Simple Soils.

first_imgChoosing a potting soil can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some keyterms you might see at the garden center. An all-purpose potting mix has composted bark, peat moss or peat humus added to loamy soil. Gardeners usually add ingredients to customize mixes. Ready-to-use premium mix has similar material but in different proportions. More bark and peat and less soil make it lighter. Perlite and vermiculite give it better drainage and aeration. Many contain a wetting agent for uniform water distribution. A professional mix has the same materials as the premium types. But it’s more finely processed. It works well for starting seeds or transplanting delicate seedlings. Plant-specific mixes are used when you have a certain plant in mind with special requirements. Orchids, African violets and cacti are a few of the special mixes available.last_img read more

Read more on Simple Soils.

Hasselbaink plays down play-off prospects

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has played down the prospect of QPR competing for a play-off place following their win against Bristol City.Tuesday’s 1-0 victory left Rangers ninth in the Championship table, just one point away from the top six.Hasselbaink’s side, who travel to Sheffield Wednesday this weekend, are unbeaten in five matches.Asked if the play-offs is a realistic aim, manager Hasselbaink said: “We want to be there. But at this moment in time the most important thing is to accumulate as many points as we can.“Saturday is another big game. Can we bring that same kind of determination to that game?“We need to try to get as many points as possible and then see at the beginning of next year where we are.”Rangers will assess Jordan Cousins and Joel Lynch ahead of Saturday’s game after both players limped off against City.Click here for the latest QPR transfer gossipClick here for today’s QPR quiz See also:Sylla’s goal gives QPR victoryBristol City boss bemoans ‘disgraceful’ decisionHasselbaink hails QPR’s persistence after deserved winQPR v Bristol City player ratingsQPR hopeful on Cousins injuryQPR fans on Twitter praise midfield duoLuongo ‘has got the lot’ – Hasselbaink  Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Read more on Hasselbaink plays down play-off prospects

Powerful women shape Africa

first_imgWomen have left their mark in various fields across the continent of Africa. From medicine to fashion design and politics, they have tackled huge challenges and have emerged victorious. Their stories serve to inspire future generations. Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Nigeria’s Folake Folarin-Coker are just two women in Africa thriving in their careers. (Image: Liberia Government website and Tiffany Amber website) • Peace restored in communities after xenophobic attacks • African entrepreneur sold his belongings to start Kisua • We Are the World Africa sings out against xenophobia • All about the African Union • Africa’s biggest democracy votes: ‘Whoever wins, Nigeria has the victory’ Priya Pitamber Throughout history, powerful women have helped to steer the course of Africa’s destiny. In politics, art, science, and other sectors of society, women from Sudan to South Africa have left a lasting impact.Ellen Johnson SirleafEllen Johnson Sirleaf is not only Liberia’s 24th president, she is also the first elected female head of state in Africa. She took the seat in 2006 and is currently sitting her second term in office.During her first presidential campaign, she said she wanted to “to bring motherly sensitivity and emotion to the presidency as a way of healing the wounds of war”. Her nation was riven by war, with the First Liberian Civil War raging from 1989-1996 and the Second Liberian Civil War taking place from 1999-2003.Sirleaf has also encouraged women to enter politics. Her political career started in 1972 when she gave a speech at her high school alma mater in which she criticised the government of the time. Her official biography states that the speech showed her “determination to speak the truth and it was the start of her active role in politics”.She went into exile twice after clashing with the governments of the time, but did not back down. For her determination and iron will, she was given the nick name “Iron Lady” by her supporters.As president, Sirleaf has got the UN to lift its trade sanctions on Liberia, giving the country access to international markets and so increasing its annual gross domestic product growth by 8.7%. There has also been investment to rebuild schools, clinics and markets, as well as in scholarships for capacity building.Some of her more recent awards include the Year of Pan Africanism and African Renaissance African Union Award and the Gender Is My Agenda Campaign African Women Pioneer Award. She has also been named one of the 10 best leaders in the world (Newsweek, 2010) and is among the top 10 female leaders (Time Magazine, 2010). She has also been called “the best president [Liberia] has ever had” (The Economist, 2010).Miriam MakebaMillions of people around the world loved the music of South African singer Miriam Makeba, calling her “Mama Africa” and the “Empress of African Song”.She first came into conflict with the South African apartheid government for performing in the film, Come Back Africa, in which she played a singer. Makeba flew to the Venice Film Festival in 1959 to accept an award for her role; she did not return and her passport was revoked. “She was the first black musician to leave South Africa on account of apartheid, and over the years many others would follow her,” stated South African History Online.Without realising it, she became one of the loudest voices calling for change in South Africa. “And I’m not a political singer,” she told UK newspaper The Guardian. “I don’t know what the word means. People think I consciously decided to tell the world what was happening in South Africa. No! I was singing about my life, and in South Africa we always sang about what was happening to us – especially the things that hurt us.”In the early 1960s she addressed the UN. “I ask you and all the leaders of the world, would you act differently, would you keep silent and do nothing if you were in our place?” she asked. “Would you not resist if you were allowed no rights in your country because the colour of your skin is different to that of the rulers?”Makeba eventually returned to South Africa after Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990. She continued her humanitarian work through the Miriam Makeba Rehabilitation Centre for abused girls and the Zenzile Miriam Makeba Foundation. She also became a Goodwill Ambassador to the UN.In 2008, at the age of 76, she died after suffering a heart attack.Josephine NamboozeDuring the 1950s, Josephine Nambooze became the first woman to enrol into the Makerere University Medical School in Uganda.As a young girl, she lived near the doctor who treated her family; his children used to play with Nambooze’s brothers. “We got to know them very well, and this inspired me to study medicine,” she told the UN Women Beijing Platform for Action. “There were also some expatriate women doctors at that hospital, and that showed me that being a woman and being a doctor was possible.” She specialised in maternal and child health to tackle maternal mortality in East and Central Africa.“Once I ventured into medicine, I felt that I had an obligation to succeed to be a role model to women so that they were not discouraged from taking up professions that were exclusively held by men,” she said. “When I was doing obstetrics, I noticed that women preferred to go to a woman doctor than a man doctor. Even when I would finish a long day at work, there were still women waiting to see a woman doctor. Some of this might have been out of curiosity to make sure that I really existed!”Nambooze went on to become the director of support for health services development at the World Health Organization (WHO) regional office in the Republic of the Congo. She was also the first representative of the WHO in Botswana.Cultural perceptions about women were her biggest challenge when she was studying, she said. “People actually thought at this time that women could not be as bright as men! The duration of education that one had to acquire before being a doctor, people thought a woman could not be patient enough to do it all before wanting to get married.”But with immense support from her parents, she completed her studies and graduated as a doctor. If it was not for them, she said, she would not have been able to achieve her objective.“I encouraged women to feel that they had the same education as men and could now qualify for various positions,” she said of her impact on society. “I made a big contribution in human resource development of medical professionals in Africa, and as a teacher, I taught for 20 or 25 years. This is a big contribution.”Folake Folarin-CokerNigerian Folake Folarin-Coker gave up her day job as a lawyer – she has a Master’s degree in petroleum law – to pursue her love of fashion.In 1998, she launched her fashion label, Tiffany Amber, and started a revolution in the Nigerian fashion sector. Her dedication and drive paid off when, 10 years later, she presented her line at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. “The collection was heralded by such rave reviews that Folake was invited to showcase for the second time, making her the first African-based designer to showcase for two consecutive seasons at the New York Fashion Week,” according to the label’s website.In an interview with blogger and journalist Belinda Otas, Folarin-Coker admitted African fashion was still in its infancy but stressed that “the time for Africa is now, the world is looking to us for inspiration”.There was a certain uniqueness about Africa the world had noticed. “It goes deep into our sense of style because of our culture,” she said. “And if you notice, Africans, wherever we go, we make sure we carry our culture with us. So these are the things that are going to come out in our dressing. It is something that we can offer the world.”Folarin-Coker knows there must be a balance between the art of fashion and the art of business to achieve success in the industry, and that is her strength. “The fashion business is a process of seduction that ultimately leads to desire,” she said. “In the process of trying to seduce your client, you throw money out the window and if it lands in the right place, it comes right back through your door. The key thing is to know which window to throw at.”She won designer of the year at African Fashion International in 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa.Joyce BandaJoyce Banda became Malawi’s first female president in 2012, a position she held till 2014, during which time she became known for her dedication to austerity for the sake of her country. “She sold off a $15-million (R180m) presidential jet, cut her own salary by 30% and dismissed her cabinet in the midst of corruption allegations,” noted American business magazine, Forbes.From the start of a political career in 1999, she was an advocate for children and women’s rights. Banda herself survived an abusive marriage and left her first husband in 1981. “Most African women are taught to endure abusive marriages,” she said. “They say endurance means a good wife but most women endure abusive relationship because they are not empowered economically; they depend on their husbands.”@drjoycebanda delivered an inspiring keynote speech at the AU/EU Women in Parliament Summit in Addis Ababa. Thanks @drjoycebanda for inspiring women around the world. @wipglobalforumA photo posted by Joyce Banda Foundation (@joycebandafoundation) on Mar 25, 2015 at 3:01pm PDTShe set up the Joyce Banda Foundation to assist children and orphans through education. In a video, she explained she decided she was not going to be vulnerable again after her marriage failed.Malawi: President Joyce Banda from Youngblood Films on Vimeo.“You’ll find me in New York one day amongst kings and presidents, and I’ll be very comfortable. But at the same time, take me to a village and I’ll be very, very comfortable to sit on the floor with the people so that is [what] we are aspiring to now. People are saying ‘we want a leader that can relate to us, we want a leader that can sit on the floor with us,’” she said.In 2012, Forbes ranked her as the most powerful woman in Africa. Her international awards include the Martin Luther King Drum Major Award in 2012 and Women of Substance Award in 2010 from the African Women Development Fund.NoViolet BulawayoElizabeth Tshele, 33, writing under the pseudonym NoViolet Bulawayo, was the first Zimbabwean author to be long- and short-listed for the Man Booker prize; that was in 2013 for her novel We Need New Names.“NoViolet means ‘with Violet’, in memory of her mother, who died when she was 18 months old,” clarified The Guardian. “Bulawayo is her yearned-for home city in Zimbabwe.” The author moved to the USA when she was 18.Bulawayo said she was inspired to write the story when she saw children sitting on rubble after the Zimbabwean government bulldozed homes as part of a clean-up campaign of informal settlements. “As I looked at image after haunting image,” she told The Guardian, “I became obsessed with where the people would go, what their stories were, and how those stories would develop – and more importantly, what would happen to the kid in the first picture I saw.”Drawing from her own life experience as well, the story is of a girl who is forced to immigrate to the US after she loses her home in Zimbabwe.They did not come to Paradise. Coming would mean that they were choosers. That they first looked at the sun, sat down with crossed legs, picked their teeth, and pondered the decision. That they had the time to gaze at their reflections in long mirrors, perhaps pat their hair, tighten their belts, check the watches on their wrists before looking at the red road and finally announcing: Now we are ready for this. They did not come, no. They just appeared. – Extract from We Need New NamesShe had an emotional response to the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa against other Africans, and she shared her thoughts on Facebook:dearest South Africa. see us. see us clear, see us proper — just see us, how in this here corner we crouch beneath…Posted by NoViolet Bulawayo on Wednesday, 15 April 2015Her novel was recognised at the LA Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and it received the Pen/Hemingway Award, the Etisalat Prize for Literature, the Barnes and Noble Discover Award (second place), and the National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” Fiction. Another of her stories, Hitting Budapest, won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing.Queen NzingaThe monarch of the Mbundu people, Queen Nzinga was a formidable leader in the late 16th and 17th centuries. It was a time when the Portuguese were trying to expand the slave trade from south-west Africa into central Africa.After the Portuguese established a fort and a settlement in Luanda, in what is today Angola, they invited the king for a meeting. But according to the Black Past website, he sent his sister, Nzinga. “Noting that the only chair in the room belonged to Governor Corria, she immediately motioned to one of her assistants who fell on her hands and knees and served as a chair for Nzinga for the rest of the meeting.”Believing in a strategic approach, she knew she would need the Portuguese as an ally in the fight against her African enemies and to end the slave trade, so she converted to Christianity. “Ana de Sousa Nzinga’s baptism, with the Portuguese colonial governor serving as godfather, sealed this relationship,” noted the Metropolitan of Art website.But by 1626, the Portuguese had betrayed Nzinga and she and her people were forced to find new land beyond their reach. She eventually formed an alliance with the Dutch against the Portuguese.“She became renowned for the guerrilla tactics she employed for resisting the technologically superior Portuguese army,” according to the Metropolitan of Art website. “She was a brilliant strategist and, although past 60, led her warriors herself. Never surrendering, she died on 17 December 1663.”With her death, the Portuguese were able to expand their slave trade. Angola was colonised by Portugal but modern day resistance movements adopted Nzinga’s strategy to wage a guerrilla campaign against colonialism. It led to independence in 1975. A statue in Angola honours the work of Queen Nzinga. (Image: Wikipedia)Lorna RuttoFormer banker Lorna Rutto started Eco Post, specialising in recycling plastic waste, in Nairobi, Kenya. She has become a successful businesswoman by converting plastic waste into sustainable plastic lumber.“The opportunity was born due to the need for plastic poles,” Rutto told UK news site, BBC. “People needed an alternative to timber, a product that does not rot and one that cannot be affected by termites.”“Let every individual and institution now think and act as a responsible trustee of Earth, seeking choices in ecology,…Posted by Ecopost on Monday, 5 January 2015The vision she has for the company is to create a “green Africa free from poverty” and the mission is to “create sustainable jobs for people in marginalised communities and conserve our environment”.Watch how the process works:But Rutto has faced a few challenges along the way, such as trying to access credit from financiers. “I set up a business in the waste manufacturing industry, which is not a common type of business sector that women choose to venture into,” she explained. “Women should be courageous to start their businesses in a broader and more competitive range of sectors.”She told the Unreasonable Institute, an organisation that aids businesses: “We’ve created 20 direct jobs and over 300 indirect jobs for marginalised youth and women thus improving their life. Our staff earn 1.5 times the minimum wage.”Fatima Abdel MahmoudFatima Abdel Mahmoud studied medicine and public health in the Soviet Union during the 1960s, choosing to specialise in paediatrics. But in 1973, she became one of the first women to hold a political position in Sudan; in 2010, she entered the elections as a presidential candidate. She did not win but entered the race again in 2015.“She was in 1973 appointed deputy minister of youth, sports, and social affairs,” noted CCTV Africa. “Her appointment, along with that of Sayeda Nafeisa Ahmed al Amin as a member of the ruling Sudanese Socialist Union politburo, made international news at a time when contemporary estimates put the Sudanese female literacy rate at 10%.”She told news site CCTV Africa: “My sign is the dove. I ran in these elections to prove that women have the right to high authority as president, that this was a successful experiment around the world.”She went up against 15 male presidential candidates in 2015. Incumbent president Omar al-Bashir was re-elected with the majority of the vote.Rapelang RabanaSouth African Rapelang Rabana started her own business, was featured on the cover of Forbes Africa magazine, and was invited to join a panel at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos in 2012 – all before she turned 30.Rabana is the founder of Rekindle Learning, which describes itself as a “learning and development company that provides mobile and computer learning solutions that enable knowledge mastery and measurement in corporate and schooling environments”.In 2012, she was invited to speak on a panel entitled “The Future across Generations” at the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos.“The awe of the moment was particularly pronounced when I realised that beyond the hundreds of participants at Davos, several interpreters, journalists, TV broadcasters and media platforms were listening [to] and recording my every word – when I ‘ummed’ even the interpreters ‘ummed,’” she said. “It’s an interesting perspective to see the world.”Being on the cover of Forbes Africa magazine in August 2013, alongside Wendy Ackerman – “the force behind Pick n Pay with her husband” – made Rabana feel incredibly lucky and privileged. “It was an honour being where so many far more established and successful entrepreneurs have been, much later in their careers,” she said.When she was named Entrepreneur for the World in 2014 by the World Entrepreneurship Forum, she felt a deep sense of serenity. “Almost 10 years back I had made the decision to start my business despite the confusion, turbulent thoughts and emotions, not knowing what life would hold,” she said. “Now the trust I had placed in myself to chart my own path was reaping rewards I never could have conceived, all because I dared to listen to myself. Knowing the value of that choice 10 years on gave me great peace.”last_img read more

Read more on Powerful women shape Africa

NRDC: Burning Trees to Make Electricity is an ‘Environmental Disaster’

first_imgThe Natural Resources Defense Council says that forests in the southeastern U.S. are threatened by a growing demand here and in Europe for wood to fuel the production of electricity, a practice that produces more carbon pollution than coal, gas and oil.The “massive” fuel needs of electric utilities could double logging rates and “significantly” increase carbon emissions, the organization claims in a statement on its website.“Until recently, electricity produced by burning plant material — called biomass energy — was widely considered an important ‘renewable’ resource — along with technologies like solar, wind, and geothermal,” the NRDC says. “But biomass was never meant to include whole trees, much less entire forests.”The group said recent evidence discredits the use of whole trees to produce power because it increases carbon pollution while simultaneously destroying ecosystems “that can never be replaced.” RELATED ARTICLES Demand ‘skyrockets’ in EuropeThe United States was the largest exporter of wood pellets in the world in 2012 as demand for wood fuel increased sharply in Europe, the NDRC says.As reported on a website for the North American Biomass Pellet Export Conference, wood pellets will help European countries meet their 20% renewable energy goals by 2020. Demand should hit 32 million tons by 2016 and rise to as much as 335 million tons a year by 2020.“These manufacturers clear forests, grind the trees into wood chips and ‘wood pellets’ and ship them from ports in the Southeast to ports in Western Europe,” the group says. “Last year alone, wood pellet exports from Southern ports increased 70 percent.”The group discounted claims by electric utilities and pellet manufacturers that burning wood to make electricity is essentially carbon neutral because the amount of carbon released when the wood is burned is the same as the carbon the trees have absorbed from the atmosphere as they grew.Trees are about half water by weight, the NDRC says, so they have less energy potential than coal or other fossil fuels. “In other words, to get the same amount of energy from trees as from fossil fuels, many more trees have to be burned, resulting in 40 percent more carbon emissions at the smokestack per unit of energy generated.” Do Wood-Burning Power Plants Make Sense?Blows Against Two Carbon Reduction Strategies Biomass Electricity Production: How Green Is It?Heating With Wood Pellets Update on a Wood Chip CHP Plant for BrattleboroShould Green Homes Burn Wood?last_img read more

Read more on NRDC: Burning Trees to Make Electricity is an ‘Environmental Disaster’

5-Star LB/DE Erick Fowler Flips From LSU To Texas

first_imgErick Fowler flips his commitment from LSU to Texas.Erick FowlerIt’s possible that no one will have a better National Signing Day than the Texas Longhorns. Charlie Strong already has several four-star commitments in the fold, and Manor (Tex.) five-star linebacker/defensive end Erick Fowler just flipped his commitment to UT after being pledged to LSU since June 2015. Reporter Victor Diaz is on the scene at Fowler’s announcement ceremony and has video. Manor’s Erick Fowler chooses #UT. Big get for the Longhorns.— Victor Diaz (@VictorOchoDiaz) February 3, 2016Manor is the No. 7 outside linebacker in the 2016 class according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.last_img read more

Read more on 5-Star LB/DE Erick Fowler Flips From LSU To Texas

As Olympics near South Korea agonizes over postGames costs

first_imgGANGNEUNG, South Korea – South Korean officials have ruled out turning a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Other than that, not much is certain about the country’s post-Winter Games plans for a host of expensive venues.As officials prepare for the games in and around the small mountain town of Pyeongchang, there are lingering worries over the huge financial burden facing one of the nation’s poorest regions. Local officials hope that the Games will provide a badly needed economic boost by marking the area as a world-class tourist destination.But past experience shows that hosts who justified their Olympics with expectations of financial windfalls were often left deeply disappointed when the fanfare ended.This isn’t lost on Gangwon province, which governs Pyeongchang and nearby Gangneung, a seaside city that will host Olympic skating and hockey events. Officials there are trying hard to persuade the national government to pay to maintain new stadiums that will have little use once the athletes leave. Seoul, however, is so far balking at the idea.The Olympics, which begin Feb. 9, will cost South Korea about 14 trillion won ($12.9 billion), much more than the 8 to 9 trillion won ($7 to 8 billion) the country projected as the overall cost when Pyeongchang won the bid in 2011.Worries over costs have cast a shadow over the games among residents long frustrated with what they say were decades of neglect in a region that doesn’t have much going on other than domestic tourism and fisheries.“What good will a nicely managed global event really do for residents when we are struggling so much to make ends meet?” said Lee Do-sung, a Gangneung restaurant owner. “What will the games even leave? Maybe only debt.”___TEARING THINGS DOWNThe atmosphere was starkly different three decades ago when grand preparations for the 1988 Seoul Summer Games essentially shaped the capital into the modern metropolis it is today.A massive sports complex and huge public parks emerged alongside the city’s Han River. Next came new highways, bridges and subway lines. Forests of high-rise buildings rose above the bulldozed ruins of old commercial districts and slums.The legacy of the country’s second Olympics will be less clear. In a country that cares much less now about the recognition that large sporting events bring, it will potentially be remembered more for things dismantled than built.Pyeongchang’s picturesque Olympic Stadium — a pentagonal 35,000-seat arena that sits in a county of 40,000 people — will only be used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics before workers tear it down.A scenic downhill course in nearby Jeongseon will also be demolished after the games to restore the area to its natural state. Fierce criticism by environmentalists over the venue being built on a pristine forest sacred to locals caused construction delays that nearly forced pre-Olympic test events to be postponed.Gangwon officials want the national government to share costs for rebuilding the forest, which could be as much as 102 billion won ($95 million).___NO FISHDespite more than a decade of planning, Gangwon remains unsure what to do with the Olympic facilities it will keep.Winter sports facilities are often harder to maintain than summer ones because of the higher costs for maintaining ice and snow and the usually smaller number of people they attract. That’s especially true in South Korea, which doesn’t have a strong winter sports culture.Not all ideas are welcome.Gangwon officials say they never seriously considered a proposal to convert the 8,000-seat Gangneung Oval, the Olympic speed skating venue, into a refrigerated warehouse for seafood. Officials were unwilling to have frozen fish as part of their Olympic legacy.Gangwon officials also dismissed a theme park developer’s suggestion to make the stadium a gambling venue where people place bets on skating races, citing the country’s strict laws and largely negative view of gambling.A plan to have the 10,000-capacity Gangneung Hockey Center host a corporate league hockey team fell apart.Even worse off are Pyeongchang’s bobsleigh track, ski jump hill and the biathlon and cross-country skiing venues, which were built for sports South Koreans are largely uninterested in.After its final inspection visit in August, the International Olympic Committee warned Pyeongchang’s organizers that they risked creating white elephants from Olympic venues, though it didn’t offer specific suggestions for what to do differently.Cautionary tales come from Athens, which was left with a slew of abandoned stadiums after the 2004 Summer Games that some say contributed to Greece’s financial meltdown and Nagano, the Japanese town that never got the tourism bump it expected after spending an estimated $10.5 billion for the 1998 Winter Games.Some Olympic venues have proved to be too costly to maintain. The $100 million luge and bobsled track built in Turin for the 2006 games was later dismantled because of high operating costs. Pyeongchang will be only the second Olympic host to dismantle its ceremonial Olympic Stadium immediately after the games — the 1992 Winter Olympics host Albertville did so as well.___‘MONEY-DRINKING HIPPOS’Gangwon has demanded that the national government in Seoul pay for maintaining at least four Olympic facilities after the Games — the speed skating arena, hockey centre, bobsleigh track and ski jump hill. This would save the province about 6 billion won ($5.5 million) a year, according to Park Cheol-sin, a Gangwon official.But the national government says doing so would be unfair to other South Korean cities that struggled financially after hosting large sports events. Incheon, the indebted 2014 Asian Games host, has a slew of unused stadiums now mocked as “money-drinking hippos.” It would also be a hard sell to taxpayers outside of Gangwon, said Lee Jae-soon, an official from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.Unlike the 1988 Olympics and the 2002 World Cup, which were brought to South Korea after bids driven by the national government, the provincial government led the bid for the Pyeongchang games and it did so without any commitment from Seoul over footing the bill.Under current plans, Gangwon will be managing at least six Olympic facilities after the games.These facilities will create a 9.2 billion won ($8.5 million) deficit for the province every year, a sizable burden for a quickly-aging region that had the lowest income level among South Korean provinces in 2013, according to the Korea Industrial Strategy Institute, which was commissioned by Gangwon to analyze costs.Hong Jin-won, a Gangneung resident and activist who has been monitoring Olympic preparations for years, said the real deficit could be even bigger. The institute’s calculation is based on assumptions that each facility would generate at least moderate levels of income, which Hong says is no sure thing.He said that could mean welfare spending gets slashed to help make up the lack of money.South Korea, a rapidly-aging country with a worsening job market and widening rich-poor gap, has by far the highest elderly poverty rate among rich nations, according to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development figures.If Seoul doesn’t pay for the Olympic facilities, and Gangwon can’t turn them into cultural or leisure facilities, it might make more sense for Gangwon to just tear them down.Park said the national government must step up because the “Olympics are a national event, not a Gangwon event.”last_img read more

Read more on As Olympics near South Korea agonizes over postGames costs

Man thrown from vehicle and killed in rollover crash north of Wonowon

first_imgWONOWON, B.C. – One man is dead after a single-vehicle crash occurred off the Alaska Highway north of Wonowon on Sunday evneing.Constable Chad Neustaeter with the Fort St. John RCMP said that officers and BC Ambulance Service crews were called out to a single vehicle rollover on the Mile 109 Road, three kilometres from the turnoff to the Alaska Highway, at around 8:00 p.m.The crash involved a single red 2007 Volkswagen Golf with two occupants; a 41-year-old female driver and a 32-year-old male passenger. Cst. Neustaeter said that officers believe the man was ejected from the vehicle during the collision and was declared dead at the scene. The family of the deceased have been notified, his identity has not been released.The woman was taken by ambulance to the Fort St John Regional Hospital for an assessment and was released shortly thereafter.The Fort St John RCMP is imploring all drivers and passengers to properly wear their seatbelts, which are proven to save lives.Police say that alcohol is believed to have been a contributing factor, but the collision remains under investigation.If anyone witnessed the collision, has any dash cam video, or observed the vehicle’s driving behaviour prior to the crash, they are asked to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100. If you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online at read more

Read more on Man thrown from vehicle and killed in rollover crash north of Wonowon

SC has accepted there was corruption in Rafale deal claims Rahul

first_imgAmethi (UP): Buoyed by the Supreme Court order allowing petitioners seeking a review of the Rafale judgment to rely on leaked documents, Congress president Rahul Gandhi claimed the SC has made it clear that Prime Minister Narendra Modi committed a theft . Rahul Gandhi then challenged Modi to a debate on the Rafale military aircraft deal, which the Congress claims involved corruption, a charge repeatedly rejected by the government. Gandhi recalled a recent interview by the prime minister, in which Modi had said the Supreme Court had given a clean chit to his government on the Rafale deal. Now the SC has made it clear that ‘chowkidarji’ (watchman) has committed a theft, Gandhi told reporters here after filing his nomination papers from the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency. He claimed the apex court has accepted that there is some corruption in Rafale . The apex court, which had earlier cleared the Modi government of accusations of corruption over the Rafale deal, Tuesday said it will hear a review petition on the basis of the new documents, referred to by the petitioners. But Gandhi appeared to interpret the order as an acceptance by the Supreme Court that there was corruption in the deal on the French aircraft. “I am happy and I have been saying so for months that Hindustan’s PM has given the air force money to (industrialist) Anil Ambani, and the SC has accepted it. The SC is going to investigate it,” he said. I want to directly challenge that the SC has said that you have indulged in corruption, he said. Come let’s debate… the country wants to know about corruption, the Rafale deal, demonetisation and Amit Shah’s son.” The reference was to Jay Shah. Last year, a newspaper portal had claimed that his firm recorded a huge increase in turnover after the BJP-led government came to power. Jay Shah had then filed a defamation suit against the news organisation. Gandhi claimed that Modi will not be able to look him in the eye if the two debate the Rafale deal. I want to thank the SC. It’s a very happy day. The SC has talked about justice. Justice has prevailed,” he added.last_img read more

Read more on SC has accepted there was corruption in Rafale deal claims Rahul

Qureshi Swaraj likely to interact during SCO meeting in Kyrgyzstan

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and her Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj are likely to interact during the upcoming meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Kyrgyzstan later this month, a top Pakistani official said Thursday.”The two foreign ministers would be present in the meeting and in all likelihood would interact amongst themselves and with other leaders,” Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal told the media here. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghBut he hastened to clarify that “no formal meeting is, however, envisaged”. The SCO Ministerial meeting will take place in Kyrgyzstan on May 21-22. The economic and security grouping was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan became its members in 2017. In September, India called off a meeting between Swaraj and Qureshi at the UN citing the release of postal stamps “glorifying” a Kashmiri militant by Pakistan as one of the reasons. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe Indo-Pak tensions escalated in recent months after a terror attack in Pulwama by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group that killed 40 CRPF soldiers on February 14 and a subsequent aerial strike by India on a JeM training camp in Balakot on February 26. On February 27, the Pakistan Air Force retaliated by unsuccessfully targeting several military installations in Jammu and Kashmir. In the dogfight, Pakistan downed a MiG-21 Bison jet and captured an IAF pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1. Faisal also alleged that India was “causing an arms race in the region”. “India has been trying to bring the region into an arms race. Let me say that an increase in the defence budget is not the sole determinant of a nation’s strength,” he said.last_img read more

Read more on Qureshi Swaraj likely to interact during SCO meeting in Kyrgyzstan

Probe sought into Hero Chowk flyover collapse

first_imgGurugram: The Centre for Disaster Management Gurugram has demanded a comprehensive investigation over portions of new flyovers of Gurugram caving in. On May 8, the portion of Hero flyover in Gurgram had collapsed. In less than a year for the second time, the portion of Hero Chowk flyover which has been made operational just one- and a half years ago caved in. Earlier in June 2018, the part of recently built flyover at the Delhi-Jaipur highway came out all of a sudden six months before it was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Haryana. Last year, a portion of Rampura flyover also collapsed. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThere are claims that how in order to hasten the process of opening the flyover, most of the basic processes of construction were flawed. Facing flak over the entire incident the public officials have as of now refused to comment on the matter. The massive crack has just been one of the incidents of the new flyovers that have come up at the National Highway-8. Recently there were cracks that were witnessed on two occasions at the Hero Chowk flyover. Taking cognisance of the danger that these cracks pose to the commuters the NHAI officials have closed the stretch and begun the maintenance work. Slated to be completed within 30 months, Hero Chowk was completed in the record time of 15 months.last_img read more

Read more on Probe sought into Hero Chowk flyover collapse