Non-violence campaign kicks off in South Africa

first_imgChildren should be able to grow up and live in a safe environment. Minister Lulu Xingwana will launch the South African campaign. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Themba Maseko Government spokesperson +27 12 314 2150 RELATED ARTICLES • A woman’s place is everywhere! • Anti-abuse campaign hits SA • NGO fights for gender equalisation in SA • Crime in South AfricaRay MaotaThe safety of women and children is the focus of this year’s 16 Days of Activism campaign, which runs from 25 November until 10 December 2010.The UN-headed drive begins on the International Day of No Violence Against Women and ends on International Human Rights Day.Internationally, the campaign concentrates on crimes committed against women, but in South Africa this has been extended to include children to create awareness of their rights.Origins of the campaignThe 16 Days of Activism campaign originates from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), a women’s human rights group, in 1991. This year is the 20th edition of the campaign.Participants at the institute chose the dates, November 25 and December 10, to symbolically link violence against women and human rights, and to emphasise that such violence is a violation of human rights.Each year the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership develops a theme for the international campaign in consultation with women’s organisations around the world. This year’s theme is Structures of Violence: Defining the Intersections of Militarism and Violence against Women.According to the CWGL: “Militarism is a distinctive way of looking at the world; it influences how we see our neighbours, our families, our public life, and other people in the world. To embrace militarism is to presume that everyone has enemies and that violence is an effective way to solve problems.”The campaign aims to raise awareness around human rights and gender-based violence, strengthen existing structures to work with victims of violence and create safe places for women before violence occurs.Wear a white ribbonThis year marks the 11th anniversary of the campaign in South Africa, with the media launch taking place in Cape Town.It will be led by the Minister of Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana and supported by other ministers, leaders of civil society organisations and additional senior government officials.“We call on faith-based organisations, non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations, civil society organisations and other stakeholders to observe and work on programmes aimed at ending violence against women and children,” the Commission for Gender Equality in South Africa said in a press statement.“We also call upon all interested parties to join us in various provincial programmes as we accelerate our efforts to fight all forms of violence against women and children, in an endeavour to create a society free from gender oppression and inequality,” it continued.South Africans are urged to wear a white ribbon for the duration of the campaign as a symbol of peace and promise never to commit or condone violence against women and children.Another way to support the campaign in South Africa is to join the Cyber Dialogues initiative, through which the public can discuss issues relating to the abuse of women and children, share experiences of these violations and come up with solutions.People can also make donations to the Foundation for Human Rights, which distributes money raised during the campaign to various non-governmental organisations.South African’s are also urged to encourage victims to speak out on their abuse to raise further awareness and help the healing process.last_img read more

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SA property sector worth R4.9-trillion

first_img20 September 2012 The South African property sector is worth R4.9-trillion, according to research released by the Property Sector Charter Company in Johannesburg on Tuesday. It is the first study of its kind about the size and shape of the country’s property industry. “The research creates a hub of knowledge about the property sector, consolidating information and developing a common and consistent understanding,” chief executive officer of the Property Sector Charter Company, Portia Tau-Sekati, said in a statement. “By determining the size of the South African property sector, we are moving towards a proper baseline measure to assess market size and its components, the scale of different services and activities within the sector.” The sector contributes significantly to the country’s economy and in 2009 comprised 8.3% of gross domestic product (GDP), according to a South African Property Owners Association research report entitled “the economic impact of the property sector in South Africa”. According to the Charter Council’s study, only 1% of the country’s land is urban and residential, about 73% is natural pasture, approximately 12% is agricultural and the remaining land is comprised of conservations and reserves. It also indicates that about two-thirds of the property owned in South Africa is residential and worth R3-trillion, while commercial property is worth R780-billion. Undeveloped land that is zoned for development is valued at R520-billion and publicly owned property, including national, provincial and local government and state-owned enterprises, is worth R570-billion. “Retail property has the highest value of the commercial property sectors in South Africa at R340-billion, followed by office properties at R228-billion and industrial properties at R187-billion,” the Charter Council reported. “Representing a small comparative value of R25-billion is hospitality, leisure and ‘other’ property.” The study will be an annual one and the Charter Council aims for it to become the benchmark against which progress in the industry is measured. “The study is a useful tool for understanding the South African property market and its dynamics,” Tau- Sekati said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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OSC announces Board of Trustees election for District 9

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) will be conducting a Board of Trustees election for District 9 from August 3 – 17, 2015. District 9 consists of the following counties: Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union.To be eligible to vote in the election, soybean farmers must reside in one of the counties within district 9 and must be engaged in the growing of soybeans, owned or shared ownership and risk of loss of soybeans anytime during the three year period immediately preceding November 15, 2015.Soybean farmers casting ballots must fill out in entirety the Application for Ballot and the Ballot for Election. Both of these forms must be postmarked and mailed to the Ohio Department of Agriculture by August 17, 2015 and received by ODA by August 21, 2015. ODA will serve as the teller for this election and all voters will be kept anonymous.Ballots for the election will be available for pick-up August 3 – 17, 2015 from County Extension Offices in the four counties in District 9 (see list below). Ballots will also be available at ODA and the OSC office.OSU Extension Delaware County 149 N. Sandusky St. Delaware, OH 43015-1701 Office Hours: Mon. – Fri. 8:30 AM – 4:30 PMOSU Extension Marion County  222 W. Center St. Marion, OH 43302-3646 Office Hours: Mon. – Fri. 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Closes daily for lunch: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PMOSU Extension Morrow County  871 W. Marion Rd., Ste. 102 Mt. Gilead, OH 43338-1088 Office Hours: Mon. – Fri. 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Closes daily for lunch: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PMOSU Extension Union County  18000 State Route 4, Ste. E Marysville, OH 43040-8390 Office Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 8:00 AM – 4:30 PMlast_img read more

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McGregor ‘might never fight again’ after boxing bout, says UFC head

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES UFC President: Globally, Mayweather-McGregor bigger than Pacquiao bout2.7K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 UFC president Dana White. Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images/AFPAfter reports that Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s  upcoming bout with Conor McGregor will be his last, UFC president Dana White discussed the possibility of the Irish superstar walking away from fighting as well.READ: Mayweather to quit for good after McGregor boutADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera PH golfer Yuka Saso to miss SEA Games Whether or not the Irish sensation chooses to return to his roots after the biggest fight of his life, White said he’d accept whichever path Conor chooses.“That’s part of the deal, you know?” he said. “This kid has done a lot for the sport, a lot for the company and this is the fight that he wanted, so we’re going to give it to him. And if this is the end of his career, then it is what it is.” Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED VIDEO Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendcenter_img 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 El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MOST READ ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR With the mega fight set to take place next month at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, United States, White lamented how the massive pay day could persuade the UFC lightweight champion to never fight again.“I had a bunch of guys who worked for us in the UFC and made a bunch of money and they’re gone now,” the UFC executive told reporters during the MayMac press tour, as relayed by MMA Fighting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“You just don’t know, if he’s going to come in and make this kind of money, he might never fight again,” he shared.White’s claim, meanwhile, contradicts McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh, who said McGregor will return to the octagon sometime in December. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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India to host West Indies for 5 ODIs, 3 Tests in October

first_imgThe exact date-wise match-schedule will be finalised later on the basis of logisticsThe BCCI Tours and Fixtures Committee has shortlisted Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad for India’s three-Test series against the West Indies during October and November this year.The committee has allotted the five ODIs to Kolkata, Visakhapatnam, Cuttack, Dharamsala and Kochi while Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla will be hosting its first ever T20 International.The exact date-wise match-schedule will be finalised later on the basis of logistics.As per media reports Ranchi was being dubbed as a possible venue for a Test match but a senior BCCI official said that there was no discussion on the venue.”Yes, Ranchi has got the ICC nod and BCCI needs to ratify it as a Test centre during a working committee meeting. But above everything, Ranchi needs to come into the rotation policy system which is in work. How could we have allotted Ranchi a match when there are other centres with valid claims of hosting a Test as per rotation policy,” the source said.Eden Gardens and Dharamsala hosted their last one-dayers in December 2012 (vs Pakistan) and January 2013 (vs England) respectively.For Kotla, it will be the first T20 International that the ground will host, having staged its first ODI back in 1982.Ravi Jain, BCCI’s deputy head of media committee and media convenor of DDCA, said that the association is ready to host the match.”We will leave no stone unturned to make this T20 International a grand success,” Jain said.advertisementlast_img read more

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The Affiliate Management Resource CD

first_imgThe 2011 Affiliate Management Resource CD has been developed with the goal of providing suggested procedures, templates, guidelines or various administrative documents to support affiliate management.The Affiliate Management Resource is in its first year of release and provides a complete package of information previously released to the community throughout 2011. It is our intent to provide this information in a hard copy version for all affiliates at the end of each year therefore updated annually from this point forward. The resources included are designed to save affiliates time and offer ideas, with the opportunity to create a better experience for the end participant of the sport.For more information and to find out how to get your affiliate’s copy, please see the attachment below.  Related Filesintroduction_to_the_2011_affiliate_management_resource-pdflast_img read more

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Williams enjoys State Cup return

first_imgFormer NRL player, Joe Williams made a welcome return to the New South Wales State Cup in Port Macquarie on the weekend and even has some new silverware to show for it. Williams was part of the Wollongong Devils team that took out the Senior Mixed title 9-2 over the Balmain Tigers in the final on Sunday. We caught up with Williams to talk about all things Touch Football and Rugby League as well as the great work he is doing in the community.  How have you found the return to State Cup?It’s been good, I haven’t played State Cup for about 10 years. Backing up game after game has been a little bit hard on the body. I haven’t played competitive Touch for a very long time but as a boxer your lung capacity and cardio fitness is through the roof. It’s been good, I’ve enjoyed it.You played Country Championships earlier this year too, how was that experience?It was the first time I’d ever played Country Champs, it was good. The bonus of it, my fiance is a Dubbo girl so we got home to see family. It was good to get back into that fold of playing competitive Touch again. Being out of it for a long time was only due to playing footy and not being allowed to play or not having the time to play. I’ve always loved Touch and always said I’d come back to Touch so it’s a natural progression. People don’t realise how good it is for your skill as a League player, if you play Touch growing up it’s going to be of benefit moving into your League career and then as old bloke on the downhill run you come back to it.How good is it to see players like Scott Prince and yourself return to Touch Football?I caught up with Princey (at State Cup), it’s good to catch up with him because I haven’t seen him for a number of years. He has been a great ambassador for Touch Football Australia over the last couple of years, getting back into it and playing at a high level. When I saw him doing that I thought it might be time for me to get back into it as well, it’s been good. What was your inspiration around making a comeback now?My last fight was in May and I thought I may as well keep fit, it’s a different way of having fitness. For me I have to always do something competitive so if I’m not getting ready or preparing for a fight I don’t have much. That’s a real coping strategy for me with my mental health, I’ve been fairly vocal about my mental health history and problems over the years so it’s a real coping strategy for me to prepare for something and Touch has been great for it because it keeps me fit and healthy. Do you play regularly in Wagga too?I play in the Wagga comp, which is always good. It’s a bit frustrating not keeping up with the younger blokes any more. It’s always good, I love getting out there and giving a bit of banter and the competitiveness of playing high level Touch. It’s been fantastic, I’ve had a really good weekend. How good is the NRL-TFA partnership from your perspective?It’s a natural progression for kids to sharpen their skills as Rugby League players and guys like myself and Princey get to come back and give back to the game a little bit as well. As well as keeping fit, it’s a great initiative to have that partnership for the kids coming through and the old blokes like us. How nice is it to come back and catch up with some familiar faces at State Cup?That’s the best thing about Touch Footy, you’ve got that competitive nature but State Cup is on a different level to NTL, you still have the people that aren’t as competitive in these tournaments. It’s a great factor to be able to come away and catch up with mates, that’s what it’s all about. I’ve had friends from when I made my first rep Touch Footy side as a 14 or 15-year-old that I’m still mates with, it’s huge to be able to come back some 15 to 20 years later and catch up with these people. You play Touch and it sounds a bit cliche but you build friendships for life. Can you tell us a bit about your younger years playing Touch Football?I played 18’s and 20’s for Southern Suns and played NTL and Aussie 18’s at the Youth World Cup in New Zealand which was cool, again making friendships and relationships with people from other countries that still keep in contact 20 years later. Can you tell us a bit about your work now? My role at Mater Dei Catholic College in Wagga, I work as the Aboriginal Education Worker. My major role is to support all of the Aboriginal kids in their studies, making sure they are up to task with all of their subjects and assessments and so forth. It’s more of a mentoring role as well. I’m there next year two days a week and I’m on the road, I’ve got a mental health charity I’ve set up, called The Enemy Within. I’m going out and educating people on mental health and how to break down their mental health and live on a day-to-day basis by just managing their mental health. I always say, you don’t have to beat it, you just have to manage it well, that can make a huge impact and difference on anyone’s life. Related LinksWilliams Returnslast_img read more

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Kirk Herbstreit Reveals His 2016 College Football Playoff Foursome

first_imgKirk Herbstreit talking on ESPN.Kirk Herbstreit’s predictions for the 2016 College Football Playoff field feature three unsurprising picks, and one darkhorse.College football fans are used to Kirk Herbstreit’s predictions. The ESPN personality updates his college football playoff field on a weekly basis during the season. Today, he dropped his preseason CFP forecast.Appearing on ESPN Radio’s Russillo and Kanell, Herbstreit revealed the four teams he has making this year’s College Football Playoff: Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State are locked in, and he’s close to certain on TCU being the fourth team.Clemson: “I’m going to have Clemson, who I think’s going to go on to win the championship. That has everything to do with one guy. I hate to put it all on him, but Deshaun Watson, to me, is just a freak.”Alabama: “I would pick Alabama out of the SEC, because of another one guy. That is Nick Saban.”Ohio State: “I think Ohio State still comes out of the Big Ten. I think J.T. Barrett, despite all their [personnel] losses, will kind of allow Ohio State to be able to maneuver through their schedule and get there to win a Big Ten Championship.”TCU: “Those three I feel pretty good about. The fourth team I think I’m going to go TCU out of the Big 12. It’s either a Pac-12 team or TCU. Right now, I’m leaning towards TCU as my fourth team to get in.”We suppose Herbie could change his mind on the Horned Frogs before he tapes his annual “Herbie” awards show. However, he was probably the only guy picking Oklahoma to make the CFP in the preseason last year, so he’s been right before going off the beaten path.College football fans, how do you feel about Herbstreit’s predictions? Did he nail them, or is he way off?last_img read more

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Nutritionist Says Gastronomy Essential to Tourism

first_imgStory Highlights Executive Director of the Jamaica Island Nutrition Network (JINN), Patricia Thompson, says gastronomy, or the art and knowledge involved in preparing good food, is essential to the local tourism industry. “If they are to experience our gastronomy, it means that our local culture, which is outside of the hotel, has to become more important,” she said. Mrs. Thompson, a nutritionist, was speaking to JIS News at a symposium on ‘Nutrition in Gastronomy and Tourism’ at The Mico University College in Kingston on May 10. Executive Director of the Jamaica Island Nutrition Network (JINN), Patricia Thompson, says gastronomy, or the art and knowledge involved in preparing good food, is essential to the local tourism industry.She noted that tourists spend at least 50 per cent of their budget on food, and in order to experience Jamaican cuisine, they must spend time outside of the hotels.“If they are to experience our gastronomy, it means that our local culture, which is outside of the hotel, has to become more important,” she said.Mrs. Thompson, a nutritionist, was speaking to JIS News at a symposium on ‘Nutrition in Gastronomy and Tourism’ at The Mico University College in Kingston on May 10.The objective of the symposium was to promote the use of local Jamaican foods with preparation methods that reduce any health and nutrition concerns of visitors and locals about Jamaican foods being too oily, salty and sugary.Mrs. Thompson explained that there are three strategies to be utilised in the promotion of food that could be utilised locally.“The first thing to do is Americanise your product; second, tap into this wave of wellness and adapt our products to that; and the third is to tap into this wave of exotic eating through the diaspora influence,” she said.Jamaica, in recent times, has been placing emphasis on gastronomy, with the establishment of Devon House in St. Andrew as the island’s first gastronomy centre.To be outfitted with a self-service kitchen, farmers’ market and food shops, the Devon House experience will enable visitors to cook their own meals after purchasing produce, meats and condiments from the market to be located in proximity to the kitchen.The aim is to establish Jamaica as a prime gastronomy destination, which will place it among popular culinary tourism destinations such as Brazil, China and India.last_img read more

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UGC joint secys son abducted robbed at gunpoint 3 held

first_imgNoida: Three criminals have been arrested by Gautam Buddh Nagar police for allegedly abducting and robbing the son of a joint secretary in University Grants Commission (UGC) on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday from sector 52 metro station of Noida.Cops said that the accused persons abducted and kept him hostage for nearly four hours in his car before dumping him at a petrol pump in Ghaziabad. According to police, the arrested criminals have been identified as Suraj Singh (26), Aman Budakoti (25) and Manish (23), all residents of Sarfabad village in sector 49 area of Noida. “Suraj and Manish are 12th pass out and works as driver at Amazon company while Aman is 10th pass and is a bus driver,” said police. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe alleged incident occurred on the intervening night of September 19th and 20th at around 12:30 am when the victim Anuj Goswami, producer with a media house, was returning home alone in his ford car after meeting a friend in sector 76. Anuj’s father Surendra Singh, joint secretary in UGC department under Ministry of Human Resource development said that while returning home, his son had stopped his car at a kiosk near sector 52 metro station when three persons approached him and took him on gunpoint. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”The accused persons started thrashing him and pushed him to car’s rear seat. They drove the car to different places and kept on thrashing my son all along as he has injury marks all over his face, neck and other body parts. The criminals also stopped the car at an ATM and asked Anuj to withdraw money but the transaction failed. In a hurry the criminals drove car rashly and twice hit the car into divider. They later rushed towards Ghaziabad but the car broke down at Reliance petrol pump in Ghukna area in Ghaziabad after getting over heated. The criminals fled away leaving the car and Anuj at the spot but they took all his money, mobile phone, laptop and other valuables,” said Singh. However, Anuj, hired an auto and returned home around 6:30 am and narrated the ordeal to his family. The car was later pulled by a crane. Vaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Gautam Buddh Nagar said that police fetched the CCTV footage from sector 52 metro station and reliance petrol pump to identify the criminals. “Acting on the complaint received, a police team was formed from sector 49 police station to work out the case. Police identified the criminals with the help of CCTV footage from the petrol pump and they were arrested from sector 52 metro station on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday. We are interrogating them to know about their involvement in other criminal incidents,” said Krishna.last_img read more

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