Under-pressure Amla leads South Africa fightback against England

first_imgCAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP):South Africa showed some fight in the second Test yesterday, with Hashim Amla’s 157 not out helping cut England’s lead to 276 as the home team reached 353-3 at stumps on the third day.Amla, the South Africa captain, eased the pressure on himself and his top-ranked team with his 24th Test century and first since December 2014.He shared partnerships of 183 with A.B. de Villiers (88) and an unbroken 85 with Faf du Plessis. South Africa lost just one wicket for 212 runs on the day.England, after a huge first-innings total of 629-6 declared, were finding it tough to take wickets on a serene batting pitch at Newlands, which has been so good for the batsmen that 982 runs were scored over three days.”Tricky day for us,” England fast bowler Steven Finn said. “One wicket in a day is obviously not ideal for what we wanted from this day … but we’re still a long way ahead in the game.”England also already lead the four-match series 1-0, leaving South Africa effectively batting to stay alive in the contest.”We were behind the eight ball on day one,” Du Plessis said. “England played really well and we needed a really resilient performance to get back in the Test match and that’s what we did.”England’s lone breakthrough came just before tea when De Villiers, looking to push on, mistimed a pull shot off Finn. The ball flew to James Anderson, who knocked it up in the air at midwicket and completed the catch.Frustratingly for England, both Amla and De Villiers should have been out much earlier but for dropped catches. Joe Root put De Villiers down at slip off the bowling of Anderson late on the second day and very early in De Villiers’ knock. In a twist of irony, Anderson dropped Amla off Root’s bowling when the South African skipper was on 76. Amla was dropped again on 120 by Nick Compton.”Obviously we’re disappointed to not take them but no one means to drop catches,” Finn said.De Villiers hit 12 fours and a six, while Amla returned to form with a big century, hitting 21 fours.With South Africa in a slump, Amla’s lack of form and captaincy had come under scrutiny. When he passed 50, it was for the first time since the New Year test in Cape Town a year ago, ending a drought of 11 innings without a meaningful score.last_img read more

Transforming waste to wealth

first_imgLorna Rutto from Kenya has been namedthe Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards 2011laureate for sub-Saharan Africa.(Image: Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards) EcoPost uses 100% recycled plastics tomanufacture durable and eco-friendlyfencing posts.(Image: EcoPost) EcoPost has created opportunities forunemployed youth and women, whomake a living by collecting, sortingand cleaning plastic waste for reselling.(Image: EcoPost) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lorna RuttoEcoPost+254 721 953 768RELATED ARTICLES• Portable plant makes fuel from waste • Waste gives Such artistic inspiration • Waste drive reaps rewards • CSIR coating gives 40x shelf life • Plastic recycling major job spinner Wilma den HartighLorna Rutto from Kenya has been named the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards 2011 laureate for sub-Saharan Africa for her creative business idea of making fence posts from plastic waste.The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is an international business plan competition that was created in 2006 to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs.It was established by renowned French jeweller and watchmaker Cartier; the Women’s Forum, the first forum of its kind that advances women’s empowerment; global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company; and the INSEAD business school.Every year, six female entrepreneurs, each representing a major world region, are selected from 18 finalists. The Middle East and North Africa feature in their own award region, alongside Latin America, North America, Europe, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia-Pacific.Each of the six laureates receives US$20 000 (R161 000), coaching for one year, and networking opportunities.The awards initiative is playing an important role in helping women entrepreneurs succeed in the world of business.”Starting up in business has been a taxing venture since 2009, with a sharp decline in access to funding,” says Bernard Fornas, president and CEO of Cartier.“We are delighted to play our part in helping such enterprising women to develop and scale their businesses and bring bright ideas to the world.”A bright idea making a differenceA desire to clean up the environment, coupled with a good business idea, is what inspired Rutto to establish EcoPost, which uses 100% recycled plastics to manufacture durable and eco-friendly fencing posts.Her love for the environment was already evident from an early age when she started collecting discarded plastic to make earrings.”Though it wasn’t really the earrings I was interested in, I just wanted to find a way to get rid of all that plastic!” she says.Years later, she graduated with a commerce and accounting degree. She started her career in banking, but she never forgot her love for the environment.Shortly afterwards, she quit her job and established EcoPost, now known internationally for its contribution to solving Kenya’s waste problem.The company’s plastic fencing posts are versatile and suitable for fencing of farms, homes, national parks, game reserves and commercial premises such as cattle ranches and tourist resorts.They can also be used as support beams for houses, cowsheds and garages.Unlike wood, plastic fencing posts don’t rot; they aren’t prone to termite attacks; they are durable; cost-effective; easy to work with; and cannot be stolen for use as firewood.A solution for wasteThere is no shortage of recyclable plastic in Kenya. Nairobi alone generates more than 2 800 tons of waste every day, of which 20% is plastic.Rutto’s EcoPost initiative provides an alternative management solution to the country’s plastic waste dilemma.The Kenyan government banned the use of polythene bags, also known as “flimsy plastics”, in 2007. However, at the time the country was still producing millions of plastic bags.Although the new regulations are in effect, the ban is largely been ignored and plastic bags are still in use.Once the bags are discarded, they spoil the environment, or pile up in open waste tips or landfill sites.Any plastic waste that can go through the extrusion process, which breaks down raw plastic, can be used.“This includes plastic such as polypropylene and polyethylene – the material used to make those carrier bags that clog the landfills. We can recover and use all of these for our posts,” Rutto explains.In its first eight months of operation, Rutto and her team produced 5 000 posts and removed 300 tons of plastic waste from the environment. Every month, EcoPost uses approximately 20 tons of plastic waste.Plastic helps to save treesEcoPost is also helping to preserve Kenya’s forests and cut down on deforestation. The plastic posts are an affordable alternative to timber, which reduces the need for fencing material manufactured from wood.Kenya has about 2% forest cover, but the high demand for wood to produce fence posts for houses, plantations and game reserves is rapidly depleting the country’s remaining forests.For many years fencing posts were made from Red Cedar trees. However, these trees are now endangered and since 2007 it is illegal to chop them down.This is where Rutto’s EcoPosts are making a major difference. For every 25 posts sold, EcoPost saves a fully matured Red Cedar tree.Creating jobsThe business has created opportunities for unemployed youth and women, who make a living by collecting, sorting and cleaning plastic waste for reselling.EcoPost works in partnership with about 200 collectors and buys the waste from them at a rate per kilogram.Rutto says that by the third year of operation, EcoPost aims to create 100 direct and more than 500 indirect jobs. Currently EcoPost employs 15 permanent staff.She says that the demand for the product is growing so fast that soon they will have to expand their operations.The business has already bought a new extrusion machine that will make it possible to double the number of fence posts manufactured per quarter.She says the demand for their recycled plastic fence posts will also increase as timber becomes more expensive.Future plansFor Rutto the most rewarding aspect of her business is doing what she loves most – caring for the environment, helping people overcome poverty and making a contribution to solving Kenya’s waste problem.Before she was named as one of the winners, Rutto said in an interview that if she won, she would like to use her prize money to grow the business, improve the living standards of the women who work with the project and set up another ten waste collection yards.“It will provide a great entrepreneurial opportunity not only for me but also for the women who will set up and run the additional collection yards,” she explained. “It will also enable us to secure enough raw materials to take our business to the next level,”Now, she can do just that.last_img read more

Water quality workshop

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio has been fortunate that weather patterns this summer have been moderate and the Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) levels have not reached the levels of the past two years. Extremely high temperatures combined with heavy storm events can quickly cause HABs to return. Shallow lakes, such as Grand Lake St. Mary’s and the western basin of Lake Erie are particularly vulnerable to HABs due to the ability of sunlight to reach the floor of the water body and accelerate the growth of algae. And phosphorous levels in the soils, whether it be from farm fields, golf courses, failing home sewage systems, or lawns and landscaping will always be potential contributors to this problem. Rainfall runoff from our land picks up any available phosphorous and empties it into our lakes and streams. Phosphorous is a fertilizer which contributes to the growth of algae. To learn more about water quality and algae blooms in particular, plan to attend a workshop addressing these topics on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 7:00 pm at the Orange Township Hall, 1680 E. Orange Rd., Lewis Center. OSU Extension Biologist Eugene Braig will be the featured speaker who will address HABs and answer questions. Most importantly, we can all learn about how we can work together to reduce the phosphorous runoff causing algae blooms. The workshop is free; however please register with the Delaware SWCD by calling the office at 740-368-1921 or email dona-rhea@delawareswcd.org. Reservations are due by July 29, 2016.last_img read more

Turning personal stories into public policy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest If you ask five farmers in Ohio about the one issue that keeps them up at night, you might get five different answers. That’s what makes the annual Ohio Farm Bureau county presidents’ trip so interesting.Among the major topics of a new farm bill, regulatory reform and water quality, farmers from all over the state were also able to share their more close-to-home concerns to their respected members of Congress during one-on-one meetings on Capitol Hill.“We are kind of the boots on the ground because we do it, see it and work with it every day,” said Greg McGlinch, a Darke County farmer on this year’s trip. “Being able to come out here to tell them what we do and helping to set certain policies, then sharing how those policies effects our business is important.”For McGlinch, conservation was top of mind. He told District 8 Representative Warren Davidson that much progress has been made on the conservation front and this is no time to stop that positive momentum.“We have implemented a lot of conservation and have seen a lot of good progress,” McGlinch said. “With progression you have to keep investing to continue to see good results and from there when there is see something good that is working it is likely to be taken on by other farmers.”There were some dairy farmers lobbying with Ohio Farm Bureau inside the beltway and their long-term woes were heard by legislators as well. For Tuscarawas County dairyman Jim Rowe, dairy policy was high on the list, as was getting and keeping a reliable, legal workforce.“I think agriculture is getting a black eye because of the number of illegal immigrants and we realize that number is high but Congress hasn’t given us a vehicle to make them legal that makes sense,” Rowe said. “It’s a touchy subject and we’ve gone anywhere from throw them all out to let them all in and somewhere in between we have to come up with a program that keeps the workers that we need here in the United States.”Rowe is back in the milking parlor this morning and getting caught back up on the chores he missed while he was in Washington, but says he hopes the time spent getting his message across to Congressman Bob Gibbs was worth the effort.last_img read more

Quick Tip: Trim Clips to the Playhead in Premiere Pro

first_imgNow that you know how to fill in the previous clip, Ripple Trim the Next Edit to the Playhead by hitting Shift+W. Mind-blowing, right? So simple, so fast. Apply this shortcut to your workflow immediately!Know of any other easy shortcuts for Premiere Pro? Share in the comments below! This quick workflow fix will save you time and frustration in your next editing session. Here’s how to easily trim clips to the playhead in Premiere Pro.Deadlines are a big part of video production — and meeting them can sometimes prove rather difficult. Here’s an easy, basic tip for your next edit that’s guaranteed to help you salvage your patience and maintain happy video editor thoughts.Trimming a clip in the middle of your work can often mess up your audio sync. Luckily, there’s a simple way to trim your clip without having to manually drag the clips before or after your targeted clip.How to Execute a Basic Trim in Premiere ProTo put this technique to use, employ the shortcut Option+Q for Previous Edit to Playhead and Option+W for Next Edit to Playhead.How to Execute a Ripple Trim in Premiere ProLets say you want to use this same type of shortcut for trimming clips, but you don’t want the gap left in between clips. By simply pressing Shift+Q you can Ripple Trim the Previous Edit to the Playhead. The gap disappears with this shortcut.last_img read more

Son to lead LJP, says Paswan

first_imgLok Janshakti Party chief and Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan has declared that his son Chirag Paswan would be the next president of the party. Mr. Chirag Paswan is Lok Sabha MP from the reserved Jamui seat in Bihar.“After me, Chirag Paswan will head the LJP as he has the capability,” declared Mr. Paswan at the end of the two-day party national convention at Rajgir in Nalanda on Friday. Mr. Chirag Paswan also heads the party’s Parliamentary board. Berths for brothersOne of the LJP chief’s younger brothers, Pashupati Kumar Paras, recently became Minister for Animal Husbandry in the Nitish Kumar cabinet. His other younger brother Ramchandra Paswan is party MP from Samastipur.Though three of the six LJP MPS — Rama Singh, Veena Devi and Choudhury Mehboob Ali Kaisar — stayed away from the party convention, Mr. Paswan denied any differences within his party or the NDA over seat sharing for the 2019 general elections. “All coalition partners in the State are working together so that the NDA is able to bag all the 40 seats here,” Mr. Paswan said addressing local journalists.On corruption cases against RJD chief Lalu Prasad, Mr. Paswan said the former was paying a heavy price for pursuing vindictive politics and being an opportunist. “Lalu Prasad is paying the price for his sins…he pursued the politics of self-interest instead of social justice,” the Minister said. He said the RJD chief had scuttled his chances of becoming the Railway minister in 2004. “In the UPA government, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the then PM Manmohan Singh had offered me the portfolio of Railway Minister but Lalu Prasad had put pressure on them and scuttled my chance to grab the ministry for himself,” rued Mr. Paswan. Mr. Paswan further said he had never compromised on his ideology and did not hanker after posts. “I was offered the Chief Minister’s post thrice but I refused each time,” he said. Mr. Chirag Paswan said, “We’ve asked our cadres to work in accordance with the ideology of B.R. Ambedkar…we’re also laying stress on apprising the common people of the initiatives taken by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.”last_img read more

Kentucky Basketball: Potential No. 1 Pick Karl-Anthony Towns Fulfilling “Childhood Dream” Of Appearing On Sport Science

first_imgSportsScience basketball floor with logo.IG/karltownsLater this month, Kentucky star Karl-Anthony Towns may be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. We have to imagine that is some serious dream fulfillment for him. Before that happens, Towns will have another dream come true—he is set to appear on ESPN’s Sport Science, based on a recent Instagram post.We’re just going to go ahead and say it: this makes us feel VERY old. Sport Science began in 2007, and didn’t come to ESPN until 2010, when Towns was just 14 years old. Sorry for making this too real.last_img read more

DL Rashad Weaver De-Commits From Michigan, Says Jim Harbaugh And Staff Stopped Contacting Him

first_imgJim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shouts during the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions.Michigan picked up a commitment from three-star defensive lineman and former PSU commit Michael Dwumfour earlier today. Tonight, the Wolverines lost a pledge from three-star Florida defensive lineman Rashad Weaver, but Weaver’s explanation for his decision is what will garner the most attention.In a message on Twitter, Weaver said he chose to de-commit after the Michigan staff basically stopped speaking to him for seven months. Head coach Jim Harbaugh informed him there was only a 50/50 chance he’d be able to sign with the Wolverines next week, and offered him the option of accepting a preferred walk-on opportunity or going to prep school. Decommit…. pic.twitter.com/lQAKijMzyW— Shad (@R_Weaver80) January 26, 2016If Weaver’s story is accurate, this isn’t a good look for Michigan. The Wolverines may ultimately land the nation’s top recruit, defensive tackle Rashan Gary, next week, but Harbaugh’s going to take some heat over this.last_img read more

Spring snow storm closes schools along the northeast coast of Newfoundland

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A slew of schools have been closed for the morning in parts of Newfoundland following a spring snowfall.Dozens of schools in the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District are closed until at least lunch today, with officials making a call on the rest of the school day later this morning.Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings for areas of Newfoundland, including Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor.The national weather forecaster said the snow was expected to taper off this morning before ending in the afternoon.It said strong northeast winds gusting to 80 kilometres an hour were expected to persist throughout the day, and drivers were warned that visibility could be reduced due to blowing snow.Spring snow storms are not unheard of for this time of year in parts of Newfoundland.Environment Canada meteorologist Linda Libby says 69.2 centimetres of snow were recorded in Gander on May 18 and 19, 2013, and snow has fallen in that town well into June.Meanwhile, parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan remain under a heat warning today, where temperatures could reach 29 C.last_img read more

Berbatov talks about Mourinho United

first_imgFormer Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has backed the club’s manager Jose Mourinho and the current crop of players.The former Bulgaria international believes his former club have an unbelievable crop of players and staff, saying they’ll eventually come good this season and make critics eat their words.Berbatov, though, believes it is far too early to be writing any side off, with an “unbelievable” squad and their proven manager set to their silence their critics.The former United striker told Betfair in the wake of a 3-2 reversal at Brighton: “United’s season will not be defined by one defeat in mid-August. Come on, it’s the second game of the season!”“Every team can lose at any time and every team will lose again this season. The point is to take the lessons from the loss and not repeat those mistakes. It’s as simple as that.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“Manchester United have unbelievable players in their squad and they can absolutely put this right.”“Sometimes against the underdog you can lose because they want it more. It happens to every team.”“I do wonder if all this negativity is necessary but obviously football is a business, and a little bit of politics. You have people causing trouble, spreading ‘fake news’, rumours and it all gets repeated and becomes truth. But this is kids’ stuff and it doesn’t help anyone.”He added: “Blame is a strong word, I don’t like to use it. I think everybody – Jose, the players, Edward Woodward – is working for the better of Manchester United.”“I don’t understand all this criticism going towards Paul Pogba. Anyone can have a bad game.”last_img read more