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Legends Jaworski, Arnaiz grace Game 2 of PBA Finals

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGame 2 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between Ginebra and Meralco drew a mammoth crowd at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.But lost in the shuffle of the 16,159-strong fans who made their way to the Big Dome was the presence of Philippine basketball greats Robert Jaworski and Francis Arnaiz.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Black challenges locals to make shots, help Durham Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ They then took their partnership in the PBA, as they helped Toyota win nine titles before switching sides to Ginebra, where they won the franchise’s first taste of gold in the 1986 Open Conference.The Gin Kings ended up taking Game 2, 86-76, to grab a 2-0 lead in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The legendary backcourt tandem was side-by-side again among the screaming crowd when their old teams clash for the title in the season-ending conference.As always, Jaworski’s presence drew a lot of attention as fans came in troves to get a photo of the former senator.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut it didn’t take long before the public acknowledged Arnaiz, who was smiling as he soaked in the atmosphere from the rambunctious Araneta crowd, that even celebrities in attendance like newscaster Arnold Clavio couldn’t help but ask for mementos.With Jaworski and Arnaiz terrorizing the backcourt back in their day, they led their old Meralco team, then-known as the Reddy Kilowatts, to the 1971 Open Championship in the defunct MICAA. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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Patterson rehashing an old Burnhamite illegal law

first_imgDear Editor,It has happened just the way we predicted weeks ago, that is the Alliance For Change (AFC) David Patterson riding into Berbice as the knight in shining armour. He has, as it were, came to the rescue of the hapless citizens of Berbice; or is it? I think differently, I see this as another election gimmickry to again somehow squeeze votes out of Berbicians.This tactic was tried in the lead up to the 2015 General Elections when Nagamootoo and Ramjattan fooled Berbicians into voting for them with that “we will never close the sugar estates” talk. They came as the saviours of Berbice then and quite frankly were believed by some gullible Berbicians who threw their votes on the AFC’s side. The sad reality of all of that is soon after taking office, the same Nagamootoo and Ramjattan sat in council and quickly closed the sugar estates and fired over 5000 workers in the Berbice area. A pretty tough way to love voters who faithfully trusted you and persons to whom you told just weeks before that you were going to protect their wellbeing?So let us fast forward to 2018, here we have an AFC point man, Dr Surendra Persaud, speaking of a 365 per cent hike in bridge toll – this time coming on the very same day of another election. Isn’t it odd that something like this could happen at election time? Even if you have half a brain, you could see through this intricately woven ruse of the AFC in another attempt at pandemonium politics. The trick is first get Berbicians all hyped-up into a panic mode by that announcement of a steep toll rise, then Patterson would ride into town with that rescue package of his.Note his words, “in light of the planned increase in tolls, the Government yesterday assumed temporary control over the operation of the Berbice River Bridge and promised to retain the present toll structure as it seeks to find an amicable resolution to its ongoing dispute with the concessionaire the Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI).” Very nice words for the fools they mistakenly believe Berbicians are?Now what is Patterson telling us? Is he telling us that they are going to eventually buy over the bridge and the affairs of the said bridge would be managed by his Government? I don’t think so, I think Patterson is rehashing an old Burnhamite illegal law which gives him the right to forcefully take over private property. This policy of Burnham was practiced to good advantage when that party was in Government. They bullied a number of private business owners into giving up their properties without compensation, the same situation the BBCI Company is faced with right now. This further tells you that this matter is going to have serious legal implications in the long-term.Now, I deliberately left out the words “threat to public safety” used by Patterson and this is my main concern at the moment. I am in the least interested in Patterson and his Government’s publicity stunts, they are all about surviving what is an inevitable situation them, so try any which way to put up a good show to the public; in this case the Berbice public.However, what I am most concerned about is the fact that this “control” of the bridge they are talking about does it entail a financial control also? Would all the maintenance and affiliated costs of this bridge’s smooth operation be adequately addressed? For a Government that is known for its non-economic, backward stance in management of anything, is this bridge’s affairs in for that kind of treatment also? These are legitimate questions that require urgent answers.So, would my heart be in my hand when I face another crossing over this bridge? Yes I will, the point is with this present Administration I have all reasons to be fearful?Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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“Remain Calm, Stick with CDC”

first_imgMDR County chair, Nyan  MDR Nimba Chair Tells PartisansThe County Chairman of the opposition Movement of Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) of Senator Johnson Mr. Nyan G. Meapeh has urged his partisans, now supporters of the Coalition Democratic Change (CDC), to remain calm during this period of runoff elections.He said, “whether irregularity or not, the MDR wants peace in Liberia and will remain law abiding to the end.”Mr. Meapeh said the MDR preferred a runoff instead of a re-run that is being suggested in the corner by some defeated political parties, because the country is faced with an economic problem. The decision to endorse CDC was not unilateral but was an agreement between the executives of the party, he said, before Prince Johnson could even come with general endorsement.“At this time we believe that it is only CDC that is able to deliver the country for the betterment of the future of our youth,” he said.Mr. Meapeh told reporters that, despite the Unity Party going from house to house, the CDC will win the runoff, because the message has already gone across the line.“The UP is crying wolf cry now and we can’t turn back,” he boasted.Since the MDR’s recent endorsement of CDC as the November 7 runoff election approached, the leadership of the MDR has been campaigning  for CDC from place to place in the most remote parts of Nimba, while  their rival Unity Party is  going from house to house Jehovah Witness method, convincing citizens to vote for VP Boakai.Meanwhile, the recount of Nimba District # 8 ballots ended with the result still pending announcement by NEC. It started very peacefully, but the ending turned sour among supporters of both Maineh and Younquoi, with angry exchange of words of war between the two parties.  The police were immediately deployed to calm down the confrontation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Five new arrivals to look out for in Ligue 1

first_imgTHOMAS TUCHEL (PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN)Age: 44Position: Head coachPrevious club: Borussia Dortmund (GER)The biggest change at PSG ahead of this season has come in the dugout. Indeed, the old season had still not finished when the capital club announced the appointment of the German Tuchel as their new coach on a two-year deal.He arrives after a year out of the game following his departure from Borussia Dortmund, and succeeds Unai Emery whose last season in charge saw PSG win the treble but lose to Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16.A successful defence of the Ligue 1 title combined with a better performance in Europe are the twin objectives for Tuchel.However, with a large number of players returning late from holidays after the World Cup, pre-season has possibly not offered too many clues as to how Tuchel will fare at the Parc des Princes.GIANLUIGI BUFFON (PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN)Age: 40Position: GoalkeeperPrevious club: Juventus (ITA)Gianluigi Buffon is 40 now but is hoping to be PSG’s number one goalkeeper © AFP / Anne-Christine POUJOULAT— The transfer window does not close for French clubs until the end of August, so PSG may yet get the cheque book out.So far, however, the only new arrival has been Buffon.Splashing huge amounts of money last year on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe while not recruiting a goalkeeper of proven quality left their squad looking rather unbalanced.But it remains to be seen if bringing in the 40-year-old Buffon is the ideal solution.The goalkeeping great had the advantage of being available without a transfer fee, although he was expected to retire at the end of last season before deciding to have another crack at glory in the Champions League, which has thus far evaded him in a long career.PATRICK VIEIRA (NICE)Age: 42Position: Head coachPrevious club: New York City FC (USA)Patrick Vieira is aiming to follow in the footsteps of fellow France legends Didier Deschamps and Zinedine Zidane by enjoying success as a coach © AFP / YANN COATSALIOU— As France basks in the glow of the national team’s World Cup triumph in Moscow, one of the stars of the team that won the trophy in 1998 makes his return to the French game as a coach.Vieira is following in the footsteps of other members of his generation of World Cup winners by making inroads into management.Didier Deschamps and Zinedine Zidane have enjoyed fantastic years, and now Vieira is hoping to make his name as a coach in Europe. Now 42, the former Arsenal midfielder arrives at Nice — just along the Cote d’Azur from where he started out at Cannes — after two years at New York City FC.He will hope to build on the fine work done by predecessor Lucien Favre.ALEKSANDR GOLOVIN (MONACO)Age: 22Aleksandr Golovin enjoyed an excellent World Cup with Russia © AFP / Odd ANDERSENPosition: MidfielderPrevious club: CSKA Moscow (RUS)— There have again been big departures at Monaco, but they have pulled off quite a coup with the signing of Golovin.Born in Siberia, the 22-year-old midfielder arrives in the glitzy Mediterranean principality after enjoying an impressive World Cup with hosts Russia.Monaco — whose billionaire owner and vice-president are both Russian — beat the likes of Chelsea and Juventus to his signature, agreeing a reported 30 million-euro deal to sign him from CSKA Moscow.He will have a big role to play in Leonardo Jardim’s team, with Thomas Lemar, Fabinho and Joao Moutinho all having been sold.JEAN-EUDES AHOLOU (MONACO)Jean-Eudes Aholou in Strasbourg colours shortly before moving to Monaco © AFP / FREDERICK FLORINAge: 24Position: MidfielderPrevious club: Strasbourg— Ivorian Aholou will be one to watch after joining Monaco from Strasbourg on a five-year deal for a reported 14 million euros.Aholou’s rise has been remarkable — two years ago he had just been promoted to Ligue 2 with Orleans before being sold to Strasbourg for 350,000 euros in January 2017 and helping them to promotion.His profile means a successful spell in the principality could have him eventually following the likes of Fabinho, Moutinho, and Tiemoue Bakayoko before them, to England.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thomas Tuchel has replaced Unai Emery as coach at Paris Saint-Germain © AFP / Jure MakovecPARIS, France, Aug 8 – Neymar is still there, for now at least, and Paris Saint-Germain are set to kick off their defence of the French Ligue 1 title against Caen this weekend.With Marseille playing Toulouse in the opening game on Friday, AFP Sport looks at five of the most interesting new signings in France ahead of the 2018-19 campaign:last_img read more

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GOLF NEWS: LETTERKENNY LADIES GOLF CLUB NOTES

first_imgAt Thursdays A.G.M. of the Ladies Club, the new Lady Captain, Sandra McMonagle took office. An exciting year ahead awaits Sandra, as the Centenary Year of our golf club is 2013 and so many events have been planned in which she will play a major part.Alongside Sandra, is the new Lady Vice Captain Catherine Cooke-Harkin. Working tirelessly with the juniors and instrumental in encouraging new junior girls to the club, Catherine will also retain her role as the Ladies Club Junior Convenor. Best wishes to both ladies from everyone in the Ladies Club and may you enjoy your year ahead.There wasn’t a wrinkle in sight when the birthday girl scooped the Christmas Hamper on her special day. Mary Murrays candles were fully aglow and she kept them lit on the back 9, to bring in the winning score of 35 points. Close behind, was her playing partner Celine Bradley who came runner up with 34 points. Marian O’Sullivan, never far away, came 3rd with 33 points. The front 9 was won by Eileen Harvey 18 points and the back 9 by Triona Daly 16 points. The rest of the field were there or thereabouts, allegedly. The Lady Captain -in waiting – was spotted hovering dangerously over the 10th drain but managed a superb save, alas the camera was not to hand. Bagging her second turkey, Eileen Keating came in with 19 points, with a shot deducted B.O.T. to secure her bird. Bridget McClafferty, so close so often, has started her tentative steps on the turkey trot with the chocolates and wine, taking runner up with 18 points.Pre-orders are being taken for Declan O’Carroll’s book, “Letterkenny Golf Club – The Centenary Years 1913-2012”, which is going to be launched on the 6th Dec 7.30pm at a mulled wine reception in the club. This promises to be a great night for taking a nice trip down memory lane. Of course, it will also make a superb Christmas gift for the golf lover in your life. €25 for a hard back copy and €15 for a paperback. The book is a wonderful celebration of the past 100 years of our golf club from its beginnings in Rockhill to where it now stands, amid 146 acres of mature parkland in Barnhill. If you wish to have a signed copy, please submit your payment with the pre-order form by 30th Nov. This can also be downloaded from www.letterkennygolfclub.com Please remember, books are not being posted and must be collected on the launch night.The A.G.M. of the Parent Club will take place on Thurs 13th Dec at 7.30pm and your attendance is very important as we look forward to the Centenary Year in 2013.All turkey and hamper presentations will take place during the Ladies Christmas Party on Sat 15th Dec. In order for the caterers to prepare, there is a list in the locker room if you would kindly put your name down. As usual, the ladies will enjoy the party in style with a wee tune or two from Gerry. Of course as a natural soprano, I have been brushing up on my top notes to delight your ears. There is a Christmas Draw organised by Anthony Delap. Tickets are €5 and all proceeds are going towards the Club Development Fund. The draw will take place on 14th Dec.The 25 Card Club continues on Wed 8pm and Bridge nights are on Thurs at 8pm. The book club meets monthly and new members and visitors are always welcome to any of the activities. The Quiz and Putt on a Friday is running and of course Browns on the Green fabulous Bistro menu is available Fri, Sat and Sun from5pm. There will be a Christmas Party open to all members in the club on the 21st December starting at 8.30pm. Greeted with a mulled wine reception, this is the ideal venue to bring your family and friends for a fantastic night of great food from the award winning chef. €18.95 per person to enjoy a fabulous gourmet buffet, followed by dancing the night away to some great live entertainment.The new Ladies Club P.R.O. will be updating you from next week. See you all at the Christmas Party!GOLF NEWS: LETTERKENNY LADIES GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: November 25th, 2012 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:Letterkenny Golf Club Ladies noteslast_img read more

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PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE MALIN HEAD SOAPBOX RACE

first_imgThe G Team driven by Kevin GallagherTHEY came out in their hundreds at the weekend for the Malin Head Soap Box race – and got great weather for it.Our friends at Ardmalin Caravan Park were there to capture the atmosphere.Some of the glamours spectators at the race  Flying Jim McLaughlin, the oldest driver at 68 years of age Danny Roddy keeping er litDermot Ned is the bravest of the lot…or the stupidest — at Malin Head Soap box Derby. All smiles in the sun at Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly heat wave! James Rudden the winner — at Malin Head Soap box Derby.  Make Mine a Castrol GTX – the winners podium A great day out was had by all Junior 100 run what you brung homemade class 8 – 12 years 1st joseph doherty 2nd Stephanie Doherty3rd niall Gallagher — at Malin Head Soap box Derby.the result for the inaugural banbas crown soapbox derby 2013 were as follows:junior 100 production class 8 – 12 years1st liam Doherty2nd finn ward3rd elle ward Youth 100 production class 13 – 17 years1st kerri stevens2nd tara O’Connor farren          PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE MALIN HEAD SOAPBOX RACE was last modified: July 16th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:InishowenMALIN HEAD SOAPBOX RACEpicture speciallast_img read more

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Birmingham could be without two key men for trip to QPR

first_imgBirmingham will be without first-choice goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak when they visit QPR on Saturday and top scorer Clayton Donaldson might also be unavailable.Former Manchester United keeper Kuszczak is struggling with a thigh muscle injury that has kept him out of the last two Championship matches. Adam Legzdins will step in for him.Donaldson is a doubt with a sore Achilles, after picking up an injury in the build up to Birmingham’s injury-time winner over Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.Lucas Jutkiewicz, the scorer of that goal, is likely to replace Donaldson up front should the ex-Brentford man not come through a fitness test on Friday.Midfielder Robert Tesche has also been ruled out, having missed the Wednesday game, while a sickness bug has affected a number of Blues players. See also:Preview: Can Brentford continue fine form at Wolves?Preview: QPR looking to bounce back against in-form BirminghamFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Better farming with mobiles

first_imgIn a seven-month pilot project in twoUgandan districts, community workerscollected and disseminated information oncrop acreage and projected harveststhrough mobile phone surveys.(Image: Irin News)The ability to correctly diagnose and treat crop diseases such as banana wilt via mobile phone is just one of endless possibilities for smallholder African farmers if location-specific, or geospatial, information were available, according to researchers.Such a project would, for example, use mobile devices equipped with global positioning systems and cameras.“A trained community worker can input the location coordinates, take a photo of the diseased crop, send it to our database, from which we would forward the image for expert review and feedback,” says Whitney Gantt, a project officer with the Grameen Foundation. “In addition to being able to identify a disease, people will know what to do.”The Grameen Foundation is conducting a seven-month pilot project in two Ugandan districts, whereby community workers collect and disseminate information on crop acreage and projected harvests through mobile device surveys.In the scheme, 45 community knowledge workers, selected from existing farmers’ groups, are trained in using mobile devices for data collection.Each has a mobile phone, some equipped with cameras. From a drop-down menu on the phones, the community workers are able to enter the required data, which is then transmitted to the foundation’s database for agricultural forecasting.The phones cost between US$30 (about R270) each and $330 (R3 000). “It is a cost-effective method and we are also testing the three devices to see which collects better data,” Gantt says.ChallengesFinding community knowledge workers who are literate and fluent in English is difficult, as is reaching women farmers, as most phone-owners are men.Network connectivity and lack of electricity in the rural parts are a also a problem and can delay information transmission.Ensuring accurate data is also a challenge. “Getting information that is actionable is very useful… how do you ensure that the data is accurate?”According to Gantt, the goal of the project is to work intensively with the community workers with a view to a possible scale-up. From the information collected, the foundation also hopes to link farmers with buyers. “A lot of providers are without such information,” she says.MappingIn another application, a study in Ethiopia is expected to capture information on rural road types, sea and inland water ports, airports, border crossings, private and community depots and silos and market locations for use by farmers and other service providers, according to Tesfaye Korme of the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development.The use of high-resolution mapping is another possibility.“High-resolution mapping for fields would not only help with field acreage knowledge but could also be a precursor for sustainable land management,” says Pierre Traore of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics. It could also be used to map low fertility areas within farms.Crop yieldsAccording to researchers, geospatial information on soils and the best crops, appropriate farming techniques and early warning on droughts, floods, diseases and pests, as well as up-to-date market and price information, would not only maximise crop yields and market access but also improve livelihoods and reduce uncertainties in production.Such information does not reach those who most need it.“The information is often used by a select group of project farmers yet many such projects do not last beyond project funding,” says Jennifer Barnes of the consulting group CH2M Hill. “Current data is also not provided in relevant time and map scales yet there is a need for the information to reach farmers rapidly.”Says Enrica Porcari of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) : “There is a lot of information at the policy level yet the problems are at the local level. Although we have solutions, they often don’t come off the shelf.“There are challenges in the nodes of the chain from the researchers to the farmers.” Porcari adds that the mandate of research institutions does not extend to dissemination of information to the farmers. CGIAR is holding a meeting in Nairobi on opportunities in geospatial technology and accessing a broader range of users.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.comSource: Irin NewsRelated articlesSkills via phones for rural women Broadband in Africa set to soar Young reporters go mobile Low-cost phones for Africa Eating, earning from city farms Useful linksGrameen FoundationRegional Centre for Mapping of Resources for DevelopmentInternational Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid TropicsCH2M HillConsultative Group on International Agricultural Researchlast_img read more

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Blast-off for space weather centre

first_imgSouth Africa has opened its own spaceweather centre at the HermanusMagnetic Observatory.(Image: Nasa) Minister Naledi Pandor said the governmentwill start a space programme withinthe next five years.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Lunga NgqengeleleSpokespersonDepartment of Science and Technology+27 12 843 6802 OR +27 82 566 0446Bongani NkosiSouth Africa’s space weather centre, one of 13 in the world, has been opened in the Western Cape. There are hopes the facility will improve the country’s position in the global space sector and enable it to achieve its space-related ambitions.The centre, located at the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory, was opened by Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor on 10 December 2010.The department said thecentre has been “designed to fulfil international requirements and provide a superior-class facility for space weather forecasts, predictions and warnings”.“This centre will contribute essential information for global space science and technology, as well as forecasts and predictions to protect our growing and future satellite industry,” said Pandor in her speech.The regional space weather warning centre for Africa has been running at the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory for years now, and the new centre will help it expand its services. An area within the existing observatory was renovated to the tune of R1.6-million (US$234 000) to create the dedicated space weather centre.The National Research Foundation (NRF) funded the project, which began in May 2010. “This project will position our country as a leader in space weather for the African continent,” Pandor said.Real-time space weather data will be generated from the centre’s “state-of-the-art” server room on a 24-hour basis. The centre is staffed with three space weather scientists, including head Kobus Olckers.Although space weather does not have a direct link to conditions on earth, it can impact on the functionality of orbiting technology, like satellites, global positioning systems like GPS devices and even mobile phones.According to the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, space weather is caused by conditions on the sun and by solar winds, which can influence the performance and reliability of space-borne and ground-based technological systems. Space weather can endanger human life or health, according to the observatory.“This centre will play a crucial role in the monitoring of conditions over Africa as we approach the next solar maximum,” said the NRF in a statement.During a solar maximum period, the sun’s magnetic field on the solar equator rotates at a slightly faster pace than at the solar poles, resulting in a type of intense storm.The last solar maximum was in 2000 and Nasa scientists predict the next one will happen in 2012.This upcoming burst of solar activity, anticipated to be the greatest since 1958, will most definitely affect mobile phones, GPSs and many other modern technologies on earth, according to Nasa. It will also result in Northern Lights shining at their brightest in 50 years – and they may even be visible from as far south as Rome, Italy.Thanks to the new centre, the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory will, for the first time, be able to continuously monitor space weather data coming from its various stations.The space weather centre was opened a day after the official launch of South African National Space Agency and the National Space Strategy, which is expected to boost the country’s involvement in space activities. However, it doesn’t look like South Africa will send an astronaut to space any time soon.“The opening of the space weather centre is an additional landmark in our attempts to strengthen the space sector,” said Pandor.“We know the strengths of the local space industry. We know that we need to improve our capacity. We want to improve South Africa’s global position in the space sector,” she added.The government’s goal is to establish a fully operational space programme within the next five years.The 12 space weather regional warning centres elsewhere in the world are in the US, China, India, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Belgium, Poland, Russia, Australia and Japan.The Hermanus Magnetic ObservatoryThe 78-year-old observatory has grown significantly over the last decade since the NRF took ownership, with its staff of scientists growing from nine to 40. Its postgraduate programme now has 24 MSc and PhD students.While it used to concentrate on geomagnetic studies alone, it now focuses on space physics as well.Its data is used by global and local institutions such as the International Real-time Magnetic Observatory Network, the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme and Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape.last_img read more

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Caring for Yourself… and Others: 7 Tips for Caregivers during the Holiday Season

first_imgBy Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT and Hannah Hyde, M.Ed.“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”-Eleanor BrownFlickr[Love Yourself by Quinn Dombrowski, CC0]The holidays are here again and many of us are already finding ourselves overwhelmed at the prospect. We may find that many of our clients are feeling the same way, wondering what they can do differently this year than they did the last few years to avoid the typical holiday meltdowns, blues, and stress. This is particularly important to those clients who are acting as caregivers in addition to every other role they play in their lives.So how can we, as service professionals, help our clients this holiday season? We can start by talking with them about self-care and its endless benefits. Most importantly, we can help our clients see that they already have the tools that are necessary to meet their own needs so that they can then be better equipped to provide for others. While self-care will look different for everyone, we have provided a list of 7 tips that caregivers may find useful in their quest for a peaceful and joyful holiday season.You can download and print the PDF version ofHoliday Tips for Caregivers! While this handout was created for you to share with your clients, this information can also be beneficial to you and your work! We hope you can find something from this list that is helpful to you in your efforts! Happy Holidays from all of us on the MFLN Family Development and Military Caregiving Teams!This blog was written by Bari Sobelson, MS , LMFT, Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team and Hannah Hyde, M.Ed., Social Media Specialist with the MFLN Military Caregiving Team.last_img read more

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