ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): World number one West Indies will face host nation India, along with Australia, in the warm-up round of the ICC World Twenty20 Championship, which bowls off in March. The ICC recently unveiled the pre-tournament fixtures, showing the Windies matches – both to be played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The match against India will be on March 10, while the contest against the Aussies will be on March 13. No other official fixtures have been listed, leaving these matches key to the team’s preparation for the March 8 to April 3 tournament. West Indies have been drawn in Group One of the Super 10 stage of the T20 World Cup and will play alongside England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and one of the qualifiers from the first round. Group Two will comprise India, New Zealand, Pakistan, and Australia and a qualifier advancing from the first round.
Donegal Action for Cancer Care say they are delighted that Minister for Health Leo Varadkar TD has taken their request for a meeting and indeed their serious concerns on board.Betty Holmes of DACC.The group have repeatedly been in contact with the Minister regarding their ongoing concerns regarding the future of Breast Cancer Services for Donegal patients at Letterkenny Hospital.They say that have had confirmation from his office that the Minister for Health has now arranged for his staff to hold a meeting with key parties including the Dept of Health, The HSE, The Cancer Control Programme, The Saolta University Hospital Group and Letterkenny Hospital next Friday 27th Feb in Dublin. Further to this meeting, DACC representatives will then meet with the Dept of Health for an update from this meeting.“This is good news for us in DACC, we have been working away tirelessly to keep the issue of cancer services for Donegal patients on National agendas. It has been a long few weeks but we would have to acknowledge the support of the Minister when he contacted us last Wednesday evening and also the communication from & with his staff” said Betty Holmes of DACC.“We are hopeful that further to next Fridays meeting in Dublin that a solution can be found where Breast Cancer patients will not be in effect forced to travel to Galway when they can be seen at Letterkenny General Hospital. We remind people that it is 308 KM from Malin Town to Galway University Hospital for a service that is and should be available at Letterkenny Hospital.“Why take patients down this long road when a consultant can travel to the hospital in Letterkenny, it just doesn’t make sense and is not in the best interest of the patients. Again we are asking why we can’t have a second Breast Surgeon at Letterkenny Hospital. Despite our concerns we are very thankful to the Minister for Health for arranging this meeting.” DACC WELCOME HEALTH MINISTER’S SUPPORT FOR BREAST CANCER UNIT was last modified: February 21st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Betty HolmesDACCdonegal
Joe Staley took the stage at the 49ers’ State of the Franchise event Wednesday night so CEO Jed York could break news that was hardly surprising.Staley, a 12-year cornerstone at left tackle, received a two-year extension on a contract that was to expire after this season. Financial terms were not disclosed by the 49ers nor Staley’s agent.“Honestly, Jed, since the moment you guys drafted me in 2007, it’s been my absolute honor to play for this franchise and I wanted nothing more than to …
The Cape Town International ConventionCentre is getting an extensive greenmakeover. (Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClub South Africa. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusThe Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), an award-winning building that has been honoured numerous times for its advanced facilities, is about to undergo a R1.4-billion (US$100-million) expansion – one that will turn it into the greenest building in South Africa.Known as Phase 2, the new extension will boast wind turbines to generate its own electricity, a water treatment system, on-site sorting and recycling of waste, and a growing roof, among other environmentally friendly features. When complete, the new-look CTICC will use 40% less electricity per square metre and 90% less potable water, and will send 25% less waste to landfill than its current version.In order to achieve the reduction in power consumption several techniques will be used, such as daylighting, which refers to the controlled placing of windows, skylights and other transparent structures to admit as much natural light as possible and reduce the need for electric lighting. The new wing will also have its own renewable energy sources in the form of solar and wind power generators.With the water treatment plant as well as the planned recycling of rainwater, collected during Cape Town’s fierce winter season, the CTICC will slash its reliance on piped water by a massive 90%.The larger part of the 30 000m2 extension will be dedicated to environmentally friendly services, while an extra 9 500m2 of exhibition space will augment the existing 11 200m2. To encourage the use of green transport, the building will be incorporated into the city’s cycle routes, while extensive bicycle facilities will be available for staff and visitors.Rashid Toefy, CEO of the CTICC holding company Convenco, said that the new wing will feature some of the most progressive environmentally friendly technologies available. “We expect the new building to set some of the best international standards in sustainable building design and management,” he said. “The future of South Africa’s conference industry will be tied to this country’s ability to reduce its carbon footprint.”In fact, added Toefy, the expansion will not only propel Cape Town into the forefront of sustainable building design and management, but will continue to drive the city’s increasing standing as one of the leading business tourism destinations worldwide.Feasibility and economic impact studies were conducted over six months. The expansion will be built on the site of the old Customs House on the other side of the N2 freeway from the present centre, and will overlook Table Bay. Building is estimated to take three to four years.A valuable contributionIn the five years since its establishment the centre has grown from strength to strength, with conferences booked as far ahead as 2014. The CTICC has already contributed more than R9.5-billion ($1-billion) to the national economy and with the expansion it is expected to contribute a further R21.5-billion ($216-million) by 2013. In 2008 alone, according to economist Barry Standish and economic modeller Antony Boting of Cape Town University’s business school, the contribution to GDP was almost R2.7-billion ($273-million).In terms of job creation CTICC created 3 744 direct jobs in the Western Cape during 2008, with more than 5 300 indirect jobs created nationally. In total some 9 000 people have found employment through the CTICC.The centre has played a big role in the increased allure of Cape Town as a business tourism destination, and has also played host to a number of high-profile music and arts events. Besides the thousands of square metres of exhibition space the CTICC offers two stepped auditoria which seat 1 500 and 620 delegates each, a 2 000m2 grand ballroom which can accommodate up to 1 500 people, a roof terrace meeting room which overlooks Table Mountain, and 33 smaller meeting rooms which can hold from 25 to 330 people each.It also boasts three restaurants, a catering division run by a team of internationally trained chefs, and cutting-edge IT infrastructure. Situated conveniently close to the city centre and a number of major hotels, including the integrated five-star ArabellaSheraton Grand Hotel, there is no shortage of nearby useful facilities for delegates and visitors.As green as can beConstruction of the CTICC’s new wing will be carried out to the requirements set by the Green Building Council of South Africa. As green buildings, or buildings that are energy and resource efficient and environmentally responsible, become increasingly popular, the Council is leading the transformation of the local property industry to ensure that all buildings are designed, built and operated in an environmentally sustainable way for the benefit of all South Africans.Toefy expects the new CTICC to receive six green stars from the Council, which will begin its Green Star SA rating program in December 2008. This is the highest rating achievable.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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24 March 2015Nineteen black rhino were recently released at an undisclosed location in South Africa to create a new breeding population of the critically endangered animals.The animals form the 10th population to be facilitated through WWF South Africa’s Black Rhino Range Expansion Project and were made available through the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency. Growing rhino populations is part of WWF South Africa’s five-point rhino plan.Black rhino are more at risk of extinction than white rhino due to their low numbers. Since the start of the programme in 2003, around 160 black rhino have been relocated to form new breeding populations, and more than 50 calves have been born on project sites.Management plan“We are extremely proud of the agency’s contribution to the conservation of this species,” said Vuyani Dayimani, CEO of Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency. “By doing this the agency is actively contributing to the achievement of the objectives of the national biodiversity management plan for black rhino in South Africa.”One of the key objectives of this plan is to grow the national population as rapidly as possible by harvesting animals from populations that are at or near ecological carrying capacity and using these animals to create new populations. This harvesting stimulates growth in the donor population and also makes animals available for the creation of new populations.“We are really grateful for Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency’s progressive approach to the conservation of black rhino,” said Dr Jacques Flamand, head of the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project.Commitment“It requires a genuine commitment to conservation to entrust others with the care of such a large group of these precious animals; but this is for the greater good of the species. Establishing a new population is extremely exciting for us because this is essentially what the project works towards. To see our efforts come to fruition is very encouraging.”The Black Rhino Range Expansion Project aims to increase the numbers of black rhino by encouraging rapid population growth. It is a vital part of South Africa’s drive to reach a target of 3 000 black rhino. According to Dr Flamand: “South Africa now has significantly more black rhino than there would have been without the project’s intervention.“Founder populations released on to large areas of land have the potential to increase quickly in number. And moving rhinos from our major parks relieves pressure, allowing for more rapid growth both at source and in their new terrain.”SecurityThe Western Black rhino, a subspecies of the black rhino, was officially declared extinct in 2013 after last being seen in 2006.The recent translocation involved WWF and Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency with help from SANParks and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. Six wildlife veterinarians participated in the project that saw darted animals being airlifted by helicopter to a central loading area where they were loaded into crates and prepared for a road trip to their new home.“The project was kept secret for security reasons and one of the highlights of the operation was the manner in which the different state agencies supported and assisted each other to ensure its success,” said Dayimani.As well as focusing on population growth, the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project supports security efforts on major rhino reserves. It is funded by WWF Netherlands and supported by the Ford Wildlife Fund. Founder populations for the project sites have come from game reserves managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency.Source: World Wildlife Fund South Africa
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Generika will have Darlene Ramdin and Croatian Katarina Pilepic, while University of Santo Tomas and Iriga have yet to name their reinforcements. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next SEA Games committee, NSA concerns in POC meet View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Leading the pack for this year’s season-ending conference is two-time champion import Lindsay Stalzer, who will don the Petron jersey this time along with American Hillary Hurley and Japanese libero Yuri Fukuda.Stalzer steered Foton to two championships in the past, and her transfer will add color to the conference.Not to be left behind in the PSL arms race is Foton, which tapped Serbian stars Sara Klisura, Dragana Perunicic and Katarina Vukomanovic in its drive to score a “three-peat.”Cignal established connection with Americans Beth Carey and Alexis Matthews and Japanese libero Mami Miyashita; while Cocolife will rely on Taylor Milton and Tai Manu-Olevao.Sta. Lucia acquired Canadians Marisa Field and Kristen Moncks and Bulgarian Slavina Koleva, while F2 Logistics closed deals with Venezuelan Maria Jose Perez and Kennedy Bryan of the United States.ADVERTISEMENT World-class foreign players will spice things up for the coming Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix starting Oct. 21.ADVERTISEMENT But they come with some world-class salaries, too.PSL president Ramon “Tats” Suzara confirmed that the players coming over will get from $3,000 to $6,000 each for a two-month stint with their respective clubs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Our teams chose from a pool of FIVB-accredited players, and we encouraged them to get the best they can afford,” said Suzara. “The better players they get, the better not only for the team, but for the league itself and Philippine volleyball in general.”Though the salary range still pales in comparison to that in basketball, the pay scale broke the glass roof for the sport considering that PSL clubs can now employ three imports at a time. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.