Why Warriors sat Klay Thompson for Game 3

first_imgOAKLAND — The Warriors did not listen to Klay Thompson’s wishes to play against the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday at Oracle Arena. Instead, the Warriors listened to their training staff and sat him for Game 3 after nursing tightness in his hamstring.“He’s been making a very strong case. That’s who Klay is. He wants to play no matter what,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said beforehand. “He’s trying desperately to be out on the floor. We’ll have to weigh all the factors …last_img

South African women in film honoured

first_img12 August 2015It is important that women tell their story, South African actress Xolile Tshabalala said at an event that honoured women in film and fashion.Tshabalala and other actresses, such as Terry Pheto, were among the guests invited to the function yesterday by Minister Susan Shabangu of the national Department of Women. Speaking at the launch of Women’s Month on 30 July in Pretoria, Shabangu said that weekly events would be held to celebrate South African women.Week one would celebrate women in fashion; week two would examine women in the film industry; week three would focus on the trafficking of women and children and the exploitation of women; week four would be concerned with women’s economic empowerment.The theme of Women’s Month this year is “Women united in moving South Africa forward”. The month runs every August, with Women’s Day an annual national public holiday on 9 August. The day marks the Women’s March against apartheid laws, specifically against the law requiring all black women to carry pass books, which took place on 9 August 1956.Yesterday’s gathering was updated on social media, with @Dept_of_Women tweeting that Tshabalala said it was vital she told her story. “Nothing gets told about women who were affected by the struggle, but men’s stories are everywhere.”She also said that woman could not always be supporting actresses of male actors.Sibongile MkhabelaShabangu took the time to acknowledge Sibongile Mkhabela, the only girl arrested during the 16 June 1976 student uprising in Soweto. Mkhabela was an executive member of the Soweto Students Representative Council and general secretary of the South African Students Movement.Speaking to Play Your Part, Mkhabela described that day: “I remember when we were marching, we were coming from Naledi, that was my high school, and it’s further down in the west, and Hector Pieterson died, I think, more to the south.“And as we were marching we got the message that Hector Pieterson had died. For me that was a defining moment, if there were defining moments, and that sense of loss. just never left me,” she said.About the event, Shabangu said she was honouring the two industries of film and fashion because she felt they had been neglected.Women in the boardroomMeanwhile, at a separate event to mark Women’s Month, African Development Bank’s special envoy on gender, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, a South African and former politician, took part as a speaker in the WeLead Women’s Leadership Mini- Conference on 7 August in Johannesburg. The theme was: “We Are the Leaders We’ve Been Waiting For.”According to the bank, the conference gathered high-profile speakers to address women’s leadership in technology in Africa.Fraser-Moleketi shared findings from the African Development Bank report Where are the Women: Inclusive boardrooms in Africa’s top-listed companies. She urged the tech industry to promote more female board directors in order to increase competitiveness and to contribute to inclusive growth in Africa.“We need more women in boardrooms to enhance the competitiveness of the continent,” she said. “Africa will not achieve its economic transformation successfully without the full integration of women, from the smallest companies to the top-listed ones.“Diverse boards make more efficient companies, a range of recent research and data state it overtly. The research outlined shows that the transformation is starting to happen.”Transformation is startingThe outlook was positive and Africa was number three at a global level, behind Europe and America, she added.“But almost 33% of African listed companies have no women sitting on their boards. Nonetheless, this creates an incredible opportunity for the tech industry as it is a fast-growing sector, particularly in Africa. In the report the telecoms listed companies have 9% women board directors, almost one for each of the 10 companies surveyed,” said Fraser-Moleketi.“South Africa, number two in the report, has an elaborate suite of efficient government policies clearly promoting equality and diversity. For example, quotas for state-owned companies. But it might not be enough.”Source: SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

MPs, bureaucrats skip meeting on Delhi pollution

first_imgTop officials of the Environment Ministry, Delhi Development Authority and three Municipal Commissioners on Friday stayed away from a key meeting of a parliamentary panel on urban development that was to discuss the severe pollution levels in the Capital.Chairman of the committee and MP Jagdambika Pal, sources said, cut the meeting short due to the absence of officials. Those who skipped included Union Environment Secretary C.K. Mishra, DDA Vice-Chairman Tarun Kapoor and the three Municipal Commissioners.Sources said Mr. Pal will be writing to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha to initiate contempt of parliamentary privileges against the missing officials.As many as 25 of the 29 members of the committee were absent. Other than Mr. Pal, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh, BJP MP C.R. Patil and National Conference MP Hasnain Masoodi were the only ones to attend.Delhi BJP MP Gautam Gambhir was among the absentees. A tweet by former cricketer V.V.S. Laxman showed Mr. Gambhir enjoying roadside snacks at Indore in M.P., where he has gone for a commentary assignment on the India-Bangladesh test match.Kabhi pohe se teekhe, kabhi jalebi se meethe … wonderful start to the day in Indoor, where we had breakfast outdoor pic.twitter.com/DxIPtNqYi7— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 15, 2019  All-out attackAAP launched an all-out attack on the BJP for Mr. Gambhir’s absence. Quoting Mr. Laxman’s tweet, AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said in a tweet: “Does Delhi deserve such MPs who are busy with Jalebi Poha while missing crucial Parliamentary Committee Meeting on Pollution in Delhi NCR.” The majority of members in the committee are from the BJP, Mr Bharadwaj said, adding that the absence of Mr. Gambhir and other BJP MPs shows that the party was not serious about the health of Delhiites.The AAP said the agenda for the meeting was circulated a week in advance on November 8.Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said he would investigate the absence of officials from his Ministry. “This is a serious matter and I will definitely enquire about it. But let me emphasise that addressing Delhi’s pollution is not about indulging in blame-game,” he said when reporters sought an explanation for the absence.Later in the day, the Environment Ministry issued a statement saying that the body was represented by a Deputy Secretary and an officer from the Central Pollution Control Board. A Joint Secretary could not attend as she was to appear for “an important matter” in the Supreme Court. The Ministry had submitted “detailed notes” to the Urban Development Ministry, an official statement said.last_img read more

Gilas yields to Canadians

first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Saso bows to Japanese Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress TAIPEI—Gilas Pilipinas started its learning process in the 39th Jones Cup Invitational and crashed and burned in its debut on Saturday against Canada.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’center_img And after playing the team with the least amount of practice here, the Filipinos will be tossed in the fire yet again on Sunday night when they clash with the side that’s been together the longest in the tough international tournament.The Filipinos try to bounce back from a 77-90 loss to Canada when they collide with Chinese Taipei-A at Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall here with coach Chot Reyes knowing exactly the problems he needs to address to get the team back on track.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We have to figure out ways to score against bigger opponents,” Reyes addressed international media after getting just three players in twin digits against the experienced and bigger Canadians. “My players would have to figure that out.”Another cause of concern for Reyes is the officiating, as his players were whistled for 26 total fouls that resulted in 40 free throws for the Canadians. MOST READ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Despite being terribly undersized, the Filipinos battled Canada to a 40-all deadlock in rebounds. They also had 14 steals but just couldn’t convert them to points.“You can tell that they (Filipinos) are working on development,” said Canadian coach Kyle Julius, a member of his national team from 2005-2007. “You can tell that they are very talented. They are hard nosed and tough.”“It’s going to be a dogfight from now on,” said Kiefer Ravena, who led the Filipinos with 12 points followed by Bobby Ray Parks with 11 points and Carl Bryan Cruz with 10.As it is, the Philippines would need to get more scoring from its talented lineup if it hopes to survive the Taiwanese.Matthew Wright scored five straight points, capped by a triple in transition from left quarter court hat had the Philippines coming within 68-60, but the Canadians came through with a 7-0 spurt that put the game away going into the final 6:45.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “You can’t give up 40 free throws against a quality team Reyes said.Canada, featuring a selection of stars from its National Basketball League, came over with just a pair of two-hour practice sessions but instantly showed its spunk using its size and athletic ability.Against the Taiwanese in the 7 p.m. game on Sunday, Reyes and his charges will be playing a crew that has stayed together for so long.Naturalized player Quincy Davis and the pony-tailed Wen Ting-tseng again lead the home squad that commands a noisy following.“They (Filipinos) need to learn to play with each other and the system,” said Reyes, who opened the post-game interview by praising the young Filipinos’ effort.“We played them (Canadians) pretty well in all departments, save for the free throws that we gave up.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Norway Opens New Test Area for Autonomous Ships

first_imgzoom Norway has opened an autonomous shipping test bed in Horten on the Oslofjord, Kongsberg said.The test bed, officially opened on December 6, is the third of its kind in the country and the fourth such approved area in the world.Established to support the growth in the development of new solutions for autonomous maritime operations, the new area is open to both Norwegian and international organizations. As explained, the area is designed to be “a convenient, safe, non-congested space to trial new technology and vessels.”The area is specially designated for autonomous trials by the Norwegian Maritime Administration and the Norwegian Coastal Administration.The initiative to establish the new test bed was undertaken by maritime technology company Kongsberg, the town of Horten, classification society DNV GL, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) and the University College of South East Norway.The introduction of the test bed follows the last year’s opening of the world’s first autonomous shipping test bed located on the Trondheimsfjord. Additionally, Norway reached an agreement in October this year to set up a test area for unmanned vessels in the Sunnmøre region. What is more, a test area for projects related to autonomous ships was opened in Finland in August 2017.The test beds in Trondheim and Horten are said to be an important resource for Kongsberg’s ongoing development of technology for projects such as the Yara Birkeland, the world’s first all-electric, autonomous containership, the Hrönn, an autonomous offshore support vessel, and marine robotics technology.These and other autonomous vessel projects are expected to transform many aspects of shipping and offshore operations, by introducing safer, more environmentally friendly and cost-effective modes of transport and working at sea, according to Kongsberg.“With critical developments in maritime autonomy technology and software taking place at Kongsberg Maritime in Horten, the location of the new test bed will support a number of ground-breaking technology projects,” Egil Haugsdal, President, Kongsberg Maritime, commented. “The move towards greater autonomy at sea has the potential to transform maritime operations and while the technology has now been proven, we look towards the regulations. Establishment of these test beds are an important step, as it shows close co-operation between the people making the technology and vessels and the organisations developing the rules that will allow them to operate,” he added.last_img read more