LEFT BACK: Junior Diaz(Costa Rica)Who would have thought that tiny Costa Rica would get through a group containing Uruguay, Italy and England – and concede just one goal in the process? The whole Costa Rica defense deserves credit but the experienced Diaz gets the nod as he has complemented the attack, setting up Bryan Ruiz’s qualification-clinching goal against Italy with a superb cross from the left wing.advertisementCENTER BACK: Rafael Marquez(Mexico)He has lost his long-time ponytail but the 35-year-old Marquez has retained the technical, positional and organizational skills that have helped guide Mexico into the last 16. Scored one of the goals in the 3-1 win over Mexico and his qualities don’t appear to have diminished with age.CENTER BACK: Thiago Silva(Brazil)As a nation frets around him, Thiago Silva has remained the unruffled presence at the heart of the Brazil defense, going about his business as quietly effective as ever. Four wins away from lifting the World Cup trophy on home soil – it doesn’t get better than that for a footballer.MIDFIELD: Charles Aranguiz(Chile)Has outshone the more illustrious Arturo Vidal in Chile’s midfield and been key for “La Roja” both going forward and protecting what can be a jittery back four. He was also the player who sealed Spain’s unceremonious exit from Brazil, scoring one goal and setting up the other in that memorable afternoon at the Maracana.MIDFIELD: Blaise Matuidi(France)A midfield fulcrum during France’s encouraging start to the tournament, Matuidi has passed astutely, tackled cleanly and covered the ground tirelessly in displays that don’t often attract the headlines but are so appreciated by his teammates. Also chipped in with one of France’s five goals in a great performance against Switzerland.MIDFIELD: James Rodriguez(Colombia)At the forefront of Colombia’s eye-catching march into the knockout stage, Rodriguez has scored in all three games – including one of the solo goals of the tournament against Japan – and dazzled with his vision and technical ability. The playmaker has achieved what many thought was impossible: Making Colombia fans briefly forget about injured star striker Radamel Falcao.FORWARD: Neymar(Brazil)The poster boy of the World Cup, Neymar came into the tournament under extreme pressure and is thriving on it. Two goals in the opening game against Croatia gave Brazil the perfect start and two more against Cameroon pushed the hosts into the last 16. Brazil expects more of the same from Neymar in the knockout stage.FORWARD: Arjen Robben(Netherlands)Scoring two goals and dovetailing in devastating fashion with Robin van Persie, Robben helped rip Spain’s defense apart in that jaw-dropping 5-1 win that signaled the end of an era for the now-deposed world champions. He then opened the scoring to set the Netherlands on its way to a 3-2 win over Australia that clinched qualification.FORWARD: Lionel Messi(Argentina)The Barcelona great and four-time FIFA Player of the Year is finally delivering on the world’s greatest stage. Has scored four goals – two of which proved to be match-winners – and is carrying Argentina’s attacking burden on his own while fellow strikers Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain struggle. It’s shaping up to be the tournament that moves Messi into the pantheon of football legends alongside Pele and Diego Maradona.advertisementCOACH: Jorge Luis Pinto(Costa Rica)Costa Rica didn’t just grind its way out of a tough group – the team went to-to-toe with Uruguay and Italy in its first two games and came away with two wins, four goals and a place in the last 16. The 61-year-old Pinto, who never played professionally, deserves credit for his bold and tactically astute approach.last_img read more

3 days agoMan Utd chief Woodward explains Jones TV ‘exchange’

first_imgMan Utd chief Woodward explains Jones TV ‘exchange’by Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United chief Ed Woodward has lifted the lid on his apparent exchange with Phil Jones during defeat to West Ham,The executive vice-chairman was caught uttering something in the direction of Red Devils’ defender Jones in the stands during Sky Sports’ broadcast of the 2-0 loss at the London Stadium on September 22.The interaction came after the centre-back – who was sitting behind Woodward during the match – was shown seemingly muttering something under his breath.However, Woodward has denied those claims and insisted that he was talking to United’s club secretary Rebecca Britain – sitting next to Jones – about an incident in the game.”Phil was talking about whether decisions were offside or not,” he explained in an interview with club fanzine United We Stand.”There was a foul and I turned around to Rebecca Britain, our club secretary [and said] ‘Was that a yellow card on him? [Issa] Diop?'” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Canada could get caught in crossfire of US uranium investigation

first_imgCanada could get caught in the crossfire after the U.S. Department of Commerce launched another national security investigation, this time by looking into uranium imports.Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the investigation Wednesday, noting U.S. production of uranium for military and electric power has decreased to five per cent of its consumption from 49 per cent in 1987.“The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security will conduct a thorough, fair, and transparent review to determine whether uranium imports threaten to impair national security,” Ross in a statement.Canada is not the target, although all countries are potentially subject to the investigation, said a spokeswoman for two U.S. uranium firms that petitioned the U.S. government in January to take action to help a sector that has been hemorrhaging jobs.“The final form of the remedy will be determined by the Secretary of Commerce and ultimately, the president,” Joelle Ziemian wrote in an email.Canada was the largest foreign supplier of uranium to the U.S. in 2016, accounting for 25 per cent of U.S. imports, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said.But Ziemian said that threshold is expected to be cut in half this year because the Canadian industry is also impacted by the unfair global market created by state-sponsored companies.Petitioners Energy Fuels Inc. and Ur-Energy Inc. singled out companies in Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan that together supplied more than one-third of U.S. demand last year. Domestic producers are projected to fulfil only about two per cent of total U.S. commercial demand.“While U.S. producers can fairly compete with foreign production on a level playing field, it is difficult for them to compete with heavily subsidized foreign production,” they said in a joint statement.The companies added they expected more nuclear fuel from state-subsidized companies in Russia and China will be imported in the coming years, likely further displacing U.S. production.“If Russia and its allies take control of this critical fuel, the threat to U.S. national and energy security would be incalculable.”Canada is the world’s second-largest producer of uranium after Kazakhstan, with 23 per cent of global production in 2016, said Natural Resources Canada. The country produced 14 kilotonnes of the ore, all coming from Saskatchewan mines.The head of Cameco Inc., Canada’s largest uranium producer, said it’s too early to say what impact the investigation will have, but that Canada and the company are aligned with U.S. interests.“If the issue in question is the overreliance of the United States on uranium supplied by state-controlled enterprises from countries not aligned with American policy interests, this clearly does not apply to Canada or Cameco,” said CEO Tim Gitzel in a statement.Ken Neumann, Canadian director of the United Steelworkers, said there’s no evidence to justify Canada’s inclusion in the investigation.“It is abundantly clear that Canadian uranium exports do not present a national security threat to the United States,” said Neumann in a statement.The investigation came as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet partly designed to signal Canada’s intention to redouble efforts to diversify its trading partners in the face of U.S. protectionism.Canada and the United States are staunch military allies and Canadian uranium is not a threat to U.S. national security, said Adam Austen, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.“Measures that shut out Canadian uranium imports would harm U.S. reactors that rely on long-term contracts with Canadian suppliers of uranium,” he wrote in an email.Canada shares concerns about the overproduction of uranium in certain countries and has been working with the U.S. to address the issue of global excess capacity, Austen added.Ross said the investigation will canvass the uranium sector from mining through enrichment, defence and industrial consumption.Uranium fuels 99 U.S. commercial nuclear reactors that produce 20 per cent of the power for the country’s electricity grid. It is also needed for its nuclear arsenal and powers submarines and aircraft carriers.Under Canada’s nuclear non-proliferation policy, Canadian uranium can be used only for peaceful purposes.The U.S. Commerce Department said the two petitioners that account for more than half of all uranium mined in the U.S., have laid off more than half their workforce over the last two years and operate at nine and 13 per cent of their respective capacity.The investigation comes a day before the department holds a hearing on whether the imports of automobiles and automotive parts threaten U.S. national security.The department has 270 days to investigate and report to the president, who has up to 90 days to act on Ross’s recommendations.In their petition, the companies proposed import quotas that would reserve one quarter of the U.S. market for domestic uranium production.They also want U.S. federal utilities and agencies to buy U.S. uranium in accordance with President Donald Trump’s Buy American policy.last_img read more

Petition to cancel Site C fails

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A petition that sought to ask the provincial government to cancel building the Site C dam has failed.The petition was filed by Ion Delsol Moruso and was given an approval in principle by Elections BC on May 3rd. The petition papers were issued to canvassers on July 3rd, who had 90 days to collect signatures from at least 10 percent of registered voters in each of the province’s 87 ridings.“The purpose of the initiative draft Bill is to stop construction of the Site C Dam project currently underway on the Peace River,” stated Moruso in his petition application. “The draft Bill states that the May 2014 Joint Federal-Provincial Review Panel report on the project was found to have unsupported claims and procedural inconsistencies and that a November 2017 BC Utilities Commission report concluded that the project is not needed for future energy power in British Columbia. The draft Bill would require the Site C Dam project to be cancelled, and would come into effect on Royal Assent.” Then Chief Electoral Officer Keith Archer said that the initiative petition application is the eleventh to be approved since the Recall and Initiative Act came into force in 1995.Site C was initially approved by the then-BC Liberal government in December 2014 and had been under construction for over two years when the Liberals lost a confidence vote in the BC Legislature last June. After the NDP formed a minority government, Energy Minister Michelle Mungall announced that Site C would be subject to a fast-tracked review by the B.C. Utilities Commission.In their Final Report, the BCUC did not say outright whether construction on Site C should be cancelled or continued but did say that the project was running over its original $8.9 billion budget. Premier John Horgan announced last December 11th that construction on the 1,100-megawatt project would continue, with a revised budget of $10.7 billion.last_img read more

Libya bomb kills electricity plant manager

first_imgBENGHAZI- A bomb killed an electrical power plant manager Thursday in eastern Libya, while authorities also found the head of a man who had been kidnapped for ransom.Adam al-Mansouri was killed when a bomb placed under his car exploded in the city of Tobruk, near the Egyptian border, a local official said.“Unknown individuals placed an explosive device under his car,” the official said, adding that Mansour had just left his office when he was killed. The attack was the first of its kind in Tobruk, which has so far been spared the violence that has plagued much of Libya since long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi was toppled in 2011.Meanwhile, in the long-lawless city of Benghazi, cradle of the uprising, authorities found the head of Attia al-Naili, the 65-year-old father of a special forces commander, a military source told AFP.“Attia al-Naili was abducted two months ago and it looks like his abductors, who had demanded a ransom of one million dollars (730,000 euros) to release him, executed him,” the source said.He said the head was found in a plastic back on the street where Naili lived.A medical source said the head was being kept at a local morgue while a search was underway for the man’s body.Naili’s son, Salem, heads a special forces unit called Saiqa and had been accused by the jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia of having been involved in fighting with them last month.But the Islamist group denied responsibility for the elder Naili’s death.Militants have targeted security forces and foreigners, as well as judges, political activists and the media, with 300 people reportedly killed in the past month in Benghazi and neighbouring Derna.last_img read more

UN High Commissioner for human rights to visit Morocco next month

first_imgRabat – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, will pay an official visit to Morocco next May, Morocco’s ambassador and permanent representative at the UN office in Geneva, Omar Hilale, announced this Tuesday. The announcement was made by the diplomat during MAP’s forum themed “Morocco’s commitment for human rights”.last_img