Samsung, Marvell debut 5G Massive MIMO radio chip Tags Marvell stakes open RAN claim with new platform AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 01 APR 2016 Home Marvell delays its annual report, warns of loss Related Saleha Riaz Marvell Technology Group Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Marvell teams with TIP on open RAN Previous ArticleFCC won’t probe Netflix for throttling videoNext ArticleHuawei sees strong growth on 4G, smartphone sales Author Semiconductor firm Marvell Technology Group said it is running late with filing its annual report for the financial year ending 30 January 2016, adding that it expects to suffer a net loss in 2016, as well as see net revenue “significantly lower” than 2015.In a SEC filing, the company said it would not be able to file the report “within the prescribed time period without unreasonable effort or expense” in part due to PricewaterhouseCoopers resigning as its accountancy firm in October last year, replaced by Deloitte & Touche in February.The delay was also caused by an internal audit committee’s investigation of “certain accounting and internal control matters” which found last month that no fraudulent activity had taken place, though it identified certain “tone at the top” issues, including significant pressure on sales and finance personnel to meet revenue targets.The firm said it is working to complete the preparation and facilitate the audit of its financial statements for the year to end-January 2016, as well as the other parts of the annual report, “as soon as practicable”.The chip maker is under federal investigation over issues including its accounting practices.Meanwhile, the SEC filing also said net revenue will likely take a hit because of decreased demand for its storage products; charges associated with settlement of litigation with Carnegie Mellon University “for an aggregate of $750 million” as well as restructuring and severance related charges for its mobile platform business of approximately $75 million.In September, it was reported that the company was set for job losses as it downsized its mobile platform organisation to focus on opportunities in IoT, automotive and networking.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR and SPEED SPORT, America’s Motorsports authority since 1934, today announced they will continue their streaming partnership started last year. SPEED SPORT Network will again distribute select NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series events in 2021.NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series tracks that choose to participate can work directly with SPEED SPORT Network to distribute their events. TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold will continue to show NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series races and coordinate with SPEED SPORT Network to deliver an even wider variety of quality broadcasts on both platforms.“We’re excited to continue our partnership with SPEED SPORT following its success last season,” said Dan Barker, NASCAR senior director of media strategy. “It offers NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series tracks another revenue stream and provides race fans more access to high quality live grassroots racing.”Fans can continue to catch select NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series races live and on-demand via TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series races are part of the NASCAR Roots package for $2.99/month. The full TrackPass package, which includes NASCAR Roots, IMSA and American Flat Track events is available for $4.99/month. TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold is available on desktop web browsers and via the NBC Sports app on iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple TV (Gen 4), Roku, Amazon Fire TV, AndroidTV, Xfinity X1, Xfinity Flex and Chromecast devices connected via HDMI.NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series tracks and SPEED SPORT Network are working to roll out more broadcast plans. Fans should follow their favorite track’s news for event announcements. All content will also be available on-demand on SPEEDSPORT.tv, home to the widest variety of motorsports events, award-winning shows and exclusive features. SPEED SPORT TV offers plans for $134.99/annually and $14.99/monthly. SPEED SPORT TV is available on web browsers on most connected devices, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, iOS and Android.“We look forward to building on what we started last year,” said Joe Tripp, CEO and managing partner at SPEED SPORT. “Our approach gives NASCAR weekly tracks another tool for monetizing and marketing their events — which couldn’t have come at a better time. Our partnership with NASCAR’s TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold is a great example of how we can work together to support and grow grassroots racing.”
Tosun is expected to move on loan from Everton today, with him currently having a medical ahead of the move.The Turkish striker has found himself out of favour at Goodison Park again this season, making just six appearances in all competitions so far.He had been linked with a return to his native Turkey but made it clear he wanted to stay in the Premier League and is now close to achieving that with Crystal Palace. The Eagles are looking for additions this month with an injury crisis decimating Roy Hodgson’s squad and have seemingly turned to Tosun, a player they were linked with before his move to Everton.Initial reports of the deal suggested the move would be a loan until the end of the season but according to journalist Firat Günayer that will not be the case.He confirms that Tosun is joining Crystal Palace on a five-month loan deal, however, contrary to earlier reports, it also includes an option for Palace to make it permanent at the end of the season for €20m, around £16.9m.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoDating.comTung Chung is actually full of single men. Check them out on this premium dating site!Dating.comUndoSmart Tech TrendSelf Adjusting Glasses Take Hong Kong by StormSmart Tech TrendUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndo Cenk Tosun’s move to Crystal Palace from Everton will include an option for them to make it permanent for €20m at the end of the season.
A surge from the Angels’ offense – it scored five or more runs in seven consecutive games – ended with a simultaneous swoon by the defense Saturday night.After Skaggs allowed three runs on six hits with a pair of walks and two wild pitches in four innings, a pair of Angels errors in the sixth inning gave Oakland a 5-0 lead. The Angels, who were shut out for the first time sine July 7, advanced just one runner past second base while A’s starter Paul Blackburn (3-1) scattered five hits over 6 2/3 innings with no walks.There was reason to believe the Angels momentum would continue with the return of Skaggs after he posted a 1.42 ERA in his last three major league starts before an oblique strain landed him on the disabled list April 28.To the contrary, there were plenty of reasons for concern after Skaggs’ shaky rehabilitation outings for Triple-A Salt Lake, where he allowed 10 runs on 14 hits in three starts that totaled 10 innings.In addition, it’s difficult to know what to expect from the pitcher who missed nearly two years after undergoing Tommy John surgery August 13, 2014 and experiencing shoulder trouble after recovering from the elbow surgery. He returned in July of last season and posted a respectable 4.17 ERA in 10 starts in 2016.“We had high expectations he was going to come in and make his pitches,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Couple of his outings in Triple-A obviously some things got away from him. Tonight was not exactly what we needed, but in between, before he lost some of the feel of his curveball, he made some really good pitches, good velocity all night.”The first pitch of the game was ominous for Skaggs, who gave up his first run in equally concerning fashion.The A’s Rajai Davis led off the game with a single, stole two bases and scored on a wild pitch.Davis’ run in a 21-pitch first inning was the limit of the damage until a two-run, two-out rally in the fourth inning ended Skaggs’ night.After retiring the first two batters of the inning, a double, a walk and a pair of singles by the A’s earned them a 3-0 lead. Dustin Garneau’s bases-loaded single scored both runs in the inning that escalated Skaggs’ pitch count to 83.“I got two quick outs and probably let my mind slip away,” Skaggs said. “Tried to throw a few change-ups and got out of my game instead of just pounding the zone with fastballs and that’s my mistake.”Things unraveled for the Angels in the sixth inning when a pair of throwing errors with two outs cost them a run each and increased the A’s lead to 5-0.With runners on first and second, Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar sailed a throw to second base into right field, allowing one run across.The A’s victimized the Angels on a double steal one batter later, prompting a throw to second base and an errant throw home by Kaleb Cowart.The A’s bullpen allowed just one hit in 2 1/3 innings of relief.Kole Calhoun was the only player in the top six of the Angels batting order to collect more than one hit. Mike Trout is just two hits from reaching 1,000 in his career after going 1 for 4 with an infield single on Saturday.Ben Revere went 2 for 3 to extended his hit streak to 10 games, but the Angels left fielder will be replaced in the lineup when Cameron Maybin returns next week. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ANAHEIM >> The expectation was for Tyler Skaggs to aid the Angels’ playoff push, not upset their improbable balance.The rust on his left arm was apparent in his first start since April 28 and the Angels’ attempt to move into possession of a wild-card berth during an opportunistic homestand was lost with a 5-0 loss to the Oakland A’s on Saturday night.Skaggs (1-2) threw 83 pitches in just four innings as the AL West’s last-place team ended the Angels’ win streak at four games. The Angels, who began Saturday night two games out of the AL’s final wild-card spot, finish their three-game series with the A’s on Sunday and close out their nine-game homestand with three against the Orioles.
Boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, pose for photos after a news conference, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in Los Angeles. The two are scheduled to fight in Las Vegas on May 2. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. were both exceptionally well dressed for their appearance together in Los Angeles, not terribly surprising given the number of cameras focused on them.Exceptionally well behaved, too, which was also no surprise. No need for trash talk when the $1,500 seats in the upper reaches of the MGM Grand Garden will be snapped up the minute they go on sale and people at home won’t think twice about spending $100 or so on the pay-per-view.Just two men who beat people up for a living acting like perfect gentlemen. Not a new role for Pacquiao, but certainly one for Mayweather, who has made most of his millions by getting a lot of people to buy his fights just to see him lose.He was once Pretty Boy Floyd, then became Money Mayweather. Now he’s Floyd Mayweather the businessman, working hard to earn his $120 million payday.“No different than WWE,” Mayweather said. “It’s all about reinventing yourself. That’s what we did. And it’s worked so far.”It has, in ways that seem unimaginable for any fighter, much less one who doesn’t knock people out. Mayweather is perennially on top of the highest paid athlete list, and this year it will be no contest. He’ll do it this time with a new persona that would make anyone in pro wrestling proud.It was barely two years ago that Mayweather sat in a jail cell, serving a domestic battery sentence while wondering if he would ever fight again. Now no one mentions his checkered past because they’re so eager to see him in the fight that will break all records.He’s still got more pricey cars than the average Bentley dealership, lives in the Big Boy Mansion on a golf course in Las Vegas, and has a team of bodyguards that tower over him wherever he goes. The entourage is still around, too, eager to please his every whim.But the new Floyd Mayweather is all business. And right now business couldn’t be better.“Floyd Mayweather is a winner when it’s all said and done,” Mayweather said.Pacquiao is a winner, too, of course, and maybe a bigger one than Mayweather. He made it out of the depths of poverty in the Philippines to become a multimillionaire fighter and a congressman from the Sarangani province. He’s a national hero at home, where everything stops anytime he steps into the ring.Like Mayweather, Pacquiao has reinvented himself in recent years. He’s trimmed his huge entourage, given up the late night partying and gambling, and turned to religion to guide his life.Along the way he learned English as a second language and is comfortable enough with it that he spent the entire day Wednesday speaking confidently to hundreds of media, even managing to get in a slight – though very polite – dig at Mayweather.“I’m not worried about this fight,” Pacquiao said. “I was more worried about my last few fights with (Oscar) De La Hoya, (Antonio) Margarito and (Miguel) Cotto than this.”They have contrasting styles in the ring, and they are a stark contrast outside of it. It’s what makes this fight so intriguing, almost irresistible.The fight that doesn’t need any promoting will still get some, of course. There was a frenzy in downtown Los Angeles this week, where some 700 media members were credentialed for what was billed as the only joint appearance of the two fighters before the week of the fight.And there will surely be a steady trickle of news from the camps before the craziness of fight week finally arrives.But it isn’t business as usual, as evidenced the other day when trainer Freddie Roach threw comedian Dave Chappelle and his family out of Pacquiao’s workout at his Hollywood gym. Roach and Chappelle are friends, but there were things to attend to, and they were getting in the way.“I felt really bad,” Roach said, “but that was four bodies that didn’t need to be there.”Mayweather is also showing signs that this fight is different. The usual crowds at his Las Vegas gym, insiders say, are being thinned out by security. There’s too much at stake here, for a fighter who has never lost in 19 years as a pro.Yes, Mayweather has a new persona. He’s still hanging with Justin Bieber, though you probably won’t see him before this fight counting out big stacks of $100 bills, or bragging about the score he made betting on the NBA playoffs.But he’s got the same burning desire, magnified even more by what is at stake in the Fight of the (Young) Century.Yes, Pacquiao has the weight of a country on his shoulders. But Mayweather has his entire legacy on the line.“I’ve never wanted to win a fight as bad in my life,” Mayweather said.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg
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Just five of last year’s Grand Slam winning squad remain for Ireland, who beat Scotland 24-5 in Netherdale in round 2 last February. IRELAND U-20: Oran McNulty (Millfield School/Galway Corinthians RFC/Connacht); Ethan McIlroy (Methody College/Queen’s University RFC/Ulster), Dan Kelly (Kirkham Grammar/Loughborogh University/IQ Rugby), Hayden Hyde (Cranleigh School/Ballynahinch RFC/Ulster), Andrew Smith (St. Michael’s College/Clontarf FC/Leinster); Jack Crowley (Bandon RFC/Cork Constitution FC/Munster), Lewis Finlay (Down High School/Malone RFC/Ulster); Charlie Ward (Tullow RFC/Clontarf FC/Leinster), Tom Stewart (Belfast Royal Academy/Ballynahinch RFC/Ulster), Thomas Clarkson (Blackrock College/Dublin University FC/Leinster), Brian Deeny (Wexford Wanderers/Clontarf FC/Leinster), Thomas Ahern (Waterpark RFC/Shannon RFC/Munster), Sean O’Brien (Blackrock College/UCD RFC/Leinster), Mark Hernan (St. Michael’s College/Lansdowne FC/Leinster), David McCann (RBAI/Banbridge RFC/Ulster) (capt).Replacements: John McKee (Campbell College/Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster), Ciaran Ryan (Rockwell College/Cashel RFC/Munster), Ryan McMahon (Clongowes Wood College/Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster), Joe McCarthy (Blackrock College/Dublin University FC/Leinster), Alexis Soroka (Belvedere College/Dublin University FC/Leinster), Ben Murphy (Presentation College Bray/Clontarf FC/Leinster), Tim Corkery (Kilkenny RFC/Lansdowne FC/Leinster), Luis Faria (Newpark Comprehensive School/Dublin University FC/Leinster).print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Ireland U20 rugby team begin their Six Nations campaign at home to Scotland tonight (Friday) at 7.15pm. Head Coach Noel McNamara has included one Connacht player in the starting team, Oran McNulty from Corinthians at full-back. The 19-year-old is in his second year with the Connacht academy after being recruited through IRFU’s IQ Rugby system which aims to identify Irish-qualified talent based away from these shores. A native of Mendip, England (near Bath), McNulty’s father Dermot is from Cork.
7 The West Ham United has gone being withdrawn at half time at Anfield on the opening day, to bullying seasoned Premier League midfielders in the space of just six months.Rice’s decision to switch international allegiances has drawn criticism from both fans and pundits alike.According to Dean Saunders, the versatile star should NOT be allowed to represent England. Tony Cascarino also said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast he felt ‘gutted’ by the decision.His impressive form has not gone unnoticed, with Southgate reportedly ready to call up the youngster to the England squad for the fixtures against the Czech Republic and Montenegro in March. gameday cracker Here’s how Rice could fit into the England team latest 7 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Henderson was the main man for England in Russia RANKED 7 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion The West Ham defender is a danger from set pieces REVEALED REPLY HOW COULD HE FIT IN?Given Rice’s age and inexperience, it is unlikely he will be thrust into the big games for England straight away by Gareth Southgate. However, it would seem as though this is where he would excel for the Three Lions.As a natural midfielder, Henderson possesses the passing range and tactical nous required to be England’s main man in Southgate’s preferred formation with three at the back.Used against sides who are willing to sit back, the full backs push on and England are required to be forward thinking to break down the opposition. Rice is not quite up to international standard yet in terms of creativity.However, when England have played more forward-thinking teams (i.e. Spain and Croatia in the Nations League) Southgate has used a 4-3-3 formation. This is where Rice should be used for the Three Lions. 7 In order to make the step up to international football, Rice must develop his game with the ball if he is to become England’s main man in midfield. Although the Hammers do not enjoy as much possession as Liverpool or Tottenham, the West Ham man is some way behind his rivals.His pass success rate, key passes and though ball stats are decidedly lacking and, in Gareth Southgate’s system, this is likely to hinder Rice’s progression into the England set-up.At the World Cup, Henderson was the heartbeat for England. An out and regista, he took games by the scruff of the neck and his use of the ball stretched teams to exploit the spaces for England’s pacy and more creative players.Against Tunisia, he was superb. The opposition players looked lost as the Liverpool skipper mixed up his passing game to either release runners from deep with balls over the top or draw players out of position with incisive, short passes. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade SORRY Henderson and Dier have often shared defensive midfield duties for England With fans already concerned for the futures of Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson, it seems apt to compare the three midfielders to see just who deserves to start those crucial Euro 2020 qualifying games.Scroll down to see how Rice compares against the Liverpool and Tottenham stars, according to data collated from whoscored.com.DEFENSIVE CONTRIBUTIONS 7 As the midfield anchor in West Ham’s midfield, Rice is tasked with freeing Mark Noble and Robert Snodgrass of their defensive responsibilities. As a result, his attacking stats are not as impressive as his defensive contributions.Although he can claim to have more dribbles and more shots per game than his midfield rivals, his strengths are undoubtedly in the opposition box.Standing at 6″1, Rice is not spectacularly tall but he has an incredible spring and is not afraid to put his head in where it hurts. His strike against Arsenal in January shows he also has the necessary composure in front of goals.PASSING STATISTICS Having spent virtually the entirety of his youth career as a centre-half, Rice can naturally spot danger when the opposition have the ball. As he has matured into a holding midfielder under Manuel Pellegrini, his reading of the game and interceptions have become vital to the way West Ham play.Rice averages 1.6 interceptions per game as opposed to 0.8 from Henderson and 1.0 from Dier. Similarly, his tackle rate is a lot higher. Rice averages 2.6 tackles per game in comparison to 1.5 from Henderson and 1.6 from Dier. In fact, Rice is only beaten by his more senior counterparts in the ‘dribbled past’ and ‘clearances’ sections.What we can infer from this data is that, like Rice, the Spurs midfielder has utilised the skills he honed from playing as a defender to be effective without the ball in the midfield areas.As a defender first and foremost, the West Ham star will look to protect his defenders at all times. He covers the channels when the Hammers’ rampaging full-backs are caught up-field, perhaps explaining his high defensive stats.OFFENSIVE CONTRIBUTIONS Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Rice is beaten by either Dier or Henderson in just two categories (courtesy of whoscored.com) 7 Declan Rice’s decision to play for England instead of the Republic of Ireland has presented Gareth Southgate with the sort of welcome conundrum every manager dreams of.The 20-year-old explained his decision to play for the country he was born and raised in via a heartfelt statement on Wednesday, describing it as an ‘extremely difficult decision’. revealed The one area where Rice is soundly beaten by his more experience colleagues, Rice needs to offer more on the ball huge blow MOST READ IN FOOTBALL 7 Rice’s discipline and ability to do the simple things well make him an excellent choice for the holding midfield role Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Against both of those nations, England played much more compact and looked to utilise the pace of their wingers to devastating effect.However, without the tireless work of their midfielders in winning and then releasing the ball quickly, the system effectively fails. Having kept Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard and Roberto Firmino quiet for West Ham at home this season, Rice has shown he is more than capable of executing this role.His reading of the game and aggressive pressing make him an ideal candidate to be the anchor for England’s midfield role ahead of Eric Dier, who performs virtually an identical role.The 25-year-old was fantastic for the Three Lions against Spain at the tail end of last year, despite picking up a booking for an almighty tackle on Sergio Ramos. CONCLUSIONWhile the West Ham midfielder has no guarantees his international switch will guarantee England caps, there is certainly room for Rice in the England set-up.Even if he does not start (or even get on the pitch) after his first call-up, Southgate will be keen to ingratiate the 20-year-old with the squad and allow him to gain an understanding of how to play the roles.However, it would be unwise to suggest Dier and Henderson deserve to be shifted out just yet. Both are diligent and strong leaders in this young Three Lions side and are trusted by Southgate.Rice has some way to oust them just yet, but the future certainly looks bright.
The climate park will go a long way tohelp animals such as this lion, resting in theshade in the Namaqua National Park, tocool down.(Image: South African National Parks)Khanyi MagubaneGlobal warming has become a hot topic in both environmental and political circles, and South Africa has not been left untouched. The country’s wildlife in particular stands to suffer from an increasingly warm and dry climate.A new addition to the Namaqua National Park in the Northern Cape province is expected to take some of the heat off its inhabitants. The newly acquired 63 000ha of land along South Africa’s west coast will allow animals to migrate to cooler parts of the park. The land will increase Namaqua’s size to 144 000ha, making it the fifth largest national park in the country.According to South African National Parks’ (SANParks) managing executive of park operations, Paul Daphne, the park’s extension from sea level to an elevation of around 1 700m will allow a greater chance of survival for both animal and plant species.“Our state-of-the-art park will be able to accommodate the inevitability of climate change,” he says. “There may be other national parks where this climate change accommodation could take place, but this is the first one consciously designed with that in mind.”From diamonds to gameThe new addition to the Namaqua Park is owned by diamond mining company De Beers and has been leased to the SANParks for 99 years. Once the lease expires, SANParks will have the option of extending the lease for a further 99 years.The land started its commercial life as a diamond mine, but is now home to sheep farmers.Over the next three years, SANParks will start the process of opening the land’s borders to the existing park’s grounds. An estimated R8.5-million (US$852 000) will be spent on converting the new land into a suitable game park.According to SANParks, 55 local workers will be hired to rehabilitate old roads, 4×4 tracks and historic mining sites. New hiking trails and other game park facilities will also be added to the extension.Of further global environmental interest is the area in the park known as a biodiversity hotspot – the Succulent Karoo biome, or ecosystem. According to SANParks.org, this biome has been identified as a priority for protected area development. The new land’s coastline will increase the sanctuary’s ability to protect animals and plants that thrive in similar climatic and geographic environments.“The Succulent Karoo biome has been identified as a priority biome by the department of environment affairs and tourism, largely because of the high number of endemic species. It is one of the biomes with the least percentage under conservation,” says Daphne.The Succulent Karoo biome is mostly characterised by low winter rainfall and extreme summer aridity. Rainfall in the area varies between 20 and 290mm per year while summer temperatures often peak at 40°C. Fog is common in coastal areas and mountain winds blow throughout the year.According to De Beer’s head of ecology, John Kruger, the conservation of the area will enhance the potential for “ecologically-friendly tourism, and therefore create new, sustainable employment opportunities”.Warm temperatures pose threatRising global temperatures are a cause for concern for environmentalists around the world.According to the South African Climate Action Network, the predicted effects of climate change in South Africa include higher temperatures, particularly in the arid areas; a reduction in rainfall in summer rainfall areas; increasing incidents of droughts and floods; and rising sea level threatening low-lying areas.Humans will not be spared. Climate changes will increase various health risks ranging from skin cancer to extended outbursts of cholera and malaria.Global warming also threatens South Africa’s already vulnerable water supply system. It could also lead to desertification, which would threaten food security and the country’s unique biodiversity.A June 2008 report released by the International Panel on Climate Change indicated that up to two-thirds of the animal species in the Kruger National Park face extinction if global temperatures increase at the current rate.According to the report, a temperature increase of between 2.5° C to 3°C could lead to the extinction of 24% to 59% of mammals, up to 40% of birds, and up to 70% of butterflies. Between 18% and 80% of other invertebrates could also be lost, and up to 45% of reptiles.Speaking at a conference on climate change in July this year, Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk addressed the importance of avoiding what he termed the “unmanageable impacts” of climate change.He said global warming should be curtailed through a worldwide response focused on prevention rather than cure.“This represents a make-or-break challenge to world leaders. To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, all countries need to carry their fair share of responsibility to limit a global temperature increase to below 2°C.“It will be a failure of this generation of leaders if any developed country shirks its responsibility for the problem.”According to Van Schalkwyk, South Africa needs to build a low-carbon economy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and a climate-resilient society.It would not, he said, be economically, environmentally or politically sustainable for the country to continue without a carbon constraint programme.A 2002 report by the University of Cape Town on the economic effects of climate change in South Africa indicated that both commercial and subsistence farming stood to take a heavy blow.Although agricultural systems would not be nearly as badly affected as natural systems, the change in rainfall, temperature and CO2 levels would reduce crop yields.According to the report, a detailed biophysical study of maize, South Africa’s largest field crop, showed that the total value of production lost as a result of climate change was R681-million ($66-million), without the CO2 fertilisation effect. With the fertilisation effect, the loss stood at R46-million ($4.46-million).Because of the general positive effect of CO2, the impacts on crop production were found to be relatively minor in relation to the value of the sector as a whole.The report concluded that the greatest potential impact climate change would have on South Africa would be in the lucrative tourism sector, which makes up 3% of gross domestic product.It is, however, the non-market elements which stand to lose the most from rising global temperatures – loss of biodiversity and natural resources, and a grave impact on human health.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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Most of us assumed President Obama’s re-election in November 2012 was the final out in the game of repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). After all, achieving universal health care reform was the president’s domestic policy home run, and the Obama Administration was not about to allow major changes to PPACA in its final four years in office. But, (in keeping with the early baseball theme here) as the great American philosopher Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over ‘till it’s over.” As 2014 approaches, many wonder if there could in fact be changes to the PPACA before the employer and individual mandates go into effect next year. To paraphrase former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) memorable line from March 2010, people are thinking: Now that the health care bill has passed and we’ve found out what’s in it, improvements to the law may be necessary. Then, the Obama administration made the surprise July 2 announcement that it is delaying by one year three important PPACA requirements affecting employers:”Play or Pay” mandate – Employers with an average of 50 or more full-time workers must offer minimum-value health coverage to their employees working 30 hours or more per week, and to their children, or pay a penalty. This requirement was originally to be effective Jan. 1, 2014, but now the penalty will not be enforced prior to January 2015.Notifications to the IRS – The law mandates that health insurers and group health plans must notify the IRS of the organizations to which they are providing coverage. This originally applied to the 2014 calendar year, with reporting required in January 2015, but both dates have now been moved ahead one year.Notifications to full-time employees – PPACA requires covered employers to provide statements to their full-time employees detailing the information reported to the IRS about them. As with the notifications of health coverage, this requirement has been pushed out another year, to be applied to the 2015 calendar year, with reporting required in January 2016.Employers and business groups were taken aback by announcement of the delays, but most hailed being given more time to make their health care coverage decisions. HR professionals may appreciate the extra time, too. In SHRM’s June 2013 survey “Health Care Reform—Challenges and Strategies,” they said the two biggest challenges with the PPACA are keeping up with regulations (25 percent) and understanding the details of the law (20 percent). The administration’s announcement prompted the U.S. House to pass two bills on July 17 that would codify the delay of the employer’s “play or pay” mandate and postpone the individual mandate to purchase health insurance, as well. Despite its own announcement, the administration issued a veto threat on both bills. The administration remains committed to the individual mandate. Thus, it appears legislative efforts to delay or alter the employer or individual mandates are going nowhere in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Or are they? Recently, labor unions have become major critics of the health care law. Laborers International Union of North America President Terry O’Sullivan wrote President Obama on July 18, saying the PPACA may have “destructive consequences” on his union’s members and their families. That letter followed one earlier in the month from three major union heads to top congressional Democrats Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Rep. Pelosi. It said the reform law will “destroy the foundation of the 40-hour work week” unless Congress changes the law’s definition of full-time worker, adding that the legislation “creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week… (and) fewer hours means less pay while also losing our current health benefits.” The letter was signed by James Hoffa, head of the Teamsters; Joseph Hansen, leader of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, and Donald Taylor, president of UNITE-HERE – three major supporters of PPACA. Organized labor provides a powerful catalyst to potentially changing PPACA’s precedent-creating definition of a full-time worker as anyone who works 30 hours or more each week. Under the law, employers are required to provide health insurance to all those employees. Congress is displaying ripples of dissent to the 30-hour definition. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced the bipartisan “Forty Hours is Full Time Act.” The bill would change PPACA’s definition of full-time to 40 hours. Why was the 30-hour requirement included in the law in the first place? Put plainly, to cover more workers. Congressional proponents of the definition argue that employers that try to avoid providing coverage to their workers are making short-sighted business decisions. Thus, the 30-hour requirement is just Congress helping employers do the right thing. Plus, those PPACA supporters believe the 30-hour provision levels the playing field between more munificent employers and their tight-fisted competitors. But that argument misses the point that generous employers offer health care benefits in part because they are a recruiting and retention tool. They don’t want their competitive advantage taken away by overzealous lawmakers who are trying to “level” the benefits playing field. As for the allegation that employers would cut hours to avoid coverage mandates, Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA—an organization that strongly supports PPACA—testified at a U.S. House hearing on July 23 that the average workweek has actually increased since 2009. So employers may not be cutting back workers’ hours in the face of the health care law, after all. Bottom line: Once PPACA’s mandates become effective, some employers will decide to preserve coverage, and others will choose instead to pay the penalty. But both camps will simply be making a business decision, not being either benevolent or cold-hearted. Will there be other shoes to drop? It’s possible, since parts of PPACA have been repealed since the law’s March 2010 enactment. For instance, in 2011, Congress unanimously repealed the 1099 requirement that businesses must report to the IRS all transactions of $600 or more. Also eliminated was the long-term-care insurance program that would have been available to anyone. One thing is certain: Supporters of PPACA will not allow changes to the law without a fight. They control most of the important administration and congressional posts needed in Washington to block new amendments. But one aspect of the law has remained consistent: its unpopularity. According to the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey, 55 percent of U.S. voters view the PPACA unfavorably, while 39 percent view it favorably. Those results are unchanged from a Rasmussen survey in May. Any three-year -old law with such anemic favorability numbers will remain heavily scrutinized, especially as the most important year for the law—2014—approaches in just a few months. Rep. Pelosi may have had it right with her assessment three years ago. Now that health reform has passed and Americans are discovering what’s in it, many employers—and even labor unions—are not wild about what they’re finding.