India have just thrashed South Africa by an innings and 202 runs in Ranchi, wrapping up the Test series 3-0. What does the series win mean for India in the World Test Championship? Five wins in as many games mean that India are the runaway table-toppers in the World Test Championship. After just five games, they’ve 240 points, opening up a massive lead of 180 points over New Zealand and Sri Lanka, who are tied on 60 points each. India have played more games than any other team — even so, the points that they have accumulated is a powerful reiteration of their dominance over the last three years, the period in which they have established themselves firmly at the top of the Test rankings table, too. Also, among the teams that have played at least one match in the Test championship, India is the only one that is still unbeaten. But can India sustain its lead for a longer duration? Advertising Given the form that they are in, India can be expected to maintain their lead, … [Read more...] about Explained: What does the series win against South Africa mean for India in the World Test Championship?
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Video PlayerClose JOHANNESBURG, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Twenty-two doctors from 13 developing countries completed a China-sponsored ultrasound surgery training workshop in Johannesburg on Wednesday. They were granted with the course-completion certificates issued by China's Ministry of Science and Technology after finishing their study in the 2019 International Training Workshop on Ultrasound Therapy for Tumors. Bandile Masuku, South Africa's Guateng province's Member of the Executive Council for health, congratulated the doctors for taking part in the training. He said they are happy that ultrasound enables doctors to treat tumors without operation. He called for the continued Africa-China cooperation in terms of sharing equipment,knowledge and technology. "We welcome the Chinese government partnership to share knowledge and how to deal with some of the challenges we face. We require more assistance in equipment and other things we need to save lives. We hope this cooperation will help … [Read more...] about Doctors from 13 countries graduate from Chinese ultrasound surgery training in South Africa
Video PlayerClose JOHANNESBURG, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- The World Bank downgraded South Africa's growth forecast for 2018 on Wednesday to 1 percent from 1.4 percent. The World Bank also lowered South Africa's growth forecasts for 2019 to 1.3 percent from 1.8 percent and to 1.7 percent from 1.9 percent in 2020. "Growth is expected to remain subdued in 2019, as domestic demand is constrained by high unemployment and slow growth in credit extension to households, and as fiscal consolidation limits government spending," the World Bank stated in its regional economic outlook for Africa. "The higher growth in 2020 reflects the expectation that the government's structural reform agenda will gradually gather speed, helping to boost investment growth, as policy uncertainty recedes," World Bank noted. The World Bank also believed South African president's economic stimulus package would not do much to kick-start the country's sluggish economy. The country recently announced an economic blueprint … [Read more...] about World Bank downgrades S. Africa’s growth forecasts
Email By state political reporter Alexandra Humphries Posted November 14, 2019 19:52:34 Photo: The protest at the Tarkine was "precisely what this sort of bill is aimed at preventing," a forestry figure says. (Supplied: Bob Brown Foundation) Related Story: Hodgman accused of anti-protest laws backflip Related Story: Tasmanian officers could boycott workplace protest laws: police association Related Story: Bob Brown wins High Court case against Tasmanian protest laws Related Story: Tasmanian workplace anti-protest laws defeat 'doesn't give protesters carte blanche' Related Story: Tasmanian Liberals vow to resurrect anti-protest laws to stop workplace 'invasion' Map: TAS The Tasmanian Government has promised the state will soon have the strongest anti-protest laws in the country, but one expert says the legislation is essentially a "bill of rights" for businesses and reflects a "massive overreach". Key points:The Tasmanian Government has tabled new anti-protest … [Read more...] about Greens defiant ahead of anti-protest law reboot to quell activists tabled in Parliament
Video PlayerClose ADDIS ABABA, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on Thursday urged African countries to exert concerted efforts to tackle the adverse effects of climate change on Africa's marine ecosystem. The statement was made by Said Adejumobi, Director of the ECA's Southern Africa Office, as he called on the African continent to "reap maximum benefits of utilizing its aquatic and marine ecosystems and associated resources for sustainable socio-economic development." "It is important to address the threats and challenges to our marine ecosystem arising from climate change and man-made environmental pressures and challenges including the dumping of plastic wastes in the ocean and pollution," an ECA statement issued quoted Adejumobi as saying on Thursday. The ECA, through its Blue Economy Handbook that was launched back in 2016, advocates for "a multi-sectoral approach to the development of the blue economy." The ECA also emphasized the … [Read more...] about UN agency calls preserving Africa’s marine ecosystem