DENVER — The 2018 Opening Day starter for the San Francisco Giants is now a member of the Baltimore Orioles.Ty Blach, who was designated for assignment last week, was claimed by the Orioles on Saturday and added to Baltimore’s 40-man roster.The left-hander appeared in 87 games and made 39 starts over parts of four seasons with the Giants and helped lead the club to an Opening Day win over the Dodgers last season. After Madison Bumgarner suffered a fractured pinky in his final spring training …
Sculptor Noel Ashton with one of the rhino castings from his series of sculptures titled Mapungubwe Revisited. A gold rhino sculpture costing R35 000; the proceeds from the sale of each sculpture are donated to WWF-SA and its rhino conservation work.(Images: Noel Ashton Wildlife Studio)MEDIA CONTACTS • Noel AshtonNoel Ashton Wildlife Studio+27 72 063 4676 Cadine PillayDespite the many attempts to curb rhino poaching and the dedicated activism from the public, the slaughter of these beasts continues, with the death toll for 2012 approaching 450 animals.This has not halted the efforts of South Africans to fight the poaching crisis, in any way they can.Now South African artist, scientist and conservationist Noel Ashton has sculpted a series of rhino sculptures titled Mapungubwe Revisited. The series is a limited edition, consisting of 12 gold and 100 bronze rhino castings, and is the artist’s way of honouring the magnificence of Africa’s wildlife heritage.In the past Ashton has initiated other conservation programmes for Africa’s wildlife, most of which he has dedicated to whales.“Throughout the years we have engaged in a range of conservation programmes by combining artworks, narratives and our commitment to the earth,” Ashton says.Mapungubwe RevisitedMapungubwe Revisited was inspired by the discovery of a small 152-millimetre long rhino made of pure gold, in the grave of the king of the ancient realm of Mapungubwe, situated in Limpopo province. The golden rhino was buried with the king over 800 years ago, showing that rhinos were revered by African royalty.“The artwork speaks through time, and as an artist I see its significance as a symbol of the rich cultural legacy of Africa,” says Ashton in an interview.The golden rhino, according to Ashton, embodies a deeper connection with, and reverence for this magnificent animal of Africa. It links all African people to the land through a sacred thread of belonging.“The golden rhino offers a signpost to something that we might have forgotten but fortunately not lost; it can remind us that the natural world around us is much more than a commodity, a space or a view, it is an intrinsic part of who we are and where we have come from, and each rhino killed or tract of land destroyed is another part of ourselves lost,” he says.By investing in a limited-edition sculpture of Mapungubwe Revisited, buyers will be contributing towards the conservation of the species. The gold and bronze sculptures cost R35 000 (US $4000) and R15 000 ($1700) respectively, and funds from the sale of each sculpture are donated towards the South African chapter of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-SA) and its rhino conservation work.Taking back our heritageAs illustrated by the Mapungubwe gold rhino, the animals have long been an object of value in African culture. South Africans are rightly proud of their rhino history and the critical role they played in the remarkable recovery of white rhino numbers over the last century. Today three out of every four rhinos alive, 75% of the world’s rhinos, are found in South Africa.“After being severely threatened in the earlier part of the 20th century, African conservationists have worked tirelessly over the past two decades to nurture faltering populations back to healthy and vibrantly growing numbers,” said WWF-SA CEO Morne du Plessis in a statement.In their continued commitment to the rhinos, the Shamwari hospitality group has produced a Celebrity Ambassador Rhino Calendar to help raise awareness for the plight of the rhinos, as well as much needed funds.The calendar was launched on 21 September in Camps Bay, Cape Town, and also has the support of the Wilderness Foundation and conservation veteran Dr Ian Player.“Since launching the calendar and celebrating World Rhino Day, 10 more rhinos have been slaughtered and time is running out for this living dinosaur,” says Tom Jäger, Shamwari’s group sales and marketing manager.Celebrities join the frontline Celebrities such as South African model Josie Borain, former Miss South Africa Bernelee Daniell, Glamour Magazine editor Pnina Fenster, television personality Katlego Maboe, comedian Irit Noble and Zimbabwean model Sam Pegg offered their time to the creation of the calendar.The photo shoot took place at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve outside Cape Town by renowned photographer Andrew Brown, who also donated his time to the cause.The calendars will at first be available for purchase at the Shamwari properties of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve near Cape Town, Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape and Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park.The cost of the calendar is R150 ($17), and all proceeds will go to the Wilderness Foundation through the Shamwari Group’s Forever Wild Campaign, which has already during the course of 2012 raised just over R240 000 ($28 000) for rhino awareness and protection.“If we all stand together and create a unified response whilst educating this generation and future generations, including the poachers, this slaughter will come to an end,” said Shamwari GM Joe Cloete, in a statement.“We are proud to have created the calendar and to be able to also give guests an opportunity to spread the word and support the Wilderness Foundation in all their endeavours.”A perpetual reminderThe calendar is everlasting, making it reusable every year as it is not restricted to the day or month. Each month presents a different photo of a celebrity ambassador, and Shamwari game rangers, wildlife and properties alongside a relevant quote.As many of us spend most of our lives behind a desk, the Shamwari team thought a perpetual calendar would be practical, informative and useful.“During a brainstorm session about how we could help even more with the critical situation facing rhinos, we knew we wanted to do something that would not only raise awareness and funds regarding the plight of the rhino but something that could be an everyday reminder,” says Jäger.A selection of Shamwari photos were taken by IKY’s Photographic.The sponsors for this initiative include Camera Ready, Black Orchid, The Paper Shop, Paper Smith and Sons, the Sunshine Co, Grand Café and Room in Camps Bay and the Wilderness Foundation.
Porsche Cayenne Diesel Platinum Luxury sports car manufacturer Porsche has come up with a special edition of its powerful Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) Cayenne. Called as the Porsche Cayenne Diesel Platinum Edition, it is priced at Rs 86.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The luxury SUV gets cosmetic changes on the outside and a few additions to equipment.The special edition Cayenne gets an exclusive Carrara White paint shade and is fitted with huge 19-inch Cayenne Design II wheels. Centre and side air intake grilles, rear spoiler lip, the side window strip and lower tailgate strip are all painted in Platinum Silver. Other colour options include Jet Black, Grey and Mahogany.From the inside, Cayenne Diesel Platinum Edition gets a Sport Design steering wheel with paddle shifters and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system for in-car infotainment. Incidentally, the PCM also incorporates a navigation module.The vehicle’s upholstery gets two-tone partial leather material and a black-beige shade. Headrests come with Porsche badging and Platinum Edition badging can be observed on the steel front door entry guards and floor mats.No mechanical changes have been made to this SUV. It is powered by the same 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel engine, producing 245bhp which currently powers the Cayenne diesel.
Delhi Daredevils chief coach Rahul Dravid defended the team management’s decision to appoint Karun Nair as stand-in captain when the Karnataka batsman himself is going through a wretched form in this edition of Indian Premier League.Daredevils lost their sixth game of the tournament and the batting was a disaster getting all-out for 67. Nair himself is having a nightmare of an IPL scoring 89 in 8 matches so far.Asked how Nair was appointed in place of injured Zaheer Khan, the former India captain said that his form had nothing to do with his captaincy.”We decided pretty early on in the tournament that if Zaheer Khan gets injured, Karun would be the person, who will take over the captaincy. Obviously, last year’s vice-captain JP (Duminy) and Quinton de Kock wasn’t here as well,” Dravid reasoned.He defended appointment of an out-of-form player.”Look, it happens when you are out-of-form, whether you are a captain or you are a vice captain, that’s not a reflection on his captaincy. He has led junior teams and led quite well. There is nothing much he can do if there are not good enough runs on the board. Obviously, he and we would like him to score a few more runs,” he said.He had no option but to admit that Daredevils have gone off-track.”It is very disappointing, just to think there is not much to say when you get out for 67 and they chase it without loss. Nothing much to say except the fact that we were pretty disappointing today (Sunday) in our execution and our batting just was not up to mark.”advertisementHe tried to put up a brave face that Daredevils will make a comeback but it seemed far from convincing.”We can only go up from here. Look, we are better than what we showed today.” he said.Dravid said there have been times when they played some pretty good cricket.”We lost some close games which were relatively close. But the last couple of times, I think, we did not play well. Even in Kolkata, I thought first 15 overs of our batting was good and then we lost in the last five overs,” said Dravid.”And then, of course, we were really very poor and we didn’t bat intelligently on that kind of wicket. We didn’t assess the conditions well enough and didn’t give ourselves a chance,” he pointed out.Dravid said that aim will be not to think too far ahead like winning six on trot.”We should not try and think too far ahead, just focus on our next game and put up much better performance. I think our fans and our franchise deserves better than what we did.”Asked is maintaining consistency in T20 difficult, Dravid, said, “Yeah, I think once you are in good form and you get on a bit of a roll, in this T20 competition, especially with games coming so quickly and back-to-back.”Hopefully, we can go to Delhi and turn it around. There is not a lot of time to practice between these games, we literally travel, play the next day, so there is not lot of time to practice and sort of get your groove back.”
Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, says the message of National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey, is one of liberation that brought dignity and upliftment to oppressed people around the world.He was speaking at the first annual Marcus Garvey Pan-Africanism Presentation at the Willesden Green Library in North London to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the National Hero’s birth.The event, held on August 17, was organised by the Friends of Marcus Garvey Bust Collective.Mr. Ramocan said Mr. Garvey, Jamaica’s first National Hero, was among some of the most prominent and important freedom fighters emerging in the Caribbean and globally.Others, he said, included Jamaica’s sole National Heroine, Nanny of the Maroons; and Maroon Leader, Boukman, who influenced the Haitian Revolution.“It is in this tradition that Garvey walks. Garvey was not just Jamaican, he was global. It was the gospel of Marcus Mosiah Garvey that brought liberation to many people in Jamaica and around the world. The work of Marcus Garvey goes beyond the African people to the peoples of the world. It’s a message that needs to be told,” he said.Mr. Ramocan noted that the late United States (US) civil rights leader, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., also acknowledged Mr. Garvey’s pivotal input in the US civil rights movement.The High Commissioner also underscored that reggae music helped to promote the works and teachings of Marcus Garvey globally.The Marcus Garvey Pan-Africanism Presentation also included presentations from the Deputy High Commissioner for Ghana, Rita Tani Iddi, who highlighted Mr.Garvey’s influence on her country’s independence movement and the need for the engendering of racial and social equality and justice across the world.Historian, Everol Wilson, provided a synopsis of the publication, ‘Reframing Marcus Garvey’, while founder of the Friends of Marcus Garvey Bust Collective, Kwaku, hosted a screening of the production, ‘Highlighting Marcus Garvey, UNIA and Garveyism through Film’.The event was attended by members of the Friends of Marcus Garvey Bust Collective, staff and members of the Willesden Green Library and members of the local community.
LONDON – Visa says a problem that left people across Europe unable to use their cards was caused by a hardware fault, not a cyberattack.The card payments company says services are back to normal and its systems are working at “full capacity” on Saturday.It says the problem was caused by “a hardware failure within one of our European systems” and wasn’t the result of “unauthorized access.”Consumers in Britain, Ireland and other European countries reported having credit and debit card payments declined on Friday, and many businesses said they couldn’t process Visa transactions.The bank HSBC said Friday that the “industry-wide issue” affected Visa payments, though ATM machines were still working.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training was at the Fort St. John Hospital on Friday to announce that a Nursing Degree Program will be coming to Northeast B.C.According to the Government, this program will ensure more patients in the region can access care that will improve their quality of life, while students can pursue health-care education and training closer to home.Education Minister, Melanie Mark, says students have been advocating for a nursing program for years and that this new program is a result of the efforts made by local stakeholders. “For years, students in the northeast of the province have been advocating for the education and training to pursue a career in registered nursing closer to home. We know that people are more likely to stay and work in the communities where they get their education and training. The new nursing degree program is the result of strong partnerships and engagement with local stakeholders. Our government is proud to invest in the next generation of healers and health-care professionals.”The first class of 16 student spaces, to be operated out of Northern Lights College in Fort St. John, is expected to be in operation by September 2020.Total Provincial funding for this new program is $1.1 million.The full announcement can be seen here:
New Delhi: In a meeting of the Steering Committee on child labour, proper coordination among the stakeholders was sought for curbing the menace. Sources told Millennium Post that a meeting held in March was chaired by Divisional Commissioner where members from different government departments, Delhi Police, State Bhawans, NGOs were present.In the start of the meeting, the chair expressed his displeasure on account of non-attendance by some members/departments and the level of participation from some departments. The Divisional Commissioner said that officers of appropriate seniority who are well conversant with the subject of the concerned departments should attend the meeting. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSources further added that the chairperson reiterated that in order to have proper and effective coordination for the purpose of surveillance child labour rescue operations, there should be proper coordination between District Labour Department and District Magistrate of Revenue Department. “After discussion, it was agreed that any information pertaining to child labour may be reported by district labour inspector to concerned SDM on a weekly basis,” sources said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSources said, “If no cases of child labour have been detected in a week, they should submit nil report in this regard, for which they shall be held accountable. Deputy Labour Commissioners will compile the reports and brief the District Magistrates on a fortnightly basis.” In the meeting, the representative from Delhi Police was asked to furnish the data in respect number of FIRs registered and the number of charge sheets filed. In the meeting, the representative from a government department informed in the meeting that the majority of rescued child labour are repatriated to the native states from where they are further sent to nearest children home to that state and thereafter are restored to their parents. It was agreed that such data should be shared by CWC with local DM of the concerned state in order to ensure proper rehabilitation amount reached to the family of child labour.
New Delhi: Nearly 1,200 officers of Indian Police Service (IPS) have come under the scanner of the Home Ministry for non-performance, an official said Thursday.The ministry has reviewed service records of a total of 1,181 IPS officers in the past three years to check deadwood from the government, he said, adding the numbers of officers under the lens could go up as such a review is a continuous process. The review of service records was carried out under Rule 16 (3) of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits ) Rules, 1958 during 2016 and 2018 to check non-performers, the official said. The rule says that the central government in consultation with the state government concerned may ask an IAS officer to retire in public interest by giving at least three months previous notice in writing or three months’ pay and allowances in lieu of such notice. Of the total of 1,181 IPS officers, ten of them were recommended for premature retirement from the service in public interest, he said, without disclosing the names of the officers concerned. As many as 3,972 IPS officers are working across the country against their total sanctioned strength of 4,940, according to a Home Ministry data. The Modi government has started the policy of reviewing the service record of the IPS officers to check deadwood from the service, the official said. However, no review of the officers’ service record was undertaken during 2014 and 2015, he said. “The periodical review help the government in assessing performers and checking non-performers. Based on this review, performers are encouraged and non-performers are asked either to improve or face expulsion from the service in public interest,” the official said. The Centre has also reviewed service records of 1,143 IAS officers from 2015 to 2018 and recommended premature retirement to four officers found lacking, the official said.
OSU sophomore forward Marcus McCrary (19) dribbles the ball in a game against University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Sept. 4 in Baltimore. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsEntering FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet in front of a large crowd of 3,889 fans, the Ohio State men’s soccer team ended its four-game losing streak in a thrilling game.OSU (1-4-1) and No. 11 Akron (4-1-1) battled each other from start to finish, resulting in the game going double overtime that stood as a 3-3 tie.OSU junior defender and co-captain Tyler Kidwell had the first opportunity of the game to put the Buckeyes on the board. However, his shot was blocked by Akron junior goalkeeper Jake Fenlason..Redshirt senior forward Kenny Cunningham was the second Buckeye to register an attempt on goal, but his shot hit off the bar, allowing Akron to clear the way to try and get a point on the board.Akron registered its first shot in the eighth minute of the game when junior forward Sean Sepe chested a shot into goal, giving the Zips a 1-0 lead over the Buckeyes.The Buckeyes did not give up, though, as they continued to try and equalize the match.OSU earned a third corner in the 10th minute of the first half, but a whistle was blown for a foul against the Buckeyes, denying it the chance for the corner kick.In the 30th minute, Akron went for another goal, but OSU senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer grabbed a big save as he stopped the ball with his knees, keeping the score at a 1-0 deficit.As the half continued on, senior midfielder and co-captain Zach Mason was fouled on a shot attempt and a yellow card was given to the Zips in the 43rd minute.Senior defender and co-captain Liam Doyle attempted a shot to the near post late in the half, but Fenlason made another save.The Buckeyes trailed the Zips 1-0 at the end of the first half. However, things would turn around in their favor during the second half.In the 48th minute of the game, junior forward Danny Jensen collected a loose ball in front of the net and punched it in, giving the Buckeyes their first goal, which leveled the match. Jensen’s goal was his first goal of the season.Both teams were now neck-and-neck, and neither was giving up without a fight.Assisted by junior forward Yaw Amankwa, senior midfielder Kyle Culbertson scored the Buckeyes’ second point of the game in the 55th minute to put OSU up 2-1 against Akron.Down by one point, Akron redshirt freshman Tyler Sanda scored the team’s second goal in the 68th minute, tying the game at 2-all with 20 minutes to go in regulation.The Buckeyes seemed to not be phased by Akron’s point, because within the next minute another goal was scored by freshman midfielder Abdi Mohamed, putting another Scarlet and Gray point on the board and giving OSU the lead. Mohamed’s score was his first career goal.OSU might have been up a point, but the Zips were not giving up.Akron sophomore midfielder Adam Najem scored another goal off a header to tie the game at 3-all in the 76th minute.With only about 14 minutes left in regulation, the battle continued amongst both teams, but neither team could find the back of the net, forcing the game to go into overtime.Sophomore forward Marcus McCrary had the best chance in overtime to give the Buckeyes a lead. However, Fenlason saved his shot from eight yards out in the 91st minute.Jensen had the next best opportunity, but Fenlason also saved his shot moments later.Both teams went back and forth, but neither could execute, sending the game into double overtime, which then resulted in a final score of 3-3.Froschauer had a season high of six saves during the game. He now sits at 1-4-1 on the year.Overall, the Buckeyes gathered a game-high eight shots on goal.The Buckeyes are scheduled to host their first conference opener of the season against No. 13 Penn State at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.