18 Dec
2019

South Africa ‘ready to support Somalia’

first_img1 June 2012 South Africa is ready to help Somalia move towards a prosperous and stable democracy, says International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Marius Fransman. Speaking in Turkey at the second Istanbul Conference on Somalia on Friday, Fransman said South Africa was committed to helping the Somali people through capacity and institution-building in the areas of social reconciliation, constitutional development, agriculture and food security, water catchment and drought resistance, as well as marine resource management. In March, South Africa established formal diplomatic relations with Somalia, and committed R100-million to help the transitional Somali government build adequate institutions of governance. Fransman urged the international community to remain engaged with the people of Somalia in rebuilding the troubled Horn of Africa country. “Somalia, with the assistance of the international community, needs to evolve a developmental strategy that will be a result of engagement among all Somalis,” he told representatives from over 54 countries gathered at the meeting, a follow-up on a similar meeting held in February. The deputy minister called on all Somalis to commit themselves to the implementation of the agreements and decisions reached so far in order to realise the objectives of the Somali Roadmap. He said the Roadmap, a process that is Somali-owned, served as a necessary and firm foundation that was currently the only viable option for steering the horn of Africa country towards meaningful and lasting peace. To achieve this, a coordinated approach among all key players was essential, Fransman said. Additionally, economic development was key to creating a stable environment that would get Somalis participating in the growth of their country. Somalia has been plagued by internal strife for the past decade. Civil war, coupled with a hunger crisis, has rendered the country extremely vulnerable, and earned it a place among the top “failed states” in the world. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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17 Dec
2019

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – January 19th, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest West-southwest winds will help temps climb today, and that moderating push holds through the weekend. . We see the entire state above freezing today and tomorrow and most of the state should be well above normal all weekend. Tomorrow, temps should do a little better than today, but still we fall short of last week’s thaw levels. We still look for a lot of snow melt in the coming daysClouds build for Sunday, but precipitation should be somewhat limited. Scattered light moisture should slowly overspread the state, particularly Sunday afternoon and evening. Spits, sprinkles and drizzle may amount to a few hundredths to .1” over 50% of the state, and the best chances will be over the northern half to third of Ohio. This will be enough to make for a bit of a damp feel, and to keep us from feeling warmer than Saturday. Our cold front finally arrives midday Monday and brings rain through midday Tuesday. We like rain totals of .25”-.75” with 90% coverage. These rains have been well advertised, and we are not moving away from our prior forecast here. Keep the umbrella handy. The map above shows potential rain totals through Tuesday evening.As cold air pushes into the state behind the frontal boundary, we think there will be a good deal of lake effect cloudiness possible for the balance of Tuesday and Tuesday night. The best chances for light snow will be seen over the eastern third of the state, and of course, most likely in far NE Ohio. Eastern locations can see a coating to an inch overnight Tuesday night, and northeast areas can see several more inches in the right conditions. Western areas likely see only a few flurries in the current set up. Cold air is in for the balance of Tuesday night right on through Thursday morning. However, southwest winds come back as we progress through next Thursday. From here forward, we are making a few subtle changes to our forecast this morning.The next front we are watching shows up overnight Thursday night into Friday with rains from .25”-.5” over about 80% of the state. Temps will be warm enough to produce all liquid precipitation in the heaviest high areas, but we have to watch for some rain-snow mix in the east during the overnight part of the storm evolution. , This is just the first wave of several to come. Very early Saturday morning we see a second wave bringing half to 1” rains to all of the state through the balance of Saturday. . This moisture comes in with mild temps still in place. Then, we have a third wave, complete with another low pressure center moving over the region for thelast_img read more

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16 Nov
2019

Flipkart TV Days sale: Big discounts up to 50 per cent on Mi TV, LG, Samsung, MarQ and more

first_imgIf you have been hunting for a TV lately, the Flipkart TV Days might be the perfect and a very cheaper way to get a new TV. The Flipkart TV Days sale has commenced from February 14 and will go on until February 17, 2019. The sale promises mega discounts on TV sets from popular brands. Consumers can enjoy up to 50 per cent discount on TVs. And it’s not only simple LED TVs, but even Smart Android TVs are also going up for a lot cheaper on Flipkart.Android Certified TVs from brands such as Xiaomi and MarQ by Flipkart is selling with lots of discounts. Additionally, Axis Bank credit and debit card users can also avail up to 10 per cent additional discount over the discounted prices. Axis Bank customers can also avail EMI’s with lower interests on all the TV put on sale.If you have been looking to get your new TV from the Flipkart TV Days sale, here are some of the few options offering great value with their discounted prices.Micromax 32-inch HD Ready LED TV (Rs 9,999)The Micromax 32-inch HD Ready LED TV is getting a massive discount of 49 per cent on its original price and is available for sale at a price of Rs 9,999. This isn’t a smart TV, but it offers Hindi as an OSD language. For connectivity, it offers two HDMI ports and two USB ports.Mi LED Smart TV 4A 32-inch (Rs 12,499)The Mi LED TV 4A 32-inch TV is getting a discount of 13 per cent on its original price and is currently selling for Rs 12,499. The TV runs on Xiaomi’s smart PatchWall OS based on Android and offers up to 700 hours of content. The TV offers three HDMI ports and two USB ports.advertisementVu 40-inch Full HD LED TV (Rs 15,499)If you have been looking to buy a big 40-inch TV, then the Vu 40-inch TV is a great option. It is getting a discount of 35 per cent on its original price and is now available for sale at Rs 15,499. The TV features a 40-inch full HD screen. It offers two HDMI ports and one USB port.LG Smart 32-inch HD Ready LED Smart TV (Rs 19,999)The LG Smart 32-inch HD Ready TV is getting a discount of 25 per cent on its original price and is now selling for Rs 19,999. The LG TV offers a 32-inch screen with HD resolution. The TV gets a smart TV interface and can stream Netflix in 4K HDR. It offers two HDMI and one USB port.MarQ by Flipkart Certified Android 49-inch 4K Smart LED TV (Rs 32,999)If buying an Android TV is your prime preference, the MarQ 49-inch TV is an immensely great value. The TV is getting a discount of 31 per cent of its original price and is getting a price of Rs 32,999. The TV runs on Google’s Android TV interface and comes with PlayStore for Android TV. And, it sports a 4K panel, which is one of the cheapest 4K smart TVs you can buy right now.Samsung On Smart 43-inch Full HD LED Smart TV 2018 Edition (Rs 36,999)The Samsung On Smart 43-inch full HD LED TV is selling for Rs 36,999 after getting a discount of 37 per cent off its original price. It sports a 40W speaker output and comes with two HDMI as well as one USB port.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi TV 4X Pro 55-inch review: Premium offerings at affordable pricingALSO READ | Samy 32-inch smart Android TV for Rs 4,999: 10 points to know before you buy cheapest smart TV of IndiaALSO READ | TRAI’s new Best Fit Plan: What is it, how to get it and everything you need to knowlast_img read more

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29 Sep
2019

Will Buyout Season Help The Cavs And Warriors

Related: Hot Takedown It’s buyout season in the NBA, meaning that washed-up, out-of-favor or otherwise disgruntled veterans have begun to make their way to contenders. Specifically, Deron Williams and Jose Calderon have (or will soon have) new teams. Williams appears to be headed to Cleveland, where he’d become the latest in a long line of faded stars and aged role players to team up with LeBron, while Calderon seems likely to wind up in Golden State.Neither move would likely change how deep Cleveland or Golden State goes in the playoffs, but both players could fill key roles for the defending finalists.Deron WilliamsWilliams, who has already cleared waivers and has reportedly informed the Cavs that he’ll sign with them, has had a rough year in Dallas, being displaced in the rotation by Seth Curry, Devin Harris and Yogi Ferrell. He’s averaging 13.1 points and 6.9 assists in 29.3 minutes on the season but has seen his role cut considerably since January. But even though Williams’s overall stats remain down and he clearly isn’t the player he was earlier in his career, there’s a chance that he’ll fill the specific needs of the Cavs.LeBron James has publicly called for Cleveland to add another point guard to its roster after the departure of Matthew Dellavedova to restricted free agency, and the stats bear out the claim: The Cavaliers have only three players with an assist rate over 10 percent:1Basketball Reference.com’s assist rate is an estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted while he was on the floor. LeBron (41.9), Kyrie Irving (30), and 21-year-old backup point guard Kay Felder. This season, Williams has a 40 percent assist rate, which may not be the best gauge of point guard play on its own but could be a good indicator that he can help the Cavs.While the Cleveland offense is known for ball movement and numerous 3-point shooters, it also relies on having a player initiate the offense using ball screens and drives. That’s what draws the defense’s attention away from the other, off-ball actions that spring Kyle Korver or Richard Jefferson open. Williams should help to keep those skills on the floor when James and Irving take a rest. According to Synergy Sports Technology, Williams scores 89.9 points per 100 possessions as a pick-and-roll ball handler (this is fairly good) and outperforms Felder in nearly every scoring category.Williams obviously won’t solve all of the Cavs’ problems — for that, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith will need to return healthy and ready for the playoff run, and Andrew Bogut, who has secured his release from the Philadelphia 76ers and is expected to sign in Cleveland, will have to help hold down the fort until they return. But if Williams can do even a passable job at alleviating the playmaking deficiency that’s forced James into long minutes, he may prove just as crucial as either of those players.Jose CalderonCalderon was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers and is reportedly leaning toward the Warriors as his preferred destination. Calderon would be the Warriors’ third point guard, behind Stephen Curry and Shaun Livingston, so his role would be smaller in Oakland than Williams’s would be in Cleveland, but adding shooting off the bench is key for Golden State, which has surprisingly few dead-eye shooters on the roster behind Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. When Did Sports Become So Political? Calderon has never been a lockdown defender, and rarely even a serviceable one, but he’s always balanced that out by being one of the most efficient offensive players in the game, picking up a 50-40-90 season along the way. This season, his shooting numbers are all way off of his career norms — 41.6 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from three, and a 50.8 true shooting percentage — though he’s also played fewer than 300 minutes on the season.During his longest stretch of extended action — an eight-game run in November and December during which he was pressed into starting — Calderon looked more like himself, posting a 60.2 true shooting percentage and 34.6 assist percentage. He also put up a 116 defensive rating to a 107 offensive rating, and the Lakers dropped five of those eight, so he wasn’t exactly a game-changer. But in a spot-role for the Warriors, he wouldn’t need to be.Most relevant to a job with the Warriors is Calderon’s 39.3 percent shooting on spot-up threes, making him, at worst, one more piece of shooting on a team that runs on the stuff.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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28 Sep
2019

Ohio State womens golf eyes 3rd straight Big Ten championship

Members of the OSU women’s golf team. Credit: Courtesy of OSUIn each of the past two seasons, the Ohio State women’s golf team has celebrated a Big Ten championship — but with a catch. While OSU’s name has appeared on the trophy, it has done so as a co-champion.Now with a chance to stand alone as champion for the first time in the three-year span, the Buckeyes are gearing up for the Big Ten tournament this weekend.After securing a second-place finish at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational last weekend, the team will attempt to carry that momentum into the conference championship.“We are peaking at the right time,” said junior Jessica Porvasnik. “We just finished second at our home tournament, and we’re looking forward to the Big Tens this week.”Coach Therese Hession said she has been happy with her team’s solid season thus far but is hoping that the team can produce a couple of standout performances during the postseason.“We’ve had a pretty steady season. We’ve only really had one bad tournament in my opinion, so we’ve been very consistent,” Hession said. “If we can get one or two people to break out of the pack a little bit and post some under-par scores, I think that’s something we’re really going to need heading into this weekend.”One of the team’s goals is to win the Big Ten title outright. Despite being the two-time defending Big Ten champions, both team titles have been shared with other schools: Michigan in 2014 and Northwestern in 2015. Northwestern is currently ranked No. 15 in the country and has been the clear front-runner in the conference during the regular season.Despite the Wildcats being the favorite to win the conference title, Hession said they’re vulnerable.“Last week (Northwestern) shot 30 over par in a tournament, though, and lost by 42 strokes, so that’s the thing about women’s golf this year, there’s so many good teams,” Hession said. “You never know what’s going to happen week to week. So, you know, hopefully this will be our week.”OSU freshman Jaclyn Lee. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Buckeyes think a key to the weekend will be following their plan and knowing when to push for certain shots.“Be aggressive when you can be aggressive,” Porvasnik said. “Strategically, I think everyone needs to figure out when is the time to go for it and when not, and I think making the right choices is really going to benefit us in the long run.”Porvasnik, who finished fifth at last weekend’s home tournament, won the Big Ten tournament individual title as a freshman and is hoping to recreate her success from two years ago.“I definitely want to win the Big Ten again, but I’m just focusing on small goals and going into it just sticking to our game plan and playing smart golf,” she said.Four of the six Buckeyes competing have played on the course before, so they are familiar with its challenging elements. Hession said she thinks driving and putting execution will be critical components in the formula to win a Big Ten championship.“I would say hitting greens in regulation and staying out of the rough will be one factor,” Hession said. “You know it always comes down to if it’s your week, making some putts, and I feel like we’ve worked a lot on putting and trying to get the ball in the hole. Hopefully those two things come together, and it should work out pretty well then.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to begin play in the Big Ten tournament on Friday at The Fort Golf Course in Indianapolis. read more

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31 Aug
2019

Of self and the other

first_imgIn describing the arts, the ancient Indian canonical text Chitrasutra encompassing the theory related to visual art i.e. paintings and sculpture describes their disciplines to be one of the noblest offerings to the almighty. Intertwine this thought with the expression of the age of miniature, give it the garb of watercolour and tempera, playing with sufism and women who are distinctly Nayikas blended in with sentiment of Sringar Rasa — you get the works of Satish Chauhan in the show titled Inner Universe.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With an artistic vocabulary culled over more than two decades, Chauhan has been experimenting with the ethos of expressionism, the medley of miniature techniques and the subject of men and women with a subliminal perception of the art works being an offering to the god, transporting the viewer to another realm almost seeking communion with the almighty.“I started blending the elements of Mughal and Kangra art with details of contemporary reality” says Chauhan. “For me a painter is like a yogi, lost, in his art. Like a sufi disconnected from the immediate but active in a state of consciousness which is different from the normal state of waking.” adds Chauhan. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHis recent works depict Nayikas romancing the clouds celestial dancers and musicians with long flowing lehengas like skirts, ablaze with elements and mythic symbols born of romance, eroticism, mystery, nobility and exoticism, submerged in invigorating romance of birds and beauties in the clouds of gods perhaps deep in meditation.Despite moonlit romanticism and the perfume of Ottoman Empire legends, works produced by those under the spell of the miniatures can best be characterised as academic art- scrupulous in historical and pragmatic detail, and strongly narrative- resonant with photgraphic immediacy. These paintings go beyond, they gleam like little jewels, they are notable for painstakingly accurate realism of character and setting, particularly natural elements and materials in service of mood and figurative representation of anatomical excellence and emotional poignancy. These works are small, delicate and often luminous. They use progressively fewer colours, and most share one quality: they are composed of very specialised shapes and have a kinetic buzz.Where: Shridharini Art Gallery, Triveni kala sangamWhen: March 31 till April 9 Timings: 11 am till 7 pmlast_img read more

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