Defending champions Calabar High and Camperdown High square off today in the decisive game of the ISSA Southern Conference Under-19 best-of-three schools basketball final series at the National Indoor Sports Centre. Tip-off time is 6 p.m.Calabar levelled the series last Friday after they initially won Game One, which was ruled null and void after both teams had problems with their identification cards.Camperdown returned to win the replay and the lead in the series, however, the champions tied the series 1-1, and following that win, coach Ludlow Barker believes his charges are now mentally ready for the challenge.”We had a rough week, but we came back, fought hard, and I am really proud of them … Camperdown did a lot of things right the first game and we did a lot of things wrong. They were better, and we had to really dig deep and come up good Game Two,” he said.He anticipates and an even more testing match from the Oneil Brown-coached Camperdown today.”I expect them to come even harder, but we’ll be ready. We’ll be prepared as the players are more mentally ready to get the job done,” he added..Brown is of the view that Calabar’s talisman Maliek McCarthy was the difference in Game Two and he credited the Calabar star for his “composure and decision making under pressure”. However, he said that his team is fired up for today’s match.”I am 100 per cent confident that we are going to take Game Three. We have everything in place and we have something new to the table as we will be bringing in a new player. He has not played all season long and he should make a big difference to the guard position. So we are very confident we are going to take Game Three,” he said.
NAMA has written to Fianna Fail Senator Brian O Domhnaill calling on him to “immediately substantiate or withdraw” serious allegations he made about the agency.The letter was sent by Nama’s head of relationship management Martin Whelan to Senator O Domhnaill, who had raised operational matters at Nama during the Order of Business on Wednesday.Mr O Domhnaill accused Nama of “acting disgracefully and it is time it was fully investigated”. This drew a furious and immediate response from Nama.Mr Whelan said Mr O Domhnaill was “wrong on all points” raised in the chamber and accused him of making “groundless allegations without first checking the facts with Nama”.Mr O Domhnaill had called on Finance Minister Michael Noonan to come into the Seanad and address mounting concerns about the levels of transparency at Nama, and made reference to a previous transparency bill Fianna Fail had tried to bring in, but which had been voted down by Fine Gael and Labour.Mr O Domhnaill said: “Officials are leaving Nama as well as joining it. Two senior officials that were involved in the HSBC violation – in which that bank repeatedly violated anti-money laundering rules and accepted billions of dollars from drug cartels resulting in it having to pay the US government $2bn – are now employed by Nama. “I refer to two senior officials that were previously employed by Nama. One of them was responsible for handing out a very lucrative contract to a high-profile commercial property asset management group. He has now been given a private arrangement with that company and is employed by it.”In his letter, Mr Whelan said: “You are totally incorrect in saying that two senior HSBC officials involved in violations . . . are now employed by Nama. Given the serious nature of the allegations made – including the specific allegations in relation to an unnamed former employee of Nama – it is imperative that you either immediately substantiate these claims or withdraw them.“I would expect that the issues raised will be addressed as a matter of urgency by you.”Yesterday, Mr O Domhnaill told the Sunday Indepdent that he rejected Mr Whelan’s “aggressive” letter and likened it to “an attempted gagging order”.He said he would not only be ignoring his demands, he would be “going on the attack” on Tuesday, when he plans to raise the issue of Nama again in the Seanad. “I have to say I laughed when I first got the letter. As a public representative I have never received such a letter from a State agency. I intend raising this issue again, and demand greater clarity. As it stands, there is no transparency around Nama,” he said.Fianna Fail is set to reintroduce its transparency bill in order to shed greater light on the working operation of Nama in the new year. Mr Noonan was a staunch critic when in opposition, but has softened his stance since taking office.NAMA WARNS O DOMHNAILL TO WITHDRAW CLAIMS OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES was last modified: December 17th, 2012 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)Tags:NAMASENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILL
South Africa’s economy was built on its mineral wealth. Now mining houses are re-investing in the communities that have grown up around their operations. (Image: Brand SA) • Focus on African resources at Mining Indaba • Machel, Blair head to South Africa for Mining Indaba • Working towards sustainable mining • Robots that can save miners’ lives • Johannesburg – from mining camp to big city Sulaiman PhilipMining – and its unparalleled influence on the South African economy – began with the discovery of the Eureka Diamond in 1867. But it was the discovery of a rich seam of gold in 1886 on the Rand that turned the South African economy from largely agricultural to the richest gold mining area in the world within a decade.Fortunes were made and lost on the golden Rand. For the majority of the large pool of labour that travelled to the mining camps that became towns and then cities, however, the mines were just a means to an end. The poorer end of the white labour market saw the riches of the mines as a way to supplement income from farming or to pay tax bills. For African men, labouring on the mines was the fastest way to earn enough to pay lobola and buy a piece of land to farm.Mining is the foundation on which the South African economy was built. Between 1860 and 1910 as a mining-centred economy evolved and old farming and trading traditions died, mining houses used their wealth and political power to create a migrant labour force through the need to pay new taxes or the appropriation of land.Then, in the 1970s Anglo American, through its Urban Foundation, began upgrading education and infrastructure in the townships. And American companies operating in South Africa during apartheid were subject to the Sullivan Code. Devised in 1977, it was a set of principles that compelled American companies to run their South African operations using American human rights and social justice principles.By 1994, as the old political and economic system died, working conditions on the mines for the migrant labour put mining houses in the harsh glare of the resurgent, politically powerful union movement. To the unions, these philanthropic acts were window dressing that did little to change the conditions on mines or alleviate the suffering of communities once operations stopped. Dark villageNaledi Trust is a village of 34 households close to Kroonstad in Free State. Since 2009, the community has been without electricity because it owes Eskom R47 000 – an insignificant amount to the big mining houses, but it might as well be R4-billion as far as the community is concerned.Mohapeloa Komane, the principal of Lovedale Primary School in Naledi, grumbled that lack of electricity made it difficult for her charges to study. “For instance, some homework to do with weather forecasts was difficult to do because they needed to have watched the forecasts on television. But because they had no electricity, they could not get to watch television,” she told the Weekly newspaper.Now, thanks to a world-first project led by Anglo American and its partner, Ballard Power Systems, the lights are on in Naledi. The mining house and the Canadian company are testing a power cell that converts fuel into electricity.Part Anglo corporate social investment (CSI) project and part pilot project, the fuel cells in Naledi use platinum, methanol and hydrogen to generate 15kW of power used for cooking, lighting, televisions and to run the fridges donated by Anglo American Platinum.There are business advantages for Anglo – a cheap, constant power supply not dependent on Eskom – but the Naledi test is also a major programme in the mining house’s CSI unit. If the 12-month test is successful, Anglo will begin to roll out the technology to the 600 000 South African households that Eskom does not reach.For Anglo, if the test phase is successful, the project could lead to the development of a high-tech manufacturing business. A new rural electrification industry means jobs in manufacturing, design and installation maintenance which will support and sustain Anglo mining jobs.But none of this matters to Doko Petrus Mvundle, a 90-year-old resident of Naledi, who simply sees a brighter future for his community: “This electricity will change our lives. I have always hoped that one day the lives of our children and grandchildren will be better than ours.”A 2014 report measuring the performance of listed companies when it came to their spending on CSI found that the mining industry spent the most on CSI programmes. In total, the industry invested R3.9-billion a year on programmes, most of it in communities around their operations. Next Generation’s Reanna Rossouw, a management consultancy, says that companies have started to look at CSI as an investment rather than as a hand-out. “The days of ‘feel good’ programmes are over. Boards want to know how CSI will benefit business.”Tough economic times and the regulatory environment mean companies are looking to measure the effect of their programmes not just in terms of return on investment for shareholders but also in terms of effect on beneficiary communities. Sustainable businessThe mining industry has embraced a new way of doing business. “Organisations have entered a new era of doing business in communities to whom products and services are sold and on whom mining companies depend for future sustainability and profitability. CSI forms an integral part of the sustainable organisation of the future.”Across the group, including its Chairman’s Fund, Anglo American spent R643-million on CSI projects, part of the R50-billion the private sector spends on CSI programmes a year, in 2014. Like other mining houses, the money was invested in projects in education, business development, health, community development, art and culture, and sports development.For Norman Mbazima, the chairman of the fund, the company is investing in the future of the country and the company by helping to build dynamic, enabled communities. By harnessing the company’s strengths and the country’s resources, Anglo American is helping South Africans take control of their lives. “We’re committed to not only being a good corporate citizen but to making a genuine difference in the communities surrounding our operations, and in South African society as a whole. In all our efforts as a company, we work towards delivering sustainable value that makes a real difference now and for the future.”We commit ourselves to building a humane, equitable and caring global society, cognisant of the need for human dignity for all.The South African government enacted legislation after 1994 requiring CSI-linked support for socio-economic development. Legislation like 2002’s Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act changed the environment in which mines operate. It vested ownership of the nation’s mineral wealth in the state an introduced obligations for mining companies that sought prospecting rights or mining licences.After the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, a framework was developed to strengthen the partnership between the government and the private sector. The JPOI (Johannesburg Plan of Implementation) called on industry to contribute towards sustainable development. For mining houses this meant that sustainable development influenced all aspects of their operations, from prospecting to post-closure.After 2002, the International Council on Mining and Metals’ stated objective became a “need to contribute first and foremost towards improvement of the quality of life of the communities in which [mines] operate”.
Say what you will about Google, but there is something incredible about a company that once in a while does something just because it’s a cool thing to do.For example, Google just announced it has created a version of Gmail in the Cherokee language. There are fewer than 20,000 Cherokee speakers in the world, and perhaps only 100 or so people who speak nothing but this language. So why would Google put a bunch of engineers and linguists to work for months making an email program in Cherokee?It began when Craig Cornelius, a Google engineer, shared a ride with a Vince Blackfox, member of the Cherokee nation. They got talking about the effort to preserve Native American languages, many of which have been dying out as fewer and fewer people speak them. A 2002 survey showed that nobody under the age of 40 spoke conversational Cherokee.Cornelius worked with the language technology department at Cherokee Nation to figure out Cherokee words for things like “inbox” and “spam.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dan lyons Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The project was tricky because Cherokee uses a unique alphabet (above) created in 1821 by a Cherokee silversmith named Sequoyah (aka George Gist or George Guess). The Cherokee Nation is hoping that the Gmail in Cherokee project will breathe new life into the Cherokee language by giving young people an opportunity to use the language in their day-to-day lives.I hope I don’t sound hopelessly naive, but is there any other company in the tech industry (or any industry for that matter) that would ever do something this awesome? Image courtesy of Google. Tags:#Cherokee#gmail#Google
Valdez put up a personal tournament-high of 20 points to lead the Philippines while Jaja Santiago also had her best offensive game yet with 19. Aby Maraño chipped in 11 points to aid the Philippines.Tran Thi Thanh Thuy led Vietnam with 16 points while captain Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa added 15.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Alyssa Valdez dealt the killing blow to the 44th-ranked team in the world off a booming spike that set up the Philippines’ quarterfinals date against 2015 gold medalists Thailand.“They played inspired,” said Philippine head coach Francis Vicente of his 79th-ranked team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“What they showed there just now was the heart of a team that really wanted to win and that was the greatest thing I saw today,” said Vicente in Filipino.Aiza Maizo-Pontillas gave the Philippines the 24-20 match point but Vietnam managed to score three straight points before Valdez landed the final haymaker of the match. Read Next Japan shakes off slow start, grounds Thailand to top Pool F View comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Philippines’ Alyssa Valdez reacts after scoring a point against Vietnam. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines came away with an absolute stunner in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship taking down Vietnam, 27-25, 26-24, 17-25, 25-23, in the classification stage Monday at Alonte Sports Arena.The Filipinos improved to 1-2 in Pool E while Vietnam, the silver medalist in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, slipped to the same record.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago MOST READ Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Spurs, Bayern Munich keen as Gladbach coach Hecking fights to keep Hazardby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Monchengladbach coach Dieter Hecking has made it clear he doesn’t want Thorgan Hazard sold next month.The younger brother of Chelsea star Eden Hazard, Thorgan is a target for Tottenham, Bayern Munich and Sevilla as he enjoys career best form this season. Chelsea also boast a buy-back option.But Hecking has told Gladbach chief Max Eberl he doesn’t want to lose the midfielder in January.The coach stated: “Max knows exactly how I think with this question …”Hazard is tied to Gladbach until 2020. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Parents feel Chelsea’s academy players now have chanceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea’s academy players feel there’s now a genuine path to the first team.The Daily Mail says parents, coaches and players share the sense of excitement, according to those who frequent the matches for the youth sides at the training ground in Cobham. “People suddenly feel like that if their son is good enough, he’s going to get a chance in the first team,” said one watcher. “Before it was just about going out on loan.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Zidane never in doubt at Real Madridby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveZinedine Zidane remains safe at Real Madrid.Despite a poor start to the season, the coach’s position is not under threat.That’s according to French pundit Frederic Hermel, who was speaking on After Foot. Indeed, Hermel says the idea of parting with Zizou has not crossed the mind of Real president Florentino Perez.And rumours of Perez sounding out potential replacements are simply a “fabrication”.
Jalalabad: Afghanistan’s independence day was marred by bloodshed Monday when a series of explosions shook the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, wounding dozens of people including children. As many as 10 blasts were reported in and around the city in Nangarhar province, authorities said, and casualty numbers appeared to be rising. “The explosions were caused by IEDs in different parts of the city and as groups of people were celebrating independence day,” Nangarhar governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said, referring to improvised explosive devices. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Jalalabad is the scene of frequent bomb attacks, and the surrounding terrain is home to both Taliban fighters and the Islamic State group’s local affiliate. At least 19 people were wounded, Khogyani said. Zaher Adel, a spokesman for a local hospital, said about 40 wounded people had been brought in with more expected. An AFP correspondent saw children among the victims. This year’s August 19 celebrations mark 100 years of Afghan independence from British influence. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The day was supposed to be one of national pride and unity, but was overshadowed by an IS suicide attack on a crowded Kabul wedding hall that killed at least 63 people. In Kabul, locals took to the streets to wave the black-red-and-green Afghan flag, but several public events to commemorate the date were scrapped over fears of a fresh attack. “We postponed the celebrations to honour the victims, but we will definitely take revenge for our people,” Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said. “We will avenge the blood of our people, every drop of it.”
RelatedLondon City’s most punctual airport is CityJetCityJet has been revealed as the most punctual airline operating from London City Airport during the first six months.Air Southwest launches flights to Plymouth and Newquay from London CityAir Southwest has celebrated the launch of flights to Plymouth and Newquay from London City AirportEasyJet named best budget airlineEasyJet named best budget airline VLM Airlines and London City Airport have been given a boost by the release of figures showing that the carrier’s London City to Amsterdam route is the most punctual of any between the two cities.Released by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the figures show that last year some 77 per cent of VLM Airlines’ flights from Amsterdam to London City Airport hit the punctuality target of departing no more than 15 minutes late.The performance saw the Belgian carrier surpass rivals KLM, easyJet, British Airways and bmi, who fly the same busy Amsterdam-London route but using a range of London airports.Johan Vanneste, managing director of VLM Airlines, said: “It’s pleasing for everyone at VLM Airlines that our Amsterdam to London City service had such a strong year. To beat off other larger carriers in the process makes it all the more rewarding. Our business clientele, who traditionally represent around 80 per cent of our customer base, particularly value our high quality service and repeatedly return to us for our consistent punctuality.”Compiling Key Routes rankings from CAA data, aviation information specialist FlightOnTime.info shows that VLM Airlines’ London-Amsterdam performance is not only the best by a carrier on that particular route, but also one of the best on any busy route out of the capital.The busiest domestic flight route, London-Edinburgh, was topped by a punctuality score of only 75 per cent (BMI), while the busiest long-haul route to New York could only offer 69 per cent punctuality from its best provider, EOS Airlines.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map