Southern Africa is running dry

first_imgForty one million people in the SADC region of Africa are in need of humanitarian food aid. The worst drought in 35 years is a result of a changing climate and Africa will need to adapt to this new normal. Africa needs to start planning for a world where extreme weather is the new normal. (Image: World Vision)Sulaiman PhilipAcross the Southern African Development Community (SADC) fields are barren, rivers have long dried up and livestock is left neglected and bedraggled as the territory suffers the worst drought in the last 35 years.Four SADC states – Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe – have declared national emergencies. Mozambique has declared a 90-day red alert in some areas. Seven of South Africa’s nine provinces are drought disaster areas. According to a recently released SADC report, Vulnerability Assessment Results, 2.7 million children are suffering from acute malnutrition; 41 million people face food insecurity and of those, 21 million people need immediate assistance.In June, Botswana’s president and SADC chairperson, Ian Khama, called on the international community to provide humanitarian aid. At the beginning of August he will begin the formal process of declaring the region a disaster area.The designation as a disaster zone unlocks substantial humanitarian aid and funding from the international community. This shock funding allows governments to pay for disaster relief without tapping into national reserves or borrowing.In a statement released by SADC he said that the 2016 harvest would not feed the region and 23 million people faced imminent starvation. Khama will appeal for $2.7-billion (R38-billion) worth of humanitarian and drought relief, and to help strengthen the region’s safety net.“The appeal will be a formal request to the international community to provide assistance to affected member states,” he said. “The severe drought conditions have already taken [their] toll on lives and livelihoods and the situation could deteriorate further if urgent assistance is not provided.”Drought effectsIn 2015, South Africa – traditionally the bread basket of the region – received the lowest rainfall since records began in 1904. It has been a century since South Africa’s pastures have been this dry. In Malawi half of all children under five are malnourished and President Peter Mutharika has declared a national disaster.Despite the drought, South Africa produces more grain than it did two decades ago but harvests are half of what they were two years ago. The last harvest was 9.9 million tons, this year it is expected to be even lower, with just 7.4 million tons available.Maize, the staple food of the region, is now so expensive it is a luxury. The region has also depleted its stockpile of grain reserves. For landlocked countries such as Zimbabwe and Malawi, food costs will double as a result of transport costs from ports in South Africa and Mozambique.In villages in Zimbabwe’s Chivi District and the Neno District in Malawi families are resorting to desperate measures to fill their empty stomachs. A story in Britain’s The Guardian newspaper highlighted the plight of Chidyamakondo High School in southern Zimbabwe. For three years the schools girls’ football team have been national champions. Now Morrison Musorowegomo, the school’s head teacher, told the newspaper’s correspondent: “Students are fainting, struggling to concentrate in lessons, dropping out of school… We’re having to shorten our assemblies and cut back on sport.”Students are also dropping out of school to help families scavenge for food. Even more heart-breaking for Musorowegomo, his students are vulnerable enough to be coerced into exchanging sex for food or cash.Food is a human rights issue, says Malawi’s deputy director for school health and nutrition, Virginia Kachigunda. “We are really at a point where we need support. This is a situation which will eventually recycle poverty in these families. It’s a serious problem.”Climate changeAfrica faces challenges caused by the changing global climate. The environment of SADC is especially fragile and is being affected by higher land and ocean temperatures. In coming decades these changes will alter the weather and will affect when the rainfall season begins; in turn, this will change the agricultural cycle.Historically there was one regional drought every decade, then every five years. The cycle has now sped up and SADC countries are affected every three to five years. Mary Robinson, UN special envoy on El Niño and climate, says El Niño affected by climate change is the new normal. She believes that humanitarian disasters will get worse as the climate changes.Aid workers say that the response should be built on longer term planning. World Vision’s Beatrice Mwangi says this latest drought has shown the need to help affected communities plan for the new reality. Communities need food aid, she adds, but more importantly they need help adapting to the changing climate.The leaders of SADC countries understand that economic development will be hamstrung by more frequent floods, droughts and cyclones. They understand that climate change will damage agricultural infrastructure and that they need to adapt to preserve the progress the region has made. SADC has signed commitments with the World Food Programme that recognise adapting to climate change is an area of co-operation.The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (Amcen) has developed a framework for the region to deal with the challenges it could face. The aim, it says in the report, is “to unlock resources for promoting strategic interventions that sustain productivity and livelihood improvements for millions of climate-vulnerable people in the region”.last_img read more

Wushu star Parantac out to get third SEA Games gold

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Read Next Daniel Parantac. AFP File PhotoKUALA LUMPUR — For the past two Southeast Asian Games, Daniel Parantac was the epitome of silent efficiency.The 26-year-old Parantac, champions in wushu’s forms events taijijian and taijiquan, has brought gold medals to the country in the Singapore and Napyidaw editions.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Gilas cadets kick off title defense vs tough Thais Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games He is again expected to carry Team Philippines when wushu events jianshu, gunshu and taijijian — all forms disciplines but with different weapons — unfurl Sunday with five golds medals at stake.Joining him in the hunt are Thorton Quiney, Kimberly Macuha and Norlence Ardee Catolico.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWushu is hoping to once again be a gold mine in the SEA Games after producing only one gold and four silvers in Singapore two years ago. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Pacquiao eyes comeback fight in Kuala Lumpur, says source

first_imgZonio also clarified that Pacquiao’s decision to turn down Alvarado as his next foe has nothing to do with a conflict in schedule involving his legislative duties since the Senate is on break from March 23 to May 1. /jpvRELATED STORYArum open to Pacquiao-Matthysse but not in AprilADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Saulong falls to Japanese champ Iwasa in title fight Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Manny Pacquiao. Tristan Tamayo / INQUIRER.net file photoForget about Manny Pacquiao going to the United States for his return bout this year.A confidante of the eight-division world champion said Pacquiao is looking at Kuala Lumpur instead, with either April 29 or May 5 as the preferred dates.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa The opponent has yet to be named, although Pacquiao has earlier declared that he would like to fight World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas Matthyse on his comeback drive after losing his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown to Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane last July 2.READ: Pacquiao wants Matthysse; Arum picks AlvaradoFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutApparently, Paquiao dismissed the proposition that he fights former world champion Mike Alvarado in the undercard of the Horn-Terence Crawford tussle for the WBO 147-pound title on April 14 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.Pacquiao’s Senate media chief, Aquiles Zonio, said the “fighting senator” felt “insulted” by the decision of Bob Arum, Top Rank Promotions head honcho, to make his comeback fight a mere undercard. View commentslast_img read more

Starless Clippers ready to shop in summer free-agent market

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Bucks expecting another hard-fought matchup with Celtics FILE – Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, and Montrezl Harrell celebrate a basket made by Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 140-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers overcame low expectations and a roster without any current or former All-Stars to win 48 games, make the playoffs and push the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors to six games.Now they’re ready to go shopping. A blockbuster list of free agents comes on the market this summer.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “That’s a beautiful basketball team,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “They’ve got a bright future.”Some things to watch:IMPACT ROOKIES: Two of the team’s three rookie guards made a big impact. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander started 73 of 82 games at the point, averaging 10.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists during the regular season. He scored a Clippers rookie playoff record 25 points against the Warriors. Landry Shamet joined the team in February in a trade from Philadelphia, where he played his first 54 games. He finished fourth all-time in 3-pointers made (167) by a rookie during the season, when he shot 42 percent. Jerome Robinson showed promise while struggling to find minutes in a crowded backcourt, dealing with a nagging foot injury and going back and forth to the G League. The trio’s presence could help make the Clippers an attractive free-agent destination, knowing their youngsters can make plays in big games and have huge upside. “They were complete pros,” Lou Williams said. “They took every challenge that we had for them, on the road, in practice.”GETTING A STEAL: C Ivica Zubac came over from the Lakers in a steal of a deal at the trade deadline in February. The 7-foot-1 center started 12 of 33 games for his new team, averaging 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds. He had a playoff career-high of 18 points and 15 rebounds against Golden State. Zubac and Montrezl Harrell formed one of the best center combinations in the league. Zubac, a third-year pro, can become a restricted free agent after the season.OFF THE BENCH: Harrell and Williams, a candidate for his third Sixth Man of the Year award, proved a lethal combo off the bench. They notched the highest combined scoring average of any reserve duo in NBA history at 36.9 points. Williams led the league in bench scoring at 20.1 points (also tops on the team) while becoming the No. 1 bench scorer in league history. Harrell was fourth at 16.8.ADVERTISEMENT The Clippers have depth and a cohesive bunch of players who fight to the finish — comeback wins of 31 points in Game 2 against Golden State, 28 points at Boston, 25 points at Detroit and 20 points at Charlotte — and that should help catch the eye of big-name talent.They went 48-34, extending a franchise record with their eighth consecutive winning season. Their 13-2 mark was the NBA’s best in March.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We did more than most thought we could,” coach Doc Rivers said. “This is the start of something great here.”After missing out last year, they returned to the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years. As an eighth seed, they lost in 4-2 in the first round to Golden State, but not before their Game 2 comeback — the biggest in NBA playoff history. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Read Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments FRONT OFFICE: The Clippers have a solid front-office to pursue free agents. President of basketball operations Lawrence Frank presides over general manager Michael Winger, assistant GMs Mark Hughes and Trent Redden, and consultant Jerry West. Winger is so committed to seeing the franchise build a long-term contender that he took himself out of contention for Minnesota’s basketball ops job. Under Frank, the team traded its highest-scoring players each of the last two seasons (Blake Griffin and Tobias Harris) for multiple draft picks and other players while freeing up room under the salary cap to offer maximum deals to free agents this summer. Coach Doc Rivers is locked in for what’s to come, having said in March he’s working out a long-term contract extension.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparclast_img read more

10 months agoLille join growing interest for Chelsea fullback Baba

first_imgLille join growing interest for Chelsea fullback Bababy Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe interest in Chelsea fullback Abdul Rahman Baba is growing.With Schalke cutting short Baba’s loan six months early, the Ghana international is fielding new offers from across Europe.Chelsea are happy for Baba to move out on a temporary deal again this month.And Revier Sport says Lille are the latest club to express interest in a loan deal.Baba has also attracted enquiries from Villarreal and Girona in recent days. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Meet Us at SMM in Hamburg

first_imgzoomImage by WMN In just one week, the Who’s Who of the maritime industry will meet in Hamburg, Germany for the biennial SMM maritime trade fair, taking place on September 4 – 7, 2018.SMM will open its gates next week to welcome 2,289 exhibitors and around 50,000 visitors from more than 124 countries, displaying and discussing the latest developments in maritime technology. The four-day event is preceded by an inaugural international conference, the Maritime Future Summit (MFS), on September 3, 2018, one day before the exhibition opens.Under the motto of “Trends in SMMart Shipping”, the event will occupy 13 exhibition halls of Hamburg Messe und Congress (HMC) and focus on all the top items on the industry’s agenda.For the first time there will also be a special exhibition on 3D-printing for the maritime industry, as well as a new theme route for the Cruise & Ferry segment. A comprehensive conference programme will accompany the four-day fair, with Smart Shipping and Industry 4.0 taking center stage.As appropriate for the age of the digital revolution and the maritime energy turnaround, this year’s SMM will put its main emphasis on digitalisation and the environment.Novelties at the event will include 3D printing, Cruise & Ferry Route, future-looking topics, cybersecurity, job exchange, new countries and ship-owning companies with the TradeWinds Shipowners Forum taking place at SMM for the first time.World Maritime News team will also be attending this year’s SMM event. For more information please contact:Dzenita Cama, WMN Account Manager, dzc@navingo.com and Erna Penjic, WMN Editor, ep@navingo.com.last_img read more

Is your vehicle ready for winter

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – Even though it may be unseasonably mild lately, it’s never too early to think about winter vehicle and road safety.Staff from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Commerical Vehicle Saftey and Enforcement, RCMP, ICBC, Caribou Road Services and the Taylor Fire Department were all on hand for the Shift Into Winter event on Tuesday at the South Taylor Hill.“We are promoting awareness around shift into winter.  What we are trying to do is to advise the motoring public on just being aware of their own personal safety when they’re driving. Is your vehicle ready for the winter season?”, said Gerri Goulet, Manager of Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement. Goulet adds, “We are also trying to promote snowplow safety, so the dos and don’ts of when your driving around a snowplow in the upcoming winter season”.The shift into winter event provided a free inspection of winter tires, antifreeze levels and windshield washer fluid levels.Participants were also given a free bottle of windshield washer fluid and an ice scraper.To make sure you and your vehicle are ready for winter, you can visit https://www.icbc.com/road-safety/driving-tips/pages/default.aspxlast_img read more

Poll panel serves showcause notice to Yogi over Modi ji ki Sena

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Wednesday served a showcause notice to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for calling the Indian Army “Modiji ki sena”. The Commission has asked the BJP leader to file a reply by April 5. The development comes after the UP Chief Electoral Officer sought a transcript of Adityanath’s speech that he delivered in Ghaziabad to check whether there had been any violation of the Model Code of Conduct. At a rally in Ghaziabad on Sunday, while referring to developments post the Pulwama terror attack, Adityanath said while the Congress used to feed biryani to terrorists, Modiji’s Army gives bullets and bombs to terrorists. The EC had on March 19 asked political parties to “desist” from indulging in any propaganda involving actions taken by defence forces during their Lok Sabha poll campaigns.last_img read more

JNU sedition case Police filed charge sheet secretly in hasty manner Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi government on Friday told a court here that the police filed the charge sheet in the 2016 JNU sedition case in a “hasty” and “secretive manner” and that it will take over a month to decide whether to grant sanction to prosecute former JNU student’s union president Kanhaiya Kumar in the case. The AAP government made the submission to Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat It accused the police of filing the charge sheet secretly and in a hasty manner without obtaining the required sanction from the competent authority. The court had earlier directed the state government to file a “proper reply”, citing a definite time-frame. DCP of Special Cell of Delhi Police, Pramod Kushwaha, had told the court that the agency has already sent a request to the Delhi government seeking sanction and added sanction was an administrative action and the charge sheet can be filed without that.last_img read more

Half chance for normal monsoon

first_imgThe probability of the South West monsoon this year being ‘Near Normal’ is 39 per cent, ‘Below Normal’ is 32 per cent and ‘Deficient’ is 17 per cent, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has declared while making its first stage Long Range Forecast (LRF) on April 15, 2019. “The South West seasonal monsoon rainfall (June to September) over the country as a whole is likely to be near normal,” the national weather forecaster said. It also suggested that the probability of there being an ‘above normal’ monsoon is 10 per cent and that of it being ‘excess’ is two per cent. Also Read – A special kind of bondQuantitatively, the seasonal monsoon rainfall (June-September) was likely to be 96 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA), with a model error of ± 5 per cent, said the IMD. “Overall, the country is expected to have well-distributed rainfall scenario during the 2019 monsoon season, which will be beneficial to farmers in the country during the ensuing Kharif season,” a statement by the IMD read. “Weak El Nino conditions are likely to prevail during the monsoon season with reduced intensity in the later part of the season,” it stated. The forecaster had already declared in a March 29, 2019 press release that “El Nino conditions are likely to persist in the early part of the summer season and likely to weaken thereafter.” Also Read – Insider threat managementEl Nino, which is the unusual warming of the equatorial Pacific Ocean, disrupts global wind patterns affecting climatic conditions in tropical areas like Africa, sub-tropical areas like India as well as the extra-tropical areas like North America. In India, there is a relationship between El Nino events and hotter-than-usual summers along with a decrease in rainfall during the monsoon. Most of the time, these events have also led to drought conditions. In contrast to the IMD, weather agencies in other countries had declared weak El Nino conditions at the beginning of 2019. In January, Japan’s Meteorological Agency, which is also the Asian arm of the World Meteorological Organisation, said El Nino conditions were prevailing and that there was an 80 per cent chance of an El Nino phenomenon staying till spring season of 2019. The Climate Prediction Centre (CPC) of the National Weather Service in the United States of America also concluded, around the same time, that weak El Nino conditions had formed in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. In a March 14, 2019 update, the CPC says that “weak El Nino conditions are likely to continue through the Northern Hemisphere spring 2019 with an 80 per cent probability and summer with a 60 per cent probability”. (The views expressed are of Down To Earth)last_img read more