South Africa blame ‘politics’ for humiliating loss to Egypt

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Egypt Afcon 19 hosts Share on: WhatsApp “Before the 2018 World Cup, people were worried about the security situation in Russia, but they worked hard and there were no incidents,” he said.South Africa have had cool political relations with Morocco because the republic backs the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, who are contesting land occupied by the Moroccans.On government instructions, South Arica backed the American/Canadian/Mexican 2026 bid, which comfortably outvoted the Moroccans.This decision reportedly infuriated Ahmad, leading to South African media speculation that he encouraged CAF executives to support Egypt.“South Africa voting for the USA, especially after president Donald Trump had publicly criticised the people of the continent, was seen as anti-African,” the CAF insider said.“The feeling ahead of the vote in Senegal was that Egypt were favourites, but no one expected such a landslide victory.”The contest between Egypt and South Africa was necessitated after CAF dropped original hosts Cameroon last November because of delays in preparations and security concerns.Under an Ahmad plan still to be finalised, Cameroon will now host the 2021 Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast (2023) and Guinea (2025) staging the following two editions.From this year, the tournament moves from January/February to June/July to avoid club-versus-country dilemmas for Africans based in Europe, and the number of qualifiers has been expanded from 16 to 24center_img Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | As South Africa reeled Wednesday after a humiliating defeat by Egypt in a contest to decide the new 2019 Africa Cup of Nations hosts, the blame game began.South African football officials said the 16-1 vote in favour of Egypt in Senegal Tuesday was “political” without offering insight.Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad said Egypt politicians were more enthusiastic than their South African counterparts about the June 15-July 13 event.A CAF insider told AFP that South Africa have not been forgiven for backing the winning Canada/Mexico/United States 2026 World Cup bid instead of sole rivals Morocco.Acting South African Football Association chief executive Russell Paul said: “Technically, there is no country in Africa better suited to host the Cup of Nations than South Africa.“We do not have a fight with Egypt, we have a fight with the way the process unfolded,” he added, referring to the vote being brought forward 24 hours without an explanation.“A delegation had been prepared for a Wednesday presentation only to find that the Egyptians had been there for a while, with government representatives, ready to present their case.”Speaking in Dakar, Ahmad said the two candidates had equally good infrastructure and the greater political enthusiasm of Egypt was the key factor.“Our audit firm said the infrastructure was equal so we assessed the political commitment in the two countries and Egypt came out on top.“Members of the (CAF) executive committee did not feel any real support from the South African government to carry the project forward.”– Security concerns –Malagasy Ahmed acknowledged that there were security concerns regarding Egypt, with three Vietnamese tourists killed in a recent terror attack there.last_img read more

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WILSHIRE STAKES QUOTES

first_imgTRAINER QUOTES -30- MARIO GUTIERREZ, SMOOVE IT, SECOND: “I thought I had it. She’s improving a lot and I was hoping to get that kind of race out of her. I thought we had it.” NOTES: The winning owner is Joe Masino of Gilbert, AZ, who campaigns as Class Racing Stable. IAN KRULJAC, SON OF TRAINER ERIC KRULJAC, BLINGISMYTHING, WINNER: “We gave her a nice little breather (before the Las Cienegas), but she was on her toes so we decided to go in and keep firing.”Any instructions to Tyler Baze? “Never. I thought we had our head down, definitely. I was a little nervous we were caught behind with nowhere to go, but Tyler’s got a good head on him and takes the rail, the shortest way around there.”center_img TYLER BAZE, BLINGISMYTHING, WINNER: “I won pretty easy, I thought. I watched it again and knew I had the win. She’s just a nice filly. I broke her maiden first time out a couple of years ago at Hollywood. This is my first opportunity to ride her back and so I made the most of it. She’s a nice filly with a big heart.“It is so nice to win one of these for Eric. I was riding for him all the time when I was at Turf Paradise. I’m pretty sure this is the first stakes I’ve ever won for Eric. And (Ian Kruljac, assistant) Jr. is awesome; we’ve known each other forever. He works so hard; he’s at the barn every day at 4 a.m.” RAFAEL BEJARANO, BIRDLOVER, THIRD: “My filly broke beautifully. We had an easy pace, 23 and change, 48 and change…it was perfect. The other horses were just flying late and we got beat a head. She ran great, no excuse.” JOCKEY QUOTESlast_img read more

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Half-time: Swansea 0 Chelsea 0

first_imgFernando Torres went close to giving Chelsea a half-time lead at the Liberty Stadium.The Spaniard had a header cleared off the line by Leon Britton and also headed straight into the arms of keeper Gerhard Tremmel following Victor Moses’ cross.Referee Kevin Friend then waved away the visitors’ appeals for a penalty after Eden Hazard was bundled over in the area by Swansea defender Ashley Williams.Chelsea are without the injured Juan Mata and David Luiz, but Ashley Cole recovered from an ankle problem in time to play and Branislav Ivanovic is back from suspension.The Blues are attempting to regain top spot in the Premier League, which Manchester United took by beating Arsenal earlier this afternoon.Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole, Romeu, Mikel, Moses, Oscar, Hazard, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Ramires, Ferreira, Marin, Sturridge, Bertrand, Piazon.Click here for the Swansea v Chelsea 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Another Human Distinctive: Lying

first_imgHere’s another evolutionary conundrum: animals usually don’t tell lies.  Why is lying such a well-documented human trait, but rare in the animal kingdom?  Animals signal their own and their enemies in many complex ways.  It would seem that lying would have evolved as a useful strategy many times in the animal kingdom, yet apparently it has not.  In a book review of Animal Signals by John Maynard Smith and David Harper (Oxford, 2003) published in the April 23 issue of Science,1 Nils Stenseth and Glenn-Peter S�tre describe the puzzle:A central problem for evolutionary biologists interested in animal communication is to explain why animal signalers generally are truthful.  A male nightingale advertising for a mate reliably signals properties of his qualities through his beautiful song.  By dressing in screaming black and yellow colors, the wasp reliably warns approaching predators (and us) of her painful sting.  The trivial answer to the honesty problem is that it would not pay animals to respond to a signal unless they by and large benefited.  If wasps never stung, no one would bother to notice their striking colors.  The color pattern would cease to be a signal.  However, the more interesting question–the main theme of John Maynard Smith and David Harper’s Animal Signals–is what keeps signalers from cheating?  What prevents, say, a poor-quality male nightingale from claiming that he is of higher quality than he actually is?It’s not that evolutionists never thought about this before.  One explanation, for instance, is called the handicap theory: “signals are reliable because they are costly to produce or have costly consequences.”  Ideas about indices vs. amplifiers and evolving signals vs. equilibrium signals are discussed in the review, along with this puzzler:The problem of honest signaling seems especially challenging to our intuition when we consider contests, situations in which the contestants prefer different outcomes.  In their chapter on signaling during contests, Maynard Smith and Harper explore some consequences of the contestantsְ shared interest in avoiding an escalated fight.  They discuss badges of status, minimal-cost signals that indicate need, and aspects such as extended interactions, punishment, and the effects of the divisibility of a resource.All this seems to beg the question of why humans are such inveterate liars, if their behavior evolved, too.  The authors provide some “suggestions” –In the final chapter, the authors discuss signaling in primates and some other social vertebrates.  Here we find several topics that border on other fields such as psychology and the evolution of language.  The chapter provides some of the book’s most entertaining examples and most thought-provoking suggestions.  These include the evolution, through natural selection, of animal signaling into human language; that is, the transition in our past where genetic change was eclipsed by cultural change and history began.With that tantalizing impression, they leave us hanging; the reviewers probably expect us to buy the book to hear the suggestions.  Are they suggesting that cultural change and history do not evolve by natural selection?1Nils Chr. Stenseth and Glenn-Peter S�tre, “Behavioral Ecology: Why Animals Don’t Lie,” Science, Vol 304, Issue 5670, 519-520, 23 April 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1097384].Interesting that they do not mention mimicry, which seems to be a form of deceit: “don’t eat me–I’m a stick!”  But mimicry is not really lying.  The animal can’t help the way it was born.  Anyway, in terms of vocalizations or behavioral traits, it is striking that animals don’t lie to each other like humans do, except in The Far Side comic strips.    So here again, another phenomenon is found that seems counterintuitive to evolutionary expectations, and Darwinians are left employing just-so stories to explain it.  How many exceptions to the rule are required before the rules must be changed?    With glittering generalities, evolutionists exercise their fertile imaginations to dream of monkey screeches evolving into Shakespearean soliloquies.  Prove it, we say.  Interestingly, though human beings can be shown to all have a single genetic ancestor (like Adam), their languages cannot.  Dr. Joseph Kickasola, a linguist at Regent University, has shown that all the thousands of human languages and dialects can be reduced to 17 families, but no further.  Could this fact be an echo of Babel?    The cynic says, “Everybody lies, but it doesn’t matter, because nobody listens.”  What if enough people stop listening to Darwinian just-so stories?  After all, it is a form of deceit to pretend to have an answer when you don’t.  It would be more honest for a naturalistic researcher to say, “I don’t know why humans are liars but animals are not.”  Maybe this and maybe that doesn’t cut it in science.  This is an area where science is limited, but there are other sources of information, such as history and eyewitnesses.    The One who cannot lie told us about a father of lies, the devil, who was a liar from the beginning, and that it is not surprising that his followers would follow in his ways.  He also commanded us not to bear false witness, and warned that all liars shall have their part in the lake of fire.  If you don’t like to hear such things, don’t ignore the credibility of the source of that information.  Don’t lie to yourself.    Postscript: Science Now reported a week ago that John Maynard Smith, co-author of the book Animal Signals and one who “revolutionized the way biologists think about behavioral evolution” died on April 19.  This is the fate to which we all are racing.  Are you ready?  Choose carefully whose words you trust.  At the end of your life, it will not matter how entertaining the just-so stories you told or believed.  But you can know the Truth, and the truth can set you free.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Debunking African agriculture myths

first_img7 July 2016In a presentation to the World Economic Forum on Africa in June 2016, Kenya-born Calestous Juma, a professor at Harvard University, explains the world has taken a generalised view of African agriculture and how this perception can be changed.Juma is an internationally recognised authority in the application of science and technology to sustainable development worldwide. He was named one of the most influential 100 Africans in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by the New African magazine. He is the director of the Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project, and part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In his 2011 book, The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa, Juma outlines policies and institutional changes to promote agricultural innovation across the African continent.. @calestous #AskCJuma #TEEPagricReport pic.twitter.com/u9zHa98PQ4— GroIntel (@GroIntel) June 18, 2016See Juma’s article:From newspaper editors to TV anchors to bloggers, the default symbol of African agriculture is an African woman holding a hand hoe. This imagery highlights the drudgery African women face in farming. But it also conflates family farming with the broader agricultural enterprise.As I argue in The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa, farming is only a small but important part of the agribusiness value chain. The value chain includes resource data processing, input provision, production, aggregating (covering bulking, cleaning and grading), processing and packaging, retailing and recycling. Making the value chain work efficiently involves connecting farmers to markets.As noted in a recent report by the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Unleashing Africa’s Agricultural Entrepreneurs, the sector “accounts for 32% of Africa’s gross domestic product, and employs over 65% of its labour force.”Taking the value chain approach, the World Bank has estimated that Africa’s agribusiness market will reach $1-trillion (about R15-trillion) in 2030. This estimate does not include auxiliary industries that will arise from the expansion of the sector.For example, efficient markets rely on effective information flow. New firms such as Gro Intelligence are emerging to fill the data gap. Similarly, the expansion of rural energy, transport, irrigation and telecommunications infrastructure will also spur the rise of support [email protected] #Gro-Graphic on Africa’s developing #seed market. pic.twitter.com/hNBG6jIbTe— GroIntel (@GroIntel) June 18, 2016Too much focus on farmingThis is one of the ways the long value chain of agribusiness serves as a driver for industrial transformation. Few other sectors offer Africa such a broad range of opportunities for technological innovation and entrepreneurial development. There are templates for business models that can be readily adopted. The key is to define agribusinesses as learning opportunities from the outset, as demonstrated by the work of the Africa Atlantic Holdings.Past efforts to promote agribusiness were not successful partly because of the narrow focus on farming. This approach also failed to appreciate the importance of investing in basic rural infrastructure without which neither production nor markets can function. In addition, the focus on farming precluded consideration of the role of higher technical training in agribusiness.The general policy prescription was that farmers did not need more than primary education to function. In many cases, agriculture is more complex that manufacturing, where many functions can be automated and products can be generated just in time. The complex process of plant or animal growth demands more versatile knowledge sources and husbandry that cannot be readily automated.The focus on farming also created biases in the provision of incentives such as credit, insurance and technical support to farmers. Urban enterprises, especially those involved in manufacturing, have access to a wide range of enabling incentives. The same is not true of agriculture, especially where it is perceived narrowly as farming. Agribusiness needs to be supported like other ventures. Farmers need to be viewed as entrepreneurs and innovators, not simply as producers for downstream operations.. @thinkcally @calestous #AskCJuma #TEEPagricReport Yield & Farm Size in Kenya,Malawi,Tanzania & Uganda #Gro-Graphic pic.twitter.com/6fNVkmphou— GroIntel (@GroIntel) June 18, 2016A bright future for agribusiness in AfricaThe good news is that young people in many parts of Africa see great potential in agribusiness. But it needs to be put on par with other sectors. Because of a long history of neglect, young people venturing in to agribusiness lack access to capital. But even more critical is the lack of mentors who can guide them through the early phases of their start-ups.In addition to mentorship, young agripreneurs could also benefit from investment in adequate infrastructure. They already know the power of mobile technology. But what they might need most is access to broadband, which also helps link them to knowledge centres given the absence of extension services. Today, the cost of broadband is prohibitively expensive, despite the fact that it is essential for dynamic business operations.One possible way to resolve this could be to provide “broadband grants” in the same way the US government provided “land grants”. Private enterprises can also purchase broadband and donate it to selected agribusiness start-ups as part of their corporate social responsibility.There are many opportunities for leveraging the growing interest in agribusiness to expand the sector. These opportunities are diverse and lie not only along the full value chain, but also in farms of all sizes – small, medium-sized and large. The starting point should not be driven by opportunity or ideology or dogma about farm size. There are many enterprises that do engage in agribusiness but if given an opportunity they could diversify into the sector. This could be enterprises that are seeking new opportunities.In China, for example, coal-mining firms are starting to diversify into agribusiness in light of new restrictions imposed on the sector to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. In Africa, some oil companies might also explore moving into agribusiness given the uncertainties in the sector.Agribusiness in Africa needs to be nudged towards a tipping point from which it can take off. The push will need to come from a collaboration between government, business, academia and civil society. It will require a collective effort.. @calestous #AskCJuma #TEEPagricReport #Gro-Graphic: Only 2% of SSA university graduates specialize in #agriculture pic.twitter.com/DVXsG0t6oZ— GroIntel (@GroIntel) June 18, 2016Modernising African agricultureOne additional way to promote agribusiness is to recognise individuals or organisations that have made outstanding contributions to different sections of the value chain. Many of the existing prizes tend to focus on production, thereby reinforcing the narrow farming image. The newly established Africa Food Prize, with a judging panel chaired by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, could serve as a role model in emphasizing the agribusiness approach in its awardees.The good news is that African governments, as illustrated by the case of Nigeria, are starting to appreciate the importance of agribusiness in long-term economic transformation. But appreciation is not enough. We not only need heads of state and government to serve as champions, we also need policy consistency. The two are important because of the long-term nature of agricultural transformation.In one of her signature appeals for the modernization of African agriculture, the chairperson of the African Union, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said that hand-held hoe should be in the museum, not in the hands of African farmers. The quickest way to consign this symbol of drudgery to the history books is to shift our thinking from traditional farming to agribusiness. That is the root of Africa’s coming prosperity.. @calestous @Kayisa #AskCJuma #TEEPagricReport #Gro-Graphic on ag higher education pic.twitter.com/cVQwu6902i— GroIntel (@GroIntel) June 18, 2016Source: WEF Africalast_img read more

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Chinese government pledges billions to industrialise Africa

first_img21 October 2015The Chinese government reiterated its commitment to support industrialisation in South Africa and the rest of the African continent by pledging $50-billion (R668- billion) towards industrialisation projects.According to a press release, the pledge was announced during a courtesy visit by China’s commerce vice-minister, Zhang Xiangchen, to Lionel October, the director-general in the Department of Trade and Industry, in Pretoria this week.The courtesy visit also focused on the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Co- operation (Focac), which will be hosted in Johannesburg on 4 and 5 December.Initiatives like these fall in line with South Africa’s National Development Plan that has as its aim an improved country and continent. Its goals are to end poverty and build a strong, resilient and smart economy.Xiangchen said there were several new measures that the Chinese government was finalising to further promote industrialisation and development of the African continent as a whole.“China-Africa industrialisation partnerships will be at the forefront of any development in the continent followed by agricultural activities. China will also increase investments in Africa especially in the special economic zones and provide training in those sectors,” said Xiangchen.His government would provide 50 technical experts in building and upgrading of industrial parks and new power plants, 200 000 industrial managers to train and develop local industrial managers, as well as 40 000 training opportunities in different sectors.October welcomed the pledge and praised China for its efforts to support the African cause.China had remained an inspiration to most developing countries, especially those in Africa, for the last forty years, he said. Even though the continent was underdeveloped, summits such as Focac could bring progress in industrialisation.The first Ministerial Conference of Focac was held in Beijing in October 2000. After that meeting, China cancelled 10.9-billion renminbi (about R23-billion today) of debts for 31 heavily indebted poor countries or least developed countries in Africa.Source: SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Twitter: Here’s Who Won This Year’s Shorty Awards for the Best Use of 140 Characters

first_imgTags:#twitter#web The third annual Shorty Awards are happening in New York City tonight and the event is a great way to learn about some of the most effective ways that people and companies are using Twitter. We’ve got a video player embedded below to watch the show and we’ve got one Twitter list of all the winners you can follow in one place, here: Shorty Awards 2011 Winners.We covered the nature and background of the Shorty Awards leading up to last year’s event. Awards winners are selected through a combination of popular vote and an expert panel of judges. Thousands of people have been watching tonight’s show live, you can join them below.Watch live streaming video from shortyawards at livestream.com marshall kirkpatrick The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy A70 update released in India, improves camera and fingerprint recognition

first_imgSamsung has released an update for the Galaxy A70 in India. This is the first OTA update for the Galaxy A70 (Review) since its launch a few weeks ago. In addition to the latest May 2019 security patch, the software update also brings improvements to the camera and fingerprint recognition. The Galaxy A70 is currently the most premium Galaxy A-series device that Samsung has launched this year with a price of Rs 28,990.The latest Galaxy A70 update version A705GMDDU1ASE4 is 376MB in size. As per the changelog, the update improves the camera picture quality, adds new camera features like Beauty Video Mode for the rear camera and improves performance of fingerprint recognition. The update also brings an accidental touch protection feature along with stability and security improvements and the latest Android security patch.The update is currently rolling out in India and should reach more markets over the next few days. Samsung Galaxy A70 users should automatically see a notification for the new update. In case they don’t, they can manually check for the update in Settings. The Galaxy A70 went on sale in the country earlier this month touting a massive 6.7-inch FHD+ (2400×1080) Super AMOLED Infinity-U display and long-lasting battery courtesy a 4,500mAh battery. The Galaxy A70 is powered by a 2.0Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 675 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Galaxy A70 ships with Android 9 Pie with One UI on top.The Galaxy A70 sports a triple camera setup that includes a 32MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera and a 5MP depth camera. It is also the first Galaxy A phone to support 25W fast charging, which is capable of charging the device from 0 to 75 per cent in 60 minutes.advertisementALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A70 review: Worth buying for its big battery and gorgeous displaylast_img read more

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Onion prices may touch 3digit mark during Pujas

first_imgKolkata: Onion prices may touch the three-digit mark during the Durga Puja this year. Consumers are expected to feel the pinch as onion producing regions have received excess rainfall in the past two days.It was only past month when onion, one of the prime components for chicken, mutton and fish dishes, was priced between Rs 25 and 30 per kg. Today, the retail price of one kg of onion has shot up to Rs 54 for red onion of very good quality to Rs 50 for average quality. Depending upon the quality, onion prices vary in the market. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDealers have hinted that the prices of onion is expected to rise till Diwali as fresh kharif (summer) crop will hit the market from November onwards. “Every year, there is huge demand of onions during Durga Puja because temporary food stalls along the roads buy onions in large quantity. This year, the market is expected to be down because of sky rocketing prices of onions,” said Bishal, who sells at Sealdah’s Koley market. Lasalgaon Mandi in Nashik, Asia’s largest market yard for the bulb, supplies onions round the year to Bengal. This apart, Bengal also imports onions from Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “In August, there was shortage of onions in the market due to flood in Nashik, Maharashtra. Then, the cost of one sack (around 40 kg) of onions has shot up from Rs 1,300 (average quality onion) to Rs 1,500. Today (September 23), cost of one sack is Rs 1,480 (average quality onion) and Rs 1,800 (Red Onion – very good quality),” Bishal said. The retailers buy the onion sacks as per their requirement from the wholesalers and sell it to the customers. “Consumers are buying half of their required quantity. The regular quality onion is priced at Rs 50 and the high quality onion is priced is Rs 54 and above. The prices are expected to rise more in the near future,” said Ram Bharose, an onion vendor at Koley market.last_img read more

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