David Warner’s return to cricket is going on the right track following his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in March.He made a comeback on the field in club cricket before travelling to Canada for a T20 league.Warner is serving a one-year ban from international and domestic cricket handed by Cricket Australia following the shocking incident in South Africa earlier this year.He, along with skipper Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft, was slapped with a substantial ban by the home cricket board.Warner was signed up by Winnipeg Hawks for the Global T20 Canada and he has now been elevated to lead the side after captain Dwayne Bravo was sidelined for the rest of the tournament due to an injury. Smith is also playing in the same tournament for Toronto Nationals.”I’m sure he’s going to be a good leader when it comes to captaincy,” Winnipeg Hawks coach Waqar Younis told News Corp.”(Warner) is a leader. He’s a team man. I’ve seen him in IPL and I’ve seen him as a leader. He’s up there, he’s upfront and he likes to give whatever his knowledge is, he’s always there,” he added.Warner led Sunrisers Hyderabad to Indian Premier League glory in 2016 and also has an overwhelming win-loss record as Australia skipper in the limited-overs formats. He has lost just one out 12 games (3 ODIs and 9 T20Is) as Australia captain.He was made Australia’s T20I captain earlier this year but following his involvement in the ball-tampering saga, “Warner will not be considered for team leadership positions in the future,” according to Cricket Australia.advertisementWarner had emerged as the chief conspirator in hatching a plan to artificially alter the condition of the ball during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town in March.Warner and Smith were handed one-year bans while Bancroft was suspended for 9 months.The two Aussie stars were also barred from playing in the IPL 2018. Smith was named captain of Rajasthan Royals while Warner was to lead SRH but were eventually barred from the 2018 season.While Smith has managed to score a fifty in three matches for Toronto Nationals so far, Warner is yet to make a mark as he has struggled with scores of 1,4,1 from his three outings for the Hawks.
Free State delegates sign the Brand SouthAfrica pledge to uphold the nation brand andposition the country as a top investment andtourism destination.Brand South Africa headed to the Free State on 17 November 2011 to urge all residents of the province to build the nation’s reputation and position it for global competitiveness.This was the message relayed at the fifth Brand South Africa Stakeholder Summit in Bloemfontein, attended by representatives from government, business and civil society.Taking place in each of the nine provinces, the summits aim to increase provincial participation in the nation-branding effort and encourage active citizenship – which, in turn, will help position the country as a top investment and tourism destination.Speaking at the summit, Brand South Africa programme manager for civil society Leo Makgamathe said that the branding of the country is not a matter of choice, but a necessity.Free State MEC for Economic Development,Tourism and Environmental Affairs, MxolisiDukwana.(Images: Nicky Rehbock)To be successful it requires the combined effort of government, citizens, business, political parties, charities, the media, academia and sporting organisations.“With globalisation speeding up the production and movement of goods, services, investment and talent, perceptions of nations have to be actively managed,” Makgamathe added.And this is no different in South Africa.The country has recently achieved four key milestones: it managed a highly successful Fifa World Cup; came through the world-wide recession almost unscathed; joined Brazil, Russia, China and India in the BRICS economic bloc; and held its fourth free and fair local elections since 1994.“This has underlined that South Africa is an important developing nation in its own right – which has to be marketed to the world,” Makgamathe said.Strong nation brand vital for Free State“The economy of the Free State is built on agriculture and its mines, but increasingly we are looking to tourism as a growth sector and hope to expand our manufacturing base,” the province’s MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Mxolisi Dukwana said at the summit.The Free State is also looking to diversify by developing its logistics capacity, ICT sector, innovation and research, agri-processing and pharmaceuticals.“So what we, and South Africa, need is more investment. How people see a country is vital in this regard. The image of a country makes an integral contribution in attracting tourists, investors and in building trade relationships,” Dukwana added.The government’s role in this is ensuring the country has enabling policies to attract trade and investment, but South Africans also have to believe in themselves to position the country as a viable destination.“We must be bold enough to face our fears and challenges, and understand what we’re about. In doing that we can become our own marketers. In our diversity we also need to have one identity and be proud of it. Often we’re too negative and hard on ourselves,” the MEC told summit delegates.“I urge all of you to do your ‘national service’ and respond when Brand South Africa calls, so that we can work together to create a truly great South Africa for all.”
CALGARY – Sales of oil and gas drilling rights in Alberta delivered almost four times as much money for the provincial treasury in 2017 compared with 2016 but the total remained well short of the record.Alberta Energy reports receiving $18 million in Wednesday’s auction, the last of the year. That brings the total for 2017 to $504 million, 3.7 times as much as the $137 million in 2016. The record was $3.5 billion in 2011.The sales give oil and gas companies the right to drill exploration wells on land where the mineral rights are owned by the province. They are considered a key indicator of future drilling activity.Crown land sales were also up in British Columbia and Saskatchewan this year.Saskatchewan earned about $63 million in 2017, up from $53 million the year before but down from the record of $1.1 billion in 2008.B.C. earned $173 million, up from $15 million in 2016 but nowhere near the record $2.7 billion in 2008.
Stay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor NASA’s Parker Solar Probe now holds the record for closest approach to the Sun by a human-made object.The spacecraft on Monday passed within 26.55 million miles of the Sun’s surface, beating the previous achievement, set by the German-American Helios 2 in April 1976.Expect a lot more broken records as the Parker Solar Probe mission continues, prepared to make a final close approach of 3.83 million miles from the Sun’s surface in 2024.“It’s been just 78 days since Parker Solar Probe launched, and we’ve now come closer to our star than any other spacecraft in history,” project manager Andy Driesman, of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, said in a statement.“It’s a proud moment for the team,” he added, “though we remain focused on our first solar encounter, which begins on Oct. 31.”Starting Wednesday, the probe will begin moving closer and closer to the Sun’s surface, until it reaches its first perihelion—the point at which the satellite is nearest to the Sun—around 10:28 p.m. ET on Nov. 5.But it won’t be easy.According to NASA, the spacecraft will face “brutal” heat and radiation conditions “while providing humanity with unprecedentedly close-up observations of a star and helping us understand phenomena that have puzzled scientists for decades.”The agency’s first spacecraft named after a living person (physicist Eugene Parker) launched on Aug. 12; it features a memory card containing photos of Parker and a copy of his 1958 scientific paper predicting important aspects of solar physics.Data collected by the Parker Solar Probe, NASA said, will add “key knowledge” to the agency’s understanding of our Sun, “where changing conditions can propagate out into the Solar System, affecting Earth and other worlds.”More cosmic coverage on Geek.com:NASA Shares Phone Wallpaper-Worthy Images of Feline NebulaAstronomers Propose New Method for Detecting Massive Black HolesThis Plant Hormone Could Help Grow Potatoes in Space