first_img Errata The caption accompanying a picture in the November 15 News, about the Lee County Women Lawyers and the Collier County Women Lawyers’ Voices For Kids Project identified those pictured — Judge Lauren Miller, Laurie Anton, Carolyn Delizia, and Jeanne Seewald — in reverse order. The News regrets the error. Errata December 1, 2003 Erratalast_img

Kumble urges India to move on from Pune debacle

first_img(REUTERS) – India coach Anil Kumble urged his team to move on from the debacle in the opening Test against Australia as the hosts seek a series-levelling victory in the second match starting tomorrow.On a raging turner in Pune, Australia triumphed by 333 runs inside three days, snapping India’s 19-Test unbeaten run stretching back to their tour to Sri Lanka in 2015.While Virat Kohli’s men won in Sri Lanka and West Indies, they also vanquished South Africa, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh for six straight series victories.“You can’t keep winning every game. It has to come to an end at some point of time,” Kumble, 46, told reporters yesterday.“Twenty games in current scenario of Test cricket, it’s quite challenging for an international side to keep going out there and winning. That’s what this team has been able to do across conditions.“We have adapted to various conditions and various situations and that’s what we didn’t do in the last game. That’s why the result didn’t go our way.”The former spinner, also India’s highest wicket-taker in Tests, said Pune was just a blip in an otherwise bumper home season.“I don’t want to look back. We are here to look ahead. As a coach it’s more important for me to look ahead,” said Kumble, who took over the coaching reins last year.“It was one of those games where things didn’t go our way and we just need to move on. Another three Test matches in the series and we are really looking forward to that.“We have had a fantastic home season and it’s just one of those games where things didn’t go our way.”Kumble said Australia were a quality opposition but India did not play to their potential.Asked about the nature of pitch to be used for the second Test, the Bengaluru native said: “It’s generally been a good batting surface and I’m sure it’s going to be a result wicket.“That’s exactly what we want in a Test match.”last_img read more

COLUMN: In Olympic host race, LA stands on its own

first_imgOn Wednesday, Budapest withdrew its bid to host the Summer Olympics in 2024, widening the very real possibility of the Games coming to Los Angeles in seven years. With other potential venues such as Boston, Rome, Stockholm and Oslo also bowing out recently, the only other bidder for the Games is Paris.On the surface, the prospect of hosting the Olympics these days seems to scare constituents rather than excite them. It’s why the 2022 Winter Games will be held in Beijing — a city where it doesn’t really snow — because the only other option was Almaty, Kazakhstan. The International Olympic Committee, which decides the bids, has been accused of corruption and excessive demands from host cities. The cost to host the Games is almost never worth it; every Olympics since 1960 has gone over budget by an average of 156 percent, according to a University of Oxford study. Look at the images of empty, decrepit and abandoned stadiums from past Games — Rio, Sochi, Beijing, Athens — and it’s easy to understand how, for most cities, the Olympics result in a mere three-week economic boon before everyone leaves, the cameras go away and the host country is left in the red.And on the surface, just the mere thought of the millions of athletes, spectators and media from around the world descending upon Los Angeles for three whole weeks and slowing the world-renowned dreadful traffic from a crawl to a parking lot should be enough to make locals vomit. So, one proper inference to make here for the city would be to let Paris have the Games so we don’t have to deal with either the headache of hosting or the economic heartbreak that presumably follows. But in a time where public support for the Olympics in potential host cities is waning rapidly — there was so much backlash in Boston that the city literally struck down its own bid  — the mood in Los Angeles is decidedly different: A Loyola Marymount University poll conducted last year found that more than 88 percent of Angelenos are in favor of hosting the Games in 2024.OK, so maybe Californians are just objectively cooler. But on top of that, Los Angeles’ bid doesn’t appear to have the same potential missteps as other cities. It seems to be economically sound, low-risk and a true window to bring the Olympics back to the United States for just the second time since Los Angeles last hosted the Summer Games in 1984 (have you ever wondered how Café 84 got its name?)Given how tarnished the IOC’s reputation has become (see: “doping, Russia”), holding the Olympics in a world-class city with a feasible plan wouldn’t be a bad idea. For most Olympic bidders, their blueprint for the Games revolve around proposals for massive new arenas and plans to build a shining city on a hill from scratch. But for 2024, Los Angeles has a different — and simple — idea. Rather than spending billions to build grandiose stadiums from scratch for the purposes of three weeks of competition, Los Angeles is proposing to use the plethora of venues already at its disposal for the Games.And there are plenty of them, some of them on or near the USC campus. The Coliseum, fresh off a $270 million renovation project, would hold the opening and closing ceremonies, giving the historical venue — which has opened both the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games — another chance to shine on the world stage. The Galen Center would play host to badminton. Dedeaux Field would turn into a temporary hub for swimming and diving, while the soon-to-be-completed University Village would serve as the media village.That’s just the USC area. The city intends on utilizing just about every venue suitable for sports in the Southern California region: the Rose Bowl for soccer, the StubHub Center for rugby, the Staples Center and Pauley Pavilion for basketball, the Santa Monica Beach for volleyball. Remember in Sochi in 2014, when athletes and media dealt with contaminated water in their half-built, shoddy rooms? This time around, the athletes’ village would simply be at UCLA. There would be no huge investments, no last-second rush to make sure the stadiums are built on time (as was the case in Rio last summer) because everything’s already there.In all, the bill for Los Angeles if it were to host the 2024 Games is projected to be just $5.3 billion, which pales in comparison to the $12 billion spent on the Rio Games, the whopping $50 billion spent for Sochi and the $30 billion that Tokyo is projected to spend on the 2020 Summer Olympics.The Los Angeles proposal definitely isn’t sexy, but that’s not what the IOC needs right now. They don’t need another before-and-after comparison showing how a shiny, sleek, expensive stadium was used for all of three weeks before becoming an unused, glorified hunk of concrete. They don’t need to put the Games in countries plagued with issues far greater than hosting a sporting event — Rio’s budget for the 2016 Games was 16 times higher than the budget to fight the Zika Virus, according to Public Radio International. So while you were watching Michael Phelps end his career on a golden note or Usain Bolt run like the wind, people were dying of Zika because money was being funneled toward making Brazil look good in front of the world instead of fighting the life-threatening virus.This should never happen, and the IOC needs to come up with a more viable procedure for poorer countries such as Brazil to host the Olympics. For now, it needs a break, a controversy-free Games to rehabilitate its image. And what better place than Los Angeles, a city that is open to welcoming the world to its hospitality and that actually has a reasonable, fiscally responsible plan to pull off a mega-event that no one else seems to want anymore?Eric He is a sophomore majoring in journalism. He is also the associate managing editor for the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Fridays.last_img read more

Perfect! Wind and cold to give way to sizzling sunshine for Easter weekend

first_imgIt promises to be four seasons in one week across Donegal in the coming days with wind and rain giving way to lots of sunshine.A status yellow wind warning is in place for Donegal today up until 7pm this evening with plenty of rain to follow.However, Met Eireann has said that the forecast for Good Friday and into the weekend means that temperatures could reach double figures in many places and possibly up to 23 degrees. Met Eireann has warned that gusts of up to 110kmh could hit Donegal and surrounding counties today.A spokesperson warned people of falling branches as well as heavy rainfall.However, the weather will see a major turnaround as the week progresses towards the weekend.Forecaster Liz Walsh told “As we progress into the week, it’s going to start getting warmer. By Easter weekend, we could see temperatures of up to 23C – a much better outlook for the holiday weekend. “So we just have to get through this period and the weather should be warm and settled.”Perfect! Wind and cold to give way to sizzling sunshine for Easter weekend was last modified: April 16th, 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:donegalforecastMet Eireannsunlast_img read more

Giants announce another reliever is out for the season, team claims pitcher from Rays

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Giants reliever Trevor Gott’s season is over.The club announced Friday that Gott was transferred to the 60-day injured list to clear a 40-man roster spot for right-handed pitcher Ricardo Pinto, who was acquired off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.Gott was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow strain on August 27 and expected to return within two-to-three weeks. The Giants have not announced any new details regarding Gott’s injury, but he is no longer eligible to …last_img

Malaria-proof mosquito a reality

first_imgAnopheles stephensi is responsible formalaria transmission in India and Pakistan. (Image: VectorBase) MEDIA CONTACTS • Michael RiehleDept of Entomology, Arizona University+1 520 626 8500; Marley 641G RELATED ARTICLES • Scientists abuzz over mosquito • Roger Milla, Fifa give malaria the boot • Swaziland to wipe out malaria • Adventurer spreads his nets wideJanine ErasmusScientists at the University of Arizona have bred a mosquito that is immune to malaria infection. With about half the global population at risk of contracting the disease, and the global malaria-related death toll approaching 1-million people annually, this could save millions of lives – most of them in Africa.The female Anopheles mosquito transmits the disease to humans through a bite. Single-celled parasites of the genus Plasmodium pass into the blood of the victim and begin to multiply, eventually settling in vital organs such as the liver and kidneys. These become vulnerable to damage and failure, which may result in death.Most of the annual deaths – around 90% – occur in sub-Saharan Africa, and one child under the age of five dies from malaria every 30 seconds.In the past scientists experimented with the insect’s genetic makeup in the hopes of breeding a mosquito that can’t pass on the disease. Their efforts were only partially successful as the insects still managed to infect humans, albeit to a much reduced extent.Now they’ve taken the concept one step further, with the development of an Anopheles stephensi mosquito that is immune to infection by Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite variety that is most dangerous as it is the only one that kills people. The finding was published in the online version of peer-reviewed open-access journal PLoS Pathogens in July 2010.One discovery leads to anotherUnder the guidance of team leader and entomology professor Michael Riehle, the group of scientists from the Arizona and California universities initially set out to discover how to shorten the lifespan of A. stephensi, an important malaria carrier in the Indian subcontinent.This is significant because parasites must mature for two weeks inside their host before they’re ready to be passed to humans, and mosquitoes in high-risk areas live for about two weeks. Only the oldest individuals are able to transmit the disease.The team felt that a lifespan reduction of even days could shrink the window of opportunity for Plasmodium, and result in a dramatic reduction in malaria infection rates. They targeted a gene that was thought to be responsible for both lifespan and resistance to infection. By injecting this modified genetic information into mosquito eggs, they bred a generation of insects that carried new genetic material.According to Riehle, they were hoping just to see an effect on the insect’s growth rate or lifespan – which was indeed cut by about 20% – but were pleasantly surprised to discover that their manipulation also completely blocked infection.The super-insects were tested with a meal of Plasmodium-infected blood, with the encouraging result that not one mosquito became infected.“If even a single parasite slips through and infects a human, the whole approach will be doomed to fail,” said Riehle, “and so you need mosquitoes that are no less than 100% resistant.”The team is hoping that these genetically modified mosquitoes will be eventually released into malaria-ravaged areas where they will breed with, and replace the normal insect, whether through natural selection or with scientific help.They are also now seeking to understand how the parasites are killed inside the mosquito’s body, because that valuable information could be used to create an even more robust insect.According to Riehle, it will be at least a decade before the new mosquitoes will be ready for large-scale release. But before this the experts will have to address the public’s fears of putting a genetically modified creature into the wild – an idea which could alarm many.Preventable and curableMalaria is both preventable and curable, but field experience has shown that it can only be successfully combated with a multi-faceted approach. This involves the widespread distribution of insecticide-impregnated bed nets, indoor spraying, bite prevention and treating patients effectively. None of these strategies is as powerful on its own as it is in combination with the others.The development of a vaccine by 2015 is also an important research goal. Although a number of vaccine candidates have gone to clinical trial, none of them made it through the long and rigorous process.Earlier in 2010 the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced in its World Malaria Report 2009 that South Africa and eight other African countries had managed to halve their malaria burden. South Africa, Botswana, Cape Verde, Eritrea, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Swaziland, and Zambia achieved this using a combination of insecticide nets and efficient treatment of patients, said the WHO.last_img read more

South Africa unpacks Coega potential

first_img7 July 2015There is a lot of potential for investor growth at the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) industrial development zone (IDZ) in Eastern Cape, says Deputy Minister of Energy Thembisile Majola.In the 2014/15 financial year, the CDC contributed 14 623 direct jobs to the South African economy; it also has 29 operating investors with an investment value of more than R2.7-billion.Speaking at a briefing about the Department of Trade and Industry’s incentive scheme to support the creation of large and competitive black industrialists, Majola said the money could spill over to fund other projects.“Even though there is no allocation as to where the money will be spent in the country, what the Eastern Cape receives from this scheme will depend on how many entrepreneurs can be developed,” Majola said yesterday.Eastern Cape presented a lot of potential while there was also a need for skills development such as that conducted by Coega in training artisans, welders and electricians.“The approach is not just about employment creation but to see where there is a gap in the industry and create opportunities for others.”Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Mayor Danny Jordaan said he was happy with the empowerment and skills development that was on track in the Coega IDZ.“We’ve also visited the skills development centre in Coega and it was interesting that people outside the metro and from rural areas were receiving training. Shareholding of existing investors and also the management expressing the need to deal with historical imbalances of ownership is especially encouraging.”The head of the provincial department of economic development, environmental affairs and tourism Sakhumzi Somyo said there was high growth and interest in energy projects in the IDZ energy cluster.Delegates should visit DCD Wind Towers, he said, adding that Eastern Cape was equally positioned to other wind turbine manufacturers in the market.“The manufacturing capability of wind turbine stands guarantees South Africa’s relevance into the energy mix. The renewable energy mix provided by Coega can create the need for technology and related infrastructure.”Delegates toured the Coega IDZ and visited various businesses in the energy sector, as well as Coega’s Human Capital Solutions skills centre.They also visited DCD Wind Towers at its 23 000m² wind tower manufacturing facility. Gerry Klos, the executive director of the group, said the factory was at a phase where the production output was in line with the plant’s capacity.“Currently, DCD employs 150 people and there are plans to add additional shift systems to maximise the plant’s capability. This will mean new staff will be trained,” said Klos.The CDC has built momentum on energy projects in both conventional energy and renewable energy so as to attract and sustain its investment projects.Energy projects under construction include the Dedisa Peaking Power Plant, which is estimated to start operating in the second half of 2015 and consists of two open- cycle gas turbines able to produce 342 megawatts.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

New Strike Halts Ops at APM Terminals Gothenburg

first_imgzoom The prolonged dispute at the APM Terminals Gothenburg has seen another industrial action as the Swedish Dockworkers’ Union (SDU) held an eight-hour strike on January 24.The action included a total work stoppage at the terminal between 12:00 and 20:00 local time, Port of Gothenburg said, adding that other terminals are not affected by the dispute.Namely, Swedish Dockworkers’ Union informed that the so called “80/20 Agreement” has been terminated by APM Terminals and will cease to be valid by mid-April this year.“The APM Terminals’ management is seeking to reduce employment security in the workplace by opening up for increased use of overtime and casual labour at the expense of permanent employment contracts,” according to the union.The parties were scheduled to start redundancy talks today as APM Terminals Gothenburg “is threatening to lay off some 24-30 steadily employed dockworkers and about as many now working on temporary contracts.”Almost all of the dockworkers affected are members of the SDU Local 4, but the company’s intent is reportedly to shut the majority union out from the negotiations, denying the SDU members union representation.The SDU membership assembly decided unanimously to give the local board the mandate to step up industrial action in the dispute, and to request solidarity action both nationally and internationally through the International Dockworkers Council (IDC).Earlier in January, SDU informed of its demands in the APM Terminals Gothenburg dispute, which include guarantee trade union rights, respect for the jurisdiction and the right to jobs, and honoring standing agreements and other.last_img read more