The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) has hired experts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct geotechnical investigations on the U.S. Rio Grande flood control levee near Brownsville, Texas.The USIBWC requested the work after cracks were detected this spring in a part of the levee located 80-100 feet from the Rio Grande. The cracks pose no immediate flood risk at current river levels and are considered safe under conditions similar to the 2010 flood.During that flood, the worst in 43 years, floodwaters did not reach the affected levee segment.The cracks, which are primarily located at or near the top part of the levee, run generally parallel to the river within an 800 foot segment near the Gateway International Bridge. The deep cracks are several inches wide in some locations. USIBWC discovered the cracks during a routine levee inspection. Other cracks have been noted in the floodplain along the river and on a nearby service road.The Corps personnel conducted an initial site visit June 30 – July 3 and began detailed geotechnical investigations at the end of July. The investigations are intended to determine the cause of the cracking and, if necessary, develop possible repair solutions.The Corps is scheduled to complete its investigations and make preliminary recommendations by October.[mappress]Press Release, August 13, 2014
An Oxfordshire man who lied to senior judges by pretending to be a solicitor has been banned by the Solicitors Regulation Authority from working in a law firm without the regulator’s permission.Mohammed Kabba, of Kidlington, Oxfordshire, was sentenced to 16 months in prison by Birmingham Crown Court last year for attempting to pervert the course of justice.A decision published by the SRA states that Kabba, on 25 September 2012, falsely represented to a Home Office official that he was a member of a firm of solicitors, ‘when this was not the case’.On 25 February 2013, Kabba sent a fax to the Home Office in which he ‘deliberately’ provided the department with information ‘which he knew to be false’.The information consisted of injunctions in place to prevent the Home Office from removing his client from the country.Later that day, the regulator says Kabba made a telephone application to Mr Justice Mitting at the Royal Courts of Justice for an injunction preventing his client from being deported. Kabba falsely told Mitting he was a solicitor.Following Mitting’s decision, Kabba made a telephone application to Lord Justice (Sir Stephen Price) Richards in the Court of Appeal. He falsely told Richards he was a solicitor.The SRA’s decision states that Kabba ‘has occasioned or been a party to, with or without the connivance of a solicitor, an act or default in relation to a legal practice which involved conduct on his part of such a nature that in the opinion of the [Law Society] it would be undesirable for him to be involved in a legal practice’ in any of the ways set out in the regulator’s decision without permission.The SRA says Kabba was involved in a legal practice.The decision provides no details of any firm.
South Africa’s trade and industry minister Rob Davies (middle) and African Union Commission chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (right), at the 3rd Africa-India Trade Ministers Meeting. India’s commerce and industry minister, Anand Sharma, said he was optimistic the trade target of $100-billion (R999-billion) between Africa and India would be met by 2015. (Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sidwell Medupe DTI spokesperson+27 12 394 1650 RELATED ARTICLES • New multi-million AU headquarters unveiled • The African Union • SA scientists win AU awards • New UN body to focus on womenRay MaotaAfrican and Indian leaders met at the third Africa-India Trade Ministers Summit held in South Africa’s Johannesburg, Gauteng, on 1 October 2013, to discuss how Indian and African countries can use their trade agreements to better Africa.African officials called for more investment from India as the continent is looking to industrialisation for development, while Indian officials hoped that India’s bilateral trade with Africa would reach the targeted level of US$100-billion (R999-billion) by 2015. Successful emerging economiesDr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission, said: “If we consider the evolving geopolitics of our times, according to the last Human Development Report – The Rise of the South – it is believed that by 2020, the joint GDP of Brazil, China and India will overtake the combined economies of the UK, the USA, France, Canada, Italy and Germany.“It is clear … that emerging economies are here to stay and their influence on the world economy is not only significant today, but also that it will continue to grow in the future.”She also said that both parties could increase cooperation in areas such as infrastructure and human resource development to enhance economic ties. She was positive about India’s move to provide scholarships to 22 000 African students over the next three years. Trade target: $100-billionAnand Sharma, India’s commerce and industry minister said: “We will hopefully be reaching the trade target of $100-billion (R999-billion) by 2015. It is a modest target.”India-Africa trade, which stood at barely $5-billion (R50-billion) a decade ago, was more than $70-billion (R699-billion) in 2012. India is currently Africa’s fourth-largest trading partner, while Africa is India’s sixth-largest partner.According to a report by the Confederation of Indian Industry and the World Trade Organisation, overall trade between India and Africa grew by 32,4% between 2008 and 2011, compared to a 27% increase in trade between China and Africa.South African trade minister, Rob Davies, said that both India and Africa should now focus on quality of trade, saying “Indian imports have risen. We continue to supply raw material. We need to supply more value-added products.“We need to reposition ourselves from being producers and exporters of primary products and importers of finished products to become industrial producers and exporters.“We need another leg to stand on.” Burgeoning exportsOf the total volume of imported gas and oil in India, more than 20% was from Africa said Sharma.Indian exports to Africa include petroleum products, automobiles, pharmaceuticals and telecom equipment. Imports are crude oil, gold, raw cotton, precious stones, and textile yarn.Trade and Industry Director-General Lionel October said: “What we have put firmly on the agenda is that currently the trade relationship is skewed … We have agreed with India, and they have accepted, that the emphasis must be on increased investment in manufacturing and agricultural processing.“It is necessary for us to transform our economy in South Africa and the continent towards a more diversified economy, with manufacturing being at the heart of that.” Intra-Africa tradeDavies further noted that the continent needed to boost intra-African trade to extend the benefits to the continent’s citizens.“The partnerships between other emerging economies and Africa would enable Africa to exploit resource value addition, critical skills transfers, poverty eradication and take advantage of the fact that emerging economies were growing ahead of developed countries,” said Davies.
Man of the moment Virender Sehwag feels that opportunity to score a double hundred in an ODI comes once in a lifetime and he is happy to have broken his role model Sachin Tendulkar’s record.”I am happy to have broken my role model Sachin Tendulkar’s record. It won’t be easy for people to score double hundreds. Over the last so many years only two have done it. This opportunity will come only once in a lifetime and I am happy I have taken it,” Sehwag told the mediapersons at the post-match pres conference.Sehwag, dedicated his epic 219 in the memory of his late father.”I am very happy and I dedicate this knock to my father who is no longer with us,” he said.The ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ as he is fondly called informed that he has received around 800 congratulatory text messages but is yet to go through them.”I have received 700 to 800 messages and have talked with my mother, who is also very happy. Selection committee chairman Srikkanthji also called and congratulated me,” said Sehwag, who broke his idol Tendulkar’s record score of 200 not out against South Africa in Gwalior, early last year.”It is one of my very best innings. Unlike in Test cricket when one can bat longer, in One-dayers you have to keep an eye on the run-rate. The wicket was very good for batting but the bowlers are also trying to get you out. It was not easy to score 200,” he said.Sehwag was of the opinion that the 200 hasn’t come too late in his career.advertisement”I think it has come at the right time. One becomes more mature as a player when he is in his 30s. When you have played for 10 years in international cricket, you can achieve whatever you want,” he said.He also thanked former BCCI president Ranbir Singh Mahendra for having encouraged him to stay at the wicket for more time than what he did at Vishakapatnam in the second game.”Ranbir Singh Mahendra called up and told me that I should not get out like I had done in Vizag. He said, I was not even there when the spinners came on to bowl. I told him I would try and make a big one the next time. Today I kept talking to myself, that I should stay on the wicket and ended up with 219,” he said.Sehwag said right through his innings he was fit and never felt the need for a runner, a practice that has been banned by the cricket authorities.Sehwag also revealed that he took the decision to bat first if he won the toss only five minutes before the ritual.”We had decided to field first but we were told by players who had played in the Challenger Series on this ground as the wicket had deteriorated in the second innings. That’s why, I changed my mind,” he said.He said he and opening partner Gautam Gambhir had wanted to spend some time in the middle and then open out but the wicket was so good that they decided to play till at least 30 to 35 overs.”We said to one another that if we can play together for 15 to 20 overs we could put up a good stand and give the middle-order the chance to build on it. But the wicket was so good, we decided we can bat till the 30-35 overs. I am sorry Gautam was run out. I was very upset,” he said.Sehwag and Gambhir put on 176 runs in 22.5 overs before the latter was run out for 67.He also praised the bowling of debutant leggie Rahul Sharma and predicted a bright future for him.”He bowled very well. I was very impressed with his bowling. It was his debut. He has a very good future,” he said.Asked whether the great innings he played on Thursday would do him a world of good on the Australian tour, Sehwag said it was a different proposition.”I don’t know what I would do there. It’s totally different. We have done well there on the last two tours. We will try and do well this time too,” he remarked.
England will be eager to turn things around after their defeat against Australia earlierThe reckoning has come early for England at the Cricket World Cup. Out of form and down on confidence, Eoin Morgan’s England squad needs a strong showing in Friday’s Pool A match against New Zealand to restore some belief in its campaign.A 111-run loss to Australia in its opening match delivered a blow to team morale which was already low after its heavy loss to the Australians in the preceding limited-overs tri-series.It now faces co-host New Zealand, which has won its first two matches and which is buoyant if a little chastened after a narrow win over Scotland.Another win – its third in seven days – would put New Zealand in a powerful in the group with an eight-day break before its subsequent match against Afghanistan.A loss to New Zealand wouldn’t be an irreversible setback for England: with matches remaining against Afghanistan, Scotland and Bangladesh it should still progress comfortably to the next round. But the effect of another defeat on already brittle confidence might be more severe.Morgan has inherited the captaincy after Alastair Cook was fired amid the team’s inconsistent form. His tenure hasn’t yet been transformative: while England has won individual one-day internationals against India and Sri Lanka, it struggles to win series or consistently beat top sides.One reason is that is, in the absence of Kevin Pietersen, it appears to lack an x-factor player, one of the proven match-winners New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum says will shape the outcome of matches at this tournament.advertisementMcCullum insists England does have players of that caliber and lists Morgan among them.”They’ve got match-winners and I’ve said right from the start of this tournament that the wickets we play on allow match winners to come into play,” McCullum said Thursday. “So, even though the England team may not have been firing of late they’re still a dangerous proposition and we’re respectful of that.”Morgan “is a definite match-winner with his uncanny ability to hit different areas and seize opportunities. I think Jos Buttler is a very dangerous player.”Morgan is out of form, making four ducks in his last five innings and averaging only 18 over his last 22 turns at bat. His run drought has impacted directly on England’s overall performance but not yet on his self-belief.”I’d love you to explain it to me because I don’t understand it,” he said of his recent batting slump. “You don’t look any further than what’s in front of you and I’ve done that but it hasn’t worked. I believe it will work and when it does hopefully I can cash in on it and either make a match-winning performance or build on somebody else’s.”McCullum believes Morgan’s slump won’t last.Morgan “is a champion player and he’s probably one of my better mates from around the world,” McCullum said. “He’s obviously going through a bit of a tough time at the moment but tough times don’t last, tough blokes do. So hopefully at some point he’ll come out of it but hopefully tomorrow we’re able to keep him quiet.”England batting coach Mark Ramprakash also voted confidence in Morgan’s ability.”He’s aware of the fact that he wants more runs and it’s important for the team that he plays his part,” Ramprakash said. “But in terms of handling the tournament, the pressures of it, you couldn’t really ask for better character to be able to handle that.”New Zealand will take an unchanged lineup into the match at Wellington’s Regional Stadium, where it has won nine of its last 11 ODIs.”We’ve played a bit of cricket on this wicket recently and we expect it to be the same,” McCullum said. “The guys have performed well so far and we want to give them that same opportunity again and we think the balance of the team will suit us well on this ground.”
Last year, I was talking about the critical importance of getting to the point quickly in meetings – and in messages – and a friend who is in the Navy taught me about BLUF. That’s the acronym they use in the military for Bottom Line Up Front. In a military setting, BLUF communications allow people to grasp the essence of a situation immediately and seek details only as necessary. It’s like a Cliff Notes for every situation. More recently, a reader wrote me with this nifty list, also from the military. Always describe:What’s what.So what.What next.If you’re in a meeting that is focused on getting to the bottom of an important situation, these are great guides. Encourage people to cite their headlines from the start. It not only saves time, it ensures the communicator has a point in the first place.
Khartoum: Huge crowds of jubilant Sudanese thronged squares across the centre of Khartoum on Thursday as the army promised an “important announcement” after months of protests demanding the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir. Thousands more chanted “the regime has fallen,” as they poured into the open ground outside army headquarters where defiant protesters have braved tear gas to keep up an unprecedented sit-in now in its sixth day. There was still no sign of the army’s promised announcement by afternoon but state media announced that the security agency was freeing all political prisoners in the meantime. “The Sudanese army will issue an important statement soon. Wait for it,” the state television anchor said, without elaborating as martial music replaced normal programming. Sources and witnesses told AFP that soldiers had raided both state television and the offices of a group linked to Bashir’s ruling National Congress Party. Army vehicles carrying troops were seen deploying across the centre of Khartoum. Troops raided the offices of the Islamic Movement, the ideological wing of Bashir’s ruling National Congress Party, witnesses told AFP. Protesters cheered the passing army trucks as expectations mounted that top brass were poised to meet their demand. Outside army headquarters, dozens of joyful protesters climbed on top of landcruisers and armoured vehicles that had been posted to protect them from intervention by other branches of the security forces. Braving the searing 42 degree Celsius (108 degree Fahrenheit) heat, protesters hugged and kissed soldiers in the crowd. Sudan’s feared intelligence service said it was freeing all the country’s political prisoners, state media reported. “The National Intelligence and Security Service has announced it is releasing all political detainees across the country,” the official SUNA news agency said. But in the eastern cities of Kasala and Port Sudan, protesters stormed NISS buildings after the releases failed to materialise, witnesses said. Protesters approached the NISS building in Kasala demanding that officers free their prisoners, a witness told AFP by telephone from the city. “But NISS officers fired in the air after which protesters stormed the building and looted all the equipment inside,” he said. Protesters chanting slogans against Bashir’s 30-year rule also stormed an NISS building in Port Sudan, a witness said. The raids on NISS buildings came despite a call by protest organisers for demonstrators to refrain from attacking government figures or buildings. “We are calling on our people to control themselves and not to attack anybody or government and private properties,” the Alliance for Freedom and Change (AFC), the umbrella group that is spearheading the protest movement, said in a statement. “Anyone found doing this will be punished by law. Our revolution is peaceful, peaceful, peaceful.” The protests, which erupted in December over the government’s tripling of the price of bread, have become the biggest challenge yet to Bashir’s iron-fisted rule. “We are waiting for big news,” one protester told AFP from the sit-in. “We won’t leave from here until we know what it is. But we do know that Bashir has to go. “We had enough of this regime — 30 years of repression, corruption, rights abuses, it’s enough.” Demonstrators have spent five nights defiantly camped outside the sprawling headquarters complex, which also houses Bashir’s official residence and the defence ministry. There has been an often festive mood at the sit-in, with protesters singing and dancing to the tunes of revolutionary songs. The AFC said the sit-in would continue until Bashir steps down and makes way for sweeping reforms. “We have to continue to gather at the sit-in area until the conditions of our revolution as agreed by our alliance have been met,” it said. The demonstrators have braved repeated volleys of tear gas from members of the NISS since they began camping outside the complex on Saturday, protest organisers say. But for the first time on Tuesday night they did not face any “threat” from security agents, said a protester who requested anonymity for security reasons. That came after 11 people, including six members of the security forces, were killed on Tuesday during demonstrations in the capital, government spokesman Hassan Ismail told the official SUNA news agency.
Redshirt sophomore Jake Hanes smacks the ground out of frustration after sending the ball out-of-bounds during Ohio State’s loss to George Mason on Jan. 18 at St. John Arena in Columbus. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior Reporter.This season, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team has had to replace decorated seniors, work through injuries and experience tough losses. But none of these challenges measure up to the tests it faces this weekend. The Buckeyes (4-6) continue their five-match road trip in Long Beach, California, on Friday, when they take on No. 6 UC Santa Barbara (9-3) and No. 1 Long Beach State (10-0). The Buckeyes are reeling after a straight-set loss to No. 15 Purdue Fort Wayne on Tuesday for their second straight conference loss. Junior outside hitter Jake Hanes and senior setter Sanil Thomas did not play in the match due to injury, and will not play in either of the upcoming matches. Head coach Pete Hanson said injuries have taken a toll on his team’s flow during the game. “I think our guys are a little bit shaken mentally, not having Jake and having lost Sanil,” Hanson said. “It’s just been kind of topsy turvy and you can’t get a rhythm established when you can’t keep the same guys on the floor all the time.” Both UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State have been anything but topsy turvy this season. The Gauchos are coming off of back-to-back road victories against then-No. 3 BYU in six straight sets. Senior outside hitter Corey Chavers collected 33 kills and six aces in the two matches. Long Beach State has only lost one set in its 10 matches this season, a 25-19 third set against USC. Senior opposite hitter Kyle Ensing and senior outside hitter TJ DeFalco lead the team with 106 kills each, adding 21 and 17 aces, respectively. In the face of tough competition, Hanson said the message he’s trying to get across to his players this weekend is building confidence. “We’re talking to our guys about, ‘Hey you can’t worry about the end result right now. We have to worry about the process,’” Hanson said. “Let the chips fall where they may, and just build some confidence in what we’re doing. It might result in a win, it might not, but let’s kind of get our feet underneath us and get going a little bit.” Freshman setter Luke Lentin will start his second and third matches, respectively, this weekend after beginning his Buckeye career on Tuesday against Purdue Fort Wayne. Prior to Tuesday, Lentin was injured with a concussion, forcing him to miss three matches. “I had one full day of practice before I came back on the court,” Lentin said. “But I think I’ve worked myself into it.” This weekend brings more than an opportunity to get back out on the court for Lentin: it brings home. Lentin is originally from La Jolla, California, just 95 miles from Walter Pyramid where the Buckeyes will play their matches. “I’m really excited to get back home, back to my home state,” Lentin said. “Maybe it’ll make me feel a little more comfortable setting on the court.” Ohio State will play UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. on Friday and Long Beach State at 10 p.m. on Saturday in Long Beach, California.
Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez, commonly known as Isco believes Real Madrid could’ve netted more goals following their 3-0 Champions League win over Roma, since they had already grabbed 30 shots.Isco also added that Croatian Luka Modric deserves to win Ballon d’Or award for being a unique player.“I’m happy with our result and good performance, although we could’ve scored more goals,” Isco told Movistar television as quoted by Football Italia.“We have to keep improving. We had a good game, but we could’ve done better and controlled it better, so it wasn’t so end-to-end. Still, we’re on the right track.”Isco kicked off the scoring using a careful free kick that rolled over the wall and into the near top corner.Zidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“I have a knack at free kicks and Ramos left it to me. I’m happy for the goal and three points.”Croatian Luka Modric was another great force that enhanced their winning chances as his exceptional cross-field pass splitted the defence for Gareth Bale’s goal.“We already know what Modric’s like, he’s a great player and he gives us a lot in each game. Hopefully we can all be at his level.“I also think he deserves the Ballon d’Or for being a unique player for us and Croatia.”
Former Brighton & Hove Albion defender Liam Rosenior insists England has missed out on a generation of footballers who decided against going abroad to ply their trade.Borussia Dortmund youngster Jadon Sancho has been rewarded for his impressive start to the season with a callup to the England senior national team.The 18-year-old took the bold step of leaving Manchester City in the summer of 2017 in search of more first team opportunities and the decision has proven to be the right one so far, as he leads the German league in assists.Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate, Rosenior believes Sancho’s success will serve as inspiration to other youngsters.“Mason Mount had a fantastic season at Vitesse Arnhem, and I want to see more English players take the plunge,” said Rosenior. “One of my biggest regrets from my career was not going abroad.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Adjusting yourself to a new environment is one of the hardest things you can possibly do, but once you overcome that, you grow as a footballer and as a person.”“I think we’ve missed a generation of that in our country. Because the money is here, it’s not the easy option, but it’s the logical option.”“Now, because of the loan system and how hard it is to break into a Premier League side, we’re seeing more and more young players making a football decision to play abroad, and that’s fantastic for our game because they’re going to come back with different things they’ve been taught.”“Sometimes the best way to grow is to come out of your comfort zone.”