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Giants plan to add former A’s fan favorite at catcher

first_imgSCOTTSDALE–When pitchers and catchers report to the Giants’ complex in Scottsdale on Tuesday, popular clubhouse presence Nick Hundley won’t be joining them.Hundley is moving across the bay to Oakland, but a former A’s catcher will have a chance to replace him in San Francisco. Two-time All-Star Stephen Vogt is expected to finalize a minor league deal with the Giants once he completes a physical on Tuesday.The Associated Press first reported Vogt reached an agreement with the Giants.Vogt had …last_img read more

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Call for learners to study maths, science

first_img10 July 2012Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor has encouraged those learners who won the Square Kilometre Array (SKA)-MeerKat Schools Competition to study maths and science, saying South Africa needs more people with these skills.Speaking at the awards ceremony in Pretoria on Monday, Pandor told the successful learners that the country needed more scientists. “We want to invest through you.”She also encouraged learners to be innovative so they change the character of South Africa.Learners from Grades 4 to 11 from various schools throughout the country were given an opportunity to enter the SKA-MeerKat competition, and 200 000 competition forms were distributed to various schools, science centres and community centres.The department received over 36 000 entry forms in the primary and high school categories across all nine provinces, where learners had to fill out a form and complete a multiple choice questionnaire based on the SKA project.The aim of the competition was to increase awareness of one of the most exciting engineering and research projects ever undertaken. Prizes included laptops, printers, digital cameras and organised tours to their nearest astronomy observatory.Karobo Melato, a 14-year-old Grade 7 learner at Boiterelo Primary School in Potchefstroom in the North West Province, was one of the learners who won the competition; he told SANews that upon completing matric, he wanted to be a technician in the South African National Defence Force.“I want to operate the big machines in the Defence Force,” he said.South Africa and its partner countries won the bid to host most of the telescope, with 70% of the telescope to be built in Africa and 30% in Australia.Once complete, the SKA will consist of about 3 000 dish-shaped antennae spread over an area of over 3 000km. The core of the telescope will be constructed in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape, with outlying telescope stations throughout South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Mauritius, Namibia and Zambia.The magnitude and sensitivity of the SKA telescope will allow scientists to explore the origins of the first galaxies, stars and planets and the evolution of the universe. It will be able to collect weak cosmic radio signals from the edges of the universe from a time before the first stars and galaxies formed.As the main host of the SKA, South Africa is expected to become a global centre for information technology, fundamental physics, astronomy and high-tech engineering. Top scientists and engineers throughout the world will be attracted to the country’s shores.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Woman accuses BJP MLA of rape in U.P.

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh police have initiated an investigation against a BJP MLA from Unnao after a woman from the district accused him of gang-raping her along with his accomplices last June.The case came to light after the woman, along with her family members, threatened to commit suicide outside the residence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday, alleging that the police refused to take action against the MLA despite her complaints and applications.According to the victim, Kuldeep Singh Sengar, Bangermau MLA, raped her on June 17, 2017, and all her attempts to get justice bore no fruit as his influence prevented police from acting against him. She said that despite her efforts, the police did not register a case against the legislator.Faces threat“When I protested against the rape, he threatened me that he would get my family members killed,” the woman told local television channels.Rajiv Krishnan, Additonal Director-General of Police, Lucknow, said both the allegations made by the woman were of a “serious nature”, and so the case was being shifted from Unnao to Lucknow for a fair investigation.Inspector General, Lucknow Range, would carry out the investigation.Mr. Krishnan said that the woman had alleged that her father was thrashed by people sent by the accused on April 4, but a case was lodged against the victim instead. The accused, however, lodged a counter FIR against the woman’s family.The officer said that after talking to both sides it was found that there was a dispute between the two parties over the past 10 to 12 years, with cases registered against each other.Alleges conspiracyMr. Sengar dismissed the allegations of gang rape, saying it was “a conspiracy” against him.According to the Unnao police, on the complaint of the woman, a case was registered at the Mankhi police station under Sections 363 (kidnapping) and 366 (kidnapping a woman to compel her for marriage) of the Indian Penal Code on June 20, 2017.After an investigation, the police added Section 376 D (gang rape) of the IPC and Section 3/4 of the POSCO Act to the case.Three accused, Shubham Singh, Brijesh Yadav Awadh Narayan, were arrested following this. The charge sheet was also submitted in court.last_img read more