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South Africa to launch ‘war on poverty’

first_imgThe percentage of South Africans living on less than a 2007 benchmark of R462 a month had decreased from 58% in 2000 to 48% in 2005. Source: BuaNews Briefing reporters in Cape Town on Sunday on a three-day Cabinet meeting that took place in Pretoria last week, Mbeki said the campaign would kick off in August, focusing on the most deprived wards in all nine provinces. The strategy would include motivating each household to make its “own contribution” to its struggle against poverty. According to a Development Indicators report released earlier this month by the Policy Co-ordination and Advisory Service unit in the Presidency, income growth among South Africans, combined with the expansion of social grants, had resulted in a rise in income among the poorest of the population since 2000. Taking population increases into account, the number of South Africans lifted out of poverty since 1996 had reached 9-million, the report found, with about 12-million now supported by one or more of the various forms of social grants provided by the government. The teams would go “from household to household” in the identified areas in order to make the most direct, helpful interventions to take these households out of poverty, Mbeki said. The most deprived households identified in the poorest wards would be visited periodically during the campaign by a team of professionals and community workers to identify their specific needs, accelerate their access to government services, and provide safety nets. 28 July 2008 South Africa is to launch a nationwide campaign to reduce poverty among the country’s poorest citizens, President Thabo Mbeki said on Sunday. Mbeki said that last week’s Cabinet meeting had noted that South Africa was on track towards achieving its medium-term goals of halving poverty and unemployment by 2014. The long-term goal was for South Africa’s poorest households to receive assistance and support in a co-ordinated and sustained way, with a national “war room on poverty” leading the campaign from the office of the Deputy President. “Even though many challenges still need to be tackled, attaining high and sustained economic growth is and will continue to be a key part of our strategy to achieving these medium-term goals,” Mbeki added.last_img read more

Assess winter wheat before harvest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The spring of 2017 has created many challenges for winter wheat growers. As wheat harvest begins across the eastern Corn Belt, producers should keep an eye out for potential problems that may cause yield loss and impact grain quality. Growers have observed the development of diseases such as powdery mildew and Fusarium head blight (scab).Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus has also been present in some fields, a result of feeding by aphids carrying the virus. Due to warmer-than-normal weather in late winter/early spring, wheat development has been two to three weeks ahead of normal and growers should expect an early harvest. In areas where head blight has developed, growers should adjust combines properly clean out lighter grains impacted by scab.According to this University of Missouri article, research performed by the Ohio State University showed that adjust fan speeds between 1,375 and 1,475 rpm and shutter opening to 3.5 inches resulted in the lowest discounts at elevators due to low test weight, damaged kernels, and mycotoxin levels in grain. Extreme cold weather in March caused freeze damage to wheat heads, which has resulted in blank heads and could significantly impact yields. Wheat producers should walk fields prior to harvest to determine if head scab and/or freeze damage has impacted their wheat and to assess the extent of the damage.last_img read more

Four Filipinos to see action in ONE: Warriors of the World in Bangkok

first_imgPangilinan: PH ‘putting very good bid’ to host 2023 Fiba World Cup Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Photo from ONE ChampionshipFour Filipinos will proudly hoist the country’s flag when they enter the cage at ONE Warriors of the World at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on December 9.Female fighters April Osenio and Rome Trinidad banner the Philippine delegation as they take on different opponents in the undercard.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next The Bangkok fightcard will see ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka Naito defend his title against Brazilian Alex Silva in the main event, while Shannon Wiratchai and Rasul Yakhyaev figure in a ONE Lightweight World Championship title eliminator.Singapore’s Christian Lee will also lock horns with Kotetsu Buku of South Korea, former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke going up against Riku Shibuya, hometown bet Yodsanan Sityodtong taking on Dodi Mardian of Indonesia, and Chinese bantamweight Tang De Pan facing Asraful Islam of Bangladesh. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The 23-year-old Osenio (2-2) is seeking to bounce back from her loss to Jenny Huang last year as Team Lakay pins its hopes on her when she faces the debuting Xiong Jingnan of China in their flyweight bout.Meanwhile, the 20-year-old Trinidad will be making her ONE debut as she showcases her Sikaran background and shoots for an upset against Thai contender Rika Ishige in their atomweight showdown.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 shutoutCebuano featherweight Jimmy Yabo (5-5) is also seeking to end his three-match skid when he tangles with Muay Thai specialist Sagetdao Petpayathai.Wushu expert Rabin Catalan (4-3) is also motivated to snap his own slump as he faces strawweight contender Kritsada Kongsrichai of Thailand. View commentslast_img read more

Test captaincy doesn’t come naturally to anyone: Stephen Fleming

first_imgFleming backs Team India to bounce back against England in the ODI seriesMS Dhoni may just be two tests losses away from touching Stephen Fleming’s ignominious record of most away test defeats as captain but he finds support from his CSK coach who advocates Indian cricket stakeholders to take a balanced view of things over their next test captain.In an interview to India Today.in Fleming backs the Dhoni led Indian one day outfit to bounce back against England, although he admits they will be uncomfortable after the test losses. Counting himself out in the race for Indian coach, he also says it would be in the best interest of Indian cricket if Virat Kohli strives to be the best batsman he can be and not necessarily the skipper.Q. Stephen, you have said you spend three months a year in India with the CSK. Would one get to see a lot more of your here? Should an opportunity arise would you want to be Indian cricket coach?A. No. I am happy with the CSK role. It works well with the family situation. I know how much travelling is there with Indian team and that’s not me for the moment.Q. You have spent a lot of time with Dhoni as a CSK skipper. Do you believe he is still the right man for the job. Also do you think test captainship comes naturally to him?A. I don’t know if test captainship comes naturally to anyone. It’s hard work and when your team does not do well you feel the pressure and responsibility. He batted well which is a good sign. If he was playing badly and the team was doing badly he would be under some real pressure. He’s got that decision along with the BCCI as to what future holds for him whether its all forms of the game or just the shorter version with the World Cup coming up. There are lots of questions I am sure which are being asked and he’s in the best place to answer it.advertisementQ. Virat’s worst test tour has coincided with India’s poor loss to England. Else do you think it could have been a case for him taking test leadership over from MS Dhoni?A. Virat will be dissapointed with his show. There are very high expectations of him and he is one of the best players in the world which he still is, a bad series in England or anywhere else does not make you any lesser. He will make some adjustments and will be better off for it. Whether that takes him to captainship, I am not sure. Being the best batsmen he can will be the best thing for Indian cricket right now.Q. How much of a blame should Duncan Fletcher take for India’s losses? The test team has never won away during his reign.A. I am a coach, and am not going to bad another coach. But more seriously it’s a hard job. Responsibility lies with the players which often gets overlooked. The coach and the captain gets targeted. But the players will be dissapointed with the way they played. There was a lot expected of Virat and Pujara. Vijay played quite well but there are some real high profile players who have put some good numbers in the past 12 months and collectively they have had a very bad tournament. How deep you want to run with that whether it’s support staff whether it’s your academies that’s a case for the BCCI.Q. Do you think the test loss will hurt their chances in the one dayers?A. No I don’t think so. They will be looking forward to the one dayers. It’s generally agreed  that they are more suited to the one day game at the moment. They are world champions and they will be on the run. But they will be uncomfortable just like England were in the second half of the test series. They will come bouncing back and I would be surprised if they didn’t.last_img read more

Sugar output up 6 to 27347 lakh tonne

first_imgNew Delhi: Sugar production rose by 6 per cent to 273.47 lakh tonne till March 15 of the current marketing year ending September 2019, helped by higher output in Maharashtra and Karnataka where mills started their operations early, according to industry data. The country had produced 258.20 lakh tonne sugar in the year-ago period, the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said in a statement. “During 2018-19 sugar season, 527 sugar mills were in operation and they have produced 273.47 lakh tonne of sugar till March 15, 2019,” the ISMA said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAs many as 154 mills have stopped crushing and 373 sugar mills are continuing their crushing operations. Mills in Maharashtra and Karnataka are closing fast and their crushing season is on the verge of closing. According to the ISMA, sugar production in Maharashtra till March 15 was 100.08 lakh tonne as against 93.84 lakh tonne in the year-ago period. In Uttar Pradesh, production was almost flat at 84.14 lakh tonne compared with 84.39 lakh tonnes in the corresponding period of the 2017-18 marketing year. Sugar production in Karnataka stood at 42.45 lakh tonne as against 35.10 lakh tonnes. The ISMA had earlier pegged the country’s sugar production at 307 lakh tonne in 2018-19, down from 325 lakh tonnes in 2017-18 marketing year.last_img read more

RBI governor meets Arun Jaitley ahead of monetary policy

first_imgNew Delhi: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das Monday met Finance Minister Arun Jaitely, and is believed to have discussed the current economic situation, ahead of the first bi-monthly monetary policy for 2019-20. The meeting of the six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to decide on the first bi-monthly policy statement for 2019-20 will be held from April 2 to 4. The policy will be announced on April 4. “It was a courtesy meeting, there is a tradition of RBI Governor meeting the Finance Minister before monetary policy, so it is part of that,” Das told reporter after the meeting. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The bi-monthly policy assumes significance as it will be announced just a week before the commencement of the seven-phase general elections beginning April 11. According to sources, economic issues were discussed during the meeting. While the RBI cut the interest rate in its February monetary policy after a gap of 18 months, industry has started clamouring for another rate cut as retail inflation is below the RBI’s benchmark of 4 per cent and need for boosting growth is pressing. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Retail inflation inched up to a four-month high of 2.57 per cent in February, though it is still below the RBI’s benchmark, raising hopes of another round of rate cut to boost industrial growth, which slipped to 1.7 per cent on account of manufacturing sector slowdown. The central bank had reduced the key lending rate (repo) by 25 basis points in February to 6.25 per cent. Following the RBI rate cut, many banks announced up to 10 basis point reduction in their lending rates. However, there have also been complaints that banks do not pass on the entire benefit of policy rate cut to borrowers. Last month, the governor had held meeting with top officials of public and private sector banks to discuss rate transmission and persuade them to pass on the benefit of lower interest rates to the consumers.last_img read more

Registration of hospitals under clinical establishment act begins

first_imgGurugram: A large number of private hospitals have not registered themselves under the clinical establishment act. Even as there was a deadline to include all the hospitals in February, the district authorities have not been able to meet the target of including all the hospitals under this act.Despite the move garnering a lot of resentment by a large number of protests by the medical experts, the Haryana government is all sett bring in the clinical establishment act of 2010. The act tries to bring in more transparency in the hospitals of Gurugram. According to senior government officials the act once implemented will make the doctors more accountable to patients. Challenges withstanding there have been six hospitals that include two government hospitals which have already enrolled for the project. Even as the ethical practices of the private hospital in the city come under question over recent months, poor public healthcare has only resulted in an increase in the population of patients in private hospitals. All the hospital that have the capacity of more than 100 beds are required to register themselves under this act. Most of the hospital protested the move citing that it will provide more powers to the public officer to unnecessarily harass the doctors. There are an estimated 150 medical institutions that are liable for getting registered under this act. “We are committed to registering all the medical institutions under this act. This act is bound to bring in more transparency. As of now six hospitals that includes four large private hospitals have registered themselves in the act,” said Dr BK Rajoura, Chief Medical Officer Gurugram health department. For long while public healthcare system continues to struggle with inadequate infrastructure, the private healthcare system in the face the credibility crisis.last_img read more

Elaborate traffic arrangements in place for IPL match in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police has made elaborate traffic arrangements for parking of vehicles, pedestrian movement and safety of persons in and around the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground here, which will host an IPL T-20 cricket match on Thursday, officials said. The match between Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians will be played at the ground between 8.00 pm 11.30 pm. “Limited parking is available for labelled vehicles in the proximity of the stadium and no vehicles would be allowed to be parked on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg and Ring Road from Rajghat to I.P. Flyover (both the carriageways) on the day of the match,” a traffic advisory said. Vehicles parked on these roads shall be towed away and prosecuted as per law, the advisory added. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderFor unlabelled vehicles, ‘park and ride’ facility has been created at Mata Sundari Parking, Shanti Van Parking and under Velodrome Road, it said. All buses will start their services two hours before the match and will continue till one hour after the start of the match. The bus service from the stadium to their respective destinations will start as soon as the game ends and will continue for an hour after the match ends, a senior traffic officer said.last_img read more

Social skills helped shape modern human face

first_imgThe evolution of modern human face may have been partly driven by our need for good social skills, according to a study. As large-brained, short-faced hominins, our faces are different from other, now extinct hominins, such as the Neanderthals, and our closest living relatives bonobos and chimpanzees, said researchers from the University of York in the UK. The study, published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, traced changes in the evolution of the face from the early African hominins to the appearance of modern human anatomy. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe researchers conclude that social communication has been somewhat overlooked as a factor underlying the modern human facial form. Our faces should be seen as the result of a combination of biomechanical, physiological and social influences, researchers said. They suggest that our faces evolved not only due to factors such as diet and climate, but possibly also to provide more opportunities for gesture and nonverbal communication. These are vital skills for establishing the large social networks which are believed to have helped Homo sapiens to survive, researchers said. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”We can now use our faces to signal more than 20 different categories of emotion via the contraction or relaxation of muscles,” said Paul O’Higgins, a professor at the University of York. “It’s unlikely that our early human ancestors had the same facial dexterity as the overall shape of the face and the positions of the muscles were different,” O’Higgins said. Instead of the pronounced brow ridge of other hominins, humans developed a smooth forehead with more visible, hairy eyebrows capable of a greater range of movement. This, alongside our faces becoming more slender, allows us to express a wide range of subtle emotions – including recognition and sympathy. “We know that other factors such as diet, respiratory physiology and climate have contributed to the shape of the modern human face, but to interpret its evolution solely in terms of these factors would be an oversimplification.” The human face has been partly shaped by the mechanical demands of feeding and over the past 100,000 years our faces have been getting smaller as our developing ability to cook and process food led to a reduced need for chewing. This facial shrinking process has become particularly marked since the agricultural revolution, as we switched from being hunter gatherers to agriculturalists and then to living in cities – lifestyles that led to increasingly pre-processed foods and less physical effort. “Softer modern diets and industrialised societies may mean that the human face continues to decrease in size,” said O’Higgins. “There are limits on how much the human face can change however, for example breathing requires a sufficiently large nasal cavity,” he said. “However, within these limits, the evolution of the human face is likely to continue as long as our species survives, migrates and encounters new environmental and cultural conditions.”last_img read more

Libya deputy intelligence chief abducted security

first_imgTRIPOLI – Libya’s deputy intelligence chief Mustafa Nuh was abducted Sunday in Tripoli, a security official told AFP, as tensions ran high in the capital following deadly violence over the weekend.“The vice president of intelligence was abducted shortly after his arrival in Tripoli from a trip abroad,” said the official, who declined to be named.Contacted by AFP, an intelligence source confirmed that Nuh had “disappeared” but did not elaborate. Private channel Libya al-Ahrar reported he was abducted, but it did not cite any sources for its report.There was no immediate claim for the abduction, which came as Tripoli began a three-day strike to mourn dozens of people killed in clashes at an anti-militia protest — the deadliest violence in the capital since the 2011 uprisingAt least 43 people were killed and more than 450 wounded in the fighting, according to the health ministry.The violence erupted on Friday when demonstrators protesting against unruly militias in Tripoli were fired upon from a base of ex-rebels in the capital and raged overnight and into Saturday.The weak central government has struggled to rein in former rebel brigades that helped end Moamer Kadhafi’s 40-year dictatorship but have since grown into increasingly menacing militias.Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was himself abducted for several hours by gunmen in October before being released unharmed.A security chief claimed responsibility for the abduction and said he was “proud” of it.last_img read more