Groves reveals his plan to beat Froch in Saturday’s world title clash

first_imgGeorge Groves reveals his gameplan for beating world champion Carl Froch as they face each other at the final press conference before Saturday’s super-middleweight clash in Manchester.Hammersmith’s Groves is the underdog but insists he will cause an upset and dethrone the Nottingham man.Video courtesy of iFL TV. See also:Confident Groves squares up to Froch after final press conferenceGroves says Froch ‘has 48 hours to readjust’ after gameplan is revealedHearn predicts Groves will go on the attackRelaxed Groves unfazed by Froch – trainerFroch claims Groves will be ‘annihilated’Groves: Froch is wrong, I’m ready for himGroves stays cool at tense weigh-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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Rescuing the white rhino

first_imgThe rare and magnificent white rhino, hunted and killed for its horn. (Image: South African tourism)Janine ErasmusWith only four northern white rhinos left in the wild, the fight is on to save one of the world’s rarest animals from dying out. Now a special cloning technique may provide the answer to this desperate situation.The northern white or northern square-lipped rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) is one of two subspecies of white rhino – the other one is the southern white rhino. The handful of remaining animals is located in the Garamba National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo.The region’s instability has hampered efforts to protect the animals and poaching, mainly from Sudan, has taken a severe toll. Sudanese poachers are responsible for the decimation of much of the wildlife in this region, as well as in Central African Republic and Chad.Data from the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) reveals that even as late as the 1960s there were about 2 000 northern white rhino. Poaching reduced the population to about 15, according to a count in 1984. Thanks to intervention from various sources the population doubled but poaching has again intensified to the point where the species now stands on the brink of extinction.There are also 10 northern white rhinos in zoos, many in Eastern Europe, exchanged by former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin for arms in the 1970s. Only two of these, however, are fertile females capable of breeding.Protecting animals and their habitatsThe cloning technique is not the same as that which created Dolly the sheep over ten years ago. On the contrary, many scientists believe that conventional cloning is inefficient, and takes attention away from the more realistic problem of preserving wildlife habitats. This is a major threat to many species.Professor Robert Millar, director of Edinburgh University’s Reproductive Sciences Unit, who is leading the study, says, “There are a lot of African animals under the threat of extinction. We want to protect their genomes, but you have to protect their habitats as well.“This is one of the ways of dealing with the problem, especially when the animals get to such low numbers in the wild. It is a method we need to start to get into place as an insurance policy – it’s clearly do-able according to the laboratory work.”Millar has enlisted the services of Dr Thomas Hildebrandt, a renowned conservation scientist from the Berlin Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, as well as those of Sir Ian Wilmut and Dr Paul de Sousa of the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine in Edinburgh.Hildebrandt is a world authority on elephant artificial reproduction who has done extensive field research in South Africa’s Kruger Park. He perfected his technique through autopsies on elephants culled from overpopulated South African herds. Wilmut is the leader of the team that produced the cloned sheep Dolly in 1996.The method, tested successfully on rodents in the laboratory, is based on a Japanese technique that uses genetic engineering to re-programme adult cells back into an embryonic state. From here the cells can develop into any of the body’s specialised tissues – including sperm and eggs. The fertilised northern white rhino egg can then be nurtured in a surrogate mother, in this case a southern white rhino.The rhino’s skin cells will be used for this purpose and mixed in vitro with embryos of its close relative the southern white rhino. The offspring, strictly speaking, will not be clones but rather chimeras – the medical definition of this term is a creature composed of two genetically distinct types of cells.The chimeras will then hopefully breed in captivity, producing both northern and southern white rhinos, which can then be released back into the African wild.However, cautions Swiss-based conservation organisation WWF International, it is equally important to ensure that the habitat of the northern white rhino is made safe for the new arrivals – otherwise the poaching will simply continue. Most experts feel that a dual approach, using both strategies, will produce the best results.If the technique succeeds with the white rhino it will be used on other endangered species such as the African wild dog, the Ethiopian wolf and the pygmy hippo. These are three of the projects currently underway at the Institute for Breeding Rare and Endangered African Mammals. The Lapalala Wilderness nature reserve in Limpopo province is one of the partners in this initiative.Illegal trade in rhino hornOver the years rhinos have been prime targets for poachers – killed almost exclusively for their horns. The illegal trade in rhino horn is driven by medicinal and cultural factors. It is used as an ingredient in eastern medicine, especially in China, where people believe it can cure fever.In Yemen and Oman the curved dagger known as jambia is worn by males over the age of 14 as an accessory – it signifies manhood. The most significant part of this weapon is the hilt, which determines its value. The saifani handle, made of rhino horn, is the most sought after.In Southern Africa it is Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa that have been hardest hit since they hold 93% of Africa’s black and white rhinos. The penalty for poaching in South Africa is R100 000 or 10 years in prison, or both.Garamba national park, established in 1938 and now a Unesco World Heritage Site, is under intense fire from poachers. There are reports of staff losing their lives in anti-poaching operations, and the rhino population has declined sharply. The site is also on the World Heritage in Danger list.According to a National Geographic report, conservationists have for some time been arguing for international government intervention in this matter. They say the criminals, and the Sudanese government, should be taken to task over the rampant poaching. There is no apparent evidence that the Sudanese government is involved, but experts believe that some of the trade in rhino horn may be encouraged by individuals in the regime.By contrast, the southern white rhino is something of a conservation success story. More than 100 years ago it was thought to be extinct, until the discovery in 1895 of a herd of fewer than 100 individuals.Conservation efforts have now resulted in the southern white rhino being classed as “near threatened” – as opposed to critically endangered. It is the only non-endangered rhino species. More than 11 000 animals exist, mostly in South Africa, where legislation and efficient conservation management protect them.Useful linksInstitute for Breeding Rare and Endangered African MammalsThe African Rhino ProgrammeInternational Rhino FoundationCitesInstitute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, BerlinGaramba National ParkLapalalaNational GeographicUnescolast_img read more

NGO fights for gender equalisation in South Africa

first_imgStruggle veteran Mbuyiselo Botha is not afraid to take on the most intimidatingof public figures to further Sonke’s cause. (Image: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mbuyiselo BothaSonke media relations manager+27 11 339 3589 or +27 82 518 1177 RELATED ARTICLES • SA men: lovers, brothers, fathers • Celebrating the power of women • 16 Days of Activism • Anti-abuse campaign hits SAJanine ErasmusThe charismatic and highly committed Mbuyiselo Botha of the Sonke Gender Justice Network is a man with a mission – to challenge patriarchal thinking which, he says, is crippling South African society.Sonke is an Nguni word meaning “together”.As the NGO’s media relations manager, and the man who spearheaded the recent Equality Court case against African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema, Botha is accustomed to standing in the line of fire.In 1984 the young Botha was involved in a demonstration against rent increases in Sharpeville township, in southern Gauteng province, where he grew up, and when the protest turned violent, he was shot in the head. The bullet has never been removed, and his body is partially paralysed as a result.But the former secretary-general of the Sharpeville Civic Association has not let his disability hold him back, saying that he has something that many of his comrades do not, and that is life.He has worked as a dissemination officer for the Red Cross and co-founded the South African Men’s Forum, and since joining Sonke in 2007, has been instrumental in many civil cases against those who promote negative values.Malema insinuated in January 2009 that the woman who claimed to have been raped by Jacob Zuma in 2005, years before he became the country’s president, had actually enjoyed the experience.Outraged by the youth league leader’s demeaning and inflammatory statement, Botha and his colleagues brought a court case of hate speech and harassment against him, and after a number of delays and postponements, the court finally ruled in March 2010 in favour of the Sonke Gender Justice Network.“It wasn’t Malema himself that we targeted,” said Botha, “but rather, we put patriarchy on trial. He is a symptom of this country’s patriarchal society. Imagine the good work he could do for us if he spoke as powerfully in favour of our cause.”Constructive dialogueSonke challenges the traditional notion of patriarchy, which can lead to men believing that they are superior to women and can treat them in any way they please, merely because of their gender.Constructive dialogue is at the heart of the organisation’s many activities.“If you condemn men, you abandon hope,” said Botha. “You have to draw them in and make them aware of the many benefits of this progressive way of thinking.”The patriarchal tradition demands that men must always have the right answer for any problem, that they must be competitive and successful in all aspects of life, and that they must win at any cost.“Our teaching frees men from the burden of patriarchy,” said Botha, “which has been drilled into them for generations. As a man, I am automatically a beneficiary of the patriarchal system, but there is something terribly wrong with that system because it allows men to get away with doing bad things.”South Africa is not the only country affected by gender-related violence and patriarchal ideas. “This kind of violence is perpetrated all over the world,” said Botha.To make a real difference, gender activism should be more than a calendar event, said Botha. The thinking behind initiatives such as 16 Days of Activism must be sustained all year long. “In many cases, it is a matter of life and death.”Promoting social cohesionEstablished in 2006, Sonke was founded by feminist Sharmillah Wilson, pastor and apartheid struggle veteran Bafana Khumalo and health and gender activist Dean Peacock.The organisation’s flagship project is titled One Man Can, launched in 2006. In addition to operations in eight of South Africa’s nine provinces, the project has been rolled out in Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho, Namibia, Uganda and Zambia.One Man Can encourages people to make changes in their personal lives, so they can positively influence their community. It also promotes cooperation between men and women to break the destructive cycle of violence.Sonke is one of the forces behind the Brothers for Life campaign, which tries to get males over the age of 30 to become role-models for younger men. This can be achieved by taking accountability for sexual behaviour, having fewer sexual partners, knowing one’s HIV status, decreasing dependency on alcohol and drugs, and becoming more involved as a parent.The organisation is also involved in projects ranging from PhotoVoice – which trains pupils to express themselves through photography – to advocacy in prisons, working with refugees and migrants, and helping to eradicate xenophobia.The Fatherhood and Child Security initiative, operating in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, appeals to men to stop violence against women and children, limit the spread of HIV/Aids and promote gender equality.At school level, the NGO supplies a host of resources, such as DVDs, comics and musical plays, which speak to youngsters on a level they can identify with. However, said Botha, the Department of Education has not yet allowed Sonke free access to schools, and the organisation is still hamstrung by red tape and resistance from officials.Sonke measures the impact of all these initiatives through research conducted by professional bodies such as universities and consultancies.Cooperation with other activist groups and women’s movements, such as People Opposing Women Abuse and the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre for women, ensures that the equalisation process is objective.Making headwayJust the day before our meeting, Sonke again tasted victory, this time in its complaint against South African Breweries (SAB). The brewing giant is currently running a campaign that encourages beer drinkers to prove that they are real men by opting for a larger bottle size, thereby drinking more.Sonke’s view is that this links masculinity with negative behaviour, personal risk-taking and violence, and undermines everything it has worked to achieve over the years.“Drinking eats at the fibre of our society,” said Botha. “What kind of message are they sending?”Ironically, one of the campaign’s billboards is situated just metres from the Sonke offices in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. South Africa’s Advertising Standards Authority has advised SAB to retract the campaign, and on Sonke’s insistence the company will also issue a public apology.Because alcohol consumption is a major factor in road deaths and domestic violence, as well as the spread of HIV/Aids through unprotected sex, Sonke found it unacceptable that the beer producer should encourage drinking through an ill-considered ad campaign that places profitability above personal safety. read more

Anthony Wayne FFA member makes history

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Submitted by the Anthony Wayne FFA Chapter.Louis receives his plaque on stage at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana for being in the top 4 proficiency finalists in the country for Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication.Louis Pawliski, Anthony Wayne 2017 graduate, made school history as he was a national proficiency finalist at National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana this fall. With 1,444 total state proficiency winners, Louis made it into the top 188 finalists in the country, being in the top four in the area of Agricultural Mechanics Design & Fabrication. This award was based on a application that Louis completed, as well as the state competition that he won. This was all due to the business that he began and grew as an FFA member called Krusty Lures. Today Louis continues to build his business, where he hand-makes fishing lures and rods, in downtown Toledo. He recycles used lead to create fishing lures that are useful to area fishermen. Louis is currently a sophomore at University of Toledo where he is studying business to further build Krusty Lures. This national award area was sponsored by Carry-On Trailer Corporation and Lincoln Electric. Anthony Wayne FFA is a satellite of Penta Career Center.last_img read more

13 hours agoScholes backs Man Utd to sign Arsenal playmaker Ozil: The missing link

first_imgScholes backs Man Utd to sign Arsenal playmaker Ozil: The missing linkby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Paul Scholes thinks his former club could use Mesut Ozil’s skills.The German seems destined to leave Arsenal after being left out of their last five match day squads.United have struggled to break down deep-lying teams this season, and Scholes believes Ozil could solve that problem.Asked whether Ozil could be a difference-maker for United, Scholed replied: “Man Utd could do with someone like Ozil who can link a team together.”[He is] a player who can link teams together. He has got great quality, he’s shown that in his career.”He could be an answer short-term, I don’t know. I think that would be up to him, ultimately.”I can’t [see it happening], but he’s the type of player, short-term, who United could do with.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Association with IIM will help UP become 1 trillion economy says Adityanath

first_imgLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said by joining hands with IIM-Lucknow, the state government will deliver good governance and achieve the goal of becoming a USD 1 trillion economy. Adityanath was speaking at the second edition of ‘Manthan’– a leadership development programme conducted by senior faculty of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) here for the chief minister and his ministerial colleagues. As part of the programme, Adityanath and his colleagues will attend one more session. “I am confident that when institutions like the IIM join hands with the government and take forward the programmes, we will be able to deliver good results,” Adityanath said at the programme which was attended by his ministerial colleagues and state government officials.last_img read more

Penashues election spending under fire

first_imgAPTN National NewsQuestions continue to swirl around Ottawa about Labrador MP Peter Penashue’s spending habits during the last federal election.Opposition parties are accusing Penashue of over spending by $20,000. The Liberals have called for an investigation.NDP MP Charlie Angus joined APTN National News.last_img

Northwestel reporting major network outage for landline customers in Northern BC

first_imgAt this time, there is no service for customers and an estimated time for when service will be restored is unknown.In the case of a fire emergency, affected customers in the Fort Nelson area are being asked to call 250-775-0796 or 250-321-0924.For police emergencies, affected customers are asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8100.For more information on this landline service outage, you can visit Northwestel’s website. UPDATE as of 1:20 p.m. – We have been advised that normal telephone service has been resumed.FORT NELSON, B.C. – As of Monday morning, August 12, phone service provider Northwestel is reporting of a temporary major network outage that is impacting landline service in Northern B.C. and Whitehorse.According to a post on the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality Facebook page, the company is working hard to locate and remedy the issue.last_img read more

NFL week 8 guide to fantasy football

Play ‘Em Ryan Fitzpatrick: Is there a hotter quarterback in the NFL than Fitzpatrick? Since taking over as the Bills quarterback, the Harvard grad has thrown for 969 yards with eleven touchdowns and four interceptions. Fitzpatrick should have no trouble against Kansas City, which has allowed eight touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks. Fitzpatrick is a great sleeper and worth a waiver claim against the Chiefs. Carson Palmer: Palmer erupted last week against Atlanta with 412 yards and three touchdowns. Look for Palmer to air it out against a Dolphins defense that has allowed back-to-back 300-yard passing games. Ryan Torain: Despite two fumbles, Torain turned in a solid performance last week against Chicago with 125 rushing yards. With Clinton Portis likely out, Torain will continue to get the majority of the carries against a Detroit run defense that allows 139 rushing yards per game. Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles: Jones continues to be a factor and is a must-start against Buffalo. Last week against Jacksonville, Jones and Charles combined for 196 yards with two touchdowns. Quarterback Matt Cassel seems to have found the passing game, allowing Jones and Charles to run wild. Pierre Garcon: Garcon’s role will increase with Austin Collie recovering from hand surgery and Dallas Clark out for the year with a wrist injury. Defenses will continue to focus on Reggie Wayne, which will free up Garcon. Last week, Garcon had 103 yards and a touchdown. Coming off a bye, expect the Colts to take advantage of the worst passing defense in the NFL. Kenny Britt: Another receiver having a breakout year (seven touchdowns) is Britt. Britt torched the Eagles last week, 225 yards with three touchdowns. Britt has a tough task this week against the Chargers’ top-ranked pass defense, but at this point Britt is considered a starter. He has recorded a touchdown in five straight games. Bench ‘Em Matt Hasselbeck: Don’t be fooled by the chemistry between Hasselbeck and receiver Mike Williams. Seattle’s last two games were against Chicago and Arizona respectively. This week, Hasselbeck faces an improved Raiders defense that allowed Kyle Orton to complete 12 passes last week. The Raiders rank fifth in the league with 192 passing yards allowed per game. Ryan Mathews: One of the biggest disappointments this season has been Mathews. He has yet to eclipse 100 rushing yards and is losing carries to Mike Tolbert and Darren Sproles. This week, Mathews faces a Titans run defense that ranks 10th in the league. Mathews may breakout soon, but not this week. Michael Bush: Bush continues to be productive, but the problem is Darren McFadden. McFadden continues to shine and that leaves Bush playing the backup role. Last week, Bush had 52 yards and a touchdown. Expect Bush to struggle against a Seattle defense that allows 70 yards per game on the ground. Fred Jackson: Due to Fitzpatrick’s performances, Jackson has looked like an afterthought in Buffalo. Jackson carried 23 times for 73 yards against Baltimore last week. The Bills will be tested against a stellar Kansas City run defense. Consider Jackson a flex option in deeper leagues. Wes Welker: The Patriots passing game is not the same without Randy Moss, and Welker is struggling without him too. Last week, Welker had four catches for 25 yards. Defenses will continue to locate Welker and force Deion Branch or Brandon Tate to step up. Welker is considered a No. 3 Fantasy option from here on out. read more

Rice growing into defensive midfield role

first_imgWest Ham United midfielder Declan Rice is relishing playing in central defensive midfield for the Hammers this season.After an impressive pre-season, Rice has established himself in the West Ham team this season under Manuel Pellegrini.The 19-year-old’s frequent involvement in the team also coincided with West Ham’s return to form starting with their 3-1 victory at Everton.“I’d say Everton away was my best performance since I came back in, because we’d lost the first four and we couldn’t lose five in a row,” Rice told the club’s website.“The manager changed the team up and we went out there, everyone played really well, we won our first game and got the three points and there’s no better feeling than that, to be honest.“If you compare the first game I played at Liverpool compared to the ones I’m playing now, my positioning at Anfield wasn’t the best for a holding midfielder.Mason MountRice tips Mount for greater things Taimoor Khan – September 11, 2019 Declan Rice says that Mason Mount is going to match the exploits of Frank Lampard when he was in his prime during his playing…“Positioning is one of the main things when you play in that position because you’ve always got to play in the center of the pitch.“I always look back at that Liverpool game because it was the first time I’d played CDM (central defensive midfielder) in a while and I was not really in the back four, I was wide, and sometimes it’s not about that.“You’ve just got to hold your position and trust that the ball is going to come near you.“I think, since I’ve started to do that, the amount of interceptions and tackles I have made has gone up.”last_img read more