South Africa, at last, exhibited colours of confidence as they resgitered a comprehensive win over Sri Lanka at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street on Friday. The Proteas defeated the Islanders by 9-wicket but the winning captain admitted that the victory did not feel like it meant much.South Africa are already out of the World Cup semi-finals race, as before facing Sri Lanka, they had a solitary win in the tournament. After losing to Pakistan on Sunday, they joined Afghanistan to become the second team to get eliminated from the contention for the last four.However, against Sri Lanka, South Africa had no baggage of pressure and had nothing to lose as they dished out a clinical performance from both bat and the ball to win the game with 11.4 overs to spare. But, as Faf du Plessis said, it was loo late for it.”It feels bitter-sweet, it doesn’t feel like it means that much. It’s a little bit too late,” Faf du Plessis said in a post match interview.South Africa suffered their first World Cup 2019 defeat to hot favourites England and later slumped to Bangladesh, who were termed a weaker side to the Proteas on the paper. Faf confessed that the defeat to Bangladesh actually hampered their confidence.”The basics of batting were shown today. We’ve batted well all through the tournament, but we just didn’t have guys batting through. Hashim gave us a good foundation, one big partnership makes it look so much easier. We hadn’t done that consistently in the tournament. I think Bangladesh was the one that really took the wind out of our sails.”advertisement”England are a very good team and they were too good for us on that day. Bangladesh played an unbelievably good game and that sucker punched us and we almost took the hangover of that game into the next game. The first week really put us back, but we knew that was the case and we can’t hide from that.”Chasing down 204, Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla discovered their lost touch as the two stictched 175-run stand for the second wicket and also got their personal best scorers. Faf du Plessis scored 96*, whereas Hashim Amla amassed 80 to guide their side home.On the bowling part, Dwaine Pretorius, who came in for Lungi Ngidi, chipped in with 3 wickets while Chris Morris too picked 3 to all-out Sri Lanka for 203.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Swarm of bees invades pitch during SL vs SA matchAlso Read | Myth buster: India’s bowling, not batting, their main strengthAlso See
Volunteering in South Africa is a richlyrewarding experience.(Image: Aviva) Volunteering is an increasingly popular form of responsible tourism, otherwise known as voluntourism, and in South Africa opportunities abound for those who wish to do good while they enjoy the local sights and sounds.Volunteering in South Africa falls into two main categories: community- or conservation-based. There is an abundance of worthwhile projects located across the country.Organisations such as Aviva, All Africa Volunteers, Cross-Cultural Solutions and i-to-i, to name a few, facilitate volunteering trips to the country. Most are based locally. Some run their own programmes, while others merely suggest volunteering options – either way, with projects already screened and selected, it could not be easier.Invaluable experienceVolunteering not only gives tourists an opportunity to experience the country as a useful member of the community, but offers a host of other priceless benefits: self-growth, tolerance and understanding of other people and other cultures, new skills and new friends.Many travellers have been able to settle on a career through insight gained while working as a volunteer.“When I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2004 I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life,” wrote Hallie Stover of her South African experience with Willing Workers in South Africa (WWISA). “When I found the WWISA website I knew that this place [South Africa] would change my life.”After her return home, Stover was inspired to go back to university, where she submitted a thesis based on her experience with HIV/Aids youth prevention programmes. She now has a Master’s degree in International Politics and Human Rights.Stephen Thornburgh of Ireland, 23, spent his time with Aviva’s six-week penguin rehabilitation project. He described it, in a testimonial, as a “unique experience”.“With the project itself you get to do pretty much everything from cleaning and feeding to giving medication and learning about penguins and other coastal birds … it was the greatest time of my life which was really made by the people you meet and the activities you can do, like safari and shark cage diving.”Volunteers leave a legacy in indirect ways too – as they explore the country outside of their project, their support of local businesses, crafters and tourism operators results in upliftment for families and the community.Volunteer organisations agree that pitching in to do something tangible is a far better approach than merely donating money, which can lead to reliance on aid, corruption and financial instability. Volunteers, by donating their time and energy, help to set up a sustainable solution that outlasts the short-term effects of financial donations.Nuts and boltsVolunteer fees vary between organisations. The average price is around US$528 to $660 (R4 000 to R5 000) per week, but this is an inclusive fee which covers all programme-related costs such as airport transfers, accommodation, meals and transport.In most cases, once the host organisation has deducted their expenses, the rest of the fee goes to a local charity.The duration also differs from project to project, but most offer a stay of between two weeks and three months. Individuals as well as groups can be accommodated. Volunteers are responsible for arranging their own travel documentation, but host organisations provide all the information required.WWISA oversees a number of short- (two weeks) and medium-term (three weeks or more) projects. Short-term projects range from building new houses and renovating old ones, to children’s camps and environmental programmes.Medium-term projects include teaching at a nearby primary school, assisting at a daycare facility, teaching English as a second language, and microorganic farming in community gardens.All Africa Volunteers, based in the Eastern Cape province, has a wider range of projects covering wildlife, marine, sport, community and cultural issues. A wildlife sanctuary, great white shark and dolphin research, penguin rescue, a community surfing school and a pre-school are just some of the choices on offer.The Volunteer Centre in Cape Town takes volunteers into the townships, where they work amongst impoverished communities. The organisation also arranges six-month youth exchange programmes in partnership with Mozambique-based Ajude and Canada World Youth.UK-based i-to-i offers a variety of volunteer tours, mostly involving community and wildlife work. These include teaching children to read or working in a children’s hospital, animal rescue, and helping raise lion cubs.A number of travel organisations offer their own programmes, such as Backpack and Africa Travel Centre, which runs a football coaching and teaching volunteer project, or Dyer Island Cruises which gives volunteers the chance to learn about shark conservation.These are just a sample of the rewarding tours on offer for those willing to devote a slice of their time to uplifting the lives of humans or animals.
Our transportation system — the way we move around, whether on foot or bike, via car, bus, truck, or train — in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region of the United States is broken. We spend hours in traffic jams, ride overcrowded and delayed buses and trains, are forced to walk and bike on unsafe streets, and suffer from vehicle-related soot and smog, leading to asthma attacks, respiratory diseases, and lost school and work days. To top it off, motor vehicles are the number-one source of carbon pollution driving climate change, contributing to more intense storms, more severe heat waves, and other dangerous conditions. The good news is that states in the region are gearing up to do something about our shared transportation woes, a big thing that could improve the lives of millions. A new report from twelve Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and Washington, D.C., shows that residents are clamoring for clean and modern transportation solutions to solve these problems, create healthier communities, and produce real benefit for people across the region.RELATED ARTICLESAre Traffic-Clogged Cities Ready for Congestion Pricing?Why Is the U.S. Unwilling to Pay for Good Public Transportation?Getting Around Without Fossil FuelsStranded In Our Own CommunitiesWhere You Build May Matter More Than What You Build The report summarizes feedback that officials from Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and D.C. received from hundreds of business leaders, community members, municipal officials, advocates, and policy experts at a series of public listening sessions held this year. As NRDC and several other organizations that participated in these listening sessions noted in a press release, these listening sessions provide strong momentum for the states to move forward together with a regional strategy to clean up and modernize transportation. Among the key takeaways are support from a broad cross section of citizens for: Better public transit systems, better planning to enable more walkable and bikeable communities, and cleaner vehicle choices that reduce harmful pollution and better meet all residents’ transportation needs, regardless of income levels and across our urban, suburban, and rural communities. Coordination between Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to develop a regional policy solution to our interconnected transportation system and challenges. Sustainable and dedicated funding to improve transportation, with broad support for policies that would price carbon pollution from transportation and use the proceeds to invest in modern, clean, and equitable transportation solutions. With robust support for modernizing transportation, it’s time for governors in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to step up and develop policies that will solve our transportation challenges and build the 21st century transportation system that residents in the region want and need. They should get busy as soon as the calendar flips to 2019. We have solutions Over the last decade, carbon pricing and other policies in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic have helped dramatically cut pollution, saved money through improved energy efficiency, improved air quality and public health, and created thousands of jobs along with billions of dollars in economic growth. But while we’ve made significant progress in cleaning up power plants, we haven’t seen the same progress in transportation. We haven’t really tried and with many of our transportation challenges continuing to get worse, the time for action is now. NRDC’s Transportation Reimagined report, released earlier this year, shows that we have a robust set of solutions for transportation that policymakers could look to to deliver real and meaningful benefits to people living in the region’s rural, suburban, and urban communities. Solutions like walkable and bikeable cities and towns, fast and efficient public transit, and clean electric vehicles — including electric buses, cars, trucks and trains — are proven measures to improve transportation options, increase jobs and economic growth, and clean up our air. Participants in the states’ listening sessions offered many of these same ideas, and others, including by calling on Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to adopt policies that: Make zero emission vehicles more readily available and affordable, such as by ensuring access to clean, renewable-energy-powered charging stations for electric vehicles. Ensure affordable clean transportation options are available for low-income individuals, families, the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and frontline communities affected by disproportionate levels of pollution and the effects of climate change. Help transition vehicle fleets, including public transit and school buses, to clean vehicle alternatives. Provide incentives for pursuing low-carbon transportation options and discourage polluting behavior. Promote smart growth, couple affordable housing with transit-oriented development, and develop complete streets that serve all residents, including those traveling on foot and by bike. Create new job opportunities, encourage commerce, and drive economic growth. As they look to modernize transportation, states should learn from this citizen input, from their successes in cutting power plant pollution, and from the numerous real-world, successful examples of efforts to deploy modern and equitable transportation solutions as detailed in NRDC’s report. In so doing, states can solve our region’s many transportation challenges, and do so in an equitable manner that provides clean air while filling gaps in transportation networks that disadvantage many underserved communities. Next steps With proven policy frameworks, strong public support, and a clear set of solutions in hand, it’s time for Northeast and Mid-Atlantic governors to start taking action to secure the clean and modern transportation system that residents want and need. Governors can do so by committing to a concrete plan and schedule over the next year to develop a regional policy for clean and modern transportation. With input from stakeholders across the region, such a policy should set clear and ambitious pollution reduction targets — consistent with protecting our health and avoiding dangerous climate change — while establishing the sustainable funding mechanisms and sources we need to invest in and build a 21st century transportation system that works better for all and improves the quality of life for all. Bruce Ho is senior advocate, climate & clean energy program, at the Natural Resources Defense Council. This post originally appeared at the NRDC Expert Blog and is reprinted here with permission.
Morales was eventually allowed to enter the territory but she had already decided to fly back to Manila Tuesday night, saying she was already “enervated.” MANILA – Some 20 Filipinos who traveled to Hong Kong last year were penalized for carrying restricted items, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday.In a statement, the DFA warned Filipinos that possession of weapons such as stun guns, pepper sprays, firearms, bullets, and flick knives among others in their hand carry or check-in luggage are prohibited.Travelers found with prohibited weapons may face a fine of HK$100,000 and a maximum of 5 years imprisonment, while those found with stunning devices may face a fine of HK$100,000 and up to 14 years in jail. The DFA released the advisory 3 days after former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales was barred from entering Hong Kong with no explanation from Chinese authorities. Ex-Ombudsman Carpio Morales denied entry to Hong Kong Carpio Morales after nixed HK trip: ‘Spirit of my family has been broken’