Latest: Fulham 0 Wolves 0 – tepid start to FA Cup clash

first_imgFulham’s senior players were the most prominent during a docile first 20 minutes at Craven Cottage.Scott Parker, protecting the back four, was neat in possession while Hugo Rodallega’s movement gave Wolves’ back four a workout.The Colombian was the first to work either keeper, as his deflected shot was comfortably claimed by Carl Ikeme.Parker then almost found Rodallega’s head with a lofted pass but it was just beyond the striker.Cauley Woodrow squandered the clearest chance when he blazed over the bar from just inside the box.Wolves have looked to counter down the flanks but full-backs Jack Grimmer and Kostas Stafylidis have kept the doors closed, with Shaun Hutchinson and Nikolay Bodurov dominant in the air.Whites boss Kit Symons named an attacking side, with Lasse Vigen Christensen making a quicker than expected recovery from a hamstring problem. Fulham:  Bettinelli; Grimmer, Hutchinson, Bodurov, Stafylidis; Parker; Christensen, Fofana; McCormack; Rodallega, Woodrow.Subs: Kiraly, Burn, Kavanagh, Roberts, Ruiz, Williams, Dembélé. Wolves:  Ikeme; Iorfa, Batth, Stearman, Doherty; Evans, Price, Henry, Edwards, Sako; Clarke.Subs: Kuszczak, Saville, Ricketts, McAlinden, Ebanks-Landell, Jacobs, Dicko.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Ex-Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha turns his professionalism to cinema

first_imgNnamdi Asomugha made a name for himself in the Bay Area. First with Cal’s football team, then with the Raiders, and finally with a cameo with the 49ers.He was a shutdown corner who didn’t get a lot of traffic in his prime, so reluctant were opposing quarterbacks to throw his way. Respected, cerebral, professional and above all that, talented. A first-round pick by the Raiders in 2003, Asomugha was twice voted All-Pro in his eight seasons in Oakland. His departure in 2011 was a huge blow to …last_img read more

New Word Means Green Living: Bioplastics

first_imgDid you know that 10% of America’s oil consumption goes into making plastic?  The plastic products from oil pollute our landfills and harm the environment.  Next month, a company founded by a biology professor from MIT is going to make plastic from something green: corn.    Anthony Siskey and Oliver Peoples, according to PhysOrg, sequenced a gene in bacterium that makes a naturally occurring polyester called polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA).  The bacterium creates the bioplastic out of sunlight, water, and a carbon source.  By tweaking the bacterium to produce more PHA, the researchers will be able turn it loose on corn, sugar cane or vegetable oil and other plant material.  The bacteria will reciprocate by cheerfully generating plastic for people.  The resulting bioplastics are biodegradable and reduce dependence on foreign oil.    Speaking of oil, maybe that is not a product of decayed plants.  PhysOrg reported evidence for a 19th-century theory that oil and gas can be produced by inorganic processes deep in the earth.  If so, that may alter estimates of how much global oil remains in the earth’s crust.Science is one of man’s most valuable activities when it is done right.  It is an organized form of knowledge construction that should result in benefits for mankind and the environment.  Absent from this project were useless excursions into storytelling.  The researchers made a discovery, tested techniques to amplify the output, applied it, and now have the opportunity to market it.    If they are successful, it will be a win-win situation for everyone.  Knowledge and wealth will be generated.  The researchers deserve to make money for their invention, and businesses will create new jobs to mass-produce it, create products, and distribute them.  Consumers will enjoy the products, and the earth will be greener.  Governments will benefit from increased tax revenues from both income and sales taxes.  Dependence on foreign oil will decline – a political and economic benefit.  This shows that applied science is not a zero sum game.  Contrary to mercantilism and socialism, nobody has to get poorer for someone to get richer.  Because these researchers had the freedom to investigate and dream, everyone stands to benefit from their scientific discovery.    And who is the unsung hero of our story?  The bacterium, which already had the information technology to take simple water and sunlight and carbon and build a complex polymer out of it.  There’s a wealth of additional technologies embedded in the living world waiting to be discovered.  The future is bright for biomimetics and information-based research.  Let’s stomp out of the Darwin Theater of the Absurd (11/29/2004) and each help make the world a better place with real, testable, scientific research.  Since science is a product of character and rationality that is not owned by the university, you don’t even have to be a professor to take part (see Citizen Scientist).(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Charter for victims of crime

first_img17 January 2005South Africa’s new Victims’ Charter, approved by the Cabinet at its last meeting for 2004, consolidates the current legal framework on the rights of victims of crime and the services to be provided to them.The Charter aims to ensure that victims remain central to the criminal justice process in South Africa, to eliminate “secondary victimisation” from this process, to clarify the standards of service to be accorded victims by the criminal justice system – and to provide for recourse when these standards are not met.The complementary Minimum Standards on Service for Victims of Crime aims to explain the rights contained in the Victims’ Charter further, and to help make these rights a reality – by giving detailed information to enable victims to exercise their rights and service providers to uphold them. Victims Charter South Africa Victims of crime: your rightsThe Charter states that, if you are a victim of crime, you have the following rights, in terms of the law and the Constitution, in your contact with the authorities – including the police, court officials, and members of any government body dealing with or providing a service to you.The right to be treated with fairness and respect for dignity and privacyThis includes the right to be attended to promptly and courteously, and treated with respect for your dignity and privacy.As part of this, the authorities are to take steps to minimise inconvenience to you – among other things, by conducting interviews with you in your language of choice and in private, if necessary.The right to offer information during the criminal investigation and trialThe authorities must ensure that any contribution that you wish to make to an investigation, prosecution or parole hearing is heard and taken into account in the making of decisions. This means you have the right to:Participate (if necessary and where possible) by attending the bail hearing, trial, sentencing proceedings or parole board hearing.Make a further statement to the police if you realise that your first statement is incomplete.Make a statement to the court, or give evidence during the sentencing proceedings, where appropriate, to bring the impact of the crime to the court’s attention.Make a written application to the chairperson of the parole board to attend the parole hearing and submit a written input.The right to receive informationYou have the right to be informed of:Your rights and how to exercise them – with explanations in your own language of anything you do not understand.All relevant services available to you.You can request:Information regarding court dates, witness fees and the witness protection programme.Notification of proceedings which you may attend.To be informed of the status of the case, whether or not the offender has been arrested, charged, granted bail, indicted, convicted or sentenced.Reasons for a decision that has been taken in your case on whether to prosecute or not.The prosecutor to notify your employer of any proceedings which necessitate your absence from work.The right to protectionYou have the right to be free from intimidation, harassment, tampering, bribery, corruption and abuse.With this right comes a responsibility: anyone who witnesses such threats must report them to the police or senior state prosecutor.As part of this right:In certain circumstances, the court may prohibit the publication of any information (including your identity), or may order that the trial be held behind closed doors.The police will, if you comply with certain requirements, apply for you to be placed in a witness protection programme.You can request Correctional Services to inform you if the offender has escaped or been transferred.The right to assistanceYou have the right to request assistance and, where relevant, have access to available social, health and counselling services, as well as legal assistance which is responsive to your needs. As part of this:The police will assist you by explaining police procedures, informing you of your rights, and making the appropriate referral to other relevant service providers.The office manager or head of office at the court will provide for the services of an interpreter.The prosecutor will ensure that special measures are employed in relation to sexual offences, domestic violence and child support or maintenance matters, and that, where available, such cases are heard in specialised courts.If you have special needs, the authorities will take all reasonable steps to accommodate you and ensure that you are treated in a sensitive manner.The right to compensationYou have the right to compensation for loss of or damage to property suffered as a result of a crime.“Compensation” means an amount of money that a criminal court awards a victim who has suffered loss or damage to property, including money, as a result of a crime.As part of this:You can request to be present at court on the date of sentencing of the accused and request the prosecutor to apply to court for a compensation order. The prosecutor will inform you if a compensation order has been granted, explain its contents and how to enforce it. The clerk of the court will assist you in enforcing it. You can institute a civil action against the accused if a criminal court does not grant a compensation order. (This usually happens where the damages are not easily quantifiable in financial terms, for example, in the case pain and suffering.)The right to restitutionYou have the right to restitution in cases where goods or property have been unlawfully damaged or taken from you.“Restitution” refers to cases where the court, after conviction, orders the accused to return or repair the property or goods.The prosecutor will inform you what restitution involves and the clerk of the court will assist you in enforcing this right.ComplaintsIf you have any complaints about the service you’re getting, or if your rights are not being observed, you should contact the government department or service provider concerned.If you’re not happy with the way in which your complaint is handled, you can also contact:The Public ProtectorThe Human Rights CommissionThe Commission on Gender EqualityThe Independent Complaints DirectorateThe Health Professions Council of SAMetropolitan Police officesA lawyer of your own choice and at your own expenseMore informationFor more information on any issue regarding the Victims’ Charter, you can contact the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development’s gender directorate at the following numbers:Tel: (012) 315-1670Toll-free: 0800 011 022E-mail: [email protected] reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Japan beckons for young South Africans

first_imgIf you join the Japan Exchange and Teaching programme, you can expect to work in schools in beautiful towns and villages such as Shirakawa. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)Japan – the name conjures images of cherry blossoms, sushi and samurai, and for some pop culture junkies, anime and role-playing games. But the country is more than this. With a rich history dating back 35 000 years and a culture based on Shintoism, Japan can be a place that will change your perspective on life forever.Young South Africans have a chance to experience the beautiful island nation through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) programme.On the programme, successful applicants work as assistant English teachers in primary (or elementary), junior high or senior high schools.Since landing a job in South Africa is proving to be a challenge for many graduates, JET offers a unique way for young men and women to gain work and life experience.Bonolo Mogotsi, an international relations graduate who joined the programme in 2012, urges all recent or imminent graduates with a degree to apply. “It was daunting because it was the first time I’d left South Africa but it was an amazing opportunity. You earn good money and can travel quite a lot, exploring a country and culture that are very different but also welcoming and homey. The way I see the world broadened and I also became more patriotic, wanting to learn more about where I come from.”JET considers itself a cultural exchange programme. Each participant brings their culture to a local community in Japan while they learn more about Japan, its people and culture.“This is an experience that can really enrich participants’ outlook and prospects for the rest of their lives,” says Minister Councillor Kawaguchi from the embassy of Japan in South Africa. “We really urge South African youth to take advantage of this excellent opportunity.”JET has been running in South Africa since 1997, and there have been more than 80 South African participants. These participants also act as unofficial ambassadors, taking part in international exchange activities, promoting better understanding and creating closer ties between South African and Japanese youth.Applications are open until 11 November, but you must have a Bachelors degree or higher. Following your application, interviews take place either in Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth or Cape Town. If you are accepted, you will get a one-year contract by the prefectures, municipality or private schools, and the work year starts in July 2017.WHAT TO EXPECTYou will be guided by language teachers to teach English as a foreign language, prepare teaching materials and help with extracurricular and club activities, including English-language speech contests.You will usually work 35 hours a week. Working days in Japan usually run from 8.30am to 5.15pm, Monday to Friday. Over and above weekends and public holidays, you get 10 days’ paid leave during the year. And you work as a Japanese civil servant or private school staff member for the year so be prepared to observe the code of conduct of these contracting organisations, says JET.“The JET courses and workshops helped us with self-development and self-awareness,” says Mogotsi. “This personal growth made me focus better on what I want to achieve personally and in my career. I have made the most of my new networks by working with Japanese parastatals and corporates since I returned.”MORE ABOUT JETNow in its 30th year, JET has hosted nearly 5 000 participants from 40 countries. It is an official Japanese government programme, implemented through the country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; and its Council of Local Authorities for International Relations.The application process is long and competitive. Because the programme is a one-year commitment, you are advised to give serious consideration as to whether you want to live and work in Japan for at least a year.Unlike other English teaching opportunities in other countries, JET tries to expose local – mainly rural – Japanese communities to foreign cultures and norms, helping them to improve foreign language education and developing an international exchange at community level.last_img read more

Over 320 lakh perform Amarnath yatra in 29 days

first_imgJammu: Over 3.20 lakh pilgrims have performed the annual Amarnath yatra in the last 29 days as another batch of 1,175 yatris left Jammu for the valley on Tuesday. Officials of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), that manages the affairs of the pilgrimage, said, “On the 29th day of the ongoing Shri Amarnathji yatra, 2,055 yatris paid obeisance at the Holy Cave. Till date 3,21,410 yatris had “darshan” of the shivling at the Holy Cave. “Yatra remained suspended from the Baltal route on Monday due to inclement weather, however, it proceeded smoothly from Pahalgam route”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Police said 1,175 yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in two escorted convoys for the valley on Tuesday morning. “Of these, 515 yatris are going to Baltal base camp while 660 are going to Pahalgam base camp”. Situated at a height of 3,888 metres above the sea-level in the Himalayan ranges in Kashmir, Amarnath cave houses an ice stalagmite structure that symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva according to the devotees. The ice structure waxes and wanes with the phases of the moon. So far, 26 pilgrims have died during the yatra. In addition to this, two volunteers and two security men also lost their lives. Yatra started on July 1 and will conclude on August 15 coinciding with the “Shravan Purnima” festival.last_img read more

Man accused of sexually assaulting sleeping woman denies felony charges

first_imgMan accused of sexually assaulting sleeping woman denies felony charges SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man accused of sneaking into a Pacific Beach home in the middle of the night and sexually assaulting a sleeping woman pleaded not guilty Monday to three felony charges, including “hot prowl” residential burglary.Jeffrey Hanze, 55, was ordered held on $1 million bail.Deputy District Attorney Jessica Coto told Judge Jay Bloom that Hanze, who was arrested in Los Angeles County last week, has a prior conviction for “hot prowl” burglary and is considered a flight risk.Coto told reporters that Hanze entered the woman’s bedroom through an open window about 1:45 a.m. on Oct. 1. The victim awoke to the defendant sexually assaulting her, the prosecutor alleged.“As a woman, there is literally nothing more terrifying than the thought of an intruder, a complete stranger, coming into your bedroom in the middle of the night while you’re sound asleep and sexually assaulting you,” Coto said outside court.Hanze faces 21 years plus life in prison if convicted of sexual assault during a first-degree burglary, digital penetration of an unconscious person and “hot prowl” residential burglary.RELATED STORY: Police seek public’s help in finding Pacific Beach sex assailantHe will be back in court Nov. 15 for a readiness conference and Nov. 19 for a preliminary hearing. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter November 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: November 6, 2018last_img read more