Limerick GAA stars raising money for PPE for Limerick hospitals

first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp Linkedin Print Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook TAGSCamogieCoronaviruscovid19hurlingJohn KielyKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostLimerick.GAA Limerick Camogie Announce Under-16 Panel SportGaaLimerickNewsLimerick GAA stars raising money for PPE for Limerick hospitalsBy Meghann Scully – April 16, 2020 491 center_img Limerick manager John Kiely. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/SportsfileTHE Limerick All-Ireland Hurling Champions & the Limerick Ladies All-Ireland Junior Football Champions of 2018 have come together to raise funds for our frontline workers in all the Limerick Hospitals.To date over €5,000 has been raised for front line workers which will go towards protective personal equipment.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Donations can be made here.  Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WATCH: Kiely insists Limerick “will be right” come championship after Waterford defeat Previous articleLimerick Lady Podcast | Episode 17 | Zia Bergin HollyNext articleLimerick TD says GLAS payments welcome but ‘much more action’ needed to support Agri-sector Meghann Scully Talking Points: Limerick’s unbeaten run comes to an end as they prepare for All-Ireland final rematch Advertisement John Kiely “happy to correct the record and apologise” after simulation commentslast_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka game abandoned due to rain, wet outfield

first_imgPakistan had won their previous seven encounters in the World Cup against Sri Lanka.Sri Lanka and Pakistan lost their opening games in the 2019 World Cup.Sri Lanka and Pakistan are third and fourth respectively in the points table. New Delhi: For a couple of days, Bristol was pounded with rain. The weather forecast for the game between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the County Ground was not looking all that great with 91 per cent chances of rain. The forecast proved to be true. The rain lashed Bristol for close to three hours. The rain cleared and there were two inspections. However, damp patches on the outfield resulted in the match being abandoned without even the toss taking place and both Pakistan and Sri Lanka getting one point each. In a strange twist of fate, these were the first points for Sri Lanka in a World Cup encounter against Pakistan, having lost all previous seven encounters.Before the start of the match, the teams had not left the team hotel as the rain lashed down. There was a yellow alert for heavy rain in the area. However, the steady rain eased to a drizzle and the sun broke through. The umpires had scheduled an inspection at 14:30 hrs local time but they went back and announced that a second inspection was scheduled at 15:15 hrs local. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. When the second inspection concluded, the umpires and the match referee Andy Pycroft had an intense meeting about the state of the outfield. The umpires were concerned about a big patch on the outfield and despite the sun breaking through the clouds, the outfield was not safe enough for play to begin. 20 minutes after the meeting concluded, the decision was made to abandon the match.With this result, Sri Lanka has moved to the third spot with three points from three games while Pakistan is in the fourth spot with the same tally of points but with a poor net run-rate due to their heavy loss to the West Indies in their opening game in Trent Bridge.Pakistan will take on Australia in a crucial clash at Taunton on June 12 while Sri Lanka faces a massive challenge against a confident Bangladesh side in Bristol on June 11. The next match of the ICC Cricket World Cup features hosts England, smarting from their 14-run defeat against Pakistan, taking on Bangladesh in Cardiff on Saturday. The second game features Afghanistan taking on New Zealand in Taunton.last_img read more

Mt. Lebanon achieves rare feat capturing boys and girls WPIAL AAAA crowns

first_imgThe Gateway boys basketball team was flying high a week ago after finally earning its first trip to the WPIAL championship in school history. That moment of excitement was replaced with a dose of reality after experiencing a heartbreaking 57-51 loss to Mt. Lebanon in the Class AAAA final last Saturday night at the Palumbo Center. Evan Pierce, a Wagner recruit, led Mt. Lebanon with 21 points all in the second half. With the Gators carrying as many as five Division I prospects on their roster, the sky is truly the limit for this bunch. Behind super sophomore Kaylynn Waters 33 points, New Castle defeated Hopewell in triple overtime to capture the girls’ WPIAL class AAA championship.The Scarlet-and-Gold of North Catholic took the “long way” to win back-to-back WPIAL class AA championships. Coach Dave Long ordered his son and nephew, Martin, and Jesse Long to play “sic ’em” defense against the Rochester Rams. The Trojans earned a hard fought 51-48 victory.Behind Kayla Cook, a Coastal Carolina recruit, Jeannette defeated Seton- La Salle 39-36 with Rose Bowl MVP quarterback Terrelle Pryor cheering them on. “I feel pretty good and my knee is nearly 100 percent healthy,” said Pryor. “Right after the season I got some minor surgery on my knee.”Tom Droney, a Davidson recruit, tied a WPIAL championship record when he scored 40 points in the championship game last season. Droney drilled a game-winning 3-point shoot with less than 10 seconds remaining to give Sewickley Academy a 49-48 victory over Lincoln Park and back-to-back WPIAL class AAA championships.The biggest upset of the tournament was the 57-31 blowout by Vincentian over North Catholic in the girls’ WPIAL class A championship. Vincentian had lost to the North Catholic Lady Trojans 11 consecutive games, but this one was never even close.Gateway is not the only team that wants to face Mt. Lebanon again. City League champion Allderdice is looking for respect.“We wanted to play Mt. Lebanon again,” said Allderdice coach Andre McDonald. “We are looking forward to playing Gateway next week and we are one of the few teams that match up well with them from an athletic standpoint.”With Gateway, Mt. Lebanon, Allderdice, Chartiers Valley and Sewickley Academy all entering the PIAA state tournament. March Madness is alive and well in “Six-burgh.” This kind of talent in general, let alone on one team, hasn’t been seen in these parts too often, if ever, in recent years. Schenley’s run with DeJuan and Greg Blair, D. J. Kennedy, Deandre Kane and Jamaal Bryant a couple years back was the rare exception.The Gators’ top five are actually taller than Pitt’s starting five at every spot.In his fifth year as head coach, Mitch Adams has slowly but surely turned around the basketball program at a school that has a well-earned reputation as a football powerhouse, having dominated Class AAAA for most of the past several decades.Tough love has always been Adams’ calling card. He’s an in-your-face drill sergeant and it’s his way or the highway.The silver lining is that the Gators have qualified for the PIAA state playoffs and are looking forward to facing Mt. Lebanon again.“We are a very young team that is capable of playing some great basketball,” said assistant coach Marvin Wright. “We play the City champion Allderdice next week. If we get hot we are capable defeating any team in the state.”Anna Kestler, a talented junior guard for Mt. Lebanon, the No. 1 ranked team in the state, and No. 7 ranked team in the nation, led her team to a 59-43 victory against No. 3 Baldwin. Her father, Hal, is Seton-La Salle’s coach.“Mt. Lebanon is a great team,” said MSA announcer Jonathan Whaley. “But next year watch out for Baldwin with Belma Nurkic and speedy Taylor Wentzel both coming back.”T.J. McConnell, a Duquesne University recruit, led Chartiers Valley to a 63-50 WPIAL AAA championship victory over Hampton. McConnell scored 34 points and have scored 144 points in four WPIAL playoff game, three points shy of the record for most points in a tournament set by Penn Hills’ Drew Schifino in 2000. EVAN PIERCE from Mt. Lebanon holds off Gateway’s Anthony Smallwood Keel as he drives to the hoop. Pierce scored 21 points to lead the Blue Devils to a 57-51 win over the Gators. CHAMPIONS—The New Castle girls basketball team raise their trophy after winning the WPIAL girls AAA championship, defeating Hopewell, 66-61. Head coach Jason Rankin celebrates with the team. last_img read more

Thurston County – 2012 Tax Statements Being Mailed to Property Owners

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0OLYMPIA — Property tax statements and postcard notices will start to arrive in taxpayer mailboxes on February 13th according to Shawn Myers, Thurston County Treasurer.  Taxpayers have until April 30th to pay their first half property taxes. Mailed payments must be postmarked by the due date to avoid interest and penalty charges.  Payments can be made on the County Treasurer’s web site at using an electronic check without a fee or by credit/debit card with a 2.75% transaction fee.  Payments can also be made in person at the Treasurer’s Office in Building One or the parking lot drop box at the courthouse-2000 Lakeridge Drive SW,Olympia, 98502.  Office hours are 8a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday through Friday.In total the Treasurer’s Office will collect $324 million in property taxes this year; approximately$9-million more than in 2011.  The vast majority of those tax proceeds go to the State of Washington, local schools and other local taxing districts.County Assessor, Steven Drew and County Treasurer, Shawn Myers continue to work together in order to provide valuable and accessible information regarding property assessments and taxes. Property taxes are calculated based upon the value established for each property and the taxing district levy rates where each property is located. In this tax cycle, most properties experienced a reduction in value and new taxes were approved for many of the taxing districts across the county. For many taxpayers these factors will result in an increase in the overall taxes owed in connection with their property. For more information about 2011 assessed values and 2012 levies please visit  and follow the links.In an ongoing effort to save tax dollars the Treasurer is partnering with to offer paperless billing. For the first time taxpayers will have the opportunity to receive future property tax statements/notices electronically through, a third party vendor. is a free, green alternative that enables taxpayers to receive and manage many of their billing statements electronically in addition to their property taxes.last_img read more

Virat Kohli dethroned from the top spot in the latest ICC Test rankings

first_imgAdvertisement o0yrNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsj19Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2p5q0( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9477iWould you ever consider trying this?😱vej2Can your students do this? 🌚bcjeRoller skating! Powered by Firework Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been removed from the top spot in the latest ICC Test batsmen Rankings by Australian Steve Smith. The Aussie missed the third Ashes Test at Headingley, and leads the chart in the new rankings announced on Tuesday. The 32-year-old now has a chance to extend to guarantee that lead in the fourth Test, starting Wednesday at the Old Trafford in Manchester.Advertisement On the other hand, India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane returned to the top-10, climbing four places up to 7th spot, after his half-century and hundred in Antigua with another half-century in Jamaica. His compatriot Indian Hanuma Vihari, the top scorer of the two-match series against the West Indies, has gone 40 places up and is now on 30th spot after just six Tests. Kohli, who played a vital 76 in the first innings of the second Test, got dismissed by Kemar Roach in the second innings for a golden duck finally lost his place after a long while at the top.Advertisement Virat Kohli overtook Smith on the charts after August 2018, when the former Australian skipper was serving a ban for his role in the ball-tampering scandal. The Australian right hander has since fought his way back up in the list in his first series after the ban, scoring two centuries in the first Test against England and crucial 92 in the second.However, Kohli has a chance to overtake Smith in the home Test series against South Africa, starting on October 2 in Visakhapatnam.Advertisement   Advertisementlast_img read more

Warning: Do NOT Mutate This Protein Complex

first_imgIn each cell of your body there is a complex of 8 or more proteins bound together called the BBSome.  This protein complex, discovered in 2007, should not be disturbed.  Here’s what happens when it mutates: “A homozygous mutation in any BBSome subunit (except BBIP10) will make you blind, obese and deaf, will obliterate your sense of smell, will make you grow extra digits and toes and cause your kidneys to fail.”    Children born with Bardet-Beidl syndrome (1 in 100,000 live births) have mutations to one of 14 proteins in this class (and others remain to be identified).  How can one mutation affect so many diverse functions?  Scientists believe that the BBSome is a key component of protein trafficking to the primary cilium, reported Hua Jin and Maxense V. Nachury in Current Biology.1  Primary cilia, they said, are “microtubule-based projections found on many cell types that act like tiny antennae receiving signaling inputs for the cell.”  Functions like sight, smell, and limb patterning rely on signals from primary cilia.  Scientists theorize that the BBSome is involved in providing parts to the intraflagellar transport system (IFT), which delivers construction parts from the base of the cilium or flagellum to the tip.    The authors said that the BBSome is “highly conserved” (i.e., unevolved) in all ciliated organisms from single-celled green algae to humans, though absent in plants and fungi.  “This pattern of conservation is a signature for proteins that perform fundamental functions in primary cilium assembly,” they explained.  Only chordates have an additional four BBS proteins.    The activity of the BBSome is an ongoing area of research.  When asked what remains to be explored about it, the authors responded, “Nearly everything!”1.  Hua Jin and Maxense V. Nachury, “Quick Guide: The BBSome,” Current Biology, Volume 19, Issue 12, 23 June 2009, Pages R472-R473.This story underscores the precision and specificity of proteins.  The sequence of amino acids that leads to a protein’s folded shape is absolutely critical to its function.  Proteins are often hundreds of amino acid links long.  The authors said that mutations to even one of the eight members of the BBSome complex result in death or severe disability.  If the origin of one protein is beyond the reach of chance (see online book), how much more a complex of 8 or more proteins working together?  This does to chemical evolution theory what another H-bomb would do after global nuclear devastation: it just makes the rubble bounce.    The answer evolutionists give that some genes are “highly conserved” because they “perform fundamental functions” is a form of the dodge explanation that says, in effect, “if it were not that way, we wouldn’t be here” (see next entry commentary).  It fails to explain where the design came from.  If the origin of a complex system is beyond the reach of chance, what are the alternatives?  Natural law or design.  Natural law, however, produces predictable, repetitive patterns on a simple level – not complex specified information.  That leaves design as the most plausible explanation.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Inflation Again: This Time with Feeling

first_imgInflation is dead.  Long live inflation.The cosmological inflation theory made Alan Guth famous back in 1981.  In case the enthralled didn’t get the message, it was a colossal failure, Amanda Gefter broke the news on New Scientist.  To set up Humpty Dumpty’s fall, she began with its seeming successes: “in one fell swoop,” it rescued big bang theory from the flatness problem and horizon problem  That was before cosmologists stopped admiring the “munificence” of inflation and starting thinking about its implications: it leads to nonsense:The problem is that once inflation starts, it is nearly impossible to stop. Even in the tiny pre-inflation cosmos, quantum fluctuations ensured that the inflaton field had different energies in different places – a bit like a mountain having many balls balanced precariously at different heights. As each one starts rolling, it kicks off the inflation of a different region of space, which races away from the others at speeds above that of light. Because no influence may travel faster than light, these mini-universes become completely detached from one another. As the inflaton continues its headlong descent in each one, more and more bits of space begin to bud off to independent existences: an infinite “multiverse” of universes is formed…This is not good news for our hopes for cosmic enlightenment. In a single universe, an underlying theory of physics might offer a prediction for how flat the universe should be, say, or for the value of dark energy, the mysterious entity that seems to be driving an accelerated expansion of the universe. Astronomers could then go out and test that prediction against observations. That’s not possible in an infinite multiverse: there are no definite predictions, only probabilities. Every conceivable value of dark energy or anything else will exist an infinite number of times among the infinite number of universes, and any universal theory of physics valid throughout the multiverse must reproduce all those values. That makes the odds of observing any particular value infinity divided by infinity: a nonsense that mathematicians call “undefined”.Gefter quoted Max Tegmark of MIT who likened inflation theory to a charismatic guest who wore out his welcome and wouldn’t stop talking.  It sounded so good at first.  “”‘That would have been the perfect point for inflation to bow, wait for applause and exit stage left’,” says Tegmark. But that didn’t happen. Instead, inflation kept on predicting still more things – things that nobody wanted.”  Tegmark and others now agree inflation theory died:“We thought that inflation predicted a smooth, flat universe,” says Paul Steinhardt of Princeton University, a pioneer of inflation who has become a vocal detractor.  “Instead, it predicts every possibility an infinite number of times. We’re back to square one.” Tegmark agrees: “Inflation has destroyed itself. It logically self-destructed.”  Sean Carroll was only a little less pessimistic.  “”Inflation is still the dominant paradigm,” he said, “but we’ve become a lot less convinced that it’s obviously true.”  By starting with such precisely balanced conditions, it explains less than the flukes it was intended to explain.  “”If you pick a universe out of a hat, it’s not going to be one that starts with inflation,” he said.Brain DrainGefter took a brief tour into other cosmological theories that arose to replace inflation, such as brane theory: two 4-D projections of 5-D surfaces collided at perfect parallels, yielding a big-bang lookalike.  One benefit for those uncomfortable with a cosmic beginning is that it resurrects old hopes of a cyclic universe with an infinite past.  Any theory, though, that tries to explain special conditions (e.g., our universe) with even more special conditions fails to show the kind of scientific progress cosmologists prefer–simple beginnings leading to complex observations, a “theory of everything.”  Thus, a “brane drain,” as Gefter dubbed it  —If nothing else, the cyclic model introduced some competition into the big bang market. “It shows that you’re not stuck with inflation – other ideas are possible,” says Steinhardt. “But whether or not you like this particular alternative is a matter of taste.“Not everyone did. Models of the big bang that involve a singularity in our space-time, including the inflationary big bang, neatly excuse us from explaining what happened at the universe’s beginning: the singularity is a place where the universe falls off the cliff of existence and the laws of physics break down. But in the cyclic model, we must explain how the fifth dimension survives its momentary lapse into a singularity. “To me, it doesn’t seem to work,” says Thomas Hertog of the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) in Belgium, who worked on the idea for a couple of years. “The calculations suggest that the transition through the singularity is very unlikely.“The many clashes between branes that the model implies just compound the problem, says Carroll. “If you follow the cyclic universe backward in time, the conditions that you need become more and more special, or unlikely.“No BoundariesNext came the “No-Boundary Proposal” of Stephen Hawking and James Hartle, made famous in the former’s best seller, A Brief History of Time.  Gefter described it as a kind of “multiverse in reverse,” where Hawking and Hartle “added up all the possible histories that began in a universe with no boundary and ended in the universe we see today.”  Though some were initially attracted to the proposal because it seemed to get rid of a beginning to the universe, it hardly merited a couple of paragraphs in Gefter’s review: “That all sounds very neat, but there was still no reason to believe the no-boundary proposal was true. It was difficult to see where it fitted in to the sort of unifying theoretical constructs, such as string theory, which are needed to explain events in the early, high-energy days of the universe.”Cosmic Combo PlateNothing seemed to work.  How about a combination?  Gefter tried to end on a cheerful note by suggesting that maybe a combination of inflation, string theory, the no-boundary proposal might serve up a universe that solves the problems inflation tried to solve without making things worse. Adding bad ideas together might seem another bad idea.  There had to be at least one new trial ingredient, and string theory served up the spaghetti:That might just have changed, thanks to one of the most profound ideas to come out of string theory in recent years: the holographic principle. This states that the physics of a 4D universe such as ours, including gravity, is mathematically equivalent to the physics on its 3D boundary without gravity. The implication is that the world we see around us is nothing but a holographic projection of information from the edge of reality. It sounds implausible, but the principle pops up not just in string theory, but in almost any approach to unifying relativity and quantum theory dreamed up so far.If this sounds bizarre, remember that in modern cosmology, bizarre is beautiful as long as it gets rid of intelligent design.  It may also sound like a stretch of desperation.  To Gefter and her cosmology protagonists, the Holographic Principle comes to the rescue of the No-Boundary Proposal, string theory and inflation in the nick of time.  One weird aspect of the idea she explained:Although the no-boundary proposal says that the universe has no boundary in the far past, it does give a boundary in the infinitely far future. By calculating the physics on this boundary, Hertog extracted the probabilities of all the possible universes that can emerge as its holographic projections. Remarkably, the probabilities for things like the homogeneity of the cosmic background or the amount of dark energy are the same as those that you get from the no-boundary wave function. This supplies a direct connection between string theory, the most popular route towards a theory of everything, and the no-boundary proposal, which produces inflation naturally.“Originally the no-boundary wave function was sort of picked out of thin air,” says Hertog. “But now we see that it lies at the heart of the holographic principle. This is very encouraging for inflation.“Cosmologists are still “digesting” the combo plate, Gefter ended.  Some are “questioning whether the assumptions it makes are justified.”  Even Alan Guth, whose inflation theory the new proposal rescues somewhat, is not sure about the validity of its specific holographic correspondence, but is willing to give researchers time to play with it.  Gefter decked the halls of the holodeck with bows of jolly, hoping the Holographic Principle may bring back the doubters, like Tegmark, who consider inflation an imposter.  “We are not yet there, at the true story of the beginning of the universe,” she ended.  If we can consistently apply quantum mechanics to the fabric of the universe, we might get there.  “Only then will we truly know what kind of a bang the big bang was.”At least secular cosmologists are in complete agreement on 3 things: the universe exists today, it originated in the past, and the explanation is in the future.Cosmologist: a highly intelligent person, very gifted in mathematics, who devotes his life to rationalizing insane ideas.  If you think this is harsh, remember what Prophet Berman said 8 years ago? (10/06/2004).  Modern cosmologists are clueless, they’re right out of The Emperor’s New Clothes, and nothing they say is likely to be true.For further proof, look at how their biggest ideas have all been undermined.  They are like white tourists in Fiji trying to do firewalking.  They dance from one hot rock to another in a kind of Brownian motion, grinning for a few milliseconds on each one before the pain is unbearable.Learn an important lesson here.  Cosmologists and the press leapt onto inflation like flies to a carcass, so excited that the brilliant genius Alan Guth (Grand Unified Theory Huckster) saved the big bang from the Flatness Problem and the Horizon Problem.  “In one fell swoop,” Gefter reminded us, he saved the day.  Inflation was simple.  It was elegant.  It was beautiful.  It was wrong.  Tegmark likened it to the gift that keeps on giving till it got sickening, or like the performer that should have bowed out but kept giving encores nobody wanted, to the point they ran out of the theater screaming.So they retreated to other irrationalities, like brane theory or the no-boundary proposal.  As with inflation, brane theory turned out to create more problems than it explained: it required even finer tuning than the fine-tuned universe we see.  As for Hawking & Hartle’s Hilarious Hoopla (4H) that proposed a no-beginning in a no-time fantasyland, remember it was a proposal, not a theory (proposal, n.:the act of offering or suggesting something for acceptance, adoption, or performance).  It was a suggestion they offered, like “try this.”  That’s not even a hypothesis yet.So now, it’s back to inflation, with a combo plate of no boundaries, strings and The Holodeck.  We’re all like Lt. Commander Data wandering in an imaginary Holographic universe that is a projection of something real we cannot be sure is really there.  As usual with everything evolutionary, the answer is all futureware and promissory notes.  Why does anybody listen to these people?  It doesn’t matter if they can write equations all over the blackboard.  If the inputs to a “proposal” are bogus, no amount of mathematical manipulation can rescue a lie.If you really want to see what’s motivating these folks, look at a slide show by Max Tegmark from a symposium, reproduced on Scribd.  The wiggle room in cosmology would make a mouse in a boxcar feel crowded.  Tegmark reasons himself into a multiverse with the flimsiest of arguments, all while struggling to defend his naturalism against the clear implications of our low-entropy universe.  “Sound too crazy?” one slide asks in large yellow print on a black background.  (This means he knows it’s crazy.  He’s like a lunatic asking you to take his word for it that he’s not crazy.)  But his justification for his craziness is seen on the very next slide: it’s a portrait of Charles Darwin, with the caption, “We’re not taking this guy seriously enough.”  What, you ask, has Darwin to do with a multiverse?  Ah, you see, this is all part of the Religion of the Bearded Buddha: try to explain everything from the bottom up without that despised, dreaded Designer.  Anything but that!– even irrationality.We would direct your attention back a few slides in Tegmark’s show to a photograph of a group of sharp-looking college students wearing black T-shirts with red-and-white lettering.  Tegmark knows all about the symbols in white: those are Maxwell’s Equations, a set of four equations that James Clerk Maxwell, a Christian and creationist, derived to explain all electromagnetic phenomena.  The caption in red letters reads, “And God said,” [Maxwell’s Equations], “and there was light.” (See similar design close up here.)We invite these highly intelligent but misguided individuals, lost in the dark, to come to the light.  It’s so much easier to work with proper lighting; much more satisfying, too. 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Land tenure to take centre stage at summit

first_img29 August 2014Land tenure reform will take centre stage at a three-day national Land Tenure Summit to be hosted by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform in Johannesburg next week.Issues on the summit agenda include tenure insecurity in commercial farming areas, tenure challenges in communal areas, and how best to resolve South Africa’s land reform two decades after the dawn of democracy.“This land tenure summit will provide critical debate and create a social dialogue on various aspects of transforming land ownership patterns,” Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said on Thursday.“We want to get South Africa talking about the various policy proposals we have put before them. Let’s engage with these policy proposals and find lasting solutions. Let’s engage with everybody and come up with the best ways to resolve the issue of land tenure and land tenure administration.”The summit, which starts next Thursday, will be attended by representatives from non-governmental organisations, organised agriculture, academia, farm workers, traditional leaders, the government, political parties, and leading international researchers on agrarian reform.Delegates will present papers on a number of issues, including proposed legislation that will come before Parliament during this financial year.The decade between 1997 and 2007 was characterised by significant shifts in ownership and land use in South Africa, including increasing acquisition of residential and agricultural properties by foreign nationals in certain regions.“These trends have resulted in increased landlessness and precarious tenure for citizens, particularly residents of the former reserve areas and commercial farming areas,” Nkwinti said.“These proposals will be presented to the national Land Tenure Summit in an attempt to address the growing land tenure insecurity problems which impact negatively on about 20-million people living in commercial farming areas, communal areas and in formal and informal townships.”The proposed tenure reform policy seeks to reverse the wide range of tenure insecurities that were engendered throughout through land dispossession, human degradation and exploitation under apartheid.Nkwinti said the summit was well poised to accelerate the process of rural development and land reform in the country, to generate meaningful dialogue on issues of land tenure, and to ensure that stakeholders were moving South Africa forward together.Source: read more

NRL Touch Premiership – Eels v Cowboys Team Selections

first_img3Shaun Francis15Meckensie Hudson 9Jackson Mills8Lucy McDonald 1Jonathan Palau1Stephanie Maiolo 8Dave Zanette8Kelly Kennedy 3Ciaran Toner3Hannah Dyball 7Damon Moore6Emma Paki 6Cormac Hoch13Tash Adams 14Kyle Jermyn14Billie Taylor 1Brayden Hegarty1Rylie Seamark Men’sWomen’s 7Jordan Marshall-King (C)6Danielle Davis 9Justin Cridland14Mel Wilks ManagerManagerKim Solman First game of the NRL Touch Premiership Teams are in!Watch the Parramatta Eels take on the North Queensland Cowboys in Game 1 of the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership at ANZ Stadium at 5:25pm. 11Jayden BenbowToni Daisy CoachCoachBarry Gibson 10Michael Law5Sharni Vililacenter_img 11John Kennedy10Faith Nathan Men’sWomen’s 6Josh Moffitt5Laura Peattie 2Mal Kenny3Sophie Duff 5Caidyn Wynyard4Aaliyah Paki 2Jordan Horo2Tayla Clifford 4Lachlan PierceMaddie Crema Assistant CoachAssistant CoachChristian Browne 8Simon Lang7Sarah Peattie 13Cooper Marshall12Abby King 5Jared Townson11Chloe Sawtell 12Maurice Kennedy11Zara Nicholas 10Luke Mansour9Samantha Rodgers 12Lachlan Hoch7Kirralee Costelloe 13Marley Simbolon13Elesha Te Paalast_img read more

Coach Cal Releases Ridiculous Video Asking Fans To Vote For His Former Players In The NBA All-Star Game

first_imgJohn Calipari asks fans to vote for former Kentucky players in the NBA All-Star calipari nba videoKentucky head coach John Calipari does a great job of keeping tabs on his former players – and making sure that Wildcats fans continue to support them throughout their careers. Friday, he released an interesting video that UK supporters should enjoy.In the below clip, Calipari urges Kentucky fans to vote for the school’s former stars – including DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Enes Kanter, Brandon Knight, Rajon Rondo, Karl-Anthony Towns, John Wall – for the upcoming NBA All-Star Game. He name-drops pretty much every player who ever came through the system.Coach Cal also uses some props – including a fake unibrow – to make his point. Enjoy:last_img read more