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India vs England, 4th Test: The unlikely tale of Keaton Jennings, from South Africa to Mumbai

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Peter Miller

Category : Sports

India vs England, 4th Test: The unlikely tale of Keaton Jennings, from South Africa to Mumbai

Keaton Jennings was an exciting prospect, but no one was expecting him to make an England Lions tour, let alone a Test touring party. #India #Cricket #South Africa #England #India vs England #Wankhede Stadium #Mumbai Test #Durham #England in India 2016 #Ray Jennings
African governments urged to help 3.5 million people uprooted from their homes in 2015 | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

African governments urged to help 3.5 million people uprooted from their homes in 2015 | Reuters

By Tom Gardner ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As many as 3.5 million people in Africa were uprooted from their homes in 2015 due to conflict and natural disasters and left stranded in their own country, with many governments overlooking this growing problem, according to a report released on Friday. Figures from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) showed an average of about 9,500 people fled their homes daily last year, bringing the total number of Africans displaced internally to 12.4 million, with the number set to rise in 2016.The worst affected country was Nigeria, with as many as 736,000 fleeing their homes in 2015 as a result of violence associated with the Boko Haram militant Islamist insurgency.The report calculates the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) is double the number of the continent's refugees, estimated by the United Nations to have reached 5.4 million in 2015, highlighting the scale of Africa's comparatively overlooked "internal displacement crisis".While refugees are the responsibility of the international community, people displaced within their own country are the responsibility of national governments."Many of these governments are not even aware of the scale of the problem within their own borders," said Alexandra Bilak, IDMC director told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview."They need to take up their responsibilities and actually keep track of these people." ONGOING CRISES The figures for the first half of 2016 are likely to be at least as high with ongoing conflicts in countries like South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Nigeria, Bilak said.The report's publication marks the anniversary of the Kampala Convention, Africa's landmark commitment to preventing displacement and protecting the rights of IDPs, signed in 2009 and now ratified by 25 countries. It argues better data is needed, especially on people driven from their homes by slow-onset crises such as a drought, and this is crucial if governments are to meet their commitments."Reliable data on population movements is vital to ensure a timely and well targeted operational and policy response," the report said.The IDMC hoped the report would be a reminder that while the continent's refugee crisis has attracted international attention in recent years, the problem of huge numbers of Africans uprooted from their homes but temporarily settled in their own countries is not new."The same people remain on our books, year in, year out #India #Environment #science #markets #South Africa #Africa #Entertainment
Stagnant economy, yawning deficit keep heat on Zimbabwe's Mugabe | Reuters

Updated : Dec 08, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Stagnant economy, yawning deficit keep heat on Zimbabwe's Mugabe | Reuters

By MacDonald Dzirutwe | HARARE HARARE Zimbabwe's economy has stagnated this year while its budget deficit has exploded, the government said on Thursday, adding to President Robert Mugabe's problems as he faces unprecedented protests over cash shortages and falling living standards.In his annual budget address, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa halved his 2016 economic growth estimate to 0.6 percent and said the budget deficit would widen to $1.18 billion - eight times his November 2015 forecast of $150 million.Chinamasa said the country was facing "a number of headwinds", including a lack of investment flows and remittances from Zimbabweans overseas, both of which fell this year.Mugabe, 92, has been in power since independence from Britain in 1980. But he is under pressure over an 80 percent-plus unemployment rate and corruption and has personally nixed attempts to cut the bloated civil service.With banks running out of money, he has introduced an unpopular "bond note" currency that is meant to ease the liquidity crunch but which many Zimbabweans fear will cause a return to hyperinflation. Chinamasa blamed the swollen deficit on the need for grain imports because of a devastating drought, payment of 2015 salary arrears, debt servicing and bonus payments to public workers that were not in the original spending plans.For next year, he forecast moderate growth of 1.7 percent due to improved commodity exports, as well as a smaller deficit.However, few Zimbabweans will have faith in the figures coming from an administration that since 2013 has been forced to cut all its growth targets #United States #Middle East #South Africa #Argentina #United Kingdom
India vs England, 4th Test: 'I feel English', says South Africa-born batsman Keaton Jennings ahead of expected debut

Updated : Dec 06, 2016

By : AFP

Category : Sports

India vs England, 4th Test: 'I feel English', says South Africa-born batsman Keaton Jennings ahead of expected debut

Batsman Keaton Jennings was born and bred in South Africa and captained the Proteas under-19s but insisted Tuesday ahead of his expected England debut that he feels "very English". #India #Cricket #South Africa #England #Alastair Cook #India vs England #England in India 2016 #Haseeb Hameed #Keaton Jennings
ICC to hear Faf du Plessis' appeal against ball tampering charge on 19 December

Updated : Dec 06, 2016

By : IANS

Category : Sports

ICC to hear Faf du Plessis' appeal against ball tampering charge on 19 December

The International Cricket Council (ICC) will hear South African Faf du Plessis' appeal against ball tampering on 19 December. #Cricket #Australia #ICC #South Africa #SportsTracker #Australia vs South Africa #South Africa vs Australia #Faf du Plessis
Australia's Glenn Maxwell hoping for India series berth through impressive displays against New Zealand

Updated : Dec 01, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : Sports

Australia's Glenn Maxwell hoping for India series berth through impressive displays against New Zealand

All-rounder Glenn Maxwell was disappointed not to get an Australia test recall but wants to use the ODI series against New Zealand to impress. #Cricket #Sri Lanka #Australia #South Africa #New Zealand #SportsTracker #Australia vs New Zealand #ODI Cricket #Glenn Maxwell
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson believes Australia's Test crisis will not affect its ODI side

Updated : Dec 01, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : Sports

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson believes Australia's Test crisis will not affect its ODI side

The troubles plaguing the Australian test team will have little bearing on their ODI performance, according to Black Caps coach Mike Hesson. #Cricket #Pakistan #Australia #Test cricket #South Africa #Daniel Vettori #New Zealand #SportsTracker #Brendon McCullum #ODI Cricket #Mike Hesson #Grant Elliott
Wasim Akram roped in as Sri Lanka's mentor for upcoming tour of South Africa

Updated : Nov 30, 2016

By : AFP

Category : Sports

Wasim Akram roped in as Sri Lanka's mentor for upcoming tour of South Africa

Sri Lanka on Wednesday said it has roped in legendary Pakistan paceman Wasim Akram as a mentor ahead of the team's gruelling tour of South Africa next month. #Cricket #Sri Lanka #Pakistan #South Africa #Wasim Akram #SportsTracker #Sri Lanka Cricket #2019 World Cup
Sri Lanka brace for 'huge challenge' in upcoming South Africa tour

Updated : Nov 30, 2016

By : AFP

Category : Sports

Sri Lanka brace for 'huge challenge' in upcoming South Africa tour

Sri Lanka returned home victorious from their Zimbabwe tour on but the national coach warned his side faced a "huge challenge" in South Africa next month. #Cricket #Sri Lanka #Test cricket #South Africa #Zimbabwe #Angelo Mathews #SportsTracker #South Africa vs Sri Lanka #Dinesh Chandimal #Sri Lanka vs South Africa #ODI Cricket