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Minister Norton commences fact-finding mission

first_imgSocial Cohesion Minsiter with the responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr George Norton, on Monday commenced the first in a series of visits to institutions that fall under his purview. The aim of this exercise is to interact with staff to find out about the challenges hampering their work so that improvements can be made, as the Minister endeavours to ensure the efficient functioning of his sector. During the exercise, Minister Norton visited the National Archives, the National Cultural Centre, Castellani House and the E.R. Burrowes School of Art.While at the National Archives, the minister spoke of his growing concern for staff welfare and pledged his commitment to improving the conditions under which they work. “We are not here just to look at the structures, but to get to know the employees and knowing the conditions under which they work, whatever might be their concern… basically [we want to] foster better relations between the Minister and the workers,” Dr Norton said is quoted by the Department of Public Information.Minister George Norton inspecting preserved documents that are centuries old. He is photographed here with Archivist Jenel HenrySome of the issues affecting staff at the National Archives were the need for more storage space for documents, additional workforce, support in the conservation and documentation of records, an improved medical plan, the issue of staff contractual agreements and the advertising of events for that institution. The Minister also spoke of the implementation of an Archival Committee, which is to be submitted to Cabinet for approval.After the meeting, the minister was taken on a tour of the premises which was conducted by Archivist Ms. Nadia Carter. Dr Norton visited the Conservation Room, where records are carefully readied for preservation; the Digital Archival Room, where documents are scanned and saved digitally and the Storage Room, which houses old official gazettes, decades-old newspapers, Government records, decades-old emigration certificates and past and present Guyanese and Caribbean written magazines and other historical records and documentations dating as far back as the 1700s.After his visit, Minister Norton said that he is impressed with the work of the National Archives, particularly the digitisation of records. He then revealed that he plans to visit the Archives frequently, as well as other cultural intuitions that fall under his purview throughout the year.Technical Officer of MoSC, Pamela Nauth and Director of Culture, Tamika Boatswain also participated in the exercise.last_img read more

Juve’s old guard bidding to finish job against Ajax kids

first_imgJuventus have put their bid to wrap up an eighth consecutive Serie A title on the back burner as they focus on their European ambitions.Massimiliano Allegri lined out with a young squad against lowly SPAL on Saturday and the champions fell to a 2-1 defeat when a point would have sufficed for another Scudetto.“The Scudetto will come sooner or later,” said Allegri, whose side hold a 17-point lead on second-placed Napoli with six games left.“If we had put all our starters in, it would have been easier to win it, but there is the goal to obtain on Tuesday.”Juventus have won the Champions League twice, most recently in 1996 when they beat Ajax in the final.Four-time winners Ajax won their third consecutive title in 1973 at the expense of Juventus, last lifting the trophy in 1995.Allegri said he was prepared for “a difficult match against a very impressive team”.Ronaldo was rested at the weekend along with regulars Leonardo Bonucci, Blaise Matuidi, Alex Sandro, Mario Mandzukic and Miralem Pjanic.Teenager Moise Kean’s fine form continued with the 19-year-old scoring his sixth goal in as many games.Captain Giorgio Chiellini, however, remains a doubt with the 34-year-old defender recovering from a calf injury, with Daniele Rugani a possible replacement.But Ronaldo remains Juve’s key weapon.The 34-year-old was signed for 100 million euros ($117 million) last summer, and pocketed an annual 31 million-euro salary to help Juventus win a competition they have finished runners-up in a record seven times, most recently in 2015 and 2017.Ronaldo has played a leading role in all of his five previous European triumphs, including with the tie-clinching, 97th-minute penalty for Real Madrid against Juventus last season in the quarters.He has scored five goals this campaign, one against Manchester United and a hat-trick which rescued Juventus in the last 16, second leg against Atletico, before returning from injury to score against Ajax.– De Jong doubt –The financial clout of Dutch league leaders Ajax is significantly less than Juventus.The club, who are captained by 19-year-old defender Matthijs de Ligt, spent a reported club-record 45 million euros last summer on new signings to bolster their Champions League hopes.Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong (C) is a doubt after going off injured during a Dutch league game at the weekend © ANP/AFP/File / Olaf KRAAKDefensive midfielder Daley Blind arrived from Manchester United, and forward Dusan Tadic from Southampton, to provide leadership for a young squad where the average age is 24 years.Ajax’s strike-force of 22-year-old Neres, Dusan Tadic and Hakim Ziyech have proven effective this season.Veteran Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, 35, also hit form with a hat-trick in a 6-2 win over Excelsior in the Dutch league at the weekend.But midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 21, is uncertain to start after going off clutching his hamstring.Neres stole the limelight with his seventh goal in eight games against Juventus in Amsterdam, but Barcelona-bound De Jong was outstanding in midfield.Both teams produced memorable second-leg comebacks in the round of 16.Ajax overturned a 2-1 home defeat by Real Madrid to oust the three-time holders with a stunning 4-1 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu to reach their first quarter-final since 2003.Ronaldo’s hat-trick rescued Juventus, who lost 2-0 against Atletico Madrid in Spain.While Juve are looking to reach a third semi-final in five seasons, Ajax have not made it to the last four since 1997.The winners would go through to a semi-final against the winners of the all-English tie between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Five-time Champions League winner Ronaldo has scored 125 goals in the European competition © AFP/File / John THYSTURIN, Italy, Apr 15 – Cristiano Ronaldo will spearhead Juventus’ old guard as they look to finish the job on Tuesday against Ajax’s impressive young guns in a quarter-final clash between two sides desperate to end years of Champions League heartbreak.Juventus have the edge on away goals thanks to Ronaldo’s 125th Champions League goal in a 1-1 draw in Amsterdam, but Ajax’s David Neres ensured the teams will start on a knife-edge in Turin in a repeat of the 1973 and 1996 finals.last_img read more

Seahawks have a test in Panthers

first_img “Sometimes, you’ve got to learn the hard way.” Then there is the uncertain status of NFL MVP Shaun Alexander. Seattle expects him back from the concussion he sustained Saturday, but doctors have not yet cleared him to practice. The Panthers don’t need to hear about running back injuries. DeShaun Foster broke his leg in the win over the Bears, leaving third-stringer Nick Goings Carolina’s sixth running option in training camp to start Sunday. Three-time Pro Bowler Stephen Davis had already been placed on the injured-reserve list Dec. 17 with a lingering knee problem. But that just highlights another Seahawks challenge: containing receiver Steve Smith. Against the Bears he had 12 catches for a career-high 218 yards, the fourth-most in NFL playoff history. He will test perhaps the weakest part of an improving Seattle defense. Starting cornerback Andre Dyson was just coming back after being out for a month with a high sprain of his left ankle when he missed 1 ½ quarters of Saturday’s win with a right ankle injury. The Seahawks’ best cover man is opposite corner Marcus Trufant. He played his first game in three weeks Saturday after bruising his lower back. Now those defensive backs must face what Holmgren calls a “special player.” “He’s one of those guys that when you prepare for them, you better have a plan … to make it a little more difficult for him,” Holmgren said. “Otherwise, he can take over a game by himself.” But even with a backup running the ball for the Panthers, Holmgren said interim defensive coordinator John Marshall is not going to stack his defense solely against Smith. “I think you have to be careful of saying, ‘Now we can relax and we can look over there,” ” Holmgren said. “Every defensive coordinator I have ever met really focuses in on defending the run first, usually because if you can’t do that, you’re in for a long, long, long day.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Bless his heart,” Holmgren said. “So we did get a bit of a start on Carolina.” He’s glad they did. KIRKLAND, Wash. — Two weeks ago, Seahawks coach and former high school history teacher Mike Holmgren gave his assistants some homework for their playoff bye week start studying the other NFC postseason teams and compile preliminary scouting reports on each. Soon, the coaches were scribbling notes on large dry-erase boards in their offices. But when Washington became Seattle’s first-round foe, the assistants erased all of the other teams’ information. Thankfully for Holmgren, offensive quality-control coach Gary Reynolds copied the notes on the Panthers. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita What Seattle’s assistants saw during their extra studies and what Holmgren saw on television was an staunch Panthers defense led by athletic 6-foot-7 defensive end Julius Peppers and former Seahawk Ken Lucas in the defensive backfield. It’s a unit that is sure to provide a stern challenge for Seattle’s offense, which led the league in points scored (452) this season. “Defensively, they are very well coached. I know we always say that, but it is really true this time,” Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said. “I think these guys are the best in the NFC.” Further complicating the Seahawks’ week: Starting right tackle Sean Locklear, who would be opposite Peppers for much of Sunday, was in jail into Tuesday on a charge of domestic violence stemming from an alleged altercation with a woman early Sunday in Seattle. His playing status is to be determined. Hasselbeck wasn’t thrilled that one of the men expected to keep Peppers from pounding him was locked up. “It’s really unfortunate,” he said. “Coach Holmgren is always talking to us about good decisions on and off the football field. I would say 99 percent of the time, we all listen. last_img read more

Volunteers to package 822 000 meals on Mandela Day

first_img7 July 2014A record number of 6 000-plus volunteers will package 822 000 meals – enough to feed over 6 000 pre-school learners for a year – in a single day during a Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa event running concurrently in Johannesburg and Cape Town on 18 July, Nelson Mandela International Day.The event, dubbed Meals in Memory, will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg and the Canal Walk Shopping Centre in Cape Town.“Teams of 20 volunteers, in shifts of 67 minutes, will each package enough nutritious food to feed 20 children three meals a week for an entire year,” Stop Hunger Now said in a statement on Friday.The organisation added that there were still 30 spots available for groups of 20 to 25 volunteers at the Johannesburg event. Individuals or organisations wishing to take part should e-mail [email protected] with “16h00 shift enquiry” in the subject line.During the Johannesburg event, guests of honour – including Mandela’s great-grandson Luvuyo Mandela and Springbok rugby player Pierre Spies – will celebrate the life of Madiba with a special candle-lighting ceremony.“Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa creates awareness of the reality that one in five children in South Africa are stunted,” the organisation said. “Feeding children during childhood can contribute 3% to our economic growth. Children malnourished during early childhood suffer irreversible brain development impairment.”The organisation’s volunteer-based hunger eradication programme also provides empowerment opportunities for unregistered creches – otherwise known as early childhood development centres – to self-fund teacher training “and to develop a dignifying environment for children that attend these pre-schools”.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Cancer discovered in fossils in South Africa

first_imgThe rise of cancer in humans is often attributed to modern lifestyles. But two recent discoveries in fossils in South Africa show that cancer has been a part of life for millions of years. Scientists and researchers collectively have published their findings in the South African Journal of Science. The old foot bone, dating from approximately 1.7 million years ago, shows the extent of expansion of osteosarcoma, or primary bone cancer, beyond the surface of the bone. (Image: Patrick Randolph-Quinney, UCLan)Priya PitamberStressful, hurried, modern lifestyles are often associated with the rise of cancer in humans. But two recent discoveries in South Africa – one on a foot bone dated approximately 1.7 million years ago, the other a tumour in the back of a child – turns that theory on its head.A team of scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand’s Evolutionary Studies Institute and the South African Centre for Excellence in PalaeoSciences, working with international researchers, recently published papers in the South African Journal of Science on the discoveries of evidence of cancer and bony tumours in fossils.The foot bone was found at a site in Swartkrans. It pushes back the oldest date for cancer from recent history to prehistory. The bone belonged to a hominin, or bipedal human relative, said the scientists.“Modern medicine tends to assume that cancers and tumours in humans are diseases caused by modern lifestyles and environments,” said Edward Odes, a Wits doctoral candidate and lead author of the cancer paper, and a co-author on the tumour paper.“Our studies show the origins of these diseases occurred in our ancient relatives millions of years before modern industrial societies existed.”Scientists identified the metatarsal, or foot bone, as having an osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer usually affecting younger people today. If not treated, it results in death.The cancer would have affected the individual’s ability to walk or run, said Dr Bernhard Zipfel, a Wits scientist and an expert on the foot and locomotion of early human relatives. “In short, it would have been painful.”Watch the experts explain their discoveries:An accompanying paper, published in the same journal, identified the oldest tumour in a human fossil dating from almost 2 million years ago. Scientists found a benign neoplasm in the vertebrae of the well-known Australopithecus sediba child, Karabo, found at the Malapa site. The top row shows the surface rendered image volume. The bottom row shows partially transparent image volume with the segmented boundaries of the lesion rendered solid pink. Volume data derived from phase contrast X-ray synchrotron microtomography. A: right lateral view. B: superior view. C: posterior view. (Image: Paul Tafforeau, ESRF)“Not only has there been an assumption that these sorts of cancers and tumours are diseases of modernity, which these fossils clearly demonstrate they are not, but that we as modern humans exhibit them as a consequence of living longer, yet this rare tumour is found in a young child,” said Prof Lee Berger, a co-author of both papers and the leader of the Malapa project, where the fossil vertebra was found.He is the research professor in Human Evolution and the Public Understanding of Science at the Institute for Human Evolution, School of GeoSciences, at Wits.“The history of these types of tumours and cancers is clearly more complex than previously thought,” Berger said. Today is the 8th anniversary of the discovery of the #Malapa site leading a few weeks later to discovering #sedia! pic.twitter.com/yWu2jFWolF— Lee Berger (@LeeRberger) August 1, 2016 Dr Patrick Randolph-Quinney, senior lecturer in biological and forensic anthropology at the UK’s University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), said the finding in Australopithecus sediba was fascinating not only because it was found in the back, which was rare, but also that it was found in a child. “This in fact is the first evidence of such a disease in a young individual in the whole of the fossil human record.”The cancer and tumour were diagnosed using the best technology available from various institutions, including the European Synchrotron Research Facility in Grenoble, France; medical CT (or computed tomography) at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg; and the micro-CT facility at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa at Pelindaba.Dr Jacqueline Smilg, a radiologist at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, was also a co-author of both papers. She participated in the clinical diagnoses of each discovery. Researchers in the country were at the forefront of using various X-ray modalities to discover fresh details about ancient human relatives, she said.“This is another good example of how the modern clinical sciences and the science of palaeoanthropology are working together in South Africa and with international collaborators to advance our understanding of diseases in both the past and the present,” she said.last_img read more

Batteries for Off-Grid Homes

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Is solar electricity cheap or expensive? There are two parallel stories circulating these days. One version of the story — the older of the two — is that electricity from a photovoltaic (PV) array is more expensive than grid power, and that adding batteries makes PV even more expensive.The newer tale, oft-repeated on GBA, is that PV is cheap and getting cheaper, and that any utility that tries to limit PV installations is doomed to failure — because homeowners who are disgruntled by a PV-hostile utility will choose to install batteries, cutting the cord to the grid.Cutting the cord, a move called “grid defection,” is a key element of utility executives’ nightmares. The worry is that increasing instances of grid defection will cause utility revenues to drop, precipitating a “death spiral” for utilities.So, which version is closer to the truth? In some states, PV electricity is cheap Here’s my summary: right now, if available tax credits and rebates are taken into account, PV electricity is cheaper than grid power in many areas of the country with generous PV rebates — but only for grid-connected customers.If tax credits and rebates are ignored, PV electricity may still be cheaper than grid power for grid-connected customers — but only in areas of the country with high electricity rates or favorable net-metering agreements.In areas of the country where grid power is cheap, rebates are stingy, or utilities don’t offer net metering, PV electricity probably isn’t yet cost-competitive.In almost every location in the U.S., the cost of electricity produced by a PV system with enough batteries to permit “grid defection” is significantly higher than the cost of grid power. Do the math If you want to know whether… last_img read more

Ind vs Pak: Afridi to take a call on Akhtar on Wednesday

first_imgAs India take on Pakistan in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday at Mohali, both the teams would like to go in with their best playing XI.Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi who, it seems, has already made up his mind on his bowling combination has said that Shoaib Akhtar is still not 100 per cent match fit and the last call will be taken on Wednesday before the crunch game.Many feel Akhtar’s status does not fit in with the new-look Pakistan squad, which boasts a more disciplined approach from quietly effective performers.His runs-in with the team management twice in this tournament — allegedly over a late entry into the team hotel and a spat with an underperforming teammate — have also been cited as reasons for his omission.Despite worries about his fitness, manager Intikhab Alam has said that Akhtar has been fully involved in match practice and is mentally ready to play. Akhtar factorThe Rawalpindi Express may be on his last run, but he can still prove to be the trump card for Afridi. Doubts and aspersions aside, his value, especially against India, is a factor, which is undeniable, even to his team-mates. While he has 41 wickets from 28 matches, his sheer experience will be invaluable.Though Akhtar won’t have fond memories of the last time he bowled to Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag in a World Cup clash, he will, however, want to hang up his boots on the best note.last_img read more

Erin bringing heavy rain to parts of the Maritimes warnings in effect

first_imgThe Canadian Press HALIFAX — Heavy rain is being reported in parts of the Maritimes as Erin, now a post-tropical weather system, advances toward the region.Environment Canada has issued rainfall warnings for southeastern New Brunswick, parts of western and northern Nova Scotia and western Prince Edward Island.Some big downpours have already been reported in communities west of a line that extends from Halifax to Fredericton.Meteorologist Jim Abraham says Erin’s current track is expected to cut through the middle of mainland Nova Scotia later tonight, with the heaviest rain expected to fall on the left side of the sprawling low-pressure system.Abraham says a weather station near St. Stephen, N.B., reported almost 60 millimetres of rain this morning.The Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax says some gusty winds will likely accompany Erin, especially in those areas to the right of its track as it crosses Nova Scotia tonight.Abraham says some coastal areas could get gusts exceeding 70 kilometres per hour, which could cause power outages because most trees in the region have yet to shed their leaves.last_img read more

Ontario Appeal court rules against Grassy Narrows Ontario has jurisdiction over territory

first_imgAPTN National NewsGrassy Narrows First Nation saw their 2011 court victory over the Ontario government overturned Monday by the court of appeal.The case involved whether Canada or Ontario has the jurisdiction to issue logging permits on the Grassy Narrows territory.For years the First Nation has been battling the province to stop logging and mining companies from trespassing in its treaty area.Monday, the court of appeal said the Ontario government has the jurisdiction over logging in the province, including issuing logging permits after all.“The two-step process is unnecessary to protect the Aboriginal treaty harvesting right because when the Crown, through Ontario, takes up land, it must respect the treaty right,” the court said in its ruling. “It is difficult to see how the process of consultation, which is required when the treaty harvesting right is affected by taking up, would be improved by involving both levels of government.”It’s not clear on what the wider implications of this decision will be in the area or across the country.The leadership in Grassy Narrows has the ability to appeal this decision to the Supreme Court of Canada.Tune into APTN National News tonight to hear from Robert Janes, a lawyer representing Grassy Narrows.last_img read more