Charles to replace Darren Bravo

first_img Warm-up matches Full match schedule Super 10 Group 1 matches Wednesday, March 16: vs England – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai Sunday, March 20: vs Sri Lanka – M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore Friday, March 25: vs South Africa – Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur Sunday, March 27: vs Qualifier 1B – Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpurcenter_img Thursday, March 10: vs India – Eden Garden, Kolkata Sunday, March 13: vs Australia – Eden Garden, Kolkata ST JOHN’S, Antigua: Johnson Charles has been named to replace Darren Bravo in the West Indies squad for the ICC World Twenty20 Championship. The tournament will be played in India from March 8 to April 3. The 27-year-old Charles is a top-order batsman who can also keep wicket. He is also an occasional medium-pace bowler. He has represented the West Indies in 23 T20 Internationals so far, and was member of the team which won the ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka in 2012. During that tournament, he was Man of the Match against England with a match-winning 84 at Pallekele in the quarter-finals. The West Indies are due to arrive in Kolkata on March 7 ahead of the tournament. They will have official warm-up matches against India on Thursday, March 10, and against Australia on Sunday, March 13. West Indies have been drawn in Group 1 of the Super 10 stage, where they will play alongside England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and one of the qualifiers from the first round. Squad: Darren Sammy (captain), Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor.last_img read more

The Magnetic Sky Is Falling

first_imgSpace.Com reports that the strength of Earth’s magnetic field has dropped 10% over the last 150 years.  At that rate of decline, it could vanish in 1500 to 2000 years.  Scientists gathered recently at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union pondered whether a reversal is occurring, but a Harvard scientist claimed that would be a rare event.     If the magnetic field continues to decline, life on Earth is in grave danger in the far future.  Atmospheric ozone would diminish, exposing life to deadly ultraviolet radiation, and high-energy cosmic rays and solar storms would put life at risk of ionizing radiation, leading to cancer, blindness and neurological diseases.The strength of the earth’s magnetic field is one of the longest-measured physical properties of our planet.  It shows a steady decline over the past 150 years.  There is much we still do not understand about planetary magnetic fields.  What causes it?  (The leading dynamo theories are beset with complexities that perplex the experts.)  How big did it get in the past?  (Earth still has the strongest field of any rocky planet, by a large factor.)  Will it reverse and go back up to its former strength?  If it did so in the past, how did life survive the periods when it was weakest?  How long does a reversal take?  There is much we do not know, but one thing is clear from the empirical data: in the present epoch, it is dropping at “an alarming rate” (see Nov 6, March 4, and 11/25/2002 headlines).  Those who believe such a dynamic property can be sustained for 4.6 billion years must add secondary assumptions and subplots to their stories.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Teach everyone to operate in a digital world

first_imgThe rise of robots, and opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, were some of the topics that were discussed at the annual Leading Women Summit in Johannesburg.Embracing the use of technology in the workplace is discussed at the Leading Women Summit in Johannesburg on 8 March 2017. The speakers on the panel are, from left: Jo-Ann Pohl of Telesure Investment Holdings, Lindani Dhlamini of SekelaXabisa, Bernice Samuels of MTN, and Gugulethu Cele, the moderator. (Image Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanDigital fluency was something we needed to teach everyone, Accenture’s Roze Phillips said at the Leading Women Summit. Coinciding with International Women’s Day, the second annual summit, themed “Disrupting the norm”, was held in Johannesburg on 8 March 2017.This complemented the International Women’s Day theme of “Be Bold for Change”. It is, according to the International Women’s Day site, a call on women to “help forge a better working world; a more inclusive, gender equal world”..The Leading Women Summit, hosted in collaboration with Forbes Woman Africa and MTN Business, was held at Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg.More women needed in STEM careersMaria Tulumello, head of human resources for sub-Saharan Africa at General Electric (GE), spoke about the impact of having women in the technology and manufacturing sectors.Women were still underrepresented in the science, mathematics and engineering industries, she said. One of GE’s goals was 20,000 women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) roles by 2020. To date it had 13,700 women in STEM, said Tulumello.A discussion was held was about the business of social media influencers. Watch the session with social media influencers Aisha Baker, Theodora Lee and Tshepang Mollison, here:Will robots replace humans?Phillips, who is the managing director of consulting at Accenture, was on the panel discussion “Forbes Woman Africa Cover Story: The rise of the machines”. The discussion centred on whether robots would replace humans in the workplace.According to Phillips, everyone should be taught how to operate in the digital world. She suggested that people should teach those around them to be digitally fluent. “Teach your girls how to code; teach women, for example, how to do internet banking.”Artificial intelligence understood natural language, Phillips said. “They (robots) can sense things. They can act, these artificial robotics. Knowledge is no longer a commodity.”Although the rise of robotics would lead to job losses, other jobs would be created. “The choice of how we engage with technology is ours. The problems we have now, we should solve now.”Phillips added: “We have the opportunity to take the human-centred approach first.”Ryan Beech, managing director of and chief roboticist at Ryonic Robotics, said there would definitely be job losses. “But we can build skills and train people, especially to work on the robotics.”Charmaine Houvet, public policy director Africa at Cisco South Africa, said it was important to remember that robotics did not exist on their own. “There will be intelligence and we will be in charge of things like that.”But she warned: “Just because we don’t see it (artificial intelligence) taking over, does not mean it’s not happening.”People should be mindful that there were many jobs available in engineering, for example. “The top jobs available are, for example, web developers and system engineers.”Fuzlin Levy-Hassen, senior manager of new industries at the Industrial Development Corporation, said she did not believe that people would be replaced by robotics. “There are cases where we need robots, for example where there’s a health hazard concern for people in a working environment.”Creating sustainable employment was important to the corporation, she added.Using technology to our advantageSeveral speakers on the panel, “A for artificial intelligence, B for business, C for C-suite and D for disruption” spoke about how companies should adjust to technology in their businesses.Lindani Dhlamini, CEO of audit firm SekelaXabiso, said the firm had to embrace the use of technology to accommodate its clients. It would be irrelevant if it did not change according to its clients’ needs.“Technology is here to stay – we have to embrace the use of technology.”Dhlamini advised that businesses needed to be structured for change. “Businesses can leverage off their clients and their suppliers, for example. They must be built for change.”The biggest constraint to technology was how to humanise it, said Bernice Samuels, group executive manager at MTN.We needed to be adaptable and innovative, she said. “You need to read the market appropriately and see how you can be helpful in other people’s lives.”Trends seen on food apps“South Africa’s disruptive mobile apps” was another panel discussion. In this session moderator Alexander Liebner spoke to Cara Lee Hedding, the marketing manager at Zomato, and Ailyssa Khan, the restaurant operations manager at UberEats.Khan revealed that people mostly ordered healthy foods during the week through the UberEats app, while on weekends it was mostly pizzas and pastas. There was high orders traffic on Sunday evenings.Hedding said that 65% of Zomato’s users were women.Watch the session with people from the apps Zomato and UberEats:Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

ChemChina to acquire Syngenta

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Syngenta has announced that ChemChina has offered to acquire the company for $43 Billion.“This offer, which is recommended unanimously by our Board of Directors, fully values the quality of Syngenta’s business portfolio, our people and our market positions around the world,” said Syngenta’s COO Davor Pisk. “It also underpins our current strategy and allows Syngenta to continue as a standalone company with very clear commitments to research and innovation.”Syngenta’s existing management will continue to run the company. After closing, a ten member Board of Directors will be chaired by Ren Jianxin, Chairman of ChemChina, and will include four of the existing Syngenta Board members.“One of the most important elements of this offer is that Syngenta remains Syngenta,” Pisk said. “Syngenta will maintain its identity, its strategy and its capabilities and we will continue to look to serve interests of agriculture around the world.”The transaction will enable further expansion of Syngenta’s presence in emerging markets and notably in China.According to Pisk, one of the most notable parts of the offer is that it preserves choice for growers.“In our industry we are seeing a lot of consolidation,” Pisk said. “It is important that we preserve the maximum amounts of dollars that are allocated to researching for new innovations and we will continue to provide the maximum amount of choice to growers to help them deliver on the need for increasing productivity with stretched natural resources.”Syngenta will remain headquartered in Switzerland as part of the agreement. The deal will also include intent for a partial Syngenta IPO in the future.last_img read more

OIympic race walk medalist banned for 4 years for doping

first_imgGonzalez’s results have been disqualified from Oct. 17, but she will keep her silver medal from the 20-kilometer walk at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and silver from the 2017 world championships in London.The AIU says Gonzalez tested positive for trenbolone and epitrenbolone. She will be 33 when the ban expires.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSeparately, the International Olympic Committee says it disqualified long jumper Ineta Radevica from fourth place at the 2012 London Games. The Latvian is the third athlete from the London final to be disqualified for doping following retests.Armenian weightlifter Meline Daluzyan was also disqualified by the IOC. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles FILE – In this Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 file photo, Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez of Mexico, reacts after crossing the finish line in second place in the women’s 20-km race walk at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Olympic silver medalist race walker Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez has been banned for four years for doping with anabolic steroids. The Athletics Integrity Unit, which prosecutes cases for the IAAF governing body, says the Mexican walker’s ban took effect last Nov. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)MONACO— Olympic race walk silver medalist Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez has been banned for four years for doping.The Athletics Integrity Unit, which prosecutes cases for the IAAF, says the Mexican walker’s ban for taking anabolic steroids took effect on Nov. 16.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Celtics trudge into offseason at end of challenging season MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more