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Govt, business join climate fight

first_img18 October 2005A partnership between the government and Business Unity South Africa to address the challenge of climate change was formed at the National Climate Change Conference in Midrand, Johannesburg on Monday.The newly formed partnership is expected to create a system for monitoring and reporting on the levels of greenhouse gas emissions in South Africa.“At the World Summit on Sustainable Development, South Africa led the way in highlighting the ‘triple bottom line’ of business – economic, social, and environmental concerns,” said Business Unity SA (Busa) President Patrice Motsepe.“This agreement gives further content to that approach. Busa understands the importance of economic growth that does not mortgage our future for the sake of short-term profit, and we will work with government to ensure that we address the challenges of climate change together.”The mining magnate also referred to the increasing number of South African companies that were exploring investment opportunities presented by the Clean Development Mechanism.Environmental Affairs Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said the government hoped to extend the partnership with business to other interventions, “especially those which will help our rural and agricultural communities adapt to the impacts of climate change through the diversification of the rural economy.”Investment in scienceScience Minister Mosibudi Mangena opened the science session of the conference with calls for greater investment in the science of climate change and African research and development.Stating alternatives for energy use, Mangena said nuclear power was one of the options, alongside wind and solar technologies.“Climate change research requires global observation of numerous characteristics of the earth system over a long period of time,” the minister said.“Scientists need to ensure that reliable data is collected by a whole suite of observing systems – from satellite to surface stations to ocean buoys operated by various countries and agencies.”Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Madiba shirt designer inspires youth

first_img3 February 2016Sonwabile Ndamase, Madiba’s shirt-maker, wants to give opportunities to the youth https://t.co/Mu1Ap3qTud pic.twitter.com/LPi5TwYqtK— City Press Online (@City_Press) January 30, 2016Clothing designer Sonwabile Ndamase was born and bred in Libode, formerly in Transkei, now in Eastern Cape, and made his name as the designer of the famous Madiba shirts, the often colourful, always eye-catching shirts worn by the iconic Nelson Mandela.Ndamase is now offering the youth of his home province the opportunity to learn how to make a career in the fashion industry.He launched a learnership programme for his South African Fashion Designers Agency (Safda) in East London on 26 January. Ndamase, wearing one of his trademark shirts, spoke passionately about how the agency was his way of giving back to the community and continuing the legacy of the globally recognised late statesman.“This is very important to me,” said Ndamase. “Part of it is to leave the legacy of Tata Mandela that he asked me to do. He asked me to plough back to the community where I come from and make it a point I change people’s lives.“By wearing my shirt, (Mandela) did the same for me because before that nobody knew me. He opened up the markets for me. We managed to crack the industry and make it a point that things start to work for the betterment of an African child,” he said.S/O to Sonwabile Ndamase on creating and driving the greatest trend to hit the world #MadibaSkirt #FashionFriday pic.twitter.com/PDCLT1iZKZ— Amkelo Jiyane (@_Amkelo) December 6, 2013The birth of the Madiba shirtWhile the original Madiba shirt – known as the ‘fish shirt’ – was designed by local designer Desre Buirski Nash, Ndamase was tasked by Mandela to design his own unique style.Ndamase tells BBQ business magazine how he came to be Madiba’s personal shirt maker: “Tata gave me the brief on how and what he would like to wear. it was influenced by his health at the time. his lungs (affected by the conditions on Robben Island), so he needed something cool to the body, easy to wear, but as he called it ‘well-behaved.’”Ndamase sent Mandela a number of ideas and designs and picked an uncharacteristically colourful one. “Madiba wanted his own look, something different from the usual politician, so I started to create the kind of a shirt that would make him stand out, but still look well-behaved,” Ndamase explained.As the founder and chairperson of Safda and its Vukani Fashion Awards programme, which was started in 1993, Ndamase has put up R250 000 of his own money to kick-start the new learnership project. Partnering with the Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta), the project has raised R3.5-million that will be used to support 150 students while they learn about the process and business of fashion design over the 12-month programme.While the programme is specifically aimed at previously disadvantaged fashion design graduates, it is also open to unemployed youths with an interest in the industry, as well as physically challenged individuals.“The all-inclusive project intends to recruit 25 physically challenged youths to enrol as part of the programme,” Ndamase said.He emphasised that Safda was the only portal through which the evolution of the first generation of South Africa’s fashion artistry could be witnessed since the advent of democracy. In turn, this also ensured the agency’s ability to stay ahead of the curve in a rapidly changing environment.Fashion had an important role to play in forming an African identity, he added. Clothes were symbols, as he told BBQ. They “they tell who you are, where you are coming from and where you are going to. I was trying to send a message: we as young and upcoming designers cannot to be fooled by what is happening around the world and embody ubuntu so that they can show who we are and where we are coming from.”His proudly African philosophy helps to inspire his students to strive to be the best they can be and to deliver original African art and culture: “Africa is fresh, Africa is new, Africa is energetic. we have so much to offer to the world.”Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

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AIKS to gherao Maharashtra government offices on June 1

first_imgThe Left-affiliated All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS) on Tuesday said on Monday that it would stage a demonstration on June 1 to compel the State government to fulfil promises made to farmers.Members of the AIKS will government offices across Maharashtra that day and farmer leader Dr. Ajit Nawale said here on Tuesday that they will welcome like-minded farmer outfits to join in the demonstration. “The present [BJP] government has a history of giving false assurances. After our ‘long march’ last month, the government said it would form a committee to fulfil our demands which include complete farm loan waiver, forest land rights, and implementation of recommendations of M S Swaminathan Commission. However, the State seems to be tardy in implementing these,” he said. Last month, more than 35,000 farmers participated in a long march organised by the AIKS from Nashik to Mumbai demanding immediate implementation of measures designed to improve agricultural produce and the lives of farmers.“June 1 will mark one year of the farmers’ agitation at Puntamba in Ahmednagar district. The AIKS had essayed a major role then, and had again put pressure on the government with its rally last month,” said Dr. Ajit Nawale adding that the government was completely ignoring issues like waiver of electricity bills and grant of forest rights.Commenting on State Irrigation Minister Girish Mahajan, Dr. Nawale said that he merely played the “role of a fire brigade”, temporarily dousing the flames of the farmers’ ire.“He [Girish Mahajan] is always sent to pacify us with assurances. No concrete step is later taken by this [BJP] government. For over a year, all demands made by the Kisan Sabha concerning the woes of the farmers have been repeatedly ignored. Hence, we are taking to the streets again on June 1,” he said.last_img read more

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Sale Knockout Results

first_imgSale held its annual knockout on the weekend with 51 teams and some of Australia’s best players including Sam Brisby, Dylan Thompson and Leah Percy in attendance. The men’s and women’s sections were played on Saturday with the following results:-Women’s “A” – Synergise 10 to Latrobe University Imperial Eagles 2.Women’s “B” – ENUF 4 to Ballarat Dolls 3 in extra time.Men’s “A” – Tune Squad 5 to Maori Saiyanz 3Men’s “B”  – Ballarat 6 to Monash University Shredders 1In the mixed competition played on Sunday the results were:-Mixed “A” Division – Falcons 5 to Mixed Grill 3Mixed Social – Monash University Pinky and the Brain 6 defeated Ballarat 1The Laurie Smyth Perpetual Award for the player showing true sportsman ship in the Mixed Social Division was won by Rachel Davine from Melbourne.The 2014 Sale Knockout is scheduled for the 12th & 13th April at Stephenson Park.Information taken from the Sale Touch website – www.sale.mytouchfooty.com Related LinksMen’s “A” Winners – Tune Squadlast_img read more

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Predicting College Football’s Next 9 National Champions

first_imgClemson's Deshaun Watson celebrates winning the national titleTAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Who’s going to win college football’s national championship this upcoming season? What about in 2017? 2018? 2019? Etc.  Nick Saban AlabamaWill Saban win another one?We’re attempting to figure that out. We’re predicting the next nine national champions in college football. Using logic and some very creatively imagined scenarios, we’ve predicted who’s going to win it all until 2024. Surely, you won’t disagree with most of them (maybe any of them) but it’s a fun read. Here they are. Start With: 2016, Clemson >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10last_img read more

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Kashmir inching back towards normal life ahead of Eid fest

first_imgSrinagar/ Jammu/ New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry said on Saturday that there had been a few stray protests in the Kashmir Valley in the past few days against the scrapping of special status of Jammu and Kashmir. “There have been a few stray protests in Srinagar/ Baramulla and none of these involved a crowd of more than 20 people,” a ministry spokesperson said.The spokesperson also dismissed a media report about a protest by about 10,000 people in Kashmir as “fabricated and incorrect”. The government abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir and divided the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsPresident Ram Nath Kovind had on Saturday given assent to the legislation on J&K bifurcation and the new UTs will come into existence on October 31. Meanwhile, prohibitory orders under CrPC section 144 were lifted in five districts and curfew was relaxed in Doda and Kishtwar districts, paving the way for resumption of normal activities that were badly hit after special status of Jammu and Kashmir was abrogated, officials said on Saturday. All schools and colleges reopened in five districts of the Jammu region, besides increase in attendance in government offices, a senior official said. “All kind of restrictions in these five districts of Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Udhampur and Reasi have been withdrawn and all educational institutes have reopened.” He said that the situation is limping back to normalcy. All market places and shops reopened and traffic has resumed as normal in all these districts bringing much relief to the people. Friday prayers passed off peacefully.last_img read more

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Alberta eyes pub time changes so soccer fans can gather during World

first_imgEDMONTON — Alberta is considering whether to change its bar hours so soccer fans can gather in the early mornings to watch the World Cup and hoist a few.Finance Minister Joe Ceci says he will have the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission look at the idea and make a decision before the international tournament begins June 14.The tournament is being held in Russia and some games in the early rounds will start at 6 a.m. Alberta time.The pitch for opening bars early is coming from NDP backbencher Rod Loyola.Loyola says he and other soccer fans would like to see bars open a half hour before and after the games.Ceci says a similar rule has been in place in the past for Olympic hockey, but he wants to make sure any change will not affect public safety.“We want to do this in a socially responsible way,” Ceci said Thursday.“We don’t want anyone to get a red card or to be offside with regards to all of this.”Loyola suggests any changes should only kick in when the games are on.“This brings the community together so they can sit down with their friends, neighbours, have a cold one and watch a good game.”Loyola said his team is Chile, but since the country is not in the tournament he is rooting for all South American and Latin American teams.Ceci said he’s cheering for Iceland.last_img read more

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Details of planned downtown Las Vegas casinoresort expected

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Details of a planned 777-room casino-resort that will rise in the entertainment district of downtown Las Vegas are set to be announced.The owners of the planned development along Fremont Street will reveal the property’s name and amenities Thursday.It will become the first casino-resort built from the ground up in downtown Las Vegas in more than three decades.The proposed casino-resort will occupy an entire city block where the Las Vegas Club casino-hotel, Mermaids casino and Girls of Glitter Gulch strip club once stood.It is not the only planned development coming to downtown Las Vegas. The Downtown Grand casino-hotel announced Monday it will debut an additional hotel tower in mid-2020, while the video canopy above Fremont Street is set to undergo a renovation that will enhance its resolution.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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La Liga set for big finish despite Barcelona procession

first_imgMadrid: Barcelona might have their eighth title in 11 years all-but sewn up but, with six games left to play, La Liga is far from finished. Atletico Madrid are battling city rivals Real Madrid for bragging rights and second place while Sevilla, Getafe and Valencia are in a three-way scrap for the last Champions League spot. Real Betis, Athletic Bilbao and Alaves could all make the Europa League, and at the other end of the table, seven clubs are facing the threat of relegation, with five of them separated by only three points. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHere, AFP Sports takes a look at what is left to play for ahead of round 33 this weekend. Barcelona sit nine points clear of Atletico and will be confirmed as champions later this month if they beat Real Sociedad on Saturday, Alaves and then Levante at Camp Nou on April 27. The title could be wrapped up sooner if Atletico slip up, with Diego Simeone’s side away to Eibar on Saturday before a tricky game at home to Valencia next week. Ernesto Valverde is likely to rest players to keep them fresh for their Champions League semi-final against Liverpool but it is important to maintain momentum too, not only for those two legs but also the Copa del Rey final against Valencia next month. Barca have a treble in their sights. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterFinishing ahead of Real Madrid for a second consecutive year might not make up for Atletico’s early exit from the Champions League or their timid title challenge but it would still be an impressive achievement for a club that continues to punch above its weight. For Real and Zinedine Zidane, making up the four-point gap would be scant consolation for a miserable season that cannot end soon enough. They play at home to in-form Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, when focus will again be on Zidane’s selections and any clues as to who might stay or go in the summer. Gareth Bale, left out against Leganes on Monday, looks likely to be on his way. They were title challengers in November, doubtful to make the top four in March and now Sevilla are favourites to take the final Champions League spot ahead of Getafe, whom they visit on Sunday. Four wins, including one over rivals Real Betis last weekend, and a draw since Joaquin Caparros swapped his role as sporting director for coach has put Sevilla one point ahead of Getafe, whose own challenge will go down as one of the most remarkable stories of the season. Valencia are only three points back and will profit whatever the result at Coliseum Alfonso Perez, as long as they win on Sunday away at Betis. That qualifying for the Europa League might end up as something of a disappointment for Getafe speaks volumes for their season but, as well as Valencia, in contention for the top six are also Athletic Bilbao, Alaves and Betis. Bilbao were facing a relegation battle after winning only one game before December but a surge under new coach Gaizka Garitano means they are now only three points off sixth. Alaves were fighting for the top four only a few weeks ago but have tailed off while Betis might have to beat Valencia this weekend to keep their hopes of a European place alive. Huesca look doomed at the bottom of the table and Rayo Vallecano, five points adrift of safety, may have left themselves with too much to do, even if they win at home to Huesca on Saturday. But three points separates Real Valladolid in 18th and Girona in 14th, with Villarreal, Levante and Celta Vigo in between. Valladolid have the most to do while Girona are highest but arguably in the worst form, closely followed by Levante, who still have Real Madrid and Atletico to play. Villarreal have a knack of self-destructing but should survive and Celta seemingly cannot win without Iago Aspas, although he is back from suspension on Saturday, for a crunch game at home to Girona. Fixtures (times GMT) Friday: Alaves v Valladolid (2000) Saturday: Celta Vigo v Girona (1200), Eibar v Atletico Madrid (1515), Rayo Vallecano v Huesca (1730), Barcelona v Real Sociedad (1945) Sunday: Levante v Espanyol (1100), Getafe v Sevilla (1300), Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao (1515), Villarreal v Leganes (1730), Real Betis v Valencia (1945).last_img read more

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Womens soccer OSU preps for NCAA tournament showdown versus Dayton

Members of the Ohio State women’s soccer team huddles before a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Aaron Tomich | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s soccer team is gearing up for the final act of the season commencing on Saturday. The Buckeyes (10-6-3, 4-4-3 Big Ten) kick off the first round of the NCAA tournament against the Dayton Flyers (9-9-3, 4-4-2 Atlantic 10) at 6 p.m. at Jesse Owens Stadium.OSU senior defender Bridget Skinner expressed excitement about receiving news of the team’s bid into the NCAA tournament, noting that the Buckeyes are champing at the bit with special motivation and strong anticipation of their matchup against their in-state opponent, the Dayton Flyers.  “We’re just pretty pumped that we’re at home and get a chance to play them,” Skinner said.  Coming off of three week’s rest, Skinner took time to discuss the team’s mentality behind the gap between its last game and Saturday’s upcoming match. This included a couple days of physical and mental rest, along with the idea of a fresh start.“We really did look at it as this completely new season,” she said. “Like, it’s postseason, the regular season happened, and this is a completely new season.”OSU coach Lori Walker focused on motivating the Buckeyes during the break, as they sat aside during the Big Ten tournament.  “Everybody else is playing, so as a competitor, you get a very nauseous feeling that you’ve been left out of something,” Walker said.Walker noted that the team capitalized on the odd feeling of being left out, continuing to emphasize the concept that “winners don’t like to be left out of things,” as extra motivation for Saturday. She said that given Dayton has played three games in four days last weekend, the Buckeyes are focusing on attacking a fatigued Flyers team.“We know Dayton well.  They’re a really good team,” Walker said.  “They’ve had some success here and there, and at the end of their season, so we’re excited to play them on Saturday.”OSU senior forward Lindsay Agnew hopes the break from competitive play refocused the team going into Saturday night. Echoing the same team mentality, Agnew looks at this matchup as a new season. In saying that, she and the team as a whole focused on what has been improved all season long.“We took a couple days off at the beginning to reset and refocus,” Agnew said. “But since then, we’ve been basically just getting back to the basics: goal-scoring, shot-blocking and working on our midfield movements, just all the foundational stuff.”To take advantage of Dayton’s short rest, Agnew stressed the importance of ball movement and connecting midfielder crosses to forwards, eventually leading to more scoring opportunities.Dayton poses a threat to the OSU defense with junior forward Alexis Kiehl, who currently sits tied for most goals scored this season in the NCAA with 20.  Although Kiehl’s numbers are daunting, the Buckeyes’ back-line is prepared to combat a potent offense.“I think if we stick to this game plan, we’ll be fine,” Skinner said. “And it will be kind of irrelevant that (Kiehl) has scored 20 goals,” Skinner said. read more

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