Paul, Pope fire but Windies lose opener to England

first_imgCHITTAGONG, Bangladesh, (CMC):Half-centuries from Keemo Paul and Gidron Pope failed to save West Indies Under-19s from a 61-run loss to England Under-19s in their opening game of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup here Friday.Chasing an imposing 283 for victory at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, West Indies collapsed for 221 all out off 43.4 overs, with Paul top scoring with an aggressive 65 and opener Pope gathering an equally fluent run-a-ball 60.However, the Caribbean side were hamstrung by the loss of two wickets off the first four deliveries of the innings and never recovered.Fast bowler Saqib Mahmood tormented the Windies with four for 42 while left-arm seamer Sam Curran (2-23) and leg-spinner Dan Lawrence (2-38) provided support with two wickets apiece.Earlier, England paced their innings well to reached 282 for seven off their 50 overs, after opting to bat first.Callum Taylor, with 59 and Lawrence, 55, stroked half-centuries while George Bartlett struck 48, James Burnham, 44, and Curran, 39.Pope was the best West Indies bowler, picking up two for 45 with his off spin.England benefited from several partnerships early on which provided the ideal foundation.Lawrence, who faced 56 balls and counted eight fours, posted 43 for the first wicket with Max Holden (4) before adding a further 41 for the second wicket with Burnham.When Lawrence was bowled by off-spinner Michael Frew in the 15th over, Burnham and Taylor put on 62 for the third wicket to give England momentum at the half-way stage of the innings.Pope got the breakthrough in the 28th over when he removed Burnham caught and bowled but Bartlett anchored two key partnerships to sustain the momentum, posting 50 for the fourth wicket with Taylor and another 67 for the fifth wicket with Curran.last_img read more

From shack to home in N West

first_img26 July 2005Thousands of people converged on Ga-Rankuwa Extension 23 to celebrate the launch of a multimillion-rand housing project in the North West township last Thursday.With some dwellings already complete, the project will provide 850 36m² houses to 1 700 people from Ga-Rankuwa and surrounding squatter camps.It is part of the North West government’s plan to rid the province of squatter camps by building 22 000 houses a year for the next three years.The Ga-Rankuwa project provides water reticulation, sanitation, electricity, parks and tarred roads, in addition to housing.It is a joint undertaking by the North West government and the City of Tshwane. Although the border area falls in North West, it is serviced by the Tshwane Metro of Gauteng.From September, additional housing projects will be launched in other parts of Ga-Rankuwa, as well as in Mabopane and Winterveldt.North West MEC for Developmental Local Government and Housing Phenye Vilakazi told residents that the project helped fulfil the 1955 Freedom Charter vision that “there shall be houses for all”.Warning to freeloadersBut Vilakazi warned that “people who abuse government’s good intention to house its people” by acquiring houses they were not entitled to would be dealt with by the law.“These houses are for people who do not have shelter and cannot afford to buy their own houses. They are not for people who already have houses and who have the means to acquire houses.”He also warned that the law would deal with “those who sell the houses, those who let the houses out, those who set up businesses and do not live there, as well as those who build huge mansions after acquiring the houses”.Tshwane Mayor Smangaliso Mkhatshwa said that once the projects were complete, Ga-Rankuwa would be the first township in the country without squatter camps.Both Mkhatshwa and Vilakazi urged residents to care for their houses, parks and other infrastructure, and guard them against vandalism. They handed out replicas of the house keys to three people – a person living with disability, a pensioner and a mother who earns a low income.Elias Hlatshwayo (52), who lost his right hand, part of his left hand and part of his leg to leprosy, has been in and out of hospital. He said he was ecstatic at being given the first house of his life.“When I went to the office to apply for a house I did not believe them when they told me I was going to get my own house. But today, I can’t wait to get into my house with my two children,” Hlatshwayo said.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Road safety: motorists ‘must take responsibility’

first_img26 November 2013 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has appealed to South African motorists to take their share of responsibility for the safety of the country’s roads. “We want you to always arrive alive at your destination,” Peters said during an interview on GCIS Radio on Friday. “It is important that our people take responsibility. The first line of responsibility is the driver, the passenger and the pedestrian.” On the same day as Peters was being interviewed, a bus crashed into a passenger car on the N1 near Makhado in Limpopo province, killing 11 people injuring 47 others. The minister said the government would enforce the rules and regulations by increasing the visibility of traffic officers and ensuring that those who speeded, overtook dangerously and drove under the influence of achohol were arrested. However, motorists also had to play their part in preventing accidents. “We want to make sure that South Africans stay alive this festive period. We are appealing to South Africans that it is in your own interest – for your own safety – to respect the rules of the road. “Let us make sure that the vehicles we drive are roadworthy. Truck drivers, make sure that you drive a truck that is roadworthy … Fleet owners, you will be held responsible if the vehicle that you give to the driver is not in a good condition.” She said the government had passed regulations on testing for alcohol which were starting to produce results, and was also working on regulations regarding the use of car seats for children. “If you have got children in the car, make sure that they are buckled up or get a car seat. We believe that it is important that children under 10 be kept safe in vehicles, because it is the children who are the ones that actually get more hurt. We want to make sure that parents take responsibility,” Peters said. “Lets us not have roads of death in South Africa, let’s have roads that lead to destinations of prosperity and unity.” Source: read more

Facebook Connect Expands: Next Stop, Mobile Web

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit sarah perez The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Tags:#Facebook#mobile#NYT#Product Reviews#social networks#web Related Posts Facebook used Nokia World, the mobile conference taking place now in Stuttgart Germany, to make a major announcement about the expansion of their Facebook Connect platform. According to Henri Moissinac, head of Facebook’s mobile operations, the company is launching a new program called “Facebook Connect For Mobile Web.” The Connect platform, which originally launched in 2008, is already available for traditional websites as well as Apple’s iPhone. With this update, it can now exist for any mobile platform, too. Facebook for the Mobile WebMossinac describes the implementation of “Facebook Connect for Mobile Web” as simple. With only four lines of code, developers can add a Facebook Connect button to their app in order to make it more social. The only requirement for implementation is that the handset has to have a web browser. In other words, “any site, any application, and any platform” can now tap into Facebook’s APIs.During the speech, Mossinac revealed how successful mobilizing Facebook’s website has been for the company. In the past month, Facebook saw 65 million visitors accessing the site from mobile phones. This includes access via the mobile website itself as well as from SMS and other specialized mobile applications. It also represents a dramatic increase from December when only 20 million mobile users were counted. Currently, the company has deals with 180 mobile operators worldwide. The U.S., U.K., and Canada are the biggest markets. However, Mossinac said emerging markets are growing fast. For example, “Facebook Indonesia is on fire,” he noted. “The metrics are amazing.” Facebook’s GoalsThe announcement of the new mobile platform isn’t just a play by Facebook to get more users to visit their site. The company’s overall goal is to make applications – both mobile and otherwise – more social. “What we did for photo sharing, we are going to do for mobile applications,” said Mossinac. He’s referring to how Facebook introduced a way to make sharing photos a more social process. No longer do you have to visit a separate website and plow through photo after photo to find the ones of you and your friends. Instead, with Facebook’s ability to “tag” photos, the addition of new and interesting photos to the social network are announced via messages posted to your News Feed. By socializing mobile applications, you’ll be able to share more about your off-site activity with your friends in much of the same way. This will be especially helpful for the mobile games market, as it allows you to invite Facebook friends to play with you while also sharing scores, stats, and other information to your profile. For game developers, it means one person playing a mobile application can spread the word about it among hundreds of their friends. In addition, Facebook Connect eases the sign-in process for apps by using your Facebook identity instead of forcing you to create a new account. “Facebook Connect for Mobile Web” is only one way the company is expanding to other platforms. They plan to integrate their technology on every screen, including that of your TV (already available thanks to Verizon FiOS’s new widgets) and your game console (another new arrival via Xbox 360’s recent update).Mossinac also announced the introduction of a new Facebook app for Nokia’s Series 40 devices. The app will allow for status updates from a homescreen widget. last_img read more

Efforts to Ban Gas Hookups in New Construction Widen

first_imgA campaign to lower carbon emissions by prohibiting fossil fuels connections in new buildings has moved to the East Coast. In mid-November, a town just outside Boston became the first in Massachusetts to ban oil and gas installation in new buildings as citizens there joined a number of California communities that have already enacted similar bylaws. There were only 3 votes against the proposal at a town meeting in Brookline, Massachusetts, The Boston Globe reported, as the community of roughly 58,000 voted to tackle climate change by requiring new homes to run on electricity alone.RELATED ARTICLESCarbon Emissions By the Construction IndustryAnother Look at Embodied CarbonBill to Cut New York City Carbon Emissions: $20 BillionReducing Carbon Emissions From Cars and Trucks Will Be HardEmbodied Carbon Emissions in Buildings The measure, which must still be approved by the state attorney general’s office, was opposed by oil and gas interests, real estate developers, and others. It affects both new construction and major renovations. “Prohibiting Brookline residents from choosing an affordable, reliable, and entirely legal heating fuel like natural gas or bioheat is outrageously unfair,” Stephen Dodge, executive director of the Massachusetts Petroleum Council, a trade association for the gas and oil industry, told the Globe. “If cities and towns can start trying to outlaw utilities licensed by the state Department of Public Utilities from serving willing customers who want to buy energy from them, we’re heading toward regulatory and legal chaos.” The real estate industry fears the measure would increase construction costs for new buildings and make utility expenses higher for homeowners. A court challenge is expected. Berkeley, California, became the first community in the country to take this step with a vote in July. More than a dozen other California communities have since followed suit. Proponents argue that every house and high-rise built today will be in place for decades, and so will the fossil fuel infrastructure unless steps are taken to convert buildings to fuels that are less damaging to the environment. USA Today reports that some 35% of U.S. households have gas stoves. The American Gas Association, a trade group representing more than 200 local gas companies, says an average of one new gas customer is added every minute. The fossil fuel bans that have been approved so far differ in some of the details. In Brookline, the measure allows exemptions for restaurants, medical labs, and other buildings when there are no realistic alternatives to burning fossil fuels, the Globe said. Waivers also could be considered by a new town board. Tamara C. Small, CEO of a trade group for the commercial real estate industry, said in a letter to the Brookline Planning Board that it was important not to hinder construction of new housing, or make it any more expensive for town residents. She also noted the region’s electricity grid relies mainly on natural gas, so the environmental benefits from the ban on new gas and oil hookups in buildings may be a while in coming. Climate chaos ahead without cuts, UN says Brookline’s initiative may seem trivial or disruptive to its critics, but supporters see efforts to phase out the use of fossil fuels as an urgently needed step. And scientists warn that efforts to cut carbon emissions to date have not been nearly enough to prevent catastrophic climate change. In a new report, the UN’s World Meteorological Organization said measurements of several greenhouse gases showed above average emissions in 2018 as CO2 levels reached an all time high. The gap between lower emissions targets adopted by many industrialized countries and what’s actually being dumped into the atmosphere are “glaring and growing,” The Guardian reported. Scientists warn that emissions must be cut by half by 2030 if the global temperature rise is to be limited to 1.5°C, the point beyond which climate change will be disastrous. That now seems unlikely to happen, WMO secretary general Petteri Taalas told the newspaper. “There is no sign of a slowdown, let alone a decline, despite all the commitments under the Paris agreement on climate change,” Taalas said. “We need to increase the level of ambition for the sake of the future welfare of mankind.” He added that the last time Earth had seen a comparable concentration of carbon dioxide was between 3 million and 5 million years ago, when the temperature was 2-3°C warmer and sea levels were between 10 and 20 meters higher. The WMO report published on November 25 said the global average concentration of CO2 was 407.8 parts per million in 2018, an increase from 405.5 ppm the year before. Averages are now 50% higher than they were before the industrial revolution began in the mid 18th century. John Sauven, head of Greenpeace UK, told The Guardian: “The number is the closest thing to a real-world Doomsday Clock, and it’s pushing us ever closer to midnight. Our ability to preserve civilization as we know it, avert the mass extinction of species, and leave a healthy planet to our children depend on us urgently stopping the clock.” -Scott Gibson is a contributing writer at Green Building Advisor and Fine Homebuilding magazine.last_img read more