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first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND – In only four days, Stephen Curry will return to the place that shaped his childhood and his basketball journey.The NBA will host All-Star weekend in his hometown of Charlotte, N.C., and Curry may as well be the league’s unofficial host along with the Hornets franchise. Curry will make his sixth appearance in the NBA 3-point contest on Saturday and his sixth All-Star appearance on Sunday. On Saturday, Curry …last_img read more

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first_imgSouth African musician Yvonne Chaka Chaka is being recognised for her humanitarian work, and will receive a BET International Global Good Power Award later this month. South African music legend Yvonne Chaka Chaka is being honoured internationally with a BET International Global Good Power Award, on 29 June 2017. (Image: Yvonne Chaka Chaka website)Priya PitamberYvonne Chaka Chaka’s latest accolade, BET’s International Global Good Power Award, isn’t for her music, but for her work related to improving the health of Africans.The South African songstress, fondly known as the Princess of Africa, has long been synonymous with excellence in the music industry, locally and internationally.Her lyrics resonated with freedom fighters during the apartheid years. After democracy, her focus shifted when one of her backup singers died of malaria.“She began the Princess of Africa Foundation, where she works to eradicate the effects of malaria, tuberculosis and HIV and to carry out community and social charity works,” said BET. “There, Chaka Chaka focuses on healthcare, education and sanitation.”The foundation’s work includes making healthcare and vaccinations available to those in need. It also provides items such as bed nets and anti-mosquito sprays. “The foundation also educates citizens about malaria treatment and prevention, and works to promote literacy.”A very big thank you to @BET for the Global Good Power Honor. Now is the time for Africa ? #BETAwards17 pic.twitter.com/mwrL5NKBB9— Yvonne Chaka Chaka (@YvonneChakaX2) June 6, 2017For mankindChaka Chaka told the Times Live website she was humbled to be recognised by a brand she enjoyed.“I love BET; I watch their channels but I always thought it was more for the young people. So when I was told that I was nominated, I was deeply humbled because they were recognising me for respecting my talent and the responsibility that came with it,” she said.She remembered that American musician Chaka Khan was honoured in 2013 but she never imagined she would one day also be included on such an esteemed list.“Knowing the power of my talent helped me to be able to help people. Most of my work to advocate for education and good health has been done on the continent, but it was only because people already knew who Yvonne Chaka Chaka was that I got the opportunity,” she said.As a UN Goodwill ambassador, Chaka Chaka helps to elevate the country’s international profile. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon showed appreciation for her “enormous contributions to the UN and our world”. He said: “You are truly the Princess of Africa, our queen of equality.”She will attend the BET Awards in Los Angeles on 29 June 2017 to receive her accolade.Watch:In good companyAlongside Chaka Chaka, Somali human rights activist Ilwad Elman will also receive the BET International Global Good Power Award.ANNOUNCEMENT! This year we have two @BET_Intl #GlobalGood honourees! The first is social activist @IlwadElman! pic.twitter.com/f3YRySKTvr— BET International (@BET_Intl) June 6, 2017“Elman is the director at the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre, named for her father and founded by her mother,” reads the BET website. “There, she works tirelessly to disarm and disengage children, thereby saving them from their exploited existence at the hands of warlords who use them as guards and soldiers.”She also advocated for the 2015 Somalia Child Rights Convention, which creates a system for child soldiers to be rehabilitated instead of imprisoned.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After being swamped by water all spring and into early summer, many parts of the state turned dry for the later stages of the growing season and into fall. This translated into great harvest conditions, but also some early struggles for the wheat crop in some areas.The dry weather allowed Jeff Duling — who farms in Hancock, Putnam and Van Wert counties — to get harvest underway quickly and wheat planted in a timely manner. By mid-October the wheat was in the ground, but it didn’t emerge for quite some time.“Dry soil has delayed wheat emergence. On Oct. 20, we travelled to the Northwest Agricultural Research Station in Wood County to do a wheat stand count. However, we didn’t find anything to count, and the wheat was planted on Oct. 1. Similar trends are being observed in other locations across the state — wheat is taking an unusually long time to emerge,” wrote Laura Lindsey and Pierce Paul, Ohio State University Extension, in a recent CORN Newsletter. “Some has only just emerged after being planted for more than a week (or a month). In our plots, the wheat seeds were still in good condition, but the soil was just too cool and dry for the seeds to germinate and emerge.”Interestingly, the wheat field in the plots that were tilled were the most delayed, while the no-till wheat that had retained more moisture had emerged. As temperatures warmed after the cold snap in late October and some rains provided much-needed moisture, the rest of the wheat in the plots (and on Duling’s farm) had emerged. The question going into winter, though, is if the delayed emergence will hurt the yield potential for the crop.“As usual, what happens next depends on the weather. Wheat that emerges late and enters winter dormancy with few very small tillers has reduced winter hardiness. However, if freezing weather does not occur until late November or early December, wheat that emerges late may still develop three to four tillers, which helps to reduce winter-kill, and may still yield similarly to wheat that emerged in a timely manner,” Lindsey and Paul said. “Currently, we are in the process of revising the recommendations for the minimum wheat stand required for profitable wheat production. Our preliminary data (based on two locations of research in 2015) indicates that with fewer than 38 wheat shoots (main stem and tillers) in a linear foot of row at the Feekes 5 growth stage (green-up), wheat yield is reduced to less than 75 bushels per acre. As wheat greens up in the spring, we recommend examining your field for the number of wheat shoots.”For any wheat that has still not emerged, a few seeds should be dug and examined for viability. A warm December could allow time for more tiller development headed into winter.last_img read more

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first_imgA 45-year-old man attempted self-immolation at Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s “Jan Ashirwad Rath Yatra” in Sonipat on Monday, allegedly perturbed over the unemployment of his two sons. He sustained more than 50% burns and has been referred to PGIMS, Rohtak.Five more persons sustained burns in the incident. Chief Medical Officer, Sonipat, Ashwani Kumar, said all the five injured were out of danger, but one of them, Chandram, has also been referred to PGIMS, Rohtak, for better treatment.Rajesh, the victim, told mediapersons that he had met Mr. Khattar at Haryana Bhawan in 2016 seeking jobs for his two sons. He said the Chief Minister asked him to come to him after the vacancies for Group D jobs were advertised and assured help. But both his sons failed to make it in the recent appointments to Group D jobs. Rajesh, a worker at a factory in Rai, said he was worried about his sons’ future and set himself afire in protest.An eye-witness told The Hindu that Rajesh doused himself with an inflammable liquid soon after Mr. Khattar ended his speech at Rathdhana village around noon. He set himself afire and ran amok hugging people in the crowd, causing injuries to them as well. He was overpowered and taken to Civil Hospital in an ambulance along with the other injured.Mr. Khattar had kicked off his State-wide tour, ‘Jan Ashirwad Rath Yatra’, in Panchkula earlier this month ahead of the Assembly elections due in October. He will reach all the 90 Assembly segments of the State till September 8.‘75,000 govt. jobs’Haryana Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain claimed that 75,000 government jobs were given during the BJP rule and the appointments were made in a transparent manner.Sonipat SP Pratiksha Godara said a case was registered against Rajesh on charges of attempt to suicide and causing hurt. She said the preliminary investigation suggested that the man was “mentally unstable”.Suicide prevention helpline: Sanjivini, Society for Mental Health, Telephone: 011-4076 9002, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. -7.30 p.m.last_img read more

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first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires With the Panthers, Sandland played under Arizona head coach Steve Wilks, who was then Carolina’s defensive defensive backs coach and assistant head coach.Last week while attempting to fill in the holes at tight end, the Cardinals signed free agent tight end Bryce Williams to a one-year deal.Arizona lost tight end Troy Niklas, who this offseason signed with the Patriots in free agency.Entering the 2018 season, veteran Jermaine Gresham could remain out a significant period after he tore his Achilles in the 2017 season finale.The Cardinals open mini-camp on Tuesday. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals signed free agent tight end Beau Sandland to a one-year contract, the team announced on Monday.The 2016 seventh-round draft pick by the Carolina Panthers joins a thin tight end unit that includes fourth-year pro Gabe Holmes and second-year pro Ricky Seals-Jones, who recorded 12 catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns after going undrafted in 2017.Sandland, 25, has not made an NFL game appearance and spent the first portion of his rookie year on the Panthers’ practice squad. After Carolina waived him in November 2016, the Green Bay Packers added Sandland to their practice squad but he was released from their injured reserved list last August. 14 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Carolina Panthers tight end Beau Sandland (85) in action against the New England Patriots during an NFL game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. (Chris Keane/AP Images for Panini) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more