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Durant drops triple-double, Warriors hit 21 3s to beat Wolves

first_imgNonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each added 25 points for Golden State.Durant was fined $15,000 by the NBA earlier in the day for his comments about referee James Williams after being ejected from Tuesday’s win against the New York Knicks. He later apologized and said he had acted like a “diva” and a “jerk.” Also on Thursday, Durant said he was the first pick in the NBA All-Star draft conducted by team captains Curry and LeBron James.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Life could be much worse. It was definitely a fun day,” Durant said. “I was looking forward to seeing who was going to be on the All-Star teams, looking forward to my fine and most of all looking forward to playing tonight.”Durant went 6 of 9 on 3-pointers and continually pushed the ball down the court to create open shots for Curry and Thompson. Durant hit two 3s and Curry added a third in a 67-second span late in the third quarter, during which the Warriors (39-10) went 8 of 11 on 3-pointers, leading Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau to throw up his arms in frustration. Timberwolves: Thibodeau said before the game that Butler, an All-Star reserve, is “close” to returning, Minnesota is 2-2 in the four games Butler has missed.Warriors: Curry became the fifth player in Warriors history to score 14,000 points, ending the game with 14,023. Curry, who is in his ninth season, trails Wilt Chamberlain (17,783), Rick Barry (16,447), Paul Arizin (16,266) and Chris Mullin (16,235) on the franchise list.GRAND TIMESZaza Pachulia played in his 1,000th regular-season game, becoming the third Warriors player to reach that mark this season, joining David West and Andre Iguodala. It was game No. 109 for Pachulia in a Warriors jersey. Most of his games, 556, were played with the Atlanta Hawks.BAD MATCHUPTowns was unstoppable near the basket at times and the Timberwolves had a 60-44 advantage on points in the paint. But that didn’t matter against the Warriors’ outside marksmanship. “You can’t beat the Warriors if you’re playing 2 versus 3. You can’t trade 2s for 3s,” Towns said. “We did a great job fighting all night, but it seemed like we got so close, they just started raining 3s again. No matter, uncontested, contested, it didn’t matter. They hit them when they needed to hit them. That’s the sign of a championship team right there.”UP NEXTTimberwolves: Host Brooklyn on Saturday, seeking a 10th straight home win.Warriors: Host the Boston Celtics on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Minnesota’s Jamal Crawford said Durant has become a better passer, making him even more of an offensive threat.“He’s even more dangerous. He’s already the best scorer in the world,” Crawford said. “If he has the assists, that just makes it tough to deal with.”The Warriors matched their previous season high of 18 3-pointers by the end of the third quarter. They made 57 percent from behind the arc in the game, with Thompson hitting seven and Curry connecting on five. That pinpoint shooting allowed Warriors coach Steve Kerr to forgive his team for 15 turnovers and inconsistent defense.“Our guys are so talented they lit up the scoreboard. They can win a lot of games without being totally dialed in and defending at a high level and that’s what happened tonight,” Kerr said. “It wasn’t our best effort, but talent wins.”Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 31 points and 11 rebounds. Crawford added 21 points and Jeff Teague had 17 points and seven assists for Minnesota, which played its fourth straight game without Jimmy Butler, who has a sore right knee.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Harris scores 23 points as Nuggets beat Knicks Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, left, fights for the ball with Golden State Warriors’ David West, right, and Klay Thompson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant called himself a “jerk.” The Minnesota Timberwolves had a different description of the Golden State Warriors’ All-Star forward, calling him “the best scorer in the world.”Durant had 28 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, and the Warriors made a season-high 21 3-pointers in a 126-113 victory over the Timberwolves on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Adversities fuel Lady Falcons to victory

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew With momentum not on their side, veterans Jema Galanza and Mylene Paat knew they had to take action.Like a beaten down protagonist going up against a confident foe, the Lady Falcons exchanged every imaginable blow with the Lady Warriors to take the five-set win, 19-25, 25-11, 16-25, 16-25, 15-12.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGalanza and Paat dealt the knockout blows and all the while lifting the spirits of their younger teammates.“Chiara’s injury was a big blow to the team but I saw that every one of my teammates we ready,” said Paat in Filipino Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Padda blasts ref after ‘crucial’ call in Adamson win over UE Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University’s inspired win over University of the East in the second round of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament ended a woeful past several weeks for the Lady Falcons.The Lady Falcons were in a tailspin prior to facing the Lady Warriors having lost four of their last five games, and Chiara Permentilla also sprained her left ankle a few days before the match.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism “We shouldn’t just work double the rate we’re doing, we have to triple it,” said Paat who had 18 points. “We have to really work for everything.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For skipper Galanza, it would be up to the veterans to inspire their younger teammates amid the adversity they were in.“This was a challenge for us to push them even further,” said Galanza in Filipino. “We should be able to show to them that we will fight for them and that we shouldn’t give up on the challenges we face.”Galanza was the one to strike first for the Lady Falcons when she found the right corner off a crosscourt kill that put them up, 14-11, then Paat ended the Lady Warriors’ fight with an off-the-block spike.The win saw Adamson move up to fifth place with a 4-5 record, a slate Galanza said could’ve been better if they were able to win their previous matches.“If we could’ve won in our past games we could’ve had a better track to the Final Four but this is the situation we’re in right now,” said Galanza who led her team with 22 points. “Of course we regret not taking those chances, but we have to fight right now.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Contempt of court charges dropped against GBTI officials

first_imgThe Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday threw out contempt of court charges against eight top executives of the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry Limited (GBTI), saying the bank’s officials should not have been charged in the first place.GBTI officials leaving the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday following the hearingThe matter was brought by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) against GBTI and its Board of Directors. This case stemmed from the matter in October 2017, when SOCU charged the bank’s directors with contempt based on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).The contempt proceedings stemmed from the bank’s failure to comply with a production order made by acting Chief Justice Roxane George on August 29, 2017.The bank had contended in its application for the variation of the order granted by Justice George that countless efforts were made to gather all the documents requested but it was discovered that some were either destroyed or could not be found.The documents are pertinent to the ongoing US$500 million Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) probe being conducted by SOCU. The bank’s failure to hand over the documents has assisted in stalling the probe and has since led to a clash between GBTI and SOCU.On Tuesday, Magistrate Ann McLennan dismissed the case and a no-case submission was upheld by the court. The Magistrate ruled that the prosecution failed on several counts, but the critical points were that at the time of the complaint there could not have been failure to comply with the production order because the date for compliance had already been extended by the High Court, and that the prosecution failed to tender all of the documents provided to SOCU by GBTI.The High Court had issued an order instructing the company to provide the information. When the company failed to do so immediately, SOCU filed the contempt charges.McLennan said that in her opinion, the directors should not have been charged since the court had already granted them more time to provide information based on a SOCU investigation.During the initial hearing, Attorney Nigel Hughes who represented the eight accused, told the court that the move to the court was nothing more than an abuse of prosecutorial power. He stated that his clients were following the court’s order and had been granted an extension by the Chief Justice to turn over all the relevant information to the SOCU.Further, Hughes stated that the order was handed over to SOCU, but the unit chose not to acknowledge it. He said the court order by the Chief Justice was directed to the bank and not necessarily its directors. However, SOCU is contending that the bank failed or stalled and gave all kinds of excuses, and even destroyed pertinent records relating to GRDB.The bank had made an application before the acting Chief Justice to be relieved from the production of the documents that were referred to in matter, on the grounds that they have either been destroyed by the applicant after the applicant’s retention period had expired, or they have been lost and cannot be found despite diligent efforts to find them.The bank is said to have an internal policy with regard to the retention of documents for its customers, however, the Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) legislation provides for banks and or financial institutions to maintain records for their customers up to a period of 10 years.In a statement following the decision, GBTI said despite the ongoing public war of words against it, which seemed designed to “sully the esteemed reputation of the distinguished members of the Board and the financial institution they represent, the Bank is grateful that this malicious attack on its integrity and that of staff has been brought to a predictable end in the court.”It stated too that while this unwarranted attack and abuse of power was not without severe and widespread consequences to the sterling institutional image and that of the personal reputation of distinguished directors and staff, GBTI withstood the onslaught with customers rallying around in support.“GBTI wishes to express its gratitude to so many customers and friends who expressed their support in so many ways through this traumatic, shameful charade. To the attorneys who distinguished themselves by the highest standards of legal representation possible we are duty bound to publicly congratulate each of you.”last_img read more

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Kyle Martin found safe

first_imgKyle Martin of Fort St. John has been found after being reported missing on August 20th.The Fort St. John RCMP released information on August 23rd, stating police had located Martin on August 22nd.The 34 year-old male was last seen by a family member around 4pm on August 20th at the Marquis Centre. Martin was found safe and in good health.- Advertisement -The RCMP would like to thank the public for their help in locating Martin.last_img

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Huskies open training camp

first_imgThe Fort St. John Huskies are set to jump into another season with training camp kicking off on Friday.Coach Bob Kalb is returning behind the bench for his fourth season in charge, while Jeremy Clothier will return as Kalb’s assistant and Bill Snow returns as manager.- Advertisement -The Huskies expect to have a well-stocked roster this year with plenty of skilled players, including 2009/2010 NWJHL Rookie-of-the-Year Robbie Sidhu and high-flying defenceman Payden Wongstedt.The pups are looking to bounce back after an upset loss to the Grande Prairie Wheelers in the 2010 NWJHL semi-finals.The Huskies training camp begins on Friday, with registration at 6 p.m. Any players interested in trying out for the team are invited to call General Manager Vince Pederson at (250) 263-4399 or Bill Snow at (250) 785-1285.The Huskies have just two games on their pre-season schedule.Advertisement On Sept. 17, the pups will visit Dawson Creek to take on the Jr. Canucks. On Sept. 19 at 2 p.m., the Huskies will host the Peace River Navigators. All proceeds from the Sunday home game will go to KidSport.The regular season begins on Sept. 25/26 when Fort St. John hosts the Slave Lake Wolves for a weekend double-bill.As usual, Moose FM will broadcast Huskies road games starting on Oct. 8 when the Huskies visit Dawson Creek.last_img read more

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Peace River Project Service Provider Forum to be held April 2

first_imgAlong with Maté’s presentation those in attendance will also learn about local resources that help families that experience violence, and create strategies to reduce gender based violence in Fort St. John.Maté is a well known speaker and a best selling offer and is well versed in a number of areas including addiction and mind-body wellness. The event will be held at the Quality Inn in Fort St John from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and the free workshop is valued at $100 per person. Lunch will also be provided. Space is limited so those wanting to attend must RSVP by contacting Clarice at 250-787-1121, or emailing peaceproject@fsjwrs.ca.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Transfer rumours and paper review – Saturday, September 6

first_img Listen again to today’s Paper Review 1 Here are the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…French midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 19, is set for a January move to Arsenal or Chelsea after being left out of Paris St-Germain’s Champions League squad. (Daily Express)  Italian champions Juventus are lining up a January move for Manchester United’s Spanish midfielder Juan Mata, 26. (Daily Mirror) Manchester United and Liverpool want Bayer Leverkusen’s £10m-rated Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer, 23, but face competition from Borussia Monchengladbach. (Daily Express) Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, 31, is looking to quit Major League Soccer side Toronto FC after interest from Queens Park Rangers and Leicester City ahead of the transfer deadline. (Daily Mail) Stoke manager Mark Hughes is planning to make a January loan move for Barcelona’s Ivorian winger Adama Traore, 18. (Daily Mirror) Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 22, is to be offered a new £80,000-a-week deal as a reward for replacing Petr Cech in the team. (The Times)Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, 27, is close to signing a five-year contract extension at the Premier League champions. (Daily Telegraph) And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Real Madrid to beat Tottenham and Chelsea to Colombia starMan United blow! Fiorentina ready to offer new contract to Red Devils targetArsenal target wants Paris Saint-Germain exit, says club presidentInter Milan failed in deadline day move for Liverpool strikerBorussia Moenchengladbach set to beat Liverpool and Man United to Germany starletNo Arsenal offer for Bundesliga hotshotlast_img read more

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Liverpool player ratings for Champions League loss at Red Star Belgrade

first_img 4 4 Mohamed Salah – 5Salah showed plenty of enthusiasm but he really lacked an end product going forward. Perhaps the game would have been different if he was replicating the same form as last season.Sadio Mane – 5Mane was Liverpool’s biggest threat going forward and should have scored at the start of the second-half but he was unable to fully connect with Roberto Firmino’s deflected cross.Daniel Sturridge – 3Nothing went right for Sturridge. The striker missed an absolute sitter when the game was at 0-0. He also made a number of bad decisions going forward which prevented the Reds from creating chances in the first-half. Sturridge was unsurprisingly subbed at half-time.SUB – Roberto Firmino – 5Firmino came on at half-time and improved things marginally, showing flashes of good play but generally Liverpool were a yard off the pace going forward. BEST OF Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Alisson has had a few blips in Liverpool colours ADVICE Lallana failed to make the most of a rare chance in the starting XI MONEY REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Liverpool’s hopes of reaching the last-16 of the Champions League have suffered a huge dent after going down to a 2-0 defeat at Red Star Belgrade.Jurgen Klopp’s men found themselves two goals down at half-time thanks to a brace from Milan Pavkov in what was a shoddy first-half display. James Milner – 4Like Liverpool, Milner made a bad start to the game but improved after the break. However, he couldn’t help his team penetrate the Red Star defence.Georginio Wijnaldum – 4He’s been Liverpool’s Mr Dependable this season but Wijnaldum really struggled tonight. The midfielder should have fouled Pavkov in the build-up to the second goal.Adam Lallana – 4Lallana was not good enough in the first-half. He improved after the break as Liverpool had more of the ball but they just could not break down the Red Star defence. RANKED They improved after the break but just couldn’t break down the stout Red Star defence.So what went wrong for the Premier League side? Below you can see talkSPORT.com’s Liverpool player ratings…Alisson Becker – 4Not a good day at the office for the £67million keeper. He should have done much better for Pavkov’s second goal. SUB – Joe Gomez – 5The defender shored things up in defence more but this came in a second-half where Red Star were more than content to sit back.SUB – Divock Origi – 5Origi was thrown on as a last roll of the dice but made no impact on the game in his short time on the pitch. Trent Alexander-Arnold – 5Despite Liverpool’s obvious defensive frailties during the game, Alexander-Arnold performed reasonably well. However, he was substituted at half-time as Klopp referred to a back three.Joel Matip – 5Matip looked pretty shaky at the back and his lack of understanding with Van Dijk is clearly not the same as what the Dutchman has with Joe Gomez. Disappointing performance.Virgil van Dijk – 3A poor performance by Van Dijk’s very high standards. He gave away a needless corner which led to Red Star’s first goal. The Dutchman was also supposed to be marking Pavkov.Andy Robertson – 5Robertson showed plenty of ambition going forward but couldn’t help his team get past the resolute Red Star defence. The Scotland international’s defensive work was reasonably good. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Not even Firmino could help turn the game around 4 4 The defending was suspect from Liverpool huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Latest Football Newslast_img read more

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Women’s Soccer Falls to Illinois State, 1-0, in Regular Season Finale

first_imgThe Bulldogs began the second half aggressively as they earned a corner kick and fired a shot in the opening minutes. Cassie Rohan and Shelley Lyjak led Drake with two shots apiece for the game. Valparaiso 11/4/2019 – 7 PM Watch Live Live Stats Next Game: Illinois State applied pressure early with three shots, including two by Del Fava, in the opening three minutes of play. The Redbirds outshot Drake 17-8 on the day. Preview BETTENDORF, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer team fell, 1-0, in a closely-contested match against the Illinois State Redbirds on Friday afternoon at TBK Bank Sports Complex. The result snapped the Bulldogs’ four-game win streak and run of four-straight clean sheets. Kate Del Fava scored the game-winning goal for the Redbirds in the 44th minute, ending Drake’s shutout streak at 465 minutes and 52 seconds. Lyjak and Erika Townley both got off shots in Drake’s last-ditch effort for an equalizer, but their attempts were stopped by a sea of Redbird defenders. Kelsie Stone performed exceptionally in net as she stopped seven shots – two off her career high. ESPN+ Full Schedule Roster The Bulldogs (7-9-1, 4-3-0 MVC) finish the regular season fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference standings, and they will host a first-round tournament game at a time and location to be determined. Check www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com and follow @DrakeWSoccer on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest regarding Drake’s first-round matchup in the MVC Tournament. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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BILL AIMS TO CLAIM DOWN ON ILLICIT FUEL SMUGGLING – McCONALOGUE

first_imgCharlie McConalogue TD says a new Bill calling for the establishment of a cross-border, multi-agency taskforce has the potential to seriously curtail fuel smuggling north and south of the border.An illegal fuel plantThe criminal activity results in losses of around €260m every year to the Irish exchequer, as well as impacting on the environment, and strengthening dissident gangs.Deputy McConalogue says Fuel smuggling, and the criminal elements which are run alongside it is not only costing taxpayers in Donegal, it is severely hampering small traders in border areas, who are seeing their businesses eroded through this illegal activity. “Many of these small businesses were already struggling to remain viable in the face of rising rents, insurance and bank charges, and the surge in fuel laundering, and cut price petrol and diesel, is forcing many of them to consider shutting up shop.“Motorists across the county are also affected, when contaminated fuel wreaks havoc on their car engines costing thousands of euros in repair costs. Insurance companies are refusing to pay out in cases where contaminated fuel has been detected, leaving car owners out of pocket and facing substantial mechanic bills.“The environmental consequences of fuel laundering cannot be underestimated. The toxic waste produced as a result of the process is regularly dumped in fields and wastelands, often near rivers and lakes, contaminating water supplies and posing a threat not only to public health, but also to our wildlife, agriculture and food chain.”He added that Fianna Fai’s Bill, which proposes the establishment of a cross-border, multi-agency taskforce, will build on the work carried out by the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly, to make it more difficult for these gangs to continue to operate their illegal ventures. “We want to see stricter penalties, including longer prison sentences for those found guilty of these illicit activities.“Illegal fuel smuggling is a scourge that is impacting on communities all along the border, and further afield. This legislation puts forward a concrete framework to effectively tackle this unlawful trade and punishes those involved in it”.BILL AIMS TO CLAIM DOWN ON ILLICIT FUEL SMUGGLING – McCONALOGUE was last modified: March 16th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Biotech research lab in SA

first_imgSouth Africa has been selected to become the first country in Africa and only the third in the world to host a laboratory for the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB).The laboratory is housed at the Institute for Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IIDMM) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The two other existing international laboratories are in Italy and India, according to a statement released by the department of science and technology.The ICGEB is an inter-governmental organisation that operates in close contact with the UN Common System as a centre for excellence for research and training in biotechnology and genetic engineering with special attention to the needs of the developing worldIn line with this, said the statement, the immediate focus of the Cape Town component will be on diseases that predominate in developing countries, and in particular with a view to study the reaction of the body’s immune system to infections and chronic diseases such as HIV/AIDS, TB and various cancers.These efforts will go a long way in supporting the global search for breakthroughs in the understanding of these diseases and could possibly also lead to the identification of diagnostic tools and specific drugs or vaccines.According to the statement, the decision to establish an ICGEB component in Africa was spearheaded by the G8 governments during the 2005 Gleneagles summit, in support of an initiative that focuses on Africa. SA’s Minister of Science and Technology, Mosibudi Mangena, told guests at the official opening in Cape Town that it was his 2006 visit to the ICGEB in Trieste, Italy, that convinced him of the need to have a similar facility in Africa.“I knew then that an ICGEB Component in Africa will help ensure that we build our capacity in the field of genetic engineering and biotechnology as well as position the continent in such a way that we effectively meet our developmental targets,” said Mangena.“Furthermore, the research conducted at the Cape Town Component will enable us to better address the disease burden of the developing world; the agricultural challenges of poor yields, producing in difficult climatic conditions and enhancing our post-harvest capacities; as well as the use of biotechnology to further develop our manufacturing and industrial sectors toward the enhancement of the quality of life of all our people.”The Department of Science and Technology has already made available R10 million of the R40 million earmarked to fund the Cape Town Component of the ICGEB.Due to the lack of adequate infrastructure for research and development and the shortfall in human capabilities to tackle modern science, African countries currently do not derive full benefit from the opportunities made available by the ICGEB, the statement said.According to the ICGEB head office in Italy, the Cape Town Component will help to break this vicious cycle and significantly enhance international research networks by developing tailor-made programmes focused on health and agricultural biotechnology. In addition, the Component will serve to expand the successful formula for capacity-building which the ICGEB has experienced in other parts of the world during the last twenty years.“The establishment of a third Component in Cape Town represents a concrete example of how the international community can take advantage of advanced research to meet the targets of the Millennium Development Goals, and providing the ICGEB with an exceptional tool to fulfill its mandate” said Professor Francisco Baralle, ICGEB director.Professor Iqbal Parker, from the Medical Biochemistry Division at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine at UCT was appointed director designate of the Cape Town ICGEB component. Professor Parker will be joined by up to three other group leaders, students and research fellows who will be appointed at the component between now and early next year.The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UCT, Professor Njabulo S. Ndebele reaffirmed UCT’s commitment to the success of the project.“We are a research-led institution which has a very long history of producing pioneering health research,” he said.Professor Ndebele added that the ICGEB will further strengthen UCT’s efforts to train top researchers and produce excellent research which contributes to bettering the lives of the people of South Africa and Africa.last_img read more

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Mine houses bullish about Africa

first_imgJanine ErasmusPartnerships and power cuts were high on the agenda at the 13th annual Mining Indaba, held in Cape Town in early February.The conference for natural resources professionals has evolved into a key forum for movers and shakers in the mining industry, offering presentations, panels and plenary sessions. There were plenty of networking opportunities, and the total market value on the exhibition floor, in which 240 companies took part, was around $1.7 trillion.The event was attended by nearly 5 000 delegates, including mining ministers from 12 African countries and some 40 government delegations from Canada, Australia, China, the US and other countries.There were also professionals from various key sectors of the mining industry, including miners, explorers, geologists, legal experts, project developers, mining analysts, fund managers, investment specialists, and financiers from almost 700 companies throughout Africa and beyond.Millions injected into the economyConference organiser Tim Wood, vice president of International Investment Conferences, estimated that the Mining Indaba injected R500 million into South Africa’s economy every year, with R150 million going directly to Cape Town – all within a three-week period.South African Minister of Minerals and Energy Buyelwa Sonjica said the indaba was as much about mining as about tourism in Cape Town, especially to Robben Island. The island has come to symbolise the suffering Africans have endured in this country – much of that taking place in the depths of South African mines.While the theme was “partnership, progress, prosperity”, talk was dominated by recent electricity outages that led to the temporary shutdown of gold mines belonging to AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields and Harmony, and Anglo Platinum. These led to a sudden big jump in the price of both precious metals on world markets.Recent acquisitions in the industry were also a hot topic. “There was a strong focus on the power issues affecting the South African mines,” said Wood. “There was a lot of attention paid to mergers and transactions going on worldwide, especially the events surrounding BHP Billiton’s bid for Rio Tinto.”BHP Billiton is currently embroiled in a hostile takeover bid for rival mining company Rio Tinto, which has so far rejected all offers, stating that they do not reflect the true value of the company.Another much-discussed topic was the possibility of a US recession, and the effect that would have on global economies. Experts agreed that the general positive growth rates in African countries would enable them to escape recession relatively unscathed.Economist David Hale of Hale Advisers said Africa’s strong relationship with China would also help to buffer adverse effects because of the Asian country’s enormous growth rate globally, and its demand for commodities. “Africa benefits from this because its nations are able to help provide China with its increasing commodities needs,” he said.Mining a cornerstone of African economyIn her keynote address Sonjica said the mining industry in Africa has built, and would continue to build, the economies of the continent“Africa remains a leading producer of many critical commodities, such as diamonds, gold, platinum, chromium and vanadium. More importantly, the continent remains significantly under-explored, albeit with known reserves that surpass the rest of the world in terms of volumes in the ground, grades, ease of mining, and so on.”With mineral production historically playing an important role in South Africa’s foreign earnings – and more to come, given the mineral reserves waiting to be exploited – as well as providing employment at home, Sonjica praised the efforts of companies such as Anglo American in their commitment to enhance the safety of workers and reduce mining-related deaths.Bullish moodThe overall mood at the conference was bullish. International online mining publication Mineweb reported that “there is definitely a big range of exciting prospects and operations available to the industry across Africa, particularly in the current climate of high metal prices”.Anglo American CEO Cynthia Carroll reiterated her company’s commitment to the African continent. “We see Africa as a land of unparalleled opportunity for the mining and extractive industries,” she said.“First, the resources are here – the continent is estimated to have the best unexploited or under-exploited mineral reserves … Second, our industry over the years has proved we have the ability to turn these resources to account. Here in Africa – indeed within my own group – we have the world’s deepest mines; we have pioneered undersea diamond mining.”Carroll mentioned Africa’s combined GDP growth of 5.7% a year since 2003 as a third reason, and concluded by saying that continued forward momentum in the political arena was a fourth reason for Anglo American’s confidence in Africa.“African countries are working together to solve Africa’s problems – for example, in bringing a number of long-running conflicts to an end, most notably in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” she said.Talking about electricity supplyBoth Sonjica and Carroll addressed South Africa’s recurring power cuts in their speeches.Sonjica conceded that the unwelcome situation impacted negatively on the planned output of South Africa’s mines. She urged stakeholders to continue their efforts to be as energy efficient as possible, and explore innovative ways of using electricity in mining.“I therefore assure you that the permanent solutions to this challenge are being sought, in consultation with all stakeholders, including the mining industry as one of the largest consumers of the country,” she said.Carroll expressed confidence in the country’s ability to successfully tackle the energy crisis, adding that they are not unique. “I don’t regard the problems regarding the security of energy supply here as a disaster. And South Africa is not alone: there are pressures on supply too regarding our expansion projects in Chile and Brazil.“Sure, the problems here are serious, and overcoming them will require a lot of ingenuity, especially in energy efficiency and energy saving, as well as the development of alternative power supplies.“But if all of us can forge strong partnerships to tackle the present situation, we will all come through – I hope relatively unscathed – at the other end.” It was necessary not to point fingers, but to work together in order to find solutions.Key speakers at the indaba included Martin Murenbeeld, chief economist for the Dundee group; President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of Tanzania; Frank Holmes, chairman, CEO and CIO of US Global Investors; economist David Hale of Hale Advisors; Dr Martyn Davies, CEO of consulting firm Emerging Markets; Anglo American’s CEO Cynthia Carroll; and South African Minister of Minerals and Energy Buyelwa Sonjica.Useful linksResource InvestorInternational Investment ConferencesDepartment of Minerals and EnergyMinewebEskomlast_img read more

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Plastic-bag billboard a world first

first_imgThe eye-catching recycled plastic billboard at OR Tambo International. (Image: Net#work BBDO) Schoolchildren benefit from the solar- powered billboard that stands in their school grounds. (Image: Treehugger) Crafters hard at work on Nedbank’s recycled plastic billboard. (Image: Net#work BBDO)Janine ErasmusLeading South African financial services provider Nedbank is once more setting the pace in good environmental practice, with a billboard made entirely of recycled plastic bags at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport.Claiming that “Only one bank can truly call itself the green bank”, the billboard was hand-made by a group of seven crafters, all of whom are the breadwinners in their families. It took six weeks and more than 2 000 recycled plastic shopping bags to make the remarkable 40m-long advertisement.Nedbank’s head of marketing Greg Garden said the new creation showed the bank’s commitment to doing things differently, and would hopefully serve as an example and inspiration to South Africans.“Too many South Africans don’t understand the need to recycle as a way of preserving our environment,” commented Garden in a statement, “and this billboard represents just one of Nedbank’s efforts to change this mindset and demonstrate the practical application of recycling principles in everyday life.”With its Climate Change Position Statement issued in March 2009, Nedbank became the first South African bank to make a firm pledge to reduce its impact on the environment in terms of energy, water and paper usage, as well as carbon emissions.The banking group has set targets of a 12% reduction in energy and carbon emissions by 2015, as well as a 5% water and 10% paper reduction by 2010.Positive impactThe resourceful advertising agency in charge of the Nedbank brand is Cape Town-based Net#work BBDO.BBDO’s executive creative director Rob McLennan said the Nedbank campaign was an example of how the agency is building its clients’ brands whilst maintaining an awareness and respect for environmental matters.“This billboard has created jobs, married advertising with social conscience, showcased our local artistry and has removed some of the country’s non-biodegradable rubbish,” he said.Although reusable plastic shopping bags are considered better for the environment than paper bags because they need less energy to produce, transport and recycle, a bag may take hundreds of years to degrade.Award-winning innovationThis is not the first time Nedbank has shown that it has a conscience where the environment is concerned, and has turned that conscience into innovation.In 2006 its first solar-powered billboard in Alexandra township, east of Johannesburg, won the Outdoor Grand Prix at the prestigious Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.Said to be the world’s first solar-powered billboard, it is titled “Power to the People” and has 10 solar panels. Harnessing the fierce power of the African sun, each panel generates 135 watts of power that provides energy for the MC Weiler Primary School in Alexandra, in whose grounds the billboard stands.The school saves over US$240 (R2 000) a month in electricity fees and furthermore can supply a hot meal daily to its 1 100-plus pupils, many of whom will not get a decent meal anywhere else. Stored energy gathered from the solar panels during the day lights the billboard at night.The ground-breaking hoarding swayed the jury with its contribution to the upliftment of the community. Jury chair Jean-Remy von Matt described it as work that continues to work and to provide, in contrast with the many short-lived promotions that ultimately serve little or no purpose.According to Net#work BBDO, the power generated is enough to boil 18 1-litre domestic kettles continuously at any one time.Helping the communityTowards the end of 2007 Nedbank’s second solar billboard was installed at the Athlone Youth and Family Development Centre in Athlone on the Cape Flats, south-east of the Cape Town city centre. However, this one also has a wind turbine for extra power generation, providing energy for the kitchen, security lights and geysers. This drastically cuts the community centre’s monthly electricity bill.The centre works with youth in the area, many of whom come from troubled homes and have become drug addicts and school dropouts. It provides a home for to up to 22 youngsters at a time, helping them to overcome their addiction, go back to their families, and rebuild their lives.Director Sydney Dicks described the billboard as a godsend, saying that it has enabled the centre to install a 200l solar-powered geyser and two security floodlights as well as slash the monthly bill.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesLight for AfricaInvesting in a clean futureWind power on SA’s national gridUseful linksNedbank’s Climate Change Position StatementNet#work BBDOCannes Lions International Advertising FestivalAthlonePlastics Federation of South AfricaAlexandra Renewal Projectlast_img read more

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South Africa eyes cheaper ARV drugs

first_imgMotsoaledi said the country must purchase ARVs at the lowest possible cost from whatever source can guarantee the lowest prices, whether inside or outside the country. More than 1 000 public health facilities are currently providing ARV treatment, following an additional 519 facilities which started providing the treatment as of 1 April this year. Tabling his department’s budget vote in Cape Town this week, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledia said that despite purchasing in such vast quantities, the price paid by the country for the drugs was significantly higher than in any other country. “I will not compromise on this,” he said, adding that the policy position applied to ARVs only and not other pharmaceutical products. Source: BuaNews He said while local pharmaceutical manufacturers were of the view that such an approach would result in job losses, the government needed to take decisive action in overcoming the challenge that HIV presented. Lowest possible cost Pregnant women with a CD4 count of 350 or less as well as people co-infected with TB and HIV at a CD4 count of 350 or less are also being provided with treatment. Increased treatment 15 April 2010 South Africa is to prepare a new tender specification that opens the way for the purchase of cheaper anti-retroviral drugs for the country’s treatment programme – the largest of its kind in the world – in an effort to bring down costs. HIV-positive pregnant women are also receiving dual therapy from 14 weeks of pregnancy and not 28 weeks, as was previously the case, until post delivery. “This just does not make sense, we must be able to purchase ARVs at the lowest prices as we are the largest consumers of ARVs in the world and must benefit from economies of scale,” Motsoaledi said, adding that if the situation continued, the fiscus would be overburdened.last_img read more

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Brand South Africa lights up Constitution Hill In honour of former President Nelson Mandela

first_imgJohannesburg, 11 December 2013 – Brand South Africa lit up the sky above Constitution Hill on Wednesday night, in honour of former President Nelson Mandela.This historical landmark will be lit up with the South African flag colours in remembrance of our dear Tata Madiba every evening between 18h00 and 02h00 until Sunday, the day of Mandela’s funeral.This will form part of national and international efforts to celebrate the life of the man who confirmed to our people, and the world that South Africa can inspire new ways of doing things.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.Follow Brand South Africa@Brand_SA (https://twitter.com/Brand_SA) Tell us how you Play Your Parthttp://www.playyourpart.co.za/tellus-someone@PlayyourpartSA#DoBestFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Arahna SinghBrand South Africa CommunicationsTel: +27 11 712 5061 Mobile: +27 (0) 82 491 2332Email: arahnas@brandsouthafrica.comVisit:   www.brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more

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Legislation introduced to establish industrial hemp program in Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest State Senators Brian Hill (R-Zanesville) and Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) today introduced legislation that would create an industrial hemp program in Ohio administered by the Department of Agriculture.The legislation clarifies that hemp and hemp derived products, including CBD oil may be sold legally in Ohio.“This an exciting opportunity for farmers to expand the crops they plant,” Hill said. “Farmers can rotate hemp to improve soil health while earning more profit than many traditional cover crops. I’m eager to see all the ways that Ohio will benefit from this legislation.”With the recent passing of the 2018 Federal Farm Bill, industrial hemp has been removed from the list of scheduled substances banned by the federal government and can now be grown as a commodity crop throughout the United States.“It is important to understand that hemp is not marijuana, it is much more versatile and lacks an appreciable amount of THC to cause any psychotropic effects,” Huffman said. “This is an incredible opportunity for our farmers to help diversify their crops by allowing them to grow legal hemp.”Many states have adopted a hemp pilot program, permitted by federal law, so that farmers in their jurisdictions could begin planting and harvesting hemp and so the hemp could be used in over 25,000 commercial products including feed, fiber, biofuels, clothing and plastic.“Farmers are always looking for new options to diversify their operations,” said Adam Sharp, Executive Vice President of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. “We applaud Senators Hill and Huffman for introducing legislation to help bring industrial hemp to Ohio and to allow farmers to explore the potential of this quickly growing market opportunity.”This legislation has been referred to a Senate committee for further consideration.last_img read more

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