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first_imgPune, Rajkot get nod NEW DELHI, India (AP): The western cities of Pune and Rajkot will provide the franchises to fill in for the suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League over the next two years. The Board of Control for Cricket in India said the new teams will be temporary replacements after the Super Kings and Royals were suspended this year by a Supreme Court-appointed committee over corruption and spot-fixing. New Rising Consortium-owned Pune and mobile phone manufacturer Intex-owned Rajkot were selected in a reverse-bidding process in which bidders were asked to discount their annual revenue share of US$6 million. New Rising gave up that revenue entirely and also committed to pay US$2.4 million per year to the BCCI. Intex will pay US$1.5 million per year. McCullum stands by evidence DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP): New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum says he stands by the evidence he gave at the perjury trial of former teammate Chris Cairns, although Cairns’ acquittal has raised questions over whether he was believed by a jury in London. McCullum was the prosecution’s leading witness in the trial of Cairns, the former New Zealand allrounder who was alleged to have lied in a libel action against Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi, who accused him of involvement in match-fixing. In evidence, McCullum said he was approached by Cairns in 2008 and encouraged to become involved in match-fixing. Cairns’ legal team sought to discredit McCullum’s evidence by pointing out he took three years to report the alleged approach, then changed elements of his story on later occasions. On the eve New Zealand’s first Test against Sri Lanka in Dunedin, McCullum faced the media yesterday for the first time since Cairns’ acquittal. Few questions at the conference related to the Test match; instead, McCullum was quizzed on his evidence and the fallout from the Cairns trial. Swansea sack Monk SWANSEA, Wales (AP): Swansea has fired manager Garry Monk after nearly two years in charge, following a dip in form that has seen the team win just one of their last eleven Premier League games. Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins says he made the decision because of “a drop of performance levels and run of results over the last three months.” Jenkins says “when you take into account the excellent campaign we had last season when we broke all club records in the Premier League, nobody foresaw the position we would be in at this moment in time.” Monk was with the club for more than 11 years, first as a defender and then manager since February 2014 when he replaced Michael Laudrup. Barcelona aiming for third Club World Cup title TOKYO, Japan (AP): Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez spearhead Barcelona’s attempt to win a third Club World Cup title when the European champions arrive in Japan next week. Luis Enrique’s squad will play their first game on December 17 in Yokohama, just five days after hosting Deportivo La Coruna in the Spanish league. The tournament begins on Thursday in Yokohama. Barcelona and Copa Libertadores winners River Plate are favourites to reach the December 20 final. Barcelona won the tournament in 2009 and 2011 and the Spanish league leaders are clear favourites to continue Europe’s domination. The tournament, which features the top clubs from FIFA’s six continental confederations plus the champion of the host country, returns to Japan for the first time since 2012. It was hosted in Morocco the previous two years.last_img read more

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first_imgGary McDaid has been returned unopposed as the Glenswilly Senior team manager.The secondary schoolteacher was elected at last night’s AGM of the county champions at Foxhall.In his comprehensive address to the club, McDaid admitted that when he sat down last January, he knew his team were well behind the top half dozen teams in the county. But with hard graft and the commitment of the players and the backroom team, Glenswilly beat Killybegs to win the Dr Maguire Cup.But despite reaching the Ulster Club Final, McDaid admitted that he still thinks they could have beaten Ballinderry.“It still hurts us a lot as a group as we had opportunities in the game but didn’t make the most of them and felt we more than matched and had the beating of this mighty Ballinderry team.“We often think of “what could have been,” he said. At last night’s AGM, Mick Murphy was also returned as club chairman for a second year.McDAID RETURNED UNOPPOSED AS GLENSWILLY MANAGER was last modified: January 12th, 2014 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:Gary McDaidGLenswilly managerlast_img read more


US govt contract for SA medical isotopes

first_img5 November 2010The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation and its subsidiary, NTP Radioisotopes, have won a US$25-million (about R169.4-million) United States government contract to develop technology for commercial production of the medical isotope molybdenum-99 using “proliferation-resistant” low enriched uranium.Necsa will collaborate on the project with the Australian National Nuclear Research and Development Organisation (Ansto).The awarding of the contract recognised the fact that South Africa had “successfully implemented the world’s first large-scale, all-low enriched uranium production of this critical medical isotope,” Necsa said in a statement this week.Move away from highly enriched uraniumThe award, from the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), comes amid an international shortage of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), as well as US-led drive to minimize the use of highly enriched uranium, which can be used in nuclear weapons.“NNSA’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative works with our partners around the world to minimise the use of highly enriched uranium in civilian nuclear applications,” the NNSA’s Ken Baker said in a statement last week.Molybdenum-99 is a radio isotope produced during nuclear fission. Its “daughter radio isotope”, technetium-99m, is used in numerous medical procedures.World’s leading producer of medical radio isotopesBusiness Day writer Tamar Kahn said this week that the deal would give impetus to Necsa’s shift to industrial applications of low-enriched uranium.CEO Rob Adam told Business Day that Necsa was already the world’s leading producer of medical radio isotopes, exporting to 55 countries.Necsa’s Safari reactor is the world’s biggest producer of Mo-99, Adam said, although most of it is still derived from high-enriched uranium, while that derived from low-enriched uranium was currently about 20% more expensive to produce.The contract would enable Necsa, in partnership with Ansto, to improve the technology and lower costs, Adam told Business Day.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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The buzz on Endangered Species Act reform

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Shiloh Perry, communications assistant at the American Farm Bureau FederationDuring the final weeks of the Obama administration, the Fish and Wildlife Service listed the rusty patched bumblebee as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. While the FWS claims the listing will help protect the bee species, what does the first-ever addition of a bee species in the continental U.S. to the endangered species list mean?It means that the rusty patched bumblebee, an important pollinator for American agriculture, has been added to a list of 1,652 domestic species which are protected under the ESA. This list has been added to since the ESA was enacted in 1973. However, fewer than 2% of species have been removed from the list during the 44-year life of the law.Now more than ever, it is time to reform the ESA to protect and ultimately recover threatened and endangered species. Reform is necessary because there are clear shortcomings associated with the upkeep and recovery rate of listed species.Congress intended for the ESA to protect species from extinction. However, the law fails to accomplish this, instead it prioritizes species listings over actual recovery and habitat conservation. It also fails to provide adequate incentives for working lands species conservation. Further, the law imposes far-reaching regulatory burdens which greatly restrict agriculture’s ability to produce food, fuel and fiber for consumers here at home and around the world.Conservation is extremely important to America’s farmers and ranchers. Modern farming technologies reflect this, as does agriculture’s involvement in volunteer conservation efforts at the state and local levels. Farmers and ranchers consider it their personal responsibility to be stewards of the land.While agriculture greatly values conservation, the ESA creates many challenges for farmers and ranchers and often limits agriculture production. Many farms and ranches used for crop production and raising livestock contain habitat which sustains wildlife, including threatened and endangered species. Land is typically a farmer’s largest business asset; most do everything possible to sustain its longevity. However, farmers are often restricted from fully utilizing their land due to the ESA’s strict regulations when endangered species or critical habitat are present. These regulations affect not only farmers’ occupations and ability to stay profitable, but families and homesteads as well. Working in agriculture is often more than an occupation; it is a lifestyle and frequently a family endeavor. The increased regulatory burden of the ESA negatively affects rural quality of life and jeopardizes the overall agriculture economy.Another primary cause of ESA-related conflicts is the law’s litigation-driven model. The statute allows special interest groups to sue anyone believed to be in violation of the act. Too often radical environmental activists target citizens, frequently farmers and ranchers, who practice positive conservation efforts. Resulting legal costs disrupt the rural economy, are burdensome to taxpayers and provide no resources for active species conservation and recovery efforts.Challenges associated with the ESA need to be fixed in order to truly protect species threatened by extinction. Reform should include a focus on species recovery and habitat conservation that respects landowners and prioritizes basic human needs over those of endangered species. Coordination with state wildlife agencies to leverage private, incentive-based conservation efforts can better achieve long-term conservation goals. The protection of private property rights, the economic impact of recovering endangered species and the costs of designating critical habitat must be considered.ESA reform is paramount not only for the true preservation of threatened and endangered species, but for the continued ability of American agriculture to provide basic human needs for all people. It is time for federal lawmakers and regulators to come together with states, local governments, landowners and the regulated community to find common sense solutions to improve the Endangered Species Act.last_img read more

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