Three Big Things: Warriors embarrassed by upstart Bucks

first_imgIt was the kind of beat-down that would send a lesser team into a deep introspection — or a state of chaos.It was the kind of loss that … Here’s something you can’t say often: The Warriors were not the better team in a game they played.In fact, in Thursday night’s game against the Bucks, they weren’t even close.Milwaukee turned in a statement win at Oracle Arena, running the Warriors off their home court in a 134-111 win that wasn’t as close as the final score might have indicated.last_img

MH17: New sickening video

first_imgNew sickening video footage has emerged apparently showing Russian-backed rebels arriving at the scene of the MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine, believing they’d shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet.All 298 passengers and crew – the majority Dutch – died on July 17 last year when the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, on a flight between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur, was shot down over rebel-held east Ukraine during heavy fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists.The footage – which was reportedly filmed by the rebels themselves and released by News Corp Australia – allegedly shows the insurgents dismay as they discover the aircraft is a commercial jet.It shows the rebels rifling through the luggage of passengers and crew and their discussion is disturbing.There is confusion and then realisation that their missile has brought down the passenger plane and not a Sukhoi fighter. “You see, they are foreigners, Malaysians,” the rebels say.Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told media she was sickened by footage but couldn’t verify the authenticity of the video.A final report by the Dutch Safety Board is due to be released in early October.According to AFP Britain has joined the chorus of countries calling for a UN-backed tribunal to prosecute those responsible for downing flight MH17 on the first anniversary of the disaster.Kiev and the West point the finger at the separatists, saying they may have used a BUK surface-to-air missile supplied by Russia to down the plane. But Moscow denies involvement and instead accuses Ukraine’s military.“Justice must be delivered for the 298 innocent people who lost their lives,” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement. “That requires an international tribunal, backed by a resolution binding all UN member states, to prosecute those responsible.”The Netherlands is leading the retrieval of victims’ remains and investigating the cause of the crash, as well as finding and punishing possible perpetrators. Apart from two passengers, both Dutch, the remains of all other victims have been found and positively identified.The Dutch Safety Board is expected to release a final report into the cause of the crash during the first week of October, but has stressed it will only address the cause of the crash, not the perpetrators.The Board released a preliminary report last September saying damage to the plane’s forward fuselage and cockpit section appears to “indicate that there were impacts from a large number of high-energy objects from outside”.AFP says that a criminal probe by a joint investigation team consisting of Australian, Belgian, Dutch, Malaysian and Ukrainian detectives is underway.last_img read more

South Africa’s green nation status improves – Global Status Report

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The world experienced its largest increase in green, renewable energy in 2015, adding over 147 gigawatts of wind, solar and other alternative energy power to the global grid, according to the Renewables 2016 Global Status Report, released on 1 June by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, or REN21.South Africa is one of the stand-out green nations, making remarkable strides in renewable energy, says Christine Lins, the REN21 executive secretary.According to the report, the $1-billion (about R15.6-billion today) investment in African renewable energy initiatives in 2004 increased to more than $12-billion in 2015/16, a growth of 58%, thanks in large part to projects begun in South Africa.South Africa was the first country on the continent to produce a gigawatt from solar power, and its contribution to wind power generation had pushed Africa’s output to more than 3 gigawatts.Global investment in renewable energy is driven, the report states, by being both cost competitive with traditional fossil fuels and a dynamic job creator in several countries, particularly in Africa.“Renewable generation has created 60 000 jobs in Africa, and of those, half are in South Africa,” says Lins. This boost has been driven mainly by South Africa’s successful Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme.The programme is projected to attract another $35-billion by 2020, according to data compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.The REN21 report confirms that governments are still key in driving renewables as a legitimate power alternative.While 173 countries are meeting renewable energy targets in 2016, with South Africa especially making up ground in utility-scale renewable generation, a challenge still remains in effectively using residential energy production.As has become the norm in Europe and North America, households that generate their own electricity through solar or wind power are encouraged to sell electricity back to local and national utility operations.South Africa has the infrastructure and know-how to incentivise individual power generation to help bring renewable energy to more people, in turn lessening the reliance on fossil fuels.The boost in South Africa’s renewable energy profile, fuelled by larger and better-performing energy solutions with the full support of the government and private enterprise is “truly remarkable”, says Lins, “(particularly when) achieved at a time when fossil fuel prices were at historic lows, and renewables remained at asignificant disadvantage in terms of government subsidies”.Source: TimesLIVElast_img read more

Denied ambulance, man walks home carrying daughter’s body on shoulder

first_imgIn yet another case of medical apathy in the country, a man in Bihar capital Patna was forced to carry his 9-year-old daughter’s body on shoulder after being allegedly denied an ambulance by a government hospital. After hospital authorities refused to help him, the distraught man carried his daughter’s body on his shoulder for over 4 km. However, the authorities at the AIIMS hospital refuted the allegations. This is not the first incident when the relatives of a deceased were denied ambulance to carry the body.last_img

World Cup: Afridi slams Gambhir for 26/11 remark

first_imgDays after winning millions of hearts with his remark on ending the hatred towards India, Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi disappointed his Indian fans saying that the Indians were not as large-hearted as Pakistanis.Speaking during a talk show on a Pakistani news channel, Afridi was asked about the relations between India and Pakistan when he responded that the Indians would “never have hearts like Muslims and Pakistanis”. He even termed the talks between the two countries futile.”They (Indians) will never have hearts like Muslims and Pakistanis. It is a very difficult thing for us to live with them (Indians) or to have long-term relationship with them. Nothing will come out of talks. See how many times in the past 60 years we have had friendship and then how many times things have gone bad,” Afridi said on Sunday.In fact, his comment on batsman Gautam Gambhir, who dedicated the ICC World Cup to the victims of 26/11 Mumbai attack, was even more shocking.Reacting to Gambhir’s gesture Afridi said: “I think they were very stupid comments by Gautam Gambhir. I was not expecting this from Gautam. This is all politics, what do you know about who carried out the Mumbai attacks?”He also criticised Interior Minister Rehman Malik for warning the Pakistani team not to get involved in match-fixing ahead of the Mohali semi-final, which they ultimately lost to India.Afridi blamed media for the souring relations between the two neighbours. Asked about the Indian media’s coverage of the Pakistani team during the semi-final against India, the skipper said that Indian media has a very negative approach.advertisement”Indian media is very negative. They blow up every small issue. Media is mainly responsible for Indo-Pak souring relations,” Afridi said.Without naming a third country, Afridi also seemed to blame the US for the history of poor relations between the two south Asian neighbours.”We don’t want to fight with each other but a third country everyone knows which one it is trying to spoil our relations. (This country) is taking advantage of Pakistan and wants to take advantage of India. I don’t want to go into details but these people will not let us come together,” he added.last_img read more