Funny reactions: Balotelli scored and football fans did this…

first_img Mario Balotelli scores his first Premier League goal for Liverpool 1 It finally happened. It may have taken 13 games, but Mario Balotelli has scored his first Premier League goal for Liverpool.His summer transfer from Milan has not quite worked out the way he and his manager, Brendan Rodgers, had hoped, but he is off the mark in the league. His winning strike against Tottenham in the 3-2 win means he now has two goals in 16 games in all competitions following his goal against Ludogorets in the Champions League.‘SEEING IS BELIEVING’ – LIVERPOOL FANS REACT TO BALOTELLI’S WINNERRead on to see how the funny reactions of other football fans after the £16m man tucked the ball past Hugo Lloris…FINALLY, MARIO! THE PICTURES LIVERPOOL FANS WILL LOVE SEEINGlast_img

World Bank loan for wind, solar projects

first_img3 November 2011South African state electricity company Eskom has been granted a US$250-million (about R1.9-billion) World Bank loan to help it implement two of the largest renewable energy projects ever attempted on the African continent.The loan will help Eskom to build a 100 megawatt concentrating solar power plant in Upington in the Northern Cape, as well as a 100 megawatt wind power project in Sere, 300km north of Cape Town.The loan is funded by the World Bank’s Clean Technology Fund, which promotes scaled-up financing for demonstration, deployment and transfer of low-carbon technologies with significant potential for long-term greenhouse gas emissions savings.“Africa is beginning to grow and the problem of energy insecurity is dampening that growth,” World Bank vice-president for Africa Obiageli Ezekwesili said in a statement last week. “By investing in these cutting-edge, transformational solar and wind power projects, we are saying that Africa can lead the way in securing a clean energy future.”In September, Eskom secured a €100-million (R980.8-million) credit facility from French development finance group Agence Française de Developpement (AFD) to finance the Sere Wind Project.In June, it secured a US$365-million (about R2.46-billion) loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to finance both the Sere project and the Upington solar project.According to the AfDB, about 90% of electrical energy produced in the country in 2010 was derived from fossil fuels, emitting approximately 224.7-million tons of carbon dioxide and making the South African economy one of the most carbon-intensive in the world.Emission savings are estimated at about 5-million tons of CO2 equivalent – over a 20-year life span – for the Sere wind power project and 9-million tons for the Upington solar power plant.Eskom CEO Brian Dames sayss the utility’s first large-scale introduction of two renewable energy projects “demonstrates our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and making the transition to a cleaner energy mix.”Energy from renewable sources will be expected to make up a substantial 42% of all new electricity generation in South Africa over the next 20 years, according to the country’s Integrated Resource Plan 2010, which the Cabinet approved in March.SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

Testing human limits – for a good cause

first_img14 June 2013Endurance adventurer Sean Conway seems to be a man who is always on a mission – and no ordinary missions at that. They include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro dressed as a penguin and cycling 16 000 miles (25 750 km) across six continents. He did three-quarters of that event, the first-ever World Cycle Race, with a fractured spine after being run over by a truck in the USA.His next challenge, believe it or not, is probably even tougher, and it’s something that (not surprisingly) has never been attempted. He’s going to try to swim the entire length of Great Britain, from Land’s End to John O’Groats, a distance of 1 000 miles (1 600 km).The swim, which will be sponsored by Speedo, begins on 30 June.Daunting logisticsBreaking it down, the figures are astonishing. Conway will be attempting to swim a distance equivalent to a crossing of the English Channel each day for a period of two months in some very inhospitable waters.Organising such an ambitious swim requires plenty of planning. “Crew logistic are the hardest. I have to feed them, keep them warm, make sure they can follow me safely, etcetera,” Conway, who was in South Africa on one of his regular trips in April, told earlier this month.“There will be times when I can swim, but the boat might not be able to sail near me, or the wind is forcing the boat to tack in a different way.“The other big problem logistically is the tides. The tide can be 10 knots at times and in the wrong direction. I have to plan the times when I swim. I am planning 32km per day, so I might have to swim at night to make the most of a good tide.”South Africa where it all beganHis love of endurance adventures began in South Africa, where, as a schoolboy at Clifton Prep School he competed in the Midmar Mile. “I did the Midmar Mile twice as a kid and loved it,” he reckoned.Conway also loved canoeing and being the competitive type took on the Dusi Canoe Marathon, a very tough test of running and paddling, a few times. He also competed in the Fish and Drak Challenge canoe marathons. “I loved canoeing and wish I had carried on with it,” he admitted.He moved to the United Kingdom in 2002, but remains a regular visitor to South Africa, which he says is a wonderful place for endurance training. His father, Tony, has been with KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife since 1983, and was with Zimbabwe National Parks before that. He has dedicated the last 35 years of his life to rhino conservation.Charities working in AfricaAs with every challenge the former Hilton College schoolboy takes on, charity is one of the primary reasons that drives him.“Raising money for charities is a very important part of my adventure challenges,” Conway explained. “They give me a reason to carry on when times are tough or I feel like quitting.“I like to help charities in Africa, which is why I support War Child, Solar Aid and Save the Rhino.War Child, the charity he is swimming for on his 1 000 mile journey, provides life- changing support to children whose families, communities and schools have been torn apart by war; Solar Aid aims to eradicate the kerosene lamp from Africa by 2020 by creating a market for high-tech solar lamps.“My father has dedicated the last 35 years of his life to rhino conservation, so that’s why I have a thing for rhinos,” Conway said.Saving the rhinoDad, Tony Conway, is proud of his son. “To have him personally involved in rhino is great as it is a species very close to my heart, having been the chairman of the KwaZulu-Natal Rhino Management Group for 19 years, a member of the IUCN African Rhino Specialist Group for 22 years, and a member of the SADC Rhino Management Group for seven years.“Any publicity on the plight of rhino, which is clearly a ‘species in crisis’, helps,” Tony Conway said, “and that is what Sean is trying to create – it’s all about awareness, and obviously through that people are more likely to donate generously to NGOs/donors that fund rhino security and management programmes.”The challenges that the younger Conway faces when he takes on one of his missions are those most people would consider impossible, if not slightly crazy, but it is the scale of those challenges that drives him on. “It’s my oxygen. I seem to thrive at being cold, wet, hungry and sleep deprived. I can’t explain it,” he said. “I actually get panic attacks at the thought of being average and just existing on this planet.”Another South African connectionThe idea for “Swimming Britain”, the name adopted for his forthcoming challenge, is his own. He thought it must have been done before, but it hadn’t been.“It was only when I e-mailed all my swimming mates and they were annoyed that they hadn’t thought about it that I got excited,” he revealed. “I’d be lying if I told you that being the first at something isn’t cool. It is. I get to make the rules and no one can question my decisions.”One of Conway’s swimming mates is former Pietermaritzburg Seals swimmer Kent Kirkwood, who now lives in Johannesburg. A triathlete who has competed over the Ironman distance (3.8km swim, 180km cycle, 42km standard running marathon), Kirkwood, too, is serious about saving the rhino and supporting his mate, so he’s committed himself to being part of the Swimming Britain challenge by taking on a portion of the swim.“What I’m planning to do is to join him when he crosses the Irish Sea, which is probably one of the more difficult sections, where you’re out of sight of land for a couple of days, just swimming,” Kirkwood told SAinfo.Apart from the swimming, another difficulty, even before participating in the event, will be to co-ordinate his time away from work to hook up with Conway, who will have hopefully managed to stick closely to his timetable.“He’s raising money for War Child and I’m going to try to raise money to prevent rhino poaching,” Kirkwood said. “I come from Zululand and grew up near the Umfolozi Game Reserve. I’m very close to that issue (saving the rhino), and it’s important. I don’t see a solution happening, and it’s horrific what’s going on in the game reserves.”Kirkwood receives first-hand information from Tony Conway about the horrors of rhino poaching. “I’ve been involved in some of those efforts to fight rhino poaching. You can see how it affects communities and all the organised crime that is behind it. It’s really a big problem,” he said.Midmar Mile and Save the Rhino“The open water swimming community is so big,” Kirkwood said, “and we want to reach out to it to support these charities.”With Sean Conway’s endurance adventures having begun with the Midmar Mile, it’s fitting that the world’s largest open water swimming event has committed itself to support the Save the Rhino campaign.“After meeting with KZN Wildlife CEO Dr Bandile Mkhize, we were glad to discover that saving the rhino is one of his passions,” Midmar Mile organiser Wayne Riddin told SAinfo. “The Midmar Mile has become a very effective tool for charity fund-raising, so we’re thrilled to get behind this crucial drive to save the species.”After learning about the Swimming Britain challenge from Kent Kirkwood, Riddin has also committed himself to getting the story about the epic swim out to the Midmar Mile community; with close to 20 000 swimmers taking it on annually, with family members in tow, the community is a big one.Conway is hoping to be a part of the world’s largest open water swimming event again in 2014.Follow his progress in the Swimming Britain challenge mile-by-mile on you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Presidential Indaba puts spotlight on youth employment

first_img28 February 2014 Young people from all around the country will get exposure to various career opportunities when the Presidential Youth Indaba kicks in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg on Friday. The four-day indaba will provide a platform for young South Africans to empower themselves. It will also have an expo component to help connect youngsters to job opportunities, career information, scholarships, bursary programmes and enterprise development support. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe is expected to address 500 youngsters from the country’s nine provinces on Friday afternoon. In April 2013, government, labour, business and civil society signed a Youth Employment Accord, committing themselves to improving the education and training of young people and helping them to find jobs and start businesses. The government committed to increase the number of young people employed in the public sector, while certain industries committed to setting youth development targets. The indaba is a platform to give effect to the Youth Employment Accord as the country grapples with finding solutions to the high unemployment rate, especially among young people. The Economic Development Department will host the indaba at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre, with Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel leading the indaba, supported by Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane. The indaba is expected to produce a declaration with resolutions on how, together with young people, all stakeholders can address the issue of youth unemployment. The indaba will form a Presidential Youth Working Group to meet with the President from time to time to appraise him on the progress of the implementation of the indaba declarations and youth development post the indaba. The young people attending the indaba will be expected to work together with various stakeholders to come up with solutions to the socio-economic challenges facing young people in the country, particularly as they relate to jobs and skills. The indaba will also promote social dialogue between the youth, government, business, labour and youth development agencies. Source: read more

Planter Field Day May 31

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Weather conditions have delayed some farmers from getting into their fields to plant this spring, so more growers are looking to new technologies to help them speed up the planting process.With each day growers aren’t able to get into their fields to plant due to cold or wet soil conditions, more questions are arising as to how the planting delays will impact yields, said Mary Griffith, an Ohio State University Extension educator.“While growers always are focused on getting their crops in on time, this year many farmers are especially concerned about how a narrow planting season such as this will impact yields,” Griffith said. “Some growers who planted early were negatively impacted by late frost and have had to replant some fields — in some cases some of those farmers hadn’t even gotten all their fields planted the first round before they had to replant.“As a result, many growers are looking at planters, new technologies and yield impact. Whether it be questions on seed singulation and uniform spacing to questions on variable rate seeding and fertilizer application, many growers want to know how precision planter technology can increase the speed and accuracy of planting.”Growers can learn more about precision planters during a Planter Field Day May 31. The event is from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, 1782 state Route 38 NW in London. The event is free and open to the public.The program will offer participants the opportunity to see corn and soybeans planted using the ExactEmerge planting system at the site. During the field day, growers will be able to evaluate crop stands and learn more about precision planting.For more information on the field day or to register, contact Griffith at 740-852-0975 ext. 13 or [email protected] The deadline to register is May 27. The event is sponsored by JD Equipment.last_img read more

How will “Brexit” affect U.S. agriculture?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Britain’s departure from the European Union would have little direct effect on U.S. agricultural trade but could slow economic growth tied to manufacturing, Purdue University agricultural economists say.Their greatest concerns are whether the current shakeup in the financial markets from Britain’s vote to leave the EU is short-term or longer, whether an already-strong U.S. dollar would continue to rise in value and how access to global markets might be affected.“The indirect effects will matter the most,” said Philip Abbott, a professor of agricultural economics who researches international trade and agriculture. “The effects on agricultural trade will be through the exchange rate mechanism and through any negative business cycle effects involving global demand. How big those are depend on whether this is a temporary or longer-term situation and how long the very recent changes in exchange rates and interest rates persist.”He pointed out that a strong dollar makes U.S. exports more expensive to the rest of the world and that a widely held belief in the agricultural industry is that trade and a weak dollar are good for U.S. agriculture.Still, agricultural exports to the United Kingdom amount to a very small portion of U.S exports worldwide, Abbott said. In 2015, the United States exported $8.3 billion in corn globally but only $62,000 of the crop to Britain. Of the $18.9 billion worth of soybeans the United States exported worldwide, $76 million of that went to Britain.Of the $133 billion in overall U.S. agricultural exports, $1.8 billion went to the U.K. Exports of what the U.S. Department of Agriculture calls “consumer-oriented products,” including wine, nuts, fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy products, amounted to $62 billion worldwide, $1.1 billion of it to the U.K. Wine led in that category with U.S. exports of $282 million to Britain.The Britains’ vote of June 23 drew more attention to the issue of globalization versus nationalization — essentially open or closed markets — said Mike Boehlje, distinguished professor of agricultural economics. Supporters of the referendum to withdraw contend that the influence and sovereignty of Britain has suffered under the EU’s trade and economic regulations and its policies on immigration and the free movement of people within the 28 European countries in the bloc. Similar issues have come up in the current U.S. presidential election campaigns.“Generally, agriculture is much more dependent on international trade than other parts of the economy,” Boehlje said. “Globalization is important to U.S. agriculture to keep markets open to access.”Boehlje said openness also is important to agriculture for immigrant labor it needs and for sharing of innovations that promote growth.“These are probably the more important longer-term issues,” he said. “We don’t know what the answers are yet.”The economists agree that economic ramifications of a European Union without Britain need time to play out. Until they do, thee will be uncertainty.last_img read more

Yelp Reports Q4 Losses As Local Gets More Crowded Than Ever

first_imgRelated Posts Images via Yelp Yelp just reported its fourth quarter earnings and things aren’t looking that sunny for the stalwart local discovery site. In Q4 Yelp raked in $41.2 million in revenue, losing $.08 cents per share for a net loss of $5.3 million, an outlook a bit grimmer than projected losses of $.03 per share. Still, the company exceeded analyst estimates, which pegged the Yelp to report $40.2 million in revenue. The company’s stock predictably dipped in after-hours trading by around 3%.Yelp should own local. But it doesn’t. The company, founded in the mobile dark age of 2004, is being assaulted on some major fronts. There’s Foursquare of course, but the biggest threat is Facebook’s renewed interest in local, which the company will be building out in the coming months in the form of a feature called “Nearby.”Nearby is a big threat to Foursquare too, if Facebook doesn’t fumble the reboot. You might recall Facebook Places, which was shuttered in 2011, well before Facebook commanded the mobile savvy and the mobile products that it does now. Still, Yelp did have a little good news: Its web portal hit 100 million unique visitors in January 2013. The company also reported that reviews were up 45% in 2012 and its reach on mobile devices grew by 60%. (You can find more Yelp stats in the infographic below.) The heat is on to see who can monetize mobile the fastest – but clearly Yelp just isn’t quite there yet. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#business#Local#mobile#yelp A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit taylor hatmakerlast_img read more

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Pirates Kidnap Five Seafarers from OSV off Nigeria

first_imgArmed pirates have kidnapped five crew members from an offshore support vessel in the latest pirate attack off Brass, Nigeria.According to data provided by IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, pirates armed with machine guns in two speed boats approached the unnamed vessel while it was underway some 32 nautical miles off the coast of Brass, midday on March 9.The ship’s Captain immediately notified the naval escort security boat which maneuvered to engage the attackers. One speed boat closed in from port side of the vessel and crossed the bow, while the other speed boat exchanged fire with the security boat.Alarm was raised and the crew went to the engine room, while all power was shut down.The pirates boarded the vessel with the aid of an elongated ladder and broke into the accommodation, vandalized the cabins and took crew belongings and vessel’s properties.They then proceeded to the engine room, kidnapped five men and escaped. The remaining crew members sailed the vessel under escort to a safe anchorage.IMB Piracy Reporting Centre added that one Nigerian Navy armed guard was reported killed in the exchange of fire between the naval security boat and the pirates.Relevant authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.last_img read more

Yukon government vows to improve jail conditions for inmates struggling with mental

first_imgShirley McLeanAPTN NewsAlmost four years after a group of inmates launched human rights complaints against a correctional centre in Whitehorse, the Yukon government is now pledging to improve conditions for inmates with mental health issues.That’s according to a new settlement agreement the Yukon government has signed with the territory’s human rights commission.Shirley McLean reports.last_img