NAPLES, Fla. – Lydia Ko had just been handed a $1 million bonus for the second consecutive year, and the first thing she thought about buying with those newfound additional riches was a new phone. She’s had a bunch. She keeps dropping them. ”My mom doesn’t like it,” Ko said. ”Phones are expensive.” It’s moments like those that serve as the reminder that the New Zealander is only 18. The way she plays, no one believes she’s just a teenager. The LPGA’s rookie of the year from 2014 was the LPGA’s player of the year in 2015, and in golf – or any major U.S. pro sport – there’s never been anyone younger to end a season as the unquestioned best in his or her game. Ko has 10 wins already, and there’s about 40 tournaments left to play before her teenage years are over. ”I don’t think she’s the age she is,” said Cristie Kerr, who at 38 is more than twice Ko’s age. ”She’s such an old soul. It’s hard to believe she’s that young. … There’s that saying, ‘Youth is wasted on the young.’ They don’t know what they have until they are my age, right? But she has such a great, easy disposition about her. She puts everybody around her at ease. I think she’ll be that way for the rest of her life.” Tiger Woods was 21 when he won his first PGA Player of the Year Award. Wayne Gretzky was 19 when he won his first NHL MVP. Jim Brown was 21 when he captured NFL MVP honors and neither Major League Baseball nor the NBA has ever had an MVP younger than 22. Put in that company, she is a phenom among phenoms. Annika Sorenstam, for example, didn’t get her first LPGA win until she was 24. ”Lydia is on a whole other level,” said LPGA veteran Brittany Lincicome. ”It’s like an Annika level. To be 18 years old, I was trying to shoot somewhere close to even par when I was 18 years old. Now I’m 30 and she still kicks my butt every year. To be so young and so talented and to be so humble and so sweet, she’s really the whole package.” Even though Ko is in the mix to win just about every time she tees it up, that’s another fascinating element to her story. The players that she’s beating every week, the players who’ve watched her collect nearly $5 million in earnings already and another $2 million by winning the Race to CME Globe bonuses in each of the last two years, they really like her. ”I heard her swear once,” Michelle Wie said. So she’s not perfect. ”I don’t know how a person can be that nice,” Wie said. ”I would probably explode inside.” Ko tries not to let fame or fortune change anything. When her friends spot someone who they think recognizes her at the mall, Ko usually tries to get them talking about something else. And though she’s long been labeled a golf prodigy, many find her to be remarkably well grounded. LPGA commissioner Mike Whan talks with Ko often. It’s rarely about golf. ”I don’t know how to describe what Lydia Ko is doing,” Whan said. ”I mean you know sometimes when you’re watching history and you sort of tell yourself, I’m watching history, but I don’t really grasp it when I’m standing in the range talking to her. And if you play a practice round with her or pro-am you grasp it even less. Because she doesn’t seem to be caught up in it at all.” For Ko, that’s the key. ”I think I’ve been very fortunate to have a very supportive team around me,” Ko said. ”I think they have definitely helped me keep grounded, always saying ‘Hey, even if I win one week, it’s a whole new week and let’s go in fresh, obviously confident.’ Not being like, ‘Hey, I’m the champion and world No. 1 and all that.’ ”My team has really been helpful in that aspect. I don’t know if I could be in this position without them.”
22 June 2007South Africa’s famous Rivonia Trial records, along with 38 other items of documentary heritage from around the world, have been added to the United Nations Memory of the World register in order to preserve them for future generations.“We approved the latest inscriptions, after they were recommended by the international advisory committee of the Memory of the World Programme during a meeting last week in Pretoria, South Africa,” said United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Director-General Koichiro Matsuura this Tuesday.The 38 items of documentary heritage of exceptional value brings the number of inscriptions since 1997 to 158. It helps networks of experts to exchange information and raise resources for preservation of, and access to, documentary material.“The programme was launched in 1992 to preserve and promote documentary heritage of global significance, much of which is endangered,” he said.According to Matsuura other relatively new additions this year includes the story of Australia’s notorious Kelly Gang, an Australian film from 1906, the archives of the Red Cross from 1914 to 1923, the family archives of Swedish industrialist and philanthropist Alfred Nobel and the personal archives of Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman.Older documentary heritage to be added to the register includes France’s Bayeux Tapestry, an embroidery depicting life in the 11th century; the Hereford Mappa Mundi, the only complete example of a large medieval world map; Korean printing woodblocks of Buddhist texts dating from the 13th century; and 30 manuscripts of the Rigveda, ancient texts from India that are more than 3 000 years old.Matsuura further announced that the UNESCO/Jikji Prize, an award of US$30,000, has been given to Austria’s Phonogrammarchiv (sound archive), in recognition of its contribution to the advancement of audio and video preservation.Established in 1899, the sound archive is the oldest in the world and now houses more than 50 000 recordings.Source: BuaNews
19 August 2009US-based electronic payment processing services company First Data is to acquire CashAxcess, which offers a range of ATM products and services to the South African corporate and retail market, from local investment groups Mvelaphanda and Venfin for an undisclosed sum.CashAxcess, which has operated in South Africa since 2005, provides outsourced ATM services to leading banks in the region, including Absa, Capitec and Mercantile.It also provides ATM delivery and installation, signage, wireless GPRS communication, cash management and replenishment services, ATM monitoring, equipment insurance, sales and marketing and training services, and has 200 ATMs currently deployed across the country.ATM outsourcingAccording to First Data director Estevao Tokata, ATM outsourcing is a growth area within the South African payments market, as banks look to drive more cost efficiencies through their operations.“Increasingly, banks are concentrating on building and providing core banking services to their customers while working with specialist partners such as First Data to enhance the breadth of payment solutions offered to customers,” Tokata said in a statement this week.First Data operates a global ATM business, with networks in the United States, Asia Pacific and across Europe, and also offers ATM outsourcing and deployment solutions for banks and retailers in more than 17 countries around the globe.It has operated in South Africa since 1993, offering a full range of payment services to leading banks and retailers.“We are delighted to welcome the CashAxcess team into the First Data family,” said First Data international emerging markets vice-president George Zafirakis.“The combination of their considerable ATM expertise and knowledge of the local business environment, coupled with First Data’s scale and global experience, will ensure we can deliver an enhanced service to clients in South Africa.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
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(AP) – Christine Blasey Ford may testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after all. That word from her attorney could breathe new life into the prospect of a dramatic Senate showdown next week over Ford’s accusation that he assaulted her when both were in high school.The preference would be for Ford to testify next Thursday, and she doesn’t want Kavanaugh in the same room, her attorney told Judiciary Committee staff in a 30-minute call that also touched on security concerns and others issues. That is according to a Senate aide who wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.Ford is willing to tell her story to the Judiciary Committee, whose senators will vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation – but only if agreement can be reached on what her attorney called “terms that are fair and which ensure her safety.” No decisions have been reached.
Former India coach Greg Chappell has opened old wounds, claiming that some players did not give their best when Rahul Dravid was leading the national team. Had Dravid been given “wholehearted support” by all the players, he could have gone on to become India’s most successful captain ever, says the former Australia captain.Chappell also claimed that all the team members did not enjoy the success achieved under Dravid. He made these startling revelations in an article written for the book Rahul Dravid – Timeless Steel, which was launched in Mumbai on Wednesday.”He was an excellent deputy, in that he gave wholehearted support without ever thinking he might be better than the incumbent, and when he got the job he was a much better captain than he will ever be credited with,” Chappell wrote, referring to the period when Dravid was deputy to Sourav Ganguly.”Had he been given the same wholehearted support in the role that he had given others [read Sourav Ganguly], I think the recent history of Indian cricket may have been very different and he could have gone on to become the most successful Indian captain ever,” he said.Dravid was vice-captain to Ganguly for a long time, except for once in mid-2005, when the latter was suspended by the ICC for a few ODIs for the team’s slow over rate in previous matches.Incidentally, Dravid’s assuming captaincy in Ganguly’s absence, on the tour of Sri Lanka, coincided with Chappell’s first assignment as coach.Later, when Ganguly was dropped from the team due to a lack of form, Dravid took over the reins.advertisementChappell and Ganguly shared a frosty relationship and they made no bones about their dislike for each other, leading to one of the most controversial phases in Indian cricket.The Australian quit in the aftermath of India’s early elimination from the 2007 World Cup.Chappell cites a remarkable world record winning streak by the Indian team under Dravid. He led India to 17 consecutive wins while batting second.”To learn how to get better at chasing a target, Rahul kept asking the opposition to bat first, no matter the conditions. Under his leadership, India won nine ODIs in a row against Pakistan and England, and went on to complete a world record of 17 consecutive wins batting second,” wrote Chappell.”A similar approach to Test cricket brought about India’s first overseas victory in the West Indies for 35 years and a first ever Test victory in South Africa, which could have been turned into a series win if the team had batted better in the second innings in the final Test in Cape Town.”Chappell was referring to India’s 1-0 Test series victory in the Caribbean in 2006 followed by their maiden win in the first Test in Johannesburg in 2006-07. India lost the next two matches and the series to South Africa.Chappell unashamedly admits that he liked Dravid.”Men don’t say these things, but I have a genuine affection for Rahul Dravid,” he wrote in the article.
The focus has remained firmly on cricket this time around and in what seems to be the perfect finale, the season’s most consistent team Kings XI Punjab would eye a maiden triumph against the ever-resilient Kolkata Knight Riders in the title clash of the seventh Indian Premier League here on Sunday.After a few controversy-marred seasons, the IPL organisers can finally heave a sigh of relief with the ongoing edition passing off rather smoothly.Having cracked a 58-ball 122 that paved the way for KXIP’s entry into their first IPL final, veteran opener Virender Sehwag along with Glenn Maxwell and David Miller will be the biggest threat for KKR, who will bank on their strong bowling unit, led by Sunil Narine.Players from both sides will have their job cut out as they will look to gift their owners Shah Rukh Khan and Priety Zinta, who had played on-screen lovers in Bollywood film Veer-Zaara, the trophy.Unlike Kolkata, who have won the title once before, Punjab have never been a part of the finals.For Kolkata, to repeat the feat of lifting the trophy for the second time, however, will be a daunting task considering the opponents they are faced with.Kolkata will also have to cope with Maxwell, who is among the top run-getters this season.Boasting of a strong middle-order in Miller, Manan Vohra, skipper George Bailey and Wriddhiman Saha, KXIP should not worry too much about Maxwell’s lean patch of late.The 25-year-old Australian will like to take a leaf out of his 90-plus run knocks in Abu Dhabi and Cuttack in the group stage of the tournament.advertisement
Indian shuttlers Ajay Jayaram, B. Sai Praneeth and Anand Pawar reached the men’s singles third round at the $50,000 Canada Open Grand Prix with straight games wins in their respective second round matches here.Ninth seed Jayaram defeated China’s Huang Yuxiang 21-15, 21-16 in 34 minutes and will next take on Wisnu Yuli Prasetyo of Indonesia. Tenth seed Sai defeated Czech Jan Frohlich in 21-14, 21-16 in 28 minutes and will face Sri Lankan Niluka Karunaratne for a place in the quarters.Mumbai’s Pawar, who is seeded 11th, also overcame another Chinese as he beat Zhu Siyuan 21-17, 21-16 in 33 minutes to set up a clash against Chinese second seed Xue Song.In women’s singles competition, Tanvi defeated American Jamie Subandhi 21-11, 21-14 in just under half an hour and will go up against Canadian third seed Michelle Li for a place in the quarters.Fourth seeds Manu and Sumeeth played brilliantly to defeat local pair Adrian Liu and Derrick Ng 21-12, 15-21, 21-12 in 43 minutes to set up a clash against qualifiers from Chinese Taipei, Jhe-Huei Lee and Yang Lee in the second round.Meanwhile, P.C. Thulasi was ousted from the women’s singles first round by Yui Hashimoto as the Japanese won 21-8, 21-11 in 33 minutes.Canadian pair of Phillipe Charron and Toby Ng also took care of K. Dilshad and Tarun Kona in the men’s doubles opener, winning 14-21, 21-12, 21-17 in 33 minutes.
While many people are traveling to Warsaw this week to participate in the international climate negotiations (COP 19), the city is also hosting another global conference: the International Coal and Climate Summit. It’s a troubling juxtaposition—coal contributes to 43 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, making it a major driver of climate change. In fact, a new statement released by leading scientists suggests that nearly three-quarters of fossil fuel reserves—especially coal—must remain unused if the world is to limit temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius. In other words, limiting sea level rise, extreme weather events, heat waves, and other climate impacts requires staying within world’s “carbon budget”—which doesn’t include unabated coal use.The Carbon BudgetThe statement comes on the heels of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), which found that emissions related to human activities must not exceed 1 trillion tonnes C (1000 PgC) if we are to have a likely chance of limiting warming to 2°C. The world has already used up more than half of this “carbon budget,” and under a carbon intensive trajectory1, is on track to exceed it in about three decades.Staying within our carbon budget also means living within a “fossil fuel budget.” According to the IPCC, limiting warming to 2 degrees C requires capping fossil fuel emissions at 270 PgC for the period between 2012 and 21002. Yet the new scientific statement says that CO2 emissions associated with reserves of coal, oil, and gas are 3,863 GtCO2, or 1,053 PgC. Therefore, burning through only 26 percent of these reserves would break the carbon budget, meaning roughly 74 percent of fossil fuels would need to remain unused to limit warming to 2 degrees C.What Does this Mean for the Future of Coal?The world’s “fossil fuel budget” holds the most significant implications for coal. Carbon dioxide emissions associated with burning coal are the greatest of any fossil fuel, and coal has the highest carbon content among all unburned fossil fuel reserves. Data from the scientific statement shows that we would need more than two fossil fuel budgets for the emissions associated with coal reserves alone, leaving no budget for continued use of oil or natural gas.Despite these known risks, coal remains a dominant energy source. WRI’s Global Coal Risk Assessment found that there are nearly 1,200 new coal-fired power plants slated for development worldwide. More than three-quarters of these plants are proposed in India and China, nations already struggling with air quality and environmental issues associated with coal emissions, and coal remains an existing source in many countries.The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that coal currently provides 40 percent of the world’s electricity and has been the fastest-growing global energy source since 2000. The IEA’s most recent World Energy Outlook finds that while renewables and natural gas generation will grow rapidly, coal is still projected to be the dominant source of electricity through 2035.Coal Is a Serious Threat to a 2 Degree C WorldIt’s time to start moving away from unabated coal use—and start transitioning to a low-carbon economy.Encouragingly, renewable energy generation is already rapidly increasing around the world, driven by declining costs and progressive government policies that make clean energy cost-competitive with fossil fuels. As the scientific statement notes, 42 percent of all new electric generation capacity in 2012 was renewable energy.COP 19 negotiators should play a key role in shifting from coal to a low-carbon future. It’s important that they make progress toward establishing an international climate agreement in 2015—one that’s ambitious enough to keep temperatures within the 2 degree C target. Countries can move this agreement forward in Warsaw by putting forth a process for delivering transparent and ambitious national emissions reductions offers. Securing an international climate agreement by 2015 is essential–it would send clear signals to investors to shift financing away from fossil fuels like coal and toward clean energy. Assumes RCP 8.5 scenario. ↩︎ For the scenario most compatible with the 2°C target (RCP 2.6). ↩︎