News24 3 May 2015Giving doctors the right to end a life is dangerous and could lead to a situation in which unscrupulous families arrange the premature deaths of their terminally ill loved ones to cash in on insurance payments.That was Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s reaction to a landmark court ruling in favour of a man who wanted his doctors to be granted permission to help him die.“This judgment has the potential to give rise to fraud and unethical behaviour among doctors,” Motsoaledi said.&amp;lt;a href=”http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/jump?iu=/8900/24.com/Web/News24/SouthAfrica/Articles&amp;amp;sz=600×50&amp;amp;c=1536174622&amp;amp;t=artid%3d31ab3f2b-2a01-4ee9-866b-178b2dbbdc16%26posno%3d1″ target=”_blank”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;img src=”http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/ad?iu=/8900/24.com/Web/News24/SouthAfrica/Articles&amp;amp;sz=600×50&amp;amp;c=1536174622&amp;amp;t=artid%3d31ab3f2b-2a01-4ee9-866b-178b2dbbdc16%26posno%3d1″ border=”0″ alt=””&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;“Very soon we will start hearing stories of families colluding with doctors to end the life of their loved ones because they wanted to cash in on insurance policies. Some people may even start planning their deaths because they know that their policies are maturing.“We can’t have that situation in South Africa because it would be difficult to police and deal with. To prevent it, we must stop it before it goes any further,” he said.Motsoaledi said doctors should not be given the right to end a person’s life because they were not God.http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Doctors-are-not-God-20150503
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Off-spinner Kevin Sinclair said West Indies Emerging Players(WIEP) had a feeling they would have won the Super50 Cup after a stroke of fortune saw them squeeze into the semi-finals.They suffered a 10-wicket crushing at the hands of Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in their final preliminary game to finish on 18 points which left them second in Group B but were expected to be overhauled by Guyana Jaguars, on 16 points, especially with last year’s losing finalists facing minnows United States in their final game.But Jaguars suffered a stunning eight-run upset, leaving Emerging Players to finish second behind Group B winners Red Force.“We were watching the game on a flatscreen back when the US and Guyana was playing so when US beat Guyana we were overjoyed and overwhelmed,” Sinclair said after Emerging Players pulled off an astonishing record 205-run victory over Leeward Islands Hurricanes in Sunday’s final to win the title.“We knew we would have win this tournament because we come out and play good cricket. We just had to back we ability and keep doing what we [were] doing – nothing different, don’t change anything. “We as a team, we [played better cricket] than the rest of teams. We rotate the strike better, we bowled in partnerships, we take wickets. Different little things that other teams didn’t do we stuck out and do, so I must say it was an all-round effort by the team.”Emerging Players, hastily cobbled together just prior to the start of the tournament, opened their campaign with a defeat when Jaguars beat them off the last ball of the game by two wickets.However, they went on a four-game winning streak to surge up the standings, before going winless in their last three matches, suffering two defeats and a no-result due to rain.In the semi-final, they shed their underdogs tag to upset Barbados Pride and book their spot in the final.Sinclair, who picked up 13 wickets in the tournament including a destructive four-wicket haul in Sunday’s final, said the team had been full of self-belief right throughout.“I really feel overjoyed. I must say thanks to the Almighty for being with us right through the tournament because there were moments when teams looked like they would have beat us and then we just stuck [it] out and something happened and we just pulled it over [the line],” he explained.“I think the guys played good cricket right through – the fielding was on top, the bowling was really tight and the batting just had to keep going.”Head coach Floyd Reifer, who oversaw the senior West Indies side this year, came in for praise from Sinclair.“Floyd Reifer and the management team worked really hard with us in terms of the fielding and the all-round game and even the mental aspect of the game, so I must say it was all-round [good] tournament for me and the guys.”
MIAMI (AP):Miami jumped a slow-starting and inaccurate Dallas to set up a 106-82 win against the Mavericks on Friday, moving within one game of the lead in the NBA Southeast Division.Hassan Whiteside had 25 points and 19 rebounds for the Heat, who were without an ill Dwyane Wade early but still dominated.Elsewhere, Toronto rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Charlotte, and Chicago blew a big lead before steadying and beating New York.Miami’s Gerald Green added 19 points off the bench for Miami, who were forced to adjust their starting lineup shortly before tip-off when Wade was stricken by flu-like symptoms. Wade got some intravenous fluids and checked in early in the second quarter, just his 10th time playing off the bench in his 13-year career.Whiteside made 12 of 16 shots, and the Heat enjoyed their biggest victory margin of the season.Dallas had only 10 points in the first quarter – their lowest for any period this season – and shot just 36 percent for the game, compared to 56 percent for Miami.Zaza Pachulia’s 14 points and 13 rebounds was best for the Mavericks, who had won their previous four games.Toronto came from seven points down after three quarters to defeat Charlotte 104-94.DeMar DeRozan had 23 points and Kyle Lowry added 18 points and 11 assists for the Raptors.Kemba Walker had 18 points for the Hornets.Chicago blew a 17-point lead before pulling away again in the final quarter to beat New York 108-81.Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, and Nikola Mirotic had 17 points and seven assists for the Bulls, who won comfortably despite Derrick Rose missing a second straight game with hamstring tendonitis.Carmelo Anthony scored 20 for New York, who have dropped five of six.Washington beat Orlando for the 11th straight time, with John Wall contributing 24 points with 13 assists toward a 103-91 victory.Los Angeles’ Lou Williams scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter against his former team to guide the Lakers to a 93-84 win against Philadelphia in a match of the league’s two worst teams.
England take on Belgium on Thursday night with both teams currently trying to figure out whether it’s better or worse to finish top of Group G.The two nations are neck and neck with England’s better disciplinary record the only thing separating the sides. 4 Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings England stars Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard celebrate. talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers Fallon d’Floor Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? 4 diamond geezer 4 SUPERSTITION Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches Whoever wins the group will, if everything goes the way being predicted right now, end up on the side of the draw which contains Portugal, France, Argentina, Brazil, and Germany, with Senegal being their last 16 opponents.Come second and the toughest opponents will be Spain, but not until the semi-finals, which could see the nations playing to lose, or get yellow cards, which would certainly be a scene.Manager Gareth Southgate has claimed he wants to win the group but face one or two selection dilemmas, especially if Dele Alli returns to full fitness. NO JOY You’re the one misery England players celebrate during their 6-1 victory over Panama. 4 Latest World Cup news England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates during the win over Panama. Shy guy So how could England look against Belgium, a game which you can hear live on talkSPORT from 7pm on Thursday, June 28.The first major dilemma will come in the form of Dele Alli’s fitness as he continues a recover from a thigh strain. We’d suggest Southgate is likely to err on the side of caution and, if he does, we might see a tactical tweak.Ruben Loftus-Cheek came in against Panama and while he provided a confident performance and an assist, of sorts, he may not make the XI on Thursday. Instead, with Belgium not lacking in firepower, he may choose to firm up his hold of the midfield by selecting Eric Dier to play alongside Jordan Henderson. Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter This move would free up the, so far, excellent Jesse Lingard to prowl final third in central areas with the knowledge he has two men covering for him should he lose the ball, and allow him to link up with Southgate’s two-man attack and go man-to-man against the Belgian back three, which goes along with his positional play style, with the wing-backs filling the wide spaces.Speaking of the wing-backs, it wouldn’t be a shock to see both rotated. Such an important role needs fresh legs, which should see Ashley Young drop out for Danny Rose, who will need to pin back possible opposite number Thomas Meunier, and Trent Alexander-Arnold come in for Kieran Tripper who does have a minor muscle tweak to nurse.Southgate would be unwise to alter his back-three or goalkeeper at this stage as they continue to build their relationships on the pitch. But Raheem Sterling may finally be taken out of the XI after two beige performances against Tunisia and Panama. ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch Pure class Marcus Rashford is the man likely to take the place of the Manchester City star given his cameo against Tunisia and his ability in tight spaces. But if Southgate feels Belgium will play a high enough line then Jamie Vardy will take the position.The team as a whole might look more defensive but it is likely to be functional against a Belgian side which is overloaded in attack. LU BEAUTY Good times Is this how England will look against Belgium in Group G on Thursday night?
Draymond Green video prompts ethics complaint; BART to pay $7,500 fine for Measure RR campaign violationsBy admin on December 20, 2019
SACRAMENTO — BART will have to pay a $7,500 fine for illegally using taxpayers’ money on YouTube videos and social media posts to promote its $3.5 billion bond, Measure RR, state regulators said Monday in a preliminary ruling.State law prohibits public agencies from using public funds to campaign for any candidate or ballot measure, though they can provide factual information. Using public resources to express advocacy or opposition, however, qualifies as “an independent expenditure,” which …
Bryce Kirk led the home team with three hits and the Humboldt Crabs improved its winning streak to six games with a 4-1 victory over the visiting California Expos, Saturday night at the Arcata Ball Park.The Crabs got their scoring out of the way early Saturday night as Kirk’s RBI single, a line drive to center field in the third inning, added the home team’s fourth and final run of the ball game which at the time put the Crabs ahead 4-0 and capped off a three-run inning.During Kirk’s third …
Phase Two of Nedbank’s head office is a certified green building. (Image: Nedbank) South African banking group Nedbank announced in July 2010 that it has achieved carbon neutrality – becoming the first bank in Africa to do so.The group’s chief executive Mike Brown made the announcement at the Nedbank head office in Sandton, in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs.“This achievement sees us following through on the commitment we made in September 2009 to completely offset our carbon footprint,” said Brown. “As our group executive of enterprise, governance and compliance, Selby Baqwa, likes to say: there is no Planet B.”Nedbank is now green not only in corporate colour, but also in deed. Brown said that it made sound business sense to go green, but was also very much the right thing to do.“As a large business we have to strike a balance between economic, social, cultural and environmental issues,” he said. “An overt focus on one area can be successful only in the short term. In order to achieve sustainable returns, all of Nedbank’s interdependent parts must be in balance.”The mammoth achievement involved not only the group head office, but all the regional buildings as well as some 500 branches and kiosks across the country. It also took the support of 90% of the staff, who were equipped with the knowledge and tools to make a difference at the office, and then to apply the concept in their own homes.Phase Two of Nedbank’s head office, now complete, is the first four-star green-rated commercial building in the country. It’s been certified by the Green Building Council of South Africa and operates 30% more efficiently than a normal building.Positive impact on communitiesThe Nedbank group made the commitment to go green as many as 25 years ago, determined to make a positive impact on the communities it serves and set an example for its customers and suppliers in the process.Brown believes that the bank’s integrated approach was the key to achieving a zero carbon footprint.“We didn’t achieve it merely by going out and buying up carbon credits, but by a genuine and substantial reduction in our carbon footprint. We started by measuring our impact on the environment – this process was initiated back in 2007 – and now we have a robust measuring system in place.”To ensure integrity in the measuring process and set up the required framework, the bank’s carbon neutral task team worked closely with the local chapter of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Brown said.“The support from the bank’s leadership is particularly encouraging,” said Richard Worthington of the WWF, “and it has contributed to the bank’s success in its green endeavours. Business and industry in South Africa is generally not doing well in this sphere, and we appreciate Nedbank’s role in setting the pace for others to follow.”Once an accurate measurement had been recorded and then verified by Ernst & Young, a target was set in terms of behaviour change; more efficient operation; and cutting down on paper, electricity, water, travel and waste.“Once we had achieved those reductions that we’d committed to, we offset the remaining unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions, around 213 000 tons, with carbon credits.”After much research, the bank settled on the sustainable Rukinga project in Kenya to obtain its carbon credits. Rukinga is Africa’s first large-scale gold level-accredited Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation initiative.“We took great care in choosing our beneficiary,” said Brown. “We analysed projects involving biodiversity, renewable energy, and the reduction of deforestation. Unfortunately we couldn’t find a suitable project in South Africa, but other projects have sprung up in the meantime and in the future we’ll be able to secure a more diverse portfolio here at home and elsewhere in Africa.”The Rukinga initiative, situated on 75 000 acres of land in the Kasigau Corridor, focuses on reducing deforestation and degradation of wildlife habitats, eliminating about 3.5-million tons of carbon dioxide emissions, and providing residents with a conservation-related income.The community has benefited richly from its Climate Community and Biodiversity Alliance-approved programme, receiving 18 new classrooms, a boost to its citrus industry, and better healthcare. A large amount of land was reclaimed for wildlife and numerous jobs were created.A journey of many stepsNedbank’s achievement of carbon neutrality took many steps, both big and small. It involved the extensive use of compact fluorescent lamps and motion-controlled lighting, turning off appliances when not in use, encouraging employees to use the stairs and not the lifts, using biodegradable cleaning materials, and installing water filters on taps instead of supplying bottled water.In addition, the bank only uses environment-friendly paper and recycles as much as it can. In 2009 it recycled 124 tons of paper and 34 tons of other waste.“The electricity we saved during 2009 could power 317 houses,” said Brown.Video- and teleconferencing helped to cut down on travel costs, resulting in a 30% reduction in the number of flights taken by Nedbank employees during 2009 and a 34% reduction in car rental.“We are also flexible with working hours and don’t mind if our people want to work from home from time to time – this has saved about 3.5-million kilometres of travel.”In total, said Brown, the bank saved R28-million (US$3.7-million) during 2009. This figure contrasts favourably with the R2-million ($264 398) spent on putting the measuring and monitoring system into place, and the R12-million ($1.6-million) spent on carbon credits.“This is not the end,” said Brown. “Rather, it marks the beginning of an ongoing process in greenhouse gas reduction. We aim to address the issue of water conservation in South Africa, as this is a key sustainability issue for us.”Nedbank is also already working on a number of innovative green retail products for its clients. The bank intends to use its leadership position to encourage all corporates in South Africa to operate in a responsible manner and play their part in mitigating climate change.
8 December 2011While South Africans will have to wait a while before they can buy an electric vehicle (EV), at least a dozen of the zero-emission cars have been doing the rounds in Durban since the start of the UN climate summit (COP 17).Some COP 17 delegates have been taking advantage of the opportunity to test-drive the Nissan Leaf – “Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car” – which was named World Car of the Year 2011, and the Renault Fluence Z.E.These vehicles are also being used to shuttle people to and from Durban’s International Convention Centre, venue of the climate talks.Taking a test-driveBuaNews found a few minutes to test-drive the vehicles. Initially, looking at a car with a steering wheel on the left hand side brought about some panic, but a few minutes inside and it was all smooth sailing.The cars are easy to drive (automatic), but it takes a bit of time to become acquainted with their technical aspects. Highly advanced features offer the driver detailed maps, information about energy being used, and battery recharging stations.EVs are being sold in Europe, Japan and the US and are expected to be launched in South Africa in a few years’ time.Nissan has announced plans to launch the Nissan Leaf in South Africa in 2013, subject to the successful conclusion of discussions between the government and the motoring industry on the establishment of charging infrastructure and the introduction of customer incentives.Smaller carbon ‘wheelprints’The EVs, which can be charged from purely renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, aim to play a critical role in reducing the impact of climate change.The cars’ batteries can be charged at home. Although they’re more expensive in some countries, people who own the cars are assisted by their governments with free parking in busy cities, tax rebates and other incentives.How often one recharges the battery depends on the driver – if the air conditioning and lights are used often, then the batteries would have to be charged accordingly.For music loving South Africans, the good news is that using your radio or CD player takes up minimal energy.The money that is expected to be saved on petrol is another selling point of the cars. They’re a pleasure to drive, knowing that one is not increasing the carbon footprint. It’s an effortless adventure, with no sounds coming from the engine or exhaust pipe.Renault TwizyAt Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium, people can also test-drive a Renault Twizy, an easy-to-drive commuter vehicle that can be plugged into many conventional wall sockets.The Twizy, designed to be an antidote to the air and noise pollution plaguing some of the world’s biggest cities, can be a bit strange to drive. If you are not a fan of scooters, this little vehicle may not be for you.“The Renault-Nissan Alliance applauds what South Africa and all the nations represented at COP 17 are doing to reduce the threat to our environment and standard of living due to global warming,” said Hideaki Watanabe, Renault-Nissan Alliance managing director: Zero Emission Business.“The Alliance wants to be part of the solution for a sustainable society,” said Watanabe. “Our electric vehicles – which consume no fuel whatsoever – offer a real and affordable solution to drastically reducing CO2 emissions.”Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Heavy rains continued last week in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 1.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 19th. Heavy rains once again halted fieldwork, and farmers are reporting more prevented planting acres as well as failed acres. Ponding is apparent throughout the state, and significant flooding has occurred along creeks and rivers. Wheat condition in some areas is very poor, as the heads have been exposed to excessive rainfall for the past several weeks. Some wheat that has been harvested, has had low test weights, high levels of vomitoxin, and very high moisture content. Some wheat has been of such poor quality, it is not able to be sold. In some areas of the state corn and soybeans are both very yellow, and highly stressed.View the complete report here