Letter: Barkley’s remarks on Warriors, Klay Thompson infuriating

first_imgComments to Warriors andKlay Thompson infuriatingRe: “Charles Barkley to Klay Thompson: Warriors ‘not going to make the playoffs’ ” (Eastbaytimes.com, Oct. 25):After reading this article, I was infuriated with Charles Barkley’s comments to Klay Thompson and the Warriors. I just don’t believe you can judge a team for an entire season after one game.The Warriors were aware that they needed to make changes for the upcoming season. They were able to acquire D’Angelo Russell, who has the ability …last_img read more

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Brand South Africa lauds women’s contribution to democracy

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 17 October 2013 – Brand South Africa celebrates the contribution women have made to South Africa’s democracy, and welcomes the formation of the ‘1000 Voices’ movement on Friday 18 October at Emperor’s Place in Ekurhuleni in Gauteng.The movement aims to open the channels of engagement between government, academics, private and public sectors, faith-based organisations and citizens from all walks of life to profile and eradicate gender based violence. It also intends to create a conversation around the meaning and impact of ‘freedom’ for South African women, 20 years into democracy.Brand South Africa’s Director of Strategic Marketing and Communication, Wendy Tlou, reflecting upon the role of women in driving a nation’s development said, “It is inspiring that more than 1000 participants – male and female – from all spheres of society will participate in this launch.  We hope that this launch will kick-start a movement, geared towards empowering women to play their part to implement the National Development Plan.    It is imperative that we recognise the value of gender, along with race and geographical location, when proposing a range of measures to advance women’s equality.”Brand South Africa’s Brand Manager Sithembile Ntombela will deliver an address under the theme: “Women 20 years into democracy” and will also participate in the event as a panellist.  Leo Makgamathe, Programme Manager: Civil Society will also represent Brand South Africa at the event.Panel discussions will take place under the following themes:Celebrating women empowerment and the role of Open Government Partnership;Playing Your Part in fighting abuse and stopping rape;The role of young people in stopping abuse‘1000 Voices’ is an initiative by the South African envoy to the Open Government Partnership, Public Service and Administration Deputy Minister Ayanda Dlodlo. At the event, Ms Dlodlo will also launch the Open Government Partnership SA plan.Other panellists on the day include: National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, Political Economist Lebohang Pheko, activist and radio host Leila Benelli and Controlesa Chief Patekile Holomisa, amongst others.Note to EditorsAbout the Open Government PartnershipThe Open Government Partnership (OGP) is an international, voluntary effort to improve government performance, encourage civic participation and enhance government responsiveness to people by promoting more transparent, effective and accountable governments—with institutions that empower citizens and are responsive to their aspirations. Openness is the most powerful lever for achieving this. OGP aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. To achieve these objectives, OGP brings together governments and civil society organisations.  Currently South Africa is a member of the OGP Steering Committee and also the OGP Learning and Peer Support sub-committee, which seeks to promote knowledge sharing on open governance matters. 57 countries are currently members of the OGP partnership.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected]last_img read more

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Return to sender: Roger Federer looking forward to Serena Williams’ serve

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Man City, Man United rediscover old selves in EPL wins PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I admire everything she has done both on and off the court,” Federer said. “I have always thought how is it to return that serve and go head-to-head with her.”Federer made an impressive start in preparation for his Australian Open title defense with a seemingly effortless 6-1, 6-1 victory over Cameron Norrie on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionHis playing partner Belinda Bencic also won to seal defending champion Switzerland’s victory over Britain in Group B.Federer and Bencic will next take on Williams and Frances Tiafoe to kick-start the New Year with arguably the most anticipated match in the tournament’s three-decade history. “I was very happy that I was able to come out tonight and put in a good performance,” Federer said. “I was happy with all aspects of my game . footwork, offensive play, serve, return. It was all there.” TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Tickets were sold out soon after being released for the showpiece encounter, which pits Federer and Williams on court for the first time. The 37-year-olds have won 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them.“It’s very exciting for us. I hope tennis fans tune in and watch it because it’s going to be one time and probably never again in this type of competition,” Federer said.By most people’s standards, the two stars have an unusual meeting place.“I don’t know her that well. I only know her from some champions’ dinners at Wimbledon,” Federer said. “We have busy lives and a big entourage, so it’s rare to really deep dive. We can relate to each other more so now, being parents.”Federer will head into the clash in form after a masterclass 57-minute thrashing of Norrie. The 20-time Grand Slam champion moved around the court well and hit the ball crisply to overwhelm Norrie.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Serena Williams from the U.S. reacts during a match against her sister Venus, on the opening day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)PERTH, Australia — Roger Federer’s wish is about to be granted — he’s getting the chance to return Serena Williams’ powerful serve.The famously unflappable Swiss acknowledges being excited about the prospect of taking on his fellow tennis great on Tuesday in a Hopman Cup mixed doubles match between Switzerland and the United States.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

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Doctor on Call Brings Health Services to Smartphones and Computers

first_imgJamaicans can now access reliable healthcare at a distance using the latest in information and communications technology (ICT).This is through the Doctor on Call application (app), which allows patients to consult with their doctors and obtain diagnosis through videoconferencing.The app was launched by Physician and Head of the School of Health and Health Technology of the University of Technology, Professor Winston Davidson, and his business partner, Sanjeev Kumar Rangaiah, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on June 21.Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, commended the innovators of the “game-changing” app, noting that it represents a paradigm shift in the way patients access healthcare services.“So many of our people are plagued by their inability to access top-quality healthcare because of distance, cost and a variety of other impediments, but this (represents) a whole new set of possibilities and treatment options,” he said.The Science, Energy and Technology Minister said the app is in keeping with his 10-point plan for the ICT sector, which, among other things, seeks to have more Jamaicans becoming creators of technology rather than merely consumers.Professor Davidson explained that the 24-hour app has a number of features, including patient follow-up, adjustment of prescription, and patient case management, among others.He said the information and interaction between doctor and patient is confidential and can be accessed any time through cloud storage.Opposition Spokesman on Science, Energy and Technology, Julian Robinson, in congratulating the innovators, said the app will enable every Jamaican with a smartphone to access healthcare.Doctor on Call can be downloaded free of cost from the Google Play Store for Android smartphones and tablet users, and at the Apple Store for users of iPhones and iPads by typing DoctorOnCallGlobal.It is also available through Google Chrome for laptops or desktop computers at DoctorOnCallJamaica.com.Patients who use the application will be required to pay for the service by Visa and Master debit or credit card.Meanwhile, Dr. Wheatley said his Ministry is moving speedily to broaden public Wi-Fi access in rural areas, through the Universal Service Fund (USF).Some rural areas where the facility has already been established include Junction Square in St. Elizabeth and Mandeville Square in Manchester.“We’re looking to go into Brown’s Town in St. Ann, and Portland. We’re going into a number of deep-rural communities… we are creating a truly knowledge-based and digital society,” Dr. Wheatley said.Public Wi-Fi networks have already been installed at several locations in the Corporate Area, including Devon House, Mandela Park, St. William Grant Park, and Olympic Way.last_img read more

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