PRETORIA: The Bulls overcame an early scare to overwhelm their neighbours the Lions 48-27 and take the last Super Rugby playoff place after Saturday’s derby at Loftus Versfeld.The home side outscored the Lions by seven tries to two, despite going behind after 16 seconds, and will now go away to face the Wellington Hurricanes in next weekend’s quarter-final.The Bulls were 31-19 ahead at half-time in a convincing performance as the regular season came to a close, leaving eight teams left to chase for the title in the playoffs.For the Lions, it ended a run of three successive trips to the final where they finished runners-up on each occasion.Hanro Liebenberg, Marco van Staden, Lizo Gqoboka, Burger Odendaal, Cornal Hendricks, Handre Pollard and Manie Libbok scored the tries for the home side with Pollard converting five of them and adding a penalty.Hacjivah Dayimani and Cyle Brink got the Lions’ tries with one conversion from Elton Jantjies, who also kicked over four … [Read more...] about Bulls grab Super Rugby playoff spot as Lions go out
When will elephants go extinct
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PUTRAJAYA: National badminton champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei will certainly go to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo although he had announced his retirement today. This time, his role will be very different because he will not be going as a competing athlete but as Chef-de-Mission (CDM) to the meet held once in four years. This was announced by Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman at a special media conference to announce the retirement of the national singles shuttler. Syed Saddiq said the decision to name the three-time silver medallist at the Olympic Games was made after holding discussions with the President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria and Chong Wei himself. “We have collectively decided to nominate Datuk Lee Chong Wei as the CDM for Tokyo Olympics 2020. “The reason is simple. We cannot think of anyone better to fly the Malaysian flag high, and to also inspire our young athletes. “As I mentioned before, … [Read more...] about Chong Wei will still go to Tokyo Olympics 2020: Syed Saddiq
In 2011, poachers killed some 40,000 tuskers – about 10 per cent of the continent’s population, according to figures from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), based in Geneva. Last year the kill rate was about four percent, or 15,000 animals, according to new research published in Nature Communications. “We are seeing a downturn in poaching, but it is still above what we think is sustainable,” says co-author Colin Beale, a conservation biologist at the University of York. On current trends, the African elephant is in danger of being “virtually wiped out”, surviving only in small, heavily protected pockets, he adds. A century ago up to 12 million of the world’s heaviest land animal roamed the continent. Today, they number about 500,000, if forest elephants – a sub-species are included. Overwhelming demand Despite a 1990 ban on international trade in ivory, demand in Southeast Asia and … [Read more...] about Elephants face extinction despite ban on ivory
Political giant Anwar Ibrahim may be prime minister-in-waiting, but one year on, his position is still shrouded in uncertainty. The plan by the victorious Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition had been for the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president to succeed Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as Prime Minister. And in February this year, Mr Anwar was quoted in a Bloomberg report as saying that he expected to take power from Dr Mahathir in less than two years, but wanted to give the current leader enough time to govern effectively before he assumed control. Still, the wait seems longer than expected, raising questions about whether it will materialise. Datuk Seri Anwar, 71, was the deputy prime minister between 1993 and 1998 before he was sacked by Dr Mahathir - who was also prime minister then - amid allegations of homosexuality and corruption that eventually led to him being jailed for six years. Later, in February 2015, Mr Anwar was jailed again, this time for five years, after a second sodomy … [Read more...] about When will Mahathir hand over to Anwar?