PCB chief to step down in August

first_img(REUTERS) – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shaharyar Khan will not seek another term in office due to personal and health reasons and is to step down in August when his current tenure ends.The 83-year-old administrator, who has been in the post since 2014, said he had already made his plans known to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is the patron of the PCB.“I have taken the board in confidence and conveyed my decision that I will not continue after our mandate is ended on August 18,” Shaharyar told reporters after chairing a board meeting in Lahore.“I will not continue after it as chairman or as in any other capacity and it’s my decision on the basis of personal and health reasons.”last_img

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Playoff picture complete in the City League

first_imgby Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier The “Dragon Wars” will continue into this year’s City League playoffs.The preseason favorite, the Allderdice Dragons, clinched a postseason appearance—for the second straight year—with a 55-0 win over winless Langley at Cupples Stadium on Oct. 28.With their a 41-0 win on Sept. 30, Allderdice is assured of the final spot  even if Westinghouse wins and they lose in the final week of the season.They leapfrogged Westinghouse to take over the League’s fourth place standing leaving Westinghouse out of the postseason picture, yet again.“We need to stop giving games away,” Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett said. “We’ve given 52 points, and have only given up three touchdowns on defense. On the other side of the coin, the offense has given up five touchdowns on offense.”Allderdice’s three wins have come against League opponents, but none against those they will face in the postseason. Haslett is confident that with a slew of his players returning from injuries, his team will have a legitimate shot to go deep in the playoffs.“We’re healthy now and that is going to be a big deal for us moving forward,” he said. “It’s the right time for us to turn the corner—right now. There are no more excuses for us to not rise to the top.”“Defense wins games:” USO (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama) 36, Jefferson Area (Ohio) 0.USO has given up an astounding 22 points to City opponents this season. Out of the eight games they’ve played in 2011, all 22 points happened in their City Lea­gue ­opening loss at Brashear, 22-13, back on Sept. 8. That loss is the only thing that separates them from first place in the city.This has all come in the very first year of existence as a program.“It’s just amazing to watch them come together,” said Andre McGhee, the team’s athletic director who’s spending a lot of time with the team. “They motivate each other to be the best that they can be. They’re learning of manhood and the value of education. They’re in the midst of transformation, being champions, on and off the field.”The Panthers have one more conditioning test before going into the league’s postseason when they face defending champs, Perry, on the evening of Nov. 4.“I think they’ll be ready for Perry,” McGhee added.McGhee is confident that his team will do whatever is possible for a strong championship chase.“I think that they’re taking the time out to focus,” he said. “It’s not just about the winning on the field; it’s basically being together with the feeling of sportsmanship and brotherhood. That’s what will make this team a winner.”OTHER GAMES*Brashear defeated nonconference Linsly School (WV), 33-8, on Oct. 29.*Perry defeated Westinghouse, 39-0, at Cupples Stadium on Oct. 27.*Oliver beat Carrick, 18-14, on Oct. 28 in conference action.(Send comments to mvincent­@­new­pitts­burghcourier.com.)last_img read more

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Picture Exclusive: Animal carcasses found during dig at farm

first_imgDepartment of Agriculture officials have discovered animal carcasses buried on lands outside Letterkenny today.The remains were found during an investigation carried out in conjunction with the ESB and Gardai today.Our exclusive pictures show Department of Agriculture officials placing items into green evidence bags at the scene of the dig. Officials had earlier used large JCB machinery to clear away earth in search for suspected buried animals.A source at the dig site confirmed to Donegal Daily “Animal remains have been uncovered. They have now been removed and will be analysed.”Officials from the ESB have also been at the site.It is understood these officials are examining possible illegal connections to the electricity grid. Gardai attended the scene and are assisting Department of Agriculture officials.However, they are not directly involved in any search or digging.The illegal burial of animals on lands if an offence and those found guilty of such offences can face a fine of up to €250,000 or five years in jail.Picture Exclusive: Animal carcasses found during dig at farm was last modified: June 1st, 2019 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:carcassesdigdonegalGardaiinvestigationsitelast_img read more

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How to Liven Up Dead Geology

first_img(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A new study shows some carbon compounds from Mars arose from geological processes.  What does life have to do with it?  Ask some science reporters.The facts:  According to a new study by the Carnegie Institution, some carbon compounds in Martian meteorites arose by chemical processes on the red planet, probably volcanism.  The compounds in the famous Martian ALH 84001 meteorite that sparked the birth of the new science of Astrobiology in the 1990s were also found to be non-biological in origin.  This means the compounds have nothing whatsoever to do with life.One might suspect this would be tragic news for those who have devoted their careers to finding life on Mars, but here’s how popular news reports treated the story:Live Science began by saying that organic compounds (by definition, those containing carbon, including cyanide and tailpipe soot) are “linked with life” and used the popular phrase, “building blocks of life” twice.  It quoted a scientist saying, “We now find that Mars has organic chemistry, and on Earth, organic chemistry led to life.”  The article was more “lively” than the dead geology facts indicated.  It even turned the bad news (astrobiologically speaking) into good news: “Now that scientists have a better picture of the foundations of Martian chemistry, they can better look for anomalies that might be signs of life,” reporter Charles Q. Choi said.Science Daily also used the suggestive phrase “building blocks of life” and accentuated how the new knowledge of dead rock “will help aid future quests for evidence of ancient or modern Martian life“.New Scientist called the finding that “Tiny carbon nuggets in meteorites from Mars were formed by cooling magma, not left by ancient alien microbes” to be “good news and bad news for astrobiologists.”  MacGregor Campbell’s headline read, quizzically, “Bottled carbon from Mars bodes well for ancient aliens.”  Campbell quoted a researcher who brought the lava, like Lazarus, from the dead with a word: “The presence of organic carbon at or near the Martian surface provides a potential nutrient source for putative life.”    The ending paragraph, which mentions St. Paul, would probably make the creationist saint roll over in his tomb:“Perhaps the formation of prebiotic chemistry on Mars was as simple as cooling of Martian lavas,” says Marc Hirschmann, a planetary scientist at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and St. Paul, who was not involved in the research. “It reinforces the idea that early Mars may have been ripe for the development of life.“National Geographic topped off the lava-lamp theory of life (9/17/2003) by suggesting that Earth life came from volcanoes, too.  “Magma Rise Sparked Life as We Know It?” Reporter Ken Croswell  began.  “Shift in planet’s volcanoes flooded Earth with oxygen, study says.”  He even deduced the middle ages: “First, though, the rise of oxygen subjected our planet to a mid-life crisis: Oxygen readily reacts with methane, a greenhouse gas that had been warming the world before the oxidation event,”  he ended.  “With a drop in atmospheric methane, Earth and its inhabitants suffered the planet’s first major ice age.”  Nevertheless, like Campbell agreed, just having the potential molecules, whether carbon or oxygen, makes a planet ripe for putative life.While we’re at the Game of Life, why not just define volcanoes as alive already?  Charles Lineweaver, in an interview for New Scientist, lamented the typical woes of defining life, so he “moved the bar” a little with a provocative definition of his own.  Asked how he would define life, he answered, “To the extent that the question makes sense, as a ‘far-from-equilibrium dissipative system’.”  When confronted with the fact that this makes hurricanes and stars (and presumably volcanoes) alive, he responded, “I’m moving the bar in what I consider to be a reasonable way. People should be disappointed, not at my moving the bar, but in the unrealistic expectation that there should be a bar where we have traditionally placed it.”Unexpectedly, Lineweaver scoffed at the idea that life can be defined as something that undergoes Darwinian evolution.  “We pretend that makes sense, but if you look it makes no sense at all,” he remarked.  “What is the unit of Darwinian evolution? Is it the gene? Is it the cell? Is it a multicellular organism? Is a city evolving? How about Gaia? Is that a life form?”  Perhaps allowing a star, hurricane or volcano to qualify as life forms has the advantage of legitimizing Astrobiology and making the search for life on Mars a lot easier.  Just don’t ask Lineweaver what the unit of a far-from-equilibrium dissipative system is.This is more evidence that evolutionists are really animists and pantheists.  They turn lava lakes into gardens of Eden.  Just add water; just add lava; just add oxygen — all dead things –  and what happens?  Emergence. “Some two billion years later, Earth’s oxygen-rich air allowed animals—including humans—to emerge and thrive,” Croswell wrote.  The universe is brimming with a life force, a potentiality that permeates space and time, filling volcanoes and meteorites with putative possibilities, accumulating building blocks of life so that the Unseen Hand of Evolution, the Tinkerer, Gaia, or whatever (doesn’t need to make any sense at all), can work behind the scenes in some mysterious, unguided way.  But the Unseen Hand is not allowed to act until the Spirit of Charlie, hovering over the surface of the lavas, shouts: “Come forth!  Emerge!  Arise!  Be fruitful and multiply!”Maybe these reporters think the facts would be pretty boring without the L-word tossed in.  Maybe they want to protect funding for Astrobiology (the science in search of a subject) in spite of bad news like this.  Maybe they’re blind to their own biases.  Whatever it is, they’re funny.last_img read more

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UK firm enters SA coal industry

first_img11 August 2008UK-based London Mining has entered the local coal mining sector with a US$120-million (about R920-million) acquisition of a 50.5% stake in DMC Energy from local diversified exploration and mining company Delta Mining Consolidated (DMC).“This acquisition will form the basis of London Mining’s new coal division, which we hope to grow rapidly in the future,” London Mining MD Christopher Brown said in a statement last week.“We are particularly excited about entering into the coal business due to the strong demand from steel making and power generation that has resulted in major price increases this year, in a similar manner to iron ore.”Following an internal reorganisation by DMC, Johannesburg-based DMC Energy will own 70% of Ashante Mineral Resource, which is based in Mpumalanga province, and 69.65% of DMC Coal, which operates in Limpopo province.Access to infrastructureAccording to the statement, Ashante Mineral Resource owns the Rietkuil coal project, which has an inferred in-situ resource of up to 288-million tonnes of coal, is situated just 13km from Eskom’s Kendal power station and 43km from the recently refurbished Grootvlei power station, and has access to rail, road and electricity infrastructure on site.DMC Coal owns the Limpopo project, which has a potential of 426-million tonnes of metallurgical and thermal coal, and the Pixley Ka Seme coal and torbanite project.That project includes a deposit in excess of 234-million tonnes of metallurgical coal, steam coal and anthracite, as well as 73-million tonnes of torbanite, a high-yielding oil shale with an estimated yield of one barrel of synthetic crude per tonne of shale.“DMC Energy has also secured an irrevocable 40-metric-ton-per-annum port allocation through the future Porto du Bella Vista port in Mozambique, and is in the process of acquiring additional coal exploration assets in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Swaziland [from DMC],” the statement read.“Rietkuil is being fast tracked into production and the other projects have substantial export potential through the new port in Mozambique,” Brown said. “This acquisition will add substantial value to London Mining.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Photo library: Business and industry 22

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Business & Industry contact sheet (1.8MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Northern Cape province:Sishen open-cast iron-oremine, one of the five largest iron-ore mines in the world and the largest in Africa. Stackers and stacker-reclaimers on the blending beds. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province:Sishen open-cast iron-oremine, one of the five largest iron-ore mines in the world and the largest in Africa.The conveyor system used to move product to the blending beds. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province:Sishen open-cast iron-oremine, one of the five largest iron-ore mines in the world and the largest in Africa. Stackers and stacker-reclaimers on the blending beds. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Sishen open-cast iron-ore mine, one of the five largest iron-ore mines in the world and the largest in Africa. The conveyor system used to move product to the blending beds. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Sishen open-cast iron-ore mine, one of the five largest iron-ore mines in the world and the largest in Africa. The conveyor system used to move product to the blending beds. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Sishen open-cast iron-ore mine, one of the five largest iron-ore mines in the world and the largest in Africa. Construction on the new Sishen expansion project. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Sishen open-cast iron-ore mine, one of the five largest iron-ore mines in the world and the largest in Africa. The new signage at the entrance to the mine. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Sishen Mine, a Kumba Iron Ore mine.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Sishen Mine, a Kumba Iron Ore mine. A bulldozerworks with the tailings from the Sishen Expansion Project.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageBUSINESS AND INDUSTRY 22: {loadposition business}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

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Confirmed MH370 wreckage shows it did not have a controlled landing.

first_imgThe condition of new wreckage, which authorities believe is almost certain to have come from Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 370, shows the plane would have hit the water at high speed and disintegrated on impact.The find by a South African family in Mozambique – possibly the most significant discovery of wreckage from MH370 so far – would dispel the theories that the pilot tried to make a controlled landing.A serial number on the wreckage – dubbed the fourth piece – matches an upper main wing panel and shows it is almost certainly from MH370 say experts.A South African family that recently were on holiday in Mozambique came across the piece in December but only realised the significance after another suspected piece of debris – the second – was found on a sandbank off Mozambique two weeks ago.The new fourth piece bears a striking resemblance to the second found by American MH370 hunter Blaine Gibson.The family are now in contact with South African and Australian authorities.South Africa’s Civil Aviation Authority’s Accident and Incident Investigations Division has confirmed to East Coast Radio Newswatch they are sending an official to pick up the debris, before passing it on to international investigators looking into the disappearance of the plane.AirlineRatings understands its will be flown to Australia for identification.The second piece found by Mr Gibson arrived in Malaysia yesterday and is being sent onto Australia over the weekend for examination.Another piece – the third – which carries the grey and blue Malaysia Airlines colours was discovered on Reunion Island last week.In a twist, that piece which was now been handed over to police, was found by the Johnny Begue, who discovered the first piece of debris – a “flaperon” off MH370 in July last year.Mr Begue told AFP that he was out jogging on the shore when he found the object measuring about 40 by 20 centimetres which had a blue mark on the surface and was grey underneath.This piece is being flown to France for examination.Last week UWA oceanographer Charitha Pattiaratchi said drift modelling showed that debris would wash up first at Reunion Island then the East Coast of AfricaProfessor Pattiaratchi said that “debris would start appearing in the Mozambique Channel from September last year.”The latests finds, if confirmed from MH370,  confirm with out any doubt that the international search team are looking in the right area, 1800km west-south-west of Perth, for MH370 according to Professor Pattiaratchi.last_img read more

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SA partners with global water experts

first_img6 May 2011 The Department of Water Affairs has forged a partnership with the Water Resources Group, an influential public-private global network on water supported by the World Economic Forum and the International Finance Corporation, to address critical water issues in South Africa. The declaration of partnership was announced at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town on Wednesday by Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, and Nestle chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, who also chairs the Water Resources Group. A new public-private expert leadership group, chaired by the Department of Water Affairs director-general, will be formed to oversee the activities of a partnership called “South Africa Strategic Water Partners Network” to address water conservation, demand management and developing more sustainable management of groundwater resources in SA. The partnership “will help identify how South Africa’s plans for growth can be met with the water it has safely available,” said Brabeck-Letmathe. “The foresight and leadership of Minister Molewa in this regard should be applauded.” Managing the supply, demand gap In South Africa, water demand is expected to rise by 52% within the next 30 years while the supply of water is sharply declining. If current trends of leakage from aged and poorly maintained municipal infrastructure and the loss of wetlands persist, this growth in demand will intensify competition for water resources across all sectors of the economy. Should the status quo in management practices remain, a gap of 17% between water demand and supply is forecast by 2030. This gap would have serious social and political implications and strongly affect South Africa economic growth. The Water Resources Group partnership “will enable South Africa to access best practice economics, projects and policies in water management from public, private and civil society sectors around the world, enabling officials to field-test and replicate actions for implementation domestically,” said Dominic Waughray of the World Economic Forum, a member of the Water Resources Group.Increased efficiency, diversification The group will focus on increasing water use efficiency in South African agriculture, industry and households, while reducing leakage from municipal and other distribution networks. At the same time, it will look at diversifying South Africa’s water mix by increasing the re-use of effluent and desalination, and developing more sustainable management of groundwater resources. The group will help the government develop water strategies for different sectors, identify and help design projects for implementing each strategy, and develop public-private expert collaborations to take the pilot projects forward. The Water Resources Group, a public-private platform for collaboration, engages with those governments who invite it to work on a comprehensive water sector reform strategy, then provides a public-private approach to support them. Key partners of the Water Resources Group include the Coca-Cola Company, the International Finance Corporation, Nestle, PepsiCo, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and Veolia Environment. Source: World Economic Forumlast_img read more

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Never Mind the Valley: Here’s Boulder

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odell 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… It’s no secret that we at ReadWriteWeb have a lot of love for startups that make their homes outside Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.We’ve decided to make a few videos spotlighting some unique, unexpected locations where startups thrive, where tech scenes are vibrant, where cooperation outstrips competition, and where creativity runs rampant. One of the first cities we’d like to introduce you to is home to between 150 and 170 startups as well as a thriving entrepreneurial and creative community. Welcome to Boulder, Colorado.RWW’s Never Mind the Valley series:AustinBangaloreBeijingBostonBoulderIsraelLondonLos AngelesNew YorkPortland Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Features#Never Mind the Valley#start#startups With the startup accelerator program at TechStars acting as a lightning rod, this area has grown from an earthy university town to a true hotbed of innovation. In certain parts of downtown, you can’t throw a rock without hitting some startup’s offices, and I could barely walk three blocks without bumping into at least one entrepreneur, developer, or designer working at a company such as Threadless or AOL.We interviewed a couple of local startup advisors and one startup team about the culture and community in Boulder. Watch and listen to what they have to say; there are more than a few reasons tech-minded residents love this gorgeous mountain town. Related Posts last_img read more

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ICC awards don’t matter if you are Tendulkar: Yuvraj

first_imgSachin Tendulkar’s greatness cannot be measured by the number of awards he has won in his career, feels Yuvraj Singh, who had been dropped for the upcoming Test series against Australia on grounds of form and fitness.Despite scaling almost every cricketing records, Tendulkar has never won any ICC award, but Yuvraj said, “It doesn’t make any difference because he is Sachin Tendulkar”.”Whether he has won any ICC award or not it doesn’t matter, because Sachin Tendulkar is Sachin Tendulkar, and there is no comparison,” the dashing left-hander said.The iconic batsman from Mumbai has been short-listed for the ICC Cricketer of the Year award and will be hoping to break the jinx on October 6 at the ICC awards night in Bangalore. Tendulkar is also in running for both the Test and ODI Player of the Year awards.Asked about the series against the Aussies, Yuvraj said “like any India-Australia series it will be competitive again”.”India is the No. 1 Test team in the world and Australia is also not far behind. Both teams have players who have played a lot of competitive cricket, so it should be very competitive,” Yuvraj said.While the selection committee blamed Yuvraj’s fitness and form for failing to find a berth in the Test squad, the Punjab batsman reiterated that he is “totally fit but there have been lots of issues over my fitness”.Yuvraj had on Monday insisted that he was in good nick during the Sri Lanka tour and the selectors’ decision has come as a big disappointment for him.advertisementThe batsman, who scored a century in a practice game before the first Test at Galle, where he made 52 in the first innings, felt those two innings were good enough to earn him a place in the India squad for the two-Test series against the Aussies.last_img read more

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