first_img22 May 2014 Jacob Zuma was elected President of South Africa by Members of Parliament (MPs) in the National Assembly in Cape Town on Wednesday. Zuma’s nomination came before an objection by the Democratic Alliance, which was dismissed by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who ruled that “all present here are eligible for election”. As there was no other nomination, Zuma was elected unopposed. “In terms of Item 6 of part A, Schedule A of the Constitution, I declare the honourable Jacob Zuma duly elected President of the Republic of South Africa,” Mogoeng announced, congratulating the President-elect while the house broke into cheers and ululations. With his election, Zuma ceased to be a member of the National Assembly. The African National Congress (ANC) will later fill his position in the Assembly by choosing the next person on its election list. Zuma will take the oath of office “to be faithful to the Republic of South Africa” and “to obey, observe and maintain the constitution and all other laws” at the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday. The event is expected to draw thousands of people, including around 40 current and former heads of state. Ordinary South Africans will be transported from across the country to witness the event, while those unable to attend will be able to follow proceedings on television and radio, or at 47 public viewing areas in the provinces. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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first_imgNCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 8 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding And on Sunday, Tiongson had his best showing yet, racking up a career-high 21 points on 5-of-7 shooting from three, as his hot shooting helped NLEX beat GlobalPort, 109-99.“Who would’ve thought, right? I really thought of quitting after all that’s happened. But I got the opportunity and the chance, so I took advantage of it. I’m really thankful to coach Yeng, boss Ronald (Dulatre), and the management for giving me this chance,” Tiongson said.Just like how he approached his collegiate career with the Blue Eagles, Tiongson looked at every practice, every game as a motivation as he plays behind guys like Kevin Alas, Carlo Lastimosa, and Alex Mallari.“It’s really a big thing when you play against them everyday in practice. You’re playing with the best guards here in the PBA, so when I do well in practice, my confidence level also gets higher,” he said.“I’m so thankful to coach Yeng for this opportunity. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be in the PBA. Whether I do bad or well, he always brings me back and it really boosts my confidence,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The Titans had their moments, but it was still a frustrating run for Tiongson that he considered giving up.“I was thinking to quit basketball and do something else. I don’t want to be stuck in the D-League until I’m 29, so I might as well leave,” he said.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 shutoutBut fate didn’t bounce that way and Tiongson suddenly found himself being called up by NLEX late in the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup. Tiongson’s stellar play in the developmental league convinced Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao to pick him up from the free agent pool.“I noticed him playing well in the D-League. We needed backup point guards that time, and I saw him when he was with Blackwater, so I have a pretty good idea on what he could do. We tried him and it turned out well,” Guiao said. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESJuami Tiongson almost called it a career at the tender age of 26.With his career spiraling down, the former Ateneo playmaker found himself backstopping bluechipper Jeron Teng at AMA Online Education in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READcenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Gameslast_img read more

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first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 27, 2010June 21, 2017By: Sarah Becklake, Intern Development Officer, WINGSClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The MHTF is soliciting reactions from the maternal health community to the newly released UN MMR data. Our hope is that, together, these comments will serve as a springboard for discussion and provide momentum towards MDG5.The World Health Organization (WHO) recently published a report entitled “Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2008” (2010).  After assessing global maternal mortality rates (MMRs) over an 18 year span, the report estimates that by 2008 MMRs declined by 34%.  While we at WINGS applaud the achievements that have helped reduce maternal deaths worldwide, we remain alert to the fact that MMRs are likely still much larger than estimated.  For instance, while 99% of all maternal deaths take place in the developing world, as the WHO report itself notes, researchers face the most difficulties finding reliable and accurate data in developing countries.  Data sets used to estimate MMRs are often incomplete and inaccurate. They include misidentification of cause of death, incongruent definitions, underreporting, for example in the case of abortions, and a lack of comparability across different countries and data sources.The authors of the WHO report are well-aware of the data’s limitations and make considerable efforts to compensate for these problems.  One measure undertaken was to divide countries into A, B or C categories depending on the availability and quality of data. This, however, must be regarded with caution. Guatemala was categorized as an A country, suggesting that it has a complete civil registration system allowing for good attribution of cause of death.  However, as WINGS is well-aware, after working in Guatemala on reproductive health issues for almost 10 years, governmental reporting on maternal deaths in Guatemala is far from reliable.  Reports on Guatemala’s MMRs differ widely depending on which source one looks at. For example, a UNICEF report published in 2009 estimates that the MMR from 2003-2008 in Guatemala was 130 per 100,000. The report, however, goes on to adjust that figure to 290 per 100,000 women to account for the lack of government reporting (or misreporting). This is in stark contrast to the recent figures in the WHO report, which suggest that in 2008 Guatemala’s MMR for every 100,000 live births was only 110.  The report further notes that Guatemala’s MMR has only decreased 1.7% a year from 1990 to 2008. While this is already far below the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of 5.5% a year, due to the report’s low estimation of Guatemala’s MMR, a 1.7% decrease might even be considered optimistic.  If such different estimations exist for a country listed as having a fairly high level of data, one can only imagine the discrepancies for those countries listed as lacking sufficient registration systems.While the WHO’s estimations should be viewed cautiously, the report does a good job of highlighting the need for improved data on maternal mortality the world over.  Additionally, while reporting a decrease in global maternal mortality, the report does its best to argue against complacency.  As noted, much more work is needed before the MDG of reducing the global MMR by 75% can be achieved. WINGS congratulates all those that are diligently working towards this goal.Click here for more information on WINGS-“Strengthening Guatemalan families through reproductive health”Share this:last_img read more

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham midfielder Winks hits back at ‘Spursy’ claimsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Harry Winks has dismissed claims of a “Spursy” defeat to Wolves on Saturday.Winks was not having it after only a second defeat in 15 matches for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.“I have to be careful about this…” he said. “We are doing really well. We have had one defeat since ­Arsenal away.“We have had some fantastic results in the Champions League and the Premier League and it is important to remember how well we are doing and not get carried away with a defeat.“Listen, when people use the word Spursy on social media, that is their own opinion. They are ­entitled to that. But inside the club we know how good we are, we know how far we can go, we have belief, regardless of this result.“It shows how well we are doing this year to be considered title ­contenders and to be sitting here disappointed that we aren’t closer to the top.“We have high expectations ourselves and, if we don’t come away with a win against Wolves at home, we get frustrated at that. It shows how high our standards are at the moment and how ambitious we are.“We said before the game that it was must-win so to come away with a defeat has left the dressing room feeling very down. Everyone is fuming, but it is football. We are still in the race.”Spurs now have to pick themselves up for a tricky New Year’s Day trip to Cardiff.Winks added: “The mood in the dressing room was very calm. ­Everyone was very quiet and kept themselves to themselves.“Everyone is gutted — frustrated as well. The most important thing is to reflect on it and then go into the building bright and smiley and feeling positive and try and get ourselves ready for the next game.“We can’t keep that negative ­energy around, because otherwise it can affect matches.” last_img read more

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first_imgReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari: This squad marvellousby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari insists he has nothing to do with transfer planning.Solari says he’s happy with his squad.Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Copa del Rey second leg against Leganés – they lead 3-0 from the first game at the Santiago Bernabéu – Solari said: “I always say it is not my position to explain the policy of signings. The squad we have is marvellous, with a lot of young players, a lot of experienced players and they are all 100 per cent committed.”Asked to assess his forward players, he added: “They are all different players, not necessarily specialist ‘number nines’. The specialist we have is Karim Benzema and he is injured.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Sack Solskjaer? Why dumping manager won’t change anything at Man Utdby Chris Beattie16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: Pick a manager… Allegri, Poch.. any manager. Would any manager be able to get a tune out of this lot at Manchester United…?With international week comes the sack talk. Partly due to the need to fill the vacuum left by a barren league programme. But also due to the growing belief inside boardrooms that the best time to remove a manager is during such a recess. A chance to regroup and allow the new man to get his feet under the table before the action resumes.They’re already at it in Italy. AC Milan dumping Marco Giampaolo on Tuesday – just three months into his job. And they won the weekend, never mind being beaten at Newcastle United.But should defeat at St James’ Park be the last straw for United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?Well, for many – including some United ‘exes’ – the answer is ‘yes’. With the headlines blazing and the place apparently leaking, it only appears a matter of time before the board admit they were wrong and send Solskjaer back to Norway.Max Allegri has picked up his English lessons again. Mauricio Pochettino is trying to engineer a way out of Tottenham. It’s all lining up. Ed Woodward can get rid of Solskjaer and replace him with someone more suited to the job. Or so they say…Because no matter who is in the dugout, they’ll still have to make do with what’s available to them. Sunday’s team on Tyneside was nothing like what Solskjaer had at his disposal on the opening day for that win over Chelsea. Three of the back four were missing: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw. Paul Pogba was also absent, as was Anthony Martial in attack. Essentially, injury has robbed Solskjaer of almost half his first-choice team. And while critics will argue ‘it’s a squad game’, it really isn’t when you’re undergoing an overhaul as Solskjaer is now driving through. With Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez now pulling on an Inter Milan shirt for a living, the attack may be paper thin, but long-term it was the right call to shuffle off both players. Indeed, Lukaku is already finding how things can quickly turn in Italy. His coach at Inter, Antonio Conte, having to defend a sluggish performance from the striker for their defeat to Juventus. It was Lukaku’s first big test since his move from United – and it ended with his manager explaining away a lethargic showing.Of course at United, Lukaku would be getting a game today. But that’s not the issue. Solskjaer, with the support of the board, wanted to go in a different direction. And crucially, that support remains.As mapped out here, the club’s top brass have recognised the predicament that has befallen their manager. If results had been the same with Solskjaer’s first-choice XI, then serious questions would be asked. But not today. Not with this reality.Instead, the discussion has been about what’s been put in place – and whether it’s working. And the consensus is positive. The youth policy is showing the right signs. The progress of Scott McTominay and the introduction of Axel Tuanzebe have both pleased management. As have the impact of their three summer signings, Daniel James, Harry Maguire and Wan-Bissaka. On what they’ve seen this season, no-one inside Carrington have doubts about any of these five not being long-term prospects for the club.Indeed, the only criticism, said in some jest, is that Maguire could be doing better by his manager at the other end of the pitch. Being more decisive with that chance at 1-0 at West Ham, along with a soft free header at Newcastle, and the spotlight wouldn’t be so acute on Solskjaer as it is today.But in the aftermath of that Toon defeat, there were some positives – if we care to consider the long-term.It was significant that the two leading voices to react to the loss were David de Gea and Marcus Rashford. Both fresh from committing themselves to new contracts, their reactions were of men who have bought into something. They were taking ownership. Not so much for the result, but something far bigger – the project. De Gea, particularly, spoke of someone determined for this plan to succeed – and well aware of his place inside it. Time will tell if a new leadership group is forming, but the signs are that De Gea and Rashford do have the stomach for this fight the club is in.And it is a fight. Results have the club spiraling. But there are reasons. Reasons the board have accepted. They know, given current circumstances, a change of manager would make little difference. last_img read more

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first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Researchers at the U.S. National Ignition Facility (NIF) report that they are growing ever closer to reaching the ignition point with their laser generated nuclear fusion project. The facility, part of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been doing research to find out if very high powered lasers could be used to create nuclear fusion that could then be used to drive steam turbines to make electricity. In related news, officials for UK companies AWE and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory have announced that they are joining forces with the research team working on the NIF project, adding years of expertise in both nuclear fusion and laser technology. To achieve inertial confinement fusion, researchers at the NIF project shoot multiple (192) very high powered lasers at a single pellet comprised of the hydrogen isotope deuterium, which causes it to compress to a fraction of its original size and fuse into helium atoms -releasing neutrons. The neutrons could then, in theory, be used to heat water to drive steam turbines. The only problem is, thus far, the power consumed by the lasers (some shots use more power than the whole rest of the United States) exceeds the power produced by firing them at the pellet. But, that appears to be changing.At a meeting this past week, sponsored by London’s Royal Society, representatives from the US facility and its two new British partners met to announce the terms of agreement between them all. NIF Director Ed Moses told the group (according to the BBC) that one shot of the NIF recently produced, for just the tiniest fraction of a second, more power than all the rest of the world was consuming. And while that is certainly impressive, it’s still just a fraction of what is needed to achieve ignition; the point where a self-sustaining chain reaction occurs (required for energy gain). Moses added that he believes the group will achieve ignition within the next couple of years. Part of the reason for his optimism is the advances that have been made in high power laser diodes over the ten years since the NIF was first designed. Laser Bay 2, one of NIF’s two laser bays, was commissioned on July 31, 2007. Citation: Researchers at NIF moving closer to fusion ignition point (2011, September 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-nif-closer-fusion-ignition.html One possible issue the group will certainly need to discuss is the enormous number of hydrogen pellets that would be needed to feed a facility that was actually engaged in producing electricity; some estimates range to 10 pellets a second, or a million every day.If the team is successful in its endeavor, the enormous amounts of tax dollars spent will be more than made up for in energy production. Just 1300 pounds of water, for example, could provide as much electricity as 2 million metric tons of coal. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: lasers.llnl.gov/Update (9/15/2011): The story has been corrected to reflect inertial confinement fusion at NIF. NIF’s power conditioning system has more than 160 kilometers of high-voltage cable, which delivers energy to the system’s 7,680 flashlamps. Physicists demonstrate conditions for laser-driven fusionlast_img read more

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first_img The state House today approved bills providing broad income tax relief to Michigan families, including proposals supported by Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township.The bills continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes, potentially saving families hundreds of dollars overall.“This is a win for Michigan families and taxpayers,” said Hauck, who sponsored legislation similar to the Senate bills given House approval today. “There is no better way to improve our economy and our quality of life than helping people hang onto more of their own money. I know Michigan families will do a far better job with this money than the government and the tax spenders ever would.”The legislation ensures Michigan taxpayers will be able to continue claiming personal exemptions on their income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law in December. In addition, the bills increase the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,900 by the 2021 tax year.That translates into significant savings. The technical fix related to the federal reforms saves $170 per person per year — or $680 for a family of four – on state income taxes. The plan to raise the personal exemption to $4,900 provides an additional $102 in additional annual tax relief for a family of four.The legislation also allows taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax to continue to claim exemptions.Senate Bills 748 and 750 return to the Senate for further consideration.### Categories: Hauck News,News 14Feb Rep. Hauck: Plan to cut taxes for Michigan residents approved by Houselast_img read more

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