Trump/Twitter: Could everyone calm down and look at the big picture?

first_img News Receive email alerts News Together with 11 other civil society organizations, RSF has meanwhile created the Forum on Information and Democracy, an entity that aims to bring experts together to address the issues resulting from the paradigm change in the public domain, and to formulate recommendations for regulation and self-regulation. Follow the news on United States to go further News On 26 May, Twitter began fact-checking Trump’s tweets for the first time and appended “Get the facts” links to two of his tweets claiming that use of mail-in ballots in the 2020 presidential election would lead to massive fraud. Forty-eight hours later, the enraged president signed an executive order calling for change to the US legislation that regulates online platforms, in particular Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which shields online services from liability for user-posted content. The existing systems of accountability (or lack of accountability) for online platforms and social media are no longer adequate and must be revised. This involves amending the e-commerce directive by means of the Digital Services Act in Europe, and amending Section 230 in the United States. The platforms that shape and “structure” the online domain must in future be required to respect democratic principles such as those proclaimed in the Declaration on Information and Democracy that an international Commission of 25 prominent figures issued in November 2018. June 3, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF has also created the Journalism Trust Initiative, a set of standards designed to encourage respect for journalistic methods and ethics by means of indicators measuring the reliability and independence of information. Platforms could use the JTI to promote trustworthy news and information by incorporating these indicators into their algorithms. Olivier DOULIERY / AFP Help by sharing this information This initiative led to the creation of an International Partnership for Information and Democracy at the most recent UN General Assembly that has so far been signed by 36 countries. These 36 countries, which do not include the United States, have urged online platforms to be transparent and to respect a number of principles, including the need to promote reliable news and information. United StatesAmericas Online freedoms InternetFreedom of expression May 30, 2020 Trump/Twitter: Could everyone calm down and look at the big picture? “The tech giants don’t have the legitimacy to take editorial decisions – going down that road entails considerable risk,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Entities that have hundreds of millions or even billions of subscribers cannot act like news media without danger in the long term. In view of their power over the mass processing of news, information, opinions and ideas, platforms and social media must be subjected to an adequate system of accountability, and revising Section 230 is not absurd as long as it benefits freedom of opinion and pluralism. We therefore urge everyone to calm down and to approach these major issues with the required serenity and intelligence. Both politicians and platform executives must look at the big picture and must address the structural causes of the online information chaos on the basis of democratic principles.” Organisation The heated debate triggered by Twitter’s decision to put fact-check warnings on Donald Trump’s tweets and the US president’s retaliation in the form of an “Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship” needs to be refocused on the structural causes of the online information chaos, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says. June 7, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists United StatesAmericas Online freedoms InternetFreedom of expression NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say RSF_en last_img read more

Light along a jagged border

first_imgHarvard researchers have combined new technology with old to better understand conditions in the war-torn border region between Sudan and South Sudan. It is thought that civilians have been targeted by armed forces in the area, which is closed to outside media and international observers.In a report released Tuesday by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s Signal Program on Human Security and Technology, researchers combined satellite images with thousands of publicly available reports, including soldier accounts posted on the Internet — YouTube videos in which they talked about their exploits — for more insight on fighting that took place in 2011 and 2012.“You’re talking about basically an area closed off to the outside world,” said Brittany Card, the Signal Program’s coordinator of data analysis and a lead author of the report. “It’s a sad reality that conflicts like that are occurring all over the world.”The report identified specific military units involved in certain engagements and indicated that the destruction of civilian homes — more than 2,000 — was greater than earlier believed. It also corroborated the destruction of the headquarters of four humanitarian organizations that had been operating in the area.Written by Card and Ziad Al Achkar, a Signal Program analyst, with the help of interns Jody Heck, a Harvard junior, and Sam Plasmati from Tufts University, the report also shows what’s possible when modern satellite imagery is combined with new reservoirs of information available online, providing a “proof-of-concept” that could help future researchers get a fuller grasp on other conflicts in closed areas.“This study provides previously unavailable information about the conflict in Sudan, while also demonstrating how humanitarian actors can see other, future disasters in new ways,” said HHI Director Michael VanRooyen, professor of medicine and of global health and population and an emergency physician at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.The report, “Sudan: Anatomy of a Conflict,” looks at the volatile border region in the months after the January 2011 referendum that created South Sudan. Though the Sudanese government has officially accepted the referendum’s results, the actual location of the border remains disputed and fighting has continued among multiple armed groups. Roughly a million people have been displaced.“It was really a critical moment in the history of South Sudan,” Card said.The YouTube videos — shot by a Sudanese army public relations team — were particularly useful, the authors said, as were tweets and other posts from the soldiers themselves. Al Achkar, who viewed and translated the videos from Arabic, said it’s clear that the soldiers feel like they’re defending their country or tribe, rather than possibly breaking international law.“They don’t see it as potentially criminal behavior, they see it as fighting for their nation or tribal group,” Al Achkar said.By filling in blanks, the report’s methodology could change how conflicts in closed areas are monitored and provide humanitarian organizations with an important tool, Card said. The findings could also be useful should international criminal courts be convened over human rights violations in the region, as well as to policy makers from organizations negotiating with the governments or groups involved.In their analysis of fighting around the border town of Abyei, researchers realized that many more homes had been burned down than originally estimated, because the images showed that the fighting affected not just Abyei, which was razed, but numerous outlying towns.Researchers may also have shed light on extra-judicial killings in the Sudanese town of Kadugli in 2011. The report showed that cars similar to those used by the killers — white Toyota Land Cruisers — were seen at state police headquarters in Kadugli in June 2011.“When you gather all this information here in Cambridge and add satellite imagery, we’re seeing how much we know about a non-permissive conflict zone,” said Benjamin Davies, deputy director of the Signal Program. “What we found out is that you can learn quite a lot.”last_img read more

Wisconsin takes trips to IU, PSU

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThere is a sense of urgency this weekend for the Wisconsin volleyball team as it prepares for its second to last weekend of play on the road at Indiana on Friday and at No. 1 Penn State Saturday.The Badgers (17-11, 7-9 Big Ten) became eligible for NCAA tournament play last weekend with a 3-0 sweep of Iowa on Sunday. Wisconsin, however, will have to be nominated for an at-large bid because only division champions are given automatic bids to the postseason.The match of particular importance is against Indiana, a team the Badgers lost to at home in four games at the end of October. The Hoosiers are one game behind the Badgers in the Big Ten standings with a 14-14 overall record and 6-10 in conference play. Whichever squad emerges Friday will definitely get a leg up in who gets selected to the tournament, as the selection process factors in head-to-head matchups.“It’s a big incentive to go out there, bring everything you have and leave it all out on the table because, right now, it’s do or die for us,” Wisconsin sophomore setter Nikki Klingsporn said. “So we are going to go out there with a sense of urgency and have that win.”The Hoosiers are coming off a weekend in which they lost to Purdue in five games and swept Illinois in three. Indiana is led by senior middle blocker Erica Short, who is second in the Big Ten in kills, averaging 4.59 per game.According to Wisconsin senior middle blocker Audra Jeffers, the key to having a successful weekend is going to be cutting down on errors. Against Minnesota last Friday, the Badgers had 16 service errors.“I think it’s about having intense practices,” Jeffers said. “The coaches have definitely been picking up the drills we have been doing. We are doing a lot of emphasis on serving, an area we wanted to improve on this weekend. We have a lot of pressure situation drills for serving, which has really been beneficial for the team.”Saturday’s game against Penn State will pose a whole new set of challenges for the Badgers. The Nittany Lions, who are ranked first in the nation, have not lost a match this year, let alone a set. They lead the Big Ten in most major offensive categories, including hitting percentage, assists and kills. Penn State also leads the conference in opponents’ hitting percentage.“When you play Penn State, you really have to take care of the ball when it is on your side of the net,” Wisconsin head coach Pete Waite said. “That’s in serve-receive, passing well and being able to run your offense and avoid a big double block on you.”One extra challenge the Badgers may have this weekend is playing without junior outside hitter Brittney Dolgner, who missed Sunday’s game with an injured ankle. Dolgner was still working on getting healthy and rehabbing on Wednesday.Despite the NCAA Tournament — which starts Dec. 4 — looming in the distance, the Badgers know they can’t overlook these vital weekend matchups.“We can’t even think about getting in the tournament until we fight to get these wins and get in the tournament,” Waite said. “We have to play with a high level of intensity, great focus, great anticipation and great urgency to win every point and to get it done one at a time. You certainly can’t play hard for five points or five great plays and expect to win the set. You got to win 25 points at least and sometimes extra points and still be battling and outwork the other team.”For now, the Badgers are looking to get revenge against two teams that beat them earlier in the year and, hopefully, propel themselves in to the NCAA tournament.“You fight all the time,” Waite said. “It’s strange; I’ve been around long enough where I’ve seen years when you will lose at home and beat them on the road. So that definitely can happen — and we want it to happen this weekend.”last_img read more

‘Where’s the hoops gone?’ – QPR fans react to new kit design

first_imgQPR fans on Twitter have been reacting to the news that next season’s home shirt won’t include hoops on the back.Some supporters have criticised the design while others have said they are impressed by the look of the kits unveiled on Tuesday evening.The hoops issue certainly caused some consternation though…Not enough hoops for my liking #newkit #QPR— Roxie McCullough (@roxie_mc) July 1, 2015Come on you super ………. Really where’s the hoops gone? #QPR — pk (@paulkennedyqpr) June 30, 2015 “Da da da DA…Big square blue bit at the back” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it! #QPR #Hoops — George (@DevsQPR) June 30, 2015I don’t go with this argument about the kit not being of importance. Our identity is very important. Hoops are a massive part of being #QPR — JJB (@bradyboyqpr) June 30, 2015QPR say the new design had to be signed off when the club was still in the top flight and that Premier League rules, which stipulate that a player’s name and number must be clearly visible on the back of shirts, meant that hoops on the back were not an option.And there was plenty of positive reaction from fans to the new design. Glad we’re back to thicker hoops ~ not all the way round, but still, thicker hoops. U R’sssss! #QPR @QPRFC #TheReveal— Looey™ (@Looey13) June 30, 2015Why the fuss.. hoops, blue… don’t buy it if you don’t like it #QPR— Michael Josh (@MichaelJosh9) June 30, 2015All in all, I actually like the new kits. Home one would be perfect if the stripes were hoops. The 3rd kit is delightful #QPR #TheReveal — Simon Prue (@SimonPrue_QPR) June 30, 2015 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

‘New hominid species’ at the Cradle

first_img9 April 2010A South African-led team of scientists have announced the discovery of what they say is an entirely new hominid species at the Cradle of Humankind world heritage site outside Johannesburg, sparking fresh debate about the nature of our immediate ancestors. Lucille Davie reports.I stare at the incomplete skeleton in the glass case – did this creature really walk this area almost 2-million years ago? Scientists say so.Two skeletons have been unearthed at Gladysvale in the Cradle of Humankind, and have been called Australopithecus sediba, an entirely new hominid species.Wits University, led by professors Lee Berger and Paul Dirks, discovered the new species, dating back 1.9-million years, in the Cradle, north-west of Johannesburg. Berger is a palaeoanthropologist and Dirks a geologist now based at James Cooke University in Australia.Fragments of the skeleton of a child were on display at the announcement on Thursday at Maropeng, part of the Sterkfontein cave area, a UN world heritage site. Estimates are that the child skeleton is of a boy between 11 and 13 years old, and an adult female in her late 20s or early 30s.More finds expected“There are more hominid fossils [here] than I have discovered in my entire career,” Berger said.Berger, whose 11-year-old son Matthew (nine at the time) found the first fossil, says that two skeletons have been uncovered so far, and he expects many more fossils to be excavated from the site. They are the most complete hominid skeletons ever found.Sediba, Sotho for “well” or “spring”, is so-named because it is hoped that “a great source of information will spring from the fossils”. The particular site has been named Malapa.The announcement of the remarkable find is to make the cover story of the prestigious Science journal, with two articles, written by Berger and Dirks, appearing on 9 April.“I believe that this is a good candidate for being the transitional species between the southern African ape-man Australopithecus africanus (like the Taung Child and Mrs Ples) and either Homo habilis or even a direct ancestor of Homo erectus (like Turkana Boy, Java man or Peking man),” Berger said.The australopithecines are believed to be the ancestors of the homo genus.The find promises to turn the palaeontological world upside down, with textbooks having to be re-written, Berger said.Video: New light on human originsLong arms, short powerful handsThe new species has long arms, like an ape, and short powerful hands, making it likely that it could have retained its ability to climb. A very advanced pelvis and long legs suggest that it was capable of striding and possibly running like a human.“It is estimated that they were both about 1.27 metres, although the child would certainly have grown taller. The female probably weighed about 33 kilograms and the child about 27 kilograms at the time of his death.“The brain size of the juvenile was between 420 and 450 cubic centimetres, which is small (when compared to the human brain of about 1 200 to 1 600 cubic centimetres) but the shape of the brain seems to be more advanced than that of australopithecines.’The world that australopithecus sediba would have lived in would have been a mix of open savannah grassland and forest.‘Time travellers’In the audience at Thursday’s announcement was South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlantlhe, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor and her deputy, Derek Hanekom, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, other scientists and members of the international media.“The discovery opens an unusually panoramic window, revealing more about our African origins,” said Motlanthe. “These time travellers have found their way into the present, and, with the assistance of our scientists, they are able to speak to us from the distant past.’What is unusual about the find is that two partial skeletons have been found – some 130 pieces have so far been unearthed – opening up the possibility that they belong to a family. Berger is confident that the missing pieces of the skeletons will be found.“I am having the adventure of my life,” he said.He said that Australopithecus sediba could turn out to be the “Rosetta Stone” of fossils, explaining where Australopithecines went – and calling for a complete relook at homo habilis.International team of scientistsBerger and Dirks have assembled an international team of scientists, in all a team of around a dozen people, although some 60 scientists from around the world have been involved in the unravelling of the discovery.The first step was to do a geological study to help determine the age of the fossils. Other means of dating the fossils have been used: assessing the uranium lead components in the rock; establishing the magnetic signals in the rock, which change over time; and dating the rate of erosion of the site.Dirks embarked on a study to establish the context of how the fossils landed in the cave. This involved taking a series of sedimentary deposits and a detailed description of different rocks up to two metres deep.“Ït is a hole in the ground – it must have been a cave,” said Dirks.Investigation revealed that there had been a muddy flow of water that deposited fossils, with pieces remaining together, suggesting that they were carried down the flow together. Among the fossils found were a 1.5 million-year-old sabre-tooth cat, and 2.36-million-year-old wild cats and dogs.The erosion rate of the opening was measured, and it was established that it had been between 30 and 50m deep.“The animals probably smelt the water in the cave,” suggests Dirks, “and fell into the cave trying to get to it.” They would have died instantly, and their skeletons were carried down into a deeper chamber of the cave, joining others that suffered the same fate. This is supported by the fact that the fossils have no scavenger or insect damage.Excavations have not yet begun, says Dirks; only the surface has been cleared.18 months agoThe “adventure” began some 18 months ago, in early 2008, says Berger. He first charted the area on Google earth, finding 600 new sites in the Cradle, then walked it with his dog, Tau.On the day the first fossil was found, he was walking with his son, Matthew, post-doctoral student Job Kibbii, and Tau. They walked to the edge of a pit, and Berger encouraged his companions to look around.“Within one-and-a-half minutes Matthew called out that he had found something,” says Berger. At first Berger thought it was a fragment of antelope, a common find. Then he recognised the fossil as the collarbone of a hominid.He soon found other fossils – a clavicle or shoulder blade, normally never found because it is so fragile and erodes quickly – and arm bones, while two hominid teeth “fell into my hands”.Matthew says he has been on sites with his father more than 20 times, and intends becoming a palaeoanthropologist too.Treasure chestProfessor emeritus Philip Tobias, also present at Thursday’s announcement, described the area as a “treasure chest”“I am thrilled that our expectations of the Cradle area have so soon been realised,” he said. “This evidence a kilometre or two from Sterkfontein has yielded several hominid individuals, and that is something to get very excited about.”Describing the find as “a great joy”, Tobias said that the fact that two skeletons had been found meant that scientists could study a family or community, which was much more valuable than studying individual fossils.“Truly, visitors to South Africa … will be coming home,” Deputy President Motlanthe said. “And, like all home comers, they will no doubt wish to explore their home – to see where their ancestors lived and to discover their roots.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

The NDP at five: lessons learnt, emerging challenges and enhancing implementation

first_imgThe plan was about our dreams and aspirations and actionable steps to achieve them, said Minister Jeff Radebe, in recounting its successes.The NDP is a call to action for all South African’s say Minister Jeff Radebe. (Image: GovZA)Sulaiman PhilipThe National Development Plan (NDP) was adopted five years ago this month. Jeff Radebe, minister for planning, monitoring and evaluation, speaking at Unisa at the annual NDP Lecture reminded the audience that it was a roadmap to a transformed future for South Africa.It was also, Radebe reminded the group of students and academics, the 40th anniversary of the death of Steve Biko. As they celebrated Biko the leader, the minister said they should not forget his inspirational words: “We must remind ourselves, Biko also said, ‘In a bid for change, we have to take off our coats, be prepared to lose our comfort and security, our positions of prestige…’“And it is in the unity of that struggle, in the battle of ideas, that Biko so majestically articulated that our true worth as a nation, as South Africa, would become timeless if we could ensure that our ideas, great as they were, were implemented, actioned and executed. It is purposeful action, impact and implemetation of our NDP that we require now, more urgently than ever before.”Implementation of the NDP and Vision 2030 had not been easy, the minister admitted, and the government was calling on all South Africans to look upon the plan as theirs and to help, where they could, in implementing it. It was only through a shared sense of purpose that South Africa could build a better life for all. The government, he said, was determined to live up to the vision of the NDP. “Thus it is, that we must tread carefully as leaders too – for we should not dare to tread on the dreams of our people. We must forge ahead and deliver on the mandate our people gave us and bring about the necessary step change in the socio-economic conditions of our people.”A focus on youth and gender equalityThe NDP is built on six pillars – mobilisation of all people living in South Africa; a population involved in their own development; expanding and growing an inclusive economy; building capability; fostering strong leadership; and building a strong developmental state. It places a special emphasis on the development of and creating opportunities for youth in a society that offers women equal opportunities.Legislation informed by the NDP pillars have created opportunities for young South African’s. (Image: World Bank)These groups, according to recent Statistics South Africa figures, remain the most vulnerable in the republic. While economic growth in the last quarter lifted the country out of a recession, Radebe pointed out, youth unemployment remained a serious issue and was one of South Africa’s most intractable socio-economic issues. The personification of poverty in South Africa remained a young, uneducated black woman. “This needs resolution; it calls for serious introspection and concerted efforts to tackle the scourge of poverty, inequality and unemployment. Nobody made a greater mistake than those who did nothing because they could do only a little.”He highlighted programmes that put youth empowerment at the centre of the NDP’s development strategy.His department, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, set up the National Youth Development Ambassador Programme to boost entrepreneurship among young people. To be selected to participate, individuals must be between 18 and 35, and must be committed to driving change in their communities and the country at large. In addition, the government had built more technical and vocational education and training colleges and had made more funding available through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme for university students. The Employment Tax Incentive Act, passed in 2013, had helped young people enter the labour market and gain vital real world job experience.An investment in the youth of South Africa, Radebe said, was an investment in the future of the country. “This is a very important venture to ensure that the youth are self-sufficient. The youth of today are the ones who will witness the fruition of our Vision 2030. They must be the key drivers of NDP programmes today.”“The youth of today are the ones who will witness the fruition of our Vision 2030. They must be the key drivers of NDP programmes today.” (Image: World Bank)In the government and the public sector, the representation of women is nudging closer to 50%; however, women are still more likely to be poor and uneducated. The NDP sets out measures to improve their conditions, especially for women in rural areas who still struggle to access education and healthcare, and do not have ownership of the land they tend.SuccessesOver the past five years, there had been successes to which the government could point, the minister told his audience. These successes were across multiple sectors of the economy and in the social upliftment of the most in need.Health, education, mining, agriculture and the ocean economy had all benefitted from interventions through Operation Phakisa, an NDP programme. Since 2014, the various Operation Phakisa initiatives had unlocked R7-billion worth of investments and created 6,903 new jobs. The establishment of six industrial development zones, through the Special Economic Zones programme, had attracted R10.7-billion in investment.The NDP had targeted tourism as a growth industry. Initiatives had helped to grow the sector, and its contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) had increased from R372-billion in 2014 to R375-billion in 2015; tourist arrivals figures had increased by about 50%. Total tourist foreign direct spend rose from R67.9-billion to R189.2-billion.Over the five years of its implementation to date, the NDP had improved conditions for millions of South Africans. Among the successes were:331,000 new homes have been built;305,00 new households have been connected to sources of clean water (12% of the 2019 target of 2.3 million) and a further 1.12 million homes now have access to decent sanitation (45% of the 2019 target);The 2019 target for access to refuse removal is 1.3 million households and the NDP has reached just over a million households;724,430 households have been connected to the electricity grid since 2014 (58% of the 2019 target of 1.25 million) and 52,778 households have been connected to non-grid (50% of the 2019 target of 105 000 households);3,455 schools have been connected to the internet and have received devices through Operation Phakisa ICT and the matric pass rate improved to 72.5% in 2016 from 70.7% in 2015 while Bachelor passes increased to 162,374 in 2016 from 150,752 in 2014;Improved access to healthcare has raised South Africans’ life expectancy by six years and maternal mortality has decreased from 158 per 100,000 live births to 154 over a year. The Child Mortality Rate (under five) has improved from 41 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2014 to 37 per 1,000 live births in 2016;More than 3.7 million HIV-positive people are receiving lifelong antiretroviral therapy.The mandate paperThe government’s embrace of the NDP had changed the way it thought about budgetary priorities. Adopted in August 2017, the National Planning Commission’s Mandate Paper aligned government spending to meet priorities in higher education, social security and job creation.The new policy would help departments prioritise spending to meet not only priorities in the NDP but to ensure that budgets were more agile in meeting plans set out in the Medium Term Strategic Framework. The paper would, in future, precede the budgeting process and would help to identify priorities based on economic conditions. “We are exploring new, effective and better avenues for socio-economic development in our country as we implement the NDP.”The NDP will influence the way ministries allocate budget resources. (Image: GovZA)As Radebe reminded his audience, the NDP was an opportunity for South Africa to recreate the future. It gave South Africans the chance to identify ways for each one to play a part and become active citizens. “The NDP is a call to action to unite as a country and identifies the role different sectors of society need to play in reaching its goal. The plan is about our dreams and aspirations and actionable steps to achieve them.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Play Your Part school activation kicks off in Atteridgeville

first_imgBy Ntombi Ntanzi“You are the new generation that’s going to change the way of doing things”, these are the words echoed by Brand South Africa’s General Manager of Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela to the learners of Dr WF Nkomo Secondary School in Atteridgeville, during a Play Your Part school activation on Wednesday 16th May 2018.Brand South Africa through the Play Your Part programme continues to engage with the youth, specifically high school learners in a nationwide campaign.“This nationwide Play Your Part campaign is aimed at learners to ensure they are continuously introduced and made aware to be active citizenship from a young age, in order to grow communities of leaders, growing our youth that will carry the legacy and vision of South Africa in the future”; adds Ms Ntombela.The campaign kicked off in collaboration with famous comedians Goliath and Goliath, who are also Play Your Part ambassadors. They coached, entertained and educated through comedy by giving a masterclass to the grade 11 and 12 learners on realising your dreams.“Play your part is about you taking ownership. Start changing the world with little parts of the world that you are affected by”; said comedian Jason GoliathSpeaking to a Grade 12 learner – Leanna Mathatu at the school on what she took out from the Play Your part activation she said: “trust yourself, follow your dreams and take charge.”Book Ibhoni founder and a Play Your Part ambassador, Mpumi Mtintso spoke on the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship under the theme “Play Your Part, turn your ideas into currency”.He expressed that every path that the young people take on for their future, career and passion needs to speak to the county’s vision articulated in the National Development Plan(NDP). “Make sure you solve issues of poverty, inequality and the high rate of unemployment”, emphasized Mtintso.Some learners took to social media to share their gratitude;Lemonade ?‏ @MaleboMolapo1 May [email protected] @JasonGoliath @nickgoliath ..Thank you so much for coming to our school, I really enjoyed. I laughed so hardOn the 30th May 2018, the Play Your school activation will be heading to a school in Mpumalanga follow the conversation on @PlayYourPartSA  and  @Goliath_Goliath remember to  #PlayYourPart #GetInvolvedlast_img read more

Tallo returns with a bang

first_imgTallo said that he expected a lot from himself in his PBA D-League debut, but never imagined to produce churn out a scintillating sniping in the rout of the Titans.“I expected that I’ll be able to contribute but my expectations weren’t that high. I know for myself that I still needed to practice, but my first D-League experience was truly great,” he said.Despite his confidence-building start, the two-time CESAFI Most Valuable Player believes that he still needs to improve a lot before he can fill up the hole left by Racal’s stars last conference.“I want to improve my defense because I saw my deficiencies earlier. I’m still adjusting to the system and the officiating,” he said.And he’s hoping to make his adjustments with the guidance of his veteran teammates in Racal, while also trying to raise his stock for the upcoming 2017 PBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP PH teams up with Japan, Indonesia for 2023 Fiba World Cup bid “My teammates are helping me. Kuya Allan (Mangahas), kuya Roider (Cabrera), everyone of them are sharing their experiences to me because I’m the youngest one here,” he said. “As for the draft, I still don’t know. We’ll see if I think I’m already prepared for the PBA.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Mac Tallo. PBA IMAGESWith his academic obligations over with, Mac Tallo can now fully focus on his basketball career anew.And he feels grateful that Racal Motors gave him another shot.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READcenter_img BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games “I missed the Aspirants’ Cup because I got injured, and I opted to finish my studies first with SWU. I’m lucky that I was able to recover and coach Jerry Codiñera picked me up again after this team made it to the Finals,” he said in Filipino.The 23-year-old Tallo also shared that he has no regrets over his decision to leave the comforts of La Salle to test his mettle in Southwestern University.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I just went on a different path, but the destination is still the same,” he said. “When I came back to Cebu from La Salle, nobody wanted me but Southwestern. So what I did there was improve myself and do everything I can to be a better player.”And on Thursday, Tallo showed that he really means business in his return to Manila, unfurling 20 points built on four triples that went with four assists and three rebounds to carry the Alibaba to a 118-100 victory over AMA Online Education to start the 2017 Foundation Cup. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more

Worst ways to die Ottawa asks if cruelty should be weighed in

first_imgOttawa is taking extra steps to find out if Canadians are still OK with killing wildlife in what one scientist calls “one of the worst ways to die on earth.”Health Canada’s Pest Management Review Agency has extended public consultations into whether it should consider cruelty before licensing poisons used to control large predators, including wolves.The most common of the three toxins under consideration is strychnine.The agency says it began the review in response to what it calls growing public concern about the humaneness of such chemicals.Alberta is one of Canada’s largest strychnine users, which uses it to kill wolves to help caribou herds survive in ranges heavily impacted by industrial development.Ryan Brook, a professor in the University of Saskatchewan’s agriculture department, calls strychnine one of the worst ways to die in terms of pain and remaining aware.A government spokesman says Alberta is talking with the federal government on the most effective and humane way to use toxins like strychnine.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ply Gem And Alan Jackson Launch The Home For Good Project

first_imgPly Gem Industries, a manufacturer of exterior building products in North America, is giving back by uniting with Grammy award-winning country superstar Alan Jackson and low-income families to build affordable housing in partnership with Habitat For Humanity.The Home for Good Project is a multi-year initiative that includes a donation of over $1 million worth of exterior building products and funds for Habitat for Humanity to use to help families build more than 300 homes throughout the year. In addition, Ply Gem will be the presenting sponsor of Habitat’s Home Builders Blitz, which brings together Habitat for Humanity affiliates and professional builders to build and renovate homes across the United States. The company will support the project with advertising and social media initiatives to encourage its associates, the building industry — including distributors, builders and remodelers — as well as consumers across the country to volunteer in their communities.The Home for Good Project is grounded in Alan Jackson’s song, “You Can Always Come Home,” from his recently released album, “Angels and Alcohol.” This song is the anthem that will be played throughout the program to remind individuals the importance of having a place to call home. Alan is the program’s ambassador and will help raise awareness through his fan base, social media following and support in a local Habitat Home Builders Blitz event in Nashville, scheduled to coincide with the 2016 CMA Music Festival.“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to use Ply Gem’s products, including performance siding, windows, stone and trim, to support families and communities across the country. Projects of this magnitude, demonstrating unity and passion toward an incredible cause, will no doubt be successful and change lives,” says Gary E. Robinette, chairman and CEO of Ply Gem. “We are motivated by Habitat for Humanity’s mission of bringing people together to build in partnership and are proud of our alignment with country music icon Alan Jackson. His personal motivation to communicate what home means through his music is now the foundation for the Home for Good Project.”“We are grateful to Ply Gem, Universal Music Group Nashville and Alan Jackson for their commitment to raise awareness and make Home Builders Blitz a success,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “In addition to providing home exterior products for Home Builders Blitz, Ply Gem’s communications efforts well in advance of the event will help connect more people to our mission of providing a foundation for families to build strength, stability and independence.”last_img read more