SA to develop mining rescue plan

first_img29 May 2013 Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu says she has instructed officials in her department to develop a rescue plan to ensure the long-term sustainability of South Africa’s embattled platinum and gold mining sectors. Presenting her department’s budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, Shabangu said these sectors had been negatively affected by persistent global market factors which had had an adverse bearing on their long-term viability. “I have directed my officials to urgently explore all available avenues and develop a rescue plan, which will enable us to find appropriate government-wide measures for appropriate sector-wide responses, with particular focus on both supply and demand side interventions, in order to position them along a recovery path.” Shabangu noted that the platinum and gold sectors were among the largest sectors of South Africa’s mining industry in terms of employment, investment and revenue generation. A bilateral cooperation agreement with Russia would contribute significantly to the creation of a suite of interventions necessary to stabilise the platinum industry, she added. Russia and South Africa signed an agreement on cooperation in the development of the platinum group metals (PGMs) industry during the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in Durban in March. “I invite PGM companies to work with my department to leverage relations we have established with the Russian Republic,” she said. In January, Anglo American Platinum announced its intention to restructure its business. President Jacob Zuma and the chairman of Anglo American plc, John Parker, met recently in Pretoria and agreed to find sustainable interventions to enable business continuity and sustainability while preserving employment where possible. Shabangu said she believed that by working together, a sustainable, discerning solution had been found – one she hoped the labour movement would consider favourably. “This demonstrates and emphasises the importance of taking different stakeholders into confidence and opening to them a long-term window, which enables them to appreciate the dynamics of the inherently cyclical nature of the mining industry.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Kallis commits to 2015 World Cup

first_img‘Maturity’“At the moment we have a youthful ODI batting line-up, and Jacques brings a maturity that will be invaluable in developing the new generation,” Domingo said. Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Haroon Lorgat commented: “Jacques is an extraordinary player who appreciates the ODI team building process that is currently under way. His availability is welcomed and CSA will do everything possible to help him achieve his personal ambitions while building a new generation ODI team.” “It remains my aspiration to be available for the 2015 edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup but, at the same time, I know as an all-rounder approaching my 38th birthday, I will need to assess my future in the game season by season. “Playing for my country has always been both a huge honour and a privilege,” Kallis said in a statement on Tuesday. South Africa currently occupies fifth place in the International Cricket Council’s ODI rankings, which, given 2013’s poor run is a little surprising. However, the addition of the proven quality and experience of Kallis should help the team produce better results. Cricketing great Jacques Kallis has repeated his intention to extend his one-day international career and be part of the South African team at the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australasia. In terms of the sheer weight of numbers, his career as an all-rounder in ODI and test cricket is unmatched in the history of cricket. ‘Mentally and physically refreshed’ South Africa has played the majority of the team’s matches without four world-class players. Without them, it is unreasonable to expect the Proteas to challenge for the number one ranking in ODIs. “The plan is to bring him back into the ODI squad for the home series against India in November.center_img 2013 recordThe Proteas’ record in 2013 has been poor: seven wins, 10 defeats and a tie. The key statistic in that time is this: Dale Steyn seven matches, Graeme Smith seven matches, Morne Morkel eight matches, and Jacques Kallis zero matches. 21 August 2013 Proteas head coach Russell Domingo weighed in, saying: “We are scheduled to play 30 ODIs between now and the start of the World Cup and we cannot expect Jacques to play every match. If we were to do that we would limit his longevity and we don’t want that. In that time, Kallis has played only four matches, with the last of those being on 29 February 2012. They won all four of them. Since January 2012, the Proteas – the number one team in test cricket – have been nothing more than average in the 50 overs a side format. They have played 31 matches, won 15, lost 14 and tied one. Career statisticsIn 321 one-day internationals, he has tallied 11 498 runs at an excellent average of 45.26 runs. As a bowler, he has captured 270 wickets at 31.69, with an economy rate of 4.82 run per over. He has also taken 125 catches. “At the moment, I am feeling mentally and physically refreshed and I am looking forward to carry on playing for my country as long as possible.” SAinfo and Cricket South Africalast_img read more

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Resource Discovery: Children’s Books Relating to LGBT Families

first_imgBy Robyn DiPietro-Wells, Heather Johnson, and Misty KrippelChildren’s Books by AnnieSpratt, CC0, Available at pixabay.comRecently the Family Development team presented two webinars surrounding LGBT families:The ABCs of LGBT:  Learning Language and Inclusive Practices in Work with LGBT FamiliesTRANSforming Conversations:  Addressing Needs of Transgender Youth and Their FamiliesAs a follow up to this, the Early Intervention team wanted to provide practitioners with a list of children’s books on the topic.  You can find the list HERE which includes book descriptions, recommended age ranges, and even a link to a recording of the book being read aloud when available.We also created something called a book nook for one of the recommended books, Stella Brings the Family.  A book nook is a simple guide providing “hands-on ways to embed social emotional skill building activities into everyday routines.”  The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) has many other book nooks available here.  The book nook we created for Stella Brings the Family can be found HERE.last_img read more

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Three hockey players from Jharkhand bring pride back to their people, save their school

first_imgGOLDEN GIRLS: (From left) Tete, Surin and Baa flash their medalsThere are always two sides to a coin, many strings in a bow and triumph always has several shades. For a small group of hockey players, it seems like they have seen all sides.From the glare of television camera lights,GOLDEN GIRLS: (From left) Tete, Surin and Baa flash their medalsThere are always two sides to a coin, many strings in a bow and triumph always has several shades. For a small group of hockey players, it seems like they have seen all sides.From the glare of television camera lights and the overpowering attention of an otherwise indifferent world to a place where their alma mater is struggling to survive and life is lived on the margins: the universe continues to whirl for three golden girls from the tribal district of Simdega in Jharkhand.Defender Kanti Baa, 22, and midfielders Sumrai Tete, 21, and Masira Surin, 21, aren’t household names even though they were part of the Indian Commonwealth contingent’s surprise package, the fighting firebrands of its gold medal-winning hockey team.But in their own home they were hailed as symbols of pride and greeted with the enthusiasm usually reserved for the first monsoons over their fathers’ fields. The chief secretary of Jharkhand held a civic reception in honour of the three tribal girls and the treasurer of the grandly named Jharkhand Olympic Association said their success and the rewards that it had brought them would spark off dozens of other careers.Mighty words but what the success of the three gold-medallists did, in the immediate term and in a silently powerful act, was to prevent their hockey school from closing down. When the Commonwealth Games began, the school, the Bariatu Hockey Centre run in the Government Girls High School in the town of the same name, had already received its death sentence, its students ready to pack up and leave.advertisementPart of a group of six National Sports Talent Contest Centres (NSTCC) set up for tribal students in undivided Bihar, the Bariatu school has produced 50 international-level hockey players, including the three in Manchester, but was fighting for its life in the face of lack of funds and poor conditions. Then came gold. The state Government had to reverse the decision and the school is back and running with 27 of the original 29 girls selected to receive training. The story of the Bariatu Hockey Centre is the story of the almost mandatory struggle of the Indian athlete to survive in circumstances that would defeat most people. In Bariatu, each ward receives Rs 1,200 as a monthly stipend, with the bare minimum of medical checks. One of the girls in the centre, where poor-quality food often led to sickness, says, “Many of the girls are suffering from haemoglobin deficiency leading to anaemia. The Government does not provide for any medical check-ups for the girls.”The centre does not, of course, have an astroturf. Young players grow up playing on the battered mud of the high-school field where their centre is based. The state Government had imported an astroturf which has been lying unused for five years.”Only when a player is selected for national or international matches is she provided with turf practice,” says Asunta Lakra, another NSTCC ward former principal of the Bariatu school and president of the Jharkhand Women’s Hockey Association, says, “There should be proper training on turf. The turf in Bariatu has been lying unused for the past five years while the girls have been asked to play on sand grounds.”The links between tribal Jharkhand and hockey run deep. Local folklore tells of tribals carrying bamboo staves while grazing cattle and whittling them into hockey sticks and roots into balls even before the arrival of Christian missionaries in the area.In the tribal tradition, the “khassi and murga” tournament (goat and rooster) – where the prizes are these two species – is also famous, though few would remember that in 1928 the captain of the Indian hockey team at the Amsterdam Olympics was also a tribal, Jaipal Singh Munda.STATE OF AFFAIRS: The Bariatu Hockey Centre is yet to get an astroturfSome of the other famous players from the region are Savitri Purti, Biswasi Purti, Helen Soy, Alma Guria and Anarita Karketta. Their successors are a group of three girls with bright eyes and bright smiles who have brought distinction to a corner of the country which is usually forgotten.This is that part of India where no roads exist, where the rivers are not spanned by bridges and where people live in the hope that one day their lives will be significant enough for the country to at least acknowledge them. That day came when these women came home with shiny pieces of metal around their neck and saucer-sized smiles on their faces.Sumrai is the daughter of a poor farmer, Banarwas Tete, who along with wife Santoshi made the long trip from their village in Kasira Maram Toli, 170 km from Ranchi, and waited at the railway station for the train carrying their daughter who had travelled far away on a remarkable journey.The train was only five hours late and the eruption of joy among all who had waited for the three slightly built players to emerge at the door brought tears to the eyes of those closest to them. “Sumrai came from a tiny village where no one expects to play for the country,” says Banarwas.advertisementA village so remote that when the rains come, in the absence of a proper road, people use boats to get around. He worked as a general labourer to push his daughter through her hockey career, but it meant making a cruel choice: pulling Sumrai’s elder sister Karuna out of school.Masira Surin, one of seven children, would never have been met by her parents in Ranchi had it not been for her uncle, schoolteacher and hockey enthusiast William Topno. Surin’s father, Samuel, says he was not keen on his daughter pursuing hockey “until she played for the state”. As important afsars (officials) made a fuss over his daughter and her two teammates, who were garlanded and led through the city in an open jeep, Kanti Baa’s father, Silas, felt he was doubly blessed. His cousin, Father Fame Baa, a history lecturer at St Xavier’s College, Ranchi, didn’t need to live in their village, Kunder Mundra, anymore, and his daughter Kanti was going to earn more than Rs 12 lakh in prizes from the prime minister, her employers and the state Government – all for being very good at running up and down the field with a hockey stick, a dervish in a blue dress.The daughters return quickly to their strange nomadic roller-coaster lives, and travel to a country called Korea to play in another tournament, the Asian Games in October. “Pusan will be easier,” says Sumrai confidently of the competition where there are only three teams other than the Indians. “But we’ll have to train hard and won’t take any chances.”When the three girls from the weather-beaten villages of Jharkhand step onto foreign fields again in October, they will carry a piece of their very distinctive homeland with them. They keep alive the flickering flame of hockey in a sometimes-forgotten corner of India.last_img read more

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Stars Play Charity Golf For Caudwell Children

first_imgStars of stage, screen and sport headed to Loch Lomond last week to take part in the annual Caudwell Children Celebrity Golf Classic and helped raise thousands for disabled children.Jonathan Wilkes, Mikey Graham, Ant McPartlin, Trudi Beswick, Declan Donnelly, Ben ShephardCredit/Copyright: CIA Photography via Caudwell ChildrenCelebrities including Ant & Dec, Ben Shephard and Jonathan Wilkes joined Boyzone’s Mikey Graham, the host of the glamorous annual event at The Carrick golf course on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th.Mikey Graham Plays Golf For Caudwell ChildrenCredit/Copyright: CIA Photography via Caudwell ChildrenEach celebrity played with a team of three paying guests and competed over two days against the stunning backdrop of the Scottish Highlands. The teams also enjoyed two nights at the five-star De Vere Cameron House Hotel including a gala dinner and awards presentation.Dec Donnelly Plays Charity GolfCredit/Copyright: CIA Photography via Caudwell ChildrenHosting the event again was the Irish singer songwriter, Mikey Graham, he said: “We’ve had another great couple of days at this year’s event, with a fantastic bunch of celebrities joining me on the course.”Other celebrities attending the sporting fundrasier included Olympian Louise Hazel and the twin stars of Harry Potter, James and Oliver Phelps.Local celebrities joining the all-star event are ex Scottish international footballers Andy Goram, Alan Rough and Derek Johnstone and boxer Ian McLeod.Money raised over the two days will be donated directly to national charity, Caudwell Children.Trudi Beswick, CEO of Caudwell Children, said: “We are thrilled with the turn out for this year’s golf event and we’re delighted to return to Loch Lomond. The event raises vital funds to provide practical and emotional support for sick and disabled children right across the country, we can’t thank our guests enough for their continued support.”For more information contact the charity events team on [email protected] or call 01782 600611.last_img read more

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Ohio State defense makes statement by shutting down Melvin Gordon Wisconsin offense

Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) tackles Wisconsin redshirt-junior running back Melvin Gordon (25) during the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 6 in Indianapolis. OSU won, 59-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — So many times in football, it helps to be realistic. Even if a team’s defense plays well, it still might give up a considerable amount of yards. Even if the defense can stop an opposing offense from scoring over two quarters, it’s tremendously more difficult to hold them scoreless for the entire game.It’s safe to say those concessions would have been accepted had the Ohio State Buckeyes managed to beat the Wisconsin Badgers and their Heisman candidate running back, redshirt-junior Melvin Gordon.But on Saturday night in Indianapolis, the Buckeye defense didn’t settle for good enough.The Buckeyes not only held Gordon to only 76 yards, but they shut out the Badgers completely, as they dominated their opponents, 59-0, in the Big Ten Championship Game.“It’s still crazy to me,” senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said after the game. “I think if you told us this week that we would shut them out, 59-0, I wouldn’t have been believed you. But seeing the guys before the game, and what was going on in the locker room and how just hyped up everybody was, and how everyone bought into what we were saying — (I) maybe thought they’d get seven points, but a shutout’s a big deal against this offense.”It was an offense that entered the title game ranked third in the nation in rushing offense and, in Gordon, had the player with more yards on the ground than any other individual in college football.But from the beginning, the Buckeye defensive corps stood tall. Wisconsin punted on its first two drives, before redshirt-junior quarterback Joel Stave was intercepted by sophomore safety Vonn Bell the next time it had the ball.The evening didn’t get any better for Gordon and the Badgers. In the second quarter, the team from Madison, Wis., gained only 14 total offensive yards and punted an additional three times. By that point the Buckeyes were already up 31-0, but they put the exclamation point on the half on Wisconsin’s next drive.Gordon attempted a run on second-and-18 from his own 12-yard line, but Bennett forced him to fumble the football, and sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa grabbed the ball and went into the end zone for the score.Bosa said after the game that Bennett’s leadership has been a key component for the defense’s success.“(It’s) just the way he works and his attitude. He just bottles all of his anger and comes out and just let’s it go in the football game and he’s so talented,” Bosa said. “He’s finally showing what he really can do.”In addition to his football skills, Bennett showed off a new number, 53, in honor of teammate Kosta Karageorge, who was found dead last Sunday after having been missing for five days. The decision to change numbers was one Bennett said he made quickly.“As soon as I heard the news about Kosta I went to (defensive line) coach (Larry) Johnson and asked him if I could wear it,” he said. “I was only around Kosta for about four months but the guy meant a lot to me. I respected him, I looked up to him. Maybe he gave me strength, because I’ve never played like that before. I think he gave the guys strength and we were able to rally around together because we realized how special it is to do what we do with each other.”Bennett finished with four tackles for loss —  a career high — which included two sacks.The OSU co-captain is a part of a senior class who had yet to win a conference title going into the game, and redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee said the rest of the team felt they needed to get the victory for their veteran teammates.“They (the seniors) had a bad taste in their mouth from last time they were on this field and it sucked for me to watch,” Lee, who led the Buckeyes in total and solo tackles, said. “What a difference a year can make. We’re a much closer team, much stronger team. I’m glad for them, I’m happy for them and I’d do anything for them. It’s just great to get a win.”Meanwhile, the win had some special meaning for Joshua Perry. The junior linebacker, who finished with five tackles of his own, graduated from Olentangy High School, and he said his Buckeye roots added another level to the postgame celebration.“It’s awesome. It’s a little bit special for me ‘cause I’m a Central Ohio kid, so growing up in Central Ohio, all I ever wanted to do was win a Big Ten Championship,” he said. “I wanted to be up on the stage, I wanted to do the whole thing, I wanted to run up to my mom and dad while they were in the stands and give them a big hug. Just being able to do that, holding up the Big Ten sign and everything, was awesome.”As the OSU offense, led by redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones, continued to light up the scoreboard, the defense continued to keep Wisconsin out of the end zone. Senior cornerback Doran Grant picked off two passes, and the team managed to keep the Badgers from scoring altogether.Gordon’s sub 100-yard effort was his first since Sept. 6, and OSU coach Urban Meyer was at a loss for words when asked how his defense managed to contain the explosive running back.“I don’t know, it wasn’t easy. (Co-defensive coordinator and linebackers) coach (Luke) Fickell and our defense really stepped up,” he said. “That is a first round draft pick we were playing against. I can’t wait to watch that film because that was just phenomenal.”Lee said the players simply did their individual jobs to stop Gordon, and Perry said preparation also played a key role.“This is the stuff that we train for when we talk about offseason training and the whole deal. We trained for this moment, we trained to be back here, to be in a tough game against a tough team and then just be able to go out there and play our best.”The Buckeyes will see if their best is enough for a place in the inaugural College Football Playoff when the committee selects the four teams Sunday at 12:30 p.m. read more

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Rangers a different animal Former captain

first_imgFor Barry Ferguson, Steven Gerrard’s side are very good when at home and he hopes they can win while on the road soonRangers Football Club is currently sitting in the sixth position of the 2018-2019 Scottish Premier League standings with 14 points.The team has been able to win four times already, drawing twice and losing only two times.And while they have a good record at home, they haven’t been able to get an away victory.For former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson, the team is doing very good with his current manager.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“Rangers are a different animal under Steven Gerrard,” he told STV.“At home, the form has been excellent, it’s just the away form they to sort out.”“As soon as they get that first win, then they can start to mount a serious challenge. If they get the away form right, they can certainly challenge as it’s a different Rangers for me,” he added.“We have some quality players, it’s just finding a system that suits these guys, once he gets that we’ll do well.”“I was taken aback by there ambition, it shone through. It excites me, I miss coaching after being out of the game for 16 months. Hopefully, we’ll sort something out in the next 24-48 hours,” he concluded.last_img read more

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