Spurs to move for Ajax star Hakim Ziyech as Christian Eriksen replacement

first_imgTOTTENHAM are reportedly lining-up Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech as a replacement for Christian Eriksen.The Dane has made it clear he wants to quit the North London side and will be out of contract next summer.3 Spurs are reportedly lining-up a swoop for Ajax star Hakim ZiyechCredit: Getty Images3 The Moroccan could be a replacement for the exit-bound Christian EriksenCredit: Rex FeaturesSpurs could be open to selling the attacker in January rather than losing him for nothing.And according to 90min they already have a list of players to fill the void, with the 26-year-old Moroccan international “high on their wish list”.It goes on to state that the Premier League club are “currently investigating how much it would cost to lure him away” from the Dutch giants.Ziyech is under contract at Ajax until 2022 and would therefore command a hefty fee.But his form has not just caught the eye of Spurs, with both Arsenal and Manchester United previously linked.And it is little surprise following his exploits, racking up 21 goals and 24 assists for the Eredivisie outfit last season from inside-forward.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneLATEST TOTTENHAM TRANSFER NEWSGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothGossipJOSE’S SP-ARKSpurs ‘in secret transfer talks’ with Napoli over £45m-rated Arkadiusz MilikGossipALL O-VERVertonghen may QUIT Spurs for free next month as club refuse two-year dealGossipNO KANE DOSpurs reject Kane approach by Barca forcing them into £100m Martinez moveGossipDOUBLE BUBBLESpurs eye double Serie A transfer swoop for Alex Sandro and CastagneHowever, he is just one of a number of players under consideration by Spurs.They have deployed scouts all across Europe to try and find a suitable alternative.And they are believed to be also keeping a close eye on Sporting CP’s Bruno Fernandes, Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini and Brais Mendez of Celta Vigo.3last_img read more

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Aurora Gold Mine conducts recruitment drive in Linden

first_imgSeveral Lindeners have benefited from a recent recruitment drive exercise conducted by Aurora Gold Mine (AGM) Inc.The exercise which was conducted at the Linden Technical Institute (LTI) saw over 200 persons in attendance.The company’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Leon Roberts said while the exercise was conducted in several other regions, the opportunity was also extended to Linden, given its wide array of skill set in the mining area.He noted that recognising there was a pool of skills available in communities where the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) would have laid off employees or when the estates would have either closed or downsized, the company felt it represented a great opportunity to update its skills database.Roberts said this was done in an effort to have an idea in terms of what skills were available from those areas.“And as those vacancies become available we would have persons who we could call on to fill those positions. But, we wanted to extend that opportunity not only to the employees along the sugar belt but also from other areas across Guyana,” he indicated.The PRO added that AGM has a variety of job opportunities suitable for the interests of many, including cooks, heavy-duty operators, lab technicians, water plant operators, security operators and others.He said the exercise allowed persons to highlight their skills, which is matched by the company.“Linden is traditionally a pool of skills, readily available to the mining industry and so we wanted to also give our potential employees from this area a chance to indicate what their skills and interests are. So that when those positions become available we can match them to the persons,” he noted.“If there’s a particular vacancy for a particular skill that you have right now then you’ll be employed on the spot…if not…then we’ll add you to our skills database,” the PRO added.At the exercise, officials interacted with those in attendance, as they explained the guiding principles and operations of the company as it relates to safety. According to Roberts, as the company seeks to expand, it is set to become Guyana’s largest mining company.“The type of underground mining we’re considering allows a truck to drive down the shaft…and it allows you to go down maybe a kilometer…So that shift in the orientation of your thinking when it comes to understanding what underground mining will entail and what would become necessary, that’s what we want to address…,” he added.In this regard, he noted that underground miners and safety personnel as well as engineers are definitely needed. AGM’s Administration Manager Peter Benny stated that the company was hoping to acquire a wide array of skills throughout the country as he noted that the response so far has been overwhelming.He said Linden alone, which has proven to have a significant amount of skills for mining, saw over 200 applicants.“…it has been a very good turnout from the young people, lots of men and several women. We hope that in the not so distant future we will be engaging some of those skills to work permanently or temporarily…,” he explained.In addition, he stated that the company started a programme to encourage more women in the areas of mechanics, electric work and operations, which he pointed out has already seen some women from Linden on board. He also encourages more women to get on board as he noted that there are strict policies in place to protect them.last_img read more

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‘I don’t feel too good’ – Jurgen Klopp bemoans Liverpool after another poor defeat

first_img Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp 1 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp bemoaned his side’s poor decision making in attack as the Reds failed to take their chances in a 2-0 defeat to Leicester.It was an open game at the King Power Stadium, with the visitors creating a number of dangerous chances with neat build-up play, until Jamie Vardy stuck twice in 11 minutes to seal another three points for the Premier League leaders.Leicester remain three points clear at the summit, while defeat left Liverpool floundering in eighth – six points from fifth-placed rivals Manchester United.Despite carving out a number of goalscoring opportunities though, the Reds struggled to pose that much of a threat up front, with Christian Benteke enduring another anonymous outing from the bench to further cast doubt over his suitability in Klopp’s team.The German felt his players could have taken something from the game but ultimately their hesitance in the final third cost them.“We had opportunities in the box but we didn’t find the right decision often enough,” Klopp said following the game.“The longer the game was we didn’t get cooler, the decisions didn’t get better. We had the ball in their box and didn’t shoot“One second later Vardy shoots from 30 yards and the ball was in. This says most about the game. I don’t feel too good.”Klopp took time to acknowledge Vardy’s wonderful opener, where he latched onto Mahrez’s long ball over the top to volley first time over Mignolet and score one of the goals of the season so far.He added: “It’s nice to be in a stadium when Jamie Vardy makes the goal of the month but, in an ideal world, not when you’re the manager of the other team. It made the difference.”last_img read more

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EXTRA-TIME IN COUNTY MINOR FINAL

first_imgEXTRA-time is being played in the county minor final tonight in Ballybofey.St Eunan’s and Buncrana finished at full time eight points each.  EXTRA-TIME IN COUNTY MINOR FINAL was last modified: September 1st, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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FILM IT FRIDAY: WIN A ‘FAMILY PASS’ TO SEE ANY FILM AT CENTURY CINEMAS

first_imgTo continue celebrating the re-launch of Film It Friday, Donegal Daily have teamed up with Century Cinemas Letterkenny to give you the chance of winning a Family Pass to see any movie of your choice. To be in with a chance of wining this week’s ‘Family Pass’, all you have to do is answer the following question.Which monster is back destroying Manhattan on our screens at Century Cinemas, Letterkenny?? The Clue might be in the picture. 😉  Please send your answer along with your name, email address, and phone number to webmaster@centurycinemas.ie.FILM IT FRIDAY: WIN A ‘FAMILY PASS’ TO SEE ANY FILM AT CENTURY CINEMAS was last modified: May 16th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Century CinemasEntertainmentfamily passFeaturesletterkennynewsticketslast_img read more

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FEMALE GARDA BOUGHT ACCUSED BOXER SHORTS FOR CHRISTMAS PRESENT

first_imgA Garda who claims she was sexually assaulted and harassed by a fellow officer admitted buying him a red Santa boxer-shorts set for Christmas.The underwear and other items were produced during a court case at Letterkenny Circuit Court today.The underwear was given as evidence in a case of Garda Kevin Corby who is charged with seven counts of sexual assault and two counts of harassment against two female colleagues. Both female Gardai took sick leave as a result of stress they suffered as a result of the Garda’s approaches while one of the women tried to kill herself.Today was the second day of a trial which is expected to last four days.Defence barrister Peter Nolan told the court the Garda bought the boxer shorts and other items as part of a ‘Secret Santa’ gift for a Garda station’s Christmas party in 2010.He asked “Why if you despised this man did you buy him a pair of sexy Santa boxer shorts. Why did you d that if you despised him. You are a mature woman, a Garda?“During this period you go out and buy a present that is sexually suggestive – with a protuberance at the front, naked but apart from a pair of boxer shorts. Did you not see all the messages you were sending out?” he asked.The Garda said she had absolutely no idea but said it was the mildest item compared to the many secret Santa items of “thrash” that were bought by everyone for the party.The second female Garda revealed how she was also sexually assaulted and harassed by Garda Corby.She alleged that her relationship with Garda Corby gradually got worse and that he constantly made reference to her weight and sex-life.Garda Corby also made comments on the district Garda radio for other members to hear.She revealed how on one occasion how he took her phone and wrote lewd text messages to male friends.“He wrote “I’m at home on the couch. Do you want a ride or something like that,” she said.The woman added that he would daily jibe her about her sex life.She said she wasn’t sleeping and was drinking up to three litres of diet coke on a daily basis to keep her going.She also listed three different occasions on which she claimed she was sexually assaulted.On one occasion a café he rubbed her thigh and told her she needed a man.Another time he put his hand inside her Garda vest and touched her breast and on another he pinned her to a chair and rubbed his groin into her as he sat on top of her in the Garda station.The women also denied suggestions by barrister Nolan that both women spoke about their cases as they prepared their statements for the court case.Three male Gardai form the station also gave evidence yesterday.One Garda told the court how, although it was banter, Corby sometimes took matters too far.“I was aware of one name and I believed he referred to XXXX as Big Mamma.“Kevin could be perceived as a bit of a messer but I thought they all got on.“I’m sure there were comments but I wouldn’t have perceived them or thought much of them but coming from their point of view….“I don’t remember them getting upset. It was a bit of banter.“I didn’t have a problem with Kevin Corby. I do remember telling him that there was a line there and not to cross it,” he said.Another Garda said he had served at other stations and he had never heard such comments like it.He also said to Garda Corby that he was crossing the line but was told “F*** them, they are well able for it,” he said.He said that on one occasion one of the female Gardai said she was going to get a roll to eat.“He said she should get a twelve inch roll and that a six inch roll would be no good to her.“It took this as it was of being of a sexual nature,” said the Garda.Judge John O’Hagan said there is always a bit of banter.But he asked the Garda “You were looking from a male point of view. But if you were a female Garda?”The Garda replied “If it was consistent it could be seen as a bit more than banter,” he said.Another Garda revealed he saw Corby sending text messages from the female Garda’s phone.“Once was funny but not when it kept going,” he said.He also admitted that he heard Corby saying things of a sexual nature.“At the start it was passed off but it kept going and going.“I told Kevin to relax. There was no badness in him but he kept it going. He was known as Cheeky Corby.“I could see it was getting to XXXX and I told him to give it up.”Judge John O’Hagan put it to one of the Gardai if when the female Gardai told Corby to “f*** off” if they meant it?The Garda said he did.The trial continues tomorrow.FEMALE GARDA BOUGHT ACCUSED BOXER SHORTS FOR CHRISTMAS PRESENT was last modified: November 1st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Garda Kevin CorbyharassmentJUdge John O’Hagansexual assaultlast_img read more

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Antique instrument and electronics stolen in home burglary

first_imgGardaí are investigating the theft of a valuable antique flute and electronics from a Letterkenny home last week.The burglary occurred at Ballymacool Woods between last Wednesday and Thursday, 3rd – 4th July.The perpetrators smashed the rear window of a home to gain entry. A number of small electronics were taken along with an antique wooden flute.Gardaí are appealing to the public to report if they saw anything untoward in the estate between 11am on Wednesday 3rd July and 2.30am on Wednesday night/Thursday morning 4th July.Anyone with information is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda station on 0749167100, the Garda confidential telephone line on 1800 666 111.Antique instrument and electronics stolen in home burglary was last modified: July 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Giants minor leaguer takes leave after wife has brain bleed

first_imgVenditte, 34, probably best known for being a switch-pitcher, made his major league debut with the A’s in 2015. He appeared in 26 games, with a record of 2-2. He also has pitched for … Giants minor league pitcher Pat Venditte has taken a leave of absence to be with his wife after she experienced a chilling medical episode on July 4.He brought friends and fans up to date Tuesday on Twitter.Update on my wife Erin: pic.twitter.com/v9334hlKEP— Pat Venditte (@PatVenditte) July 23, 2019last_img read more

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African cities unite to fight poverty

first_img17 May 2005“Our people are crying for bare necessities such as clean water, electricity, clinics and hospitals, affordable public transport and basic housing. Let us not let them down.”So said Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, interim president of the United Cities and Local Government of Africa (UCGLA), at the body’s launch in Pretoria on Monday. Mkhatshwa is also mayor of Tshwane, which includes Pretoria.Over 4 000 delegates and exhibitors from African countries and beyond are attending the four-day founding congress. They include mayors, local government officials, ministers, academics and United Nations representatives.The UCGLA congress aims to tackle poverty alleviation at the lowest level of government by establishing a strong, unified municipal structure for Africa, setting up governing structures of a new pan-African organisation and strengthening local governments in the region.Mkhatshwa said the congress offered “hope for the hopeless, comfort for the despondent and life for the dying”.Among the dignitaries attending are Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano, Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa and South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma.African solutions to African problemsOpening the congress, Zuma said the UCGLA was another example of finding African solutions to African problems.“We are carrying the hopes, dreams, wishes, yearnings, aspirations and expectations of millions of people in our continent for a better life,” Zuma said. “These are ordinary Africans who long for clean water, electricity, sanitation, tarred roads and decent housing.”The new organisation, he said, had a responsibility to ensure that the basic minimum requirements for a life of decency and dignity was available to all Africans.“It is imperative that we invest all we have – morally, intellectually and materially – in the cause of development of our continent,” Zuma said.“The achievement of that vision depends on continental cooperation and unity. Unity requires compromise and humility. It requires a political maturity beyond the norm.”Obasanjo, chair of the African Union (AU), said the UCLGA had to ensure that sustainable development became part of every African local government’s programme.“A corrupt and badly run local government is just as useless to the people as a bad government at any level of society,” the Nigerian president said. “A bad leader cannot run a good local government system. I want introspection: know whether you are a good leader or not.”Chissano said local governments had a key role to play in achieving African socio-economic freedom, as well as consolidating African unity at grassroots level.The new organisation’s biggest challenge, he said, would be to ensure the overall sustainability of African local governments, despite their constraints.“Africa is making strides in fighting political instability on the continent,” Chissano said. “This congress will also help us to work together to develop our continent.”Economic fruits of freedomAlso speaking at the event, Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa said there was a need to ensure that economic growth translated into employment growth, broad-based income redistribution and a reduction in poverty and inequality.“Freedom and democracy must mean access to economic opportunities for the majority of our people so they move from being mere spectators to becoming active participants and drivers of economic activity,” he said.He pointed out that Gauteng woudl be home to 14.6-million people by 2015, becoming one of the largest urban settlements in the world. The province’s main challenge, he said, was to move from being just a city region to being a successful globally competitive region.“We have people who are homeless, some with water and proper sanitation, and some without those services,” Shilowa said. “We are here to find solutions to ensure that Africans taste the economic fruits of their freedom.“We also share a common destiny with yourselves as our African brothers and sisters. Our success is also your success. Your success is also our success.”Africa-wide voice of local governmentThe UCLGA is the unified voice and coordinating body of the African municipal movement. Its objectives are to organise, at continental level, effective political dialogue with central and local governments, civil societies and the international community.According to its website, the UCLGA is “an Africa-wide unified voice of local government, a facility for supporting the process of decentralisation, consolidating the African municipal movement, and strengthening the capacities of local governments to deliver services and contribute to local development.”The genesis of the organisation was the 1998 Africities Summit, the first-ever platform for dialogue between all African local governments, held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.From commitment made at the summit, African mayors and other local leaders decided to unite the three umbrella organisations of local government in Africa – the African Union of Local Authorities, the Union des Villes Africaines and the Uniao dos Ciudades y Capitaes Lusofono Africana – under the UCLGA.The organisation sets out its three fundamental objectives as:To organise, at continental level, effective political dialogue with central and local governments, civil societies and the international community, with a view to adopting decentralisation as one of Africa’s priority development issues. To give African local governments their due place in the dynamics of African integration. To integrate the African municipal movement into the mainstream initiatives of the world municipal movement.The UCLGA’s priority activities will be:To ensure the UCLGA is recognised by the African Union.To advocate the decentralisation and autonomy of organised African local government.Capacity building activities focusing on associations of local government and political dialogue.To support African local government development endeavours and cooperate with international organisations, both government and non-governmental.The delivery of the Millennium Development Goals at local level.To position African local governments in support of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).To share knowledge and experience.To develop of tools that support decentralisation, especially in countries where lack of democracy remains a challenge.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Pandor: we did it

first_imgScience and technology minister NalediPandor cuts a cake, in the shape of Africawith little SKA flags in each of thepartner countries, at a media briefingwhere she announced the final outcome. (Image: GCIS) Pandor has always supported South Africa’scabability to host the SKA and, she said,the world has listened. The seven-dish KAT-7 array is alreadyonline and bringing in valuable imagery.(Images: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Marina Joubert  SKA South Africa communications  +27 83 409 4254 RELATED ARTICLES • Great astronomy, with or without SKA • Big science coming to SA • Space science thriving in SA • SA assists with Nasa’s Mars mission • Gallery: the KAT-7 radio telescopeJanine ErasmusAfter weeks of speculation, members of the Square Kilometre Array(SKA) Organisation have announced that South Africa and Australia will jointly host the world’s largest radio telescope.“We have decided on a dual site approach,” said SKA board chairperson John Wommersley at a press conference held at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, following a meeting of the SKA organisation’s members in the Dutch capital.This follows a meeting of the members at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands, after weeks of waiting and speculation regarding the final outcome of the hosting bid, which came down to two rivals, South Africa and Australia.Science and technology minister Naledi Pandor was visibly elated by the outcome.“We did it,” she said. “Africa has won.”Despite the fact that the SKA is to be hosted jointly, Africa will get the lion’s share of the instrument, with two-thirds of the components located across Southern Africa and the remaining third in Australia.“We accept this compromise in the interest of science,” Pandor said.She added that the decision was made possible by the “sterling” work – nine years’ worth – by the entire SKA team.Prof Justin Jonas, SKA associate director for science and engineering, was just as thrilled. “Two-thirds of the world’s largest scientific instrument is still the world’s largest scientific instrument,” he said.Jonas explained that Africa would host all of the mid-frequency receptors – the dishes – while Australia would get the low-frequency receptors, which look similar to television antennae and are unable to swivel.He emphasised that although the split may affect the cost of building the SKA, it wouldn’t compromise the science. “The decision shows that South Africa is still recognised as the better site,” said Pandor, alluding to unsubstantiated reports in the Australian press some weeks ago that reported that the SKA site advisory committee had recommended South Africa as the preferred site.For video footage of the announcement by Pandor, visit the South African government’s YouTube channel.Skills development and exchange of ideasBrand South Africa was among the first to congratulate the South African SKA bid team, and Pandor and her department.Brand SA CEO, Miller Matola, said that South Africa is thrilled with the opportunity to share the hosting of the SKA as the partnership with Australia will open up new avenues for skills development as well as ideas and cultural exchange.“The SKA will bring advancements of astro-sciences to both countries and facilitate knowledge sharing between young and older astronomy and cosmology experts,” he said.“The opportunity to share the SKA with Australia will also highlight the benefits of partnerships on a global scale, and will improve industry cohesion and co-development in astronomy and other related fields.”In addition to the SKA, South Africa’s plans to focus on developing the field of astronomy will be enhanced by the MeerKAT project in the Northern Cape. The MeerKAT is a powerful scientific tool in its own right and it will attract the best scientists and engineers to work in Africa and will provide unrivalled opportunities for scientists and engineers across the continent and the country.Matola added that the building of the MeerKAT will also spearhead the Department of Science and Technology’s campaign to introduce astronomy to scholars and students across the country, and develop and retain human capital in the field of science and engineering.“We thank the bid committee for giving us and our African partners the platform to bring the stars and the universe closer to the leaders and explorers of tomorrow,” he said.“SKA funding and infrastructure will encourage our scholars and students to take up science and technology subjects, and a new class of scientists will be developed. The SKA will showcase the innovation from African communities and will embolden career interest in the diverse field of physics and cosmology.”The announcement was initially expected early in April but was delayed. Various reasons were given for the delay, such as a number of objections raised by the Australian organisation that had to be resolved.Members of the SKA Organisation then agreed that it was necessary to set up a small scientific working group to explore various implementation options that would ensure that there was an inclusive approach to SKA, as well as maximise the value from the investments made by both candidate host regions.The findings of the working group would decide the final outcome.The SKA in South Africa will be located mainly in the Northern Cape province, in an area protected by legislation from development that could interfere with the reception of radio waves from space.It will comprise about 3 000 dish-shaped antennae spread over many thousands of square kilometres. The core of the telescope will lie in the Northern Cape’s Karoo region, with outlying stations spread throughout South Africa, and in Namibia, Botswana, Ghana, Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya, Madagascar and Mauritius.The instrument, which will be the world’s largest radio telescope, is expected to be complete in 2024.Driving scientific development in Southern AfricaIn South Africa scientists and engineers have been hard at work for a number of years in preparation for the SKA.Already an array of seven radio telescopes, the KAT-7, is online at the Northern Cape site and bringing in valuable imagery from far-flung corners of the universe. The KAT-7 is the MeerKAT precursor.When complete, MeerKAT will be the biggest radio telescope in the southern hemisphere. Although it’s only due to become operational in 2012, the first five years of MeerKAT research time are fully booked, with astronomers queuing up to work on this important instrumentThe team’s goal is to complete 15 MeerKAT antennae by 2015.To date, R55-million (US$7-million) has been spent on developing the skills needed for SKA, with 398 postdoctoral fellowships, PhD, MSc and undergraduate bursaries given to deserving candidates.An extensive bursary programme has seen hundreds of university students becoming interested in space science and engineering as a career, and, said Pandor, even more encouraging is that many of these are black students and women.• Slideshow image courtesy of Square Kilometre Array Organisationlast_img read more

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