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first_imgObiter just adores the chance to put on a posh frock and head to west London to channel some of the old glamour of Belle Epoque – everyone in a ballroom so elegant, amusing, refined and fragrant. Thrilling, then, to be invited to the Commerce & Industry Group’s annual dinner at the five-star Carlton Tower hotel on Cadogan Place – occasional hangout of prime ministers, spies, diplomats, royalty and models. Cutting a dash at Obiter’s event was the (as it turned out) superficially reserved figure of SRA chief executive Antony Townsend, there to deliver the keynote speech. Townsend began promisingly, assuring the assembled lawyerati that he would be telling a story about the perils of being a regulator at the close of his speech. As to what was to come, Obiter can only ask ‘who knew?’ And more specifically, ‘why wasn’t he stopped?’ ‘I haven’t just worked in legal regulation,’ Townsend reminisced. ‘After the birth of my fourth child,’ he warmed to an increasingly clinical theme, ‘I went for a small procedure. Lying on the operating table – naked from the waist down – the surgeon appeared from around the curtain they had put across me clutching a scalpel. “Ah Mr Townsend,” he said, “I understand you work for the General Medical Council”.’ Fortunately, no one was taking questions – and guests were able to recoup till 1am with a necessary gin and a restorative dance.last_img read more

South Africa risks food insecurity during COVID-19: lawmakers

first_imgTalk Africa: COVID-19 and Food Security South Africa’s COVID-19 cases reach 2028 South African lawmakers on Friday voiced concern over food insecurity threatening 8 million people in the country as a result of COVID-19.COVID-19 is a huge threat to food security and a large proportion of the population could experience food insecurity as a result of the pandemic, said Mondli Gungubele, chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Social Development.On Thursday, the committee was briefed by the national Department of Social Development and the provincial departments on the implementation of food distribution and progress on other programs responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.The need to feed the South African people came out very strong in the meeting, Gungubele said in a statement emailed to Xinhua.“If we are supposed to feed 14 million people and we are only able to feed just over 5 million, then it is a serious problem,” he said.The committee heard that the demand for food far surpasses supply and the government’s ability to assist is limited, according to Gungubele.Furthermore, the impact of COVID-19 on food security will be prolonged, he said.The most worrying issue is food insecurity among the vulnerable, the chairperson said,Gungubele appealed to the government to do everything in its power to ensure that children, the vulnerable and people in dire need have access to food.“It is also important as a committee that we must express a strong appropriation to members of civil society who made contribution to feeding our nation, whether through donations or volunteering,” he said.As of Thursday, South Africa’s has reported 118,375 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 6,579 cases recorded in the previous 24 hours, the highest single-day surge since early March, according to the latest official figures.Meanwhile, 87 new deaths were reported, bringing the toll to 2,292.Related South Africa COVID-19 – REUTERS South Africa records two more COVID-19 deathslast_img read more

High school boys basketball: Bossier, Airline, Benton, Haughton notch district victories

first_imgAirline (17-11, 6-3), thetwo-time defending 1-5A champion, trails Southwood (22-9, 8-1) and CaptainShreve (16-12, 8-1) by two games with three to play. Benton defeated Minden 65-61in double overtime in Minden. In District 1-5A, Airline held off Parkway 57-53 at Airline, and Haughton rolled past Evangel 58-34 at Haughton. In District 1-1A, the PlainDealing Lions dropped a tough 69-68 decision to Lincoln Prep in Plain Dealing. Bossier (25-3, 11-0), No. 1in the Class 4A power rankings, can clinch a share of the district championshipwith a victory over North DeSoto at home Friday. Bossier led 24-20 after thefirst quarter and 45-36 at the half. The Bearkats extended the lead to 13 goinginto the final quarter. The Bucs overcame a slowstart and led 20-15 at the half.  Theyblew the game open by outscoring the Eagles (3-15, 1-9) 19-5 in the third quarter. At No. 32 in the latest Class5A power rankings, Airline is battling for a playoff spot. The top 32 teamsgenerally make the playoffs. The game featured some strong defensive play inside the lane. Players on both teams made several spectacular blocks. The Bearkats lead second-placeWoodlawn (24-5, 9-2) by two games with three to play. The Knights routedNorthwood 81-32 Tuesday. At Haughton, the Bucs (8-18,1-9) ended a 33-game district losing streak. The eight victories are Haughton’s most since the 2010-11 season. The game went into overtime tied at 51. Ross scored nine points in the two OTs, including five free throws. Brodie Romero and Dylan Slaid scored 11 points each. Ethan Yarbrough added nine. Airline led 40-39 after threequarters and then built a 10-point lead with a 9-0 run to start the fourth. At Airline, the game wastight most of the way. Parkway overcame an early six-point deficit and led26-25 at the half. At Plain Dealing, the Lions dropped to 14-9 and 6-5 in 1-1A with the loss. Lincoln Prep improved to 20-8 and 9-2. At Minden, Jathen Ross ledBenton with 20 points. The Tigers (9-20, 4-7) avenged a 61-56 loss to theCrimson Tide (11-15, 4-7) in the teams’ first district game on Jan. 11. Six Airline players scoredsix or more points — TJ Robinson (10), Quan Randle (nine), Fred Lemons (eight),Kyle McConathy (seven), Devil Bilbo (seven) and Jyrrell McClendon (six). Randle hit two 3-pointers inthe second half, including a big one in the fourth quarter. He was also 3-of-4from the line in the final period. Lemons also sank two free throws andRobinson one. Bryce Roberts led Parkwaywith 24 points, including 10 in the second quarter. He hit two 3-pointers andwas a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line. The Panthers battled back andgot within three on a Gabriel Larry free throw with 1:05 left. But the Vikingsmade enough free throws down the stretch to claim the victory. Joey Wiggins added 11 points. At Huntington, Kaalas Rootshit four 3-pointers and scored 20 points to lead Bossier. Malachi Burks added eightpoints. Lamar McKinsey and Xander Morris scored seven each. Kentrell Parker, who has hada solid season, paced Haughton with 26 points, including 16 in the second half.He made 12 of 15 free throws in the final two quarters, including nine of 11 inthe fourth. Romero, Slaid and Ryan Wardalso hit some clutch free throws in the two extra periods. The Bossier Bearkats, AirlineVikings, Benton Tigers and Haughton Buccaneers all won boys basketball districtgames Tuesday night. Xavien Beasley added 10points. Jacoby Decker and Cody Deen scored nine each. In District 1-4A, Bossierknocked off rival Huntington 76-64 at Huntington, moving a step closer toanother district championship. The Lions came very close toavenging a 63-48 loss to Lincoln Prep in the teams’ first district game on Jan.11. Lincoln Prep was No. 5 in thelatest Class 1A power rankings. Plain Dealing was No. 13 and is in position tohost a first-round playoff game.Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more