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Compiled by Melissa JavanNational Marine Month, which begins on 1 October, promotes awareness of South Africa’s marine and coastal environments, as well as of the benefits that our oceans bring to our nation.South Africa is nestled between two currents, and two oceans:The warm Agulhas Current, with rich ocean biodiversity, but not large fish stocks; andThe cold Benguela Current, which supports large fisheries such as those focused on the small pelagic (anchovy and sardine) and the demersal (hake) stocks.The Indian Ocean, on the east side of the country, is warmed by the Mozambique or Agulhas Current, which flows down from the tropics, while the Atlantic Ocean, on the west coast, is cooled by the icy Benguela Current, which comes up from the Antarctic. The Agulhas and the Benguela currents, in addition to the cold southern oceans, are key drivers of South African climate and rainfall conditions. (Image: Wikipedia)Learn more here about where the two oceans meet.Learn more here about South Africa’s geography.Photos that are copyright Media Club South Africa and Brand South Africa may be used free of charge for editorial purposes, on condition that Media Club South Africa and Brand South Africa are credited.Reasons why you should care about our oceans The world’s oceans generate most of the oxygen we breathe. (Image: Brand South Africa) The ocean regulates our climate. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica) The ocean is the producer of moisture to the atmosphere, which leads to rain. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica) Rain, which is mainly produced by the ocean, plays a vital role in agriculture. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica) The ocean cleans the water we drink. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica) Global trade is dominated by sea transport. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica) The ocean boosts tourism and has a positive impact on the economy. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica) The ocean offers us a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica) The ocean helps to feed us; it also creates skills development opportunities and employment. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica)Initiatives that involve the oceanLearn more here about the government’s Operation Phakisa initiative.Find out more here about the government’s water programmes that create job opportunities.Read more here about how the ocean plays a role in tackling the energy crisis.This article was originally posted on the South African Government website.
For Buyers, Finish Materials Still Trump Energy PerformancePORTLAND, OR — Portland, Oregon, has a reputation as a hotbed for green construction. But according to a Portland developer, few home buyers care about green features.A recent article in The Oregonian tells the story of developers Emilia Sibley and Thomas Hand, who built a 1,900-square-foot Earth Advantage home last year at 6505 Northeast 8th Avenue in Portland. The 4-bedroom home has many green features, including spray-foam insulation and dual-flush toilets. After the house languished on the market for months, Sibley and Hand lowered their asking price by about $21,000.Although it’s no surprise that home buyers aren’t flocking to developers’ lots during the current housing slump, many green builders hoped that energy-efficiency features might help attract buyers. According to Sibley, however, the tactic isn’t working in Portland.“In such a green-minded city, Sibley thought, they wouldn’t have any trouble selling a house loaded with sustainable features,” The Oregonian reported. “Sibley’s Earth Advantage certified house boasts Energy Star windows and appliances, advanced insulation and air sealing, a hot water heat-exchange system, and low-flow water fixtures among other things. Estimated heating bills are about $50 a month. … Sibley, who works as a project coordinator for Portland Energy Conservation Inc., said she was surprised to learn that most potential buyers were far more interested in the home’s layout and finishes than its energy-efficient features. ‘I explain all the green stuff, but I think we need another five years for people to really get it,’ she said. ‘It’s disappointing for sure.’ ”
Farmers and cattle traders in Punjab, who are yet to recover from the losses caused by the Central government’s demonetisation decision, are fearing yet another period of distress following the new rules on prevention of cruelty to animals framed by the Centre.At the Khanna cattle market (mandi), about 70km from the State capital Chandigarh, the anxiety of losing business is palpable among farmers, traders and cattle rearers, who strongly believe that if the new rules are implemented they will hit the farmers, while the traders would suffer eventually.“Cattle trade is already down by nearly 30% since the notification of new rule has come out. Last year, we had taken the annual tender for trading cattle across Punjab at Rs.51.57 crore, which will end this month. The new tenders have been invited, but with the business falling we are seriously thinking of opting out,” Amarjit Singh, a senior partner at the Rajpura Cattle Fair Traders, which manages the cattle trade business at nearly 62 big and small (mandis) markets in the State, told The Hindu.Drop in business“Today (June 15), nearly 2,200 buffaloes and cows have been brought to the mandi while during last two-three months the average figure was between 2,800 and 3,000. This itself is indicative of the drop in business,” he says, adding that many farmers and dairymen, especially those involved in inter-State cattle trade, are reluctant to continue with their business because of the growing number of vigilante groups.Delhi-based Raj Kumar, who has been in the dairy business for over 30 years, said travelling with cattle in a truck has become a risky affair these days. “Earlier I used to travel in the truck with the cattle, but now a days it’s only the driver who transports them (cattle). The so called “vigilante groups” misbehaved with me recently, when I was on my way to Delhi from Jaipur,” he said. “Since then I travel separately,” he added.Still unawareIn cattle trade for over four decades, Ikhlaq, hailing from Shamasabad in Agra, is unaware of the new cattle rules. “I don’t know anything about the new rules. I have hardly faced any problems in this business all these years, but for the harassment at the hands of the police at times,” he said as he loaded the nine buffaloes he bought from the mandi onto a truck.Punjab, one of the country’s leading States in cattle breeding and trade, has a flourishing Rs.2500 crore dairy business, according to the State government data.Manmohan Singh, a partner at Rajpura Cattle Fair Traders, said dairy farming is a big business in Punjab and it cannot be allowed to suffer as a result of the new rules.“The new rules would prove disastrous for farmers, who are already reeling under severe crisis as a result of the huge debt burden. The State government should, in fact, come to the rescue of farmers and traders. This year’s tender for managing cattle trading should be put on halt till the issue is resolved,” he added.The Ministry of Environment had on May 23 issued a notification pertaining to new rules on ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017’, under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.Prashant Govind, a farmer from Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar village, has already started to prepare himself for the new rules. “What can we do if the government will implement this decision? We will have to follow.” “I have been selling cattle in case of urgent need of money. If I am not able to sell it in future then it will only add to my distress,” he added.Sandeep Kumar, another trader, said that new rules such as making it compulsory for a person to possess farm land in order to buy and sell cattle would adversely hit the business. “There are so many landless farmers who are involved in dairy farming. Where will they go? They will be doomed,” he said.Ashok Kumar of Delhi-based Goyla Dairy, who returned empty-handed on Thursday, cited less number of cattle at the mandi as the reason for “no-deal”.
While he’s glad that his players will be in familiar territory, the PBA legend turned mentor is also wary that the same scenario could throw off the players and make them overconfident.That’s why he’s quick to remind his Chiefs to maximize that advantage when they host the San Sebastian Stags at 4 p.m. Thursday at Arellano Gym in Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It helps to have home court advantage because we’re familiar with the gym and we have to utilize that,” said Codiñera, whose Chiefs prevailed over the Mapua Cardinals, 91-82, last Saturday.“But we shouldn’t bank on our home court alone. We have to outwork them too because we know what San Sebastian is capable of especially after watching them give San Beda problems.” Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena The Stags pushed the Red Lions to the limit before fading down the stretch in a 76-67 loss last Saturday.But there were plenty of encouraging signs for coach Egay Macaraya as Michael Calisaan, RK Ilagan and Enzo Navarro worked well together for large parts of the game, giving the Stags a boost on both ends of the floor.Still, their efforts were not enough to lift the Stags, who got outrebounded, 54-32, by the Lions.“The character of the players is there,” said Macaraya. “We don’t have the tallest of players but the energy and effort is there. We’re going to get better as the season goes on.”The Stags will have to deal with fleet-footed guard Kent Salado, who led the Chiefs with 24 points against the Cardinals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Blu Girls turn back hosts in Canada Cup “We can’t take them (Stags) for granted,” said Salado.The San Sebastian Staglets and the Junior Chiefs meet in the first game at 2 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Arellano U coach Jerry Codiñera feels having home court advantage under the new format of NCAA Season 93 could be a double-edged sword.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View comments
South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher has been forced to retire from international cricket because of an eye injury.In a statement read out by South Africa captain Graeme Smith on Tuesday, Boucher said the severity of the injury he suffered in a tour game against Somerset had ended his Test career.Boucher, who no longer plays international limited-overs cricket, would have reached 150 Test appearances in the three-match series against England that was also expected to be his farewell tour.Boucher sustained a ruptured left eyeball when he was struck by a bail standing up to the stumps to legspinner Imran Tahir on Monday.He underwent surgery for nearly three hours to repair the damage, but Cricket South Africa (CAS) said the long-term prognosis for Boucher was “unclear.”
Arsenal 3 Cologne 1: Sanchez opens season account after kick-off delay Nicholas McGee Last updated 2 years ago 06:00 15/9/2017 Getty Images Talisman Alexis Sanchez helped Arsenal come from behind to beat Cologne 3-1 in a Europa League game delayed due to crowd congestion. Alexis Sanchez put his off-field problems aside to help Arsenal kick off their Europa League Group H campaign with a 3-1 over Cologne following a one-hour delay due to crowd congestion.Sanchez has cut a frustrated figure this season having seen a reported move to Manchester City fall through, but his moment of quality proved decisive on a bizarre Thursday night at the Emirates Stadium.The game began amid swirling controversy, having been put back 60 minutes after a reported 20,000 Cologne fans descended on London despite only 3,000 tickets being available. It appeared several were also in the Arsenal end, and they were quickly sent into raptures when Jhon Cordoba opened the scoring with a stunning 40-yard strike after nine minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing A lifeless atmosphere among the home contingent, depleted in numbers presumably because some fans opted to return home, was invigorated after the break as substitute Sead Kolasinac levelled.And Arsenal ultimately condemned Cologne to defeat in their first European outing for 25 years thanks to Sanchez and Hector Bellerin’s first goal of the campaign.Job done #AFCvCOL pic.twitter.com/1ahzS6NV5v— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 14, 2017Any concerns the game may not go ahead would have been justified at one stage, with riot police inside and outside the stadium following the decision to delay kick-off. But Arsenal suggested they were “comfortable” with the situation despite incidents of crowd trouble and the contest finally got under way at the revised time of 21:05pm BST. Within 10 minutes, the hosts were anything but comfortable. A hopeful long ball from Lukas Klunter had David Ospina racing from his line, but the Arsenal goalkeeper could only clear as far as Leonardo Bittencourt. The midfielder made a hash of an attempt to control and the ball fell to Cordoba – who unleashed a stunning strike that flew over the back-pedalling Ospina and found the net. The hosts had actually been on top prior to that intervention, a pattern that continued after the goal as Olivier Giroud twice went close.Arsene Wenger introduced Kolasinac at half-time and the move paid immediate dividends as he hammered Arsenal level.Theo Walcott got in behind the defence and, after his attempted pass deflected off Klunter and into the air, the left-back was on hand to unleash an unstoppable volley.@seadk6 had only been on the pitch for 223 seconds when he volleyed us level#AFCvCOL 1-1 pic.twitter.com/jxFF1GFsYS— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 14, 2017Arsenal should have taken the lead in the 64th minute, but Ainsley Maitland-Niles was denied by the hand of Timo Horn when trying to round the keeper.He could do nothing soon after, though, as Sanchez cut in from the left wing and gradually worked an opening to unfurl a wonderful curler into the corner from 20 yards.The visitors responded well, with Cordoba offering a reminder of his threat when forcing Ospina into action.But, after Sanchez went close again, Arsenal wrapped up the points when Bellerin slid home on the rebound after Walcott’s effort was saved. Key Opta stats: – This was Arsenal’s first European match outside of the Champions League (incl. qualifiers) for the first time since May 2000 – 17 years and 120 days ago.- Arsene Wenger has now registered a win over 57 different clubs during his tenure as Arsenal manager (from 64 different teams faced).- Alexis Sanchez scored his first ever goal in the UEFA Europa League, in what was his 10th appearance in the competition (9 for Udinese, 1 for Arsenal).- Sead Kolasinac has now had a hand in four goals (two goals, two assists) in five appearances for Arsenal (incl. Community Shield).- Kolasinac’s goal was the 200th scored at home in European competition under Arsene Wenger – totals now stand at 125 goals at the Emirates, 69 goals at Highbury & 8 goals at Wembley. read more
Module Four of the Affiliate Management Resource Initiative (AMRI) has been released. The Affiliate Management Resource Initiative is a new initiative created by Touch Football Australia (TFA). The program contains a wide range of resources to assist the affiliate to improve towards implementing ‘best practice’. The program is about improvement and provides an easy to use framework that will help to make continuous improvement a culture. The AMRI has been designed to assist local competitions, clubs and associations of all sizes and locations, evaluate and improve how they run their competitions. Templates and checklists help the affiliate to identify areas of strength and those requiring improvement. Affiliates move through the program at their own pace and the program enables them to pursue the areas that are of interest. The AMRI will comprise of 11 Modules, with each including a wide range of resources. Module Four of the AMRI features the following documents:– Touch Football Australia Membership Registration Procedure– Papers Contents Sheets– Team Registration Form– Participant Declaration Form– Introduction to Online Registrations and Payments– Online Registration Standard Text– Online Team Registration Recommended Fields– Online Individual Registration Recommended Fields– Membership and Participant Application and Declaration– Standard Work Instructions Template– TFA Online Registration and Payments: Reporting– Touch Football Australia SportingPulse websitesModules One, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven and Eight can be found in the ‘Affiliate Secure Login Section’ of the Clubhouse section of the TFA website, and can be located by clicking on the following link: http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=297#c974 To gain access to the Secure Login Section, please click on the link below: https://reg.sportingpulse.com/v5/regoform.cgi?aID=17526&formID=16255 Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming AMRI modules. Related LinksAMRI Module Four
OSU senior forward Marc Loving drives to the basket against Michigan State forward Miles Bridges on Jan. 15 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 72-67. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorOhio State is going to East Lansing, Michigan, with the upper hand as the Buckeyes already have a win under their belt against Michigan State, defeating the Spartans 72-67 on Jan. 15 in Columbus. However, with seeding in the Big Ten tournament and dwindling hopes of reaching the NCAA Tournament on the line, the pressure is palpable approaching the final five games of the Big Ten regular season.OSU has won only two of seven road games in Big Ten play, and junior forward Jae’Sean Tate said it’s tough for opposing teams to win at the Breslin Center.“There is a tough environment out there,” Tate said. “I haven’t won out there before, so just trying to go in there and get the ‘W’ there.”One of the players who might stand in OSU’s way of victory is Michigan State freshman forward Miles Bridges. OSU coach Thad Matta said Bridges’ 24-point, nine-rebound performance against the Buckeyes in January was as impressive of a performance from a freshman he’s seen this year.“He’s tremendous and we have to do a better job of trying to slow him down,” Matta said.Bridges shot 75 percent from the floor and hit 4-of-5 3-point shots, but was the only Spartan in double figures that day. Tate hinted that his plan for defending Bridges will have to change this time around.“I can’t let him get comfortable from the 3 because once he sees a couple go in, then he’s tough to guard,” Tate said. “Just trying to make him as uncomfortable as he can from the perimeter because he has a lot of aspects to his game. Once he gets going, he’s hard to stop.”OSU has had trouble defending the perimeter shot as of late. In the loss to the Terrapins, the Buckeyes allowed 29 attempts behind the 3-point line, with Maryland converting on 41.4 percent of those shots.Offensively, OSU’s scoring leader for the first game against the Spartans, sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle, is returning after having to leave the team due to a family emergency. Lyle shot 66.7 percent from the field and led the team with 22 points in the five-point win. Matta said Lyle and the rest of the OSU offense is going to have to face a very stout defensive team.“Michigan State, I think, is as good as anyone in the Big Ten defensively,” Matta said. “They are going to make you earn everything that you get in the game tomorrow night. They are going to have a tremendous push in transition. They are trying to score as quick as they can. If it’s not there, they are going to execute one, or sometimes two sets in a possession.”In the Spartans’ last game, a 77-66 win over Iowa, Michigan State held the Hawkeyes to shoot only 32.8 percent from the field, converting only four 3-pointers on 21 attempts. Size was a big factor in the win as well, with Bridges and redshirt sophomore forward Kenny Goins combining for 21 of the Spartans’ 46 rebounds.With only five games left before the Big Ten tournament, OSU has a limited amount of time to boost its resume to be in consideration for the NCAA Tournament. Tate said this team is feeling the pressure going into the end of the season.“There is no margin for error,” he said. “We just have to go in these last five or six games like there is no margin. We have to win these ones.”Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan.
Pep Guardiola insisted that he has to be grateful to every single member of Manchester City as they all had a huge impact on their team winning the Premier League title this season.The Spaniard admitted that he wouldn’t be able to achieve such a thing without the support of the whole club and as the players returned to the training after their free days for celebrations, he expressed it.The former Barcelona coach spoke about this title-winning season as he said, according to France 24:Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“In the end, what we have done is to be better than 19 other teams, nothing else. But what you have done – all the people here, you deserve all my respect.”“Always it will remain in my heart until the last day of my life, I am pretty sure of that. What I felt this season is something amazing.”“You can lose one game, two games – but to be nine months, 10 months, every single day… that is the most outstanding thing an athlete can show in their lives and the people who surround them.”
Italy captain Giorgio Chiellini admits that he considered retiring from international duty, despite being just four games shy reaching 100 senior capsThe 34-year-old defender is one of several veterans that have remained at the Azzurri following last November’s World Cup play-off defeat to Sweden.Italy will play their first competitive game today against Poland under new manager Roberto Mancini in the UEFA Nations League.The 53-year-old has called up new rising young stars for Italy and feels that the Nations League provides his youngsters with an opportunity to prove themselves.Now Chiellini is excited to team up with this new crop of young talent and hopes this marks the start of a new beginning for Italy.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I did consider a few things and discussed it with my friends,” said Chiellini, according to SportsKeeda.“I wasn’t sure if I would return, but the enthusiasm the youngsters bring really pushes you on.“During this training camp, there’s been a calm atmosphere, a desire to move forward, to do something new and not look back at the past.“You can’t leave the national team behind. I hope my presence will never be a problem for this squad.”Italy will face Euro 2016 winners Portugal in their second game of the Nations League on Monday.