27 May 2014 New Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramathlodi has appealed for an end to the four-month strike in South Africa’s platinum mining belt. “I appeal to all stakeholders to assist this country to emerge from the crippling strike that is really hurting the economy and individuals involved,” Ramathlodi said after being sworn in to office at the Sefako Makgatho presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on Monday. Mineworkers affiliated to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) downed tools over wages at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum (Implats) and Lonmin mines in January. “Everyone would be keen to see the strike end as quickly as possible,” Ramathlodi said. “It will be my first job tonight, as I will be briefed by my director-general so that I have a sense of what are the issues that are holding the agreement back. “I’m sure we will succeed,” he added. “I am aware that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration is mediating, and I think we must give them the necessary support. “But, for my ministry, I’ll be meeting the trade unions individually, collectively [and I’ll also] be meeting the mining houses as well as the traditional leaders in the areas that the mines are operating [in].” Ramathlodi was one of 35 new Cabinet ministers who were sworn in to office following President Jacob Zuma’s announcement of his new Cabinet on Sunday evening. He takes over from former minister Susan Shabangu, who has been moved to the Ministry of Women. Source: SAnews.gov.za
National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix hardly missed the services of its bluechip rookie Matthew Wright as it whipped Kia, 118-105, in the opener of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Eugene Phelps had 33 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks while locals JC Intal, Cyrus Baguio and RJ Jazul picked up the slack in the absence of Wright, who is with Gilas Pilipinas for the Jones Cup in Taipei.ADVERTISEMENT Soriano comes up big for Valdez-less Creamline, humbles Power Smashers View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Intal collected 19 points and seven rebounds, Jazul had 18 points while Baguio added 11 for the Fuel Masters, who led by as much as 15.“Good start for us. We broke our losing streak from last conference which started with a Mahindra loss last conference,” said Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia.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 starsMarkeith Cummings, Kia’s second-choice import after its initial reinforcement Chane Behanan went a shade over the 6-foot-5 height limit, posted 31 points and 10 rebounds.Vanguardia also said Phoenix’s other rookie Norbert Torres will be at least four weeks due to a hand injury.
Senior Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar moved up a rung to third while VVS Laxman rose four positions to achieve a career-best eighth in the latest ICC Test Rankings released on Wednesday.The 37-year-old Tendulkar scored 98 and 38 runs in the first Test against Australia in Mohali which India won by one-wicket on Tuesday. As a result, he improved his ranking by one place which puts him in third position in the list which is headed by Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara with India opener Virender Sehwag in second place.Tendulkar’s third position is his highest ranking since the Hamilton Test against New Zealand in December 2002.He now trails Sehwag by 13 ratings points and another solid performance with the bat in the second Test, which starts in Bangalore from October 9, could potentially put him in second place for the first time since October 2002.Also on the charge was VVS Laxman whose unbeaten 73 proved to be the cornerstone of India’s thrilling victory.Interestingly, Laxman in the past has peaked thrice in 2001, 2003 and 2007 – all against Australia.Rahul Dravid has moved up one place to 22nd spot but Gautam Gambhir and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have fallen to 16th and 37th positions, respectively.Australia opener Shane Watson, who scored 126 and 56, has also made a big impact on the rankings as he has vaulted nine places to claim a career-best 30th position.The news is not very good for the other Australia batsmen as Michael Clarke, Simon Katich, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey and Marcus North have all slipped in the latest rankings.advertisementClarke has fallen five places to share eighth spot with Laxman, Katich has dropped three places to 12th spot, Ponting has slipped two places to 19th position, Hussey shares 28th position with Ramnaresh Sarwan of the West Indies after falling six places while North now sits in 52nd after dropping five places.In the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, pacers Zaheer Khan of India and Australia’s pair of Doug Bollinger and Ben Hilfenhaus have achieved career-best rankings.Zaheer, who was declared man of the match for his eight wickets, has moved into fifth position, while Bollinger’s five wickets in the Mohali Test has helped him rise to eighth spot and Hilfenhaus is in the top 20 for the first time in 20th position.Mitchell Johnson is also on the move and his five wickets have lifted him two places to fourth position.Dale Steyn leads the bowling table with England off-spinner Graeme Swann in second spot.In the ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders, Watson has moved up by two places and now sits just outside the top five in sixth spot. The list is headed by Jacques Kallis of South Africa with New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori in second place.
It turned out to be a sweet ‘homecoming’ for Gautam Gambhir as Kolkata comprehensively beat Delhi by 17 runs to notch up their fourth win in the IPL match at Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Thursday. Score | PhotosPut into bat, Manoj Tiwary’s gutsy half century helped KKR post a modest 148/7 and then their bowlers got the dangerous Virender Sehwag and David Warner within the first seven overs to restrict the home to 131 for nine.The win took KKR to eight points while Delhi stay put on four following their fifth loss and their road to recovery from here looks pretty bleak.Not only it was satisfying for Gambhir to earn the bragging rights over best buddy Sehwag but it also brought the smile back in the face of Shah Rukh Khan who enjoyed his first victory in his hometown as he shook a leg with Cheer Girls to the tune of Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo Re.The Daredevils this season are highly dependent on Virender Sehwag-David Warner combination. While Warner dragged one from Balaji that shaped in slightly onto his stumps, Sehwag (34, 23 balls, 5×4, 1×6) was in a punishing mood as he hit a flurry of boundaries in the first five overs.It was young Jaidev Unadkat who got the dangerous Delhi captain with a short ball that hurried onto him as he went for a pull and Balaji, who was standing at deep fine leg, didn’t make any mistake.Sehwag’s dismissal literally put the brakes on scoring as all the KKR bowlers did a splendid job during the middle overs.advertisementJames Hopes (25, 30 balls) simply didn’t get going which led to additional pressure on other batsmen who perished going for big shots. Iqbal Abdulla was the pick of the KKR bowlers scalping three wickets for 25.Earlier, Tiwary scored 61 off only 47 balls (2×4, 3×6) as the other KKR batsmen failed to provide substantial support to the Bengal captain.Apart from Shreevats Goswami, who scored 22, none of the other top-order KKR batsmen crossed the 20-run mark.For Tiwary, who has got some good scores in this tournament so far, this was one innings where he shouldered a lot of responsibility staying till the end.If one took Tiwary’s contribution out, KKR’s scorecard would have cut a sorry picture after being put into bat by Daredevils captain Sehwag. .Irfan Pathan (1/16), for the first time in the tournament, looked incisive while young Umesh Yadav (2/29) was a revelation with the ball.Sent into bat, KKR batsmen found the going tough as Irfan was swinging in the ball and Kallis couldn’t keep a flick down which David Warner spilled at mid-wicket.His partner Goswami, who got his first game in the tournament, played some flashy shots and missed a few in between. A slash over third man, a cut over point and a thumping lofted hit that cannoned to the boundary were all hit off Morne Morkel (1/42), who turned out to be the most expensive among Delhi bowlers.Kallis, who started off with a few singles, then tried to break the shackles hitting Morkel for a couple of boundaries.But Irfan finally was rewarded for bowling a good line as Kallis (11) shuffled a bit too much and the ball swung enough to clip the leg stump.Skipper Gambhir started with a square cut off Yadav and was then lucky to survive as he mistimed a pull-shot which Irfan, running backwards, failed to latch on.But Goswami (22, 20 balls, 4×4) didn’t last long as Ajit Agarkar dismissed him with the very first ball of his spell.It was a fullish delivery outside the off-stump which Goswami wanted to steer but only managed to edge it to Naman Ojha behind the stumps.Tiwary started off with a boundary as he opened the face of the bat to guide it to third man where Irfan’s bloomer saw the ball cross the ropes.It was the 11th over of the innings bowled by Agarkar that cost Delhi 15 runs with 14 being scored by Tiwary. A full toss on the legs was gleefully dispatched over the square leg fence.However Hopes made amends in the very next over when Gambhir (18, 19 balls, 2×4) in his bid to step up the run-rate was caught at the deep mid-wicket by Y Venugopal Rao.There was no stopping Tiwary though as he hit Morkel over deep mid-wicket for a huge six.When Yadav came for his second spell, Tiwary clobbered the pacer over long-on for his third six.However, Yusuf Pathan’s (5, 8 balls) flop-show continued as his tired looking hoick was easily lapped by brother Irfan stationed at long-on off Yadav.advertisementKKR’s debatable selection Eoin Morgan (0) was the next to go as his aerial shot was gobbled up by Ojha to put Yadav on a hat-trick.Tiwary finally completed his well deserved half century off 37 balls with a couple of Yadav.-With PTI inputs
The Sydney Mets and the SQBD Sharks have made it through to the Grand Final of the Mixed Open’s at the 2009 National Touch League in Port Macquarie.The Mets beat the Hunter Western Hornets 12-4 in the first semi final, while the SQBD Sharks beat the Sydney Rebels in extra time in the second semi final, the final score being 9-8. In the Women’s Open division, Sydney Mets will be looking to win back to back titles after beating Barbarians 10-3 in the first semi final. Mets were up 2-1 at half time, but hit another level in the second half. In the other semi, SQBD Sharks beat Rustlers 4-3 in extra time. The Sharks and Mets haven’t played each other in the past 2 NTL’s, which will make for an exciting final.In the Men’s Open division, there was a battle of the Sydney teams with the Mets and the Scorpions toughing it out on field one. The battle went down to the final minute, with Scorpions causing an upset by beating the Mets 8-7.On field two in the second semi final were the Sharks and Rebels, with the Sharks winning 11-8.The Mixed Grand Final will be played at 1pm, followed by the Women’s 20 final at 2pm. The Men’s 20 final will be played at 3pm.The Women’s final will be played at 4.20, with the men’s to be played at 5.30pm
Jameis Winston, the probable No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, is currently showing off his abilities at Florida State’s pro day in Tallahassee. He’s reportedly going to throw between 90-110 passes. One of those passes really got away from him, leading to a pretty big collision on the sideline at the Semionles’ indoor facility. Check it out: Keep your head on a swivel, camera guy.