Oliver Tambo’s vision of diversity

first_imgArts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordaan this week paid homage to former African National Congress (ANC) leader Oliver Tambo, saying his vision of embracing cultural diversity was the key to South Africa’s collective strength.A statue of Oliver Tambo, president of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1967 to 1991, is one of the first at the National Heritage Monument. (Image: Mayor of Tshwane, Facebook)Brand South Africa reporterSpeaking during a special joint sitting of Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, Jordaan referred to the words spoken by Tambo on Radio Freedom on 8 January 1979.“Let us in South Africa learn to stop being Bantus, coloureds, Indians and whites,” Tambo said. “Let us be what we are, Africans in Africa.“Let those who are committed racists, who came to this continent determined to keep Africans in chains, to be perpetual masters over blacks – let them persist in their role as foreigners on African soil.”Jordaan said Tambo’s profoundly anti-racist ethos was rooted as much in his politics as in his deeply held Christian values.Underscoring the foresight of Tambo, Jordaan cited the notion of cultural diversity as defined by a group of independent experts set up by the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (Unesco).Under their definition cultural diversity is “the manifold ways in which the cultures of social groups and societies find expression”.As such, cultural diversity, in which the cultural heritage of all South Africans is recognised and affirmed, is South Africa’s collective strength, and one which could “benefit the entire world,” Jordaan said.South Africa’s cultural heritage is drawn from three continents, Jordaan told Members of Parliament, and “[h]umanism, that affirms the dignity and worth of all people, based on our human capacity to reason, is the connecting thread among these traditions.”Jordaan described how Tambo, who led the ANC from 1969 until his death in 1993, established South Africa’s first African legal practice with Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg in December 1952.This was after Tambo gave up teaching mathematics and science to study law in 1948. The practice came to an end when Tambo was arrested, along with 155 others, on charges of high treason on 6 December 1956.Soon afterwards, Tambo was instructed to travel abroad and establish an external mission for the ANC and to mobilise international support for the movement’s struggle for freedom.He led the ANC from exile as well as in South Africa, spending the following decades building up a powerful and progressive movement that was eventually to create a democracy now shared by all South Africans.Source: BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Ensuring boys’ safety during traditional initiations

first_img23 June 2014 South Africa is moving to ensure the safety of boys and young men who undergo circumcisions while attending traditional initiation schools in the country, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced earlier this month. Addressing journalists in Pretoria on 13 June, Motsoaledi said the state would be paying for doctors who had been chosen by traditional leaders to carry out circumcisions at initiation schools. Motsoaledi said his department had reached an agreement with the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) that they could choose professional circumcision doctors to help them with pre-circumcision screening, circumcision and after-care. The winter school holiday signals the opening of initiation schools spread across Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape and parts of Gauteng province. The minister said the unnecessary deaths of numerous initiates, as well as numerous injuries sustained by initiates, in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga province in recent years had warranted serious intervention by the government and traditional leaders. He said his department had set aside R180-million to support safe circumcisions at initiation schools in 2014/15. Support will include health screening for all initiates at approved legal initiation schools, as well as the provision of medical consumables and transport for initiation monitoring teams. Motsoaledi said there were already eight doctors directly contracted to his department who were providing medical male circumcision at initiation schools in Limpopo province, while eight were working with traditional leaders at Mpumalanga’s 27 initiation schools, and five working in the OR Tambo district in the Eastern Cape. According to the minister, the health practitioners conducted 22 325 circumcisions without deaths or injuries in Limpopo last year. “At those initiation schools who were working with the general practitioners in the previous initiation school season, no deaths occurred.” Motsoaledi made it clear that bogus traditional surgeons and their illegal initiation schools were not part of the new partnership. “As government, we regard the establishment of illegal initiation schools as a criminal activity, and it must be dealt with in the manner in which criminals are dealt with.” Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Obed Bapela, also addressing the briefing, urged citizens to report suspected illegal initiation schools or bogus traditional surgeons by calling his department on 082 822 5878 or the chairperson of the national task team, Kgoshi Mahlangu, on 071 461 0475. He said four deaths had already been reported since the beginning of this year’s initiation season, three in Mpumalanga province and one in the Eastern Cape. “In Mpumalanga, one died in Nkangala district as a result of dehydration, while the other two died in Verena as a result of diabetes and pneumonia because there was no prior-screening conducted before the initiates were enrolled at the school”. He said an investigation into the deaths, and the schools involved, was under way. Bapela said the 17-year-old boy in King Sabatha District in the Eastern Cape had died of hunger and dehydration in an illegal initiation school after being forced to be circumcised by a traditional surgeon. “A case has been opened, we know the traditional surgeon, very soon an arrest will be taking place, and through these measures we want to show that government wants this cultural practice to be done with care, love and in a very responsible way,” Bapela said. “If you are a bogus traditional surgeon, don’t think government is going to leave you. We are going to arrest you and ensure that there is prosecution.” The deputy chairperson of the National House of Traditional Leaders, Kgoshi Sefogole Makgeru, said: “This practice remains the pride of our people; this is a proud moment of the House and the nation at large. This culture is very strong, thanks to government intervention.” Urging parents and guardians to avoid taking their boys to illegal initiation schools, he added: “We also want to use this opportunity to welcome all our boys into the new world, the world of promise, the world of pride, where manhood is to be instilled.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

MS Dhoni not getting younger, leave the man alone: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgBrief Scores: India (299/4; Kohli 104, Dhoni 55 not out) beat Australia (298/9; Marsh 131, Maxwell 48, Bhuvneshwar 4 for 45) by 6 wickets. Full ScorecardMS Dhoni defied age to slam an unbeaten 55 off 54 balls in the unrelenting Adelaide heat as India chased down 299 against Australia with six wickets and four balls to spare. Thanks to Dhoni’s 69th fifty and Virat Kohli’s 39th hundred, India have been able to draw level 1-1 in the three-match series.MS Dhoni’s form was a big talking point ahead of the ODI series. Last year, he managed only 275 runs from 20 ODIs without scoring a fifty. On Saturday, Dhoni ploughed his way to 51 off 96 balls and failed to accelerate as India fell short by 34 runs in the first ODI in Sydney.However, it was a different story on Tuesday at the Adelaide Oval. Faced with a steep chase of 299, India were able to get off to a good start. Shikhar Dhawan (32) and Rohit Sharma (43) played their parts before Virat Kohli took control with a 112-ball 104.It was Kohli’s 82-run stand with MS Dhoni that put India in command. Even after Kohli’s dismissal, India never looked like being out of the fight, thanks in no small measure to Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni, who stayed calm under pressure.This innings must be a huge relief for MS Dhoni fans – over the last year, their hero has had to endure stinging criticism for his inability to finish matches. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said it was important to realise Dhoni was not getting any younger and urged critics to be more patient with him.advertisementMS Dhoni is 37 but the Indian team considers him to be crucial to their plans for the World Cup.”He keeps telling the bowlers to bowl a particular delivery, what a batsman is planning to do. He has a sense of what a batsman is thinking. Obviously, nobody can read precisely what is going on in a batsman mind…the best way to help bowlers, the best way to help field placements for a captain or wicketkeeper is to put himself in that particular batsman’s place or mind. What the batsman is looking to do now…is he looking to get out of jail kind of shot? Is he looking to push the ball ball around for a single? These are the kind of things where Dhoni helps the bowlers and of course with the field placing because Virat is so important in the deep in the final overs when he saves those two runs diving around, takes magnificent catches in the deep. So it’s not possible for Virat to maybe have a conversation with the bowlers or maybe to make adjustments to the square fielders. That is where Virat has complete faith and trust in Dhoni to make those little bit of adjustments for him,” Gavaskar told India Today.”That value you cannot calculate at all. My prayer is to please leave the gentleman alone and he will continue to do well. He is also not getting younger. So the consistency you might have at a younger age will obviously not be there and you have to bear with that. Bear with that little inconsistency. But he’s still tremendous value to the team.”Not just Gavaskar. Virat Kohli, who won the man-of-the-match award for his 104, said Dhoni kept him calm and ensured he did not get too carried away during a tense chase. “Tonight was an MS classic. Only he knows what’s going through his mind. He calculates the game so well. He backs himself to hit those big hits. Hats off to him and Dinesh as well.”He came in and showed the right kind of intent. MS was as composed as ever. We try and help each other… Tonight was special for us,” Kohli said.Gavaskar is also confident Dhoni will get his rhythm back before the World Cup starts.”India now go to New Zealand for the one day series and T20 series then they comeback and play the one day matches against Australia and a couple of T20s. Then the IPL starts. So he’ll be playing pretty much right through till the World Cup starts and he’ll be settled till then. He’ll get a 10-day break before the World Cup starts. I think it would have been ideal had he played a bit of cricket before he came to Australia. Not just he, but Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu also. We can see a little bit of rustiness. Let’s just focus on today, let’s just focus on tomorrow and hope that with the matches in store with the IPL together, India will be ready for World,” he said.advertisementAlso Read | MS Dhoni has done this for years: Dinesh Karthik on match-winning stand in AdelaideAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah salutes MS Dhoni: Legends don’t need to prove their worth to anyoneAlso Read | MS Dhoni overtakes Virat Kohli for highest average in successful run chaseslast_img read more

2015 NYC Memo – 10.08.2015

first_img38 teams have nominated to participate in the 2015 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships at Sunshine Coast Stadium from Wednesday, 16 September to Saturday, 19 September 2015. Please find more information in the documents below in relation to the event. NYC UpdateNYC Team CodesNYC Draft Tent MapNYC TFO Tour Leaders OverviewKeep up-to-date with the 2015 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships in the following ways:Website – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com and www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksNYC Memolast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea goalkeeper Kepa: Beating Watford so important

first_imgChelsea goalkeeper Kepa: Beating Watford so importantby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga believes they’re back on track after victory at Watford.Kepa meet Crystal Palace later today.”After the Leicester game at home, we wanted to bounce back,” said Kepa. “We were great in the first half, then in the second half Leicester were better than us. We found it hard.”After the Leicester game it was important to get back on track and there’s no better way to get back on track than beating a great team away from home.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Former Vessel Captain Convicted of Oily Waste Dumping

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Leiplaw The former captain of the fishing vessel Native Sun was found guilty of discharging oily waste directly into the ocean, thereby violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, the U.S. Department of Justice informed.The government alleged and proved that Randall Fox, one-time captain of the Native Sun, discharged bilge slops from the vessel directly overboard into the ocean using unapproved pumps and hoses.One of these discharges was video-recorded by a crewmember, who reported the crime to authorities.Following a three-day trial, Randall Fox faces a maximum of six years in prison and a criminal fine of up to USD 250,000.“Today’s (April 5) conviction shows that illegal dumping in our oceans will not be tolerated,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeff Wood of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD), said.Other evidence at trial established that the Native Sun had repeatedly pumped its bilges in the same manner depicted in the video. Bingham Fox, the defendant’s father and the owner of the Native Sun, was convicted at trial of related crimes a year ago.The Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships prohibits the discharge of bilge slops and other oily mixtures, unless they have been properly treated using approved pollution prevention equipment and meet rigorous standards.last_img read more

INTRODUCING THE 2018 CFC BELL MEDIA PRIME TIME TV WRITERS

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Toronto – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is delighted to announce the six new residents who will be joining the 2018 Bell Media Prime Time TV Program, presented in association with ABC Signature Studios, beginning Monday, September 24.The program has attracted some of Canada’s best showrunners to lead the story room as its Executive Producer in Residence, including Dennis Heaton, Avrum Jacobson, Michael MacLennan, Graeme Manson, Karen Walton and Brad Wright. It helped develop smash-hit Emmy Award-winning series Orphan Black and most recently, the critically acclaimed series Travelers, which premieres its third season this fall.This year’s residents are especially fortunate to work with in-demand CFC alumna and writer-producer,Alexandra Zarowny. Her work spans Degrassi: The Next Generation to Wynonna Earp, Murdoch Mysteries to Bellevue and Private Eyes. Zarowny is ready to come full circle: “It cannot be understated, the enormous impact that the Bell Media Prime Time TV Program had in my own creative awakening as a television writer and content creator. The tools and insight gleaned from my training at the CFC still firmly clasped in hand, along with 15 years of career experience, will now be passed on to a stunningly talented team of young writers who are, I’m sure, thrilled to begin this journey, but who also have no idea just how significantly their lives are about to take a sharp turn into unimaginable adventures. Buckle up, everyone! There be a new group of writers coming down the CFC pipeline. As much as this program will change their lives, there’s no doubt in my mind that these new voices emerging in the television landscape will change yours as well.” Jessica Meya is a writer, community leader and co-founder of Working the Scene in Colour, a diversity initiative organizing live reads of original scenes written by writers of colour. Meya is a 2018 recipient of the Breakthrough Artist Award at The Toronto Screenwriting Conference. Read full bio here. CFC Twitter: @cfccreatesFacebook: facebook.com/cfccreatesInstagram: @cfccreates Bell MediaTwitter: @BellMediaPR Facebook: facebook.com/bellmediaincInstagram: @BellMediaPRABC Signature Studios Twitter: @ABCStudiosFacebook: facebook.com/ABCStudiosInstagram: @abcnetworkAbout CFC The Canadian Film Centre (CFC), celebrating 30 years, is a charitable cultural organization that supports, develops and accelerates the content, careers and companies of Canadian creative and entrepreneurial talent in the screen-based and digital industries. Its uniquely designed programs and initiatives span film, television, screen acting, screen composing and songwriting, and innovative work in the digital media and entertainment technology industries, all of which continue to push boundaries and generate world-class content, products and companies for the global marketplace. cfccreates.comAbout Bell Media Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, digital media, and more. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, and four pay TV services. Bell Media is Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 109 licensed radio stations in 58 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral, an out-of-home advertising network of more than 30,000 faces in five provinces. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; video streaming services including CraveTV, TSN Direct, and RDS Direct; and multi-channel network Much Studios. The company produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; owns a majority stake in Pinewood Toronto Studios; is a partner in Just for Laughs, the live comedy event and TV producer; and owns Dome Productions Inc., one of North America’s leading production facilities providers. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Learn more at www.BellMedia.ca.About ABC Signature Studios ABC Signature Studios is a division of ABC Studios spearheading development and production in all cable and streaming platforms. The artist-driven arm provides a year-round destination for development and production across the cable and streaming landscape. They are in production on the series Godfather of Harlem, for EPIX created by Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein with Forest Whitaker starring and producing along with one of the first pilots through Amazon’s YA initiative, The Wilds, created by Sarah Streicher with Jamie Tarses and Dylan Clark producing. Signature and Hello Sunshine received a straight-to-series order from Hulu for the event limited series, Little Fires Everywhere, with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington attached to star and produce. These projects join a robust slate of returning series, including the critically acclaimed comedy SMILF for Showtime; grown-ish for Freeform; Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger for Freeform and Marvel’s Runaways for Hulu. Veronika Paz is an actor, playwright, director and television writer. She studied sketch writing at New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade, trained as a performer at Pro Actor’s Lab in Toronto and Barrow Group Theatre in New York, and is a 2018 recipient of the Toronto Screenwriting Conference’s Al Magee Diverse Screenwriters Award. Read full bio here. Advertisement Advertisement “The Bell Media Prime Time TV Program is a creative wellspring that nourishes our entire industry, and Bell Media is exceptionally proud to sponsor it,” said Tom Hastings, Director, Original Programming, Bell Media. “We are delighted to be working with the inimitable Alexandra Zarowny, a singular talent with passion and wide-ranging experience across a number of genres and all aspects of the Canadian television industry.”This year’s six writers have credits in film, television, theatre, music videos, branded content digital projects, along with an exciting range of professional and life experience.“We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with the CFC and the Bell Media Prime Time TV Program,” said Tracy Underwood, Senior VP, ABC Signature Studios. “Every year we have discovered extraordinary talent and ideas coming out of one of the most successful, well regarded incubators of its kind. Our sponsorship is an important pillar of ABC Signature’s dedication to celebrating the next generation of original voices.” Michael Rinaldi is an actor and writer for theatre, television and film. His play, Toothpaste and Cigars (co-written with TJ Dawe), was adapted as Michael Dowse’s 2013 feature film, The F Word, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver. Read full bio here. Mackenzie Sinclair, originally from Edmonton, is a 2017 Toronto Screenwriting Conference’s Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award recipient, where he developed his half-hour dramedy series, Snowflake, under the mentorship of writer/director Pat Mills. Read full bio here. Login/Register With: Sophia Fabiilli is an award winning playwright, writer, actor and producer. Her play, The Philanderess, won the 2015 Second City Award for Best New Comedy and her co-created comedy-horror web series, Fatal Murder, is in development with Shaftesbury. Read full bio here. Advertisement MEET THE BELL MEDIA PRIME TIME TV RESIDENTS Heather Taylor is a writer, director and co-founder of the creative studio, Cereal Made, in New York, with writing credits that include: the feature The Last Thakur; the sci-fi web series Raptured, currently in development as a TV series; and the award-winning short Stitched. Read full bio here. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Materials sector weighs on TSX US stock markets mixed loonie down

first_imgIndex and currency in this story: (^GSPTSE and CADUSD=X)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Losses in the materials sector weighed on Canada’s main stock index in late-morning trading as U.S. stock markets were mixed.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 58.66 points at 14,953.99.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 26.43 points at 24,613.81. The S&P 500 index was up 3.75 points at 2,677.20, while the Nasdaq composite was up 20.86 points at 7,102.71.The Canadian dollar traded lower at 75.29 cents US compared with an average of 75.59 cents US on Monday.The January crude contract was up 45 cents at US$52.08 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was down 8.5 cents at US$4.21 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$7.90 at US$1,214.50 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 2.10 cents at US$2.73 a pound.last_img read more

BC Coroners Service releases updated data on illicit drug overdoses for March

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Coroners Service has released reports looking at illicit drug overdose deaths and fentanyl-detected deaths for March 2019.According to the report, in March there were 104 suspected drug overdose deaths from across the Province.Within the Northeast, so far this year, there have been five reported drug overdose deaths. When it comes to fentanyl-detected deaths, across the Province there were 82 deaths in March.Within Northeastern B.C., during the month of March, there were five reported fentanyl-detected deaths.According to the Coroners Service, the report excludes deaths if the fentanyl was known to be prescribed or the death was suspected to be due to intentional self-harm.The BCCS says the data was compiled to better understand overall illicit drug overdose trends in B.C. and to inform other agencies’ public safety strategies in a timely manner.Since the 2019 data reported is for only up until March 31, data should be interpreted with caution and is subject to change as investigations conclude.For more information on these reports, you can visit the Government of B.C.’s website.last_img read more

Ohio States defense might be hitting its stride as season ending

The conversation about Ohio State’s defense is changing inside and outside the huddle. The Buckeyes, which limited a hapless, anemic Illinois offense to 170 yards in a 52-22 shellacking on Saturday, moved to 10-0 and one step closer to the program’s first undefeated season since 2002. And while the Illini’s own incompetence and 118th national ranking in total offense might have helped OSU’s Silver Bullets, sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier said the talk in the huddle among members of the once much-maligned defense is different than what it was before. “It just got a lot easier to talk to each other, everybody’s gonna have each other accountable for everything,” said Shazier, who was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after a 14-tackle outing Saturday. “Now when we go in the huddle, we don’t talk about ‘Don’t let the big play happen, don’t let this, don’t let that’ – we just go in there talking about ‘We need a turnover, three-and-out, get the offense the ball.’” This just might be reflective of a defense coming of age, particularly after surrendering 49 points on the road against a now 4-5 Indiana squad. Though the Buckeyes left Bloomington, Ind., with a shaky 52-49 win, first-year coach Urban Meyer approached the contest’s postgame press conference arguably as disgusted as he’d been all season. Meyer even hinted at taking a more active role in a defense that had given up 87 points in back-to-back weeks. But now? After allowing 22 and 23 points in wins against Purdue and at Penn State, respectively, Meyer said improvement on the defense’s part has been evident. “Ever since the Indiana debacle in the second half, I’ve seen pretty much four-to-six seconds,” Meyer said regarding the level of effort he’s come to expect out of the Buckeyes. “And I see a lot of hard coaching going on. And that’s what I expect out of our staff.” It’s a line Meyer’s used since he came to Columbus in Nov. 2011-4-6 seconds, he said, of relentless effort, relentless pursuit on every play of every game. By the former Florida coach’s calculations, it’s enough to win football games. OSU cornerback redshirt sophomore Bradley Roby said the defense is getting back to that pillar of Meyer’s coaching philosophy. “Since the Indiana game we had a lot of serious meetings and we had to get it done on defense, and that’s what we’ve been doing lately,” he said. Like Meyer, Roby said the game against the Hoosiers was a “wake up call.” “We were like, ‘Man, we’re way better than this.’ Ever since then we been practicing harder and playing harder and it’s been showing,” Roby said. Arguably, such progression had never been so apparent before Saturday in a game which saw OSU secure more first downs (32) than the Illini had points. In reality, OSU’s defense gave up just 14 points, considering eight of Illinois’ points came off a 77-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown late in the game’s fourth quarter. Illini junior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase mustered just 96 yards and an interception against an OSU front-seven that harassed him from start to finish. “From what I saw he was just running around all day,” Roby said. While Scheelhaase was sacked twice, the Buckeyes’ defensive line appeared to be getting enough of a push to allow its linebackers, Shazier included, to slam the door shut on runs to the outside and entrench themselves against short, dump-off passes over the middle. “It’s pretty fun when the coaches let the team loose and let us go after the ball,” Shazier said. “I’ve been playing like this mentality for all my life, see ball, get ball.” That aggressiveness, however, might only be made possible because of a more aware defense. OSU assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers said players are comprehending, perhaps now more than ever, what’s happening on any given play. “The biggest deal is I think our kids in the back seven are starting to understand when we get this formation, these are the two or three things that will happen,” Withers said. “Everybody’s recognizing exactly what they need to see in that formation.” And if Illinois is any indication, it might be working. “We knew exactly what was coming before they even ran it sometimes,” Shazier said. With a bye this weekend, OSU travels to Wisconsin on Nov. 17 for its second-to-last game of the 2012 season. read more